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The long-time Scientologist produced and starred in the sci-fi movie, based on the first half of the 1982 novel of the same name by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
Travolta helped fund the project with millions of dollars of his own money, and the film was a critical and commercial failure. It won nine Golden Raspberry Awards - a record until 2012.
When asked by The Daily Beast if the film was a career regret, Travolta replied: "No way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?
"I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It's a beautiful film. It's a good movie.
Travolta added that the film's failure was partly down »
Plot: An imprisoned art forger (John Travolta)makes a deal with a crime boss for a big job in order to get early parole so he can spend time with his terminally ill son (Tye Sheridan). In order to pull off the heist, he.ll need the help of his estranged, ex-con dad (Christopher Plummer). Review: The Forger is yet another movie that might have seemed fine if it played outside the Toronto International Film Festival. As a VOD release, it would seem like a passable time-filler, but stacked »
- Chris Bumbray
"This is every celebrity's Achilles heel."
In a new interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta, 60, opens up about rumors that he's gay -- specifically a lawsuit from a man who alleged he was Travolta's former pilot, and that the two were engaged in a relationship that was more than professional.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas Gotterba -- who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the '80s -- will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the Grease actor, and is therefore free to write a book he’s allegedly been planning.
"This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money," Travolta says about the lawsuit. "That’s all. It happens on many levels."
Photos: 13 Celebs Who've Come Out as Bisexual
As to why these types of rumors seem to target him more than other celebrities, Travolta surprisingly »
John Travolta recently offered his feelings about how he’s been at the center of gay rumors for years and is now facing a lawsuit from a former pilot who alledges to have had a romantic affair with him.
John Travolta Addresses Gay Rumors
Travolta, 60, addressing the Douglas Gotterba’s claim that he and Travolta had an affair, implied that the reason for the lawsuit was simply the reality that he’s a celebrity and that people are keen to try to make a quick buck off of a celebrity. A tell-all book about an alleged gay affair with a Hollywood A-lister, in Gotterba’s case, could be a big moneymaker.
“This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel,” Travolta told The Daily Beast. “It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.”
“Also, I don’t care that much about it. Other people may »
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
Title: Casting By Director: Tom Donahue Featuring: Marion Dougherty, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Woody Allen Running time: 89 Minutes, Unrated, Available on DVD 09.16.14 Special Features: None This acclaimed documentary shines a light on one of the most under-appreciated professions in the film and television industry: The Casting Director. The pioneers of the profession were Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whom launched the careers of stars still working today. The Good:Any Cinemaphile or Hollywood history buff will love this documentary. There are so many celebrities [ Read More ]
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It’s been two years since Dan Stevens departed Downton Abbey and he’s not lost any time actively pursuing some amazing new roles in theater, film and television. In his latest movie, A Walk Among the Tombstones, he stars opposite Liam Neeson playing a heroin trafficker bent on revenge who hires a private investigator (Neeson) to hunt down the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) that brutally murdered his wife. Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Stevens discussed why he finds it exciting to explore new and different roles, the challenge of transforming himself for each one, the appeal of playing a bad guy who’s a victim, his love of 70’s noirish thrillers like Klute, Dirty Harry, and The Conversation, his collaboration with director Scott Frank »
- Sheila Roberts
Here's the 60-year-old John Travolta showing off his freshly sprouted mane and matching chin gristle at a movie premiere earlier this week (left) and a magnetic looking makeover on the classic kids toy The Original Wooly Willy (right).Both are attractive looks.We're just sayin'. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The opening shot in The Forger is of a haggard John Travolta sitting in a prison cell, and the despair etched into his face suggests the actor might already be contemplating how wrong he is for this role. There are some solid elements here, but neither believability nor cohesion is among them in a contrived thriller that wraps a gritty Boston milieu redolent of a Dennis Lehane story around a sentimental heart, with a high-stakes art heist that belongs in a more robustly plotted Hollywood studio picture. Despite a problematic script, British television veteran Philip Martin’s first feature is directed
- David Rooney
James Gandolfini‘s final film opens this weekend. Written by Dennis Lehane, The Drop, is a crime drama starring Tom Hardy and multiple pitbulls, and has been getting strong reviews after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. After the actor’s sudden death in 2013 we’ve spent the past year celebrating the abundance of memorable film and television roles he left us with — many of which you can watch by simply logging into your Netflix account.
Below are eight films you can stream from the comfort of your home, office, or park bench (bearing said park has WiFi) this weekend. And why not? The weather’s probably going to be crummy anyway.
Not Fade Away (2012)
Written and directed by Sopranos creator David Chase, Gandolfini plays the conservative New Jersey father to a creatively driven son who’s discovering rock and roll during the ’60s. (This one gets extra points for its killer soundtrack. »
- Emily Exton
Saban Films is nearing a deal for the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan's action thriller “American Heist” starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody, the studio announced Friday. Written by Raul Inglis, the film follows two brothers with troubled pasts who become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery. Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “Akon” Thiam co-star, and the film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also read: John Travolta's ‘The Forger’ Acquired by Saban Films for $2.5 Million “We were eager to see ‘American Heist’ coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. »
- Linda Ge
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Saban Films is emerging as an aggressive buyer in Toronto, acquiring the U.S. rights to John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.
"We were eager to see American Heist coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. It's just the type of commercial talent driven film we are looking for at Saban."
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.
In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The development was announced Friday, a day after the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“We were eager to see ‘American Heist’ coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “It’s just the type of commercial, talent-driven film we are looking for at Saban.”
- Dave McNary
Continuing its buying streak at the Toronto Film Festival, Haim Saban's Saban Films is closing in on a $2 million deal for U.S. rights to Sarik Andreasyan's action thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody. The movie — also starring Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam — made its world premiere in Toronto on Thursday. American Heist stars Christensen and Brody as two brothers caught up in a high-stakes bank robbery. Earlier this week, Saban Films scooped up rights to another multi-generational heist movie, The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye
- Pamela McClintock
John Travolta is a copyist of great paintings forced to pull one dangerous last deception in “The Forger,” a soft-centered crime meller that proves notably short on suspense, and marred by sentimentality that feels distinctly secondhand. Nothing feels fresh here — not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa — and Philip Martin’s routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D’Ovidio’s script. Though Saban Films paid a reported $2.5 million for U.S. rights at Toronto, home-turf theatrical biz is likely to be flaccid, although cast names and genre elements will make this a viable if uninspired ancillary and minor theatrical item in most territories.
Though he’s set to finish his full sentence in just 10 months, Ray Cutter (Travolta) makes the seemingly inexplicable decision to have his underworld connections bribe a judge so he can get out immediately — the reason he’d rather not »
- Dennis Harvey
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Philip Martin's thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan and Abigail Spencer, Marcus Thomas and Jennifer Ehle. With a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 12th
"John Travolta was brilliant as a criminal who would go to any means to protect his son. We look forward to »
In the last decade, John Travolta hasn't really done much work that stands out. He's either a menacing villain who doesn't amount to much, a wacky goofball, or some other weird character that just doesn't seem to work. Finally, after all this time, he's in a role where he can really prove himself again and it's a fine film, with an excellent script and solid performances all-around. From a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio, the film is titled The Forger, directed by Philip Martin (Emmy-winning TV director making his feature debut). It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where I randomly caught a screening, despite not knowing anything about it or the director going in. I was thoroughly entertained and mostly impressed by the film's dialogue. In the film, Travolta plays an art forger still in prison after being caught on the last job, close to finishing his time but anxious to get out. »
- Alex Billington
Art films come at a high price. Saban Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to art heist film “The Forger” for $2.5 million, a individual close to the deal told TheWrap. The film, which stars John Travolta, follows a second-generation thief who gets out of prison to spend time with his son by taking on a job with his father to pay back a syndicate that arranged his release.The film will have its premiere on Sept. 12 at Roy Thompson Hall, but screened earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. “John Travolta was brilliant as a criminal who would. »
- Gina Hall
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