A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now, they have to come up with a plan to kill this unrelenting creature before it kills them. “Banshee!!!” takes the idea of the legendary Irish myth and spins it around into a terrifying and unstoppable monster!
Being Michael Madsen is a 2007 comedy film directed by Michael Mongillo and produced by Daniel A. Sherkow. The film takes a mockumentary approach in re-imagining actor Michael Madsen as a paparazzi-hounded movie star who hatches a revenge scheme against a tabloid journalist. The film co-stars Virginia Madsen, David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton, Daryl Hannah, Lacey Chabert, Debbie Rochon, and Vicki Roberts.
Michael Madsen’s played a lot of unsavory characters on screen, but could he possibly be a murderer in real life? That’s the starting point for this deliciously “meta” mockumentary, in which a paparazzo (Jason Alan Smith) starts the vicious rumor. Madsen seeks his own brand of justice against the creep, inspired by the roles he’s played. Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton, and Madsen’s sister, Virginia, appear as themselves.
by Lee Hardcastle
Get ready for The Evil Dead done in 60 seconds with clay! Made for the Empire Jameson competition 2010, UK director Lee Hardcastle has asked you horror fans to vote here if you enjoy his claymation remake featured below. No sign up, spam, nothing – just click, click, done!
“Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.”
(CNN) – “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Land of the Lost” now have another dishonor to add to the critical lambasting they took upon release: the two films are tied for most Razzie nominations for worst films of the year.
“Transformers,” which dominated box office charts if not reviewers’ hearts, picked up seven nominations, including worst picture, worst director (Michael Bay, a Razzie favorite), worst actress (Megan Fox) and worst screen couple (Shia LaBeouf with Fox or any Transformer).
“Land of the Lost,” the Will Ferrell remake of the early-’70s Sid and Marty Krofft children’s show, earned nods for worst picture, worst actor (Ferrell), worst director (Brad Silberling) and worst screen couple (Ferrell and “any co-star, creature or ‘comic riff,’ “) according to the Razzie list.
“Head Raspberry” John Wilson, author of “The Official Razzie Movie Guide” and chief of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, acknowledges that the organization might be risking a backlash from “Transformers” fans, who made the film the No. 2 highest-grossing film of 2009 with more than $400 million at the domestic box office.
“This is not the first time we’ve nominated something that made that kind of money,” he said, noting that the “Star Wars” sequels “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones” also earned Razzie nods.
But he doesn’t apologize for the inclusion of “Transformers”: ” ‘Transformers,’ to me, is the personification of what’s wrong with Hollywood right now,” he said. “It’s all about do what already worked, pander to the audience, put in a lot of special effects. … It’s almost as though when they were editing the thing they had a little egg timer running, and every seven minutes something had to blow up or somebody had to yell, ‘Go go go go! Run run run run!’ ”
Other nominees for worst picture are “All About Steve,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Old Dogs.”
Though Sandra Bullock is riding a wave of respect for her performance in “The Blind Side” — she’s expected to receive an Oscar nomination tomorrow for best actress — she’s also on the list for a Golden Raspberry for her performance in “Steve,” her 2009 dud.
Wilson observed that Bullock, presuming she gets an Oscar nomination Tuesday, could become the first person to win both a major-category Oscar and Razzie on the same weekend.
“She’s in as good a position as anyone could be to accept both awards,” he said. Noting Bullock’s good sense of humor, he has hopes that she’ll show up at the Razzie ceremony on March 6. (Halle Berry, in a rare appearance by a top star, accepted a Razzie for “Catwoman” in 2005.)
The Razzies, now in their 30th year, are equal-opportunity tributes, giving note to A-listers and D-listers alike. Along with Bullock and Ferrell, nominees this year include Steve Martin (“Pink Panther 2″), John Travolta (“Old Dogs”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”) and teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”). Winners receive a hand-made, spray-painted gold trophy with an estimated street value of about five dollars, according to the Razzie Web site.
Wilson was surprised that the Razzie voters, who number about 650, didn’t back “New Moon” more strongly. The “Twilight” sequel earned four nominations overall.
“Based on the volume of postings we had on the two forums on our Web site, I would have thought ‘Twilight Saga’ would have made more categories than it did,” he said.
Along with their year’s-worst awards, the Razzies are also giving out “The Worst of the ‘Uh-Ohs,’ ” giving tribute to the worst of the decade. Pictures up for that distinction are “Battlefield Earth” (2000), “Freddy Got Fingered” (2001), “Gigli” (2003), “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) and Madonna’s version of “Swept Away” (2002).
The race is expected to come down to “Battlefield Earth” and “Gigli,” which the Razzies named the worst drama and comedy of its first 25 years, respectively.
The Razzies are sticking with tradition, nominating just five films in each category — unlike the Oscars, which are going to have 10 movies in the running for best picture. But though there were plenty of bad films in 2009, Wilson said, if there were 10 worst picture Razzie nominations, it would dilute the process.
“What I’ve been saying is, if we had 10, then our awards really wouldn’t be any more meaningful than the Golden Globes,” he said.
The Gala 30th Annual Razzie Awards will be held Saturday, March 6 — the night before the Oscars — at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
WORST PICTURE of 2009
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
WORST ACTOR of 2009
All three Jonas Brothers / “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience”
Will Ferrell / “Land of the Lost”
Steve Martin / “Pink Panther 2″
Eddie Murphy / “Imagine That”
John Travolta / “Old Dogs”
WORST ACTRESS of 2009
Beyonce / “Obsessed”
Sandra Bullock / “All About Steve”
Miley Cyrus / “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Megan Fox / “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker / “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
WORST SCREEN COUPLE of 2009
Any two (or more) Jonas Brothers / “The Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper / “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell & Any Co-Star, Creature or “Comic Riff” / “Land of the Lost”
Shia LaBeouf & either Megan Fox or any Transformer / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristin Stewart & either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang / “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS of 2009
Candice Bergen / “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter / “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller / “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston / “Old Dogs”
Julie White (as Mom) / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR of 2009
Billy Ray Cyrus / “Hannah Montana: The Movie:
Hugh Heffner (as himself) / “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson / “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka) / “Land of the Lost”
Marlon Wayans / “G.I. Joe”
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2009)
“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Pink Panther 2″ (A rip-off of a sequel to a remake)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”
WORST DIRECTOR of 2009
Michael Bay / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Walt Becker / “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling / “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers / “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill / “All About Steve”
WORST SCREENPLAY of 2009
“All About Steve” / Screenplay by Kim Barker
“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” / Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett
“Land of the Lost” / Written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
“Twilight Saga: New Moon” / Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg
WORST PICTURE of the DECADE
“Battlefield Earth” (2000) Nominated for 10 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 8 (including worst drama of our first 25 years)
“Freddy Got Fingered” (2001) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 5
“Gigli” (2003) Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 7 (including worst comedy of our first 25 years)
“I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 8
“Swept Away” (2002) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 5
WORST ACTOR of the DECADE
Ben Affleck (nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for his roles in “Daredevil,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Paycheck,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Surviving Christmas”)
Eddie Murphy (nominated for 12 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for his roles in “Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “I Spy,” “Imagine That,” “Meet Dave,” “Norbit” and “Showtime”)
Mike Myers (nominated for 4 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for his roles in “Cat in the Hat,” “The Love Guru”)
Rob Schneider (nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 1 RAZZIE for his roles in “The Animal,” “Benchwarmers,” “Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo,” “Grandma’s Boy,” “The Hot Chick,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry,” “Little Man” and “Little Nicky”)
John Travolta (nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for his roles in “Battlefield Earth,” “Domestic Disturbance,” “Lucky Numbers,” “Old Dogs” and “Swordfish”)
WORST ACTRESS of the DECADE
Mariah Carey (the single biggest individual vote getter of the decade with 70+ percent of ALL votes for worst actress of 2001 for her role in “Glitter”)
Paris Hilton (nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 4 RAZZIES for her roles in “The Hottie & The Nottie,” “House of Whacks” and “Repo: The Genetic Opera”)
Lindsay Lohan (nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for her roles in “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “I Know Who Killed Me” and “Just My Luck”)
Jennifer Lopez (nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for her roles in “Angel Eyes,” “Enough,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Monster-in-Law” and “The Wedding Planner”)
Madonna (nominated for 6 “Achievements,””Winner” of 4 RAZZIES for her roles in “Die Another Day,” “The Next Best Thing” and “Swept Away”)
The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The film was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, and was directed by John Guillermin, with Allen himself directing the action sequences.
- Many bit players from The Poseidon Adventure (1972) also appear in this film
- Based on two novels: “The Tower” by Richard Martin Stern, and “The Glass Inferno” by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. After the success of The Poseidon Adventure (1972), disaster was hot property and Warner Brothers bought the rights to film “The Tower” for $390,000. Eight weeks later Irwin Allen (of 20th Century Fox) discovered “The Glass Inferno” and bought the rights for $400,000. To avoid two similar films competing at the box office the two studios joined forces and pooled their resources, each paying half the production costs. In return, 20th Century Fox got the US box office receipts and Warners the receipts from the rest of the world.
- Scriptwriter Stirling Silliphant combined the two novels to create one screenplay. The combined three words that make up the titles of the two novels were combined to give the name of the film, and the name of the building that is on fire (The Glass Tower).
- Screenwriter Stirling Silliphant took seven main figures from each novel and incorporated them into the screenplay, as well as the major climax of each novel: the lifeline rescue to an adjacent rooftop from “The Tower”, and the exploding water tanks from “The Glass Inferno”.
- At Steve McQueen’s insistence, he and co-star Paul Newman had to have exactly the same number of lines of dialogue in the script
- Irwin Allen originally wanted Steve McQueen to play the part of building architect Doug Roberts. McQueen however, fought for and got the role of fire chief O’Halloran. The role of Doug Roberts went to Paul Newman.
- Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were both paid the same: $1 million and 7.5% of box office each.
- Paul Newman’s and Steve McQueen’s names are staggered in the opening credits, closing credits, and on the posters so that, depending on which way you read it (top to bottom or left to right), both appear to get top billing. This is known as “diagonal billing”, This strategy was being worked on when Newman and McQueen almost co-starred together in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), but McQueen eventually dropped out of the project and was replaced by the lesser known Robert Redford.
- Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway left strict instructions that they should not be approached by visitors to the set. McQueen also refused to give any interviews. Paul Newman asked only that he not be “surprised”.
- This film marked the first ever joint production by two big-name movie companies; Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
- Principal photography was completed on Sept. 11th 1974.
- An instrumental version of the song “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure (1972) can be heard in the background in certain scenes.
- Desperate to capture a truly surprised reaction from the cast, Irwin Allen actually fired a handgun into the ceiling without warning the actors, who were understandably “surprised”. The trick worked and he got his shot.
- In an interview given years after the film was released, writer Stirling Silliphant said that he always sat under a sprinkler system head when visiting a building. He said he did that because he learned it from a fireman he interviewed while researching this project.
- Both novels were inspired by the construction of the World Trade Center in the early-1970s, and what could happen in fire in a skyscraper. In Richard Martin Stern’s novel, “The Tower”, the fictional 140-floor building was set next to the north tower of the World Trade Center. The climax of the novel was centered around a rescue mounted from the north tower of the World Trade Center.
- The role of Lisolette Mueller (as played by Jennifer Jones) was originally offered to Olivia de Havilland.
- Jennifer Jones’s final film to date (2008).
- Steve McQueen did most of his stunts for the film, including having 7,000 gallons of water dumped on him in the climactic final attempt to put out the fire.
- During filming an actual fire broke out on one of the sets and Steve McQueen found himself briefly helping real firemen put it out. One of the firemen, not recognizing McQueen, said to the actor, “My wife is not going to believe this.” To this McQueen replied, “Neither is mine.”
- The fancy “blinkenlights” computer which runs the Glass Tower is, in fact, composed of parts leftover from an obsolete Air Force system which, in the 1960s and ’70s, protected the US from Soviet bomber attack. The computer was named AN/FSQ-7, and about a dozen of them were installed around the US. Based on vacuum tube technology, the ‘Q-7 in action took up the whole first floor of a “bomb-proof” concrete blockhouse, and generated as much raw heat as five single-family houses. The whole system became obsolete when missiles replaced manned bombers as the main threat. In the film, only the main control and maintenance consoles are used. As an ironic afterthought, the only reliable source today of vacuum tubes is the former Soviet Union.
- Paul Newman did most of his own stunts, including climbing up and down the bent stairwell railing.
- Of the 57 sets built for the production, only eight remained standing when filming ended.
- The building used in the film was a series of miniatures and matte paintings. Only sections of the building were actually constructed for the actors and stunt people to perform their scenes. Exterior shots of the building were of San Francisco’s Hyatt Rejency with an additional 50 stories of matte paintings added.
- In the original script the role of the fire chief (known at the time as Mario Infantino) was considerably smaller. According to director John Guillermin, the role was offered to Ernest Borgnine with Steve McQueen playing the architect. McQueen later said, “If somebody of my caliber can play the architect, I’ll play the fire chief,” and Paul Newman was brought onto the project as the architect.
- According to Esther Williams in her memoirs, she was personally contacted by Irwin Allen and offered roles in both this film and The Poseidon Adventure (1972), but declined both.
- Irwin Allen directed all the action sequences in the film, including the climactic final explosions to put the fire out.
- The HH-1N helicopters are in the original paint scheme used by NAS Lemoore’s Search and Rescue Flight. Later on, they were painted Red and White. Up until the unit’s disbandment in 2004, the Flight was still pointing out it was their helicopters used in the movie.
- For years, during the 80’s and 90’s, this is the movie Swedish TV used to show on New Years Eve, just after midnight.
- The scenic elevator is actually one of two in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. This elevator was used in numerous movies including Time After Time (1979).
- At first Irwin Allen did not want to use music at the first 5 minutes of the Helicopter Sequence. John Williams told Allen that he could come up with 5 minutes of music for the beginning. When Allen heard it, he agreed with Williams.
- The large sculpture that is part of the bar design in the Promenade Room was originally used in the Harmonia Gardens set in Hello, Dolly! (1969).
- The First Interstate Tower in downtown Los Angeles was completed the same year this film was released (1974). 14 years later, in May of 1988, the FI Tower experienced a real-life fire which burned out 4 1/2 floors , ruined many floors above with smoke and floors below with water, and closed the building for almost five months. The fire happened late at night, when only a few dozen people were in the building, and no crowds, traffic or other demands on water hampered firefighters. Only one death occurred, when someone used an over-ride key to force an elevator to the floor where the fire had started, and perished much as was shown happening to elevator riders in the film. The Los Angeles Herald ran side-by-side photos of the actual fire and the fire from The Towering Inferno on its front page the following day. The story of the real fire was told in the TV film Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991) (TV).
- The upper 15 floors of The Glass Tower was built as a facade in the dirt parking lot of the 20th Century Fox Ranch in Malibu, California, including drapes for all the windows and an explosion hole at the outside elevator track. It remained standing in the same location for many years, even after the state of California bought the land and opened the ranch to the public.
- Natalie Wood turned down a leading role, citing the script as “mediocre”
Daughters of Satan is a 1972 horror movie starring Tom Selleck, Barra Grant, Tani Guthrie and Paraluman. Directed by Hollingsworth Morse.
Plot: James Robertson buys a painting depicting witches being burned at the stake, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife…
Tagline: A secret cult of lust-craved witches torturing with fire and desire!
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) is an American psychological horror film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich. The screenplay by Lukas Heller is based on the novel of the same name by Henry Farrell. In 2003, the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked #44 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Best Villains of American Cinema.
Tagline: Sister, sister, oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair?
- The curious teenager who lives next door to the Hudson sisters is none other than Barbara Merrill, Bette Davis’s real-life daughter.
- The wig Bette Davis wears throughout the film had, unbeknownst to both leads, been worn by Joan Crawford in an earlier MGM movie. Because it had been re-groomed, Crawford didn’t recognize it.
- During production, Bette Davis had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set to anger Joan Crawford, whose late husband had been CEO of rival Pepsi-Cola and who herself was on the board of directors of that company.
- During the kicking scene, Bette Davis kicked Joan Crawford in the head, and the resulting wound required stitches. In retaliation, Crawford put weights in her pockets so that when Davis had to drag Crawford’s near-lifeless body, she strained her back.
- While touring the talk show circuit to promote the movie, Bette Davis told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads in this film, Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner replied: “I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for either one of those two old broads.” Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: “In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!”
- The final scene at the beach was filmed in Malibu, California at the same spot where director Robert Aldrich filmed the final scene of Kiss Me Deadly (1955). When Blanche confesses the truth to “Baby Jane”, you can see in the background that same house that was “blown up” by a mysterious box containing radioactive material in “Kiss Me Deadly”.
- The producers originally wanted Peter Lawford to play Edwin Flagg. Bette Davis also originally objected to Victor Buono’s casting but eventually came around.
- Because she was then a member of the Pepsi-Cola board of directors, Joan Crawford managed to see that product placement shots of the soft drinks appeared in all of her later films. Although nearly imperceptible, Pepsi does show up in this one. During the last sequence, a guy runs up to the refreshment stand on the beach and tries to collect the deposit on some empty Pepsi bottles – a transaction that actually only happened in stores.
- Cracked head of Baby Jane doll featured prominently in ad campaign was a completely different doll than that used in movie – probably because movie was filmed and released so quickly that ad staff had to devise campaign while film was still in production.
- In addition to her trademark number “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy”, the young Baby Jane apparently had other hit songs in her act. When Edwin prepares to play the piano for their rehearsal, we see Jane’s picture featured on old sheet music for songs entitled “Fly the Flag of Freedom”, “She’s Somebody’s Little Girl”, and “I Wouldn’t Trade My Daddy”.
- The scenes from Jane’s early films that show her to be a flop as an actress are scenes from Parachute Jumper (1933) and Ex-Lady (1933). When Bette Davis heard that the crew was looking for poor footage of her from that time, she (half-jokingly) suggested that any of her films from the period would do.
- Joan Crawford was an avid collector of Margaret and Walter Keane’s “sad eyes” paintings and befriended the couple and tried to incorporate their work into her films. In the film, during the interior scenes of the neighbor’s (Mrs. Bates) house, several Keene paintings can be seen displayed on the walls.
- Early in the film, actor Bert Freed playing a film director can be seen wearing a necktie that’s not tied in a knot, but is instead crossed over held on by a tie clasp. That was a trademark look of the movie’s director Robert Aldrich, and was placed there as an inside gag.
- A freeze-frame just as the car enters the driveway in the prologue reveals the secret of who was driving the car the night Blanche was paralyzed.
- Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book “Bette & Joan – The Divine Feud” by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book – and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote – on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said “Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept”.
- According to Bette Davis in her book This N’ That, this film was originally going to be shot in color. Bette opposed this, saying that it would just make a sad story look pretty.
- This film can be seen as a tragic continuation of the story of the film Gypsy (1962). The sibling rivalry of the blond child star Baby Jane (Baby June in Gypsy) and the brunette sister, who has a Hollywood career as an adult.
- In scenes where Jane imitates Blanche’s voice, the voice heard is actually Joan Crawford’s voice, and not Bette Davis’, as Bette could not master Joan’s voice properly.
- This film is considered by many as Joan Crawford’s last important picture. After this film, Joan was typecast in some lesser horror pictures until her last picture in 1970 and her last TV appearance in 1972.
- In 1962, this film was a smash hit, grossing nine million dollars initially. In 2009 dollars, this amount would adjust to approximately $64,279,370.86.
- In her book, “This N’ That”, Bette Davis said she had a lot of control over how her makeup should be done for the film. She imagined the older Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of makeup. When her daughter, B.D. first saw her in full “Jane” makeup, she said, “Oh, mother, this time you’ve gone too far”
Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum; October 15, 1955) is an American actress best known for her roles in Charlie’s Angels, The Beastmaster, A View to a Kill, Sheena and That ’70s Show. Roberts was regarded as one of Hollywood’s most popular sex symbols during the early 1980s.
Roberts began as a model in television advertisements for Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses. She played serious roles in the Off Broadway productions Picnic and Antigone. In between TV ads and theater gigs, she supported herself as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. Her film debut was the 1975 thriller Forced Entry. This was followed in 1976 by the comedy The Yum-Yum Girls.
In 1977, as her husband was securing his own screenwriting career, the couple moved to Hollywood. The following year, Roberts participated in the drama Fingers. A role in the 1979 cult-movie Tourist Trap followed. Also in 1979, she appeared in the films Racket and California Dreaming.
Roberts also featured in several television pilots that were never picked up: Pleasure Cove, the 1978 comedy Zuma Beach and Waikiki (1980).
In 1980, Roberts was chosen among 2,000 candidates to replace Shelley Hack in the television series Charlie’s Angels for what would be the last season of the series. In the show, Roberts interpreted her character Julie Rogers as a streetwise fighter who used her fists more than her gun. She was featured on the cover of People magazine (February 9, 1981) and offered more ambitious projects.
In 1982, she played Kiri in The Beastmaster. She appeared in a nude pictorial in Playboy to help promote the movie, appearing on that issue’s cover (October 1982).
In 1983, Roberts filmed the little-known adventure Paladini-storia d’armi e d’amori (“Paladins—the story of love and arms”), based on the medieval novel Orlando Furioso, in Italy.
She played the role of Velda, a buxom secretary to private detective Mike Hammer in the television movie Murder Me, Murder You, the first of two pilots that spawned the syndicated television series Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. Roberts declined to continue the role in the Mike Hammer series so she could film her next project, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. The 1984 film was based on a character adapted from a Will Eisner’s comic book. Dressed in scantily clad costumes, Sheena also introduced a new blonde hairstyle that Roberts would keep for the rest of her career. The movie became a box office disaster and was mauled by critics. Her subsequent appearance as Bond girl Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985) provided many scenes with Roger Moore as an articulate and educated geologist.
After a brief break, Roberts career took a downturn. Her films included Body Slam (1987), an action movie set in the professional wrestling world. Roberts closed out the decade with Purgatory, a movie about the life of imprisoned women.
Her 1991 film Inner Sanctum became one of the biggest hits of the genre and was successful on video rental shelves. In 1992, she played Kay Egan in Sins of Desire.
Roberts also appeared on the Hot Line (TV series) (1994) and the video game The Pandora Directive (1996).
In 1998, she became familiar to younger audiences when she took on the role of Midge Pinciotti on the television sitcom That ’70s Show. In an interview on E! True Hollywood Story discussing That ’70s Show, Roberts said she left the series in 2001 because her husband had become ill, but gave no details of his condition.
In 2008, Roberts wrote the foreword to the book, The Q Guide to Charlie’s Angels by Mike Pingel.
Sir Roger George Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927) is a English actor and film producer. He is perhaps best known for portraying two British action heroes, Simon Templar in the television series The Saint from 1962 to 1969, and James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985.
During the early stages of his career Roger collected towels from the hotels he stayed in. However, he stopped when a British newspaper printed a story entitled ‘Roger Moore is a towel thief’. He revealed on “So Graham Norton” (1998) that he still has the collection in his Swiss home.
He succeeded Audrey Hepburn as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
Father of Geoffrey Moore, Christian Moore and Deborah Moore.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire) in 1999 and Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the children’s charity, Unicef.
Was scheduled to make his musical theatre debut as “Sir George” in “Aspects of Love” in 1990. He left the production days before his escape clause expired due to his own concerns over his singing ability. He was replaced by Kevin Colson.
In May 2000 he received an International Humanitarian Award from the London Variety Club for his charity work.
His father was a Policeman.
Whilst doing National Service, Moore served with Military Intelligence.
In just few days after he had arrived in USA in 1952, he was in a television play World by the Tail (1953) (TV).
Good friend of Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in Bond movies. They first met in mid 1940s at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where they were in the same class in 1944.
Roger and his then companion, ‘Christina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup’ , escaped injury when another vehicle collided with the actor’s car. Airbags were attributed to preventing injury. They married the following year. [13 January 2001]
In 1990, he participated as a guest host in “33 Zecchino d’Oro”.
Received an honourary doctorate from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1999.
His contract for the 007 films provided him with an unlimited supply of Montecristo cigars during filming. The bill for this typically ran to thousands of pounds.
2002 – lives in Switzerland and Monte Carlo with his wife ‘Christina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup’ .
In 1954, he was offered contracts with the Royal Shakespeare Company or MGM. Noel Coward advised him to go for the money.
Despite playing James Bond in seven Bond films, he never ordered a vodka martini shaken not stirred.
Oldest person to debut as James Bond. He was 45 when Live and Let Die (1973) was filmed.
Was Air France’s 8,000,000th passenger. [21 May 1964]
Collapsed during a matinee performance of the Broadway comedy “The Play What I Wrote”, but finished the show after a 10-minute break. Roger was playing the part of the mystery guest star, which the cameo role is filled by celebrities, when he fainted toward the end of the second act. He was taken to the hospital after the show. The following day he was fitted with a pacemaker – something he had been previously told he would eventually have to get. [7 May 2003]
Was best man at friends Bryan Forbes and Nanette Newman’s wedding
Ironically for his first Razzie nomination (Worst Supporting Actor in Spice World (1997)) he went head to head with another former Bond, Sean Connery in The Avengers (1998), also receiving his first Razzie nomination. Neither man won, however.
Was older than any other actor to play James Bond when he portrayed him aged 57 in A View to a Kill (1985). Sean Connery was 52 when he last played Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983).
A close friend of the Danish Royal Family, especially the Prinsesse Alexandra, attended the Christening of Princess Alexandra and Prins Joachim’s youngest son, Felix. Attended the wedding of the Danish Kronprins Frederik and Kronprinsesse Mary on May 14th 2004.
He was born in the same Labour Ward in London as the actor Brian Weske, five years previously.
Attended the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson .
Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1993.
Speaks Italian perfectly, former wife Luisa Mattioli is an Italian citizen.
Was cast in two roles that were originally offered to Patrick McGoohan: Simon Templar in “The Saint” (1962) and James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).
Often spends summers in Hornbæk, Denmark, where his wife ‘Christina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup’ has a summer house.
Detests doing scenes that involve him shooting firearms – which caused him to ruin countless 007 takes.
Quit smoking cigarettes in 1971 following a stern lecture from Tony Curtis on the set of “The Persuaders!” (1971).
Both he and his daughter, Deborah Moore, have acted in the James Bond franchise. She played the air hostess in Die Another Day (2002).
Officially announced his retirement from playing James Bond on 3 December 1985, as it was agreed by all involved in the franchise that Moore had got too old for the role by that point. Moore himself was quoted as saying that he felt embarrassed to be seen performing love scenes with beautiful actresses who were young enough to be his daughters.
Took part in a special celebrity edition of Blind Date on The Prince’s Trust 30th Birthday: Live (2006) (TV). He and actor Richard E. Grant lost to “The X Factor” (2004)’s Chico Slimani, who got to date Dame Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphries).
Publicly supported the Conservative Party in the 2001 General Election.
Chose a Swedish conference on child abuse to announce to the world that he too was a victim. He said he was molested as a child, but not seriously. He waited until he was 16 to tell his mother because he said he was “ashamed.”
Rides in or drives a motor-powered boat in every James Bond movie he has appeared in.
Played James Bond in seven movies of the official EON series, the most of any actor to date (Sean Connery also played Bond in seven films, but one of them, Never Say Never Again (1983), was unofficial).
He never drove the most famous of all James Bond cars in a Bond film i.e. a 1964 silver birch Aston Martin DB5 or any other Aston Martin model. The DB5 was made famous by the Sean Connery James Bond movies Goldfinger (1964) and then Thunderball (1965) with later models appearing in some subsequent Bond pictures. However, Moore, who played James Bond seven times, has only ever been seen on screen with this make once and that was in The Cannonball Run (1981) where he self-parodies his James Bond persona. In this movie, the DB5’s license plate number was 6633PP.
Following the suggestion that fugitive train robber Ronald Biggs make a cameo appearance in the Brazil episode of Moonraker (1979), he replied in rather colorful terms that he didn’t want the escaped prisoner anywhere near the film, as his own father had been a London Policeman.
All the scenes in which showed Moore running in his seven Bond movies were performed by doubles, since the actor felt he looked awkward running.
When presenting the Best Actor Oscar awards at the The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) (TV), Moore ended up taking home the Oscar accidentally. The winner of the award, Marlon Brando, refused the award, and Sacheen Littlefeather, who Brando sent to make a speech to refuse the Oscar, also publicly refused to take the statuette from Moore.
Nearly died from double pneumonia when he was five.
Underwent three operations to remove kidney stones in his thirties.
Has named The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as his favorite Bond movie of the seven he starred in, and A View to a Kill (1985) as his least favorite.
Attended the funeral of Sir John Mills in Denham, Buckinghamshire. (27 April 2005).
He was a close friend and neighbour of the late Sir Peter Ustinov.
Quit smoking cigars after undergoing major surgery for prostate cancer when he was 65.
Ironically, for an actor who has played a weapons-wielding James Bond in no fewer than 7 movies, Moore suffers from hoplophobia (fear of firearms).
Intended For Your Eyes Only (1981) to be his final Bond movie, since he was nearly 54.
He is a close friend and fan of Sir Elton John.
Although Moore claimed to have quit smoking cigarettes while filming “The Persuaders!” (1971), a filmed interview from on the set of For Your Eyes Only (1981) shows him smoking a cigarette.
Future “EastEnders” (1985) star Mike Reid worked as his underwater stunt double in “The Saint” (1962), but was fired after making fun of Moore’s thinning hair.
He was a close friend of Dudley Moore.
Hates being wet when acting. In Moonraker (1979), he had to do a whole scene wet, in the “Mayan pyramid”.
Although critics often accused him of not looking tough enough to play superspy James Bond, he once beat up legendary American hellraiser Lee Marvin while they were filming Shout at the Devil (1976). Marvin recalled, “The guy is built like granite. Nobody will ever underestimate him again.”.
Used to own a house in Eaton Square in London, but was only allowed to spend a maximum of ninety days a year there for tax reasons.
While filming the interrogation scene opposite Richard Burton and Richard Harris in The Wild Geese (1978), Moore made the unheard of request to have a cut in his lines. After another take he suggested all his lines should be cut. When the director Andrew V. McLaglen asked him why, he replied, “Do you seriously think I want to act against these guys? I’ll just sit here and puff on my cigar.”.
The Living Daylights (1987) was originally written for him, but was changed to suit Timothy Dalton after Moore announced his retirement from the role.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 11, 2007.
In March 1996, when his former wife Dorothy Squires underwent surgery for bladder cancer at the BUPA Hospital in Cardiff, he picked up the £6,000 bill. He did not attend her funeral two years later, but instead sent a bouquet of purple tulips, lilies of the valley and orange flowers with a card saying: “I’ve said it with flowers. Roger.”.
Prior to the release of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moore filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Dorothy Squires to prevent her from publishing a book about their life together. She would eventually be declared bankrupt in 1986.
In 1964, eight years before he took over the movie role, Moore played James Bond in a hilarious sketch on the BBC comedy show, “Mainly Millicent.” In the sketch, Bond is on holiday at a resort, when he encounters a female Russian spy (played by Millicent Martin, the star of the show), who is also on holiday. Bond and the female spy spend the sketch trying to do each other in. The sketch is included in the “Live and Let Die” Ultimate Edition DVD.
While a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, he briefly worked as a truck driver. Many years later, he impressed the crew on the set of A View to a Kill (1985) with his truck driving skills.
He had intended to act in A Bridge Too Far (1977), but was forced to pull out after production on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was delayed by a year.
He has always been very honest about the fact that he did not perform any of his own stunts as Bond, unlike Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and Daniel Craig.
His least favourite of his films is The Quest (1996).
He considered himself to be miscast in Escape to Athena (1979) and North Sea Hijack (1979).
He was a close friend and admirer of the right-wing writer William F. Buckley.
If Never Say Never Again (1983) can be included as an official 007 installment, then Moore ties with Sean Connery for the most portrayals of James Bond – a total of 7 each. Otherwise Moore holds the record.
Confessed in a TV interview that when he first traveled to the US in the 1950s, he landed a supporting role in the Broadway production of “A Pin to See the Peepshow,” a show that both began and ended on the same day (17 September 1953).
Has said he would like to play a villain in a Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, but accepts that can never happen.
Served in the Royal Army with Christopher Lee before appearing with him, years later, in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
His popularity as Bond led to him starring in several movies during the 1970s and early 1980s. However, although some were financially successful, most received poor reviews.
Confirmed in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph magazine in April 2009 that he is completely retired from acting.
The First Deadly Sin is a 1980 film produced by and starring Frank Sinatra, with Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe and Martin Gabel in his final acting role.
Tagline: He’s searching for a killer. She’s searching for a miracle …. And time is running out.
The last of nine films produced by Sinatra and his final starring performance, as the troubled New York City cop Detective Sergeant Edward X. Delaney, The First Deadly Sin was based on a series of popular novels by Lawrence
Sanders and was originally slated to be directed by Roman Polanski, who was dropped by Columbia Pictures after statutory rape charges were brought against him.
Co-starring with Sinatra was Faye Dunaway as his ailing wife, bed-ridden in hospital during the entire duration of the film with a rare kidney affliction. The musical score was provided by composer and arranger Gordon Jenkins, who first worked with Sinatra on the 1957 album Where Are You?. One of the bit players was an unknown Bruce Willis who had a walk-on part, virtually unrecognizable as a hat covers most of his face.
The First Deadly Sin was the third production by Sinatra’s Artanis production company and was shot on location in New York City. It was premiered on October 23 1980 at Loew’s State Theatre in Times Square as part of a benefit for the Mother Cabrini Medical Centre.