July 2016

Harold Lloyd – bigger than Chaplin?

July 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Harold Lloyd was a giant in silent comedy films during the fledgling days of the movie industry, yet today he seems all but forgotten. There was a time, however, when his name was mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Chaplin, Keaton and Arbuckle, and he was among the ten richest entertainers in the entire world in the 1920s. Today, the occasional TV special trips down nostalgia [...]

Did you know? (I)

July 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

      Dina Merrill Born in New York in 1927, Dina Merrill has oozed class all her life. Her pedigree demanded it. She is one of that rare breed born with a silver spoon in their mouths who managed to remain unspoiled throughout their privileged lives. Her father was financier E. F. Hutton, founder of the Wall Street firm; her mother none other than Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to [...]

Did you know? (H)

July 7, 2016 // 4 Comments

    David and Merle At the Hollywood Criket Club circa 1936 David Niven and the exquisite Merle Oberon were in the throes of their quite public affair when they starred together in the 1936 film Beloved Enemy. Merle was on the rebound from her romance with Leslie Howard, her co-star in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Niven had met her in London a few years earlier, before he was an actor and when [...]

Tom Sizemore – a great talent wasted.

July 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Tom Sizemore – Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore’s drug problem was common knowledge in the movie business when he was given the chance to perform in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg. ‘Steven said he was going to give me a second chance, but that he would have me tested throughout the shoot’, he recalled. ‘He said that even if I only started using on the [...]

Movies Based on True Stories

July 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

See larger image Movies Based on True Stories: The Ultimate Trivia Guide to True Story Films A look at over 400 of the best historical movies (and some of the worst) purporting to be ‘factual’ or ‘based on actual events’; and how Hollywood has distorted, altered, manipulated, exaggerated, even falsified history under the all-encompassing premise…based on a true story… Kindle Edition: [...]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 // 4 Comments

    Olivier & Leigh If you look closely at the long shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk (1954), you can see they are actually of Vivien Leigh, the actress she replaced four weeks after filming began. Miss Leigh had a major breakdown on the set, suffering memory loss and hallucinating. Co-star Peter Finch was by then her lover. She would follow him everywhere on the set, often [...]

Did you know? (F)

July 1, 2016 // 3 Comments

    Tony Curtis circa 1948 ‘I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948’, Tony Curtis stated in a 2002 interview with gay magazine, attitude. ‘I had more action than Mount Vesuvius – men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn’t where I didn’t. I’ve always been open about it’. Although that rather ‘tongue in cheek’ response hinted [...]
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