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Remaking ‘Dirty Dancing’: How the TV Movie Turned into Summer Camp for the Cast

23 May 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It’s the perfect summer day in western North Carolina -- sunny, breezy and warm with blues skies reflecting against the lake and stretching for miles over rolling green meadows -- and entering the grounds of the country club, a giant “Kellerman’s Lodge” sign greets you from the golf course. Couples in starched, pastel outfits sit in rocking chairs on the porch waiting on cues from the director, while a dance coach run moves on the practice log that hovers twelve inches above the ground. The set of ABC’s highly anticipated Dirty Dancing musical reimagining -- starring Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin as Baby and Colt Prattes as Johnny Castle -- is the fancy summer camp experience of your dreams and the cast has bonded tightly just like kids at the end of the season.

It’s understandable how close they’ve come -- besides being stuck in a remote mountain paradise for weeks »

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'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' Star Romola Garai Says She Was Body Shamed on Set

18 April 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Those Havana Nights were not a good experience for Romola Garai.

The 34-year-old actress recalls working on the 2004 prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, revealing that it opened her eyes to sexism in the movie industry.

Exclusive: Kathy Griffin on Sexism in Hollywood

During an interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, Garai says a female producer on the film pointed to the then 17-year-old actress' legs on set and said, "'This isn’t good enough.'"

"It screwed me up for years," Garai says. "Not only did it completely change how I felt about my body, but I felt like I’d failed because I hadn’t fought back."

"I felt complicit, because I didn’t say no," she adds. "I signed off on Photoshopped images and felt terrible for perpetrating this… lie."

Even so, it did shape how she feels about misogyny today.

Watch: Mila Kunis Pens Essay on Gender Equality, Says She's 'Done' »

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Star Reveals Harsh Body Shaming During Filming: ‘It Screwed Me Up for Years’

18 April 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress Romola Garai says experienced severe body shaming on the set of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights that affected her mental state for years afterwards.

“It was a cesspit of horrific misogyny,” Garai, 34, who played the female lead in the 2004 prequel to the original Dirty Dancing, tells The Observer of the environment on-set.

There, Garai says a female producer pointed at the then 17-year-old actress’ thighs and said, “This isn’t good enough.” According to Garai, producers also flew in a dietitian from Puerto Rico who would weigh her each day to ensure that she was underweight throughout filming.

“It screwed me up for years, »

- Julie Mazziotta

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Quote of the Day: Romola Garai Explains How Hollywood Makes Women Feel Inadequate

17 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Romola Garai in “One Day”: Focus Features

Romola Garai is a two-time Golden Globe nominated actress, but she has a less than favorable opinion of Hollywood. “I did a bit of modeling when I was a teenager and, even then, nobody asked me to lose weight. It’s different with film, because it’s not about weight, it’s about control,” she observed in a recent interview with The Guardian. “It’s an industry with a clear agenda of ensuring women’s relationships with their reflection on screen make them feel inadequate.”

The candid conversation touches on Garai’s experience filming her first studio film in Hollywood, 2004’s “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” Just 17 years old at the time, Garai was forced to stand in her underwear while a female producer appraised her body. She pointed at the teen’s thighs and told her, “This isn’t good enough.” The actress was “weighed in and out every day, with a dietician flown to Puerto Rico to make sure she stayed underweight,” the source writes. “It screwed me up for years,” Garai revealed. “Not only did it completely change how I felt about my body, but I felt like I’d failed because I hadn’t fought back. I felt complicit, because I didn’t say no. I signed off on Photoshopped images and felt terrible for perpetrating this… lie.”

What a nightmare. Many actresses have spoken out about the pressure to lose weight or maintain a low weight in Hollywood, but they rarely elaborate on the gory details. What happened to Garai is horrifying, and unfortunately probably not all that uncommon. It’s no wonder she “never went back to Hollywood again.”

“Someone said the only thing that was convincing in the whole film was the look of pure misery in my eyes,” Garai said of “Havana Nights.” But the experience was something of a blessing in disguise. “It was my feminist epiphany,” she said.

Garai received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in “The Hour” and “Emma.” “Suffragette,” “One Day,” and “Atonement” are among her other credits.

Quote of the Day: Romola Garai Explains How Hollywood Makes Women Feel Inadequate was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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‘Dirty Dancing 2’ Star Romola Garai Was Told Her Thighs Weren’t ‘Good Enough’ On Set

17 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Romola Garai reveals the brutal misogyny and body-shaming on the set of the critically panned “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”. Garai, 17 at the time, starred as Katey Miller in the 2004 prequel to the 1987 hit dance drama starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. The movie was a critical flop, but no critic’s words could […] »

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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

1 January 2017 11:05 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link »

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