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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Extreme Prejudice

  • JoBlo
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Extreme Prejudice! The Story: A covert army unit goes to war with Cash Bailey (Powers... Read More...
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Read Director Walter Hill’s Heartfelt Tribute to Powers Boothe

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Read Director Walter Hill’s Heartfelt Tribute to Powers Boothe
Walter Hill directed Powers Boothe in just two films — “Extreme Prejudice” (1987) with Nick Nolte and “Southern Comfort” (1981) with Keith Carradine. However, the two were longtime friends, and Boothe’s death May 14 at the age of 68 hit Hill hard. He wrote this remembrance of the veteran actor for IndieWire.

The news of his passing, especially so soon after that of Bill Paxton, came very hard. My friendship with Powers covered many years, yet we somehow managed to do only two films. I wish it had been 20.

We worked in deserts, swamps, and on sound stages; in all circumstances, I came to admire his good humor, his courtly manners, his bemused reserve… I used to gently tease him as the ‘Hamlet of the Prairies’, and even though it was difficult to imagine anyone more American (a Texan; proud of it), there was something grand about the performances, as well as the man,
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Read Director Walter Hill’s Heartfelt Tribute to Powers Boothe

Read Director Walter Hill’s Heartfelt Tribute to Powers Boothe
Walter Hill directed Powers Boothe in just two films — “Extreme Prejudice” (1987) with Nick Nolte and “Southern Comfort” (1981) with Keith Carradine. However, the two were longtime friends, and Boothe’s death May 14 at the age of 68 hit Hill hard. He wrote this remembrance of the veteran actor for IndieWire.

The news of his passing, especially so soon after that of Bill Paxton, came very hard. My friendship with Powers covered many years, yet we somehow managed to do only two films. I wish it had been 20.

We worked in deserts, swamps, and on sound stages; in all circumstances, I came to admire his good humor, his courtly manners, his bemused reserve… I used to gently tease him as the ‘Hamlet of the Prairies’, and even though it was difficult to imagine anyone more American (a Texan; proud of it), there was something grand about the performances, as well as the man,
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Powers Boothe obituary

Actor who revelled in playing charismatic villains and all-round bad guys

The actor Powers Boothe, who has died aged 68, was one of Hollywood’s greatest villains. His characters embraced their villainy with complete self-belief, relished their freedom from restraint, and disdained the boredom of creatures more tightly bound by morality. They were also entertaining and dangerously likable.

Boothe’s bad men often represented the darker side of the heroes to whom he played foil; his flamboyant Curly Bill Brocius is the antithesis of Kurt Russell’s tightly wrapped Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (1993) and, as if they were two sides of the same violent person, his white-suited drug lord even shares a woman with Nick Nolte as the vengeful Texas ranger who was his childhood friend, in Walter Hill’s over-the-top B movie Extreme Prejudice (1987).

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Powers Boothe obituary

Actor who revelled in playing charismatic villains and all-round bad guys

The actor Powers Boothe, who has died aged 68, was one of Hollywood’s greatest villains. His characters embraced their villainy with complete self-belief, relished their freedom from restraint, and disdained the boredom of creatures more tightly bound by morality. They were also entertaining and dangerously likable.

Boothe’s bad men often represented the darker side of the heroes to whom he played foil; his flamboyant Curly Bill Brocius is the antithesis of Kurt Russell’s tightly wrapped Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (1993) and, as if they were two sides of the same violent person, his white-suited drug lord even shares a woman with Nick Nolte as the vengeful Texas ranger who was his childhood friend, in Walter Hill’s over-the-top B movie Extreme Prejudice (1987).

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Powers Boothe, Star of Tombstone, Deadwood Dies at 68

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Powers Boothe, Star of Tombstone, Deadwood Dies at 68
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again after another beloved performer was lost this weekend. Powers Boothe, an Emmy-winning character actor with several diverse roles to his credit, passed away at the age of 68 on Sunday. The actor's death was first announced online in a tweet from actor Beau Bridges, and was later confirmed by his rep, Karen Samfilippo. The rep confirmed that he died in his sleep from apparent natural causes.

The Entertainment Weekly report doesn't reveal if there will be an autopsy performed or not. The actor was born June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, USA, the son of a sharecropper who spent his youth chopping cotton and became the first member of his family to attend a university, receiving a fellowship to Southern Methodist University to study acting, where he received a degree in Fine Arts. After performing in Oregon, Connecticut and Philadelphia, the actor arrived in New
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Powers Boothe, 'Deadwood,' 'Sin City' Actor, Dead at 68

Powers Boothe, 'Deadwood,' 'Sin City' Actor, Dead at 68
Powers Boothe, the character actor known for playing villainous roles in films like Sin City and Tombstone and television series like Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68.

Boothe's representative confirmed the actor's death to The Hollywood Reporter, adding that Boothe died in his sleep from natural causes.

Actor Beau Bridges was the first to share news of Boothe's death on Twitter. "It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor,
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Interview: Michael Ironside (Extraterrestrial)

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It goes without saying that Michael Ironside is a genre icon of the highest order. He’s been entertaining audiences worldwide for years now with his indelibly menacing voice in hundreds of films and TV shows and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s appeared in memorable films like Scanners (1981), Visiting Hours (1982), Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone (1983), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Watchers (1988), Total Recall (1990), Free Willy (1993), Starship Troopers … Continue reading →

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The rise and fall of Carolco

  • Den of Geek
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39

In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...

Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.

With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980′s

  • SoundOnSight
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.

The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.

Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes
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“The Amazing Race” Recap: Barin' It on the Beach!

  • The Backlot
So long, Ryan & Abbie. We'll always remember you as the team too generic to generate a nickname.

Previously on The Amazing Race, teams traveled from Moscow to Amsterdam. Natalie & Nadiya launched their careers as supervillains, hatching a dastardly scheme to ensure Ryan & Abbie's Philimination and winning the Leg via Fast Forward before some teams had even left Moscow. Jaymes & James wrestled with their consciences (sadly neither nudity nor oil were involved) and carried out their part in the twins' plan by U-Turning Team No-Nickname before finishing 2nd. Trey & Lexi sealed the deal and took 3rd place by U-Turning Team Chippendale and foreclosing Ryan & Abbie's only opportunity. Not that it mattered since not one but two blown connections out of Germany broke the team, leading them back into their baffling Beekman Boys bond. The teams raced together until the U-Turn perfidy was discovered. Josh seriously considered sticking with the
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Q & A with Sheldon Lettich By Marco A. S. Freitas (Guest Post)

Born in the Big Apple in january of 1951, Sheldon Lettich moved with his family to the West Coast at a young age. After finishing High School, he joined the Marine Corps, serving his country for four years, one of them as a Radio Operator in Vietnam.

Partially based upon his experiences in Southeast Asia, he co-authored Tracers, a play seen in the Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and London stages, to great acclaim; It subsequently won the prestigious Drama Desk and L.A. Drama Critics Awards.

The writing of screenplays seemed like a natural progression and his writing eventually began attracting the attention of many Hollywood producers.

Since then, Lettich has become known as expert in testosterone-driven action extravaganzas, many of the films starring some of the silver screen´s best-loved slugfest protagonists: Sylvester Stallone (Sheldon shared screenwriting credit with Sly in the third cinematic episode of the Rambo series,
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Blu-ray Review - Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort, 1981.

Directed by Walter Hill.

Starring Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote, T. K. Carter, Franklyn Seales, Lewis Smith and Les Lannom.

Synopsis:

A squad of National Guards fight for their lives after angering local Cajuns during an isolated weekend training exercise in the Louisiana swamp.

Action director Walter Hill may be best known for 1982’s genre classic 48 Hrs which put Eddie Murphy on the road to stardom, but he hasn’t released a film for a while and his name is most probably lost on today’s audiences. The reality is that Hill was one of the pioneers of the early 80’s action cinema with titles like The Driver, The Warriors, Extreme Prejudice, and above all 1981’s Southern Comfort as part of his excellent filmography.

Southern Comfort is a simple tale of the Louisiana national guard’s summer exercise which goes horribly wrong when they are
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“The Amazing Race” Recap: Getting Nude in the Netherlands!

  • The Backlot
Never has Photoshopping a couple of red Xes been so tinged with sorrow.

Previously on The Amazing Race, teams continued in Moscow where they faced math problems, a dance challenge and a room full of Russian ruler impersonators. Jaymes & James secured their first win with Trey & Lexi right behind them. The twins held in 3rd and the inexplicably joined-at-the-hip Ryan & Abbie and Brent & Josh finished 4th and 5th, respectively. James & Abba were unable to locate or replace their missing travel documents and sadly, Team Headbang was Philiminated.

In tonight's Leg Racers flew from Moscow to Amsterdam where they faced the return of a past Roadblock as a “Switchback”. But first came the Detour, with the choice of “Back in Time” and “Organ to Grind”. For “Back in Time” teams had to use live models and themselves to recreate Rembrandt's painting The Night Watch.

“Organ to Grind” required one teammate to
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"The Amazing Race" 2103: "Put Your Mouth On This Thing!"

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Caitlin & Brittany (Team Blonde)

In the second Leg of The Amazing Race 21, ten teams flew from Shanghai to Indonesia where they witnessed some bullsh-...uh, bull racing, lured innocent children onto their adongadongs and chose between hauling ice and sorting fish. Twins Natalie & Nadiya served fishy realness at the market and claimed first place along with the Express Pass, which will allow them to skip a task later in the Race. Rob & Kelley were thoroughly unpleasant to everyone and so of course made it through to the next Leg. Team Gay remains at full strength with the Beekmans going from seventh to fifth and Team Chippendale jumping all the way from last to third. Gary & Will were the first team to threaten to quit... but didn't quit hard enough, coming in at ninth and causing Amy & Daniel to be Philiminated.

Also still racing are Trey & Lexi (Team Longhorn), James & Abba
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"The Amazing Race" 2102: Balloon Animals and Adongadongs

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In the opening Leg of The Amazing Race 21, eleven teams of two flew to China to battle ping pong prodigies and force-feed frog fallopian tubes in their quest to be eligible to double the grand prize for winning the Race. Amy & Daniel foolishly tipped off Abbie & Ryan to the location of Mildred the albacock uccobus abacus lady and were sniped out of their shot at a double payday. Josh & Brent from Team Gay bickered but managed to luck into a seventh place finish and Jaymes, Team Gay's third member, barely survived, finishing in tenth with partner James. Philiminated were Rob & Sheila, gone before I made even a single Monty Python “He's a lumberjack and he's Ok” joke.

Also still racing are Natalie & Nadiya (twins), Rob & Kelley (Team Trucker), Trey & Lexi (Team Longhorn), James & Abba (Team Headbang), Caitlin & Brittany (Team Blonde) and Gary & Will (Team Subs).

Phil welcomes us back to Shanghai,
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"The Amazing Race" Recap: "Uh Back iss?" "Albacock?" "Occubus?"

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The Amazing Race 21 contestants

(photo courtesy CBS)

The Amazing Race 21, the 21st racearoundtheworld for One! Million! Dollars! or maybe Two! Million! Dollars! has begun! Teams are on a bus that would shame The Partridge Family, zooming up the California coast to Pasadena, and Phil!

Each of the teams has a pre-existing relationship, and the teams this season are:

Natalie & Nadiya, twins

Josh & Brent, “life partners,” two-thirds of Team Gay and part of this season's stunt casting, having appeared in their own reality series The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Rob & Kelley, married professional monster truck drivers

Trey & Lexi, dating; alumni of the University of Texas at Austin

James & Abba, friends and also partial stunt casting, James being formerly a member of heavy metal bands White Lion and Megadeth

Abbie & Ryan, dating divorcees

Jaymes & James, friends and Chippendales performers, also accounts for the final third of Team Gay (Jaymes)

Rob & Sheila, engaged; he's
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NCIS Round Table: "Extreme Prejudice"

  • TVfanatic
Our review of the NCIS Season 10 premiere broke down the season finale of TV's #1 show in detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from this week's installment, "Extreme Prejudice."

Join in below, as we analyze the resumption and conclusion of the hunt for Dearing, the elevator scene, the lasting psychological repercussions of the attack on NCIS and a whole lot more ...

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Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three, or four).

Steve: Ten seasons in, still the best (I realize that's six words).

Matt: Underwhelming, overhyped, yet solid.

Eric: Thank goodness it's back! (But kind of agree with Matt).

Best quote or scene from "Extreme Prejudice"?

Steve: Any scene with David McCallum. Usually a supporting player, he proved what a superb actor he is. In the aftermath of Ducky's heart attack,
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NCIS, Ep. 10.1, “Extreme Prejudice”: Strong premiere misses opportunities for growth, introspection

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NCIS, Season 10, Episode 1: “Extreme Prejudice

Written by Gary Glasberg

Directed by Tony Wharmby

Airs Tuesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

A bomb blast has wreaked havoc on the U.S. Navy Yard.

The premiere opens right where the show left off last season. Doctor Mallard, who was last seen suffering from a heart attack on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is alive. He and his assistant discuss the best way to aid their co-workers, of whom they have heard no news. After ten years, Brian Dietzen has earned his place in the opening credits in the role of assistant medical examiner Jimmy Palmer. The scenes between these two are bittersweet and simple, acting on behalf of the audience, asking the question that everyone wants to know the answer to- Who survived?

The NCIS building has been severely damaged, but not destroyed. Gibbs stands surveying the aftermath with nothing
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NCIS Season Premiere Review: The Aftermath

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"What's a four-letter word for surviving a terrorist attack? Luck." - Gibbs

NCIS kicked off its 10th season with another strong installment, one that was basically the final chapter of a five-episode arc, beginning in April with the burning of a Baltimore warehouse in "Rekindled" and concluding with Gibbs and Dearing finally squaring off mano-a-mano.

As premieres go, it didn't quite live up to the hype, with the conclusion a bit anticlimactic and parts feeling somewhat disjointed. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable, and it's great to have the team back in one piece.

Unlike last season's opener, which picked up the action months after the previous finale and saw Tony piece together the puzzle through a series of flashbacks, tonight began mere seconds after "Til Death Do Us Part" and the blast that rocked NCIS' headquarters, leaving its agents in peril.

With debris still in the air, Gibbs was ordered
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