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It's the television equivalent of a religious pamphlet thrust on you by a benevolent creep, but with lower production values
Over the next few weeks, The Bible (Saturday, 9pm, C5), which dramatises stories from the, er, Bible, and drew 13 million viewers when it premiered in the Us, ascends to our screens. Sounds promising, doesn't it? Are you imagining a luxurious HBO televisual lapdance? Abraham as a complex Tony Soprano figure? A gnawingly stunning Mary Magdalene gazing up at you with inky eyes as she metaphorically washes your feet with her hair?
Well, if you are you're as stupid as me. You'd also be forgetting that America contains many millions of hardcore religious fanatics who've banned themselves from enjoying anything good. Harry Potter is too satanic. Game Of Thrones has too many sinful, god-cursed dwarves. They probably can't even sit down to a bit of Blue Planet for all the problematic science within. »
- Filipa Jodelka
A Conversation with Edith Head will be held at The Sheldon Ballroom in St. Louis on December 6th and 7th
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by incredibly talented Ms Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: The new Wgn America is barely 8 months old, but it already has ordered two original scripted series — Salem and Manhattan — and has made a major off-network acquisition with Person Of Interest. Now the scripted newcomer is adding an ambitious event series to its programming roster. I’ve learned that Wgn has teamed with the Weinstein Company for a Ten Commandments 10-part event series, which is being executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty). I hear the plan is for each episode to be helmed by a different A-list director, focusing on one commandment and its evolving significance. I hear the project is eying a March start. This would be one of Hollywood’s highest-profile takes on one of the most studied and sacred texts in Christianity and Judaism since the 1956 movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille starring Charlton Heston as Moses. With its structure, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale may be appearing in theaters in ‘Out of the Furnace’ as the determined brother of Casey Affleck, but the veteran performer is already hard at work on his next role. Bale is currently working on director Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ where he will play Moses in the story that chronicles the Israelites’ departure from Egypt under the guidance of the prophet. In a recent interview with HitFix, Bale shared that Scott’s ‘Exodus’ will be dramatically different than that of ‘The Ten Commandments’, the 1950’s drama with Charlton Heston in the role of Moses from director Cecil B. DeMille. “It’s an intriguing piece, because it’s very few [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
With the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah finally appearing (you can savour its apocalyptic delights here) and Ridley Scott’s follow up to The Counsellor, Exodus, providing more than a subtle shift in tone and theme, are the Biblical epics of Hollywood’s Golden Age making a comeback?
Films such as Ben Hur, The Robe, The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Quo Vadis, David & Bathsheba and Samson & Delilah all drew on Biblical themes and then plastered them across epic canvasses, with thousands of extras, colossal set pieces, huge stars and ground-breaking special effects. Although there was a certain amount of overlap, these Biblical epics stood distinct from the “sword and sandals” era of Spartacus, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and their like, a sub-genre into which Ridley Scott breathed fresh life with Gladiator.
The question is, with plenty of historical content to choose from, »
- Dave Roper
Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $Tba
Studio: Twilight Time
The 1966 historical action adventure movie Khartoum makes its Blu-ray debut in January, 2014 from Twilight Time.
The exotic epic film concerns the ill-fated expedition of British General Charles Gordon (Charlton Heston, The Ten Commandments) in late 19th-century Sudan, an attempt to halt the incursion of the fanatical Muslim leader, Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier, Richard III), the self-styled Mahdi (“The Expected One”).
Directed by Basil Dearden and Elliot Elisofon and written by Robert Ardrey, Khartoum is a large-scale widescreen (it was shot in Cinerama) roadshow extravaganza filled with battle sequences, stunning desert landscapes, and political intrigue involving British Prime Minister Gladstone (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers).
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be prepared to pre-order this one directly from distributor Screen Archives as soon as the prebook date is announced, »
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by the incredibly talented Mrs. Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native, got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after she watched a televised biography of the designer. She realized that her physical resemblance to the designer was uncanny, »
- Tom Stockman
Update: Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad," along with Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro, have joined the cast of Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus." The film already has Christian Bale on board, playing Moses, and Joel Edgerton as Egyptian ruler Ramses. Paul, still in negotiations, would play the Hebrew slave Joshua. Weaver and Turturro are set to play the parents of Ramses. Earlier: As Joel Edgerton is in talks to star as Ramses, the Egyptian ruler opposite Christian Bale's Moses in Ridley Scott's epic "Exodus," Hollywood is in the midst of a love affair with not only brawny Australian actors, but the Great Book. Check out our poll on the best Biblical epics of all time, from Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of the Christ" to Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," below. We skipped "Evan Almighty." "Exodus," a 20th Century Fox production, will shoot in Spain, »
- Beth Hanna
Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus deals with a similar subject, very close to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and has boasted one hell of a cast like Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Noah. There’s no doubt Noah and Exodus will mark a return to the Biblical epics so beloved of audiences back in the 1950s and 1960s. According to reliable sources, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul, John Turturro and Ben Kingsley have been tapped to join Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Pharoah Ramses II. The Alien star Weaver and Transformer’s Turturro will be playing Tuya, the mother of Ramses and Seti, Tuya’s husband and...
- Nick Martin
What do "The Breakfast Club," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Mean Girls," "48 Hrs.," "Gung Ho," "The Money Pit," "Jaws," "Wayne's World," "Get Over It," "Ghost," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Stand By Me," "Duplex," "Hamlet" and "The Ten Commandments" all have in common?
Until today, practically nothing except for the small fact that they're all movies (duh!). But now — thanks again, internet — they all share in the gift to memedom that is Nicolas Cage. Any movie should be so lucky, right folks?
If you're the kind of web-fiddler who thought Cage Cats circa 2012 was all the rage of hilarity, or maybe you liked it when Nicky Nic infiltrated all those classic movies last year, then this ultimate Nic Cage mashup is just the video for you on this fine Hump Day.
In it, he and all his various Cagephrases come on as everyone from Dobby the House Elf »
- Amanda Bell
So let it be written that Joel Edgerton might be playing the part of Ramses the Egyptian Pharaoh in Ridley Scott’s Biblical drama Exodus, which stars Christian Bale as the prophet Moses. The project is being set up at 20th Century Fox.
Word around the grapevine is that Scott previously offered the Ramses role to Javier Bardem, but he passed on the project. The best memory I have of Ramses on the silver screen is in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (which I watched almost every night as a kid); Yul Brynner portrayed Ramses with conviction and elegance. Edgerton is a solid actor, but he’s no Javier Bardem. Could you imagine the damage Bardem would’ve done in a harsh role like that of Ramses? It would’ve been epic.
The film is being produced by Peter Chernin and Scott. Production will begin in Europe this fall. »
- Laura Frances
The first time we heard that Ridley Scott was thinking about putting together a Moses tale, word was that the project he was eyeballing was called Exodus, Fox was pressuring him to put it on the fast track, and he and the studio were trying their damnedest to get Christian Bale to attach himself as the film’s lead. Well, some exciting developments have gone down since then. Not only has Bale definitely agreed to come on board and grow a hipster beard to play Moses, but the film is also definitely set to go in front of cameras soon—likely as soon as September even. And now, in yet another bit of promising news, THR is reporting that rising star Joel Edgerton is negotiating to star opposite Bale. According to the report, the Great Gatsby actor would be joining the film in the role of Egyptian Pharaoh and hater of firstborn Hebrew sons, Ramses »
- Nathan Adams
‘Avatar 2′ and follow-up sequels’ release dates revealed (image: Na’vi Sam Worthington in ‘Avatar’) Avatar, James Cameron’s late 2009 (and early 2010) blockbuster that spearheaded the (currently dwindling) popularity of 3D movies, will have three sequels. Why exactly that has come as a surprise revelation for some is unclear. Sigourney Weaver, who for quite a while has been scheduled to return for the Avatar sequels, had already mentioned that there would be three movies, filmed concurrently much like Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Anyhow, James Cameron and Avatar distributor 20th Century Fox have announced that the three sequels will be released as follows: Avatar 2 (not to be confused with Avatar: The Last Airbender or Avatar: The Legend of Korra or online thumbnail avatars) will reach theaters in December 2016, a full seven years after the original. The second sequel (or third Avatar »
- Zac Gille
Gail Kobe, an executive producer on "Guiding Light" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" has died. She was 82. Kobe began her career as an actress, making guest appearances throughout the 1950s and '60s on popular television programs such as "The Twilight Zone," "Perry Mason," "Hogan's Heroes," "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible" and The Untouchable." The Michigan-native was discovered by Cecil B. DeMille, who directed her in the biblical epic, "The Ten Commandments," and helped kick off a career that found her appearing in more than 125 films and television shows. She received an »
- Brent Lang
Film and television actress and producer Gail Kobe died yesterday at the age of 82. Her first major film was Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments in 1956. She went on to appear in dozens of TV shows throughout her career, earning an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Anne Warner on the 1960s TV series Dr. Kildare. Her other TV credits include soaps Peyton Place and Bright Promise. She also starred in such TV classics The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mod Squad, Mission Impossible and The Outer Limits and appeared in over 50 Westerns, including, Rawhide, The Virginian, Maverick, Daniel Boone and Gunsmoke. She moved into producing daytime dramas during the 1970s and 80s with credits including Days of Our Lives, Texas, Another World, The Bold And The Beautiful, and Guiding Light, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. For the past two years, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Olive Films
The punchy 1962 action-adventure movie Escape From Zahrain stars Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments) as a charismatic rebel leader fighting local corruption and foreign exploitation in a fictitious, oil-rich Arab sheikdom.
While this might sound like it’s “ripped from today’s headlines,” the tragic difference is that in 1962, Arab rebels were fighting for modernity, not fundamentalism!
Produced and directed by Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure) and co-starring Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause), Madlyn Rhue (He Rides Tall), Jack Warden (…And Justice for All) and James Mason (Bigger Than Life), Escape From Zahrain is brashly colorful on a very low budget — the flip-side to that same year’s Lawrence of Arabia, if you will. Clothes never get dirty on an arduous, miles-long trek (detergent costs!), and the desert »
This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.
A freed slave (Paul Newman) is chosen to cast the Holy Grail in silver, but his efforts are thwarted by enemies out to claim the grail for themselves. In addition, a magician (Jack Palance) uses his magic to convince Rome he is a Christ-like Messiah. Also stars Pier Angeli, Virginia Mayo, and Lorne Greene.
Directed by Victor Saville
The 1954 film The Silver Chalice may not be a classic along the lines of »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Painting over Michelangelo's sexuality does little to help this informative but insipid tale of his work on the Sistine Chapel
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Director: Carol Reed
Entertainment grade: D+
History grade: B–
During his own lifetime, sculptor, architect and painter Michelangelo Buonarroti was considered to be the greatest artist in Europe.
The film begins with a formal 12-minute history lesson on Michelangelo's life and work. It includes a tip for American audiences at the time of the film's release that the sublime Pietà of St Peter's was then on display at the New York World's Fair. This piece of information now does little but give historians conniptions at the thought someone might have dropped it on the way. The intent to inform is laudable, but a fictional film should really be able to convey its subject without a lecture – and this lecture sets a regrettably pompous tone »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Director David Lynch turns the true story of a geriatric road trip (on a lawnmower) into a gentle parable – and a classic, if unlikely, American road movie
The Straight Story must be the slowest road movie ever made. And that pace is the point. Somewhere along the way, our world got itself in a damn hurry. And maybe more than any great American road movie – counter-culture trip (Easy Rider), burnt-rubber hellride (Natural Born Killers), wistful wine run (Sideways), feminist freedom trail (Thelma & Louise) – it took an old man on a lawnmower to remind us that life's journey should never be rushed.
The first thing in director David Lynch's strange, tender film is a vast night sky winking with stars; but those stars died long ago. All we see now are fading memories, their light reaching us after a one-way trip along the cosmic interstate.
And so it goes for 73-year-old Alvin Straight. »
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