‘Blackthorn’ trailer

Posted by · 5:49 pm · August 24th, 2011

Things were looking up for the western after “True Grit” pulled in solid bank last year. But after “Cowboys & Aliens” took a massive dump at the box office this summer, well…I’m trying to keep the faith. We have a few projects on the way, others still percolating. One of them is Mateo Gil’s “Blackthorn,” […]

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INTERVIEW: Talking westerns and only westerns with ‘True Grit’ actor Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 1:26 pm · February 24th, 2011

Last year was the best opportunity to do the career retrospective thing with Jeff Bridges, right at the starting gun of an Oscar-winning steamroll through the film awards season. This time around, the actor is nominated for his sixth Academy Award, for his work in the Coen brothers’ “True Grit,” and it seemed a conversation […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘True Grit’ writers, producers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen

Posted by · 5:41 pm · December 17th, 2010

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have evolved into the quintessential American filmmakers of our time since charging onto the indie scene over 25 years ago. It was a trajectory hinted at in early depictions of Prohibition-era gangsterism (“Miller’s Crossing”), post-war Capitalism (“The Hudsucker Proxy”), Midwestern slice-of-life peculiarity (“Fargo”) and epic folk land adventurism (“O Brother, […]

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12/15 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nudie ‘TRON,’ the Scotts eye westerns, Dorff talks Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 15th, 2010

• Behind the scenes of “How Do You Know.” [Making Of] • Anne Thompson talks to “The Company Men” director John Wells. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The western shows further signs of life under Ridley Scott and Scott Cooper’s helm. [Deadline]

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The Coens’ no-frills ‘True Grit’ hearkens to western heyday

Posted by · 10:00 am · December 1st, 2010

I’ve seen the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” twice now, and it’s not because the film is some “Inception”-like, mind-bending narrative maze. Quite the opposite, actually. I saddled up to it a second time yesterday morning because I wasn’t quite anticipating what I got the first time around and I wanted to consider it further knowing […]

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‘Cowboys & Aliens’ teaser poster

Posted by · 9:49 am · November 15th, 2010

I have to say, the highlight of Comic-Con this year, for me, was Universal’s “Cowboys & Aliens” panel featuring a 10 minute reel of surprise footage that was enough to have me waiting with bated breath for Jon Favreau’s comic adaptation.  Today, Yahoo! Movies has debuted the teaser poster from the film.  There’s also a […]

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Damon finds inspiration in Tommy Lee Jones for ‘True Grit’

Posted by · 9:14 am · November 3rd, 2010

It seems like I’m desperate for any morsel on the Coen brothers’ upcoming “True Grit.” If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s the film I’m most looking forward to this season, and every time that trailer drops before a film, I perk up immediately.  I’m in the tank and I haven’t even seen it. I […]

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CINEJABBER: Drifting along in the same stale shoes

Posted by · 9:44 am · October 16th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. And speaking of the weekend, thank God it’s here.  That’s all I can say.  I’m still pushing through Peter Weir’s catalogue.  Next up: “Dead Poets Society,” which I probably haven’t watched since I owned the VHS.  But more and more, I’m finding that “The Way […]

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘True Grit’ teaser poster

Posted by · 9:00 am · October 1st, 2010

A mesmerizing teaser trailer for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” hit the web Monday, ratcheting up the anticipation further. Today Paramount has offered us an exclusive first look at the teaser poster for the film, a striking, minimalist, wanted poster-esque assemblage that looks like it would make a handsome book cover.  There will be a […]

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TELLURIDE: Claudia under the stars

Posted by · 10:44 pm · September 2nd, 2010

It’s one of the joys of Telluride, the spirit of communal film-going evident in the outdoor screen set up each and every year in the middle of town.  Tonight, I’m heading back to the room, quite drunk and full after a meal with colleagues, and suddenly: the unmistakable wail of a harmonica. There is no […]

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We all got it comin’

Posted by · 7:47 pm · August 22nd, 2010

What was the last truly immortal Best Picture winner?  Cases can be made for this or that throughout the years, but for my money, the last film to win the Academy’s top prize that is absolutely a film for the ages was Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.” And you can get the Blu-ray on Amazon for less […]

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First still from ‘True Grit’ and a plea on the western’s behalf

Posted by · 12:08 pm · August 13th, 2010

A few weeks ago I was having coffee with a director, a recent awards season success story who shall remain nameless, who told me in meeting after meeting with acting talent, it seems one thing is consistent: actors want to make westerns.  The obvious catch?  Studios don’t. It’s hardly new news that Hollywood brass shies […]

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COMIC-CON: Universal brings ‘Paul’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ oh my

Posted by · 7:54 pm · July 24th, 2010

With its “Scott Pilgrim” presence already dominating the scene here at Comic-Con, Universal publicity didn’t need to do much else to be top of the nerd mountain this weekend. Then they went and blew the roof off. The studio first offered up a sizzle reel for Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul,” which went over well […]

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Do the Coens have their eyes set on a singing cowboy?

Posted by · 3:53 pm · December 2nd, 2009

A few hours ago I sat down with T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham to talk about the songs from “Crazy Heart.” I’ll be cooking up that piece as the introductory installment of our Tech Support interview series with below-the-line and craft personnel tomorrow, but Burnett mentioned something that totally caught my attention about a […]

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Ang Lee re-cutting ‘Ride with the Devil’

Posted by · 10:59 am · August 10th, 2009

Guy briefly mentioned this in Friday’s round-up, but I thought I’d address it more fully here. I kind of feel like I owe it to myself and to Ang Lee to give his forthcoming re-edit of “Ride with the Devil” a look.  This is, of course, despite a severe personal disinterest that settled in when […]

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Why not remake ‘Gunsmoke’ as a TV series instead?

Posted by · 10:32 am · August 5th, 2009

It’s become gospel that there is no shortage of cribbed thinking and conservative rehashing going on in Hollywood these days.  And now it seems the trend is stretching into the slightly revitalized western genre with CBS Films’ development of a feature film based on the old “Gunsmoke” television series. The film recently landed writer Gregory […]

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‘Jonah Hex’ poster

Posted by · 9:45 am · July 24th, 2009

I Tweeted a far-away shot of the new “Jonah Hex” poster from the exhibition hall yesterday, but luckily there’s a better image floating around the net now.  I kind of dig it:

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1976: the last hurrah of the American western

Posted by · 10:14 am · July 17th, 2009

The western was not yet dead in 1976 when  four high-profile installments were released to varying degrees of success. Four years later, of course, Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” would kill the genre for several years (and United Artists for longer), and though it has seen ups and downs in the years since, for the most […]

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