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MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. He changed his name to John Hamilton to obscure his Hollywood past and join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT80

November 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Ann Sheridan Errol Flynn’s old buddy from his early days in New Guinea, the fortyish Dr Gerrit Koets, a Dutch adventurer, made a surprise visit to Hollywood after Errol had hit it big in the movies. Flynn put him up at his home and invited his old friend to his first celebrity party. It was always an understood thing that nobody requested or signed autographs at such gatherings, but [...]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave an outstanding performance. When he suddenly bellowed, ‘Am I not merciful?’ in [...]

Did you Know? Shortcuts to an Oscar Pt. 2

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  1991    Anthony Hopkins played a cannibal in The Silence of the Lambs. I suppose you could class cannibalism as some kind of affliction or disease. It certainly isn’t normal behaviour. Hopkins only appeared on screen for 24 minutes 52 seconds, the second shortest time ever for an actor to win an Oscar in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. David Niven’s Separate Tables (1958) [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt 4.

September 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Part 4 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ focuses on 8 Supporting Actors and just 2 Supporting Actresses. 1944    Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way Fitzgerald got his Oscar for virtually being himself. In fact, all his movie roles were very similar. In this picture he played an Irish priest, Father Fitzgibbon. Even the name was similar to his own. He made 50 movies and played an Irishman in every [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt.11

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Renee Zellweger prepared for her role in Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) by gaining 25lbs in weight and then obtaining a job in a London office under an alias, so she could study English accents. Nobody at the firm recognised her. On her desk she kept a photograph of her real-life boyfriend, Jim Carrey, a face her co-workers certainly recognised but were reluctant to mention for fear they [...]

Did You Know? – Points of Interest Pt. 4

August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Throughout the seventies and eighties Richard Dreyfuss had an immense drug problem. Just four years after winning the 1977 Best Actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl he made a movie called Whose Life Is It Anyway? The damage his drug-taking inflicted on his memory was such that, even today, he has no recollection whatsoever of making that picture. His cocaine abuse led to him having a blackout [...]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the thousands of bits and pieces regarding this phenomenal picture, and to select the more interesting or unusual tidbits for your [...]