Tue, January 06, 2009

Talk of the Town: Travolta's tragedy

2009-01-06 09:34:49 GMT2009-01-06 17:34:49 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Actor John Travolta's family doctor is said to be attending Monday's (January 05, 2008) autopsy on the star's 16-year-old son Jett. Doctors are trying to determine the cause of death on the teen, who suffered from seizures. Jett was found unconscious at his family's home in Bahamas on Friday (January 02, 2008) and died sometime thereafter.

In an AOL online poll, the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger was voted as the biggest movie news of 2008. The late star, who died of accidental drug overdose last January, was also voted the top villain thanks to his role as the Joker in the Batman film, "The Dark Knight", which was released six months after his death.

The Producers Guild of America unveiled their nominees for their film and television awards with "The Dark Knight" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" among those up for best-produced movie. The Producers Guild is sometimes an indicator for the race for the Oscars since many members of the PGA also belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tom Cruise is crediting The Church of Scientology with helping him beat dyslexia. The actor, who has at times been outspoken in his support of Scientology, was quoted in a Spanish magazine as saying that he was able to overcome his learning disability through the teachings of the church.

"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" led the foreign box office for the fourth time in five weekends as the overseas tally for the animal cartoon raced to 340 million dollars (USD) -- about 2 million more than the final total of its 2005 predecessor. In its second weekend on the international circuit, "Australia" drew an estimated 22 million from 51 countries. That success is helping offset the epic's dismal domestic performance. Rounding out the top three was Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories."

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