16 items from 2010
Just how powerful is Oprah Winfrey? If you ask one of the 200 Harpo employees accompanying her on the big trip Down Under (specifically, the pre-show cheerleader tasked with keeping the audience peppy and shrieking for yesterday’s two 90-minute tapings at the Sydney Opera House) this is the answer you’ll get: “Our boss has a really good in with Mother Nature. We don’t do rain at The Oprah Winfrey Show!”
I think I actually believe her. After weeks of constant downpours in Sydney and devastating floods throughout the country (thanks, La Niña), the famously blazing Aussie sun came »
- Nicholas Fonseca
Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John stopped by The Grove to chat with "Extra's" Mario Lopez about being cancer-free for 18 years, and about her new documentary on breast cancer.
"I'm very grateful that I'm here, and I don't take it for granted. I'm very lucky," said the 62-year-old of beating breast cancer.
Happy 62nd birthday to Olivia Newton-John. Rather than celebrate with the usual Xanadu (1980) fixation or the more universally beloved Grease (1978) how about a duet with John Travolta from their flop reunion Two of a Kind (1983)? The third of her movie soundtracks is largely forgotten. I can't remember anything about the film other than that there was some divine romantic comedy intervention involving heaven and resurrection. Heaven Can Wait was a big hit the year that Grease was the biggest hit of all, so maybe it was still in the atmosphere to influence Two of a Kind's dumb story.
The only scene I remember is one in which Olivia was in acting class and her acting teacher thought she was a terrible actress (uhhh....) but then all of sudden while playing a scene she saw a criminal in the theater -- context? -- and started screaming and the teacher marvelled »
- NATHANIEL R
So I started that 10|25|50|75|100 series a month or two ago because I like a wide variety of years in my film blogging, but you have to restrain yourself somehow. You can't focus on all 100+ years of cinema at once! But yesterday on twitter WonderRobbie reminded me that it was the 30th anniversary of Xanadu today. Since y'all know I love the movie like crazy I figured a quick mention was in order. I've already written extensively about the movie, so let's just take a quick look at a few random progeny. It's had 30 years now to sink deep down into the DNA of pop culture.
Have you seen this parody which mixes the rollerskating musical with ... wait for it... Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby ? That's right. It definitely has its moments though video parodies that stretch over a few minutes, rarely go viral. It's gotta be short, don'cha know? »
- NATHANIEL R
Olivia Newton-John isn't a generous tipper. The "Grease" star begrudges leaving a lot of cash to restaurant staff because she believes they expect money regardless of how good their service has been. However, when it comes to workers in other jobs she is happy to dip deep into her purse.
"I'm always conscious about leaving something, especially for the maid at a hotel," she said. "They appreciate it more. Whereas, in restaurants I'm not an extravagant tipper. I think they expect it, no matter how good they are, and that's not right."
Although Olivia always considers how much she tips, she is not concerned with how much money she has and thinks wealth, or a lack of it, can have a very negative influence on people. She told The Sunday Telegraph, "As you get older you realize you actually need a lot less materially in your life. My most treasured »
Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who are watching Glee on E4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode 17 – and if you've seen more of the series, please be aware that many UK viewers will not have done so …
Anna Pickard's episode 16 blog
Unexpectedly, everyone's reputations are – like warm margarine thrown at a window on a sunny day – slipping faster than they ever could have imagined. Sue Sylvester is found to have an embarrassing home-made video of Let's Get Physical that's posted on YouTube and goes viral by lunchtime. Emma Pilsbury finally tells Will he's a bit of a manwhore in front of everyone. And, worst of all (apparently) someone's been ranking the Gleesters in their sluttiness, »
- Anna Pickard
I'm gonna say it upfront: I didn't like this week's episode. After the heights of the Madonna episode and last week's heart-string-tugging tearjerker, this week was a real let down. I wasn't crazy about the music selections and the story was weak. But hey, at least that means plenty of shots!
Hope you've got your drinking pants on. You're gonna need 'em.
We start off with the Glee kids cracking up while watching a video on Kurt's laptop. It's a video of Sue dancing to "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John. Kurt apparently stole it from Sue's locked filing cabinet when she sent him to get her hormone replacement injections during Cheerios practice. Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first shot in the very first scene of the episode. Sue Sylvester would never leave something so incriminating where it could be found so easily.
Finn wants to post the video on YouTube, »
Click here to view the embedded video.
Yes, it’s true — Olivia Newton-John, 61, will be walking the halls of McKinley High during tomorrow night’s new episode of Glee on Fox. And in typical Pink Lady fashion, she’ll be performing! When an embarrassing video is leaked of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) Jazzercising, Olivia comes to her aid. “She gives me a call and says, ‘Let’s remake the ‘Physical’ video for a new generation,” Jane, 49, tells Entertainment Weekly. “You’ve been humiliated, I was humiliated by my video, so let’s get out there and redeem ourselves.” We can’t wait!
And it sounds like Jane had a blast working with Olivia! “We had a little dance rehearsal and then we spent the whole day together, »
- Andy Swift
The popular Fox series Fringe is gearing up for a very special musical episode which will air tonight, April 29 at 9 Pm Et on Fox. After that episode, only three more episodes remain in its second season, with the two-part season finale starting on Thursday, May 13 and concluding on Thursday, May 20. Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, both writers and producers on the series, recently held a conference call to discuss the last few episodes of this thrilling second season and here's what they had to say.
The second season - dividing it into the winter season, the spring season, to me at least, seemed to work very well. Did you guys enjoy that and are you looking to do that again in the third season?
Jeff Pinkner: Fox gives us an air schedule every year, and »
Glee actress Jane Lynch has said that she was thrilled to work with guest star Olivia Newton-John. Speaking to In Touch, Lynch revealed that she was happy to get the opportunity to sing alongside Newton-John for an upcoming episode of the Fox series. "It was so much fun," the 49-year-old said. She added: "Olivia was in her own version of (more) »
- By Mike Moody
The puzzle of Agent Demetri Noh's death is solved. Or almost solved. But not quite…
Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching FlashForward. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode 16 yet.
Anna Pickard's episode 15 blog
"Let no man put asunder"
Just three days before the date that Demetri was told he would be murdered with Benford's gun, the team are far from preventing his impending deadness. Mark's gun is now not only missing from the evidence lock-up, it is being used in murders. And so the team go chasing after the gun, the killer, and the chance of saving Demetri. They fail.
Finally, Demetri decides to run far away and go into hiding so as to be unfindable and thus unkillable. But before doing this eminently sensible thing, he decides on a last minute stag do, wedding and several other large public events that »
- Anna Pickard
The great news: Glee returns tonight (look for a detailed recap/review of the episode, complete with the latest quotes, music and photos on TV Fanatic, first thing tomorrow morning)!
The bad news: This means the countdown to the June 8 season finale will soon be on.
As fans know, or could easily surmise, this episode will focus on a showdown between New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline at Regionals. And who will be judging that competition?
“The theme of Regionals is celebrity judges,” series creator Ryan Murphy told the magazine. “Sue is now a nationwide celebrity. And Olivia and Josh only like choirs that sing their songs, so that’s funny. They wanted to do something that played against what people think about them. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
With Glee's spring debut airing tonight, what better time could there be to start scooping the finale! As you know, the season-ender — airing June 8 — sets the stage for the Regionals showdown between New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline. Of course, no competition would be complete without a panel of celebrity judges, and at last night's comeback party in Hollywood, series creator Ryan Murphy revealed the lineup: Previous Glee guest Josh Grobin will be joining upcoming Glee guest Olivia Newton-John and Sue "Don't Call Me Simon" Sylvester on the panel. "The theme of Regionals is celebrity judges," Murphy explains. "Sue is now a nationwide celebrity. »
- Michael Ausiello
This musical week of new episodes will run from April 29 through May 5 Don't miss a note of "Fox Rocks," a week of music-themed episodes kicking off Thursday, April 29 and airing through Wednesday, May 5. Throughout the rockin' week, Fox's primetime series - including Bones, Fringe, House, Glee, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, The Wanda Sykes Show and American Idol - will feature a variety of musical elements. The week will be highlighted by music-themed night opens including a special music video open to the Nascar '10: Richmond 500 on Saturday, May 1 (7:00-11:00 Pm Et live/4:00-8:00 Pm Pt live), guest appearances by Kanye West and Olivia Newton-John, as well as all-new musical performances by your favorite Fox characters.
Also, Family Guy will celebrate its milestone 150th episode on Sunday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) with a special extended episode featuring fan-favorite numbers and never-before-seen musical performances. »
Lynch's character, sports teacher Sue Sylvester, will sing hit track Let's Get Physical with Newton-John in an upcoming episode of the musical show.
And the 49 year old admits it's a dream come true to perform with the singer/actress.
She says, "Sue Sylvester will be singing Let's Get Physical with Olivia Newton-John. I cannot wait to meet her. I met her once at a premiere of a movie she did but this will be (better). I'll get to hang out with her.
There is no word yet on what her specific role will be, but Murphy says Olivia will be singing her 1981 hit "Physical" with Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester. We hope there are some Cheerios doing stunts and gymnastics in the background.
"Glee" better make room for more guest-stars -- it has been renewed for a second season and we think the vocally-talented stars will be lining up to appear, joining the ranks of already-guested Kristin Chenoweth, Eve, Josh Groban. Broadway star Idina Menzel is also slated to appear in the second half of "Glee's" first season.
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16 items from 2010
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