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Idina Menzel: 'John Travolta and I are buddies'

March 21st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
John Travolta
Singer/actress Idina Menzel has laughed off John Travolta's embarrassing Oscars slip-up after he mispronounced her name during the live telecast, insisting she and the actor are "buddies".

The Grease star took the stage at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on 2 March (14) to introduce the Broadway favourite's Let It Go performance from Frozen, which went on to win the Best Original Song award, but he got tangled up over Menzel's name and called her "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem".

The misreading turned the actor into the butt of jokes and even inspired a website for fans to 'Tr...
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Comedy Legend Sid Caesar Dies At 91

February 12th, 2014 10:01pm EST
Comedy Legend Sid Caesar Dies At 91
U.S. comedy veteran Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91.

The TV icon's friend and collaborator Carl Reiner and biographer Eddy Friedfeld confirmed the sad news on Wednesday.

Caesar starred on beloved 1950s TV variety show Your Show of Shows and went on to host Caesar's Hour, and he also appeared in films like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Airport, Silent Movie and Grease.

Flowers will be placed on his Walk of Fame star in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon.

Newsman Larry King was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Caesar on his Twitter.com page on Wednesday. He wrote, "Sorr...
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Olivia Newton-John feared she would never sing again after sister's death

February 5th, 2014 3:10am EST
Grease
Olivia Newton-John feared she would never sing another note after her sister died last year (13) because she didn't even want to listen to music following her passing.

The Grease star had to postpone a planned residency in Las Vegas when her elder sister Rona lost her battle with brain cancer in May (13) and she admits she thought she would have to scrap the Sin City shows altogether.

Announcing the official dates for her run at the Flamingo hotel and casino on Tuesday (04Feb14), the Australian superstar said, "I lost my sister and I couldn't sing after that... There was a time where I di...
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Olivia Newton-John's daughter overcomes drug demons

August 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Chloe Lattanzi
Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi blames growing up in the spotlight for her spiral into booze and drug addition.

The Grease star's daughter with actor Matt Lattanzi admits she fell into a bad crowd after struggling to cope with being the offspring of a famous couple, and quickly became hooked on cocaine.

In an interview with Australian magazine Women's Day, she says, "Growing up I was under immense pressure being the daughter of such a famous woman.

"You don't have a normal childhood and you don't have that space to make mistakes and find your feet, as everyone is watching yo...
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Olivia Newton-John 'in shock' over man's death at her home

August 20th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John has been left "in shock" after learning of the death of a man at her home in Florida on Monday (19Aug13).

The body of the unidentified man was discovered at the residence the Grease star shares with her husband John Easterling.

It is believed the 42 year old shot himself, and the couple has released a statement to Entertainment Tonight expressing their disbelief.

The message reads, "Olivia and her husband John are in shock over the tragic event that occurred at their Florida home yesterday. At this time we are awaiting additional information from investi...
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John Travolta turns wedding crasher

June 5th, 2013 3:11am EDT
John Travolta
Actor John Travolta delighted a newlywed couple at the weekend (01-02Jun13) by showing up at their wedding to extend his congratulations.

The Grease star met the bride and groom at a bar in Georgia and accepted their invitation to watch them exchange vows at the ceremony the following day.

Travolta, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, gave a thumbs up as he posed for pictures with the happy couple, and he also took a snap with the entire wedding party.

Photos of Travolta's wedding crasher stunt were posted on Reddit.com by a friend of the groom, who wrote, "My friend ran into John Travolta t...
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Olivia Newton-John calls for cancer charity donations after sister's death

May 30th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Australia
Olivia Newton-John is urging fans to donate to a cancer facility in her native Australia in memory of her sister, who lost her fight against the disease last week (ends26May13).

The Grease star's sibling Rona was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year (13), and the singer/actress called off her Las Vegas residency to spend time with her.

Rona passed away on Friday (24May13) at the age of 70, and Newton-John has shared her grief with fans in a post on her website.

She writes, "My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles. It was May 25th in Australia - which was...
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Olivia Newton-John's sister dies

May 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John is in mourning after her sister lost her battle with brain cancer.

The singer/actress called off her Las Vegas residency earlier this year (13) following her elder sibling Rona's diagnosis, but the 70 year old has now died, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Grease star, who battled breast cancer in the early 1990s, has yet to comment on her sister's recent passing, but revealed to fans last month (Apr13) that she wanted to spend as much time with Rona as possible.

She stated, "As a cancer 'thriver' myself, as many people are, I am very aware of the importance...
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'Finding Nemo 3-D' And The History Of Theatrical Re-Releases

September 10th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Finding Nemo
Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo will be getting a theatrical re-release this weekend, continuing a growing trend of films being brought back to the big screen with a third dimension added.

Theatrical re-releases had gone down recently, due to the increasing popularity of big screen home entertainment centers in high definition - but with so few homeowners having a 3D TV, producers are keen to cash in on the technology.

Prior to home theaters being the norm, many movie companies re-released their flicks every several years to give audiences a chance to see the spectacle on the big screen. ...
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Olivia Newton-John's 'Grease' Outfit To Go Under The Hammer

May 9th, 2012 11:27am EDT
Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton-John is planning to sell off the famous skin-tight pants she wore in Grease to raise money for a cancer center in her hometown.

The singer/actress had to be sewn into the black trousers for the 1978 film's finale and she took them home with her after the shoot wrapped. Newton-John has kept them locked away for more than 30 years, only bringing them out to show Oprah Winfrey during an appearance on her talk show in 2011.

However, she is now hoping to offer them up for an auction to benefit a new wellness facility for cancer suffers at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Austr...
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Q&A: 'Grease' Director Randal Kleiser On Inspirations, His Films And 'Getting It Right'

December 6th, 2011 10:50am EST
Randal Kleiser
With a long list of notable films in one very thorough career, "Grease" Director Randal Kleiser is finally "Getting It Right." Meaning one of his most accomplished and personal favorite past films, the 1989’s dramatic comedy called "Getting It Right," is finally hitting DVD and is available now courtesy of the MGM Limited Edition Collection. The film stars Jesse Birdsall as 31-year-old West End hairdresser Gavin Lamb, a painfully shy guy who’s still a virgin and lives with his parents to boot. But with the help of three very different but equally memorable ladies – a magnetic millionaire...
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Olivia Newton-John's Daughter Chloe Lattanzi Calls Off Wedding

August 23rd, 2011 8:19am EDT
Chloe Lattanzi
Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi has called off her impending wedding after learning her fiance is already married, according to Australian reports.

The Grease star's only child was preparing to walk down the aisle with martial arts expert James Driskill later this year, but has scrapped the nuptials after discovering his secret past.

According to Australian magazine New Idea, Lattanzi learned through a pal that Driskill was married to a Swedish woman called Nina in 2005 - and the pair never divorced.

A source tells the publication, "Chloe is devastated and so is her mum. ...
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'Grease' Actress Annette Charles Dead At 63

August 4th, 2011 3:23pm EDT
Annette Charles
Actress Annette Charles has passed away at the age of 63.

Charles died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

According to TMZ.com, she was diagnosed with the condition just a few months ago.

A family member says, "Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing... and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in her one of her lungs."

The actress landed her first role in 1968 with an appearance on TV show The High Chaparral and she later guest starred on a number of popular series, including The Bionic Woman, Patrick Duff...
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Marilu Henner Devastated By Jeff Conaway's Death

May 29th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Marilu Henner
Actress Marilu Henner has been left devastated by the death of her Taxi co-star Jeff Conaway, after visiting the star in the hospital "almost daily" over the past few weeks.

The Grease actor was admitted to the Encino Hospital Medical Center in California on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his home.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection, and he remained in a coma.

Henner and fellow Taxi co-star Tony Danza regularly visited Conaway in the hospital during his health battle and the actress has spoken of ...
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John Travolta Pays Tribute To Jeff Conaway

May 28th, 2011 9:00am EDT
John Travolta
John Travolta is leading the tributes to tragic actor Jeff Conaway, hailing his "Grease" co-star as a "wonderful" man.

Conaway died on Friday, a day after he was taken off life support. The 60 year old had been in a coma since he was hospitalised on May 11, when he was found unconscious in his California home following a suspected overdose from prescription pills.

The actor, who had a history of drug abuse, had also been suffering from pneumonia and blood poisoning.

Paying tribute to his old pal, Travolta says, "(He was a) wonderful and decent man and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoug...
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'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

May 27th, 2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...
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Lindsay Lohan To Play John Gotti's Daughter Victoria?

April 7th, 2011 11:31am EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is on the verge of a major big-screen comeback amid rumors she is in negotiations to join John Travolta in a movie about the infamous Gotti family.

The Grease star has been linked to the lead role of real life Mafia boss John Gotti ever since he was spotted meeting with the gangster's son John Gotti, Jr., in January.

The actor is now officially signed up and Lohan is rumored to be joining the project as his onscreen daughter.

Lohan is in "final talks" to take on the role of Victoria Gotti, according to TMZ.com.

Full details about Gotti: Three Generations will be unveile...
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Dave Grohl Slams 'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy

March 18th, 2011 8:55am EDT
Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl has lashed out at Glee creator Ryan Murphy for assuming all musicians are desperate to feature on the hit show.

The rocker isn't a fan of the high school singing and dancing program and insists he wouldn't want to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and Britney Spears, who have had their songs used in the series.

And Grohl is fed up with Murphy slamming stars if they decide to not sign up to Glee.

He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "You shouldn't have to do f**king Glee. And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we're not, like, begging to be on hi...
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Jeff Conaway's Fiancée Granted A Restraining Order

March 9th, 2011 8:37am EST
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has been forced to move out of the California home he shared with his fiancée after she obtained a restraining order against him.

Victoria Spinoza filed papers at Los Angeles Superior Court last month applying for an injunction against her former partner. A temporary restraining order was granted on February 28th, as well as a ruling which forces the actor to move out of the home in Northridge, California which he shared with Spinoza.

In Spinoza's court papers, obtained by E! Online, she confirms the relationship is now over and alleges Conaway threatened her in...
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Amanda Seyfried Says 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel Will Never Happen

March 3rd, 2011 1:58pm EST
Amanda
Amanda Seyfried is adamant a Mamma Mia! sequel will never make it to the big screen because script writers have nowhere to take the story.

The ABBA stage show became a box office phenomenon when it was transformed into a 2008 film, overtaking Grease as the world's top-earning movie musical after pulling in a mammoth $600 million in global ticket sales.

Following the film's success, Seyfried admitted she spread rumors of a sequel around Hollywood because she was desperate to return to her role as love struck Sophie.

But now the actress has conceded she will never play the part again - ...
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'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy Slams Slash

January 27th, 2011 12:42pm EST
Ryan Murphy
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is on the warpath again - he's taken aim at Slash for snubbing the chance to have his Guns N' Roses songs included in the hit show, branding the rocker "stupid".

The writer is currently feuding with the Kings Of Leon after calling them "self-centered a**holes" for refusing to let their hit Use Somebody be featured on the program.

Slash revealed earlier this month that he had rejected a suggestion for a Guns N' Roses-themed Glee episode, saying, "We got asked about that (Glee) once already but it got turned down... Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough...
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John Travolta Turns Down 'Glee' Role

January 25th, 2011 8:21am EST
John Travolta
John Travolta has turned down a cameo appearance on Glee - because producers wouldn't give him enough time to rehearse for a "knock 'em dead" song-and-dance number.

The movie star's Grease sweetheart Olivia Newton-John has appeared on the hit show, but Travolta insists he won't be following in her footsteps.

He tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "They've asked but when I do musicals I train for six to nine months... and a show like that is an on-demand thing."

"I really have a criteria or a pride that I would wanna knock 'em dead, and I don't think I'd knock 'em dead in a week."

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Guns N' Roses Say No To 'Glee'

January 17th, 2011 10:30pm EST
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses have become the latest act to turn down Glee.

The band's former guitarist Slash has revealed he and frontman Axl Rose were approached by the hit TV show's producers about a possible episode themed around their hits - but opted not to be a part of the Golden Globes-winning musical comedy series.

Slash tells EW.com, "In the current climate of what’s going on in entertainment these days, I try to be more optimistic than negative because it’s really easy to get negative about it, but I draw the line at Glee.

"Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough... When Grease cam...
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Malin Akerman's Skin-Tight, 'Grease' Satin Pants - Hot Or Not?

November 15th, 2010 3:00pm EST
Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman managed to pull off wearing a pair of "Grease"-style skin-tight black pants on Saturday night at the Bardot lounge. We think she looks pretty hot. What do you think?

Malin stars in the upcoming film "happythankyoumoreplease." The independent comedy-drama centers on a handful of people riding the gap between their late 20s and early 30s and navigate the sometimes tricky path of adulthood in New York City.

She will also begin filming "The Giant Mechanical Man," in Detroit later this month with co-stars Jenna Fischer and Topher Grace. Fischer plays a zookeeper who falls in lov...
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John Travolta's Rep: 'Kelly Preston Is Not In Labor'

November 15th, 2010 8:34am EST
John Travolta
John Travolta's representative has dismissed reports his wife Kelly Preston is in labor - branding the story "100 per cent false."

The Grease star flew his personal Boeing 707 to Sydney last Monday to help bosses at Qantas airline celebrate the company's 90th anniversary. It was reported on Sunday that the actor had rushed back to the U.S. to be at his wife's side as she prepared for the birth of their new child.

However, a publicist for the star is adamant the reports are wrong, insisting Travolta had always been slated to return home over the weekend. The rep says, "This story is 100...
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What's The Top 'Feelgood' Movie Of All Time?

November 6th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Dirty Dancing
"Dirty Dancing" has been voted the top feelgood movie of all time. The romantic 1987 movie, starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, polled 15 percent of votes in a new Lovefilm.com poll.

Editor Helen Cowley says, "Dirty Dancing has all the key ingredients to pick you up, a first love, summer romance, great dancing, Patrick Swayze and one of the best soundtracks in film."

Jack Black's "School of Rock" came in second, while cult teen movie "Clueless" and "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, also featured in the top 10.

See more "Dirty Dancing" photos here!
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'Glee' Recap: Let's Duet And Do It Again

October 13th, 2010 12:18pm EDT
Glee Duets
Two great ‘Glee’ episodes in a row! Last week’s ‘Grilled Cheesus’ made us believe in the power of this show to move us to tears and surprise us with its graceful exploration of complicated themes. This week, ‘Duets’ brought the drama back down to a high school level and gave us a distinctly different but equally satisfying hour of entertainment.

Mr Schuester’s announcement of an intra-glee club sing-off sets the wheels in motion for plenty of relationship drama. As with any high school activity that involves contests and partnerships, alliances build up and break down as disappointments,...
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Miley Cyrus Steps Out In Daisy Dukes & Biker Boots

August 31st, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Check out Miley Cyrus leaving a New York City hotel wearing tiny denim shorts, knee-high leather boots, and a sheer black top with her bra strap showing. It also looks like she's ditched the hair extensions too.

Justin Bieber is reportedly trying to recruit Miley for a remake of the musical "Grease."

He explained, "If I had to pick my perfect Sandy I would go for Miley Cyrus without hesitation. She can sing, dance and act. I would really want some great people to star in it. Wouldn't Susan Boyle make an amazing Principal McGee?"

Miley sparked rumors she's started another on-set romance,...
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Justin Bieber Eyeing Danny Zuko Role In 'Grease' Remake

August 30th, 2010 8:03am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber dreams of becoming the next John Travolta - he's eyeing the lead role in a remake of hit movie musical Grease.

The teenage pop singer is set to make his film debut next year in his own 3D movie memoir, which will document his stellar rise to fame. And Bieber is already considering his next big screen project - he wants to star as Danny Zuko in a new version of 1978's Grease.

He tells The Sun, "It would be a lot of fun. It's been talked about a lot over the years but it would be awesome to play Danny."

The Baby hit-maker has also picked out his fantasy co-stars, admitting...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Despicable Me,' 'Predators,' & More

July 6th, 2010 9:33am EDT
Despicable Me
Last week I was supposed to see “The Last Airbender,” however I was not able to make the screening as I originally planned. I’m starting to think that I was rather fortunate though given all of the negative things that I hear about M. Night Shyamalan’s latest outing. A fellow critic called “The Last Airbender” Shyamalan’s worst film so far.

Coming to theaters this week are the animated film “Despicable Me,” the reboot “Predators,” the dramedy “The Kids Are All Right,” the second movie about Stieg Larsson’s computer hacker Lisbeth “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the horror charged “...
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