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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 »
The Lionsgate TV-Allison Shearmur Productions program will be a re-imaging of the 1987 movie that stars Jennifer Grey as a wide-eyed ingenue named Baby whose world is opened when she falls for Patrick Swayze’s dance instructor at a 1960s summer resort in the Catskill Mountains. Breslin will take over Grey’s part with Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story,” “The L Word”) writing the adaptation and Wayne Blair (“The Sapphires,” “Septembers of Shiraz”) directing.
Exec producers are Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games” franchise; “Cinderella”) and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie. Producers are Adam Anders and Judy Cairo (“Crazy Heart”). It will be choreographed by “Hamilton’s” Andy Blankenbuehler with music by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (“Glee”). “Gosford Park’s” Stephen Altman will serve as production designer. »
- Whitney Friedlander
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 »
Missy Elliott gave the world a religious experience with her new single and video for "Wtf (Where They From)," but she also gifted us with the sight of a Missy Elliott marionette dancing with a Pharrell marionette. And those marionettes stepped it up to the streets to give you all the fire dance moves you'll need for your upcoming holiday parties and club turn-ups. This is how marionettes do it where they're from. The "Iggy Azalea Is Making 'Music' and Missy Elliott Has Been Resurrected": The "Let Me Tell You 'Bout This Group Called the Neptunes That Used to Slay the Radio": The "I Just Ran to the Bus and Missed It So I'm Gonna Pretend I Was Dancing": The "What Y'all Kids Know About This Right Here": The "Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights": The "Miley, What's Good": The "'Too Close" Just Came »
- Ira Madison III
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”
After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions. »
- Variety Staff
The upcoming Smosh movie isn’t the only project on which Defy Media and Lionsgate are collaborating. In addition to the film starring the duo behind one of YouTube’s most successful channels (and one of the internet’s most successful young adult brands), the companies just announced the launch of Movies on Break. It's "a curated selection of 200 films from the Lionsgate library” that are ad-supported with pre-roll and mid-roll commercial spots, but otherwise free-to-view onto a section of the Defy Media owned-and-operated Break.com website that draws over 18 million unique monthly viewers.
Movies on Break launches with 80 films categorized into a handful of separate verticals with enticing names, such as They Were In That?, Never Ending Sequels (which currently features Leprechaun 2, 3, 4, Leprechaun In The Hood, and Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood), 420 Flicks (which currently features The Stonged Age and Cheerleader Ninjas), Before They Were Famous (which currently features »
- Joshua Cohen
7 items from 2015
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