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Brits pick 'Grease' as favorite musical

CARDIFF, Wales, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- "Grease" has topped "Cats," "Les Miserables" and "West Side Story" in a Cardiff, Wales, Millennium Centre poll seeking Britain's favorite musical.

'Hairspray' the movie comes together

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph New Line Cinema's screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Hairspray," it was announced Thursday.

Speculation swirls around 'Dallas' cast

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Speculation is mounting in Hollywood about casting for the upcoming big screen treatment of the popular 1980s TV show "Dallas."

Ashton, Demi top couples list

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore top In Touch magazine's list of Hollywood's 10 Most Loving Couples.

Imax adds more stars to moon movie

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Imax Corp. Tuesday added Gary Sinise, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and John Travolta to "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D."

Salma Hayek tapped for 'Paradise'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Salma Hayek will star in Oprah Winfrey's four-hour TV movie based on Toni Morrison's novel "Paradise."

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Man jailed for parrot slaying... Vandals use school buses for bumper cars... Chicago misplaces lifeguard applications... Possible suspects' photos found on camera... The world as we know it from UPI.
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Possible suspects' photos found on camera

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- British police are searching for four people whose photos from a trip to Madame Tussauds were found on a digital camera allegedly used in a bank fraud.

Andre 3000 to headline movie musical

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Andre 3000, the more colorful half of the rap group Outkast, is set to star as a person with magical powers in an as yet unnamed movie musical.

1970s children's shows head to big screen

HOLLYWOOD, April 26 (UPI) -- Two 1970s kid's TV shows, "Land of the Lost" and "H.R. Pufnstuff," look to gain new life from Hollywood on the big screen, the New York Post reported.

Feature: ASCAP honors Mark Snow

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- "The X-Files" composer Mark Snow is being honored this week by the American Society of Composers and Publishers for a career that in many ways exemplifies the t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'When a Stranger Calls' headed for remake

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Simon West is in talks to direct a remake of the cult horror classic "When a Stranger Calls" for Sony's Screen Gems, Daily Variety said Wednesday.

SpongeBob SquarePants top U.S. earner

NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- SpongeBob SquarePants, the fictitious, animated sea sponge/fry cook who lives in the sea, has topped Parade magazine's survey of U.S. wage earners.

ABC, 'Bobby Long' lead Prism Awards field

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- ABC led all networks and "A Love Song for Bobby Long" led among feature films as nominees for this year's Prism Awards were announced in Los Angeles Friday.

John Travolta in drag?

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- John Travolta has the inside track to star as housewife Edna Turnblad in the movie version of the Broadway musical "Hairspray," Daily Variety said Thursday.
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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
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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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