A bit of TV nostalgia.

January 11, 2016 admin 4

  As a follow-up to the Nielsen Ratings of the very top TV shows year by year in the USA, I thought I might take a crack at listing MY favourite programs down the decades. Not one of them reached the top, by the way. I have also highlighted the […]

America’s most watched TV shows 1950-2015

January 9, 2016 admin 0

  I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the top ranked TV show from each season in America since the Nielsen Ratings first appeared in 1950. As the home of TV, the USA has set the pace for the rest of the world with its programs, […]

Studio cover-ups in the early days of Hollywood.

January 7, 2016 admin 0

  A British actor in the fifties named Steve Hayes probably summed up the studio bosses as well as anyone, not that he said so when he was under contract, of course. To do so would have been career suicide, as well he knew. ‘All these guys were ruthless bastards’, […]

Norma Shearer – MGM’S ‘Queen of the Lot’.

January 5, 2016 admin 0

  Irving Thalberg, the ‘boy genius’ in charge of production at MGM, died in 1936 while his wife, Norma Shearer, was in the middle of making Marie Antoinette. He was a genius when it came to organizing a film studio and making it run efficiently and profitably. The fledgling company […]

Is Mel Gibson genuinely ill or just a jerk?

January 3, 2016 admin 2

  Mel Gibson was born in New York in 1956, but lived most of his youth in Australia. He claims that he started drinking at 13. In 1984 in Ontario he was banned from driving for three months after rear-ending a car while intoxicated. By the time he made Lethal […]

Josephine Baker – ‘the Black Venus’.

January 1, 2016 admin 5

  It is more than likely that most young people have never even heard of Josephine Baker. Come to think of it, there are probably just as many elderly people to whom the name means nothing either. After all, she was a citizen of France, rarely set foot in the […]