1 December 2008

Sunday 30 November 2008 Chat

Sir Michael Caine has at last revealed the resolution to the cliff-hanger at the end of The Italian Job.
You're recall the 1969 film en
ded with a bus hanging over a cliff. Trouble was the bus was full of stolen gold and every step the thieves took towards it put them in greater danger of plunging to their deaths.
The movie ends with Caine's character, Charlie Croker, saying one of Caine's most famous on-screen lines, "Hang on lads, I've got a great idea". Before the credits roll.
Nearly 40 years on and Caine has given his version of what might have happened after that.
"I crawl up, switch on the engine and stay there for four hours until all the petrol runs out. Then the bus bounces back up so we (the gang) can all get out, but then the gold goes over."
"There are lots of Corsican Mafia at the bottom watching the whole thing with binoculars. They grab the gold, and then the sequel is us chasing it."
Apparently this ending had been filmed for the original movie but producers decided against using it, choosing the cliff-hanger instead.
Caine's version of events comes as the Royal Society of Chemistry is holding a
competition to find the most original and plausible ending to the film.
Almost 1,000 entries have been received.
Winners will be announced in January 2009.

Over the past 40 years The Italian Job has achieved cult status. Not a lot of people know that.

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As George Michael announces he's giving a free download of his latest recording as a gift to his fans, it's been revealed that Wham's Last Christmas is the most played seasonal track of the past five years.
December song (I dreamed of Christmas), is Michael's first seasonal release since he and Andrew Ridgeley made Last Christmas Number One in 1984.
Now the Performing Rights Society, which collects royalties for recording artists, has announced Wham's hit remains the most played of recent years.
Second was Band Aid with Do they know it's Christmas and third, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl and Fairytale of New York.
Bing Crosby's perennial favourite, White Christmas, came 10th.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, White Christmas, penned by Irving Berlin and featured
in the 1942 movie, Holiday Inn, has sold in excess of 50 million copies.

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