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New Footloose takes place in fake Tennessee town

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Dear Ken: Ive heard they are remaking the movie Footloose. Who is in the new cast? Will Kevin Bacon appear?
The new Footloose opens Oct. 14 and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. Filmed around Atlanta, it will be set in the fictional town of Beaumont, Tenn. Some of the original songs will be kept in the update, including Lets Hear It for the Boy. Bacon is not in the new version.

Dear Ken: Tell us something about Olivia Wilde, who plays Ella in the movie Cowboys & Aliens.
Born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York, Wilde, 27, co-starred in the TV series The O.C. as Alex Kelly and in House M.D. as Dr. Remy Thirteen Hadley. The Irish-American actress starred in the 2010 film Tron: Legacy and will be in five movies before this year is up, including The Change-Up, In Time and Butter. She married Italian-American documentary filmmaker Tao Ruspoli, who is also an Italian prince, on a school bus in 2003 but filed for divorce earlier this year. Her mixed breed male dog, Paco, was a mascot for Old Navy in 2006, and Wilde recently tweeted that Paco is her new boyfriend.

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to J. Fred Muggs, the chimpanzee who saved the Today Show from going under back in the 1950s?
Muggs, 59, to the best of my knowledge is alive and well and happy in his retirement in Tampa Bay, Fla., with his girlfriend Phoebe B. Beebe. Dave Garroway, host of Today back in the day, reportedly hated the simian that brought home the bacon for NBC, helping the network earn millions of dollars. The chimp really was top banana.

Dear Ken: How many other children does Ryan ONeal have besides daughter Tatum?
ONeal, 70, has three other children: Griffin, Patrick and Redmond. The latter, 26, was also the son of Farrah Fawcett. Ryan has been in remission from leukemia since 2006. He plays the recurring character of Max Keenan on the TV series Bones.

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