Live for Films

I've moved to www.liveforfilms.com

Posts Tagged ‘Dirty Dancing’

Patrick Swayze where are you? – T-Shirt

Posted by LiveFor on December 14, 2009

I know I shouldn’t but this T-Shirt really made me chuckle.

Swayze will be missed. You can buy it here.

Source: FilmDrunk

Posted in Clothing, Film, news, stuff | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Patrick Swayze has passed away

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

patrick-swayzePatrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing” and then broke them with “Ghost,” died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.

He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting “The Beast,” an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.

Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making “The Beast” because they would have taken the edge off his performance. He acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease.

When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was “considerably more optimistic” than that.

“I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” Swayze told ABC’s Barbara Walters in early 2009. “Two years seems likely if you’re going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it.”

A three-time Golden Globe nominee, Swayze became a star with his performance as the misunderstood bad-boy Johnny Castle in “Dirty Dancing.” As the son of a choreographer who began his career in musical theater, he seemed a natural to play the role.

A coming-of-age romance starring Jennifer Grey as an idealistic young woman on vacation with her family and Swayze as the Catskills resort’s sexy (and much older) dance instructor, the film made great use of both his grace on his feet and his muscular physique.

It became an international phenomenon in the summer of 1987, spawning albums, an Oscar-winning hit song in “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” stage productions and a sequel, 2004’s “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” in which he made a cameo.

Swayze performed and co-wrote a song on the soundtrack, the ballad “She’s Like the Wind,” inspired by his wife, Lisa Niemi. The film also gave him the chance to utter the now-classic line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

And it allowed him to poke fun at himself on a “Saturday Night Live” episode, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley.

A major crowdpleaser, the film drew only mixed reviews from critics, though Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times, “Given the limitations of his role, that of a poor but handsome sex-object abused by the rich women at Kellerman’s Mountain House, Mr. Swayze is also good. … He’s at his best — as is the movie — when he’s dancing.”

Swayze followed that up with the 1989 action flick “Road House,” in which he played a bouncer at a rowdy bar. But it was his performance in 1990’s “Ghost” that showed his vulnerable, sensitive side. He starred as a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee (Demi Moore) — with great frustration and longing — through a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg.

Swayze said at the time that he fought for the role of Sam Wheat (director Jerry Zucker wanted Kevin Kline) but once he went in for an audition and read six scenes, he got it.

Why did he want the part so badly? “It made me cry four or five times,” he said of Bruce Joel Rubin’s Oscar-winning script in an AP interview.

“Ghost” provided yet another indelible musical moment: Swayze and Moore sensually molding pottery together to the strains of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” It also earned a best-picture nomination and a supporting-actress Oscar for Goldberg, who said she wouldn’t have won if it weren’t for Swayze.

“When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick,” Goldberg said in March 2008 on the ABC daytime talk show “The View.”

Swayze himself earned three Golden Globe nominations, for “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost” and 1995’s “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” which further allowed him to toy with his masculine image. The role called for him to play a drag queen on a cross-country road trip alongside Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo.

His heartthrob status almost kept him from being considered for the role of Vida Boheme.

“I couldn’t get seen on it because everyone viewed me as terminally heterosexually masculine-macho,” he told the AP then. But he transformed himself so completely that when his screen test was sent to Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin pictures produced “To Wong Foo,” Spielberg didn’t recognize him.

Among his earlier films, Swayze was part of the star-studded lineup of up-and-comers in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel “The Outsiders,” alongside Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and Diane Lane. Swayze played Darrel “Dary” Curtis, the oldest of three wayward brothers — and essentially the father figure — in a poor family in small-town Oklahoma.

Other ’80s films included “Red Dawn,” “Grandview U.S.A.” (for which he also provided choreography) and “Youngblood,” once more with Lowe, as Canadian hockey teammates.

In the ’90s, he made such eclectic films as “Point Break” (1991), in which he played the leader of a band of bank-robbing surfers, and the family Western “Tall Tale” (1995), in which he starred as Pecos Bill. He appeared on the cover of People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991, but his career tapered off toward the end of the 1990s, when he also had stay in rehab for alcohol abuse. In 2001, he appeared in the cult favorite “Donnie Darko,” and in 2003 he returned to the New York stage with “Chicago”; 2006 found him in the musical “Guys and Dolls” in London.

Swayze was born in 1952 in Houston, the son of Jesse Swayze and choreographer Patsy Swayze, whose films include “Urban Cowboy.”

He played football but also was drawn to dance and theater, performing with the Feld, Joffrey and Harkness Ballets and appearing on Broadway as Danny Zuko in “Grease.” But he turned to acting in 1978 after a series of injuries.

Within a couple years of moving to Los Angeles, he made his debut in the roller-disco movie “Skatetown, U.S.A.” The eclectic cast included Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormack and Billy Barty.

Swayze had a couple of movies in the works when his diagnosis was announced, including the drama “Powder Blue,” starring Jessica Biel, Forest Whitaker and his younger brother, Don, which was scheduled for release this year.

Off-screen, he was an avid conservationist who was moved by his time in Africa to shine a light on “man’s greed and absolute unwillingness to operate according to Mother Nature’s laws,” he told the AP in 2004.

Swayze was married since 1975 to Niemi, a fellow dancer who took lessons with his mother; they met when he was 19 and she was 15. A licensed pilot, Niemi would fly her husband from Los Angeles to Northern California for treatment at Stanford University Medical Center, People magazine reported in a cover story.

Source: Associated Press

Posted in Film, news | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sequel News on a load of movies

Posted by LiveFor on August 7, 2008

Lots of news on various sequels. Thanks to Andy D for putting them altogether. They are culled from MSN so blame the dreadful puns on them!

Ghostbusters 3

Who you gonna call? Well, probably not Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis. Unfortunately, those classic comedians are a bit old to be busting ghosts with electricity. But rumour has it that the original ghostbusters will be teaming up with a new crop of comedians: Judd Apatow’s crew (Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, etc.) to film a second Ghostbusters sequel.

The Evil Dead 4

Director Sam Raimi was asked about this possibly project while promoting his latest movie, Drag Me To Hell. Raimi’s response? “That’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it.” Well, we’re not sure if we’d like to see it, but whatever kills your zombies.

Beverly Hills Cop 4

Word on the streets of Hollywood is that this next instalment is all but camera-ready. Brett Ratner is set to direct, screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Hass of Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma have been hired, and Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley. Let’s face it, Murphy doesn’t have much else going on (see Meet Dave…oh, wait, no one did), and to be honest we’d love to see him get back to his comedy roots. Bring on the cuss words!

RoboCop 4

Director Darren Aronofsky has been linked to this film, although it’s unclear yet if the movie will be a prequel or a sequel. Aronofsky’s other works have included the fantastical The Fountain and the depressing Requiem For A Dream. We’re interested to see where he’d take a ‘part man. Part machine. All cop.’

Dirty Dancing 3

We were shocked to hear about this after the dismally bad Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights bombed at the box office. Granted, that was a prequel, and it didn’t have the power of Swayze! This could also be a result of the mega-hit stage musical. Supposedly, despite his recent battle with pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze will put on his dancing shoes for this sequel. Nobody puts Patrick in a corner!

The Untouchables: Capone Rising

Rumour has it that a prequel to classic crime caper The Untouchables is in the works, and that director Brian De Palma is spearheading the project. We have to admit this could be good – of course we hope De Niro’s not slated for Capone again. He’s twenty years older, this picture will show Capone twenty years younger… it’s simple maths.

Alien v Predator 3

These movies, much like both the alien and the predator, will seemingly never die. After numerous Alien films and several Predator movies throughout the 80s, the Alien v Predator franchise was born to the delight of geeks over the globe. The most recent one made a stack of cash, so it seems studios are looking to profit again – no matter how many innocent people have to perish!

Rambo 5

The most recent Rambo film was released in January 2008 with the tagline “heroes never die.” And we believe it. As long as Sly Stallone is alive and kicking, Rambo films will be made. He’s 62 this year, and Rambo 5 is slated for late 2009 or early 2010.

The Boogeyman 3

It’s hard to call this The Boogeyman 3 for certain, as since The Boogeyman 2 came out in 1982 the franchise has been peppered with straight-to-video releases (1994’s Return Of The Boogeyman) and remakes. But, perhaps this installment will bring back some of the horror of the original. Or… it will just be horrible.

The Lost Boys 3

Sequel to the original The Lost Boys, The Lost Boys: The Tribe, was a straight-to-DVD title released in 2008. Producers supposedly think its lack of popularity was due to its lack of Corey Haim. Haim appeared in the film, but not half as much as his drug-free friend Corey Feldman. The Tribe’s ending was a set-up for a follow-up; hopefully Haim will be more camera-ready this time.

Discuss in the forum.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »