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Jack in Chinatown

Last time we revealed how Marlon Brando had knocked Jack Nicholson off the #1 spot for the most bypassed films in a career. New research (months of it) had dug up three more titles for Marlon and he topped the League (again) with 171 films he never made…  with Jacko at 169. 
That was then. This is now. 
Did some fresh digging about other people and guess who popped up. Jacko! With two films I never knew he’d ever been connected with: Targets in 1967 and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, 1988. They have now put Jack at 173 to Marlon‘s 171.  Unless you know different. 

  1. Jack Nicholson – 173
  2. Marlon Brando – 171
  3. Paul Newman – 159
  4. Cary Grant – 150
  5. Robert De Niro – 138
  6. Tom Cruise – 135
  7. Dustin Hoffman – 125
  8. Sean Connery, Mel Gibson, Al Pacino – 117

Highest Brit  remains, as always, Sir Sean at 117…  followed by Laurence Olivier, 93; Richard Burton, 87; Peter O’Toole, 78; Peter Sellers, 72; Dirk Bogarde and James Mason, 68; Olivia De Havilland, 58; Vivien Leigh, Gary Oldman, 57.

Highest lady is Bette Davis, 97; Jodie Foster, 84; Katharine Hepburn, 79; Michelle Pfeiffer, 78Julie Christie, Meryl Streep, 75; Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Taylor, 73; Jane Fonda, 68; Julia Roberts, 67.

Younger Brigade: Johnny 108; Julia, 64; Leo, 73; Jim Carrey, 68; Madonna, 62; Natalie Portman, 50; Bridget Fonda, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, 35; Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, 31.

(You'll find the full list at Champions in the Main Menu)


He said title

Barbie is about as good as a Barbie movie could be.” – Richard Lawson in Vanity Fair.

“What’s my legacy? Well, I’m Ferris Bueller, I suppose. I have to accept it. And I like it. I’ve made my peace with it.” – Matthew Broderick, 38 years after the film

“I think what happens is Bob Odenkirk takes all his money and invests it in a chain of cookies and ice cream and little hotdogs. And it all goes bust he loses all his money, he comes banging on [exec producer]  Peter Gould's door, 'There's gotta be another series!”. – Bob Odenkirk on the end of Better Call Saul “. (And the reason for Lucky Hank?)

“Too much Beethoven, and not enough Stravinsky.” Paul Newman explaining to another actor that he was all in one key. ‘’Get some life into it.”

“I’ve revised Last of the Mohicans three times, and now it’s shorter than the original.” – Michael Mann. (About time).

“Well, I was glad I didn’t blink! Finally seeing it on screen was satisfying. But as I said, it’s quick.” – Nicolas Cage on his surprise cameo as Superman in The Flash, decades after the his Superman Lives was cancelled in 1998.

“Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson live on the same street, but they have different addresses.” – John Huston.

You may not know Tayler Sheridan's face, but you sure know his scripts

“I was a fair actor, but that’s all I was ever going to be. Hollywood will tell you what you’re supposed to do if you listen. If you’re banging your head against the wall for 20 years trying to be an actor, maybe you shouldn’t be an actor. But the first thing I ever wrote [the pilot for Mayor of Kingstown] in 2011] got me meetings at every major network, at every agency. I had multiple people trying to buy it. I decided that I’m going to tell my stories my way, period. If you don’t want me to tell them, fine. Give them back and I’ll find someone who does – or I won’t, and then I’ll read them in some freaking dinner theater. But I won’t compromise.” – Taylor Sheridan, creator of Yellowstone, Special Ops: Lioness and Tulsa King,

“Superman and Clark Kent are the same person. But no one knows because of the secret identity. The disguise? A pair of glasses. That’s it?” – Jerry Seinfeld.

“I came of age in the 80s when to offend your audience was a solemn duty,” – Aussie director Andrew Dominik.

“Directing commercials is very lucrative.” – Spike Lee.

“I like a disguise because of my own insecurity. When I can hide, it makes me feel more comfortable. I don't know, maybe it comes back to not feeling worthy.” – Gary Oldman

“I’ve gotten some angry letters from people who accused me of having disdain for Trump. I think that’s a misreading. I was going for contempt.” – Slow Horses author Mick Herron.

“I write with actors in mind, so I wrote Crazy Heart for Jeff Bridges, and it  took Jeff a year to even read it.” – writer-director Scott Cooper

“I’d blow my brains out if I had to play the same thing all the time.” – Michel Keaton, at 69

“Quentin, one of the things you would have loved about Steve McQueen is that while he was a good actor, he knew he was a movie star.” –  Walter Hill to Quentin Tarantino.

“I’m a big flirt.” – Kevin Spacey.


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The first Bond girl
Gloria Paul, the Briitsh gift to Italian movies,  was among the final few testing as Thunderball’s Domino in 1964. She previously auditioned for Tatiana  in From Russia With Love – won in 1963 by a genuine Italian, Daniela Bianchi. Gloria worked with the UK comics Benny Hill, Morecambe and Wise and their Roman counterparts. She also made spaghetti Westerns. Gloria retired in 1996 after a freak accident left her semi-paralysed.

She said title

“There are people who adore Barbie, people who hate Barbie – but the bottom line is everyone knows Barbie.” – Margot Robbie.

“I’d always thought that the whole point was to kind of get it so wrong that it ends up being original. I think that’s basically what my career has been attempting.” – Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“I’m not one to sit around doin’ nothin’, I would never retire, I’ll just hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song onstage, someday, hopefully one I’ve written.” – Dolly Parton.

“Playing it safe doesn’t necessarily get you anywhere. You have to take chances. especially if you’re a black woman, you have no choice.” – Halle Berry.

“It was funny to come to New York and they said, ‘Oh, Birkin – like the bag?’ I said, ‘Yes. Now the bag is going to sing’.” – Jane Birkin

“I, as Debra Jo Rupp, have had the same hairdo for 40 years. I was not one of those beautiful people. So I could never be an Angel, but I could be a Bosley or whatever. “ – Debra Jo Rupp, aka Kitty Forman in That ‘70s (and 90s) Show.

“I’m glad I like my name because it gets shouted in my face a lot here. I think it’s a nice name. Thanks, mom and dad.” – Julia Roberts on Cannes festival photo-calls.

“I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making.” – Dakota Johnson on Fifty Shades

“I didn’t start in this business to play just one thing” – Kate Hudson

“She never affected, she never overacts, and that gives you the feeling that something escapes you. She has a sadness, something that she carries with her, a certain melancholy that sticks with her. That moves me a lot.” – French director Mia Hansen-Løve on Léa Seydoux. the busiest of all French actresses.

“I feel that for the last 10 years of my life, I’ve been just stuck… doing these franchises. I’m very grateful for. But I felt artistically stuck in my craft of not being able to expand or grow or challenge myself by playing different sorts of genres and different roles.” – Zoe Saldaña, Avatar’s Neytiri.

“People want dirt in plays, so I give ‘em dirt. See? They can be dull at home, but in the theatre they want excitement. They want to feel, not think. Know what I mean?” – Mae West… in 1928.


The Black Queen herself, Anita Pallenberg

>> “I’ve been called a witch, a slut and a murderer. I’ve been hounded by the police and slandered by the press.”  And that’s just the start of Anita, a powerful documentary – rather than biopic – about Anita Pallenberg, the German 60s icon: the fifth Rolling Stone; lover, wife, mother, actress… remember Performance? And she was also Barbarella’s tyrannical Black Queen Scarlett Johansson narrates as Anita, from her unpublished memoir. 

>> Good TV news. Looks like a third Timothy Olyphant storyline is brewing. – when writers are allowed to write it.  And like the end of Justified: City Primeval, It means Walton Goggins will continue reprising Boyd Crowder – friend-cum-foe-cum-ditto of Tim’s US Marshall Raylan Givens. They’re more exciting than Tim and his lawyer lady Aunjanue Ellis. 

John Lennon and May Pang

>> Another must-see doc is The Lost Weekend: A Love Story, concerning the 18 month love affair   - actually ordered by Yoko in 1973 - of John Lennon and their 23-year-old assistant, May Pang. “After 50 years, I finally get to share my story of John and myself through my eyes and my voice,” With a little help from her friends:  Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney. Available from October 13, five days after John’s 77th birthday.  

>> Congratulations to Alberto Barbera, boss of the Venice film festival, for having the guts to do what Cannes didn’t dare do – selecting Woody Allen’s new film,Coup de chance. The fact that Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux refused Woody’s 50th film - maybe his last, but more importantly, the first in French from one of France’s favourite directors – was absolutely disgraceful. The man has been cleared - twice - of sexual abuse of a child and allowed to adopt two children which, surely, underlines his innocence.

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