Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque"

Christina Aguilera, Cher and a zillion sequins star in "Burlesque" trailer

A heady mix of "Showgirls," Stanley Tucci and cat-fighting builds buzz for Thanksgiving release


Christine Mathias
August 6, 2010 3:45AM (UTC)

Whoa. Christina Aguilera is the small-town girl headed to Hollywood to make it big. Cher is the imposing queen bee of a glam burlesque club. Stanley Tucci is, uh, the manager? Kristen Bell is Supreme Rival No. 1. Eric Dane is, well, McSteamy. And Cam Gigandet is the foxy and non-vampiric bartender who believes in our star. Toss in sequins, Alan Cumming, melisma and a ready-to-package soundtrack and you've got ... the new "Burlesque" trailer!

The movie comes out on Thanksgiving, and is guaranteed to draw comparisons to "Showgirls," if only for the styling and basic plot. No breasts or pole-licking, as far as we can see. In June, director Steve Antin talked to USA Today about dragging Cher out of retirement for the film. New York Magazine is certain "Burlesque" will be so much better than "Glitter," while HitFix writes that the cast is "campier than anything John Waters could imagine." MTV is, predictably, "wowed." Watch it for yourself:

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