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Dirty Dancing And Its Never-Dying Popularity

Back in 1987, a film was released which took the world by storm. With a budget of just $6 million, Dirty Dancing, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, was to star the relatively unknown Patrick Swayze, a young actor who, up until that point was most known for his work on the TV series North and South, and the minor hit Red Dawn. Its safe to say that the film’s eventual reach wasn’t predicted, the movie billed as a simple teenage romance, set in the 1960s, with little expectation at its conception.

Of course, Dirty Dancing has since become a global success, an enduring teenage-heartbreak/ love story that sits alongside other greats like Grease and even Hairspray, the former being released nearly ten years before.

Set during the summer of 1963, Dirty Dancing revolves around a 17-year-old girl named Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey), who has journeyed to the Kellerman
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Chris Pratt Fills In On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as Late-Night Host's Son Recovers From 'Successful' Surgery

Chris Pratt Fills In On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as Late-Night Host's Son Recovers From 'Successful' Surgery
Chris Pratt did Jimmy Kimmel a solid on Monday night and guest hosted his late-night show.

Kimmel took some more time off to be with his 8-month-old son, Billy, who underwent a second heart surgery. "Jimmy’s son Billy had a scheduled and successful heart surgery this morning," ABC said in a statement. "While Jimmy is with his family, these celebrity Samaritans will handle hosting duties."

Meanwhile, Pratt stepped in to host Jimmy Kimmel Live, and also share a teaser for his upcoming movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

As part of his hosting duties Pratt interviewed I, Tonya star Margot Robbie and participated in a singalong with country crooner Chris Stapleton in an "unrehearsed" segment called "The Wheel of Cheesy Duets."

The two ended up performing Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Dirty Dancing classic, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life," and pretty much nailed their rendition. Stapleton even tried to do the iconic lift from the
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Chris Pratt & Chris Stapleton Have the 'Time of Their Lives' Recreating Dirty Dancing Pose

Chris Pratt & Chris Stapleton Have the 'Time of Their Lives' Recreating Dirty Dancing Pose
Chris Pratt is taking over the late-night hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel three days after filing for divorce from Anna Faris.

The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor, 38, made no mention of his split during Monday’s monologue, but did express his nerves about being Kimmel’s replacement.

Pratt stepped in for the 2018 Oscar host as Kimmel’s 7-month-old son Billy is recovering from his second heart surgery .

“You know I was actually – I was kind of nervous to do this tonight, because… you know – I’ve never done anything like this,” Pratt told viewers.

In addition, the father of one
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He-Man and Skeletor Go Dirty Dancing in Weird New Commercial

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He-Man and Skeletor Go Dirty Dancing in Weird New Commercial
It will be awhile before we get the Masters of the Universe movie reboot. But the Money Super Market TV spots featuring He-Man and Skeletor might just make that long-gestating fantasy adventure obsolete. He-Man and arch-nemesis Skeletor seem to have settled their differences in this latest commercial, as they can be seen recreating the romantic dance scene from Dirty Dancing.

They probably just really need the money right now as they, and all of us wait for the new Masters of the Universe movie to finally happen. It's been 30 years since the Masters of the Universe movie hit theaters and it tanked in spectacular fashion, so fans have been waiting for a proper He-Man movie since the cartoon debuted in 1983. Maybe this new commercial is a hint of things to come for the 2 sworn enemies.

A price comparison website from the U.K., MoneySuperMarket, has brought He-Man and Skeletor together
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Exclusive: Bill Medley On Vegas, The Righteous Brothers & Dirty Dancing At 30

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to sit down with music legend Bill Medley in Las Vegas. Last year, Bill brought The Righteous Brothers back to Vegas at the Harrahs Hotel & Casino on the famous strip with singer Bucky Heard, who stepped in for the late Bobby Hatfield, who passed away in 2003.

Back stage at Harrahs, we spoke about the old Vegas, being friends and working with Elvis, bringing the new Righteous Brothers to town, and of course working on the soundtrack for the movie Dirty Dancing, which celebrates its 30th birthday today.

What are the origins of this current show here in Las Vegas and the ‘new’ Righteous Brothers?

Well, Bobby has been gone for thirteen years and I did get a lot of letters saying, ‘come on, keep it going’ and this and that, and I had one of my dear friends pushing me hard and then
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'America's Got Talent': Child Dancers, Dog Trainers & Stunning Singers Dazzle in the Final Week of Judge Cuts

'America's Got Talent': Child Dancers, Dog Trainers & Stunning Singers Dazzle in the Final Week of Judge Cuts
Tuesday saw some of the toughest competition between America's Got Talent performers, who were all vying for the last seven spots in the final week of the Judge Cuts round.

From singing groups to daredevils to mind-blowing magicians, every act that hit the stage knew what was on the line and brought everything they had to impress the judges -- but despite an onslaught of stunning displays of skill, the panel still had to make their cuts.

Special guest judge Seal helped the panel whittle down the he competition to the seven performers who impressed them the most and showed that they have what it takes to go all the way. Here are the acts that made it through to the upcoming Agt live round.

Watch: 'America's Got Talent': Johnny Manuel Earns Golden Buzzer From Guest Judge Seal After Epic Performance

1. In The Stairwell

This a capella singing group, made up of members
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Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ Could Pave Way for More Female Directors

Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ Could Pave Way for More Female Directors
The critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” the first female superhero movie directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, could be the catalyst that turns the tide for female directors angling to helm major studio films. Keeping the momentum going, however, will be a big challenge.

Although summer looks to be a strong season for women directors, nearly halfway into the year just a handful of female-led films have been announced by the majors. At this juncture, Sony Pictures has more movies helmed by women in its lineup than its competitors. Warner Bros. and Paramount, have not yet unveiled any new women-led films so far this year, and both declined to name projects in the works.

Overall, the studios say they’re working to hire more women as directors, but they have lots of ground to cover to even begin approaching parity. In 2016, men made up more than 90% of directors
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Kristen Bell and James Corden Aerial Duet Goes Hilariously Wrong (Watch)

Kristen Bell and James Corden Aerial Duet Goes Hilariously Wrong (Watch)
They may be up in the air, but that’s not where they belong.

During an attempted duet on “The Late Late Show” on Tuesday, Kristen Bell and James Corden paired up to perform the 1982 Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes hit “Up Where We Belong,” which started off nicely but ended unsuccessfully.

The pair began with some gentle banter about love. “You know Kristen, I was just thinking — love can be a funny thing,” Corden said. “You know, I love love, James,” Bell replied.

Corden added, “and I love love too, but love can lift us up,” introducing their duet that almost instantly went amiss.

Things began pleasantly as Bell began belting out the first verse, bringing out the chops she graced us with as Anna in the 2013 Disney hit “Frozen.” Yet as suspenders started lifting her up to the ceiling in front of the star-studded backdrop, Corden didn’t find as much success, having
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Kristen Bell and James Corden's Romantic Duet Goes Hilariously Off the Rails

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Kristen Bell and James Corden's Romantic Duet Goes Hilariously Off the Rails
Kristen Bell and James Corden's attempt at singing a romantic duet while soaring through the air went hilariously off the rails on Tuesday night's episode of The Late Late Show. The musically gifted pair chose to take Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes's 1990 classic "Up Where We Belong" literally and belted it out while suspended high above the stage on wires. Well, Kristen was high above the stage, while James was left hovering near the bottom. "That was an absolute disaster! Who is responsible for this?" the late-night host joked. "We rehearsed it and rehearsed it and rehearsed it!" It still doesn't beat his tumble down the stairs at the Grammys, though.
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Kristen Bell and James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ duet goes comically wrong

Kristen Bell and James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ duet goes comically wrong
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Kristen Bell’s duet with James Cordon on Tuesday night’s The Late Late Show was comical at best and unbalanced at worst — and that isn’t even a critique of the performance itself, just what happened.

The Frozen actress joined the late-night songster for Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes’ “Up Where We Belong,” complete with aerial lifts for added theatrics. But the duet turned into a comedic bit as the wire handler kept lifting them off balance.

“You know, Kristen, I was just thinking: love can be a funny thing,
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Watch Kristen Bell, James Corden Perform Awkward Aerial Duet

Watch Kristen Bell, James Corden Perform Awkward Aerial Duet
On Tuesday's Late Late Show, Kristen Bell and James Corden were physically moved by the power of love – but they weren't moved to the same spot. The actress and host sang the classic Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' duet "Up Where We Belong," made hilarious by fake production errors.

The duo began on the stage, with Bell showcasing her warm vibrato and Corden channeling Cocker's trademark gravelly croon. But the vibe turned comedic seconds later, as the CHiPS actress was lifted way above the host, who hung mere feet off the stage.
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Kristen Bell and James Corden Struggle to Perform an Aerial Duet

James Corden and Kristen Bell got glammed up to perform an aerial duet of Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong" On Tuesday's Late Late Show With James Corden.

The singers started out beautifully, but when it came time for them to be lifted in the air, the challenges began. Bell was effortlessly lifted to the ceiling as she sang, while Corden flailed inches above the ground. After a few verses, Corden was brought up while Bell was lowered close to the floor.

"We're supposed to be even," the actress exclaimed. "Can you make us equal?"

The bit...
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Kristen Bell and James Corden Struggle to Perform an Aerial Duet

Kristen Bell and James Corden Struggle to Perform an Aerial Duet
James Corden and Kristen Bell got glammed up to perform an aerial duet of Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong" On Tuesday's Late Late Show With James Corden.

The singers started out beautifully, but when it came time for them to be lifted in the air, the challenges began. Bell was effortlessly lifted to the ceiling as she sang, while Corden flailed inches above the ground. After a few verses, Corden was brought up while Bell was lowered close to the floor.

"We're supposed to be even," the actress exclaimed. "Can you make us equal?"

The bit...
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How Lost Leonard Cohen Doc 'Bird on a Wire' Finally Made It to Theaters

How Lost Leonard Cohen Doc 'Bird on a Wire' Finally Made It to Theaters
Leonard Cohen's career was on the verge of complete disaster in late 1971. Songs of Love and Hate, his most recent record, peaked at #145 on the American charts – this despite containing future classics like "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Joan of Arc." CBS was ready to cut their losses and drop him from the label. A tour would give him the chance to regain some momentum, though Cohen hated performing live; he only reluctantly agreed to a one-month run in Europe because Songs of Love and Hate found a much bigger
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The 6 Most Unforgettable First Dances of All Time

The 6 Most Unforgettable First Dances of All Time
The first dance between a newly married couple can often be incredibly emotional, but these six unique first dances take that principle to the next level.

All we have to say is: We’re not crying. You’re crying.

1. When this paraplegic veteran surprised his bride by dancing at their wedding without their wheelchair.

Sgt. Joey Johnson served in Afghanistan, and when he returned, took up riding motorcycles, which helped him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. But four months after he met Michelle Johnson at a concert in 2012, Johnson had an accident on his motorcycle that left him a paraplegic.
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Singer Leonard Cohen Passes Away at 82

Singer Leonard Cohen Passes Away at 82
2016 continues to take its toll on the entertainment industry, as another huge icon has passed away. Leonard Cohen died peacefully surrounded by family this past week. He was 82 at the time of his death. A hugely influential singer and songwriter, his career spans nearly 50 years. The man's label confirmed his death on Facebook. Sony Music Canada made this announcement.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."

At this time, no cause of death has been given. And it isn't known exactly when Leonard Cohen died. Cohen's son Adam spoke with Rolling Stone shortly after the news was announced. He had this to say about his father's legacy.
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24 of the biggest and best movie power ballads

Adam Rees Nov 4, 2016

Once a blockbuster staple, the power ballad was the ultimate movie accompaniment. We look back at some of the classics...

For a glorious period from the mid-80s throughout the 90s, the biggest summer blockbusters were only worth their salt if they had an equally gargantuan song at the head their soundtrack. Often the success of one was inexorably linked to the other, with the likes of Four Weddings And A Funeral's feats matched and even exceeded by Wet Wet Wet's accompanying Love Is All Around.

The greatest and most successful songs belong to the power ballad genre, and are as emotionally charged and forceful as the gods of epic balladry such as Journey, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Meat Loaf. As the 90s became the 00s and the charts became increasingly irrelevant, the movie ballad became almost defunct, with even the song-dominant film soundtrack being
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Beth Howland, Who Played Vera on Sitcom ‘Alice,’ Dies at 74

Beth Howland, who was best known for playing Vera, a flighty waitress, on the ’70s and ’80s sitcom “Alice,” died in Santa Monica. She was 74.

Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, confirmed her death to the Associated Press, revealing that the actress died from lung cancer on Dec. 31. He said Howland did not want a service, funeral or memorial.

Howland began her career at 16 when she landed a role on Dick Van Dyke’s “Bye Bye Birdie.” The Boston native caught the eye of CBS when she starred in a stage production of “Company” in the ’70s. CBS then flew her to Hollywood for a small role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

She later booked small roles on “The Love Boat” and “Little House on the Prairie” before she landed on “Alice,” based on the Martin Scorsese film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” as ditzy waitress Vera Louise Gorman.
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ABC’s Dirty Dancing TV Movie Casts Nicole Scherzinger As Penny

Cue the Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes track, because Nicole Scherzinger is about to have the time of her life.

TV Line reports that the former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman has inked a deal to headline ABC’s Dirty Dancing TV movie as Penny, the role made famous by Cynthia Rhodes in the 1987 classic. In light of the announcement, Scherzinger will now star opposite Colt Prattes – Aka her newfound dance partner, Johnny – and Scream Queens alum Abigail Breslin, who boarded the three-hour feature as Baby before the turn of the year. Meanwhile, Debra Messing is to assume the role of Baby’s mother, Marjorie.

Much like the cult original, Breslin and Prattes will anchor Dirty Dancing as the core couple. The former hails from an affluent family and eventually falls for the resort’s charismatic and charming dance instructor, Johnny. Almost 30 years ago, it was Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey that
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Best Original Song Nominees Lady Gaga & Diane Warren Tackle Social Issues, Follow in Footsteps of Previous Winners

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best original song front runner seems to be Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which examines the prevalence of sexual assault cases on college campuses throughout the U.S. The song is very personal for both artists, as both recently opened up about their past experiences with sexual assault in a L.A. Times interview.

The song’s importance, and its resonance with audiences (the music video has over 24 million hits on Youtube) and Academy voters, lies in its social commentary. The four young women who are the subjects of the film (Annie E. Clark, Andrea L. Pino, Sofie Karasek and Kamilah Willingham) recently penned a letter to the songwriters thanking them and that “the release of your song will have an unparalleled impact on the culture of campuses nationwide,” as reported by Billboard.
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