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John Travolta, Kelly Preston Photo: Governors Awards 2011

23 November 2011 3:32 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Travolta, Kelly Preston Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta and actress Kelly Preston, Travolta's wife, attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Amadeus, The Sentinel, Taxi Driver), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for the Steven Spielberg movie The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. John Travolta has received two Best Actor nominations, for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Other film credits include Primary Colors, Blow Out, Mad City, Face/Off, Broken Arrow, Staying Alive, The Punisher, Hairspray, From Paris with Love, »

- D. Zhea

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New Poster Shows Shadowy Robert De Niro and John Travolta in Killing Season

1 November 2011 7:03 PM, PDT | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

Robert De Niro and John Travolta together on the big screen? It seems like an odd pairing but I’m still trying to get over De Niro sharing screen time with Ben Stiller so I guess anything is possible, including Travolta playing the bad guy and giving De Niro a run for his money in Killing Season.

If it weren’t for the names on display, you probably couldn’t tell the shadowy figures on the new poster are De Niro and Travolta but the new promo from Millenium Films does a great job of delivering the vibe of the action film. We’re talking rain, outdoor adventure, and some serious firepower.

In Killing Season, De Niro is a military veteran living in a remote cabin in the Appalachian Mountains who is visited by a European tourist (Travolta). The two seem to form a friendship but there’s more to »

- Marty Shaw

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Robert De Niro and John Travolta will star together in "Killing Season"

1 November 2011 11:54 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Way back in 1977, while watching John Travolta swagger and dance his way through "Saturday Night Fever" there was only one thing on Americans' minds: How long will it take to get the Disco king to share a screen with Robert De Niro, the darkly charismatic star of the previous year's "Taxi Driver"? The answer was about 33 years.

Slash Film is reporting that the two veteran actors will be teaming up for the action flick "Killing Season." The movie will be directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who previously helmed the Marvel Comics' adaptations of "Daredevil" and the first "Ghost Rider."

With a script by "Snow White and the Huntsman's" Evan Daugherty, "Killing Season" will see De Niro play a veteran military man who squares off against a former Serbian soldier played by Travolta deep in the Appalachian Mountains. A press release from Millennium Films describes the film as "a tense, »

- Aubrey Sitterson

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Top 7 Dance Sequences in a Non-Musical Movie

17 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Sometimes we want to move our feet and tap our toes, but we don’t realize it until the moment is upon us. Thankfully, movies are here to rescue us. Sure, there are the full-out musicals like Evita, and Singin’ in the Rain. I’m not talking about those. And then there are the films like Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing and Footloose. But those are films that thrive on a soundtrack and dance numbers within the dramatic story. So, even though the remake of Footloose is the reason I thought of this Top 7, we’re going deeper. For this Top 7, we’re hitting the dance sequences that came out of nowhere, made you recheck which genre you’re sitting down for, then wish the characters wouldn’t stop moving and/or grooving. Not surprisingly, comedy makes its presence known.

7. Young Frankenstein (1974)

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- Jeff Bayer

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15 Greatest Dance Movies of All Time!

15 October 2011 11:33 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

With the release of the remake "Footloose," we take a look back at 15 of the jazziest, coolest, hottest and smoothest dance movies ever released. Let's hit the dance floor!

15 All-Time Best Dance Movies"Dirty Dancing" (1987)

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner!" Spending the summer in the 1960s Catskills with her family, Baby (Jennifer Grey) learns a thing or two about dirty dancing and falls for the resort's dashing dancing teacher (Patrick Swayze).

"Strictly Ballroom" (1992)

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The 15 Best Dance Scenes in Movies -- See Our Picks!

15 October 2011 4:13 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

With the " Footloose" remake in theaters this weekend, we here at TooFab decided to look back at some of our favorite dance scenes in movies. After much debate (and a fight or two), we've come up with this list of fifteen that we found most timeless. And since there was no possible way to choose favorites, they're listed below in chronological order. 1. "Singin' in the Rain" from " Singin' in the Rain " (1952) -- Classic Gene Kelly at his finest. So timeless that even " Glee" did a mash-up of this song with Rihanna 's "Umbrella." 2. "Mambo!" from " West Side Story " (1961) -- There are so many great performances to choose from in this film, but it was during this performance that Tony and Maria met ... and we all fell in love. 3. "More Than a Woman" from " Saturday Night Fever " (1977) -- That white suit. Those smooth moves. This is the film that catapulted John Travolta into international superstardom. »

- tooFab Staff

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Bee Gee Robin Gibb Hospitalized in England

14 October 2011 12:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

For the second time this year, severe abdominal pain has landed Robin Gibb in the hospital. After undergoing tests upon check-in yesterday, the Bee Gees hitmaker is being treated at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, for inflammation of the colon. Robin was forced to cancel a tour of Brazil in April after coming down with similar symptoms, and the "Saturday Night Fever" singer obviously doesn't want to take any chances with his long-term health. His twin brother Maurice died in 2003 following emergency abdominal surgery to repair a twisted intestine. "He requests that since »

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Swayze And Grey Named Best Movie Dancers

14 October 2011 11:56 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The infamous routine Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey performed in Dirty Dancing has been voted the greatest ever movie dance.

The stars' steps came out on top in the poll, carried out by LoveFilm in celebration of the release of dance movie remake Footloose later this month.

John Travolta and Uma Thurman's moves in 1994's Pulp Fiction wiggled their way into second place, while Gene Kelly's iconic dance scene in Singin' in the Rain made a splash at number three.

Other dances to make the top five in the poll include Jon Heder's comedy routine in Napolean Dynamite, and Travolta made another entry at number five for his Saturday Night Fever routines. »

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Footloose Review (3 stars). Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald dance well but lack chemistry

13 October 2011 10:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of the Footloose remake. Kenny Wormald has dance floor moves but lacks spark in new version. Newcomer Kenny Wormald has a long list of role models when it comes to playing Ren MacCormack, a big city boy trying to win the heart of pretty classmate Ariel (Julianne Hough) and adjust to conservative, small town life in writer/director Craig Brewer's loyal remake of the popular '80s teen musical Footloose. Stepping off the Greyhound bus in classic rebel garb of jeans, tight t-shirt and Wayfarer sunglasses, Wormald strikes his best James Dean pose. Walking for the first time into his new high school, Wormald attempts a swagger resembling Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman (another '80s hit). He dances better than John Travolta (either Grease or Saturday Night Fever) and has a boyish charm akin to Ralph Macchio circa Karate Kid »

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Footloose Review (3 stars). Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald dance well but lack chemistry

13 October 2011 10:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of the Footloose remake. Kenny Wormald has dance floor moves but lacks spark in new version. Newcomer Kenny Wormald has a long list of role models when it comes to playing Ren MacCormack, a big city boy trying to win the heart of pretty classmate Ariel (Julianne Hough) and adjust to conservative, small town life in writer/director Craig Brewer's loyal remake of the popular '80s teen musical Footloose. Stepping off the Greyhound bus in classic rebel garb of jeans, tight t-shirt and Wayfarer sunglasses, Wormald strikes his best James Dean pose. Walking for the first time into his new high school, Wormald attempts a swagger resembling Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman (another '80s hit). He dances better than John Travolta (either Grease or Saturday Night Fever) and has a boyish charm akin to Ralph Macchio circa Karate Kid »

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Brad Pitt's Saturday Night Fever love

6 October 2011 1:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Brad Pitt got into acting because of 'Saturday Night Fever'. The 'Moneyball' actor - who is renowned for serious roles in movies including 'The Tree of Life' and 'Mr & Mrs Smith' - was inspired by the 1977 music-based romance movie starring John Travolta because it taught him about life outside of his home-state of Oklahoma. He said: ''Strangely enough, I loved 'Saturday Night Fever'. I loved it. But it wasn't, you know, the bad suits and the dancing, although I can do the hustle. It was the idea of people, well, I didn't know »

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John Travolta Too Wimpy To Play Mob Boss - Claim

27 September 2011 5:58 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

John Travolta is too wimpy to play Mob boss John Gotti in a new movie, a former gangster pal has insisted. Mafia rat Lewis Kasman, who is in the witness protection program after turning Fed informer, said Gotti would be horrified by the casting choice. "I think if he was asked, he would not be pleased at Travolta playing him," Kasman told a Us newspaper. "For John Gotti Sr., you need a man's man to play that role. "John Gotti Sr. never danced a dance in his life," he said, hitting out at Travolta's starring role in Saturday Night Fever. Kasman said a better choice to play the so-called 'Dapper Don' on the big screen would have been Robert De Niro or Al Pacino. Kasman - who avoided an 11-year prison term by helping authorities - said that X-Men star Ben Foster had been 'miscast' as John "Junior" Gotti. "He's a thug, »

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Ex-Mobster: John Travolta Isn't Man Enough To Play John Gotti

26 September 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

"For John Gotti Sr, you need a man's man to play that role," critiqued former mobster Lewis Kasman about John Travolta's casting in the upcoming crime-boss biopic from Barry Levinson. "He's a thug, so you need someone who's a thug... a guy who grew up in that life." Apparently, Travolta's Oscar-nominated Saturday Night Fever performance doesn't hold much weight among the mob set either: "John Gotti Sr. never danced a dance in his life." [Daily Mail] »

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Winging through "Airplane!" on Blu-ray with Robert Hays

17 September 2011 8:52 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

One of the greatest movies of all-time is coming out on Blu-ray. What is it? It's a polycarbonate disc that contains the digital files of a movie, but that's not important right now.

What is important is the classic comedy "Airplane!" available on Blu-ray for the first time. To celebrate the occasion, we spoke with "Airplane!" star Robert Hays -- Ted Striker himself -- about working with writer/directors David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, battling the late Leslie Nielsen's infamous fart machine, and trying not to freak people out when they recognize him on airplanes. Disengage your autopilot, put down your copy of "Famous Jewish Sports Legends," and enjoy.

How did you get the part? Did you audition?

Yeah, I did. My agency had a new agent and she had just come into the office. She called ["Airplane!" producer] Howard Koch, who she used to work with. They'd been »

- Matt Singer

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Henry Winkler inducted into the Order of the British Empire, but he isn't even the strangest member

15 September 2011 11:28 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Early this morning, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the once and future Fonz, Henry Winkler, has been made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire. At first, we assumed the award was for the massive support he lent to both the leather jacket and pomade industries, but instead, he was honored for his educational work on dyslexia in the United Kingdom, which while nowhere near as awesome, is still extremely important.

All of this got us thinking though: If the Fonz got an OBE, what other surprising talents have been awarded the medal? So, after checking out a picture of the disconcertingly small Winkler with this award, thump the jukebox and check out these curious members of the "prestigious" Order of the British Empire.

Pierce Brosnan - In 2004, the actor received an honorary OBE for his "outstanding contribution to the British film industry," which presumably »

- Aubrey Sitterson

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30 Minutes Or Less Gives Green Light To Car Chase Top Ten

15 September 2011 5:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Car chases used to be part and parcel of cinema. Every action film had one, whether good or bad. These days though, you have to be prepared to sit through two hours of Vin Diesel mumbling whilst Paul Walker stares blankly into space to get a fast car fix.

That could all change with the release of new comedy 30 Minutes Or Less that sees Jesse Eisenberg team up with Danny McBride in a bank robbing – car chase comedy epic. In the meantime though, we decided to whet our appetites for automobile action with a top ten classic film car chases.

 

10. SwordfishDominic Sena – 2001

Swordfish has so much wrong with it that we could spend a day listing its faults. But whilst John Travolta’s ridiculous hair/beard combo in the film may be the most obvious defect, the Saturday Night Fever star is also involved in a memorable car chase in the film. »

- Jack Beresford

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Post Mortem – review

10 September 2011 4:23 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Three years ago Larraín made Tony Manero, a striking thriller set in Pinochet's totalitarian Chile in 1978, in which a layabout performing in a rundown Santiago cabaret is obsessed with getting on TV with his impersonation of Tony Manero, the disco king John Travolta played in Saturday Night Fever. Meanwhile, this pathetic nonentity goes about his secret avocation as a psychopathic murderer untroubled by a police force only interesting in leftwing subversives. The same middle-aged actor, Alfredo Castro, plays a similar loser in this companion piece, set in 1973 Santiago on the eve of Pinochet's coup. He's Mario, a middle-aged civil servant working in the coroner's office who becomes fixated on the fading music-hall artiste next door – a woman with leftwing connections – just at the point when he's forced by the army to join a special unit processing the victims of military massacres. The climax comes when some top brass arrive to »

- Philip French

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Post Mortem Review; Riveting and thought-provoking cinema

9 September 2011 8:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s last film, Tony Manero, followed an obsessive Saturday Night Fever fan/John Travolta impersonator, whose absurd passion for disco dancing turned to extreme violence and even murder – all against a backdrop of Pinochet’s repressive and equally murderous regime. It was disturbing, dark and satirical masterpiece of modern Latin American cinema. Its star, Alfredo Castro, was intense and quietly dangerous – seemingly born to play the sociopathic lead role.

Now, two years later, both the director and star have reunited for Post Mortem.

If Sofia Coppola is going to be accused of re-making the same film, with many likening her latest film, Somewhere, to Lost in Translation, then Larrain can also expect to receive similar criticism. Post Mortem follows another sociopathic protagonist (again played by the deliciously charmless Casto) and is likewise set in 1970s Chile – this time during the military coup itself. »

- Robert Beames

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Ben Affleck goes retro on the set of Argo

8 September 2011 10:02 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

When I see Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin on the set of Argo, I immediately start to think of the Bee Gees. It's a terrible, terrible cliche. Thank you Saturday Night Fever for making me think of one band anytime the 70s comes up. It's either that or Abba and I'd much rather think about the Bee Gees. Bad (or good) taste in music aside, some photos from the set of Affleck's Argo popped up on the internets today. I'm not going to sit here and analyze his 70s clothing or his hair, this isn't E! »

- Niki Stephens

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‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ Season 8 Finale, Part One

10 August 2011 7:21 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Fox Janette Manrara and Marko Germar on “So You Think You Can Dance

We’re down to the top four, and the final two shows! The four will dance solos, partner with All-Stars, dance with each other, and have mini-interviews with Cat.

Who will be crowned America’s favorite dancer? Tonight’s your last chance to vote!

Cat’s in a strapless, blingy, sparkly dress, with her hair up and red lipstick. And, for once, even the hemline is very nice. »

- Gwen Orel

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