Orson Welles

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Hearst's 'Dark' Plot Against Orson Welles, Citizen Kane

Upcoming book says media mogul tried everything he could to discredit director

(Newser) - Orson Welles may not have thought William Randolph Hearst himself was out to directly sabotage Citizen Kane, the movie partly based on the tycoon's life, but documents never before published appear to show what the Guardian labels a seedy scheme against Welles and RKO pictures, including "extortion, media... More »

Steinbeck Story Missing Since WWII to Be Published

Orson Welles read 'With Your Wings' on one of his wartime radio broadcasts

(Newser) - In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his WWII radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's favorite authors, John Steinbeck. "With Your Wings" was an inspirational story about a black pilot that Steinbeck wrote for Welles' program, and it seemed to... More »

'Most Famous Movie Never Released' to Be Released

Orson Welles' 'The Other Side of the Wind' is coming

(Newser) - When Orson Welles died in 1985, he left behind a film he'd been fighting to finish for 15 years. But The Other Side of the Wind never saw the light of day, and it has since become a bit of an obsession for movie buffs, who "consider it... More »

5 of the Best Films That Never Got Made

These movies could have been classics

(Newser) - In honor of last week's release of Jodorowsky's Dune , a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's planned but never made adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, the BBC lists the "10 greatest movies never made." Five standouts:
  • Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: Kubrick spent years digging
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No, Orson Welles' Broadcast Didn't Cause Mass Panic

Effects of his 'War of the Worlds' program is greatly exaggerated: authors

(Newser) - It's a great tale: Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938 about a Martian invasion set off mass hysteria throughout America because people thought it was real. A new PBS documentary reinforces the story in honor of tomorrow's 75th anniversary. "There’s only one... More »

Orson Welles' Oscar for Citizen Kane Fetches $861K

Unidentified fan snags the 1942 Academy Award for best original screenplay

(Newser) - An anonymous bidder shelled out $861,000 for the Oscar that Orson Welles won for his original screenplay of Citizen Kane in 1942. The golden statuette was auctioned off in Los Angeles yesterday and attracted bidders from around the world, including magician David Copperfield, who was ultimately outbid by the... More »

Stalin, Nazi Doc Behind Roswell's 'UFO' Crash: Book

'Area 51' says Stalin enlisted infamous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele in plan to scare US

(Newser) - Roswell and Area 51 have long been the focus of alien-hunting conspiracy theorists—and a new book's theory is likely to disappoint them. Annie Jacobsen's Area 51 , a history of the top-secret base based on interviews with scientists and engineers who worked there, presents an explanation for the... More »

Welles Best Part of Me and Orson Welles

Christian McKay eclipses Zac Efron

(Newser) - Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, an atmospheric period piece set behind the scenes of Welles' 1937 production of Julius Caesar, has critics gushing about Christian McKay as Orson Welles, but split on Zac Efron as a wide-eyed teen who stumbles into Welles's glamorous orbit:
  • The "frothy" film is
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Coppola Turns to Youth

Winemaker-auteur makes his first film in a decade, with no 'commercial calculation'

(Newser) - Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in a decade is about an elderly character returned to youth by a lightning strike; indeed Youth Without Youth finds the director making the kind of "personal" film he wanted to at age 25. Having wallowed for 30 years in less than stellar... More »

AFI Updates Top Films, Doesn't Forget Rosebud

'Kane' still reigns in new rankings; 'Bull' leaps; 'Ryan' joins fray

(Newser) - Citizen Kane has stood the test of time—and then 10 more years. The American Film Institute refreshed its list of the 100 greatest American films, and Orson Welles' portrait of power and privacy remains on top. Rounding out the top 5 are The Godfather, Casablanca, Raging Bull (which surged... More »

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