Monday, 31 October 2011

Famous Monster Movie Actors


Boris Karloff: Possible the most famous monster movie actor of them all. Starred in both "Frankenstein"(1931) and "The Mummy" (1932). Also was the narrator of the holiday TV special "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966).

Bela Lugosi: Was the title character the classic movie "Dracula" (1931). Portrayed by Martin Landau in the 1994 Tim Burton Film "Ed Wood".

Lon Chaney: The man of 1000 faces, most famous for the 1925 silent classic "The Phantom Of The Opera".

Lon Chaney Jr.: Son of Lon Chaney, played the title character in "The Wolfman" 1941.

Christopher Lee: Acted as Dracula in a series of British made films.

Robert Englund: Played Freddy Krueger in seven "Nightmare On Elm Street" films and one TV series.

Andy Serkis: You may not recognize his face but you're seen him before as both Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and as the big ape himself in "King Kong" (2005).

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Movies Made About The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978): One of the first musicals built around the songs of the Beatles.

I Want To Hold Your Hand (1978): This movie is about a group of kids trying to get into the Ed Sullivan Show to see the Beatles first TV appearance. Produced by Steven Spielberg.

Birth Of The Beatles (1979): The only biopic about the early Beatles made while John Lennon was alive.

John And Yoko, A Love Story (1985): Docudrama about the romance between John Lennon And Yoko Ono.

The Hours And The Times (1991): This movie speculates on what might have happened between John Lennon and Brian Epstein during an actual vacation they took together in 1963.

Back Beat (1994): Another biopic about the early Beatles, this time with actor Stephan Dorff as Stuart Sutcliffe.

The Two Of Us (2000): Fictional afternoon visit between Paul McCartney and John Lennon in New York City 1976.

The Linda McCartney Story (2000): This biographical films covers the romance and marriage of Paul and Linda McCartney.

Across The Universe (2007): Musical that takes place during the Vietnam war era, based on Beatles songs.

Nowhere Boy (2009): This movie is about the teenage years of John Lennon.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Famous Rock & Roll Muses

Marilyn Monroe: The subject of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind", later Elton re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute to princess Diana.

Patti Boyd: Both "Something" by the Beatles and "Layla" by Derek And The Dominos were written about her. Patti was caught in a romantic triangle between then husband George Harrison and Eric Clapton, who was in love with her. She eventually divorced George and married Eric.

Billy Jean King: Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote "Philadelphia Freedom" about Billy Jean's tennis team.

Judy Collins: Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", a song about Still's girlfriend.

Rosanna Arquette: Toto's "Rosanna" and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" were both written for this actress.

Erin Everly: Erin is the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Bros. The song "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns n Roses was written for her by then boyfriend Axel Rose

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rock Bands Named After A Group Member

Van Halen: Formed in 1974, named after Dutch born brothers Edward (Guitar) and Alex (Drums).

Bon Jovi: Named After lead Singer Jon Bon Jovi (real name John Bongiovi).

J. Geils Band: J. Geils (real first name John) is the guitarist for the band.

Montrose: Guitarist Ronnie Montrose formed the group in 1973 with Sammy Hagar as lead singer. This means Hagar fronted two bands named after guitarists.

Manfred Mann: The name of the group and their South African born keyboard player. Later name changed to Manfred Mann Earth Band.

Alice Cooper: Stage name of Vincent Furnier was also originally the name of the band. Cooper didn't go solo until 1975's "Welcome To My Nightmare".

Alan Parsons Project: Parsons worked as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios on both "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and  "Dark Side Of The Moon". Formed the Alan Parsons Project in the mid seventies.

Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis was the group's guitarist but it was keyboardist and vocalist Stevie Winwood who would go on the be the star.

Other Groups Named After A Member: Winger, Slaughter, Dave Clark Five, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Cool And The Gang, Mumford & Sons.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Celebrities With Two Famous Parents

Gwynth Paltrow: Bruce Paltrow & Blythe Danner

Wolfgang Van Halen: Edward Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli

Rumer Willis: Bruce Willis & Demi Moore

Keifer Sutherland: Donald Sutherland & Shirley Douglas

Jamie Lee Curtis: Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh

Sean Astin: John Astin & Patty Duke (Astin)

Liza Minelli: Vincent Minelli & Judy Garland

Kate Hudson: Goldie Hawn & Bill Hudson

Mariska Hargitay: Mickey Hargitay & Jayne Mansfield

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Double Best Actor Winners

Fredric March: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde 1933, The Best Years of Our Lives 1946.

Spencer Tracy: Captains Courageous 1937, Boys Town 1938.

Gary Cooper: Sergeant York 1941, High Noon 1952.

Marlon Brandon: On The Waterfront 1954, The Godfather 1972.

Jack Nicholson: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975, As Good As It Gets 1997.

Dustin Hoffman: Kramer Vs. Kramer 1979, Rain Man 1988.

Daniel Day-Lewis: My Left Foot 1989, There will Be Blood 2007.

Tom Hanks: Philadelphia 1993, Forrest Gump 1994.

Sean Penn: Mystic River 2003, Milk 2008.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Double Best Actress Winners

Katharine Hepburn: The only four-time winner. Morning Glory 1933, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? 1967, Lion In Winter 1968, On Golden Pond 1981.

Bette Davis: Dangerous 1935, Jezebel 1938.

Luise Rainer: The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937.

Vivian Leigh: Gone With The Wind 1939, A Streetcar Named Desire 1951.

Olivia De Havilland: To Each His Own 1946, The Heiress 1949.

Ingrid Bergman: Gaslight 1944, Anastasia 1956.

Elizabeth Taylor: Butterfield 8 1960, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966.

Glenda Jackson: Women In Love 1970, A Touch Of Class 1973.

Jane Fonda: Klute 1971, Coming Home 1978.

Sally Field: Norma Rae 1979, Places In The Heart 1984.

Jodie Foster: The Accused 1988, The Silence Of The Lambs 1991.

Hilary Swank: Boys Don't Cry 1999, Million Dollar Baby 2004.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Rock Artists Who Won Oscars

The Beatles: Best  Song Score - Let It Be - 1970.

Isaac Hayes: The Theme From Shaft - 1971.

Stevie Wonder:  I Just Called To Say I Love You - The Woman In Red - 1984

Prince: Best Song Score - Purple Rain - 1984

Carly Simon: Let The River Run - Working Girl - 1988
Bruce Springsteen: The Streets Of Philadelphia - Philadelphia - 1993

Elton John: Can You Feel The Love Tonight - The Lion King - 1994

Phil Collins: You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan - 1999

Bob Dylan: Things Have Changed - Wonder Boys - 2000

Eminem: Lose Yourself - 8 Mile - 2002

Annie Lennox: Into The West - Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King - 2003

Three 6 Mafia: It's A Hard Life For A Pimp - Hustle & Flow - 2005

Melissa Etheridge: I Need to Wake Up - An Inconvenient Truth - 2006

Trent Reznor: Best Original Score - The Social Network - 2010

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Tribute To Redheads Part 3: The Men

Rupert Grint: Famous for playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.

Danny Kaye: Star of stage and screen, best remembered for such movies as "White Christmas" and "The Court Jester".

David Caruso: Most famous for playing cops on "NYPD Blue" and "CSI Miami".

Eric Stolz: Star of such 80's films as "Wild Life", "Mask" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful".

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Appeared in three films with fellow ginger Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski and Magnolia).

Seth Green: Besides being a movie star Seth also provides the voice for Chris on "The Family Guy".

James Cagney: Star of such classic films like "White Heat" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy".

Monday, 3 October 2011

A Tribute To Redheads Part 2

Maureen O'Hara: A classic redhead. made five films with John Wayne.

Rose McGowan: This redhead is a fan of platinum blonde Marlene Dietrich.

Reba McEntire: Country Music Singer. Starred in the movie "Tremors" and the TV Series "Reba".

Marcia Cross: This Brainy actress played a doctor on TV series "Melrose Place", "Everwood" and an episode of "Seinfeld".

Evan Rachel Wood: Don't mess with this ginger beauty, she has a black belt in tae kwon do.

Lindsay Lohan: Became famous making Disney films , now more famous for being in trouble with the law.

Christina Hendricks: Actually a natural blonde. Started dying her hair red at the age of ten because she liked Anne Of Green Gables.

Emma Stone: Another natural blonde. Changed her hair red for the movie "Superbad".

Saturday, 1 October 2011

A Tribute To Redheads

Lucille Ball: The most famous redhead of them all

Amy Adams: American actress born in Italy. Starred in the movies "The Fighter" and "Doubt".

Nicole Kidman: Born in Hawaii and raised in Australia. Ex wife of Tom Cruise.

Julianne Moore: Received Academy Award nominations for "Boogie Nights" and "The Hours"

Bryce Dallas Howard: Daughter of actor / director Ron Howard, another famous redhead.

Isla Fisher: Another Australian, appeared in the movie "The Wedding Crashers" and is married to comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

Rene Russo: Attended high school with Ron Howard. A famous ginger connection.

Debra Messing: Star Of TV's "Will And Grace".