Bill Cosby – serial predator?

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  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 [...]

Jaws ( 1975 )

March 17, 2015 // 8 Comments

  Peter Benchley wrote Jaws after reading about the great New Jersey shark scare of 1916. The grand-son of Hollywood wit Robert Benchley, he even scored a cameo in the movie playing the reporter on the beach. He strongly resented the finale planned for the picture, so strongly in fact that he was ordered off the set. He felt the exploding gas tank idea was unrealistic. And he was right. A [...]

Marilyn Monroe – who murdered her?

March 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Ever since that day, August 5, 1962, speculation has raged over whether or not Marilyn Monroe committed suicide, accidentally overdosed, or was murdered. Such prolonged speculation merely demonstrates how few people bother to analyse events for themselves, and how many people are only too willing to accept whatever official explanation gets served up to them. There is no mystery. There [...]

ROBERT DOWNEY Junior – A reformed addict?

March 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

    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 [...]

ROCK HUDSON – Living in fear.

March 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the 1950s the number one heart-throb of women in America, indeed around the world, was a former mechanic known to the world of movies as Rock Hudson, a 6’5” (1.96m) slab of beefcake that every hot-blooded woman who attended the cinema wanted to take home with her. What they did not know; what most of Hollywood had known for years in fact, was that sexy, he-man Rock was as gay as a maypole. [...]

Abigail Adams – victim or fool?

March 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Chances are you have never even heard of an actress named Abigail Adams. Not surprising really, considering she only played bit parts in a few forties B-Grade westerns; but her story is a not uncommon tale of tragic Hollywood, of a young hopeful who ventured into Tinsel Town, tasted a modicum of success, met and romanced a few of the ‘beautiful people’, and then fell by the wayside at [...]

Samuel Goldwyn – Goldwynisms, real or orchestrated?

March 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

  The most surprising thing about movie producer Samuel Goldwyn is that he had nothing at all to do with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio and its pictures. In 1917, while he was still Samuel Goldfish, he joined with brothers Edgar and Archibald Selwyn to form Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. He liked the combination name so much that he renamed himself Samuel Goldwyn. Funnily enough, had he [...]

HUGH GRANT – The jury’s still out.

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

While making the enormously successful film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1993), Hugh Grant, its male lead, privately stated that in his opinion the picture was just plain ‘awful’. Andie MacDowell got the female lead at the last minute after it had been turned down by both Melanie Griffith and Brooke Shields, but she liked the picture and agreed to take percentage points in lieu of a straight [...]

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – An over-sexed genius.

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

For many of Charlie Chaplin’s peers his seemingly effortless grace, style and timing were a wonder, but a source of much frustration. ‘The son of a bitch is a ballet dancer’, wailed comedian W. C. Fields after watching The Great Dictator (1940). ‘He’s the best ballet dancer that ever lived and if I get a good chance, I’ll strangle him with my bare hands’. Chaplin’s comedic gifts [...]

Goldfinger ( 1964 ) – a stupid movie?

March 9, 2015 // 10 Comments

Goldfinger (1964) was the third of the James Bond franchise offerings, and it was released at the height of Bond fever that seemed to grip movie-goers world-wide. It all began back in 1962 with Dr No, the picture that not only launched Sean Connery on the unsuspecting women of the world, but Ursula Andress on the unsuspecting men as well. It is interesting to note that the two greatest [...]
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