Bruce Lee by the also impressive Tony Stella!
Bruce Lee by the also impressive Tony Stella!
When I think of Andy Griffith, I think of his classic The Andy Griffith Show. Mr. Griffith played Andy Taylor, the Sheriff of Mayberry, a small town in the south. Griffith was joined by a perfect cast in a top-rated show that spawned two spin-off series (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and Mayberry, R.F.D.) and ran for eight years (finishing at #1 in it’s last season).
But Andy Griffith was much more than Andy Taylor. Andy Griffith made comedy records, sang and played on county and gospel albums, appeared on Broadway, starred in feature films, television movies as well as other tv series.
MeTV has 12 surprising things we learned about Andy Griffith. A lot of these facts were new to me. Here are my thoughts on three of them…
His favorite snack was peanut butter and mayonnaise on crackers.
(I grew up eating peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. Not many folks I know have ever tried one and the thought usually grosses them out. I’ll bet Andy would have given a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich a go. I’d also wager that the crackers he ate were Ritz and after taking a bite he’d say, “Goooood cracker. Good cracker.” Most of you probably aren’t old enough to remember his commercials for Ritz crackers where he’d say that after taking a bite of one. – Craig)
He regretted ending The Andy Griffith Show after eight seasons.
(I’ll bet he did. The Andy Griffith Show was always in the top ten for each season it was on. It was also one of only three tv series to quit while in the number one spot. – Craig)
He made $25,000 a week in clubs while The Andy Griffith Show was on break.
(That translates to about $185,000 a week in 2020. Wow. Andy was making bank! – Craig)
Click over and check out 12 surprising things we learned about Andy Griffith.
Sam Hutchinson at ScreenRant posted Rambo: 10 Things Fans Never Knew About The Franchise. My guess is most readers here will know most of these facts. Here are my three favorites with my thoughts.
The Only Rambo To Receive An Oscar Nomination.
(Rambo: First Blood Part II was nominated for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. That’s right, Rambo is an Oscar-nominated film franchise. – Craig)
Rambo Was Banned In Myanmar.
(Rambo was set in Burma / Myanmar and due to the spotlight the movie brought to the treatment of many in the country, the film was banned. Hopefully some reforms came about due in at least a small part to Rambo. – Craig)
(Sly accidentally broke Alf Humphrey’s nose during First Blood filming, which is why his character is seen wearing a bandaid after Rambo’s jailhouse escape. – Craig)
To get all the facts and details click over to Rambo: 10 Things Fans Never Knew About The Franchise.
Jay Serafino at Mental Floss presents 10 Amazing Facts About Bruce Lee. Here are my thoughts about three of the best…
BRUCE LEE REFUSED TO LOSE A FIGHT TO ROBIN.
(It’s pretty impressive that Lee took this stand since Batman was one of the most popular shows on tv, and Lee wasn’t the star of Batman or The Green Hornet. – Craig)
ROMAN POLANSKI MAY HAVE (BRIEFLY) THOUGHT BRUCE LEE MURDERED SHARON TATE.
(I was surprised when I first learned of this fact. What are the odds Lee would lose his glasses around the same time of the murder and that a pair would be found at the scene of the crime? Coincidences do happen and can get people locked up or worse. – Craig)
BRUCE LEE WAS DEEMED PHYSICALLY UNFIT FOR THE U.S. ARMY.
(This is probably the most surprising fact. Who’d have guessed that Bruce Lee would be deemed unfit for anything? – Craig)
For more on Bruce Lee please consider checking out…
How cool is that rarely seen photo of Marlon Brando from the 1947 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire?
Source: Phoef Sutton.
If you’re a fan of movie posters and/or Tom Cruise, you might want to Vote for the Best Tom Cruise Movie Posters at IMPAwards.
I did. My favs in alphabetical particular order were:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly poster by the great Tony Stella!
Here’s the trailer for 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic the new documentary premiering on-demand June 9th. It is narrated by Sylvester Stallone, directed by Derek Wayne Johnson and will heavily feature behind-the-scenes footage taken by Alvidsen and Lloyd Kaufman (Rocky production manager).
Jake Rossen at Mental Floss posted 8 Surprising Facts About Jean-Claude Van Damme. Below are three of my favorite facts and my thoughts.
I was already psyched for the new Bruce Lee documentary, Be Water. The poster and trailer only make me want to see it more!
Take a first look at ‘Be Water’, a 30 for 30 film that intimately chronicles Bruce Lee’s life and complex journey, which premieres on Sunday, June 7th at 9pm ET on ESPN
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic is a new documentary premiering on-demand June 9th. Narrated by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Derek Wayne Johnson (director of John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs), the new film will heavily feature behind-the-scenes footage taken by Alvidsen and Lloyd Kaufman (Rocky production manager).
For more details check out Rocky Making-Of Documentary Narrated By Sylvester Stallone Sets On-Demand Bow by Dade Hayes at Deadline.
Fans of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery television series are going to be happy to hear about Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson. Every week Rod Serling would introduce each Night Gallery story by talking about a painting representing the tale to be presented. The book will be a treasure trove for fans…
The nearly 300-page book is brimming with hundreds of rare, behind-the-scenes photos and artwork. It documents each of the paintings, and traces the complicated (and often twisted) tale of how these iconic masterpieces slowly disappeared from view — only to find their way back, lovingly displayed in two gallery exhibits for appreciative connoisseurs 50 years later.
For more details please check out Night Gallery Paintings Will Soon Be Showcased in a Special “Art Gallery” Book at the Shadows & Substance website.
Tim Buckler at ScreenRant posted Demolition Man: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cult Classic. My guess is that you will most, if not all, of the trivia items, but in case you don’t…
And here are my three favs as well a my thoughts on each…
Evil Chan – Wesley Snipes was not the first choice to play the villainous Simon Phoenix. Originally Stallone had his friend and co Planet Hollywood founder Jackie Chan in mind for the role. However, Jackie had never played a baddie before, he decided against the part in order not to alienate or confuse his fans.
Other rumors state that Steven Segal and Jean Claude Van Damme also turned down the part for similar reasons, although both would play villains a few decades later in Machete and The Expendables 2 respectively.
(Craig – Demolition Man would have been a very different movie had someone other than Wesley been selected. I think with Jackie Chan it would have dipped more into comedy, With Seagal or Van Damme it would have felt more disjointed unless it went for less comedy.)
Spartan’s Daughter – There is actually an entire subplot in the movie that was cut out of the finished feature. In the final wasteland battle, John is seen protecting a wasteland scrap named Kate. Kate is also seen at the end of the movie standing next to Edger Friendly when Associate Bob introduces himself.
Apparently, in a cut scene Spartan is introduced to Kate where he learns she is his daughter. This, plus other scenes that didn’t make it in the final film were cut because Warner Brothers wanted a much shorter run time.
(Craig – Deleted scenes are usually fun, but deleted for a good reason. I’d like to see those scenes but don’t imagine they’d add a lot to the movie without slowing it down.)
A New Script – The movie, in its most basic terms, is about a cop and a criminal who fight each other, are frozen for almost 40 years, then keep fighting. However, in Demolition Man‘s original screenplay, the story was set to start straight away in 2032 with no glimpse of the past (which, at the time, was the near future, but nowadays is the past).
Fred Dekker is the man to take credit for changing things up, even though his re-write is uncredited. He gave the film a prologue that showed Spartan and Phoenix in their natural environment. “If you don’t show Kansas, Oz isn’t all that special.”
(Craig – I agree with Dekker. I also wish that Demolition Man leaned more into the action and less into the comedy. I thought the opening with Sly jumping from the copter to take down Simon and his crew set the right tone for an all out action fest.)
I saw the MGM 31 Day Movie Challenge and thought it would be fun to play along. Except for days that ask for a very specific movie I’m going to use favorite films that are great but less likely to be chosen. Here we go…