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There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
There’s so much outdoor cinema going on these days, it’s threatening to become a turf war. Surely it’s only a matter of time before we get a full-blown Dirty Dancing v Frozen Sing-Along bust-up in a London park
The major pop-up players in and around London are now well-established. Roving the capital’s parks and public spaces are The Nomad Cinema (to 30 Sep, whereisthenomad.com), which has Napoleon Dynamite and Whiplash in Grosvenor Square this week, Pop-Up Screens (24 Jul to 26 Sep, popupscreens.co.uk), and the Luna Cinema (to 27 Sep, thelunacinema.com), which covers not only prime spots such as Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace Park but also venues as far afield as Cardiff, Lincoln and Warwick castles. In terms of programming, they’re all pretty similar: vintage crowd-pleasers such as Mamma Mia!, Top Gun and Dirty-bloody-Dancing, plus recent hits like Birdman and The Theory Of Everything. »
- Steve Rose
Summer is here, and if you're not excited about watching new movies, it's time to go back to some old, romantic favorites. 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! »
Amanda Peterson, the actress who played Patrick Dempsey‘s leading lady in the beloved 1987 movie “Can’t Buy Me Love,” was found dead in her Greeley, Colorado, home on Sunday, police told TheWrap. She was 43. Peterson starred as Cindy Mancini, a cheerleader paid by Dempsey’s character to pose as his girlfriend so he could climb the social ladder at his Arizona high school. Directed by Steve Rash, the film sits in a canon of ’80s fare alongside John Hughes and other angst masters. The film’s title is taken from The Beatles song of the same name. Also Read: »
- Matt Donnelly
The phrase "nobody puts Baby in a corner" has pretty much become common tongue. But the second you start using it in promotional/marketing material without the consent of Lionsgate, even if it alters a few lines, well, you.re in trouble. And the trouble just got huge for brokerage giant Td Ameritrade in response to their television campaign that features a few Dirty Dancing references, including an altered version of the famous line from the film. Lionsgate is going after Td Ameritrade full force claiming the business "adulterated taglines" and used a cartoon "reenactment" of the famous dance lift performed by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze for their television ad that ran from October to April. The lawsuit follows Td Ameritrade.s attempt last Friday to get declaratory relief that its ad was safe from the infringement. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is not backing down, asserting »
A second lawsuit over Td Ameritrade's Dirty Dancing ad spoof has been filed. This time, Lionsgate is attacking the brokerage giant for "adulterated taglines" and a cartoon "reenactment" of the famous "Dance Lift" performed by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a television ad campaign that ran from October through April. Lionsgate's lawsuit asserting false association, unfair competition, trademark infringement and dilution follows Td Ameritrade's own attempt last Friday to get declaratory relief that its advertisement was kosher. In the ad, a cartoon image of a man holds a piggy bank above his head with the tagline, "Nobody puts your
- Eriq Gardner
New on Amazon July 2015 will be several HBO favorites, including Entourage Seasons 1-8; The Newsroom Seasons 1 & 2; Boardwalk Empire Season 3; True Blood Season 5 and the HBO original film Behind the Candelabra. Amazon Prime will also see the return of popular, exclusive TV with Under the Dome Season 3 (pictured), Downton Abbey Season 5, and Extant Season 2. In addition, Amazon Instant Video has the second seasons of popular TV series The Strain, Silicon Valley and Married, all available to buy. Movies on Amazon Prime include action thriller The Expendables 3, classics like Dirty Dancing, Flashdance and … Continue reading →
The post What’s new on Amazon July 2015 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The episode brought in 5.36m (23.2%) for BBC Two at 8pm, up slightly on the show's previous outing in March.
The channel's coverage of acts including Lionel Richie at Glastonbury 2015 entertained 1.71m (9.9%) between 6.15pm and 8pm, while Odyssey appealed to 1.77m (8.8%) at 9.15pm.
ITV's Catchphrase entertained 2.16m (11.4%) at 7.15pm (116k/0.5% on +1), before Surprise Surprise warmed the hearts of 2.77m (12.2%) at 8pm (256k/1.1%). The second episode of Sheridan Smith's Black Work dipped to 5.23m (23.1%) at 9pm (315k/1.9%).
Channel 4's Humans dropped to 2.06m (9.1%) for its third episode at 9pm (475k/2.9%), while Amazing Spaces: Shed of the »
Amazon Prime is continuing its quality hot streak by offering some exceptional TV shows and films through July. The new streaming options will include classics like "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," as well as newer additions like "The Skeleton Twins" and "Behind the Candelabra." Check out the full list of titles below, along with Indiewire's picks on what you have to watch. Read More: Amazon Prime Adds 'Taxi Driver,' 'Listen Up Philip' and 16 Other Titles in March Available 6/30 “Under The Dome" Season 3 (2013) Available 7/1 “Downton Abbey" Season 5 (2014) “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” (1969) “Drive Me Crazy” (1999) “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (2008) “Thumbelina” (1994) “Bulworth” (1998) "Heidi” (1937) “Wayne’s World 2” (1993) “48 Hrs.” (1982) “The Bad News Bears” (1976) “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995) “The Butcher’s Wife” (1991) “Cadillac Man” (1990) Indiewire Pick: "Dirty Dancing" (1987)We »
- Sarah Choi
Summer is finally here. While Memorial Day may have been the unofficial kickoff of the season, June 21 marks the official first day of summer. To get you in the mood for extra sunlight and seasonal adventures, The Hollywood Reporter has rounded up 20 movies about the beach, summer romance, road trips and childhood fun in the sun. Dream of catching the perfect wave with The Endless Summer or stay safely inside and out of the water while watching Jaws. Reminisce about summer romance's gone by with Dirty Dancing and Mystic Pizza. Catch up on Wet Hot American Summer and
- Hilary Lewis, Natalie Stone
With the TV season over, now's the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you've been meaning to catch up on all year. July brings several dozen new TV and movie titles for your viewing pleasure on Amazon Prime. When the temperatures skyrocket, blast the A/C and start streaming in cool comfort.
Here's the upcoming lineup (Amazon Originals in italics)
"Under the Dome" season 3 - June 30
"Downton Abbey" season 5 - July 1
"Annedroids" season 2 - July 2
"Extant" season 2 - July 5
"Boardwalk Empire" season 3 - July 16
"True Blood" season 5 - July 16
"Glee" season 6 - July 18
"Newsroom" season 1 & season 2 - July 23
"Behind the Candelabra" - July 30
The Bad News Bears
Friends and Lovers
- Kelly Woo
The lessons we learned from 80s movies are dissected by Hadley Freeman in her new book. Here's our review...
One of my favourite movie websites is The Shiznit. If you've never had the pleasure, do check it out. What I like about it is it's a site that has a habit of asking the question I wanted to ask, but in about half the word count. Were he around today, I'm quietly confident that George Orwell would follow The Shiznit on Twitter.
The reason I bring the site up here - and thus prove my point about my own wordiness - is a question they asked Edgar Wright when on the junket trail for The World's End. For they cut straight to the nub of it: what's the film about, and then, what's it really about?
On the surface, Hadley Freeman's new book, Life Moves Pretty Fast, is her love »
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
It's that time of year. The weather's warm (at last) in New York and city dwellers begin spilling out into parks and onto rooftops to watch movies outside. Popular annual series include the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (among this year's highlights: Ghostbusters, Footloose, Chinatown and Back to the Future); the Intrepid Summer Movie Series (sea, air and space-themed movies from the flight deck of the ship-based museum); McCarren Park's SummerScreen (showing Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Dirty Dancing, Jurassic Park and others); and the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival (showing Fame, Airplane! and Raging Bull, among
- Hilary Lewis
We strive to cover as many theatre productions as physically possible here at Thn, and love it when one comes our way that ties into film at the same time. Sure we’ve had some duds over the years, but there are also the gems that come our way too (we’re thinking Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot and the brilliant Once to name a few).
Now in previews but officially opening in a couple of weeks is the stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s rather brilliant Bend It Like Beckham, which is probably most famous as being Keira Knightley’s break-out movie.
The production officially opens at the end of June, and we hope to bring you a full review in the weeks leading up to the big opening night on the 24th, but for now here’s a very special, first-look at the cast in the musical.
- Paul Heath
Nobody puts Baby in a corner — especially on her birthday! Nikki Reed reenacted a famous scene from 1987's classic Dirty Dancing as she celebrated turning 27 with husband Ian Somerhalder over the weekend. The Twilight actress took to Instagram on Tuesday, May 19, to thank her family and friends for treating her like a princess on her big day. "I feel so full, so complete surrounded by such an amazing group of friends and family," she wrote. "It was the most beautiful day filled with love, laughter [...] »
Oh boy, dance fans! It's finally here. Finally? Who am I kidding? The season flew by! But here we are in the semi-finals with the final four couples: Rumer and Val, Nastia and Derek, Riker and Allison, and Noah and Sharna.
Resident choreographer Mandy Moore outdoes herself with an adorable opening number in a bowling alley, incorporating jive, peckin', and cute 1960s moves. Mark (who desperately needs a haircut) even bowls a strike, with a real ball and pins. Impressive.
It's a really jam-packed, exciting, and emotional night too, as the final four does two dances each: a regular competition round, and a judges' choice round. Yep, the judges are not only mentoring a couple this year, but they are making all the creative decisions in their dance, from costumes to concept, sets to styles. They're so nervous about it too; it's funny to see them relax when Tom Bergeron points that out to them. »
- Renée Camus
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”) It’s coming down to the wire for the contestants on “Dancing With the Stars,” but before the judging began on semi-finals night, Noah Galloway had a question of his own. The veteran and double amputee popped the question to his Army Reserve specialist girlfriend, Jamie Boyd, live on the ABC show Monday as he presented her with a diamond engagement ring after dancing to “Time of My Life” from the movie “Dirty Dancing.” “The song, the ‘Time of My Life »
- Debbie Emery
The Cleveland Cavaliers are apologizing for running a terrible domestic violence video inside of their arena Wednesday night ... saying it was intended to be hilarious ... and backfired. The Cavs issued a statement saying, "During a timeout at last night’s Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a 1-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie ‘Dirty Dancing. »
- TMZ Staff
You know the ending of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, when Luke and Han Solo are honored in the Throne Room and the whole kingdom cheers for their courageous accomplishments? Well, you know what would have made that scene even better? Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes's 1987 hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." You probably remember it as the song that plays at the end of Dirty Dancing, but it should really be the song that plays at the end of every movie. Even diehards have to admit, it makes this scene infinitely more entertaining. Take a look below, and check out even more viral videos! »
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