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The knives were firmly out for John Travolta's long-cherished passion project, Battlefield Earth, when it landed in cinemas in 1999. Eyed as the first in a multiple-part adaptation of the source material, with Roger Christian directing, the project attracted negative attention from the off for being an adaptation of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard's book. It would be fair to say that, while it has merits, the end movie probably didn't help either.
In an interesting new interview over at The Daily Beast, however, Travolta has stood by the film. When asked if he regretted it, he adamantly replied "no way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?"
He continued, saying that "I had the power to do whatever I wanted and I chose to do a book that I thought was »
The long-time Scientologist produced and starred in the sci-fi movie, based on the first half of the 1982 novel of the same name by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
Travolta helped fund the project with millions of dollars of his own money, and the film was a critical and commercial failure. It won nine Golden Raspberry Awards - a record until 2012.
When asked by The Daily Beast if the film was a career regret, Travolta replied: "No way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?
"I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It's a beautiful film. It's a good movie.
Travolta added that the film's failure was partly down »
John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.
He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.
After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction, »
- Dave Roper
Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/ Off. Just five of the many iconic John Travolta movies in a career that has spanned five decades and over fifty movies. In that time Travolta has appeared in musicals, horror films, thrillers, comedies, action movies, dramas, animated fares and science fiction epics. He is the actor that has seen it all and done it all. In last 35 years, since his career blossomed with a role in a 1977 musical named Grease, he has overcome personal tragedy, critical acclaim and critical mauling, career highs, career lows and at least two movie rebirths in the late 80s and 90s, most notably with the 1994 cult movie Pulp Fiction, from director Quentin Tarantino; and here he is in London, on perhaps the most glamourous nights of the year, BAFTA night, to celebrate his career and his life with the people he clearly adores the most, »
- Tessa Jones
Exclusive: The Closer star/executive producer Kyra Sedgwick has signed with CAA. She was previously at UTA. Sedgwick’s seven-season stint as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the hit TNT drama earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She recently returned to TNT as an executive producer of drama Proof, which was picked up to pilot by the network. On the feature side, Sedgwick has starred in Born On The Fourth Of July, Singles and Phenomenon. She continues to be repped by manager Jill Littman at Impression Entertainment and attorney Ira Schreck. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
5 items from 2014
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