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With Julianne and Derek Hough in town, a look at sibling acts

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Donny and Marie comparisons have always circled Julianne and Derek Hough, but never more than now. That's what happens when you take your sibling act on the road. • The brother and sister from Dancing with the Stars both have stuff going on (most notably Julianne, who has twin acting and singing careers), but they decided to pause and serve a slice of the old-fashioned cheese fans were asking for: A traveling brother and sister act. • The siblings Hough will bring their Move Live on Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall Tuesday, to the delight of eager fans. The 8 p.m. production sold out fast, and Ruth Eckerd added an earlier show. • The Houghs promise ballroom, tap, salsa, hip-hop and adorable competition with lots of crowd involvement. We hope they hold back on the smoldering eyes and sexy ballroom dances with each other, though, because, weird. • The Houghs are not the first famous siblings to team up for our entertainment. Let's revisit some famous brothers and sisters and their attempts to work together. Can Derek and Julianne topple Donny and Marie after all?

Ben and Casey Affleck

Solo: Ben won an Oscar for writing Good Will Hunting with his brother from another mother, Matt Damon. He made sure to balance that glory with flops like Gigli. Casey was in the Oceans Eleven films and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Duet: The Afflecks appeared together in Good Will Hunting and 200 Cigarettes, and in countless bro-hugs on red carpets. And in 2007, Ben directed his little brother in Gone Baby Gone.

Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen

Solo: Rashad is best known for breathing life into Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and she also won a Tony Award for her role in A Raisin in the Sun. Allen is an actor, dancer, choreographer, director often seen on So You Think You Can Dance.

Duet: The sisters appeared together once on The Cosby Show, with Allen playing a trainer hired to help Clair lose weight. Later, it kind of turned real when the sisters did the Jenny Craig program together.

Emily and Zooey Deschanel

Solo: Emily plays Dr. Temperance Brennan on the Fox series Bones. Zooey is everyone's favorite pixie dream girl from 500 Days of Summer and her own show on Fox, New Girl. She also plays and sings with the band She & Him and has iconic bangs.

Duet: These sisters do their own thing. But in 2009, Zooey guest-starred on a special holiday-themed episode of Bones called "The Goop on the Girl." Zooey played a second cousin of her real-life sister, and their characters did not like each other one bit.

Joan and John Cusack

Solo: They're both major movie stars in their own right, though John Cusack arguably has the bigger shine. He has starred in Say Anything, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank, War. And Joan has been in …

Duet: Well, lots of other stuff, too. But, also, Say Anything, High Fidelity, Gross Pointe Blank, War. Their jobs tend to overlap, which gives all of America the warm Cusack fuzzies.

Donny and Marie Osmond

Solo: Irrelevant.

Duet: What haven't they done together? These two haven't gone anywhere without each other in years, pairing up for their legendary musical act, their TV show and their Las Vegas show. And this couple is so deeply ingrained in our cultural lexicon, there was even an episode of The Killing called "Donnie or Marie." Pick your perky poison.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8716.

     
 
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