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Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Vote for Olivia Newton-John for next magazine cover of CURVE




Vote for Olivia to grace the next cover of "CURVE" Magazine.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Olivia Newton-John on Kathy Griffin show on Bravo



Olivia on Kathy Griffin show on Bravo



Olivia will appear on this Thursday, June 26th episode of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-list" on Bravo. The episode of Kathy, Olivia and Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was filmed while Olivia was in Sydney for Mardi Gras in February 2008.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Olivia Newton-John - North American Release of New CD



North American Release of New CD


Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song, a twelve song recording featuring duets with friends and international superstars Sir Cliff Richard, Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, John Farrar, Melinda Schnieder, Delta Goodrem, Richard Marx, Sun, Jann Arden, Amy Sky and RyanDan, will be released in stores in the U.S.A. and Canada on July 29, 2008, on EMI. Proceeds to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Friday, June 20, 2008

San Francisco LGBT Film Festival To Show 2 Episodes Of Sordid Lives




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Sordid Lives

USA, 2008, 48 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subject: Comedy
Program: Sneak Preview
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Del Shores

If George Lucas can tell us the ending of his story before the beginning, then why can’t Del Shores? Shores wrote his play Sordid Lives in 1995 and turned it into a movie in 2000. Now, à la Star Wars, he’s back to tell us how it all started, in a new TV series premiering on LOGO that is a prequel to the play and the film.
The series provides the backstory for the members of an eccentric Texas family, including the institutionalized drag queen Brother Boy, a closeted gay grandson and various other zanies. According to Shores, his goal was to “take the characters...and explore their lives and worlds in a very soap-opera style.”
The result is a southern-fried comedy featuring return performances by many members of the original cast, including: Olivia Newton-John, who will perform five new songs; Beth Grant as the chain-smoking Sissy; and Bonnie Bedelia as the controlling, high-strung Latrelle. The show also stars Rue McClanahan (“Golden Girls,” “Maude”), Caroline Rhea, Jason Dottley and Margaret Cho. Best of all, Leslie Jordan is set to guest star in several episodes, reprising his role as the easily confused Brother Boy, who channels Tammy Wynette (played by Wynette’s daughter, Georgette Jones).
The series makes its debut on LOGO on July 23, but Frameline32 gives you an early sneak preview of two hilarious episodes, along with a special appearance by Shores and members of his cast.


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Olivia To Attend! Sordid Lives Premiere NYC - July 15



Olivia will be attending the premiere of "Sordid Lives" in NYC on July 15th. She will be giving a special message about The Trevor Project and we will be showing the first two episodes, as well as the two promos that feature "Slow Burn" and "None Of My Business" as well as never seen clips from the show, a few that feature Olivia. There is an after party with the cast and it's going to be a really fun night.

Here is the link for all the information

Tickets aren't on sale to the public yet, so her fans can get first dibs!

Thanks to Del Shores for the information!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Olivia Newton-John - Slow Burn [New Video]

Another Sneak Peak Video from
Sordid Lives: The Series Airing July 23 on LOGO Network.

Olivia Newton-John "Slow Burn"


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Olivia Newton-John - None Of My Business [New Music Video]



New Sneak Peek from Sordid Lives: The Series Premiering on LOGO July 23, 2008



Olivia Newton-John "None Of My Business" Music Video

A Celebration in Song: Olivia Newton-John and Friends


Worldwide Release July 15

The CD will have a worldwide release on July 15. That release will have a photo of Olivia on the front cover, I am told. Olivia recently called the ONJCCA to say she "is keen to ramp up any promotion we can of the album" so it is happy that Only Olivia is continuing to help promote it in any way we can. From a press release:

“A Celebration in Song – Olivia Newton-John and Friends” will be available worldwide from July 15 through EMI records.

Poster created to promote the CD within Australia shown below

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Olivia Newton-John Advocate Magazine Article

The Original Kylie Shows the City of Angels a Good Time

Survivor -- wait, no, thriver -- Olivia Newton-John is the perfect headliner for L.A. Gay Pride

By Caroline Ryder

Olivia Newton John wasn’t on roller skates when she opened her gay pride set with the theme from Xanadu -- but her crowd was definitely in a spin. “I’m proud to be here,” she yelled, shimmying around the stage, wearing a slick tuxedo suit and black sequined vest, looking like Madonna’s slightly older, friendlier sister.

Olivia Newton John kept a low profile after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, in the same week her father passed away. Subsequent financial woes and separation from her husband kept her out of the limelight for a stretch. But she’s been increasingly visible, playing Sydney Mardi Gras in February and recently returning from a fund-raising walk along the Great Wall of China, trudging 200 kilometers in 21 days to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Breast Cancer Center in Australia.



Her closing night Gay Pride L.A. show came ahead of the June 24 DVD rerelease of Xanadu and the July 23 launch of Logo’s Sordid Lives series in which she stars. Based on Del Shores’s 1996 play and 2000 film, the series brings us Newton-John as a mulleted, ex-con bar singer named Bitsy Mae Harling.

There were no mullets (onstage, at least) on Sunday -- just classic pop hit after classic pop hit, with Newton-John performing four songs from her two most beloved movies: Xanadu and Grease. When she launched into “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” a thousand queer voices rose in the air in a collective “But, now -- there’s nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside!” and when she donned a cropped leather biker jacket for “You’re the One That I Want,” West Hollywood knew all the words, roaring the immortal “You better shape up, cause I need a man … who can keep me satisfied!”

Newton-John, who splits her time between Los Angeles, Australia, and Florida, showed off some rather impressive aerobics moves during “Physical” and encouraged the audience to chime in “it’s a bitch” during her rendition of the Sordid Lives theme song.

Statuesque blond Australian singer Delta Goodrem (also a cancer survivor) stepped onto the stage for a syrupy duet, and Newton-John wiped tears from her eyes after performing the title track from her most recent album, the spiritually inspired Grace and Gratitude.

After performing an a cappella encore, she retreated backstage to the tents and kept smiling for a good half hour while dozens of well-wishers -- including drag queen and Pride MC Momma and a young man in a wheelchair wearing an “Olivia” T-shirt -- lined up to get their photos taken with the star.

I found my way up to the legend and congratulated her on the show, mentioning the Xanadu DVD rerelease this month. “It’s being rereleased?” she said, blue eyes widening. “That’s great. I had no idea! You know, when we filmed Xanadu, I had no idea it would ever be this big. It was difficult to film and certainly wasn’t a critical hit when it first came out.”

Why was it difficult to film?

“Well, the script left a lot to be desired. It was being rewritten every day during shooting, and the director (Robert Greenwald) wasn’t someone who loved music. He even said that. The street dancing [choreographed by Kenny Ortega] was incredible, however. Way ahead of its time.”

I asked her why she thinks gay people connect so strongly with her, and she laughed. “I don’t know! Because I’m still around?” She talked about a group of gay fans who follow her to every single show she plays around the world. “They’re so loyal!”

Maybe they love her because she’s a survivor, I venture? “I’m not a survivor … I’m a thriver,” she said. So how did she cope when, 15 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same week her father died? She wasn’t even able to attend her father’s funeral because she had to have surgery. “I compartmentalized,” she shrugged. “I had to put my father’s death in a drawer because I couldn’t cope with that and the breast cancer at the same time. So I don’t think I properly mourned him for a quite a while. It really was a stressful time.”

We didn’t discuss her daughter’s anorexia and the disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott (who, according to an Australian tabloid, was recently sighted in Mexico).

Instead, I closed with a question that has been on my mind for many, many years -- did Sandy go all the way with Danny, after flying up in to the clouds with him in Greased Lightning?

“Actually, we didn’t go very far,” replied Newton-John, matter-of-factly.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Olivia L.A. Pride Photos

OLIVIA NEWTON_JOHN
L.A. Pride Festival
June 8th, 2008

Here are some photos of Olivia at the L.A. Pride Festival on Sunday June, 8th 2008. If anyone has more pics or good video please send them to me. Thanks Enjoy!

**Special Thanks to Andrew for finding the pics for me. Thank You Andrew.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Olivia Newton-John Frontiers Magazine Article

MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER


As if L.A. Pride isn’t exciting enough, Olivia Newton-John will make her first performance as the festival’s entertainment headliner. The singer/actress discusses her upcoming performance, recent projects, and her gay icon status.

BY JEREMY KINSER

Whether gays and lesbians see Olivia Newton-John’s trans-formation from squeaky clean to liberated Sandy in the blockbuster film version of Grease as a parallel to their own coming out is a matter of conjecture, but there are few among us who won’t confess to having had a crush on the singer at some point during adolescence. Newton-John was already an engaging and ubiquitous presence on the pop charts and the small screen when her starring role in Grease catapulted her to superstar status. Her follow-up film Xanadu, while not a critical or commercial success, has since attracted a devoted cult following and its title song has become a gay anthem. In the years since, Newton-John has had numerous other career triumphs including her megahit “Physical” and a starring role in yet another cult film Sordid Lives and survived a well-documented battle with breast cancer. Not one to rest on her laurels, Newton-John recently completed a three-week walk across the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the cancer and wellness center that bears her name and will release a new CD next month. As if this isn’t enough, the thrush will dust off her acting chops when she reprises her role as the country-singing lesbian ex-con Bitsy Mae Harling for Sordid Lives: The Series premiering July 23 on Logo. Oh, yes, and she’s headlining L.A.’s Pride festival on June 8.

FRONTIERS: Olivia, you generate more goodwill than practically any other female entertainer I can name. What do you think it is about you that so many people relate to and appreciate?

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: That's very sweet, thank you! I really just try to do as much as I can to help others and the world we live in. I am a true believer that if you put positive energy out into the world we can all make a difference.

Are your gay American fans
more rabid than those in your native Australia?

I think gay men, no matter where they are from, are some of the most loyal fans any artist can have and I feel lucky to have so many.

We’re also very excited that you’re part of the new Sordid Lives series. Your public image is very clean and wholesome. What do you draw upon to play Bitsy Mae Harling, a trashy ex-con lesbian?

funny, some of the biggest hits in my career have been the result of taking chances that made me very nervous. For example, when "Physical" came out I was very nervous that my fans would think it was too risqué and it wouldn't sit well with them. That went on to be probably my biggest hit. Having the opportunity to play Bitsy was so much fun because she is so different from who I am in my normal life. Del Shores is brilliant when it comes to creating characters that have both humor and heart. As a director he really gave me the freedom to make the most of Bitsy and her "sordid" past. I think of her as Sandy 2 from Grease gone really wrong! [Laughs]

Your film Grease was a huge hit, and your next one Xanadu wasn’t, yet both have endured and you’re still talking about them nearly 30 years later. What do you see as the continued appeal of each film?

I think both films share one thing in common—great music and dancing. For Grease, the chemistry we had as a cast was something extraordinary and everything just seemed to come together. The story is also timeless and with every year—I can't believe it has been 30 years since that film was released—there is a new generation of fans discovering the movie for the first time. As for Xanadu, again, the music was and is fantastic and I truly believe the film was ahead of its time. Kenny Ortega was our choreographer and even back in 1980 when that film was released, he incorporated street dancers, skaters, and all types of dance elements that were so ahead of their time. I also think the costumes and fantasy element of the movie helped to make it such a campy, cult film. For some reason the gay community really connects with Xanadu!

Every few years there’s a rumor that you will reunite with John Travolta for a Grease sequel. Will this ever happen?

There has been talk of that for many years and for as much fun as it would probably be to make, I think the time has passed for a Grease sequel. It is very difficult to have magic like that happen twice. Now, I am not saying I wouldn’t if the right opportunity came along. He is a wonderful actor, extremely talented, and a close friend.

What did you think of the stage version of Xanadu, which gave you a gentle ribbing?

I was at the show on opening night and had the best time. I laughed so hard because the girl playing Kira (Kerry Butler) really got all of my mannerisms from the movie down to my hand gestures and roller skating. I think everyone will enjoy the Broadway version because it is total camp and a send up of not only the movie but, of the ’80s in general. I think gay audiences will really love it because of the great music and who doesn't love a show that has a finale with dozens of disco balls hanging over the stage! [Laughs] I am very excited that the show just got nominated for a bunch of Tony Awards including Best Musical. They so deserve it!

Peter Allen wrote one of your biggest hits “I Honestly Love You.” How instrumental were other gays and lesbians in your career?

I just thought of Peter as a person [Laughs], but he was very instrumental. There’s Del Shores, who I’m working with now. There were probably a lot of gays and lesbians I worked with, but I wasn’t aware of it because it wasn’t until recently that people have been so open about their sexuality. I think it’s a wonderful thing that people can now be who they are. I had a wonderful bus driver on my last tour. He was a charming, delightful man who took incredible care of me. I didn’t really know about his sexual orientation and he later committed suicide because of it. That really touched me in a profound way. He eventually opened up to me, but couldn’t talk to his family about it. It was too much for him in the end. It made me realize that no one should be ashamed of who they are. Everyone should have the right to be who they are and be happy.

Any chance you'll do your loyal gay fans a solid and record a dance album?

[Laughs] Oh, that’s very interesting. I did some tracks with my nephew, but it was just for fun actually. He asked me to record some demos for him. One is called “Best of My Love.“ It’s just a fun thing we recorded in a hotel once, but we heard it’s a hit in Europe.

Why do you think you are such an icon to the gay community?

Probably because I’m still around. [Laughs]

You've survived cancer and many other hardships and you're an inspiration to so many people. What advice do you have for people facing similar obstacles?

Try to keep a positive attitude as much as you can. There’s no way to avoid going through difficulty, it’s just the way we handle it. Not to say it hasn’t been hard but in the end I always believed I’d be all right. I believe in getting good professional help. I got the best doctor’s advice and I saw a good therapist. I think the therapist was incredibly important to keep the mind focused and sort out things. I had good friends and tried to do things for myself to keep balanced but always [believed] deep down that I’d make it through—that this was just part of the big picture.

You recently completed a three-week-long walk across the Great Wall of China to raise millions of dollars for your cancer and wellness center. What were the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of this trek?

The Great Walk To Beijing was a life-changing experience. I led a team of fellow cancer "thrivers," Olympians and celebrities on a three-week trek across various sections of the Great Wall of China and people from around the world could log on to the Web site (www.GreatWalkTo Beijing.com) to sponsor our steps. We had some fantastic people with us including Leeza Gibbons, Sir Cliff Richard, Dannii Minogue, and even Joan Rivers. The walk was a fundraising effort for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCC) in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia, which will also include a branch of the esteemed Ludwig Institute, an internationally acclaimed research facility based in New York. Our goal for the walk was $5 million and we fell short of that, so we are still hoping that people will support the effort to help create the ONJCC so we can find new ways of treating cancer. I am thrilled that the facility will include the Wellness Centre that will treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. So, my fans can still log on to the Web site and help support the effort. I am also about to release a CD that was inspired by the Great Walk To Beijing titled Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song. The proceeds will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Olivia Newton-John will perform at Christopher Street West on Sunday, June 8 at 8:35 p.m. For more information, visit www.olivianewton-john.com.