6 items from 2009
MGM Home Video has offered up thirteen different star-centered CD packs, all conveniently priced at $24.95 but savvy shoppers can find them for as little as $14.95. Each box set features four films from the studio’s vast library and neatly packages them together.
What you pay for in convenience, though, you lose in the rich DVD experience that many aficionados want from their home video. The films come with commentary and maybe the trailer but little else. So, if your recipient is a major fan of the films and/or stars, be warned.
Having said that, two that were sent for review, are pretty nice. The Clint Eastwood Star Collection offers up A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and Hang ‘Em High. That’s 721 minutes of Clint in his spaghetti western days and the birth of a film icon. Oddly, A Fistful of Dollars »
- Robert Greenberger
In the 1950’s, a western TV show called Rawhide hit Us airwaves. One of several series about the old west, it captivated adults and children alike. Rawhide featured an ensemble cast of largely unknown actors, including a young man named Clint Eastwood. Eastwood had appeared in TV and film before, but it was here he really found fame. After Rawhide ended, Eastwood made a handful of TV shows and movies, until his big break came along. Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars and it’s follow ups made Eastwood into an icon. He went on to play numerous tough guy parts, invariably a cowboy or cop, and was very successful.
He made his directorial debut early on, often combining his newfound talent with his acting. He met with mild success until his 1992 western Unforgiven. It was hailed as one of the best westerns of all times, and gained Eastwood alot of credibility. »
- Barry Steele
29 September 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Black and white episodes of "Gunsmoke" will return to TV in January on the company's Encore Westerns channel, with "Have Gun Will Travel" and "Rawhide" airing sometime next year.
"Our Westerns viewers are made up of true and diehard fans of the genre," said Nancy Silverstone, vp, program acquisitions for Starz Entertainment. "They were devastated when 'Gunsmoke' went off the channel four long years ago. The series is still relevant today as it was over 50 years ago. We have no doubt that our fans will also be excited by the addition of the classic series 'Have Gun Will Travel' and 'Rawhide.'"
"Gunsmoke" aired on CBS from 1955-75; "Gun Will Travel" aired on CBS from 1957-63 and "Rawhide" aired on CBS from 1959-66. »
- By James Hibberd
We’ve been talking about Robert Downey Jr’s possible attachment to Cowboys and Aliens for quite a while. However, it now looks like Downey Jr’s Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, is trying to lasso the directors chair for the film, and if he signs up then it looks like Iron Man himself is all but locked for the picture.
The concept of the film in question is simple - Cowboys versus Aliens. If that doesn’t rock your boat, then it’s time to stop reading!
The film is based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, which was written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. The script for the movie was penned by the high-powered writing combination of Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with Lost’s Damon Lindeloff.
With Iron Man 2 already shot and currently in post-production, it looks like »
- Niall Browne
I'm a little guilty (but perhaps no more than our own Jeff Anderson) of writing too many posts about Clint Eastwood lately, but seeing as Gran Torino comes out on DVD today, and it's slow on news, it's time for a blast from the past. Sure, we could post a clip focused on his iconic sneer and handiness with a gun, but I think his last role deserves to be celebrated by watching his embarrassing first. Take heart, up and coming actors, because everyone starts somewhere.
Look at him, all young and squeaky, with Inspector Callahan and the Man with No Name not even a glimmer in his eye. This is how you know that destiny plays some part in the mess that is Hollywood moviemaking, because he really should have been handed nothing but screwball comedies after this. (Not that he didn't try slapstick at least one more time »
- Elisabeth Rappe
(A.C. Lyles, below)
by Jon Zelazny
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at EightMillionStories.com on February 27, 2009
When I arrived for our interview, Mr. Lyles was chatting with some visitors in his outer office. He bid me into his main office, and asked his assistant Pam to put in a video… a short promo reel that opens with a six minute tribute by then-President Ronald Reagan, who warmly recalls his and Nancy’s many years of friendship with A.C. and his wife Martha, and congratulates A.C. on his fifty years at the studio. The President’s intro is followed by taped congratulations from President Carter, President Ford, and Vice President Bush, then assorted clips celebrating Mr. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
6 items from 2009
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