Was Marilyn Monroe married to the mob? Did screen goddess Lana Turner kill a guy? What about silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle? What really happened at a party in San Francisco where a young woman died?
And, perhaps you didn't know that the great Ingrid Bergman was once denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
We'll cover all of that and more in "Hollywood's Hot Movie Scandals."
And since it's hot, the newest Movie Memories presentation deserves a special hot offer. So here it is: The first 10 groups that book "Hollywood's Hot Movie Scandals" between now and Aug. 15 will get a $25 discount.
Hurry, though, you must book by Aug. 15 to take advantage of this special offer. And please remember that this offer is limited to the first 10 bookings. So call 214-364-7364 today!
Sandra Bullock turns the big 5-0
The first time I met and interviewed Sandra Bullock
she offered me a cookie. And not just any cookie.
"Would you like a biscotti?" And she didn't say it like a prissy movie star who was too good for an Oreo or a Fig Newton, either. Somehow when Bullock offered the twice-baked elongated Italian bread-like cookie, it was like she had just baked them in her own oven, which just happened to be in the house next door to mine. And yours and everyone else in the U.S. of A.
Ms. Bullock, now an Oscar-winner for her tumbling, lost-in-space turn in Gravity last year, has had one of those birthdays with a zero in it. In the old days -- say, oh, 10 years ago -- that might be it for a leading lady.
Meryl Streep, Bullock and others have shattered that glass ceiling to smithereens, though. CNN.com recently posted a photo essay tribute to Bullock's hits and misses over her substantial career. Click this link
to take a visual trip through Bullock's hits and misses.
Oddly enough, though, the CNN folks left out Speed,
the runaway 1994 hit that propelled America's cinematic sweetheart to fame.
If I remember correctly, my interview with Ms. Bullock for Speed is also where I enjoyed my first biscotti.
Trivial trivia, or games people play
Rico (Edward G. Robinson) is gunning for trouble in "Little Caesar." (www.dailyfilmdose.com)
What better way to while away a little time, perhaps when the boss is away on one of those extended lunches, than with trivial pursuits, especially when they bring back classic movie memories.
That's why we've come up with the Movie Memories Movie Quote Quiz. Check out our Movie Memories Facebook page (www.facebook.com/moviememories
) or Twitter page (@moviememories1) every weekday for a snapply little cinematic brain teaser. They range from the rediculously easy like "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" from Gone With the Wind
to classic quotes that present a little more of a challenge.
On Tuesday (July 29), for instance, former Dallas Morning News film critic Philip Wuntch remembered that it was Edward G. Robinson as "Rico" Bandello who said, "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" in the gangster classic Little Caesar (
So, when you can spare a minute, give our little Movie Quote Quiz a try. It's fun. You might know more than you think you know. To be fair, though, we ask that you work from memory only, and don't peek at the answer. And, perhaps most importantly, no wagering. Good luck!