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Adjusting to Tedium of Film Set a Few Simple Steps for ‘tWitch’

Stephen"tWitch" Boss

“So You Think You Can Dance” All Star Stephen “tWitch” Boss admits that it took some doing for him to get used to working on a movie set while making Disney’s “Step Up 3D” feature that opens Aug. 6.

The dancer is used to grueling physical workouts and learning routines fast, under high pressure.  However, “filming is a very, very tedious process,” he notes.  “I’ve learned to really respect the process, how it’s all about ultimately setting up the best shot.  There is a lot to learn on a set.  And if you’re not in the mood to learn, there is a lot of down time to take a nap.  You could have a 12-hour shoot day, but you spend the first 10 hours sitting around and then maybe the last two hours on camera.  Or your time could be split up in little sections throughout the day spread over 13 hours.  I found that it worked best to bring a couple of different books, a couple of playthings – and keep my interest by switching up throughout the day.”

The popular tWitch says he’d love it if in, say, three years’ time he’s “still teaching dance – traveling around teaching – and doing movies, not so much dance performance any more.  I want to get more and more into acting, playing characters that way.”

He also has a fashion line in the works, but it isn’t as close to being ready for unveiling as has been reported elsewhere.  “We’re still in the grassroots phase.  A lot of people have fashion lines.  Right now, I want to make sure I’m using my voice for what I want to say.”

tWitch Doing Fast Footwork between ‘SYTYCD’ and ‘Step Up 3D’

Stephen "tWitch" Boss

“So You Think You Can Dance” breakout star Stephen “tWitch” Boss is going to be doing some mad dashing this month, between the demands of being an all-star performer who’s returned to the Fox hit this summer — and his traveling and promotional chores on behalf of Disney’s “Step Up 3D” feature that opens Aug. 6.

“We’re just going to try to work it out to do both.  It’s all a matter of scheduling.  It’s going to be a whirlwind,” he says.  “But it’s okay.  I’m very excited about the movie getting out there.”

tWitch got the chance to show off some acting chops, in addition to his dance moves, in the movie set amid a world of New York street dancing.  “I’m getting more into acting, taking that more seriously as an art form,” says the amiable performer, who also stars in “Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming,” due out on DVD in September.

In “Step Up 3D,”  “My character is a comic book nerd.  He’s very excitable, loves life, loves dance, and loves his crew.  He’s a good guy.”

tWitch and contestant Alex Wong brought the house down on last week’s installment of “SYTYCD” with a brilliantly imaginative hip hop number as a psychoanalyst and patient, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’Uomo.    “I think we shut down the phrase that ‘ballet dancers can’t do anything but ballet,’” he says, referring to Wong’s primary dance form.  “I didn’t know what to think going in there.  I thought they were joking when they first told me Alex was going to be my partner…He works so hard, his work ethic is absolutely ridiculous – which makes him perfect for the competition.  We had basically a grand total of three days to get that together.”

tWitch loved the idea of “returning to the show in this capacity.  We’re there not just to partner with the contestants, but to help them as well.  At those moments when they think it might be best to freak out, we’re there to remind them that everything’s cool, that it’s a day-by-day process, and that things go much quicker here than for your average show.”

Top 10 Hot Movie Hunks of Summer 2010

Robert Pattinson

Last week, we brought you the Top 10 Hot Babes of the upcoming summer movie season, so now it’s only right that we turn our attention to Hot Hunks.

There are some names you may be surprised to find missing from this list.  You might think, for example, that “Robin Hood” would be a no-brainer, considering the men in tights who’ve graced the silver screen through the years – from Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner with a side of Sean Connery.  But Russell Crowe as the latest Robin Hood is a brute and the movie’s more gouging and impaling than dashing and romancing.  What’s merry about that, men?  You want realism?  Well, fine.

Alex Pettyfer

Leonardo DiCaprio is sexy, sure, but watching his “Inception,” we’ll be too worried about our minds being sucked into a vortex of terror and insanity to think of romance.

Justin Long bares all in “Going the Distance” with Christina Applegate and Drew Barrymore, his on and off-again girlfriend.  Applegate has characterized the movie as “very dirty.”   Jeepers creepers, really?  Alvin the chipmunk?  The Apple guy?  That’s going to take some getting used to for fans used to his puppy dog cute image.  We’ll wait and see on that.

Now, on to those who did make the list, in chronological order.

1. Common in “Just Wright.”

If you’ve seen the 38-year-old rapper-actor’s Gap ads, photos with girlfriend Serena Williams, or the poster for “Just Wright,” his new movie with Queen Latifah, you’ve seen those biceps.  A good woman who doesn’t happen to be supermodel slim winds up with a super attractive NBA star.  Let the fantasy season begin!

2. Christopher Egan in “Letters to Juliet”

Speaking of fantasies, suppose you’re hooked up with Gael Garcia Bernal and he not only looks like he looks, he’s a chef who cooks pasta for you, too.  But yet, you’re not satisfied, Amanda Seyfried.  You have to go out on this crazy Italian adventure that involves an old lady (Vanessa Redgrave), her lost love and her hunky grandson – Egan, the 25-year-old Aussie who’s getting all kinds of attention.

3. Max Ryan in ‘Sex and the City 2”

With all due respect to Big and Aidan (Chris Noth and John Corbett), it’s Kim Cattrall’s latest on-screen lust interest who has captured our attention.  Debonair-looking 42-year-old British actor Ryan, with the close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair and beard, is familiar to fans of Jason Statham’s “Death Race” and Jet Li’s “Kiss of the Dragon” – like any of those people will be coming to see “Sex and the City 2.”

4. Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

We just can’t quit you, Jake Gyllenhaal, with those amazing blue-green eyes. Clearly, Gyllenhaal has worked out for his new sword ‘n’ sandals video game adaptation, since the 29-year-old matinee idol now has a super buff bod the filmmakers and studio have been flagrantly showing off in trailers and ads.

5.  Ashton Kutcher in “Killers”

If you’re one of the many who fantasize about being a great-looking blond with a really handsome guy who turns out to be – surprise! — a super spy who gets you all caught up in his high octane, dangerous adventures and gives pwetty widdle you a gun to protect yourself from the bad guys, this is your summer!  There are certain beats that are bound to feel like déjà vu between the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz “Knight & Day” and the Katherine Heigl-Ashton Kutcher “Killers,” in which the man of Hiegl’s dreams (and 32-year-old Ashton is looking pretty dreamy in this movie) turns out to work for blah-blah-blah and have a license to blah, as he puts it.  This one is the romantic comedy with action.

6.  Tom Cruise in “Knight & Day”

This is the action thriller with comedy and romance.  Cruise may be the best super spy ever, or the most insane super spy, as he takes over and turns upside down Cameron Diaz’ life.  He’s still got the dazzling smile.  Time will tell if, at 47, Cruise is still a top gun among movie stars in this picture that cost just under $100 million to make.

Taylor Lautner

7.  and 8.  Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

You knew they’d be here.  Of course.  Will Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) choose her sparkly immortal love, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, 23), or her muscular manimal friend, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner, 18)?  We’ll have to wait to find out, because they’re kind of busy right now with this army of vampires coming — not to mention merchandise from hoodies and jewelry to mints (cool if you want Edward, hot if you’re into Jacob).

9.  Alex Pettyfer in “Beastly”

In this modern day take on the classic “Beauty and the Beast” tale, 20-year-old Alex Pettyfer is the rich, spoiled, cruel and incredibly handsome Manhattanite who gets turned into an unsightly being by witch Mary-Kate Olsen.  Can Vanessa Hudgens unlock the spell?

10.  Rick Malambri in “Step Up 3D”

The 6’2” 27-year-old Abercrombie model from Ft. Walton Beach, FL, seen in Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates,” turns into the leader of a tight-knit group of street dancers in “Step Up 3D.”  Looking good.

— Stacy Jenel Smith