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From Dirty Dancing to Grease Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations

15 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every time you change the channel, it seems that another primetime network has revamped another classic for the small screen — and sometimes, to viewers’ displeasure.

After this week’s Dirty Dancing remake, which, well, wasn’t a fan favorite, we’re taking a look back at what the Internet has had to say about the rest of the primetime musical adaptations, from the low to high notes.

8. Dirty Dancing

The latest addition to the primetime lineup of musical remakes was a little different. ABC’s Dirty Dancing wasn’t technically a musical, and it wasn’t live, as many of the revamps have been. »

- Diana Pearl

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Joel Edward Dean, Hollywood Producer and Agent, Dies at 77

23 May 2017 6:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hollywood producer and agent Joel Edward Dean died May 13 in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia. He was 77.

Dean, a New York native, broke into show business in 1960, when he started in the mailroom as a runner/agent trainee at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. He went on to work at Apa, ICM, and TalentWorks.

His clients included Joan Rivers, David HasselhoffPolly BergenFaye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, Donna Mills, Randal KleiserLarry Hagman, Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, George Hamilton, Mario Lopez, James Brolin, and Elaine Stritch.

Dean was also involved in producing “The Blue Lagoon,” starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins; “Summer Lovers,” starring Daryl Hannah and Peter Gallagher; and “Grease,” starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

Dean became vice president of talent at TalentWorks in 2005 and retired in 2013. He is survived by his sister. Funeral arrangements are pending. »

- Dave McNary

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Olivia Newton-John’s Rep Says Actress Is ‘Dealing With… Very Painful Condition’

15 May 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Olivia Newton-John’s team shuts down rumours about the severity of the entertainer’s spinal and nerve condition. The “Grease” star’s recent bout with Sciatica is the focus of a new article from The Daily Mail. The publication reported rumours that Newton-John’s condition left her “unable to walk or get out of bed because the pain is so […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Olivia Newton-John ‘Undergoing Treatment’ for Painful Sciatica: ‘She’s a Fighter’ Says Daughter Chloe

13 May 2017 5:01 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The show just couldn’t go on for Olivia Newton-John this week, as the star apologized to fans for canceling upcoming concerts due to a sciatica flare up.

“We are so sorry to announce that the Olivia concerts scheduled for May will be postponed due to a bad issue with Olivia’s sciatica,” read a statement posted to the Grease star’s official Facebook page.

Newton-John, 68, is currently in the middle of touring her new inspirational album Liv On, for which she partnered with friends Beth Nielson Chapman and Amy Sky for a collection of songs about overcoming trauma, like »

- Janine Rubenstein

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'Rent,' 'A Christmas Story' Set for Fox Live Musicals

12 May 2017 5:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Fox has announced a pair of live musicals that will broadcast on the network in 2017: Rent and A Christmas Story.

The live version of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning musical follows the January 2016 airing of Fox's Grease: Live.

Larson's estate executors, Al and Julie Larson, will serve as executive producing on Fox's Rent; Larson died in January 1996 following the musical's off-Broadway debut. The play went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Rent was also adapted for the big screen in »

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Theatre Review: Grease (UK Tour)

25 April 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Grease theatre review (UK Tour): Grease is still the word as the forty six-year-old musical embarks on a 2017 tour, arriving in the capital at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Grease theatre review by Barbara Jones, April 2017.

The story: Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

Grease UK Tour // Image: Paul Coltas

From the moment the orchestra struck up with the Overture, the expectation for the evening was set, and the audience were not disappointed.

Grease is now forty six years old and is now delighting and exciting its third generation of fans. »

- Barbara Jones

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Alex Rudzinski to Direct Gordon Ramsay’s Live Food Show on Fox (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Grease Live” director Alex Rudzinski is re-teaming with Fox to direct the network’s new live food series, “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Rudzinski will direct the series premiere on Wednesday, May 31 at 9 p.m., plus additional episodes throughout the season.

The F Word With Gordon Ramsay” is a live summer series that includes “anything-can-happen moments” with Ramsay advising competitors during high-stakes cook-offs. The celebrity chef and outspoken TV personality will also interact with surprise VIP guests in the dining room, as well as conduct unique field segments with fans, celebrities and culinary experts.

Known for directing live television events, Rudzinski was behind Fox’s Emmy-winning “Grease Live,” NBC’s “Hairspray Live” and hundreds of episodes of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Alongside Rudzinski directing are executive producers Ramsay, Greg Lipstone, Layla Smith, Chris Brogden and David Friedman. Studio Ramsay and All3 America are producing.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Thoughts I Had... While Rewatching "Grease 2"

28 March 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Grease 2 gave me such writer's block in the Pfandom series because what to even focus on with such an event? I finally powered through but the focus naturally had to be on Lapfeiff's career. So, herewith a random collections of thoughts and observations from this viewing which I think was my 6th or 7th? The movie is terrible but I'm addicted to early Pfeiffer's lusty bravado in it, hence the multiple revisits.

(This is gif heavy so be warned...)

Dody Goodman & Eve Arden reprising their Grease roles as "Blanche & Miss McGee"

↑ But these are the faces you'll find me making every time I find myself watching it. Why Are You Doing This Again?!?!? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Olivia Newton-John Reveals Grease Reunion May Be in the Works for 40th Anniversary

28 March 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This is the reunion we want.  It's been nearly four decades since Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attended Rydell High, but as the 40th anniversary of Grease approaches next year, it seems one Pink Lady and Greaser are planning their big return.  Before accepting the Icon Award at the Fame Awards in Las Vegas, Newton-John hinted at a reunion with her Danny Zuko counterpart for 2018.  "We are thinking up ways. Nothing to announce yet," she told The Mirror. "Forty years anniversary of Grease, which I can't believe. Time goes so fast. It is so exciting." Whatever that reunion ends up looking like, it may mark one of the Australian »

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Hugh Jackman Once Creeped Out His Celebrity Crush

13 March 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hugh Jackman may be all business as the badass Wolverine, but it seems he fell to pieces like most people when the accomplished stage and screen actor met his celebrity crush. 

Jackman, while doing recent promotional interviews for Logan, (which so far has raked in more than $437 million worldwide) was asked if he ever got starstruck. 

The answer: Yup. And it even happened after he was a star himself. It seems the Australia native had it pretty bad for Olivia Newton-John, the Grease star, who grew up in Melbourne. 

Jackman's story about creeping Newton-John out is priceless, but the other person who was »

- Ryan Parker

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Bill Swearingen, Charter Member of the Society of Camera Operators, Dies at 79

9 March 2017 10:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Bill Swearingen, a veteran camera operator who worked on movies including Airport and Grease and shows like Peyton Place and The Waltons, has died. He was 79.

Swearingen died Feb. 15 at a hospital in Fresno, Calif., his wife, Terri, told The Hollywood Reporter. He suffered a major stroke in 2011.

Swearingen was a charter member of the Society of Camera Operators, founded in 1978 with the aim of being recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was elected the Soc's first sergeant at arms and remained in the position for years.

A native of Hollywood, »

- Mike Barnes

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Bill Swearingen, Charter Member of the Society of Camera Operators, Dies at 79

9 March 2017 10:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bill Swearingen, a veteran camera operator who worked on movies including Airport and Grease and shows like Peyton Place and The Waltons, has died. He was 79.

Swearingen died Feb. 15 at a hospital in Fresno, Calif., his wife, Terri, told The Hollywood Reporter. He suffered a major stroke in 2011.

Swearingen was a charter member of the Society of Camera Operators, founded in 1978 with the aim of being recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was elected the Soc's first sergeant at arms and remained in the position for years.

A native of Hollywood, »

- Mike Barnes

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UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood dies aged 82

9 March 2017 4:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Glinwood worked with Roman Polanski, Jeremy Thomas, Karel Reisz and Terry Jones.

UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood has died aged 82 following complications from surgery for a minor complaint.

Glinwood’s career spanned fifty years as a producer and sales executive during which time he worked closely with some of the European industry’s leading figures.

He entered the business in the 1960s as a production controller working on Roman Polanski films Repulsion and Cul-De-Sac.

In the 1970’s he would work closely with fellow-producers Ned Sherrin and Beryl Vertue and director Bob Kellett on a string of UK comedies including Up Pompeii and The Alf Garnett Saga as well with UK producer John Heyman and Grease and Saturday Night Fever producer Robert Stigwood.

In the same decade Glinwood struck up a fertile collaboration with Rpc boss Jeremy Thomas for whom he would work in a sales and financing capacity on Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and [link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The True Story of Princess Diana’s Electrifying ‘John Travolta’ Dress

21 February 2017 11:46 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Princess Diana visited President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, at the White House in 1985, she stepped onto the ballroom dance floor — with a man known for his electrifying moves on the big screen.

Diana took the hand of John Travolta, star of Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and the pair gracefully spun around the checkered floor for nearly 30 minutes. The dance would become one of the most iconic moments of her life — and the velvet dress she wore for the occasion instantly assumed its place in her hall-of-fame looks.

Now, fans can revisit that moment at Kensington Palace’s new exhibit, »

- Simon Perry

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Biggest Oscar Moments of All Time: John Travolta Introduces Adele Dazeem

19 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In 2014, a star was born on the Oscar stage. Her name was Adele Dazeem.  Of course, we're really talking about the Tony Award-winning Idina Menzel, whose voice is behind the iconic Disney tune, "Let It Go." It was three years ago that the Broadway star was about to perform the year's child-friendly hit at the Academy Awards, but first, she needed an introduction. Who better than John Travolta, a fellow triple threat and the star of movie musicals like Grease and Hairspray? Except, not even theater-style improvisation would be able to save the actor from his impending flub.  "Please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem," he said at the »

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Nostalgia Ain’T What It Used To Be

13 February 2017 9:32 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be.

When the poster for American Graffiti (1973) asked the question “Where were you in ’62?” it was marketing a trend, spiked by the increasing popularity of the theatrical musical Grease, for audiences of a certain age to look backward to a time when life wasn’t ostensibly so complicated, when your life was still out there waiting to be lived, to a time when America hadn’t yet “lost its innocence.” The demarcation point for that alleged loss is often assigned to the upheaval of grief and national confusion experienced in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, so it was no accident that the setting for American Graffiti’s night of cruising, romancing and soul-searching was placed a little over a year before that cataclysmic event. The interesting thing about Graffiti was the aggressiveness with which that »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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John Travolta Had No Shame While Making Fun of Himself at the Grammys

12 February 2017 5:50 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

When you think of the Grammys, John Travolta probably isn't the first name that comes to mind. While the actor is definitely musically gifted (Grease, anyone?), we usually see him at shows like the Oscars. But on Sunday, John attended the Grammys in La, where he ended up making a cute and memorable appearance. While introducing Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban's performance (and making a Danny and Sandy reference), John poked fun at his terrible eyesight and inability to read the teleprompter. Honestly, it's these award show moments that make them all worth watching. »

- Caitlin Hacker

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Films from the Big Screen Appearing on Slot Machine Screens

4 February 2017 2:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

You just know that as soon as any movie becomes a box office hit, it won’t be very long until one of the many slot machine designers gets around to doing some form of licensing agreement with the production company and/or actors in that film to allow them to design and then manufacture one or more slots based around those films and characters.

We are always looking for movie based news stories that are slightly more unusual than normal, and as such we sent one of our team out to track down and play some movie themed slot machines in both the online and land based gaming environment and to give us his feedback on those slots.

As such below are both a list of the slots the played and his opinion on how he found them. If you do want to see if Lady Luck is smiling »

- The Hollywood News

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