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"Grease: Rydell High" at HBO Max

TV spinoff "Grease: Rydell High", based on director Randal Kleiser's 1978 dancing/singing feature "Grease" has been handed a 'straight-to-series' order at HBO Max, to be produced by Paramount Television, Erik Feig's Picturestart and Temple Hill, featuring musical numbers from the 1950's era with new original songs, launching in 2020:

"Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation," said Sarah Aubrey, head of content at HBO Max, "and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series.

"This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock 'n roll musical. It's 'Grease 2.0' but with the same spirit, energy and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs. 'You're the One That I Want'!
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‘Flight of the Navigator: Limited Edition’ Blu-ray Review (Second Sight)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Adler, Howard Hesseman | Written by Michael Burton, Matt MacManus | Directed by Randal Kleiser

I grew up with Flight of the Navigator. It’s always been one of my favourite movies. A family sci-fi adventure film that kinda fell under the radar to some degree and has since become a cult classic. It’s charming, it’s funny, it’s nostalgic as hell and it’s incredibly entertaining, so I was completely and utterly on board when Second Sight announced their upcoming Blu-ray release. A limited edition release with special features, extra goodies and a new transfer? Fans are very happy. I had a chance to take a look at the blu-ray release and here are my thoughts on it, as well as my opinions, all these years later, on the film itself.

The film was directed by Randal Kleiser,
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Grease Prequel on the Way for Some Reason

Kirsten Howard Apr 10, 2019

It's money. The reason is money.

Good news, everyone! That Grease prequel you've been dreaming about all these years - right? - is coming to a theater near you soon, according to THR.

Paramount's Summer Loving will explore the events detailed in "Summer Nights," the relentless earworm Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) sang to their respective friends in Randal Kleiser's 1978 hit, Grease. The retrospectively problematic one about how they first met and fell for each other, and whether Sandy put up a fight. Honestly, just typing these words has created a full Naked Lunch moment for your writer.

How do we know Summer Loving will be a key project for Paramount in the next couple of years? Well, the studio has hired John August to write the film. August is behind Guy Ritchie's new live-action Aladdin film, has written copious screenplays for
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Ilana Glazer's False Positive Begins Shooting with Justin Theroux and Pierce Brosnan

Earlier this month we saw one-time comedian and Comedy Central star Jordan Peele continue on his journey to becoming one of the undisputed modern masters of horror with his doppelganger flick Us. And today we have word that fellow Comedy Central alumni and Broad City actress/creator Ilana Glazer may be looking to follow in Peele's footsteps with her upcoming horror movie False Positive. Glazer co-wrote the psychological horror film and will also produce for A24, and she will be joined in the cast by Justin Theroux and Pierce Brosnan as filming begins on Monday.

Exact plot details are being kept under wraps.

For those who might not know, Ilana Glazer is most well known for creating the hit series Broad City. But the comedian, actress, writer has also starred in Lucia Aniello's Rough Night co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zo&#235 Kravitz, and Kate McKinnon; and Jonathan Levine's
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary
Grease stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have reunited to celebrate the anniversary of the movie musical, which released 40 years ago. The two former co-stars posed for some pictures together Wednesday night after the screening of Grease, along with a few other actors from the 1978 hit movie.

The screening was held last night by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group best known for hosting the Oscars every year. The Academy regularly holds anniversary screenings of some of the most iconic movies Hollywood has put out. Last month, they hosted screenings of both Grease and Hairspray, and will be hosting the 25th Anniversary screening of The Joy Luck Club next Wednesday.

The stars at attendance for the 40th Anniversary Grease screening last night were John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Didi Conn (Frenchie), Barry Peral (Doody), and director Randal Kleiser. It was great to see a good portion of
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary Celebration

John Travolta and Olivia Newton Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary Celebration
You're still the one that I want! Grease co-stars John Travolta, 64, and Olivia Newton-John, 69, reunited on Wednesday for the first time in years at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' screening and Q&A celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic musical film. The two, who played high school couple Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, were joined by fellow past cast members Didi Conn, 67 (Frenchie) and Barry Pearl, 68 (Doody) and director Randal Kleiser, 72. At the event, Travolta said Newton-John was his favorite thing about doing Grease.  "If you were a young man in the '70s, and I'm sure many of you were, out there, if you remember...
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We’ve Got Chills! Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta Reunite for Grease's 40th Anniversary

We’ve Got Chills! Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta Reunite for Grease's 40th Anniversary
They go together.

At a 40th anniversary screening of Grease at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta proved they are still hopelessly devoted to each other after all these years.

Newton-John, 69 — Grease‘s good girl Sandy — wore a pink shirt, matching sneakers, and a white suit for the landmark occasion. Travolta — T-Bird Danny Zuko — sported jeans, a black blazer, and a gray beard. The iconic onscreen couple even showed off their dance moves for photographers.

Didi Conn, who played beauty school dropout Frenchy, Barry Pearl, who starred as T-Bird Doody, and Randal Kleiser,
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Film Review: ‘White Fang’

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Film Review: ‘White Fang’
The wild wolfdog isn’t the only thing that gets tamed in “White Fang,” Luxembourgish animator Alexandre Espigares’s ravishingly designed new take on the old Jack London chestnut: London’s hard-bitten survivalist narrative is in for a wholesome cleanup too. Ostensibly more faithful to the novel than Randal Kleiser’s 1991 live-action family adventure — rather than introducing a human protagonist, it wisely stays loyal to London’s predominant mutt’s-eye-view — it nonetheless retains some of that film’s Disneyfied plot adjustments, and tempers certain visceral details to puppydog-cute effect. That’s understandable given the junior target audience, though it’s uncertain whether smaller fry will be sufficiently enraptured by the film’s richly rendered Yukon environment to wait out its stately, staggered storytelling.

Either way, enterprising families can find out for themselves via Netflix, which scooped up Espigares’s film after a warmly received premiere in Sundance’s Kids sidebar.
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The Cast of 'Grease' Shares Memories for Film's 40th Anniversary: "It Was Like a Party Every Day" (Exclusive)

In an exclusive cover story, Closer Weekly celebrates the 40th anniversary of the beloved hit Grease — filled with exclusive interviews from the musical cast who share never-before-heard memories of filming and explain why they'll always be connected to one another. "Can you believe it," John Travolta marvels to Closer about Grease reaching this milestone. "It's the movie that lasts forever!" The film adaptation of the stage musical premiered on June 16, 1978, and it's been a fan favorite ever since. "We didn't have any great expectation and then 40 years later, it's still going," says Olivia Newton-John, who played transfer student Sandy. (Photo Credit: R/R) "It was like a party every day. A lot of the actors had been in Grease on Broadway and they were so excited to be part of it, and that permeated the set," director Randal Kleiser tells Closer. "Grease is about firsts — first car, first love, first breakup.
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The Academy’s Summer Screenings Include Grease And Hairspray (1988)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its summer programming lineup this week for both Los Angeles and New York. A full schedule and tickets for the screenings can be found here: oscars.org/summer-at-the-academy.

Schedule is as follows, participants listed will be in attendance (schedules permitting):

June

Sideways (2004) – June 1 – 7 p.m.

Academy at Metrograph, New York City

With Oscar®-winning co-writer Jim Taylor.

George Stevens Lecture: Alice Adams (1935) – June 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Academy Writers Branch governor Robin Swicord.

Acting And Performance Capture:

A Revolution In Technology And Collaboration – June 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Academy Science and Technology Council

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

Co-hosted by Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson and actor Cch Pounder.

With actor Karin Konoval and more.

The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook – June 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Oscar-winning
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"Grease" Is Still The Word At Cannes

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Fans gathered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéma de la Plage on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France to watch a special 40th anniversary screening of a newly restored version of Paramount’s enduringly popular cultural phenomenon Grease. (Photo:Theo Wood)

Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Paramount:

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Hollywood, Calif.— Paramount Pictures hosted a special screening of the enduringly popular cultural phenomenon Grease at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. John Travolta and director Randal Kleiser took part in the Cinéma de la Plage event on May 16th where fans relived the unforgettable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story at a spectacular outdoor screening of the newly restored film on the beach.

Thierry Frémaux, Festival de Cannes Director, introduces John Travolta and director Randal Kleiser prior to a special 40th anniversary
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'Grease' Star Didi Conn Reveals John Travolta Had a Crush on Olivia Newton-John During the Movie's Filming

Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson were the perfect pair in Grease! The iconic movie tells the story about a high school couple who struggle to make their relationship work after they fall madly in love with one another over the summer. In the beloved film, Olivia Newton-John famously played good-girl Sandy and John Travolta portrayed Danny, a grease-loving bad boy. This year, the film turns 40 and in honor of the anniversary, Grease star Didi Conn (aka Frenchy!) dished on some big behind-the-scenes secrets from the 1978 musical. In a new interview, Didi revealed that John was attracted to Olivia during the movie's shoot. "Oh yeah, [he did like her]. What was so much fun was that most of us were older than the characters we were playing so we just stayed in character all day long. So there was an ongoing improvisation happening so the flirting… was fine. It was the context of the characters and the storyline,
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Cannes 2018. Lineup

  • MUBI
The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 71st edition of the festival:COMPETITIONEverybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi)At War (Stéphane Brizé)Dogman (Matteo Garrone)Le livre d'images (Jean-Luc Godard)Netemo Sameteo (Asako I & II) (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi)Sorry Angel (Christophe Honoré)Girls of the Sun (Eva Husson)Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)Shoplifter (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Capernaum (Nadine Labaki)Burning (Lee Chang-dong)BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)Three Faces (Jafar Panahi)Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)Lazzaro Felice (Alice Rohrwacher)Yomeddine (A.B. Shawky)Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov)Un couteau dans le cœur (Yann Gonzalez)Ayka (Sergei Dvortsevoy)The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)Out Of COMPETITIONSolo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)Le grand bain (Gilles Lelouch)The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)Un Certain REGARDGräns (Ali Abbasi
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The Morning Watch: Notes on a Scene from ‘Grease’, Ralph Macchio Dishes ‘Karate Kid’ Secrets & More

The Morning Watch: Notes on a Scene from ‘Grease’, Ralph Macchio Dishes ‘Karate Kid’ Secrets & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Grease director Randal Kleiser breaks down perhaps the […]

The post The Morning Watch: Notes on a Scene from ‘Grease’, Ralph Macchio Dishes ‘Karate Kid’ Secrets & More appeared first on /Film.
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Orson Welles Is Coming to Cannes 2018 After All, but Not With Netflix

Orson Welles Is Coming to Cannes 2018 After All, but Not With Netflix
Despite Netflix removing all of its films from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Orson Welles will still be represented on the Croisette next month. The festival has announced the official lineup for this year’s Cannes Classics sidebar, and included on the list is the FilmStruck-produced documentary “The Eyes of Orson Welles,” from British documentarian Mark Cousin.

Netflix had originally been set to bring Welles’ unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” to the festival’s Out of Competition section, but the streaming giant announced it would not be attending the festival in any capacity after Cannes reinstated a rule preventing films without French theatrical distribution from competing for the Palme d’Or. The rule would not have affected “The Other Side of the Wind,” but Netflix wasn’t going to make an exception.

“The Eyes of Orson Welles” includes access to a lifetime of private drawings and paintings by Welles,
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Cannes Classics: Orson Welles Doc, ‘Bicycle Thieves’, ‘Big Blue’, ‘Grease’ – Full List

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Orson Welles will be featured at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. It still won’t be via his previously unfinished The Other Side Of The Wind, which recently got caught in the scrum between the festival and Netflix. Rather, Welles will be represented in The Eyes Of Orson Welles, a new documentary from Mark Cousins that’s part of the Cannes Classics selection.

The festival today unveiled its full roster for the Classics sidebar which includes tributes and documentaries about film and filmmakers, and restorations presented by producers, distributors, foundations, cinemathèques and rights holders. Among the attendees this year are Martin Scorsese, Jane Fonda, Christopher Nolan and John Travolta.

The Eyes Of Orson Welles is a journey through the filmmaker’s visual process. Thanks to Welles’ daughter Beatrice, Cousins (The Story Of Film) was granted access to never-before-seen drawings, paintings and early works that form a sketchbook from his life.
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‘Grease’ Receives Electrifyin’ 40th Anniversary 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Release

It’s been 40 years since the iconic musical Grease had audiences singing and dancing to every song when it hit the big screen. The film would put John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on the map for good as the memorable duo Danny and Sandy. The musical made $8,941,717, on June 18th 1978 with a wide release. It is currently the second highest-grossing musical. Now the film is 40 and celebrating with a first time ever 4K Ultra release and Blu-ray combo pack which includes a Rydell High yearbook.

Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease made an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,
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Grease Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary This Spring

Grease Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary This Spring
Grease is Still the Word as the Iconic Movie Musical Returns to Big Screens Nationwide This April for its 40th Anniversary. It's a high school reunion unlike any other as Grease, the timeless cultural phenomenon starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, returns to U.S. movie theaters this April to celebrate its 40th anniversary in a special presentation from Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Paramount Pictures.

For two days only, Sunday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 11, Grease will be presented as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will join in the fun by offering special commentary both before and after the film, which will play at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) each day.

Tickets for Grease can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be
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Grease 40th Anniversary Edition Arrives on 4k Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack in April

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A new Blu-ray Combo Pack is on its way, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit Grease! Check out all the new extra features that come with it!

Get ready to feel old, Grease is 40 years old. That's right, it's time get the classic 50s musical, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, something ruby as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary! What better way to commemorate this achievement than to release a brand-new 4k Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack restoring the film to today's standards and even adding new bonus content!

The 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Combo Pack for Grease releases April 24, 2018! To see what all it entails, read the PR below:

Hollywood, Calif. – It’s got a groove, it’s got a meaning…and it’s still a cultural phenomenon 40 years after its original release. The iconic celebration of high school life in the 1950s, Grease is the way you’ll be feeling
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The Movie ‘Flight of the Navigator’ is Getting a Remake

‘Flight of the Navigator’ was a hugely popular hit during the 1980s. Now, this alien abduction movie is getting a remake. The science fiction adventure film was originally released in 1986.It was directed by Randal Kleiser and co-written by Michael Burton, Mark H. Baker, and Matt MacManus. The premise of the movie is a 12-year-old-boy, played by Joey Cramer, who is abducted in 1978 by an alien spaceship. When he returns, it is 1986 and he finds himself in a new world that has changed around him. The movie also starred Paul Reubens as the voice of Max, Cliff DeYoung

The Movie ‘Flight of the Navigator’ is Getting a Remake
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