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Moving on up: ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ wins Emmy for Best Variety Special (Live)

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Moving on up: ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ wins Emmy for Best Variety Special (Live)
While the Tony Awards ceremony has dominated the Best Variety Special (or Special Class) category since 2007, winning nine times, while three live productions of stage musicals — “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Grease” and “Jesus Christ” took the rest of the honors– voters instead went for executive producers Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” — live re-creations of episodes from Lear’s TV classics “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

The win comes 40 years after “All in the Family” collected its 22nd Emmy Award in 1979 — tying at the time the record for most wins as Best Comedy Series (4) held by “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Both “Frasier” and “Modern Family” have passed them with five each in more recent decades.

See 2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Saturday): Full list of nominees and winners in 48 categories

Nothing was changed from the original scripts,
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WWE Smackdown Live – Sept 3rd 2019: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s SmackDown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and if Sam Kinison had played Sandy in Grease, then all of her songs would have been loud screams. Hopelessly Devoted To You! Ahhhh! Ahhhh! Ahhhhh! Okay, Roman Reigns still wants to know who tried to kill him. I want to review this show…or bring me Peter Pan! I need to know if he’s a dude or a chick. That stupid hat. Here comes SmackDown.

Match #1: Elias def. Ali – King of the Ring Quarterfinals Match The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Ali squared off against Elias in the King of the Ring Quarterfinals. Both Superstars came out of the gates with their best stuff, as Ali used his blinding speed and took to the skies. Elias attempted to counter by overpowering Ali,
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New Hollywood Podcast: Isaiah Mustafa Talks ‘It: Chapter Two’, Scary Clowns and Being Known As “The Old Spice Guy”

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New Hollywood Podcast: Isaiah Mustafa Talks ‘It: Chapter Two’, Scary Clowns and Being Known As “The Old Spice Guy”
Isaiah Mustafa is probably best known as “the Old Spice guy” but long before that, he was acting. And before that, he was playing football. While sitting in the New Hollywood Podcast hot seat, the Shadowhunters and It: Chapter Two star shared his journey to becoming an actor — which had a lot of interesting surprises.

Mustafa said he admitted that his road to being an actor wasn’t necessarily strategic nor was his career as a football player. In fact, he said, he kind of just “stumbled” into it. He shared the very fascinating story about his audition for the Old Spice guy (which he eventually landed) while working at the Abbey in West Hollywood. We also talk about his role as adult Mike Hanlon in the Andrés Muschietti-directed all-star sequel to the highest-grossing horror movie of all time (It: Chapter Two opens September 6). And going off of the theme
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Exclusive Photo: John Travolta at Wizard World for ‘The Fanatic’

Chicago – John Travolta continues to surprise by challenging himself in offbeat roles. His latest is “The Fanatic,” which had its nationwide release on August 30th. To promote the film and greet admirers, Travolta stopped by the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago, and Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com shot an Exclusive Photo.

The Fanatic” was based on a true story that actually occurred to co-writer/director Fred Durst, the front man for the band Limp Bizkit. The topic is extreme fandom and stalking, and Travolta portrays Moose, an autistic man who worships horror film actor Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). After finding out where his hero lives, Moose begins stalking him relentlessly, escalating into a dangerous situation for Dunbar. Durst based the story on a fan who pursued him during the height of Limp Bizkit’s popularity.

John Travolta at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 24th, 2019

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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John Travolta Most Memorable Onscreen Hairdos (and Don’ts), From ‘Grease’ to ‘The Fanatic’ (Photos)

John Travolta Most Memorable Onscreen Hairdos (and Don’ts), From ‘Grease’ to ‘The Fanatic’ (Photos)
“Welcome Back Kotter” (1975-79)

With his wavy hair and million-dollar smile, John Travolta first became a hearthrob on this ’70s sitcom as cocky high school student Vinnie Barbarino.

Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

“Would ya just watch the hair?” Travolta’s Brooklyn disco king Tony Manero is obsessed with his locks.

Grease” 1978

Travolta slicked it back to play a greaser in the musical phenom “Grease.”

Read original story John Travolta Most Memorable Onscreen Hairdos (and Don’ts), From ‘Grease’ to ‘The Fanatic’ (Photos) At TheWrap
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Tara Sutaria loves to sing, but focus is on acting for now

"Student of the Year 2" actress Tara Sutaria is looking forward to the release of her second Bollywood film, "Marjaavaan". She says singing is one of the things she loves, but would like to focus on acting right now, putting her musical dreams on the backburner.

The young actress, who did quite a few musicals on the stage before entering films, says her experience of working in the "Grease" musical is one of the high points of her entertainment career.

Also Read:?Bollywood divas sizzle on ramp at Lfw 2019

"It gave me the opportunity to do all the things I love most - sing, dance and act," Tara told Ians, about the "Grease" experience.

The soundtrack of "Student of the Year 2" didn't feature her vocals. What about "Marjaavaan"?

"I haven't recorded anything for 'Marjaavaan' yet. Right now I'd like to concentrate on building my skill set for the
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John Travolta Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ of Grease Costar Olivia Newton-John as She Faces Cancer

John Travolta Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ of Grease Costar Olivia Newton-John as She Faces Cancer
John Travolta still has an incredible amount of love for his former Grease costar, Olivia Newton-John.

On Thursday, the 65-year-old actor was at the red carpet premiere for his new film The Fanatic when he was asked about Newton-John, who has spent the past few years facing cancer.

“She looks incredible,” Travolta told Entertainment Tonight at the event, held at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. “She doesn’t look any different than [she did] years ago, and I’m very proud of her.”

Travolta and Newton-John, 70, remained close friends since starring as a young couple in the beloved 1974 film adaptation of Jim Jacobs
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‘Flight of the Navigator: Limited Edition’ Blu-ray Review (Second Sight)

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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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Summer Box Office Grosses $4.5 Billion, Disney Takes Half, and Cinema Is At Risk

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This was the summer in which Disney saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.

How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.

Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels

Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians” at #7, and “The Meg” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.

And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made
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Patrick Swayze movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Ghost,’ ‘Road House’

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Patrick Swayze movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Ghost,’ ‘Road House’
Although his films for the most part weren’t award winners or critical successes, Patrick Swayze starred in a stream of commercially successful movies that have since gone on to attain cult status. Two set the standard for the iconic 1980s Brat-Pack teen movies, and two films that have become a huge part of pop culture. Men wanted to be him, women loved him and he is one of the actors that comes to mind as one we lost much too soon.

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, the second of five children. His mother owned a dance studio, and Swayze became an accomplished dancer, although he was bullied in school for his training in classical ballet. As a teen, he honed several skills besides dance, including ice skating, acting in school plays, martial arts and football. His hopes for a football scholarship were dashed when he injured his knee.
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Patrick Swayze movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Patrick Swayze movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Although his films for the most part weren’t award winners or critical successes, Patrick Swayze starred in a stream of commercially successful movies that have since gone on to attain cult status. Two set the standard for the iconic 1980s Brat-Pack teen movies, and two films that have become a huge part of pop culture. Men wanted to be him, women loved him and he is one of the actors that comes to mind as one we lost much too soon.

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, the second of five children. His mother owned a dance studio, and Swayze became an accomplished dancer, although he was bullied in school for his training in classical ballet. As a teen, he honed several skills besides dance, including ice skating, acting in school plays, martial arts and football. His hopes for a football scholarship were dashed when he injured his knee.
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John Travolta and Jimmy Fallon Compete in ‘John Travolt-Off’ Challenge (Video)

John Travolta and Jimmy Fallon Compete in ‘John Travolt-Off’ Challenge (Video)
Look who’s talking! John Travolta was Jimmy Fallon’s guest on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, and the two had a friendly competition to determine who is the best John Travolta of all time: Jimmy Fallon … or John Travolta.

It was a “John Travolt-Off,” if you will. And the two traded off brief impressions of classic lines and scenes from some of Travolta’s most famous movies, many of which have shown vastly different shades of the actor through his multi-decade career.

Fallon got to do a line as Tony Manero from “Saturday Night Fever” and as Vincent Vega from “Pulp Fiction,” while the “Random Travolta Generator” resulted in Travolta doing Danny Zuko from “Grease” and even the villain Sean Archer from “Face/Off.” That one was tricky, because it required Travolta to dip into a bit of a Nicolas Cage impression as well.

Also Read: John Travolta Shares 'Carrie
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John Travolta Transforms Back into Grease's Danny Zuko in Face-Off With Jimmy Fallon

John Travolta Transforms Back into Grease's Danny Zuko in Face-Off With Jimmy Fallon
What can we say, we got chills... Grease is still the word for John Travolta! On the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, the 65-year-old actor and host Jimmy Fallon took part in a "John Travolt-Off," in which they performed short reenactments of the star's scenes from some of his top movies, including the hit 1978 musical film—one of the most beloved movies in the United States of all time. With the help of the "Random Travolta Generator," Travolta himself was given the task of reenacting a line from Grease, to Fallon's delight. The actor channeled Danny Zuko once more and acted out the part where the character has a surprise...
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John Travolta Competes in "Travolt-Off" Challenge with Jimmy Fallon

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John Travolta's got moves and he multiplied them with the help of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

The two-time Oscar nominee appeared as a guest Thursday night to discuss his upcoming film The Fanatic, but not before participating in a "John Travolt-Off" with the host.

During the impersonation competition, the two recreated several iconic scenes and dance moves from famous Travolta films, such as Grease and Pulp Fiction, to determine once and for all who is the best Travolta. Despite Fallon's fairly convincing Vincent Vega, he was no match for the original Travolta — especially when the actor pulled ...
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Atlanta Comedy Troupe Sues For Right To Perform Grease Parody

Atlanta's award-winning and longest-running sketch comedy company, Sketchworks Comedy, has filed a lawsuit against the rights'-holders of Grease. Sketchworks Comedy wrote and produced a parody of Grease titled Vape The Musical. The show had a successful run in Atlanta and was set to premiere in New York City in August, but was cancelled after the owners of the musical Grease, including Jim Jacobs, one of its writers, issued a cease and desist letter.
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‘The White Crow’ – Dancing From Stage To Screen

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Academy Award®-nominee Ralph Fiennes and BAFTA-winning screenwriter David Hare bring the incredible true story of the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, one of the greatest and most famous ballet dancers of the 20th century, vividly to life in The White Crow – which comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD on 5th August.

Ukrainian ballet star, Oleg Ivenko, took on the role of the young Nureyev in his first ever acting role, following in the footsteps of the Russian dancer himself who ventured into acting as Rudolph Valentino in Ken Russell’s film of the same name in 1977.

To celebrate the release of The White Crow, we take a look back at the ballet dancers who have also made the same leap from stage to the screen.

Moira Shearer

Scottish-born Moira Shearer received her early ballet training with the Russian teacher Nicholas Legat, a former premier dancer with the Russian Imperial Ballet.
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‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High’ at 40: How the Ramones and a Rebellious Female Lead Invaded Theaters

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‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High’ at 40: How the Ramones and a Rebellious Female Lead Invaded Theaters
In the late 1970s, Roger Corman was looking to produce a high school-themed movie. Knowing that one of his young directing proteges had a bent for music, the head of New World Pictures had an idea. As Allan Arkush remembers Corman telling him: “I’ve been thinking, since ‘Grease’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ are hits, why don’t you put music in it and we’ll call it ‘Disco High’?”

Fortunately, as “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” took shape, cooler heads prevailed … and nothing could be cooler than the Ramones, then, in 1979, or now, even after most of the band members have passed on. It was 40 years ago this week that the film had its New York City opening, which was part of a very, very staggered release pattern for a low-budget project that came to stand in the upper ranks of almost everyone’s list of essential music movies.
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‘Little Mermaid’ Set as ABC Live Musical, Auli’i Cravalho to Star

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The Little Mermaid” will come to ABC as a live musical.

Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho will play the lead role. Queen Latifah will play the villainous Ursula and Shaggy will play the crab, Sebastian. More castings will be announced at a later date.

The special will feature music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version, originally composed by Alan Menken. Howard Ashman’s iconic film lyrics will also be showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, will also contribute. It is slated to air Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Et.

The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” is produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton — who will also direct — Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor and Ian Stewart. Also executive producing is Richard Kraft, producer and director of the acclaimed Hollywood Bowl productions of “The Little Mermaid
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Our dream cast for ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 includes Clay Aiken, Rosie O’Donnell, Naya Rivera, CeeLo Green…

Our dream cast for ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 includes Clay Aiken, Rosie O’Donnell, Naya Rivera, CeeLo Green…
The first season of “The Masked Singer” was such a success that all eyes will be on the Fox network to make sure that Season 2 has even bigger and better celebrities hiding behind those extravagant costumes. While folks like T-Pain (as Monster), Donny Osmond (as Peacock) and Gladys Knight (as Bee) were some of the names who popped up in Season 1, Gold Derby contributors John Benutty and Denton Davidson have come with a list of 20 potential candidates for the second installment, which premieres September 25. Below, get a sneak peek at four of our dream cast members and then be sure to click through our gallery above to see even more.

See‘The Masked Singer’ could be the reality show that finally wins Best Competition Program Emmy for Fox network

Clay Aiken — Since we’re talking about reality TV voices, we have to include Aiken who, since “American Idol” Season 2, has
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‘The Other Two’: How Helene Yorke Deliberately Crafted a Character Who’s Clueless About Everything

‘The Other Two’: How Helene Yorke Deliberately Crafted a Character Who’s Clueless About Everything
“I, Heléne, am a lot,” said theater-turned-tv actress Heléne Yorke, owning her big personality during an interview with IndieWire.

The star of Comedy Central’s hit series “The Other Two” plays Brooke Dubek, a struggling Millennial who’s been drifting through life after an injury ended her career as a dancer. When her 13-year-old brother becomes a viral singing sensation overnight, she takes this as an opportunity to draft off his fame to find her calling.

Yorke, who had initially treaded the boards as an outlet for her outsized energy, can identify with making a major career transition after an injury. With a Bfa for Musical Theatre in hand, Yorke had landed gigs on and off Broadway, ranging from roles in “Grease” and “Wicked” to “American Psycho” and “Bullets Over Broadway.” While working on a show in Atlanta, she broke her ankle, which sidelined her for six weeks in her hometown of Los Angeles.
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