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John Travolta Lawyers Up For American Crime Story

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Welcome back Kotter!!! Or should I say John Travolta. The 60-year-old actor books his first series regular TV role since his breakout turn in the classic 1975-1979 sitcom Welcome, Back, Kotter.

Travolta just booked a gig on American Crime Story. He’ll play defense attorney Robert Shapiro on FX’s new anthology miniseries. He’ll also serve as a producer on the project.

The 10 episode miniseries, airing on FX, tells the story of the infamous OJ Simpson murder trial from the perspective of the lawyers involved. It’s based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

He’ll join David Schwimmer, who plays another Simpson attorney, Robert Kardashian, and Cuba Gooding Jr and Sarah Paulson who’ll take on Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark respectively. All that’s missing from Murphy’s own version of the ‘dream team’ is who’ll play Johnnie Cochran. Have any suggestions?

What do you think of Travolta’s return to television? Weigh in below.


Two days after his gigantic Oscars flub, John Travolta has broken his silence. For those living under a rock, the Grease actor introduced Idina Menzel by horribly mispronouncing her name. He said, “please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only Adela Dazeem.”

As expected, he became an instant internet meme, launching a dedicated Twitter account for Adele Dazeem and multiple name generators to get your very own name Travoltified. Mine transforms to Dominik Parkinsmack according to this website.

Wisely, he opted to go with a written statement. No chance for another instance of word vomit. Read what Travolta said about his massive Oscar gaffe below.

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For the third year in a row, the Oscar telecast rose in ratings. The 86th Annual Academy Awards scored a whopping 43 million viewers and a 12.9 rating among adults 18-49. Last night’s show was the most-watched entertainment telecast in 10 years since NBC’s 2004 Friends finale, not including a sporting event. The Oscars generated far more than recent high-profile awards shows including the Golden Globes and Grammys which drew 22.1 million and 14.5 million viewers respectively.

12 Years A Slave snatched Best Picture honors but Gravity was the biggest winner in terms of most wins. The Sandra Bullock film won seven Oscars. It comes just behind Cabaret, which won eight statues as the film to win the most categories without taking Best Picture. On the flip side, American Hustle walked away with nothing despite receiving 10 nominations. The David O’Russell film is tied for second with Gangs of New York and True Grit for most nominations with no win. The record holders are The Turning Point and The Color Purple with 11 nods but no hardware.

check out my favorite moments after the jump

Poor John Travolta. The 59-year-old actor hasn’t had a hit in years. To supplement his income, he’s previously filmed a tacky Qantas safety video and now this. In his defense, he probably would’ve filmed this commercial for free given his shirtless co-stars. These sexy Brazilian men are definitely an upgrade from those skeezy male masseurs he was allegedly involved with.

In the commercial for Brazilian rum maker Cachaça, Travolta is seen strolling around Rio de Janeiro. Along the way, people recognize him but it isn’t until he sees hot boys playing on the beach til he decides to join in on the action. Before you know it, he’s kicking balls and dancing with shirtless beach boys. After that, they all head out for drinks which I’m sure John footed the bill for. Drunk straight boys are easy pickings, right? LOL. Check out Travolta’s liquor endorsement below.

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The infamous Grease duo, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta have reunited to release a Christmas album together titled, This Christmas and today they’ve just released the music video for one of the songs: “I Think You Might Like It.”

In the video, Travolta flies his plane home for Christmas where he is reunited with Olivia Newton-John, who drove to meet him in a convertible packed with presents. The two do a little line dancing throughout the video in black outfits, which feels like an homage to the outfits they wore in final scenes in Grease. Aside from John & Olivia, we also see clips of other families reuniting for the holidays, including some soldiers returning home as well.

In the final clip of the video, the two drive off in the convertible, with one last wave from Olivia. This is of course an homage to the final scene in Grease when Danny & Sandy drive off in the flying car.

Oh, along with the release of the music video, John and Oliva sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her show today. Enjoy the cute (and cheesy) Christmas music video, as well as their segment on Ellen below.

Watch the video & their interview with Ellen after the jump..

Old School Flashback: Saturday Night Fever

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

After watching this week’s “Glee“, I just had to write about “Saturday Night Fever“. How much fun was that episode? I know some people really hate disco, but they can hate all they want. I love it and all the cheesy dance moves. Whether or not you were kicking around in the 70s, you’re probably still aware of several tracks from the iconic movie’s soundtrack. I wasn’t partying during the hey day of the disco ball era, but appreciate the impact the movie and music have had on pop culture. I’ve even been to a few disco-themed parties in my time. If you haven’t been to one, organize one now. They’re a groovy good time.

Before Whitney Houston and her “bodyguard” sang they’ll always love us, “Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track” was the top selling soundtrack of all time with over 15 million copies sold in the US and over 40 million worldwide. The “Queen of the Night” shattered that with 17 million domestic and 44 million worldwide sales. The disco album won Record of the Year at that year’s Grammys and is ranked at #131 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Just like “The Bodyguard“, the “Saturday Night Fever” OST track listing was dominated by one musical act. In this instance, it was the Bee Gees with six tracks. The brother band became the poster boys of the disco movement along with the film’s leading man, John Travolta. Check out all the tracks below, along with my Top 5 favorites.

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We Remember Jeff Conaway (Kenickie)

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Movies, Tyrell

On Friday at the age of 60, Jeff Conaway known for his role as Kenickie in the film Grease and Bobby Wheeler in Taxi was taken off life support and passed away. The New York native who was known to have a long history with substance abuse and drug addiction became a cautionary tale in Hollywood.

On May 11th, Conaway was checked into an LA hospital and on May 26th, doctors told Conaway’s family that there was no visible sign of brain activity. On Thursday, Jeff’s feeding tube was removed and Radar Online reported that Jeff was in no pain. Jeff Conaway had no children but was married twice. His first wife was Olivia Newton-John’s sister and they were together from 1980-1985. Jeff married again in 1990 to Kerri Young. The time and details of their divorce are unclear and were never really made public.

Jeff had tried to become sober many times but all attempts fell through. In 2008, he joined Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. On Howard Stern’s radio show, Conaway admitted to attempting suicide over 21 times by using enough pills to “knock out an elephant.” At the time of his hospitalization, reports flooded the media that it was due to prescription drug overdose but Dr. Drew Pinsky revealed that he was actually suffering from pneumonia and sepsis, a dangerous blood infection. In his passing, many stars he was worked with have come forward to remember him including John Travolta and Marilu Henner.

John and Marilu’s words about Conaway after the jump.

In a press conference that took place this week for the upcoming film, “Gotti: Three Generations,” a surprise guest was in attendance: Lindsay Lohan (Oops, I mean just “Lindsay,” since she dropped her last name). The troubled Hollywood starlet is set to play Victoria Gotti, daughter of John Gotti who is going to be played by John Travolta (another Hollywood star that hasn’t been a stranger to scandal). The producer of the movie, Marc Fiore confirmed on Tuesday that they are in talks with Lohan, whom he referred to as “a terrific actress,” but a deal has not been finalized. I guess that also depends on whether or not she goes to jail.

As mentioned, Travolta (now 57 years old) is playing John Gotti, leader of the notorious Gambino crime family, known for evading his convictions. In 1992, the mobster was finally charged with murder and racketeering. He died in prison 10 years later.

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