November 23, 2012 |
The bang is not so big in Marco Brambilla's "Creation (Megaplex)," the final part of a video collage trilogy at Christopher Grimes. Our world emerges with relative modesty, as pulses of light and galactic crackling, set to the portentous opening chords of Prokofiev's Cinderella Waltz. Things heat up quickly, however. Within four minutes, the earth has been populated, copulated upon, poisoned by progress, pageantry and pride, and set aflame, yielding assorted bits of cosmic debris -- the Statue of Liberty's disembodied head, an untethered astronaut, the Bob's Big Boy icon wearing rocket-powered shoes.
November 1, 2012 |
Actress and director Jodie Foster will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s 2013 Cecil B. DeMille Award, the group announced Thursday morning. "Jodie is a multi-talented woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career," HFPA President Aida Takla-O'Reilly said in a statement. The award, named after the legendary producer-director of such classic films as "The Greatest Show on Earth" and "The Ten Commandments," is given annually to "talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.
September 28, 2011 |
Officials at USC's School of Cinematic Arts have warmly embraced the digital era in filmmaking, but they also realize that silent movies are golden. On Monday evening, the school held a dedication for the Cecil B. DeMille Endowed Chair in Silent Film. Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of the man who made 1952's Oscar-winner "The Greatest Show on Earth" and 1956's "The Ten Commandments," was on hand to talk to USC cinema students about DeMille and to screen his erotic 1915 melodrama "The Cheat.
August 25, 2010 |
You don't have to be much of a film buff to know you're in for a particular treat when you open Scott Eyman's remarkable new biography of the American cinema's iconic director and find a prologue that opens: "On the morning of May 23, 1949, at the Paramount studio on Marathon Street in the heart of Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille was busily engaged in polishing Billy Wilder's dialogue. " Eyman, books editor of the Palm Beach Post, is the author of numerous books on film, including widely admired biographies of John Ford and Louis B. Mayer.
April 1, 2010
If you are looking for a cinematic way to celebrate Easter Sunday, why not catch a big-screen presentation of 1927's silent "The King of Kings"? H.B. Warner plays the title role, but the real star is director Cecil B. DeMille, the king of biblical epics. Picked as the best film about Jesus in a Time magazine poll, "The King of Kings" is notable for its early Technicolor resurrection scene. As the ads said, "Supreme in Theme, Gigantic in Execution." Live musical accompaniment by the Cabeza de Vaca Arcestra.
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March 18, 2010 |
Strong winds scour the dunes, which hide a curious history. Nails and fragments of concrete are scattered everywhere. Steel cables, carved pieces of wood and slabs of painted plaster poke out of the ground, ghosts rising from the grave. In 1923, Cecil B. DeMille came to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes on California's Central Coast and built a movie set that still captures the imagination -- a colossal Egyptian dreamscape for the silent movie version of "The Ten Commandments." Under the direction of French artist Paul Iribe, a founder of the Art Deco movement, 1,600 craftsmen built a temple 800 feet wide and 120 feet tall flanked by four 40-ton statues of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Twenty-one giant plaster sphinxes lined a path to the temple's gates.