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More Movie Trivia – PT2.

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) It is hard to believe that George Clooney was so desperate to acquire for himself a movie career that, in 1988, he agreed to make the pathetic Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Even harder to believe is the fact that he was already by then an established television star via his character in the hot series E. R. His entire contribution to the film was [...]

AUSSIES BORN & BRED? NOT REALLY.

January 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  TOM BURLINSON (1956 – )                      as Tommy Woodcock in Phar Lap (1983)     ‘Simply Sinatra’ After appreciating his playing of Tommy Woodcock; ‘strapper’ for the legendary racehorse Phar Lap in the 1983 movie of the same name, most cinema-goers probably assumed that Tom Burlinson was a young man born and bred ‘Down [...]

Hollywood philanthropists – a quick look.

July 26, 2017 // 2 Comments

  In the last 20-30 years there has developed a philanthropic culture in Hollywood involving superstars in the movie industry. Cynics are quick to accuse these people of ‘image-making’, or of diverting media attention from potential career-damaging headlines of a personal nature. In some instances that has certainly happened, but the bottom line must surely be acknowledged. Regardless of [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office Stars PT 3. (1978-2013)

July 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

  1978       Burt Reynolds 1979       Burt Reynolds 1980       Burt Reynolds 1981       Burt Reynolds 1982       Burt Reynolds We often tend to forget just how popular Burt Reynolds was. Only Bing Crosby and he have topped Quigley five years in succession! The most astonishing thing about Burt’s achievements is that, on scanning his movies over those years, [...]

‘Gallipoli’ (1981)

March 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Two years after he burst on the scene in the grossly over-rated Mad Max (1979), Mel Gibson made a war picture called Gallipoli, a movie loosely based on the Australian and New Zealander (ANZAC) landings in Turkey in 1915. As we know, Mel went on to become a super-star, even picking up an Oscar for his direction of Braveheart in 1995. His co-star Mark Lee, on the other hand, worked for a [...]

A few Hollywood substance abusers. PT 1.

November 2, 2016 // 13 Comments

  John Barrymore John Barrymore became famous for playing sympathetic drunks on film, no great stretch for him given he was a fully-fledged, dedicated alcoholic off-camera all his life. As a Shakespearian stage actor he was brilliant in his youth, able to memorize and deliver extraordinarily long speeches effortlessly and without a blemish. But as the years caught up with him, so did his [...]

Did you know? (D)

June 27, 2016 // 3 Comments

    Recently I watched a British WW2 drama made in 1953 called Appointment in London (aka Raiders in the Sky). It was pretty good, too, although the final segment (a bomber raid on Germany) was drawn out far too long. The cast was first class with Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter and the lovely Dinah Sheridan all performing admirably. Also in the cast was a young man playing an Australian [...]

Is Mel Gibson genuinely ill or just a jerk?

January 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Mel Gibson was born in New York in 1956, but lived most of his youth in Australia. He claims that he started drinking at 13. In 1984 in Ontario he was banned from driving for three months after rear-ending a car while intoxicated. By the time he made Lethal Weapon 2 he admitted to drinking five pints of beer for breakfast! He maintains that by 1991 he was attending AA meetings, and that [...]

Australian International Screen Stars

May 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below are two lists. The first consists of actors and actresses who have always been considered as Australian, even though they were not born in Australia. The second list consists of those who were born in this country. As you can see, there are quite a lot of very fine performers on both lists. In fact Australians are now ranked third behind the USA and Britain for the number of Oscar [...]

The best male voices in movies?

March 29, 2015 // 4 Comments

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 [...]
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