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Fantasia 2016 Review: In A Valley Of Violence Is A Talky If Slight Examination Of Western Tropes

19 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In Sergio Leone's classic The Good The Bad And The Ugly, one of many iconic scenes involves a gunfighter sneaking up to murder Eli Wallach's Tuco in the bath-tub. The anonymous heavy lost his arm in a shootout with Tuco in the opening scene of the film, and seeking bloody revenge, as is par for the course in so many westerns, he stops first for a smug monologue about how it took months to learn how to shoot with his other hand. As the grimy, Italian, blonde savours the reversal of fortune (again, a staple of this superb film) with words, Tuco turns the table because he has his pistol in the bath-tub. He blows away the smug, would-be killer through the soap suds. To...

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3 Bad Men

17 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

What's this? John Ford's last silent western is as exciting and entertaining as his later classics. A trio of horse thieves turn noble when given the responsibility of a young woman lost on the prairie; Ford gives the show comedy, drama and spectacle. 3 Bad Men Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1926 / B&W / 1:33 Silent Ap. / 92 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 29.95 Starring George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Frank Campeau, Priscilla Bonner, Otis Harlan, Phyllis Haver, Georgie Harris, Alec Francis, Jay Hunt . Cinematography George Schneiderman Original Music Dana Kaproff (2007) Written by John Stone, Ralph Spence, Malcolm Stuart Boylan from a novel by Herman Whittaker Produced and Directed by John Ford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What a great discovery! Last year Kino brought us a good-looking disc of John Ford's Hurricane and now they take the bold step of issuing one of the director's oldest intact features, »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Grossi Gang: the True Story Sergio Leone Wanted to Tell

16 July 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

When Maestro Sergio Leone invented the “Western à la Italiana” genre, late in 1960, He could not talk about Italy because no one would have taken seriously a story of outlaws not set in the USA. He and his crew went as far as changing their names to English pseudonyms in order to seem more credible. "I strongly believe that, were He alive, he would have probably recounted the story of The Grossi Gang and his leader Terenzio, one that had the courage to speak when everybody else was keeping their mouth shut", says Claudio Ripalti, the Director of the movie. On Monday, 11th of July, the Kickstarter campaign for "The Grossi Gang" has started; a groundbreaking, independent feature film made in central Italy that will...

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Quentin Tarantino Says to Expect Just Two More Films

12 July 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerusalem — “Shabbat Shalom,” shouted Quentin Tarantino as he burst into the stage of the jam-packed Jerusalem Cinematheque to present “Pulp Fiction” and chat about his career, his relationship with actors and what keeps him going. The director, who was the subject of an homage during the festival’s opening ceremony July 7, delivered a humor-filled talk that underscored his passion and toughness. Here’s what he said about critics, dialogue and casting, among other topics.

About his claim that he only wants to make 10 movies:

“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more. Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10. They would be there and that would be that. But the one he did when he was an old f—ing man, that geriatric one exists completely on its own in the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Outlaws And Angels – Review

10 July 2016 7:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Almost everything about Outlaws and Angels is confident. The actors are confident in their roles, the script is confident in its ability to shock, and the practical effects work on screen (a lot of fake blood) is confident in its ability to spray and look good while doing so.

Outlaws and Angels follows three outlaws who come across a family’s secluded settlement, and the majority of the film takes place in the family’s house as the outlaws, and the family attempt to get along. As mentioned the actors, script, and effects feel very confident in themselves. The actors are playing stock types of characters, but Outlaws and Angels is a bloody, nasty little movie, so the actors get to make the types their own. Francesca Eastwood (Yes, she’s the daughter of Clint) creates a perfectly unsubtle performance as Florence. As the story continues »

- Movie Geeks

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Carnival of Souls

7 July 2016 8:06 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Cinema Art from Lawrence, Kansas?   Industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey comes through with a classic horror gem for the ages. A haunted church organist begins to suspect that her hallucinations are more than just nerves. And who is that ghoulish man who keeps appearing in reflections, or popping up out of nowhere? Carnival of Souls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 63 1962 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 78 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Herk Harvey. Cinematography Maurice Prather Film Editor Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette Original Music Gene Moore Assistant Director Raza (Reza) Badiyi Written by John Clifford Produced and Directed by Herk Harvey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Herk Harvey's marvelous Carnival of Souls is an anomaly in screen horror, a regional effort that transcends its production limitations to deliver a tingling encounter with the uncanny. Harvey was a prolific producer of industrial films, »

- Glenn Erickson

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With the Ghouls in Lawrence, Kansas

7 July 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Guest writer Bill Shaffer takes us back to Lawrence Kansas in 1989, for a cast and crew re-premiere of Carnival of Souls. By Bill Shaffer Note from Glenn Erickson: I think I first crossed emails with Bill Shaffer around 1998, when I was still the editor for MGM Home Video and just beginning to write MGM Video Savant. Bill sent along info that helped me convince the MGM restorers to include a flashback at the end of Duck You Sucker. Although I didn't find out until much later, Bill was a producer at the PBS station Ktwu in Topeka, Kansas, and had actually interviewed Eli Wallach once about The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Bill became a major source for info and connections when it came time to do the extras for the MGM releases of the Sergio Leone movie; all just to help out. I think the fact that »

- Glenn Erickson

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Here’s your first look at Matthew McConaughey in ‘The Dark Tower’

1 July 2016 12:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Production on The Dark Tower, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s series of books is off any running and the very first set images of Matthew McConaughey on the set of the film in New York City have hit the net!

McConaughey plays the Randall Flagg/ The Man In Black in the film (obvious from the following images), while Idris Elba portrays Roland Deschain / The Gunslinger. Here’s those pics of McConaughey in Madison Square Park very recently.

Matthew McConaughey filming “The Dark Tower” at Madison Square Park, NYC #thedarktower

A photo posted by @fmarciuliano on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:59pm Pdt

Guys This Is Matthew McConaughey As Randal Flagg On The Dark Tower Set How Are You Not Freaking Out Right Now pic.twitter.com/ciB3H3ZBEK

— Scott Wampler (@LimitedPaper) June 30, 2016

Here’s a bit more about the source material from the man’s official website.

The Dark Tower »

- Paul Heath

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Review: "My Name Is Nobody" (1973) Starring Terence Hill And Henry Fonda; Blu-ray Release From Image

25 June 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By John Lemay

My Name is Nobody is many things: a 1973  spoof of the “young and old gunslingers” sub-genre that began with For a Few Dollars More; Henry Fonda’s last Western (and Sergio Leone’s to an extent); and even a eulogy on the dying of the Spaghetti Western itself. Spearheaded by Sergio Leone himself, Nobody was directed by Tonino Valerii (Day of Anger) and teams Once Upon a Time in the West’s Henry Fonda with They Call Me Trinity’s Terence Hill. As a combo of Leone’s straight westerns and Hill’s “Beans Westerns” (a slang term for comedic Spaghettis) it amounts to quite the crossover film and could’ve easily been called “Once Upon A Time in the West They Called Me Trinity.” While it is never as funny as Hill’s two Trinity films or as epic as Leone’s “horse operas” it is »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Waltzing with the West by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 June 2016 6:25 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Thomas Bidegain on John C Reilly in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster and Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales: "I think he has a secret plan to become a European film star." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Thomas Bidegain known for his screenwriting artistry with Jacques Audiard on Dheepan, A Prophet, and Rust And Bone and Joachim Lafosse on Our Children and The White Knights, met for a conversation on his directorial debut. Co-produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, co-written with Noé Debré, Les Cowboys stars François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield (Eva Husson's Bang Gang) and John C Reilly with Agathe Dronne, Iliana Zabeth (Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and House Of Tolerance), Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Ellora Torchia, Mounir Margoum, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Maxim Driesen.

Alain (François Damiens) with daughter Kelly (Iliana Zabeth)

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive cowboy, a Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy rendition, James Coburn in Sergio Leone's Duck, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ennio Morricone to Release Album Featuring New Recordings of Classic Themes

6 June 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up his Oscar win earlier this year for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight, the legendary composer Ennio Morricone seems to be as busy as ever. Ahead of his 88th birthday this fall, he’s currently on tour and on the same day that we’ll hear his new score for Terrence Malick‘s Voyage of Time, he’s set to release a new album.

The composer has signed a new record deal with Decca Records and the first album to be released is Morricone 60, which celebrates his six decades of work. Featuring a selection of new recordings with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, it includes themes from his Sergio Leone films, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso, and more, as well as his recent Oscar-winning work.

“After the success of The Hateful Eight score, I’m delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal – an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year, »

- Jordan Raup

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The Outfit

5 June 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

John Flynn's The Outfit (1974), a brutally efficient bit of business based glancingly on Richard Stark’s procedurally inquisitive and poetic crime novel of the same name, is a movie that feels like it’s never heard of a rounded corner; it’s blunt like a 1970 Dodge Monaco pinning a couple of killers against a Dumpster and a brick wall. I say “glancingly” because the movie,  as Glenn Kenny observed upon The Outfit’s DVD release from the Warner Archives, is based less on the chronologically unconcerned novel than an idea taken from it. On the page Stark's protagonist, the unflappable Parker, his face altered by plastic surgery to the degree that past associates often take a fatal beat too long to realize to whom it is they are speaking, assumes the detached perspective of a bruised deity, undertaking the orchestration of a series of robberies administered to Mob-run businesses »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in June

1 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

School's out, birds are singing and the sun hangs high in a cloudless sky — time for the streaming junkie to retreat to the safe confines of the great indoors, safe from harmful non cathode rays of light. Those who think of summer as a season of sand and surf may feel a slight twinge of guilt while hunkering down for that eighth consecutive episode or triple feature. But as a wise man once said, you're not hardcore unless you live hardcore — so get going on Episode Nine, people. And with »

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Happy 86th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

31 May 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.  With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films.  A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »

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Sergio Leone's Heirs To Launch Western TV Series, "Colt"

27 May 2016 3:50 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Variety reports that the family of the late director Sergio Leone is developing a six-episode Western TV series titled "Colt" based upon a concept that Leone had planned with his collaborators but which was never realized. His goal was to present the American West in a more realistic manner than had been seen in his classic "spaghetti Westerns". The focus would be on the handgun used by The Man With No Name, portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the classic "A Fistful of Dollars". The episodes would follow the trail of that gun as it passes from owner to owner. The first two episodes will be directed by Stefano Sollima, the high profile Italian filmmaker and son of Sergio Sollima, who directed Lee Van Cleef in the cult Italian Western "The Big Gundown".  Stefano will also be writing the scripts for the series. Unlike Sergio Leone's Westerns, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Colt: Western Series Being Developed by Sergio Leone Heirs

26 May 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Spaghetti Western is coming to the small screen. Variety reports the heirs of filmmaker Sergio Leone are developing a new TV series called Colt.

Leone is famous for his classic films like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and A Fistful of Dollars. The Western show comes from the late director's production company, Leone Film Group.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Sergio Leone's "Colt" Becomes A Mini-Series

25 May 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Leone Film Group has begun developing an English-language TV series titled "Colt," based on an idea developed by the late and great iconic spaghetti western filmmaker Sergio Leone.

The concept centers around the six-shooter gun packed by Clint Eastwood in "For a Fistful of Dollars." In 1987 Sergio Leone hooked up with his old writing partners Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella to work on an idea for a TV series about a Colt revolver that passes from owner to owner throughout the Old West.

Leone was said to be interested in a more naturalistic take on the Spaghetti Western genre than his earlier works, hoping to show the Old West "like it really was." Donati wrote a treatment draft, but then the project was abandoned.

Italian director Stefano Sollima (Sky's "Gomorra") will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner along with writing the screenplay alongside Luca Infascelli and Massimo Gaudioso. »

- Garth Franklin

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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Paolo Virzi’s 'Like Crazy' sold by Bac

16 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Road movie has premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight.

Bac Films has racked up sales on Italian director Paolo Virzi’s comedy road movie Like Crazy (Pazza Gioia) following its well-received premiere in Directors’ Fortnight.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti star as two unlikely allies who break out a secure psychiatric unit and hit the road on a journey of liberation.

In Cannes, the film has sold to Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Alambique), Canada (Axia Film), Colombia (Babilla Cine) and Taiwan (Av-Jet International), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Turkey (Filmarti) Brazil (Imovision) and Argentina (Cdi Films).

Previously done deals include to Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Germany (Neue Visionen), Spain (Caramel Films), Greece (Strada), Austria (Filmladen), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Hungary (Vertigo), Israel (Lev Cinema) and Australia (Hi Gloss Entertainment).

The film is produced by Lotus Production, a subsidiary of the Leone Films Group which is headed by the late Sergio Leone’s daughter Raffaella Leone, with the backing »

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