Saturday, 29 December 2012

Best Mae West Quotes

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

"When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better."

"A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up."

"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."

"It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it."

"When women go wrong, men go right after them."

"I speak two languages. Body and English."

"Men are easy to get but hard to keep."

"Personally I like two types of men. Domestic and foreign."

"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."

"Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present."

"It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men."

"I don't like myself, I'm crazy about myself."

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Other Actors Considered For Famous Roles

Dr. No (1962): Sean Connery made history as British secret service agent James Bond. But could you see Cary Grant or Patrick Magoohan (The Prisoner) as 007. Or even a much younger Roger Moore.

The Godfather (1972): Al Pacino hit the big time playing Michael Corleone but could you imagine Warren Beatty in that part. How about Jack Nicholson or Ryan O'Neal? Actors considered to play Vito Corleone include Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra and Danny Thomas.

Star Wars (1977): Robert Englund, who later found fame as Freddie Kruger in the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker. So did William Katt, Perry King and Bruce Boxleitner.
James Caan, Nick Nolte and Al Pacino were all considered to play Han Solo, while Cindy Williams, Jodie Foster and Eve Plumb (of the Brady Bunch?!) were up for Princess Leia. How about Orson Welles as the voice of Darth Vader.

Superman (1978): Both Warren Beatty and Jeff Bridges were considered for the part of Clark Kent / Superman. So were James Caan, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Ryan O'Neal. Carrie Fisher and Jessica Lange were considered for Lois Lane. Dustin Hoffman turned down the role of Lex Luthor.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981): Can you imagine someone else other than Harrison Ford in the fedora? How about Jeff Bridges or Willem Dafoe? Others who auditioned were Sam Neill, Tom Selleck and Nick Nolte.

Back To The Future (1985): Eric Stoltz (Mask) originally was cast to play Marty McFly but was replaced by Michael J. Fox and the rest, as they say, is history. Both Ralph Macchio and C. Thomas Howell were up for the part as well. Jeff Goldblum and John Lithgow were both considered to play Doc Brown.

The Lord Of The Rings (Trilogy 2001-2003): Sean Connery as Gandalf? Russell Crowe or Daniel Day-Lewis as Aragon?? Jake Gyllenhaal as Frodo??? Hard to imagine but all were considered.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Most Successful Christmas Movies

Non Animated:

1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Jim Carrey is the perfect choice as the Grinch in this live action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book. Ron Howard directs. 260m

2. Elf (2003): Will Ferrell plays an overgrown elf who visits the big city. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man).  173m

3. The Santa Clause (1994): The first of a series of films where Tim Allen becomes the next Santa Claus. 144m

4. The Santa Clause 2 (2002):  This time Santa has to find a wife. 139m

5. Four Christmases (2008): The plot is in the title. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star. 120m

6. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006):  Santa vs. Jack Frost. Martin Short co-stars. 84m

7. Christmas With The Kranks (2004): More with Tim Allen. This time he co-stars with Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd.  73m

8. Fred Claus (2007):  More with Vince Vaughn. This time playing Santa's brother. 72m

9. Christmas Vacation (1989):  Chevy Chase stars in the third and most successful of the Vacation movies. 71m

10. Jingle All The Way (1996): Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father competing with other fathers for a popular toy.  60m


1. The Polar Express (2004): A boy takes a train ride to the north pole. Tom Hanks voices the conductor. 182m

2. A Christmas Carol (2009): Retelling of Charles Dicken's story. Jim Carrey voices Scrooge.137m

3. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): stop motion animated tale about the king of Halloween meeting Santa.75m

4. Arthur Christmas (2011): Story about Santa's son 46m

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Funniest Charlie Sheen Quotes

"I'm not bi-polar, I'm bi-winning. I win here and I win There."

(About producer Chuck Lorre) "I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words. Imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists."

"look what I'm dealing with, man. I'm dealing with fools and trolls."

"There's a new sheriff in town and he has an army of assassins."

"Every day is just filled with just wins. All we do is put wins in the record books. We win so radically in our underwear before our first cup of coffee, it's scary. People say it's lonely at the top, but I sure like the view."

"I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path because it was written for normal people. People who aren't special. People who don't have tiger blood and Adonis DNA."

"If you're a part of my family, I will love you violently."

"There's a storm coming, and it's me."

"I'm on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. It's too much."

"The only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning."

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Great Katharine Hepburn Quotes

"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."

"As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work."

"Enemies are so stimulating."

"Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do."

"Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four."

"Acting is a nice childish profession. Pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself."

"When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous."

"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move."

"If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you."

"With all the opportunities I had, I could have done more. And if I'd done more, I could have been quite remarkable."

"the lack of work destroys people."

"We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers...but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change."

"People have grown fond of me, like some old building."

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Films Of James Cameron

Avatar (2009): Broke Titanic's all time box office record, brought 3D movies back into vogue and introduced us to funny looking blue humanoids from the planet Pandora. Hopefully it won't take Cameron another twelve years to make a film.

Titanic (1997): The most successful film ever when it was released and made superstars out of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Swept the Oscars including Best Picture in 1998.

True Lies (1994): Another team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. This one's an action comedy with spies, terrorists and a sexy striptease by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991): Cameron re-teams with Schwarzenegger for this blockbuster sequel. This time Arnold's Terminator is a good guy, programmed to protect Sarah Conner and her son. After The Abyss, this movie was a milestone for CGI visual effects.

The Abyss (1989): All the intensity of Aliens but underwater. This film was a giant  breakthrough in the use of CGI. This technology would be later used in Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park and every movie since.

Aliens (1986): Sequel to the movie Alien (1979). The first one is a suspense / horror film, Cameron's follow up is an all out war film.

The Terminator (1984): Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg hit man from the future and uttering the famous catch phrase "I'll be back", nobody saw that coming. This film also features other Cameron alumni like Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981): Everybody's got to start somewhere and for James Cameron it was this film.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Best Don Rickles Insults

To Frank Sinatra: "Hey, Frank. Make yourself at home. Hit someone."

To Ernest Borgnine: "Look at you. Anyone else hurt in the accident?"

To Joey Bishop: "Joey Bishop, who passed away and wasn't told about it."

To Milton Berle: "I Love Milton, you were my idol when I was a kid. Now I'm getting shock treatments."

To Anthony Quinn: "A wonderful man, we had dinner the other night in L.A. Still eats with his hands."

To Johnny Carson: "You keep it up Johnny and I'm gonna tell everyone that you double date with Merv Griffen."

To Orson Welles: "Orson Welles has been a great star for so many years. This man was married to a great many women in his life, they're all flat now."

To Ed Sullivan: "Once in a while Ed, move you're body or they're gonna throw dirt on you."

To Robert DeNiro: "He's one of the great actors of our time. You ask him."

To Larry King: "Look at you, you're schviting (sweating) all over the place. Do you have a home on Guam?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tribute To Elizabeth Taylor

Place Of Birth: London, England

Made her film debut in There's One Born Every Minute (1942).

She converted to Judaism in 1959.

First movie star to be paid a million dollars for a single film (Cleopatra - 1963).

She was married 8 times (Twice to Richard Burton).

She won two Academy Awards for best actress: BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

She was also nominated for Raintree County (1957) and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

She made 11 films with Richard Burton: Cleopatra (1963), the V.I.P's (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Taming Of The Shrew (1967), Doctor Faustus (1967), The Comedians (1967), Boom (1968), Under The Milk Wood (1972), Hammersmith Is Out (1972) and Divorce His - Divorce Hers (1973).

Appeared on the Simpsons as the voice of Maggie.

Made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 1999.

Godmother of Michael Jackson's kids Prince and Paris.

Her favourite movie she made was Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Quote: "If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down."

Friday, 12 October 2012

TV's Most Annoying Characters

1. George Costanza (Seinfeld): " I always get the feeling that when lesbians look at me, they're thinking,'That's why I'm not a heterosexual'."

2. Archie Bunker (All In The Family): "It's a proven fact that capital punishment is a well known detergent to crime."

3. Frank Burns (MASH): "We all know it's brutal up there at the front, especially those of us at the rear."

4. Cliff Clavin (Cheers): "There's no rule against postal workers not dating women. It just works out that way."

5. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory): "I'm not insane, my mother had me tested."

6. Alan Harper (Two And A Half Men): "I'd rather be a second class citizen here in paradise than a king of a urine-soaked fire-trap next to the Burbank Airport."

7. Ted Baxter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show): It's actually tomorrow in Tokyo. Do you realize that there are people alive here in Minneapolis who are already dead in Tokyo?"

8. Steven Urkel (Family Matters): " I have a lot of personal experience in first aid. I got a nosebleed at birth. My doctor slapped the wrong end."

9. Barney Fife (Andy Griffith Show): " Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Memorize them until you can say them in your sleep. Rule number one: obey all rules. Rule number two: no writing on the walls."

10. Carlton Banks (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air): " I wanna go to college and poke fun at all the kids on financial aid."

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Ten Best Oscar Hosts

1. Bob Hope: "Welcome to the Academy Awards or as it's known at my house, Passover."

2. Johnny Carson: "I see a lot of new faces. Especially on the old faces."

3. Billy Crystal: "Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other."

4. Whoopi Goldberg: "I am the African Queen. Some of you may know me as the virgin queen, but I can't imagine who.

5. Steve Martin: "Hosting is like making love to a beautiful woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town."

6. Jon Stewart: "Welcome to the 78th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by me...the fourth male lead in Death To Smoochy."

7. Chris Rock: "Welcome to the 77th and last Oscars."

8. David Letterman: " Nominated for Best Foreign Film 'Eat Drink Man Woman'. Which is also how Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Maria Shriver out on their first date."

9. Ellen DeGeneres: "Since the Oscars have decided to go green, I've been told to recycle some of my old jokes."

10. Hugh Jackman: "Fifteen career Oscar nominations. That's a record. I hate to say it but when someone puts up numbers like that, it's just hard not to think steroids."

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Great Bob Hope Jokes

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

"Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees."

"I asked my good friend Arnold Palmer how I could improve my game, he advised me to cheat."

"You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."

"I have performed for twelve presidents and entertained six."

"Your ignorance cramps my conversation."

"The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast."

"Three of my stocks went off the financial page, into the help wanted section."

"I'm an international player. I can say `shank' in twenty-seven languages."

"I don't like political jokes. I have seen too many of them get elected."

"I though 'Deep Throat' was a movie about a giraffe."

"The girls call me pilgrim, because every time I dance with one I make a little progress."

"You and me could make music together. Right now I feel like the philharmonic."

"It's nights like these that drive men like me to women like you for nights like this."

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Spotlight On Walt Disney

Full Name: Walter Elias Disney

Birth Place: Chicago, Ill.

First Job: Paper boy

First Mickey Mouse Cartoon: Steamboat Willie (Nov. 18, 1928)

First Appearance Of Donald Duck: The Wise Little Hen (June 9, 1934)

First Full Length Animated Film: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

First Full Length Non-Animated Film: Treasure Island (1950)

Academy Awards: 59 nominations, 22 wins (both records)

First Academy Award Win: Flowers And Trees (1932)

TV Debut: Disneyland (Oct. 27, 1954)

Little Known Facts: A member of a Red Cross unit with Ray Kroc, the future founder of McDonald's.

Strangest Rumour: Walt's body was Cryogenically frozen.

Famous Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse."

Funny One-Liners From TV's Seinfeld

George: It's not a lie, if you believe it.

Jerry: If you've got a t-shirt with blood stains all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem right now.

Kramer: You think people will still be using napkins in the year 2000? Or is this mouth vacuum thing for real?

Elaine: You know, sometimes when I think you're the shallowest man I've ever met, you somehow manage to drain a little more out of the pool.

Frank Costanza: I'm like the Phoenix, rising from Arizona.

Jerry: I don't return fruit. Fruit's a gamble, I know that going in.

Kramer: These pretzels are making me thirsty.

Elaine: He recycled this gift. He's a regifter.

George: The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.

Kramer: I'm like ice, buddy. When I don't like you, you've got problems.

Jerry: You know, when you read Moby Dick the second time Ahab and the whale become good friends.

George: No, no, I don't think I'm special. My mother always said I'm not special.

Elaine: Maybe the dingo ate your baby.

Jerry: He'a a male bimbo, He's a mimbo.

Kramer: She needs a little tenderness. She needs a little understanding. She needs a little Kramer.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Unlikely Hollywood Couples

Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher (2003 - 2011): Despite their 16 year age difference, the relationship lasted eight years (they were married for six). That's impressive for a Hollywood couple (especially if one of them is Ashton Kutcher).

Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovett (1993 - 1995): It was a whirlwind romance and marriage for the box office beauty and the country crooner that caught everyone by surprise. Not as surprising, they were divorced less than two years later.

Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton (1999 - 2002): Did they really wear vials of each others blood around their necks? Who knows? The marriage last only three years.

Jane Fonda & Ted Turner (1989 - 2001): This relationship seems unlikely only in that it is between two opinionated, overachieving and larger than life  alpha celebrities. Still, the marriage lasted 12 years.

Madonna & Warren Beatty (1988 - 1991): Everybody else dated Warren Beatty, why shouldn't Madonna? Beatty was a movie superstar but he never seemed to crave attention, while Madge craves nothing more.

Barbra Streisand & Pierre Trudeau (1970 - 1971): Barbra Streisand, first lady of Canada? Probably not, but the two dated during the early seventies, so you never know.

Heather Locklear & David Spade (2006): Spade was Heather's rebound guy after her divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. Way to go David.

Diana Ross & Gene Simmons (1979 - 1980): The queen of Motown dating the demon from Kiss? Strange but true. Supposedly Diana was madly in love with Gene but he would not stop his womanizing, so she ended the  relationship. Sounds like a familiar Hollywood story.

Lisa Marie Presley & Michael Jackson (1994 - 1996): True love or publicity stunt? Everyone has their own opinion, but either way the marriage lasted only two years.

Drew Barrymore & Tom Green (1999 - 2002): Drew was a fan of the Tom Green show and cast him in a small part in the movie Charlie's Angels (which she produced). The two fell in love, got married, escaped a house fire, got divorced. You know, the usual Hollywood love affair.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Great Quotes About The Beatles

Timothy Leary: I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen.

Bob Dylan: They were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid. I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go.

Billy Joel: The Beatles were the band that made me realise it was possible to make a living as a musician. When I heard the Beatles, I said "that's what I want to do".

Gene Simmons: The Beatles were a band, of course, and I loved their music. But they were also a cultural force that made it OK to be different. They didn't look like everyone else, and they still made the girls scream.

Dave Grohl: The three of us (Nirvana) grew up listening to the Beatles, then classic rock and punk. Somehow it all came together.

Liam Gallagher: I love the Beatles. What more can I say? I'm not gonna lie to you. They make me happy. And I think they were the best, and still are.

Steven Spielberg: I resented the Beatles at first because it wasn't a fad I discovered for myself. I wasn't a Beatles fan until I listen to the White Album and became an instant convert.

Leonard Bernstein: Three bars of A Day In The Life still sustain me, rejuvenate me, inflame my senses and sensibilities.

Johnny Ramone: my favorite artists have always been Elvis and the Beatles, and they still are.

Roger Daltrey: All you could do was to see them. We were backstage when the Beatles were on and you could just about hear a noise. It was just literally screaming.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Steven Spielberg's Biggest Films

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial (1982): An alien botanist gets stranded on earth and befriended by a ten year old boy. This film introduced the world to Drew Barrymore and made Reese's Pieces candy wildly popular. E.T. became the most successful movie ever made, surpassing Star Wars. It is currently still one of the top ten grossing films with 435m

Jurassic Park (1993): Based on the novel by Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Disclosure) about scientist who clone dinosaurs for public viewing. Of course anything that can go wrong does, with Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum there to save the day. With 357m it is the fourth highest grossing film of the 1990's.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008): The long awaited fourth instalment in the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford is back as Indy and Shia Labeouf is added as his son. Critics and fans were lukewarm on the movie but it still made over 317m.

Jaws (1975): This is the film that put Spielberg on the map and changed the way movies were made. Hollywood was already flirting with the concept of blockbusters (Airport, Poseidon Adventure), Jaws and Star Wars made them mandatory and created the summer movie season. The movie made 260m at the box office and became the highest grossing film of all-time (the first time Spielberg managed this feat).

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981): Spielberg teams up with George Lucas to create one of the most enduring characters in film history. Harrison Ford stars as archaeologist Indian Jones, a role he would reprise two more times during the 80's. Making 248m this is the most successful of the three original movies.

War Of The Worlds (2005): A remake of H.G. wells' novel starring Tom Cruise. This film is notable because Cruise had his infamous couch jumping incident on the Oprah Winfrey show while doing promotion This was Spielberg and Cruise's second film together, the first being Minority Report (2002). The two haven't worked together since. War Of The Worlds made 234m making it the fourth biggest film of 2005.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997): Sequel to Jurassic Park also based on a novel by Michael Crichton. This time Jeff Goldblum takes center stage and Vince Vaughn is added for comedic relief. Besides the Jurassic Park films, Spielberg and Crichton also collaborated on the TV series ER. With 229m at the box office, the sequel paled compared to the original.

Saving Private Ryan (1998): Tom Hanks stars in Spielberg's World War II film about the invasion of Normandy. The two were friends and had worked together on the films The Money Pit (1986) and Joe Versus The Volcano (1990). This was the first time Spielberg actually directed Hanks in a movie. They went on to collaborate on the movies Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Terminal (2004), and the TV series Band Of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). This movie made 216m.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Famous rock stars comment on Jimi Hendrix.

Carl Wilson (Beach Boys): I thought Jimi Hendrix was just phenomenal.

Freddie Mercury: Jimi Hendrix is very important. He's my idol. He sort of epitomizes, from his presentation on stage, the whole works of a rock star. There's no way you can compare him. You either have the magic or you don't. There's no way you can work up to it. There's nobody who can take his place.

LL Cool J: I was listening to Jimi Hendrix. I just admire his artistry and creativity as an artist.

Joe Satriani: I started out playing guitar because Jimi Hendrix was my hero, so my roots were really based on Jimi Hendrix and his style of playing.

Stevie Nicks: We opened for Jimi Hendrix. I got to stand on the side of the stage and watch him for two hours and then he died. But I got the essence before they left.

Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction): Jimi Hendrix's music was escapism.

Eric Clapton: When I saw Jimi Hendrix I knew immediately that this guy was the real thing. And when he played it was like a rough sketch of what he was going to become. This guy was our generation, and he wasn't in a suit.

Frank Zappa: Hendrix is one of the most revolutionary figures in today's pop culture, musically and sociologically.

Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction): The most influential person in my life, other than my parents.

George Benson: It's amazing the power of Jimi Hendrix's legacy. When I heard him do the national anthem I thought, wow, what a genius.

Keith Richards: Everybody else just screwed it up, and thought wailing away is the answer. But it ain't; you've got to be a Jimi to do that, you've got to be one of the special cats.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Best James Bond Quotes

Dr. No (1962): Honey: Are you looking for shells too? Bond: No I'm just looking.

Goldfinger (1964): Bond: Do you expect me to talk? Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

Thunderball (1965): Bond: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead.

You Only Live Twice (1967): Bond: Oh the things I do for England.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): George Lazenby as Bond: This never happened to the other fellow.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971): Tiffany: I'll finish dressing. Bond: Oh please don't, not on my account.

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974): Bond: Who'd want to put a contract on me? M: Jealous husbands, outraged chefs, humiliated tailors. The list is endless.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Log Cabin Girl: But James, I Need You! Bond: So does England.

Moonraker (1979): Holly Goodhead: You know him? Bond: Not socially. His name's Jaws, he kills people.

Octopussy (1983): Bond: What's that? Magda: That's my little octopussy.

Goldeneye (1995): Xenia: You don't need the gun. Bond: Well, that depends on your definition of safe sex.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Bond: I always enjoyed learning a new tongue.

The World Is Not Enough (1999): Bond: If you can't trust a Swiss banker, then what's the world coming to?

Die Another Day (2002): Bond: You know, you're cleverer than you look. Q: Still, better than looking cleverer than you are.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Biggest Selling Beatles Solo Albums

1. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (1970): George's first post Beatles solo album is this sprawling three record set released in November of 1970. It is his magnum opus, and at six million sold, it is also the biggest selling album put out by any of the ex Beatles. Many famous musicians appear on this record, including Eric Clapton, Gary Wright, Klaus Voorman, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Alan White (Yes) and Ginger Baker. Singles include: My Sweet Lord (#1), What Is Life (#10).

2. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings (1973): Recorded in Nigeria, this album is Paul's biggest solo album both commercially (three million copies) and critically. There were only three members of Wings at this time, Paul, his wife Linda and Denny Laine (ex Moody Blues). Ginger Baker, formally of Cream, also appears on this record. Actors James Coburn and Christopher Lee (among other celebrities) appear on the album cover. Singles include: Band On The Run (#1), Jet (#7), Helen Wheels (#10).

3. Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1980): At three million copies sold this is John Lennon's biggest solo album. Unfortunately most of these copies sold after his murder three weeks after the record's release. This was John's first recording in five years and it won a Grammy for album of the year. Singles Include: Just Like Starting Over (#1), Woman (#2), Watching The Wheels (#30).

4. McCartney - Paul McCartney (1970): Paul's first solo album and the first proper solo album by any of the Beatles. Paul plays all the instruments making it a true "solo" effort. This album sold over two million copies and features the song Maybe I'm Amazed.

5. Imagine - John Lennon (1970): Selling two million copies, this was John's biggest album during his lifetime. Phil Spector produced the record and George Harrison plays guitar on several tracks. The recording of this album was filmed and released as a movie the following year (also called Imagine, later re-titled Gimme Some Truth). The most successful single off Imagine was the title track (#3).

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Elvis Presley's Ten Most Successful Films

1. Viva Las Vegas (1964): $5.1 Million. Elvis plays a race car driver in sin city. Ann-Margret co-stars.

2. Blue Hawaii (1961): $4.7 Million. Returning home to Hawaii after a stint in the army, Elvis deals with parents, girls and his future and still has time to sing a song or two.

3. G.I. Blues (1960): $4.3 Million. After leaving the army for real, Elvis makes a movie about, what else, the army.

4. Love Me Tender (1956): $4.2 Million. Elvis' first movie, a western.

5. Jailhouse Rock (1957): $3.9 Million. Elvis goes to jail, learns to become a singer, leaves jail, becomes a singer. Very simple.

6. Loving You (1957): $3.7 Million. An early Elvis film where he plays a character very similar to himself.

7. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962): $3.6 Million. Elvis returns to Hawaii. More singing, more girls.

8. Girl Happy (1965): $3.1 Million. Elvis spends spring break in Fort Lauderdale. Shelley Fabares co-stars.

9. Roustabout (1964): $3.0 Million. A motorcycle riding daredevil (Elvis) helps to save a struggling carnival. Barbara Stanwyck co-stars.

10. Speedway (1968): $3.0 Million. Another film where Elvis plays a race car driver. Nancy Sinatra and Bill Bixby co-stars.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Tribute To Barbara Stanwyck

Real Name: Ruby Catherine Stevens

Born in Brooklyn, New York.

Barbara was raised by her older sister. Her mother died after being pushed from a street car and her father disappeared while helping to build the Panama canal.

Nicknames: Missy, The Queen

Barbara was married to actor Robert Taylor from 1939 to 1951

Nominated for the Best Actress Oscar four times but never won, Her four nominations were for Stella Dallas (1937), Ball Of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948).

Made five films with director Frank Capra: Ladies Of Leisure (1930), Miracle Woman (1931), Forbidden (1932), The Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933), Meet John Doe (1941).

Some of her most constant male co-stars were Joel McCrea, George Brent, Fred MacMurray, Gary Cooper,  Adolphe Menjou,  Henry Fonda and Van Heflin.

Among Barbara's most successful films are: Christmas In Connecticut (1945), The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946), Double Indemnity (1944), Ball Of Fire (1941), Sorry Wrong Number (1948), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) and Meet John Doe (1941).

During the sixties Barbara starred in the TV series Big Valley with actress Linda Evans. Decades later she reunited with Evans in the series Dynasty.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ten Silent Films You Should See

"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!" Norma Desmond states in  Sunset Blvd. Here's a look at ten of the best films you'll ever see, with or without sound.   
Intolerance (1916): A film that pioneer the concept of the term "epic". There are four stories: the fall of Babylon, The cruxifiction of Christ, the St. Bartholomew's day massacre and class struggle in the modern era. This film defined the term "a cast of thousands". Directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish.

Nosferatu (1922): Still one of the scariest films ever made. Based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, This German film was directed by F.W. Murnau and starred Max Schreck as the vampire. A remake starring Klaus Kinski was released in 1979. Shadow Of The Vampire, released in 2000, is a fictional account of the making of Nosferatu with Willem Dafoe playing Max Schreck as an actual vampire.

Safety Last (1923): The film that comedian Harold Lloyd is most famous for. Small town boy goes to the big city to make good so he can marry his sweetheart.Safety Last contains the classic scene of Lloyd climbing up the side of a building.

The Thief Of Bagdad (1924): One of the films that best shows off actor Douglas Fairbanks athletic abilities. A romantic fantasy set in ancient Arabic times, this film has great sets and costumes and lots of high flying action. A British produced remake of this film was release in 1940, which also became a classic.

The Big Parade (1925): One of the silent era's biggest grossing films. John Gilbert stars as a rich boy who tries to prove his worth by joining the army to fight in World War I.

The Gold Rush (1925): Charlie Chaplin searches for gold in the Klondike. The most successful silent comedy ever made and Chaplin's personal favourite. This film contains the famous shoe eating scene.

The Phantom Of The Opera (1925): The best film version of the famous French novel. This is also one of Lon Chaney's greatest performances. Chaney, known as the man of 1,000 faces, created the look of the Phantom himself and gave Hollywood and Universal Studios one of it's most iconic characters.

The General (1926): Buster Keaton plays a conductor whose train and girlfriend are captured by spies.  The General was a box office failure when it was released but is now considered one of the greatest comedies ever made. There are many dangerous stunts in this film and Buster performed them all himself, no CGI, no stunt doubles.

Metropolis (1927): Before there was the Hunger Games there was Metropolis. Class struggle (a popular theme in silent films) between the workers and the wealthy elite is stirred up by a female looking robot. Directed by Fritz Lang, Metropolis inspired many other films including Star Wars and Blade Runner.

The Finishing Touch (1928): Laurel & Hardy attempt to build a house. This film was made back in a time when actors performed their own stunts, sometimes very painful looking, always very funny. Great movie if you love extreme slap stick.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Actors Who Played Batman

Adam West: Adam's campy portrayal of the caped crusader during the 1960's Batman TV series was a hit but has been typed cast ever since. He has found more success doing voice work for animated series like Super Friends, Batman: The Animated Series and, more recently, The Family Guy. Adam was first considered for the part of Batman after producers saw him playing a secret agent in a Nestle Quick commercial.

Michael Keaton: When Warner Bros. studios decided to make a Batman feature film, in the late 80's, they were looking for actors who they thought could play someone crazy enough to put a bat suit on and fight crime. On their short list were such actors as Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin and even Mel Gibson. The actor they finally settled on was comedian Michael Keaton. Michael had become a star in such films as Night Shift, Mr. Mom and Gung Ho. He had even worked with Batman director Tim Burton on the movie Beetlejuice.

Val Kilmer: After the success of Batman (1989) and it's sequel Batman Returns (1992) Michael Keaton left the series. The studio had to find a new Bruce Wayne / Batman, and they chose Val Kilmer of Top Gun fame. Kilmer's biggest role up to that date had been playing Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's film bio of the Doors. Batman Forever was a hit (more successful than Batman Returns) but Kilmer did not return for a second film because he and the director Joel Schumacher did not get along.

George Clooney: Val Kilmer's replacement for the fourth film, Batman And Robin, was George Clooney. After paying his dues for many years with such films as Combat Academy and Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, Clooney finally got his big break on the TV series ER. He has since gone on the be one of the biggest stars of his generation. Unfortunately Batman And Robin, made early in his rise to movie stardom, was not one of his brighter moments.

Christian Bale: After the failure of Batman & Robin (1997) the franchise sat dormant for eight years. A new director was chosen, Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia), and the search was on for a new Batman. Former child actor Christian Bale was eventually chosen for the new film Batman Begins (2005) and it's sequels The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The trilogy made by Nolan and Bale have been hugely Successful.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Beatle Women

Cynthia Powell: She met John Lennon at the Liverpool college of art in 1957. They were married from 1962 to 1968 and had a son together, Julian. During the early days of Beatlemania they kept their marriage a secret.

Jane Asher: TV and movie actress who was Paul McCartney's girlfriend (and later fiance) from 1963 to 1968. Her brother is Peter Asher, who was a member of the singing duo Peter And Gordon (Paul wrote songs for them).

Maureen Cox: Ringo's wife from 1965 to 1975. They had three kids together, including Zak Starkey who grew up to play drums for the Who and Oasis.

Patti Boyd: Model and later author, who was married to George Harrison from 1966 to 1977. The two met on the set of the film A Hard Day's Night (1964). Later she married Eric Clapton, who had written the song Layla for her.

Yoko Ono: The most famous (or infamous) of all the Beatle women. An avant-garde artist and activist who was married to John Lennon from 1969 until his death in 1980. The two had a son together, Sean Ono Lennon.

Linda Eastman: Linda was a photographer, who photographed many famous musicians (Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin etc). Before meeting Paul her favourite Beatle was John. Linda and Paul were married from 1969 until her death in 1998. They had three kids together, including fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Barbara Bach: While making the movie Caveman (1981) Ringo Starr met former Bond girl Barbara Bach. They married a year later and have been together ever since.

Olivia Harrison: Olivia was a secretary at A&M records when George Harrison met her. They were married from 1978 until his death in 2001 and had a son, Dhani.

Each Beatle had flings with famous women (some possibly rumours)

John Lennon: Ronnie Spector.

Paul McCartney: Piggy Lipton, Rosanna Arquette, Christie Brinkley.

George Harrison: Joey Heatherton.

Ringo Starr: Shelley Duvall.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Julia Roberts Facts & Figures

Born in Smyrna, Georgia

Sister of Eric Roberts and aunt of Emma Roberts.

Made her film debut in Satisfaction (1988) aka Girls Of Summer.

Worked with director Steven Soderbergh on four films; Erin Brockovich (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Full Frontal (2002) and Ocean's Twelve (2004).

Won a best actress Oscar for Erin Brockovich.

Her highest paycheck to date was 25 million for Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

Julia turned down roles in The Marrying Man (1991), Basic Instinct (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), Sleepless In Seattle (1993), Sliver (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995),  Batman & Robin (1997) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003).

Made guest appearances on TV shows Miami Vice (1988), Friends (1996) and Law & Order (1999).

Past Romantic Partners include Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Lyle Lovett (Married 1993 - 1995), Matthew Perry and Benjamin Bratt.

Her five biggest box office hits are: Ocean's Eleven (2002), Pretty Woman (1990), The Runaway Bride (1999), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Played Movie Actresses in four films: The Player (1992), Notting Hill (1999), America's Sweethearts (2001) and Full Frontal (2002).

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Famous Actors Who Changed Their Name

John Wayne - Marion Morrison: Billed early in his career as Duke Morrison, he was given the name John Wayne by Fox Studios and director Raoul Walsh. John Wayne didn't participate in the choosing of his famous screen name.

Edward G. Robinson - Emanuel Goldenberg: Born in Romanian and grew up in New York, he changed his name to Edward G. Robinson after becoming interested in acting. The G. stood for Goldenberg.

Cary Grant - Archie Leach: Born in Bristol England to a lower class family, Leach transformed himself into Hollywood movie star Cary Grant. The name was based on the initials C. G., inspired by actors Clark Gable and Gary Cooper.

Veronica Lake - Constance Ockelman: Billed early in her career as Constance Keane (Keane being her step father's name). Film producer Arthur Hornblow re-named her Veronica Lake (because of her blue eyes).

Marilyn Monroe - Norma Jeane Mortenson: Changed her professional name to Marilyn Monroe in 1946 but did not legally change it for another ten years.

Dean Martin - Dino Crocetti: Started out his career calling himself Dino Martini but later changed it to Dean Martin after singing for bandleader Sammy Watkins.

Chevy Chase - Cornelius Chase: Chevy was a nickname given to him by his grandmother. There is also a town in Maryland named Chevy Chase.

Nicolas Cage - Nicolas Coppola: Nicolas was born into a show biz family. His Grandfather was composer Carmen Coppola, his uncle is film director Francis Ford Coppola and his cousin is film director Sofia Coppola. To set himself apart from his famous family, he chose the last name Cage, taken from comic book super hero Luke Cage.

Mr. T - Laurence Tureaud: He created the persona of Mr. T while working as a bouncer. This led to an appearance on TV's Games People Play in a toughest bouncer competition. He was seen by Sylvester Stallone who offered him a part in the movie Rocky III.

Michael Keaton - Michael Douglas: Born with the same name as an established movie star, Michael looked for inspiration from another movie star, Diane Keaton, for a new last name.

Charlie Sheen - Carlos Estevez:  Charlie adopted his father Martin Sheen's screen name. Martin, a Catholic, took the last name from archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Great Songs About Cars

Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys (1963): This song was originally released as the B-side to Surfer Girl. It is one of many tracks about cars that the band recorded; Fun Fun Fun, Little Honda, 409 etc.

Low Rider - War (1974): Released off the Why Can't We Be Friends album, this track reached #7 on the billboard singles chart. Over the years it has been featured on many films and TV shows including both The Simpsons and Family Guy.

I'm In Love With My Car - Queen (1975): This song is written and song by drummer Roger Taylor. Along with Radio Ga Ga, it is his most famous recording with the band.

Long May You Run - The Stills Young Band (1976): Neil Young wrote this song about his Buick Roadmaster Hearse. He performed the song during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Mercury Blues - David Lindley (1981): A cover of a song written in 1949, there are many versions but David Lindley's is the most famous.

Red Barchetta - Rush (1981): This song from the Moving Pictures album is about a boy and his uncle restoring an "illegal" motor car and outracing the authorities, who are in flying cars (I'd rather have a flying car). Barchetta is an Italian word for a two seater convertible.

Little Red Corvette - Prince (1983): This track from the album 1999 is actually about a woman, not a car. Prince feels it's the woman who's "...movin' much too fast".

Panama - Van Halen (1984): Panama is the nickname of David Lee Roth's car. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen would record music onto a cassette, give it to Dave, and Dave would have someone chauffeur him around L.A. playing the cassette while he wrote lyrics.

Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen (1984): Originally released in 1984 as the B-side to the single Dancing In The Dark. A few years later Natalie Cole would score a hit with her version. It was also the title of a Clint Eastwood film.

Dragula - Rob Zombie (1998): Dragula is the name of the car from the TV show The Munsters.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Last Ten Films Of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe made her film debut in 1947 in the film Dangerous Years. She would spend the next six years paying her dues as a second tier actress in such films as The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and All About Eve (1950). All this changed in 1953, when she starred in the box office hits Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How To Marry A Millionaire (not to mention appearing in the first issue of Playboy magazine). From then on she was a superstar; a top billed actress and a style icon to millions of women. This period, 1953 until her death in 1962, she only made ten films. Here is a quick look at the films starring Marilyn Monroe the superstar:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953): Two singers take a boat cruise to Paris. Co-starring Jane Russell, this is the movie where Marilyn sings Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.

How To Marry A Millionaire (1953): Three women on the prowl for millionaire husbands. Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall are the other two women. Second from last film appearance of William Powell.

River Of No Return (1954): Western featuring Marilyn rafting down a river with Robert Mitchum.

There's No Business Like Show Business (1954): All-star musical also starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor.

The Seven Year Itch (1955): Middle aged husband and father is tempted by a beautiful woman while his family is away. This film has the iconic scene of Marilyn having her dress blown up by a steam vent.

Bus Stop (1956): Romance between a rodeo cowboy and a singer.

The Prince And The Showgirl (1957): Laurence Olivier co-stars as a prince who romances...well, a showgirl. The recent movie My Week With Marilyn (starring Michelle Williams) is set during the making of this film.

Some Like It Hot (1959): Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis dress as women to hide from mobsters.

Let's Make Love (1960): Marilyn's last comedy musical, co-starring Yves Montand.

The Misfits (1961): Last movie for both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Ten Strange Tom Cruise Facts

Real Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

His family lived for a time in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and attended the same high school as singer Bryan Adams and comedian Tom Green.

Before starting his movie career Tom considered becoming a Catholic monk, he even attended a Franciscan seminary.

Tom's first wife Mimi Rogers (1986 - 1990) introduced him to Scientology.

Tom has been married three times. All three of his wives have been taller than him and each one is 11 years young than the last. He divorced each wife when they turned 33.

Believes that Scientology cured his dyslexia.

Tom is one of the highest ranking members in the church of Scientology, possibly as his as third.

Wears braces on his teeth which he removes when he films movies.

Tom turned down roles in the movies Rumble Fish (1983), Footloose (1984), Cry Baby (1990), Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990), Ghost (1990), The Doors (1991), Speed (1994), Wall Street (1987), Donnie Brasco (1997), The Matrix (1999),  Alexander (2004), I Am Legend (2007),  The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) and Iron Man (2008).

Tom has also been romantically connected to Cher, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Best Michael Jackson Songs

Superstar Michael Jackson had many hit songs (13 number ones on Billboard singles chart) these are possibly his biggest and most defining:

1. Beat It (1982): With it's sizzling Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, this track helped Jackson cross over from R&B to mainstream rock / pop. The video features Michael in his iconic red leather jacket.

2. Billie Jean (1982): Michael mania really takes off with this track, the second single off the Thriller and the album's first number one.

3. Thriller (1982): The video was directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf In London, Coming To America) and featured monster make up by Rick Baker (also An American Werewolf In London). Horror actor Vincent Price makes a guest appearance on the single.

4. Smooth Criminal (1987): The seventh single off the album Bad. It was also featured in the movie Moonwalker (1988).

5. Say Say Say (1983): The first single off the Thriller was the duet with Paul McCartney The Girl Is Mine. The follow up collaboration between the two was Say Say Say, released off Paul's Pipes Of Peace Album.

6. Bad (1987): The title track off Michael's long awaited follow up album to Thriller. The video was directed by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).

7. Black Or White (1991): The first single off Dangerous. The video was also directed by John Landis, and co stars Macaulay Culkin and George Wendt (Norm from TV's Cheers).

8. Rock With You (1979): From the album Off The Wall

9. Man In The Mirror (1987): One of Jackson's most emotional songs. This song was co written by Siedah Garrett, who also duets with him on I Just Can't Stop Loving You. The video is very powerful to watch and features many famous people including Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Gandhi and John Lennon.

10. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (1979): The first single from the album Off The Wall and Michael's first Number one since Ben (1972).

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Actors Who Won Oscars For Playing Famous People

Lots of actors over the years have won Oscars for playing famous people (The Great Ziegfeld, Lawrence Of Arabia, Gandhi...), here are some of the more recent winners:

Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich: Julia won her only Oscar for playing activist Erin Brockovich in 2000. Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock in Pollock and Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck in Shadow Of The Vampire were also nominated that year.

Nicole Kidman - Virginia Woolf: Nicole won best actress in 2002 playing the famous author in The Hours. She beat out Salma Hayek who was playing famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in Frida.

Charlize Theron - Aileen Wuornos: Charlize won in 2003 for playing a real life serial killer in the movie Monster.

Jamie Foxx - Ray Charles: 2004 was a big year for Academy Award nominated bio pics. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray won for best actor. Other nominations included Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in The Aviator, Johnny Depp As Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Laura Linney as Alfred Kinsey's wife in Kinsey

Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Truman Capote: Hoffman won best actor in 2005 for his performance in Capote. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line and David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night And Good Luck were nominated the same year.

Reese Witherspoon - June Carter Cash: Joaquin didn't take home an Oscar as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line (2005), but Reese did as Johnny's wife June.

Forest Whittaker -  Idi Amin: Forest as an African dictator in The Last King Of Scotland was the big winner in 2006

Helen Mirren - Queen Elizabeth II: Also in 2006, Helen Mirren won best actress for playing the British monarch in The Queen.

Sean Penn - Harvey Milk: Sean won his second best actor Oscar in five years for playing the first openly gay politician in Milk.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Great Songs About Summer

Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (1958): Co written and produced by Eddie Cochran himself, this single went to #8 on the Billboard singles chart in July of 1958. The Who released a version on their Live At Leeds album (1970).

Wipe Out - The Surfaris (1962): A number two hit for the Safaris, later remade by the Fat Boys & the Beach Boys.

Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys (1963): This single, written and produced by Brian Wilson, along with B-side Little Deuce Coupe went to #7 during the summer of 1963. The song was inspired by the Disney tune When You Wish Upon A Star.

Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful (1966): Written by John Sebastian's brother Mark, this was The Lovin' Spoonful's only number one hit. John Sebastian would later write the theme to the TV sitcom Welcome Back Carter.

Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles (1966): Written and sung primarily by Paul McCartney, this song was released on the album Revolver.

Summertime - Big Brother And The Holding Co. (1968): This song was written in 1935 by George Gershwin for the musical Porgy And Bess. The Big Brother version, featuring Janis Joplin on vocals, can be found on the album Cheap Thrills.

School's Out - Alice Copper (1972): Alice's ode to the end of school went to #7 on the Billboard singles chart. This song is also a big hit in pop culture and has been featured many times in movies, TV shows and video games.

Saturday In The Park - Chicago (1972): One of the biggest hits Chicago had during the 70's and was inspired by a walk through New York's Central Park.

Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft (1972): Breakthrough hit for the duo Seals & Croft.

Boys Of Summer - Don Henley (1984): The biggest hit off Don Henley's Building The Perfect Beast album. This song was co written by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.

Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams (1984): Written by Bryan Adams and his song writing partner Jim Vallance (Aerosmith, Heart). The title was inspired by the movie Summer of 42.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Clint Eastwood's Ten Best Westerns

In Chronological Order

A Fistful Of Dollars (1964): Two Feuding families battle for control of a small town and gun for hire Clint Eastwood gets caught in the middle. This film is the beginning of Clint establishing himself as king of the revisionist westerns.

For A Few Dollars More (1965): Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef play competing bounty hunters. The second film in director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti" western trilogy.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966): Final film in the "spaghetti" western trilogy. Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef co-star along with Clint as three men racing to find a lost gold shipment. Made by Italians these films were actually filmed in Spain.

Hang 'Em High (1968): A lawman tracks down the men who tried to hang him. Clint's first film back in the States.Also the first film produced by Clint's own film company Malpaso.

Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970): A gunfighter and a nun help the Mexicans battle the French. Shirley Maclaine plays Sara. Based on a story by Budd Boetticher.

Joe Kidd (1972): Bounty hunters chase a Mexican outlaw. Robert Duvall and John Saxon co-star. This film was written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven).

High Plains Drifter (1973): A gunfighter takes over a small town. The first western directed by Clint.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976): After the Civil War ends,  a Confederate soldier refuses to surrender to Union forces and becomes an outlaw. Co-star Chief Dan George won an Oscar nomination for an earlier western Little Big Man.

Pale Rider (1985): A preacher becomes a small town's gun toting protector. This is a remake of  the movie Shane.

Unforgiven (1992): Another gunfighter for hire film, this one co-starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. Clint won Oscars for best director and best picture.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Ten Mel Gibson Films You Should See

Once upon a time ago Mel Gibson was a great movie star. Here is a list of films that helped make him what he was.

1. Mad Max (1979): This cult hit started it all. Society is on the brink of collapse and Gibson plays one of the few good cops left. This film began a trend of Gibson playing a character who have lost his wife (Lethal weapon, Forever Young, Braveheart, Signs).

2. Gallipoli (1981): Mel Gibson plays an Australian soldier in Turkey during World War I. Peter Weir directs this film and makes a powerful statement about the senselessness of war.

3. The Road Warrior (1982): This film, a sequel to Mad Max, introduced Mel Gibson to America. Society has crumbled, lawlessness rules, and gasoline has become the most valuable commodity. This film includes the greatest vehicle chase sequences in cinematic history.

4. The Year Of Living Dangerously (1983): Gibson plays an Australian reporter in Indonesia during the sixties. Co-star Linda Hunt won an Academy Award for best supporting actress (she played a male character).

5. Lethal Weapon (1987): Gibson plays a suicidal cop who teams ups with a soon to be retired detective played by Danny Glover. This was Gibson's biggest box office hit to date.

6. Hamlet (1990): Mel Gibson is convincing as Hamlet in this Franco Zeffirelli directed adaptation. Glenn Close and Helena Bonham Carter Co-Star.

7. The Man Without A Face (1993): Making his big screen directing debut, Gibson plays a teacher whose face has been horribly scarred.

8. Braveheart (1994): One of his biggest hits and the film that won him Oscars for best director and best picture. This is a bio pic of Scottish hero William Wallace.

9. What Women Want (2000): A comedy about an advertising executive who develops the power to read women's minds. One of his biggest hits.

10. Signs (2002): M. Night Shyamalan directs this film about crop circles and an alien invasion. Mel Gibson's last big hit as an actor.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Famous Actor / Director Teams

Barbara Stanwyck / Frank Capra: One of director Frank Capra's favourite Actresses. Their biggest film together was Meet John Doe (1941), this film was preceded by Ladies Of Leisure (1930), Miracle Woman (1931), Forbidden (1932) and the Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933).

John Wayne / John Ford: Ford directed Stagecoach (1939) and made John Wayne a star. It was followed by an impressive list of film collaborations between the two; The Long Voyage Home (1940), They Were Expendable (1945), Fort Apache (1948), The Three Godfathers (1948), She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), The Wings Of Eagles (1957), The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), How The west Was Won (1962) and Donovan's Reef (1963).

Cary Grant / Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock had several actor / director film collaborators (James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck...), but possibly the greatest was with Cary Grant. Together they made Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch A Thief (1955) and North By Northwest (1959).

Robert Redford / Sydney Pollack: Years before Robert Redford became the biggest star of the 1970's, he and Sydney Pollack worked together on the film This Property Is Condemned (1966). Later they would have greater success with such joint efforts as Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days Of The Condor (1975) and Out Of Africa (1985).

Robert De Niro / Martin Scorsese: De Niro and Scorsese hit the big time together with the film Mean Streets (1973). This was followed by Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King Of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and Casino (1995). Scorsese also produced the De Niro movie Mad Dog And Glory (1993).

Leonardo DiCaprio / Martin Scorsese: Over the last ten years Scorsese has developed a screen relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio with such films as Gangs Of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and Shutter Island (2010). They are working on a new film together called The Wolf Of Wall Street (to be released in 2013).

Johnny Depp / Tim Burton: Johnny Depp rose to stardom being directed by Tim Burton in the movie Edward Scissorhands (1990). Their later films together include Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007), Alice In Wonderland (2010) and Dark Shadows (2012)

Bill Murray / Wes Anderson: If you enjoy the films of director Wes Anderson, you're used to seeing Bill Murray pop up in many of them. Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Moonrise Kingdom are among their work together.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Famous John Lennon Quotes

The wit and wisdom of John Lennon. Here are some of his best quotes.

On The Beatles: " we were a band who made it very, very big. That's all."

On Paul McCartney: " In 'We Can Work It Out', Paul did the first half, I did the middle-eight. But you've got Paul writing; 'we can work it out, we can work it out', real optimistic, you know, and me impatient; 'life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friend'."

On George Harrison: "George's relationship with me was one of young follower and older guy. He's three or four years younger than me. It's a love hate relationship and I think George still bears resentment toward me for being a daddy who left home."

On Ringo Starr: "He was always a good drummer. He's not technically good, but I think Ringo's drumming is underrated the same way Paul's bass playing is underrated."

On George Martin: "George made us what we were in the studio. He helped us develop a language to talk to other musicians."

On Elvis Presley: "Before Elvis, there was nothing."

On New York City: "If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman empire and New York is Rome itself."

On Yoko Ono: "It wasn't that she inspired the songs. She inspired me."

On The Sixties: "The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility."

On Fame: "The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you."

On Himself: "I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people."

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Biggest British Invasion Bands

The biggest bands that helped make the British invasion of mid-sixties the musical event of the decade.

1. The Beatles: The biggest music act of all time and the first major pop artist to come out of England. The Beatles were responsible for not only changing the musical landscape but pop culture and therefore world culture.

2. The Rolling Stones: Easily the second most successful band to emerge from England during the sixties. After the Beatles broke up in 1970 the Stones continued, earning themselves the nick name "The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band".

3. The Who: Famous for playing their music loud and smashing their instruments, the Who peaked creatively and commercially with the albums Tommy (1969) and The Who's Next (1971).

4. The Moody Blue: This band became big combining classical music and rock especially on the album Days Of Future Past (1967).

5. The Animals: Second group, after the Beatles, to have a number one single in the U.S. (The House Of The Rising Sun).

6. The Kinks: With songs like You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night, the Kinks were the forefathers of both punk and metal music.

7. The Yardbirds: This group spawned such guitarists as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, giving birth to future mega groups Cream, Derek And The Dominos, Jeff Beck Group and Led Zepplin.

8. The Hollies: The Hollies had hits all through the sixties and into the seventies. One time member Graham Nash quit in the l968 to form the super group Crosby, Stills And Nash (Later Young).

9. The Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group had big hits with I'm A Man and Gimme Some Lovin'. Future superstar Steve Winwood was the band's keyboardist, lead singer and main songwriter.

10. Manfred Mann: This group's biggest hit during the sixties was Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Bill Murray sings this song in the movie Stripes). More than a decade later, as Manfred Mann's Earth Band, they had a number one hit with Bruce Springsteen's Blinded By The Light.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Tribute To Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has one of the most iconic name and face in rock & roll history. Here are a few facts about the most underrated member of the Beatles.

Born in Liverpool, England

Real name is Richard Starkey.

Ringo is left handed but plays a right handed drum set.

Joined the Beatles as their drummer in 1962.

Oldest member of the Beatles by birth but youngest by duration.

The song Octopus's Garden was written by Ringo.

The songs Hard Day's Night and Tomorrow Never Knows were titled after phrases that Ringo had coined.

Appeared on an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Starred in several films including Candy (1968 with Marlon Brando), The Magic Christian (1969 with Peter Sellers), 200 Motels (1971 with Frank Zappa) and Caveman (1981 with Dennis Quaid and Barbara Bach).

As a solo artist Ringo had two U.S. number one hits; Photograph and You're Sixteen (both 1973). He also had five other top ten songs.

Ringo's son Zak is also a drummer and has played for both the Who and Oasis.

Married former Bond girl Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me).

Appeared in the children's TV series Shining Time Station.

First formed Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band back in 1989, a group of rotating guest stars that still tour to this day. Past tours have included Dr. John, Levon Helm, Billy Preston, Billy Squier, Randy Bachman, Peter Frampton, Sheila E. and Roger Hodgson.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Films From The Seventies You Should See

The seventies was one of Hollywood's best decades. Passing over some of the more obvious blockbusters (The Godfather, Star Wars, Grease) here is a list of some of the titles that helped make it a great period in film history.

Summer Of '42 (1971): Based on a coming-of-age bestselling novel about a teen having a romance with an older woman. Won The Academy Award for best musical score.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971): Based on the novel Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. This film made a star out of Gene Wilder. A version of this story was made in 2005 by director Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

Sounder (1972): This film depicts the struggles of a poor black family during the depression and was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. Stars Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield.

The Paper Chase (1973): A film about a young Harvard law student and his experiences with a hard nose professor. Things become more interesting when the student starts dating the professor's daughter. Early film appearance by future Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner.

The Bad News Bears (1976):  Cranky former baseball player Walter Matthau coaches a little league team with a girl pitcher (Tatum O'Neal). Spawned two sequels and a TV series. An unnecessary remake was made in 2005 starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Logan's Run (1976): One of the last big sci-fi films to be released before Star Wars changed everything. Michael York stars in this futuristic tale about a society where nobody is allowed to live past 30. Logan's Run received mixed reviews when it came out but has since become a cult classic. Early film appearance by Farrah Fawcett.

Heaven Can Wait (1978): Warren Beatty is a football player who is killed before his time and is sent back to earth to live out his life in another man's body. A remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

Breaking Away (1979): Four listless high school grads from a small quarry town compete in a cycling race. One of the greatest sports movies ever made. Early film appearances by Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern. Nominated for best picture at the Oscars, won for best original screenplay.

The Warriors (1979):  A gang from Coney Island, New York are framed for murder and become the target of rival gangs and cops. This film has a sort of sci-fi theme and is about as realistic a portrayal of gangs as West Side Story was. Another movie that originally received mixed reviews but went on to become a cult classic.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Who's Who Of Baywatch Babes

Pamela Anderson - C. J. Parker (1992 - 1997): The most famous of all the Baywatch actresses. Starred in her own series V.I.P. (1998 - 2002) as well as an animated show (Striperella) and a sit-com (Stacked). Earlier in her career she appeared as the original Tool Time girl on the TV series Home Improvement. Ex-wife of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

Erika Eleniak - Shauni McClain (1989 - 1992): Erika made her film debut at age 12 in "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial" (1982). Later she co-starred with Steven Seagal in the hit film Under Siege (1992).

Alexandra Paul - Stephanie Holden (1992 - 1997): Before Baywatch she appeared in such movies as American Flyers (1985), 8 Million Ways To Die (1986) and Dragnet (1987). Alexandra has been involved in many humanitarian and environmental causes. She has a twin sister who is a firefighter.

Yasmine Bleeth - Caroline Holden (1993 - 1997): Yasmine appeared in the TV series Nash Bridges (1998 - 2000) and Titans (2000 - 2001). She has been inactive in films and TV since the early 2000's.

Nicole Eggert - Summer Quinn (1992 - 1994): Nicole also co-starred in the TV series Charles In Charge (1987 - 1990). She acts now mostly in TV movies.

Gena Lee Nolin - Neely Capshaw (1995 - 1998): Starred in the TV series Sheena (2000 - 2002).

Carmen Electra - Lani McKenzie (1997 - 1998): Born Tera Patrick, she was discovered by Prince, who gave her the name Carmen Electra. She has gone on the make appearances in such films as Scary Movie (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), My Boss's Daughter (2003), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and Meet The Spartans (2008). Carmen is the ex-wife to both Dave Navarro and Dennis Rodman.

Brooke Burns - Jessica Owens (1998 - 2001): Brooke has also appeared in the TV series North Shore and Melrose Place.

Traci Bingham - Jordan Tate (1996 - 1998): She is more famous for appearing as herself in the reality TV shows The Surreal Life and Celebrity Big Brother.

Krista Allen - Jenna Avid (2000 - 2001): Recognisable from such movies as Liar Liar (1997) and Anger Management (2003) or guest starring spots on anything from The X-Files to Smallville.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Tribute To Charlie Chaplin

Before Chaplin, Hollywood was in it's infancy and not the dominate international film industry it would become. Charlie Chaplin became the world's first true movie superstar and helped build Hollywood into an entertainment juggernaut. Here is a few of his facts.

Born in London, England.

When Chaplin moved to America he was roommates with Stan Laurel.

Made his film debut in February 1914 and began directing two months later.

Started United Artists Pictures in 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith.

Wrote the music to the song "Smile".

Won three Oscars; a special award for "The Circus" (1928), a lifetime achievement award in 1971 and one for best musical score for "Limelight" (1972 - film made in 1952 but not released in the U.S. until twenty years later).

Charlie Chaplin dated many famous women including Tallulah Bankhead, Carole Landis, Paulette Goddard, Hedy Lamarr, Delores Del Rio, Marion Davis, Louise Brooks, Mabel Normand, Mildred Harris and Edna Purviance.

Exiled from the U.S. in 1953 for supposedly being a communist, he would live the rest of his life in Switzerland. He returned to Hollywood in 1972 to receive an honorary Oscar.

Fathered twelve children, including actress Geraldine Chaplin.

Chaplin was knighted in 1975.

Robert Downey Jr. portrayed the famous movie tramp in the 1992 film "Chaplin", directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.

Cartoons Made into Live Action Films

Flash Gordon (1980): Star of a fantasy / sci-fi comic strip that began in the 1930's and later became a film serial. The 1980 movie version starring Sam Jones in the title role was a box office bomb but the music soundtrack by the rock group Queen is now considered a classic.

Popeye (1980): Popeye started out as a character in a comic strip called Thimble Theatre in 1929. He quickly grew in popularity and was adapted to the big screen in a series of animated shorts produced by Paramount Pictures from 1933 to 1957. Comedian and TV star Robin Williams made his movie debut playing Popeye in the 1980 film version.

Dick Tracy (1990): Dick Tracy was a popular comic strip created during the 1930's. He later became popular on radio and in a series of live action B-movies. Warren Beatty adapted a big screen live action version of Dick Tracy in 1990 co-starring Madonna, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.

The Addams Family (1991): A comic strip created by Charles Addams during the 1930's. In 1964 the Addams Family became a popular live action TV series. A successful movie version was made in 1991 starring Raul Julia, Angelica Huston and Christina Ricci.

Dennis The Menace (1993): The Dennis The Menace comic strip first appeared in newspapers in 1951. A successful live action TV series followed in 1959. A film version starring Walter Matthau as next door neighbour Mr. Wilson was made in 1993.

The Phantom (1996):  Another popular comic strip from the 30's. Billy Zane starred in the unsuccessful 1996 film version.

Mr. Magoo (1997): Originally started as a series of animated shorts during the 50's and later appeared in books and newspapers and on TV. Leslie Nielsen starred in the live action film version. Considered one of the most politically incorrect cartoon characters of all time.

Garfield (2004): Garfield has always been a commercial goldmine and the 2004 movie starring Bill Murray as the voice of the CGI rendered cat was no exception.

The Spirit (2008): Created by legendary comic artist Will Eisner in 1940, the Spirit got the big screen treatment in 2008. The film was directed by another comic artist Frank Miller.

Marmaduke (2010): This comic strip first appeared in 1954. A movie version with Owen Wilson as the voice of Marmaduke was made in 2010.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Great Beatle Quotes

John's Aunt Mimi: "That guitar is okay, but you'll never make a living with it."

Ringo Starr: "We thought that if we lasted for two to three years that would be fantastic."

John Lennon: "When I was twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody's noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius...I am one, and if there isn't, I don't care."

George Harrison: "As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead."

John Lennon: "As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."

Paul McCartney: "There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway."

John Lennon: "It doesn't matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man."

Ringo Starr: "So this is America. They must be out of their minds."

George Harrison: I wanted to be successful, not famous."

Yoko Ono: "what the Beatles did was something incredible, it was more than what a band could do. We have to give them respect."

John Lennon: "I don't believe in killing whatever the reason."

Ringo Starr: "I was the new boy. It was like joining a new class at school where everybody knows everybody else but me."

Paul McCartney: "I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest."

John Lennon: "We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the new world. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship."

George Harrison: "The Beatles will go on and on."

Friday, 25 May 2012

Tribute To Bill Murray

A few facts about one of Hollywood's most talented and underrated stars.

Born in Wilmette, Illinois.

One of nine Children. his brothers Brian-Doyle, John and Joel are also actors.

Began his career on Saturday Night Live (1977 - 1980).

Made his big screen debut with "Meatballs" (1979)

In 1982 he was the first ever guest on "Late Night With David Letterman".

Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Charlie's Angels (2000) are Bill's biggest box office hits.

Tom Hanks was considered for the lead role in "Groundhog Day" before Bill was cast.

Won an Academy Award nomination for "Lost In Translation" (2003).

His favourite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs.

Bill is an avid golfer and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with D.A. Points.

The movie "Moonrise Kingdom" is Murray's sixth film with director Wes Anderson.

Roles turned down by Bill include: The Dead Zone (1983), Splash (1984), Rain Man (1988),  Batman (1989), Forrest Gump (1994), Toy Story (1995),  The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)

Famous Movie Quotes

Judy Garland - The Wizard Of Oz (1939): "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Humphrey Bogart - Casablanca (1943): "Here's looking at you, kid."

Gloria Swanson - Sunset Boulevard (1950): "Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close up."

Sean Connery - Dr. No (1962): "Bond. James Bond."

Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove (1964): " Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room.."

Harrison Ford - Star Wars (1977): "May the force be with you."

John Belushi - Animal House (1978): "Food fight!"

David Prowse (Darth Vader) - The Empire Strikes Back (1980): "I Am Your Father."

E.T. - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982): "E.T. phone home."

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (1984): "I'll be back."

Tom Cruise - Top Gun (1986): "I feel the need...the need for speed."

Michael Keaton - Batman (1989): "I'm Batman."

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991): "Hasta la vista, baby."

Tom Hanks - A League Of Their Own (1992): "There's no crying in baseball."

Jack Nicholson - A Few Good Men (1992): "You Can't Handle The Truth!"

Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump (1994): "Life is like a box of chocolates."

Cuba Gooding Jr. - Jerry Maguire (1996): "Show Me The Money."

Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense (1999): "I see dead people."

Andy Serkis - The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002): "My precious."