April 23, 2014

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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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Olivia Newton John gets animated over breast cancer

HollywoodNews.com: Olivia Newton-John has been given the comic-book treatment – in the fight against breast cancer.
The singer’s life story is told in the new graphic novel, which is set to be published as part of the Female Force comic-book series in the US by Bluewater Productions later this year.
Proceeds from the book will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center – which the actress set up after she beat the disease in the 1990s.
The ‘Grease’ star, 61, said: “Breast cancer… was hard to talk about. So it takes a while before you can put it into a category that you can discuss without becoming emotional.”
Other stars to get the ‘Bluewater’ treatment include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Bush, Robert Pattinson and Michael Jackson.
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Toronto film fest opening with a hockey musical

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s appropriate that the Toronto International Film Festival — Canada’s biggest event of its kind and ground zero for Hollywood’s annual Oscar race — should begin with a hockey film. Better than that, a hockey musical.
“Score: A Hockey Musical,” directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael McGowan, will open the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. The homage to hockey, with 19 original songs, stars Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado as a hockey zealot.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s co-director. “It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking — although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9.”
The movie’s ensemble cast includes Allie MacDonald, Stephen McHattie and Dave Bidini of the rock band Rheostatics. McGowan brought the road movie “One Week” to TIFF in 2008, but this is the first time one of his films will launch the fest.
More films scheduled to play this year’s TIFF will be announced in the coming week. Toronto runs Sept. 9 – 19.
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“Glee” picked up for cable syndication by Oxygen Media

HollywoodNews.com: Oxygen Media and Twentieth Television have reached an exclusive agreement for the basic cable syndication rights to Twentieth Century Fox’s critically-acclaimed television hit series “Glee.” The multi-year deal was announced today by Steve MacDonald, EVP, General Sales Manager, Basic Cable of Twentieth Television and Jason Klarman, President, Oxygen Media.
In commenting on the announcement, MacDonald said, “This is a unique syndication opportunity and we’re thrilled to be working on it with Oxygen. This deal not only provides viewers with the opportunity to see even more of the drama, comedy, song and dance that they have come to expect from ‘Glee’, but also extends the reach of this pop-culture phenomenon’s brand through a new reality series.”
“’Glee’ is the No. 1 hit show for women 18-34 and Generation O is obsessed with it,” added Jason Klarman, President, Oxygen Media. “It’s Live Out Loud in every way.”
“Glee” will join the Oxygen line-up with a weekend marathon of the second season in January 2011. This will be followed by a companion unscripted reality competition series to discover the next “Glee” star scheduled to premiere in June 2011. Oxygen will retain exclusive basic cable rights to telecast all seasons throughout the Oxygen schedule beginning in 2013.
Entering its second season this fall and renewed for a third season on FOX, “Glee” is a biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. The highest-rated new scripted series of the season among key demos boasts critical acclaim, a loyal fan base of “Gleeks,” two certified Gold albums and more than 10 million song downloads. “Glee” was recently honored with a Peabody Award; a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical; a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. The cast has performed for the President and First Lady at the White House, appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” sang the national anthem at the World Series and graced the covers of Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.
The series follows an eager but naïve teacher, Will Schuster, who is on a mission to save McKinley High’s Glee Club – one kid and one song at a time. The glee club’s aspiring stars includes Rachel (Lea Michele), a pint-size diva with powerhouse pipes; Finn (Cory Monteith), the gullible quarterback with rock-and-roll blood; [...]

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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Josh Groban to guest star on season finale of “Glee”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Not that this show needs any guest stars to make it special, but tonight’s season one finale on FOX will feature Olivia Newton-John (her second appearance this season) and Josh Groban.
The finale has some high stakes drama with the gang competing in Regionals and pregnant cheerleader, Quinn (Dianna Agron) will have her baby. But there will be plenty of laughs, Jane Lynch tells E!
“It’s our kids, New Directions, or as we like to call them, nude erections,” she says with a laugh. “Don’t think we didn’t have fun with that name immediately.
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When Celebrities – Like Bret Michaels – Show True Grit, the Whole World Benefits

By Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Will Bret Michaels make the live finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” tonight – exactly one month and two days after the brain hemorrhage that could easily have killed him? And within days of his “warning stroke” and the discovery of a hole in his heart?
If anyone can pull off such a feat, rock and reality star Michaels is a good bet. He learned to battle through physical challenges from the time he was six and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
“When you’re five to eight years old and you find out you’re going to have to take insulin for the rest of your life, its pretty depressing. It’s heartbreaking,” he recalled in an interview a couple of years back. “But I just looked at it and embraced it. I said, ‘I’m still going to go out and enjoy my life. I’m still going to make music and ride motorcycles and get tattoos.’ I just gotta work a hell of a lot harder to take care of myself.”
Michaels says being able to go to a camp for diabetics as a child made all the difference in his world. “My mom was one of the counselors and later I was a counselor at a diabetic camp in Pennsylvania. I go back there every so many years to say ‘This is how I did it. This is what you gotta do.’”
He’s also actively raised funds for kids to go to such camps in various ways. In 2005, an unorthodox campaign — with the mark of Michaels’ creativity now familiar to “Apprentice” fans — involved selling a controversial t-shirt that had a photo of him shirtless on the front and the words, “Bret Michaels Diabetic,” along with the number of injections he’d taken as of the day they shot the picture – some 253, 210. And then the words, “Fear Nothing: Survive It.”
Michaels is displaying that same kind of courage and grit getting through his current crisis, and in so doing, he’s serving as an inspiration to millions.
When so often the media is focused on negative role models of the celebrity world, it’s worth noting that there are dozens of personalities, like Michaels, who set examples of courage and perseverance every year. Speaking of those who’ve faced diabetes as just one example, we have the likes of Halle Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, Gary Owens and [...]

“Glee” gives bad songs good reps

Being bad never felt so good.
Last night’s episode of “Glee” took on some of the cheesiest songs of the past, and tried to make them cool again. And those glee kids know a thing or two about being uncool.
After some of the glee club members released an embarrassing video of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) lip-synching to Olivia Newton John’s “Physical,” Mr. Shuester gets into hot water with the school because of a list, or Glist, rating the glee clubbers based on their coolness.
When no one will come forward to admit that they were the creator of the list, Mr. Shuester tells the class that their assignment for the week is to take a song considered currently lame, and make it great again. (This leads to an “Ice Ice Baby” rap by Matthew Morrison that we could have done without, to be honest.)
So, Rachel Berry, rated lowest on the Glist, decides to become “musically promiscious,” and pisses off her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, and other ex-boyfriend. And other glee kids try to create a raucous in the library, but just can’t seem to figure out how to be bad.
But through it all, Jane Lynch proves again that she is the comedic genius of this show. After Sue’s home-made music video is released, she’s taunted in the teacher’s lounge. (“You’re being laughed at in slow motion by a room full of inferiors whom you used to terrify.”)
And then, when the real Olivia Newton John calls, Sue and Olivia team up to recreate the “Physical” video in what truly establishes Sue (and Jane Lynch) as the queen of video remakes. Her voice may be severely edited, (especially in contrast to Newton John’s classic talent) but she’s now a pro at music videos worthy of a spot on MTV. That is, if they still showed music videos.
For all those whose DVRs failed to record the final moments of last night’s “Bad Reputation” episode, below you can find the “Eclipse of the Heart” cover. I never thought that song had a cheesy reputation, but “Glee” makes it even better!