Movie: ‘Ben-Hur’

Subtitled “A Tale of the Christ,” Civil War Gen. Lew Wallace’s best-selling 1880 novel, which had previously been made into a wildly successful stage play, first reached audiences of the newfangled cinema way back in 1907. Since that adaptation was completely unauthorized, however, a lawsuit resulted that still stands as a landmark in the development of copyright protection.

Ben Hur: An epic remake

For the first time in nearly 55 years, one of the greatest stories ever told will be retold on the big screen starting Aug. 19, as Paramount and MGM’s “Ben-Hur” — a remake of the 1959 Academy Award-winning classic with Charlton Heston — will introduce a whole new generation to the epic tale of fictional nobleman-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur and his life-changing interaction with Jesus Christ.

The little-known Catholicism of a ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star

Krakow, Poland (CNA) – Clarence Gilyard is the seasoned Hollywood actor who kicked major bad-guy posterior as Chuck Norris’ gun-slinging, karate-kicking deputy James Trivette on “Walker: Texas Ranger,” the hit 1993-2001 CBS series. The man is legitimate – especially after working alongside Chuck Norris and his impressive slow-mo high kicks for an entire eight seasons […]

Movie: ‘Cafe Society’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “Love is an emotion, and emotions aren’t rational,” a character muses midway through writer-director Woody Allen’s seriocomic “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate). This variation on “the heart wants what the heart wants” — a saying ultimately traceable, in a slightly different form, to an Emily Dickinson poem — is not a lucid theme […]

Movie: ‘Nine Lives’

NEW YORK (CNS) — It must have been a slow day in Hollywood when the proposal for the vapid comedy “Nine Lives” (EuropaCorp) got the green light. Or perhaps someone behind the scenes saw some potential in the project that failed to make it to the screen. Either way, the dead-on-arrival result, in which Kevin […]