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Ben-Hur (1959): Articles


31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' in, Paramount stars out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from […]


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31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better



Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have “remake” between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, […]


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Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?



Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur

Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston: Moses has his 'Summer Under the Stars' day Charlton Heston is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star on Monday, August 5, 2013. TCM will be presenting one Heston movie premiere: Guy Green's Hawaiian-set family drama Diamond Head (1963), in which Heston plays a pineapple grower, U.S. Senate candidate, and total control freak at odds with his strong-willed younger sister, the lovely Yvette Mimieux. Also in the Diamond Head cast: France Nuyen, Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner George Chakiris (West Side Story), The Time Tunnel's James Darren, and veteran Aline MacMahon (Gold Diggers of 1933, Five Star Final) in one of her last movie roles. And last but not least, silent film star Billie […]


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Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur



Gore Vidal Controversial Movies: Gay 'Ben-Hur' Subtext?

Gore Vidal movies: The Best Man, Caligula, Suddenly Last Summer. (Image: A young Gore Vidal.) Author, playwright, screenwriter, acerbic storyteller, and political commentator Gore Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, '12, at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Vidal, who had been living in Los Angeles since 2003, was 86. Gore Vidal movies Details about Vidal's life and literary career can be found elsewhere on the Web. But it's good to remember that Gore Vidal was also a notable – though hardly prolific – screenwriter. After penning various television plays for anthology series such as Studio One and Omnibus, Vidal wrote the film version of Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay The Catered Affair. Directed by Richard Brooks, this underrated 1956 family comedy-drama starred […]


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Gore Vidal Controversial Movies: Gay 'Ben-Hur' Subtext?



'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'

'Avatar' set with James Cameron and Sam Worthington. Avatar inflation-adjusted domestic box office chart James Cameron's socially conscious sci-fi/fantasy/adventure mix Avatar hasn't been the top grosser at the North American box office for nearly two months. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, Avatar was initially dethroned by the Channing Tatum / Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John, followed by Garry Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day, the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island, and, for the last three weekends, Tim Burton's 3D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland. Avatar is still doing okay business, but it lost quite a bit of steam globally after Alice in Wonderland took hold of hundreds of IMAX and 3D screens. Adding insult to injury, Tim Burton's fantasy […]


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'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'



'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & Ramon Novarro

Ben-Hur 1959, 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro movies Ben-Hur, both the 1959 and 1925 versions starring, respectively, Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro, are part of a four-disc set via Warner Home Video. The 1959 epic nearly broke MGM during its production, but perhaps it was worth the pain. Directed by William Wyler, Ben-Hur ended up breaking box office and Academy Award records – winning a total of 11 out of its 12 Oscar nominations. (Image: Charlton Heston Ben-Hur 1959.) Ben-Hur 1959 Among the golden statuettes the 1959 Ben-Hur took home were those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Charlton Heston), and Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith). Undeservedly so, in my humble opinion. Based on Lew Wallace's […]


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'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & Ramon Novarro



Christopher Fry: 'The Lady's Not for Burning' Playwright Has Died

Christopher Fry dead at 97: 'The Lady's Not Burning' playwright & 'Ben-Hur' screenplay contributor British playwright and screenwriter Christopher Fry died on June 30 at a hospital in Chichester, in the south of England. The cause of death was not announced. Fry, born on Dec. 18, 1907, in Bristol, was 97. Among Christopher Fry's most famous plays are The Lady's Not for Burning (1948), directed by John Gielgud and Esme Percy, and starring Gielgud, Richard Burton, and Claire Bloom, and Venus Observed (1949), starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Both plays were permeated by the Christian humanist author's ever-hopeful view of humanity and divine providence, despite the ravages of World War II and the horror of the Holocaust. Christopher Fry […]


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Christopher Fry: 'The Lady's Not for Burning' Playwright Has Died





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