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‘Steel Magnolias’ to Get a Remake

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- If three makes a trend, then it seems we’ve got one. Following in the footsteps of '80s movie classics, Footloose and Dirty Dancing, the 1989 film Steel Magnolias will now be getting a remake.

But this one is a remake with a twist.

According to a Sony studio representative, Lifetime is developing the contemporary version of the film that will feature an all-black cast.

This artistic decision has fans already speculating about casting.

Online, people are their throwing out the big names like Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson. But studio representatives say no casting decisions have been made.

The original featured the power team of Dolly Parton, Sally Fields, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and a pre-Pretty Woman Julia Roberts.

This new Steel Magnolias, like the original and the 1987 Robert Harling play, will be set in small-town Louisiana and will explore similar themes of friendship, heartbreak and personal struggle.

Studio representatives say they’re in the early stages of the film and no dates have been set.

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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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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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"Don't You (Forget About Me)" Remake to be New 'American Idol' Exit Song 

Photo Courtesy - Paul Redmond/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It was rumored, but now it's been confirmed that American Idol season 7 champ David Cook has been tapped to record this year's Idol exit song -- the song that will play as each contestant is voted out of the competition. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it's a remake of Simple Minds' 1985 smash "Don't You (Forget About Me)," from the movie The Breakfast Club.  You'll hear it starting next week.

In related news, if you pre-order David's second album at, you'll get the new song for free.  It'll go on sale March 8th at all digital retailers.  David co-wrote all the songs on as-yet-untitled sophomore album, the follow-up to his platinum-plus debut.  It's due out this spring.

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