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Rome – Gabriele Ferzetti, the silently seductive Italian actor who rose to international prominence during the 1950’s and 60’s, when he played a dissolute playboy opposite Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s melancholy masterpiece “L'Avventura,” died in Rome on Wednesday. He was 90.
His more memorable international credits – among more than 160 titles – comprise playing Lot in John Huston’s “The Bible,” the role of Morton the railroad baron in “Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and mob boss Draco in 1969 James Bond pic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
In Italy Ferzetti worked with many of the best directors of his day, including opposite Gina Lollobrigida in Mario Soldati’s “La Provinciale,” with Elio Petri (“We Still Kill The Old Way”), Ettore Scola, »
- Nick Vivarelli
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
Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.
The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.
Watch the trailer Here.
- Michelle McCue
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