Latest Welles Stories

2009-04-26 15:30:00

Artifacts being fought over by descendants of former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles have strong historical value, an expert says. John A. Lupton, associate editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project in Illinois, said Welles' connection to the late U.S. president has intensified the historical importance of the items being fought over by the Welles and Brainard branches of his family, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant said Sunday. Gideon Welles was one of Lincoln's closest confidants...

2008-10-03 15:00:19

By DUANE DUDEK As if times weren't already scary enough -- here come the Martians. Forget the World Series. The real October classic is "The War of the Worlds," the H.G. Wells tale about a Martian invasion that Kenosha native Orson Welles turned into a radio drama that panicked a nation 70 years ago this month. The 1953 film version of the tale, with Gene Barry, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St. The film was nominated for three Oscars...

2008-08-14 06:00:29

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Orson Welles' film noir masterpiece celebrates a home entertainment milestone with the release of the "Touch of Evil - 50th Anniversary Edition" DVD on October 7, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For the first time on DVD, audiences can experience this cinematic achievement as never before: All three versions of the film including the preview version, the theatrical version and the restored version based on Welles' vision,...

2008-08-01 12:00:47

By Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times Aug. 1--Northwest Film Forum tonight begins a three-weekend series: "The Transitional Orson Welles: Late Works and Adaptations," three films from the '60s, made in Europe during Welles' long absence from Hollywood. This weekend features "The Trial," Welles' black-and-white 1962 adaptation of Franz Kafka's tale of the justice system, with Anthony Perkins as a man arrested for an unnamed crime. Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider co-star. "The Trial" plays...

2008-06-13 18:00:00

By Christopher Blank "Orson's Shadow," now onstage at Circuit Playhouse, comes on the heels of "The Compleat Stage Beauty," another play about life in the theater. Both are packed with inflated egos, barbed banter in English accents and numerous references to Shakespeare. Even the themes make them appear to be companion pieces for people fascinated by the inner workings of this business we call show. "Stage Beauty" concerned a 17th century actor who specialized in female roles. The...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'