Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Farewell Peter O'Toole!

Farewell Peter O'Toole!

Peter O'Toole passed away the other day, 14 December 
2013. He was 81, and quite a wonderful Actor.

Groucho Marx described him as "The only Actor with a double phallic name."

More than just the sum of his parts, 
Peter O'Toole was such a Great Actor. He started right at the top, and...stayed there. Here is the way I want to remember him.

Lawrence Of Arabia - His first starring role! Seriously.



My Favorite Year - A fun one from Richard Benjamin and Mel Brooks



A play he did at London's Old Vic Theatre, "Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell." (Bad Language, but mostly right at the beginning).


Teddibly witty. A fine turn for the actual son of a Bookie.



I will always remember his famous exchange with Peter Sellers, in "Casino Royale." If you remember, there were THREE Directors of that picture, and it got confused, poor thing.  Also confusing.

Only loosely based on Ian Fleming's book "Casino Royale." And I use the term "loosely," very loosely.

In the midst of some scene of wretched excess, Peter O'Toole marches up, in a foggy column of far-too-many Pipers.

O'TOOLE
Are you Richard Burton?

SELLERS
No, I'm Peter O'Toole!

O'TOOLE
Then you're the finest man that ever breathed!

Just in case you don't believe me. Casino Royale.
Now, that's a cameo!




Mr. O'Toole was nominated eight times for a Best Actor Oscar, but his peers had the unfortunate tendency to award it to other persons.

That makes him the most-nominated Actor, who did not alas, win. I am sure that was some small consolation.

YEAR  NOMINATED FOR    BUT THEY GAVE IT TO


1962 Lawrence of Arabia     Gregory Peck, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
1964 Becket                    Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
1968 The Lion in Winter      Cliff Robertson – Charly
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips    John Wayne – True Grit
1972 The Ruling Class       Marlon Brando – The Godfather
1980 The Stunt Man              Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
1982 My Favorite Year       Ben Kingsley – Gandhi
2006 Venus            Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland


In 2003, he was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, for all his work and lifelong contribution to film. He wrote the Academy back, saying he was "Still in the game," and would prefer to "win the lovely bugger outright."

Academy said they were giving it to him, no matter O'Toole's preference. O'Toole's children talked him into accepting, and it was presented to him by Meryl Streep, who has been nominated more times than any other Actress.



Peter Sellers
Peter O'Toole
My Favorite Year
Lawrence Of Arabia
Becket
The Lion in Winter
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Ruling Class
The Stunt Man
Venus
To Kill a Mockingbird
My Fair Lady
Charly
True Grit
The Godfather
Raging Bull
Gandhi
The Last King of Scotland
Casino Royale

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg!

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg! 

You are great, and have achieved so much.
18 December 1946





Steven Spielberg filmography


AMATEUR


1959 The Last Gun
1961 Fighter Squad
        Escape to Nowhere
1964 Firelight


PROFESSIONAL

1968 Amblin'
1971 Duel
1974 The Sugarland Express
1975 Jaws
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand
1979 1941
1980 The Blues Brothers
        Used Cars
1981 Continental Divide
        Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
        Poltergeist
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (Segment "Kick the Can")
1984 Gremlins
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
        Room 666
1985 Fandango
        Back to the Future
        The Color Purple
        The Goonies
        Young Sherlock Holmes
1986 An American Tail
        The Money Pit
1987 Batteries Not Included
        Empire of the Sun
        Harry and the Hendersons
        Innerspace
        Three O'Clock High
1988 The Land Before Time
        Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 Always
        Back to the Future Part II
        Dad
        Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 Arachnophobia
        Dreams
        Back to the Future Part III
        Gremlins 2: The New Batch
        Joe Versus the Volcano
        Roller Coaster Rabbit
1991 A Wish for Wings That Work
        An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
        Cape Fear
        Hook
        Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
        A Brief History of Time
1993 Jurassic Park 
        We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
        Schindler's List 
1994 The Flintstones
1995 Casper
        Balto
1996 Twister
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
        Men in Black
        Amistad 
1998 Saving Private Ryan 
        The Last Days
        The Mask of Zorro
        Deep Impact
1999 Wakko's Wish
        Medal of Honor
2000 Shooting War
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
        Jurassic Park III
        Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
        Vanilla Sky
2002 Minority Report
        Men in Black II
        Austin Powers in Goldmember
        Catch Me If You Can 
2003 Double Dare
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
        The Terminal 
2005 Directed by John Ford
        War of the Worlds
        The Legend of Zorro
        Memoirs of a Geisha
        Munich 
2006 Flags of Our Fathers
        Letters from Iwo Jima
        Monster House
        The Shark Is Still Working
2007 Transformers
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
        Eagle Eye
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
        The Lovely Bones
2010 Hollywood Don't Surf!
        Hereafter
        True Grit
2011 Paul
        Super 8
        Transformers: Dark of the Moon
        Cowboys & Aliens
        Real Steel
        The Adventures of Tintin 
        War Horse 
2012 Men in Black 3
        Lincoln 
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction
        The Hundred-Foot Journey
2015 Jurassic World
        American Sniper
        The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun


Monday, December 16, 2013

Sam Longoria Quotes

Sam Longoria Quotes

"Seattle has only two weeks in August you can shoot movies,
and you don't know until September, which ones they were."
 -- Sam Longoria 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!




Happy Birthday, Woody Allen!

Woody Allen was born 1 December 1935, and is 78 years old today. He has 71 films and tv to his credit, as Director (71 credits) or Writer (71 credits) or Actor (44 credits). How many have you seen?

2014 Magic in the Moonlight
2013 Blue Jasmine
2013 Fading Gigolo
2012 Paris-Manhattan
2012 To Rome with Love
2011 Midnight in Paris
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2009 Sdelka
2009 Whatever Works
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 Cassandra's Dream
2006 Scoop
2005 Match Point
2004 Melinda and Melinda
2003 Anything Else
2002 Hollywood Ending
2001 The Concert for New York City
          ("Sounds from the Town I Love")

2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
2000 Company Man
2000 Small Time Crooks
2000 Picking Up the Pieces
2000 Company Man
1999 Sweet and Lowdown
1998 Antz
1998 Crimes and Misdemeanors
1998 The Impostors
1998 Celebrity
1997 Deconstructing Harry
1997 Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs
1997 Wild Man Blues
1996 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)
1996 Everyone Says I Love You
1995 Mighty Aphrodite
1995 Une aspirine pour deux (TV Movie)
1994 Bullets Over Broadway
1994 Don't Drink the Water (TV Movie)
1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery
1992 Husbands and Wives
1991 Shadows and Fog
1991 Scenes from a Mall
1990 Alice
1989 New York Stories ("Oedipus Wrecks")
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors
1989 Somebody or The Rise and Fall of Philosophy
1988 Another Woman
1987 King Lear
1987 September
1987 Radio Days
1986 Meeting Woody Allen (Documentary)
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
1984 Broadway Danny Rose
1983 Zelig
1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
1981 The Subtil Concept
1980 Stardust Memories
1979 Manhattan
1978 Interiors
1977 Annie Hall
1976 The Front
1975 Love and Death
1973 Sleeper
1972 Play It Again, Sam
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
          But Were Afraid to Ask
1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
1971 Bananas
1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You
1970 Hot Dog (TV Series)
1969 The Woody Allen Special
1969 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
1969 Take the Money and Run
1969 Don't Drink the Water
1967 The World: Color It Happy (TV Movie)
1967 Casino Royale
1967 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
1967 Woody Allen Looks at 1967
1966 Gene Kelly in New York, New York
1966 What's Up, Tiger Lily?
1965 What's New Pussycat
1963 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)
1962 The Laughmakers (TV Short)
1961 The Garry Moore Show (TV Series)
1960 Candid Camera (TV Series)
1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)
1959 At the Movies (TV Movie)
1958 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)
1956 Stanley (TV Series)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)

Woody Allen
Golden Globes
Academy Awards
Birthday 1 December
Motion Picture Academy