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"El Dorado": The Dawn of Caan

It takes a lot to stand out when you’re standing between Robert Mitchum and John Wayne. And it surely isn’t easy when you’re also standing in front of the venerable Howard Hawks. But this was the position 25-year-old James Caan found himself in when he took on the role of Alan Bourdillon Traherne, otherwise known as Mississippi, in Hawks’ 1967 Western, El Dorado. Though Hawks was nearing the end of his filmmaking career (this would be his penultimate movie) and Caan was just at the start of his (following two features and about five years of extensive television work), they were each entering the project under similar circumstances. Indeed, it was their shared experience on the disappointing Red Line 7000 (1965) that left them both wanting. It may have been a personal letdown for Caan, but that film’s poor reception wasn’t a deal-breaker as far as his prospects were likely to continue.
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The Perfect Holiday Gift For That Movie Lover In Your Life! "John Wayne: The Epic Collection", 40 Film Warner Home Video Tribute With Exclusive Duke Wayne Belt Buckle From Amazon

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Now At A Reduced Price! Only $61.00 Through Amazon...Original Price Was $149.00- Free Shipping For Prime Members.

Time to put up your Dukes! (DVDs, that is!)

DVD Collection Of 40 Warner And Parmount Films Is Largest John Wayne Box Set Ever

Includes Hours Of Special Features And Remarkable Memorabilia

Amazon Buyers Get Exclusive Wayne Belt Buckle

Here is the original press release from when the set was originally made available:

To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving, will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history[1] and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy Award®, True Grit (1969). The collection
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
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Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Max Rose -Review

“Heavenly shades of night are falling…it’s twilight time”, and we’re not talking about sparkly teen vampires. No, those lyrics from the Platters golden oldie could very well be used as the theme for this movie, and perhaps its iconic lead actor. As many “golden age” film stars reach their “golden years”, they often look toward a project that may be the perfect coda to their long career, maybe a farewell to their screen persona. Hey wouldn’t you rather ride into the sunset with The Shootist (as John Wayne did) than headline a flick called Trog ( Joan Crawford’s finale’)? Perhaps this is the case for fabled film funny man Jerry Lewis. At the tail end of the “golden age” of Hollywood (1948), he and then partner Dean Martin ruled the box office for eight years. After their split, Jerry had even greater success as a solo for a good twelve years,
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Entertainment News: Hugh O’Brian of ‘Wyatt Earp’ TV Fame Dies at 91

Los Angeles – Old time, 1950s television had its share of break out stars as the medium found its footing as new entertainment. Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the ABC-tv series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” was one of those stars. The actor, who was also known for his Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation – nicknamed Hoby – died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on September 5th, 2016. He was 91.

Born Hugh Krampe in Rochester, New York, O’Brian followed his Marine Corp father officer into the service, becoming the youngest drill instructor in Marine history at age 17. When he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s to attend UCLA, he was “discovered” by actress/director Ida Lupino, and landed his most well-known role as Wyatt Earp in 1955. After that series ended in 1961, O’Brian took a series of character roles in movies and television.
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Wyatt Earp Star Hugh O'Brian Dies at 91

Wyatt Earp Star Hugh O'Brian Dies at 91
Hugh O'Brian, best known for playing Wyatt Earp on television, died Monday at the age of 91.

"O'Brian passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Beverly Hills," reads a statement posted to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (Hoby) website.

The actor starred as the infamous lawman Earp in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp from 1955 to 1961. During his time on the hit series, which is known as one of the first adult Westerns on TV, the performer founded Hoby in 1958 to establish a new generation of leaders in the volunteer and service fields. To date, over 470,000 people have
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Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91

Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91
Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the long-running series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” died Monday. He was 91.

The actor died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.

ABC Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” in which the exceedingly handsome, muscular O’Brian starred as the title character, ran for 221 episodes from 1955-61. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.

In 1957 he was nominated for an Emmy for best continuing performance by an actor in a dramatic series for his work on “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”

So popular and so much a part of popular culture was O’Brian that he showed up as Earp, uncredited, in the 1959 Bob Hope Western comedy “Alias Jesse James,” as well as in the 1960 TV movie “The Secret World of Eddie Hodges”; when the actor guested on “Make Room for Daddy” in
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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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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 Homesman review

Depression, madness and sympathy in 19th-century Nebraska make for a confident, insightful film

Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman: ‘It’s a consideration of American imperialism’

Tommy Lee Jones’s terrifically confident frontier western has inspired a variety of responses since its first appearance at festivals earlier this year. It has been suspected of misogyny – and then defended as feminist. Neither is quite accurate, although ideological responses have probably been amplified by critical shock at a certain late-breaking narrative development. The performances are great. Director Jones also stars as George Briggs, and awards himself plenty of closeups and big scenes. Briggs is a boozy, ornery old devil in mid-19th-century Nebraska. He fatefully encounters Mary Bee Cuddy: a respectable, courageous and heartbreakingly lonely unmarried woman superbly played by Hilary Swank. Like the decent woman that she is, Mary Bee has volunteered for the grim job of caring for three
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Amazon Deal Of The Week: "John Wayne: The Epic Collection"- Save 54%

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Amazon's best-selling titled "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" is on sale this week at an astounding 54% off. That means you save $80 on this massive DVD collector's set that includes 38 of the Duke's classic movies. Also included are bonus collectibles and a Duke belt buckle available exclusively through this Amazon deal.

Below is the original press release from Warner Home Video pertaining to the set's debut on Father's Day.

Burbank, Calif., February 24, 2014 -- To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 Srp), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history[1] and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy
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The Homesman Trailer Features Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank

Having received a warm reception at Cannes 2014 in May, The Homesman will be hitting theaters stateside in a prime awards season spot - November 14th.

In his Variety’s review, critic Peter Debruge wrote, the film is a “sturdy cross-country Western.”

The Homesman stars Academy Award-winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, with a supporting cast featuring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Tim Blake Nelson, Academy Award-nominees John Lithgow and Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.

The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer,
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Lauren Bacall

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An Italian To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, USA, 1944). Art by Luigi Martinati.

Lauren Bacall, who left us last week after an astonishing 70 years of making movies, was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a movie screen and the first golden age Hollywood star I ever fell for. With her unmistakeable features—those eyebrows, those lips—she must have been one of the easiest stars to capture in an illustration and thus a gift to poster artists. For most of her career, however, while she was never less than a star, she was rarely a leading lady, playing co-star to her great love Humphrey Bogart in four of her first five movies, then to Charles Boyer, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck and so on. As a result, she rarely appeared solo in posters and is often dwarfed by her male co-stars.
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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens
Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.

One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death

Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and
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Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore

Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore
“Just be careful. She doesn’t suffer fools.” That was the advice a publicist gave me just before they put me on the phone with Lauren Bacall about 20 years ago. She was promoting a TNT movie, The Portrait, and as a writer-producer on The Arsenio Hall Show I had persuaded the powers that be to book her on the show — even if, on the surface, she wasn’t the typical kind of contemporary guest we often had on the show. Quite frankly, I just wanted to meet Lauren Bacall, to just hear that legendary sultry voice on the other end of the phone. So I set about doing the pre-interview and apparently passed the “no fools” test because I found her to be a pussycat.

Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures

Still it wasn’t like Arsenio (or even our studio and TV audience) was exactly the kind of fan I was,
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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was one of the last links to the golden age of Hollywood… yet she gracefully reinvented herself in later years, first on Broadway and then onscreen. She became a welcome presence as a character actress in such varied films as Murder on the Orient Express, The Shootist (with John Wayne), Lars von Trier’s Dogville, and Birth (with Nicole Kidman). She contributed a fine voice performance to the American version of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated feature Howl’s Moving Castle and earned an Oscar nomination playing Barbra Streisand’s mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces. She had nothing but praise for Streisand, who also directed the film. In fact, it was the first time Bacall had...

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Movie News: Golden Age Movie Star Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

New York – She had it all. Just like Bogie and, well, her. Lauren “Betty” Bacall accidentally became a movie actress, but that accident led to stardom, two marriages to famous actors and a long life of award winning performances. The 89-year-old star died of a stroke in New York City on August 12th.

She thought her marriage to Humphrey Bogart – who was 26 years older than her – would be her epitaph, but Bacall had so much more going for her through her career, she forged ahead and established her own identity. In that second act, it was the stage that became her main calling, as she won Tony Awards for her lead performances in “Applause” and “Woman of the Year” on Broadway. Her husky voiced, independent style was broadly appealing, especially in her early co-starring roles with Bogart.

Bogie and Bacall in ‘The Big Sleep

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Lauren Bacall
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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall (1924 – 2014)

Legendary silver screen actress Lauren Bacall has passed away aged 89 after suffering a stroke at her home on Tuesday morning, with the estate of her late husband Humphrey Bogart breaking the news via Twitter.

Born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx in 1924, she made her Broadway debut in 1942 under the stage name Betty Bacall and became a part-time model before being signed to a seven-year contract by Howard Hawks, who changed her name to Lauren Bacall. She made her feature film debut in 1944′s To Have and Have Not, before appearing alongside Humphrey Bogart for the first time two years later in The Big Sleep.

Bacall would go on to share the screen with Bogart in Dark Passage and Key Largo, while her subsequent films included the likes of How to Marry a Millionaire, Designing Women, Sex and the Single Girl, Harper, Murder of the Orient Express, The Shootist and Misery.
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Lauren Bacall Passes Away at Age 89

Lauren Bacall Passes Away at Age 89
Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89 today, after suffering a massive stroke in her Manhattan, New York home. The news was first reported by MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts, which was confirmed by the estate of her late first husband, Humphrey Bogart, on their official Twitter feed.

Breaking News - actress Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89 according to my source who is connected with friends & family.

Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall 89 passed after suffering massive stroke. According to my source she arrived unresponsive this morning at hospital w/dnr order

Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 13, 2014

With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.

— BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) August 12, 2014

Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, Lauren Bacall became an overnight star with her role as Marie "Slim" Browning in 1944's To Have and Have Not,
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Bogart & Bacall: Screen Pairings Don’t Get Any Bigger & Better

Bogart & Bacall: Screen Pairings Don’t Get Any Bigger & Better
Everyone is entitled to a favorite screen pairing – Taylor and Burton, Hepburn and Tracy, R2D2 and C3PO – but they simply don’t get any better than Bogart and Bacall.

Lauren Bacall – the surviving half of that duo for 57 years – has died at the age of 89. But her legacy as one of the great actresses has long been secured, both for the work she did with Humphrey Bogart – who she met, and soon married, via their first collaboration, “To Have and Have Not” – and what came after, not just in movies but on stage and television.

Still, any remembrance of Bacall has to begin with her roles opposite Bogart, a pairing so terrific and seemingly right that it tended to obscure the pesky details, like their 25-year age difference, or the fact he was still married when their by all accounts torrid affair began.

Bacall’s alluring looks – there
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