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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT74.

October 27, 2018 // 2 Comments

Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Johnny Depp’s maternal grandfather was a full-blood Cherokee, which probably helps to account for Johnny’s sharp cheekbones and sculptured visage. As a youngster Johnny was smoking at 12, lost his virginity at 13 and had done every kind of drug there was by 14. He was 20 when he married 25 year-old fellow musician Lori Ann Allison in 1983. It [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT68

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

    Anastasia (1956) has often been referred to as Ingrid Bergman’s ‘Hollywood comeback’ film, but that is misleading. She had been effectively blacklisted by Hollywood since 1949 over the affair with director Roberto Rossellini that produced a child out of wedlock prior to their marriage. Studios refused to cast her on moral grounds, an incredibly hypercritical reaction from an [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT55.

September 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war annoyed those who tend to find pluses in both. Maybe, the Church exercised its considerable clout and [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT52.

September 5, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Anne Heche in Six Days Seven Nights (1998)     In 2001, Anne Heche stated in a series of interviews that she had an alter-ego named Celestia who was an alien from another planet. She also insisted that she could speak to God and was the half-sister of Jesus Christ; adding that she had been mentally insane for 31 years of her life. How much of this can be blamed on her upbringing is [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT50.

September 1, 2018 // 6 Comments

Several scenes in the 1952 film The Sound Barrier required stars Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd to be seated in one of the new de Havilland Comets. They were blissfully unaware that in just two years’ time two de Havilland Comets would break up in mid-air, killing everyone on board both flights. It took several years for experts to work out what had happened. In those days black box flight [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it ended up going to James Dean. When Dean turned down the part of Basil the sculptor in The Silver Chalice, Newman quickly (but unwisely) accepted it. It was a terrible part in [...]

STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT2.

July 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

Part two of ‘Stars Who Went To War 1939-45’ looks at some of the ‘lesser lights’ who signed up to fight for their country – and a few who chose not to.           Eddie & his son Edward Jr EDDIE ALBERT:   The future star of Green Acres won a Bronze Star for courage under fire when he rescued 47 wounded marines from the Tarawa beachhead while under [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 14.

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ben Fisz Former Polish World War Two fighter pilot Ben Fisz discovered a book called ‘Skis Against the Atom’ in a London public library and convinced himself it would make a terrific movie. He quietly purchased the film rights from the author, then hired a writer to work up a screen treatment. The day the typescript was delivered, he learned that a new book on the same topic was [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off so that the producers and director did not have to put up with her [...]

PIER ANGELI (1932-71) – A casualty of stardom, adulation and the high life.

August 29, 2017 // 15 Comments

  PIER ANGELI (1932-71)                                      Anna Maria Pierangeli was born in Sardinia in 1932 and would one day evolve into Hollywood movie star Pier Angeli. Her twin sister, Maria Luisa, would also change her name and achieve limited screen success as Marisa Pavan. The family moved to Rome when the girls were three, and then to California in 1950. [...]
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