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20 Highest Grossing Movie Musicals of the Last 40 Years, From ‘Grease’ to ‘La La Land’ (Photos)

Who said the musical is dead? The last 40 years has produced box office hits out of film adaptations of Broadway smashes, original movie musicals and a few, beloved, all-time classics. Hoping to join these ranks is “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” opening this weekend. Here are the Top 20, highest grossing musicals of the last 40 years. (All box office figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo)

17. “The Blues Brothers” (1980) - $57.2 million

The production of “The Blues Brothers” was a costly fiasco that spiraled into one of the most expensive comedies of all time. And though it still wound up the 10th highest grossing film of 1980, it wound up behind another far cheaper comedy that came as a surprise just a week later, “Airplane!”

18. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) – $67.1 million

Sissy Spacek played the legendary country singer Loretta Lynn in Michael Apted’s biopic that went on to be one of the Top 10 box office
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Appreciating the Incredible Career of Stockard Channing

Susan Antonia Williams Stockard, professional name Stockard Channing, was best known for playing the character of Betty Rizzo in the classic musical Grease. She’s also become pretty well known for playing First Lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing. Throughout her career she’s picked up many roles and been widely known as one of the greatest actresses in show business be it onstage or in film. She’s been nominated so many times for the Primetime Emmy Award and the Tony Award that you would think that she’d have a baker’s dozen between them. She does have her share of awards

Appreciating the Incredible Career of Stockard Channing
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Join B’way Stars (+ Dogs!) for Broadway Barks + More NYC Events 7/13–19

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Spend a day with Bernadette, Broadway, and barking.If there’s a duo that pairs better than Bernadette Peters and a puppy, you’d be hard-pressed to find it. On July 14, Peters will again take to Shubert Alley to host Broadway Barks, the dog and cat adoption event that also raises money for NYC’s animal rescue groups. Co-hosting this year with her “Hello, Dolly!” co-star Victor Garber, Peters will welcome a bevy of more than 80 actors from nearly every currently running Broadway show, all touting pooches you can take home. (Free) Celebrate 40 years of summer lovin’.In celebration of the 40th (!) anniversary of the movie musical “Grease,
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Kelly Preston "Loved" Working With Husband John Travolta on New Film 'Gotti' (Exclusive)

More than 40 years since he strutted down a Brooklyn street in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta returned to Bensonhurst recently wearing a white suit jacket that would have done his character Tony Manero proud. At the "John Travolta Day" celebration, John and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, greeted fans, posed for pictures, and danced to the Bee Gees. "They looked very happy," noted an onlooker. It wasn't just a show for the crowd. John, 64, and Kelly, 55, have a solid, happy union. The couple, who met while filming 1989's The Experts and married in 1991, have never let their romance falter, even in hard times. "A relationship doesn't just happen," Kelly exclusively confided to Closer Weekly. "You've got to work at it — keep it honest and communicate — and you've got to keep it fun." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) For John and Kelly, that means taking pleasure in working together. The pair currently
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Amy Adams's "Lip Flip" With Jimmy Fallon Gets Really Weird When They Burst Into Song

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Amy Adams and Jimmy Fallon have created a skit that will make you laugh, then almost certainly give you nightmares. The Sharp Objects star was recently a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the new HBO thriller, and things got really weird. Amy's no stranger to the show, so instead of Jimmy interviewing Amy this time, she decided that she would interview herself. How's that possible? They did a "lip flip" with chilling results.

The creepy lip flip meant that Adams could speak for Fallon and vice versa, and our favorite part is when they break into a song from Grease. The pair really can sing, but it's more than a little bit uncomfortable to watch them singing for one another, especially when the screen splits! Amy's not the first guest on the show to do a lip flip - Jennifer Aniston took part in a
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John Travolta is Kinda Crazy (video)

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John Travolta danced his way onto the silver screen in the film Saturday Night Fever. He continued his crazy journey with other films like Grease, Blow Out and Urban Cowboy. His career has had some ups and downs but he always lands on his feet. Pulp Fiction brought him back into the Hollywood spotlight and he kept making great films ever since....well sometimes. In addition to being a superstar actor; John is a pilot, a scientologist, a singer, a dancer and even a faith healer. Travolta is a... Read More...
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‘Westworld’ a Sitcom? Watch Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden Give It a Silly Spin (Video)

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‘Westworld’ a Sitcom? Watch Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden Give It a Silly Spin (Video)
Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood asks, what if HBO’s violent sci-fi western was, dare we say, a sitcom?

She asked and answered that question Friday with a video posted on Instagram that is set in Westworld but filled with cheery smiles, slapstick ouchies and, yes, skipping. And, of course, it has a spunky ’70s-esque theme song to match.

“‘Westworld’ was filmed in front of a live studio audience,” a voiceover announces, as James Marsden’s Teddy flops down on a bench beside Wood’s Dolores.

“This is one wild, wild Westworld,” Teddy tells Dolores, causing them both to erupt into laughter.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Star Jeffrey Wright's Advice to Fans Confused by Season 2: 'Relax and Surrender'

The spot ends with a quickie plug for a new episode of Apple TV’s “Carpool Karaoke: The Series!” in which the two star show off their musical talents
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John Travolta Believed Gotti Would Win Him an Oscar

John Travolta Believed Gotti Would Win Him an Oscar
After several years in development, and numerous delays, John Travolta's Gotti finally hit theaters this past weekend, and now new details have surfaced that reveal star John Travolta thought this movie would launch him into the Oscar race. Whether that's true or not, it's quite unlikely that Travolta will get any awards traction since the movie was both a critical (0% on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial failure ($1.7 million opening weekend in 11th place). This report also claims that it was Travolta's Oscar obsession that lead to getting Lionsgate Premiere removed as the distributor, after reports they was pulling the film from its dual release in theaters and on VOD, since Travolta needed a full theatrical release to qualify for the Oscars.

To help fund this awards season campaign, Travolta turned to Edward Walson, the son of cable TV pioneer John Walson Sr. from New Jersey. Edward Walson had already financed
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Stl Pop Culture Con August 17th – 18th. Hollywood Comes to St. Louis!

What do Scott Baio, Eddie Deezen, Michael Pare, Todd Bridges, Didi Conn, Kathy “Cissy” Garver, Corben Bernsen, Lorenzo Lamas, and Tawny Kitaen have in common? They’re coming to St. Louis This Summer!

Over 25 Celebrities / Pop Culture stars & icons will be invading the St. Charles Convention Center the weekend of August 17-19th, 2018! Celebrities from the Iconic film “Grease” to “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Growing Pains”, “Happy Days”, “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” to WWE/WWF stars and Much more to come!

The Con’s site can be found Here

Ticket information can be found Here

Check out this line-up of celebs!

Scott Baio– Best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days (1977–1984) and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi (1982–1983), as well as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge (1984–1990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder (1993–1995), and the titular hero
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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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Watch John Travolta Resurrect His Iconic Danny Zuko Moves on the Spot

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Watch John Travolta Resurrect His Iconic Danny Zuko Moves on the Spot
Exactly four decades since Grease's release, John Travolta still has his moves. The 64-year-old actor recently stopped by The Tonight Show to promote his new movie Gotti and treated host Jimmy Fallon to a quick choreography lesson.

Specifically, John re-created the famous "four corners" move seen at the very end of the movie. "Like in Pulp Fiction, I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances," John said. "I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances. In Grease, they needed a step for 'You're the One That I Want' at the end, so I said, 'Well, we used to do the four corners. Why don't we do that?'" Watch John re-create the move above, and then enjoy his reaction to a bone-chilling Grease fan theory.
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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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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ Figuring Out ‘Hair’ Nudity, and ‘Smash’ on Broadway — Turn It On Podcast

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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ Figuring Out ‘Hair’ Nudity, and ‘Smash’ on Broadway — Turn It On Podcast
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron knew “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” was a success when they noticed something unusual on social media: No snarky tweets.

“This is the first time we had love tweets,” Zadan said. “On some of the others, even though we didn’t think we deserved them, we got hate tweets, because people didn’t want it to be done the way they were done. Same thing happened to us at the Oscars!”

It had become a bit of a hallmark over the years: Viewers cracking wise while watching past productions like “The Sound of Music Live,” or of course, their NBC musical drama “Smash.” But with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” all of Zadan’s and Meron’s choices — from the casting of John Legend and Sara Bareilles, among others, down to the decision to stage it as a concert/musical play hybrid — resonated with audiences.

When
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The Cast of 'Grease,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Grease,' Then and Now
Those leather jackets, those school rivalries, "those summer nights" — they were decades ago.

Grease, released on June 16, 1978, is now celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. Its mark on U.S. culture however, feels just as fresh today as it did the day it was released.

Depicting the love story of Danny and Sandy though 1950s — complete with doo-wop’s and hand jives — Grease became an immediate box office success and fan favorite. Making more than $394 million worldwide, it remains the fourth highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.

To mark Grease's 40th anniversary, The Hollywood ...
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John Travolta Just Taught Jimmy Fallon His Iconic 'Grease' Dance 40 Years Later — Watch!

He's still got it 40 years later! John Travolta appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, June 13, and graced us all with some dancing from his hit movie Grease. During his sit-down with the TV personality, John, 64, opened up about his iconic dance moves from the 1978 film to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the movie in NYC, specifically his end-of-movie "You're the One That I Want" scene with co-star Olivia Newton-John. "The four corners!" John explained to a confused Jimmy. “Like in Pulp Fiction, I grew up with all these novelty dances. So in Grease they needed a step for 'You’re the One That I Want' at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the four corners, why don’t we do that?’ So the choreographer said, ‘Show it to me,' and I did." The best part, though, came when
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John Travolta Teaches Jimmy Fallon Iconic ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Dance From ‘Grease’ (Video)

John Travolta Teaches Jimmy Fallon Iconic ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Dance From ‘Grease’ (Video)
Grease” is the word once again, as Wednesday was the 40th anniversary of the hit movie’s New York City premiere. To mark the milestone, star John Travolta taught Radio City Music Hall tenant Jimmy Fallon that iconic “You’re the One That I Want” dance from the movie’s grand finale scene.

It was actually Travolta who first introduced the steps to the 1978 film’s choreographer.

“Like in ‘Pulp Fiction,’ I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances,” Travolta said to Fallon. “In ‘Grease,’ they needed a step for that ‘You’re the One That I Want’ at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the Four Corners — why don’t we do that?'”

Also Read: 'Degrassi' Reunion: Drake Brings Back Like All His Old Classmates for 'I'm Upset' Music Video

The “Tonight Show” host wasn’t about to waste this moment: Fallon
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Watch John Travolta Revive 'Grease' Dance With Jimmy Fallon

Watch John Travolta Revive 'Grease' Dance With Jimmy Fallon
John Travolta taught Jimmy Fallon one of the signature dance moves from Grease, "the Four Corners," celebrating the film's 40th anniversary of its New York City premiere.

"Like with Pulp Fiction, I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances," Travolta said. "So in Grease, they needed a step for 'You're the One That I Want' at the end. I said, 'Well, we used to do the Four Corners – why don't we do that?' The choreographer said, 'Show it to me,' and I did."

Travolta slid naturally
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Kelly Preston May Have Had Botox, but She's Still Beautiful at Age 55 (Exclusive)

John Travolta's wife has always looked fabulous. And since Kelly Preston has stepped out often in recent weeks ahead of the premiere of her new movie Gotti, fans are dying to know if she's gotten plastic surgery. And in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, experts (who have not worked with Kelly) opened up about which procedures the star may have gotten done over the years. "Kelly looks like she has Botox on board which is keeping her forehead smooth but also dropping her central brow a little bit," Dr. Adam H. Hamawy, MD, Facs, revealed. Dr. Vartan Mardirossian added, "The only thing is possible Botox to the forehead. I don't think she had anything else done. That being said it is possible that she had a rhinoplasty even before [the early 2000s] judging from the light-shadow effects on her tip and the nasal dorsum." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) At age 55, it
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Video Interview: John Travolta on His New Role as ‘Gotti’

Chicago – John Travolta has fulfilled his career legacy of icon status, and he continues to work on projects that highlight his performance abilities. Fresh off his role as real-life Robert Shapiro in “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson,” Travolta takes on another historical figure in his portrayal of mobster John Gotti in the new film “Gotti.”

The film, directed by Kevin Connally (“Entourage”), is a multi-era biography film, based on a memoir by Gotti’s son John Jr. The main story reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code, and a son who chose to leave that world behind, in hopes of redeeming himself and the family name.

John Travolta is the Title Character in ‘Gotti’

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John Travolta deftly takes on John Gotti, the “Dapper Don,” whose flamboyant style and personality made him one of the most famous organized crime lords of the 20th Century.
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