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Film Review: ‘Hickok’

Film Review: ‘Hickok’
As Hollywood has more or less given up on conventional westerns as mass-audience magnets, diehard fans of the genre have come to rely on a steady stream — or, at the very least, a consistent trickle — of small-budget, independently produced oaters to satisfy their appetite for old-fashioned sagebrush sagas. “Hickok,” the latest example of its unabashedly retrograde subgenre (the shoot-’em-up variety), contains a few elements — earthy language, fleeting nudity — that might trouble those purists who still pine for westerns of a more innocent era. But less censorious aficionados likely will be willing to look past the rough edges and enjoy the simple pleasures provided by a respectfully sincere retelling of a familiar legend.

At the center of this particular story is James Butler Hickok, a.k.a. Wild Bill Hickok, the Old West icon who inspired numerous legends — and, later, countless movies and TV dramas — with his exploits as a lawman, gambler
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17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW

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17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday

afternoon.The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.

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1. “Song To Song

In a major coup that
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17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW

  • Variety - Film News
17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday afternoon.

The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.

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TV Review: ‘Weird Loners’

TV Review: ‘Weird Loners’
If only “Weird Loners” were anywhere near as interesting as its title. Instead, this latest Fox comedy falls into that middle realm of nothing special, featuring a quartet of quirky characters, all in their mid-30s, each of whom remains single for his or her own reasons. Still, delaying marriage isn’t as shocking as it once was, just as these kinds of self-absorbed characters don’t exactly break fresh ground. Fox has enjoyed some recent successes — generating sampling of “The Last Man on Earth” — but there’s nothing here that can’t be seen executed significantly better (and every bit as timely) in any random “Seinfeld” rerun.

Indeed, after three episodes of the series, it’s still something of a struggle to come up with a clear description of it, other than to note that by the end of episode one, all four characters are living adjacent to each other in a Queens townhouse.
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Box Office: Why Did 'The Lone Ranger' Earn So Little Silver?

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It's not like anyone had especially high expectations for "The Lone Ranger." Given the movie's poor pre-release buzz and its positioning opposite the sequel to a wildly popular animated family film, pundits expected "Ranger" to do just modest business; only the might of Johnny Depp's name and the Disney marketing machine were expected to carry it to a domestic gross of about $40 million from Friday to Sunday and maybe $60 million over the whole July 4th five-day weekend.

But the movie didn't even do that well. According to estimates, it earned just $29.4 million over the three weekend days and just $48.9 million over the five days since it opened on Wednesday, July 3. Given the film's production cost, reportedly between $225 and $250 million, that weak opening makes "Lone Ranger" a flop the size Disney hasn't seen since last year's "John Carter."

Why was this Western so slow on the draw? After all, despite
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'The Lone Ranger': 'Metaphorical universe' or just 'Wild Wild West' without Will Smith?

'The Lone Ranger': 'Metaphorical universe' or just 'Wild Wild West' without Will Smith?
Tom Wilkinson grew up in England but, of course, like any child of the 1950s, he could see the Old West just fine thanks to the powerful and focused lens of Hollywood. The two-time Oscar nominee plays a rapacious railroad baron named Latham Cole (that’s him in the new poster above) in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, the most expensive western in history and a bold bid to revive that once-dominant screen genre.

“In their heyday westerns provided a metaphorical universe in which moral fables of varying complexity could be acted out in an exciting way,” says Wilkinson, whose film credits include Michael Clayton,
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Making Of The West: Mythmakers and truth-tellers

  • SoundOnSight
The “adult” Western – as it would come to be called – was a long time coming. A Hollywood staple since the days of The Great Train Robbery (1903), the Western offered spectacle and action set against the uniquely American milieu of the Old West – a historical period which, at the dawn of the motion picture industry, was still fresh in the nation’s memory. What the genre rarely offered was dramatic substance.

Early Westerns often adopted the same traditions of the popular Wild West literature and dime novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries producing, as a consequence, highly romantic, almost purely mythic portraits the Old West. Through the early decades of the motion picture industry, the genre went through several creative cycles, alternately tilting from fanciful to realistic and back again. By the early sound era, and despite such serious efforts as The Big Trail (1930) and The Virginian (1929), Hollywood Westerns were,
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Robert Pattinson Signs Autographs & Poses For Pics With Fans Outside ‘Cosmopolis’ Set!

Rob and Kristen are hands down the most fan-friendly actors in Hollywood — they always take time to greet his fans, even if they’re dead tired!

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are so gracious. Rob, 25, stopped by a sea of his adoring fans outside of his Cosmopolis set on June 21 in Toronto — and he made every Twi-hard’s day!

Rob was wearing his signature t-shirt and baseball cap — so down-to-earth! We told you the tee retails for $23 from the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona Beach. We love how Rob immediately returns to himself after a long day of shooting.

But Rob’s girlfriend Kristen Stewart isn’t too far off from Rob’s humble ways. The 21-year-old actress took a pic with a fan on the same day but in La. She was at the premiere of New Moon director Chris Weitz‘s new flick A Better Life.

Rob and
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Robert Pattinson’s T-Shirt Cost $23! Find Out Where You Can Get It!

R-Patz stayed true to his laid-back, casual style in a tee — and we know where you can find the same exact one!

Guess it was t-shirt time for Robert Pattinson yesterday! The star took a break from filming Cosmopolis, where he was spotted leaving the set after a long day’s work, stepping out in a tee from the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona Beach — but you don’t have to travel to Florida to get his look!

The tee retails at $23 and can be purchased on their website, where they also sell beanies, baseball caps, or bandanas.

Do you want your guy to dress like R-Patz? If so, here’s your chance to scoop up something that emulates his laid-back style.

–Amber Belus

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Kellan Lutz Reveals ‘Breaking Dawn’ Wedding Scene Was ‘Miserable’ For Kristen Stewart!

Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner & Garrett Hedlund
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The west goes wild as Obama and the Democrats ride again

With one cool shot, the Us president brought down both Osama bin Laden and Republican claims to the mantle of western hero

Westerns have never been seen as Democrat movies. But this is based on a misunderstanding. The western genre of American film is generally thought of as morally crude, politically reactionary and so on, but in reality it was always more complex. From Fort Apache with its depiction of military folly to The Searchers, a dark tale of racism and otherness, the master of the western film, John Ford, always explored ambiguous themes and invested his films with deep intelligence.

Many other classic westerns portray characters who abhor violence – although they always use it in the end: Destry Rides Again and Shane both have heroes who are reluctant to take up arms. In these and other westerns it is only the bad guys who shoot for the sake of
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Sniper: Reloaded (2011) Movie Review

Movies about snipers fascinates me, especially since I could never, ever in multiple lifetimes mold myself into one of them. Fact is, I’m just not that dedicated. They are the consummate professional — killer elites that pride themselves on patience, precision, and outerworldly skills. Plus, they’re the epitome of the lone wolf hero, that favorite of cinematic badasses — hiding out in the jungles by themselves (or with a spotter, if you really want to be accurate about it) for days, waiting for the perfect opportunity to take the shot and send the bad guy to Boot Hill. Yeah, they’re cool, and movies about them tend to be pretty cool, too, even if they’re complete rubbish like Mark Wahlberg’s “Shooter”. Cripes, that one was horrid. The best in the genre has to be the “Sniper” franchise, which started in 1993 with Tom Berenger and Billy Zane, with Berenger
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Wild Rovers - DVD Review

Blake Edwards was known for his crazy comedies with Peter Sellers, but he would take a trip back to the old west with William Holden and Ryan O.Neal. Ross Bodine (William Holden) and Frank Post (Ryan O.Neal) are cowhands at the R-Bar-r ranch owned by Walter Buckman (Karl Malden) and his sons John (Tom Skerritt) and Paul (Joe Don Baker). Ross is the older and more weathered of the hands and Frank a young buck. An accident on the ranch has one of the other hands headed for Boot Hill and Ross and Frank are tasked with transporting the body into town for his last rites. They have a conversation about what.s lacking in their lives, Ross not
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Various Artists: Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands

Distant stars flicker briefly For the second installment of their Local Customs series spotlighting regional studios, Numero Group combed the archive at Mickey Rouse’s Lowland facility in Beaumont, Texas, the town where Johnny and Edgar Winter got their start. Spanning the late ‘60s to early ‘70s, Lone Star Lowlands is intriguing in theory, but is short on originality; most of these obscure artists sound like imitations of their more famous contemporaries. Among the more arresting moments are Linda Crowe’s piano cabaret ballad “I Still Remember”; Boot Hill’s “No Control,” combining the bluesy stomp of early Zeppelin with an extended Jethro...
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Johnny Winter @ Toronto's Massey Hall

Johnny Winter "Live Through the '80s will be released in North America, August 24, from Mvd Visual . The new DVD includes a collection of official archival performance footage from around the world compiled from the original masters, featuring 18 performances from various locations includingas MTV Rock Influences '84 "Guitar Greats", Toronto's Massey Hall (Toronto '83), Roskilde Drtv (Roskilde, Denmark '84), New Hampshire ('84), Sonet Studio (Bromma, Sweden '87), Piazza Duomo (Pistoia, Italy '88), and a whole lot more. Intermixed with the live content is interview footage showcasing the 'definitive' document of Winter's career throughout the 1980's. "...The program kicks off in grand style with four performances culled from Johnny's long-sought-after 1983 appearance at Canada's Massey Hall. Leading his high-energy trio -- Jon Paris (bass, harmonica) and Bobby T. Torello (drums) -- with laser-like focus and fire-breathing intensity, the DVD opens with a blistering rendition of the Sonny Boy Williamson blues classic, "Unseen Eye.
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Johnny Winter "Live Through the '80s"- August 24

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"Johnny Winter "Live Through the '80s" will be released in North America, August 24, from Mvd Visual.

The new DVD includes a collection of official archival performance footage from around the world compiled from the original masters, featuring 18 performances from various locations includingas MTV Rock Influences '84 "Guitar Greats", Toronto's Massey Hall (Toronto '83), Roskilde Drtv (Roskilde, Denmark '84), New Hampshire ('84), Sonet Studio (Bromma, Sweden '87), Piazza Duomo (Pistoia, Italy '88), and a whole lot more.

Intermixed with the live content is interview footage showcasing the 'definitive' document of Winter's career throughout the 1980's.

"...The program kicks off in grand style with four performances culled from Johnny's long-sought-after 1983 appearance at Canada's Massey Hall. Leading his high-energy trio -- Jon Paris (bass, harmonica) and Bobby T. Torello (drums) -- with laser-like focus and fire-breathing intensity, the DVD opens with a blistering rendition of the Sonny Boy Williamson blues classic, "Unseen Eye.
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Val Avery, Character Actor, Dead At Age 85

  • CinemaRetro
Val Avery, a popular character actor of stage and screen, has died at age 85. The New York City resident passed away in his Greenwich Village apartment. Avery was a familiar face to all movie goers in the 60s and 70s. Some of his roles were bit parts, but others were more prominent. He played the corset salesman whose determination to see an Indian get buried with dignity on Boot Hill sets up the first action confrontation in The Magnificent Seven. In the 1971 film The Anderson Tapes,Avery played the dumb but brutal racist thug 'Socks'. For more on his life and career click here
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