March 2015

Goldfinger ( 1964 ) – a stupid movie?

March 9, 2015 // 10 Comments

Goldfinger (1964) was the third of the James Bond franchise offerings, and it was released at the height of Bond fever that seemed to grip movie-goers world-wide. It all began back in 1962 with Dr No, the picture that not only launched Sean Connery on the unsuspecting women of the world, but Ursula Andress on the unsuspecting men as well. It is interesting to note that the two greatest [...]

Balibo ( 2009 ) – Australia’s shame?

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

    In 1975, five Australian based members of a news crew went missing during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The group consisted of two Australians, two Britons and a New Zealander. This film focuses on a sixth Australian journalist, Roger East, who went to the highly dangerous area to find out what happened to them. Balibo is the name of the tiny coastal town in what used to be [...]

INGRID BERGMAN – The image and the woman.

March 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

  ‘The vainest man I ever met’, was how Ingrid Bergman described her Notorious (1946) co-star Cary Grant. ‘I never had an affair with Cary – but, then who among his leading ladies did?’ She later enlarged on her feelings. ‘I fell in love with Cary Grant…He did not reciprocate the emotion, and that disappointed me. Then I spoke with one of his ex-wives, whom I prefer not to [...]

ANGELINA JOLIE – Maturing gracefully.

March 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The daughter of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, (he won for his 1978 performance in Coming Home), Angelina Jolie Voight chose not to use her father’s name because she had no time for him back then. She was always going to be an actress, as evidenced by her enrolment at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute at the ripe old age of eleven. her father Jon Voight her mother Marcheline Bertrand [...]

Don Simpson (Producer) – bizarre sex life?

March 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Producer Don Simpson gets to speak a single line of dialogue in Days of Thunder (1990) as one of the racing car drivers named Aldo. His part was initially much larger, but he was such a dreadful actor that even he agreed his performance would have done serious damage to the picture if it was left in. The movie bombed at the box-office anyway, but it could be argued that it might [...]

Clark Gable – the King?

March 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

    Clark Gable befriended people he thought could benefit his career. He even married a couple of them. When he arrived in Hollywood in the mid 1920’s he brought with him his much older wife, his acting tutor Josephine Dillon. He quickly ditched her for the equally older (but considerably wealthier) Ria Langham, whom he proceeded to cheat on as well with several young stars and [...]

MICHAEL CAINE – A movie-making machine?

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Thirty year-old Michael Caine went to London to audition for the role of Private Henry Hook in Zulu (1964), but was informed on his arrival that it had already gone to Cockney actor James Booth. As an afterthought the producer asked him if he could do an aristocratic accent for the much larger part of Lieutenant Bromhead. He could, and was given the second lead in what turned out to be a [...]

JAMES STEWART – Feet of clay? Surely not.

March 1, 2015 // 20 Comments

    Even though he earned an architectural degree at Princeton and was very intelligent, Jimmy Stewart’s favourite method of relaxation on the set was to read Flash Gordon comic books. Away from the set he was, according to legend, considerably more active. His name has been linked, in fact, over the years before his marriage to no fewer than 263 of Hollywood’s glamour girls. How [...]

Barbara La Marr – beautiful, dumb, dead at 30.

March 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

  Barbara La Marr died from tuberculosis on 30 January 1926, the day before her last picture, The Girl from Montmartre was released. MGM chose to make an announcement about the cause of death, saying it was brought about through ‘vigorous dieting’. Everyone knew that her addiction to morphine and other drugs, coupled with her boozing and partying, had destroyed her health years before. [...]

Dominique Dunne – murdered at 22.

March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dominique Dunne played Dana Freeling, the eldest daughter in Poltergeist (1982). On 30 October 1982, just a few months after Poltergeist was released, she was strangled to death in her driveway by her ex-boyfriend, a chef named John Sweeney. Evidently, he had become enraged when she tried to end their relationship. The 22 year-old actress clung to life in a coma for five days before passing away [...]
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