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Diner Oral History Just as Awesome as it Sounds

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 16: Helena Bonham Carter (L) and director Nick Park  arrive on the red carpet for the gala screening of 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' at the 30th annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jim Ross / Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Helena Bonham Carter;Nick Park

Even without Mickey Rourke! "I remember meeting with a studio executive after he saw the movie and he said, 'You have a lot to learn about editing.' I said 'I’m sure I do, give me an example.' He brought up the roast beef sandwich scene. 'Well you’re going on and on with, "Are you gonna eat the sandwich, not eat the sandwich," just cut it and get on with the story.' I said, 'Well, that is the story.' It’s a way to talk about friendship. A lot of time you see movies and people are talking about, 'How long have we been friends?' Friends don’t talk about being friends. From the nature of their conversation, you know they’re friends. That was the point. We talk about problems with girlfriends in abstract ways, we get off the point, we get into arguments that are not essential to what the argument is really about. We’re always messy. That, really was the point of Diner." [Baltimore Magazine via The Awl]

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Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow to Bring '80s Movie Diner to Broadway

Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow to Bring '80s Movie Diner to Broadway

Now, in addition to Goonies, Newsies, Carrie and Rocky, Hollywood is adapting Diner into a Broadway musical. If it works out, Diner could be the next Billy Elliott or Hairspray! And if not, it could be the next Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Scheduled for a fall 2012 premiere, the adaptation of Barry Levinson's directorial debut will revive the saga of high school buddies played by Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly and Paul Reiser. Oh, and did I mention that Sheryl Crow is involved?

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