[VIDEO REVIEWS]Pop divas try to hit high notes on screen

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[VIDEO REVIEWS]Pop divas try to hit high notes on screen

Stand in line and make reservations at your nearest video shops, movie buffs -- Britney Spears and Mariah Carey are on their way. Mariah comes first, with "Glitter" on Wednesday, followed by Britney with "Crossroads" next Monday. Francois Truffaut, eat your heart out.

They are not, of course, the first pop divas to try to make it on the silver screen. Whitney Houston gave it a whirl in "The Bodyguard." And Madonna has made as many films as albums, most notably starring in "Evita."

"The Bodyguard" (1992)

Directed by Mick Jackson. Starring Houston and Kevin Costner.

Houston at least did not have to worry about understanding her character. As Rachel Marron, the biggest pop star in the country, Houston delivered a fine performance. Costner stars as Frank Farmer, Marron's bodyguard, a former secret agent who is obsessive about his vocation.

Marron is receiving threats from a homicidal fan, but refuses to maintain a low profile, as Farmer advises. The two, with their significantly different lifestyles, clash and fray, but it does not take too long until the dislike develops into faith and affection.

The film received Oscar nominations for best song, although it did not attract any for acting.

"Evita" (1996)

Directed by Alan Parker. Starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.

To become the former Argentine first lady Eva Peron in this musical film, Madonna went to great efforts. Banderas took the male lead, displaying a surprisingly good singing talent.

The film's dialogue was presented almost completely in song.

Madonna makes a vivid presentation as Eva Peron, starting from the rock bottom of society, then becoming an actress and eventually working her way up to first lady. The lavish sets and costumes are also notable. Andrew Lloyd Webber won an Oscar for the song "You Must Love Me."

by Chun Su-jin

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