Of all the dozens of celebrities who have been beating down Ryan Murphy‘s door to land a guest role on Glee, it turns out John Travolta is not one of them. Travolta says he turned down a role on the Fox show, citing the fact that he needs months, not a week, to prepare for his musical theater roles. He told Entertainment Tonight “They’ve asked but when I do musicals I train for six to nine months…and a show like that is an on-demand thing. I really have a criteria or a pride that I would wanna knock ‘em dead,” he continued. “I don’t think I’d knock ‘em dead in a week.”
We can’t fault the guy for being a perfectionist, but we know there are a lot of people who would kill for the opportunity (Elton John, for one, still hasn’t gotten his invite to be on the show). Maybe Travolta’s Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, who has appeared on the show, will talk some sense in to him and convince him to take the role. The pair, seen here at the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala this week, are longtime friends ever since they engaged in some sweet summer lovin’ as 35-year-old high school students back in the day. Check out some shots of them through the years in our gallery below and let us know what you think, should Travolta be so picky about singing with the Gleeks?
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Elton John came under fire when he agreed to perform at Rush Limbaugh‘s wedding earlier this year, but in an interview with the Telegraph, John defends his actions and says he did it in an effort to change Limbaugh’s mind about gay marriage. As another example of unlikely friendships, John mentioned Eminem, saying that he thinks their 2001 Grammy performance and subsequent friendship helped Eminem overcome his homophobia. As proof, Elton says that for his own civil partnership ceremony, Eminem “gave David [Furnish] and me two diamond-encrusted cock-rings.” Stars – they’re just like us! Am I right? And, you know, it’s so nice when your friends know you well enough to go off the registry.
The rest of the interview is a great read if you’re into Elton John and want to read about all the benders he went on in the 1970s and how nowadays he refuses to own a cell phone or computer. We’re guessing he has no problem with the relative low-tech-ness of his special wedding gift though. Although the scratching potential just seems dangerous.
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Dear people who love American Idol and people who report on American Idol,
We mean no disrespect because we are one of you, but hear us out. All this speculation about who is going to replace Simon Cowell has to stop. We went through this last year when the big question was who would replace Paula Abdul, remember? And it turned out that while, yes, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Avril Lavigne did indeed appear on the show last season, they were just guests, not the new Paula. So let’s cool it with the “Who’s going to replace Simon? Is it going to be Justin Timberlake? Is it going to be Harry Connick, Jr.? Well? Is it?” stuff, because we should all know by now that we’re not going to get the answer we’re looking for till at least the fall, but more likely sometime in December, weeks before the new season airs.
So far, we’ve heard that Bret Michaels could replace Simon. And Elton John. And Chris Isaak, Shania Twain, Guy Oseary, Tommy Mottola, the aforementioned Harry Connick, Jr. and Justin Timberlake The latest news today is that Jessica Simpson is in the running for the job, too. This short list, it ain’t so short anymore. In fact, it’s sort of comically long and varied and is surely going to create so much hype that when the real successor is named, it’s going to be a let-down. Let’s do ourselves a favor and channel our energy elsewhere for the time being, because on the off chance they name someone who is like, a songwriter or producer we’ve never heard of, we’re all going to be bummed out by the non-name recognition. Call it the DioGuardi Effect if you will. It’s bad enough we’ve lost Simon, let’s not make things worse by getting our hopes dashed on a daily basis false news of his replacements too.
How much money would it take to get you to toss your principles out the door? Well, if you’re Elton John and you’ve spent your life as an out homosexual who fights for AIDS-related causes and advocates gay marriage, it turns out you’re willing to throw that all away for a cool million. In this irony-filled story, John reportedly accepted a $1 million paycheck from world famous homophobe and hate-spewer Rush Limbaugh to be the singer at Limbaugh’s fourth wedding. It reminds us of Indecent Proposal, when Robert Redford offered Demi Moore a million dollars to sleep with him, only in this case, John didn’t desperately need the money, and Limbaugh is certainly no Robert Redford. Oh, and in the film, Demi Moore didn’t have millions of fans who felt effed over by her hypocrisy. Seriously, Elton - what were you thinking?
Since we weren’t there, we can only imagine the scene: John and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann doing a raucous rendition of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart,” John singing “The Circle Of Life” while Limbaugh holds his new wife (who is 26 years younger than he) up to the crowd, Lion King-style. Oh, to be a fly on that conservative wall.
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Really, why do they consider anyone else? Former Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that no one is better suited to replace departing judge Simon Cowell than Elton John (“he’s absolutely it“). Though we understand the logic behind such rumored frontrunners as ex-Sony head Tommy Mottola and Madonna manager Guy Oseary, we have to agree with Nigel. Mottola and Oseary may bring industry respect, they’re mostly famous for respectively marrying Mariah Carey and letting Madonna release “American Life.” John is a trash-talking British sweetheart (we like those) who could probably use an excuse to get off the road, and his star power could keep Ellen DeGeneres from being Idol‘s Cousin Oliver. Plus he’s pals with the other judges—even Simon, as proven by their goofy photo ops in the gallery below.
Would you like to see Elton take Simon’s seat on Idol? Let us know in our TheFABLife poll.
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Sure, the Oscar ceremony is a blast, but it’s where the stars go to let loose afterward that is the really exciting part. With champagne flowing, celebrity DJS, and delicious food by famous chefs, these bashes are sure to be a blast. Check out our gallery of where the stars will be celebrating on Sunday!
Phew! Our cherished right to take the piss out of ridiculous, inflated or just your common-or-garden variety celebrities has been upheld in the court of law. Notoriously sensitive flower Elton John this weekend lost a case he brought against British newspaper accusing them of defamation. Their crime? Writing a (not even particularly funny) spoof diary of the music superstar in their magazine, which satirized his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball. It seems sensitive Reg saw red at the clearly jokey piece which poked fun at “a preposterously lavish evening … [because A-listers are] the kind of people who wouldn’t turn up for anything less.”
“In a groundbreaking libel decision, the judge said that “irony” and “teasing” do not amount to defamation. The ruling offers protection to writers of satirical articles clearly not meant to be taken seriously,” the paper reported.
Hurrah! What great news that a pompous superstar can’t always act like a pompous superstar. Don’t get upset, Elton, we’re only teasing. Or are we being ironic? Either way, keep that lawsuit away from us …
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