Network television seems obsessed with remaking musical and dance-infused films from the past. The Wiz Live! just aired last week on NBC and we’ve got Grease: Live coming to Fox in January. Now ABC is looking to get in on the remake bandwagon, though without the live-show gimmick.
Lionsgate TV is putting together a remake of Dirty Dancing that will be a three-hour TV event filled with song and dance performances. And they even have someone lined up already to take the iconic role of Baby played by Jennifer Grey. Read More »
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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.
The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »
Briefly: A remake of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing has been on the books at Lionsgate since 2009. Two years later, Kenny Ortega was brought on as a director, a screenwriter was hired and finally it was scheduled for a July 2013 release. Turns out casting roles as iconic as Patrick Swayze’s and Jennifer Grey’s isn’t as easy as expected, though, and now Deadline reports Lionsgate has pulled the film off their release schedule. If it’s still to come out, it won’t be until 2014 at the earliest.
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Briefly: We still don’t know who’ll be stepping into Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s shoes for Kenny Ortega‘s Dirty Dancing remake, but we know exactly when they try to dance into your hearts. According to Variety, Lionsgate has announced a release date of July 26, 2013 for the updated version of the 1987 romance classic. That pits Dirty Dancing against Disney’s TV-to-film project Phineas and Ferb, which is slated to open on the same day.
The new Dirty Dancing will be a modernized take with a soundtrack featuring ’60s classics and brand-new tunes, as well as songs from the original. (Can’t have Dirty Dancing without “Time of My Life,” can we?) As with any remake, some fans of the original are no doubt already primed to hate this new take, but it’s actually in pretty good hands — Ortega was the choreographer behind the 1987 version. Other works on his resume include the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It, the super-successful High School Musical franchise, Hocus Pocus, and Newsies.
Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis is collecting quite a cast for Flight, his return to live-action filmmaking. Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Rubicon star James Badge Dale are the latest additions to the project, which stars Denzel Washington as an alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot who becomes a public hero when he rescues a troubled flight. However, his own issues may have contributed to the flight’s problems to begin with. Bruce Greenwood and John Goodman are also set to appear, while Don Cheadle, Brian Geraghty and Kelly Reilly are in negotiations to board the project as well.
Leo would play the role of an investigator who believes the pilot is guilty of negligence, and wants to expose the truth about him. Dale is negotiating to play a dying cancer patient. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Kylie Minogue makes a movie with Juliette Binoche and Footloose remake star Kenny Wormald may be up for another ’80s classic.
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That remake of Dirty Dancing that many have already enthusiastically begun to doubt now has a screenwriter: Maria Maggenti, writer of this summer’s Monte Carlo, will pen the screenplay. When we first heard that Lionsgate wanted to remake the film we heard that Julia Dahl (Uptown Girls writer, West Wing writer/story editor) would write the script. When Kenny Ortega (This Is It, also the original choreographer for the original Dirty Dancing) was hired to direct, suddenly there was no screenwriter attached. Read More »
Briefly: Choreographer-turned-director Kenny Ortega directed the first two High School Musical films, the Michael Jackson performance film This Is It, and was set to direct the remake of Footloose before dropping out and leaving room for Craig Brewer to take that project. But Kenny Ortega is now set to remake another well-liked ’80s dance film. Lionsgate has just hired him to direct a new version of Dirty Dancing. And if anyone is a good choice to remake this particular movie, it is Ortega, as he choreographed the now-famous moves (referenced recently in Crazy, Stupid, Love.) in the original 1987 version.
Deadline says that this remake is a “high priority” for Lionsgate. Back in 2009 when the intent to remake the film was announced, Julia Dahl (Uptown Girls writer, West Wing writer/story editor) was penning the new script. IMDBPro still lists her as the screenwriter. Expect to hear casting on this pretty soon; would-be Jennifer Greys and Patrick Swayzes should start polishing their moves now.
Just a day after Lionsgate generated some goodwill by picking up the fanboy favorite Kick-Ass, the studio is now alienating a different fanbase entirely by announcing a remake of Dirty Dancing. There’s not a lot of info on the project, which was vaguely announced by a tweet from Production Weekly. That said Julia Dahl (Uptown Girls writer, West Wing writer/story editor) is writing the new script. I can just shrug this one off, but I’m sure it’s going to piss off someone. Plenty of someones, more likely. Read More »
Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer), Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis, and the cult action flick Point Break starring Reno 911’s Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant and Human Giant’s Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel.
Last week, while we were caught in the Comic-Con madness, we missed the latest cinemash release — Channing Tatum (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart) play “an appealingly off-beat couple wax romantic and can’t stop moving to the music as they mix intimacy and hilarity in a scene from the megahit movie” Dirty Dancing.. The short is written by Paper Heart writer/director Nicholas Jasenovec and Kashy Khaledi and written by Jasenovec and Yi. Watch it now after the jump.
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