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Stephen Baldwin, David Lee Smith to Star in Faith-Based Drama ‘A Walk With Grace’ (Exclusive)

Stephen Baldwin, David Lee Smith to Star in Faith-Based Drama ‘A Walk With Grace’ (Exclusive)
Stephen Baldwin, David Lee Smith, Jason London and Ashley Bratcher are starring in the faith-based drama “A Walk With Grace.”

Principal photography has begun in Lima, Ohio, with Nick Kellis directing from his own script. Lance Paul is producing and April Kennedy is executive producing. Production companies are Paul’s Ginger Knight Entertainment and Kellis’ new Flyover State Productions.

“A Walk with Grace” also stars Yorke Fryer, Mishka Calderon, Ian Grey, Joe Estevez, Austin St. John and Nicole Dambro.

Smith portrays a Los Angeles exec who must return to Ohio after his mother dies and face the daunting task of signing away his family’s factory to Baldwin’s character. He must confront a labor-strike led by his high school wrestling buddies and a legal battle over the impending sale of the factory, brought on by his high school sweetheart, played by Bratcher. Forced to search his soul and embrace his broken past,
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Good-bye, Adam West / Uninhibited Revenge: Walter Hill’S The Assignment

It’s kind of hard for me to undersell the impact Batman and Adam West had on me as a boy. I was six years old when the show premiered, and it was the first program I can remember seeing previews for and *begging* my mom to commit to letting me watch it when it finally came on. Like most every boy my age in the mid ’60s, I had a makeshift costume, a lunchbox, a plastic Batmobile, the Batman TV soundtrack (I still own the original LP), and of course the comic books, which never seemed quite as captivating to me compared to the vivid pop-art energy of the series. And hardly least of all, Batman introduced Julie Newmar’s Catwoman to me, who in turn introduced a whole other set of feelings to this six-year-old– fear and sex all rolled up into one inexplicable but ooh-la-la! package. (I’ll spare you,
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Walter Hill: ‘Don’t Feel Sorry for Film Directors’

Walter Hill: ‘Don’t Feel Sorry for Film Directors’
Lyon, France — Walter Hill’s films are not renowned for sentimentality. In “Driver,” “The Long Riders,” and “Southern Comfort,” men fight, win or lose, live or die. And that’s the way it goes.

The same could be said about Hill himself. At a Lyon Lumière Festival masterclass, he fielded questions for an hour-and-a-half on Monday, talking frankly in his deep voice – much more frankly than most giving masterclasses – about how he got started, his influences, and his big hit “48 Hrs.” On occasion, especially when he recalled people rather than films, a sense of big-heartedness, and some pain, shone through.

Here are 10 things Hill said at Lyon.

1. Sam Peckinpah

By 1972, when Hill wrote “The Getaway,” Peckinpah was “an alcoholic, and I don’t think that is a secret I’m sharing.” For Hill, “The Getaway” was probably “the last film Peckinpah made where he was absolutely in full control of his faculties as a filmmaker…
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Festival Lumiere Digs Deep Into Film History

Festival Lumiere Digs Deep Into Film History
One festival might be enough for most, but after wrapping up Cannes in late May, artistic director Thierry Frémaux goes straight to work on his other passion project, the Festival Lumière, organized under the aegis of the Institut Lumiere, which this year takes place Oct. 8-16.

Situated in Lyon, where the Lumière brothers shot their pioneering 1896 short “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat,” the festival acts as a kind of extended version of the Cannes Classics sidebar, shining a spotlight on films from the recent and distant past, with a steady stream of current stars and filmmakers to front the behind-the-scenes work of archivists and historians.

Frémaux’s famous hospitality puts him in good standing here. Though only in its eighth edition, the Festival Lumière has already presented its main award, Le Prix Lumière, to a litany of star names, starting with Clint Eastwood in 2009 and followed by Milos Forman,
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Walter Hill on Controversial Revenge Thriller '(Re)Assignment'

Walter Hill on Controversial Revenge Thriller '(Re)Assignment'
If you've ever clinked bottles on your fingers while chanting "War-ri-orssss, come and out and pla-ayyyy," dressed as a member of the Baseball Furies for Halloween, watched a Xenomorph scurry around darkened spaceship hallways or enjoyed that foul-mouthed poetry of Deadwood's pilot, then you owe Walter Hill a serious debt. The 74-year-old writer, director and producer has had a hand in some of the more memorable tough-guy films and genre flicks of the past 40 years. He's the man who gave us the colorful New York gang movie The Warriors,
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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #6. Walter Hill’s Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale

Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale

Director: Walter Hill

Writers: Walter Hill, Denis Hamill

Following a remarkable year in cinematic transgender representation with films like Sean Baker’s Tangerine, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, and Gaby Dellal’s About Ray, not to mention prolific public figures such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox maintaining notable visibility, positive depictions of the transgender community have marked 2015 as a watershed year. But not unlike the first wave queer theory which bitterly criticized historically negative depictions of Lgbt characters prior to the early 90s New Queer Cinema movement, Trans representation is under increased scrutiny, which results in severe cultural policing. One of the reasons we fail to see queer characters utilized in contemporary genre film is due to an exploitative history we’ve been unable to divorce ourselves from, those unseemly memories of demeaning cinematic representation. Comedy and horror were once the only ‘low
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Songs on Screen: 'Streets of Fire's Lost Masterpiece 'I Can Dream About You'

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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
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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

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
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Hard Times and the Charles Bronson Exhibit April 1st at Schlafly Bottleworks

“I suppose you’ve been down the long, hard road?”

“Who hasn’t?”

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

This month, they’re brewing up some Bronson! Hard Times screens at Schlafly Bottleworks Wednesday, April 1st as part of Webster University’s ‘Strange Brew’ Film Series. The ‘Charles Bronson Exhibit’, a collection of movie paper, figures, models kits, toys, and other odd memorabilia will be on display that night at Schlafly.

No one could touch Charles Bronson in terms of global popularity throughout the 1970’s and Hard Times (1975) was his best film from that decade (my favorite for cinema,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Ninth Configuration

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD $29.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

The 1980 comedy-thriller cult favorite The Ninth Configuration is written and directed by William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist.

Stacy Keach in The Ninth Configuration

It’s the final days of the Vietnam War and the Department of Defense has set up a mental hospital for soldiers in a remote castle. To all appearances, the patients are running the asylum. But nothing here is quite what it seems. A new psychiatrist (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders) arrives, assigned to determine if any of the vets are faking mental illness. Of particular interest to him is a distraught Nasa astronaut (Scott Wilson) who aborted his mission during the final countdown.

Also featuring Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Neville Brand (TV’s Laredo), Moses Gunn (Rollerball) and Robert Loggia (Scarface) in its cast, The Ninth Configuration suspensefully (and, at times,
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Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies

I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.

A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.

Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it.
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Jeunet's Spivet to open Munich

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Jeunet's Spivet to open Munich
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet will be the opening film at this year’s Filmfest München (June 27-July 5) after Jeunet previously kicked off the festival in Munich in 2001 with Amelie From Montmartre.

Special highlights at what will be Diana Iljine’s fourth outing as festival director include the first ever complete retrospective dedicated to the veteran Us director Walter Hill, a gala evening in honour of the Oscar-winning producer Arthur Cohn with a screening of The Children Of Huang Shi, and a tribute to the producer-director-cinematographer Willy Bogner.

The Walter Hill retrospective will range from his 1975 debut Hard Times, starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn, through such classics as The Long Riders and The Warriors and two films made for Us television - the pilot Deadwood and the Western epic Broken Trail - to his 2012 film Bullet To The Head, with Sylvester Stallone and Christian Slater.

World premieres

Munich will also be hosting a number
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Streets of Fire

(Walter Hill, 1984; Second Sight, 15)

In the 1970s and 80s, Walter Hill established his reputation as one the most distinctive action-movie directors Hollywood has produced, an exponent of lyrical violence in the class of Sam Peckinpah, for whom he scripted The Getaway. His first six movies – Hard Times, The Driver, The Warriors, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs – all terse, lean, unsentimental, were commercial and critical successes and are now classics. His seventh, Streets of Fire, lost money and went down badly with Us critics, possibly because many of them thought it resembled The Warriors too closely and because there were no stars apart from former child actress Diane Lane. It's now something of a cult classic that anticipated the current fashion for films based on graphic novels.

The film, Hill has said, is "by design, comic strip in orientation, mock-epic in structure, movie-heroic in acting style, operatic in visual style,
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Dress like a Peaky Blinder

Let’s get this straight: Peaky Blinders is not Boardwalk Empire. It’s a post World War I gangster drama, during roughly the same time period (1919 as opposed to the early 20’s), it’s gritty, features loyal yet warring brothers, is as cool as ice chips and doesn’t pull any punches. However Boardwalk Empire is set in the attractive seaside landscape of Atlantic City, USA, while Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham. The whole palette is different too. Boardwalk is colourful and vibrant, Peaky is dark and dingy. Evidently this extends to the clothes. You wouldn’t have got far walking around Birmingham in an orange silk shirt and camel coat; this was tweed and flannel country, about as sunny as a coal pit. This does not change the fact that everyone in the show still looks incredible, especially the gents. Best of all this isn’t a difficult style to recreate now,
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Walter Hill pays tribute to Philip French

A film director, screenwriter and producer whose credits include The Warriors, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort and Last Man Standing, Walter Hill has often been credited with reviving the western genre. Philip French has described him as "a master of the low-tech action movie and successor to Sam Peckinpah as the greatest living exponent of lyrical violence".

Philip French's writing has always been remarkably clear-headed and cleanly expressed. He appreciates genre films without condescension; and, what seems to me to be the highest praise, he has elevated his profession.

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It's time to put 2 Guns to the head of the buddy-cop genre

It's generated some classics and more than a few stinkers, but too many buddy-cop films are simply boring

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2 Guns shows that the cop buddy movie has flatlined. It only took 24 hours for the film to vanish from my mind – and I took notes. Yes, it's the umpteenth buddy-cop retread, where two wily but likable antagonists are forced to team up to fulfil their competing agendas. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play undercover operatives posing as drug traffickers in order to snag Edward James Olmos's Latin drug lord. Their chemistry and fast-talking effervescence are instantly appealing: Washington the swaggeringly confident dandy, and Wahlberg all nerves, jitters and querulousness.

But as usual, the problem is the formula, not the duo. Diverting as the banter is, there's no dodging the fact that Walter Hill's 48 Hrs has officially now been remade for the bazillionth time in 31 years.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: At Any Price

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Zac Efron (The Lucky One) and Dennis Quaid (The Long Riders) are at odds in the family drama movie At Any Price.

Quaid and Efron play father and son. Quaid’s Henry wants to bring Efron’s Dean into the family’s lucrative farming empire to help build it further. Dean, however, dreams of a career in car racing. But when the business gets involved in a high-stakes investigation, Henry and Dean are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens their family’s livelihood.

The R-rated film was co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) and also stars Kim Dickens (Footloose), Heather Graham (Father of Invention), Clancy Brown (John Dies at the End) and newcomer Maika Monroe.

At Any Price was released in theaters, but not many, grossing less than $1 million. The movie got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers,
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Who was that masked man? The Legend of Klinton Spilsbury.

Who was that masked man? The Legend of Klinton Spilsbury.
Resurrecting the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp must’ve sounded like one of the all-time Hollywood no-brainers when it was pitched to Disney in 2011. After all, the mysterious masked man used to be the all-American icon with the greatest chase-music (“The William Tell Overture”), the greatest sidekick (Tonto), and the greatest catchphrase (“Hi-yo, Silver, away!”). Plus, though Depp is playing a boldly reimagined Tonto opposite Armie Hammer’s Ranger, he was reuniting with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the creative triumvirate that made Disney billions with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But getting The Lone Ranger into
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The Long Riders

Walter Hill, 1980; Second Sight, 15

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A master of the low-tech action movie and successor to Sam Peckinpah as the greatest living exponent of lyrical violence, Walter Hill is on record as saying that "every film I've done has been a western". But his first real one, and the first to be shown in competition in Cannes, is this major contribution to the cycle of westerns about the James-Younger gang that robbed trains and banks in post-civil war Missouri and disintegrated after the catastrophic raid on a bank in distant Northfield, Minnesota.

The film is about an uneasy alliance of outlaw clans who, between crimes, live normal family lives, and it's no casting gimmick that sees them played by four sets of real brothers. James and Stacy Keach portray the stolid, solid Jesse and Frank James, the three Carradines (David, Keith, Robert) the raffish Youngers,
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