Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Following the long Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday (July 22, '15), below is a brief career recap of Egyptian film star Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 and whose credits include the David Lean-directed classics Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. A future post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) […]

Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would […]

Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts

Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' Peter O'Toole: 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor, eight-time Oscar nominee dead at 81 Stage, film, and television actor Peter O'Toole, an eight-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee best remembered for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at a London hospital following “a […]

Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir

Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness movies: Pre-'Star Wars' Guinness runs the gamut from Dickens' Fagin to Japanese businessman romancing Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness is Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" star on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The bad news: No Alec Guinness TCM premieres or lesser-known Guinness movies, e.g., A Run for Your Money, Last Holiday, Malta Story, The Prisoner, Star Wars (kidding). The good […]

'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Young Winston': TCM Films

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Turner Classic Movies' “Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film” continues this evening with four movies about European powers and their difficult relationship with “the Arab races”: Lawrence of Arabia, Lion of the Desert, The Four Feathers, and Young Winston. In David Lean's sprawling Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole is a much taller version of T. E. Lawrence, […]

Peter O'Toole Movies: 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Last Emperor'

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday, Aug. 28., '10, TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series has only four more days to go. (See TCM's Peter O'Toole movie schedule further below.) O'Toole isn't one of my favorite actors – I usually find his acting, well, actorish – but he is one of the favorite […]

Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Movies Flop + 'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'?

April 2 update: Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, and America Ferrera, How to Train Your Dragon was back at the top of the North American box office chart on Thursday. The animated 3D fantasy grossed $5.24 million (up 16 percent), according to Box Office Mojo. Down one slot, The Last Song earned $4.26 million (down 17 percent) at #2. The […]