around the world in 80 days

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 11.

May 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Before he agreed to play the role of Clyde Barrow in the 1967 hit Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty was chasing the director’s job and had already chosen the two actors he wanted to play the title roles – his sister Shirley MacLaine and singer Bob Dylan! Shirley’s chances dissolved the moment Warren decided to play Clyde himself. [...]

THE 10 WORST ‘BEST PICTURE’ OSCAR-WINNERS.

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Selecting the ten worst winners of the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar is a whole lot tougher than choosing the ten best. Why? Because I have not always bothered to see a lot of the rubbishy ones. Only recently I sat through several of those I had avoided like the plague for decades and, having done so, I can now fully appreciate why I avoided them. A few of the very early winners, such as Wings [...]

Past Oscars – Pt 4 (1955-60)

October 31, 2016 // 4 Comments

  1955               Marty – Best Picture                         Ernest Borgnine – Best Actor for Marty   Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter Doris Day & Jimmy Cagney Well, at least Elia Kazan didn’t get Best Director for East of Eden despite being again nominated. I have seen all five nominated movies – Marty, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo, [...]

The Mike Todd saga.

September 19, 2016 // 9 Comments

  In 1958 Kirk Douglas accepted an invitation from film producer Mike Todd to accompany him on a flight to New York aboard Mike’s private plane dubbed The Lucky Liz, in honor of his wife Elizabeth Taylor. ‘As I was packing my bags I suddenly felt a painful knotting in my stomach’, recalled Douglas. ‘At that moment – and I couldn’t understand why – I felt more frightened and [...]

Hollywood – tales from the dark side.

December 14, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Mabel Normand was one of the wildest of the silent stars whose off-screen antics ultimately wrecked her career and contributed to her early death. Mack Sennett credited her with inventing the pie-throwing gag that came to be used extensively throughout the silent picture era, claiming she threw one in comedian Ben Turpin’s face while the cross-eyed star was struggling to get a laugh from [...]

‘Stolen Oscars?’ Pt. 1

September 20, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Down the decades there have been a number of, shall we say, dubious Oscar-winners who have collected the statuette at the expense of more worthy contenders. Sometimes this is due to studio manipulation of nominations. A classic example of this happened in 1972 when Paramount chose to nominate only Marlon Brando for Best Actor in The Godfather, ludicrously nominating the star of the film, Al [...]

Did you know? Points of interest. Pt. 9

September 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

    It is generally believed that Stephen Sondheim only agreed to the musically limited Madonna singing his songs in Dick Tracy (1990) because he owed a favour to Warren Beatty who directed and starred in it whilst becoming intimately involved with Madonna during the shoot. Sean Young was to have played Tess Trueheart but was dropped by Beatty after a few days of filming, some say [...]