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“Dirty Dancing” reboot has a writer

“Dirty Dancing” reboot has a writer (photo)

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With original “Dirty Dancing” choreographer Kenny Ortega signed on to direct Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot of the franchise, it’s a safe bet that the film’s dancing will be dirtier than ever. But sexy moves are just part of the new “Dirty Dancing” equation, as writer Maria Maggenti has been brought on to craft the 21st century version of “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Some people might say that a love story as timeless as “Dirty Dancing” needs no reboots, remakes or revisiting, but those grouchy bastards simply don’t understand the appeal of watching the same movie with much younger actors and what we imagine will be way more hip-hop music. The original 1987 film, of course, followed the romance between Patrick Swayze’s Catskills dance instructor and Jennifer Grey’s underage affluent New Yorker. The entire production was set to a soundtrack dripping with late 1980s schmaltz and cheese, making the film both an ironic favorite for in-the-know 20-somethings as well as a nonironic classic to moms everywhere.

The reboot’s new writer, Maria Maggenti is best known for writing “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love,” but has also worked on the CBS procedural “Without a Trace.” Deadline has reported that the writer is currently wrapping up work on “My Name is Memory,” but will soon be responsible for drafting the new “Dirty Dancing” flick.

What do you think about “Dirty Dancing”? Is it a hunk of 1980’s nostalgia just screaming out for a remake, or a timeless classic that should be encased in amber? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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