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Filmstank Fun Facts: Ridley Scott’s Brother- By Dave

July 8, 2010

Perhaps one of the most well known and talented directors on the past few decades is Ridley Scott. Known for his incredible filmography including Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), American Gangster (2007)- and that’s barely getting started! He is also well known for creating a 1984 Apple Mac commercial.

However he is not the only Scott.. He has a brother. His name is Tony. Tony Scott.

Tony Scott

Tony Scott

It’s strange that, whilst not technically living in the shadow of his older brother, he does not seem to have gained the same amount of celebration.

His filmography has been somewhat up-and-down but there are some real blockbusters amongst the titles to his name. Some of these include: Top Gun (1986), Days of Thunder (1990), Enemy of the State (1998) and Man on Fire (2004).

After graduating from college studying fine arts and fighting a strong desire to become a painter, he was soon sidetracked by his brother’s film production interest. His initial interest was documentaries, but he was soon persuaded by his brother:

“”Tony had wanted to do documentaries at first. I told him, ‘Don’t go to the BBC, come to me first.’ I knew that he had a fondness for cars, so I told him ‘Come work with me and within a year you’ll have a Ferrari. And he did” – Ridley Scott…

Filmstank Fun Facts: Robert Stack’s Voice – By Dave

July 1, 2010

Robert Stack may not be a familiar name to you- at least not in the same way as other ‘big’ Hollywood actors. His uniqueness was largely derived from his deep, mellow voice. You may remember him from such programs as Unsolved Mysteries. You can refresh you memory here.

Robert Stack

Robert Stack

Stack’s vocal talent created an almost tangible sense of intrigue and fear, yet wielded a sensual, sinister tone. He was the Sean Connery of the United States, minus the 007 role. Stack won critical acclaim in films such as The Mortal Storm (1940) and Written on the Wind (1956)- from which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

But that voice… so smooth, effortless and succumbing. In his later years, Stack suffered from prostate cancer and eventaully died of a heart attack in 2003. He also hosted and produced a documentary series called Lord of the Mafia in the 1990’s. There is no better voice for such subject matter. What a voice!

Filmstank Fun Facts: Pixar Animation Studios – by Dave

June 30, 2010

The world of cinematography is, in many ways, huge beyond measure. The budgets and reach are phenomenal, captivating audiences around the world, and stirring the emotions of billions- and that is no exaggeration. Yet amongst this it’s still a small world. There is nothing better to demonstrate this than Pixar Animation Studios, or Pixar for short.

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Characters

The history of Pixar is intriguing. Let me ask you: what do Han Solo from Star Wars and Toy Story 3 have in common? Pixar, that’s what! Pixar began its operations in 1979 as a graphics group, which was part a division of Lucasfilm. Does that name sound familiar? Yes it does! Lucasfilm was founded by none other than Sir George Lucas, the film production powerhouse behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Pixar was aquired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986, after which it produced films including the original Toy Story in 1995, A Bugs Life in 1998, and Finding Nemo in 2001- and the name drppping could go on. It has been a huge success, turning a revenue of US $5.5 billion worldwide. The staggering financial success has also been met with award nominations….. and that’s all we have time for!

Filmstank Fun Facts: Will Smith – by Sam

June 28, 2010

So here at FilmStank, we thought it could be a cool idea to share some interesting (or at least what we think is interesting) film trivia every now and then. Who knows, maybe daily, maybe weekly, maybe it’ll jump all over the place – who knows? Generally, these will be short, fun facts and hopefully you’ll find them at least somewhat interesting.

Today, I thought I’d two fun facts about one of the biggest movie stars ever to grace our screens. Yes, as you may have read in the title, it is Will Smith.

Will Smith

Fun Fact number 1:

Did you know he was offered the role of Neo in The Matrix, one of the most influential films of the 90’s, if not of all time, and turned it down? This was a decision he said was the greatest regret of his career.

Do you know why he turned it down? To star in Wild Wild West, a critically panned film, which is also the film he most regrets making.

Fun Fact number 2:

Will was originally not going to star in Men In Black, arguably one of his biggest films, and only eventually accepted at the persuasion of his wife.

Interesting eh? I wonder where Smith would be had he chosen to star in The Matrix, and not to start in Men In Black. What do you think?