The music movie, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, sees the onscreen siblings embark on an odd-ball road trip to raise money for the church-run orphanage where they grew up.
And the heads of the Catholic faith have now praised the movie's spiritual undertones and recommended it as a "Catholic classic", according to the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
The Blues Brothers joins films such as Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and It's A Wonderful Life on the Catholic Church's list of recommended movies.
Clark paid tribute to the Georgy Girl star, who he wed in 1967, after she lost her battle with cancer earlier this month (02May10) - but was devastated when he was banned from attending her funeral.
He collapsed with chest pains when he was refused entry into the church in Kent, Connecticut, and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for suspected heart failure.
But he was stunned when the former couple's children showed up to visit him, bringing along his granddaughter, Lena, to meet him for the first time.
Clark tells Britain's Daily Mail, "What started out as the worst day of my life ended up as the best day of my life.
"I lay there in the pouring rain. I could feel a pain in my chest, right where my pacemaker is installed from my heart attack two years ago - and then I passed out."
Clark has had no contact with Ben, Kelly and Annabel for eight years after it emerged he had an affair with Redgrave's personal assistant, Nicolette Hannah.
The 77 year old divorced Redgrave in 2000.
Sees The Genesis Code
Source: Myriad Pictures
Hayden Christensen has had a lot of opportunities to wow me, but even after taking a pivotal role in one of my favorite film franchises and getting numerous high-profile gigs since, I haven't been impressed. Maybe with a hot new project, he can finally change my mind and show the world that Shattered Glass wasn't just a fluke.
Myriad Pictures today announced that he'd be starring in their upcoming thriller The Genesis Code, based on a novel of the same name John Case. The story follows a former national security expert (Christensen), who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister's friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.
David R. Ellis, a stunt specialist turned filmmaker who is known for high-octane thrillers like Final Destination 2 and Snakes On A Plane, is directing from a script by Kevin Bernhardt. Of course, neither of those previous efforts give me much hope in the project, so Christensen better bring the goods.
J.D. Shapiro's treatment became the film that was voted the Worst Movie of the Decade at the recent Golden Raspberry Awards, and now the writer has spoken of his shame in an open letter in the New York Post.
The screenwriter states, "Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see Battlefield Earth. It wasn't as I intended - promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn't really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those."
Shapiro goes on to explain he met top Church of Scientologist official Karen Hollander at an event and she invited him to turn the religion's founder L. Ron Hubbard's books into movies. Shortly afterwards, he met with Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston - both Scientologists.
After reluctantly studying Scientology to research Hubbard's teachings, the screenwriter agreed to "come up with a pitch to take to studios".
Shapiro explains, "I met with Mike Marcus, the president of MGM, and pitched him my take. He loved it, and the next day negotiations went under way (sic). A few days after I finished the script, a very excited Travolta called, told me he 'loved it,' and wanted to have dinner. At dinner, John said again how much he loved the script and called it The Schindler's List of sci-fi.
"My script was very, VERY different than what ended up on the screen. My screenplay was darker, grittier and had a very compelling story with rich characters. What my screenplay didn't have was slow motion at every turn, Dutch tilts, campy dialogue, aliens in KISS boots, and everyone wearing Bob Marley wigs."
He concludes, "I penned the suckiest movie ever - sorry."
The actor and his wife Kelly Preston were devastated when the 16 year old died suddenly after suffering a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas last January (09).
And the Pulp Fiction star, who is a longtime member of the Scientology community, admits he has relied heavily on his faith to help him heal.
He tells the Associated Press, "We work hard every day with our church on healing. And Kelly and I and (our daughter) Ella have all been working very hard and they've been helping us."
Travolta insists it was Scientology which helped him return to the spotlight, adding, "Once you get yourself stable, then you're able to reach out again, you know, and I think this whole year every day we've been working on stabilising ourselves and it's been successful so far."
The movie star and celebrity member of the Church of Scientology has become the latest big name to dig deep to help the victims of Tuesday's (12Jan10) 7.0-magnitude tremor.
He says, "I have arranged for a plane to take down some volunteer ministers and some supplies and some medics.
"I hope that inspires others as well. It's needed."
The grieving Hollywood stars lost their 16-year-old boy in January (09) after he suffered a seizure during a family vacation in the Bahamas.
Travolta was forced to relive the horror of the incident as he gave evidence against paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, who treated Jett, and his lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater, a former Bahamas senator, during their extortion trial in October (09).
The case was declared a mistrial after Bahamian politician Picewell Forbes prematurely announced the verdict to the media before the jury had officially come to a decision.
The Travoltas returned to the spotlight last week (ends06Nov09) as they went back to work to support their new release Old Dogs, opening up about their family tragedy for the first time in an interview with members of the U.S. press.
The Grease star admits their dedication to the controversial religion has played a big part in helping them overcome their grief, reports USA Today newspaper.
He says, "We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal. We have our own way of doing it, and it (Scientology) has been helping. You need your friends a lot in times like that."
Preston reveals they regularly attend counselling sessions and admits the show of support from friends and fans has been overwhelming: "(The) outpouring of love from, really, worldwide has been extraordinary. It's been our friends, our family, our church. We partake in spiritual counselling pretty much daily.
"It's a tricky thing. Sometimes, something that's right for the moment is not right the next day. Being with people who are important to you, being with people that you love, I think that's what has primarily helped us the most. Sometimes, being alone, too."
The couple felt it was time to return to work to promote Old Dogs because the stars wanted to celebrate their nine-year-old daughter Ella's acting debut in the movie.
Travolta adds, "We decided it was OK to come out and promote, to introduce her to the world and to give her a beautiful future in film."
A Bahamas judge has ordered a retrial in the extortion case, which is expected to take place next year (10).
The interviewer, who thrilled the world with indepth specials about Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, was in the middle of a tense chat with Tommy Davis, the head of the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre, when his guest removed his microphone and stormed out.
The interview, taped for Friday night's (23Oct09) Nightline programme in America, turned volatile when Bashir quizzed Davis about the church's involvement in the autism treatments of celebrity Scientologist John Travolta's late son Jett.
Bashir asked, "Do you know if the church ever advised them not to allow their son to receive certain medications."
Davis replied, "The church never advised them in any way, shape or form whatsoever on any aspect of their son's treatment. Never have, never will."
And when Bashir asked Davis if it was true that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard believed in an inter-galactic emperor called Xenu, the church spokesman refused to even dignify the question with a response. He stood up, calmly removed his microphone and walked off set.
The actor and his wife Kelly Preston were guests of honour at the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists bash, held at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinsted, West Sussex on Friday night.
Cruise was among those selected to speak at the event, according to UsMagazine.com.
The party was a welcome break for the Travoltas, who have been embroiled in an extortion trial in the Bahamas against a paramedic and a former senator, who allegedly tried to bribe the Hollywood couple over documents the movie star signed immediately following a seizure, which claimed his teenage son's life.
Hundreds of mourners descended on Massachusetts on Friday to pay their respects to Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother-in-law Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died earlier this week.
Celebrities including Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and TV titan Oprah Winfrey turned out for the funeral of the mental disability campaigner, as well as the actor-turned-California governor and his wife Maria Shriver.
The sister of former President John F. Kennedy passed away aged 88 after a short stint in the hospital. Her health had dramatically deteriorated in recent years after a series of strokes.
To commemorate Shriver's role as the founder of the Special Olympics, disabled athletes lined the streets of Hyannis, Massachusetts, with torches as her four sons carried the coffin to the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic church -- the building where the Terminator star married Shriver's daughter Maria in 1986.
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