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Obituary: Allan Carr

THE PRODUCER of the screen musical Grease and the Tony Award-winning stage musical La Cage Aux Folles, Allan Carr was a colourful Broadway and Hollywood figure whose flamboyantly gay life style and wild parties were as noteworthy as his many show-business activities.

Woman accused of hate campaign wins damages from Scientologists

THE CHURCH of Scientology agreed to pay pounds 55,000 in damages yesterday to a former member it had accused of being a "hate campaigner", ending six years of claim and counter-claim that the woman said mirrored the trials of Job.

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The Independent Recommends: Film

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Film: The Big Picture - All too black and white

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Debate: If the Seventies were the decade taste forgot, why are we so keen to remember them?

The opening of the film 'Velvet Goldmine' last week has plunged us into yet more Seventies- mania. It was a decade of non-stop fun and glamour, argues Peter Stringfellow, and too often maligned. Simon O'Hagan begs to differ: it was bad enough that the Seventies happened once; do we really have to relive them?

Obituary: Chico Ryan

DURING HIS 25 years' tenure as singer and bass-player with the American revival group Sha Na Na, Chico Ryan became one of the torch-bearers for a musical style that combined doo-wop, rock 'n' roll, homage and pastiche in equal measures. So successful was the Sha Na Na recipe that, in the Seventies, they hosted their own syndicated television show and appeared in the film Grease.

Film: How to make a film take off: just add wings

Hollywood's celestial craze is a reaction against materialism (and it really pulls in the punters).

Reporter: When Grease was the word

Pubescent in 1978? Let Eleanor Bailey take you back to the time when a hickie from Kenickie sounded like it might be a biscuit and a makeover from Frenchie was all it took to be cool

Arts: Five minutes in the starry life of John Travolta

IT WAS WORSE than meeting the Queen. In fact, meeting John Travolta was rather more like checking out the Sun King at Versailles.

And we thought it was all over. Well it isn't now

REMEMBER the 1970s? Currently undergoing a revival, with a recent festival on the South Bank in London and the success of nostalgic films like Boogie Nights, they were chiefly famous for - what exactly? Ted Heath, Olivia Newton John, Jim Callaghan, glam rock, The Generation Game, the Queen's silver jubilee, folk groups with singers who cupped their hands over their ears - and Saturday Night Fever. When I went to see the new stage version in London last week, the audience consisted mainly of people who were too young to remember the movie, although John Travolta's white suit has clearly inscribed itself deep into the collective unconscious.

`I'm not a nerd anymore'

Craig Newmark was just another lonely guy living in San Francisco. Then he discovered the Internet. Now, his `Craig's List' is bringing all sorts of loners out of their shells. Richard Kelly Heft reports
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