May 14th, 2010 – Remaking a Legend…and Going Up Against the Elephant in the Room

On this date, Ridley Scott followed in the footsteps of Allan Dwan, Michael Curtiz, Kevin Reynolds, Richard Lester and yes, Mel Brooks, when his Robin Hood was released in the United States.  It was the fifth collaboration between Scott and Russell Crowe – Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster and Body of Lies having been the others, earning approximately $321.7 million Read More …

Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale: Chapter 14

For everyone, it was a restless night. Belle had barely slept as she tried to decide whether to remain another week and what the outcome might be. The Beast’s words drifted through her mind, leaving her torn, wondering if he would literally die or if it had been figurative because he knew he would miss Read More …

Friday, 12th May 2000

One week following the U.S. release, Gladiator was released in the United Kingdom, which is a perfect excuse for us to post MORE STUFF! Let’s face it – one can never have too much Gladiator stuff! After all, as Maximus proclaimed, ‘Are you not entertained?’  Now one more time, in case you missed the trailer from last time, Read More …

Not THAT Gladiator…Gladiator!

There once was a movie called Gladiator…but it’s not the one you’re thinking about.  It was released in 1992 and starred Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Brian Dennehy, Robert Loggia and James Marshall (better known as James on a little TV show called Twin Peaks). Which was why – in 2000 – when I started hearing about Gladiator, Read More …

What We Do In Life, Echoes in Eternity – Seventeen Years Ago Today

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

The Blacksmith’s Daughter – Another Gaslight Birthday

She was born near Neston, Cheshire, England, on this day in 1765  the daughter of a blacksmith who died shortly after her birth. She was baptized on the twelfth of May in the same year. She became an actress, a model, a muse to an artist, and the mistress of one of Britain’s greatest heroes.  Read More …