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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 05/ 6/2009

Christina Aguilera: Major Movie Star?

By Liz Kelly

Christina Aguilera, ready for her close-up. (Getty Images)

Thus far, Christina Aguilera has managed to keep herself -- both creatively and personally -- light years ahead of one-time contemporary Britney Spears, but could a step to the silver screen signal disaster for the diminutive songstress?

According to Daily Variety, Aguilera has just signed a deal to star in her first movie. Tentatively titled "Burlesque," Aguilera will play "an ambitious smalltown girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club."

Did I mention it's a musical?

Here's to hoping Christina looks long and hard at other popsters who have tried, and in most cases failed spectacularly, to cross over into the movie biz.

Mariah Carey's "Glitter" stands out as particularly wince-inducing (note co-stars Terrence Howard and Padma Lakshmi):

Add Spears's "Crossroads," Madonna's mostly noxious film ventures and Jessica Simpson's freefall -- from the floppy "Dukes of Hazzard" to the straight-to-DVD "Major Movie Star" -- and we have the makings of a particularly painful film festival.

But what do I know? I thought Beyonce's "Obsessed" would be summarily bounced out of multiplexes and land squarely in the DVD bargain bin. Instead, it went on to earn big box office bucks and Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana continues to annoy me with her multi-platform (TV, albums and film) monopoly on the spending power of the tween audience.

Does Christina have a chance? Share your thoughts below...

By Liz Kelly  | May 6, 2009; 10:52 AM ET
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Comments

One word: Gypsy.

Been there done that -- better.

Posted by: epjd | May 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The first thing that comes to mind is a slightly more risque and musical Coyote Ugly, but without the real crossover actress in the lead role.

I bet a virtual double chocolate chunk cookie that Dita Von Teese will make a cameo.

I've come to really like Christina Aguilera since she changed her image a couple years ago. I'm rooting for her in this, though I have no idea how it will go over.

Posted by: eet7e | May 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to play devil's advocate. Burlesque is hot these days. Margaret Cho just completed a burlesesque stage show. Madonna and Britney feature burlesque in their concerts. Dita von Tease is selling a line of shoes now.

Now if they can translate this sub-trend into a decent script (which Crossroads didn't have) and soundtrack (which Glitter didn't have), it might be ok.

If it isn't, I suggest her next project should be with John Waters. He's box office gold.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Beyonce, to me, is a lot like JLo. Both were great out of the starting gate. But JLo's had trouble sustaining her career. It will be interesting to see if Beyonce has the same trouble.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 6, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I have to say I like Mz X-tina and she seems to be managing her career and personal life a little more smartly than her contemporaries, so one would hope that all that isn't Glitter is gold.

Worst case, perhaps a real make-up artist will teach her how to do a better job with making her foundation look more natural, and that would be worth the flop...

Posted by: LTL1 | May 6, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Does Christina have a chance?"

There's no business like show business...

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 6, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't sound promising, but who would have believed Steve Van Zandt as a New Jersey mafia cosiglieri/strip club owner before Silvio Dante came to life on the small screen.

There are probably other examples -- this just came to mind.

Posted by: 44west | May 6, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

There are 2 keys. 1) Can she act? The reason Britney has no movie career is that she can't act any better than she can sing live. Now, if they could have someone else do the lines and she just lip-synched... 2) Movie selection. Crossroads, Glitter and Shanghai Surprise were lousy movies, and would have been regardless of who starred. What was Madonna's most popular movie? League of Their Own. Not that it was Sophie's Choice or anything, but it was a fun, entertaining movie. JLo did Out of Sight, a Soderberg-directed adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel.

Posted by: fft5305 | May 6, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Wapo didn't like my first comment so here is the edited version: If her ego doesn't get in the way and she listens to her director, maybe she'll do ok. I think she has a better head on her shoulder than some of the others. I agree though with LTL1 that her make-up application is a little heavy handed and makes her look trampy but doubt it will get better in a movie titled "Burlesque".

Posted by: hodie | May 6, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I read hodie's comment of "her make-up application is a little heavy handed and makes her look trampy" as "makes her look TRANNY" which works too!

Posted by: wadejg | May 6, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Christina Aguilera needs to tone down a few things:

* Her foundation (the oompa loompa orange is beyond parody proportions)
* Her sleaze (c'mon, it's Dirrty all over again; move on, you have a baby now)
* Her constant need to wail off the melody by turning every one note into seven -- and all at one volume -- LOUD.

Christina has a solid and strong voice -- miles better than Britney's -- but not the slightest clue as to how to use it effectively. She needs a very firm hand in the studio to tell her that less can be much, much, much more.

I'd rather see her bag acting and instead record a CD of standards -- as they were written (resist the Barbra Striesand temptation to sing high enough to call dogs). Throw in a duet here and there (Michael Bublé, Diana Krall). Show the world she has real talent beyond the bad styling and screaming she's known for.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 6, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

td, did you ever hear Christina's duet with Tony Bennett? It's true, she's great when she has the right material and guidance. Let's hope she starts fulfilling her real potential. (Aside: Queen Latifah's CDs in her Dana Owens persona are pretty terrif, too).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

lolz, john waters gets a shout-out twice today!

Posted by: memphis1 | May 6, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

* Her constant need to wail off the melody by turning every one note into seven -- and all at one volume -- LOUD.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 6, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

AKA - White girl trying to sing like a sister.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 6, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Christina is half Hispanic (Ecuadorian, I believe).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 6, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't sound promising, but who would have believed Steve Van Zandt as a New Jersey mafia cosiglieri/strip club owner before Silvio Dante came to life on the small screen.

There are probably other examples -- this just came to mind.

Posted by: 44west | May 6, 2009 11:46 AM
==================
-Diana Ross won an Oscar
-Cher won an Oscar.
[I believe that for divas, it's one and done.]
-Marky Mark ditched his Funky Bunch and ended up having a good movie and TV career.
-Will Smith attempted to have a rap career for 5 minutes before breaking it big in the TV and movie bidness. But later, he got "Jiggy wit it," so he kept going back and forth.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 6, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

-Diana Ross won an Oscar

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 6, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Say what? Nod-yes. Win-no.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Jennifer Hudson

Posted by: hodie | May 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"(Aside: Queen Latifah's CDs in her Dana Owens persona are pretty terrif, too)."

Dana Owens isn't her persona - it's her real name.

Liz, you only showed the "good" parts of Glitter. When she sang it was okay, when she tried to ACT is when small children fled and grown men wept. It's half of my favorite bad movie bifecta. Barb Wire is the other half. Both so very, very bad that they're entertaining. Just not for the reasons the filmmakers were going for.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | May 6, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

onlytheshadknows1 - we may be soul mates! "Glitter" is one half of my bifecta as well. The other half - "Gigli". Yes, that's right. My sister and I subjected ourselves to both of those cinematic gems one horrible, horrible night. Neither of us will ever fully recover.

Um, yes, alcohol was involved.

Posted by: jaybbub | May 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

To expand upon td_in_baltimore's comment: Xtina needs a very LIGHT hand in the makeup department to show her that less can be much, much, much more. She's actually cute under all that glopped-on DayGlo goop.

Posted by: Californian11 | May 6, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

onlytheshadowknows1, You're right. I was just trying to be too-cute-by-half.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 6, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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