April 10, 2016
By Simon Callow Viking. 496 pp. $40 Reviewed by Michael Magras He was an actor and director of such intensity that some of the leading ladies he kissed during performances - Eartha Kitt in the play Time Runs , Margaret Lockwood in the film Trent's Last Case - ended up with bruised lips. He was known to eat at one sitting "a meal consisting of five copious courses, two bottles of red wine and many glasses of fifty-year-old cognac. " And he thought so much of himself that when an agent who could resuscitate his flagging career said upon meeting him, "May I call you Orson?"
May 24, 2015 |
No charges against Kasem's widow Los Angeles prosecutors have decided that there is insufficient evidence to file elder-abuse charges against Casey Kasem 's widow, Jean . "Because of Mr. Kasem's longstanding profound health issues, this case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury," the district attorney's office said in a charge-evaluation sheet released Friday. Jean Kasem, an actress best known for her recurring role on Cheers , was married to the radio personality and voice actor for more than 30 years, but was stripped of control over his medical care in the final days of his life.
July 3, 2014
ISSUE | IRAQ Homefront needs Once again, the interventionists who were wrong about the Iraq war are back ("Again, Cheney is up to his old tricks," June 29). But I remember Republicans often reminding us that we are deep in debt and cannot afford anything to help the American people. In fact, we are told we need cuts, austerity, and offsets, but when it comes to war, all bets on costs and debt are off. A country that cannot afford to provide for the welfare of its own people has no business getting involved in more warfare, while asking the same people for more sacrifices.
July 2, 2014 |
1938. Philadelphia. Critics savage Orson Welles' Five Kings , a five-hour compilation of Shakespeare's history plays; it closes, never making it to Broadway. 2014. Philadelphia. Revolution Shakespeare, a new experimental theater company (Jared Delaney, Tom Reing, and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen), dusts off the long-silenced script to revive it, this time in five episodes. These will be presented every Wednesday in July at 6 p.m., starting this week. Each subsequent episode will begin with a TV-style recap of last week's action, in case you missed it. It gets more intriguing: Each show will be staged in a different gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And, even better: It's free.
April 19, 2014 |
It took 56 years, but Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is finally available in high-definition. One of most stylized, intense, and frantic films noir to come out of the 1950s, Touch of Evil features Welles - at his most corpulent, sweat-glazed worst - as a corrupt police captain put in charge of investigating a car bomb that kills a couple at the Mexican border. Charlton Heston plays the voice of reason and all things moral as Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel "Mike" Vargas (yes, it's a white actor playing a Latino in brownface)
October 31, 2013 |
ON THIS NIGHT, 75 years ago, nothing happened in a little slice of New Jersey no one's ever heard of, and the story's only grown ever since. It was Oct. 30, 1938, and Orson Welles and cast members of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" put their own twist on the H.G. Wells science-fiction classic, War of the Worlds , telling CBS radio listeners that Martians had landed on the Wilmuth Farm in the Grover's Mill section of West Windsor Township, about...
December 11, 2009 |
Full of bluster, bluffery, and - yes - brilliance, the Orson Welles of Me and Orson Welles , played by the remarkable Christian McKay, is a charismatic megalomanic bent on turning his fledgling troupe, the Mercury, into the artistic force of New York theater. It is 1937, Citizen Kane is not yet a gleam in Welles' eye, but the man is clearly a genius. At least, as far as he's concerned. The "me" in Richard Linklater's terrifically fun, spirited reimagining of Welles' early creative days is Richard Samuels (Zac Efron)
December 10, 2009 |
"Me and Orson Welles" won't be remembered for its "me," but for its remarkable Orson Welles. Zac Efron is the Me, playing a plucky New York kid named Richard Samuels who bluffs his way into a small role in Welles' legendary 1937 staging of "Julius Caesar" at the Mercury Theater in Manhattan. British actor Christian McKay is Welles, and he's so stunningly good as Welles - he gets both his physical essence and his spirit - that all else fades to the background. All else is a lot of filler about Samuels and his eventful coming-of-age.
December 3, 2006 |
Like Jesus Christ, Richard Wagner and Judy Garland, Orson Welles has become a biography magnet: The man and his work are too big, unruly, and subject to myth to be contained in any single standardized view. And in any number of new books and DVDs, the views keep coming. One of the great directors of American theater and cinema, Welles is as slippery a subject as an artist can be, partly because his celebrity, from his famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938 to his 1970s guest-hosting stints on The Tonight Show, gives you the illusion of having known him. In fact, his life had as many off-kilter angles as his classic film Citizen Kane.
March 19, 2003 |
IT'S GOOD to have a goal. Dick Smothers Jr., son of the Smothers Brothers' Dick Smothers, says his life's ambition is to become "the Orson Welles of porn. " Late last year, Smothers Jr., 38, a self-proclaimed exhibitionist, shocked his straight-man father by embarking on a career that so far has included acting in several porn films, developing a Web-based X-rated game show and launching an adult entertainment Web site. "The acting part of it is obviously what draws the most attention and piques the public's interest most.