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IN THE BEGINNING…PT 4.

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

STEVE IRWIN (1962 – 2006) Steve Irwin was born in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in 1962, to parents who were wildlife naturalists. He was raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park where he learned how to handle crocodiles before his tenth birthday. His shortish life was devoted to conserving and protecting wildlife in his native Australia, and he made no bones about his [...]

Indiana Jones – the good and not so good.

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

As shooting on this picture drew to a close, Paramount executives arranged a little surprise for its star Harrison Ford. Chained to a rock and about to be flogged by a turbaned torturer, he was astonished by the sight of Barbra Streisand dressed in black leather and brandishing a phony bullwhip. As she delivered the first lash on his bare back, she chanted: ‘That’s for Hanover Street, the [...]

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 [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio – sensible superstar.

November 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

  I wonder if any of the non-entities who comprised the cast of the woeful 1991 low budget horror feature Critters 3 entertained any suspicions that the 17 year-old who made his movie debut playing the part of Josh in it would go on to become an icon in the movie business. One would have to assume the answer to that question would be a resounding ‘no’, given that Leonardo DiCaprio was as [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 7 )

June 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Part 7 of ‘Accidental Deaths’ examines the passing of some performers who unintentionally killed themselves with pills, medication, drugs, alcohol, or whatever other substances they took in doses or combinations that ‘accidentally’ ended their lives. Some appear to be genuinely unlucky outcomes, but others would never have happened if the people affected had not been into drugs in [...]

Brad Renfro – a wasted life

February 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brad Renfro in The Client ( 1994 ) Author John Grisham did not want a professional Hollywood child actor, complete with phoney southern accent, to play the pivotal role of Mark Sway in The Client (1994). Enter the 11 year-old unknown Brad Renfro from Memphis, Tennessee. His only acting experience was in a school production, yet he beat out thousands of contenders for the part, including [...]

River Phoenix – a foolish waste?

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

      River boasted of losing his virginity to an eighteen year-old girl he met while making Stand by Me in early 1985. He told his parents and siblings of his intention to seduce her, so they erected a psychedelically painted tent in their back yard for the occasion. His ditzy mother described the ‘ceremony’ as a ‘beautiful experience’. Well, it might have been had he been [...]