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The 'Taxi' Cast Opens up About Their Fond Show Memories — "When We Get Together It's Crazy!"

Marilu Henner admits she had her pick of the litter during Taxi's five-year run. She was the only female co-star of the beloved sitcom about NYC's Sunshine Cab Co. when it debuted in 1978, and "within three weeks, Tony Danza and I were dating," she has said of her hunky ex-boxer co-star. "I mean, c'mon! Oh, and I dated Judd Hirsch, too, the same year. Why not? There were 77 guys on set and me! You think I wasn't going to date at least two of them in five years? Please!" Not all the cast members got along so swimmingly. Andy Kaufman, the stand-up performance artist cast as foreign mechanic Latka Gravas, refused to rehearse and only came into work on Fridays, angering his theater-trained colleagues. Marilu and Tony in 'Taxi.' (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "Before we shot scenes, I would always say to him, 'I got mad because you didn't want to rehearse,
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Grease Is Still the Word, 40 Years Later: Ranking the Iconic Teen Film's Musical Numbers

Grease Is Still the Word, 40 Years Later: Ranking the Iconic Teen Film's Musical Numbers
Grease premiered 40 years ago this year, which means we’ve had the privilege of four full decades to watch and listen to the likes of John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and the rest of the iconic teen musical’s stellar cast. They reminded us what we all dreamed of high school being like before we actually got there and realized it was, sadly, nothing like we’d expected.

But this isn’t Grease‘s fault. In fact, given the horror stories our older siblings and cousins told us about bullies, detentions, piles of homework and
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 27)

1968: Dark Shadows' Carolyn fainted in the woods.

1993: AMC's Tad's appeared to be in two places at once.

1994: B.J.'s memorial service on General Hospital.

1999: Another World's Joe made a stunning revelation."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1940: Radio soap opera Lone Journey, sometimes billed as "the distinguished American radio novel," debuted on NBC radio. Sandra Michael wrote the show in collaboration with her brother,
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4K restoration of Grease to hit the big screen for its 40th anniversary

  • HeyUGuys
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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It Came From The Tube: Bay Coven (1987)

I sure love me some witches. I especially adore the satanic kind, pentagrams, candles, and the whole shmear. Welcome to Bay Coven (1987), where the tropes are oh so familiar yet warm and snuggly like a quilted comforter.

Originally broadcast on Sunday, October 25th, Bay Coven was part of the NBC Sunday Night at the Movies, and was summarily trounced by Game 7 of the World Series as the *checks notes* Minnesotans beat the other ones to win the cup. Or something. Anyhoo, for those who were into horror, especially so close to Halloween, Bay Coven (Aka Bay Cove) was a fun treat; nothing original at all, but merely the next in the hallowed tradition of what I like to call (as of right now) the Killer Hospitality sub-genre: Rosemary’s Baby, Crowhaven Farm, and The Dark Secret of Harvest Home all setting out the chips and dip for what Bay Coven has in store.
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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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Roles Where Actors Portrayed Much Younger Characters

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors playing characters that are much younger than the actors’ actual age.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation
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Babylon 5: the wonder that is Stephen Furst’s Vir Cotto

Jules-Pierre Malartre Jun 28, 2017

We salute a much-loved Babylon 5 character, played by the much-missed Stephen Furst...

A little less than a year ago, in the wake of Jerry Doyle’s passing, Babylon 5 creator J.M. Straczynski made a passionate plea to the universe; too many B5 alumni had died already. Following the untimely deaths of Michael O’Hare, Richard Biggs, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conaway, and more recently Jerry Doyle, Straczynski was “goddamned tired of it” and he asked the universe to “knock it off for a while”.

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Unfortunately, the universe didn’t listen since on June 16, Stephen Furst joined his fellow departed B5 co-stars on “the other side of the veil”.

Most will remember Furst as lovable Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman in the 1978 cult classic Animal House, but to sci-fi
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Babylon 5 Star Jerry Doyle Dead at 60

Babylon 5 Star Jerry Doyle Dead at 60
Jerry Doyle, Babylon 5’s security chief Michael Garibaldi, has died.

The actor’s Twitter account posted the news Thursday; the update did not include the cause of death.

The family of Jerry Doyle is sad to announce Jerry’s passing. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Jerry Doyle (@jerrydoyle) July 28, 2016

TMZ reports that the actor was found unresponsive at his Las Vegas home on Wednesday, and that no foul play is suspected.

Doyle’s nearly 30-year career found him appearing on several TV series, including Moonlighting; Beverly Hills, 90210; Jag and NYPD Blue. But Garibaldi was Doyle’s most notable part,
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Is 'Grease' the most polarizing pop culture phenomenon ever?

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Is 'Grease' the most polarizing pop culture phenomenon ever?
In 2011 when Slash spoke to Entertainment Weekly about why he wouldn't allow Glee to cover Guns N' Roses' catalog, he said something that has stuck with me: "Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough." At that point Grease was almost 35 years old. It enjoyed a renaissance with a theatrical re-release in the late '90s, but it's not like Grease was begging to be invoked in Slash's takedown of Ryan Murphy's Fox show. Certainly it's a movie about peppy high schoolers who break into song, but how could a few tunes about summer lovin' and greased lightning have haunted Slash so? Grease Live!, a live Fox musical version of that John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic, is coming to charm off our bobby socks this Sunday. Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough take over for Travolta and Newton-John in the lead roles while Carly Rae Jepsen plays
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'Grease Live!' photos: Reprise is the word

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'Grease Live!' photos: Reprise is the word
Though we have to wait until January 31 to see Julianne Hough don Sandy's skintight black togs, the first preview photos of Fox's "Grease Live!", a live retelling of that classic story at Rydell High, are now available. It seems clear this version is inspired by the '78 movie version since Hough, playing the part of Sandy Olsson, is styled exactly like Olivia Newton-John. Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko looks more like Kenickie from the movie (Jeff Conaway), but his attitude is Travoltian.  And if Vanessa Hudgens isn't entering Stockard Channing lookalike contests in the near future, she's missing out.    Those are very convincing imitations of the '78 cast. The only problem: Who wants to see convincing imitations of the '78 cast? "Grease" is the single most iconic musical of the 1970s. Everyone knows the songs, the look, and the way the actors were styled. In order to tell its story
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Babylon 5: 14 alternatives to a straight reboot

There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...

I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.

That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that
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Pete’S Dragon Begins Production – In U.S. theaters in August 2016

Principal photography on Pete’S Dragon commenced today in New Zealand.

A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, Pete’S Dragon will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.

The original starred Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Jim Dale, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway, and Shelley Winters.

The new film, scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters in August, 2016, stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”) as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”) as Pete; Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”) as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,
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What if Grease was a Bollywood flick?

We at BollySpice are not just excited but inspired by John Travolta having attended the Iifa awards.

As the anticipation builds up on seeing the icon strut his stuff on a Bollywood screen very soon, we at BollySpice were suddenly struck by the thought:

How Cool would a Bollywood version of Travolta’s legendary musical Grease be?!

Grease (Director: Randal Kleiser; 1978) is perfect Bollywood material.

One summer, Danny meets Sandy.

Danny and Sandy fall in love.

As the summer break ends so does their love story as they part ways.

By fate, they end up at the same school but things are not so simple. Danny has a “cool dude” reputation to maintain and doesn’t let his true feelings show… for a while!

Grease is a romantic, feel good musical on love, friendship and coming of age.

Well, we just wouldn’t let a mesmerising thought like this be left to our imaginations…
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Zac Efron on Starring in New Grease TV Musical: "Those Are Big Shoes to Fill"

Zac Efron on Starring in New Grease TV Musical:
As loyal readers of E! Online already know, Zac Efron is on our wish list of possible contenders to play Danny Zuko in Fox's upcoming Grease Live special. I let Mr. Efron know how we felt when I caught up with him at last night's premiere of his new comedy, Neighbors (in theaters May 9). "That's an honor," he said. "Those are big shoes to fill. I think I came as close to it as you could in High School Musical. "To actually do that?" he continued. "Yeah, those are big shoes." John Travolta starred as Danny in the 1978 movie adaptation of the 1971 musical. Olivia Newton-John costarred as goody two shoes Sandy Olsson. Rounding out the cast were Jeff Conaway and...
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Grease Dream Cast: Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Drake and More of Our Picks for Fox's Live Special

Grease Dream Cast: Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Drake and More of Our Picks for Fox's Live Special
Grease is the word, have you heard? We won't deny that the first thing we did when we heard Fox was planning to air a Grease Live special in 2015 was to immediately start practicing our hand-jive. But the second thing we did? We started compiling our picks for who should fill the iconic dancing shoes of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson from the hit 1978 film (based on the original 1971 musical, of course). Then we get carried away and started dream-casting the roles of Kenickie and Rizzo, which were memorably played by Jeff Conaway (who passed away in 2011) and Stockard Channing. So which young stars would we like to see sing about "Summer Nights" come...
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Fox Announces 'Grease Live' 3-Hour Musical Special

Fox Announces 'Grease Live' 3-Hour Musical Special
Get ready to do the hand jive as Fox enrolls at Rydell High with Grease Live (working title), a live three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical Grease, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox); and Paramount Television. Scheduled to air live during 2015 and featuring a young ensemble cast, Grease Live (wt) will reintroduce the great music and timeless story to an entirely new generation.

Based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name with book, lyrics and music by the legendary team of Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, the 1978 hit film Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever.

Here's what Shana C. Waterman, Senior Vice President of Event Series for Fox, had to say in a statement.

"From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Grease'

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Grease'
A boy, a girl, the breaking surf, some fumbled attempts at automobile lovin’, a hand-jive contest, a lycra-clad makeover, and a dozen of the greatest songs you’ve ever heard. With those raw ingredients, I present the latest installment of EW’s Summer Blockbuster month. Because we are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Grease, the first movie musical on this list takes the No. 18 slot. So let me tell you about it, studs.

We live in times fueled by a collective passion for nostalgia. Well before our nostalgia covered up a national snarkiness, though, Grease set the template with its saucy yet
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'Making of a Male Model' is the Greatest TV Movie Ever

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'Making of a Male Model' is the Greatest TV Movie Ever
Fact: If you want to become a male model, you must associate with disco-dancing men in devil costumes, drug addicts, and stars of "Dynasty." Did you know? Everything is Terrible has clipped together a composite reel from the 1983 ABC TV movie "Making of a Male Model" starring Joan Collins as powerful (shocking, I know) modeling agent Kay Dillon and Jon-Erik Hexum, the gorgeous '80s actor who later accidentally killed himself while playing with a gun on the set of the action series "Cover Up." You can relive his studliness in this clip, but only if you can get past the incredibly bad/excellent dialogue. It is a real treat. My favorite moments: Ted McGinley of "Happy Days" fame as the dancing devil, Jeff Conaway as a scary Jeff Conaway type, and the line, "It's a strange apple, this Big Apple."
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Did Kaufman Fake His Own Death? How Easy Is It to Swallow the Most Absurd Hoaxes?

Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late ’70s / early ’80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by the name of McCoy. Well, if — and that’s a big if (or perhaps a small one, considering people’s willful gullibility and/or downright stupidity) — you believe the story reported in numerous outlets in the last couple of days: Andy Kaufman may have faked his own death of lung cancer at age 35 in 1984 so he could escape the limelight. (Photo: Andy Kaufman) At the New York-based Andy Kaufman Awards last Monday night, November 11, 2013, a woman claiming to be Kaufman’s daughter — calling herself "McCoy" (reportedly the name Kaufman used when checking himself into hospitals) — appeared on stage with Michael Kaufman,
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