A short, private battle with cancer has ended the life of TV and movie star Kirstie Alley at 71. The Rebecca days (Image via NBC) Her family announced her death on her official social media accounts: (Image via Twitter) Alley was born on January 12, 1951, in Wichita, Kansas, but relocated to Los Angeles in…Read more
Olivia Newton-John, ‘Grease’ Star and Pop Phenom, Dies @ 73
Olivia Newton-John, remembered by generations of moviegoers for her performance as Sandy in the movie musical Grease, and one of the last century's most successful singers, died Monday, August 8, 2022, of cancer — 30 years after she began her battle. A real-life goddess (GIF via GIPHY) She was 73. Newton-John had been diagnosed with…Read more
Olivia Newton-John: 15 Quintessential Songs
The passing of Olivia Newton-John today, August 8, 2022, at 73 leaves a gaping hole in so many of our childhoods — she is just the latest '80s great (and '70s, too!) to die far too young. Oh, Sandy ... (Image via Universal) Her discography is immaculate, and runs the gamut from country-and-western to bubblegum-pop,…Read more
Dolly Gets Poked, Paul Simon Gets Jabbed, Fran Drescher on Getting the ‘Fever’ & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: Stuck on Dolly! (Image via Dolly Parton) TWITTER: Living legend Dolly Parton, whose money helped fund a COVID-19 vaccine in the first place, proudly poses for photos receiving her second dose. https://youtu.be/GU0ihSA4jgM SHOWBIZ CHEAT SHEET: Above, Fran Drescher recalls her small role in Saturday Night Fever, which was…Read more
Diana Hyland, John Travolta’s First Tragic Loss
Upon hearing of the out-of-nowhere death from breast cancer of Kelly Preston, 57, the wife of superstar John Travolta, 66, I immediately thought of the late actress Diana Hyland. Hyland on The Twilight Zone (Image via CBS) Hyland made her TV debut in 1955, going on to appear in a wide variety of series, in…Read more
Past & Curious: ‘Grease,’ Too?, Debbie Does Aerobics & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: In the prequel, will Sandy be in her 20s? (GIF via Paramount) BOING BOING: The movie version of Grease (1978) may be getting a prequel. Are you excited for it, or are you too hopelessly devoted to the original? This is me. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) TWITTER: A…Read more
Choreographer Patricia Birch Remembers the Creation of ‘Grease’
I'm a fan of Grease (1978), of course, but hadn't sat down and watched it all the way through in forever. That was one reason I high-tailed it over to Metrograph here in NYC. The other? Its legendary choreographer (and the director of its much-maligned sequel) Patricia Birch was appearing for a Q&A. (more…)Read more
10 Walks To Remember!
Sometimes, actors use their bodies to make more impact than their words, and I've always been a sucker for an interesting walk. Check out 10 of the most memorable walks in movie and music-video history ... (more…)Read more