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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT72.

October 23, 2018 // 3 Comments

Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974) Director Roman Polanski and his female lead in Chinatown (1974), Faye Dunaway, were embroiled in numerous on-set disputes throughout the shoot. At one time Polanski actually pulled out strands of her hair. Mostly, the arguments were about Dunaway demanding to know what her motivation was for various scenes. In the end, Polanski lost his temper altogether and [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 17.

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Peter Lawford Frank Sinatra wrongfully blamed his actor buddy Peter Lawford for President Kennedy cancelling plans to stay at the crooner’s Palm Springs retreat in 1962. In reality it was Bobby Kennedy who insisted his brother cut his ties with Sinatra because of the singer’s mob connections. However, no-one could convince Frank of this and he shut Lawford out of [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 15.

May 26, 2018 // 2 Comments

       Paul Thomas (L) Little known actor Paul Thomas was cast as Saint Peter in the 1973 screen version of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was one of his very few mainstream performances. In the porn film industry, however, he was legendary, having starred in hundreds of sex films and for directing 450 more! In 1982 he was caught smuggling cocaine into the USA from South America and did a [...]

Movie Trivia – PT3

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Capucine as Angel in North to Alaska (1960) Richard Fleischer was all set to direct North to Alaska (1960) but thought Capucine was all wrong as the prostitute. In his opinion she was ‘not classy enough and not sexy enough’. He was unaware that she just happened to be producer Charles Feldman’s mistress at the time and that he had already promised the role to her. So Capucine stayed and [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Adolf Hitler banned Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) in Germany and in every country occupied by the Nazis, although he did smuggle in a copy through Portugal for himself. Hitler, incidentally, thought Chaplin was a Jew. It is said that he watched the picture twice but his reactions were not recorded. Chaplin was born on the 16th of April 1889 [...]

Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

          1982              Gandhi – Best Picture                         Ben Kingsley – Gandhi                         Meryl Streep –  Sophie’s Choice                         Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer and a Gentleman                         Jessica Lange – Tootsie [...]

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 [...]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 2 )

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yesterday I wrote a little about the Church of Scientology and its adherents (both past and present) in the world of entertainment. Alphabetically, I got as far as ‘G’. Here are the rest of them:     HAYES, Isaac: Singer/songwriter, occasional actor. An active Scientologist, the ‘church’ forced him to resign his role as ‘Chef’ on South Park because of the show’s stance on [...]