Fame movie remake hires Cheers reunion

Fame! It wants to live forever! And it will live, at least for a little while longer. The singing-and-dancing film and television program franchise from the 1980s is getting revitalized with a movie remake from MGM, and the studio has revealed who will be teaching the students at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.

Headlining the quintet of actors will be Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth, says The Hollywood Reporter, who have already shared plenty of screen time. Grammer, of course, is best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and its spin-off Frasier. Neuwirth was also all over both of those shows as the ice-cold Lillith, Frasier's ex-wife. In the feature film, Grammer will play an orchestra conductor and Neuwirth will play a dance instructor.

In addition to the Cheers veterans, three others have been cast in the roles of administrators at the fancy-pants dance school. Megan Mullally, recently seen in 30 Rock as a rep trying to see if Liz Lemon is fit to adopt, will play the school's voice instructor. Familiar face Charles S. Dutton (Roc) will play an acting teacher, and former Fame cast member Debbie Allen will play the principal.

Fame hit theaters in 1980 and served as the basis for the television program, which ran from 1982 to 1987. Both included large-scale song-and-dance numbers, which told the story as a musical would. The updated movie version is scheduled for a September 25 release.

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I think this is a mistake. It will be a BOMB
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sounds good
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The movie was ok, the tv show was blah after the first season it didn't seem like they had a clue what to do with the plot.
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I acually liked the film and remember the show from the 80s. I would quite like to see a new version of it.
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wow cant wait
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Boring.
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FAME was really depressing, I think a remake might be rubbish.
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I love Fame this should be fun!
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Frasier and Lilith were my favorite on "Cheers" and of course "Frasier" too.
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I was worried there for a second... Thought they meant a fullblown Cheers reunion with all the characters and the bar, or something more horrifying like a Cheers remake.... But no, it's just the two characters I always disliked dancing.
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I am not a fan of the of Fame but I will definatly check this out. I love Frasier and was sad when they canceled back to you.
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Didn't they remake the show a decade ago? I think it was set in LA...
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