Did You Know?
(MOVIE TRIVIA AND STORIES OLD AND NEW)
One thing there is no shortage of in Hollywood, (or in the movies in general), is information about the making of the films and of the people who appear in them. This section of our site will be devoted to snippets of interesting items pertaining to the cinema and all those people who contribute to the production of the entertainment we see on our screens. Enjoy.
The 1998 film Primary Colors has John Travolta playing Governor Stanton, a presidential nominee who is obviously based on Bill Clinton. Emma Thompson portrays his wife, her character loosely based on Bill’s wife Hillary Clinton. During filming, Emma received a phone call in her trailer, from none other than Donald J. Trump, asking her out on a dinner date. ‘I want to offer you [...]
Anne Heche in Six Days Seven Nights (1998) In 2001, Anne Heche stated in a series of interviews that she had an alter-ego named Celestia who was an alien from another planet. She also insisted that she could speak to God and was the half-sister of Jesus Christ; adding that she had been mentally insane for 31 years of her life. How much of this can be blamed on her upbringing is [...]
Bruce Willis Alan Rickman Alexander Godunov In the 1988 thriller Die Hard, the action takes place in the fictional building known as Nakatomi Plaza. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the building chosen to represent Nakatomi Plaza was none other than the Fox Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles; headquarters of the studio. It [...]
Several scenes in the 1952 film The Sound Barrier required stars Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd to be seated in one of the new de Havilland Comets. They were blissfully unaware that in just two years’ time two de Havilland Comets would break up in mid-air, killing everyone on board both flights. It took several years for experts to work out what had happened. In those days black box flight [...]
Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is a mixture of Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; Zelda Zanders the ‘Zip [...]
Linda & Tom Jones Director Tim Burton went backstage after one of Tom Jones’ Vegas performances and asked the Welsh Wailer if he would like to be in his movie Mars Attacks! (1996). Tom and his three back-up singers at that time, Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black and Sharon Hendrix, all made it into the picture. Tom’s manager once revealed in an interview, much to the displeasure of the [...]
Bernadette Peters Bernadette and her then boyfriend Steve Martin Singer/actress Bernadette Peters is nicknamed ‘The Queen of Broadway’ and rightly so. She was born Bernadette Lazzara to an Italian father and a Maltese mother in Queens, New York in 1948. Her list of achievements on Broadway is too [...]
Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol as Maggio in From Here to Eternity with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-98) deserves to head the list. Not only was he a wonderful singer, but he also [...]
Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true story about a trapper named Hugh Glass who, in 1823, really did set his own broken leg and then crawl 200 miles [...]
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Leo McKern as Rumpole of the Bailey The Australian actor Leo McKern, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of ‘Pockets’ in Hatari (1962), the part eventually going to American actor Red Buttons. McKern always claimed that he missed out on the role because he was not impressed with director [...]