Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Famous Left-Handed Musicians

Paul McCartney: Bass guitarist and songwriter from The Beatles. His  Hofner bass is one of the most famous instruments in rock history.

Ringo Star: Drummer for The Beatles. Is left-handed but plays a right handed drum kit.

Dick Dale: King of the surf guitars, plays left-handed with the strings backward.

Jimi Hendrix: The most famous left-handed guitarist. Died in 1970.

Tony Iommi: Guitarist from Black Sabbath.

Phil Collins: Drummer for Genesis and solo superstar.

Iggy Pop: One time front man for The Stooges, later successful solo artist.

Bun E. Carlos: Drummer from the band Cheap Trick. Plays both left and right.

Elliot Easton: Guitarist from The Cars.

Kurt Cobain: Lead singer, Guitarist and main songwriter of the Seattle grunge rock band Nirvana. Died in 1994.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ten Must See Steve McQueen Films

1. Bullitt (1968): McQueen plays San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt. This film contains one of the most famous car chases in film history.

2. The Great Escape (1963): World war II allied prisoners attempt to escape from a German P.O.W. camp. McQueen steals the movie as the "Cooler King".

3. The Magnificent Seven (1960): Seven gunslingers band together to protect a Mexican village against bandits. Also stars Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. McQueen didn't return for the sequel.

4. The Getaway (1972): Husband and wife robbers on the run. McQueen stars with real life wife Ali MacGraw. In 1994 real life husband and wife Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger re-made this film.

5. Papillon (1973):  French prisoners try to escape from Devil's island. Co-Stars Dustin Hoffman.

6. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968): McQueen plays the title character, a millionaire playboy turned thief.

7.  The Cincinnati Kid (1965): A young card shark (McQueen) in a poker showdown with old pro (Edward G. Robinson). Ann-Margret and Tuesday Weld co-star.

8. The Towering Inferno (1974): Classic 1970's disaster film. All-star cast includes Paul Newman as the guy who built the tower and McQueen as the fire chief who has to put it out.

9. Nevada Smith (1966):  A western about a half-breed who avenges his parents murder. The story is a excerpt from Harold Robbins novel "The Carpetbaggers".

10. Love With The Proper Stranger (1963) Drama about an unexpected pregnancy. Co-stars Natalie Wood.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Tribute To Meryl Streep

Born: Summit, New Jersey.

Was homecoming queen at her high school.

Her favorite actress is Bette Davis.

A graduated from Vassar and Yale.

Movie debut was Julia 1977.

Nominated for an Academy Award 17 times. The most in Oscar history.

Won three Oscars: Kramer Vs. Kramer (best supporting actress) 1979, Sophie's Choice 1982, The Iron Lady 2011.

Mother of actresses Mamie Gummer and Grace Gummer.

Made three films with Robert De Niro: The Deer Hunter 1978, Falling In Love 1984, Marvin's Room 1996.

Meryl's 5 most successful films: Mamma Mia! (2008), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004), It's Complicated (2009) and Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979).

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Jennifer Aniston Factoids

Daughter of actor John Aniston from the TV soap "Days Of Our Lives".

Telly Savalas from TV's "Kojak" was her godfather.

Appeared in the TV version of "Ferris Bueller" in 1990.

Her first movie was "Leprechaun" 1993.

Won an Emmy award for her role on "Friends".

Jennifer comes from a Greek family, her real last name is Anastassakis.

Was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 - 2005.

Also has been romantically involved with: Gerard Butler, Adam Duritz, Tate Donovan, Vince Vaughn and John Mayer.

Has made three films with actor Jason Bateman: The Break-Up (2003), The Switch (2010) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

Among her more successful films are: Bruce Almighty (2003), Along Came Polly (2004), The Break-Up (2006), Marley And Me (2008), Just Go With It (2011) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

10 Best Charlie Sheen Films

Charlie Sheen hasn't always been fodder for the gossip rags. Once upon a time ago he was an actual movie Star. Here ten of his best films

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986): A scene stealing cameo part in one of the best films of the 1980's.

2. Platoon (1986): Charlie proves he can act in this best picture Oscar winner. Also an early film appearance by Johnny Depp.

3. Wall Street (1987): Tom Cruise wanted to play Bud Fox in this movie, instead the part went to Charlie Sheen and the rest is history.

4. Being John Malkovich (1999): A scene stealing bit part, but one where he plays a parody of himself. This begins a new era in his career that eventually leads to playing Charlie Harper in the hit TV series "Two And A Half Men".

5. Eight Men Out (1988) An ensemble cast that also features John Cusack, David Strathairn and D.B. Sweeney.

6. Lucas (1986) A sweet teen movie that also starred Cory Haim. Sheen and Haim in a film together? Must have been a good year for the Colombian economy.

7. Major League (1989): Plays Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, the most dysfunctional member of a dysfunctional baseball team.

8. Red Dawn (1984): His feature film debut

9 Hot Shots! (1991): Proves that he can do comedy, something that will come in handy later in his career.

10. The Big Bounce (2004): More comedy, this time acting opposite Owen Wilson.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tribute To Bruce Lee

Born in San Francisco, California

Birth Name: Lee Jun Fan

Created a form of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do.

Taught such celebrities as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Lee Marvin.

Father of actor Brandon Lee.

Brandon was accidentally shot and killed on the set of "The Crow" 1993.

Bruce's maternal grandfather was German.

Helped Popularised the use of vitamin supplements.

Died July 20, 1973 in Hong Kong. Buried in Seattle Washington.

Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris and George Lazenby (James Bond) were pallbearers at his funeral.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

George Clooney Facts

Son of TV newscaster Nick Clooney.

Cousin of Actor Miguel Ferrer and singer Debbie Boone (By Marriage).

Nephew of singer / actress Rosemary Clooney.

One of two actors to play Batman and go one to win an Academy Award. George won best supporting actor for the movie "Syriana" 2007. Christain Bale won for "The Fighter"

George was also nominated as best actor (Michael Clayton 2007, Up In The Air 2009 and The Descendants 2011). And best director (Good Night And Good Luck 2005).

His most successful films have been the three Ocean's films and the Perfect Storm.

Made Five films with his pal Brad Pitt: Ocean's Eleven (2001), Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and Burn After Reading (2008).

Romantically Connected To Karen Duffy, Krista Allen, Elisabetta Canalis, Kelly Preston and Lucy Liu.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Tribute To Veronica Lake

Born Constance Francis Marie Ockleman in Brooklyn, New York.

Famous for her "peek-a-boo" hair style.

Veronica (4'-11") made seven films with Alan Ladd (5'-6"): This Gun For Hire (42), The Glass Key (42), Star Spangled Rhythm (42), Duffy's Tavern (45), The Blue Dahlia (46), Variety Girl (47), Saigon (48).

Other popular films she starred in: I Wanted Wings (41), Hold Back The Dawn (41),  Sullivan's Travels (41), I Married A Witch (42), So Proudly We Hail (43).

Veronica was the inspiration for the Jessica Rabbit character from the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (88).

Kim Basinger won an Academy Award for playing a prostitute who looked like Veronica Lake (L.A. Confidential 1997).

Took flying lessons and became a licensed pilot.

Famous quote: "I wasn't a sex symbol, I was a sex zombie."

Reportedly a paranoid schizophrenic.

After her career went into decline she was discovered working as a barmaid in a Manhattan hotel.

Died in 1973 of hepatitis.