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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT9.

May 14, 2018 // 4 Comments

                       Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Steve McQueen’s performance in Papillon (1973) was overlooked when Oscar nominations were announced in 1974. The general feeling was that his stealing Ali MacGraw from Robert Evans, a very powerful studio executive, may well have been the reason. The fact that he had also slept with many other Hollywood wives scarcely worked in [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT2.

April 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

Prior to making The Hustler (1961), Paul Newman had a pool table installed in his home to practice upon because he had never played the game in his life until then. Jackie Gleason, on the other hand, was a very accomplished pool player and executed most of his own shots in the picture. Undeterred, Newman challenged him to a game for $50 and Gleason accepted the challenge. Paul broke the balls and [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1.

March 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Moon is Blue (1953) is a pretty tame picture, yet it was the first post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood movie to use the words ‘virgin’, ‘seduce’ and ‘mistress’ (in the sexual partner sense). The mere utterance of these three words was enough to get the picture banned from theatres in Boston, Massachusetts. Director Otto Preminger shot two versions of the movie, one in English and one [...]

Random Snapshots – Vol. 3.

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sharon Stone                     ‘Any man in Hollywood will meet me if I want that’, proclaimed Sharon Stone after achieving worldwide fame in Basic Instinct (1992). ‘No, make that any man anywhere’, she added. One of her former boyfriends was Hart Bochner, the know-all executive in Die Hard who gets his brains blown out while on the phone ‘negotiating’ with the hero. When [...]

ROCK HUDSON – An all-time great sex symbol.

July 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

  In 1995, Empire magazine named the Top 100 Sexiest Stars in Movie History and Rock Hudson came in at # 28. Today, of course, he is best remembered for his sexuality rather than his appeal to female cinema-goers around the world. Rock was the first big star to be publicly ‘outed’ as a homosexual. His death from AIDS in 1985 exposed his lifelong battle to keep secret his gayness. In [...]

Did you know?

January 29, 2017 // 5 Comments

  Mickey Rooney was at the top of the Hollywood tree in the thirties and lived his life in the fast lane. MGM’s publicity machine had him collecting stamps and coins like any other young American boy. It was even spread about that his favourite author was Eugene O’Neill. Randy little Mickey did not collect stamps or coins, nor did he read books, any books, much less O’Neill’s. He [...]

My Top 50 child stars in movies & TV – PT2 – (25-1)

January 3, 2017 // 4 Comments

        25          ANNA CHLUMSKY (1980 – ) Anna Chlumsky gained international fame when she made My Girl and My Girl 2 in the early nineties, although it would be reasonable to say that the first of those films was successful because it was shot a year after her co-star Macaulay Culkin hit it big with Home Alone. Anna was very good in it nevertheless. Today’s TV [...]

Happy 100th birthday, Kirk… I think.

October 17, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Kirk Douglas was born Issur Demsky in New York City to Jewish-Russian parents on 9 December 1916. Like Olivia de Havilland (in July) he will turn 100 in 2016. Back in 1958 his good friend Mike Todd asked him to fly to New York with him to celebrate Mike’s film Around the World in 80 Days, but Kirk’s wife Anne had forebodings about the flight and talked him out of going. The plane [...]

The making of ‘West Side Story’ (1961)

April 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

  It has been fifty-five years since Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was re-located to New York City and transformed into the musical West Side Story. In place of the feuding Montague and Capulet families of Verona we are given two rival New York gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. The white Jets are led by Riff, the Puerto Rican Sharks by Bernardo. Romeo becomes Riff’s best buddy Tony; [...]

Natalie Wood – what happened?

February 28, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Aboard ‘Splendour’ 17 Nov, 1981 It was November 19, 1981 when 43 year-old actress Natalie Wood lost her life off the coast of Catalina Island in Southern California. There have always been important details missing from the official account of her ‘accidental death’, but it has generally been accepted that she probably slipped and fell into the water from the yacht [...]
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