September 2016

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some Observations – PT 1.

September 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

                I have been looking through the history of the Academy Awards and, like most people interested in such things, I have found myself disagreeing with many of the choices and agreeing wholeheartedly with others. Here are a few of my thoughts on the merits or otherwise of those lucky enough to have received the coveted statuette. Most of the really early films I am yet to [...]

DEBORAH KERR – Always the bridesmaid

September 27, 2016 // 6 Comments

  If there has been a more unlucky actress awards-wise than Scotland’s Deborah Kerr I am yet to hear of her. In a screen career that lasted 46 years she was nominated for fifteen major awards – and won just one. The break-down is unique in itself: 6 Academy Award Nominations                                No wins 4 BAFTA Award Nominations             [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 15

September 25, 2016 // 6 Comments

  COLMAN, Ronald                            HUME, Benita                                  1938 – 58 (his death)   Ronald Colman was very nearly one of the millions of fatalities of World War One. He had only been in France for two months when he was seriously gassed at the battle of Messines and invalided out of the battle zone [...]

TOP 20 GROSSING PICTURES OF ALL TIME – (Allowing for inflation)

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  If you were to look at a list of the greatest grossing movies of all time without taking into account the inflation factor, you would discover some very ordinary titles. The diabolically poor Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), for example, makes it to #64 on that list, just one spot behind the first ever Star Wars offering way back in 1977. Even the less than [...]

‘American Graffiti’ (1973) – a landmark production.

September 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

  In 1971, twenty-seven year old George Lucas directed his first full-length film, a sci-fi feature called THX 1138. It cost around three quarters of a million dollars to make and grossed about three times its expenses in the USA. It was successful enough for him to seek backing for his next venture, American Graffiti, but studio after studio would not touch it. The screenplay told four [...]

The Mike Todd saga.

September 19, 2016 // 9 Comments

  In 1958 Kirk Douglas accepted an invitation from film producer Mike Todd to accompany him on a flight to New York aboard Mike’s private plane dubbed The Lucky Liz, in honor of his wife Elizabeth Taylor. ‘As I was packing my bags I suddenly felt a painful knotting in my stomach’, recalled Douglas. ‘At that moment – and I couldn’t understand why – I felt more frightened and [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 13.

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CATES, Phoebe                                KLINE, Kevin                                   1989 –   Phoebe Cates is a New Yorker of Jewish/Russian/Chinese descent. Her teenage years saw her on the covers of several teen magazines including ‘Seventeen’, ‘Elle’ and ‘British Vogue’. She even adorned an edition of [...]

Two tragic Hollywood beauties.

September 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Ava Gardner (1922-90) Mickey Rooney took one look at Ava Gardner when she arrived in Hollywood and was hooked. He pursued her, wooed her and did his utmost to bed her, but the 18 year-old virgin made it clear that any man who wanted to alter that status was going to have to marry her first, so the perpetually randy Mickey proposed at a hundred miles an hour. Ava accepted on condition the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 12.

September 11, 2016 // 4 Comments

  CARREY, Jim                                   HOLLY, Lauren                               1996 – 97 (div.)   Canadian-born Carrey has been a naturalized American since 2004. It comes as no surprise to learn that he has always been an incurable extrovert since he was a child. Even at junior high he was granted permission to [...]
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