Will viewers have hungry eyes for a 'Dirty Dancing' remake?
Also in Tattle: Voice of Charlie Brown jailed, Queen Latifah, Kate Quigley
Tattle has never understood why so many movies and TV shows have to be remade.
No artist looks at the Mona Lisa and says, "I'd like to re-paint that."
It's art. And even if it's crappy, commercial art, it exists. Why do it again?
We get that some older movies or characters can be improved by technology (comic book movies, for instance) and some stories can get a new interpretation or twist, but when we saw yesterday that ABC was filming a three-hour musical adaptation of the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing," originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, and now to star Abigail Breslin and a hunk to be named later, the first thought that popped into our addled mind was "Why?"
Is it possible to make that iconic cornball movie better?
Kids today don't even know that there were once vacation resorts in the Catskill Mountains.
* As for original ideas, we offer as evidence Lin-Manuel Miranda's brilliant "Hamilton," the smash Broadway hip-hop musical about our founding fathers, most notably Alexander Hamilton.
Since tickets for the Broadway version are nearly impossible to come by, a production will open in Chicago next September.
Producers said yesterday that performances will begin Sept. 27 at the newly named PrivateBank Theatre, a monicker evoking little of the nostalgia of, say, the Lyceum, the Wintergarden or the Schubert.
Group tickets for the Chicago run will go on sale Jan. 5. Single ticket sales will be announced at a later date.
* The Hollywood Reporter reports that 59-year-old Peter Robbins was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Monday for making criminal threats.
Robbins was the voice of Charlie Brown in beloved "Peanuts" TV specials .
Womp womp womp.
* Queen Latifah has been cast in a leading role in the "Untitled Lee Daniels music pilot," written, created and directed by the Philly native about three young women who form a girl group with dreams of making it big.
Latifah will play "Carlotta," the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon (not to be confused with her role as Gina in "Beauty Shop"). Carlotta, who also has an amazing voice, will become a surrogate mother to the three girl singers - even though she doesn't approve of their musical dreams.
The girl group trio will be played by Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady.
* Comedienne/actress Kate Quigley has been named the comedic co-host for the Oscars of the adult film industry, the 2016 AVN Awards presented by Chaturbate.
Because if ever there was an awards show people watch because of the host, it's the AVN Awards.
(As a side note, AVN was founded here in Philadelphia.)
The show will be held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 23.
"I'm so excited to be hosting the 2016 AVN Awards with the lovely Joanna Angel and Anikka Albrite," Quigley said. "Mostly because I know my mom will have to explain what the show is about to all the ladies in her quilting club."
- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.
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