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James Gandolfini Comforted John Travolta After His Son's Death


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John Travolta has vowed to look after James Gandolfini's family following his sudden death on Wednesday (19Jun13) as a way of repaying his late Get Shorty co-star for helping him come to terms with the passing of his son in 2009.

The Sopranos star, who worked on five films with Travolta, including She's So Lovely and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, died in Italy after suffering a heart attack, and, during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (20Jun13), the Grease star revealed his longstanding links to Gandolfini.

He said, "My father sold tyres to his father... And I was his inspiration to get into the business... He would see pictures of me on the wall from movies, and then he decided he wanted to be an actor... Who knew we'd end up working together so much."

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English Patient And Clockwork Orange Among Top Adaptations


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Desert romance The English Patient, A Clockwork Orange and gay cowboy epic Brokeback Mountain have been included in a shortlist of the best 50 books to make it to the big screen. The list, compiled by Britain's Book Marketing Society, honours literary classics turned into movie masterpieces and will be voted on by readers online and at UK bookshops. Among the works cited, director Steven Spielberg is responsible for three: JG BALLARD's Empire of the Sun, THOMAS KENEALLY's Holocaust drama SCHINDLER'S ARK (filmed as Schindler's List), and Jaws, written by Peter Benchley. Meanwhile, movie re-workings of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, ANTHONY BURGESS' A Clockwork Orange, and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have garnered 14 Oscars and another 11 Academy Award nominations. GOODFELLAS, Pride And Prejudice, Get Shorty, Doctor Zhivago and Fight Club also make the shortlist.

Outkast Star Turned Down Be Cool At First


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OUTKAST singer ANDRE 3000 turned down the chance to star in Be Cool before he eventually accepted the role - because he feared playing a rapper would be too "obvious".

The HEY YA! hitmaker - real name ANDRE BENJAMIN - was desperate to break into the movies but worried about taking a part in the recent Get Shorty sequel.

Eventually, after some persuading from director F Gary Gray, he agreed to put aside his misgivings and starred alongside Uma Thurman and JOHN TRAVOLTA.

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Andre 3000: 'Bring It On, I'm An Artist'


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OUTKAST star ANDRE 3000 attributes his phenomenal success in music, acting and fashion to his prolific work ethic - and because he never gives anything less than his best shot.

The HEY YA! singer - real name ANDRE BENJAMIN - has a role in Get Shorty sequel Be Cool and is now focusing on fashion design and further movie parts.

He says, "It's crazy, I just like creating, be it film, music, designing clothes, which I'm concentrating on right now, or writing treatments and screenplays.

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Travolta Gets Tips In Coolness From Connery


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John Travolta based his super-suave performance of a gangster in Be Cool on screen legend SIR Sean Connery.

The handsome actor modelled his role of criminal-turned-hit movie producer CHILI PALMER, whom he first played in 1995 hit comedy Get Shorty, on the Scottish veteran's portrayal of sophisticated secret spy James Bond.

Travolta, 51, says, "Sean is one of my favourite screen idols, in particular as Bond, so I took that as inspiration. The character of Chili is fearless and never loses his cool.

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Travolta: 'Not A Sequel Person'


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Hollywood actor John Travolta is less-than-enthusiastic about starring in sequels to his hit films, despite appearing in new Get Shorty follow-up BE COOL.

Travolta, who also appeared in the sequels LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO (1990) and LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW (1993),

only agreed to star in Be Cool because it is based on a novel by acclaimed writer ELMORE LEONARD.

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Travolta Leaves Sponsor Red-Faced


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Hollywood icon John Travolta has left his beer company sponsor fuming after letting slip he gave up alcohol after only trying it once.

The 51-year-old recently launched an advertising campaign in which he promotes HEINEKEN beer as his Get Shorty / Be Cool character CHILI PALMER.

But Travolta prefers to drink water or tea after getting drunk once in his youth and not enjoying the experience.

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Travolta Promotes Heineken


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PULP FICTION star John Travolta has become the latest celebrity to take on promotional duties for Dutch brewer HEINEKEN.

The commercial will play on Travolta's role as former gangster CHILI PALMER in BE COOL - the sequel to the 1995 comedy Get Shorty.

While Heineken chief financial officer RENE HOOFT GRAAFLAND has declined to say how much the company will pay Travolta for his involvement, he explains, "Let's just say he'll get more than you and I earn in a year."

24/02/2005 09:42

Travolta And Gandolfini Set To Reteam


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John Travolta and James Gandolfini are set to team up again on the big screen as real-life homicide detectives.

The two actors will play the cops who captured and convicted the 1940s Lonely Hearts Killers, who preyed on sad singles they lured through personal ads in newspapers.

Travolta and Gandolfini first worked together on Get Shorty and on the critically acclaimed film's soon-to-be-released sequel Be Cool.

06/01/2005 21:36

The Rock Goes Gay


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Hulking SCORPION KING star DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON is preparing to play a gay villain in JOHN TRAVOLTA's new movie - as a tribute to his homosexual mentor.

The former wrestler jumped at the chance to play "a half black, half Samoan villain, gay bodyguard trying to break into Hollywood" in the GET SHORTY sequel Be Cool, because the role gave him the chance to say thanks to his Tinseltown father figure.

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