Let's put this one to bed.
A really creepy 'Grease' fan theory has recently resurfaced, and we want to put it to rest once and for all. According to some fans, 'Grease' is basically the fever dream of lead character Sandy who allegedly drowned during her summer fun with Danny Zuko.
People have got to stop saying that Sandy drowned
In 2013, a Reddit fan theory arose claiming a rather morbid scenario for the 1978 musical film 'Grease' starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. In a nutshell, it said that Sandy died at the beach whilst she was with Danny on vacation and everything that happens in the movie is all in her head. A lazy theory if ever we heard one. Unfortunately, the suggestion has somehow managed to trend once again.
Continue reading: Here's Why The 'Grease' Death Theory Is Total Balderdash
Paul is a loner who travels the west with only his dog and horse for company. As ex-military man, he spends his days alone and decides to head towards the Mexican border. The drifter lands in a small ex-mining town called Denton and it doesn't take long for Paul to find enemies.
The town is led by the Sheriff who generally wants to keep the moneyless town free of violence - the town's biggest problem is the Sherriff's son, Gilly, who's constantly in bother and leads a ragtag group of misfit into trouble. Not knowing who he's coming against, Gilly starts a rivalry with Paul and the two fight.
As usual, the sheriff cleans up Gilly's mess and tells Paul to leave, however Gilly cannot let belittling go and tracks down Paul. After a brutal yet quick meeting, Paul is left with nothing and swears revenge on Gilly. Now the whole town on Denton find themselves caught up in the middle of a violent and ongoing altercation.
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Stanley and his wife lead a quiet life, their daughter is grown up and Stanley is currently unemployed. When he and his wife are brutally targeted in a car park, Vivian is fatally shot. Once the culprits behind the crime are caught they're sent to trial only to be found not guilty - protected by corrupt officials only out for their own gain.
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The drama premieres tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ premieres tonight (February 15th) in the UK on BBC Two at 9pm and it’s one drama you certainly won’t want to miss. Already a critical hit in the US, the series comes from the team behind ‘American Horror Story’ and boasts a star-studded cast guiding you through one of the most famous cases in American legal history.
Cuba Gooding Jr stars as O.J. Simpson.
The Facebook post, which has since been deleted, describes losing a child as ‘the hardest thing in the world’.
A Facebook post reportedly made by John Travolta, describing his heartbreak over the loss of his son Jett seven years ago has gone viral, despite being deleted from the actor’s page. In the post Travolta described Jett as ‘my everything’ adding, ‘those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally.’
A Facebook post reportedly written by John Travolta about his late son Jett has gone viral.
"They say the hardest thing in the world is losing a parent. I can now say that isn’t true. The hardest thing in the world is losing a child,” the 61-year-old reportedly wrote (via The Express). "Someone you raised and watched grow everyday. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love.”
Kelly Preston and John Travolta - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Kelly Preston and John Travolta - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Kelly Preston and John Travolta - 2015 G'DAY USA Gala featuring the AACTA International Awards - Outside Arrivals at Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015
John Travolta and Kelly Preston - 2015 G'DAY USA Gala featuring the AACTA International Awards presented by Qantas at Hollywood Palladium - Arrivals at Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015
The doc alleges that the actor had his then wife Nicole Kidman’s phone tapped.
Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, has become the most talked about film to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Claiming to lift the lid on the famously secretive religion, the doc also includes allegations about famous follower Tom Cruise and the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Tom Cruise is one of Scientology's most famous followers
Based in part on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, the film features interviews with former church members and never before seen footage, including some of Tom Cruise stage at a Scientology gala.
John Travolta - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 16th January 2015
Tarantino has lost hope
It seems like when you reach the top of your selected field, it’s only right for you to declare that field dead. Nas did it with hip hop and now Quentin Tarantino has said it about film. "As far as I'm concerned, digital projection and DCPs is the death of cinema as I know it," said the outspoken director ahead of a special screening of his iconic cult classic, ‘Pulp Fiction’.
Quentin Tarantino grooves away on the Cannes 2014 red carpet
“The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 mm means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that's just television in public. And apparently the whole world is OK with television in public, but what I knew as cinema is dead,” asserted Tarantino, who has featured heavily in the news lately surrounding the Hateful Eight leak debacle and subsequent lawsuits.
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Idina Menzel is over it
Remember The Oscars? They were about 7 years ago and the 2015 ceremony is basically tomorrow. If you watched Ellen DeGeneres host this year’s, though, or you have a passing interest in awards season – OR you have an internet connection at work or at home – you probably won’t have missed John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel, calling her ‘Adele Dazeem.’
John Travolta has dealt with his silly mistake
It was so, so funny. Not just because he got her name wrong, that’s just a funny thing for any celeb to do. It was John Travolta. He got the name really wrong. And he had to call Menzel “wickedly funny” before getting her name really wrong. Now, though, it’s probably time to stop laughing at poor John, because he tried, and he’s been really nice since.
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The Oscars: need we say more? The movie event of the year finally came and went with lots of dazzling winners and hilarious stories.
The 86th Academy Awards: The night we'd all been waiting for was finally here: this year's Oscars ceremony has come and gone along with another ground-breaking year in cinema. 12 Years a Slave predictably took Best Picture but Gravity emerged as the movie of the evening with seven awards, five of which were in the technical categories. Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett triumphed with their respective acting awards, pizza was served, Lupita Nyong'o was the darling of yet another awards show and high-scoring host Ellen Degeneres wrapped up the festivities with a neat and expertly-timed bow.
The Oscars Selfie: They say a picture speaks a thousand words but nowadays an image is judged by how many retweets it can get within the shortest space of time. When Ellen Degeneres decided to get a couple of stars together for an impromptu selfie, she probably didn't expect the shot - which featured Bradley Cooper, Brangeline, JLaw, Lupita, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep - to surpass Obama's re-election shot's previous world record. The snap broke Twitter, attracting 80,000 retweets within 30 minutes and 1.2 million in an hour.
Forget John Travolta's infamous Oscars flub - he's got some pretty big projects coming up, don't you know.
Who else hasn’t stopped cringing since John Travolta made the ultimate faux-pas in getting Idina Menzel’s name wrong in an epic way? Travolta was meant to introduce the Tony Award winning singer before her performance at the Oscars on Sunday night, but instead introduced someone called Adele Dazeem. Will the real Adele Dazeem please stand up? We repeat, will the real Adele Dazeem please stand up? We’re going to have a problem here.
John Travolta prounced Idina Menzel's name entirely wrong at the Oscars
The problem being that there is no-one called Adele Dazeem, although Idina graciously looked over Travolta’s error and performed her Oscar winning song from Disney’s Frozen, Let It Go without drawing any attention to the mispronunciation. The Saturday Night Fever star has since apologised and admitted he’s been ‘beating [himself] up’ over the mistake, before attempting to humorously wriggle out of any embarrassment: ‘Then I thought...What would Idina Menzel say? She’s say ‘Let it go, let it go!’’. Although before that she’d probably have pronounced his name right. Or at least part of it.
Travolta got a lot of flack, but it could have turned out worse for Menzel.
If you haven’t been keeping up to date on pop culture news, you might not recognize the name Adele Dazeem. That’s because it was made up by John Travolta during the strangest onstage blunder the Oscars have seen in a while. It’s Idina Menzel, or at least it was supposed to be. As it turns out, the newly renamed (in Travolta’s mind, at least) Frozen star might have a lot to gain from the hilarious mistake.
Travolta might not have known her name, but now everybody else does.
There’s nothing like a mishap to get the public talking, after all. And the mistake has put Menzel in the spotlight in a big way. We’re not just talking about Slate’s “Travolta-fy Your Name” game, although it’s hilarious and worth checking out. Since Sunday night, Idina “Dazeem” Menzel has given interviews, appeared on Tonight for a Let It Go cover with The Roots and gotten tons of free press for her new Broadway show, “If/Then,” – the latter thanks to a fake playbill insert for the production, touting the Adele Dazeem as one of the stars. It later turned out that the augmented playbill had been a fake, with a source saying for the New York Daily News: “Somebody put that on Twitter; it’s not real.”
John Travolta - A Conversation with John Travolta. John Travolta makes his west end debut chatting to Barry Norman about his life and career at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014
John Travolta - 2014 G'DAY USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala to honor Australians Geoffrey Rush, Jacki Weaver and chef Curtis Stone at JW Marriot at LA Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014
John Travolta and Abigail Spencer - John Travolta and Abigail Spencer film a scene at the "The Forger" movie set in Boston. 21.10.13-Boston.Massachusetts. - Boston, MA, United States - Monday 21st October 2013
John Travolta, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Stone, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx will appear as guests on the Queen's new TV show.
Queen Latifah is all set to kick off her brand new syndicated television show, which starts tonight on channels across the USA, including CBS. The first show will almost be a Hairspray reunion for the musical's actress who starred alongside John Travolta in the 2007 comedy and will now welcome him as her very first guest on this evening's show premiere.
Queen Latifah Is Set To Host Her Very Own Show.
Indeed she'll be putting her character's name, Motormouth Maybelle, to true use on the new talk show where she'll interview guests in succeeding weeks that will include actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Stone, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx: all big names who are sure to help the show gain maximum exposure.
Continue reading: Star-Packed Line-Up For Queen Latifah's New Talk Show, Starting Tonight
The celebrated fiction writer of westerns and crime novels has died after suffering a stroke.
You may have never heard of Elmore Leonard if you're not into reading but chances are, if you're any kind of film fan, you'll have heard of one of his many books or short stories that were turned into films. Maximum Bob, Get Shorty, Be Cool and Out of Sight are just a few of his many works of fiction that were given the Hollywood treatment.
Elmore Leonard, Talented Writer Of Many Crime Novels, Has Died Aged 87
A statement was released on Leonard's official website saying simply "Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family. More to follow." It has since emerged that the author passed away as the result of a stroke whilst he was in the process of writing his 46th novel, according to BBC News.
Ouch! Kevin Bacon's wife Kyra Sedgwick has sliced off the end of her finger in a gory kitchen-kale-cutting accident.
Pictures of The Closer actress Kyra Sedgwick have been uploaded on to WhoSay by her husband, actor Kevin Bacon, showing her finger in a bandage with Bacon's caption: @kyrasedgwick in the ER. Kale isn't ALLWAYS HEALTHY... if you chop the end of your finger off" [sic].
Keep This Woman Away From Knives!
Mrs Bacon was chopping up some Kale, a 'superfood' lauded for its health properties, which ironically here seems to have done more damage than good, with 47 year-old Kyra missing the curly green leaf and instead slicing into her own flesh.
Benjamin Ford is an American war veteran living in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains in an attempt to get away from his painful recollections from the Bosnian War. Any prospect of social interaction and he can't help but make excuses, owing to his desperate need for solitude. Nonetheless, when he offers a lift to a hitchhiking European tourist named Emil Kovac, he finds himself pleased with the company and the pair set out to go hunting together. However, Kovac turns out to be more than just a tourist when he attempts to shoot Ford with an arrow. He is a former Serbian soldier from the Bosnian War who has tracked Ford down in a bid to even a score between them and the two of them become enveloped in a ruthless chase to the death.
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John Travolta has a history of crashing weddings.
Should you be mad if John Travolta steals the limelight at your wedding? It was a dilemma faced by a newly married couple in Georgia over the weekend when the Oscar nominated actor turned up at the nuptials after meeting the bride and groom-to-be at a local bar the evening before.
A friend of the groom shared pictures of Travolta at the wedding on Reddit, posting, "My friend ran into John Travolta the night before his wedding, and he shows up the next day." Rocking jeans and a casual black T-shirt, the Hollywood star happily posed alongside the wedding party for a group shot, as well as getting snapped with the bride and groom. He even did a huge thumbs up.
It's not the first time Travolta has pulled the surprise stunt. He and actor Robin Williams turned up to a wedding back in 1977. "We were having fun, starting to relax [at a restaurant near Travolta's home in Santa Barbara], when we saw there was a wedding next door," Travolta told USA Today, "We figured we'd crash it.They figured out who we were. Some guy yelled out, 'Hey, they really are Mork and Vinnie Barbarino!"
Continue reading: Hey Hunny, Remember When John Travolta Crashed Our Wedding?
Star met groom at a bar the previous night
Imagine you’ve had to organize your wedding – it’s a pretty big one and you’re of course working to a budget so you’ve invited a pretty specific amount of people and you’ve ordered just about enough food and drink to cover everyone. These are expensive things to sort, you’ve made sure you’ve hired just the right amount of seats for everyone to sit, just about a big enough size canopy for the reception – everything has been organised to cater for the specific amount of guests you’ve invited. And then someone crashes the wedding. You must be raging. Unless, of course, it’s John Travolta.
That’s right, if anyone was going to knock your best laid plans to the ground, helping themselves to the trifle so that there isn’t enough left for Uncle Gerry, then it might as well be JT. The Toronto Sun reports that a Reddit user wrote about meeting the Grease actor the night before and invited him to attend his wedding the next day. Surely he’d never have really expected Travolta to turn up, but lo and behold he did! Rocking up at the wedding in Georgia, Travolta donned a pair of jeans, t-shirt and a cap and happily got snapped for pictures with the newly wedded couple.
He also had a picture taken with the entire wedding party. It was reported by a friend of the groom on Reddit, who wrote "My friend ran into John Travolta the night before his wedding, and he shows up the next day."
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It's held to pay honour to some of the finest aviators the world over, but there was a smattering of Hollywood stars in attendance at the 10th Annual Legends Of Aviation Awards on Friday night (January 18, 2013) in Los Angeles, California, with John Travolta, Kurt Russell and Harrison Ford just three of the legendary actors on hand to enjoy the evening.
When Angus T. Jones recorded his interview with Christopher Hudson, the leader of the Forerunner Chronicles Christian group, he may well not have expected the reaction that he got. The star of the Two and a Half Men sitcom denounced the show as “filth” and urged viewers to stop watching it. Presumably not quite the marketing plan that the show’s executives had in mind (though as we know, these bouts of ‘technically bad’ publicity have a habit of working in your favour) but Angus was keen to share all that he had learned since turning to religion.
In the interview clip, Angus speaks to Hudson as though he is some form of demi-god and looks thrilled to even be in the same room as him, reaching out to touch him as though he can’t believe he’s real. As he very publicly looked a very generous gift horse in the mouth (He earns a reported $350,000 per episode. Yes, per episode), the world winced and cowered away, sniggering. Within hours of the video clip hitting the internet, it had gone viral and the 19 year-old had quickly become a laughing stock.
What exactly was Jones’ biggest crime though? Dissing his employers? Undermining the very thing that gave him the wealth and privilege that he’s able to enjoy? Or was it all the nutty, slightly alarming religious stuff that he was spouting for the majority of the interview? If he’d just said “Two and a Half Men is cr*p,” would we have cared quite as much? Would the story have run quite as far and quite as wide as it did? If there wasn’t that cringe-worthy explanation of why he went on the hunt for a church with a “black gospel theme,” would this all have mattered so much? If he hadn’t starting aligning light entertainment with the devil, because of his newfound religious beliefs? Of course not.
Continue reading: Hollywood And Religion: Or, How Angus T. Jones Became A Laughing Stock
John Travolta has been reunited with his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, for a forthcoming Christmas album, entitled 'This Christmas.' It's something of a surprise move from the actor, who has been busily defending himself against sexual assault claims and allegations that he is a closet homosexual. We're thinking that if he was really trying to prove to people that he's not gay, releasing a Christmas album with a ridiculously camp photograph of himself sharing a cup of tea (or coffee, maybe. or something else. we're not quite sure) with Olivia Newton-John possibly wasn't the strongest part of his game plan.
Music Fix and NineMSN.com have quoted Travolta as saying "My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy." To achieve this aim, he invited Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cliff Richard and Kenny G to join him as guests on the album. Um, not ostentatious or showy at all, then, John? He added "I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration." Olivia added that it was a struggle getting the recording done, in amongst their hectic work lives: "It just fell into place. With our busy schedules, I don't know how we got it done. John and I have always connected. That's never gone away. When we're together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We've been through some amazing experiences together."
Ostentatious or not, at least it's all for a good cause; proceeds from the album sales will go to the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne.
They had some of the best chemistry ever seen in a musical, and now John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are returning together to release a festive album out in time for Christmas. Starring opposite each other in the now legendary film Grease, the pair became worldwide stars off the back of it and in their track You're The One That I Want released the best-selling duet in history.
ABC reports that the idea to get together and record from songs came from the memory of the success of that song. "From the moment we decided to do this, magic happened. Everyone we contacted agreed to do it" said Travolta in a statement. "It just fell into place," said Newton-John. "With our busy schedules, I don't know how we got it done. John and I have always connected. That's never gone away. When we're together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We've been through some amazing experiences together."
The disc will also contain guest appearances from Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Kenny G, Cliff Richard and jazz legend Chick Corea. All songs will be Christmas staples bar one, a new one called I Think You Might Like It written by Jay Farrar who wrote the pair's famous hit. Speaking about their concept for the disc, Travolta said, "I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration. Gathering around house listening to Christmas music has always been an important part of that time of the year to my family."
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will once again be multiplying chills with a new Christmas album, reports Entertainment Weekly. The proposed album will also feature the vocal talents of Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Kenny G.
Christmas just comes earlier and earlier each year, doesn't it? It won't be long before Christmas cards are sold in the summer months and trees become freeze-able to be taken out on December 1st. Greece stars Travolta and Newton-John have kicked X-Mas mania off in early October this year, by announcing their reunification to collaborate on a Christmas album. "We all felt a wonderful, joyful energy while recording this album," Newton-John said in a statement. "We want to make a lot of people smile and happy. It's a project that we're hoping turns into a perennial, one that can continue to raise money for these causes year after year, a gift that keeps on giving." Diehard fans of their classic film, which shot the pair to stardom, will be delighted to learn that a You're the One That I Want 'sequel' will be on the festive record, entitled I Think You Might Like It, written John Farrar who also penned the original.
The guaranteed Christmas stocking success will be available on November 13th, 2012, but here's the track listing.
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p>Grease stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are to team up and release a Christmas album, reports The Guardian. The festive record will feature contributions from Cliff Richard, Chick Corea, Barbra Streisand and Kenny G.
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'Pulp Fiction' star John Travolta is snapped and applauded as he arrives outside the brand new Breitling aviation timepiece store in Paris. He greets Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt and an official at the event.
A defamation case against John Travolta and his lawyer Martin Singer was dismissed in court earlier this week, making the latest, and perhaps last, legal case involving Mr Travolta's sexuality to be brought to the public's attention.
The case was brought forward by Robert Randolph who, in February this year published a book detailing the actor's alleged sexual encounters with a number of men in spas across he US. Randolph had claimed that Travolta and Singer had spread false statements about his mental health in a bid to prevent people from buying his book, titled You'll Never Spa in This Town Again, which was published in February this year.
The publication came three months after two separate and anonymous male masseurs filed sexual assault cases against the Pulp Fiction star, both of which were dropped soon after once their authenticity was called into question.
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John Travolta walked away with his head held high as the defamation lawsuit against him by an author who claimed the actor was involved in a number of homosexual encounters at spa across the country was ruled in Travolta’s favor.
Los Angeles Superior Court was the stage for the latest legal drama involving the actor and his sexual preferences when on Thursday (September 27th) the latest defamation lawsuit against Travolta and his lawyer, Martin Singer, was dismissed by the ruling judge. The lawsuit was filed by Robert Randolph who, in February this year publish the book You'll Never Spa in This Town Again, claimed that both the actor and lawyer spread false statements about Randolph’s mental health in 2010 in an effort to dissuade the public from buying his tell-all book. According to court documents obtained by Reuters, Randolph’s case revolved around a letter that Singer wrote to the website Gawker.com in response to a story about the planned book. Although Reuters have admitted that they were unable to determine why the judge dismissed the case, later reports by CNN revealed that the letter has free speech protection under the law.
Three months prior to the publication of the book, two unidentified male masseurs filed separate sexual assault lawsuits against Travolta, although both cases were quickly dropped after doubts had been cast over the reliability of the details of the encounter.
“I’m also considering doing a US film about the football coach Vince Lombardi, who coached my dad [Salvatore Travolta] before he went professional,” Travolta said. “I would play Vince Lombardi.” Legendary coach Lombardi is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s when he led them to three straight league championships and the first two Super Bowls. The Super Bowl trophy is named in his honour. He’s also “entertaining the possibility of doing” a remake of the John Woo film The Killer. The 1989 action film - which starred Chow Yun Fat - is to be produced by Woo. It looks like despite Travolta’s age, his appetite for films isn’t letting up just yet. As well as big talk surrounding his future endevours, the action thriller Killing Season, in which he stars alongside Robert De Niro is in post production and set for a 2013 release. Set in the remote Smoky Mountain wilderness, the film sees two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, come to blows.
It wasn’t long ago that the Pulp Fiction actor was ready to pack it in: "I lost my son a few years ago and I had been having quite a time of that and after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family I decided that it was OK to go back to work because I'd even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much," he told BBC Breakfast.
John Travolta reveals that he almost retired from his acting career following the tragic death of his teenage son, Jett. In an interview with Colin Paterson on BBC Breakfast, the 58-year-old talks about coming back to work for the first time since his son, Jett Travolta, died on vacation in the Bahamas from a fatal seizure aged just 16-years-old. ‘I lost my son a few years ago and I’ve been having quite a time of that and, after 3 years of getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people – fans, family – I decided that it was okay to go back to work’, he said, and added, ‘I’d even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much.’
The Grease legend came back to Hollywood to work on the new crime thriller Savages; a movie about two peaceful cannabis growers who are targeted by a Mexican drug organisation and, as a result, are made to set out on a rescue mission to save their girlfriend who has been brutally kidnapped.
Also in the interview, Travolta talks about the impending 35th anniversary of Grease hit ‘Summer Lovin’ dominating the UK singles chart for 16 weeks. ‘It was pretty daunting’, he said. ‘And still I think ‘You’re the One That I Want’ is the biggest duet in history.’ The actor, who danced with the late Diana, Princess Of Wales at the White House, also expressed his sadness for Kate Middleton’s recent topless photos scandal. ‘There is a right to privacy whether you’re famous or not famous’, he said and remarked that there should be a law for that kind of ‘invasion of privacy’ insisting ‘No one would like that.
Oliver Stone takes a stab at returning to a nastier, more edgy filmmaking style, but simply can't escape his moralising ways. Indeed, this film looks great, with whizzy camerawork and kinetic editing, and a willingness to travel to some very dark places. So it's even more annoying that it's all such a cop out. Not only are the plot and characters undermined by half-hearted preachiness, but the film has an appallingly trite voice-over narration plus a climactic plot point that feels like a cheat.
The story opens with a scene of domestic bliss, as sexy beach babe O (Lively) cuddles with her hunky ex-military boyfriend Chon (Kitsch) in their spectacular seaside home in Orange County. Then Ben (Taylor) arrives home - he's Chon's best friend and O's other boyfriend, a tree-hugging scientist who has created the perfect marijuana plant. They've made their fortune as local drug dealers, and now a Mexican cartel wants in on the action. They're visited by a goon (Bichir) who makes them an offer they can't refuse. So when they Chon and Ben say no, the cartel henchman Lado (Del Toro) kidnaps O to whip boys in line. But they go into action mode instead. Calling the shots is cartel boss Elena (Hayek). And there's also a Federal agent (Travolta) working everyone against each other.
The plot has promise, and the film starts well, with sun-drenched photography and some strong character-establishing scenes with Kitsch, Johnson and Lively. But once we learn each one's main trait (Chon's tough tenacity, Ben's peace-loving passion and O's annoying stupidity), the script abandons them completely. We never have a clue why Chon and Ben would fall for O, let alone risk their lives to rescue her. We never know why Lado is such a cold-hearted brute. And we can't understand how Travolta's character has survived this long. The only person we enjoy watching is the scene-chewing Hayek, who seems to be the only actor having any fun.
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Salma Hayek certainly stole the spotlight at a London photo-call for her new movie ‘Savages’ this week. The actress wore a hugely revealing dress, leading director Oliver Stone to jokingly try cop a feel of the star.
Photographs published on the Mail Online website show the Oscar-winning director getting a little too touch-feely with Hayek as the stars posed on the red carpet at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. The 46-year-old actress seemed to laugh off the unwanted attention, and Stone has been happily married to his wife Sun-Jung Jung since 1997! To be fair to the legendary auteur, Hayek was looking stunning in a fitted aubergine and teal dress, with a trim belt, accentuating her famous curves. The brunette star – who is married to the French multi-billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault – was joined by co-stars Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta, who both looked pretty dapper.
Blake Lively – another star of the new violent drama – skipped the promotional duties as she has begun work on Gossip Girl in New York. The actress recently tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds in a secret South Carolina ceremony.
Best friends, volleyball partners and entrepreneurs Ben and Chon run a marijuana business on Laguna Beach in California together with their mutual girlfriend Ophelia. Ben takes nearly all of the violence out of the cannabis industry, however, ex-Navy SEAL and mercenary Chon is on hand whenever force is necessary. The tight-knit trio aim to work together to produce the best home-grown weed in the world. It doesn't take long for the ruthless Mexican Baja Cartel to discover them and request a business partnership. On the friends' refusal, the cold-blooded head of the Cartel Elena and her enforcer Lado kidnap Ophelia, knowing she is the friends' weakness, which causes Ben and Chon to wage war against the brutal gang. With the help of an unwilling dirty DEA agent, the friends are prepared to do absolutely anything to get their lover back.
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Charlie and Dan (Travolta and Williams) are old pals and partners as sports publicists. Charlie is a relentless bachelor, teasing Dan about his impulsive, brief Vegas marriage to Vicki (Preston) eight years earlier. What neither of them knows is that Vicki gave birth to Dan's twins (Ella Bleu Travolta and Rayburn), and now she needs him to watch them for two weeks. Nutty antics ensue as these cute kids upset these men's life, dragging them off for a weekend camping trip and of course slowly winning them over in the process.
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James (Rhys Meyers) is assistant to the American Ambassador to France (Durden) and is hoping to get involved in intelligence work. James' big break interrupts a romantic evening with his fiancee (Smutniak) as he's assigned to team up with notorious agent Charlie Wax (Travolta). The next 24 hours is a blur of bullets, bombs, cocaine, hookers and terrorists, while James just tries to keep up with Charlie's trail of carnage. And eventually he begins to see a method to Charlie's madness.
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For recently demoted NYC Transit Authority official Walter Garber (Washington), working the dispatcher's desk is just the latest in a rash of embarrassments. Under investigation for taking bribes, the longtime civil servant is resolved to do his job and not make waves. Naturally, all that changes when the subway out of Pelham City station is hijacked by four gun-toting criminals. Led by the mysterious "Mr. Ryder" (Travolta), their demands are simple -- $10 million in one hour. If the delivery is late, they will kill one hostage for every minute over 60 they have to wait. Initially, the Mayor (James Gandolfini) is convinced that the NYPD, under the direction of hostage negotiator Camonetti (John Turturro) will get the situation under control. But Ryder will only deal with Garber, and when he makes his deadly intentions known, the former front office man must save the day.
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Bolt is a super-dog! He’s got his own TV show and his life on camera is full of adventure, the reality is of course that he’s not a super dog, he’s just a normal pup who happens to be on TV, so when he accidentally finds himself in New York city, trying to distinguish between on screen stunts and real life situations becomes pretty hard! Along the way Bolt makes some friends who help him find his way back home to owner and co-star Penny!
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Disney's computer-animated mutt (voiced by John Travolta) defends his beloved owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus), from the evil forces of Dr. Calico (Malcolm McDowell) by head-butting semi-trucks, dangling from speeding locomotives, catapulting over military helicopters, and shooting laser beams from his eyes.
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A schizoid doppelganger mind-bender wrapped around your standard ticking-bomb scenario (it's hidden somewhere in Los Angeles and could take out the whole basin if detonated -- or something), Face/Off is an utterly lunatic film in the best possible way. Originally a futuristic thriller, the script was retooled for a modern-day setting, keeping several of its sci-fi elements but focusing more intently on its personality-shifting aspects which seemed to come straight out of Woo's international breakthrough, The Killer. An FBI agent, Sean Archer (John Travolta) has been hunting jet-set super-criminal Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) for years. For Archer, it's gone beyond personal to haunted obsession, particularly after Troy tried to shoot Archer but missed and killed his son instead. After a gonzo opening sequence involving a Humvee/private jet showdown on a runway and about ten thousand expended rounds (mostly fired by people flying sideways in slo-mo, of course), Archer's team brings down Troy.
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Immediately, the music kicks in. The day-to-day sounds of the bustling town melt with Marc Shaiman's infectious doo-wop score and the camera swoops toward the modest bedroom of typical teen Tracy Turnblad, who is played to perfection by newcomer Nikky Blonsky. Another star is born. But though the angle may descend rapidly, Shankman's movie remains airborne for two full hours, bolstered by the incomparable high that accompanies the raucous joy of musical rebellion.
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This car reminds me of Wild Hogs. Ostensibly, Wild Hogs is the same model as every other middle-of-the-road road movie; a hybrid vehicle that mishmashes middle-age crisis comedy with fish-out-of-water, city-slicker slapstick. However, its charismatic and effortless cast, and the occasional bit of wit, see that it performs better than the usual Hollywood dross regularly offered up as comedy. Hence its box office success.
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The plot stars promisingly enough. Frank Castle (Jane, *61, The Sweetest Thing) is an FBI undercover agent, the kind of guy who's so good that the Bureau moves him around for his own protection. At his final job in Tampa, he busts up a major weapons deal that kills the son of powerful crime lord Howard Saint (poor, poor John Travolta).
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First-time director Todd Robinson kicks off the festivities with the suicide of Detective Robinson's wife. As it happens, Detective Elmer Robinson (John Travolta) has taken his time attempting to get over his wife's death, and is just now opening up to a secretary at his office (Laura Dern). His partner Charlie (the great James Gandolfini) thinks it's healthy and that things are on the up and up. Then, a case lands on their desk that's a little too perverse for words. A couple, posing as brother and sister, answer "lonely hearts" ads promising love and security, only to end up bilking the mark for all they're worth and killing them. The investigation leads to a nurse named Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and a wannabe playboy named Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto, with a ridiculous moustache and an absurd accent). The film follows Charlie and Elmer's pursuit of the Lonely Hearts Killers until a rather brutal holdout at a farm, where the couple find their last mark.
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Smartly, Cowen and his team recreate the real thing and then some. They posit what could have happened, a surprisingly chilly reality about the inherent dangers -- and possible disasters -- that awaited the men who walked on the moon. When Hanks, in an entertaining voiceover, reveals that hours and hours of moonwalks resulted in zero error, he imparts a real sense of pride and relief. And when the film imagines the slightest of problems, the fear is real too.
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Magnificent Desolation is another Hanks love letter to the country's lunar program, and his earnestness makes for compelling content about American moon voyages and the details within. But the real awe comes from the film's incredible 3D, giant screen versions of moonwalks, as guided by director Mark Cowen.
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The trailers have been barraging us with this simplest of plots for months. George Malley (Travolta) is a simple man in a small town on the eve of his 37th year, and on his birthday he sees a mysterious light in the sky which knocks him down and, faster than you can say "plot device," turns him into a supergenius. He comes complete with telekinetic powers, limited mind-reading ability, earthquake sensor, giant veggie-growing ability, speed reading, cruise control, and automatic transmission.
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The story goes: Travolta is Chili Palmer, a small time Miami hood, a "shylock" whose job is essentially coercing money out of people. His boss sends Chili on a chase for some questionably-raised funds; in Vegas, another contact sends him to L.A. to track down an entirely unrelated debtor, Harry Zimm (Hackman). And there are a few drug dealers who have their payoff stuck in a locker at LAX.
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This is the story of two lovers. Well, except that they don't really love each other, but isn't that always the way? Russ Richards (John Travolta) and Crystal Latroy (Lisa Kudrow) are two self-absorbed local television celebrities looking for a little respect. And money. You see, Richards is more than just a locally renowned weatherman with his own private booth at Denny's. He's also a snowmobile dealer. Or would be, if only it would snow.
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Little mention is made of the sad and often hopeless tale of Tony's bleak little world, full of fistfights, a tragic semi-suicide/accident, and even the gang rape of his girlfriend by his friends. After all of it, Tony gets his hair coiffed and gets back up on the dance floor, even if he's sporting bruises and bandages across his face.
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At the same time, Ladder and its creators make no bones about the fact that the film is pushing our emotional buttons. It manipulates our heart strings and tugs at our tear ducts in its quest for inspirational cinema. Admittedly, it's a bit slick and overdone, but it's difficult to fault a picture that wears its intentions on its soot-stained sleeve and holds the serviceman position of firefighter on such a lofty pedestal.
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Purslane "Pursy" Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) has lived most of her 18-year life without the mother from whom she's estranged but whose memory she cherishes. As a teenage independent she's become hardened and jaded beyond her years. When her live-in boyfriend tells her that he received word of Lorraine's death several days after the fact, she rages at the dumbshit for neglecting to let her know right away. She storms out of the house with all her possessions and buses her way from Florida back to the town she grew up in and to her childhood home, a day too late to make the funeral.
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An obvious John Travolta vehicle, it features the healthy-looking, tanned, hit-or-miss star as Frank Morrison, a loving but divorced father who is earthy enough to build wooden boats for a living, and honest enough to not charge a profitable fee. He's nice. He loves his young son Danny (a natural Matthew O'Leary), and is dealing with his ex-wife's (Meet the Parents' Teri Polo) marriage to rich investor Rick Barnes (a stale Vince Vaughn, playing a whole other kind of psycho).
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The movie is a tightly constructed drama about Louis Pinnock (John Travolta), a reliable blue collar man who works in a factory owned by high-society elitist Thaddeus Thomas (Harry Belafonte). At home, Louis has to deal with a rough neighborhood, gang violence, and trying to provide for his wife (Kelly Lynch) and two kids.
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Carrie is the tale of a high school senior named Carrie White, aptly played by Sissy Spacek, who spends her days at school as the center of nearly every cruel ridicule and her hours at home with a constricting, sadistic, fanatically religious mother (Piper Laurie). Let's just say the mother is like a female version of Sergeant Hartman in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, and Carrie is the distressed Private Pyle.
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If 1950s sci-fi schlockmeister Ed Wood could have gotten his hands on $60 million and CGI special effects, he might have made a movie as hilariously gawdawful as "Battlefield Earth."
Seriously on par with Wood's infamous "Plan 9 from Outer Space" as one of the worst motion picture in science fiction history, this bloated, brain-dead, narcissistic, almost completely nonsensical cinematic disaster is likely to make anyone with any kind of summer movie standards long for the return of movie-mocking Comedy Central series "Mystery Science Theater 3000."
A man-vs.-monster parable about an enslaved human race rebelling against their alien masters a millennium after being nuked back to the Stone Age, almost every scene features such bad writing, bad acting and absurdly implausible circumstances that it just begs to be viciously ripped apart.
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"A Love Song for Bobby Long" is set in New Orleans among a community of alcoholics, has-beens and screw-ups, where one can get away with shambling down to the neighborhood dive bar while wearing a dingy, once-white suit and no shoes.
John Travolta plays the title character, a drunken former literary professor with fuzzy gray hair. Bobby shares a run-down house with Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht), a once-promising writer whom Bobby claims to be mentoring.
Scarlett Johansson co-stars as Pursy Will, a trailer park dweller who inherits the same house from her long lost mother. Pursy moves in and each side begins trying to intimidate the other into moving out. But of course, the three misfits become fast friends.
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Director Dominic Sena seems to fancy himself some kind of John Woo Jr. But John Woo ("The Killer," "Hard Boiled" and more recently "Face/Off" and "M:I-2") is an action genius who has a gift for turning gun battles into ballet and explosions into art.
Sena ("Gone in 60 Seconds") couldn't care less about art as long as his computer-enhanced mega-blasts are as big, as orange, as slow-motion and as debris-filled as possible. And if he can throw in an innocent hostage being blown apart, so much the better.
After beginning with an ironic but incredibly smug speech by film buff bad guy John Travolta about how Hollywood makes such crappy movies, the opening sequence of "Swordfish" fulfills all Sena's high-gloss, low-brow requirements -- pretty much proving Travolta's point.
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