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To Sirs, with Love: Patrick Stewart, Peter Jackson become knights

31 December 2009 7:20 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actor Patrick Stewart and director Peter Jackson have been knighted in England and New Zealand, respectively. 

Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek," "X-Men,") was the biggest name on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list. He said of the knighting, "This is an honor that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun."

Queen Elizabeth II also sanctions the New Zealand honors, stemming from the country's start as a British colony. "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson said of knighthood, "I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong."

Previously knighted celebrities include Agatha Christie, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellan, Liam Neesen, Olivia Newton-John, J.K. Rowling and Maggie Smith. Bono and Steven Spielberg have honorary knighthoods.

Congratulations, Sir Patrick and Sir Peter.

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Christina Applegate vows to fight breast cancer guidance

30 December 2009 11:35 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Christina Applegate lashed out at new Us mammography guidance. The Tony award-winning actress joined a host of older celebs that include fellow survivors Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith and Melissa Etheridge in criticising the new guidance that raised the age of a woman's first mammogram from 40 to 50 and cut annual screening. Applegate, 38, had a double mastectomy following a 2008 diagnosis with breast cancer. She afterward said she was '100 percent clear' of the cancer. Applegate vowed to fight the guidelines which followed statistical research. She said: 'Don't even get me started. Look, I just started to sweat. I get a little angry. I don't mind being outspoken about that. I think that is the most »

- Philippa Bourke

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Olivia Newton-John`s daughter banned from nightclub after collapsing

29 December 2009 9:35 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Grease star Olivia Newton-John's daughter has collapsed while trying to get into an La strip joint. Singer Chloe Lattanzi, who has previously hit headlines for her struggle with eating disorder anorexia nervosa, was apparently banned from the club for being too drunk earlier in the evening. According to an Australian magazine, the doorman at the Star Strip Theatre told Lattanzi: 'You guys can't get in here. You’re too drunk.' A source revealed that Lattanzi begged to be allowed into the club before walking off and collapsing nearby, sparking concerns for her health. Lattanzi once famously said that she felt abandoned by her mother when she was younger. »

- Ellie Pratt

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Newton-John's daughter banned from club

29 December 2009 1:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Grease star Olivia Newton-John's daughter has collapsed while trying to get into an La strip joint. Singer Chloe Lattanzi, who has previously hit headlines for her struggle with eating disorder anorexia nervosa, was apparently banned from the club for being too drunk earlier in the evening. According to Woman's Day magazine, the doorman at the Star Strip Theatre (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker shoot spoof Grease video

28 December 2009 3:10 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Desperate Housewives beauty Eva Longoria and her basketball star husband Tony Parker dressed up as Grease’s Sandy and Danny for an internet video spoofing the classic 70s movie. The celebrity couple donned wigs and 1950s-style costumes to perform the film’s famous Summer Nights song. Eva and Tony looked the part in the roles played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and got their choreography almost spot on. But they played it safe by miming along to the original vocals. Basketball ace Tony posted the footage on his website to promote a competition to meet the celebrity couple at one of his NBA games for the San Antonio Spurs early next year. The competition challenges »

- Iain Burchell

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Grease Is The Word For Longoria Parker

28 December 2009 12:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Eva Longoria Parker and her husband Tony Parker have channelled Olivia Newton-john and John Travolta for a new Grease contest.

The Desperate Housewives actress and her basketball star husband are inviting fans to recreate scenes from the 1978 musical for a new online competition - and they've made the contest's first entry with their own take on the classic Grease track, Summer Nights.

Longoria Parker donned a blonde wig and a bright yellow dress to play Newton-John's Sandy in the spoof, while her husband showed off his dance moves as Travolta's bad boy Danny Zuko.

In a clip on his official website, the San Antonio Spurs guard explains they chose Grease because "it's Eva's favourite film," before challenging fans to submit their own parodies.

The couple will select their favourite videos and fly the winners out to one of Parker's basketball games in Texas, where they'll meet them.

The deadline for video entries is 31 January. »

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Video: Eva & Tony - Grease Is Their Word

24 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looks like Tony and Eva Longoria Parker and are ditching wintry days for "Summer Nights!" With shiny wigs and cheeky choreography, the Desperate Housewives star and the San Antonio Spur channel Grease's Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in a new video spoof posted on the NBA player's Web site. "It's Eva's favorite film," Parker says in video, also posted on his Web site, of the 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. But fandom isn't the only reason the two decided to tackle the iconic song and dance. In the video, the basketball star explains that he and his »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Fran Drescher To Host The Million Dollar Revival For Charity

1 December 2009 4:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

The Million Dollar Revival, a benefit for Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Movement organized by non-profit I Heart Inc, is an eclectic evening of live music and comedy true to the era of old-time variety shows taking place on December 13th, 2009 at the historic Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The event promises to be a true Los Angeles-style melting pot of artists one would never imagine gracing the same stage, coming together for one night only in the fight against women’s cancers.

Hosted by Fran Drescher, the event features Jackson Browne, The Bird and the Bee, Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, The Wispertown2000, Chris Pierce, Arrica Rose & the …‘s, Charlotte Martin, Caitlin Crosby, Charlyne Yi, Mortified, Stilt World and more! There will be a special VIP party held immediately after the event at 213 Nightlife’s Broadway Bar.

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Namrata Singh Gujral enlists Melissa Etheridge, Kelly McGillis, Lisa Ray for “1 a Minute”

30 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

According to the Hindustan Times, Indian-American Namrata Singh Gujral is currently producing, directing, and co-starring in 1 a Minute, a docu-drama on cancer, while she undergoes “radical cancer treatments” for invasive breast cancer. The 33-year-old actress, best known for her roles in Warner Bros’ Americanizing Shelley and Bollywood’s Kaante, hopes to spread global awareness about cancer, with a focus on global breast cancer.

Joining Gujral as co-stars in the project are fellow cancer survivors and activists Lisa Ray (who was recently diagnosed with cancer) and plays a lesbian in The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight), Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Diahann Carroll, Morgan Brittany and Bollywood actresses Priya Dutt and Mumtaz.

Billy and Danny Baldwin, both of whose lives have been affected by cancer, also appear in the film. Out lesbian Kelly McGillis will narrate the docu-drama, which is expected to release globally in 2010.

Though Gujral »

- drummerdeeds

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Thanks Giving and Beloved Turkeys

25 November 2009 8:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Wishing you and yours the best for the holiday tomorrow. If you're travelling today, be safe. If you're trying to lose weight, sorry! If you aren't American, please pardon the slightly hijacked programming.

Over the holiday break, there will be posts. I've asked Tfe contributors to give thanks for their favorite cinematic whatsis of the moment or to honor beloved turkeys. The other kind of turkeys. Not that you wouldn't eat a deliciously bad movie if you could. After years of obsession I don't so much regard Showgirls (1995) as a bad movie to love but a genius movie that only wears gaudy clothing and talks trash to be bad. So my favorite bad movie of all time is undoubtedly the Olivia Newton-John rollerskating musical Xanadu (1980), so if you haven't read that piece, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving

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- NATHANIEL R

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Spacey Steps Up For Charity

2 November 2009 8:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stars including Kevin Spacey and Olivia Newton-john have donated their shoes to an online auction for a cancer charity.

A pair of Spacey's black leather Prada footwear is up for grabs in the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, along with the Grease beauty's black and white pumps.

The In Their Shoes event also sees lots from Aussie singer Kylie Minogue, who has handed over signed sequined Moschino wedge sandals, and former Sporty Spice Melanie Chisholm, who offered up a pair of her Puma trainers.

Rod Stewart, Cindy Crawford and Simon Le Bon have also donated to the auction, which finishes later this month. »

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Wishful Linking

27 October 2009 4:14 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

That Little Round Headed Boy has a fun insightful piece on Amelia and "serious" acting

Gold Derby Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes this year

ticklepickleme & elliptical edits thrill to the sight of Julianne Moore in A Single Man and in person. I am officially jealous

The Critical Condition has a change of heart about Where the Wild Things Are. Good read

A Blog Next Door appreciates Dollhouse when its icky ethically. As do I

I Need My Fix Emily Blunt & Matt Damon on the set of The Adjustment Bureau

Gawker Paul Haggis (Crash) resigns publicly from Scientology over gay rights. Quelle Scandale!

Gallery of the Absurd twists Mel Gibson's upcoming Beaver picture

wowOwow great and lengthy piece on Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Penn Ritchie by the one and only Liz Smith

Boy Culture speaking of the big M, did you hear about her gift to Glee?

Towleroad »

- NATHANIEL R

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Newton-John: 'I was unsure about Grease'

22 October 2009 7:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Olivia Newton-John has revealed that she was not sure about taking the iconic part of Sandy in hit 1978 musical Grease. The actress told Metro that she still does not mind being best remembered for the role. She said: "Maybe in 20 years it'll be weird. That movie gave so many people pleasure, I can only be happy about it. And to think I was actually unsure about taking the role. "I'd just made a movie called Tomorrow and (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Newton-john Pities Spears

21 October 2009 12:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Olivia Newton-john is grateful she found fame in the 1970s - because she doubts she could handle the amount of attention Britney Spears receives now.

The 61 year old was propelled to stardom after her turn in 1978 movie Grease and graced the covers of magazines worldwide.

Newton-John refused to take her pin-up status seriously at the time, and claims the decision kept her grounded.

But the actress feels sorry for Spears, who found fame as a teenager in the late 1990s - because the amount of press coverage sexy stars receive nowadays is unprecedented.

She tells Britain's Attitude magazine, "The poor girl. She has lived in a time where the paparazzi reign and we didn't have that problem at all. We'd have occasional intrusion, you know I had a few incidents, but it was nothing like it is now.

"I don't think you realise it (early fame) until you look back because it doesn't really feel like reality in the time. I never really took it too seriously, which is healthy." »

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Namrata Singh Gujral has Breast Cancer

8 October 2009 12:35 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

American Indian actress Namrata Singh Gujral of Kaante fame, in which she featured alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. Bravely, the actress is working on a short movie One a Minute, to spread awareness of the disease, alongside other actresses such as Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Mumtaz and Priya Dutt.

Born in Dharamsala, Namrata is a graduate of the University of West Florida and for five years was Nurse Kathy in NBC's Passions. She was also the first star of Indian origin to feature on Cmt with the Country/Bollywood track Dancing in the Clouds.

Namrata, the star of Americanising Shelley, has suspended filming on her current projects whilst she undergoes treatment but is looking forward to taking the lead in two upcoming Bollywood movies - Mitsein and Himalayan Rhapsody. »

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Indian Star Rallies Celebrity Support For Cancer Movie

8 October 2009 1:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Indo-American actress Namrata Singh Gujral is making a celebrity movie all about cancer as she battles the disease.

The Kaante star is undergoing treatment for invasive breast cancer and she's recruited a group of famous friends to talk candidly about their experiences with the disease in 1 a Minute.

The documentary features survivor Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Kelly McGillis, Melissa Etheridge and Bollywood stars Mumtaz and Priya Dutt, among others.

The film will also include Lisa Ray, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. »

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Newton-john's Boating Birthday

6 October 2009 1:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Olivia Newton-john celebrated her recent birthday on a boozy canoeing trip with her husband.

The Grease star turned 61 on 26 September and partner John Easterling treated her to a kayak as a present - so the couple took it on an adventure break to mark Newton-John's big day.

She says, "My husband bought me a kayak, so we went kayaking on my birthday. It was amazing, I had a most beautiful birthday. We were with nature - swimming, kayaking and drinking vodka in the water." »

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Cowell's Extravagant 50th Birthday Party

4 October 2009 7:21 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Simon Cowell celebrated his 50th birthday in style with a lavish bash boasting performances from Earth, Wind And Fire and his proteges Westlife and Leona Lewis.

The music mogul turns 50 on Wednesday but he got the party started early on Saturday, inviting 400 guests to the event at billionaire Sir Philip Green's mansion in Hertfordshire, England.

And the birthday boy spared no expense in entertaining family, friends and A-list celebrities such as Sir Elton John and Kevin Spacey - he is said to have paid a whopping $1.5 million (£1 million) for the party, including $75,000 (£50,000) for a fleet of limousines to shuttle guests to the venue.

He also treated revellers to vintage champagne and performances by boyband Westlife as well as The X Factor winners Lewis and Alexandra Burke, and a rendition of Happy Birthday from supermodel Kate Moss.

Giant images of Cowell were plastered all around the party, while waiters wore masks bearing his likeness. Pre-recorded birthday wishes from David and Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston were played on giant screens.

Cowell's guest list included his American Idol colleagues Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson, as well as Naomi Campbell, Sharon Osbourne, Olivia Newton-John, Dannii Minogue and his 82-year-old mum Julie.

Speaking about the party's hefty price tag, the birthday boy said, "I always pick up my own tab whether it’s for four people or 400." »

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Olivia Newton-John's alien encounter

25 September 2009 2:50 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Olivia Newton-John has seen a UFO. The 'Grease' actress claims she spotted a flying silver object which blazed across the sky at "amazing speeds" when she was a teenager. Olivia is convinced most British people share her belief in the existence of alien life. Describing her otherworldly encounter, the 60-year-old actress told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "I have seen one when I was very young. It was unidentified and it was flying. "It's true that I'm intrigued by them. I have seen so many shifts in belief systems over the years. "In England most people now think UFOs are possible. Twenty years ago, how many people would have thought that?" Olivia is not the only celebrity to have encountered UFOs »

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Ask the Flying Monkey! (September 16, 2009)

15 September 2009 5:57 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Does Lucy Lawless regret that they killed Xena? – Craig, Norfolk, Va

A: In fact, she does. In “A Friend in Need,” the two-part Xena: Warrior Princess series finale back in 2001, Xena allows herself to be killed, so she can become a ghost and fight a spiritual being. Later, after Gabrielle finds a way to bring Xena back to life, the Warrior-Princess heroically chooses to stay dead in order to make amends for past sins. The series ends with Gabrielle, a full-fledged warrior at last, carrying on Xena’s legacy.

Gabrielle bids farewell to Xena

But as I’m sure you know, Craig, fans were livid – both at the death itself and over the way she died, which included, um, decapitation.

“At the time, we thought that was a really strong choice, »

- Brent Hartinger

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