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‘EASY RIDER’ (1969) – an accidental classic.

May 31, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  Easy Rider (1969) was intended to star Peter Fonda, Rip Torn and Dennis Hopper, but Fonda encountered impenetrable opposition when he went in search of financial backing, because nobody wanted to get involved with a project that included the notoriously difficult Dennis Hopper. His professional reputation was in the […]

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Last Cab to Darwin (2015) – an Aussie gem.

May 29, 2017 Alan Royle 0

Although I am Australian through and through, born and bred in Fremantle, Western Australia where I have lived almost my entire life, I have never been a fan of Australian-made movies. In my opinion, most of the early screen efforts painted Australian men as stereotypes; loud, foul-mouthed, country bumpkins, forever […]

James Garner (1928 – 2014) – a true gentleman

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  James Garner was one of those rare Hollywood stars who lived long lives completely free of scandal. He met his wife Lois Clarke in 1956, they married two weeks later, and remained together until Jim’s death in 2014! As far as I am aware he never played around and […]

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‘ENCHANTED’ (2007) – a whole lotta magic.

May 25, 2017 Alan Royle 0

                                     I wonder if Disney realized back in 1988 that their hybrid feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit, released that year, would be their last live action/animated picture for almost twenty years. It would […]

‘TITANIC’ (1997) – some observations.

May 23, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  As a spectacle Titanic, the 1997 version, is a marvel. We are given front row seats to one of the most tragic, yet awesome, events in history. We even see the mighty ship sailing along in broad daylight in all its pristine beauty. And in living color too. I […]

WAMPAS Baby Stars 1934 – the final year.

May 21, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Between 1922 and 1934 the Western Association of Motion Pictures Advertisers (WAMPAS) chose between 13 and 15 young actresses in Hollywood that they believed were on the threshold of movie stardom and presented them at the annual ‘WAMPAS Frolic’. Until its final year starlets had to be under contract […]

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Audie Murphy – my boyhood hero.

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  AUDIE MURPHY (1924 – 71)                     1094 Audie Murphy’s World War Two combat record is well-known to his fans, indeed to history. Enough to say that he was America’s most highly decorated soldier of the entire conflict and a worthy Medal of Honor winner. Not a bad effort when we […]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 5 – 1-5

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  5          ERROL FLYNN (1909-59) The name Errol Flynn is synonymous with promiscuity and hedonism. He only lived for 50 years, but he cut a swathe through Hollywood’s women (and several men) that has rarely been rivalled. He ended up being an opium addict, his liver shredded by disease and […]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 4 – 10 -6.

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  10        JACK NICHOLSON (1937- ) It is no secret that Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty have been bosom pals for a long, long time. Actor friend Bruce Dern has been quoted regarding both men’s obsession with sex: ‘Jack Nicholson and Beatty have contests about it.’ One of Nicholson’s many […]