The Virginian is a western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes based on the Owen Wister novel. Played by James Drury as The Virginian whose real name was never revealed in the nine seasons of the series. Other key characters included Trampas (played by Doug McClure who was the most popular)[oh my fave] and Steve Hill (played by Gary Clarke). The theme song was titled "Lonesome Tree" and was written by Percy Faith and conducted by Revue musical director, Stanley Wilson. It is a kinda sad we do not have that much opportunity now to watch Westerns like we used to. Where are all the script writers and directors? Or maybe where are the audiences who would rather prefer hi-tech & graphics more than cowboys and Indians?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a fictitious secret international law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). Theme music composer was Jerry Goldsmith.
Since 2003 McCallum has been playing Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard in the TV series NCIS. In a Season 2 episode when Agent Jethro Gibbs is asked, "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?," Gibbs responds, "Illya Kuryakin".
Monday, October 19, 2009
Charlie's Angels is a television series about three women who work for a private investigation agency, and is one of the first shows to showcase women in roles traditionally reserved for men. The series was broadcast in the USA on the ABC Television Network from 1976 to 1981 and was one of the most successful series of the 1970s. Charlie's Angels was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg.
Three women, the Angels (originally Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith), graduated from the Los Angeles police academy only to be assigned such duties as handling switchboards and directing traffic. They quit and were hired to work for the Charles Townsend Agency as private investigators. Their boss, Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe), is never seen full face — in some episodes the viewer gets to see the back of his head and his arms, talking through a phone while surrounded by beautiful women — assigning cases to the Angels and his liaison, Bosley (played by David Doyle), via a speaker phone. [wikipedia]
Tribute to Farrah Fawcett R.I.P
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis based on Winston Groom's 1986 novel. The cast consists of Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, and Gary Sinise. It's a story of a borderline mental retarded little boy named Forrest Gump who went through life unselfishly meeting historical figures, influencing popular culture and how he became a millionaire.
One famous memorable quotation by Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
The film garnered multiple awards and nominations, including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Young Artist Awards, among others. Music by Alan Silvestri
1994 Academy Awards (Oscars)
Won - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role — Tom Hanks
Won - Best Director — Robert Zemeckis
Won - Best Film Editing — Arthur Schmidt
Won - Best Picture — Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch
Won - Best Visual Effects — Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum, Allen Hall
Won - Best Adapted Screenplay — Eric Roth
The world will never seem same once you've seen it through the eyes of... Forrest Gump.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 film directed by David Lean based on a novel by Boris Pasternak relating to events happened during World War 1. The cast involves KGB General Yevgraf Zhivago (Alec Guinness), poet and doctor Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), and his mistress Larissa ("Lara") Antipova (Julie Christie). Music score "Lara's Theme" by Maurice Jarre which became one of the most popular in cinematic history.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Brady Bunch is an American television sitcom. Too many may not clearly remember all of them or remember seeing any of them. But the 'Bunch' is not common so should have left at least some impression in the grey matter. Music composed by Sherwood Schwartz.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hang 'Em High is a 1968 Western film directed by Ted Post starring Clint Eastwood. It is the story of an innocent man, Jed Cooper (Eastwood), who survives a lynching by nine men, and becomes a US Marshal to see that justice is done. Music by Dominic Frontiere. [wikipedia]
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Longest Day which was the most expensive U$10million black-and-white war film was rolled out in 1962 based on a history book regarding "D-Day", the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 during World War II, written by Cornelius Ryan, titled The Longest Day. A huge cast of star actors were featured together with the military consultants and advisors who were actual war veterans involved in 'D-Day' were also portrayed in the film. Music was composed by French composer and conductor Maurice Jarre (1924-2009).