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John Travolta Addresses Gay Rumors, Pending Lawsuit By an Alleged Former Lover

16 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"This is every celebrity's Achilles heel."

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta, 60, opens up about rumors that he's gay -- specifically a lawsuit from a man who alleged he was Travolta's former pilot, and that the two were engaged in a relationship that was more than professional.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas Gotterba -- who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the '80s -- will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the Grease actor, and is therefore free to write a book he’s allegedly been planning.

"This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money," Travolta says about the lawsuit. "That’s all. It happens on many levels."

Photos: 13 Celebs Who've Come Out as Bisexual

As to why these types of rumors seem to target him more than other celebrities, Travolta surprisingly »

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New Line Eyes Leslie Mann As Audrey Griswold For Vacation Reboot-Cum-Sequel

15 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Other Woman star Leslie Mann has entered talks with New Line ahead of a potential role in the studio’s upcoming reboot-cum-sequel of John Hughes’ 1980s lampooning comedy classic, Vacation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mann will join Ed Helms and Christina Applegate in the film as Audrey Griswold, the all-grown-up daughter of Clark and Ellen — played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in the original, respectively. Early reports suggest that the two goofball parents will make cameo appearances in the upcoming movie.

New Line’s reboot-cum-remake of Vacation is scheduled to begin shooting next week in Louisiana, with first-time directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein stepping behind the camera. Elsewhere on the casting bill, the filmmaking duo have tapped Kyler Gisondo and Steel Stebbins as Rusty Griswold’s sons, with reports stating that Charlie Day and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth are also in talks to star. »

- Michael Briers

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'Vacation' Reboot Eyes Leslie Mann as Audrey Griswold

15 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Casting on the Vacation reboot continues to hum along, with Leslie Mann in talks to play Audrey Griswold, daughter of Clark and Ellen and sister to Rusty.

Ed Helms is the star of the movie, playing Rusty Griswold, as he and his wife (Christina Applegate) plan their own WallyWorld vacation. The film will also include appearances by original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswold Grandparents.

Vacation begins shooting next week in Louisiana. Chris Hemsworth is in negotiations to star as Aubrey's boyfriend. And Charlie Day will play a river guide.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will make their joint directorial debut on the comedy from a screenplay they wrote themselves. John Hughes wrote the original 1983 Vacation, which was directed by Harold Ramis.

Leslie Mann will be the fifth actress to play Audrey Griswold. Dana Barron originated the role in the first installment, and returned to reprise »

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Vacation: The Evolving Faces Of Audrey Griswold

15 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’re hearing news that Audrey Griswold has been cast in the new Vacation movie, which is about to kick off shooting Stateside. It’s a role which will have been played by no less than five actresses (of differing ages) across six movies over the years, and because we’re a sucker for all things Vacation, we thought we’d bring you up to speed on who has played the only daughter of Clark and Ellen Griswold in these fabulous motion pictures, before revealing the identity of a 40-plus-year-old Audrey, who has apparently just been cast earlier on today.

Fyi, Vacation (2015), stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate, a returning Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Yes!), Chris Hemsworth (who will play the husband to Audrey) and Charlie Day.

Let’s have them Audreys.

Dana Barron (below, right) – Vacation (1983)

Dana Hill (below, left) – European Vacation (1985)

Juliette LewisChristmas Vacation (1989)

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- Paul Heath

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Six memorable, unusual uses of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

13 September 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

This coming week brings the 200th birthday of The Star-Spangled Banner. It is, in addition to being notoriously hard to sing, the National Anthem of the United States of America. While the song is used for many different occasions—baseball games and elections and fireworks and War of 1812-themed frat parties—most of the time what happens during its performances is pretty consistent. Those who are sitting stand, those who wear hats remove them, and everyone sort of uncomfortably half sings along while looking for the nearest American flag. It’s that universal ritual that makes unusual uses of »

- Joshua Rivera

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Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day Join New National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Movie

25 August 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Griswolds are coming back to the big screen, though it won't be Chevy Chase in the lead as Clark Griswold, though he and Beverly D'Angelo are set to make cameos in the latest installment in the Vacation movies, this time around focusing on the children. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Helms has signed on to play an all-grown-up Rusty Griswold with Christina Applegate set to play his wife, picking up where Clark left off. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Charlie Day (Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses 2) are also set to star with Hemsworth playing the husband of Rusty's sister, Audrey, and Day making a cameo appearance as a river rafting guide, giving you some idea of the hijinks that may be in store. The screenplay was written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein for New Line Cinema and the duo will also be making »

- Brad Brevet

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Dream Team: The Semi-Mysterious Story Behind the Music of 'Twin Peaks'

25 July 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Are you kidding me, man?!" composer Angelo Badalamenti howls jokingly when Rolling Stone asks him what he thought of Twin Peaks, the TV series he scored in the early Nineties. "It was really off the wall. I thought it was either going to sink violently down the drain or, hopefully, capture the intrigue of enthusiastic people conversing by the office water cooler on a Monday morning."

12 Things We Learned from David Lynch's Talk at Bam

As it turned out, Twin Peaks was an instant hit when it premiered on April 8th, »

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The Summer of Eyes Wide Shut

18 July 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In the summer of 1999 I was a 17-year-old floorboy at a suburban multiplex showing Eyes Wide Shut. There were other movies that caught my attention that summer—Limbo, Election, Summer of Sam, The Blair Witch Project, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut—but Kubrick’s was the only one of any import. I saw it four times in a week, defended it against my peers’ scorn, and had Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Chicago Reader review practically memorized. For my generation, seeing a Stanley Kubrick film in its original run was a novelty. Sadly, the experience would also be unrepeatable.

1999 was a hard year to be a cinephile. Kubrick vanished in March, and by the time December rolled around the news came in that Robert Bresson had also passed away. I was obsessed with both filmmakers. The previous year I already felt anguished learning about Akira Kurosawa’s death. Looking back, the »

- Gabe Klinger

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Former Model Poses in Bikini with Colostomy Bags

2 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A lot of women out there have, at one time or another, worried about how they look in a bikini. And Bethany Townsend was no different. The British makeup artist, who suffers from Crohn's disease, thought her two-piece days were behind her after she was fitted with two colostomy bags in 2010, but on a Christmas vacation in Mexico, her husband, Ian, persuaded her to strip down. "My husband always said to me, 'If we go on holiday, I want you to wear a bikini. You've got a great body,' " Townsend, 23, told BBC Midlands Today. "The first day I was like, »

- K.C. Blumm

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16 Sequels that Were Better than the First Movie

9 June 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »

- Brad Brevet

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The Best Movie-Dad Moments

5 June 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

What is a “dad moment,” you ask?  It’s basically a moment that occurs anytime a dad is totally being a dad, whether they’re freaking out about changing a diaper or delivering the kind of life advice that only comes with years of fatherly experience.   In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look back at our favorite “dad moments” in movies.     Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), Christmas Vacation   Clark is a bit moronic and doesn’t always make the right decisions, but nothing is more important to him than his family and the experiences they share together. Like that time they hiked into the woods to cut down a Christmas tree.       Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), Mrs. Doubtfire  ...

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Cars and Films Artwork Highlights Vehicles of 'Goldfinger' & More

5 June 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been a fair share of iconic cars that have come to life on the big screen, sometimes literally. Now an graphic, web designer and illustrator named Jesús Prudencio has decided to pay tribute to the automobiles from film in the form of a series aptly called Cars and Films. It's a simple collection of of illustrations of cars from expected films like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Blues Brothers, and less celebrated vehicles from films like Rain Man, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Clockwork Orange and more. They even include detailed specs on each car. Here are just some of Jesús Prudencio's Cars and Films prints (check out more right here): Prudencio explains his desire to create this series by simply saying, "I love films and cars!" And the good news is if you happen to want any of these pieces »

- Ethan Anderton

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22 Jump Street Review

4 June 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It may have been twenty years since we saw the last great comedy sequel. 1993 saw the release of Wayne’s World 2; before that there was 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The wait for a new champion may be over; following 2012’s instant comedy classic 21 Jump Street – also the most pirated movie of that year – we’re treated to a sequel that’s just as funny, heartwarming and well-crafted as the original.

Jonah Hill’s Schmidt and Channing Tatum’s Jenko, having gone undercover through high school – posing as students much younger than themselves – and consequently uncovering a drug ring, are pulled back in by Ice Cube’s brilliantly angry Captain Dickson to pull off pretty much exactly the same investigation, by the exact same means, and, by proxy, act out the exact same plot as the original. From the start, the movie plays with the conceit of the sequel – their inevitability, »

- Gary Green

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Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

30 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We start today with a look back at the summer of 1989. In many ways, 1989 is a fascinating case study for the direction populist filmmaking was already in the process of taking. Never before had so many sequels descended upon the multiplex. Franchises were exploding in the wake of "Star Wars." Twenty-five years later, well, the more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess. As a 7-year-old living in small-town North Carolina, those franchises sucked me in that summer. It was a formidable few months for me, and so when we decided to crank out a Summer Movies Flashback series this year, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Early Buzz: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Noah' and 'Dumb and Dumber To'

11 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

What happens when a super-anticipated movie starts screening? Well, Twitter lights up like Clark Griswold's house in A Christmas Vacation, with fans and critics swarming social media with their initial 140-character thoughts on three of this year's most talked-about films.  Both Captain America and Noah are now screening final cuts with only days before they hit theaters, with the latter premiering in Mexico City just last night. Meanwhile Dumb and Dumber To, which isn't out until November 14, held the first of its test screenings with a very early cut that definitely seemed to entertain those in attendance.  Below you'll find a mix of Twitter reactions for all three films, which we'll present in order of release. Keep in mind these are all...

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- Erik Davis

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Christie Brinkley Strips To Reveal Amazing Bikini Body At 60 — Video

7 February 2014 6:46 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Christie stripped down to a tiny white bikini for an Air New Zealand safety video and we bet this will definitely get every passenger’s attention! HollywoodLifers, do you think Christie looks better than ever?

Christie Brinkley has still go it! The 60-year-old, mother-of-three, looks absolutely stunning in this new in-flight instructional video and we bet there are girls in their 20s who envy her right now. The video also stars other Sports illustrated models like Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Jessica Gomes, but Christie totally steals the show. 

Christie Brinkley Strips Down To A Bikini In New Flight Video

All of the models flew down to the tropical Cook Islands for the shoot but Christie explains in the behind-the-scenes video that she couldn’t go and had to shoot her scene in the Hollywood Hills.

Either way, her body is stunning. She says in the video that she’s »

- Chloe Melas

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Christie Brinkley: 5 Key Ways I’ve Stayed In Bathing Suit Shape At 60

30 January 2014 4:49 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Wine, Louis Vuitton, and Christie Brinkley — yes, these are three things that definitely get better with age! On Feb. 2, the model is turning 60, but you would never know!

Christie Brinkley may be a mom of three, but she still has the glow she had on Sports Illustrated when she covered the mag in 1979, ’80, and ’81! In a new interview, the blonde bombshell not only shares how she keeps that timeless look, but also why she’s chosen to pose in a one-piece for her new shoot!

Christie Brinkley’s Timeless Beauty & Body At 60

With three children – Alexa Ray Joel, 28, Jack Brinkley-Cook, 18, and Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 15, the mother revealed that she doesn’t wear a bikini when out with them.

“My kids would be so embarrassed!” People‘s cover girl told the mag. ”In private I may wear a bikini, but at the public beach with my kids I would change bathing suits »

- Emily Longeretta

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Podcast 94: Juliette Lewis And James Purefoy

16 January 2014 4:15 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Chris Hemsworth announcing the Oscar nominations on behalf of the Academy yesterday, this week's Empire Podcast is chock-full of awards-based chit-chat. So if you want to be in the know about who's (probably) going to win, listen no further.Elsewhere, the team talks to James Purefoy about Noel Edmunds, Mr. Blobby and Season 2 of The Following, while Juliette Lewis takes the time to talk August: Osage County and, um, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.Reviewed: The Wolf Of Wall Street, Tim's Vermeer and Devil's Due. Discussed: foody films and movies that "Shawshank" you. It'll make sense soon enough, promise.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »

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Sean Penn's Help Haiti Home Gala Brings Out the Stars - & $6 Million in Donations

12 January 2014 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anderson Cooper promised his peers they would be wowed by Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti Home gala - and the journalist didn't disappoint. In a big show of support for the actor's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder and Kevin Bacon walked the red carpet on Saturday, mingling with each other and sharing a few laughs, before moving on to a cocktail hour inside the Montage Hotel. "This town has been very supportive of me and, more importantly, what our organization is doing in Haiti," Penn told People. »

- Anya Leon

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Star and Showrunner of Helix Reveal What They Love About the New Series

10 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

It’s finally here, after all these months of waiting and waiting. Helix, Syfy‘s new science-filled thriller executive produced by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore, is hitting our screens tonight with not only a double episode, but limited commercial interruptions. Thank you, Syfy!

To help us get some insight into the series, star Kyra Zagorsky, who plays Dr. Julia Walker, and showrunner Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) participated in a Q&A session with the media. If you’ve read my spoiler-free review of the premiere, you know I loved it. So I asked them what they love about the show:

Kyra Zagorsky: I love the psychological thriller piece of it. I think that because we are trapped in this isolated environment with a deadly virus, what’s really interesting is that everyone’s darkness comes out because we’ve got these life and death stakes going on »

- Erin Willard

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