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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 »
- Gary Susman
The Angelic Avengers, published in 1946 under the pen name Isak Dinesen, is billed as “a Gothic romance”.
The Angelic Avengers is the story of two young women abandoned and trying to cope with poverty and grief in 19th century Britain and France. An elderly Scottish cleric and his wife invite the girls to live on their estate in France, apparently kindly intentions.. But the girls discover that, under cover of piety and idealism, the clergyman and his wife lure young girls into their grasp into to sell them into the white slave trade.
Jensen is looking for British partners for the project, which is likely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
British writer Rebecca Lenckiewicz has joined Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov on drama I Want To Be Like You. It marks Lenckiewicz’s first feature co-writing Oscar-winner Ida with director Pawel Pawlikowski.
Bojanov will shoot the coming-of-age drama this July on location in and around Copenhagen, the UK’s West Midlands and Belgium.
The film has a budget of $2.2m (€2m) and is a production partnership between Toolbox Film in Copenhagen, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm.
The young cast is led by Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who featured in Yann Demmange’s ’71. He more recently appeared in Mammal by Rebecca Daly, Trespass Against Us by Adam Smith, and Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich.
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Rebecca Lenkiewicz, co-scribe of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Academy Award-winning “Ida,” is teaming with Bulgarian helmer Konstantin Bojanov for his latest film, “I Want to Be Like You,” toplining Klaus Maria Brandauer, star of Sydney Pollack’s “Out of Africa” and Istvan Szabo’s “Mephisto,” and Barry Keoghan, who headlined Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s “Stay.”
Moving ever more from its Spanish-language focus into select acquisition of European titles, Madrid-based Latido Films will introduce “I Want to Be Like You” to international distributors at next week’s Cannes Film Market.
“Like You” is the sophomore outing as a director and first English-language feature for Bojanov, who debuted in Cannes with “Ave,” which played Critics’ Week. Last year, Bojanov was named a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move.
Copenhagen’s Toolbox Film, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm produce.
Producers have already closed pre-sales »
- Emilio Mayorga
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Spring Fashion Talks at the French Institute Alliance Française kicked off with Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, moderated by Creative Digital Director for Vogue, Sally Singer, and crossed paths with the Tribeca Film Festival as the Haute Couture on Film series continued.
Inside the Florence Gould Hall Theater on April 15, while Bao Nguyen's Live from New York! was opening Tribeca at the Beacon Theatre, McCollough and Hernandez were referencing Harmony Korine, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Cate Blanchett, Gerhard Richter, Pearl Jam, Cindy Sherman, Kurt Cobain and, at one point, Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa, complete with mid-century craftsmanship and mother nature as shaping Proenza Schouler creations. The designers appeared in Fabien Constant's exquisite documentary Mademoiselle C on Carine Roitfeld. Inspiration for them comes mostly from "posture, movement, attitude and spirit. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
You might’ve used the expression “The Real McCoy” and not actually known where it came from. Colloquially it refers to something being authentic, or the real deal. In fact, if someone were to name their movie after it, you might presume it was just a romantic comedy.
Well, now super-mega-star Chris Pratt is set to star in a movie about where that expression originated. The Real McCoy is a bootlegging drama about the life of Bill McCoy, a famous rum-runner during Prohibition who, as an American sea captain, shipped and sold illegal liquor across the coast until his capture in 1923. According to urban legend, McCoy touted that his liquor was never “cut”, or watered down, thus the expression “The Real McCoy”. But McCoy is also credited with having essentially created the six pack in order to better carry and ship bottles of rum and whiskey.
Pratt is to play »
- Brian Welk
Ferrari redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing. Mann has reportedly merged two scripts, one by Troy Kennedy Martin ("The Italian Job") and another by David Rayfield ("Out of Africa").
Niels Juul ("Silence") will executive produce the film which has no links with the recently announced rival biopic project which will star Robert De Niro. In fact this new one was originally going to happen in 2004 with Sydney Pollack directing and Al Pacino starring, but has taken a very long time to get off the ground.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Mann devotees will likely remember that quite a few years ago, the filmmaker was lining up a movie based on the book"Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" by A.J. Baime, about the Le Mans battle between Ford and Ferrari in 1966. The project never got off the ground, but it seems Mann hasn't lost his need for speed because he has another car movie he's getting behind the wheel on. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Mann Variety reports that Mann will direct a biopic on Enzo Ferrari. The movie will be based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races.” This project has been brewing for a while, with Sydney Pollack once attached to direct with Al Pacino in the lead, over a decade ago. This version will have a script put »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rome – Michael Mann and L.A.-based Cecchi Gori Media are in final development stages on their long-gestating “Ferrari” biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari, which Mann is set to direct.
Mann and Cgm chief exec Niels Juul are eying a 2016 shooting date for the extensively researched pic, based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races,” about the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing.
“We are talking to financiers and have some early commitments,” said Juul.
- Nick Vivarelli
As 27 of our 29 Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Costume Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Costume Design honors from BAFTA and Critics' Choice, as well as the Costume Designers Guild prize for Best Period Design. -Break- This was the fourth Oscar win for costume designer Milena Canonero, who received previous honors for "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), and "Marie Antoinette" (2006). She was also nominated for "Out of Africa" (1985), "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988), "Dick Tracy" (1990), "Titus" (1999), and "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) for a career total of nine nominations. The film was the 2/13 favorite with 27 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Pete ...' »
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »
- Louis Virtel
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Oscar® nominees Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at this year’s Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Cotillard is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Two Days, One Night.” She previously won an Oscar in this category for the 2007 film “La Vie en Rose.” Cumberbatch is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Imitation Game.” Streep earned a record 19th acting nomination this year for her supporting role in “Into the Woods.” She previously took home Oscars for her lead performances in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011), and her supporting performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). Streep’s previous Best Actress nominations were for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987), “A Cry in the Dark »
- Josh Abraham
Meryl Streep is definitely better than everyone, but sometimes she also rocks in addition to her sheer superiority. Did you see People's new still of Mary Louise Streep in "Ricki and the Flash," the new Jonathan Demme movie written by Diablo Cody? She's wielding a guitar and looking like the fiercest axwoman ever. Let's commemorate all the other times she rocked our worlds. 1. She checked out just fine in "Postcards from the Edge" 2. That time she basically announced she's sick of guys calling "The Deer Hunter" their favorite. Meryl has openly opined about how much she likes when male fans say they enjoy her performance in, say, "The Devil Wears Prada" and not "The Deer Hunter," the movie she's used to male fans approaching her about. Here's a comment she made about her role in the epic Michael Cimino film: "They needed a girl between the two guys, and I was it. »
- Louis Virtel
George Lucas offered a bleak assessment of the current state of the film business during a panel discussion with Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, saying that the movies are “more and more circus without any substance behind it.”
However, the “Star Wars” director hit back at critics who said his role in kicking off the blockbuster film business has watered down cinematic storytelling.
“If you go into ‘Star Wars’ and see what’s going on there, there’s a lot more substance than circus,” he argued.
In its day, “Star Wars” represented a major breakthrough in technology, and it’s easy to discern a throughline from the galaxy far, far away to the comic book movies and special-effects driven productions that dominate today’s movie screens. The tools he helped popularize were all in the service of plot, he argued.
“All art is technology,” said Lucas. »
- Brent Lang
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »
- Andre Soares
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'Out of Africa' Out of Africa (1985) is an unusual Robert Redford star vehicle in that the film's actual lead isn't Redford, but Meryl Streep -- at the time seen as sort of a Bette Davis-Alec Guinness mix: like Davis, Streep received a whole bunch of Academy Award nominations within the span of a few years: from 1978-1985, she was shortlisted for no less than six movies.* Like Guinness, Streep could transform »
- Andre Soares
The American Society of Cinematographers has pegged Barbra Streisand to receive its 2015 Board of Governors Award, to be given to the actress-filmmaker-recording artist at the organization’s 29th annual awards gala Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Board of Governors citation is meant to recognize “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking,” according to the Asc, but it has also allowed the 96-year-old society of upper-echelon below-the-liners to bring some extra star power to the party, and for the male-centric brotherhood to mix it up a little. Streisand’s female predecessors include Sally Field and Julia Roberts, but her multidisciplinary efforts have overlapped, and exceeded, most of the others, including Warren Beatty, Sydney Pollack, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.
If Streisand is one of the most versatile, and decorated, entertainers of the last century (she’s that rare Egot winner, »
- Steve Chagollan
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
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