Dirty Dancing Available now on Blu-ray
Written by Eleanor Bergstein
Directed by Emile Ardolino
Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, Jerry Orbach, Kelly Bishop
Rated PG-13 | 100 minutes
Release date: August 21st, 1987
Fathom Events screenings: January 29th & February 1st, 2017
Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) thought it would be a regular summer in the Catskills with her family. A daddy’s girl, she and her mom, dad, and sister Lisa (Jerry Orbach, Kelly Bishop, Jane Brucker) went to Kellerman’s resort, that catered to the rich, complete with Ivy-League waiters. Kellerman’s also had the dance people, who gave lessons and entertained the guests. Baby, who wanted to be in the Peace Corps and always believed the best, was floored by the “dirty dancing,” and dazzled by Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), lead dancer. After an impromptu dance lesson, Baby inadvertently ended up trying to help the other lead dancer Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), who got knocked up by one of the waiters, Robbie (Max Cantor). Stepping into her mambo shoes, Johnny trained Baby to dance, and they fell in love. No summer romance would sizzle unless it was forbidden, and theirs was no different. This was the story of Dirty Dancing, which propelled a cast of virtual unknowns into instant fame.
Next week, Fathom Events will host the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing in select theaters all over the country. The love story of Frances “Baby” Houseman and Johnny Castle (Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze) delighted viewers in 1987, becoming a global phenomenon.
Ronda Rousey, the famous mixed martial arts fighter, is quickly making a household name of herself. The news today is she has been chosen to take the place of the late Patrick Swayze in a reboot the cult hit Road House from the late ’80s.
MGM is now in talks with writers to get a script put together and tentatively wants to start production in 2016. Rousey, who’s excited to show off her acting prowess, seems a natural fit for the Swayze role as a the zen-like philosopher/bouncer hired to clean up the raunchy Double Deuce bar. Her skills as an accomplished fighter will no doubt come in handy during the filming of the movie.
On the week of the original’s 20th anniversary, Alcon Entertainment co–founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove acquired the rights to remake the hit 1991 action flick, Point Break. Now the duo have officially announced their plans to fast–track a remake of the property for release by Warner Brothers.
Not a whole lot is known about the planned remake, but it is said that it will once again revolve around an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, and that it will be set in the world of international extreme sports. The original, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, involved surfing, which is generally considered an extreme sport. In this case, however, it’s unclear which sport(s) will be used.
CBS News is reporting that Patrick Swayze, best known for his many works on screens big and small, has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. His family was by his side when he passed on.
Swayze’s illness, much like the late Farrah Fawcett, was highly publicized and many people watched on as the actor made every effort to beat this impossible sickness. When it was first reported that he had the disease, he was only given an unbelievable two weeks to live — this was two years ago; proof positive that he fought tooth and nail with all his heart and soul overcome the odds, even continuing to work on shows like The Beast, which earned him a multitude of critical acclaim.
Patrick Swayze is perhaps best known for his many roles ’80s. He first made an impact with his roles in the gang fighting movie The Outsiders and the pre-World War III drama Red Dawn. His then moved onto movies like Dirty Dancing, Road House, and Ghost, which made the man a huge star in the business. Since then, he was seen in the action favorite Point Break, To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, Black Dog, and Donnie Darko.