Q: I am looking for the movie that was on television in the 1960s that was a musical of "Cinderella." It starred Lesley Ann Warren (as Cinderella) and "General Hospital's" Stuart Damon (as the prince), I think? Please let me know if it is available for rental anywhere?
A: The production you remember -- with the stars you recall -- originally aired in 1965 on CBS. It had songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein and a cast that also included Ginger Rogers, Jo Van Fleet, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm. While I do not know what is carried by your local rental outlet, I can tell you that it was released on DVD in 2003. It appears that it is not currently in distribution, but you may be able to find old copies for viewing or purchase. I also spotted it in the listings for one of our local libraries.
Q: In the series "Nikita," is Michael (Nikita's partner) the SAME person who played the villain in the last "Die Hard" movie? Incidentally, Maggie Q (who plays Nikita) was also in that movie if my memory serves me right?
A: Shane West, who plays Michael on the CW series, from some angles resembles Timothy Olyphant, the villain in "Live Free or Die Hard." But they are not the same person. You may remember West from "ER," while Olyphant's many TV credits include FX's "Justified" and HBO's "Deadwood."
And yes, Maggie Q was in "Live Free or Die Hard."
Q: Who was singing "You're the One That I Want" from "Grease" on the Nov. 15 episode of NBC's "Parenthood"? Is this version on CD?
A: The cool, acoustic version of the John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John duet was done by The Lennings, a group from Austin, Texas. According to the band's website, http://lenningsland.com the song "started out as a simple rainy day recording and youtube video of a pot of water slowly coming to a boil. It was more or less an experiment to see if a song could actually make people put up with having to stare at a pot of boiling water ... not to mention, proving that a watched pot does in fact boil." It took off from there (and you can still see the video on YouTube).
The song is available as a download on iTunes and Amazon.com, and on a CD sampler including songs from the band's first two albums as well as "You're the One That I Want."