Capital Punishment – yes or no?

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I was young and passionate I was all in favour of capital punishment. Why should killers be shown mercy and compassion when they had shown neither to their victims? Why should they continue to live a full life after depriving others of theirs? Why should society be concerned about their wants and needs when they had already turned their backs on society’s fundamental rules and [...]

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Every so often a movie comes along that has the Hollywood crowd and the critics tripping over one other in their eagerness to shower it with honours. William Wyler’s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is one such picture. It was nominated for twelve Oscars and won an unprecedented eleven. Only Karl Tunberg’s screenplay missed out. The word had spread prior to the Oscars that Wyler considered it to be a [...]

Maralinga? What’s a Maralinga?

April 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

  About eight years ago I was tutoring a unit called ‘Reinventing Australia’ at Murdoch University in Western Australia when, in a moment of boyish enthusiasm, I asked my students: ‘What does the word ‘Maralinga’ mean to you?’ The response was deafening. Deafening silence that is. You would have thought I had just asked them to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in ten [...]

What Happened To? ( Pt 1 )

April 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

This category will, from time to time, look at old stars from both movies and TV, to see where they are today, and what happened to them after their days in the spotlight ended. I shall start Pt 1 with the TV western series of the 50s and 60s. Some of them anyway. GUNSMOKE (1955-75)   James Arness (1923-2011). He played the star of the show, Marshal Matt Dillon, and appeared in all 635 [...]

Hollywood’s real-life war heroes ( PT 4 )

April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

In this, the fourth and final part of the ‘Hollywood & WW2’ series, I look at more movie stars and how they spent the years between 1939 and 1945. Not all of them saw action, but most of them were in uniform. I have added in a couple of unique ones as well. I refer to Audrey Hepburn, Hardy Kruger and Japanese star Sessue Hayakawa.   Audrey Hepburn was just 10 years old when war broke [...]

Gallipoli or Kokoda?

April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

    ANZAC COVE 1915 Most of this entry appears in my book ‘Movies Based on True Stories’, which will be released shortly, but with April 25 fast approaching, I thought it might be the right time to publish something here on the subject of acknowledging ANZAC Day in Australia. Actually, the word ‘acknowledging’ is quite an understatement, given all the media hype [...]

Political Correctness gone mad?

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Prince Harry The other day someone said to me, ‘You do not have to always write about movies and movie stars. You can write about other things, anything in fact, because it is, after all, your blog.’ So, for a slight change of pace, I thought I might discuss two of my pet ‘hates’ – political correctness and racism. For many people the two are irreconcilable. You must always [...]

The real-life Wolf of Wall Street

April 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Jordan Belfort The real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ is a man named Jordan Belfort, the same name used by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie. Today, he is a free man, a motivational speaker who charges big dollars to listen to him. He claims he has never been happier in his life, mostly because he no longer has to keep ‘looking over his shoulder’. He comes across, even today, as [...]

Thelma Todd – murder, accident or suicide?

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Thelma Todd Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1906.   Hollywood’s rather lame penchant for giving its stars silly nicknames, (especially the females), resulted in this very likeable comedienne being labelled ‘the Ice-cream Blonde’ throughout her career in the 20s and 30s. Originally, she had intentions of becoming a schoolteacher, but her mother pushed her into [...]

JOHN TRAVOLTA – A roller coaster ride.

April 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Travolta’s sexual persuasion (personally, I couldn’t care less about it either way), is threatening his long-standing marriage to actress (and fellow Scientologist) Kelly Preston. In an age where ‘coming out’ seems to be the best way to curtail discussion on this monumentally over-rated issue he persists in denying his homosexuality for all he’s worth. Consequently, the tabloids [...]
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