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Charlton Heston movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘The Ten Commandments’

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Charlton Heston movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘The Ten Commandments’
Charlton Heston would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on October 4, 2018. Born in 1923, the actor became a household name with leading roles in action adventures and biblical epics. But his credits extended past those two well-worn genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After serving in the United States Army Air Force during WWII, Heston made his professional movie acting debut with the film noir “Dark City” (1950). His big breakthrough came just two years later with Cecil B. DeMille‘s big top soap opera “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), in which he played the circus manager. Though an audience favorite in its time, the film often ranks among the all-time worst Oscar winners for Best Picture.

Heston later reunited with DeMille to play the Old Testament prophet Moses in “The Ten Commandments” (1956), which brought him a Golden Globe nomination.
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Charlton Heston movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Charlton Heston movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Charlton Heston would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on October 4, 2018. Born in 1923, the actor became a household name with leading roles in action adventures and biblical epics. But his credits extended past those two well-worn genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After serving in the United States Army Air Force during WWII, Heston made his professional movie acting debut with the film noir “Dark City” (1950). His big breakthrough came just two years later with Cecil B. DeMille‘s big top soap opera “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), in which he played the circus manager. Though an audience favorite in its time, the film often ranks among the all-time worst Oscar winners for Best Picture.

Heston later reunited with DeMille to play the Old Testament prophet Moses in “The Ten Commandments” (1956), which brought him a Golden Globe nomination.
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Charlton Heston's Wife, Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, Dies at 95

Charlton Heston's Wife, Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, Dies at 95
Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, who was married to late Oscar winner Charlton Heston for 64 years, died Monday. She was 95.

Clarke Heston was known for her roles in Sidney Kingsley’s Detective Story on Broadway, which opened in 1949; her first feature, Atomic City, opposite Gene Barry; and The Greatest Show on Earth, which premiered in 1952 and also starred her husband.

Hailing from Wisconsin, Clarke Heston met Charlton in an acting class at Northwestern University. They married in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1944, before he went overseas to serve in World War II.

In the mid-50s, the mother of two left acting
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Career Breakthroughs: Steven Spielberg

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This month we look at the interesting stories of how some of the biggest names in movies got their big breakthrough. First up, Steven Spielberg.

Steven Spielberg is perhaps the most well-known movie director and producer in all of film. He is best known for making entertaining pictures which appeal to a wide audience. Examples of these films include Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park, E.T., and War of the Worlds. However, his films have not only found widespread popular appeal, but many of them are also critically acclaimed. Spielberg has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning twice for Best Director, and once for Best Picture. Some of his best known critically acclaimed films include Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, Lincoln, Munich, and Schindler's List. Altogether he has been involved as director in 32 feature films which have grossed more than $10 billion total at the domestic box office when adjusted for inflation.
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Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year

Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year
If Agnes Varda wins the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for “Faces Places” on Sunday night, she will become just the 13th person, and the first woman, to take home a competitive Oscar and an honorary award in the same year. This would be in addition to setting the record, at age 89, as the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar.

The French/Belgian filmmaker is already the 31st person to receive an Oscar nomination and an honorary award in the same year. If she wins, she would join a list that includes some of the titans of the film industry. While she would be the 13th person to accomplish this, it would actually be the 15th time that this has occurred, since Walt Disney did it three times. Listed below are the other instances where a person claimed competitive and honorary wins within the same year.

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‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years

‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years
The story of this year’s Oscar race is rules. Which long-standing rule awards pundits rely on to make predictions will be broken? All of the top five Best Picture contenders in our predictions have something missing — “The Shape of Water” doesn’t have the SAG ensemble nomination, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t have a director nomination, “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” don’t have editing or any craft nominations, and “Dunkirk”? “Dunkirk” would have to break one of the longest stats. Christopher Nolan’s epic doesn’t have any acting or writing nominations and only two films have won Best Picture without either of them: “Wings” (1927/28) and “Grand Hotel” (1932).

That’s right, it hasn’t happened in 85 years. Even then, you can attribute the first two instances to the early days of the Oscars, when categories, rules and voting patterns were in flux. “Wings,” of course, was
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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A look back at female firsts at the Oscars: Barbra Streisand, Kathryn Bigelow, Emma Thompson …

A look back at female firsts at the Oscars: Barbra Streisand, Kathryn Bigelow, Emma Thompson …
It certainly seems to be the year of the woman at the Academy Awards. Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman to receive a Best Director Oscar nomination for “Lady Bird.” For the first time in the academy’s 90-year history, a woman, AFI Conservancy alum Rachel Morrison, has been nominated for Best Cinematography for “Mudbound.” And the drama’s director Dee Rees made history as the first black woman to receive a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film’s star Mary J. Blige not only received a supporting actress nomination, but she is also nominated for Best Original Song for “Mighty River” from the film, alongside co-writers Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.

But it’s been baby steps for women behind the camera in terms of Oscar nominations, let alone wins.

Here is a look at some of the trailblazers:

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards
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2018 Oscars: ‘Dunkirk’ aiming to be 12th Best Picture champ without an acting nomination

2018 Oscars: ‘Dunkirk’ aiming to be 12th Best Picture champ without an acting nomination
“Dunkirk” received the second highest number of Oscar nominations — eight — behind 13 for “The Shape of Water,” but it was Awol from the shortlists from one important branch: acting. Should “Dunkirk” claim Best Picture, the Christopher Nolan drama would join 11 other films in Oscar history to do so without a single acting nomination.

The last Best Picture champ to accomplish this was “Slumdog Millionaire” nine years ago, when the youth-heavy film steamrolled to eight wins. The 11 films are:

1. “Wings” (1927/28)

2. “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1929/30)

3. “Grand Hotel” (1931/32)

4. “An American in Paris” (1951)

5. “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952)

6. “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956)

7. “Gigi” (1958)

8. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

9. “Braveheart” (1995)

10. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

11. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Most of these films are large-scale epics and spectacles — just like “Dunkirk” — that put a premium on technical wizardry than acting prowess and weren’t expected to pull acting nominations (in “Grand Hotel”’s case,
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Everything You Didn't Know About the Cecil B. DeMille Award

Image Source: Getty / Paul Drinkwater The 2018 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award was Oprah Winfrey, who gave a speech that we can safely say will go down in history as one of the greatest speeches any awards show has ever seen. In case you're wondering exactly what the award is, though, here's the 411 on that. The honorary award has been around since 1952 (the Golden Globes themselves date back to 1943), and the reason the award is called the Cecil B. DeMille Award is because the famous director was its first recipient, at the age of 71. Image Source: Getty / Bettman Cecil B. DeMille got his start in silent movies but worked until the late 1950s, finishing his last project less than a year before he died, at the age of 77. He is best known for The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth, for which he earned his first Golden
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The True Story of Pt Barnum, aka the Greatest Showman

Phineas Taylor "Pt" Barnum has captured the imagination of millions for over a century. Dubbed the "the Greatest Showman," which also happens to be the title of a new movie about him, out this month, Barnum would become part of the widely successful Barnum and Bailey Circus that traveled the globe until this year. This latest biopic about Barnum, starring Hugh Jackmam, isn't the first, either; however, it might be the flashiest. Previous adaptations about the colorful circus promoter included The Mighty Barnum from 1934, The Greatest Show on Earth, made in 1952, and Barnum from 1986, among others. Barnum was born on July 5, 1810, in Bethel, Ct. He helped to launch the careers of many famous circus acts such as Chang and Eng, General Tom Thumb, and Nora Hildebrandt, the first professional tattooed lady, among others. Barnum was a natural at selling products and was already peddling candy and alcohol at age 12. Despite
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Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer

Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer
It was announced last week that during Fox's telecast of the three-hour live musical event A Christmas Story, the network would make history by airing the first ever live TV commercial for the upcoming movie The Greatest Showman. With a performance that surely would have made P.T. Barnum himself proud Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) was joined by Zac Efron (Philip Carlyle), Zendaya (Anne Wheeler) and Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) for the two and a half minute live trailer where they performed the new song "Come Alive." The live commercial was filmed at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, just across from where the live musical was being filmed.

Directed by The Greatest Showman feature film director Michael Gracey, along with Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock director Beth McCarthy-Miller, the live trailer features a 360-degree shoot with more than 150 dancers. Given that this live commercial went off without a hitch,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Two Tickets to Shotspeare! at Playhouse @ Westport

Shotspeare combines the greatest playwright in history with endless amounts of drunken amusement, creating a must-see comedic twist on classic literature. After years of successful performances in New York City and festivals around the world, Emery Entertainment, Inc. brings this laugh-out-loud show to the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza for a triumphant return engagement October 5-7 for five side-splitting performances. Tickets may be purchased through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314/534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time. All seats are $55.

We Are Movie Geeks has a pair of passes to give away for the opening night performance of Shotspeare! That’s Thursday, October 5th at 8pm. Leave a message below letting us know what your favorite film based on a Shakespeare play is (mine is Forbidden Planet). It’s so easy!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St.
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Legends of Tomorrow: Snart and Darhk Return, Arthur Darvill Now Recurring

Legends of Tomorrow: Snart and Darhk Return, Arthur Darvill Now Recurring
Season 3 is looking very Cold and Darhk for the Legends of Tomorrow.

The CW has announced that Wentworth Miller and Neal McDonough will reprise their roles as former Legion of Doom members Leonard Snart and Damien Darhk. McDonough will be a series regular, while Miller will recur.

In other casting news, original cast member Arthur Darvill will return as Rip Hunter but as a recurring guest star. Watch for Rip to butt heads with the time-tinkering Legends as the boss of the newly formed Time Bureau.

RelatedSupergirl: Calista Flockhart Set to Return for Season 3 Premiere

As previously reported,
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The Greatest Showman Trailer: Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Star

Twentieth Century Fox have debuted the very first The Greatest Showman trailer for your viewing pleasure. Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron lead out the cast of the film, which also includes the talents of Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Greatest Showman trailer lands online The Greatest Showman: Hugh Jackman is P.T. Barnum

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land).

Some more info about the subject matter of P.T. Barnum,
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TVLine Items: Billy Zane Visits Legends, Jason O'Mara to High Castle and More

TVLine Items: Billy Zane Visits Legends, Jason O'Mara to High Castle and More
Legends of Tomorrow is staging a Titanic reunion, tapping Billy Zane to portray politician and showman P.T. Barnum, who founded Barnum & Bailey Circus (aka “The Greatest Show on Earth”).

Per EW.com, Zane will guest-star in a Season 3 episode, during which he will share the screen with Titanic castmate Victor Garber, who plays Dr. Martin Stein/one half of Firestorm on the CW series.

On Legends, Barnum is “the villain of our story,” but he is also “just a guy who wants to put on a good show,” executive producer Phil Klemmer previews.

Zane’s TV credits include Guilt, The Deep End,
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Ringling Bros. Circus Shuts Down After an Amazing 146 Year Run

Ringling Bros. Circus Shuts Down After an Amazing 146 Year Run
Ringling Bros. folded up the Big Top for the final time on Sunday night. Ringling Bros. started in1884 and later merged with Barnum and Bailey in 1919 to form "The Greatest Show on Earth." The traveling circus roamed the United States for over 100 years, entertaining millions, and in later years drummed up plenty of controversy from animal rights activists. The final two shows were held at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, which is about 30 miles east of New York City where former circus workers gathered with current workers from all over the country to celebrate the end of an era.

The 146-year old tradition is actually older than American baseball and the final, sold out performances drew fans of all ages from all over the United States to see "The Greatest Show on Earth" one last time. The final performance was also streamed live on Facebook, where it
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Oscar Nominee Casey Affleck Speaks Out Against Circuses

Oscar Nominee Casey Affleck Speaks Out Against Circuses
Casey Affleck has taken a break from the award season frenzy to speak out on an issue important to him.

The Manchester By the Sea actor teamed up with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to create a PSA video about circuses. In the exclusive clip, premiering on People, Affleck, 41, asks families to avoid circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which recently announced its upcoming closure.

While it markets itself as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” in his spot, Affleck explains how circuses keep their big cats in tiny cages with no enrichment and force them to perform.
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25 Days Until Oscar...

Twenty-five days is not much. Are you ready? For today's special number, I thought we'd look back at the 25th annual Oscars, the first televised Academy Awards ever, but then I realized we'd already written a huge post about it with actresses falling on stairs and everything! So let's keep this simple. What's your choice for Best of 1952 (beyond Singin' in the Rain)?

The nominees were:

The Greatest Show on Earth High Noon Ivanhoe Moulin Rouge The Quiet Man

...and if there'd been three to five more nominees they would surely have included The Bad and the Beautiful which won 5 Oscars, the most ever won by a non Best Picture nominee), and Viva Zapata! which had 5 nominations, 3 of them major categories. If it had extended beyond 7 perhaps a combo of less loved or more divisive pictures like My Cousin Rachel (the remake is coming out this very year starring Rachel Weisz
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