“Make Your Move” Nostalgia – Poster and Video

The release of Make Your Move starring Derek Hough as Donny and BoA Kwon as Aya has come and gone, yet some fans tend to reminisce. Nothing wrong with that. 🙂

Here’s a new poster (to us) that has surfaced. If you were a fan, doesn’t it just make you want to see the movie again?  And below, how about watching Derek Hough and listening to the song he wrote, Let Me In?

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Where Are They Now? — The Stars of “Make Your Move”

Let’s catch up with the two leading stars of Make Your Move, which was released earlier this year in Korea and in the United States. If you missed the film, it is available on DVD or Blu Ray. Just for the dancing and the music from American and K-Pop artists alone, the film is so worth it.

Derek HoughDEREK HOUGH (plays Donny) – The five-time champ of Dancing With the Stars and Emmy Award winner in choreography is back for his 14th season. Derek’s partner for the season  Bethany Mota, a young You Tube vlogger with millions of subscribers. Recently Derek and Bethany had the opportunity to perform to Gene Kelly’s iconic song, Singin’ In the Rain. Click here for more details, and a video of the performance.

Derek is also going to appear in four episodes of the popular ABC show Nashville. Derek will appear for the first time on October 8 in an episode entitled, “I Can’t Get Over You to Save My Life.” Below is a promo of his appearance.

 

BoA KwonBOA KWON (plays Aya) – BoA has been involved in a comeback tour in Japan, the release of a new single,”Masayume Chasing”, as well as a new album entitled, Who’s Back?. Just recently, she completed a SMtown Concert in Tokyo for 2 days with other SM entertainment label mates.

 

In filmography, BoA is set to make her domestic film debut in a Korean movie called Big Match. The film is a techno-crime thriller about the happenings at a gambling house. In the film, she plays Soo-Kyung (a woman of mystery). The film is to be released in December 2014.

 

Reviews of the Incredible Dancing in Duane Adler’s “Make Your Move”

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We all know that critics can be harsh, especially when they critique a movie on what it “isn’t” rather than what it “is.” Make Your Move was released in the United States on April 18 to mixed reviews, some critics damned the film based on its the plot, while others absolutely delighted in it. Hmmmm. Well which is it?

However, thank goodnessthat most all critics agree that the dancing in this “dance” film is absolutely TOPS.  Below are some reviews for you to read about how this movie fares with the critics.  Click on the links to see the full reviews.

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From DVD Talk (July 22, 2014)

 Story-wise, there are a number of complications involving permits, gunshots, viral videos, and sibling rivalry, but Adler is wise enough to blaze through this material, keeping the focus of the film on the dance routines and the sexual chemistry. … There’s a bit of electricity coming off this thing — no guilt in taking pleasure.

Make Your Move doesn’t break ground in the world of fiction, but its high-energy, does-what’s-advertised pleasures will leave plenty of viewers tapping their feet. Recommended.

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From IMDB User Review (April 19, 2014)

“Make Your Move” is one of the best movies about dancing and expressing the feelings through the moves, about passion, hard work and, of course, love. … To say more, I was really amazed by the incredible choreography, the soundtracks were fabulous as well, and I absolutely love the cast and the crew … “Make Your Move” is an amazing movie about dancing, passion, love and so much more ….

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The Nerdist (April 19, 2014)

Duane Adler’s Make Your Move (not to be confused with Step Up, Take the Lead, Stomp the Yard, or any other dance films with an imperative verb in the title) is everything a dance film needs to be. It has dance-talented leads, a hugely charismatic lead actress, an interesting enough story, and enough dance sequences to keep the movie afloat. Indeed, there is a dance sequence in the middle of Make Your Move wherein our handsomely bland hero Donny (Derek Hough) and our chirpy and wonderful heroine Aya (Korean pop idol BoA) seduce and undress one another – in dance – as a form of foreplay. The foreplay dance is one of the best dance numbers I’ve seen in any dance film.

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From Roger Ebert.com (April 18, 2014)

“Make Your Move” has a pretty complicated plot, involving corporate sponsorship, event planning, career moves for dancers, visa and immigration issues, not to mention various family dramas and burgeoning romance. It’s a lot to absorb. But a movie like “Make Your Move” rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific.

“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. … It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

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From the Hollywood Reporter (April 17, 2014)

The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.

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From the New York Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler, the writer of “Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance,” capably directs “Make Your Move,” a soapy, flashy confection that juxtaposes Mr. Hough’s tap dancing with the Japanese drumming style Taiko, tossed with liberal helpings of contemporary hip-hop moves. Mr. Hough, a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, impresses with his footwork and sufficiently fulfills his romantic-lead duties.

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From the L.A. Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography.

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From the New York Daily News (April 17, 2014)

Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.”

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From Soompi.com (April 16, 2014)

The wide variety of music and dance styles are sure to entice even the most non-dance friendly of viewers as per writer and director Duane Adler’s time-tested dance romance movie skills. The film is vivid, gorgeous, and definitely worth a watch.

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From Arts Beat L.A. (April 1, 2014)

…You probably haven’t seen taiko drumming to dub step underscoring plus all kinds of dreamy, fluid modern and hip-hop dancing in one sweet movie, so now you can!

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What Inspires Duane Adler’s Writing & ‘Make Your Move’ [INTERVIEW]

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We found this great fantastic interview with MAKE YOUR MOVE director, Duane Adler, by Mae Abdulbaki from Punch Drunk Critics. In the interview, Duane discusses his transition from screenwriter to director, how it felt directing Derek Hough & Boa in their first film roles, and how writes and envisions a dance scene! Duane also talks about his possible next directing project, which sounds very interesting! We’ve included some of our favorite parts before, but be sure to click here to read the entire article!

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You said that you felt you were the best person to direct this movie. Was there another director attached to the project at any point in time?

No. This was something I pitched. I wanted to do an East meets West story. An American boy and an Asian girl. And I felt like tap dance was underutilized as an art form in movies. There hasn’t been a tap dance movie in years, probably since Tap in the late ’80s. I was kind of watching what was going on in Tap and there were some tap dancers and I watched what they did and I was like, “this is really cool!”

It’s very edgy and raw and urban. So I knew I wanted the lead character to be a tap dancer. I was looking for something for my love interest that would really have a percussion element to go along with the tap dancing and something that’s unique to Asian culture. And I thought, “what about taiko drums? Those are really cool, I love those things.” So I Googled tap dance and taiko drums just to see if anybody had done something or was doing anything with those instruments, and I found this group in New York called Cobu.

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As a director, how was it working with first-time actor Derek Hough and with BoA in her first English-speaking role?

You know, as a director, I couldn’t have asked for more from both of them and I couldn’t have felt luckier because they were both workaholics. Neither of them had done a movie before. Derek was on the West End when he was 18, but never been in a movie before. But obviously from being on the show [Dancing with the Stars], he was very camera-savvy and very used to working with a lot of people around.

And BoA, she’d grown up around the spotlight, so that part of it was easy for both of them. But the challenge for both of them, and was something that they both embraced, was the work that it takes to be relaxed on camera and to not feel the pressure of having to be perfect every time. Both in the dance numbers as well as the acting. To be able to know that this isn’t live television and that we can take two or three takes. They can warm up into this. They both just went with it and trusted me and trusted the process. We asked an enormous amount of them. They started dance rehearsals five weeks before we started shooting. They lived in the dance studio with the choreographers and the dancers. And they embraced it all and were ready to go.

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When you sit down to write, coming from a dance perspective, do you imagine the dance scenes in your head as you’re writing certain scenes?

Yeah. Yeah, I do. When I write a dance scene, I do write on the page a lot describing it. I don’t try to describe the dance moves though. I don’t try to say, “she spins on toes in a three-spin pirouette.” I don’t get into the technical terms, but I try to take the reader on an emotional journey. I ask myself before I write any dance numbers, “what’s the story of this dance?” And that’s where I start. What are the characters trying to express? What are they trying to say? Not unlike how a musical would work, when the character breaks into song, and that’s what’s happening here with our characters.

Each time Derek and BoA dance, we’re furthering the story and they’re saying something to the other person that they’re not saying in words. So I’ll put that on the page and might write

a page and a half, a page, describing that. And then I’d share that with the choreographers and the music department. And Derek actually wrote one of the songs with that in mind. He co-wrote the “Let Me In” song when they do the beautiful duet in the studio. So it’s all really a collaborative experience, but it does all start with what I envision when I’m writing it.

What I didn’t want to do with this movie is make it a dance battle movie. I wanted to make these dances in this movie much more intimate. Much more storytelling. I didn’t want the movie to feel like it stops for a dance number. I wanted the dances to be dramatic and sensual and romantic. Just two characters expressing themselves.

Read the rest of this great interview here!

VIDEO TEASERS: Behind-The-Scenes, Rehearsal Clips, and Aya’s Drum Class from “Make Your Move”

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Have you seen Make Your Move yet in the theater? If not, here are three more teasers to entice you to see it. If you already have seen it, you’ll still enjoy these video clips of scenes behind-the-scenes. 🙂

 

Behind the Scenes of Make Your Move
(with Derek, BoA, Duane, Yako, Nappytabs, and Joel High commenting)

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Aya’s Drum Class (with Rookie Donny)

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Derek’s Tap Dancing Rehearsal

Great Article on ‘Make Your Move’s Director, Duane Adler!

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Duane directing BoA and Derek in a scene

Did you know that MAKE YOUR MOVE was Duane Adler’s first time directing a feature film? Did you know that he came up with the concept, wrote the screenplay, and found the two main leads Derek Hough and BoA? MAKE YOUR MOVE is Duane’s baby and we are so happy that the movie has finally been released so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful movie!

The Baltimore Sun published an article on Duane (who grew up in nearby Washington D.C.) Below is an excerpt from the aricle:

“I felt I was the best person to interpret this story — and as a writer, I don’t always feel that way,” says the North Carolina-born Adler, 45, who grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and Odenton and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.” Directing is a different beat. It’s time-consuming, it’s hard. I think you have to be really passionate if you want to go down that road. But this [story] was an idea I had, and I did want to direct it from the start.”

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Adler says he’s perhaps most proud of the diverse cast he assembled for film. “Make Your Move” stars Derek Hough, of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Korean pop-star BoA. Members of COBU appear in the film, and the supporting cast includes Will Yun Lee (CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”) and Wesley Jonathan (TV Land’s “The Soul Man’).

“Our industry’s changing daily,” Adler says, “but there’s some trepidation when it comes to cross-cultural love stories and cross-cultural casting.”

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Still, Adler is optimistic that audiences are ready to embrace such a polyglot cast in a film that centers on conflict among people, not races.

“Not one time in this movie is race an issue,” he says. “Not one time does anyone say, ‘You can’t be with that girl because she’s Asian,” or ‘You can’t be with that boy because he’s white.’

Read the rest of the article here!

Derek Hough Tidbits on ‘Make Your Move’ & Fun Instagram Video!

Check out this great interview called “5 Ways to Make Your Move with Derek Hough” from Backstage.com! In the article, Derek explains five important things that keeps him motivated in life and career.. and filming MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve posting our two favorites, but be sure to click on the link to read them all!

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Derek’s special message to fans about ‘Make Your Move’

Go the extra mile.
“The character is a tapper, a hoofer, a street performer in New Orleans and I’ve never tapped before in my life,” says Hough. “It was actually one of the things that fascinated me about it and excited me because I knew it was going to force me to learn a new skill.” Although they offered to use stunt feet, it was important to Hough to do all the dancing himself. “I wanted every sound and every movement to be my own, and to be honest about it and to be true.” Hough trained for two and a half months, but luckily, since he was a drummer, picking up the rhythms was fairly easy.

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In addition to his dance training, Hough studied theater in London. The training helped to give him freedom in his acting and dancing. “It’s really psychological, and [you learn] about yourself and being honest with yourself and true to how you feel in that moment.” He’s applied this technique to his acting, dancing, and choreography. “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”

Also check out this fun instagram that Derek posted today in honor of the release of MAKE YOUR MOVE. It’s a behind the scenes video at the filming of the video LET ME IN… you can see Duane Adler in there getting some action too! Haha!

Reviews, Reviews, and MORE Reviews for ‘Make Your Move’! (Critic Reviews)

We have collected a bunch of movie critic reviews that have been released recently! There are some wonderful reviews, some mixed, some not so nice… =P But most all reviewers had something positive to say about MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve included our favorite comments from each review, but be sure to click on the link to read the entire review… and remember, it’s all in the eye of the beholder! =)

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NY DAILY NEWS

Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.” That’s because Adler wrote the original “Step Up” (and “Save the Last Dance”). This time, he brings an efficient, well-choreographed enthusiasm to an earnest, likable romance.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Director Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography. In an adorable meet-cute, Donny introduces himself to Aya (BoA) by challenging her to an impromptu dance-off on top of a bar. Imagine Fred and Ginger tapping under strobe lights in club gear.

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.

THE ROGER EBERT GROUP

“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. It understands the need for community, for expression, for family. It’s kind to its characters. It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Duane Adler, the writer of “Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance,” capably directs “Make Your Move,” a soapy, flashy confection that juxtaposes Mr. Hough’s tap dancing with the Japanese drumming style Taiko, tossed with liberal helpings of contemporary hip-hop moves. Mr. Hough, a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, impresses with his footwork and sufficiently fulfills his romantic-lead duties. BoA is cute and appealingly impudent, but a bit more remote.

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Hough is athletic as Gene Kelly and has the beautiful lines of Fred Astaire. His beautiful spins and turns and dynamic lines outclass BoA whose hip hop is good, but not as high a level as the crews on “Step Up: 3D.” Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo’s choreography matches Hough and BoA’s disparate talents into a lyrically romantic duet sequences. Gregory Middleton’s atmospheric cinematography makes grunge look glamorous and fills us with the golden light of possibilities including multicultural friendships and romance. “Make Your Move” isn’t a great movie but feature wonderful dance sequences and maybe the first step for Derek Hough into musical stardom. Please someone give Hough a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire musical and find him a Ginger Rogers.

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YOUNG ADULT HOLLYWOOD

The sexual tention betwen Donny and Aya is hot, and if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve probably seen the dance sequence where Donny and Aya dance/undress before their sexual encounter. The way Donny takes off his shirt is HOT!! I really enjoyed covering Make Your Move! From the red carpet, to the screening, to the fabulous after party, it is a great film, with a great director and cast, and I can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are on Make Your Move!

THE DISSOLVE

Here is a film that truly believes in America and the spirit of diversity upon which this country was founded; its unfortunately infrequent dance sequences depict young people moving, in a guileless effort to move young people. BoA’s cultural dexterity emerges as her most evident gift—Make Your Move takes full advantage of her fame as the only Korean artist to have two separate million-selling albums in Japan (particularly impressive given the fractious history between the two countries). The film foregrounds BoA’s multi-lingual fluency, not only overlooking her mild difficulties with English, but also openly celebrating her worldliness as proof of her right to remain in America as a true New Yorker.

3 Out of 4 Stars for ‘Make Your Move’ From the Roger Ebert Group! [REVIEW]

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This is a wonderful review for MAKE YOUR MOVE by Sheila O’Malley, who writes movie reviews for RogerEbert.com! If you remember, Roger Ebert was a beloved movie critic for many decades. We love how Sheila is truly a fan of dance and the art of the dance movie. Read the excerpt below, but be sure to read the full review here!

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Written and directed by Duane Adler, who wrote the screenplay for the original “Step Up,” “Make Your Move” has a pretty complicated plot, involving corporate sponsorship, event planning, career moves for dancers, visa and immigration issues, not to mention various family dramas and burgeoning romance. It’s a lot to absorb. But a movie like “Make Your Move” rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific. Each “number” has a story behind it, a motivation, a different look and feel. Adler and his cinematographer Gregory Middleton chose to film much of the sequences using full-body shots, the camera moving with the dancers, giving us a chance to see the dancers in action, moving through space. Oftentimes, with dance movies, the camerawork and editing choices cut away from the full body, showing us different parts and gestures, trying to generate a sense of excitement and movement through the editing. It can be frustrating, especially if you grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: “Let me see the whole dancer!” “Make Your Move” shows us the whole dancer. These sequences really move in a way that feels organic.

“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. It understands the need for community, for expression, for family. It’s kind to its characters. It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

Finishing reading this great review here!