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God comes to Broadway this month in the form of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will portray the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God. But he’s not the first to portray the man upstairs. Here’s a history of Gods in movies, TV, and theater.Rex Ingram, The Green Pastures, 1936 Ingram starred as “De Lawd” in this adaptation of several Biblical stories, which featured an all-black cast. Charlton Heston (voice), The Ten Commandments, 1956 Heston wasn’t just Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic. He also provided God’s booming voice. John Huston (voice), The Bible, 1966 Along with directing and playing Noah, Huston handled voice-over duties for the Almighty. Jeff Chandler, Elizabeth I, 1972This Broadway show told the story of Elizabethan performers trying to mount a play about their queen. Among other characters, Chandler played an actor playing God. Stephen Elliott, The Creation of »
- Adam K. Raymond
One of our readers named Peter wrote to us regarding our frustration over the fact that there has been no DVD or Blu-ray edition issued in the USA or UK for director Nicholas Ray's 1963 epic "55 Days at Peking". Peter informed us that he has a French release special edition that is available on Amazon France through the Filmedia company:
"I have the French Blu-ray release. The following is a list of the extras. Note that most of the extras are in French with No English subtitles. Original interviews with the cast are in English.
Interview with Olivier Assayas and Nicholas Ray (32 mins) The Boxers in Cinema (6 min) Boxer Rebellion (12 mins) Portrait of Ava Gardner (19 mins) Nicholas Ray documentary (47 mins) Interviews with Charlton Heston, David Niven, John Moore and Mrs. Heston (30 mins) The film's restoration (11 mins) Trailer (French) (3 min)
Cinema Retro has not viewed this release but reviews on Amazon »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
When top-billed Charlton Heston pushed for co-star Orson Welles to direct this late noir, nobody imagined it would emerge as one of the key works in the Welles canon despite being recut and partially reshot by Universal. His last Hollywood studio venture stacks up as probably Welles’ most popular picture although in 1958 it was dumped into theaters as a second feature. »
- Trailers From Hell
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
The 1958 film stars the late Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Zsa Zsa Gabor in a tale of murder and kidnapping in a corrupt Mexican border town. The Los Angeles Times’s Kenneth Turan said the film “raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted.” He called it “expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes.”
The Wisconsin-born Welles died nearly 30 years ago, but his more than 100 films as an actor, nearly 50 as a director and many more as a writer continue to make him a towering figure in the history of cinema.
Welles originally had been pegged only to play the role of police Capt. Hank Quinlan, who »
- James Rainey
Las Vegas - Clint Eastwood took center stage at CinemaCon on Wednesday during a lunch and Q&A reflecting on his career. The 84-year-old legend was on hand to receive an award from Fandango for "American Sniper," his biggest hit to date. "Sniper," the story of U.S. sniper and Iraq veteran Chris Kyle, found surprising support from both sides of the political aisle. There were some outspoken dissenters, however, and during a conversation with THR's Stephen Galloway, Eastwood volunteered to clear up one particularly nasty rumor that had made the rounds regarding fellow Oscar winner Michael Moore. In January, Moore made a number of comments about how he views snipers as "cowards." These are opinions based on the fact his own Uncle had been killed by one during Ww II. As you'd expect, the conservative media did not take these statements lightly and it created something of a firestorm »
- Gregory Ellwood
“I read comic books when I was a kid; I don’t read them now,” said Eastwood during a question and answer session about his life and career at the Las Vegas exhibition trade show CinemaCon on Wednesday.
That means he won’t be appearing in a Marvel movie anytime soon. “I prefer adult-oriented pictures,” Eastwood said. “I mean that in the PG-13 or R sense, but that’s as far as it goes.”
Eastwood also revealed that even though he’s world famous, he still buys tickets to see movies on the bigscreen. He most recently made the trip to the multiplexes to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and plans to support his son Scott by paying full freight to see “The Longest Ride. »
- Brent Lang and Dave McNary
It's a new Earth Day tradition: every year, Disneynature celebrates our little blue marble by introducing us to some of its most fascinating creatures. After spending some time with African big cats, chimps and bears, this year we meet the macaques of Monkey Kingdom.
Narrated by Tina Fey, the documentary follows monkey mom Maya and her newborn son Kip, living the wild life with their extended family in the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Sri Lankan jungle. As we travel with the troupe and get to know their simian society, we are reminded of all our fave primates on the big screen : Ed, Mvp, Dunston, Mighty Joe Young, Amy the talking gorilla in Congo...
Here is our personal army of 12 movie monkeys!
After the ape-ocalypse, our last chance for peace might be to go back to the dawn of Man. With so many sequels, »
- Martin Gignac
NBC scored on Easter Sunday with the premiere of “A.D. The Bible Continues,” which was the night’s top-rated program even if it wasn’t as strong as the 2013 version of “The Bible” on cable network History. It was slower going, though, for the net’s launch of “American Odyssey” in the night’s closing hour.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “A.D. The Bible Continues” averaged a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, more than doubling its lead-in from “Dateline” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and also more than doubling the Peacock’s recent average in the Sunday-at-9 hour with specials (1.1). One week after AMC’s “The Walking Dead” wrapped, the NBC newcomer figures to stand as Sunday’s No. 1 program in both 18-49 and 25-54 (3.0/7).
Among all NBC series premieres this season, “A.D.” ties with comedy “Marry Me »
- Rick Kissell
My Girl - 9.10am, Watch
Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).
My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4
In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.
Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa
Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »
It’s Easter and while many of you will be tucking into your chocolate eggs there really is somebody you ought to thank for your edible wonders. The reason behind the season. The man who can. The reason behind your hot cross buns! Jesus.
Before DC and Marvel entered the world of the superhero the Bible got there first. Over 2000 years ago in fact. To the Christian Jesus Christ entered the world to battle against evil, to save our souls from eternal damnation, and perform the ultimate sacrifice. His life for ours! And as is the norm in comic books these days Jesus may have died but He also came back to life, His resurrection power. Astounding! Not His only super power of course. He also came with the power to heal, cast out demons, and even turn water into wine. Genius!
- Gary Collinson
Charlton Heston is said to have once described Frank Sinatra's songs as "four minute movies," and it's an astute observation of what makes the singer's music so timeless. Whether falling in love or nursing heartbreak, wishing on the moon or lamenting how fate has twisted the knife, Sinatra had the rare gift of sounding like a man women wanted or other men wanted to be, because he understood. But his ability to both embody an unreachable ideal and to seem relatable in his music wasn't manufactured; Sinatra's own wild life was the kind of material made for the movies. Indeed, while Hollywood has tried for years to mount a full fledged biopic of Sinatra, nothing has developed except for a handful of films where he is portrayed as part of an ensemble or in a story highlighting a certain moment in his life. While we'll still have to wait »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Prior to hitting Rome, early production went down in southern Italy's historic Matera with director Timur Bekmambetov, the visually sophisticated director of "Night Watch" and the entertaining "Wanted." "Ben-Hur" will be reconstructing Jerusalem on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot for a four-month shoot. Other lavish international productions shot at Cinecittà include Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Fellini's "Casanova," Fox's prodigious "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor, "The Passion of the Christ," Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" and, of course, BBC and HBO's "Rome." Cinecittà Studios, offering generous overseas tax breaks, also hosted much of the original "Ben-Hur"'s grueling shoot with Charlton Heston and director William Wyler. Read More: Will MGM's Return to "Ben-Hur" Stand Up to the Oscar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
Birthed on screen in 1959, the Moomins are as old as Barbie and Ben-Hur (the Charlton Heston one) and with a movie in the pipeline, almost as enduring. The cute hippo-like critters are starring in their own movie, Moomins On The Riviera, and have a new trailer full of Moomin-y antics. brightcove.createExperiences();Runs the synopsis (because it’s way beyond our understanding): "In search of adventures, the Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set sail for the French Riviera. After a perilous journey, they reach their dream destination where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy leaving Moomin consumed by jealousy. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retreats to the calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses and to remember their motto: 'Live in peace, plant potatoes and dream.’"The Moomins »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Those of us of a certain age will recall that, while kooky religious cults have always been part of the American experience, in the mid-to-late 1970s there seemed to go through a boom period. Seemingly every week a new fringe fad movement would emerge, many of which were steeped in inexplicable psycho-babble about helping adherents "find oneself" and enrich their "inner beings". During this period I was approached in a Jersey City bowling alley, of all places, by a card-carrying member of one such cult/religion, the name of which I have happily forgotten. Upon being asked to sign up for the movement, I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment to prove a point to my girlfriend (now wife): that the gullible people associated with these groups are just vulnerable souls who can be easily manipulated by virtually any person possessed with a modicum of self-assurance, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Evans quit following numerous production delays, but the signing of Huston should get the show back on the road. He’s perhaps best known for his role as scarred veteran and expert sharp shooter Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire, but has several high profile projects coming up. These include following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston as Ben-hur.
Based on James O’Barr’s comic book, the original franchise saw tortured rock star Eric Draven brought back from the grave to take revenge on the brutal gang who murdered him and his lover. Star Brandon Lee infamously died in an accident during the shoot for the first movie, and his place was taken in subsequent instalments by Vincent Perez, »
- Steve Palace
This Week: Gettin' biblical with Ridley Scott's Exodus, dusting off a new Annie, and Chris Rock digs deep for Top Five. ► Back in the dark ages of my childhood, my ass would go numb every Easter sitting in front of the TV watching .The Ten Commandments.. I didn.t have a clue what was going on, I just needed to see Charlton Heston part the Red Sea. And just like that one, Ridley Scott.s Exodus: Gods And Kings makes you wait until nearly »
- John Law
Where’s Charlton Heston when we need him? In this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, an earthquake turned Grey Sloan into a Yahtzee shaker, and wouldn’t ya know it? What it rolled was trauma, drama, a possible new couple and an aftershock that came all the way from D.C.
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