Orson Welles


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  • Birth Name: George Orson Welles
  • Birth Place: Kenosha, WI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/06/1915, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 10/09/1985
  • Profession: Actor; director; writer; producer
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The Tuesday Playlist: War of the Worlds at 75, Women of Interest, Naked Vegas

Today's history lesson: You shouldn't always believe what you hear. Long before TV, let alone social media like Twitter and Facebook, the medium of radio held sway over the public consciousness — and more to the point, the collective imagination — in a way that now seems hard for many to fathom. One visionary who understood its potential and power was Orson Welles, "prodigy and provocateur," who at the astonishingly precocious age of 23 triggered a Halloween eve panic in 1938 with his innovative and infamous CBS Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.

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Peter Bogdanovich on the Night Orson Welles Punk'd America

Were we really that naive? The PBS American Experience documentary War of the Worlds (Tuesday, Oct. 29) commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio play The War of the Worlds, a tale of a deadly Martian attack on the U.S. that panicked many thousands ...
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The Wednesday Playlist: Musical Rivalries on Nashville as Voice Takes On Idol

Don't you hate when this sort of thing happens? Country diva frenemies Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) both get nominated for CMA Awards on ABC's Nashville (Wednesday, 10/9c) — oh who am I kidding, we love when these things happen.read more


Jodorowsky's Dune
American Experience: War Of The Worlds
Black Magic
Jodorowsky's Dune: Legacy Of Dune

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TV Listings



Year Title Description
2010 War of the Worlds Scandal TV Show Series, Subject (person only)
2001 The Magnificent Ambersons Movie, Writer
1998 Touch Of Evil Movie, Director
1998 Touch Of Evil Movie, Writer
1998 Touch Of Evil Movie, Actor - Hank Quinlan

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Elementary Scoop: What Happens When Watson's Job Ends?

What happens when Watson's employment as Sherlock's sober companion runs out?

CBS' Elementary will face that exact conundrum soon since Watson (Lucy Liu) was only said to be employed by Sherlock's (Jonny Lee Miller) father for six weeks. Sure, it's a television show centered around these two characters, so the writers will find a way to keep them together, but that raises the question: How? To find out and get scoop on their upcoming post-Super Bowl slot, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Rob Doherty: read more

Matt's Picks: January 31-February 3

Lie to Me (Fox, 9/8c, Monday)
Call it the unsocial network, as the "to tell the truth" procedural wraps its third season — let's hope it's not the last — with a strong episode that plays like the murderous flip side of The Social Network. When a murder occurs during the contentious wrangling over profits of a hot social-networking app, Lightman's steely focus falls on the smug creator — or so he says — of the site (played by former Nikita co-star Ashton Holmes in a variation of Jesse Eisenberg's take on Mark Zuckerberg). An hour earlier on NBC (opposite a fresh episode of the much-moved-around Human Target), a pivotal episode of Chuck airs that would have been the season finale if NBC hadn't extended the show's order. It's Chuck vs. psycho villain Volkoff (the very entertaining Timothy Dalton), and that should be great fun... read more

DVD Tuesday: Charlton Heston in the Great Touch of Evil

DVD Tuesday When Charlton Heston met Orson Welles in praise of Touch of Evil one wild and sleazy ride through the darkness at the edge of border townsWhen you think Charlton Heston you think Ben-Hur Planet of the Apes The Omega Man the nuttier of two precursors to Will Smiths I Am Legend The Ten Commandments and Soylent Green spoiler alert Soylent Green is people But one of my favorite Heston movies is one of his less well-known the thriller Touch of Evil directed by and costarring Orson Welles along with Janet Leigh Marlene Dietrich Joseph Cotten and Zsa Zsa Gabor now thats a cast And it opens with one of the most justly famous tracking shots in movie history a sinuous three-minute and 20-second glide through the crowded streets of seedy Los Robles following behind a white convertible en route to the US border with an ominous tick tick tick always audible through the clamor of ambient noise and Henry Mancinis ominously jazzy read more

Zac Efron Is Feeling Welles, and More Movie News

High School Musical emo-boy Zac Efron will star in Me and Orson Welles, an adaptation of Robert Kaplow's novel about a student who stumbles into a bit part in the 1937 staging of Julius Caesar that launched the big guy's career. Newbie Christian McKay is tackling Welles.... The life of legendary fashion designer Valentino is en route to theaters in the form of the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor.Related:• Zac Efron Sidelined in Hospital• Zac Efron Makes a Friend, and More Movie News read more

DVD Tuesday: How Great Is Citizen Kane?

Orson Welles Citizen Kane A pop masterpiece that plays like breaking news Send your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkEveryones heard that Citizen Kane 1941 is the best of the best It just topped the AFIs most recent list of the all-time greatest films and critics academics and movie buffs all genuflect before its flawless mix of technical invention and lacerating dissection of the American Dream gone wrong But what sometimes gets lost in the adulation is the fact that its a blast and thats why its this weeks DVD Tuesday pickTell people youre a movie critic and they want to know your favorite movie of all time There are a lot of ways you can go at that one After flailing embarrassingly at the question on more than one occasion I decided to come up with an answer and a rationale So now I say my favorite movie is the one Id take to a desert island if I knew Id be stuck there for years and read more


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