We know just a few things about the Australian World Cup football team. Number one, they are nicknamed the Socceroos, which is adorable. Number two, they got creamed by Germany last weekend, losing 4-0 in their opening game. And number three, they had to endure further embarrassment when John Travolta sang “You’re The One That I Want” to the team during a meet and greet. As far as we can tell, Travolta’s only connection to the soccer team is his Aussie co-star from Grease, Olivia Newton-John, who was absent from the singalong.
Travolta and wife Kelly Preston flew their private jet to South Africa to take in some of the games and hopefully spare the rest of the teams from spontaneous versions of “Greased Lightning” and monologues from Battlefield Earth.
Now, through all of it comes some wonderful news…. they’re expecting a baby! Rumors began swirling last week and now they’ve been confirmed. A source says, “Kelly is about three months pregnant. Both she and John are absolutely over the moon — they knew in their hearts that the time was right for this to happen.”
The family issued a joint statement, saying, “It’s impossible to keep a secret … especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family. Love, John, Kelly and Ella.”
Despite endless questioning about his mutable hairline, John Travolta has talked about his smooth skull in From Paris, With Love as if it was a miracle of technology and shaving cream (they had to use Photoshop to see how he’d look without hair, you know), rather than proof that the actor is bald, bald, bald, bald. But if the blatant cross-hatching under his widow’s peak at the French premiere of From Paris, With Love this week doesn’t get the former sweathog to admit Xenu’s taken a little more off the top than being let on, nothing will.
Thankfully, the actor has been hinting that he might let his hair go gracefully—once that becomes an issue, of course. “I was worried my whole life about losing my hair and now it’s a celebratory thing. Everybody’s loving it. I’m relieved.” We bet. “Not only did [wife] Kelly [Preston] like it but they did an on-line survey and 99 per cent of people preferred it to my usual look. I might just go bald and bearded full-time from now on.” Time to put your money where your mouth is, John—and off your scalp.
Last night was a cold one in New York, and it seemed like the bigger the star attending Thursday’s From Paris With Love, the less they were willing to hide it. Star John Travolta and guest Hugh Jackman both posed on the red carpet from under winter coats, while starlets shivered in wait to show off designer dresses (co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers split the different in a suit). Among the other guests were Ice-T, Coco, James Lipton, Hairspray‘s Nikki Blonsky and—in the coolest pairing of the night—John Waters and his former Serial Mom, Kathleen Turner. Hey, when’s the musical adaptation of that coming out?
Almost a year after the tragic death of their son Jett, John Travolta and Kelly Preston took their daughter Ella Bleu to the red carpet premiere of Old Dogs in Hollywood last night. All three appear in the film, with Ella making her movie debut. “I want to see her have a fruitful career,” said Travolta last year. “I really think it’s time to introduce her, sort of like Will Smith introduced his son.” Among the attendees were co-stars Robin Williams and Seth Green, though no one appeared more excited about the movie than Billy Idol. Does the ’80s rocker just love family comedies or something? “Awwrrriiiiiight! Old bachelors learning how to be responsible daddies! Yeah!!!”
Tom CruiseandJohn Travolta better open the doors of that Scientology Celebrity Center to accommodate another big star – yes, world, Peaches Geldof has decided to join their ranks! In a toe-curlingly awful documentary shown last night on British TV, “Fearne Meets Peaches”, the spoilt dilettante proved that she’s exactly how we perceived her to be, i.e. rude, self-obsessed, generally unpleasant and speaking in a hilarious Transatlantic twang.
But the big reveal from this unholy televisual mess is that Peaches has been a Scientologist for like, two years now. And she explains her religious beliefs in a typically astute fashion: “It’s like, something I agree with? I felt like I needed to have a spiritual path? It’s like I always kind of felt like I was lacking something when I didn’t have a faith. It’s like pop psychology.”
Well, we’re in no doubt that if Scientology want another follower to give their PR-embattled “religion” a positive boost, they, er, had better look elsewhere. [Video: YouTube]
Following a suspicious mistrial, John Travolta wants the case against his would-be blackmailers moved from the Bahamas to the US, where politicians shouldn’t be inclined to announce a verdict while the jury is still deliberating. “The original call was made from the Bahamas to Florida, so there is jurisdiction for a trial in the US,” said Travolta’s lawyer Michael Ossi. “The family would like to privately begin their long healing process without the prospect of more litigation over their heads, but we have no choice.” Defendant Pleasant Bridgewater was a popular Bahamian senator before her arrest, adding to the intrigue over the mistrial.
Quite relatedly, Bahamian politican Picewell Forbes was in court today to explain why he shouted “Pleasant is a free woman! God is good! Pleasant is a free woman!” at a rally despite the lack of an actual verdict. While authorities are concerned there was a direct leak from the jury, Forbes claimed he was only repeating a “rumor” going around the event. If this case does go stateside, nobody say anything to Joe Biden.
The case against two Bahamians accused of trying to blackmailJohn Travolta after the death of his teenage son Jett has ended in a mistrial after a local politician announced their acquittal before the jury had delivered a verdict. “This came out of the clear blue. This was so weird,” said one of Travolta’s lawyers.
Politics likely played a major part in the chaos. Defendant Pleasant Bridgewater, enlisted by a paramedic to help him hit up Travolta for hush money after Jett’s death, was a prominent local senator before her arrest, with members of her party voicing support throughout the trial,. The jury appeared deadlocked after several hours of deliberation, and one of the jurors may have contacted the politician who then prematurely announced her acquittal. Considering the drama inherent in a battle between a popular local politician and a foreign superstar, it remains uncertain whether the case will be retried. But according to Travolta’s lawyer, the star “wants to know more.”
Despite denying the claims months ago, the buzz keeps getting louder that George Clooney will make a cameo in one of the final episodes of ER. Frankly, we’re surprised he’d bother—actors who graduate from the boob tube to silver screen stardom don’t usually care to return. Mork & Mindy‘s Robin Williams may be up for the occasional crime drama guest spot, but most celluloid heroes are happy to keep their TV appearances to talk shows, SNL—maybe The Simpsons if they’re slumming. Here are ten leading men we’d be shocked to see follow in George Clooney’s (rumored) footsteps.
After three elated days of new President mania, we finally found something to totally damper the mood. A politician (and possibly a cohort) in the Bahamas alleged threatened to release a picture of Jett Travolta taken at the time of his death, unless his father John forked over millions in cash. The Bahamian police are currently investigating the extortion claim.
The Travoltas’ lawyers released the following statement about the latest scandal to rock the family: “Regrettably, in a time of such terrible grief, there are often a few individuals who attempt to make false claims in hopes of making millions of dollars. We will never let that happen.” [Photo: GettyImages]