Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!
Director Quentin Tarantino has revealed at the Cannes Film Festival this year that he has about 90 minutes of extra footage from his western epic, Django Unchained, that he would like to release, but he hasn’t decided on how to do it. Something he is apparently seriously considering is to split his entire catalogue of footage into four parts for a cable miniseries, each part running an hour long for a total of four hours of film. The director commented that he was hesitant to release an ‘uncut’ or extended version of Django because people “roll their eyes at a four-hour movie,” but that miniseries are really popular among the general public right now. Tarantino also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction while he was at Cannes. Pulp Fiction won the award for Best Picture at Cannes back in 1994, introducing Uma Thurman to the Hollywood big screen and bringing John Travolta new recognition as an actor. How the Django footage will actually be released has yet to be officially determined, but it would be pretty cool to see Tarantino’s additional footage anyway, but we’ll see what happens.