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True Hollywood Stories Fly off the Bus by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Author Stephen Schochet is a professional tour guide in Hollywood, who years ago began collecting little known, humorous anecdotes to tell to his customers. His new book Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons ...

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Jaws the Inside Story by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Exceedingly Difficult To Produce, Jaws Became The Biggest Hit Of All Time in 1975. The best-selling novel Jaws, published in 1974, primarily focused on a man-eating shark that terrorized a small island town. There was a subplot involving a love affair between two of the main characters, the young scientist and the police chief’s wife. ...

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Hollywood Writers at Work by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Some Writers Have Always Felt Unappreciated in Hollywood. Writers are often surprised or disappointed by how their work is changed when it is adapted for the big screen. When Irwin Shaw’s World War II novel The Young Lions was shot in Paris in 1958, Marlon Brando played the Nazi character. Ever the methodical actor, Brando ...

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Unhappy TV Stars by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Television Stars Sometimes Feel Burdened By Their Jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Johnny Depp thought that his starring role in the 1987 TV series 21 Jump Street would not last a whole season. After a few weeks of playing a young-looking cop who goes undercover at high schools to catch drug dealers, the Kentucky-born actor began to feel ...

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True Hollywood Stories about Bob Hope By Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Once when he was a little boy in England, Leslie Hope (he later renamed himself Bob after a race car driver he idolized) wanted to pick an apple off a tree. Symbolic of his career, he didn’t want just any apple but the highest one possible. He lost his balance, fell and permanently changed the ...

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Getting Celebrity Autographs Is Not Always Easy By Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Being a star means dealing with fans’ requests for autographs. One time, Katharine Hepburn was performing on Broadway and tried to exit backstage through a crowd of jostling autograph hounds. Bodyguards helped her push through to her limo. Once safely inside, the private star rolled down the window and shouted,” Run em down! We’ll clean ...

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Controversial Hollywood Movies by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Hollywood’s Lighting Rod Films Have Sometimes Led to Severe Public Reactions. Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 (2004) and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (2004) continued a long line of controversial films. In 1968 John Wayne decided to counter Vietnam War protests by turning The Green Berets, a collection of short stories by author Robin ...

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Recognizing Movie Stars Can Be Difficult by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Sometimes Famous Stars Are Not Recognized Even When They Wish To Be. One dilemma that the super famous sometimes face is balancing the needs of privacy and recognition. One time in New York, an unnoticed Marilyn Monroe was walking down Madison Avenue accompanied by Eli Wallach. “My God, don’t these people know who you are?” ...

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Celebrities Drunk on the Set by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Colin Farrell often showed up at six in the morning to work on Swat (2003) so hung over from an all night bender that his bodyguards would carry the nearly unconscious Irishman into his trailer. His co-star Sam Jackson was constantly amazed that the young actor was on time, knew all his lines, and was ...

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True Hollywood Stories Fly off the Bus by Stephen Schochet

07.05.2011 · Posted in Politics

Author Stephen Schochet is a professional tour guide in Hollywood, who years ago began collecting little known, humorous anecdotes to tell to his customers. His new book Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons ...

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