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Olivia Newton-John has resumed her tour just three months after revealing she is facing breast cancer for the second time — and the star couldn’t be more grateful for the fans that stood by her.
“I’d like to thank any of you in the audience who have sent me cards and well wishes and prayers,” she told the crowd Thursday at her concert in Evansville, Indiana’s Victory Theatre — one of the rescheduled shows she had after postponing dates in May due to severe back pain she thought at the time was sciatica.
Doctors would soon diagnose the 68-year-old »
- Dave Quinn
Olivia Newton-John looks and feels great about three months after she revealed she had suffered a relapse of breast cancer. The 68-year-old Grease alum and singer gave her health update this week in a Facebook video message to promote the new "We Go Together" new fundraising campaign for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. "Hello everyone, Olivia Newton John here," she says in the clip. "Personally, I'd like express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months. Your prayers and well-wishes have truly helped me and continued to lift my spirits. I'm feeling great and »
Just three months after Olivia Newton-John revealed she is facing breast cancer for the second time, the actress and singer is giving her dedicated fans a positive update on her health.
“Firstly, I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months,” Newton-John, 68, begins in a heartfelt video message before detailing the We Go Together campaign goals of The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre (Onj Centre).
“Your prayers and well wishes have truly helped me, and continued to lift my spirits,” she continues. »
- Nicole Sands
The 31-year-old singer and actress has been sharing a handful of sultry pictures taken by the Grease star to the popular social media site over the past week — including one of her posing on a bed posted Friday.
“Off to bed. How cute is this bed guys!!! Heavenly sheets! I love you all,” she wrote. “Loving sharing my special moments with my mom with you. Photographer: mommy. I adore you mom! Your the best photographer.”
Their photoshoots come as Newton-John »
- Dave Quinn
"She's doing really well. Thank you for asking," Lattanzi, 31, told Et's Kevin Frazier at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, on Friday. "Yeah, she's in recovery and she's doing really well." Adding, "She's healing and everything's going well. So thank you for asking."
In May, the Grease star announced that she would be postponing her North American tour due to her breast cancer spreading. Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, which had been in remission until this year.
Shortly after the news, Lattanzi took to social media to thank her followers for their support. "My mom and best friend is going to be fine," she wrote, adding that her »
Author: James Kleinmann
It’s rare that a producer’s name becomes as familiar to the public as the stars of the films he or she makes, but in the late 1970s and ’80s, Allan Carr was a regular talk show guest and caftan wearing celebrity in his own right. A new fast paced, fascinating documentary by Emmy winner Jeffrey Schwarz (‘I Am Divine’, ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’) follows the highs and lows of Carr’s colourful career featuring interviews with those who knew him best.
Starting out in the entertainment industry as a talent booker for Hugh Hefner’s television show, Carr soon became a talent manager representing the likes of Ann-Margaret, Peter Sellers, Tony Curtis and Mama Cass Elliot. Following Carr’s legendary New York subway station premiere party for ‘Tommy’, he gained a reputation for being able to launch a movie with a splash. »
- James Kleinmann
Yesterday, comedian Michael Showalter posted a seemingly innocuous comment on Twitter:
Someone needs to write a think-piece about the phenomenon of younger generations preferring Grease 2 to the original.
— Michael Showalter (@mshowalter) July 18, 2017
Perhaps to his own surprise, Showalter was almost immediately besieged by testimonials agreeing that, not only does Grease 2 hold up, it even surpasses the original. So here’s the think-piece he requested.
First, there’s the simple fact that many of us grew up with the 1982 sequel on a cable loop, often running more than the illustrious Grease. As a result, some of us know “Cool Rider” better than “Summer Nights.” But there’s another aspect that explains the sequel’s intense fandom: In the 1978 movie, idol-on-the-rise John Travolta plays the greaser Danny, while Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John is the strait-laced Sandy. Theirs is a love story about trying to change »
- Gwen Ihnat
What would summer be without a Sharknado movie? More importantly, what would a Sharknado movie be without a dozen obscure or just plain weird cameos from superstars of the past? Today, we have a look at some of the bigger names popping up in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, which include 70s sweetheart Olivia Newton John not looking a day over 'oh, baby!' And 80s rocker Brett Michaels, not looking a day over, 'holy hell!' These first shots from the movie arrive courtesy of People magazine.
Global Swarming once again reunites great white hunters Fin Shepard and his bionic wife April, played by the always game Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, who have carved out quite an iconic franchise for themselves, despite some truly hating these movies. They won't ever die, at least for the foreseeable future. Especially since fans keep tuning into watch them on Syfy. This time out, »
The AppleThe musical possesses a unique form of power rarely afforded to other Hollywood genres. In the words of film scholar Rick Altman, “The musical invites us to forget familiar notions of plot, psychological motivation, and causal relationships.” In contrast to other commercial genres, the musical is almost one-of-a-kind in its ability to arrest time and space, to suspend disbelief, to defy our lived understanding of human relationships and even the very conventions of filmgoing. In what other mainstream genre can fictional characters get away with looking into the camera lens so often? Dramatic logic is replaced in the Hollywood musical by spectacle and raw emotional appeal, with singing as the defining device for such purely cinematic priorities.But what happens to the musical when singing is taken out of it? This was the conundrum of the short-lived disco musical, a sub-genre that ended as soon as it began.Popular »
A life lived very large — although his plus-size physicality would be the source of perpetual insecurity and eventual health woes — Allan Carr was both the quintessential Hollywood showman and an exception to most of its rules. His attraction to glamour and glitz was old-school, yet the camp edge he brought to it as a “flamboyantly” out gay man was often a bit much for staid industry mind-sets. His hits (big-screen “Grease,” the stage “La Cage aux Folles”) were record breakers, though some might argue his flops were even more unforgettable — one, the notorious 1989 Academy Awards ceremony he produced, stirring such intense backlash it abruptly ended his career.
Garishly colorful, packed with stars, legendary parties, and a wide streak of pathos, it’s a singular life story entertainingly recounted in “The Fabulous Allan Carr.” This latest documentary by Jeffery Schwarz isn’t as warts-and-all dishy an approach to that saga as the 2010 print tome “Party Animals,” by »
- Dennis Harvey
Author: Cai Ross
The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.
Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.
The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.
Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.
Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.
It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.
Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.
Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.
Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.
As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.
It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.
Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.
The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).
Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap. It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.
Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.
So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.
On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.
Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.
The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)
Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.
Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.
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- Cai Ross
Twenty five years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John is now facing the disease a second time — and using many of the tools she used the first time to beat it.
While the entertainer, 68, is undergoing a short course of photon radiation therapy, she’s also supplementing her treatment for metastatic breast cancer that’s spread to her sacrum with natural wellness therapies.
So what exactly do these natural therapies entail? The star — who lent her name and helped raise funds to open Melbourne’s Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in 2012 — is keeping exact details »
- Melody Chiu
Twenty-five years after her initial diagnosis, Olivia Newton-John is facing cancer again. But she’s staying optimistic – and inspiring others. Subscribe now for the exclusive story — only in People.
Danny and Sandy, through thick and thin.
One week after Olivia Newton-John publicly revealed she’s currently undergoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer, her longtime friend and former Grease costar John Travolta is sending love her way.
“Olivia has always been an incredible human being and an inspiration to millions of people,” he tells People exclusively in a statement. “If we all put our intentions for her to get through this »
- Elizabeth Leonard and Melody Chiu
Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John has again been diagnosed with cancer after initially being diagnosed with the disease — and beating it — 25 years ago. The “Grease” star appears on the cover of the newest issue of People and opens up about her cancer diagnosis. Newton-John was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Twenty-five years after her initial diagnosis, Olivia Newton-John is facing cancer again. But she’s staying optimistic – and inspiring others.
Olivia Newton-John danced and sang her way into hearts as sugary-sweet Sandy in Grease, and now as she faces cancer for the second time, the star is showing the same strength and determination that’s carried her through many trying moments in her life.
“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, »
- Melody Chiu
“Some woman commented that I couldn’t post happy pictures of myself because of what my mother is going through. I am so sad and no one has any idea what I am going through,” Lattanzi, 31, wrote in one of two final posts on Thursday.
“I don’t want my life to be public and this the greatest struggle a daughter could go through. And the last thing I need is »
- Karen Mizoguchi
After battling health issues, suffering heartbreak and losing both her mother and sister to cancer, Olivia Newton-John opened up to People last fall about soldiering through tragedy and getting to “the best time” of her life.
But on Tuesday, the entertainer, 68, revealed she’s been dealt another blow: After postponing her tour earlier this month because of severe back pain, she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. “She plans to be touring in August. They’re all very positive,” a source close to the Grammy winner told People on Tuesday about Newton-John and her family. »
- Melody Chiu
Grease and Xanadu star Olivia Newton-John has revealed that her breast cancer has returned and spread to her back, and she is “reluctantly” postponing her upcoming North America concert tour dates to focus on treatment. The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum, according to a statement posted on her Facebook page. She initially was treated for breast cancer… »
Olivia Newton-John is postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates due to health issues.
The 68-year-old singer shared on Tuesday that the back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, Newton-John will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy.
"I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia," Newton-John said in a statement.
Newton-John says she is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows. »
Olivia Newton-John announced Tuesday that she is "reluctantly" postponing next month's concert tour dates in Canada and the United States. In a statement shared via her social media, she said the back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, the 68-year-old will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy. Newton-John "is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows." The Grease star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992—the same weekend her father died of cancer. She underwent a partial mastectomy, »
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