Tuesday, June 12, 2012
|Remake Shelved - Dirty Dancing|
Shocking, we know.
The problem? Well, according to Deadline snoops, the studio and director Kenny Ortega are finding it much tought than anticipated to recast the roles of Baby and Johnny — parts immortalized by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the 1987 original.
Whispers of a Dirty remake first surfaced in 2009 — that’s when Lionsgate commissioned Uptown Girls writer Julia Dahl to pen a script. It took two years, but Dahl finally cranked out the necessary copy.
Ortega promised cinema fans the chance to “Have the Time of Your Life” all over again. After all, he choreographed the original film and also worked on Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film, This Is It. He vowed that his remake would incorporate classic songs from the 1960s and hits from the first Dancing.
“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me. Growing up in the 60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist…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.”This certainly isn’t the first time Dirty Dancing has been reworked for the silver screen. In 2004, the movie was the subject of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, an ill-received prequel that featured a cameo by Swayze. In 2010, Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights made it’s debut straight-to-DVD.
The movie is off the Lionsgate schedule until at least 2014. Any thoughts on who could play a convincing Baby and Johnny? Justin Timberlake and Lea Michele perhaps?
|Carrie Underwood Stands up for Gay Marriage|
The Blown Away songstress is standing up for what she believes is fair. “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
Underwood, who has never been shy about her strong faith went onto say that she and her NHL star hubby, Mike Fisher, now worshup in a non-denominational church. “Our church is gay friendly,” she said. “Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
|Tony Award 2012 Winners|
The night, which honors the best on Broadway, featured great performance from the cast of Once, Evita with Ricky Martin and The Book of Mormom with an appearance by host, Neil Patrick Harris. Hugh Jackman also took home a very special award last night, honoring his humanitarian efforts.
Here is a complete list of the winners:
Best Musical: Once
Best Play: Clybourne Park
Best Revival of a Play: Death of a Salesman
Best Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, Once
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, Once
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Newsies
Best Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, Once
Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Best Orchestration: Martin Lowe, OnceBest Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, Once
Best Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, Peter and the StarcatcherBest Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Follies
Best Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, Once
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, Once
|Paris Jackson Bullied|
Take Paris Jackson, for instance.
The only daughter of “Thriller” hitmaker Michael Jackson was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Network over the weekend. Under the watchful eye of the Queen of Talk, Paris opened up about being bullied at school and revealed that she often has to deal with “drama” from her classmates.
Paris was homeschooled before enrolling in a private school outside Encino after her dad’s death in 2009. She told Oprah during last night’s broadcast of Oprah’s Next Chapter that the change made her life “more normal.”
“The social life has gotten better. I mean there’s drama, but I try to stay away from that…At school and some people try to cyberbully me. They try to get to me with words, but that doesn’t really work.”Making new friends often proves challenging, the 14-year-old confided:
“A lot of people don’t like me. I don’t know what it is. If I feel someone’s being fake to me, I will just push away.”Paris just finished filming a role for the film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, due out next year and told Oprah she loves acting.
“Acting’s always been my passion. I just love it and I think that it’s amazing.”
|Maria Menounos Opens Up|
Menounos opened up this morning while appearing on The Howard Stern Show, talking about how she had suffered multiple sexual abuse incidents. Maria gave an example of seeing a doctor for a throat condition. At that exam she was forced to undress completely and the doctor touched her genitalia. “I was really young, so I was so uncomfortable,” Menounos said, adding, “I literally started screaming… I was just so uncomfortable; I didn’t know what to do.”
Menounos said that she still asks her boyfriend to accompany her to all of her doctors appointments.