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December 2, 1999
Charlton Heston certainly has a right to speak at the Skirball Center (Nov. 30), and I have a right not to listen. DAVID SAXON Sherman Oaks
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February 27, 2014 | By Times staff writers
"The Ten Commandments" (1956) The classic Charlton Heston epic grossed $65 million in theaters. In today's dollars, that equals nearly $1.1 billion, making it the sixth-highest-grossing movie ever. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $65 million; adjusted: $1.09 billion) "Ben-Hur" (1959) Another New Testament Heston epic, "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, and was a big commercial success for MGM. Going by inflation-adjusted numbers, it's the 13th-highest-grossing film ever.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1996 | By Gore Vidal
On March 17, Sunday Calendar published a letter from Charlton Heston in which he said that Gore Vidal's account of their involvement in the making of the film "Ben-Hur" "irritates the hell out of me. " Heston was particularly incensed at a statement made by Vidal in the recent documentary film "The Celluloid Closet," and quoted in Calendar, in which Vidal said that--without Heston's knowledge--he had written a scene into the film that implied a homosexual...
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June 12, 2013 | By Susan King
Seth Rogen's raunchy comedy “This Is the End,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest entry in a long line of apocalyptic films set in Los Angeles that includes 1991's “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and 2009's “Terminator Salvation.” Here are some other end-of-the-world examples that run the gamut from comedies to sci-fi epics to zombie thrillers: “Night of the Comet” (1984) Thom Eberhardt directed this sci-fi, horror, zombie, apocalypse, comedy and romance story about what happens when the tail of a comet -- the same comet that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years earlier -- passes by Earth.
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August 1, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the consummate American man of letters who died Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home at age 86. As a screenwriter and actor, Vidal had a hand in a number of movies, including "Suddenly Last Summer" and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston will visit the new Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library in Northridge on Thursday evening to read selections from various works, part of a nationwide salute to literacy and reading, the Los Angeles Public Library has announced. Star of such screen classics as "The Ten Commandments," "Touch of Evil" and "Ben Hur," Heston is a regular "celebrity reader" during the American Library Assn.'
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April 12, 2008
I want to thank Carina Chocano for reminding us what a good movie critic does: She wrote a scholarly and touching tribute to Charlton Heston ["End of a Heroic Line," April 8]. In this complex world where he had certainly lost his cultural relevance, she reminded us of his place in Hollywood history. Thank you for reminding us with your heart, not just your mind. David Zelitzky Los Angeles I fail to see how Charlton Heston's star was ever "tarnished" by his political beliefs.
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May 3, 1997 | Associated Press
The National Rifle Assn. will become politically isolated and irrelevant if leaders of the nation's oldest and largest gun-rights group are ousted, actor Charlton Heston said Friday. Heston said he was running for a seat on the NRA board to support "the good guys," embattled Executive Vice President Wayne R. LaPierre Jr. and his backers. "There are forces within the NRA that threaten to reduce it to kind of a sideshow on the radical fringe of the American scene," Heston told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY
If Charlton Heston had his way, there might be an 11th commandment--"Thou shalt do your best and keep your promises"--based on advice his father gave him. It was the same advice Heston gave during a speech called "The Spirit of Excellence" that he delivered to a packed crowd Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. In the hourlong talk, the 69-year-old actor bemoaned the loss of values and personal responsibility in the country.
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October 28, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Less than a month before President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev are scheduled to meet for summit talks in Geneva, longtime Reagan supporter Charlton Heston visited the heart of Reagan Country on Saturday and offered a poignant plea for international brotherhood. In a 30-minute speech at the Sheraton-Newport before nearly 350 members and guests of the Orange County Council of the American Electronics Assn.
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August 1, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the consummate American man of letters who died Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home at age 86. As a screenwriter and actor, Vidal had a hand in a number of movies, including "Suddenly Last Summer" and...
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June 3, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Dropped Names Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them Frank Langella Harper: 356 pp., $25.99 Frank Langella's "Dropped Names" is a different kind of memoir. Rather than recapping his life story, the veteran stage and screen actor offers a series of quick sketch profiles of those he's crossed paths with whose fame, generally speaking, outshines his own. Intimately acquainted with the capriciousness of the limelight and its warping effect on celebrity souls, the book has wicked fun placing its subjects (all dead save socialite Rachel "Bunny" Mellon)
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September 26, 2011
William Wyler's 1959 epic, "Ben-Hur," which dominated the Academy Awards in winning 11 Oscars, including best film, director, actor (Charlton Heston) and supporting actor (Hugh Griffith), is getting the superstar treatment in Warner's 50th-anniversary ultimate collection edition arriving Tuesday in both regular DVD and Blu-ray. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, the period drama revolves around Judah Ben-Hur (Heston), a Palestinian nobleman who is enslaved by the Romans, engages in one of the most thrilling chariot races ever captured on screen, and even encounters Jesus Christ.
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February 20, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent-turned-producer who started out at MGM in the 1930s and made an enduring mark on the industry in the 1980s as a tenacious fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died Friday of an age-related illness at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. His successful ad campaign for MGM's "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)
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February 21, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Frank C. Ashby Jr., who cultivated a niche as a real estate appraiser to the stars, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at a Las Vegas nursing home, said his daughter, Pamela Romano. He was 76. Soon after Ashby established his Los Angeles appraisal company in 1965, Charlton Heston reportedly became his first celebrity client.
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December 26, 2008 | Nicholas A. Salerno
The obituaries written after the death of Charlton Heston in April suggested a man whose public and private images were virtually indistinguishable. Discussing his acting, almost all the press played the same note. USA Today's Mike Clark said Heston was best suited to "holding stone tablets or looking at home in a loincloth." Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal wrote that he was "always solid, if sometimes bordering on stolid."
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June 19, 1994
The Friars Club plans to bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on Charlton Heston, it was announced last week. The award will be made at a Friars Club dinner July 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event, to be emceed by Steve Allen, will feature Heston's former co-stars and appearances by comics who will reflect on the veteran actor's accomplishments. Heston has starred in more than 50 motion pictures, including "Ben Hur," for which he won a Best Actor Oscar in 1959.
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November 3, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charlton Heston proudly boasts that he's played "more biographical figures than any American actor." According to his last count, Heston has personified 15 famous folks from the annals of history, including Moses, John the Baptist, Sir Thomas More and Andrew Jackson (twice). And he's brought such legendary literary figures to life as Ben Hur (for which he won a best actor Oscar), Macbeth, Capt. Queeg and Long John Silver.
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April 21, 2008 | AL MARTINEZ
A friend once remarked that you don't really get to know a man until he's dead. It was a comment made at the memorial service for a bartender who worked at a newspaper hangout in Oakland called the Hollow Leg. The friend was talking about the eulogies offered on behalf of the bartender whose name was Nels; how he had lived such a noble life beyond pouring Scotch and mixing martinis. He learned about Nels through those who knew him best, and that's one of the ways I'm learning about Charlton Heston, through a friend named Peter Dennis.
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April 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Charlton Heston, one of the last lions of Old Hollywood, was remembered at a funeral service Saturday as devoutly religious and patriotic, and a man who was an imposing figure both in his politics and on the big screen. Heston died April 5 at age 84 in his Beverly Hills home with his wife, Lydia, at his side after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The service was held at the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthews, a church in a wooded canyon above Pacific Palisades.
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