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More retirement talk from Quentin Tarantino, discusses his inspiration for The Hateful Eight

A couple of years ago, Quentin Tarantino suggested that he’d hang up his directing gloves after reaching ten films, stating that he didn’t want his filmography to suffer as he became an “old-man filmmaker”. Well, he’s now reiterated those thoughts during a Q&A at the American Film Market, where he was promoting his upcoming western The Hateful Eight.

“I don’t believe you should stay onstage until people are begging you to get off,” said Tarantino (via Deadline). “I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game, and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard. … I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography,
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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Three Interesting Tidbits about 'Django Unchained' Plus a New Trailer

What's that? The first 20 trailers for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained weren't able to convince you to see the movie? Well, never fear, yet another international trailer for the film has arrived and this one is going to be the one to do it. But before you give it a watch, how about a few interesting tidbits that have surfaced recently. First, a reader recently pointed me in the direction of an episode of the late '60s, early '70s television show "The High Chaparral" you see to the right. The episode is "The Doctor from Dodge" and it would appear to have had something of an influence on Django, just check out the synopsis: A dentist rescues Blue from Apaches and bandits. With no money to be made at the ranch, he decides to go after the bandits who have a $1000 bounty on them. When the bandits kidnap him and Blue,
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Emmy Nominees Dish On Their Favorite TV Shows

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Los Angeles (AP) -- Long before Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman were Emmy nominees, they were kids who loved watching TV."I liked 'Man from Uncle' and 'High Chaparral,'" Costner said. "I really, really liked that when I was a kid.""I remember the transition from black-and-white to color," continued Costner, who is nominated as both star and producer of the TV movie "Hatfields & McCoys." "It like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs and we would all go look at each other's color TVs and ooh and aah at 'Bonanza.' I'm kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long."Cranston, who is nominated for his role on "Breaking Bad" -- which won him the Emmy Award three years in a row,
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Timothy Bottoms: The Hollywood Interview

Timothy Bottoms Gets His Pound Of Flesh

By

Alex Simon

Timothy Bottoms became an overnight sensation at the height of the so-called “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” era, after landing the leading role in The Last Picture Show (1971), Peter Bogdanovich’s film about the social and sexual rites of small town Texans in the early 1950s. Internationally acclaimed for his portrait of Sonny, a sensitive kid struggling to find his way in the harsh landscape of post-war America, the then-twenty year-old Bottoms suddenly found himself not only in-demand as a rising young star, but a major celebrity, as well, with younger brothers Sam (who co-starred in The Last Picture Show), Joseph and Ben following in their older brother’s footsteps, making names for themselves on stage and screen. Bottoms reprised the role of Sonny for Picture Show's 1990 sequel, Texasville.

After another triumphant turn with the lead in James BridgesThe Paper Chase
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Actress Charles Dead At 63

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Actress Charles Dead At 63
Actress Annette Charles has passed away at the age of 63.

Charles died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

According to TMZ.com, she was diagnosed with the condition just a few months a go.

A family member says, "Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing... and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumour in her one of her lungs."

The actress landed her first role in 1968 with an appearance on U.S. TV show The High Chaparral and she later guest starred on a number of popular series, including The Bionic Woman, Patrick Duffy's The Man from Atlantis, The Mod Squad, and Magnum, P.I.

However, Charles is perhaps best known for her role as Cha Cha Digregorio in movie musical Grease.

David Dortort obituary

TV writer-producer who created the westerns Bonanza and The High Chaparral

With the Hollywood western in decline towards the end of the 1950s, fans of the genre were able to find some satisfaction in the growing number of western television series. Among the best of these were Bonanza (1959-73) and The High Chaparral (1967-71), both of which were conceived and produced by David Dortort, who has died aged 93.

Bonanza, the first primetime western in colour, was set on the Ponderosa ranch and focused on the adventures of the all-male Cartwright family – Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon), the sons of the thrice-widowed Ben (Lorne Greene), who was named after Dortort's own insurance salesman father.

The series was unusual for its concentration on a united family, rather than the traditional lone cowboy protagonist. It also contrasted with the increasing violence and blurring of the differences between
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'Bonanza' creator dies at 93

'Bonanza' creator dies at 93
David Dortort, who created "Bonanza," the top-rated Western that aired for 14 years on NBC with family values as its centerpiece, died Sept. 5 in his apartment in Westwood. He was 93.

"Bonanza" ran from 1959-73, was the most-watched show on television from 1964-67 and maintained a place in the ratings top 10 for a decade. Dortort also created "The High Chaparral," which originally followed "Bonanza" on Sunday nights on NBC and ran for three seasons.

In 1959, Dortort pitched his show to RCA subsidiary NBC. "Bonanza" would be filmed in color in gorgeous Lake Tahoe, Nev. -- to help promote the sale of RCA's color TVs -- and feature a cast of relative unknowns (Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts) as members of the Cartwright family.

Dortort went away from the typical Western formula of focusing on lone drifters, choosing to focus on a family of three boys and a father living on the Ponderosa Ranch.
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David Cameron: the verdict from Wiltshire

David Cameron's interview with Trevor McDonald was much-hyped – but how did it play with ordinary voters far from the Westminster circus?

'I used to watch Bonanza and The High Chaparral" . . . "Does Brokeback Mountain count?" Samantha Cameron has just mentioned that, like any ordinary chap, her Dave is a fan of cowboy films, and this ad hoc group of "ordinary" viewers – far from the Westminster village and London media-land – is trying to remember the last time they sat down and enjoyed a really good western. They're struggling, and it makes one or two suspicious that perhaps the Camerons are not being 100% genuine. Does the would-be prime minister really head home to Notting Hill after a day of politicking in Westminster and relax over an old John Wayne movie?

"Does he think that's what we do?" asks Louis, an It manager whose time is taken up by work, a young family and
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Robert Hoy obituary

Daring American stuntman who often doubled for Tony Curtis and starred in the TV series The High Chaparral

Among the many unsung heroes of film history are those individuals who make actors seem more athletic and daring than they could possibly be. Although the raison d'etre of his profession is invisibility, the stuntman and stunts co-ordinator Robert Hoy, who has died of cancer aged 82, was one of the few whose name and face have emerged from anonymity.

As well as enjoying a long career as a stuntman – he continued into his 60s – Hoy, an expert horseman, appeared in more than 150 films and television series in small parts. One of his largest roles was the ranch-hand Joe Butler in 62 episodes of The High Chaparral from 1967 to 1971. With his thick black moustache, dark hair and sideboards, and invariably wearing a blue shirt, Hoy made Butler into a hard-riding, hard-fighting, hard-drinking masculine figure,
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Stuntman Hoy Dies

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Stuntman Hoy Dies
Famed Hollywood stuntman Bobby Hoy has died. He was 82.

Hoy, best known for his adrenaline-fuelled shoots with horses in western movies Bonanza and The High Chaparral, passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

Performing stunts until he was in his late 70s, Hoy appeared in more than 150 films, including Spartacus and The Defiant Ones.

He went on to set up the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, which represents those working in the stunt industry.

Hoy is survived by his wife Kiva and a son, Christopher.

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