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Magnificent Obsessions

Magnificent Obsessions

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 26th 2018

Seventy-one years ago this fall, Charlton Heston (1923-2008), not yet a formidable player of huge historical and literary figures on the stage and screen, was a hungry young actor fresh out of World W

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Romantic Rebels

Romantic Rebels

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 14th 2017

Across nearly a century, each new film or TV adaptation of Emily Brontë’s romantic gothic classic Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847 (a year before its author died at age 30) and initially

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A Voyage Round Bunny Lake

A Voyage Round Bunny Lake

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 21st 2017

Born 94 years ago today, celebrated writer/barrister John Mortimer (1923-2009), beloved for his creations of the incorrigibly unflappable Rumpole of the Bailey and the autobiographical A Voyage Ro

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Heston's Epic Creativity

Heston's Epic Creativity

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 4th 2016

“It’s a lot harder to be creative in an epic than in a low-budget picture. It’s terribly easy to get swamped in a turgid sea of angry slaves brandishing spears. But it’s worth it because of the cha

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Where Titans First Met 50 Years Ago

Where Titans First Met 50 Years Ago

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 9th 2016

Fifty years ago tonight marked the London world premiere of the on-screen confluence of Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, stirring geopolitical history and Cinerama exhibition wrapped up in an exo

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