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]

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]

On this day…in 1955

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway. Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” headed to a car race in Salinas, California, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1968

On this day in 1968, Stanley’s Kubrick’s science-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey makes its debut in movie theatres. Kubrick had first gained prominence as a director for the World War I-era drama Paths of Glory (1957). After helming the big-budget Roman epic Spartacus (1960), he made a 1962 screen adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita before turning to an even more controversial … [Read the full story]

The Oscars are nearly upon us – a quick preview

I know I am a little early for the big show…but who cares. This has been one of the best years for movies since Ben Hur, or even Robin Hood (with Errol Flynn). The American film industry and the big studios, who put in mega bucks to make films, will expect to gain some reward … [Read the full story]

DiCaprio is off acting, some say he never has

Leonardo DiCaprio is going to take time out for a “long, long break” from acting. The 38-year-old star has made three movies in two years and says the hectic schedule has left him worn out. As well as the Oscar-nominated Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained, DiCaprio stars in the forthcoming screen adaptation of F. Scott … [Read the full story]

What has TOG been up to for the past 6 months?

After so many emails from my Ozzie News readers asking where I have been for the past six months, I feel it is only justice if I come clean on my sojourn. I was asked to help create a guest room-come playroom for my grandchildren out of a worn out garage. Now, building, construction and … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylors SRU

Have I lost my mind? A serious rape on a bus in India has been followed by another multiple rape in India. How, after so much publicity and anger directed at those people who carry out attacks on females in this poverty stricken country, could it happen again? Never mind trials and punishment…these individuals should … [Read the full story]

Quenton Tarantino loses it big-time

Quentin Tarantino lost it in a TV interview, telling an interviewer: “I’m shutting your butt down.” The Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs director snapped when asked him about the links between film violence and real crime. Tarantino, 49, yelled: “I refuse your question. I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make … [Read the full story]

Adele is rumoured to be singing at the Oscars

Adele could make her live return at the Oscars, according to rumours. She hasn’t performed live since giving birth to her first child in October. But speculation of a comeback is growing after Oscar chiefs announced they will pay tribute to the James Bond franchise, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It’s rumoured she … [Read the full story]

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