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Reinventing the Cabaret Show with Rumer Willis

Dancing with the Stars winner turned Broadway leading lady turned... Cabaret singer? How Rumer Willis turned a step down into a major step up.

Liam Berry//

Popdust

The trajectory of a star is usually easy to track. The rise to fame, the big break, the golden age, and finally the victory of lap of hosting gigs and panel positions (or the embarrassing scramble to pay their debts). Cabaret shows are usually a part of the rise to fame, the moment of waiting for discovery, or they come at the end of the career as an artistic indulgence or a money-grab. So why would someone who's hitting their stride, like the Dancing with the Stars winning leading lady of Chicago, Rumer Willis, decide to embark on a cabaret-esque show tour?

One compelling answer for this question is that Rumer Willis puts on a damn good show.

Taking the stage shortly after midnight at a swanky midtown cocktail thrust, The Cutting Room, Rumer Willis mounted the stage with a casual confidence, saying a few broad words about love before breaking into a Dean Martin style "Sway (Dance with Me)."

Beyond being a top-notch cover, the song was a bit of a misdirection. Its reserved vocals and contained rhythm left me expecting a more traditional cabaret performance, one during which I would talk and eat and sometimes listen in the background to the show.

That would not, however, be the case with Rumer Willis' Over The Love show.

Willis held the audience totally accountable. She was funny, too, jabbing at the marriage/kids/picket fence culture of people her age. She covered the same topics as late 20s comedians do, with much of the same relatable grace. Above all she encouraged participation, telling us to cheer and jeer and "take pictures and stuff... but tag me because I'm building my empire."

The rest of show was packed with the immense talent of both Willis and her backing musicians. Delving into songs that required the sort of full-tilt belting for which she was praised in herChicago run, she showcased the formidable range of her voice. This came out especially strong on her cover of Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good.

The band was incredible. A wild-maned drummer, dubbed "Birdy" by his fellow performers (real name Rod Humphreys), provided an absurdly tight rhythm for the show without sacrificing a hint of energy. Will Harrington tore up the piano riffs and made every interlude worth listening to. And singer Tye Blue came with it on light-hearted duets in addition to a spiritual intermission.

The show had an intimate feeling, friends and family of Willis were present, if not dominant, in the crowd. It was her friend Nicole's birthday so Willis and Blue brought her on stage for "Happy Birthday." This at times was so prevalent in the between-song monologues that I felt more like somebody's plus one at a wedding than an equally anonymous customer of the bar.As the feeling of intimacy increased, so did the willingness of Willis and Blue to go buckwild riffing and belting at every opportunity, giving the show a very special feeling of one-time-only experimentation.

Rumer Willis filled the rare artistic position of expanding on the form by working completely within it. This was, by all accounts, a cabaret show. But by no means was it boring or unoriginal. It was an excellent rendition of something that's been done before and will be done again. However, with her immense collection of talent, Willis made sure that no one will soon forget her contribution to the cocktail tradition.

Check out another picture below of Rumer Willis at The Cutting Room:

Rumer Willis channels Demi Moore channeling Jessica Rabbit—can anyone say va va voom? Talk about gorgeous…

Bruce's little girl has gone and got herself all grown up.

And, hello, can anybody say, Goddamn gorgeous!

Rumer Willis is channeling mom Demi Moore, channeling Jessica Rabbit, in a stunning new photo.

In the pic, Rumer models an absolutely beautiful flamenco dress in a bright tomato red.

But it's her flawless skin, long thick lustrous hair and impossibly teeny tiny waist that demand all the attention.

rumer willis channels demi mooreRumer channeling momma Demi, channeling Jessica Rabbit....

Total old school Hollywood glamor, complete with Veronica Lake style hair 'do, with the added usual Willis sisters' unique stamp.

Love, love, love these girls.

The 27-year-old posted the jaw dropping pic on her Instagram Sunday night, teasing her followers with the promise of a "little project."

Captioning it:

Working on a little project with the dream team.... @thetylershields @jwujek @haleybuckner @tyeblue1 @bykilian. Can't wait to show you guys!!

As Popdust previously reported, Rumer has previously opened up about the pain of growing up in the spotlight as the child of a beautiful star.

She broke down in tears during a monologue on Dancing With the Stars last year, while talking about the bullying she endured as a Hollywood teen:

When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloid magazines, it's really tough.

When I was a teenager I was super awkward, I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked and people were nasty.
People would say I looked like a man or something called a 'buttaface', which means everything good but her face, or potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked. ...
My mom who is one of the most stunning women I've ever met and who everyone was comparing me to, saying that you look more like your very masculine father than your beautiful Mom.

For years I thought 'Maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer' and it's not.' ...

I went through a lot of huge changes for myself that really affected me in a positive way. ...

My sister Tallulah was in rehab and I was inspired because she didn't try to hide from it.
She really owned it.

She got in this mindset of saying 'Here are my flaws and it's OK. I'm still me and I'm still beautiful and it doesn't matter.'

I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies.

Well, they say revenge is a dish best served cold.

In Rumer's case, it's a dish served up in a stunning smokin' hot red flamenco dress.

Although, as she's proved, her beauty is ingrained and within as well.

The very best kind of beauty there is.

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Rumer Willis jaw photoshopped smaller by photographer in editorial shoot

The Rumer Willis jaw photoshopped controversy has the 27-year-old calling out the culprit on social media.

Rumer's pissed. And we don't blame her.

Basically, some douche photographer decided he didn't like the way Rumer looks naturally.

So he took it upon himself to digitally alter her appearance.

And, we're not talking the usual run-of-the-mill post-shoot photoshopping—you know, removing some blemishes, smoothing out wrinkles kind of thing.

No, this is totally changing one of someone's strongest facial features.

The douche photographer took umbrage at the oldest Willis sister's jaw—deciding it's just too large for his aesthetic tastes—so he chiseled it down a few pixels.

And the result was pretty damn dramatic.

The douche photographer appears to have given his aesthetic seal of approval to Rumer's two sisters however.

Tallulah and Scout posed with Rumer for the editorial shoot—and they managed to come out of it digital surgery-free.

Rumer slammed the douche photographer on Instagram—accusing him of bullying.

She posted the offending altered pic, along with a message to her fans:

Any friends of fans of mine who posted this, I would appreciate if you took it down. The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically.
I love the way I look and I won't support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful.
Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for.

And she's right. It's totally offensive.

Especially given Rumer's past struggle with insecurity over her appearance.

As Popdust previously reported, Rumer talked about the bullying she endured as a teenager during a tearful monologue on Dancing With the Stars, which she competed in last year:

When I was a teenager I was super awkward. I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked, and people were nasty.
People would say I looked like a man or something called a 'buttaface', which means everything good but her face, or potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked. …

Sadly, this isn't the first time Willis has been drastically photoshopped without her consent or knowledge.

It also happened back in 2014, when she modeled for Franziska Fox's spring 2015 lookbook.

At the time, she told US Magazine:

I think I would have felt very differently if I was a model who was hired to be a part of the brand. I get that there are certain things they want to change or whatever.
But, if you're hiring me to be a representative of your brand and you're changing who I am — like drastically changing how I look [while] everybody knows how I look [by] taking away the muscle — I just thought it was odd, you know?
If you have a zit or something on your face or a weird crease that you want to get rid of, don't get me wrong: I'll be the first to be like, 'Yeah, that looks weird.'
[But the lookbook editors] were trying like, to change my face and take the muscles out of my arms… It looked weird.
My stylist told me about [the photoshopping] and I was like, 'Well, that's fucked up.'
Then I immediately called my manager and said, 'You know, this is unacceptable, because that's not what I want to put out in the world and what I want to represent anyway.'
The ideal, you know, in this industry — all of the photos that you're growing up as a little girl and seeing — are all Photoshopped and retouched.
This idea that how you are is not okay [should] not [be] the case.
You should be able to feel beautiful with no makeup on, completely naked, and feel totally stoked about how you look and no one should be judging you for anything.

Amen to that, sister. Amen to that.

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Growing up in the spotlight with a beautiful, famous, mom can be tough—just ask Christie Brinkley’s daughter, Alexa Ray Joel.

As Popdust previously reported, over the years, Billy Joel’s daughter has run the gauntlet of public criticism over her looks, culminating in the 29-year-old attempting to take her own life back in 2009—but, as bad as she was made to feel, it seems even Alexa wasn’t scrutinized as heavily as Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ two oldest daughters.

Tallulah Willis turned to drugs and alcohol as a mechanism to cope with the barrage of online bullying she received purely by way of how she looks, and now Rumer Willis is opening up on the subject.

The 26-year-old talked about the bullying she endured as a teenager during a tearful monologue on last night’s Dancing With the Stars, in which she is currently competing, alongside pro dance partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

And, she had the audience in tears, including mom Demi, and sisters Tallulah and Scout.

When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloid magazines, it's really tough. When I was a teenager I was super awkward, I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked and people were nasty.

People would say I looked like a man or something called a 'buttaface', which means everything good but her face, or potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked. ...

My mom who is one of the most stunning women I've ever met and who everyone was comparing me to, saying that you look more like your very masculine father than your beautiful Mom. For years I thought 'Maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer' and it's not.' ...

I went through a lot of huge changes for myself that really affected me in a positive way. ... My sister Tallulah was in rehab and I was inspired because she didn't try to hide from it. She really owned it. She got in this mindset of saying 'Here are my flaws and it's OK. I'm still me and I'm still beautiful and it doesn't matter.' I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies.

 

Amen to that sister!

Rumer Willis brought her whole family as well as a set of huge new teeth to the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, and we expected nothing less!

Rumer and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy had the highest score of the evening, beating the valiant double amputee Army veteran Noah Galloway.

Galloway brought tears to the eyes of the discerning judges, but not votes apparently. Through their tears, they were able to marvel at Rumer's prowess as she performed in front of her cheering family.

Actually, Bruce Willis refrained from cheering, surrounded as he was by wives and daughters. Demi Moore chose to sit behind her ex, but had been furiously tweeting her support of Rumer for days leading up to the big event.

Rumer had been looking forward to showing people 'who I really am' on the show, and now we know. Sort of.

But we will know better as the season unfolds. Hopefully there will be teeth, nose-rings, buzzcuts, free nipples and plenty of Willis Family drama along the way!

Rumer WIllis is opening up about Ashton Kutcher once dating her mother Demi Moore, saying she finds the whole thing crazy.

At 26, Rumer is older than Ashton was when he started seeing her then-40-year-old mother, something she clearly has a hard time wrapping her head around.

"I realized the other day, that he was a year younger than me when he and my mom started going out. That would be like me meeting someone who already had three teenage kids, kind of going into that situation was crazy," she told Access Hollywood Live.

Rumer went on to say she still has a relationship with Ashton, and thinks little Wyatt is adorable.

"I reached out to him when he had the baby, which is so awesome," she said. "I saw photos of her [Wyatt]. She's very cute."

It sounds like Demi is fully aware of the friendship between Rumer and Ashton, and continues to just put her children first.

"My mom has always made how [my sisters and I] feel about situations the most important thing," she said. "I think it was more her going, 'Hey, this is my life and these are my kids and my priorities. So if you want to come and kind of join our crazy clan, this is what I already have kind of built.' Which I find so amazing and respectful. It's one of the things that I admire most about my parents, is that they set such an incredible example for kind of putting their children first and keeping a family together, no matter what."

We love these Willis girls!