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Tuesday
Aug212012

"Dirty Dancing" Commemorates 25th Anniversary

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Twenty five years ago on Tuesday, moviegoers had the time of their lives.

Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, was released on Aug. 21, 1987.  Grey played Frances "Baby" Houseman, who in the 1960s visits upstate New York with her family and falls for her camp's dance instructor, Swayze's Johnny Castle.  Her character's name is referenced in Swayze's memorable line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

The film is also notable for its soundtrack -- specifically, the song "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life," which won an Oscar in 1988 for best original song.

Longtime film critic Leonard Maltin says he personally doesn't consider Dirty Dancing to be a classic, but he concedes, "The definition of a classic is something that has stood the test of time.  And in that sense it's a classic, because people love and cherish and remember this movie."

A follow-up film that recycled the plot of the original movie, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004.  A remake of the original, to be directed by Kenny Ortega of the High School Musical films, is due out sometime in 2014.

The 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing will be commemorated with celebrations across the country, including one at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night with Grey.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Patrick Swayze’s Wife Recreates ‘Dirty Dancing’ Scene

Lisa Niemi Swayze attends the unveiling of Patrick Swayze's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s a picture as endearing as the love story it was recreating. Patrick Swayze’s wife, Lisa Niemi, posed for the classic Dirty Dancing log scene at the unveiling of his new wax figure at West Hollywood’s Madame Tussauds.

Stretching out her arms, she stepped onto the log and balanced in front of the life-size model of her late husband, who died two years ago of pancreatic cancer at age 57.

Niemi was supportive of Madame Tussauds' decision to immortalize Swayze as his iconic character, Johnny Castle.  

"The fact that [it is] this log scene is so perfect for Patrick because he was so fearless, and confident, and always pushing the edge,” she said. “This pose says a lot about Patrick, but also about Dirty Dancing.

The photo of Niemi has sentimental meaning as well. Swayze met Niemi when she was only 15, while she was taking dance classes from his mother. Swayze’s figure will join the ranks of such Hollywood icons as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, as well as current stars including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith.

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Thursday
Aug112011

Jennifer Grey's OK with 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hard-core Dirty Dancing fans aren't happy about this week's news that a remake is in the works, but the film just received some significant support.

Jennifer Grey, who starred opposite the late Patrick Swayze in the 1987 original, tweeted Tuesday, “I love Kenny Ortega and trust that he will do something special [with the Dirty Dancing remake.]”

Later, she tweeted, "Blown away by all of the love expressed for #DirtyDancing. Makes me want to see it again. So grateful to have been a part of it."

Ortega, who oversaw the choreography for the original film, will direct the remake.  More recently, he directed the hit High School Musical movie franchise, as well as the posthumous Michael Jackson concert film This It It.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Grey added via her publicist, “I’m so excited about this news and I think there’s nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one.  I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with it.”

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Tuesday
Aug092011

News of 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Draws Outrage

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of the 1987 cult classic Dirty Dancing are seeing red following Monday's announcement by Lionsgate Studios that they have greenlighted a remake.

The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey romance was hugely popular when it was released and became one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing $214 million worldwide. (It cost only $6 million to make.) It also left its mark on popular culture. How often have you heard the phrase "Nobody puts baby in a corner" or the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"?

That may explain the vitriolic comments on Twitter Tuesday.

"Lionsgate has announced a 'Dirty Dancing' remake. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. DIE IN A FIRE, MOVIE INDUSTRY," Linda from Seattle tweeted.

"Nothing will EVER compare to Dirty Dancing. I don't even know why they're gonna try to remake it. #PatrickSwayze will always be a legend," Alyssa Reale from Ohio wrote on her Twitter feed.

Many fans echoed Reale's comments, that no one could possibly fill the dancing shoes of Swayze, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2009, or recreate the chemistry between him and Grey.

That doesn't mean Hollywood won't try or that the betting for the lead actors hasn't already begun.

According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Justin Timberlake is the frontrunner to fill Swayze's iconic role, followed closely by Thor star Chris Hemsworth and Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars.

Hough's close pal from the show, Carrie Ann Inaba, is already leading the campaign for him to win the role.

"If they do a dirty dancing remake - THEY BETTER USE DEREK HOUGH," she tweeted Tuesday.

Inaba is also rooting for Glee star Lea Michele to play love interest Baby, the role that made Grey famous.

But Paddy Power has Michele at number two after rising star Emma Stone. Julia Roberts' niece Emma Roberts is in third place.

With Footloose, another '80s musical remake set to roll after the Fame redux flopped at the box office, it's understandable that there's not a whole lot of excitement in the Twittersphere about a Dirty Dancing remake.

But if there's a ray of hope, it's Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original and went on to helm the High School Musical movies and Michael Jackson's final screen bow, This Is It.

Ortega is set to direct the new Dirty Dancing, which Lionsgate announced will also be set in the '60s and includes some of the same music from the original.

For Ortega, it's about discovering the next Swayze.

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," he said in a Lionsgate press release. "Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."

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