Browsing: Cinema & TV

A Brief History On October 18, 2012, Sylvia Kristel, the first soft-core adult film star, died at age 60.  A lifelong smoker of cigarettes, she had developed throat and lung cancer that was detected in 2001 and treated with chemotherapy and surgery.  She passed away in her sleep a few months after suffering a stroke. Digging Deeper Sylvia Maria Kristel (her real name) was born in Ultrecht in the Netherlands in 1952.  She claimed her first sexual experience was at age 9 and began modeling when she was 17.  A beautiful young woman, Kristel won the Miss TV Europe beauty contest in 1973 and parlayed…

A Brief History On October 8, 2014, the latest iteration of American Horror Story debuts with series regular Jessica Lange portraying a character based on a real-life actress of early twentieth-century cinema! Digging Deeper According to E Online and Entertainment Weekly, the persona of Lange’s character was molded after Marlene Dietrich who ranked fourth on History and Headlines’s list of German-speaking actresses of the early years.  American Horror Story: Freak Show (AHS: FS) is set in Florida in the early 1950s, around the time when Dietrich starred in such American and British films as Stage Fright (1950), No Highway in the Sky (1951) and Rancho Notorious (1952). Other aspects of the show also drew inspiration from reality.  First,…

A Brief History On October 3, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures releases Annabelle, a film about a haunted doll, to theaters.  The movie is a prequel to 2013’s award-winning The Conjuring.  Both films concern alleged, real-life hauntings associated with the famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.  Yet, to what extent are they actually based on real events?  Please read this spoiler-filled article to find out! Digging Deeper A new article on the website History vs Hollywood provides quite a bit of information on the film’s purported inspiration from a historical event.  Key points for those interested in a briefer read will be summarized here. …

A Brief History On September 11, 1297, Scottish forces led by William “Braveheart” Wallace defeated the English at Stirling Bridge.  Amazingly, in the 1995 Mel Gibson movie, the battle of Stirling Bridge is depicted without a bridge!  Hollywood movies regularly get history wrong, and here 10 such movies containing inaccuracies are listed.  What movies would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10. One million Years B.C., 1967. A remake of a 1940 film, this one stars Raquel Welch (the leading sex symbol of the time) as a member of remarkably modern-looking cave people who interact with dinosaurs, although these died out at…

A Brief History On September 8, 1966, Americans in love with science fiction were treated to the most iconic space-oriented television show of all time when Star Trek made its debut on NBC. Digging Deeper In the days before cable or satellite television, VHS or DVDs, Americans usually only had 3 television channels to choose between.  Better-equipped households might also have gotten the PBS station on ultra high frequency (UHF) television.  TV shows were a much bigger deal in those days, with each show having much less competition than now. Detailing the adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the crew of the Enterprise, the original Star…

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