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Olivia Newton-John Gives Fan a Sweet Surprise as She Returns to Tour After Cancer Relapse

26 August 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Olivia Newton-John's Daughter Chloe Lattanzi Shares 'Special Moments with Mom' Amid Cancer Battle

4 August 2017 5:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chloe Lattanzi has a very special photographer helping her capture the perfect Instagram shot these days: her mother, Olivia Newton-John.

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

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1980 and the Death of the Disco Musical

10 July 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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 »

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Exclusive: Olivia Newton-John on Her Battle With Breast Cancer, In Her Own Words

30 May 2017 4:47 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Olivia Newton-John announced on Tuesday that she was reluctantly postponing her June tour dates after her breast cancer metastasized to the sacrum, but this isn't the first time she has fought the disease. The 68-year-old singer underwent a mastectomy after she was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

Related: Olivia Newton-John Reveals Her Breast Cancer Has Spread, Postpones Concert Dates

"Breast cancer is a very scary thing to go through and particularly in the first initial stages when you are first diagnosed because you don't know what that means. You don't know if it's spread anywhere else in your body. You don't know if you're gonna die. You don't know anything," she told Et during a sit-down interview in 2005. "And I guess the first few days after you go through shock and disbelief and common things that you go through, denial, there's a lot of fear."

"I also was determined that I was gonna get through it, but »

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Olivia Newton-John Reveals Breast Cancer Has Returned, Postpones Tour

30 May 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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Olivia Newton-John Reveals Her Breast Cancer Has Spread, Postpones Concert Dates

30 May 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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. »

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Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’

2 February 2017 10:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The next time you hear anyone dismiss all faith-based films as too heavy-handedly preachy and white-bread squeaky-clean for their taste, point them toward “The Grace of Jake,” a confidently measured and arrestingly low-key tale of redemption in a sleepy Southern hamlet where the citizenry is engagingly ordinary, occasionally profane, and matter-of-factly multicultural. Director-screenwriter Chris Hicky makes a most promising transition from award-winning music videos to indie dramatic features with this Kickstarter-funded labor of love, which he filmed on location in his hometown of Forrest City, Ark. — identified here as Palestine — and cast with a neatly balanced mix of familiar faces, up-and-comers and bit-playing nonprofessionals.

The leisurely paced yet consistently involving narrative focuses primarily on Jake Haynes (Jake La Botz), a taciturn ex-convict and unaccomplished musician who’s introduced while on his way back home to Palestine to see his long-estranged father, Henry (Michael Beck, the erstwhile hunk from “The Warriors »

- Joe Leydon

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