Dallas film failures don't faze

DALLAS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Though recent movies with Dallas connections have flopped, Texas film industry experts say that won't hurt the state's Hollywood prospects.

Pfeiffer plays villain in 'Hairspray' film

TORONTO, July 17 (UPI) -- Michelle Pfeiffer is rounding out the cast of the film version of the Tony-award-winning musical "Hairspray," with shooting set to begin in Toronto Sept. 5.

Director Cameron preparing for 'Avatar'

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Nearly nine years after the release of his last U.S. feature film, director James Cameron is set to return to the big screen with his project, "Avatar."

Cassidy beats Simpson for 'Dallas' role

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- Actress Katie Cassidy has beat out singer Jessica Simpson for the role of Lucy Ewing in the movie based on the '80s TV series, "Dallas," tmz.com said.

Celebs rush in to help Utah janitor

SALT LAKE CITY, May 22 (UPI) -- A number of U.S. celebrities have kicked in to help a group of Utah junior high students trying to raise money for their school's janitor.

William H. Macy joins 'Wild Hogs' cast

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- Actor William H. Macy has been added to the cast of Touchstone Pictures' "Wild Hogs," it was reported Monday.

Tim Allen and George Lopez are 'Amigos'

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Tim Allen and George Lopez have signed on to star in Touchstone Pictures' comedy, "Amigos," it was reported Thursday.

New director tapped for 'Dallas' film

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha reportedly has been tapped to replace Robert Luketic at the helm of the big screen version of "Dallas."

'Dallas' director walks over casting

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- "Dallas" director Robert Luketic has reportedly bolted from the big screen version of the TV hit because of casting decisions, it was reported Tuesday.

Big stars lined up for big screen 'Dallas'

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez, Luke Wilson, John Travolta and Shirley MacLaine are in talks to head up the cast of the big screen version of the 1980s TV soap, "Dallas."

Hell's Angels sue Disney for 'Hogs'

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- The Hell's Angels Motorcycle Corp. has filed suit in Los Angeles federal court claiming the film, "Wild Hogs," stomps on its copyright.

Travolta, Latifah sign up for 'Hairspray'

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- John Travolta and Queen Latifah are reportedly on board to star in Adam Shankman's film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Hairspray."

Italian TV viewers get an eyeful

SANREMO, Italy, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A presenter at Italy's Sanremo Song Fest suffered a Janet Jackson-like "wardrobe malfunction" during the popular televised event. "Something came out that shouldn't have," Ilary Blasi said after millions of RAI TV viewers got a glimpse of her nipple durin

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Open casting calls on tap for 'Hairspray'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema is taking to the streets in its search for the next Tracy Turnblad to lead the cast of "Hairspray."
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John Travolta
Kelly Preston , a cast member in the motion picture drama "The Last Song", attends the premiere of the film with her husband, actor John Travolta at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on March 25, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta's acting career declined in the early 1980s and continued to deteriorate throughout the remainder of the decade. His career faced a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in Hollywood films including Face/Off, Ladder 49, and Wild Hogs. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.

Travolta, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of New York City. His father, Salvatore Travolta (November 1912 – May 1995), was a semi-professional American football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company. His mother, Helen Cecilia (née Burke, January 1912 – December 1978), was an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher. His siblings are Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta. Travolta's father was a second-generation Italian American and his mother was Irish American; he grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood and has said that his household was predominantly Irish in culture. He was raised Roman Catholic, but converted to scientologist in 1975.

After attending Dwight Morrow High School, Travolta moved across the Hudson River to New York City and landed a role in the touring company of the musical Grease and on Broadway in Over Here! singing the Sherman Brothers' song "Dream Drummin'". He then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in show business.

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