Yesterday, Patrick Swayze tragically passed away at the age of 57. To celebrate his life and acting career, I've compiled my favorite movies and TV appearances by Swayze. From his iconic role in Dirty Dancing to smaller roles that made me smile, enjoy the bright moments of a truly memorable career.
It's starting to feel like a week never goes by without news of a movie remake, and I have a feeling you're all going to have some strong opinions about this one. According to a tweet from Production Weekly, there's a remake of Dirty Dancing in the works. Details are still sketchy, but apparently the script will be written by Julia Dahl. Personally, I'm a little worried about messing with a classic — wasn't the Havana Nights sequel enough?
On the other hand, I have to admit that I'm looking forward to the remake of Fame, with fresh talent and new 21st century setting (check out a hot new trailer after the jump). I was also impressed with Channing Tatum's spot-on impression of Patrick Swayze from a few weeks ago, but I'm not sure I can imagine new actors doing justice to the original — Dirty Dancing's '80s setting and utterly cheesy dialogue are inherent in its wonder. A couple of years ago, you all weighed in on who would make the perfect Baby and Johnny, but who would you cast now that it is really happening?
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Welcome back to my Buzz Gift Guide series for all the entertainment lovers in your life. This week is all about gifting your peers. Yesterday I suggested some gifts for the Sex and the City fan, and today I've rounded up a few of those gifts that keep on giving: TV- and movie-themed t-shirts.
I like wearing shirts with funny TV and movie lines on them because people are either like, "Ha! Yeah!" or "What is that from?" If it's the former, you've identified a fellow fan and if it's the latter, you've started a conversation about one of your favorite shows/movies. It's win-win, really.
Got an '80s movie fan in your circle of friends? Check out these t-shirts inspired by Dirty Dancing and Sixteen Candles. Here's a Twilight-inspired t-shirt for anyone you know who's into the movie or the book series (it cracked me up, anyway). I love this straightforward "Seriously" t-shirt from Grey's Anatomy, and this Lost inspired Dharma Orchid tee will work for a superfan. Finally, for the younger at heart I found this funny Juno t-shirt (I love the word "shenanigans") and Gossip Girl fans will rejoice when they find out someone stuck Blair's "mother-chucker" line on a shirt.
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Do you feel that, too? That giant hole in your Wednesday and Thursday nights that used to be filled with glorious dance (and Nigel Lythgoe)? It's just one week since the finale, and I'm already suffering withdrawal from So You Think You Can Dance. My backup dance show, America's Best Dance Crew, is also nearly done. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite dance movies of all time to get me through these tough times. To see some of my picks, hit "Start."
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What is Baby's real first name in Dirty Dancing?
Yesterday Kotaku reminded me that the Dirty Dancing Game was coming out this week. . . but then my heart sank when I remembered that it's a game exclusive to PC's right now (PC Gamers, take it upon yourself to buy this so they'll expand it to different consoles — I lost my mind just thinking about Dirty Dancing being on the Wii). So to honor the PC Game and the minor disappointment I feel, I bring you an alternative Dirty Dancing gadget: The Projector Keychain!
Whip Johnny and Baby out of your pocket and splash them on the nearest wall any time you need a lift, like say, after carrying a watermelon.
For only thirty bucks, you too can be the proud owner of this "Magical Musical Christmas Piano" with
dancing pornographic snowmen. Who needs a mistletoe when you got this conversation piece on your coffee table? It's sure to be the life of any party, an undeniable hit...in the end! (But seriously, why is the sales dude doing nothing to fix this indiscretion?)
- "Weeds" ratings hit a new, um, high on Monday, writes Variety.
- The L.A. Times has confirmed that Edward Norton is indeed writing the screenplay for The Incredible Hulk.
- Len Wiseman has signed on to direct the Escape From New York remake, Variety reports.
- ABC is producing music videos for 11 of its shows, including "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters," Billboard reports.
- The AP is reporting that a stage musical version of Dirty Dancing will open in Chicago in September of 2008.
- CBS has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with Don Imus, who may return to radio before too long, Reuters reports.
- According to Variety, 20th Century Fox is hoping to lure screenwriters by promising them that they will receive gross participation if their original scripts are made into movies.
- Ellen DeGeneres is filming a two-hour variety show for TBS, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
- Fox has bought a new game show called "Nothing But the Truth," in which participants will be hooked up to lie detectors and asked a series of personal questions for the chance to win $500,000.
- Casting news: Chris Mulkey will play the new coach on "Friday Night Lights," Zap2it reports. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Benny Ciaramello will also join the show to play a love interest for Lyla, while TV Guide says Marin Hinkle will guest star on "Brothers & Sisters."
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Who needs dignity when you can be plain dirrty instead? The following dude, dressed in his finest fanny pack and top-of-the-line Air Jordans, has gone clubbing in broad daylight. Single person street corner clubbing, that is. And he knows you want a piece of his pelvic thrust, but a good long look at his jiggling backside is all you're gonna get. Watch and weep.
Pace yourselves. Kotaku and Joystiq have gotten the scoop that Codemasters and Lionsgate will be releasing a Dirty Dancing video game for PCs by the end of the year to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film.
According to the official game site, this game will "let you work alongside the team at the Kellerman's resort, play through a fantastic variety of fun mini-games, earn camp dollars to purchase Dirty Dancing memorabilia, cabin furnishings, and the all-important dance lessons with Johnny and Penny." And best of all you can have the time of your life in the end of season dance contest! Now time for me to go wipe up my drool...Seriously, why did it take 20 years for this to happen?