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Nobody puts 30 in a corner: Dirty Dancing released on this day in 1987

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By Stephen Iervolino

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(NEW YORK) — Thirty years ago today, moviegoers had the time of their lives.

Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, was released August 21, 1987. Grey played Frances “Baby” Houseman, who in the 1960s visits a resort in upstate New York with her family and falls for her camp’s bad-boy dance instructor, Swayze’s Johnny Castle. Her character’s name is referenced in Swayze’s memorable line: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

The film is also notable for its soundtrack — specifically, the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which won an Oscar in 1988 for best original song.

To longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, Dirty Dancing isn’t a cinematic classic, but he concedes, “The definition of a ‘classic’ is something that has stood the test of time. And in that sense it’s a classic, because people love and cherish and remember this movie.”

Loved it, indeed. Made for a reported budget of $6 million, Dirty Dancing grossed just shy of $64 million domestically in 19 weeks, plus another $150 million globally.

A short-lived TV series of the same name followed in 1988, and a follow-up film that recycled the plot of the original movie, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004.

A remake of the original, directed by Kenny Ortega of the High School Musical films, debuted on ABC in May; the movie starred Abigail Breslin in Grey’s role. Debra Messing of Will & Grace fame, who played Baby’s mom, told ABC Radio the original was a “turning point” for her.

“I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theater and thinking, ‘This is the first time that I’ve actually seen a leading lady who isn’t perfect,'” said Messing. “And it’s like, ‘Oh, so there might be a place for me in Hollywood.'”

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"Game of Thrones" recap: "Beyond the Wall"

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By Stephen Iervolino

HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) Last we left Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, The Hound, Ser Jorah Mormont, the wildling leader Tormund, the Lord of Light-worshipping Beric and Robert Baratheon’s bastard, Gendry, launched an expedition beyond the Wall to capture a White Walker. In this week’s episode, fitfully titled “Beyond the Wall,” we find out how that terrifying mission turned out. But first, we have some business to take care of at Winterfell and Dragonstone.


Arya and Sansa reminisce about their childhood and their father, Ned Stark. However, the nice conversation between the two Stark sisters ends abruptly when Arya reveals she’s discovered the letter that Sansa wrote back in season one asking her family to pledge loyalty to King Joffrey. She accuses Sansa of helping the Lannisters kill their father. Sansa does not take kindly to Arya’s accusations, and tells her that she should be thanking her. After all, it was Sansa who recruited the Army of the Vale to help Jon defeat Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards. Arya’s not one to stand down, and she further accuses Sansa of fearing that the Northern Lords might read the letter and abandon her.

Sansa is indeed worried about that, which she expresses to Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. Petyr says that Arya would not betray Sansa, but she’s not so sure. Maybe Brienne could help, Littlefinger suggests, as she’s sworn to protect both Stark girls.

It turns out, Sansa has a different mission for Brienne. After receiving a raven inviting her to King’s Landing, Sansa tells Brienne that she will go in her stead. Brienne’s not thrilled with this idea, as she doesn’t think it’s safe to leave Sansa alone with the ever-conniving Littlefinger. Frustrated, Sansa says she does not need anyone to watch over her, and orders Brienne to begin her long journey to King’s Landing.

Later, Sansa sneaks into Arya’s room and finds her collection of faces just as her little sister arrives. “What are these?” a bewildered Sansa asks. “My faces,” Arya replies. Oh, OK. Arya reveals that she trained at the House of Black and White in Braavos to become a faceless assassin, and that she would have to play a game where she would have to disguise a lie as truth. “How do you feel about Jon being King?” Arya asks.

Sansa doesn’t answer the question, as she’s still, understandably, confused by the whole “my little sister has a literal bag of faces” thing. Arya then explains her abilities as a faceless assassin, and that she could even take Sansa’s face and become her. As she’s talking, Arya continually walks towards a completely confused and terrified Sansa while holding the Valyrian steel dagger Bran gave her. When she reaches her sister, Arya turns the knife around and gives it to Sansa, and then leaves the room.


As Jon leads his expedition north of the Wall, Daenerys and Tyrion talk in Dragonstone. She tells Tyrion that she likes him because he’s not heroic, which he doesn’t exactly take as a compliment. “Heroes do stupid things and they die,” Dany clarifies, listing off all the men in her life who’ve left to do “heroic” things.

Tyrion finds it interesting that the men she listed, including Jorah, Khal Drogo, and one Jon Snow, all fell in love with her. Dany doesn’t think the King in the North has any feelings for her and besides, she says, “He’s too little for me.” Ooh…dragon fire burn!

The two discuss their prospective meeting with Cersei. Tyrion warns Dany that Cersei almost certainly will say something provocative, and he doesn’t want the Mother of Dragons to lose her temper — like she did when she burned the Tarlys to death. Tyrion then moves onto an even more sensitive subject: Dany’s supposed infertility. He says he believes in Dany, but is worried about how her vision of “breaking the wheel” will continue once she’s dead. Dany, clearly upset, tells Tyrion that they will discuss succession after she’s taken the Iron Throne.

Beyond the Wall

The majority of the episode takes place beyond the Wall, where Jon and the rest of the Westerosi Avengers lead their White Walker-capturing expedition. The road is long, which gives our heroes some time to explore their shared histories. Gendry is still mad at the Brotherhood Without Banners for selling him to Melisandre, Tormund confesses to the Hound his love for Brienne, and Jon and Beric talk about their shared history of resurrection.

Jon and Jorah also talk about their fathers, and Jon reveals that Jorah’s dad, the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, gave him their family sword, Longclaw, which should have gone to Jorah. But Jorah tells Jon to keep it, because he brought shame to his family, and suggests Jon give it to his children.

As the expedition continues, the team is attacked by a bear — a blue-eyed zombie bear, to be specific. Beric and Thoros use the Lord of Light’s power to light their swords on fire. They take down the bear, no thanks to the Hound, who’s still afraid of fire due to his childhood incident. Thoros is badly injured, but Beric uses his flaming sword to cauterize his companion’s wounds.

After that ordeal, Jon and Tormund spot a contingent of White Walkers and attack. When they take down the lead Walker, most of the rest immediately disintegrate, but one remains. The team takes it captive, but their victory is short-lived.

An army of White Walkers start closing in, and Jon tells Gendry to run back to Eastwatch and send a raven to Dany telling him what they’re up against. As the Army of the Dead approaches, our heroes are literally on thin ice: they’re stranded on a big rock in the middle of a semi-frozen lake. As the White Walkers begin their attack, the first wave of zombies falls through the ice, putting a temporary stop to their advance.

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"The Hitman's Bodyguard" snuffs the competition with $21.6 million box office weekend

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By Stephen Iervolino

Lionsgate/Jack English(LOS ANGELES) — The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, beat expectations to take the top spot at the weekend box office with an estimated $21.1 million opening weekend.

Coming in at number two was last week’s box office champ Annabelle: Creation, pulling in an estimated $15.5 million stateside and another $42 million overseas. In total, the latest film in The Conjuring series is up to $161 million, bringing the franchise’s total to more than $1 billion globally.

Taking third place was the weekend’s other new release, Logan Lucky. The crime drama, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, fell short of expectations, earning an estimated $8 million.

Coming in fourth was Dunkirk with an estimated $6.7 million, bringing its total in the states to $165.5 million. Overseas, the World War II drama collected an additional $8.4 million, bringing its worldwide earnings to more than $372.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was the animated feature The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, raking in $5.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, $21.6 million
    2. Annabelle: Creation, $15.5 million
    3. Logan Lucky, $8 million
    4. Dunkirk, $6.7 million
    5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, $5.1 million
    6. The Emoji Movie, $4.35 million
    7. Spider-Man: Homecoming, $4.25 million
    8. Girls Trip, $3.8 million
    9. The Dark Tower, $3.7 million
    10. Wind River, $3 million

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King of Comedy: Hollywood reacts to Jerry Lewis' passing

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Danny Martindale/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Hollywood stars took to Twitter Sunday to remember legendary comedian and entertainer Jerry Lewis, who died at age 91.

Penn and Teller’s Penn Jillette was one of the first to tweet the news, writing, “Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I [fell] apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again.” He then tweeted a photo of himself shaking a smiling Lewis’ hand, and wrote, “How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”

Here are some more reactions:

William Shatner: “Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today.”

George Takei: “We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis.”

Gilbert Gottfried: “The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis.”

Joan Collins: “The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis was a tremendous talent and a good friend. Rest In Peace #jerrylewis. You’ll be sorely missed.”

Rob Schneider: “Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us. Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!”

Josh Gad: “One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP #jerrylewis.

Patton Oswalt: “Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful…haven.”

Jon Cryer: “Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent. If u are in comedy, you’ve been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP.”

Dane Cook wrote a heartfelt Instagram essay about Lewis, whom he considered his mentor. In part, he wrote, “He knew how to breathe life into me with truisms and simultaneously take my breath away with laughter. I would sometimes not pick up the phone on purpose so he would leave me voicemails…Thank you to my friend & mentor Jerry Lewis for believing in me. The world has truly lost its most treasured clown.”

Margaret Cho: “Dick Gregory [who died Saturday] and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: “Jerry Lewis loomed large in my family. Many movies with my mom [Janet Lee] & he made home movies with Janet and [my dad] Tony [Curtis]. He made me and many laugh.”

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Legendary comic and entertainer Jerry Lewis, dead at 91

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By ABC News Radio

John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Legendary comic, entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis — whose career spanned nightclubs, movies, TV and Broadway — has died at age 91, ABC News has confirmed.

“Sadly I can confirm that today the world lost one of the most significant human beings of the twentieth century,” a rep for Lewis told ABC.

Lewis first found fame in the late 1940s and 1950s, packing nightclubs as half of the comedy team Martin & Lewis, with the late crooner and actor Dean Martin. They became wildly popular, even starring in feature films including That’s My Boy, The Stooge and The Caddy.

The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis decided to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor. It was then that movie critics in France began hailing Lewis as an auteur and comedy genius, an idea at which many Americans scoffed. In 2006, he received France’s Légion d’Honneur, the nation’s highest honor.

As film tastes changed in the beginning of the ’70s, Lewis’ popularity plummeted. He struggled both with drug addiction and with his art, unable to score a box office success, prompting him to stop directing. However, he later won acclaim for his acting roles in movies like Martin Scorsese’s 1982 satire The King of Comedy, and TV shows like Wiseguy. He also starred on Broadway in Damn Yankees and performed one-man shows, the most recent in 2016.

Around the time he went solo, Lewis also hosted a 19-hour telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation, a role that would become as iconic for him as any of his movie or TV appearances. In 1966, he started hosting the MDA’s annual Labor Day telethon an served as the MDA chairman for more than 50 years, raising more than $2 billion in the process. He hosted his last telethon in 2010, after which the MDA board forced him to step down, discontinuing the telethon in 2015.

Lewis was plagued with health issues throughout his life. He suffered several heart attacks and fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Lewis was also the father of a pop star: his son Gary Lewis fronted Gary Lewis & the Playboys, which scored ’60s hits like “This Diamond Ring.”

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