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Off-Topic Discussion / L.A. Spaghetti Western Festival
« on: February 27, 2011, 12:58:07 AM »
Let's pack up our saddle bags and go:

http://www.spaghettiwesternfestival.com/

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Off-Topic Discussion / Wild Wild West reborn.
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:41:46 PM »

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Off-Topic Discussion / Cowboys And Aliens Teaser
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:50:52 PM »

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Off-Topic Discussion / J.Depp is Lone Ranger?
« on: September 24, 2008, 04:36:56 PM »
Breaking News: Johnny Depp Also The Lone Ranger?
Source:ComingSoon.net, Heather Newgen
September 24, 2008


During Disney's preview today in Hollywood, the studio questioned who could possibly play the titular character in its upcoming feature The Lone Ranger.

At that, Disney rolled out the USC marching band to come down and play the Ranger's theme song. This was followed by an appearance by Depp himself who took to the stage in full Captain Jack Sparrow attire...wearing The Lone Ranger's mask.

The Lone Ranger, said to be an origin story, is written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

This is a breaking new story, so we'll update you on the project, and Depp's possible involvement, as more details come in.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Wantedcowgirls.com
« on: February 09, 2008, 11:10:08 PM »
Anybody whose a fan of the western ladies, might want to check this out:


http://www.wantedcowgirls.com/Home.html

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Off-Topic Discussion / "B" westerns
« on: November 03, 2007, 01:06:59 PM »
Any fans of the great old "B" movie westerns should check out this site:

http://www.b-westerns.com/trio.htm

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Off-Topic Discussion / Gene Autry's 100th Birthday
« on: September 29, 2007, 01:42:48 PM »
Sept 29th

1907 : Gene Autry born

Actor and singer Gene Autry is born in Tioga, Texas, to a horse trader who also worked as a Baptist minister.

During his boyhood, Gene's family moved from Texas to Oklahoma. In high school, Autry worked as a railway telegrapher at the local railroad depot, where he spent slow moments strumming his $8 guitar and singing. Passing through the depot one day, a stranger-who turned out to be Will Rogers-suggested that Autry try singing on the radio. Inspired, Autry traveled to New York City to look for a singing job but had no luck. Back home, he began working for a local radio station and found success as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy."

Eventually, Autry and railroad dispatcher Jim Long wrote several country songs, including the world's first gold record, "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Autry became a regular on Sears Roebuck's National Barn Dance, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1934, producer Nat Levine was looking for an actor who could sing and ride a horse. Autry wasn't an actor but had already established a loyal radio audience, so Levine put him in numerous B-grade westerns. Playing the lead role in a long-running series of Saturday matinee films, Autry became America's favorite singing cowboy.

In 1940, his musical-variety radio show, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, debuted; it ran until 1956. He became America's favorite television cowboy in 1950 when he debuted The Gene Autry Show, which ran through 1956. In each episode, he and his sidekick, Pat Buttram, rode from town to town, maintaining law and order.

From "Back in the Saddle Again" to yuletide mainstays like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," Autry's music became part of American life. He was also an entrepreneur, owning hotels, gas stations, and the California Angels baseball team, among other ventures. He also owned a television production company and was proud of discovering "Annie Oakley" star Gail Davis, whom he featured in dozens of his movies and television program episodes. Her appearances spun off into her own series, which Autry's company produced. Autry was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969. He died in 1998.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Jonah Hex the movie
« on: July 30, 2007, 02:02:29 PM »
 Comic anti-hero "Hex" comes to big screen

By Borys KitTue Jul 24, 2:53 AM ET

Warner Bros. Pictures is saddling up to bring DC Comics' Western anti-hero comic book "Jonah Hex" to the big screen, with the writer/directors of the thriller "Crank," on board to adapt.

Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood.

"Hex" first appeared in the early 1970s in the issues of "All-Star Western" before graduating to his own series in 1977 that ran for about 10 years. A new series was launched in 2005. The character also had a run in the 1990s that combined the Western genre with supernatural elements.

It will be developed by "Crank" filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who are not making a straight-ahead Western but plan to develop the character with some of the supernatural overtones in the hopes of creating a franchise.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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Off-Topic Discussion / Cowboys and Aliens
« on: June 21, 2007, 04:24:21 PM »
 Cowboys & Aliens to Hit the Big Screen
Source: DreamWorks Studios
June 21, 2007


DreamWorks Studios and Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to Platinum Studios' best-selling graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens, it was announced today by Adam Goodman, President of Production for DreamWorks Studios, and Donna Langley, President of Production for Universal Pictures.

Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce for Imagine Entertainment, along with Platinum Studios' Chairman and CEO, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic of Platinum Studios will co-produce.

Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens was published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and was the #1 ordered graphic novel of the year. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are expected to adapt the science fiction western adventure for the screen.

DreamWorks and Universal are co-developing and will co-produce the live-action feature film adaptation.

"This property captured our imagination as soon as we became aware of it," said Adam Goodman. "We kept trying to make it happen and finally all the elements have come together with thanks to Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, Universal, Imagine, Platinum, and the creative talents who have also joined us."

"'Cowboys & Aliens' is a unique property with a rabid fan base that can't wait to see this story on the screen," said Donna Langley. "With this creative team in place, we have great hopes that it can meet the expectations of the fans, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of this project."

Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said, "This is incredibly exciting for us both creatively and professionally. 'Cowboys & Aliens' is unique and challenging material, and we can't wait to roll up our sleeves and come up with a truly distinctive film."

"This is a cool sci-fi and western mix and we couldn't be more excited with the support we're getting from this creative team," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. "Wow! Working with Ron, Brian, and our friends at DreamWorks and Universal is a dream come true."

Kurtzman and Orci currently have an overall producing deal with DreamWorks Studios. They wrote the screenplays for two DreamWorks projects, next month's Transformers and 2005's The Island. Among their other writing credits are Mission: Impossible 3, The Legend of Zorro, and next year's Star Trek, which they are also executive producing. They also served as producers and writers on the hit TV series, "Alias."

Writing partners Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby's previous credits include the upcoming release Iron Man, and they were nominated this year for an Academy Award® for their Children of Men screenplay

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Off-Topic Discussion / Westworld remake
« on: June 10, 2007, 11:03:59 AM »
12:00 AM, 07-JUNE-07
Ray Talks Westworld Remake
Writer/director Billy Ray told SCI FI Wire that he's currently writing the script for a new version of the SF film Westworld for Warner Brothers, but added that he may not direct it. "There is no director attached," Ray (Shattered Glass) said in an e-mail interview to promote the DVD of his film Breach. "I would resist the idea of directing it myself, not that they've offered it to me, because I don't want the pressure of that kind of a budget sitting on my shoulders."

Michael Crichton wrote and directed the original film, which was released in 1973 and starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. The futuristic drama cast Benjamin and Brolin as visitors to an amusement park where visitors can play out entertainment fantasies with the help of virtual reality and robots. The trouble starts when the robots begin to fight back.

"I love the basic idea of the movie, which is that our amusements can kill us," Ray said. "I also think the movie provides a great platform for exploring how sometimes machines can behave like humans while humans can sometimes behave like machines."

Ray said he'd love to speak with Crichton at some point. "My understanding is that he was offered the chance to do the first draft of this remake a few years ago, and his response was, 'I already remade that movie; the remake was called Jurassic Park,'" Ray said. "In many ways, he was right." —

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Off-Topic Discussion / Indiana Jones 4,,about damn time
« on: December 30, 2006, 04:09:22 PM »
From Comingsoon.net:

ndiana Jones 4 Coming May 2008!
Source: The Associated Press, Hunter, Strmchsr
December 29, 2006


George Lucas said Friday that filming of the long-awaited Indiana Jones 4 will begin next year with Harrison Ford set to star again. Lucas said he and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film.

"It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet," the 62-year-old filmmaker said during a break from preparing for his duties as grand marshal of Monday's Rose Parade.

Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Lucas said part of the movie will be shot in Los Angeles.

The fourth chapter of the "Indiana Jones" saga, which will hit theaters in May 2008, has been in development for over a decade with several screenwriters taking a crack at the script, but it only recently gained momentum.

Lucas kept mum about the plot, but said that the latest action flick will be a "character piece" that will include "very interesting mysteries."

"I think it's going to be really cool," Lucas said.

At the inaugural Rome Film Festival in October, the 64-year-old Ford said he was excited to team up with Lucas and Spielberg again for the fourth "Indiana Jones" installment. Ford said he was "fit to continue" to play the title role despite his age.

Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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Off-Topic Discussion / A Western Christmas
« on: December 03, 2006, 09:40:39 PM »
To all my fellow western fans..Merry Christmas!!

Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know. 
 Way out on the prairie, without any snow. 
 Asleep in their cabin, were Buddy and Sue, 
 A dreamin' of Christmas, like me and you. 
   
 Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed, 
 For this was Texas, what more need be said, 
 When all of a sudden, from out of the still night, 
 There came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright. 
   
 And I saw 'cross the prairie, like a shot from a gun, 
 A loaded up buckboard, come on at a run, 
 The driver was "Geein" and "Hawin", with a will, 
 The horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill. 
   
 "Come on there Buck, Poncho, & Prince, to the right, 
 There'll be plenty of travelin' for you all tonight." 
 The driver in Levi's and a shirt that was red, 
 Had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head. 
   
 As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight, 
 With his beard and moustache, so curly and white. 
 As he burst in the cabin, the children awoke, 
 And were so astonished, that neither one spoke. 
   
 And he filled up their boots with such presents galore, 
 That neither could think of a single thing more. 
 When Buddy recovered the use of his jaws, 
 He asked in a whisper, "Are you really Santa Claus?" 
   
 "Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?" 
 And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink. 
 Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his drawl, 
 "To all the children in Texas, Merry Christmas, You-all" 
   


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Off-Topic Discussion / Priest : a horror western
« on: June 26, 2006, 01:04:34 PM »
Gerard Butler is Screen Gems' Priest
Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2006


Gerard Butler is in talks to star in Screen Gems horror movie Priest, being directed by The Amityville Horror helmer Andrew Douglas.

Michael De Luca, Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Mitchell Peck are producing, with filming scheduled to begin October 1 in Mexico.

Cory Goodman script, based on Tokyopop's graphic novel created by Min-Woo Hyung, is a vampire Western. A warrior priest disobeys church law by teaming with a sheriff and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Newcomer Steven Strait, who recently wrapped Screen Gems' horror thriller The Covenant and is filming Roland Emmerich's 10,000 B.C., is in talks to co-star as the sheriff.

Butler, who starred as the Phantom in Joel Schumacher's big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera next stars in Warner Bros.' 300, written and directed by Zack Snyder. He recently wrapped Butterfly on a Wheel with Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello.



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Off-Topic Discussion / Brad Pitt as "Jesse James"
« on: April 27, 2006, 02:13:47 PM »
 The Teaser for Brad Pitt's Jesse James
Source: Yahoo! Movies
April 27, 2006


The new teaser trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures' The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has launched in QuickTime and Windows Media format at Yahoo! Movies.

Scheduled for a September release, the film delves into the private life and public exploits of America's most notorious outlaw. As the charismatic and unpredictable Jesse James (Brad Pitt) plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money – and the glory – riding on his capture. But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most.

Directed by Andrew Dominik, the film also stars Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Renner, Paul Schneider, Sam Rockwell and Zooey Deschanel.


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Off-Topic Discussion / "3:10 To Yuma" remake!
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:34:22 PM »
 Mangold Directing 3:10 to Yuma Next
Source: Variety
February 21, 2006


Walk the Line director James Mangold and his wife, producer Cathy Konrad, have set the Columbia Pictures remake 3:10 to Yuma as the next film he'll direct. Variety says the film will shoot in the summer.

Mangold and Konrad boarded "Yuma" after getting a new draft from Collateral screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who rewrote scripts from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

The original 1957 Western, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, is about a sheriff determined to bring a captured desperado to justice. Elmore Leonard wrote the short story on which it was based.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Jonah Hex
« on: November 10, 2005, 06:23:43 PM »
Western fans who love comic books may want to check out DC Comics new version of their classic character. Story by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and some great artwork from Luke Ross (cover the scarred part of Hex's face and see our main man Clint Eastwood) The Book is about a bounty hunter in the years following the Civil War. Its one of the best new comics I've read in years. And for those of you interested in the original "Jonah Hex" stories DC has also published a 500 page reprint volume called "DC Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex". It collects dozens of early 1970's "Hex" comics. Some mighty fine reading, check it out.

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / "Pale Rider" question
« on: November 05, 2005, 03:04:45 PM »
I was watching "Pale Rider" again last night, and I began to wonder what ever happened to the young lady who played Megan? Her name is Sydney Penny. Does anyone know if she  is still acting? She did a great job in "..Rider", but I've never seen her in anything else.

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Off-Topic Discussion / What was the last western you watched?
« on: November 02, 2005, 04:33:40 PM »
Hello Western fans

Okay simply, what was the last Western you watched? Be it a Clint Eastwood or not. Here's what I saw over the last week, what are you watching?

1 Sabata
2 For A Few Dollars More
3 Rio Bravo
4 Man or Gun
5 Adios Sabata
6 Return Of Sabata
7 Hondo
8 The Legend Of Zorro

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / "Man With No Name" novels
« on: September 28, 2005, 02:55:01 PM »
    

Fans of Clint Eastwood's legendary character may want to check out their local used bookstore to find these long out of print books. Written in the early '70's, these books  adapted two of the movies and then continued the adventures of the "Man With No Name". I found them to be fun, entertaining and quick reads, All of them were written by Joe Millard . Here are the titles:

1 .For A  Few Dollars More
2.  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (this is not a mistake, the book is NOT called...."and The Ugly)
3 .Blood For A Dirty Dollar
4. A Coffin Full Of Dollars
5 .A Dollar To Die For
6. The Devil's Dollar Sign

To the best of my knowledge these are all of the books in the series. Enjoy!

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