March 13, 2022 Alan Royle 0

                            Wesley Snipes If you ever wondered why the movie career of Wesley Snipes got derailed, the answer is simple enough. In 2010 he was sentenced to three years in the Federal Correctional Institution McKean for failure […]



June 7, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton has been married six times (as of July 2020), the first five unions having ended in divorce. From 1978 until 1980, he was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin, who cited ‘incompatibility and adultery on his part’ in her divorce petition. They had one […]



May 11, 2021 Alan Royle 0

    PETER O’TOOLE:                          [Speaking about his attendance at the 75th Annual Academy Awards in 2003] ‘I enjoyed it. The only thing that wasn’t enjoyable was in the green room. I said, ‘Can I have a drink?’ [He was told]: ‘We have lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.’ […]


April 20, 2019 Alan Royle 6

  This is the second part of ‘The Centurions’, the actors and actresses who have reached the age of 100 or more in the history of Hollywood films. In all there have been fifteen, with two more still living who are due to turn 100 in 2019. In this segment […]

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August 14, 2018 Alan Royle 0

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it […]


November 17, 2017 Alan Royle 0

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked […]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 Alan Royle 2

RYAN, Robert (1909 – 73) I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrific western named The Proud Ones (1956). It has gone completely unheralded, yet it is clearly a couple of cuts above the average western fare. I watched it for one simple reason, because Robert Ryan was its […]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 1.

March 6, 2017 Alan Royle 0

   It is nearly 105 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first Tarzan book – Tarzan the Ape-man (1912). Over that period of time there have been no fewer than 50 Tarzan movies pumped out – 45 live action and 5 animated features. Nineteen players have portrayed the ape-man, […]

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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 […]

Esther Williams – the Million Dollar Mermaid.

April 2, 2016 admin 0

  If World war Two had not intervened and caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, Esther Williams would have, in all probability, represented the USA as a swimmer in both meets. In 1940 she was just 18 years old and already the holder of three National Swimming […]