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Video: New Dirty Dancing Director Ortega's Newsies with Singing, Dancing Christian Bale

As we reported Monday, Lionsgate is giving Dirty Dancing (1987) a makeover, directed by original choreographer Kenny Ortega. Lionsgate is revamping the classic after unsuccessfully releasing sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The struggle here won't be to charge up teenage interest in the tale of teenage Baby’s forbidden romance with hip-swiveling Johnny Castle, packed with 60s classics from the original plus brand new compositions--just shove it down the willing throats of Glee, HSM and So You Think You Can Dance fans and the studio will make money. The struggle will be in creating a memorable film that has lasting powers of its own. Otherwise people will keep watching the original--nothing's stopping them so far. Do the math: Dirty Dancing was made for $6 million and brought in $213.95 million worldwide.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2011 6:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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First Look: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

Warner Bros. has released the teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, it's dark, sinister, architectural, graphic, and very Inception.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:43 AM
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Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close
Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 5:08 AM
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Zhang Yimou's Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto

Zhang Yimou's Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto
Zhang Yimou, the premiere director in China, commands top budgets; he produced the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and directed Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Now Zhang has erected a massive city and full-scale Cathedral in Beijing for his latest period epic, Heroes of Nanking, which recently wrapped principal photography after 164 days. The movie cost $100 million, more than John Woo's Red Cliff, Zhang's usual producer/financeer Zhang Weiping revealed in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2011 1:44 AM
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Bale for Aronofsky's Noah, Cruise for One Shot, Gatsby, Dark Knight, 21 Jump Get New Cast Members

- Darren Aronofsky wants Christian Bale to board his ark in Noah. Should the director and actor's talks prove fruitful, the project should attract some significant studio interest from Paramount, Summit or Fox. Aronofsky wants $130 million, with New Regency already intending to co-finance.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2011 5:03 AM
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Production Begins on The Dark Knight Rises

Production has officially begun for The Dark Knight Rises. A bit over a year from now (July 20, 2012) the film will hit theaters and fans will go wild.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 19, 2011 6:06 AM
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Gordon-Levitt, Cotillard Confirmed for The Dark Knight Rises

Everyone seems to have already posted that Inception stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard would be starring in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros., July 20, 2012). We assembled the cast so far. What's with leaving out Inception's Ellen Page if everyone else is on board?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2011 5:44 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far

The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far
Here's the rundown. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012. The cast so far, pictured, is listed below, including newly announced Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, and Katie Holmes (says IMDb). ThePlaylist reminds us that this will be an old-fashioned 35 mm 2-D film shot at 24 frames per second. With faces like these, who can complain? Let the plot speculation continue.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 6:15 AM
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In Development: Akira Remake, Fincher for Jolie's Cleopatra, Agatha Christie and The Fighter 2

- Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures is eyeing several actors for a reworked script of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s six-volume graphic novel Akira, reports Deadline. Harry Potter franchise screenwriter Steve Kloves (also writer-director of The Fabulous Baker Boys) is working on the rewrite and Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) is signed on to direct in August. In contention for role #1 ("Tetsuo") are Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy; for role #2 ("Kaneda"), there's Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. Our picks would be McAvoy and Fassbender, who will likely pass on this retelling.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2011 5:30 AM
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