Heston in Hollywood w/ author Marc Eliot & Fraser Heston!

SUNDAY, MARCH 19th-4:30 pm book signing/ 5:30 pm introduction & films

EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Next Sunday we are off on adventures on screen & off with the legendary Charlton Heston! Every generation has their own films with Charlton Heston as well as the classics we all share.

It will be a look on screen at the science fiction classics as well as talk about his life & career & a great new authorized biography by author Marc Eliot & an introduction by Fraser Heston!

This is going to be fine fine day at the movies!

PLANET OF THE APES / THE OMEGA MAN Introduction by Fraser Heston and author Marc Eliot, who will sign his book, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon, in the lobby at 4:30 PM. PLANET OF THE APES 1968, 20th Century Fox, 119 min, USA, Dir: Franklin Schaffner

 

One of the greatest modern sci-fi films, a combination of apocalyptic action and evolutionary parable. Astronaut Charlton Heston finds himself stranded on a strangely familiar world dominated by highly intelligent gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.

THE OMEGA MAN 1971, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Boris Sagal

Whiskey-drinking, WOODSTOCK-watching scientist Charlton Heston faces the possible extinction of mankind, while bug-eyed Anthony Zerbe and his legions of soul-brother vampires prowl the night, in this whacked-out adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. Here, Heston remade himself as an uber-cool 1970s action star, who cruises the plague-ridden streets of L.A. in a convertible Mustang.

The book:

This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning author Marc Eliot – Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, and others – with unprecedented access to the family, friends, and Heston’s private papers, diaries, journal, writings and estate, he tells an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary life you may find difficult to put down. Eliot’s biography is rich with facts details and anecdotal material that bring to life the complex story of this most iconic of American popular cultural giants to illuminate Heston’s greatest achievements and his personal failures. He examines how a small boy from the backwoods of Michigan rose to become one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars, one of the Greatest Generation’s true-life war heroes – he saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War Two, before moving with his young wife from Chicago to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to begin their struggle to find success in the theater. Eliot traces Heston’s pioneering work in live television, his being discovered by Hollywood because of it, and tells the amazing saga of his three films for Cecil B. DeMille and his two for William Wyler, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the latter for which he won a Best-Actor Oscar, with fascinating new details, documents and photographs never before seen.

Eliot follows Heston through the genre of Science Fiction, which he helped revive with Planet of the Apes, and sheds new light on every one of Heston’s iconic films. He also examines Heston’s long political involvements, from being one of the organizers of The Arts Contingent of Marchers who joined with Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington, to his mentoring under Ronald Reagan for eventual presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, to his late-in-life presidency of the National Rifle Association, all the while being asked by both Republican and Democratic Parties to run for the United States Senate. With unprecedented cooperation with Heston’s family, and never-before-seen personal photos, documents and hand-written letters, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon for the first time tells the real story of Charlton’s Heston’s amazing life, an incisive, detailed, compelling portrayal, both for longtime fans, Hollywood movie lovers everywhere and a new college and TCM generation discovering Heston’s work for the first time.

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