Making of 1917

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated war drama 1917 was filmed to look like it unfolds in in a single shot. Plus, dancer Jenna Dewan, takes a look at dancing scenes from movies such as La La Land, Napoleon Dynamite, Save the Last Dance, Pulp Fiction, and more. And see how the flying sequences in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil were shot with special rigs and plenty of blue screen. Read More »

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You’re about to have the time of your life at the movie theaters. Two beloved ’80s classics are returning to theaters through Fathom Events: The Karate Kid and Dirty Dancing, with The Karate Kid returning to theaters for its 35th anniversary and Dirty Dancing getting its theatrical encore for Valentine’s Day.

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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 »

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.

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.

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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Writer Hired for ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake

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 »

Kenny Ortega to Direct ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake

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.

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Lionsgate Planning Dirty Dancing Remake

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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 »