Browsing: Cinema & TV

A Brief History On August 11, 1934, the Federal Penitentiary located on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay opened for civilian prisoners.  Despite its exotic-sounding name, Alcatraz was a state-of-the-art maximum security prison designed to hold the toughest, most dangerous prisoners. Digging Deeper Some of the desperadoes held there included: Al “Scarface” Capone; “Doc” Barker; Robert Stroud (“The Bird Man of Alcatraz”); “Bumpy“ Johnson (“The Godfather of Harlem“); “Whitey” Bulger; Alvin “Creepy” Karpis; and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  Apparently having a nickname was a good way to end up on “The Rock!” Considered to be escape-proof, the prison could…

A Brief History On August 10, 1948, the American public first heard an unseen television announcer say, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!”  In the infancy of public broadcasting, Candid Microphone, a  popular radio show, was adapted for television by creator and producer Allen Funt. Digging Deeper With over 1,000 episodes in 38 full or partial seasons, Candid Camera proved very popular.  Hosts included Funt, himself, Arthur Godfrey, Durwood Kirby, Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Somers and former beauty queens Phyllis George and Bess Myerson among others. The idea was to have unsuspecting people spied on by a hidden camera while they were being subjected to pranks.  These…

A Brief History On August 9th, 1965, Tom Jones’ rendition of What’s New Pussycat?, the title song of the movie with the same name, was released in the UK. It was hugely successful in the music charts, having reached no. 3 in the US and no. 11 in the UK and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Digging Deeper Two famous German-speaking actresses of the post-war years starred in the film adaptation: Romy Schneider and Ursula Andress. For more on them, please refer to Part 2 of the series. In this article we present German-speaking actresses…

A Brief History On August 2nd, 1991, actress Hedi Lamarr was arrested for shoplifting. Digging Deeper Hedi’s life and accomplishments were presented in Part 1 of our series on German-speaking women in English-speaking roles. In this article, we present the next group of German actresses.   Part 2: The Post-War Years 1) Hildegard Knef (1925-2002) During World War II, Hildegard Knef, a young aspiring actress, had an affair with Ewald von Demandowsky who was the head of a film production company responsible for making many Nazi propaganda movies. In the final year of the war and to be able to stay…

A Brief History On this day, July 25, 2014, Universal Pictures releases Lucy in theaters in the United States of America.  The film stars 29-year-old superstar Scarlett Johansson in the titular role.  Here is the first edition of what could be an annual list of the current hottest young actresses gracing big and small screens alike.  For the purpose of this list, by “young”, I am including women who portrayed girls.  Also, as a 34-year-old myself, anyone who is younger than I am is considered “young” by me!  Moreover, by “hottest”, I do not necessarily mean “most attractive”.  Yes, these are all…

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