John Travolta says that gay-rights folks who are looking to boycott “Hairspray” don’t know what they’re talking about.
The 1988 version of the film is a cult classic in which late drag queen Divine plays the role that Travolta has in the 2007 flick.
“Travolta, a prominent Scientologist, has no business reprising an iconic gay role, given his [religion’s] stance on gay issues,” notes Kevin Naff, managing editor of the Washington Blade, who has been spearheading the call for a boycott.
“There is nothing gay in this movie,” Travolta told the London Times on-line. “I’m not playing a gay man.” Besides, the actor insists, Scientology isn’t anti-gay, despite numerous reports that it seeks to “cure” homosexuality.
“Scientology is not homophobic in any way,” he said. “In fact it’s one of the more tolerant faiths. Anyone’s accepted.”
Meanwhile, it looks like another Travolta film, “Dallas,” is still in limbo. The “Wild Hogs” actor is set to star as Texas tycoon J.R. Ewing in a remake of the long-running television series.
“They’ve paid me for ‘Dallas,’ so I’m contracted, but they have had five scripts, none of which has worked,” he said. “There’s another attempt being worked on, which I hope will be possible.”
J.Lo says she's no divaJ. Lo says she’s not a diva — and is still desperately trying to drop that moniker that so many fans associate with her alleged diva behavior.
“That’s all gone with the ridiculous stories about me throwing tantrums and insisting on Egyptian sheets. That’s all firmly in my past,” Jennifer Lopez told the London Sun.
She said her hip-hop nickname represented her alter-ego, and was meant to be fun but “got out of control and really crazy”.
From now on, the “Gigli” star told the paper, she plans to do “serious” film roles and music. “If you focus on the money you’re not going to get anywhere,” she explained. “If money is your motivation you’re going to be such an empty shallow person.”
Notes from all over“(Lindsay Lohan) acted like she was famous before she was famous,” Andrea Dana, the “Mean Girls” star’s former tutor, told Toronto’s National Post. Still, she had her sweet side. Dana says someone else on the set of “Mean Girls” was rude to her and Lohan locked herself in her trailer and refused to come out until the offender apologized to the tutor. She also says Lohan was good at math. ... Daniel Radcliffe says he no longer worries about going on stage nude in "Equus." “After the first two shows, you just don’t care anymore, which is a weird thing,” the “Harry Potter” star told Q Magazine. “Joanna Christie [Equus co-star], who plays Jill, she’s naked as well, so I have something to distract myself with at least, because she is very beautiful.” ... A possible gift for the Paris Hilton hater who has everything: the fake pipe prop that was used to off the aspiring actress in horror flick "House of Wax" is for sale on eBay. The seller cautions that there is “some minor paint loss due to handling” but the movie prop comes with a letter of authenticity and bidding starts at a mere $499.
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