Scarlett Johansson Hot 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Poster + 'The Hateful Eight' & Screenplay Leaks

Hot Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in one of the character posters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hot Scarlett Johansson in latest 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' poster Scarlett Johansson has created quite a bit of a stir in recent days. Yesterday, Jan. 30, Captain America: The Winter Soldier posters came out, revealing Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and a tightly […]

Alan Turing: Gay World War II 'Hero' Is 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' Topic + Orson Welles Oscar Controversy

Alan Turing: gay cryptographer was World War II “hero” – well, not that he risked his life while blowing people up or bombing cities; Turing, according to some “the father of computer science and the father of artificial intelligence,” came up with code-breaking techniques that, once again according to some, shortened the war in Europe and consequently saved countless lives. Unfortunately for himself, Alan Turing […]

Orson Welles Movies: 'The Lady from Shanghai,' 'The Third Man'

Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai Orson Welles' career as an actor was both fruitful and frustrating. From Citizen Kane (1941) to Someone to Love (1987), Welles appeared – mostly in supporting roles – in about 70 features made in various parts of the world. There was one brilliant performance in one brilliant film, Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, but the rest […]

'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror

'The Phantom of the Opera' with Lon Chaney: Halloween Special. Lon Chaney 'The Phantom of the Opera' Halloween screening The 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 25, '09, at 2:30 p.m. at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, about 9 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Directed by Rupert Julian for […]

Linwood Dunn: Celebrating a Visual Effects Pioneer – 'Citizen Kane' Screening

“Linwood Dunn: Celebrating a Visual Effects Pioneer,” will explore the work of special effects artist Linwood Dunn (above, lower photo), including the techniques he used in creating optical effects for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, on Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' appropriately named Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. A newly struck print of Citizen Kane from […]

'Citizen Kane' Orson Welles' Oscar for Sale + 'The Orphanage' Is Spanish Blockbuster

Citizen Kane with Orson Welles: Oscar for sale. 'Citizen Kane' Academy Award auction: Orson Welles' Oscar for Best Original Screenplay to be sold Orson Welles' Academy Award for Citizen Kane, considered by some The Greatest Story Ever Told on Film, is set to be auctioned by its current owner, the Los Angeles-based charity Dax Foundation, next December 2007. Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz shared the […]

'Mr. Arkadin': Orson Welles' Lesser-Known Effort in All Its Original Glory

The first time I saw Orson Welles' 1955 black-and-white drama Mr. Arkadin was a few years ago, on a cheap 91-minute DVD version put out by LaserLight. It was a film often called Welles' “European Citizen Kane," and had a bizarre introduction by a fey and gloved Tony Curtis. It was a very poor-quality disk, with a scratched and highly white-contrasted print that looked washed out. […]

Geraldine Fitzgerald: From Orson Welles to 'The Golden Girls'

Geraldine Fitzgerald: Renowned movie, stage, and TV actress has died Geraldine Fitzgerald, veteran stage and screen actress among whose film credits are Wuthering Heights, Wilson, Harry and Tonto, and the comedy blockbuster Arthur, died on Sunday, July 17, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Fitzgerald (born on November 24, 1913, in Dublin) was 91. (Image: Geraldine Fitzgerald ca. early 1940s.) Geraldine Fitzgerald movies Before […]

Ruth Warrick Dies: Actress in 'Citizen Kane,' 'All My Children'

Ruth Warrick: All My Children actress, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane wife Actress Ruth Warrick, All My Children star player and Charles Foster Kane's wife in Orson Welles' 1941 classic Citizen Kane, died today of complications from pneumonia. Warrick was 89. (Image: Citizen Kane Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles.) Also in 1941, her first year in Hollywood, Warrick was Douglas Fairbanks Jr's leading lady in the period […]