You never can tell what people will think when a beloved film is remade these days. Audiences are almost numb to all the remakes by now, and tend to be more forgiving when Hollywood actually gets it right. The Karate Kid remake was one recent example of a successful remake, and positive buzz is already tracking this fall's Footloose remake. Will the same be said for the just-announced Dirty Dancing remake? Following the news, the original Baby, Jennifer Grey, took to Twitter with this statement (complete with the appropriate Twitter hashtags): "I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake. 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." Does this mean she'll be up for a cameo? [Jennifer Grey's Twitter] Does this s fffffff [Jennifer
For anyone who's ever had the pleasure of being in a place where Guillermo Del Toro is speaking, then you already know the popular genre filmmaker does not pull any punches when it comes to his thoughts on the moviemaking process. As someone who's been screwed by the Hollywood system on more than one occasion, Del Toro has no fear of telling an audience exactly what's on his mind and how he feels about filmmaking. He's a tremendous talent, and such a fun guy to listen to. While doing the Q&A at a recent screening of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark at Lincoln Center, The Playlist transcribed some of what Del Toro had to say afterward.
Here's what he had to say about shooting for an R rating versus PG-13: "Thankfully we have Bob Berney at FilmDistrict saying ‘Let’s do it as an R.’ Most other distributors would say ‘Let’s cut it, let’s go back to the PG-13’ but [they didn’t.] Everybody praises always how brave filmmakers are but what’s great is when distributors are brave…I think this movie mutilated into a PG-13 would be a shame. It’s not overt, it’s not gory, it has every right to be scary. And I think we need to make like, the scary pride parade and say ‘We want to be super scary and we don’t have to be ashamed of it.’ PG-13 is the refuge of many cowards.” [The Playlist]