Charlton Heston: Articles

'Magnificent Obsession' Book: Film Fans' 'Outrageous History' from Classic Hollywood Screenwriters to Gay Porn Actors

Magnificent Obsession book by Anthony Slide. Whereas Lloyd C. Douglas' 1929 Magnificent Obsession book dealt with a playboy's urge to restore the eyesight of the woman he had accidentally blinded, Anthony Slide's latest explores the lives and times of movie buffs. Now, are Twilight, The Dark Knight, and The Avengers fans as consumed with passion […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

'Earthquake' 1974 Revamp: Seismic Disaster to Obliterate California & Bring Estranged Couple Back Together

Earthquake 1974. A major seismic burp destroys Los Angeles in Mark Robson's 1974 mix of cheesy melodrama and special-effects fest: Earthquake, in which an all-star cast – from Moses and Ava Gardner to Victoria Principal and former Evangelical Christian preacher Marjoe Gortner – is shaken, rattled, and drowned, courtesy of […]

Charlton Heston Films: 'Khartoum' & 'Soylent Green'

Charlton Heston movies: Ben-Hur 1959. It's Charlton Heston Movies Day on Thursday, Aug. 28, on Turner Classic Movies. Charlton Heston was a graduate cum laude of the Paul Muni School of Acting Juz Like Them Historical Figures. Muni (Louis Pasteur, Emile Zola, Benito Juarez, etc.), for his part, learned his schtick […]

Charlton Heston: Limited Actor Enjoyed Long & Remarkable Career

For an actor of such limited range, Charlton Heston, who died earlier this evening at the age of 84, had a pretty remarkable career. He starred in several of the biggest blockbusters of the 1950s and 1960s, among them The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956), The […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Movie Rare Screening + 'Lamb of God' Opening Rotterdam

Martin Luther King Jr. movie King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be screening a rare “pristine print” of the hard-to-find 1970 Martin Luther King Jr.-centered documentary King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis at the Academy Theater in New York. […]

'Major Dundee': Sam Peckinpah & Charlton Heston Near-Great Western

Sam Peckinpah's 1965 Western Major Dundee is a near-great film with a checkered history. The tale of its mangling by its studio, Columbia, which took it out of Peckinpah's hands is as well known as the butchery that accompanied Erich von Stroheim's Greed, and Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons and […]

Psychological Movies Since Freud + 'The Big Country': Academy Screenings

Psychological movies: Movies on the Mind since Sigmund Freud “I don't believe it's possible to graphically represent the abstract nature of our thinking in a respectable form,” said Sigmund Freud. Whether Freud was right or wrong is debatable, though his remark hasn't stopped filmmakers the world over from trying to […]

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

Ben-Hur 1959 Charlton Heston. 'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & 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 […]