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Hudgens & Hough Confirmed For 'Grease' -- But Who Will They Play?

January 18th, 2015 11:51am EST
Vanessa Hudgens And Julianne Hough Confirmed For Fox's Live Prod
Last April we told you that Fox was jumping on the live musical bandwagon and staging a production of hit 1971 Broadway show/1978 film "Grease," and the network just confirmed that Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough have signed on to star in the musical.

"Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy," Hough said during the Television Critics Association's (TCA) winter press tour on Saturday.

"My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performi...

Weird Celebrity News: Robert Pattinson Is A Hoarder, Seth Rogen Writes Film About A Sausage

September 28th, 2013 1:03pm EDT
Robert Pattinson
Weird and unusual things sometimes happen in the lives of celebrities. Here's a roundup of this week's strangest stories...

"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson has an unusual obsession: he collects suits. The problem? He's wears them only once and then doesn't get rid of them.

He recently told Britain's Sunday Express: "I only ever wear them once so I have a storage unit with about 1,000 suits. Occasionally I'll give them to friends, but, to tell you the truth, I'm a bit of a hoarder. I find it really difficult to give things away."

Check out more weird news of the week...

Samuel L. Jack...

Olivia Newton-John Cancels Las Vegas Residency While Sister Battles Cancer

April 23rd, 2013 12:58pm EDT
Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton-John is postponing her upcoming Las Vegas residency to spend time with her sister, who is battling brain cancer. Newton-John was expected to launch a string of shows at the Flamingo this summer but decided to lend support to her older sibling Rona instead.

The singer/actress issued the following statement: "I received the very sad news that my beautiful sister, Rona Newton-John, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. In light of this news, I have decided to postpone my forthcoming Las Vegas residency to spend time with her and our family.

"As a cancer 'thriver' myself, as man...

Olivia Newton-John Opens Up About Her Battle With Depression

February 20th, 2013 4:38pm EST
Olivia Newton John
Australian actress/singer Olivia Newton-John has spoken out about her battle with depression, revealing she turned to therapy and medication to help face her problems.

The Grease star was plunged into a downward spiral after her then-partner Patrick McDermott disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of California in 2005, and Newton-John admits she sought professional help as she struggled to cope.

She spent three months taking anti-depressants, but weaned herself off the pills because she didn't want to become "dependent" on them.

Newton-John tells Britain's The Times newspape...

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Are Jolly & Gay In Their Strange New Music Video

December 6th, 2012 12:00pm EST
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
John Travolta and Olivia-Newton John just released a new video featuring their song "I Think You Might Like It" from their new holiday album "This Christmas."

The former "Grease" co-stars filmed scenes featuring a 1955 Thunderbird, similar to the one containing Sandy Olsen and Danny Zuko at the end of the classic 1978 musical. The actor said of the video, "We're dressed kinda like we were then but different."

The video features Travolta's wife Kelly Preston and their children as well as friends the family has made while living in Ocala, Florida, over the past 10 years.

John Farrar compos...

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Look Cheesy In Promo Pics For Their Christmas Album

November 4th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Oliva Newton John & John Travolta
Nearly 35 years after they starred in "Grease," John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reteamed for holiday album This Christmas.

The album features guest appearances by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, and Kenny G and includes classics such as "Baby It's Cold Outside," "White Christmas" and "Deck the Halls."

Travolta announced in a press release last month: "From the moment we decided to to this, magic happened. Everyone we contacted agreed to do it. My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy."

Well, the promo photos have a...

John Travolta Records 'Christmas' Album With Olivia-Newton John

October 2nd, 2012 7:15pm EDT
Olivia Newton John
Longtime pals and former Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunited to record a Christmas album.

The pair played high school lovers Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in the classic 1978 musical film, and now, nearly 35 years after its release, Travolta and Newton-John have reteamed for This Christmas.

The project will also feature guest appearances by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, and Kenny G.

A statement from Saturday Night Fever star Travolta reads: "From the moment we decided to to this, magic happened. Everyone we contacted agreed to do it. My desire w...

70s & 80s Tunes Dominate 'Sexiest Songs Of All Time' List

June 25th, 2012 10:25am EDT
Olivia Newton John Physical
Apparently the 70s and 80s are still major power players on top 10 music lists. Olivia Newton-John's 1981 hit "Physical" has topped's list of the Sexiest Songs of All Time.

"Physical" spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified platinum and ranked as the biggest song of the decade. Utah radio stations banned it for having provocative lyrics such as: "There's nothing left to talk about/'Less it's horizontally/Let's get into physical/Let me hear your body talk, your body talk."

To counter the song's racy tone, Newton-John made an aerobics-themed music video, ma...

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...

Hugh Jackman And Olivia Newton John Support Gay Marriage In Australia

January 23rd, 2012 10:17am EST
Hugh Jackman and Olivia Newton John have thrown their support behind a campaign to legalize gay marriage in Australia. The Hollywood actor has given his backing to a campaign by the Australian Marriage Equality organization which aims to give same-sex couples the right to marry Down Under.

Grease star Newton-John, who was born in England before moving to Australia as a child, is also supporting the movement and says in a statement, "With respect to marriage equality, I believe that no-one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment....

Jeff Goldblum To Play Lea Michele's Gay Dad On 'Glee'

January 18th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum has become the latest big name to land a role on hit show "Glee."

The star is to follow in the footsteps of Gywneth Paltrow, John Stamos, Neil Patrick Harris and Olivia Newton-John, who have all previously appeared in episodes of the high school comedy series.

Goldblum is set to play one of Lea Michele's character's gay fathers, alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell, who will play her other dad.

Sir Elton John was previously linked to one of the roles but was unable to sign up because of his touring schedule.

Hugh Jackman Would Like A Role On 'Glee'

September 30th, 2011 8:37am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is keen to follow Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John onto TV hit "Glee," but he's yet to get an invite to join the cast for a guest spot.

The song-and-dance man is a huge fan of the program and would love to be a part of an upcoming episode.

He says, "I haven't been asked... I think I would (like to be on the show) if it was the right role. That would be fun."

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. ...

Olivia Newton-John's Daughter Chloe Lattanzi Admonished For Her Shocking Music Video

July 26th, 2011 10:04am EDT
Chloe Lattanzi
Olivia Newton-John's daughter has come under attack from activists at an Australian parents group for graphically depicting self-harm in her new music video.

Chloe Lattanzi has caused controversy with an online promo for Play With Me, in which the 25 year old sits in a bath full of electrical appliances with scalds on her arms. Lattanzi is also seen holding a gun to her head, snorting lines of white powder and dragging a knife across her arms in other scenes.

The video, which features a warning that it is "intended for entertainment purposes only," has sparked fury among officials at th...

Nick Jonas Would Be 'Honored' To Guest Star On 'Glee'

February 16th, 2011 11:45am EST
Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas has appealed to the makers of hit TV show "Glee" to offer him a cameo - insisting he'd be "honored" if he could appear in an episode.

The Jonas Brothers star is a fan of the all-singing-all-dancing program and is pleased music has become so "popular" again through the series.

And he's keen to join the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Newton-John by landing a small role in the high school drama.

He says, "I really do appreciate the use of music in Glee. I think everyone can relate that's in the music business. Everyone's just thankful that music is kind of popular again beca...

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."


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 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!

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 “...

Javier Bardem Confirms 'Glee' Cameo

July 6th, 2010 7:36am EDT
Javier Bardem
Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem has signed up for a cameo role in hit TV show Glee.

The No Country for Old Men star, who is dating Penelope Cruz, has confirmed he will play a rocker who befriends Kevin McHale's character Artie Abrams in an upcoming episode of the program. Bardem tells Entertainment Weekly, "We're going to rock the house! We're going to do some heavy metal - Spanish heavy metal, which is the worst."

The news comes as Katie Holmes' representative dismissed reports the actress is set to join the cast, branding the rumors "not true".

Other celebrities who have a...

'Grease' Is Back: The Director Talks About Its Legacy

July 4th, 2010 11:00am EDT
The #1 musical of all time is coming back to theaters. Grease Sing-A-Long creates a new experience for fans of the musical. They put the lyrics on screen for people to sing along, and some new animation for an all new Grease experience. The film’s director, Randal Kleiser, is proud his movie has lasted so long.

“I think the chemistry of the cast is certainly part of it,” Kleiser said. “The infectiousness of the fun that everybody had when we were making it. The music is really infectious too. I think people love the music and the themes of high school are things people respond to. So I thi...

Lea Michele Surprised By Her Famous Fans

June 14th, 2010 11:59am EDT
Lea Michele
Glee star Lea Michele is constantly surprised by the popularity of the hit show - because the series has gained her hordes of A-list fans including Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez.

The actress has shot to international fame since joining the cast of the all-singing-all-dancing program, which has seen a Madonna music tribute, while Olivia Newton-John, Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Groban have all filmed cameos.

However, she's still getting used to the show's massive celebrity following - and she was taken aback when Roberts approached her at this year's Golden Globes to gush about her lo...

'Glee' Season Finale Recap: 'Journey' To Somewhere Over The Rainbow

June 9th, 2010 11:37am EDT
Glee Finale
‘Glee’ had its big finale last night, and the first season’s curtain call was full of drama, heart, and totally over-the-top musical performances. It’s hard to believe it was just a year ago that Fox aired a one-episode glimpse at the show that would become an iTunes dominating, buzz generating phenomenon. The show has gone to the White House, on a multi-city concert tour, to the top of the charts, and over the rainbow. Yet, at the end of it all, we’re right back where we started – about to embark on a year-long Journey to win a singing competition.

Regionals is no Sectionals
Sorry Rache...

'Glee' Finale Tonight: Will New Directions Win The Regionals?

June 8th, 2010 10:47am EDT
Glee finale
The 2009-10 television season finally draws to a close tonight with the season finale of FOX's little show that could, "Glee."

Our favorite glee club New Directions has made it to the regional competition and will square off against rival Vocal Adrenaline.

New Directions will peform some songs from Journey, including "Lovin', Touchin' Squeezin'" and "Don't Stop Believing." And the new soundtrack "Glee, The Music: Journey to the Regionals" is released in stores today too.

Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban are making guest star appearances. Check it out tonight at 9 p.m.!

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Top 5 TV, May 16-22: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Glee' & More

May 17th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
One Tree Hill
Viewers will be in season finale/series finale overload during the next two weeks. The season finales of "Desperate Housewives" and "Survivor" kicked things off last night, and it is only going to get better from here, starting with the possible series finale of a favorite CW drama.

"One Tree Hill" - Monday, CW

The seventh season finale of "One Tree Hill" airs tonight, yet viewers are still waiting to hear whether the episode will serve only as the seventh season finale or also as the show's series finale. Fans have been hanging by a thread for months now, but they haven't been sitting q...

'Titanic' Theme Voted Best Movie Song

April 29th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Celine Dion
The Titanic theme My Heart Will Go On has been named the best film song of all time, according to a new poll.

Celine Dion's ballad, which won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1997, saw off competition from Rule The World by British pop stars Take That, which was used in 2007 adventure movie Stardust.

Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing, featured in 1998's Armageddon, came third in the survey, decided by listeners of U.K. radio station Magic.

Three songs from Dirty Dancing made the list - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Time of My Life was at four, while Patrick Swayze's She's Like ...

Everything You Need To Know About The Return Of 'Glee'

April 13th, 2010 9:23am EDT
Tonight the Golden Globe and People's Choice Award winner Glee is coming back to Fox, making its first return to the small screen since December. The series' widespread success has allowed the show to sign on A-list guest stars and perform even more hits. With filming for the spring going full-force, there is a slew of information for the forthcoming season. We've compiled everything you need to know about what you can look forward to.

Though the mega-hit could easily stand on its own, this season we can expect some extreme star power.

Neil Patrick Harris channels Dr. Horrible as his cha...

Justin Timberlake In Talks To Guest Star On 'Glee'?

March 30th, 2010 2:20pm EDT
Justin Timberlake could be the next star to show up on Glee. The show's creator Ryan Murphy says that JT is in talks to be on the hit TV show, and that he's the one celeb "the kids jump up and down for every day and beg him to meet with."

The show starts back up in April, and Ryan says he's definitely going to work some magic and try to get Timberlake on for an episode.

Justin would join the list of guest stars including Olivia Newton-John, Idina Menzel, Molly Shannon, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Justin TImberlake Photos

Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical' Named Sexiest Song Of All Time

February 11th, 2010 11:53am EST
Olivia Newton-John just released the "Top 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time." The criteria? The subject matter of each song had to be directly related to sex.

The list ranks the 50 most popular songs about sex, as based on each song's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from August 4, 1958, (the inception of the Hot 100 chart) through the Jan. 16, 2010, issue.

Check out the top 10:

1. "Physical" Olivia Newton-John

2. "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" Rod Stewart

3. "I'll Make Love To You" Boyz II Men

4. "Too Close" Next

5. "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye...

Top 5 Coolest School Kids In TV & Film History

November 11th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Ferris Bueller
These are the big men on campus, guys you would like to hang out with, not just because they're cool guys, but because they have power; these kids get all the girls, they got their school principals by the balls, and most importantly, they have some serious clout.

5. Danny Zuco of the film Grease

Danny had a summer fling with a girl who looked like a heyday Olivia Newton John, she ended up going to his school the following school year, and he acted like he didn't know her, suggesting that she try the Yellow Pages to find who she was looking for. Cold blooded!

With the help of his ...

Watch Britney Spears' New Video For '3'

October 30th, 2009 11:19am EDT
Britney Spears 3
Britney Spears just launched a new video for "3" on her official website. The pop star, who has had her share of troubles over the past few years, looks quite refreshed in a low-cut white bodysuit and a revealing black bodysuit. The outfits leave little to the imagination as she and several other dancers pulsate and hang from a pole suspended in the air.

Britney was recently voted the second worst celebrity influence of 2009 in a new online poll. Miley Cyrus took the top spot.

Olivia Newton-John feels sorry for Britney - who found fame as a teenager in the late 1990s - because the amo...