As the movie celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release this month, take some time to enjoy our slideshow of fun facts about the film, its production and the actors that made it a legend. Photo: Associated Press. A box-office bonanza. A mostly fresh-faced cast. Veteran actor Jerry Orbach was the only well-known member of the cast, although both Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze had appeared in popular movies. A new dawn for Swayze and Grey. Luckily for fans, they were able to bury the hatchet this time around.
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As of early May, it had Moose, a fan favorite played by Adam G. Sevani, is virtually the only significant character to appear in more than two of the five movies. It earned that back nearly 10 times over. The story is similar: Kids from opposite sides of the tracks find each other, again. But where the first film strove to prioritize drama over dance, the second is more interested in the acrobatic gyrating of its capable stars. Chu delights in the physicality of his young performers, and rather than pretend to care about the story, he relishes every opportunity to linger on bodies in motion — often at the expense of conventional niceties like character development and plot. I wanted to fill this one with dance. The shift in emphasis proved to be a turning point for the series. Chu had a nostalgic affection for the film.
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Apple and Google, two of the largest players in the digital media market, have added further video content to their existing services. Google's YouTube video-sharing site has signed a deal to air more than 4, hours of free video content from the Digital Music Group. Digital Music, which distributes films, television and music online, will receive a cut of the advertising revenue. As part of the deal, YouTube will use filtering technology to identify videos on its site that feature Digital Music's copyrighted songs. Meanwhile, Apple's iTunes service has begun selling films from Lions Gate. The iTunes service will eventually carry titles from the independent movie studio. Got a news tip for our journalists?
I thought Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were terrific dancers, and I thought the plot was a clunker assembled from surplus parts at the Broken Plots Store. The actions of the characters especially her parents were so foreordained, they played like closing night of a run that had gone on way too long. Now here is "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The wealthy Miller family from St.