Tom Sizemore – a great talent wasted.

July 5, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    Tom Sizemore – Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore’s drug problem was common knowledge in the movie business when he was given the chance to perform in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg. ‘Steven said he was going to give me a second chance, but that he would have […]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Olivier & Leigh If you look closely at the long shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk (1954), you can see they are actually of Vivien Leigh, the actress she replaced four weeks after filming began. Miss Leigh had a major breakdown on the set, suffering memory loss […]

Did you know? (F)

July 1, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Tony Curtis circa 1948 ‘I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948’, Tony Curtis stated in a 2002 interview with gay magazine, attitude. ‘I had more action than Mount Vesuvius – men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn’t […]

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June 29, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  When British actor Benedict Cumberbatch used the term ‘coloured people’ on American television in January 2015, he inadvertently opened up a can of racist worms. It almost defies belief that this young man was attacked for using the term whilst in the middle of personally condemning the inequality that […]

Did you know? (D)

June 27, 2016 Alan Royle 3

    Recently I watched a British WW2 drama made in 1953 called Appointment in London (aka Raiders in the Sky). It was pretty good, too, although the final segment (a bomber raid on Germany) was drawn out far too long. The cast was first class with Dirk Bogarde, Ian […]

Did you know? (C)

June 25, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    The 1934 picture Bolero teamed Carole Lombard and George Raft for the first time. True to Hollywood form they were soon embroiled in a steamy affair. Raft was renowned in Tinsel Town for being a ‘sexual technician’. When asked by a reporter to name Hollywood’s greatest lover, Carole […]

Did you know? (B)

June 23, 2016 Alan Royle 6

  Jude Law’s marriage to Sadie Frost began in 1997 and ended in 2003. A contributing factor to the break-up was a near tragedy in October 2002 when Iris, their two year-old daughter, swallowed an ecstasy tablet she found on the floor at a children’s party and was rushed to […]

Jean Harlow – quite a woman.

June 21, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911, 16 year-old Harlean Carpenter ran away from home to marry a 21 year-old businessman named Charles McGrew in 1927. The couple lived off his rather large inheritance for a couple of years, but it is believed that his drinking led to an […]

Did you know? (A)

June 19, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Producer Robert Evans purchased the rights to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby in 1971 with the intention of having his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy in the 1974 production. However, while waiting for the script to be finalised, Ali went off and made The Getaway with Steve […]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful […]