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The Cast of 'Grease' Shares Memories for Film's 40th Anniversary: "It Was Like a Party Every Day" (Exclusive)

In an exclusive cover story, Closer Weekly celebrates the 40th anniversary of the beloved hit Grease — filled with exclusive interviews from the musical cast who share never-before-heard memories of filming and explain why they'll always be connected to one another. "Can you believe it," John Travolta marvels to Closer about Grease reaching this milestone. "It's the movie that lasts forever!" The film adaptation of the stage musical premiered on June 16, 1978, and it's been a fan favorite ever since. "We didn't have any great expectation and then 40 years later, it's still going," says Olivia Newton-John, who played transfer student Sandy. (Photo Credit: R/R) "It was like a party every day. A lot of the actors had been in Grease on Broadway and they were so excited to be part of it, and that permeated the set," director Randal Kleiser tells Closer. "Grease is about firsts — first car, first love, first breakup.
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The Academy’s Summer Screenings Include Grease And Hairspray (1988)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its summer programming lineup this week for both Los Angeles and New York. A full schedule and tickets for the screenings can be found here: oscars.org/summer-at-the-academy.

Schedule is as follows, participants listed will be in attendance (schedules permitting):

June

Sideways (2004) – June 1 – 7 p.m.

Academy at Metrograph, New York City

With Oscar®-winning co-writer Jim Taylor.

George Stevens Lecture: Alice Adams (1935) – June 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Academy Writers Branch governor Robin Swicord.

Acting And Performance Capture:

A Revolution In Technology And Collaboration – June 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Academy Science and Technology Council

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

Co-hosted by Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson and actor Cch Pounder.

With actor Karin Konoval and more.

The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook – June 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Oscar-winning
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John Travolta Dancing at the Cannes Film Festival Is Hilarious — Watch the Video!

He's still got it! John Travolta showed off his killer dance moves at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, May 15 alongside rapper 50 Cent. Despite the fact that it's been a staggering 41 years since the actor starred in Saturday Night Fever, it's clear he hasn't lost an ounce of his mojo. Check out the video above to see John's dancing! Ok, so clearly his grooves are a bit more dad-like than debonair, but we still love him and we're not the only ones. 50 Cent took to Twitter shortly after John's guest appearance. "Me and John Travolta partying," the "Just a Lil Bit" artist gushed. "l swear l only came out here because of him." Musical artist Pitbull was originally supposed to perform, but after falling ill, 50 stepped in. The performance took place following the premiere of John's Film, Gotti, in which he played legendary mobster John Gotti and the actor's real-life wife,
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John Travolta Hits the Red Carpet With His Rarely-Seen Kids and They're So Grown Up!

What a perfect family! John Travolta stepped out at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, May 15 with his wife, Kelly Preston, and their two kids, daughter Ella, 18, and son Benjamin, 7 — and we can't believe how grown up John and Kelly's children are! For the special event in honor of John and Kelly's upcoming movie Gotti (Ella and Benjamin must be so proud of their famous parents), John donned a black tuxedo with a white shirt and black bowtie. Oh, and we can't forget about how handsome he is with his gray hair for his role of the late mobster John Gotti. Kelly — who plays John's wife in the film, too! — looked stunning in a black strapless ball gown. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) But it's their kids who really stole the show! Ella looked stunning in a black and white patterned shirt with a black cardigan over it and a black
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'Grease' Star Didi Conn Reveals John Travolta Had a Crush on Olivia Newton-John During the Movie's Filming

Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson were the perfect pair in Grease! The iconic movie tells the story about a high school couple who struggle to make their relationship work after they fall madly in love with one another over the summer. In the beloved film, Olivia Newton-John famously played good-girl Sandy and John Travolta portrayed Danny, a grease-loving bad boy. This year, the film turns 40 and in honor of the anniversary, Grease star Didi Conn (aka Frenchy!) dished on some big behind-the-scenes secrets from the 1978 musical. In a new interview, Didi revealed that John was attracted to Olivia during the movie's shoot. "Oh yeah, [he did like her]. What was so much fun was that most of us were older than the characters we were playing so we just stayed in character all day long. So there was an ongoing improvisation happening so the flirting… was fine. It was the context of the characters and the storyline,
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6 Of The Best ‘Back To School’ Films

Melissa McCarthy is back on our screens in Life of The Party, playing a middle-aged mother returning to college in order to complete her degree after her husband abruptly asks for a divorce. To celebrate, we look back at the best Back to School Films to grace our screens:

The Breakfast Club

The first of many John Hughes’ classics, ‘The Breakfast Club’ focuses on the more disciplinary side of school and throws five teenagers from different cliques together one Saturday for all-day detention.

Not only does it play up the typical high school stereotypes in each of the film’s lead roles, it twists them in a way that blurs the lines between the supposedly disparate personalities.

The film’s cult status is heavily referenced in 2012’s hit-film ‘Pitch Perfect’, where it is the first film the lead character Beca can watch all the way through, and moves her to tears.
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Olivia Newton-John “Would Consider” A Return To ‘Grease’

As we all know, Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and the original cast has been out and about to promote a limited re-release in cinemas Stateside. Simon Thompson over at Forbes caught up with Sandy herself, Olivia Newton-John to talk to her about her iconic role, and even asked her thoughts to a potential follow-on to the original movie.

Thompson asked whether she would be up for a return to either Grease or Xanadu?

I think it’s a bit late now,” Newton-John said. “What would you do? Put us in a nursing home? I can’t imagine that working now but you never know what someone could come up with. If there was a great idea then, of course, we would consider it, or at least I would. If John was up for it then I think I would be too but we couldn’t do it without each other.
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'When you grow up your heart dies': how the coming-of-age film got smart

From Pretty in Pink to Dirty Dancing and Say Anything - Hadley Freeman describes the emotions that got her hooked on films about growing up

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Like Liam and Chris Hemsworth, the teen movie and the coming-of-age movie are easily confused but extremely different propositions. The teen movie is a celebration of teen-ness: the tribes, the slang, the annoying parents. The coming-of-ager is a more soulful phenomenon: yes, it looks at teen life, but something deeper about the human spirit is revealed, and just because it might happen on a prom dancefloor doesn’t in any way diminish the epiphanical uplift. Put it this way: with a teen film what you remember is the funny teen stuff, with a coming-of-age film you remember the emotions.

Both the teen movie and the coming-of-age movie came of age in the 1980s,
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‘Grease’ 40th Anniversary Giveaway: 4K Uhd Combo, T-Birds Jacket & More

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the musical classic Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

To celebrate the big milestone, Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing Grease to 4K Ultra HD for the first time on April 24th. We're talking the original sound mix as you might remember it from back in 1978, as well as a new 4K scan visual presentation that trumps any Grease version you've watched at home before.

We have teamed up with Paramount to offer one lucky grand prize winner one of the new Grease 4K Uhd, Blu-ray and Digital combo packs; a T-Birds jacket; and some Grease-themed nail polish (all pictured above).

Additionally two runner-ups will each score the Grease 4K Uhd, Blu-ray and Digital combo pack.

For a chance to win, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. Do it for our country. The odds of winning can be increased
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‘Grease’ Receives Electrifyin’ 40th Anniversary 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Release

It’s been 40 years since the iconic musical Grease had audiences singing and dancing to every song when it hit the big screen. The film would put John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on the map for good as the memorable duo Danny and Sandy. The musical made $8,941,717, on June 18th 1978 with a wide release. It is currently the second highest-grossing musical. Now the film is 40 and celebrating with a first time ever 4K Ultra release and Blu-ray combo pack which includes a Rydell High yearbook.

Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease made an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,
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Grease review – Travolta and Newton-John's summer lovin' still a blast

Rereleased on its 40th anniversary, the nostalgic rock’n’roll high school musical remains a sugar-rush of a film

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‘What happened to the Danny Zuko I knew at the beach?” With this stunned and plaintive cry, Olivia Newton-John introduces the main theme and narrative dynamic of this still very enjoyable 1978 movie based on the original stage musical, which is now on rerelease.
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Grab Your Leather Jacket, Stud, Because Grease Is Returning to Movie Theaters!

Hopefully your Pink Ladies jacket isn't far, because Grease is returning to movie theaters in honor of its 40th anniversary! That means you're going to be able to watch favorite numbers from the beloved 1978 musical - like "You're the One That I Want," "Summer Nights," and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - on the big screen. Of course, there is a catch . . . the movie is only coming back to theaters for two days: Sunday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 11.

Not that it even needs to be said, but Grease has only gotten better with age. The film stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as greaser Danny and good-girl Sandy, who fall in love over the Summer and unexpectedly end up at the same high school a few months later. Their will-they-or-won't-they romance is one of Hollywood's most iconic, which makes the anniversary screenings even more special.

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You Better Shape Up! Grease is Back in Theaters April 8th, 11th and 14th

Movie fans have been hopelessly devoted to Sandy, Danny and the gang from Rydell High since Grease first hit screens 40 years ago – and now, to celebrate its milestone anniversary, it’s back in more than 700 cinemas around the country. This special theatrical presentation of Grease plays three days only: Sunday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day – with a newly added weekend matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Grease is part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, and to add to the fun, audiences are encouraged to attend screenings in costume to celebrate this cinematic high school reunion. (Please check individual theater rules or restrictions). Tickets are available now at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and an all-star supporting cast star in the blockbuster musical, which will be accompanied by specially-produced
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4K restoration of Grease to hit the big screen for its 40th anniversary

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Grease is a timeless classic, a musical ditty to the summer of our youths that appeals to all generations. So it comes as no surprise, on its 40th Anniversary, the John Travolta’s T-Birds and Stockard Channing’s Pink Ladies with the original Sandra Dee, Olivia Newton-John are making a return to the big screen with an all-new 4K restoration thanks to Park Circus.

Originally released in 1978, Grease made an indelible impact on popular culture. Forty years later, the film remains an enduring favourite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, a sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” and, of course, “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.

Related: Clint Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollars gets a new trailer for its 4K restoration release

Following the huge success of Saturday Night Fever,
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Terror Nullius review – dazzling, kinetic, mishmashed beast of an Australian film

One part revisionist documentary, one part LSD-infused YouTube compilation video, Soda_Jerk’s controversial film shatters old narratives

Remember the scene from the original Mad Max, when a wounded Max Rockatansky lies on the road and Nicole Kidman from BMX Bandits arrives and jumps over him? Remember how Olivia Newton-John from Grease, glammed up in a leather jacket and skin-tight black pants, observed this interaction from the side of the road while smoking a cigarette?

Remember how one of the cars in Mad Max was destroyed by a group of angry women, including Lucy Fry from the Wolf Creek TV series and Jacqueline McKenzie from Romper Stomper? Remember how Essie Davis from The Babadook throws a match on the vehicle while Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths from Muriel’s Wedding laugh as it goes up in flames?
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

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With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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Grease Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary This Spring

Grease Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary This Spring
Grease is Still the Word as the Iconic Movie Musical Returns to Big Screens Nationwide This April for its 40th Anniversary. It's a high school reunion unlike any other as Grease, the timeless cultural phenomenon starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, returns to U.S. movie theaters this April to celebrate its 40th anniversary in a special presentation from Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Paramount Pictures.

For two days only, Sunday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 11, Grease will be presented as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will join in the fun by offering special commentary both before and after the film, which will play at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) each day.

Tickets for Grease can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be
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How footage from Grease and The Cannonball Run wound up in Ik+

Ryan Lambie Mar 5, 2018

What do Grease, The Cannonball Run and 80s fighting game Ik+ have in common? Early performance capture...

These days, things like realistic animation and performance capture are a common sight in videogames - games as varied as L.A. Noire, The Last Of Us and Beyond: Two Souls all use mo-cap and actors to create their uncannily lifelike character movements. But 30 years ago, squeezing smooth, convincing animation into a computer was a far trickier proposition.

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For its time, the 1987 fighting game International Karate + (often abbreviated to Ik+) looked stunning. Designed by British programmer Archer MacLean, and a sequel to his own International Karate, it allowed one or two players to fight one another in a fast, smooth virtual tournament. Although its design was inspired by earlier games of its type, including Data East's Karate Champ
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Grease 40th Anniversary Edition Arrives on 4k Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack in April

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A new Blu-ray Combo Pack is on its way, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit Grease! Check out all the new extra features that come with it!

Get ready to feel old, Grease is 40 years old. That's right, it's time get the classic 50s musical, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, something ruby as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary! What better way to commemorate this achievement than to release a brand-new 4k Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack restoring the film to today's standards and even adding new bonus content!

The 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Combo Pack for Grease releases April 24, 2018! To see what all it entails, read the PR below:

Hollywood, Calif. – It’s got a groove, it’s got a meaning…and it’s still a cultural phenomenon 40 years after its original release. The iconic celebration of high school life in the 1950s, Grease is the way you’ll be feeling
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