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John Travolta, Edgar Wright, and More Remember Olivia Newton-John: ‘You Made Our Lives So Much Better’

When Olivia Newton-John died on Monday at the age of 73, the entertainment world lost an icon. The multi-talented British-Australian performer first rose to prominence as a pop star in the 1970s with the hit albums “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” and “Have You Never Been Mellow,” but movie lovers will always remember her as Sandy Olsson. Her starring role in “Grease” resulted in many of the most iconic musical numbers in film history, from “Summer Nights” to “You’re the One That I Want.” Newton-John’s musical pedigree and chemistry with Travolta went a long way toward propelling the film to success, and its soundtrack remains one of the best-selling albums in music history.

While “Grease” remained her most notable role, Newton-John continued to parlay her strong musical stage presence into a variety of other film parts. She notably starred in the Electric Light Orchestra musical “Xanadu,” which
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‘Your impact was incredible’: Hollywood mourns the loss of Olivia Newton-John

John Travolta, George Takei, Gabrielle Union and more posted tributes to Australian actor and singer

Hollywood is mourning Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at her southern California ranch at the age of 73. The Grease star and chart-topping singer, who publicly discussed her breast cancer since her first diagnosis in 1992, died surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement posted to her Facebook page by her widower, John Easterling.

Shortly after her family’s announcement, tributes began pouring in from former costars to longtime celebrity admirers of the soft-rock icon – Newton-John sold over 100m records and charted nearly 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during her nearly five decades in music.
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Anne Heche in ‘Extremely Critical Condition’ Following Fiery Crash in Los Angeles

Update August 8, 5:25 pm: Anne Heche is in “extremely critical condition” and remains in a coma following the fiery crash that took place in Mar Vista, California, on Friday night. A rep for the actor told Deadline, “At this time Anne is in extremely critical condition she has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” the rep said in a statement. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

The statement follows the rep’s previous statement that Heche was in “stable condition,” which was issued on Saturday following the incident. It took place on Friday when Heche was heading east on Preston Way in her vehicle at high speed, ran off the road, and collided with a residence. The vehicle and the home became engulfed in flames before Heche was rushed to a local hospital.

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Ezra Miller Charged with Felony Burglary After Stealing Alcohol from Vermont Home

Ezra Miller has been charged with felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling in Stamford, Vermont. The charge was issued following review of a May 2022 incident in which Shaftsbury police say Miller stole several bottles of alcohol while the owners were away. The news was first reported by News 10 ABC in Bennington County.

Per the report, just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, a burglary was reported taking place at a residence on Country Road in Stamford, Vermont. “After reviewing surveillance videos and interviewing witnesses, they said they had probable cause to charge Miller, 29, of Stamford,” News 10 ABC reported.

Police at last found Miller this past Sunday night, August 7, at 11:30 p.m. and issued a citation ordering Miller to appear at the Bennington Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court on September 26, where they will be arraigned. (TMZ has more on the arrest here.)

The incident marks Miller’s third brush
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‘The Flash’ Star Ezra Miller Charged With Felony Burglary in Vermont

Ezra Miller, the embattled star of Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” movie, has been charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vt., according to a Vermont State Police report.

According to the police report, Vermont State Police were notified of a burglary complaint from a residence in Stamford at 5:55 p.m. on May 1. Police found that several bottles of alcohol were taken from the residence while the homeowners were not present. After collecting statements and looking at surveillance videos, police charged Miller with felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling.

Police located Miller on Aug. 7 at 11:23 p.m. and issued them a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Sept. 26 for arraignment.

Variety has reached out to Miller’s representatives for comment.

More to come…

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Fitting I Am Groot Into The MCU Put The Series Under A Major Constraint

When you have a connected film/TV universe that has been around since 2008, finding room to tell smaller stories set in between big events becomes an interesting challenge. That was definitely true of the upcoming series of Disney+ shorts, "I Am Groot," which takes place when everyone's favorite sentient tree was still a little twig.

If you recall, the adult Groot sacrificed himself to save his friends at the end of "Guardians of the Galaxy." A sort of new/reincarnated Groot was grown in a pot, which you probably know because if you're like me, your home contains at least one Baby Groot...

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Brad Pitt Keeps a ‘Sh*t List’ of Actors He Won’t Work with, Says Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Don’t get on Brad Pitt’s bad side.

The Oscar winner apparently keeps a “shit list” of actors he won’t work with, according to “Bullet Train” co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

“He is in a new chapter of his life, I think,” Taylor-Johnson explained of Pitt during the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland (via Variety).

While Pitt is a “humble and gracious human being,” Taylor-Johnson added that the actor expects the same from co-stars in return. “He just wants to bring light and joy into the world and be around people who are there to have a good time,” the “Kraven the Hunter” lead said. “You work with many actors and after a while you start making notes: ‘I am definitely not working with this person ever again.’ Brad has this list too: the ‘good’ list and the ‘shit’ list.”

The star-studded, cameo-filled “Bullet Train,” directed by Pitt’s former stunt double David Leitch,
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Jack Nicholson's Comedic Turn Was A Very Conscious Career Decision

Jack Nicholson made a career out of portraying larger-than-life, wild-eyed characters, the kind that would birth endless reaction gifs across the internet decades after he played them. Far from a stranger to comedy, some of Nicholson's better-remembered turns are of the darkly-comical variety, like his dual roles in "Mars Attacks!" Even Nicholson's legendary performance in "The Shining" is nearly equal parts terrifying and bleakly funny, thanks to him improvising one-liners in the middle of an axe-swinging rampage.

Nicholson worked almost exclusively on comedies over the last 10 years leading up to his retirement from acting in 2013, although that wasn't his plan starting out. Rather, the...

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Tom Cruise & Christopher McQuarrie Charting 3 New Films: A Les Grossman Project, An Original Musical & More

The relationship between actor Tom Cruise and screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie goes back to “Valrykie” (2008), and they’ve been nearly inseparable ever since. Even if McQuarrie isn’t directing the project, he’s either writing it or rewriting it. And in some cases, writing, exec-producing, and even guiding it through post-production.

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Spock's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Romance Is A Nerve-Wracking Prospect For Ethan Peck

Now that we're able to look back at the first season of "Strange New Worlds" as a whole and with the benefit of hindsight, it feels like even more of a miracle that the overwhelmingly well-received series ended up as entertaining and well-crafted as it was. Perfectly toeing the line between ongoing character arcs and largely standalone, episodic episodes, the creators and writing team confidently established this show as quite possibly the best inaugural season of any "Star Trek" property in its over five decades of existence -- no small feat, to say the least.

Of the many standout highlights who helped...

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Darren Star Doesn't See Uncoupled As A Story 'About Gay Characters'

The state of LGBTQ+ representation in media is a bit strange. Sure, there are more movies and television shows with LGBTQ+ characters than ever before, but the complexity of these characters is debatable depending on who you ask. Despite some outliers, LGBTQ+ characters being promoted strictly based on their sexuality and not on other aspects of their personality is a phenomenon that hasn't quite ended amidst the ongoing push for media inclusion.

This is something that Darren Star, whose newest show "Uncoupled" premiered on Netflix this past July, wants to change. The creator and executive producer of the Neil Patrick Harris vehicle, who...

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Olivia Newton-John Remembered by Hollywood: ‘We Are Forever Hopelessly Devoted to You’

Jane Lynch, Antonio Banderas, Lea Salonga, Gabrielle Union, George Takei and more have posted tributes to “Grease” star and singer Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at 73 years old. In addition to John Travolta, who shared a heartfelt post about his “Grease” co-star on Instagram, other actors, directors and members of Hollywood took to social media to remember Newton-John’s career.

On Monday, Newton-John’s husband announced that she “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California…surrounded by family and friends,” adding that she was “a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years” after sharing her experiences with breast cancer.

Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi posted a series of photographs with her and her mother on Instagram without a caption.

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Jane Lynch, who sang “Physical” alongside Newton-John for her guest episode on “Glee” in 2010, simply tweeted “Onj.
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Grease Star Oliva Newton-John Has Died At 73

Actress and four-time Grammy-winning singer-songerwriter Olivia Newton John has died, according to a post shared on her official Facebook page by her husband John Easterling. The performer, who was 73 years old, reportedly passed away peacefully in her Southern California home.

Easterling's announcement includes references to Newton-John's past battles with breast cancer, which she was first diagnosed with in 1992. The actress was diagnosed with the illness three times, and it spread to her spine in 2017. "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," the statement reads, before requesting that she be honored via...

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Tom Cruise And Mission: Impossible Director Christopher McQuarrie Are Planning A Musical

Tom Cruise has spent more than a decade becoming arguably the biggest action star alive, constantly defying every law of physics and putting himself in dangerous situations for our entertainment. But after so many great stunts, it can be hard to forget that Cruise is more than an action star and a former sex symbol: He is also a rather funny comedic performer and an even better dancer. Case in point: His sublime performance as Les Grossman, the gruff studio executive in 2008's "Tropic Thunder." 

A standout performance in a film full of standout performances, Cruise put decades of experiences with awful studio executives who...

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Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melissa Leo Join Action-Comedy ‘Clean-Up Crew’ — Film News in Brief

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melissa Leo and Antonio Banderas have joined the cast of “Clean-Up Crew,” an action-comedy from Yale Entertainment.

Directed by Jon Keeyes, “Clean-Up Crew” focuses on a crime scene clean-up team that discovers a cash-filled briefcase at a crime sight. The discovery pits them into battle with a crime boss, hitman and corrupt government agents searching for the cash. Meyers and Leo play the heads of the clean-up crew, while Banderas plays the crime boss looking for the briefcase.

The film shot in Ireland, and recently wrapped production. Matthew Rogers wrote the script for the film, which is produced by Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Michael Rothstein for Yale, Richard Bolger and Conor Barry from Hail Mary Pictures and Richard Clabaugh, Stephen Braun and Kurt Ebner. Yale’s sales banner Great Escape will handle international rights for the project, which is aiming to be sold at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
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John Travolta Pays Tribute to Olivia Newton-John: I’ve Been Yours ‘From the Moment I Saw You’

John Travolta took to social media to pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John, his “Grease” co-star who died Monday at 73 years old.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote in a post. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Travolta and Newton-John headlined “Grease,” delivering two of their most iconic film performances as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. The 1978 musical, directed by Randal Kleiser, became a cultural phenomenon with 366 million at the worldwide box office. The single “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” performed by Newton-John, was nominated at the Oscars for original song. The film’s soundtrack was the second biggest album of 1978 in the U.S., trailing only the soundtrack to the Travolta-starring “Saturday Night Fever.
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Oscars 2023: Best Costume Design

The Oscar crafts contenders embrace a wide range of genres, periods, subjects, themes, and settings this season — costume design among them — with a particular emphasis on the movies, music, and political/social activism. The early frontrunner is two-time winner Catherine Martin, for her work on her husband and creative partner Baz Luhrmann’s delirious “Elvis.” Likely to join the Elvis Presley biopic in the race are such anticipated fall releases as Damien Chazelle’s epic “Babylon” (Paramount), Noah Baumach’s dystopian “White Noise” (Netflix), David O. Russell’s absurdist “Amsterdam” (20th Century), Ryan Coogler’s transformational “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel/Disney), Andrew Dominik’s impressionistic “Blonde” (Netflix), Sam Mendes’ wistful “Empire of Light” (Searchlight), Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” (Universal), and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s introspective “Bardo” (Netflix).

Other noteworthy contenders include Chinonye Chukwu’s galvanizing “Till” (UA), Kasi Lemmons’ bittersweet “I Want to Dance with Somebody” (Sony
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Olivia Newton-John was that rare thing: a wonderfully unselfconscious star

After soaring to fame in Grease, Newton-John – who has died aged 73 – became the queen of the movie soundtrack album, and her roles in oddball hits Xanadu and A Mom for Christmas meant audiences never stopped loving her

Olivia Newton-John was an Australian recording star who achieved serious Hollywood fame with her starring role in the 1978 musical Grease, playing opposite the white-hot leading man of the moment, John Travolta. Just a few years earlier, she had come an ignominious fourth representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest (she was born in England), losing out to Abba’s Waterloo. But Grease made her a serious A-lister.

At the ages of 29 and 24, Newton-John and Travolta were playing high-school students Sandy and Danny in a fondly imagined 1950s – but no one questioned the age disparity at the time, and Newton-John was probably Hollywood’s last example of a mature juvenile lead. In Grease she is the sweet,
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Taika Waititi Suggests Marvel Is Developing A Hercules/Olympians Project That He’s Not Involved With

Is Kevin Feige’s Marvel sniper rifle with the red-laser scope working overtime? First you get Patton Oswalt revealing that an “Eternals” sequel is in the works with Chloé Zhao in the director’s chair again. Then you get Giancarlo Esposito telling everyone he’s met with the studio and wants to play the X-Men’s Professor X, and now we’ve to Rosario Dawson blowing up Marvel’s spot by saying Jon Bernthal is returning as the Punisher.

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Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Season 3 of ’The Kingdom Exodus’ set to premiere at Venice Film Festival.

Danish director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his producer has confirmed.

A statement from Louise Vesth of Zentropa said von Trier was “in good spirits” and receiving treatment in the run-up to the Venice world premiere of The Kingdom Exodus (Riget), Season 3 of his series that debuted in 1994.

“In agreement with Lars von Trier we want to inform you that Lars was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease just before the summer holidays,” the statement said.

“In order to avoid any speculation about his
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