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In this week’s episode, we discuss the historical and scientific inaccuracies that are constantly being nitpicked around Oscar season. Films such as Selma, Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity, Interstellar, and Everest have to go through the grinder to see if they past the “accuracy test” and most of the time it has a direct effect on their awards campaigns. We also look at new trailers for The Revenant, Hitchcock/Truffaut, A Bigger Splash, and the proposed remake of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
The Revenant trailer shows Leonardo DiCaprio fighting a bear One of cinema’s greatest interviews is discussed in Hitchcock/Truffaut trailer Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes reunite in first trailer for A Bigger Splash The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance getting a remake treatment
For Face-Based Films, is Scrupulous Accuracy the Ultimate Goal? By Kristopher Tapley, Variety
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- Zach Dennis
The world might soon get a remake of one of film.s classic stories. Word has it that there.s a new version of the John Wayne, James Stewart Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, in the works. But it's possible that this version will have a contemporary twist. According to Variety the new version may take place in a more modern time and place . during the waning days of the steel and auto industries in Western Pennsylvania of the 1980s. Paramount is presently seeking a writer for the project. The original film opens in 1910 and then takes the viewer on a film-long flashback to 25 years prior. James Stewart plays newly-minted lawyer Ransom Stoddard, who inadvertently gets into trouble with a notorious gunslinger named Liberty Valance, a man who works for a powerful crime syndicate that holds the area in constant fear. Stoddard is constantly forced to rely on »
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: The latest classic to be resurrected by Hollywood is John Ford's 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which stars Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne as a pair who once banded together against the titular outlaw, played by Lee Marvin. The new version, which will be produced by Matt Jackson (End of Watch) for Paramount, might be set in the steel industry in the 1980s. [Variety] Death Note: The next movie from director Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest) has found its lead. Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Intern) will star in Death Note, based on the popular Japanese comic (already very successfully turned into a movie franchise there), as a teenager who finds a magic notebook allowing him to kill...
- Christopher Campbell
Paramount is making moves to remake one of the classic westerns. John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starred Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin in a story about a naive lawyer (Stewart) new to a small town who gets help from a local rancher (Wayne) when he stands up to a controlling outlaw — […]
The post Paramount Wants to Remake ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
After helming a few remakes in his own career, another John Ford classic is now getting the update treatment. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, released in 1962, is one of the director’s most accomplished films, teaming John Wayne and James Stewart in the story of a cowboy and lawyer, respectively, who band together to take down the titular outlaw (played by Lee Marvin).
Variety is now reporting that Paramount Pictures is at work developing a remake of the film. Im Global president Matt Jackson, behind such films as End of Watch, Parkland, The Secret in Their Eyes remake, will serve as a producer. After Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) was attached to the film, he’s now off of it with a new writer being sought. Details are also sparse, but it “may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the »
- Jordan Raup
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: The latest classic to be resurrected by Hollywood is John Ford's 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which stars Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne as a pair who once banded together against the titular outlaw, played by Lee Marvin. The new version, which will be produced by Matt Jackson (End of Watch) for Paramount, might be set in the steel industry in the 1980s. [Variety] Death Note: The next movie from director Adam...
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New version will swap the 19th-century frontier setting of John Ford’s celebrated western for gangster-plagued, industrially decaying Pennsylvania
Hollywood is to reimagine the classic John Ford western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as a contemporary gangland thriller set in modern-day and 1980s Pennsylvania, against a backdrop of industrial decay, reports The Tracking Board.
Ford’s 1962 film starred James Stewart as a powerful senator who returns to the wild west frontier town where he made his fortune as a young lawyer, to attend the funeral of an old friend. Interviewed for a local newspaper, the politician tells the story of how he and the dead cowboy, John Wayne, once banded together to take down the titular sneering, leering, sharp-shooting thug, who is played by Lee Marvin in a standout turn.
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- Ben Child
Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne starred in the 1962 John Ford-directed original. The pair played a lawyer and a cowboy who teamed up to kill the outlaw leader Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) who was terrorizing a frontier town.
The remake is tipped to be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as as 1980s Western Pennsylvania during the collapse of the steel and auto industries, but no final decision has yet been made.
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- Garth Franklin
John Ford's classic 1962 western is to be turned into an 'urban crime/thriller' set in 1980s Pennsylvania...
It really is at the stage now where we appear to be covering at least one reboot or remake story a week. We thought this week had been quite light on them, in truth, but then comes the news that The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is getting a modern makeover. This story might not cheer too many people up.
The new version is going to take the core narrative of the original film, and relocate it to modern day Pennsylvania. The flashback will be set in the 1980s, and rather than being overtly a western, the plan this time - don't shoot the messenger, folks - is to transform »
Another remake? Shoot me.
Variety reports that the latest classic to get the remake treatment is John Ford’s 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The original starred John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, and Lee Marvin.
While the original was set in the old west, Variety reports that the remake may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries. The decision by Paramount, who is producing the film, has not yet been made.
According to the report, Terence Winter, known for his screenplays for Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, and The Sopranos was working on a script for the film but has since backed out. There is no writer attached now.
The original film starred Stewart as a newly arrived lawyer and Wayne as a cowboy who team up to kill the outlaw leader »
- Zach Dennis
Matt Jackson, the president of production at Im Global, is producing the remake. The project may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries, but no decision has been made.
The studio has been seeking a writer for the remake. Terence Winter, whose credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos,” had earlier been attached to “Liberty Valance” but is no longer involved.
The original film starred Stewart as a newly arrived lawyer and Wayne as a cowboy who team up to kill the outlaw leader Liberty Valance (played by Lee Marvin), who has been terrorizing a frontier town. The black and white film was directed by John Ford and released by Paramount in 1962.
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- Dave McNary
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
At Reverse Shot, Fernando F. Croce previews "The Essential John Ford," a series at New York's Museum of the Moving Image that's "an invaluable overview of the artist’s often paradoxical moods, ranging from the spacious buoyancy of Young Mr. Lincoln/tag> to the claustrophobic bleakness of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/tag>. The canon classics are there (including Stagecoach/tag>, The Grapes of Wrath/tag>, and The Searchers/tag>), and so are lesser-known titles (the thorny maternal journey of Pilgrimage/tag>, the travelogue surrealism of Mogambo/tag>, the rowdy theatrics of Upstream/tag>) ready to be rediscovered." Writing for Artforum, Nick Pinkerton argues that "Ford is one of the mightiest figures in international cinema, and one of the greatest American artists in any medium, full stop." » - David Hudson »
Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill. Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies. In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill." Some great. Some solid. (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.) There were clunkers »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Hondo (1953), which is set to play June 13 - July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their "3-D Summer" series, was John Wayne's first Western in three years. It was produced by his own Wayne/Fellows Productions (later named Batjac), founded just the year prior by Wayne and producer Robert Fellows. And James Edward Grant, who had already written several Wayne features and had a particular flair for writing classic John Wayne dialogue, penned the screenplay. All told, one gets the sense that everything about this exemplary return to the genre was a carefully conscious decision by the iconic American star. Hondo is a definitive Western. Moreover, it's a definitive John Wayne Western.When Wayne made Hondo, his masculine persona was already firmly established. After viewing the film at one point, Wayne supposedly declared, "I'll be damned if I'm not the stuff men are made of." Such a comment, »
- Jeremy Carr
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
John Ford's The Searchers is a film that has had many interpretations placed upon it since it was released in 1956. Some would say it's a plea for tolerance. Others would point out that some scenes contain a less forgiving message. The key element of Glenn Frankel’s book takes a different stance. It starts with surprising fact – that The Searchers is, in fact, based on a true story, taking its inspiration from events that played a huge part in the way settlers viewed Native Americans in the nineteenth century, and beyond.
The Making Of An American Legend charts the way that truth can become legend, and legend can become film. Of course, John Ford loved these sorts of distinctions; 'When the legend becomes fact, print the legend' »
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