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Only The Brave (2017) – Review

19 October 2017 7:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here’s yet another “inspired by true events” film , just in time for the somber Fall season. Somber, the right word for this one. Unlike this weekend’s other non-fiction flicks, it’s set in the not too distant past, not decades ago, but in this decade, the 2010’s. It concerns a group of men who regularly risk their lives, and often make the ultimate sacrifice, in order to protect their fellow men. And it shines a light on the families that must stay behind and hope that all goes well. You may be thinking that’s it’s another those on the front line, our soldiers overseas sagas as in the films The Hurt Locker and American Sniper. Well, these heroes aren’t on foreign soil, though they are on the front line, one made of flame. And with their special clothing and gear ,they could be mistaken for soldiers. »

- Jim Batts

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'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama

18 October 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you've been to the movies any time over the last century, you're familiar with men like Eric Marsh. They're hard-ass guys, often stoic but capable of being sensitive and, in rare cases, prone to sentimentality. Their flaws and temper-flares are balanced out by their virtues: staunch professionalism, a salt-of-the-earth nobility, an almost stubborn loyalty to their men. The kind of dudes who treat their enemies – in this case, the massive forest fires that annually scorch acres of Arizona landscape – with something close to respect. ("What are you up to? »

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Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on His Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns

17 October 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.

The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).

Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.

Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is »

- Martin Dale

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Westerns, Redefined: How Two New Movies Provide Fresh Meaning to a Dated Genre — Nyff

12 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

The western is an iconic genre tied to the very genesis of cinema itself, but it doesn’t have the currency it held decades ago. That’s why it’s such a thrill to see Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” and Valeski Grisebach’s “Western” — two highlights from this year’s New York Film Festival — reshape the genre from the ground up.

It’s only possible to appreciate that if you consider how far the genre has come. The western reigned Hollywood for decades—particularly from the ‘30s to the ‘60s. The genre’s appeal was that its unequivocal good vs. evil narrative could translate to any cultural zeitgeist. It wasn’t until Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns and »

- Caroline Madden

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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin and Miles Teller Are Hardworking Firefighters in Emotional Drama

11 October 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In June 2013, the Yarnell wildfire in Arizona spiraled out of control and killed 19 firefighters from nearby Prescott, marking the highest death toll for U.S. firefighters since 9/11. Only one member of the group, a lookout stationed elsewhere, survived the massacre. That’s the setting for “Only the Brave,” but it takes almost the entire running time to get there. The movie is so cautious about avoiding disaster movie tropes that you can practically sense the resistance to arriving at the tragic finale. The result is a tasteful, well-acted bore, but so out of sync with traditional studio filmmaking it deserves some kudos anyway.

The two-hour plus working class drama stars Josh Brolin as the hardened leader of the group and Miles Teller as the eventual lookout struggling to find his place in the pack. That makes it stand apart from other approaches to adaptations of real-life catastrophes: Avoiding the morbid »

- Eric Kohn

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Griffin Dunne on Convincing Joan Didion to Make a Netflix Documentary

11 October 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joan Didion has been at the center of our cultural and political life for more than five decades, writing incisively on everything from war to rock music to murder in books such as “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” “The White Album,” and “Salvador.” As an essayist, novelist, critic, and screenwriter, she’s inspired a passionate following that is nearly unmatched in American letters. That status reached near deification levels with 2005’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” In it, she reflects on her own personal tragedy, recounting her grief after the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and her struggle to deal with the fatal illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo. By writing so unflinchingly about such a painful topic, she formed an even deeper connection with her readers.

It took her nephew, the filmmaker Griffin Dunne, to convince Didion to do what she had long resisted — sit down and shareher personal and professional remembrances on camera. The fruits »

- Brent Lang

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Bob Schiller, Writer on 'I Love Lucy,' Dies at 98

10 October 2017 12:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Bob Schiller, the legendary sitcom writer known for his work on such shows as I Love Lucy and All in the Family, died Tuesday. He was 98.

Schiller, who collaborated with his late writing partner, Bob Weiskopf, for nearly a half-century, died at his home in Pacific Palisades, his daughter, Sadie Novello, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Best known for being the first (and only) additions to the original writing team for I Love Lucy, Schiller and Weiskopf came up with some of that series' most beloved episodes, including the one that guest-starred John Wayne and the one that featured Lucy »

- Mike Barnes

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Movie Posters From an Alternate Universe

3 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s always fun to see what movie posters would look like if they’d been made in some alternate universe where the pop culture icons of the bygone era were allowed to run loose on the big screen. Can you even imagine if these kind of movies, in their current form, had been unleashed on the public at that point? Chances are today’s entertainment would have been a lot different. Avatar I think we all know what part John Wayne would play. Can you imagine him and Shatner going at one another. “You think you’re one of them? Well it’s time

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- Wake

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The Curious Languor of Robert Mitchum

29 September 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Everyone notices the eyes first, languid, those of a somnambulist. Robert Mitchum, calm and observant, is a presence that, through passivity, enamors a viewer. His face is as effulgent as moonlight. The man smolders, with that boozy, baritone voice, seductive and soporific, a cigarette perched between wispy lips below which is a chin cleft like a geological fault. He’s slithery with innuendo. There’s an effortless allure to it all, a mix of malaise and braggadocio, a cocksure machismo and a hint of fragility. He’s ever-cool, a paradox, “radiating heat without warmth,” as Richard Brody said. A poet, a prodigious lover and drinker, a bad boy; his penchant for marijuana landed him in jail, and in the photographs from his two-month stay he looks like a natural fit. He sits, wrapped in denim, legs spread wide, hair shiny and slick, holding a cup of coffee. His mouth is »

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Wamg Interview: Actor John Carroll Lynch – Director of Lucky

27 September 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Actor John Carroll Lynch first caught the attention of moviegoers in 1996 when he played Frances McDormand’s husband in Fargo (“People don’t much use the three-cent stamp”). A native of Boulder, Colorado, Lynch spent the next decade popping up in supporting roles in a variety of films including Volcano, Face/Off, and Gothika. It was his chilling, scene-stealing turn in David Fincher’s Zodiac in 2007 that made moviegoers really take notice and when he went from being ‘that Norm Gunderson guy’ to ‘John Carroll Lynch, – dynamic character actor’.  Lynch continued to impress in roles on the big screen in films like Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Jackie (where he played Lyndon Johnson), and The Founder, where he played one of the McDonald brothers. On the small screen he’s entertained audiences as John Wayne Gacy on American Horror Story and even had his own stand-alone episode of The Walking Dead. »

- Tom Stockman

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Gun Fury 3-D

25 September 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Rock Hudson and Donna Reed star in a kidnapping-vengeance-pursuit western filmed in large part in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, in 3-D and (originally) Technicolor. It’s another 3-D treasure from the 1950s boom years. The trailer is in 3-D too.

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Twilight Time

1953 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 82 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phil Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin, Neville Brand.

Cinematography: Lester WhiteMusical Director (Stock Music): Mischa Bakaleinikoff

Written by Irving Wallace, Roy Huggins

Produced by Lewis Rachmil

Directed by Raoul Walsh

I have a new theory for why the 1950s 3-D craze only lasted about 2.5 years: they couldn’t find any more one-eyed directors to make them.

Gun Fury arrived at the end of 1953, in the thick of what would be called the ‘fad’ of 3-D. Columbia Pictures jumped into ‘depth pictures’ as if it were a gimmick, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Watch: Get to Know the Women of Runaway June — and Find Out the Story Behind Their Unique Band Name

25 September 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Meet Runaway June, a band that’s well on its way to country music superstardom.

The group — comprised of Jennifer Wayne, Naomi Cooke and Hannah Mulholland — has been dubbed the “Dixie Chicks for a new generation,” and with good reason. The band’s hit single “Lipstick” made them the first all-female trio to earn a top 25 hit on the country charts in a decade and with their new single “Wild West” hitting the airwaves, People is sharing an exclusive video of the women sharing the story behind their band.

“We’re three women singing and just telling stories that are »

- Brianne Tracy

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NFL TV Ratings Slide Worries Wall Street

20 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

NFL's ratings woes continued in Week 2, and Wall Street is taking notice, given there are fewer excuses for falling viewership than there were a year ago when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were distracting TV-watching Americans.

While NFL games remain some of the most-watched content on television, ratings slid 12 percent in the NFL's opening weekend, with many blaming Hurricane Irma. But without dramatic weather, the second weekend was off 15 percent year-over-year. This comes after an 8 percent ratings slump last season.

Guggenheim Securities analyst Michael Morris said he had been optimistic heading into the new season because »

- Paul Bond ,Georg Szalai

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Hour of the Gun

19 September 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It’s the one saga of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral that puts Western legend into proper perspective as to the nature of money, power and the law: Edward Anhalt’s vision is of a gangland turf war with sagebrush and whiskey bottles. James Garner is a humorless Wyatt Earp, matched by Jason Robards’ excellent Doc Holliday. It’s one of John Sturges’ best movies.

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Twilight Time

1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat, Michael Tolan, William Windom, Lonny Chapman, Larry Gates, William Schallert, Jon Voight.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Art Direction: Alfred C. Ybarra

Film Editor: Ferris Webster

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Edward Anhalt

Produced and Directed by John Sturges

Producer-director John SturgesHour of the Gun was a dismal non-performer in »

- Glenn Erickson

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Steve Bannon Is Returning to Hollywood to Make Westerns — Report

15 September 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Steve Bannon, known as Stephen K. Bannon on his IMDb page, is reportedly making plans to return to his first love: Making movies. According to Page Six, Bannon has been taking meetings with “movie companies,” specifically with an eye toward making Westerns. Bannon’s rise to fame is as strange and ominous as Donald Trump’s; he landed at Breitbart news after producing a slew of right-wing political documentaries, causing Andrew Breitbart to call him the Leni Reifenstahl of the Tea Party movement. In a cruel twist of fate, he also earns ‘Seinfeld’ royalties.

Now, the architect of the alt-right movement is hoping to parlay his skills rallying white supremacists into Hollywood success once again. “The Western thing actually makes sense when you consider his strategy with Trump,” once source, told Page Six. “Maybe [Bannon] thinks there’s an untapped market for movies about John Wayne-style alpha males.”


- Jude Dry

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Review: "Sunset In The West" (1950) Starring Roy Rogers; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

15 September 2017 6:27 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By John M. Whalen

The stars must have formed a fortuitous alignment. Somehow, a great wrong has been righted and order has been restored to the universe. Kino Lorber, under its Kl Classics brand, has just released “Sunset in the West,” the first-ever high definition Blu-Ray edition of a Roy Rogers Trucolor western. This may not sound like a big deal to some people, but for the initiated—those who grew up watching Roy on the big screen at countless Saturday matinees in the 1950s— it is monumental. Because, until now the only Roy Rogers movies available for home viewing were dark, faded, and badly edited transfers released first on VHS and later DVD by Republic Studios. Republic treated Roy’s movies with criminal disrespect. The studio let the movies fade away with in their vaults, and then sold them to TV where they were butchered to fit time slots. »

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NFL Ratings Take Hit From Hurricane Irma in Week 1

14 September 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hurricane Irma’s destructive tear through Florida and the Southeast last weekend took its toll on the NFL’s week 1 television ratings.

With the exception of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” all NFL telecasts experienced declines in final Nielsen household numbers and total viewers. The hardest hit were the Sunday afternoon games, which took place as many Florida viewers were experiencing the brunt of the storm as it moved up the state — and others across the country were following its path on cable news.

Overall, total viewership for kickoff weekend was down 13% from last year, and viewership in the 18-49 demo down 14%.

Fox’s 1 p.m. Et regional action averaged a 6.6 household rating and 11.3 million total viewers, each down 28% from the same week last year. The 4 p.m. game, which in most markets featured the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, drew a 12.7, down 18%, and 22.8 million viewers, down 17%. CBS’ regional game drew a 7.6, down 18%, and 13.4 million viewers »

- Daniel Holloway

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Why Barry Norman mattered so much to me

14 September 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 15, 2017

The late Barry Norman's impact on many of us, and our love for film, will be felt for decades.

I struggle a bit sometimes, with writing about someone whose work meant the world to me in the immediate aftermath of their death. For one, I’m no fan of the clickbait culture, whereby as soon as a passing is announced, there’s a seeming compulsion to bash out an accompanying top ten list (that's not a slight against those who wrote terrific, long-form personal pieces). But more than that, I find it hard to concentrate my thoughts.

That was particularly the case with Barry Norman, a man without whom I wouldn’t be doing what I was doing.

Like many of you, I got into film in a serious way in my early teens. I tended – and I had a good home life, so this is »

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Watch John Oliver Call Trump's 'Sheriff Joe' Pardon 'Slap in the Face'

11 September 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver argued that President Trump's controversial pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was a "doozy" compared to Abraham Lincoln pardoning a man for attempted bestiality. Oliver explained that Arpaio's unnerving treatment of prisoners and Trump's clemency order was "a slap in the face to the very rule of law itself."

The 85-year-old Arpaio, a former Maricopa County lawman, touted himself as "America's toughest sheriff." After concluding a three-year investigation in 2011, the U.S. Justice Department determined Arpaio oversaw a "pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos, »

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Christian Bale Heads West in First Trailer for Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

5 September 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After breaking out with the Jeff Bridges-led Crazy Heart, Scott Cooper has struggled to find the same level of acclaim with his follow-ups Out of the Furnace and Black Mass, but now it looks like his next feature is much more tied to his slow-burn sensibilities. Hostiles, which premiered at Telluride to positive reactions, finds Cooper reteaming with Christian Bale, who stars a Us Cavalry officer who escorts a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana.

Curiously still without a distributor, to help incur interest amongst buyers, Deadline has debuted the first trailer. With gorgeous cinematography from Masanobu Takayanagi (who worked on Cooper’s last two films as well as Spotlight and The Grey), hopefully a distributor comes on board in time to give a 2017 release. Also starring Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher, »

- Jordan Raup

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