Overheard on CNN.com: Hollywood is out of fresh ideas
A movie studio has announced plans to remake 'Dirty Dancing,' but CNN.com readers say that's a bad idea
August 9th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Hollywood is out of fresh ideas

Comment of the day:

“Word is that Sanjaya Malakar is being considered for the Swayze role while Baby may be played by Paris Hilton. It will be titled ‘Dirty Dancing, the Nightmare.’ - Jeebus2011

Don’t mess with Dirty Dancing

Almost 24 years after the original was released, a movie studio has announced plans for a remake of the 1980s classic "Dirty Dancing," which starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze. The film’s original choreographer, Kenny Ortega, will direct the remake, which will include songs from the 1960s, the original movie and new pieces.

But if Ortega is interested in gauging public interest, he should read comments from CNN.com readers; they unequivocally don’t like the idea of a remake.

wetcougar said, “Please do not remake this film. There will never be another Johnny Castle or Baby!”

Tilda said, “NOBODY puts the original ‘Dirty Dancing’ in a corner.”

BeachDiva said, “To me, they will be dishonoring Patrick Swayze's memory. This was HIS movie, along with Jennifer’s, and to redo it is terrible! Would they redo ‘Singing in the Rain?’ Or ANY of Fred Astaire's movies? Awful idea."

sanesight responded, “They probably would redo 'Gone With the Wind' starring JLo and Ben Affleck if they thought they could get anyone but those two to pay for tickets.”

WhoKnewIt said, “There will NEVER be another 'Dirty Dancing'....and Swayze could never be replaced in that role....I still miss him....”

coldspider said, “And my opinion is...they shouldn't TOUCH this movie. Remake it for a new generation? How about the new generation can just appreciate it for what it was. It's a great movie and should not be touched.”

LAVA1931 said, “Sad that most of Hollywood can't come up with original ideas anymore.”

newlysmom said, “Why can't these writers/producers just think of something new ... are they that short of imagination? This movie belongs to Patrick Swayze, leave it alone.”

Guest said, “Hollywood is run by businessmen. They see a proven money winner and don't care about anything else. How many reboots of Spiderman, Hulk, and Superman will they make?”

KtinME said, “Good luck with that. Unless they keep it in the early sixties, when the music was great and families actually took vacations together and many teenagers were still innocent, it'll be just another Britney Spears video.”

DeathToZaon said, “I plan to remake ‘Casablanca’ with Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus.”

sharky66 responded, “I will do a remake of ‘Gone With The Wind’ starring Lindsay Lohan and The Rock.”

BeachDiva said, “There are some movies that should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER be re-made and this is one of them.”

Support for Braydon

One of the men who died in the Chinook helicopter crash last Saturday was Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, the helicopter’s pilot. He was also the father of Braydon Nichols who, upset that his dad hadn’t been mentioned in news reports, made an iReport post that went viral online and on media outlets.

His post and subsequent stories about it on CNN.com drew hundreds of comments from readers, all showing their support for the brave 10-year-old.

Spellheck said, “I am a veteran myself from Kansas, and the son of a retired Army Warrant Officer. My condolences go out to this young boy and his family. His father is a hero and obviously a wonderful dad. I cannot express the sorrow I feel for him. Please let this be a lesson that everyone in the military is of the same family, it doesn't matter what your job is; everyone is just as important. ... My prayers are with this young boy and his family.”

ahyun said, “You look so much like your father. His spirit lives on inside of you. Thank you for being brave enough to speak out to make sure that hero is not forgotten. My heart is with you little one.”

BlueTexan said, “My father passed when I was in the fourth grade and though I never really got over his loss, I still think of him and am proud of his service in the Air Force during World War II. Stay strong young man, because you too are a hero to us all.”

KindnessKing said, “Dear Braydon, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Your story really touched me. I am sorry that you are going through this. America owes a debt of gratitude to your dad and all those who bravely fight for our rights. We also owe a debt of gratitude to you, big guy, for making us all realize that there were more than just soldiers aboard that Chinook helicopter; there were people who were loved, people who will be missed. You make us ALL proud. God Bless."

ArmyWife02 said, “Dear Braydon, my heart hurts for you and your family. I am an Army Aviation wife and I am so proud of my pilot and to see this makes tribute is amazing!!! Keep smiling when you can, laughing when you need it and keep your father's love in your heart forever.”

mbsnj said, “Braydon, I wanted to make sure you know that we, as Americans, know exactly who was onboard that helicopter. SEAL or not, your father was just as great a hero, and a selfless man who gave his life for his country. We are all saddened by your loss, but are so proud of who he was to you, your family and to our country. Thank you for showing us a picture of this brave man.”

fourbuds said, “Your dad did his job exactly as a hero does, quietly, without fanfare. We are proud of you, standing as a very brave man supporting his father. We are proud of your father. Your dad is a brave man, who was helping out his comrades as his final act. And he loves you just as he did before; he's just flying with the other angels now.”

Victoriausa “I am so sorry for your loss and hope you know that you have the prayers and thanks of millions of Americans. My family and I are sending our love to you and your family.”

dlfavinger said, “Braydon, my name is Dionna and I am Calvin King's wife. Calvin served with your father out of the Hays unit. I just want to take a moment to tell you how proud I am of you for speaking up about your father being recognized. You are right; he should be individually recognized, just like the rest of the Navy Seals Team. The world should know the names of those who have sacrificed their lives so we can continue to live the way we do today. Your dad was so proud of you and I know it would have put a smile on his face to know that you took this stand for him. Your father will be missed terribly.”

lpabf said, “Braydon, I'm retired from the Navy and I also wondered why no one mentioned the pilot and crew. You are a strong young man. Please continue to be that way. I am so sorry for your loss. Your father and everyone deserves to be mentioned.”

CRierson said, “At one time I was assigned to the 158th in a different state, and for a short time, I was not an Army aviator, but knew many. I've also known SEALs and many other special operators. Your dad, and ALL Army aviators are among the bravest men and women to serve our country on a daily basis.”

Guest said, “My heart breaks for this young man, and I'm proud of the actions he's taken on behalf of his Dad's remembrance. It sounds already like Braydon is the kind of son his dad would be proud of. His dad may be gone physically, but he'll live on in Braydon's heart.

Swimmer makes it half way

Endurance swimmer and record-holder Diana Nyad arrived in Florida Tuesday morning after having to abandon her 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Ocean swells, intense shoulder pain and asthma proved to be too much, though she did complete half the distance in 29 hours.

CNN.com readers commended her efforts despite her inability to finish.

kngavl said, “She's no less of a champ for trying! Keep it up!”

truthdealer said, “Most people posting here probably couldn't even swim for one hour straight let alone 29. Factor in her age and it's remarkable what she did.”

F0st3rs said, “She deserves admiration. Even going as far as she did is incredible. If it were easy more people would have done it or even tried to do it. She should still be proud of herself. Hoorah for her.”

SemperFi2 said, “I'm glad she is okay. This is a story of a champion. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. But she gave it her all. THAT's what counts.”

DAISHI said, “Blows my mind she got as far as she did.”

Losiha1 said, “Chasing your dream and taking a risk to fail in front of the public eye takes great courage... Diana, thanks for being who you are, I was inspired following your endeavor.”

Yaldah1 said, “I don’t know about you, but that is WAY better than I could do! When I go to the gym, if I do laps in the pool for an hour, I am VERY pleased with myself. God bless.

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. fernace

    On The Waterfront, Westside Story, Grease, Raintree County, Original Jaws, Bladerunner, Original Terminator, MadMax1-2, Ferris Buelers Day Off, Working Girl, Outsiders, Breakfast Club, Molly movies-16 Candles, Pretty In Pink, Giant!, Original Pink Panther(remake flopped,should Not have touched it), That's all for now!!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Silver Wraith

    Son of Brian Nichols, on the downed helicopter.
    Read above.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Thanks I was distracted at the time and could find the name in the article

      August 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Movies: i could care less about dirty dancing. But the notion that hollywood seems to be running out of ideas is true. I thought... Apollo 18 seems a pretty new idea, can't wait. But another planet of the apes (which i do plan to see), really? And how many stars have played batman now?

    And the swimming lady? Isn't that like praising someone for failing? I guess everyone gets a trophy nowadays.. What's with all the praise?

    I have no problem with people trying to do stupid things, free world and all, but people saying she's great for trying? It's not like she's a three year old trying to ride a bike..

    Another freak trying to do something stupid..

    August 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Film Critic

    I'm pretty much done with movies. The comic book based action movies are pretty original and when done right they are pretty good, but even those are going to run out of ideas. Personally I'm tired of doom always coming from above like God is raining down destruction on man. Can't they just make something for entertainment's sake? Btw Jennifer Grey was one fine piece of tail.. Of course it's about the goody goody girl being taken away by the philandering child r_a_p_I_s_t.. Lol.. Come "dirty" dance with me baby.. That was in a time when statutory _r_a_p_e did not exist.. Ohhh the bad rebel is coming to pop the good christian girl's cherry.. lol Scare the old men.. Hide your daughters.. On second thought that isn't a really original idea.. Fail Hollywood..

    August 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Film Critic

    @leeintulsa: Now the Batman franchise is ran by undercover Christian fanatics and they are weaving their ideology into the plot. Batman is directed by "Christ"opher Nolan and stars "Christian" Bale.. Notice how Batman's parents are dead? Totally because someone hates his daddy.. He rejects a group of men who are designed to end tyranny and corruption. "I can do it better" He pretends to be charitable while womanizing.. In the past Batman was played by Michael "Biblical Name" Keaton.. And Adam (Biblical name) West.. It's getting a bit ridiculous if you ask me. Just entertain me.. I would gladly pay hard earned money for not having to wear my tin helmet when I go see a frigging movie. *sigh* Oh and of course the good guy wears black.. lol Thought that was the bad guy's wardrobe?

    August 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @film critic: you've thought way too much about this lol

      August 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justathought

    If Hollywod would just do some real life stories, not stories based on a true story, which are allways screwed up. For instance: "The Fugitive", not thing in it was even close to truth, except the Doctor's name. There are a lot of true stoies that are fantastic without changing anything. For instance: the story of Desmond Doss' military experiences and achements are almost unbelieveable. Read a brief story on the Internet. The thing is, screen writers want it to be "my (imagintion) story" If they want stick to that frame of mind–yep, they ran out of new material long ago.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yada

    Hollyweird ran out of ideas a long time ago. Dirty Dancing is a classic. They'll never even come close this time!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yada

    That's like re-making "Ghost" without Patrick, Demi or Whoopi! Forget it!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    I'm pregnant. And I don't know who the father is.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      When are you due? MY LITTLE TROLLLLLLLLLLLL

      August 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I'm pregnant and don't know who the mother is...

      August 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    hollywood, damn nothing in cali is right.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Film Critic

    @lee: I've had lots of time and plenty of outside influence. Lol I'm just trying to sort it all out that's all. Jungle Book = Bible? Yes? Lol

    August 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jumgle Book

    Not as many people are devoured by a roaring lion in the jumgle one.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Welcome To The Jungle

    @Jumgle: No but there is an orphan boy (Adam) and a snake in it.. I see your point though. Wouldn't want to completely terrify and scar little kids now would we?

    August 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Are we talking about the (Jungle book) animated movie...I love, love, love that one! ahh...I'm watching this weekend!

    August 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Naomi

    Playboys and play-girls have no drama, just overused affairs. That's why. Love is true only when you die for it and only once at that. Won't anyone dig out the Ja-panese animations made in 70's? They have real cool stuff for everyone! Music, too!

    August 10, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
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