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Caroline Flack compared 'Strictly Come Dancing' to 1987 film 'Dirty Dancing'. The TV presenter is a contestant on the 12th series of the celebrity ballroom competition, and she admitted it sometimes feels like she's part of the iconic movie. She told the London Evening Standard newspaper: '''Strictly' is basically 'Dirty Dancing'. ''That's the only way I can explain it. And [Pasha Kovalev] is Patrick Swayze - look at him! ''He's like 'step on the two,' and I'm 'eeek! It's Dirty Dancing! Eeek!' '' However, when the stress - of her both her professional and personal lives - get too much, it's not the 1980s classic »
It seems even James Franco can't take himself seriously anymore. The infamous multi-hyphenate has teamed up with AOL for a new web series Making a Scene, in which Franco and his friends remix iconic film scenes with other movies and genres.
The launch for the series was held at the satirically trendy Neuehouse in lower Manhattan, a space that describes itself as a "post-modernist 'machine for creating'... intended for solopreneurs" in its manifesto (because of course the place hosting a James Franco event has a manifesto).
During the screening, which featured mash-ups of Batman with Beetlejuice,Dirty Dancing with Reservoir Dogs and more, Franco repeatedly found himself face-palming at his own work. "They ended up being really funny — not intentionally," Franco remarked at one point.
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- Sadie Gennis
Some things, like peanut butter and jelly, were made to be mashed together. Other things, like Dirty Dancing and Reservoir Dogs, not so much. For his latest project, James Franco is focusing on the latter.
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Franco has teamed up with AOL for Making a Scene, a series in which his team creates cinematic mashups, either by combining two films or taking a film and tweaking it to a different genre. Scenes were submitted to Franco’s Twitter and Instagram, and Franco tells TVLine that one general trend among submissions took him by surprise. »
If a season of “One Tree Hill” falls in a Netflix forest, but no one remembers, did it really happen? This and other questions you may soon be grappling with, as Netflix has introduced a new feature that allows users to hide specific content from their viewing history. Overall, this seems like a great development, both from a privacy standpoint, since many of us share accounts with family or friends, and from a curation standpoint, since we’re all frustrated Netflix hasn’t reached a level of sophistication where it knows we only put on “Dirty Dancing” as background noise while we clean our rooms, and are not in fact stuck on dance-themed melodramas. Theoretically, this could cause a devolution, as people stop taking any pride in their viewing histories as representations of themselves. But was an electronic record of binge-watching ever anyone’s proudest achievement? No. The deletions can »
- Tess Hofmann
Late last month, Amazon released its third batch of series pilots, ahead of the premieres of any of the shows from the second batch. (“Transparent” is being released on the 26th, and I’ll have a bunch of content about that next week.) “Red Oaks” — a comedy about a teenage tennis pro at a New Jersey country club in the summer of 1985, created by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh— was easily my favorite of the five new pilots (you can watch it here), and I’m hopeful that after the round of costumer feedback concludes at the end of this month, Amazon will order it to series. I interviewed Jacobs — Soderbergh’s long-time 1st assistant director, an executive producer on Soderbergh’s Cinemax hospital drama “The Knick,” and director of the upcoming “Magic Mike” sequel — by email about the origins of “Red Oaks, »
- Alan Sepinwall
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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James Franco is teaming up with AOL for a unique web series Making a Scene with James Franco, which you can check out in the first trailer. The actor is teaming up with Scott Haze and Ahna O'Reilly for this 10-episode web series where they recreate scenes from classic movies.
Take a look at the first footage from the series, which debuts September 17 with the first three episodes, then take a look at the official press release for more details.
Making a Scene with James Franco, an innovative ten-episode comedy showcasing James Franco's recreation of cinema's most iconic moments, will launch Wednesday, September 17th on AOL Originals.
Born out of the film buff's love of movies and a childhood spent acting out scenes with his brothers, Making a Scene features James collaborating with his creative team and fellow actors - including Scott Haze (Child of God) and Ahna O'Reilly »
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find why Prince Charming, Prince Eric, Aladdin, the Beast, Snow White’s prince, Prince Naveen, and Captain Shang would make terrible boyfriends; see Dirty Dancing‘s ‘Time of Your Life’ without the music; the top 10 Rowan Atkinson moments; and stuff you didn’t know about your childhood. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, it looks like the alternate How I Met Your Mother ending has leaked online.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
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- Justin Vactor
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July, and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cover of Vanity Fair.
It's startling, then, that she's said yes to Ari Folman's (Waltz With Bashir) The Congress, an overeaching, half-animated, sci-fi cartoon that keeps a foot in reality long enough to accuse her — yes, Robin Wright herself — of sabotaging her career. Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, an actress and single mother of two, who could have been this generation's Grace Kelly if she hadn't made all the wrong moves. Wright hasn't headlined »
In a crazy turn of events, Keanu Reeves is 50 years old. To honor the actor's five-decades-old milestone, we're celebrating one of his best movies, "Point Break," and explain why it fits its year of release, 1991, so perfectly.
Prior to the early '90s classic, Reeves hadn't really ventured into action movies and was best known for playing a pretty boy, high school stoner in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). "Point Break" would change all that. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), the movie paired Reeves with an established star and co-heartthrob, Patrick Swayze, fresh off hits like "Road House" (1989) and "Ghost" (1990). Together, they would create a surfing bromance too good to be true.
Set against the backdrop of the coastal Los Angeles area, "Point Break" captured the surfing culture of the region, while simultaneously depicting the criminal underbelly of the city. Los Angeles had long been the bank robbery capital of the world, »
- Jonny Black
Summer is here, with the much-anticipated Fourth of July holiday this weekend, and if you're not going to the movies, you can still reminisce about them. If you're hoping to have your own Summer fling, you can first get inspired by these 10 film couples as the weather gets warmer. Each provides that giddy first-time feeling, from young puppy love (My Girl) to a more grown-up attraction (Dirty Dancing). Enjoy, and try not to get too overheated! »
Red Oaks, one of the new Amazon Studios pilots now available to watch, is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, but it’s certainly nothing like his current airing television project, the dark early-20th-century medical drama The Knick. Though Red Oaks could sound like a similarly bloody affair, Soderbergh’s never been one to stick to a genre, and the show is a small scale comedy named for a country club in New Jersey where the hero, David, gets a gig as a tennis pro one summer in the ’80s. There’s potential within Red Oaks if Amazon does decide »
- Esther Zuckerman
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.
The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the »
Movies about young love are hard to pull off, and when they don't work, they can be cloying and obnoxious. Done right, though, there is something both lovely and piercing about them, and while I think "If I Stay" has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned. "Earned" is a big word for me in films like this. One of the biggest problems when you're making a film about love between people of any age is showing how love sparks between people and how it flourishes and doing it without giving in to short-cuts or cliche. How many times have you seen a supposed romance and the meeting is completely ridiculous? How many movies have you seen where you're supposed to just accept that characters have fallen in love because that's »
- Drew McWeeny
Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
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It was the Towie finale last night (July 30), and there were surprisingly fewer fireworks and more smooching than we could have ever predicted. Lydia and Arg got it on, Elliott and Chloe are still very much on it, and even Dan and Bobby got swept up with it for an unexpected passionate snog.
For those who missed it, pull up a pew and be prepared for a roller-coaster ride (literally) with our episode recap below:
Towie kicks off with a shirtless shot of James Lock lifting two very heavy tyres.
Why not, eh?
Arg is channelling Alan from The Hangover crossed with Mary Poppins - his words - as he bonds with Billie's baby Nelly. He contemplates names for his own children, and toys with Tum Tum as he's certain he'll spawn "a chubster". He also reveals that he's going to try and win Lydia back and asks Nelly for her advice, »
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord treasures nothing more than a classic-rock mixtape from his mother, an aural reminder of his brief boyhood spent on Earth. When we ran into Pratt last night at a Guardians screening hosted by the Cinema Society, Men's Fitness, and Fiji, we brought up Star-Lord's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," and asked the actor what he might put on his own personal playlist. "Oh, that's a good question!" Pratt enthused. "I'm a big country music fan, so probably a lot of Garth Brooks, Eric Church, George Strait. Maybe some good '80s music — we were listening to some Madonna in the car today; I was singing the Patrick Swayze song from Dirty Dancing today." With his thoughts collected, Pratt launched into an off-the-cuff playlist, which you can listen to below. "So ... Eric Church, 'A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young.' Or 'Dark Side. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Broadway Across America and Lifetime morning show “The Balancing Act” have teamed for a series of six TV segments that will highlight Broadway titles that are currently on the road or will imminently launch touring productions.
The initiative, called “Broadway Balances America,” will showcase “Dirty Dancing” (pictured, above), “Motown,” “Newsies,” “Annie” and “Pippin” in backstage spots that will air as part of “Balancing Act,” the six-year-old Lifetime series targeted to the channel’s 24-54 year old female demo and covering topics including family, career, health and wellness.
Whereas Broadway, the epicenter of the theater industry, more often dominates what little media coverage that theater can attract, the “Broadway Balances America” programming provides an unusual national showcase for the touring industry, in which Broadway Across America is a major player.
The “Balancing Act” showcase promotes the featured musicals to a viewership that shares a hefty overlap with Broadway’s prime ticketbuying demographic of older-skewing females. »
- Gordon Cox
After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.
Secret Cinema has confirmed it will go ahead with its run of Back to the Future from tomorrow (July 31), following a series of high-profile cancellations.
“We are extremely sorry for the delayed communications of last week. We know we let our audience down and will do everything we can to make it up to them.”
The immersive cinema company was set to launch its most ambitious production to date last Thursday (July 24). But the event was cancelled just a couple of hours before it was set to begin, disappointing around 3,500 ticketholders.
The same thing happened the following day, informing thousands more that the show had been called off with only a few hours to spare. Shortly after, Secret »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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