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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Kendra, Carrie Ann Make Up; John Travolta Loves Maks

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 19th 2011 7:00AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van AmstelRivalries, couples not getting along, polarizing celebrities and loads of off-screen drama. These are the things that, for better or worse, have at times dominated the reality competition series known as 'Dancing With the Stars.'

But as regular viewers of the show are finding out, there's not much of that going on in season 12. Instead, the most compelling aspects of the show are taking place right where they should be -- on the dance floor.

There was, however, one feud that seemed to erupt from last week's show -- Kendra Wilkinson appeared to take great umbrage at judge Carrie Ann Inaba's remark that she appeared fearful of embracing elegance.

Wilkinson was still clearly upset by the exchange in the video segment shown prior to this week's dance. But what viewers may not know is that the two women cleared the air just before Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel performed the fox trot on Monday night.

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John Travolta and Cast of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Honored at 'TV Land Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 4:07AM
John Travolta of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' - '2011 TV Land Awards'Despite enormous breakout popularity in its first two seasons, 'Welcome Back, Kotter' never managed to win any awards. It created catch-phrases and made instant stars of its cast, but it wasn't until its 35th anniversary at the '2011 TV Land Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on TV Land) that the cast were honored for their work on the series.

"I think it's a little overdue, but thank you very much," said Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who played Freddie 'Boom-Boom' Washington. "Thank you for the award. Thank you for honoring us and the legacy."

Series co-creator and star Gabe Kaplan talked about how the show was largely inspired by his own upbringing and particularly his multicultural group of friends.

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'Welcome Back, Kotter' Cast Reunites on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 12:00PM
'Welcome Back, Kotter' Cast Reunites on 'GMA'On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), six cast members from 'Welcome Back, Kotter' reunited and fondly recalled the seminal sitcom. In particular, John Travolta thanked Gabe Kaplan for giving him a start in acting, and Kaplan revealed the origin of Vinnie Barbarino's catchphrase.

"I've waited thirty-five years to thank this man," Travolta said, gesturing to Kaplan. "I never got to publicly thank Gabe for his genius, his putting us on the map. You know, we all wouldn't be here today without Gabe."

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John Travolta Says Yes to a 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Reunion

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 3rd 2011 11:40AM
John TravoltaJohn Travolta is finally ready to reunite with his fellow Sweathogs.

The 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star has RSVP'd yes to the show's 35th reunion, which is scheduled to be held at the TV Land Awards in April, TV Guide reports. Although Travolta's the most famous James Buchanan High alum to say he'll attend, there's still a major piece of the cast who still hasn't signed on: Kotter himself.

Gabe Kaplan has not yet sent his response, according to TV Guide. However, TV Land assured the publication that more cast members will be announced soon.

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John Travolta Bald Photo Sets Off Heady Discussion on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 22nd 2011 2:05PM
Bald John Travolta Photo Sets Off Discussion on 'The View'The ladies of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), discuss a recent paparazzi photo of John Travolta, in which the balding actor is seen lounging on a beach in Hawaii without his hairpiece.

"Why doesn't [Justin] Bieber donate his bangs to Travolta?" jokes Joy Behar, referring to the teen singer's recent haircut.

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John Travolta Turns Down 'Glee' Cameo, Chloe Moretz Books '30 Rock' Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 25th 2011 4:30PM
John TravoltaJohn Travolta won't be jumping on the 'Glee' cameo train. The 'Grease' star told 'Entertainment Tonight' he was asked to cameo but turned down the offer.

"They've asked, but when I do musicals I train for six to nine months ... and a show like that is an on-demand thing," Travolta said. "I really have a criteria or a pride that I would wanna knock 'em dead, and I don't think I'd knock 'em dead in a week."

Travolta's 'Grease' co-star Olivia Newton John has appeared on the show twice. Among other high-profile guests, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow has a recurring role on the series and Anne Hathaway dreamed up her own role and pitched it to producers.

In other casting news ...

'Kick-Ass' star Chloe Moretz will guest on '30 Rock.' The actress confirmed the news via Twitter last night. "So!! Tomorrow I start filming #30Rock bright and early, so you all should expect tweeting to start before the sun shines...oh yes <3 Night!" [Twitter/MovieLine]

'Dallas' without J.R. Ewing? Not if Larry Hagman has anything to do with it. The 79-year-old actor has agreed to appear in TNT's reboot. "I haven't signed any contract but I gave them my commitment verbally," Hagman told TV Guide. "I just told them I'd do it and my word's good!" [TV Guide]

Tila Tequila will guest on '$#*! My Dad Says.' Yep, you needed another reason to groan about this show. The reality star will play Ting Ting, the wife of a rich man, on the Jan. 27 episode. [TV Guide]

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Jane Lynch Discusses Coming Out As a Lesbian, and "Outs" Another Star (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 11:51PM
Jane Lynch Discusses Coming Out as a Lesbian, and 'Outs' Another StarRecent Emmy Award-winner Jane Lynch appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated). While there, Lynch thanked Ellen for helping to pave the way for gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry. She also used her time on the show to jokingly disclose the name of a star who is secretly gay.

Neat! A secretly gay celebrity. Who could it be? Tom Cruise? John Travolta? ... Tom Cruise again?

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John Travolta's Surprise Appearance on 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 29th 2010 2:25AM
Kirstie Alley's Big Life, John Travolta, Kelly TravoltaAwww ... how cool would it be to have John Travolta and Kelly Preston show up at your surprise birthday party? And even cooler to have Travolta dance with you. That's how it went down on 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life' (Sun., 10PM ET on A&E).

And with the awful time the Travoltas have had after losing their son, Jett, it's nice to see them able to relax a bit and have fun. Hopefully, they're starting to have a new normal that takes them into the future.

Watch the video after the jump.

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John Travolta Sends Medical Supplies to Haiti (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 4th 2010 3:00PM
John Travolta is doing his part to help Haiti, which is still reeling from the devastating earthquake that struck on Jan. 12. During an interview on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), the actor said he personally sent two planes full of medical supplies to the ravaged country that have already been used as part of the Haitian relief effort.

"The great news on that was that all the supplies that I sent down with the 22 doctors stayed with them, and 90 percent of it's been used already, and they've saved hundreds of lives," Travolta said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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John Travolta on Dealing with Grief Over Son's Death (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:00PM
It's been more than a year since John Travolta's son Jet died of seizure at the family's holiday home in the Bahamas. Since then, Travolta says he and wife Kelly Preston have come to terms with their grief through Scientology and the support of family and friends.

"We've worked very hard every day since our loss, and our church has helped us tremendously. We're on a special program designed for loss, and we've been helped a tremendous amount. Our friends, our fans ... You would be surprised about how even a fan letter that says something just right will make your moment for you and get you through that day a little better," Travolta said on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

Watch the video after the jump.

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John Travolta Impersonates Nicolas Cage on 'The Jay Leno Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 3rd 2009 1:43PM
Jay Leno had John Travolta break out an impression of former co-star Nicolas Cage, continuing with his tradition on 'The Jay Leno Show' of making stars jump through hoops in order to earn plugs for something they want to promote.

In this clip, Travolta provides a quick impression of Cage asking singer Barbra Streisand out on a date.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Top 50 Teen Idols (10-1)

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jun 13th 2009 3:09PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I have never been so terrified to see a movie until I started reading about Food, Inc. There are some things that I feel I have to learn about, but I'm just so scared to. Read Cinematical's review of Food, Inc. and see if you're as terrified as I am.
  • I think it was Rob Huebel who Tweeted the other day something along the lines of, "If John Travolta called me personally and told me to go see The Taking of Pelham 123, I wouldn't go. And I'd ask how he got my number." I couldn't agree more. Read the review here.
  • I actually didn't like the train scene in Spiderman 2. Cinematical disagrees with me though, and lists it on their Cinematical Seven: Terrific Train Thrills.
  • I love this list: Great Movies You Won't Watch More Than Once. There are so many for me, and I definitely agree with the majority's consensus of Requiem for a Dream. Once was more than enough for me.
  • Angelina Jolie doesn't need to worry about being replaced anymore. Turns out, Megan Fox doesn't actually exist, and is all CGI.

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Dallas movie is now a comedy

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2007 2:10PM

betty thomasWell, the constant changes in cast and directors so far has been comedic, that's for sure. The project is now on its third director after Bend it Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha walked away, possibly leaving the project in the hands of Betty Thomas, who previously directed the bigscreen adaptation of The Brady Bunch.

Many big names were attached to the project, including John Travolta, Jennifer Garner, Meg Ryan, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Shirley MacLaine. Travolta, set to play oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, is the only one who still remains.

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Welcome Back, Kotter ... you've got mail!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2007 12:20PM

Gabe KaplanPeople who say "hey, whatever happened to Gabe Kaplan?" obviously don't watch poker on television. He's been a player and commentator on the tour for quite some time now. He doesn't act, but he is getting back into stand-up comedy.

He's also a writer. He has a new book out, Kotter's Back: E-mails From A Faded Celebrity To A Bewildered World. It's a series of humorous e-mails to various people about supposedly great ideas that Kaplan has to get back into the public eye. Stuff like writing a memoir about his sex life or starting a gambling camp for kids.

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