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CANNES, May 16,2018 (News Wires) — John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting “Grease,” and he’s still dancing along the Croisette.

The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new mafia boss John Gotti biopic “Gotti,” celebrate the anniversary of “Grease” with a screening on the beach, and, at a soiree on Tuesday night, share a few dance moves alongside rapper 50 Cent.

Travolta memorably played the fictional New York gangster Chili Palmer in 1995′s “Get Shorty,” about a mobster who comes to Hollywood — and finds he loves it. Gotti, who died in prison 2002, likewise had a little glamour with his fondness for cameras and his carefully swept-back coiffure. The Gambino crime boss was known the “Dapper Don,” as well as the “Teflon Don” for his ability to avoid federal prosecution before being convicted for murder and racketeering.

The film is based on the book “Shadow of My Father” by John A. “Junior” Gotti, who was a frequent presence on set. Gotti’s children also starred on A&E’s 2004-2005 reality TV series “Growing Up Gotti.”

CANNES, May 8, 2018 (AFP) — A long-awaited biopic of the notorious New York mafia boss John Gotti starring John Travolta is slated to premiere at Cannes, the film festival said on Tuesday.

The movie — which is to be shown at a “private presentation” on May 15 — traces the epic rise and fall of the Gambino crime clan, one of America’s most powerful mafia gangs in the 1980s.

The film is very much a family affair, featuring Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston as Gotti’s wife Victoria, and his daughter Ella Bleu as Gotti’s daughter Angel Gotti.

“We’re hoping to use Cannes as our launching pad,” the film’s marketing and distribution chief Dennis Rice told the Hollywood Reporter.

The project first took root in 2011 when John Gotti Jr. signed a deal with a little-known producer to make a film about his father.

But soon after Travolta agreed to play the lead role, the movie ran into obstacles, triggering a seemingly endless exodus of directors.

Shooting finally began two years ago under the direction of Kevin Connolly of Entourage fame.

But the highly anticipated planned release in December 2017 was cancelled at the last minute.

However this time producers are confident that it will at last hit the screen, with indie distributor Vertical Entertainment having announced the US release for June 15.

 

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2018 — For John Travolta, "icon" will be the word at the Cannes Film Festival.

Trade publication Variety said Friday that Travolta will receive its inaugural Cinema Icon Award at this month's festival in France.

Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that Travolta's long career, popularity and honours "splendidly qualify" him for the recognition.

Travolta received an Oscar nomination for his star-making turn in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" and another for 1994's "Pulp Fiction."

"Grease," released in 1978 and starring Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is among the biggest movie musical hits ever.

Travolta will receive the Cinema Icon Award on May 15, following the premiere at Cannes of his new film, "Gotti."

Pitbull, who composed the film's score, will perform at the award event.