Is it time for a grittier remake of the venerable musical?
How is it possible that more than three decades have passed since John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John found true love at Rydell High? Can you believe that Danny and Sandy are now 57 and 63? Gulp.
Last week, Annette Charles, who played Travolta’s hot-as-a-firecracker dance partner, Cha Cha DiGregorio, in the film’s famous “Hand Jive” dance-off, died of cancer at the age of 63. And just a few months ago, Jeff Conaway, who played Travolta’s best friend Kenickie in “Grease,” died after a long history of drug abuse. He was 60. One of the fun gimmicks of the 1978 film was using actual stars from the 1950s to play the “adults” in this nostalgic look at 50s life. The film featured such legends as Sid Caesar, Eve Arden, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, Joan Blondell, Alice Ghostley, and Dody Goodman. While most of their original work has faded from memory, the phenomenally successful movie lives on. It has grossed an astounding $386 million worldwide and now has new life as a sing-along event at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl.
Crowe signs on to the Allan Hughes-directed film
Thereby tempts fate, agitates already anxious fans
Remembering the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
We visit the set of the sci-fi/action extravaganza and talk to director Peter Berg and actors Taylor Kitsch & Alexander Skarsgård about turning a board game into a blockbuster
Laugh all you want in regards to "Battleship" the movie. Yes, it's based on that Hasbro game Battleship, as in "Hey, you sank my battleship!" (if you are younger than 30 years-old, ask your parents). I was laughing too when Universal asked me to travel to Hawaii for a two-day set visit in September 2010. Really, I thought, they're making movies from board games now? I mean, I guess I understand "Clue" but "Battleship"? That was before I saw the set.
An all-star cast tries to recommend an under-the-radar film
Is the box office winner worth the hype?
Early reports have “The Change-Up” suffering at the hands of marauding chimps
Hollywood is one crazy place. In the old days, films were given time to develop an audience and for word-of-mouth to increase interest. Now a film’s “success” or “failure” is determined within a few hours of its release. Deadline reports that “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is exceeding expectations with a very healthy $19.7M box office take on Friday. The Twentieth Century Fox film is now being projected to take in at least $50M this weekend, way higher than last week’s much-anticipated “Cowboys & Aliens.” By contrast, yesterday's other big studio release, Universal’s “The Change-Up,” only took in $4.7M on Friday and weekend projections have been drastically lowered to $13.4M. Universal executives are wringing their hands. “It’s disappointing,” one exec told Deadline this morning. “We’re kind of confounded by it. The movie tested unbelievably well and played like the best R-rated comedies we have.”