While Britney Spears fans will have to wait until February 15 to see her big screen debut, they can view some scenes that did not make the movie beginning Tuesday (November 6).
The pop princess’ new album, Britney, includes enhanced CD-ROM outtakes from the film, formerly known as “What Are Friends For,” currently titled “Crossroads.”
Footage on the CD is wrapped around a performance clip of Spears singing “Overprotected” and includes bloopers of the singer tripping and falling and giggling with her co-stars.
“Crossroads” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tamra Davis (“Billy Madison”), though Spears said the concept of the film was her own.
“I talked to [Rhimes] and told her what I wanted the movie to be about and she elaborated on it,” Spears said recently. “It was my little project. When you do a movie, I think you have to be really passionate about it. I was having a lot of offers, but this is something my heart was into.”
The movie finds Spears’ character, Lucy, on a cross-country adventure seeking musical fame. Taryn Manning (“Crazy/Beautiful”) and Zoe Saldana (“Center Stage”) play Lucy’s friends who join her on the trip, while Anson Mount (“Urban Legends: Final Cut”) takes on the role of a love interest she meets along the way (see “Britney Is That Innocent — In The Movies, At Least” ).
Dan Aykroyd (“Ghostbusters”) and Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) play Lucy’s parents, and Justin Long (“Ed”) plays her best friend from high school.
Aside from performing “Overprotected” in “Crossroads,” she also sings “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” during a karaoke scene. Since those songs and two others from the film will be available on Britney (see “Britney Says Britney Reflects Who Britney Is” ), the singer said the movie will not have a separate soundtrack.
Before she hits theaters, Spears will spend plenty of time on the small screen. She appears on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” Monday (November 5), “TRL” and “Late Show With David Letterman” Tuesday (November 6) and on her own HBO special, “Britney Spears: Live From Las Vegas,” November 18.
“We have so many amazing things that have never been done before,” Spears said of the special. “I told the people working on the show to go into this like it’s a toy store and pick out whatever they can. The energy in Vegas is amazing. I always have my best shows there.”
As for her next foray into acting, Spears’ manager said the singer has temporarily put aside looking at scripts to focus on her tour, which kicked off last week in Columbus, Ohio (see “Britney Goes Bald, Plays Tiny Dancer, Gets Caught In The Rain At Tour Kickoff” ).
For a full-length Britney Spears interview, check out “Britney Spears: Pop Rocks!”