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Robert Redford became a household name (and one of Hollywood's best actors) when he starred in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969. Cut to 46 years later and Redford is still making movies, but this time he's teaming up with Nick Nolte for "A Walk in the Woods."
To celebrate his new film, Redford told us what his five favorite movies ever are.
- Rachel Horner
Filmmaker Ken Kwapis has revealed that the upcoming Robert Redford and Nick Nolte drama "A Walk In The Woods" was originally going to feature an on-screen reunion between "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" and "The Sting" stars Redford and Paul Newman.
Redford has been planning this adaptation of the 1998 for a decade, but Newman's death in 2008 led Robert Redford to shelve the project for sometime. Four years later, Redford cast Nick Nolte in "The Company You Keep" and the pair finally got to work together for an extended period of time.
They clicked, and as a result Redford decided to proceed with "A Walk In The Woods" again. Kwapis tells Cinema Blend:
"They had never worked together before. And although their paths probably crossed over the years they didn't really know each other. So they worked on that film. They only had a few scenes together but they got on splendidly. »
- Garth Franklin
Paul Newman and Robert Redford on-screen efforts in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting are rightfully regarded as two of the best dual leading performances in the history of cinema. And it turns out that we almost got a third film with the pair of acting titans, because Robert Redford originally planned for Paul Newman to star opposite him in A Walk In The Woods. While recently talking with director Ken Kwapis ahead of A Walk In The Woods. theatrical release this Wednesday, the filmmaker revealed that the death of Paul Newman in September 2008, at the age of 83, led Robert Redford to "shelve the project for a while." Kwapis explained, He couldn.t imagine doing it with anyone else. He.d developed it as a vehicle for Paul and himself. But Redford.s interest in the adaptation of A Walk In The Woods was soon rejuvenated when »
After having two smash hits together — Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1968) and The Sting (1973) — Robert Redford and Paul Newman had often talked about reteaming but waited decades to finally find the right property. Redford, with his producer’s hat on, thought he had found it in the 1998 Bill Bryson book A Walk In The Woods, which chronicles the late-in-life hike Bryson took on with a friend named Stephen Katz along the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately… »
Chicago – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.
“Grandma” has a very unique premise. Tomlin is the title character of Elle, who is visited by her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner). The girl is seeking an abortion, and her feminist poet grandmother seems like the right fellow traveler on her way to the procedure. Sam Elliott portrays Karl, Elle’s ex-husband – she left him for a same sex partner – who harbors a resentment toward circumstances in their relationship. The two meet along the way to the clinic, and the resentment boils to the surface.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
FX used their Television Critics Association presentation to make a couple of big announcements regarding their original series line-up.
First up, their long-running and acclaimed spy comedy "Archer" will be shifting networks over to Fxx for its seventh season where it will be teamed up with new animated series "Cassius and Clay" which is scoring a ten-episode first season.
Described as a female spin on "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the series will follow two hard-drinking, gun-slinging, fast-talking women (Kaitlin Olson, Lake Bell) in a station wagon in the post-apocalyptic South.
Susan Sarandon is also onboard as the town's saloon and brothel owner. Both shows are expected to air in the first quarter of 2016.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
According to William Goldman, who won Oscars for writing Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and All The President’s Men, there are three types of movies: those that aspire to quality and succeed, those that aspire to quality and fail, and those that were never meant to be any good at all.
The last group, Goldman claims, comprises “movies for which the pulse was either totally or primarily financial: rip-offs, spin-offs, sequels etc.” In other words, most of today’s pictures are about as creative and well intentioned as Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.
Executives that talk about rebooting this or reimagining that sound like Eskimos describing snow, using multiple words to describe the same thing. In the end, they only require two – ‘cash’ and ‘grab’.
There have, of course, always been sequels and remakes, and the world would be a poorer place without »
- Ian Watson
Some of us dream of fame, some of us go after fame, and then there are those of us, like Tom Hanks, who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will become famous. From the age of 18, Hanks knew he was going to make it Big, and we have physical evidence to prove it. Before he became an A-lister, Hanks wrote a letter to George Roy Hill, director of such classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, and in this letter he predicted his worldwide success. As noted in a report by NPR, the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills, California, features a letter Hanks wrote to the illustrious filmmaker in response to watching The Sting. While he praises Hills.s work, the purpose of this letter is to give him a heads up that he.s going to be a »
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
Songs On Screen: All week Hitfix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out the full series here. Last month when we did our Best Year in Film History series, I picked second and, as a result, I was able to select the correct answer: The best year in American cinematic history, at least over the last 50 years, is 1974 and any disagreements sadden and bore me. With that undeclared, but indisputable, victory in my back pocket, I was able to happily let colleagues choose many of my personal favorites for our Songs on Screen battle. You won't hear me say anything negative about "Fight the Power" and its centrality to "Do the Right Thing" or the evocative pull of "Nobody Does It Better" (or a slew of other James Bond themes) or the timelessness of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Nor will »
- Daniel Fienberg
Amazon Prime is continuing its quality hot streak by offering some exceptional TV shows and films through July. The new streaming options will include classics like "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," as well as newer additions like "The Skeleton Twins" and "Behind the Candelabra." Check out the full list of titles below, along with Indiewire's picks on what you have to watch. Read More: Amazon Prime Adds 'Taxi Driver,' 'Listen Up Philip' and 16 Other Titles in March Available 6/30 “Under The Dome" Season 3 (2013) Available 7/1 “Downton Abbey" Season 5 (2014) “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” (1969) “Drive Me Crazy” (1999) “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (2008) “Thumbelina” (1994) “Bulworth” (1998) "Heidi” (1937) “Wayne’s World 2” (1993) “48 Hrs.” (1982) “The Bad News Bears” (1976) “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995) “The Butcher’s Wife” (1991) “Cadillac Man” (1990) Indiewire Pick: "Dirty Dancing" (1987)We »
- Sarah Choi
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
“No one’s impressed by a dinosaur anymore,” notes one character early on in “Jurassic World,” and it’s easy to imagine the same words having passed through the lips of more than one Universal Studios executive in the years since Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park” shattered box-office records, along with the glass ceiling for computer-generated visual effects. Two decades and two lackluster sequels later, producer and studio have spared few expenses in crafting a bigger, faster, noisier dinosaur opus, designed to reclaim their place at the top of the blockbuster food chain. What they’ve engineered is an undeniably vigorous assault of jaw-chomping jolts and Spielbergian family bonding that nevertheless captures only a fraction of the original film’s overflowing awe and wonderment. Which should still be more than enough to cause a T-Rex-sized ripple effect at the summer multiplex turnstile.
If the first “Jurassic Park »
- Scott Foundas
With the TV season over, now's the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you've been meaning to catch up on all year. July brings several dozen new TV and movie titles for your viewing pleasure on Amazon Prime. When the temperatures skyrocket, blast the A/C and start streaming in cool comfort.
Here's the upcoming lineup (Amazon Originals in italics)
"Under the Dome" season 3 - June 30
"Downton Abbey" season 5 - July 1
"Annedroids" season 2 - July 2
"Extant" season 2 - July 5
"Boardwalk Empire" season 3 - July 16
"True Blood" season 5 - July 16
"Glee" season 6 - July 18
"Newsroom" season 1 & season 2 - July 23
"Behind the Candelabra" - July 30
The Bad News Bears
Friends and Lovers
- Kelly Woo
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
Archer producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson are joining forces with Community‘s Megan Ganz for animated comedy Cassius & Clay, which FX has just greenlit for a pilot order in hopes of expanding its animated lineup past Reed and Thompson’s beloved spy riff. Reed and Ganz wrote the series, and all three are exec-producing.
The action-buddy comedy, partially inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America (not dissimilar to the one seen in Fox’s hit freshman comedy The Last Man on Earth). It centers on two women who team up and live a bandit lifestyle, eking out an existence in the ruins of civilization. Ordwood Cassius (voiced by Kaitlin Olson) is a con artist with a drinking problem, who is heavily in debt but uses her quick-thinking skills to get out of binds. Shopcarter Clay (voiced by Lake Bell) is a »
- Isaac Feldberg
FX is returning to the animated game with Cassius & Clay, a pilot that follows two women living as bandits in a futuristic, postapocalyptic America. Described as being in the vein of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, the project from writer-EPs Megan Ganz and Adam Reed stars Kaitlin Olson as Ordwood Cassius, a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullshitter who has more debts than sense, and Lake Bell as Shopcarter Clay, the fastest gun in the postapocalyptic… »
FX is making an animated action comedy pilot in the vein of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with a star-studded voice cast, Variety has learned.
The “Cassius & Clay” animated pilot hails from Megan Ganz (“Modern Family” and “Community”) and “Archer” creator Adam Reed of Floyd County Productions. Both will serve as writers and exec producers on the FX Productions project.
Described as an animated action-buddy-comedy centered on two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America, the A-list voice cast includes “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell (“Childrens Hospital”), as the title characters, Ordwood Cassius and Shopcarter Clay. Cassius (Olson) is a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bull-sh-tter who has more debts than sense, and Clay (Bell) is the fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn’t go looking for trouble, she shares a station wagon with it.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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