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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set

For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any
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Jeremy Renner To Play Another Sharpshooter In An Upcoming Film

Before Batman and Spider-man, there were American western folk heroes. Characters based off of real live people who roamed the wild west like Bufallo Bill, Jesse James and Billy the Kid. One of these western folk heroes was John Henry "Doc" Holliday, who if past films has been portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid. Doc Holliday went from being a dentist to one of the deadliest gunslingers of the west. He took part in the epic gunfight at the O.K. Corral alongside Wyatt Erap, which has been featured in such films like Tombstone and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

According to The Hollywood Repoter, PalmStar Media has optioned the rights to two novels by Mary Dora Russell one being, Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. This book is considered to be the seminal book on Doc Holliday that chronicles his life from
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'If Ever I Would Leave You,' List-Making... It wouldn't be in November

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1859 Billy the Kid, future legendary outlaw, is born. He's been played in movies and TV by actors like Buster Crabbe, Hugh O'Brian, Paul Newman, Clu Galager, Val Kilmer, and perhaps most famously by Kris Kristofferson, BAFTA nominated for Pat Garret and Billy the Kid (1973)

1887 Boris Karloff, villainous movie icon (Frankenstein, The Mask of Fu Manchu, Scarface, etcetera) is born

1888 Harpo Marx is born
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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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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn,
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10 Favorite Westerns of All Time

A couple of weeks ago, Quentin Tarantino said that he loved working on Django Unchained so much, he wanted his next film to be a western also. This news made my day because I would love to see a resurgence of the western genre. Westerns are not considered one of the top tier genres, but I think that they are one of the most complex and interesting. Conventional rules do not apply to westerns. The protagonist/antagonist line is slightly blurred. That is what makes them more real. Any one of us would like to think that we are good people, but put us in a circumstance where we or someone we love is threatened, and we will fight to the bitter end. That is what the western is all about, the darker, grittier side of humanity. That is what I love about these films.

Just a little disclaimer; I
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Movie Review - Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained, 2012.

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, Michael Parks, James Remar, Don Johnson and Jonah Hill.


With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Warning, spoilers ahead...

Since Pulp Fiction took the world by storm in 1994 and changed the face of filmmaking forever, Quentin Tarantino has reached movie star-like fame and has become one of the few directors who can open a film with the gravitas of their name alone and has carte blanche to include whatever he wants. Django Unchained is pure Quentin Tarantino and this is both to its great success and also its ultimate failings.

Post-Pulp Fiction, the first 90 minutes of Django Unchained’s 165 minute running time is the best cinema Tarantino has written and
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Gore Vidal Dead At 86

Gore Vidal Dead At 86
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing – tall, handsome and composed – and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.

But Vidal made his living – a very good living – from challenging power, not holding it. He was wealthy and famous and committed to exposing a system often led by men he knew firsthand. During the days of Franklin Roosevelt, one of the few leaders whom Vidal admired, he might have been called a "traitor to his class." The real traitors, Vidal would respond, were the upholders of his class.

The author, playwright, politician and commentator whose vast and sharpened range of published works and public remarks were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday at age 86 in Los Angeles.

Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.
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Writer Gore Vidal Dies at 86

Writer Gore Vidal Dies at 86
Playwright and novelist Gore Vidal, perhaps best known for his controversial work The City and the Pillar, died on Tuesday at the age of 86.

Vidal's nephew Burr Steers tells the Los Angeles Times that his uncle passed away at his home in the Hollywood Hills after complications from pneumonia.

In his prolific career, Vidal wrote 25 novels in addition to Broadway hits like Drawing Room Comedy and An Evening with Richard Nixon; screenplays like Billy the Kid and The Best Man as well as numerous essays.
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30 of the Sexiest Cowboys

"Cowboys & Aliens" rode to the top of the box office this past weekend (tying with "The Smurfs"), so "Extra" is highlighting those sexy men of the West - be they old or new! Yee haw!

30 Sexy CowboysDaniel Craig in 'Cowboys & Aliens'

As Jake Lonergan, Craig is the latest Hollywood star to play a ruggedly handsome cowboy from the Old West.

Kurt Russell in 'Tombstone'

Role: The famed lawman Wyatt Earp Best line: "I
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Bob Dylan In The Movies

The legendary Bob Dylan turned 70 years old on May 24th. This article takes a close look at his association with the movies…

Bob Dylan had his first acting gig aged 21 on British TV with a play called Madhouse on Castle Street. His eponymously-titled first album had been released but few people in Britain would have known him; this was a few months before Freewheelin’ hit the shelves and Dylan-fever (which is like Beatlemania, only less wild and more pretentious) swept the Western world. He was intended to play the lead but quickly proved that he wasn’t interested in learning lines and was perhaps more interested in his recent discovery of cannabis, so David Warner was hired as the lead and Dylan provided a Greek chorus to the action.

In its wisdom, the BBC has long since destroyed the footage so it’s not easy to gauge how people would
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Val Kilmer Toplines The First Ride Of Wyatt Earp

Val Kilmer will play the elderly Wyatt Earp in indie Western The First Ride of Wyatt Earp, which Michael Feifer is directing. The screenplay is penned by Darren Benjamin Shepherd and the flick is now in production in California. Barry Barnholtz and Jeffrey Schenck are producing through Hybrid banner, and Peter Sullivan is co-producing.

Val Kilmer has been involved in the Wyatt Earp story once before, playing Doc Holliday in Tombstone. He earlier played the title character in the TV movie Billy the Kid, so he is definitely not a newcomer to Western.

The storyline will be about a journalist interviewing a senior citizen Earp about his legendary days as a marshal in the Wild West and they’ll show the story about his rounding up a posse to find the outlaw that mistakenly killed the woman he loved.

The reporter is Daniel Booko ( iCarly sitcom, Hannah Montana) and country
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Teen Western to be New Young Guns

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Westerns don't usually do too well but, if done right, audiences respond. In 1988 and 1990, buoyed by a cast of hot young (then) actors (including Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen) and a fantastic soundtrack, Young Guns showed that westerns could be cool. Now, with the success of True Grit and Rango, the indie The First Ride of Wyatt Earp is trying out that Young Guns playbook. The story will be about a reporter interviewing a senior citizen Earp about his legendary days as a marshal in the Wild West and they'll show the story about his rounding up a posse to find the outlaw that unintentionally killed the woman he loved.

Val Kilmer will play the elderly Earp; he played Doc Holliday in Tombstone and the title character in the TV movie Billy the Kid. The reporter is Daniel Booko (he's been on "iCarly," "Hannah Montana" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,
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Arthur Penn obituary

American director best known for Bonnie and Clyde, he focused on disillusioned outsiders

Arthur Penn, who has died aged 88, was one of the major figures of Us television, stage and film in the 1960s and 70s when the three disciplines actively encouraged experimentation, innovation and challenging subject matter. "I think the 1960s generation was a state of mind," he said, "and it's really the one I've been in since I was born." He will be best remembered for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), a complex and lyrical study of violent outsiders whose lives became the stuff of myth.

The film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and based on the exploits of the bank-robbing Barrow Gang in the 1930s, became a cause celebre. It was praised and attacked for its distortion, bad taste and glorification of violence in equal measure. Newsweek's critic, Joseph Morgenstern, retracted his initial view of the film's violence,
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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Westerns (Not Motels)

Six-shooters and horses, brothels and saloons… the western film is as American as apple pie. Back in the early days, the hero and the villain was always clearly defined, the good guy always won and got the gal, and nobody ever bled when they got shot. Oh, have things have changed over the years. In the sixties and seventies, all that changed when filmmakers such as Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone decided the genre needed a reality check, stepping up the violence and pursuing more authentic westerns. In the last 20-30 years, the western has suffered a slow decline, but it’s not dead yet. Today, the western is as diverse as the American culture, and albeit a rare treat, the genre has become a creative playground for talented filmmakers to experiment and honor the classics at the same time, resulting in some very unique films including Jim Jarmusch
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Uncanny Birthday Suits

Celebrating cinematic folk, born on this day 11/23. Get out your kazoos.

Franco, Maxwell and Harpo. Half of the fun of building these posts

is these completely nonsensical groupings!

1859 Billy the Kid, outlaw. I've always thought it a mystery as to exactly why people routinely idolize characters whom they would never want to meet in real life. Murderers, criminals, thieves, (especially gangsters)... they all get the silver screen pedestal treatment. Billy has been portrayed dozens of times and Val Kilmer, Emilio Estevez, Kris Kristofferson, Buster Crabbe and Paul Newman have all done the job.

1888 Harpo Marx I'm embarrassed to say this but I can never remember which Marx Bros is which. When I watch 30s comedies, I almost always select a screwball romance.

1892 Erté artist over whom wee Nathaniel obsessed, wanting a whole animated movie to spring forth from his theatrical illustrations of ladies in elaborate headdresses and fab gowns.

1913 Michael Gough,
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