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This week’s roundup of casting notices is as eclectic as you are! We have opportunities on both stage and screen, ranging from the Wgn series, “Underground,” to a touring production of “Dirty Dancing,” to leading roles in a Tony-nominated play. Check out all seven of this week’s can’t-miss opportunities below! “Underground”Wgn TV series, “Underground,” is currently casting some tiny talent. The drama, which “centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation,” seeks two babies, aged 3–6 months for background roles. Shooting is slated for this September in Savannah, Georgia. “The Tale Of The Allergist’S Wife”Theatre Palisades is casting lead and supporting roles for a nonunion production of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” written by Charles Busch. Rehearsals for the piece, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2001, will begin Sept. 24, with a run slated for Nov. »
The mother of dragons can count Lauren Conrad as one of her fans. The former Hills star, author and designer revealed in a post on her website Tuesday that Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, is her "girl crush." "My girls crush is Emilia Clark from Game of Thrones. I love her Instagram," Conrad, 30, shared in a "25 Things You Didn't Know About Me Post" on LaurenConrad.com. "Why is she the cutest thing ever?" Conrad penned. In addition to sharing that she's a fan of the HBO series' leading lady, Conrad revealed one of her favorite »
- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone
Despite passing away from cancer at the young age of 57, 80s icon Patrick Swayze kept acting up until the time of his death, appearing in a handful of movies and starring in the A&E drama The Beast. His untimely demise came in 2009, the same year Zombieland stormed theaters. And as it turns out, Patrick Swayze was actually supposed to play himself in that movie. This, unfortunately, didn't came to pass.
As Zombieland fans know, it was Bill Murray that would go onto assume the role of himself, playing a heightened version of his Hollywood persona. The cameo remained a secret, even weeks after the movie came out, and many sight the former SNL and Ghostbusters star's presence in the movie as one of the highlights. In this horror action comedy, Woody Harrelson's Tallahassee and his survivor friends played by Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin decided to »
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In honor of another summer winding down, this week’s question comes from reader Jacob Daniel Debrock:
I would like to pose the question of: What is your favorite summer movie? What is the film that somehow captures all of the aspects that make the mood of summer and put it on celluloid?
My summers never turned out like Baby’s in Dirty Dancing. There were no Catskills resorts, dramatic romances, or coordinated dance routines. But to me »
- Laura Adamczyk, Erik Adams, Joe Blevins, Danette Chavez, A.A. Dowd, Will Feinstein, Jesse Hassenger, William Hughes, Becca James, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Alex McCown-Levy, Dennis Perkins, Katie Rife, Gus Spelman, Annie Zaleski, Esther Zuckerman
“Hairspray Live!” doesn’t debut until this December, but the first footage is already here.
“Hairspray Live!” features newcomer Maddie Baillio in the star-making role of Tracy Turnblad, plus a star-studded cast including Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell. “Hairspray” vet Harvey Fierstein will star as Edna Turnblad, the role that won him a Tony in the stage production.
“Hairspray” follows NBC’s past live musicals “The Sounds of Music,” “Peter Pan” and most recently, “The Wiz.”
The live TV musical has become the hot trend of the moment with other broadcasts following suit. Fox jived into the genre with “Grease,” which was a critical and consumer hit. Fox is also prepping for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this fall, though it won’t be live. ABC is also gearing up for a non-live television music of “Dirty Dancing.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Per our sister site Deadline, the pilot follows a con man and his ragtag team of criminals who, after getting nabbed in a CIA sting, are tasked with stealing a number of “long-forgotten relics that could change the fate of the world.”
Gero and Gall will pen the pilot for Warner Bros. TV and serve as executive producers alongside Beranti Studios’ Berlanti and Schechter.
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And the Saturday Night Live exodus continues. Following the surprising news that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning for season 42, E! News has confirmed that Jon Rudnitsky will also be leaving the show. Rudnitsky made his debut during the 2015-16 season and was the only newbie in season 41, but really didn't have a standout moment until he performed a Dirty Dancing parody during Weekend Update in a February episode, hosted by Larry David. He also did impressions of Tom Cruise, Vladimir Putin and Anderson Cooper during his time on the show. While Rudnitsky has yet to sound off on his departure, Killam, who had been on the show for six seasons, admitted in an interview with »
“Saturday Night Live” featured player Jon Rudnitsky will depart the series before its 42nd season starts this fall, TheWrap has confirmed. Rudnitsky joined “SNL” during Season 41. He was known for his impressions of Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Vladimir Putin. He also did a parody of “Dirty Dancing” during “Weekend Update” that received widespread praise. Before he joined “SNL,” Rudnitsky was a stand up comedian and performed with the famous Groundlings troupe in Los Angeles. He has appeared in videos for Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, College Humor and Funny or Die. Also Read: Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah to Exit 'Saturday. »
- Joe Otterson
The Saturday Night Live bloodletting continues. In the wake of TVLine’s scoop that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah would not be returning for Season 42, an NBC spokesperson also confirms that featured player Jon Rudnitsky has been let go.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Who’s In? Who’s Out? Your Guide to 100+ Casting Moves
Rudnitsky — who joined the late-night institution last fall — lingered largely in the background of Season 41 until the Larry David-hosted Feb. 6 installment, in which he interrupted Weekend Update with a Dirty Dancing parody. Rudnitsky also served up an Anderson Cooper impression, during a debate sketch, that earned »
Jon Rudnitsky joins Saturday Night Live veterans Taran Killam & Jay Pharoah on the list of cast members who won’t be returning next season, the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy’s 42nd. Rudnitsky joined SNL as a featured player at the beginning of last season, the only new cast addition for Season 41 when there were no departures. Among Rudnitsky’s more memorable skits was a Dirty Dancing parody. His list of impersonations on the show included Anderson Cooper, Wolf… »
You know things are getting dire on Mistresses when I’m referencing an Ariana Grande song title in my headline.
I mean, give me Jody Watley or Haley Reinhart or Beyoncé all day, every day. But the High Priestess of the High Pony? Eh. You can leave her discs in the 99 cent bin next to the supermarket checkout aisle, for all I care.
That said, when Little Miss Grande’s notorious crimes against donuts (click here if you have no idea what I’m rambling on about) pop up »
A Dirty Dancing remake is on the way - but Jennifer Grey won't be a part of it. The actress, who starred as Baby opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1987 classic film, recently revealed she turned down a role in the upcoming ABC television remake. "I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it's nice to want to be included," she told The Hollywood Reporter Sunday. "But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn't feel appropriate to me.""It feels like »
- Aurelie Corinthios
The Dirty Dancing remake is set to be a three-hour-special on ABC in the near future.
So pretty hard-hitting news this Monday morning as the legendary Jennifer Grey has revealed that she will not be in the TV redo of her hit 1987 film Dirty Dancing. The actress, who was out and about promoting her new Amazon TV show Red Oaks, dropped the bombshell in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me. It feels like if you’re going to do your own thing, do your own thing. I wouldn’t say [what role] but I will tell you, »
- Paul Heath
Following an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, where she was promoting Season 2 of Amazon’s 1980s-set Red Oaks (premiering Nov. 11), Grey told The Hollywood Reporter, “I was asked to do something on [ABC’s Dirty Dancing], and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me »
Don’t look for the original Baby to show up in the upcoming TV remake of “Dirty Dancing”, with Jennifer Grey revealing she was offered a role in the project — but turned it down. “I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Jennifer Grey wants ABC's Dirty Dancing remake to stand on its own. The actress was offered a role in the network's forthcoming TV movie but turned it down. "I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it's nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn't feel appropriate to me," she told The Hollywood Reporter following a panel for the second season of Amazon comedy Red Oaks on Sunday at the Television Critics Association's
- Lesley Goldberg
Theater owners have bemoaned declining audience numbers for years. So it might be a surprise to learn of one exhibitor that packs them in despite showing old movies and charging upward of $85 a ticket.
Secret Cinema has been putting on films in London since 2007. The latest, 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” wrapped July 24 after six days of sold-out screenings that raked in $2.5 million. The company offers an “immersive,” interactive experience, with sophisticated sets, actors, and staged events. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes.
For “Dirty Dancing,” 30,000 attendees descended on an East London park that had been converted into a fictional Catskills resort. Decked out in ’60s attire, they indulged in outdoor games and laughed at cheesy stage acts for hours before the film finally lit up the huge outdoor screen.
Some of Secret Cinema’s previous productions have been even more ambitious. Its 2014 “Back to the Future” extravaganza re-created a ’50s-era American town. »
- Henry Chu
Next Secret Cinema production could be a musical spectacular (spectacular) and a Spielberg classic.
The next Secret Cinema gigs could have been revealed in a series of mysterious social media posts.
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been covering the latest Secret Cinema event here on The Hollywood News. That project was the superb Dirty Dancing where the organisers turned an East London park into the Kellerman’s resort from the famous movie. It was nothing short of awesome to be honest, and the 30,000 attendees sent the film hurtling into the top ten for the first time in 29 years. You can check out some images from the event here, and our review of proceedings over here.
As ever when one production closes, thoughts immediately turn to which movie they will concentrate their efforts on next, and we may just have figured out what they may be plotting. Over »
- Paul Heath
A week ago we were lucky enough to visit Secret Cinema’s fantastic Dirty Dancing event in East London – quite simply one of the best nights of our lives. We were a little limited in what we could tell you about the event as we didn’t want to spoil it for others. Well, not that the event has ended we can reveal some images and an awesome drone video from the event to give you an idea of its scale. It was, quite simply… amazing.
An event that had us dancing from the moment that we entered the Leyton Jubilee Park which was dressed up as Kellerman’s, the fictional holiday camp from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing. We danced, we took part in art classes, carried watermelons naughtily into the staff quarters when we weren’t meant to, drank summer cocktails and eventually watched a movie.
Secret Cinema’s »
- Paul Heath
Re-enactments of the film’s big scenes enable a hyped-up, hula-hooping crowd in a sing-along with the atmosphere of a drunken sleepover
“When I say Dance, you say Ing, dancING, dancING!” honks a pigtailed rep through a megaphone, wearing boxfresh Keds, a burgundy Kellerman’s T-shirt and apostrophes for eyes, at the entrance to a familiar looking time warp. “The talent contest will be at 6.45pm!” The crowd, dressed head to toe in 1963, cheerfully whoop and expectantly scan the commotion of fancy dress and forced fun. This is Secret Cinema, after all, where the first rule isn’t don’t talk about Secret Cinema; it’s get involved or go home.
For summer, the blockbustering site-specific behemoth has recreated randy coming-of-age classic Dirty Dancing. As usual, at a secret London location, there are interactive re-enactments and festivalesque frippery foreshadowing the film itself, elevating it from “outdoor screening in a field »
- Kate Hutchinson
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