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True Grit (1969) - Blu-ray Review

21 December 2010 6:43 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

John Wayne.s Oscar-winning performance in True Grit gets a Blu-ray upgrade in time for the arrival of the Coen Brothers. big screen remake of the western. While it might not be completely faithful to Charles Portis. novel, there is no denying the powerhouse performance from its drunken, one-eyed fat man Rooster Cogburn. Directed by Henry Hathaway (who handled Wayne in 1965's The Sons of Katie Elder) with a screenplay from Marguerite Roberts, True Grit also featured a brilliant performance from Kim Darby (one of the few women to put Wayne in his place on screen), Glenn Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jeremy Slate, Jeff Corey, and Strother Martin. The film follows 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Darby) as she heads »

- Patrick Luce

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Faster (Review)

20 November 2010 9:48 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

George Tillman Jr.’s Faster is a timid rush of adrenaline. A slow brew of Dwayne Johnson exiting his sentence to hop into a muscle car with beautiful orchestrated shots, and a well-controlled, well-esteemed attempt to capture the ferocious steam omitted from Johnson’s take of a Clint Eastwood man-with-no-name type.

The film is an exact take-off of a Western. With much of the films of today taking, not only page by page rips from the handbooks of these films, Faster follows the trend greatly. Sergio Leone is felt all throughout the piece, so much that when the three main characters are introduced, they have a credit appear for “Killer” and “Cop.” Much the same way that Leone used for his set up of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It seems to be a trend these days – urbanized versions of the deserted town with a corrupt lawman theme, »

- Tony

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I was Dennis Hopper's henchman | Alex Cox

3 June 2010 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

For a time in California, Alex Cox was Dennis Hopper's No 4 henchman. He recalls the director's brilliance and breakdowns – and how John Wayne once tried to kill him

Two nights ago, I had a wake for Dennis Hopper with my wife, Tod, and watched Giant. I also asked Cecilia Montiel, a production designer who lives on the same street as Dennis, to put some flowers on his gate. When I heard he was dying, I phoned a couple of times, spoke to the people in the office, and asked them to give Dennis my best regards. The last time I called, I talked to a lady who was either a nurse or the maid. She told me he was sleeping.

I'd like to have seen the old man before he went. In the late 1980s, I was Dennis Hopper's henchman, for a while. Dennis had several henchmen; I »

- Alex Cox

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Dennis Hopper on Turner Classic Movies

2 June 2010 11:22 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dennis Hopper will have his day — or rather, evening — on Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday, June 8. TCM has rescheduled its primetime and overnight lineup in honor of actor-director-screenwriter Hopper, who died May 29 at the age of 74. The most interesting-sounding of the five scheduled Hopper films is the one I haven’t seen, yet: Curtis Harrington’s Night Tide (1963), about a sailor (Hopper) who falls in love with a mysterious woman (Linda Lawson), the local "mermaid" on the Santa Monica pier. Henry Hathaway’s The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) is an enjoyable Western, with the cast — John Wayne, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Dennis Hopper to be celebrated with film screenings

2 June 2010 9:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: We lost the great Dennis Hopper last week at age 74, but now the actor will be remembered for his groundbreaking work.

Turner Classic Movies will dedicate their entire lineup for a night in order to screen films that celebrate the life of Hopper. The collection will feature his debut film, “Rebel Without A Cause,” as well as the classic “Easy Rider.”

Below is the full lineup:

Tuesday, June 8

8 p.m. (Et) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.

10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar® for his performance.

12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause »

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Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010

1 June 2010 1:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Dennis Hopper: actor, artist, filmmaker, Hollywood survivor.

Just days after remembering the loss of Sydney Pollack two years ago, we awaken to mourn the loss of another Hollywood icon, Dennis Hopper, less than two weeks after his 74th birthday. Hopper had been on my short list of "dream interviews" during my tenure at Venice Magazine. When I was lucky enough to finally sit down with him in November of 2008, I was thrilled, and didn't know quite what to expect.

What I found while smoking cigars with Hopper in his Venice home-studio, was a thoughtful man with a gentle demeanor, who spoke in measured tones and loved telling stories. Gone was the wild-eyed "enfant terrible" that Hopper had made his name playing, and sometimes living. What I saw instead was a man who seemed to be at peace with himself and his life, who loved his children, art, film and new ideas. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Dennis Hopper obituary

30 May 2010 7:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hell-raising actor and director who created memorable roles in films from Easy Rider to Blue Velvet

Dennis Hopper, who has died of cancer aged 74, was one of Hollywood's great modern outlaws. His persona, on and off the screen, signified the lost idealism of the 1960s. There were stages in Hopper's career when he was deemed unemployable because of his reputation as a hell-raiser and his substance abuse. However, he made spectacular comebacks and managed to kick his dependence on alcohol and cocaine.

Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper, whose father was a post-office manager and mother a lifeguard instructor, expressed an interest in painting and acting at a young age. While still in his teens, he appeared in repertory at Pasadena Playhouse, California, and studied acting with Dorothy McGuire and John Swope at the Old Globe theatre, San Diego.

The year of his 19th birthday, 1955, was extraordinary. Not only did »

- Ronald Bergan

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Hopper Dead At 74

30 May 2010 7:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Dennis Hopper has died at the age of 74.

The Easy Rider star revealed his fight with prostate cancer in October after being hospitalised for "severe flu-like symptoms", admitting he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2002.

Hopper underwent regular treatment sessions at the University of Southern California, but reports surfaced in early January suggesting he was facing his final days after learning the deadly disease had spread to his bones.

He passed away on Saturday morning at his home in Venice, California with his family and friends at his bedside.

Hopper's manager Sam Maydew confirmed the sad news in a statement to the Afp.

The statement reads, "Dennis Hopper died this morning at 8:15 am (15:15 pm GMT) from complications of metastasized prostate cancer. He died at home in Venice surrounded by family and friends."

Tributes to the actor have been pouring in, with Hopper's Easy Rider co-star Peter Fonda among the first to pay his respects.

He tells TMZ.com, "Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and 'lost' films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship."

A number of stars have taken to Twitter.com to honour Hopper including rocker Slash, who writes, "You take the great ones for granted until they're gone. Rip Dennis Hopper," while British actor Simon Pegg, adds, "Just heard we lost Dennis Hopper at 74. Great actor, sad loss. 'Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it. ' Apocalypse Now."

Born in Kansas in 1936, Hopper enjoyed a career as an artist, actor and director spanning 55 years. His family relocated to California when he was a child and, after developing an interest in acting, Hopper made his TV debut with a small role in U.S. series Medic in 1955.

He went on to land two roles alongside his idol James Dean - in 1950s releases Rebel Without a Cause and Giant - but Hopper was left devastated when the movie star was killed in a car accident in 1955, aged just 24.

After moving to the East Coast and completing a training course at New York's famous Actors Studio, Hopper's career began to pick up pace and he became a TV regular on U.S. shows such as The Defenders, Bonanza, The Legend of Jesse James and Combat!

Hopper made brief appearances in Paul Newman's Cool Hand Luke and alongside John Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969), while his more recognised roles include Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), Out of the Blue (1980) and Rumble Fish (1983).

But Hopper will perhaps be best remembered for pulling double duty on 1969's Easy Rider, which he directed and starred in alongside Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

The movie earned Hopper critical acclaim, but his screen success was marred by trouble in his personal life - the star's eight-year marriage to first wife Brooke Hayward crumbled and he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

A year later, in 1970, Hopper rushed to wed Michelle Phillips - the disastrous union lasted just one week amid allegations of cocaine addiction and spousal abuse.

His private life hit the headlines again in the early 1980s when Hopper had a brush with death in an incident involving 17 sticks of dynamite near Houston, Texas, and it was only after finding himself stranded in a Mexican desert while drunk and on drugs that he checked himself into rehab in 1983.

Hopper kicked his addictions and marked his Hollywood comeback with critically acclaimed performances in 1986's Blue Velvet, with director David Lynch, Hoosiers, for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, and 1988's Colors.

He returned to TV on numerous occasions and in 2002 appeared in Kiefer Sutherland's hit show 24, as well as government drama E-Ring in 2005, and Crash in 2008 to 2009, a series based on the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Hopper went down in movie history when he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, but his health had deteriorated so rapidly he was in a wheelchair for his red carpet appearance.

His marriage to fifth wife Victoria Duffy, who he wed in 1996, also deteriorated in his final months - the actor filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences. He obtained a restraining order against her after his doctor claimed she was "hampering his cancer care" and Hopper's personal assistant, Emily Davis, went on to accuse Duffy of "trying to kill" the ailing star - although no further details were released.

The estranged couple was subsequently ordered to resolve their differences for the sake of their daughter Galen, who was born in 2003, and in April Hopper was forced to pay Duffy $12,000 (£7,500)-a-month in spousal and child support.

Hopper is also survived by his three other children from previous marriages. The actor fathered Marin with first wife Hayward in 1962; Ruthanna with Daria Halprin in the early 1970s, and son Henry, born in 1990, with Katherine Lanasa. »

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Dennis Hopper Dies of Prostate Cancer at 74; Obits and Clips

29 May 2010 3:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Dennis Hopper died on Saturday morning May 29 of complications from advanced prostate cancer; he was 74. When the young Kansan came to Hollywood in the 50s, he was mentored by James Dean, who brought him in to star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper chafed under the constraints of the old studio system, where such directors as Henry Hathaway tried to tell him how to do his job on From Hell to Texas, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit. Hopper started an art collection early on (buying Andy Warhol's Tomato Can for $75) and pursued photography. He co-wrote, directed and starred in the 1969 sleeper Easy Rider which grossed $40 million, made Jack Nicholson a star, and changed the rules of »

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Hopper Dead At 74

29 May 2010 2:52 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Dennis Hopper has died at the age of 74.

The Easy Rider star revealed his fight with prostate cancer in October after being hospitalised for "severe flu-like symptoms", admitting he was first diagnosed with the illness in 2002.

Hopper underwent regular treatment sessions at the University of Southern California, but reports surfaced in early January suggesting he was facing his final days after learning the deadly disease had spread to his bones.

He passed away on Saturday morning at his home in Venice, California with his family and friends at his bedside.

Hopper's manager Sam Maydew confirmed the sad news in a statement to the Afp.

The statement reads, "Dennis Hopper died this morning at 8:15 am (15:15 pm GMT) from complications of metastasized prostate cancer. He died at home in Venice surrounded by family and friends."

Tributes to the actor have been pouring in, with Hopper's Easy Rider co-star Peter Fonda among the first to pay his respects.

He tells TMZ.com, "Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and 'lost' films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship."

A number of stars have taken to Twitter.com to honour Hopper including rocker Slash, who writes, "You take the great ones for granted until they're gone. Rip Dennis Hopper," while British actor Simon Pegg, adds, "Just heard we lost Dennis Hopper at 74. Great actor, sad loss. 'Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it. ' Apocalypse Now."

Born in Kansas in 1936, Hopper enjoyed a career as an artist, actor and director spanning 55 years. His family relocated to California when he was a child and, after developing an interest in acting, Hopper made his TV debut with a small role in U.S. series Medic in 1955.

He went on to land two roles alongside his idol James Dean - in 1950s releases Rebel Without a Cause and Giant - but Hopper was left devastated when the movie star was killed in a car accident in 1955, aged just 24.

After moving to the East Coast and completing a training course at New York's famous Actors Studio, Hopper's career began to pick up pace and he became a TV regular on U.S. shows such as The Defenders, Bonanza, The Legend of Jesse James and Combat!

Hopper made brief appearances in Paul Newman's Cool Hand Luke and alongside John Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969), while his more recognised roles include Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), Out of the Blue (1980) and Rumble Fish (1983).

But Hopper will perhaps be best remembered for pulling double duty on 1969's Easy Rider, which he directed and starred in alongside Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

The movie earned Hopper critical acclaim, but his screen success was marred by trouble in his personal life - the star's eight-year marriage to first wife Brooke Hayward crumbled and he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

A year later, in 1970, Hopper rushed to wed Michelle Phillips - the disastrous union lasted just one week amid allegations of cocaine addiction and spousal abuse.

His private life hit the headlines again in the early 1980s when Hopper had a brush with death in an incident involving 17 sticks of dynamite near Houston, Texas, and it was only after finding himself stranded in a Mexican desert while drunk and on drugs that he checked himself into rehab in 1983.

Hopper kicked his addictions and marked his Hollywood comeback with critically acclaimed performances in 1986's Blue Velvet, with director David Lynch, Hoosiers, for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, and 1988's Colors.

He returned to TV on numerous occasions and in 2002 appeared in Kiefer Sutherland's hit show 24, as well as government drama E-Ring in 2005, and Crash in 2008 to 2009, a series based on the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Hopper went down in movie history when he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, but his health had deteriorated so rapidly he was in a wheelchair for his red carpet appearance.

His marriage to fifth wife Victoria Duffy, who he wed in 1996, also deteriorated in his final months - the actor filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences. He obtained a restraining order against her after his doctor claimed she was "hampering his cancer care" and Hopper's personal assistant, Emily Davis, went on to accuse Duffy of "trying to kill" the ailing star - although no further details were released.

The estranged couple was subsequently ordered to resolve their differences for the sake of their daughter Galen, who was born in 2003, and in April Hopper was forced to pay Duffy $12,000 (£7,500)-a-month in spousal and child support.

Hopper is also survived by his three other children from previous marriages. The actor fathered Marin with first wife Hayward in 1962; Ruthanna with Daria Halprin in the early 1970s, and son Henry, born in 1990, with Katherine Lanasa. »

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Obituary: Dennis Hopper

29 May 2010 1:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas. His career as an actor began in an episode of Richard Boone television series Medic in 1955, portraying a young epileptic. During the same year, he was cast with James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and a year later he worked alongside Dean again in Giant. He then played supporting roles in The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit, which both starred John Wayne. Hopper's big break came when he co-wrote, directed and starred in cult movie Easy Rider in 1969, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Original Screenplay'. After a quiet period during the 1970s, Hopper won attention for Apocalypse Now in 1979, and garnered another Oscar nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor' in 1986 basketball film Hoosiers. He then gave critically-acclaimed (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Dennis Hopper Passes Away Aged 74

29 May 2010 10:47 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

It is our sad duty to report that Dennis Hopper , best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, has passed away at the age of 74 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

In a wonderfully varied career that lasted more than half a century, Hopper starred alongside his mentor James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant in the 1950s and with firm friend John Wayne in 1965's The Sons of Katie Elder and 1969's True Grit. Always a colourful personality, he was often typecast and went on to play several maniacs in such films as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Speed.

But his greatest and most enduring achievement was directing and starring in Easy Rider, for which he, co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern received an Oscar nomination for writing (he was nominated again for his turn as an alcoholic high-school basketball coach in »

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Dennis Hopper: A True Hollywood Original

29 May 2010 2:18 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actor had so many diverse roles -- from 'Rebel Without a Cause' to 'Easy Rider' to 'Blue Velvet' -- that none is truly definitive.

By Adam Rosenberg with Jem Aswad

Dennis Hopper

Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

In Hollywood history, a mere handful of stars have had careers that reached the peaks, the depths, the diversity and the longevity of Dennis Hopper's. The legendary — and legendarily rebellious — actor died of prostate cancer early Saturday (May 29) at the age of 74.

Indeed, Hopper's signature roles were so different from each other — and so widely separated by years over his nearly six-decade-long career — that it's difficult to choose one as definitive. Some might single out the teen who appeared with James Dean in 1955's "Rebel Without A Cause." Others recall the nitrous-oxide-huffing psychopath Frank Booth, villain of David Lynch's classic 1986 thriller, "Blue Velvet." Hopper played another memorable villain (who meets a memorable end) in 1994's "Speed. »

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 17, 2010

17 January 2010 5:44 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This week:

Avatar stays atop the box office; Is Teresa Palmer taking a trip down Fury Road? Bill Murray joins Fox and Rourke in Passion Play; Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are in line for the Crowne and Mark Wahlberg thinks that Four Brothers is so 2005 and that we must upgrade to Five!

Box Office

Avatar held on to its usual position over the Martin Luther King weekend with an estimated gross of $50 million. With $500 million already in the bank, it is now a sure thing that the James Cameron film will top Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time at the Us domestic box office, as well as worldwide. It’s a sight that I never thought that I’d see for a long time.

 

Denzel Washington had to settle for the runner-up position with The Book of Eli. The post-apocalyptic action film still grossed an estimated $37 million, »

- Niall Browne

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Four Brothers sequel in the works?

14 January 2010 6:31 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Word is that there are plans to make a sequel to John Singleton’s 2005 Four Brothers, which was urban contemporized remake of the 1963 John Wayne/Dean Martin starring, Henry Hathaway directed western, The Sons of Katie Elder. More interesting that it’s Mark Wahlberg who got the ball rolling with the planned project, which is tentatively to be called Five Brothers, developing the sequel idea with screenwriters. Though at this moment there’s no word if Singleton will be coming back as director.

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- Sergio

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