April 19, 2014

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“Grease” actor Jeff Conaway’s death ruled an accident

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Autopsy reports pertaining to the May 27th, 2011 death of “Grease” actor Jeff Conaway are conclusive. The actor died of “a major infection” according to Los Angeles County Coroner, Craig Harvey.
Conaway had been hospitalized for some two and a half weeks prior to his demise. Though he struggled with substance abuse, no toxicology report was pursued as part of the autopsy. It was deemed unnecessary since Conaway was in hospital custody and under monitored care.
The actor first became known for his role as Kenickie in the 1978 hit film “Grease.” He went on to play Bobby Wheeler on the show “Taxi” in 1981 and 1982. He played minor roles on popular television shows throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s—shows including “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Who’s The Boss?” Chatter about the 60-year-old actor’s death was recently revived when he was conspicuously omitted from the “In Memoriam” sequence during last week’s Emmy Awards.
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‘Grease’ star Jeff Conaway autopsy occurring today

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Grease’ star Jeff Conaway passed away yesterday and now the LA County Coroner will reportedly conduct an autopsy today.
It is reported, that the coroner expects the autopsy results to be inconclusive at this time, states TMZ. Then, the cause of death may not be determined until toxicology reports come in.
This whole process could end up taking about four to six weeks.
Conaway passed away at the age of 60.
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John Travolta comments on Jeff Conaway’s passing

HollywoodNews.com: John Travolta and Jeff Conaway made quite the team while in ‘Grease,’ so now the actor has released a comment on the sad passing on Conaway.
“Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man, and we will miss him,” Travolta commented, states E! News.
He also added that he is there for those closest to Conaway: “My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time.”
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‘Grease’ star Jeff Conaway has passed away at age 60

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Grease’ star Jeff Conaway has passed away today at the age of 60 after doctors were unsuccessful in reviving him.
Conaway, who played Kenickie in ‘Grease,’ was found weeks ago in his Los Angeles home where he was unconscious, states TMZ. He had reportedly fallen into a coma after suffering from a drug overdose.
Conaway had appeared on ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and spoke about his addiction to cocaine, alcohol and painkillers.
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John Travolta to reunite with “Kotter” Sweathogs

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: It was before ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ well before ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Get Shorty’ and waaaaaaay before ‘Wild Hogs’ and ‘Hairspray.’
It was the mid-70s and John Travolta was one of a group of unknown young actors who were cast in 1975 to play high school students on the ABC sitcom ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ starring stand-up comic Gabe Kaplan.
It didn’t take long for Travolta to become the show’s heartthrob and break-out star and he left to do movies before the show ended in 1979.
The star will reunite with his former castmates when they receive the 35th Anniversary Award at the 2011 TV Land Awards which tape April 10 and air April 17.
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Jane Lynch dressing as Mad Men character for Halloween

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Glee’ star Jane Lynch said she is planning on dressing as Mad Men’s Don Draper for Halloween.
The actress, who plays Sue Sylvester in the musical TV series, said she wants to go as the ‘Mad Men’ character played by Jon Hamm during the holiday later this month.
Speaking to Access Hollywood, she said: “I’m going as Don Draper from TV’s Mad Men. I love Jon Hamm and I love his performance and I got this suit, I’ve got a silver tie and a white shirt and I’m gonna grease my hair back.”
Lynch, who recently won an Emmy for her role in the show, has hinted audiences may see her character Sue on an episode of ‘SNL’ soon.
She said: “I know they’re working on a Glee something or other. I might be reprising Sue and I might not. I might be myself, we’ll see.”
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The movie Justin Bieber would like to remake

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber seems to be able to do just about anything, but can he remake one of the most popular movies ever?
Bieber opened up that he would love to play John Travolta’s role of Danny in a remake of ‘Grease,’ reports Hollyscoop. Not only is he ready to sing and dance as the famous character, but he even has some of the cast picked out.
“I would go for Miley Cyrus [as Sandy] without hesitation,” Bieber stated about his casting choice. He also wants to cast singing sensation Susan Boyle in the role of the principal because he’s “obsessed” with her work. However, he’d make sure that the principal got a chance to break out into a song this time around.
Sounds like this remake could have a lot of teens getting excited and a lot of other people getting really upset.
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“Grease” game puts musical fans in cyber Rydell High

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A discussion actually popped up on Twitter last night, as major movie bloggers began debating the merits of innocent Sandy versus the slutty Sandra Dee who pops up near the end of “Grease.”
The debate was triggered due to the fact that the classic movie musical was airing on AMC last night. (I admit to stopping on it for the last 15 minutes while channel surfing, because it’s nearly impossible to click onto “Grease” and not linger for at least a song or two). Oh, and I’d have to vote for sweet and innocent Sandy, because I never hand-jived with the “Grease” plot twist that, in order to get her man (John Travolta), Olivia Newton-John had to say goodbye to the girl she was inside. What a terrible message, set to a tremendous musical score.
Anyway, expect the debate to rage on for weeks and months now that 505 Games U.S. and Paramount Digital Entertainment have released “Grease: The Game” for the Nintendo DS and Wii video game systems. Based on the film,
“505 Games is always looking for new ways to engage players with original interactive experiences and our relationship with Paramount Digital Entertainment has allowed us to do just that,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games (U.S.). “Contributing to the current Grease revival has been a such a rewarding experience for all of us that we are truly excited to welcome a whole new generation of fans with Grease: the Game. With its compelling gameplay, iconic track list and charming graphics, ‘Grease’ is going to entertain enthusiasts of all ages.”
The game invites players to dance and sing along to 16 of the movie’s iconic songs. You’ll also participate in party fun Frenchie, Kenickie and Rizzo. Pick-up-and-play mini-games for the whole family include drag races down Thunder Road against the Scorpions, sports competitions to win a letterman jacket, carnival games at the Rydell Graduation carnival, and even pillow fights with the Pink Ladies.
In story mode, gamers can fix up Greased Lightnin’ to try to win Sandy’s affections with their funky dance moves. Players can also dance their way through movie moments as they follow Sandy and Danny during their high school years.
“Grease: The Game” is rated E for everyone by the ESRB, and is now available at retail outlets nationwide.
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Massive “Star Wars” celebration taking Disney by storm(troopers)

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We vacationed in Orlando this summer, spending a few days at Walt Disney World. We’re a Disney family, and we try to spend a few days in “the happiest place on earth” every year. Yes, it’s insanely crowded and more expensive than we’d like. But we have our favorite attractions, restaurants and exhibits that keep us coming back year after year.
One of them, “Star Tours” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios), has not aged well. The ride “transports” you to the Endor moon. But because your pilot is a rookie, you end up rocketing through the tight corridors of the Death Star so you can fire the fatal blast that concludes George Lucas’s original “Star Wars.”
It’s an adequate diversion, and it’s air-conditioned. But it’s also inexcusably outdated. My six-year-old son doesn’t care, of course. He sees C3PO, R2D2 and a few lightsabers, so his day is made. But a close friend who’d also recently vacationed at Disney couldn’t stop ripping on “Star Tours,” and Lucas, for ignoring the ride for so many years. There are no references to Lucas’s three prequel films, all of which came out after “Star Tours” opened. The videos shown to patrons as they wait haven’t changed in decades. In general, the ride isn’t a fair representation of the “Star Wars” world.
At least, it wasn’t. Until now.
“Star Tours” in Orlando is shutting down for renovations, but not before “Star Wars” fans send it off with a stellar party. “Last Tour to Endor” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
According to a release, the exclusive party will allow fans one last time to experience the attraction before it “powers down” in preparation for a new, 3-D Star Wars adventure that will open in 2011 at Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
“Last Tour to Endor” will be an after-hours, private event that will feature live entertainment, Disney characters in their favorite Star Wars attire, a special Star Wars-themed fireworks spectacular, the “Death Star Disco,” Jedi Training Academy, Star Wars trivia challenges and more.
“Last Tour to Endor” tickets are $75 in advance, and will be $89 at the gate (if available). Advance tickets may be purchased online at starwarscelebration.com.
Here are some other fast facts about the “Last Tour to Endor” party:
– This is the largest private party ever held during a Star Wars Celebration.
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Olivia Newton-John Recounts What Made Her Decide on ‘Grease’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Olivia Newton-John, fresh from her too-funny cameo in the “Glee” season finale, will be all over the place again this July — due to Paramount’s release of “Grease: Sing-A-Long,” the studio-sanctioned version of the audience participation screenings fans have been organizing for years.
Looking back on the making of the beloved musical, Newton-John admits, “I was 29 and worried that I didn’t look young enough” to get away with playing a high school girl. She recounts to Entertainment Weekly, in the issue hitting stands tomorrow (6/18), that what obliterated her reservations was John Travolta visiting her at her home. “John and I had great chemistry from the first time we met,” she says. “We’re bonded forever on celluloid.”
Making the movie certainly had its challenges. She recalls shooting the
dance contest scene in a downtown L.A. high school with no air conditioning. “It was really hot. We were near an abattoir, so it was smelly, too. I was a little nervous to dance with John. He’s a fantastic dancer. I hadn’t seen ‘Saturday
Night Fever’ at that time. If I had, I would have been totally intimidated.”
]”Grease” became a 1978 phenomenon, complete with a chart-topping soundtrack. “I don’t think we ever imagined it would become so popular and go for so long,” says Newton-John. “But every seven years or so, a new group of kids finds the
movie.”
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