“The Ten Commandments,” Cecil B. DeMille’s epic 1956 retelling of the biblical
“The Ten Commandments,” Cecil B. DeMille’s epic 1956 retelling of the biblical saga, has its annual Passover/Easter airing Saturday at 7 p.m. on ABC. The movie’s cast featured several actors who also would headline TV shows in the years to come. Here are five:
v Charlton Heston (Moses): Starred as wealthy businessman Jason Colby in the “Dynasty” spinoff, “The Colbys” (1985-87).
v Yvonne de Carlo (Sephora): She was the lovely Lily Munster on “The Munsters” (1964-66).
v Anne Baxter (Nefretiri): Ran San Francisco’s St. Gregory onSFlb“Hotel,” (1983-86), the soapy series based on Arthur Hailey’s best-seller. (Baxter died during the 1985-86 season. The death of her character, Victoria Cabot, was written into the show.)
v Yul Brynner (Rameses): This wasn’t a stretch for the chrome-domed actor: He played the King of Siam in “Anna and the King” (1972), a short-lived comedy based on his iconic role from “The King and I.”
v Mike Connors (Amalekite sheepherder): OK, so it was just an extra role, but you have to start somewhere. A decade later, Connors became a TV star as tough-guy detective Joe Mannix on “Mannix” (1967-75).
“Go On” (9 p.m., NBC): It’s a mini “Friends” reunion as Courteney Cox guest stars.
“180 Days: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL” (9 P.M., PBS): A team of teachers and school leaders deal with teenagers and administrative pressures.
“Justified” (10 p.m., FX): You won’t find many TV dramas better than “Justified.” The show’s tremendous Season 4 continues with an episode that finds Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) trying to sort things out after the apprehension of Drew Thompson.
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Film, discussions on the blues, gospel
A free program featuring film screenings and discussion about the blues and gospel music will begin at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW.
The documentary films “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home” and “Say Amen, Somebody” will be featured. Kenneth J. Bindas, professor and chairman of the department of history at Kent State University, will introduce each film and then lead a discussion about the origins of the blues and the individuals who played influential roles in creating gospel music.
Reservations are not necessary. Attendees will get a ticket to be entered in a drawing for four admission tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Tickets on sale for film festival
Tickets to the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) are on sale at $14 per film at clevelandfilm.org and by phone at 1-877-304-FILM). Program Guides are available at all Dollar Bank locations. The CIFF will take place April 3-14 at Tower City Cinemas, and will showcase more than 340 films representing 64 countries. Check clevelandfilm.org for program updates.