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.
I have been wondering how many actors and actresses from my hometown of Perth, Western Australia have become nationally or internationally known. Upon doing a little research I have unearthed quite a few, the most famous of them being, of course, the late and wonderfully talented Heath Ledger. My family has a tiny connection with his, in that my son, Tim, once fitted some windows [...]
Finding ten great male voices in the movies was easy. In fact, I found many more than that and was forced to eliminate. Not so with the females, however. I discovered several truly pleasant voices and several distinctly unique ones. Sadly, most of the unique ones were quite irksome, so I was compelled through necessity to choose on the basis of quality and/or uniqueness, in some cases, rather [...]
There are several factors that come together to produce a motion picture star. Obviously, being able to actually act is a major component. Even so, I have no doubt there are countless great actors out there who will never, ever become movie stars, simply because ability on its own just isn’t enough. A star must have ‘appealing’ looks; not necessarily stunningly attractive (although that [...]
Lana Turner began her Hollywood career as ‘the Sweater Girl’, and for many of her critics that seemed to be the extent of her thespian ability. Quite a few of them revised their opinions, however, following her real life performance on the stand during her daughter’s murder trial. Single handed, she succeeded in convincing a jury of her peers that daughter Cheryl had inadvertently ended the [...]
One of the funnier exchanges that takes place in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future occurs when Dr Emmett Brown questions Marty’s statement that he is from the future: ‘Then tell me, future boy’, he says. ‘Who’s President of the United States in 1985?’ ‘Ronald Reagan’, Marty replies. ‘Ronald Reagan? The actor? Then who’s vice-president? Jerry Lewis? One can [...]
Nine year old Macaulay Culkin pretty much came out of nowhere in 1990 when he scored the lead in the monstrously successful Home Alone, a movie that turned over an amazing $285 million in the USA alone, and for which he received a paltry $100,000. He had gained a little recognition a year earlier alongside John Candy in Uncle Buck, but it was scarcely a precursor of the enormous popularity [...]
Michael Caine hit the nail right on the head when asked about his feelings on Brando’s protest at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 in support of the American Indians Movement (AIM). ‘I think if the man wants to make a gesture, I agree entirely with what he did. But I think he should have stood up and done it himself instead of sending some poor little Indian girl to take the ‘boos’. [...]
The totally unfair label ‘blonde bimbo’ evolved in the 1950s, probably because of the antics of a trio of blonde actresses known to the media as ‘the three ‘M’s’. I refer to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie van Doren. Two of these women, Marilyn and Jayne, died young and in tragic circumstances, but what happened to the third one, Mamie? Well, as of 2015 she is alive [...]
In January 1997 comedian Bill Cosby’s only son, 27 year-old Ennis, was murdered by a man who attempted to rob him as he changed a tire on the freeway in Los Angeles. His killer was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. In the same year that his son died, Cosby was accused by a woman named Autumn Jackson of being her natural father. He admitted in court to having had [...]
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Robert Downey Junior is a very lucky man. He has always been possessed of enormous talent, not only as a rare and gifted actor, but as a singer as well. He is now happily married with a family and, professionally, he is at the top of his game. In 2008 he earned $500,000 for Iron Man. Two years later pay-day for Iron Man 2 had escalated to 10 million dollars, and in 2013 he picked up [...]