Like the wind beneath your wings, some positive buzz surrounding the TV remake of "Beaches" is giving the Lifetime movie a welcome lift.
Premiering Saturday at 8 p.m., Idina Menzel and Nia Long star in the roles made famous by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey in the beloved 1989 tearjerker directed by Garry Marshall.
The updated film shows the two lifelong friends communicating by text and cell phone instead of writing letters. The fresh soundtrack includes Menzel's cover of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" as well as a rousing new version of the movie's signature song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," a No. 1 hit for Midler.
"Idina puts her own spin on it," says Jeff Silbar, who co-wrote the inspirational ballad with the late Larry Henley. "It's very youthful. It sounds like now."
"'Wind Beneath My Wings' has just been a part of me my whole life," Medina said yesterday on "Good Morning America." "So when I went into the studio to record it … [I thought] 'Just do your thing. Channel Bette."
Midler has already tweeted her approval. So has Rotten Tomatoes, the movie website now offering a list of 10 ways the "Beaches" remake stands on its own. "It's 30 minutes shorter," the movie website points out, "but nothing is missing."
Except, until tomorrow night at any rate, the tear-stained tissues.
By Kevin Haynes |