Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Movies Based On Popular Video Games

Super Mario Bros. (1993): Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo Gross: 20 Million (Bomb!)

Street Fighter (1994): Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Kylie Minogue Gross: 99 Million

Mortal Kombat (1995): Bridgette Wilson, Christopher Lambert Gross: 123 Million (1997 sequel "Annihilation" made less than half.)

Wing Commander (1999): Freddie Prinze Jr. Gross: 11 Million (Another Bomb!)

Resident Evil (2002): Milla Jovovich Gross: 102 Million (The sequels combined have grossed over half a billion.)

Doom (2005): Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Gross: 56 Million

Hitman (2007): Timothy Olyphant Gross: 100 Million

Max Payne (2008): Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis Gross: 86 Million

Prince Of Persia, The Sands Of Time (2010): Jake Gyllenhaal Gross: 335 Million

Monday, 28 November 2011

Ten Most Successful James Bond Movies

1.) Casino Royale (2006): 167 Million (US), 599 Million (World)

2.) Quantum Of Solace (2008): 168 Million (US), 586 Million (World)

3.) Die Another Day (2002): 161 Million (US), 456 Million (World)

4.) The World Is Not Enough (1999): 127 Million (US), 390 Million (World)

5.) Goldeneye (1995): 106 Million (US), 353 Million (World)

6.) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): 125 Million (US), 346 Million (World)

7.) Moonraker (1979): 70 Million (US), 210 Million (World)

8.) For Your Eyes Only (1981): 54 Million (US), 202 Million (World)

9.) The Living Daylights (1987): 51 Million (US), 191 Million (World)

10.) Octopussy (1983): 68 Million (US), 187 Million (World)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Famous Supermodels Turned Movie Stars

Twiggy: Britain's top fashion model of the swinging 60's, had her own TV series in 1975 and also appeared in the movies The Blues Brothers (1980), Club Paradise (1986) and Madame Sousatzka (1988).

Lauren Hutton: American model Lauren Hutton made her film debut in Paper Lion (1968) with Alan Alda. She also appeared with many of the top leading men of the 70's and 80's, like Robert Redford (Little Fauss And Big Halsy - 1970), Burt Reynolds (Gator - 1976), Richard Gere (American Gigolo -1980), and even Jim Carrey  in (Once Bitten -1985).

Paulina Porizkova: Czech beauty Paulina starred in a string of movies including Her Alibi (1989) with Tom Selleck and more recently appeared on the TV soap As The World Turns.. She also worked with actors Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis and Tilda Swinton and even tried her hand at directing.

Milla Jovovich: Born in the Soviet Union but grew up in the U.S. She appeared in a string of movies that include Return To The Blue Lagoon, Chaplin, Dazed And Confused, The Fifth Element, Zoolander and The Fourth Kind. She is most famous for starring in the Resident Evil films.

Elle MacPherson: Australian supermodel nicknamed "The Body" made  her name with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions. Her list of credits include Sirens (1994), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Batman And Robin (1997) and several episodes of TV's Friends.

Rebecca Romijn:  Before Jennifer Lawrence, Mystique was played by Rebecca in the X-Men films. She also guest starred in such TV series as Friends, Just Shoot Me!, Ugly Betty, and Chuck..

Estella Warren: Canadian model and former synchronized swimmer is probably best known for co-starring in Tim Burton's 2001 re-make of Planet Of The Apes with Mark Wahlberg. Other credits include Driven (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), and The Cooler (2003).

Brooklyn Decker: Andy Roddick's wife acted with Adam Sandler in Just Go With It (2011) She also appeared in Battleship and What To Expect When You're Expecting (both 2012), and had parts on TV's "Ugly Betty" and "Chuck".

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Most Successful Harry Potter Movies

1.) Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011): 381 Million (US), 1,324 Million (World-Wide)

2.) Philosopher's Stone (2001): 317 Million (US), 974 Million (World-Wide)

3.) Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010): 295 Million (US), 955 Million (World-Wide)

4.) Order Of The Pheonix (2007): 292 Million (US), 939 Million (World-Wide)

5.) The Half-Blood Prince (2009): 301 Million (US), 934 Million (World-Wide)

6.) Goblet Of Fire (2005): 290 Million (US), 896 Million (World-Wide)

7.) Chamber Of Secrets (2002): 261 Million (US), 878 Million (World-Wide)

8.) Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004): 249 Million (US), 796 Million (world-Wide)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Best Clint Eastwood Movie Quotes

A Fistful Of Dollars (1964): "You see, my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughing at him."

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966): "In this world there are two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

Dirty Harry (1971):  "You've got to ask yourself one question: do i feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"

Magnum Force (1973): "A man's got to know his limitations."

The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976): "Dying ain't much of a living."

Sudden Impact (1983): "Go ahead, make my day."

Million Dollar Baby (2004): "Girlie, tough ain't enough."

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Best Paul Is Dead Clues - Part 2: The Album Covers

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: (1) The words "Beatles" are spelled out in flowers on what looks like a grave with a left-handed guitar (bass?) designed in yellow flowers beside it. (2) there is a hand over Paul's head which in some eastern religions is the sign of death. (3) Paul's armband reads OPD, which some fans interpreted as "Officially Pronounced Dead". It actually reads OPP "Ontario Provincial Police". (4) On the back cover Paul's back is facing the camera.

Magical Mystery Tour: (1) Paul is dressed as a walrus, which is the symbol of death in some countries. (2) Paul's arms are spread wide like a crucifixion. (3) Paul is the only Beatle wearing a black carnation.

Yellow Submarine: John's hand is over Paul's head, symbol of death.

Abbey Road: (1) On the cover George, dressed in denim, represents the gravedigger. Paul, with bare feet and his eyes closed, is the corpse. Ringo, dressed in black, is the undertaker and John, dressed in white, represents the priest. (2) The Volkswagen Beetle in the background has the license plate "28IF" which fans interpreted as Paul would have been 28 if he was still alive.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Best Paul Is Dead Clues - Part 1: The Songs

Strawberry Fields Forever: John says "I buried Paul" at the end of the song (he actually says "cranberry sauce").

She's Leaving Home: The lyrics mention "Wednesday morning at 5 O' clock" which fans interpreted as the day and hour of Paul's death.

A Day In The Life: John sings "he blew his mind out in a car, he hadn't noticed that the lights had changed".

I Am The Walrus: Voices at the end of the song can be heard saying "oh, untimely death" and "bury my dead body".

Glass Onion: One of the Beatles' most famous lyric "here's another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul". The walrus is a symbol of death in some countries.

So Tired: At the end of the song John can be heard saying something that sounds like "Paul is dead, miss him, miss him".

Don't Pass Me By: Ringo sings "you were in a car crash and you lost your hair".

Revolution #9: The Beatles' strangest recording contains crashing sounds which fans thought was a clue that Paul had been in a car accident.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Famous Rock & Roll Brothers

Oasis: Noel Gallagher (Guitar), Liam Gallagher (Vocals). The Gallagher brothers are almost as famous for not getting along as they are for their music.

ACDC: Angus Young (Guitar), Malcolm Young (Guitar). Back In Black (1980) is one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

The Kinks: Ray Davies (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Davies (Guitar). Had top ten hits with "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And Into The Night".

 Allman Brother Band: Duane Allman (Guitar), Gregg Allman (Vocals, Keyboards). Considered one of rock's greatest guitarists, Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24.

Van Halen: Edward Van Halen (Guitar), Alex Van Halen (Drums). One of the biggest selling American music artists of all time.

Black Crowes: Chris Robinson (Vocals), Rich Robinson (Guitar). Had multi-platinum success with the albums "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "Southern Harmony And Musical Companion".

Beach Boys: Brian Wilson (Vocals, Bass), Carl Wilson (Vocals, Guitar), Dennis Wilson (Drums). Had number one hits with "I Get Around" (64), "Help Me Rhonda" (65) and "Good Vibrations" (66).

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty (Vocals, Guitar), Tom Fogerty (Guitar). Biggest hit album was "Cosmo's Factory" (1970).

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Movie Stars Who "Retired"

Audrey Hepburn: Active in Hollywood between 1953 - 1967. Decided to devote more time to her family. Only made four more films.

Cary Grant: Retired at age 62 in 1966 after his daughter Jennifer was born. Never acted again.

Greta Garbo: Retired young at age 36 in 1941. Eventually moved to New York City and became known as a recluse. Forever linked to a line she spoke in the movie Grand Hotel "I want to be alone".

James Cagney: After a long successful career that began in the early thirties, Cagney retired in 1961. Twenty years later made a come back in the movie Ragtime.

Shirley Temple: Retired in 1950 at the age of 22. As a child Shirley was the biggest box office star in Hollywood. In later years she became ambassador to such countries as Ghana ans Czechoslovakia.

Deanna Durbin: A big star during the 1940's, she retired at age 28 and moved with her husband to a farm outside Paris.

Dolores Hart: Starred in the movie Where The Boys Are and several Elvis Films. Retired at age 25 to become a nun.

Rick Moranis: SCTV Alumni and appeared in such films as Ghostbusters and Parenthood. Retired in 1997, several years after his wife died of cancer, to raise his kids.

Sean Connery: His last film was 2003's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Connery now lives in the Bahamas writing his autobiography.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Live-Action TV Shows Based On Popular Comic Books

The Adventures Of Superman: (1952 - 1958) Starred George Reeves as Superman. Reeves' death still remains one of Hollywood's greatest unsolved mysteries.

Batman: (1966 - 1968) Classic series with Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Best Batmobile of all time.

Shazam!: ( 1974 - 1977) This live-action series ran on Saturday mornings and was produced by Filmation, a company better known for making cartoons.

Wonder Woman: (1975 - 1979) The beautiful Lynda Carter played the title character. This was actually the second live-action TV series based on the comic book.

The Amazing Spider-Man: (1977 - 1979) This series starred Nicholas Hammond, who was better remembered as the oldest Von Trapp son in the movie "The Sound Of Music".

The Incredible Hulk: (1978 - 1982) Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. This was one of the more successful super-hero series.

The Flash: (1990 - 1991) One of the many super-hero series to appeared on TV after the success of Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989).

Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman: (1993 - 1997) Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane and Dean Cain as Clark Kent / Superman. This series focused more on the relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

Night Man: (1997 - 1999) One of the few non Marvel or DC super-heroes to have their own series.

Smallville: (2001 - 2011) Tom Welling starred as a young Clark Kent. The most successful and probably the best series ever made based on a comic book.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Classic Actors Who Never Won An Oscar

Cary Grant: The most famous actor to never win an Oscar. Only two nominations, "Penny Serenade" (41) and "None But The Lonely Heart" (44).

Carole Lombard: Married to Clark Gable, she was only nominated for "My Man Godrey".

Kirk Douglas: Three nominations, "Champion" (49), "The Bad And The Beautiful" (52) and "Lust For Life" (56). Kirk's son Michael Douglas won a best actor Oscar in 1987 for "Wall Street".

Barbara Stanwyck: Possibly the biggest female star to never win. Nominations include "Stella Dallas" (38) and "Double Indemnity" (45).

Judy Garland: Nominated as best actress for "A Star Is Born" (55) and as best supporting actress for "Judgement At Nuremberg" (62). Her daughter Liza Minnelli won a best actress Oscar for "Cabaret" (72).

Richard Burton: Married to Elizabeth Taylor twice. Nominations include "The Robe" (53) and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" (66).

Marlene Dietrich: Nominated only once for "Morocco" (30). Couldn't speak english at the time she made the movie.

Peter O'Toole: Set the record for the most nominations without a win with 8.

Irene Dunne: Nominated 5 times including "The Awful Truth" (37) and "Love Affair" (39)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Famous Bob Dylan Covers

Peter, Paul & Mary -  Blowin' in The Wind: Dylan's most covered song and this is the most successful version.

The Byrds - Mr. Tamborine Man: Hit number one on the U.S. singles chart in 1965. The Byrds recorded other Dylan songs including "Chimes Of Freedom" and "My Back Pages".

The Turtles - It Ain't Me Babe: Another band who recorded numerous Dylan covers.

Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn: Hit #1 on the U.K. singles chart in 1967. This song is also known by the title "Quinn The Eskimo".

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower: Considered one of the greatest cover songs of all time.

Guns N Roses - Knockin' At Heaven's Door: Originally recorded for the "Days Of Thunder" soundtrack.

The Rolling Stones - Like A Rolling Stones: The Stones finally got around to recording this song in 1995.