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Hellraisers

By |2018-12-09T22:10:34-04:00December 9th, 2018|People|

Hellraisers is the enjoyable 2008 book by Robert Sellers, subtitled The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed.  The review in the Los Angeles Times said "An incredibly entertaining series of anecdotes interspersed with unpretentious and conversational interviews all about drinking."  The review in Playboy said "A [...]

Suicide Never Sounded So Good

By |2018-06-16T00:53:37-04:00June 14th, 2018|People|

On April 23, 1972, George Sanders checked into a hotel in Castelldefels, a coastal town near Barcelona, Spain. He was found dead two days later after swallowing five bottles of the barbiturate Nembutal. He left behind a suicide note: Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am [...]

Oliver Reed: The Craziest Actor of All Time

By |2018-07-09T00:46:41-04:00April 29th, 2018|People|

He died of a heart attack in a bar after downing three bottles of Captain Morgan's Jamaica rum, eight bottles of German beer, numerous doubles of Famous Grouse whiskey and Hennessy cognac, and beating five much younger Royal Navy sailors at arm-wrestling. His bar bill for that final lunch time totaled 270 Maltese lira, [...]

Orson Welles: Personality & Vision

By |2018-07-02T15:26:18-04:00April 1st, 2018|People|

Any movie historian, film buff or hardcore fan is cognoscente of the colossal influence Orson Welles has cast over the evolution and development of filmmaking all over the world, though what of the man, what of the personality? ‘Larger than life’ is an understatement when describing Welles, whose vagabond life was almost as legendary [...]

Tom Hardy: The 21st Century’s Best Actor

By |2018-06-14T01:35:28-04:00March 20th, 2018|Features, People|

Tom Hardy was born in London, England on Sep 15, 1977 to an artist and a writer. He began his acting career in 2001 with bits part in the final two episodes of HBO’s Band of Brothers (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001). But soon after he had a major part as the villainous Picard [...]

Gregg Toland: Cinematographer (1904-1948)

By |2018-07-07T22:57:37-04:00March 7th, 2018|People|

When Orson Welles was asked who was the greatest cinematographer, he replied without hesitation, "Not only was Gregg Toland the greatest cameraman ever, he was also the fastest." The words, “the best” or “the greatest” are usually used for affect and are almost impossible to qualify even when one speaks of artistic luminaries like Matisse or [...]