‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

ABC Jumps on the Musical Bandwagon with ‘Dirty Dancing’

Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin in 'Dirty Dancing.'
Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin in Dirty Dancing (ABC)
After four successful live musical performances on NBC (The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray) and three from FOX (Grease, The Passion and The Rocky Horror Picture Show) ABC is finally jumping in with their own musical, only this one won’t be live.

On the 30th anniversary of the movie Dirty Dancing, ABC will air a new three-hour musical version of the story starring Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes taking on the roles famously played by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. The new movie will be different in other ways as well says ABC. “The story from the beloved 1987 romantic drama and instant movie classic told from a fresh perspective, diving deeper into the iconic characters, showcasing their progression and tackling social themes like race, women’s rights and the socio-economic division in the country at that time,” says the press release. The original had some raunchy dance moves, hence the title of the movie, but it is not clear how much of those will be kept in the made-for-TV movie.

The new Dirty Dancing follows the familiar story of Frances “Baby” Houseman spending the summer with her family at a Catskills resort when she falls in love with Johnny Castle, the resort’s camp instructor. The movie will feature modern versions of the songs featured in the film (like “Time of My Life,” “Love Man,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” “She’s Like the Wind”) with other familiar tunes not featured in the original (like “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”) “Viewers will discover what happens to Baby and Johnny after that summer and more about the supporting characters from the original film. This fresh reimagining explores the relationship between Jake and Marjorie Houseman, Lisa’s goals in life and uncovers a fully realized character in Neil, with plenty of surprises in store,” says ABC.

Dirty Dancing stars Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as Baby, Debra Messing (Will & Grace) as Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood (American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson) as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (Dancing with the Stars) as Penny, Colt Prattes (Rock of Ages) as Johnny, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Lisa Houseman, Tony Roberts (Annie Hall) as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn (Mad Men) as Neil, Shane Harper (The Passion) as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson (Everyone Wants Some) as Marco, Beau “Casper” Smart (Perfect Match) as Billy, Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars) as Tito.

Dirty Dancing will air on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.


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