John Travolta‘s had one of those amazing careers where each generation knows him for something different. The youngest kids probably know him mostly for his slip up at the 2014 Oscars. The generation before that, as the guy who made a big comeback in Pulp Fiction. Before that, the musical movie star of classics like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. But it sometimes gets forgotten that Travolta first rose to prominence on TV. He played Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back Carter before all of that and, later this year, he returns to that medium for the first time in a long time.
Travolta has just signed to co-star in Ryan Murphy‘s new miniseries, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The first season will follow the famous murder case with Cuba Gooding Jr. playing Simpson. Travolta will play Robert Shapiro, one of Simpson’s defense lawyers. We’ve got more on the John Travolta American Crime Story news below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:
- Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
- Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
- Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
- Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster
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We’ve slept a bit on this one. Add up the “direct to video” impression that the promo art (and John Travolta‘s beard) give to this latest effort from Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson, and you might have given it a pass, too. Even if Killing Season does also star Robert De Niro as a former soldier that Travolta is keen to kill, based on a grudge that goes back to the Bosnian War.
Then I actually watched the trailer, and holy crap, that accent Travolta uses. It’s like the fake Russian accent my friends and I used in high school. It is glorious. I’ll watch the entire movie — which looks like The Edge by way of a South Park recreation of First Blood– just for that accent. And the trailer suggests there might be some other good stuff in there, too,
Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Despite his uncanny ability to end up in the tabloids, John Travolta has always remained a fearless actor. Whether it’s singing in a musical, bumbling around in a dumb comedy, shaving his head for action or dressing up as a woman, Travolta seems always willing to try new and interesting things. So it’s only partially surprising that an industry tracking board posted a rumor the Oscar-nominated star of Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever is interested in starring in the remake of the Troma classic, The Toxic Avenger. Read more after the jump. Read More »
In July, Oliver Stone is going back to his lurid daylight noir style (think U-Turn) with his adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel Savages. The film features Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as a couple of pot growers whose business ends up in the crosshairs of a more powerful Mexican drug lord (Salma Hayek). Her henchman (Benicio Del Toro) kidnaps the guys’ shared girlfriend (Blake Lively), which leads to a pretty intense confrontation.
After the break, we’ve got an exclusive behind the scenes video showing the setup and filming of one of the movie’s action setpieces. We’ve also dropped in some of the other videos from the film that have hit in the past couple days. Read More »
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Yesterday we saw the first bit of footage from Oliver Stone‘s new film Savages, in which the girlfriend (Blake Lively)of two pot growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, the better to get said growers to work for the bigger outfit.
The film features the sort of cast you’d expect to see Stone pull together: in addition to the leads there are Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Joel David Moore and Emile Hirsch, and it is shot in a style reminiscent of a few of his lurid ’90s entries such as U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. (Speaking of ’90s films, is Salma Hayek cosplaying as Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace?)
Now we’ve got the full trailer, which sets up the story, offers a little bit of sex and violence, and shoves a knife through John Travolta. Check it out below. Read More »