LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

March 10, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    The 1970 abomination titled Ned Kelly was initially intended as a vehicle for Albert Finney in the title role back in 1964 but it never happened. Instead, someone with a warped sense of humour reached the ludicrous conclusion that Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger could portray the iconic […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT16.

December 28, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  HONOR BLACKMAN:                                                        [On Richard Burton] ‘You didn’t really want somebody in your bed quoting Shakespeare. Most of the time, he was drunk. We were staying in these little chalets and he came home one night and got into bed with me. I kicked him out eventually. He wasn’t […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT120.

April 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)                                                                                 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT118.

April 3, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Olivia with her Oscar for To Each His Own (1947) In August 1943, Olivia de Havilland filed a law suit against Warner Bros and was immediately suspended. When she won her suit in December 1944, via a unanimous decision, the studio promptly fired her. Because of the law suit and her […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT101.

January 15, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Pola Negri & Rudolph Valentino There has never been a shortage of prima donnas among movie stars, especially in Hollywood. Back in the Roaring Twenties it was the outrageously publicity addict Pola Negri who made sure reporters and cameramen were present when she swooned with crying fits at the casket […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 7

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

OSCAR ALSO-RANS

December 12, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Luise Rainer While there is no doubt that Hollywood admires actors and actresses who win Oscars, it is equally true that the industry only likes to employ those who make money, and to be able to do one does not necessarily mean you can do the other. Take Luise Rainer, […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT70.

October 19, 2018 Alan Royle 1

Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men (1952) Rank Organization producer Earl St. John was greatly impressed by the young actor portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), so he asked […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT55.

September 13, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT48.

August 28, 2018 Alan Royle 6

Linda & Tom Jones Director Tim Burton went backstage after one of Tom Jones’ Vegas performances and asked the Welsh Wailer if he would like to be in his movie Mars Attacks! (1996). Tom and his three back-up singers at that time, Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black and Sharon Hendrix, […]