Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.
Enjoy your visit and check bac often.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This issue will feature a resource guide for breast cancer awareness, with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
By: Sandra C. Ruckdeschel, Alessandro Miracolo
Publisher: Bluewater Productions
Pub. Date: October 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
WITH a touch of Dr Strangelove, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre in Heidelberg is beginning to take shape.
One of the most important parts of the $186 million facility, the bunkers that will house the state-of-the-art linear accelerators that will blast cancer with radiation, are almost completed.
Professor Chris Hamilton, who heads up the radiation and oncology unit, said the four bunkers and the accelerators - worth $4 million each - would allow more patients to be treated.
“It looks a bit like a big CAT scanner and can direct a beam directly at the tumour without affecting surrounding healthy tissue,” Prof Hamilton said.
“It will be used to help cure cancer and to relieve the pain and symptoms associated with cancer.”
The machines, which emit powerful beams of radiation, have to be sealed in specially-designed bunkers at the base of the centre.
“There needs to be a lot of protection because we don’t want the X-ray leaking into areas inhabited by patients,” he said. “You need to have it protected by between 1.2m and 1.8m thick of concrete.”
It won’t have the sterile, surgical feel often associated with facilities designed to fight cancer, he said, but would be a warm, comfortable area where treatment would be done “a bit slower and more gently”. Prof Hamilton said the key to the centre was the notion of grouping together services dedicated to beating cancer, and services providing emotional and physical support to patients and cancer survivors.
“At the Repat and other hospitals you have patients traipsing all over the campus to go to various sites for treatment,” he said. “Sometimes you will have to travel across several suburbs for different treatment. This will have a one-stop shop feel.”
When completed, the cancer centre will accommodate 92 beds.
Please visit: Olivia Newton-John Cancer And Wellness Appeal
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Seventeen-year old Farley (Noah Reid) has the stick-handling skills of the next Sidney Crosby. Not that Farley has any idea who Crosby is. He’s led a sheltered life, homeschooled by parents (Olivia Newton-John and Marc Jordan) whose idea of homework is trips to an art gallery or ashram. His best friend is Eve (Allie MacDonald), the girl who’s lived next door since they were both three. Much to the dismay of his parents, Farley loves to play shinny with the local rink rats (Dave Bidini, Hawksley Workman et al.). To their even greater dismay, Farley is signed to a major hockey league, where he achieves instant stardom, throwing him into a world of hype. Farley soon finds that hockey fame comes with a price, including the expectation to fight. Throw in a changing relationship with Eve – and Farley is losing his way.
Visit SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL official site
But this year, USA TODAY's Susan Wloszczyna reports the organizers are more than making up for that oversight with a world premiere on Sept. 9 that couldn't be more Canadian if it were maple-scented: Score: A Hockey Musical. It's a song-stuffed tale written and directed by Michael McGowan (King Ralph) about a young puck whacker who hits the big time.
If that weren't enough, the film features Olivia Newton-John, who might be an Aussie but knows her way around a campy movie musical after her big-screen breakthrough in 1978's Grease. "I can't think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical," Cameron Bailey, festival co-director, says in today's official announcement. "It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking -- although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey." The 11-day festival runs until Sept. 19.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
As mentioned in recent interviews and internet posts, Olivia has been back in the recording studio.
A new song? A new album? A new dance track?
For details as soon as they are officially available, check back here and on her Official Facebook Page.
Olivia's Official Facebook page:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Hopelessly devoted 'Grease' fans can sing along in theaters
Grease is a movie made in the '70s and based on a stage musical about the '50s.
And 32 years later, the story of a high school romance between a good girl and a renegade boy — starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta— will reclaim summer nights nationwide when Grease: Sing-A-Long is released in select theaters Thursday.
The movie, which Paramount Pictures will release for a two-week engagement in 12 markets (five more markets will open July 15), is the same as the 1978 version — but with a twist. During the musical numbers, lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen along with playful animations (floating hearts during Summer Nights and Hand Jive how-to's, for example).
It has also been digitally enhanced for brighter and sharper color.
"The whole idea of Grease was to make it bigger than life," says the film's director, Randal Kleiser.
"It looks much better and like the way we would have done it if we had the technology back in '77."
Newton-John, who played the wholesome Sandy, is looking forward to seeing the film herself as soon as she can "get a day off." She also plans to sing along.
"I'll find a quiet corner, of course, and wear a hat or something," she says. "The group ones where everybody harmonizes, I'm looking forward to, like We Go Together at the end. Those are going to be the fun ones to do with an audience."
Kleiser also predicts that the up-tempo group numbers will be a hit with audiences. "But I have to say that during Hopelessly Devoted to You, there's one section where people really howl."
Over the years, Kleiser has done "low-rent" Grease singalongs at film festivals using PowerPoint and "pushing the space bar for every lyric."
Last week, during a screening at the Hollywood Bowl, he saw his film reborn in a way that reminded him of seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show in college.
An audience of 18,000 (many dressed as T-Birds and Pink Ladies) was given props to use during certain scenes. Bubbles filled the air during Beauty School Dropout, and thousands of yellow flags waved to kick off the drag-race scene.
"There are very few directors who go through something like that in their career," Kleiser says.
"It was just so exciting to be surrounded by 18,000 people loving this movie more than 30 years later."
Yet some of the film's most beloved elements are also its most controversial. The trailer is missing a few cigarettes (deleted digitally), as well as some innuendo. Those changes, Kleiser assures fans, were only for the general-audiences preview.
"I would have hated it if they had done that to the movie," Kleiser says. "People remember this movie really well. There are ways to get around it without changing the words."
For example, objectionable words in song lyrics will be replaced by animated graphics (such as a euphemistic cat to replace a certain word in Greased Lightning).
Given the limited scope of the film's release, Paramount is hoping to replicate the technique it used to make the horror film Paranormal Activity a viral hit last year, allowing fans to "demand it" in local theaters by voting for it on eventful.com.
Yet the film has already gone viral across the generations.
Three decades after its release, Newton-John (who recently appeared in another high school musical, Glee) is busy with cancer awareness and health-related projects, and she's putting the finishing touches on a healing and relaxation album that's a far cry from Grease.
But she doesn't mind that the rousing and sometimes raunchy musical still defines her for many fans.
"I remember South Pacific, all those movies that I loved growing up," she says. "And I never dreamed that I would get to be in a movie that was that loved."