Grapevine—the Travoltas, Denzel, James Woods, and Chevy Chase

November 10, 2009 Updated: October 8, 2018
Actors John Travolta (R), wife Kelly Preston (L) and their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta arrive at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Old Dogs' at the El Capitan Theater on November 9. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images )
Actors John Travolta (R), wife Kelly Preston (L) and their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta arrive at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Old Dogs' at the El Capitan Theater on November 9. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images )

John Travolta’s Daughter Set For Big Screen Debut

The Travolta's—John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston, and their daughter Ella Blue Travolta give new meaning to “family film” as they all star in Walt Disney’s upcoming live action picture, “Old Dogs.” The all-star cast also includes Seth Green, Matt Dillon, and Rita Wilson, among others.

The picture depicts the story of two single friends (John Travolta and Robin Williams) who are about to venture into business together when seven-year-old twins are unexpectedly put in their care. The Travolta family who is still grieving the loss of their son/brother Jett did attend the Hollywood premier of the film on Monday marking their first public appearance since the young boy’s tragic death. “Old Dogs” opens on November 25.

Denzel Washington Heading Back to Broadway

Actor Denzel Washington has been cast in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play, “Fences.” The production will be directed by Kenny Leon and is scheduled to open in April. In 1987, the play won a Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Washington will take on the role of former baseball player Troy Maxson, which was portrayed originally by James Earl Jones. Washington was last seen on the Broadway stage in 2005 playing Brutus in “Julius Caesar.”

James Woods in Court

Actor James Woods is in Warwick, Rhode Island, this week for a trial involving the 2006 death of his younger brother Michael. The actor brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital charged with his brother’s care. The suit claims Kent Hospital was negligent in the care of Michael Woods who died at the age of 49 of a heart attack. The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

Chevy Chase Aims for the GREEN

Chevy Chase and his wife, environmentalist Jayni Chase have launched the sixth annual Green Schools Auction via the charity Web site charitybuzz.com. They’ve called on the support of their celebrity friends as evident in the items on the chopping block—such as going backstage at “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” meeting The Dave Matthews Band, spending the day with Dustin Hoffman, winning Paul Schaeffer’s sunglasses, and more. Proceeds will benefit The Green Community Schools whose mission it is “to create long-term holistic partnerships between the school, local community residents, stakeholders, available resources, and families to ensure that the community is environmentally aware and able to successfully practice and promote sustainability in their lives, communities, and globally.” The auction runs through November 18.

Marla Sokoloff Ties the Knot

Actress Marla Sokoloff was married on Sunday in Beverly Hills to drummer Alec Puro. The 28-year-old star of “The Practice” and her new husband celebrated at Il Cielo Restaurant with their approximately 100 guests, reports indicate. The couple had been engaged since October 2008 and will reportedly honeymoon in Tahiti.

Compiled by Barbara Danza, Epoch Times Staff

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