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The Bottom Shelf: Willard, Ben, Street Trash and The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen

Nick Aldwinckle Oct 30, 2017

This month's round up of genre DVDs and Blu-rays features Ray Harryhausen, Willard, rats on the rampage and more...

The underappreciated ‘nature gone wild’ porn horror movie subgenre has a somewhat patchy history, with a viewer’s search more likely to end up in some SyFy channel Megapterranoshark Versus Crocosaur cul-de-sac than something of the calibre of a Jaws or Arachnophobia. Sharks, spiders and gators are all well served, though (alongside the glaring lack of a movie adaptation of Guy N. Smith’s glorious Night Of The Crabs books) rodents have had something of a raw deal.

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Fear not, though, faithful readers: we’re not going to drift off into Stuart Little territory just yet (that’ll be next month’s Stuart Little IV: The Rattening), as this month brings with it not one but two seventies rat-themed monster movie classics (well,
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Dead Again in Tombstone Exclusive Clip Brings Back Danny Trejo

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Dead Again in Tombstone Exclusive Clip Brings Back Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo and John Tierney are Dead Again in Tombstone. We have an exciting first look at the sequel to the 2013 cult hit Dead in Tombstone. In our exclusive sneak peek, Jeremiah tells the story of Guerrero to a group of cowboys worried who might be next on Guerrero's list. Soon, Guerrero rides into town and wreaks havoc. You can check out the clip below thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Danny Trejo returns as the infamous gang leader Guerrero de la Cruz in the all-new action packed adventure Dead Again in Tombstone. The follow-up is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This latest adeventure takes us to post-Civil War American West. Guerrero is force to go head to head agains a group of ex-confederates who threaten to destroy his family. In a dusty Western town, a suspense-filled and ferocious battle of good versus evil erupts.
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Danny Trejo is Dead Again in Tombstone, watch the trailer here

Universal Pictures has announced that Danny Trejo is set to return as the infamous gang leader Guerrero de la Cruz in the all-new action packed adventure Dead Again in Tombstone, the follow-up to 2013’s action-horror western Dead in Tombstone, which is set for a home entertainment release this September.

The devil’s outlaw and reluctant servant, Guerrero (Danny Trejo, Machete) returns from the dead again in this action-packed western which promises to be one hell of a ride. Guerrero is forced to protect a stolen relic from getting into the hands of Jackson Boomer (Jake Busey, Starship Troopers) and his gang of soldiers, but Jackson will stop at nothing to raise his comrades from the dead and bring the wrath of hell upon earth. Guerrero must use all his dark powers in order to defeat Jackson and find redemption…or die again trying.

Dead Again in Tombstone is directed by
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30 Things We Learned from James Mangold’s ‘3:10 to Yuma’ Commentary

“No one, and I mean no one wanted to make this movie.”

James Mangold delivered one of this year’s best films with Logan, and among its many acclaimed aspects is its vibe and feel of a modern-day western. It’s something he’s done before with Cop Land, but Mangold also made a point of directing an actual western as well.

Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for…

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Commentator: James Mangold (director)

1. He assumes the first question we might have for him regarding this film is “why” make a remake at all? “That original film had had such power on me ever since I saw it when I was seventeen years old, and I felt that the story could have power again in a very relevant way now.”

2. While he thinks most remakes are motivated by greed in his eyes for easy, recognizable
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Kevin Costner Returns: How the ‘Hidden Figures’ Star Tackled a Fictitious Role in Fact-Based Crowdpleaser — Consider This

Kevin Costner Returns: How the ‘Hidden Figures’ Star Tackled a Fictitious Role in Fact-Based Crowdpleaser — Consider This
The crowd-pleasing “Hidden Figures” might be based on a true story in an unknown chapter of American history, but not every detail was drawn from real life. The film follows a trio of Nasa mathematicians and engineers during the early sixties “Space Race” era, including Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, but it also required the invention of at least one crucial character.

To create the fictional role of Space Task rroup director Al Harrison, screenwriter Allison Schroeder used three different Nasa past chiefs – including two of Johnson’s own bosses – to round out the character. She gave special attention to the inclusion of personality traits from John Stack, a lauded Nasa aeronautical engineer who Schroeder billed as “kind of this perfect chauvinist feminist,” a forward thinker who was compelled by finding the best person for the job, no matter their race or gender.
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Newswire: Kevin Costner is making a 10-hour Western

Settling back into a comfortable groove—i.e., long-winded odes to horses and the men that ride them—Kevin Costner has announced that he’s developing, and intends to direct, a new 10-hour Western film (or series of films, or possible TV miniseries, as the case may be). The Dances With Wolves director is currently doing press for the Nasa drama Hidden Figures, but apparently can’t keep himself off the range for long.

Costner has outlined the basics of this latest project, which would join Wolves, Silverado, Open Range, and Wyatt Earp in his ongoing efforts to give the entertainment writers of the world a chance to use the word “oater” in casual conversation. “It’s about 10 hours long, how about that?” the actor-director told Variety. “Maybe I’ll make three features out of it. There’s a fourth one, too, so it’s truly a saga.” It ...
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Kevin Costner planning to direct again, new western possible

Simon Brew Jan 3, 2017

Kevin Costner is planning a new western. In fact, he might just be planning three or four new westerns...

In recent years, Kevin Costner has been ramping his film career back up again, with a mix of projects, the next being the terrific Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures tells the story of the women of Nasa in the 1960s, and in particular their contribution to the space race. Costner takes on a supporting role in that project, which lands in UK cinemas in February.

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Chatting to Variety to promote Hidden Figures, Costner has admitted too that he’s set to return to feature directing, for just the fourth time. Following Dances With Wolves, The Postman and Open Range, Costner admitted that “I have one”, when quizzed about another directorial project.

It’s a new western too. “I’ve been working on it.
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Kevin Costner has been working on a ten-hour western

Kevin Costner is certainly no stranger to westerns, having appeared in the likes of Silverado and Wyatt Earp, as well as directing and starring in the Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves and 2003’s Open Range. And, it seems he’s keen to get back get back in the saddle for both a return to the genre and the director’s chair, revealing to Variety that he’s been developing an epic ten-hour western.

“I’ve been working on it,” said Costner. “It’s about 10 hours long, how about that? Maybe I’ll make three features out of it. There’s a fourth one, too, so it’s truly a saga. I could do TV, or I could also make it like every six months, have a big western that’s tied together like Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring. I think those are fun to watch.”

The western has
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Kevin Costner has plans for an epic 10-hour Western saga

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I enjoy Kevin Costner and I absolutely love a good Western, so combining the two for the first time in well over a decade should be a recipe for something great. The last time Costner held a six-shooter in the old west was alongside Robert Duvall in 2003's underrated Open Range, which he also directed. While speaking on Playback, a Variety podcast, Costner said that he still holds a great... Read More...
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Kevin Costner Wants to Direct a 10-Hour Western

Kevin Costner Wants to Direct a 10-Hour Western
If there’s one actor we’d like to see direct far more often, it’s Kevin Costner. It’s been 13 very long years since Costner helmed the terrific Open Range, which followed The Postman, an ambitious and puzzling misfire, and his grand directorial debut, Dances with Wolves. His first film clearly established he’s a real deal filmmaker, not an actor testing the […]

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Kevin Costner Says He Has An Epic 10-Hour Western He’d Like To Direct

Kevin Costner Says He Has An Epic 10-Hour Western He’d Like To Direct
When Kevin Costner decides to direct something, he doesn’t do small. His first two efforts were the Oscar-winning “Dances With The Wolves” and the flop “The Postman,” which each clocked around three hours (with ‘Dances’ going even longer in the director’s cut). His last directorial outing was over a decade ago with the western “Open Range,” which ambles to nearly two-and-a-half hours long.

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Playback: Kevin Costner on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Dances’ Memories and More

Playback: Kevin Costner on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Dances’ Memories and More
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

In this week’s episode, the last of 2016, Jenelle Riley and I are tapped out. So we toss it out to the listeners for a few questions. How will the guilds change the conversation this Oscar season? What Golden Globe surprises are lurking around the corner? Is it time for an ensemble category at the Oscars, and in a year full of so many great cast accomplishments, what is truly the best of them?

A little bit later (16:40) I’m talking to the star of one of those ensembles, the great Kevin Costner. He plays a composite character in the film, the head of a group tasked with the problem-solving of putting astronauts into space. That meant there wasn’t a single person he could talk to and mold his performance around, but that simply allowed him and director Theodore Melfi to make
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Annette Bening to Be Honored by Casting Society of America

Annette Bening to Be Honored by Casting Society of America
Annette Bening will be honored Jan. 19 with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the 32nd annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Csa recognizes career achievement by looking at an individual’s overall contribution to the industry.

“We’re privileged and honored to have Annette as our recipient this year, which we renamed the Lynn Stalmaster Award to honor his achievements in the casting profession, which include the first honorary Academy Award ever given to a casting director at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Richard Hicks, Csa president.

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“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations. She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity. We are deeply
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The Flatliners Remake Is Adding A Star Wars: Rogue One Star

With remakes and reboots all the rage in Hollywood these days, it.s never a surprise to hear that another old favorite is being prepped to head back into theaters. Now it looks like the Flatliners remake is finally gaining some more traction, as actor Diego Luna is in talks to take on a role in the film. A report from The Wrap says that Diego Luna, who recently finished work on Star Wars: Rogue One, is looking to add his name to the main roster of actors who will be working on the movie. Luna started in entertainment when he was just a child in 1982, but his breakout role came with the 2001 film Y Tu Mamá También. Since then he.s hade a number of appearances in Spanish language and American films, such as, Frida, Open Range, The Terminal, Mister Lonely, Milk, Rudo y Cursi and Elysium, and
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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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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director,
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Kevin Costner Ate a Lot of Enchiladas for 'McFarland, USA' (Exclusive)

When you watch "McFarland, USA," the wonderful new Disney sports movie about a coach who, in 1987, took a group of untested kids in California (mostly sons of migrant field workers) and turned them into track champions, it's hard to imagine that Kevin Costner, who plays the coach, hasn't been in one of these films before. The actor, who has seen his career rebound in recent years thanks to brief roles in big movies like "Man of Steel" and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is perfect as the grizzled coach who crafted this nearly legendary team.

We got to sit down and chat with Costner recently, which is pretty amazing given his legacy not only as an actor (in things like "Revenge" and "JFK") but as a filmmaker (including the Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves" and underrated Western "Open Range"). We chatted about a whole range of topics -- everything from how many
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31 Things We Learned from Tony Scott’s Revenge Commentary

Kevin Costner has a new film opening this week, and I’ve already forgotten about it. That’s probably a bit too harsh as I’ll watch anything starring Costner, and he’s also someone who’s starred in more movies I find it impossible to turn off once started than anyone else — No Way Out, The Untouchables, Tin Cup, Silverado, Field of Dreams, Open Range, The Bodyguard (yeah I said it) — but the man’s made some unfortunate choices in recent years. (Although I will fight you over the underseen The New Daughter and its kick-ass ending.) Back in 1990, near the height of his career, Costner joined forces with Tony Scott — a director at the equivalent peak of his own career — to deliver a dark thriller about lust and consequences in rural Mexico. Revenge tanked at the box-office, but Costner and Scott quickly got back into Hollywood’s good graces with Dances with Wolves and Days of Thunder
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Bfca announces special honors for Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain

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Bfca announces special honors for Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announces nominees Monday. It will be interesting to see which way they (well, we; I'm a member) go. Unlike the other critics groups that have announced so far, the Bfca — which, it should be pointed out, isn't completely made of critics, a line increasingly blurred — is a vast organization with something like 300 members. So within that, you can get a bead on consensus. Anyway, that's Monday. For now, the organization has announced a number of special awards for the Jan. 15 ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Honor will go to Kevin Costner, seen on screens this year in Mike Binder's "Black or White." A fine choice, particularly with the resurgence in films like "3 Days to Kill" and "Draft Day" as of late. Fingers crossed he saddles up to another western one of these days, as "Dances with Wolves" and particularly "Open Range" remain stellar samples from the genre.
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Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A)

Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A)
Kevin Costner knows how to play the studio game as well as anyone, from directing 1991 Best Picture winner "Dances with Wolves" and his streak as a major movie star in such hits as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Bull Durham," "Tin Cup," "Field of Dreams" "JFK" and "The Bodyguard," not to mention the infamous "Waterworld," which made  a lot more money and is a better film than anyone remembers. (Watch the official trailer for "Black or White" after the Q & A, below.) What a career! He doesn't lack for confidence, and has always had a maverick streak--he loves his westerns, from "Open Range" to TV's "Hatfields and McCoys." Heading toward 60, Costner takes on character roles in "Superman: Man of Steel" and carried the recent football drama "Draft Day." But the guy has always been a maverick, and when director Mike Binder kept plying him with roles...
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