On this day…in 1980

On this day in 1980, the actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s leading men of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the star of such action thrillers as Bullitt and The Towering Inferno, dies at the age of 50 in Mexico, where he was undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. n 1979, McQueen had been diagnosed … [Read the full story]

Goodbye Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is making his final speeches on the success of his eight years in office. Watching his stilted speech, with great long gaps and pauses, is tantamount to watching an actor giving a monologue…before exiting the stage. He talks well without actually explaining what he is talking about. He claims exorbitant successes, especially … [Read the full story]

DVD Derek reviews…

I visited the video store to hire…well…something different.  I ended up getting a Simon Pegg DVD. I quite like his films, although “Fear of Everything” was not his best. It has the style of an old Ealing Comedy, but without the quality script. It tried to cover too much ground – neurosis, psychiatry, pathos, family tragedy, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1926 and 1993

Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital, in 1926. Twelve days before, Houdini had been talking to a group of students after a lecture in Montreal when he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard … [Read the full story]

Oscars 2013 – the preview

Not the best year for films. It was more quantity than quality. We did have some beautiful actresses despite having to appear in a few sub-standard movies. Joanna Moore, Heather Graham, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett always give great performances. Why are there not more romantic comedies for stars like Cameron Diaz and Selma Hayek … [Read the full story]

The truth behind Cannes Film Festival

Always the best film event of the year Cannes is again exciting and filled with the finest films of the year. The judges however, should be taken aside and guided into what makes a good film and also a good actor. Todays cinema seems to be far inferior to the halcyon days of the early … [Read the full story]

Andrew Garfield looks like the real Spider-Man

Actor Andrew Garfield may not be as heavily built as his predecessor, but he certainly looks more like the teenage hero does in the comic books. In these new images the 28-year-old star shows off his new toned physique as fans get a proper look at the all new Spiderman costume. Garfield, who completed filming … [Read the full story]

Who will win an Oscar in 2012?

Once again I am back to give you the real Oscar winners. The last ten years has been one poor film after another. Can you even remember the winners in the past three years? Maybe its the choices that are wrong. This year films like Red Dog, Tin Tin and the impressive final episode in … [Read the full story]

Macaulay Culkin looks fucked

He was once the mischievous, cherubic star of the hugely successful Home Alone movies. However, Macaulay Culkin, now 31, appeared dishevelled and emaciated as he greeted fans in New York on Wednesday. With his straggly goatee beard and messy hair, he looked gaunt as he sipped from an energy drink. And last night he pulled … [Read the full story]

Terry O’Neill-life of a photographer to the stars

Terry O’Neill was fast asleep in his Mayfair flat when the phone rang in the early hours. He woke with a start and answered it, anxious not to wake his wife, actress Vera Day. He knew it would be Peter Sellers. ‘Why can’t I attract girls?’ moaned the actor, who often called at 2am to … [Read the full story]

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