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MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. He changed his name to John Hamilton to obscure his Hollywood past and join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT71.

October 21, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Val Kilmer as Batman & Bruce Wayne Director Joel Schumacher described Val Kilmer as ‘childish and impossible’, after the actor refused to talk to him for two weeks during the filming of Batman Forever (1995). Later, he told an interviewer, ‘Val did me two great favors when I wanted him to be Batman. He said yes, then he created a situation that allowed me not to have him play [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT60.

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Deanna Durbin Canadian-born Deanna Durbin was just 14 when Walt Disney tested her to be the voice of Snow White in his 1937 feature-length animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He chose not to use her because her voice sounded ‘too mature’. By 1943, at the age of twenty-one, she was the highest paid woman in the United States and the highest paid female star on the planet. She was [...]

The making of ‘TOP GUN’ (1986)

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  This was the highest grossing movie of 1986, raking in over $350 million worldwide. For the record, Crocodile Dundee ran second and Platoon third. In North America alone it sold nearly 50 million tickets in its first theatrical release. It was such a popular picture with young people that the US Navy reported a 500% increase in applications to join its aviation program. A degree of [...]