October 13, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hairspray

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
117 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/20/07
performer
Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Amanda Bynes, Billy Crystal, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer
director
Adam Shankman
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Leslie Dixon, Thomas Meehan, Mark O'Donnell
genre
Musical, Comedy

THREE TIMES THE LADY
John Travolta plays hausfrau Edna Turnblad in this ’60s-set musical (out next summer) about racial integration. A mix of the 1988 John Waters flick and the current Broadway hit, this version also stars Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken.

EXTREME MAKEOVER
”He seemed like a natural fit,” enthuses director Adam Shankman (The Pacifier) of Travolta. Say what? ”Because he’s a song-and-dance man.” While busting out some unique moves, Travolta gamely donned a full-body prosthetic and support hose. Marvels Shankman: ”The details are unbelievable.”

SOUND BARRIER
”John was concerned about how to top Grease,” says Shankman. ‘ Spray, which includes three new tunes, also features the actor belting out older ones, like ” (You’re) Timeless to Me” and ”Welcome to the ’60s.” ”I told him, ‘You don’t have to compete with Danny Zuko, because you’re a woman!”’

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