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Review: "Cannon For Cordoba" (1970) Starring George Peppard; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Fred Blosser

Cannon for Cordoba,” a 1970 film produced by Vincent M. Fennelly for the Mirisch Corporation, written by Stephen Kandel, directed by Paul Wendkos, and distributed by United Artists, has been released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics in an attractive new Blu-ray edition. In the movie, U.S. Army Captain Rod Douglas (George Peppard) leads a three-man team across the Mexican Border in 1916. Douglas has been assigned to gather intelligence on a predatory rebel general, Cordoba (Raf Vallone), who has confiscated American-owned property in Mexico. Wealthy U.S. ranchers and politicians are demanding that the Army secure the border with troops (an outcry for a $70 billion wall would have to wait another hundred years). After Douglas’ team enters Mexico, one of the trio, Adam, is captured and tortured to death by Cordoba’s troops. Douglas and the third ranger, Jackson (Don Gordon), escape to warn Gen. Pershing (John Russell
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Cannon for Cordoba

A middling entry in the genre of blow-it-up big action spectacles, Paul Wendkos’ Spain-filmed western gives us all the excitement promised by the poster, but with some cardboard characters and lumpy storytelling. George Peppard is on the job, however, and once again proves he can carry a big picture, flaws and all.

Cannon for Cordoba

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1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: George Peppard, Raf Vallone, Giovanna Ralli, Don Gordon, Pete Duel, Nico Minardos, John Russell, John Larch, Gabriele Tinti, Francine York, Lionel Murton, Hans Meyer, Aldo Sambrell, Luis Barboo.

Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli

Film Editor: Walter A. Hannemann

Special effects: Emilio Ruiz del Río

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Stephen Kandel

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

Directed by Paul Wendkos

While providing backing for independent writer-producers like Billy Wilder, Walter Mirisch also shepherded various less ambitious war movies and westerns,
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She Was Almost Killed 6 Times, and 17 Other Fascinating Facts About Queen Victoria

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She Was Almost Killed 6 Times, and 17 Other Fascinating Facts About Queen Victoria
You probably already know all the facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her family, but what about Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother? The second season of Victoria won't air in the Us until January, so now would be the perfect time to brush up on your history. Here are 18 facts about the fascinating life of one of Britain's longest-reigning monarchs. Her Birth Was Eagerly Awaited Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, instantly becoming fifth in the line of succession after the four eldest sons of King George III: George, the Prince Regent (later George IV); Frederick, the Duke of York; William, the Duke of Clarence (later William IV); and Victoria's father, Edward, the Duke of Kent. Neither George nor Frederick had children, and both William's daughters died as infants. As such, it was important for the Duke of Kent to have a child. When King George III passed away,
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Tobor the Great

Robot roll call! This also-ran robotic fantasy from the 1950s is precisely the kind of movie one would expect from Republic, a two-fisted anti-Commie tract for juveniles. The studio comes up with an impressive robo-hero, but short-changes us when it come time for action thrills. Still, as pointed out in Richard Harland Smith’s new commentary, Tobor filled the the kiddie hunger for sci-fi matinees, at least until Robby the Robot came along.

Tobor the Great

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1954 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Charles Drake, Karin Booth, Billy Chapin, Taylor Holmes, Steven Geray, Hal Baylor, Alan Reynolds, Peter Brocco, Robert Shayne, Lyle Talbot, William Schallert

Cinematography: John L. Russell

Production Design: Gabriel Scognamillo

Special Effects: Howard and Theodore Lydecker

Film Editor: Basil Wrangell

Original Music: Howard Jackson

Written by Philip MacDonald, Carl Dudley

Produced by Richard Goldstone

Directed by Lee Sholem
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14-Year-Old One-Armed Catcher Stuns Orioles During Camden Yards Practice: ‘Over the Years I’ve Perfected It’

14-Year-Old One-Armed Catcher Stuns Orioles During Camden Yards Practice: ‘Over the Years I’ve Perfected It’
Go Luke, go!

The Baltimore Orioles invited 14-year-old Luke Terry to hang out with players at Camden Yards prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

Luke, a catcher for his middle school baseball team in Tennessee, had his right arm amputated after he contracted an E. coli bacterial infection at 19 months old.

The teen taught himself to play baseball with one hand, and before Wednesday’s game Luke showed off his skills by catching the game’s ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. He then fired a fastball to Orioles bench coach John Russell by
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Stabbing Victim Critical After Random Attack During Shallows Horror Movie Screening

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Stabbing Victim Critical After Random Attack During Shallows Horror Movie Screening
A 23-year-old man was in the custody of police after he allegedly repeatedly stabbed a man at a movie theater in Santa Rosa, California, during a screening of The Shallows, a horror movie starring Blake Lively. The 21-year-old victim is in critical condition after the alleged attack around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. According to a statement by Santa Rosa police, the suspect allegedly approached the victim from behind and stabbed him multiple times before running out of the Roxy Theater. Authorities believe the attack was random and unprovoked. The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening stab wounds.
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Amy Schumer on Feeling Blame After Trainwreck Theater Shooting: 'I Wish I Never Wrote That Movie'

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Amy Schumer on Feeling Blame After Trainwreck Theater Shooting: 'I Wish I Never Wrote That Movie'
Amy Schumer said she grappled with feelings of regret and blame after a gunman opened fire on a crowded Louisiana movie theater during a screening of her film Trainwreck in July. In her cover story for Vanity Fair's May issue, the 34-year-old comedian described the moments she learned that John Russell Houser had opened fire on The Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, killing two and injuring nine before taking his own life. "So my publicist told me. And then I put on the news. I was by myself in a hotel, and I was just like, I wish I never wrote that movie,
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Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80

Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80
Peter Brown, who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.”

On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He
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Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80

Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80
Peter Brown, who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.”

On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He
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Regal Cinemas Bans Backpacks After Theater Shootings

Regal Cinemas Bans Backpacks After Theater Shootings
It's becoming increasingly scarier to walk in and enjoy a movie at the local theater. There have been two high profile theater shootings in just a matter of weeks, and they are as unpredictable as they are unexpected. One measure being taken by the Regal Cinemas theater chain is the ban of backpacks inside their movie theaters. Hawaii News Now was one of the first to report on the ban, which was issued during a special screening of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. last week. The ban has since started to spread across the United States and other theater chains, along with independently owned cinemas.

The line outside the Regal Cinemas&#160Dole Cannery last week was long and winding, but before anyone was allowed entry, the crowd was given a strict set of rules to abide by. The scene was tense, as some patrons grew uneasy with the new rules. No
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Tennessee theatre gunman shot dead

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Update: Police have identified the man they shot dead at a Nashville suburban multiplex as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano. They also said he had been carrying what turned out to be an air pistol and not a gun.

Initial Report: Police shot dead a man armed with a gun, axe and pepper spray on Weenesday afternoon after he began attacking people at a cinema in Nashville, Tennessee.

The incident at the Carmike Hickory 8 site in Antioch occurred during a screening of Mad Max: Fury Road at around 1.13pm local tim..

According to reports police responding to calls entered the auditorium and engaged in a fatal exchange of gunfire after the attacker shot at them and attempted to escape via a rear door.

Police did not identify the man at time of writing but did say they believed he could have been a white, 51-year-old local. Officers were working to establish the contents of two backpacks left by
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Suspect Wielding Hatchet, Gun Dead at Tennessee Movie Theater

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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) - A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside a Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a Swat team that stormed the theater, police said Wednesday.

The suspect, who was not identified, was armed with a gun and a hatchet at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater in Antioch, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded. Aaron said one person may have suffered a hatchet wound, but fire department spokesman Brian Haas said the agency had not treated anyone for any sort of injuries.

Aaron said an officer came into the theater and was fired upon by the suspect. The officer shot back, then backed off. After that, a Swat team came in, and there was another exchange of gunfire. The suspect was then found dead.

The suspect had two backpacks, which are being checked by authorities.
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Amy Schumer Joins Cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer To Address Gun Violence After Shooting At ‘Trainwreck’ Screening

Amy Schumer joined Sen. Chuck Schumer, her father’s cousin, at a news conference on Monday to address gun violence following a shooting that killed two women during a screening of her film Trainwreck. Amy Schumer On Gun Violence Amy Schumer, who wrote and stars in Trainwreck, was devastated to learn that gunman John Russell Houser opened […]

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Buried Next to Mother Whitney Houston in New Jersey

Bobbi Kristina Brown Buried Next to Mother Whitney Houston in New Jersey
Although mourners were able to pay their respects in a small, private memorial in Alpharetta, Ga., Saturday, Bobbi Kristina Brown was laid to rest next to her mother, Whitney Houston, in New Jersey today. Whitney lies next to her father, John Russell Houston. Bobby Brown's late daughter, 22, was buried in a private ceremony at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. Her casket arrived in a procession at 1 p.m. after first arriving at Whigham Funeral Home, which handled Whitney's arrangements three years ago. Surrounding roads were closed to make way for family and friends and to give them privacy. The burial comes only two days after Bobbi Kristina was honored in a "perfect" funeral, according to Ellin...
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Metal Detectors At Movie Theaters? Not Likely

Metal Detectors At Movie Theaters? Not Likely
This story first appeared in the August 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In the aftermath of the July 23 shooting deaths of two women and the injuring of nine others at The Grand 16 multiplex in Lafayette, La., many have questioned whether metal detectors could have prevented John Russell Houser from entering the 7:10 p.m. screening of Trainwreck with a .40-caliber semiautomatic weapon and opening fire. But while metal detectors and other security measures temporarily have been deployed through the years in some big-city theaters playing gang-

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Days After 'Trainwreck' Tragedy, A Pro-Gun Town Grieves

Days After 'Trainwreck' Tragedy, A Pro-Gun Town Grieves
Lafayette, La. — Two-and-a-half miles away from the Grand Theatre where John Russell Houser shot 11 people, killing two women and then himself, lies a gun and wilderness supply store called Lafayette Shooters. On Saturday afternoon, two days after the shooting, business in Lafayette Shooters was booming. At the gun counter, two women pointed to a small hot pink gun and asked about it. "Oh, that's for kids," manager Thomas Roy explained. The Savage Rascal rifle is priced at $179.98. In interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, residents of Lafayette, Louisiana, describe their town as peaceful, family-oriented and

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Details of Lafayette cinema shooter emerge by Jennie Kermode - 2015-07-25 18:08:50

Details have begun to emerge about the man who killed two people, injured nine and then shot himself in a Louisiana cinema on Thursday night. John Russell Houser, known as Rusty, was a 59 year old law school graduate who had previously been subject to a court order following allegations of domestic violence.

Questions have been raised over how Houser, who had a history of aligning himself with extremist groups like Hitler's Nazi Party and Golden Dawn, and who had received inpatient treatment for mental health problems inclining him to impulsive behaviour, was able to obtain a gun legally. His purchase of a Hi-Point .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol from a pawn shop in Alabama does not seem to have triggered any alarm despite the system of background checks now in place.

Police have described the shooting as slow and methodical, with some people shot multiple times, though one managed to survive...
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Did the 'Trainwreck' Shooter Purposefully Target a Feminist Movie?

Did the 'Trainwreck' Shooter Purposefully Target a Feminist Movie?
Police investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind John Russell "Rusty" Houser's shooting rampage at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana. On Sunday, Louisiana State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson said Houser had written down the date, time, location and movie title for the Trainwreck screening in his journal, indicating the shooting was pre-meditated. As details of Houser's troubled history with the women in his life emerge — including protective orders filed against him by both his daughter and estranged wife, and multiple television appearances filled with anti-women rhetoric — there has been increasing speculation that the man was, in many respects,

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Judd Apatow Pens Emotional Statement After Louisiana Shooting

Judd Apatow Pens Emotional Statement After Louisiana Shooting
Just days after a shooter in Lafayette, Louisiana killed two moviegoers during a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, the film's director Judd Apatow implored in a statement following the tragedy, "We, as a country, need to find a way to do better."

"One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it," Apatow said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "So to have this happen in a room where people
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Lafayette Shooter a Likely Copycat of Colorado Theater Mass Killer, Veteran FBI Profiler Says

Lafayette Shooter a Likely Copycat of Colorado Theater Mass Killer, Veteran FBI Profiler Says
John Russell Houser, the shooter who killed two people and wounded nine others at the Grand Theatre Lafayette multiplex in Louisiana on Thursday, was likely copycatting Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes, according to a leading authority on criminal psychology. “There’s a very strong likelihood this could be either and intentional or subliminal type of a copycat situation,” veteran former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt told TheWrap. He noted the timing of Houser’s attack, which came just one week after Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the 2012 massacre in Aurora. Houser, Van Zandt said, “is.
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