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Welles, Wood, and Zadora: Greatest Bad Movies Ever?

9 September 2013 6:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

From John Travolta to Bob Dylan, from Ed Wood to Orson Welles: ‘The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time’ (photo: John Travolta in the Scientology-inspired movie ‘Battlefield Earth’) Phil Hall’s The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time, tagged as a "new celebration of cinematic inanity," was published by Bear Manor on August 12, 2013. According to the book’s press release, the Greatest Bad Movies "are the films that inspire wonder" — of a unique variety: "You are left wondering how seemingly intelligent people could gather together and spend money to create such bizarre productions." According to Phil Hall, among the most wonder-inspiring movies ever made are John Travolta’s Roger Christian-directed Scientology-inspired megabomb Battlefield Earth; John Huston’s sort of The Maltese Falcon send up Beat the Devil, starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, and Gina Lollobrigida; Robert Altman’s Health, featuring a classy cast that includes Glenda Jackson, James Garner, »

- Andre Soares

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How we made Cleopatra

15 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actors from the lavish 1963 classic recall bedlam on set, Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor romance ... and paparazzi galore

Jacqui Chan, actor

By the time I was cast as Cleopatra's handmaiden, the whole production had moved from London – where the cold weather had affected Elizabeth Taylor's health – to Rome. Filming restarted from scratch, the script was rewritten and much of the cast replaced. I was unaware of all that behind-the-scenes chaos, but being on set was bedlam. There were hundreds of extras, who had to be lumped together by nationality so the assistant directors could address them en masse in their own languages. It was all a bit crazy.

The sets were as lavish in real life as they appear on screen – no wonder the budget soared out of control. I wore an antique headdress made of beaten gold and coral that belonged in a museum. Whenever my shoot »

- Anna Tims

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