February 2016

Natalie Wood – what happened?

February 28, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Aboard ‘Splendour’ 17 Nov, 1981 It was November 19, 1981 when 43 year-old actress Natalie Wood lost her life off the coast of Catalina Island in Southern California. There have always been important details missing from the official account of her ‘accidental death’, but it has generally been accepted that she probably slipped and fell into the water from the yacht [...]

To believe or not to believe?

February 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Scott Bowers at 88 In 2012 a Hollywood man named Scott Bowers wrote a book called Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars’ that was published by the reputable Grove Press. It is not a very well written book, but several gay men and women in Hollywood have already vouched for much of its content. Needless to say, there are an equal number of persons [...]

The Bennetts of York, WA -Australia’s first Hollywood stars.

February 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

Before Rod Taylor arrived in Hollywood in the fifties there had been other Australians who had made their marks on the American movie industry. In fact, even before Rex ‘Snowy’ Baker’s short, uneven movie career sputtered to a halt, a little lady named Enid Bennett tasted silent movie stardom in Hollywood opposite the biggest names in the business. Guildford Grammar School The Bennett House [...]

Henry Willson – super agent.

February 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  He started out as a journalist in the 1930s. By the late 30s he became the guy who gave Lana Turner her name. In fact, Henry had a real flair for creating memorable (and unusual) names for up and coming actors and actresses. In addition to Lana he represented Joan Fontaine, Rhonda Fleming and Natalie Wood, but his main source of income derived from his ‘stable’ of beef cake actors. [...]

Top Movies – the ‘honorable mentions’.

February 20, 2016 // 8 Comments

  MORE GOOD MOVIES THAT JUST MISSED MY TOP 50 Science Fiction Terminator 2 – Judgment Day (1991) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Roger Patrick Brilliant effects, James Cameron directing. Planet of the Apes (1968) Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall The classic Sci-Fi movie. Even Heston is good. The Final Countdown (1980) Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross The [...]

My top 50 favourite movies -Pt3

February 18, 2016 // 4 Comments

    #10  Road to Perdition (2002) Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin Is there anything Tom Hanks cannot do? This period piece set during the Great Depression is beautifully crafted and, despite its gangland theme, is not a bloodbath. Hanks is simply the best. #9  My Cousin Vinny (1992) Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Ralph Macchio, Lane Smith Pesci [...]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 2.

February 16, 2016 // 4 Comments

    #30  Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Lindsay Duncan A delightful romance with many moving moments and great scenery.     #29  Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jean Arthur George Stevens’ classic western, Ladd and Palance outstanding. #28  A Few Good Men (1992) Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, [...]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 1.

February 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

  About ten years ago I published volume one of ‘Hollywood Warts ‘n’ All’, and in it I included my ‘Top 50 Movies’. I pointed out at the time that my choices were based entirely on which films gave me the most viewing pleasure; not on technical quality or directorial brilliance, but simply on entertainment quality. Some pictures I can watch again and again because I enjoy the [...]

Paul Newman – Did he harbor a secret?

February 12, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Not many superstars begin their careers with an out and out ‘lemon’, but Paul Newman certainly did. After popping up in a dozen or so TV series between 1949 and 1954, when the television industry was still finding its feet, he landed the romantic lead in a sandals and togas drama called The Silver Chalice (1954). And it very nearly sunk his career there and then. Even his character’s [...]

My Top 10 Handsome Actors

February 10, 2016 // 8 Comments

  If I was given the chance to change my appearance to look like an actor, these are the Top 10 actors I would pick. I have no doubt that nobody else on planet Earth would choose the same ten I have chosen, surely not in the same order anyway. There are 4 Americans, 2 Englishmen, and one actor from the following countries: France, Canada, Northern Ireland and Australia. Even my wife could [...]
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