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Bill Pullman Stumps For Clinton As Locarno Fest Celebrates His Diverse Career

Bill Pullman Stumps For Clinton As Locarno Fest Celebrates His Diverse Career
Locarno — He may have played one of the most beloved fictitious Commanders-in-Chief in recent cinematic history, but back in the real world, Bill Pullman is hoping to let Hillary Clinton get on with the job.

“In this day and age, I do support Hillary Clinton very strongly,” he stated during a Q&A session at Switzerland’s lakeside Locarno Film Festival, where the 62-year-old “Independence Day” star was honored with the Moët & Chandon Excellence Award in recognition of his 30-year film career.

In explaining his support, he referred to this summer’s blockbuster sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence”: “The message of the [film] is that we can put aside our petty differences and come together as one to overcome serious challenges. And when you think of the challenges we face now — climate change and other issues of extremism — there’s no more important time to have a capable leader. And it
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Your next box set: The Virginian

This TV western looks great, has marvellous guest appearances and is unashamedly literate – and the complete series one has 30 episodes

The Virginian is only the third longest-running TV western, behind Bonanza and Gunsmoke, but it's a small mountain of TV: nine years and 249 episodes.

James Drury starred throughout, playing the man known only as The Virginian, and whose eyebrows are for ever drawn up in an expression of pained exasperation, as if everyone around him is a big disappointment.

The set-up is based on the 1902 Owen Wister novel of the same name: The Virginian is the taciturn, vaguely mysterious foreman of Shiloh ranch – just outside Medicine Bow, Wyoming – keeping order on behalf of its owner, Judge Garth (Lee J Cobb). The only other character to stick out the entire run is square-jawed ranch hand Trampas, played by Doug McClure.

The Virginian looks great – it was filmed in lush colour in wild California hills.
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The Virginian Drury Battle Precancerous Growths

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The Virginian Drury Battle Precancerous Growths
Beloved TV cowboy James Drury pulled out of his recent induction into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in Georgia after learning he needed surgery to remove precancerous growths from his colon and oesophagus.

The Virginian star, 76, is determined to beat the disease but admits the diagnosis came as a shock.

He tells the Globe, "I thought I had the flu. I've got an issue with my oesophagus - there are some cells at the bottom of it that are evolving. They could become cancerous, so they've got to go in there and take them off. I've got that and a colonoscopy coming up."

[TV] The Virginian: The Complete First Season

At one time, Westerns were the most popular genre of television program. There were as many westerns on TV in the fifties and sixties as there are reality shows today. One of the longest running and most popular of these was The Virginian. It was among the first of the “Adult Westerns” (meaning it wasn’t the stereotypical white hat vs. the black hat shoot-em-up) and was the first 90-minute show of the Western genre.

The series starred James Drury as the unnamed hero, perpetually known only as “the Virginian”. It’s never made clear (at least, not in the first season) why the Virginian left his home to travel to Wyoming or why he never reveals his true name but no one in the series seems bothered by his secretive nature. Drury is one of the more laid back western heroes. He isn’t in the larger-than-life John Wayne mold.
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DVD Playhouse--May 2010

DVD Playhouse—May 2010

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Allen Gardner

Avatar (20th Century Fox) James Cameron beat his own title as box office champ, set with Titanic over a decade ago, with this eye-popping sci-fi epic about a paraplegic Marine name Sully (Sam Worthington), who takes the form of an “avatar,” or virtual being, to go undercover on the planet Pandora, attempting to infiltrate the native Na’vi to gather intelligence that will aid a joint corporate and military operation to rape the planet of its natural resources, destroying its indigenous population in the process. When Sully suddenly “goes native,” he locks horns with the company CEO (Giovanni Ribisi) and his gung-ho commanding officer (Stephen Lang, in a wonderful, scenery-chewing turn from a long-underrated actor). Thought of by many scholars and film buffs as a “game-changer” as much as the first Star Wars film was—and they may be right. While Cameron’s politically-correct
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The Virginian: TV Show Cast of Classic Western Reuniting

Though it isn't remembered by many TV viewers today, The Virginian TV show was one of the most popular Westerns in its day. The NBC series ran for eight seasons, from 1962 until 1970. The characters returned in the 1970-71 season in a different format and the show was renamed The Men from Shiloh.

The Virginian series follows the adventures of a strong-willed man known only as the "Virginian" (James Drury) who works to maintain order on the Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming. Other regular actors during the run of the series include Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntire, Charles Bickford, Stewart Granger, Clu Gulager, Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.

It's often been remarked that The Virginian had such high production values that each episode looked like a feature film. The 249 installments are 90 minutes apiece and were all shot
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My ten years as a TV critic by Kathryn Flett | Feature

For 10 years, Kathryn Flett held her dream job: watching the box… and being paid for it, too. Now she has written her last dispatch from the sofa. Here she presses the rewind button…

I didn't plan it this way, honest, but the very last word of the final sentence of the review that turned out to be my last as the Observer's TV critic was "Cowell", and as he currently occupies a metaphorical throne at the centre of primetime TV (though technically, of course, Simon is always on the far right of the screen, next to Cheryl) it feels as though the c-word is a fitting pay-off after frittering away 10 years of my life in front of the telly.

But indulge me while I rewind to the summer of 1999, not only a previous century and a technological aeon ago (when I used to watch the bulk of TV programmes on Vcr,
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Encore Westerns brings Virginian, Palladin, Gunsmoke back on New Years' weekend

Encore Westerns has a delightful retro lineup for the fans of the old Western TV series, starting up the New Year with 24 hours of .The Virginian. on New Year.s Day on Friday, January 1, followed by 24 hours of .Have Gun-Will Travel. n Saturday, January 2 and 24 hours of .Gunsmoke. on Sunday, January 3. The marathon begins midnight, January 1 with 24 hours of .The Virginian,. which aired from 1962 to 1971 and was the first Western to air in 90-minute installments each week The series revolved around a foreman, played by James Drury, who went by the name The Virginian; his real name was never revealed in the nine years the show was on
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