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3-Hour TV Remake Of 'Dirty Dancing' Starring Abigail Breslin On The Way

9 December 2015 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

You either understand the magic of "Dirty Dancing," or you don't, and if you're in the latter category, then this news probably won't mean much to you. But for those who fully understand the intense sturm und drang between Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle as displayed in the 1987 movie picture, then this news will seem like a cruel joke. While a feature film remake had been pending at one point, instead ABC is going to make a 3-hour TV movie version of the dance romance classic. Abigail Breslin will fill the emotional dancing shoes of Jennifer Grey, but there's no word yet on who will attempt Patrick Swayze's nonchalant hunkiness or dare to fill the role of the irreplaceable Jerry Orbach. And the plot will be exactly the same, about the cultural and social clash that happens at a resort in the Catskills when a woman from an affluent »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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3-Hour TV Remake Of 'Dirty Dancing' Starring Abigail Breslin On The Way

9 December 2015 2:17 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You either understand the magic of "Dirty Dancing," or you don't, and if you're in the latter category, then this news probably won't mean much to you. But for those who fully understand the intense sturm und drang between Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle as displayed in the 1987 movie picture, then this news will seem like a cruel joke. While a feature film remake had been pending at one point, instead ABC is going to make a 3-hour TV movie version of the dance romance classic. Abigail Breslin will fill the emotional dancing shoes of Jennifer Grey, but there's no word yet on who will attempt Patrick Swayze's nonchalant hunkiness or dare to fill the role of the irreplaceable Jerry Orbach. And the plot will be exactly the same, about the cultural and social clash that happens at a resort in the Catskills when a woman from an affluent »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Dirty Dancing' TV Remake Happening with Abigail Breslin as Baby

8 December 2015 4:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 1987 classic Dirty Dancing will be heading to the small screen through a new partnership with ABC and Lionsgate TV, with a new three-hour musical adaptation starring Abigail Breslin as Baby. Deadline reports that the project is expected to get an official green light from ABC after one more role is cast, most likely the Johnny Castle role, originally played by Patrick Swayze. It isn't known if the production is close to casting their Johnny Castle yet.

Unlike NBC's The Wiz Live!, which aired last week, and Fox's upcoming Grease: Live, ABC isn't planning a live rendition of Dirty Dancing. This musical adaptation will be taped prior to the broadcast, much like Fox's upcoming The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, which is slated to debut sometime next year. Since ABC hasn't officially given a green light yet, it isn't known when production will begin at this time.

Jennifer Grey starred »

- MovieWeb

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Abigail Breslin to Star in ABC’s Dirty Dancing TV Musical; Will Probably Have the Time of Her Something Something

8 December 2015 11:14 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Joining in the TV musical trend, ABC will be taking on Dirty Dancing as a taped TV movie starring Scream Queens' Abigail Breslin as Baby. NBC has had hits with their live musicals Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, and The Wiz, and ABC is like, "we're no slouch." We already know Abigail Breslin has moves, but no word yet on who will take on the iconic Patrick Swayze roll, or whether Jerry Orbach's character will be played by someone in New York City who inherited his eyes. The only downside to the musical being taped: We'll have no idea how many times Johnny drops Baby while lifting her over his head in the final scene. Dear ABC, we request bloopers. »

- Emma Barrie

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Abigail Breslin Will Star in a Dirty Dancing Musical Remake

8 December 2015 10:40 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Abigail Breslin is going to have the time of her life and she owes to ABC. E! News has confirmed the Scream Queens star will play Baby in ABC's Dirty Dancing TV movie musical. Jessica Sharzer of The L Word and American Horror Story fame will write the script for the TV movie. Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach starred in the original 1987 click. Dirty Dancing got the TV series treatment in 1988 starring Melora Hardin (pre The Office and Transparent), Patrick Cassidy and Ghostbusters director Paul Fieg. The movies got their groove on again in 2004 when the world was given Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. A remake was planned in 2011 with Kenny Ortega, the movie's original choreographer, behind the camera, but »

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The Sentinel

12 October 2015 7:27 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michael Winner is the bad-taste choice to give The Exorcist a run for its money in the faux-religious horror shocker sweepstakes, and the brave actress Cristina Raines leads an impressive supporting cast as the unfortunate suicide attemptee chosen to be the new Gatekeeper for the portal to Hell. Don't expect to see a Keymaster, but instead some of the most indigestible exploitation of the mainstream decade -- mainly real sideshow oddities to represent 'evil' people. Easily the hands-down insensitivity champ of the '70s. The Sentinel Blu-ray Shout! Factory / Scream Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 27.99 Starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Deborah Raffin, Ava Gardner, John Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo, Eli Wallach, Sylvia Miles, Martin Balsam, José Ferrer, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Holland, Tom Berenger. Cinematography Dick Kratina Special Effects Albert Whitlock Special Makeup Effects Dick Smith Original Music Gil Melle »

- Glenn Erickson

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Blu-ray Review: The Sentinel

23 September 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Sentinel was released in 1977 to a bit of controversy over director Michael Winner's decision to use real sideshow oddities for his film's conclusion—a move no filmmaker had the balls to do since Tod Browning in 1932's Freaks. Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is a horror film anomaly, one that simply has to be seen to believe how truly insane it is.

The Sentinel centers on a fashion model who moves into an apartment building that happens to be a portal to Hell. The portal is secretly guarded by deprived priests and occupied by eccentric neighbors who like to host extravagant birthday parties for their pet cats, as well as a mute Beverly D'Angelo who expresses her sexuality during an awkward visit with her new neighbor over friendly morning coffee.

Starring Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), The Sentinel »

- Sean McClannahan

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16 New Movies & TV Shows to Watch at Home This Week

22 September 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Sentinel (Scream Factory) Alison Parker (Cristina Raines) is a model living the model life in New York City who’s just found the perfect apartment. Sure her new neighbors are a bit eccentric including a talkative old man (Burgess Meredith), a public masturbator (Beverly D’Angelo), and a blind priest (John Carradine). Her life begins to crumble when she begins seeing and hearing things that should be impossible, and the closer she and her boyfriend (Chris Sarandon) get to the truth the closer they get to an inevitable fate. This is a rare horror film that uses its religious plot line to explore ideas beyond demonic possessions, and the result is a film that stands apart from the crowd today. It’s a good story filled with solid scares, strong »

- Rob Hunter

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September 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sentinel, Eaten Alive

21 September 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s a big week for cult horror fans, as there are some supremely awesome titles making their way home on September 22nd, including The Sentinel from Scream Factory and Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive, which is being released by Arrow Video. For all you Time Warp fans out there, 20th Century Fox is celebrating The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 40th anniversary in grand style with a stellar Blu-ray set and Kino Lorber is resurrecting the often overlooked early ’90s thriller Lisa, starring the adorable Staci Keanan from My Two Dads.

Other titles being released on Tuesday include Arrow: Season Three, The Flash: Season One, and a pair of kid-themed Halloween movies perfect for younger viewers this upcoming October.

Eaten Alive Two-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Meet The Maniac & His Friend. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, »

- Heather Wixson

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The Sentinel Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

18 September 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Standing watch at the gateway, Scream Factory will unleash The Sentinel on Blu-ray next Tuesday. To give fans a look at the new HD transfer of the film from the interpositive, we have clips and a trailer from the upcoming release.

The Sentinel Blu-ray: "When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Cristina Raines, Nashville, The Duellists), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors...a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant.

Based on Jeffrey Konvitz's best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Little Big Man) and an incredible assemblage of stars including Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, José Ferrer, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, »

- Derek Anderson

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12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

25 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have (literally) given shape to Broadway as we know it.  Bob AvianA frequent collaborator of Michael Bennett’s, Avian began his career as a dancer in shows like “West Side Story” and “Funny Girl,” and later became a choreographer, producer, and director in his own right. He shared 1976 and 1979 Tony Awards with Bennett for their work on “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” respectively, and was nominated for his solo choreography in “Miss Saigon” (1991) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1994). Michael BennettThis great choreographer debuted on Broadway with (very) short-lived musicals “A Joyful Noise” in 1966 and “Henry, Sweet Henry” in 1967, before hitting it big with the Jerry Orbach-starring “Promises, Promises” in 1968. He partnered with Stephen Sondheim in the early 1970s for “Company” and “Follies, »

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Law & Order: Svu Is Doing a Robert Durst Episode, Hot Mic and All

10 August 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The strange tale of Robert Durst will be the latest true-crime story to be ripped from the headlines and run through the Law & Order wringer: As this trailer reveals, the upcoming season premiere of Law & Order: Svu will focus on the case of a wealthy, seemingly untouchable serial killer (Dallas Roberts's Dr. Greg Yates) whose case mirrors Durst's, down to the trash bags full of body parts and the inadvertent confession seemingly caught on tape. Svu's portrayal will complete the Law & Order–Robert Durst trifecta: A 2002 episode of Criminal Intent saw David Thornton play a rich cross-dresser who murdered his mob-daughter friend, while a 2004 episode of the Law & Order mothership featured Henry Stram as an "eccentric cross-dressing millionaire" who killed his neighbor and, decades earlier, his wife. To commemorate the occasion, Durst will receive a gold-plated statue of Jerry Orbach. »

- Nate Jones

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The Sentinel Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

22 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Standing watch at the gateway, Scream Factory has revealed the cover art and bonus features (including a new audio commentary track with actress Cristina Raines) for their highly anticipated Blu-ray release of The Sentinel, due out on September 22nd.

Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced the September 22 release of the 1977 horror classic The Sentinel on Blu-ray with a slate of new bonus features.

When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Cristina Raines, Nashville, The Duellists), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors… a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant.

Based on Jeffrey Konvitz's best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: "F/X" (1986) Starring Bryan Brown, Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

29 May 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Director Robert Mandel's F/X is one of the most entertaining and compulsively watchable thrillers of 1986. I originally caught up with it on VHS and, while I was impressed with the film, the ending I found to be both hokey and frustrating, mostly due to the completely out-of-place 1982 song “Just an Illusion” by Imagination that plays over the end credits. I felt that it undermined all that preceded it. However, like William Friedkin's To Live and Die in La (1985) and David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), F/X is a film that would only grow on me after subsequent repeated viewings. I learned to forgive the inclusion of this song as the final minutes should really be viewed as a visual pun on the film’s overall theme, which begs the question “What is real and what is fiction?”

F/X, which was released on Friday, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Ewan McGregor Is Playing a Singing Candlestick in Beauty and the Beast

21 April 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mortdecai's Ewan McGregor is set to sign on to play Lumière, the anthropomorphic candlestick previously voiced by Jerry Orbach, in Disney's upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. It's unclear how much of McGregor, and the other actors who are portraying housewares, will appear in the film, but given his character's unique physiology, this is the one role where McGregor is unlikely to show his penis. »

- Nate Jones

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'Beauty and the Beast': Ian McKellen Reports from Table Read

15 April 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.

Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.

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Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Cast Share Selfie Photo

14 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is quickly putting its cast together, with production slated to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London. Earlier today, star Josh Gad, (Le Fou) shared a photo on his Instagram page, where he is pictured alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). While it isn't exactly know where this photo was taken, Josh Gad added the caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," which is obviously a nod to the famous "Be Our Guest" song from the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast.

Other cast members who aren't pictured include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). It isn't known how many roles have yet to be filled, but one of the primary characters from the animated version that hasn't been cast is Lumiere, »

- MovieWeb

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The Sentinel (1977) Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

3 April 2015 2:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You can't choose your neighbors in an apartment complex, and sometimes you get stuck next to a noisy, mean-spirited soul who makes you want to look in the classified ads before you even finish unpacking. Alison Parker has some rowdy neighbors around her new Brooklyn apartment, but what disturbs her the most is that nobody else lives on her floor. And that's only one of many creepy elements to be found in 1977's The Sentinel, and fans of the cult classic fright film should be excited to hear that Scream Factory has announced they will release The Sentinel on Blu-ray this summer.

From Scream Factory: "We are beyond thrilled today to report that we will be bringing the 1977 cult classic chiller The Sentinel to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada!

Planned release is for August. This often underrated, overlooked and shocking film from Director Michael Winner »

- Derek Anderson

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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

11 March 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »

- Andre Soares

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Beauty and the Beast Should Be All Harry Potter People

26 January 2015 12:11 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as Hermione, and Hermione and Belle have a lot in common. But there's no need to stop there: We can populate the entire Beauty and the Beast cast with former Harry Potter folk. Beast, as played by Neville Longbottom Neville kind of gets the short shrift in Hp, but he grew up hot and deserved better. Beast it is! Gaston is sort of a Viktor Krum Nothing against Viktor, but no one at Hogwarts seems like they'd be especially good at expectorating. Snape could bring a little something to Lumière Ideally, only Jerry Orbach would ever be Lumière. But that's not how life works, so let's Snape it up. We only ever see his mean streak, really, but »

- Margaret Lyons

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