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Die Hard 5 Gets A Director

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That's right, folks! Kenny Ortega isn't ONLY directing the Dirty Dancing remake…he'll ALSO be taking on the fifth Die Hard flick! JK!

As "interesting" as an Ortega-directed chapter of the John McClane saga might be, the guy who's ACTUALLY directing Die Hard 5 is

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Dirty Dancing Remake Gets A Writer

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Love it or hate it, Lionsgate is moving forward quickly with their Dirty Dancing remake!

Last we heard about the project, Jennifer Grey was defending the movie, and she expressed her confidence in Kenny Ortega's ability to take on the remake.

Now, Dirty Dancing progress continues, and

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Dirty Dancing's Remake Director Brushin' His Shoulders Off

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Kenny Ortega is fully aware of the hate spewed his way, but he's ready for the challenge that lies ahead as he directs the remake of Dirty Dancing.

The beloved 80s film is a classic. Everyone knows 'nobody puts baby in a corner.'

But some people thinking remaking such a classic is doing just that.

However, the director assures us he doesn't want to cause any disrespect, stating:

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Kenny Ortega Will Direct A Dirty Dancing Remake!

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They should get Al Roker and Ryan Gosling for this! LOLz.

It has just been confirmed by Lionsgate that

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Kenny Ortega Speaks Up Against Dr. Conrad Murray

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As we mentioned yesterday, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for today, where Dr. Conrad Murray will face his involuntary manslaughter charge for Michael Jackson's death.

As the trial begins, it looks like we've already got two of MJ's crew who are NOT on Dr. Murray's side: Michael's bodyguard Alberto Alvarez and This Is It director Kenny Ortega.

Here's what Ortega had to say about Murray's behavior when MJ got sick during a rehearsal day for the London comeback concerts:

"[Murray] was upset that I had sent Michael home the night before and didn't allow him to rehearse."

And more from Ortega:

“Dr. Murray told me that this was not my responsibility and asked me to not act like a doctor or psychologist … and leave Michael’s health to him."

“It was scary. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I knew there was something going on."

And here's what Ortega had to say about MJ's vastly improved condition during two rehearsals before his death:

“It was like the Michael we all knew and loved."

Sounds strange, and pretty sketchy.

Guess we'll see what happens as Dr. Murray's preliminary hearing gets underway today.

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Thriller: The Movie

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The Michael Jackson estate is about to get another chunk of change now that there is a bidding war over packaging a film around the legendary song Thriller.

Kenny Ortega is attached to direct the film, while The Hangover writer Jeremy Garelick pens the script. The plot is being kept secret, but Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are involved in what will end up as a pricey rights deal that will cap the film's budget at $50 million.

Rumor has it that the movie will center on Vincent Price and the town he grew up in. The Jackson estate has to sign off od the deal, but that has been in the works for some time and is expected to be done shortly.

But we'll be seeing much more of Michael's work soon! Cirque du Soleil is in talks to do two live shows based on his music, while Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock have a feature about Michael's younger years in the works.

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Footloose Has A Director! ANOTHER One!

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This movie is doomed!

We previously reported that Chace Crawford has dropped out of his role in Footloose, but at least they have a director attached. High School Musical director Kenny Ortega dropped out months ago.

Craig Brewer will helm the Footloose remake along with writing the script. The original premise was going to be edgier than what they have now decided upon as the studio is sticking with the original premise.

Boring.

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