Dirty Dancing Remake

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 »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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