January 6, 2009 |
Jett Travolta's body showed no sign of head trauma despite a police statement that he hit his head on a bathtub, and the death certificate says he was killed by a seizure, an undertaker said Monday. The 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom Friday at a family vacation home on Grand Bahama Island.
January 27, 2008 |
A car speeding down a private airport runway near Ocala ran off an embankment and was airborne for 200 feet before smashing into a tree, killing all five young men in the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Investigators did not know whether the BMW was alone or was racing another car on the air strip at the exclusive "fly-in" community of Jumbolair Aviation Estates, where pilot-actor John Travolta has a home. According to the preliminary investigation, the car ran off the 85-foot-high embankment at the end of the runway.
November 20, 2007 |
John Travolta returned to his musical roots with delightful results in the cotton candy confection "Hairspray" (New Line, $35), which bops onto DVD today in a two-disc "Shake & Shimmy Edition." Based on the 1988 John Waters film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway adaptation, "Hairspray" is set in 1962 Baltimore and features Travolta as sweet-as-a-kitten Edna Turnblad, a hefty housewife and mother of the equally weight-challenged teenager daughter Tracy (newcomer Nikki Blonsky).
November 18, 2007 |
JOHN TRAVOLTA remembers the moment in December 1977 when Pauline Kael's rave review of "Saturday Night Fever" came out in the New Yorker magazine. "I was at the Plaza Hotel," says Travolta. "The New Yorker came out and I saw my manager cry. She was his favorite critic, and the idea that she got what he always felt about me was really moving to him. He was deemed right for choosing me and representing me." And life, he says, "started again at that time for me.
September 2, 2007 |
Perhaps the dress code should have called for board shorts and bikinis at the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 26 at Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre, where winners took home surfboards, not statuettes. 1. Avril Lavigne was riding high after her win for her song "Girlfriend," which she performed during the show. But teen queen 2. Miley Cyrus edged out the pop-punk princess in the summer artist category and also snagged best TV actress in a comedy honors. 3.
July 20, 2007 |
At first blush, the idea of a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on "Hairspray," the film by John Waters, seems beyond derivative -- it's practically inbred. So it comes as a surprise when the movie turns out to be as happy, healthy and attractive as it does.
December 7, 2006 |
Olivia Newton-John is suing Universal Music Group Inc. for allegedly failing to pay more than $1 million in royalties on sales of the "Grease" soundtrack album. Newton-John starred with John Travolta in the 1978 movie version of the Broadway hit. Universal branded the lawsuit, filed in L.A. Superior Court, as "without merit."
November 12, 2005 |
With his wildly colorful T-shirts and gargantuan belt buckles that would make a member of World Wrestling Entertainment proud, 66-year-old Paul Bloch doesn't look like your typical celebrity publicist. But when Tom Cruise, America's favorite out-of-control movie star, announced his hiring this week, Hollywood was waiting to see whether the couch-hopping, psychiatry-bashing, Scientology-proselytizing genie could be stuffed back into the bottle.
March 4, 2005 |
Ten years ago, the amusing "Get Shorty," based on the Elmore Leonard novel, introduced John Travolta as Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark and movie fan, who on a trip to L.A. became convinced the motion picture business was a snap compared to wheeling and dealing in the underworld. Palmer is back in "Be Cool," and although Travolta is as smooth as ever, the picture is a bust, a grimly unfunny comedy with no connection to reality, and worst of all, running on and on for two dismal hours.
February 23, 2005 |
Heineken, the Dutch brewer that hired Brad Pitt to star in a commercial during this month's Super Bowl, has signed "Pulp Fiction" actor John Travolta to promote its namesake brew in a new ad as the company strives to spur U.S. sales growth. The commercial will be a play on Travolta's role as former gangster Chili Palmer in "Be Cool," the sequel to the 1995 comedy "Get Shorty," Heineken Chief Financial Officer Rene Hooft Graafland said.