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Oscar flashback: When an ‘X’ marked the 1969 line-up and cowboys, both old and new, were all the rage [Watch Video]

Oscar flashback: When an ‘X’ marked the 1969 line-up and cowboys, both old and new, were all the rage [Watch Video]
A half century ago, the 42nd Academy Awards was at a cultural crossroads as the ’60s came to a close, judging by its list of nominees and winners plucked from the year 1969. The members finally decided to give one of Hollywood’s most enduring legends, John Wayne, a Best Actor prize — basically, a career achievement honor — for his role as cowboy Rooster Cogburn, an aging gun for hire, in “True Grit.”

For some reason, the Duke never was cited for any of his iconic frontier characters including Ethan Edwards in 1956’s “The Searchers” or as Davy Crockett in 1960’s “The Alamo” — although he did compete as a producer for the year’s Best Picture prize that year. Wayne’s only other nomination as a male lead was in the 1949 war epic “Sands of Iwo Jima.”

Meanwhile, a different kind of shoot-’em-up was also in the running in the form
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Box Office Turkeys: 12 biggest movie bombs from John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and more!

Box Office Turkeys: 12 biggest movie bombs from John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and more!
All films start out with the greatest of intentions, but some of them fail in massive proportions. When hit with budget over-runs, scripts rewritten by committee and other problems, they can be headed to the garbage dumps of movie history. Take a tour now through our photo gallery featuring 12 of the biggest box office bombs of all time. These turkeys might make you sick to your stomach, but let’s take a photo gallery tour anyway to look over these these rotten leftovers.

SEEThanksgiving on TV: 15 Greatest Episodes of All Time

1. Battlefield Earth – 2000

John Travolta fought for many years to get this adaptation of the L. Ron Hubbard novel made into a movie. Set in the year 3000, the science-fiction film is set on an Earth that has been ruled for 1,000 years by the brutal Psychlos.

2. Heaven’s Gate – 1980

Michael Cimino had full reign to do what he wanted coming off Best
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This Shouldn't Come as a Surprise, but the Teen Cast of Summer Night Aren't Actually Teens

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This Shouldn't Come as a Surprise, but the Teen Cast of Summer Night Aren't Actually Teens
It's no secret that the actors who play teens on screen are rarely teens themselves, and the cast of the upcoming flick Summer Night are no exception. The coming-of-age film follows two best friends on the night leading up to their performance at a local music venue called The Alamo, and the film's "teen" stars range from 21 all the way up to 30. Want to know how old these actors actually are? Check out the gallery to learn the real ages of the cast.

Related: Here's How Old the "Teens" Are From Booksmart (Hint: They're Not Teens)
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John Wayne movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Searchers,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Stagecoach’

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John Wayne movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Searchers,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Stagecoach’
John Wayne would’ve celebrated his 112th birthday on May 26, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor, better known as “The Duke” to his fans, starred in over 165 movies throughout his career, oftentimes playing the swaggering, macho hero of westerns and war epics. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

SEEJohn Ford movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

Born in 1907 as Marion Robert Morrison, Wayne worked his way up from bit player to leading man, appearing in a number of poverty row, Z-grade westerns throughout the 1930s. He shot to stardom with his role in John Ford‘s “Stagecoach” (1939), which brought new shades of nuance and artistry to the Cowboys and Indians genre. It also kicked off a lucrative, decades-long partnership between the director and star, who would make over two dozen films together,
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John Wayne movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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John Wayne movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
John Wayne would’ve celebrated his 112th birthday on May 26, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor, better known as “The Duke” to his fans, starred in over 165 movies throughout his career, oftentimes playing the swaggering, macho hero of westerns and war epics. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1907 as Marion Robert Morrison, Wayne worked his way up from bit player to leading man, appearing in a number of poverty row, Z-grade westerns throughout the 1930s. He shot to stardom with his role in John Ford‘s “Stagecoach” (1939), which brought new shades of nuance and artistry to the Cowboys and Indians genre. It also kicked off a lucrative, decades-long partnership between the director and star, who would make over two dozen films together, including “The Quiet Man” (1952), “The Searchers” (1956) and
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"Summer Night" - Get It Right

Sneak Peek the latest 'coming-of-age' romantic feature "Summer Night", directed by Joseph Cross, starring Ellar Coltrane, Analeigh Tipton, Justin Chatwin and Victoria Justice, opening July 12, 2019:

"...best friends 'Seth' and 'Jameson' get ready to perform — and party — at local rock venue 'The Alamo'. But before the night begins, both men face serious reality checks. Seth receives life-changing news from his girlfriend 'Mel' and Jameson has to choose between his on-again-off-again girlfriend 'Corin' and the new girl 'Harmony' that he's just met.

"By the end of the night, these young men and women are confronted with a series of fast-approaching life decisions that will either leave them stuck in the comfort of adolescence or catapult them into adulthood..."

Cast also includes Callan McAuliffe as 'Taylor', Ian Nelson as 'Seth', Hayden Szeto as 'Caleb', Lana Condor as 'Lexi', Elena Kampouris as 'Corin', Bill Milner as 'Rabbit', Ella Hunt
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The Highwaymen Review: Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson Set Bloody Record Straight

The Highwaymen makes for a straightforward but effective telling about the men who got Bonnie and Clyde, and why they should be celebrated.

Bonnie and Clyde have never left us. Originally a pair of small time crooks who cut a bloody trail across the American South and Midwest, the duo of young lovers with itchy trigger fingers caught the national imagination during a time of great inequality and suffering at the height of the Depression, and then again in the late tumultuous ‘60s when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made Tommy Guns firing at authority sexy once more. With countless reimaginings, reconfigurations, and remakes of their archetype, it’s easy to forget the actual fallout of those original piano-gun sprays. But John Lee Hancock’s The Highwaymen hasn’t.

Coming now in a renewed age of income inequality and severe distrust of leadership, Hancock has crafted a love letter to
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The 50 Foot Art of Reynold Brown

Reynold Brown: A Life in Pictures

by Daniel Zimmer and David J. Hornung

2009, The Illustrated Press, Hardcover, 224pp. ,$39.95 – 2017, Expanded version

With the publication of an expanded edition of Reynold Brown: A Life in Pictures, it’s official… Brown was responsible for illustrating every movie poster ever made. Ok, not really but it will seem like it to anyone poring through page after page of some of the most potent propaganda in Hollywood history. An update on the update appears at the end of this review of the 2009 edition.

The era of the illustrated movie poster, that ideal marriage of art and commerce, has long since faded along with the posters themselves. From the big-top colors of Al Hirschfeld’s caricatures for A Night at the Opera to the orange whirlpool of Saul BassVertigo one-sheet, these were advertisements that excited the senses as much as the films they were designed
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The Highwaymen Review [SXSW 2019]

In its nature, the romance driving folklore bends truths, historical or otherwise. While Davy Crockett was a huntsman, he certainly never killed a bear “when he was only three.” Though this pattern can be justified in almost all cases for the sake of entertainment – though in dull times, the longing for excitement could be an alternative goad for exaggeration – it becomes dangerous once the story it tells and the truth it bends is one that perhaps doesn’t deserve glorification. The purpose of The Highwaymen is to disassemble our perception of one such story.

It’s been over 50 years since Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde was released and changed the landscape of American cinema forever. At the time it was an overlooked masterpiece, a film courageous enough to exhibit the violence we as a species are capable of. Director John Lee Hancock introduced his film at SXSW with the story of Gladys Hamer,
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‘The Highwaymen’ Review: Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson Take Down Bonnie and Clyde

The legacy of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has been so tied to Arthur Penn’s 1967 movie that it’s often mistaken as an authoritative account. But the robbers weren’t the only players in the sprawling legacy of Depression-era bank robbers who faced death in a hail of bullets after years on the run. The gory death scene at the end of Penn’s movie comes at the hands of a supporting player on the killer couple’s trail, but “The Highwaymen” flips the equation: As grizzled Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) roam dusty southern roads on the outlaws’ trail, Bonnie and Clyde remain faceless monsters whose entire presence exists to fuel the men determined to take them down.

The saga of Hamer and Gault is such a natural alternative to this seminal American myth that it’s a wonder it took more
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Robert Downey Jr. To Star In ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

Robert Downey Jr. To Star In ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’
Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star as Doctor Dolittle in an adaptation of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle for Universal. Learn more details about the Robert Downey Jr Doctor Dolittle movie, after the jump. Stephen Gaghan, who wrote and directed Gold and Syriana, and wrote Rules of Engagement, Traffic, The Alamo and Havoc, is […]

The post Robert Downey Jr. To Star In ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ appeared first on /Film.
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Jake Gyllenhaal's Film Adaptation of Ubisoft's The Division Will Be Directed by Stephen Gaghan

Syriana and Gold director Stephen Gaghan has been hired to write and direct Ubisoft's big screen adaptation of their hit video game The Division. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have already been set to star in the film.

Gaghan, who started his career as a writer, has worked on projects such as Rules of Engagement, Traffic, The Alamo, Havoc, and the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. He's worked on a lot of great stuff, so I think we can expect a solid Division movie from him. He made the following statement to Variety:

"I’m excited to work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures and collaborate with their team at Massive Entertainment to bring The Division to the big screen. They’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks. The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan.
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Movie Review: Michael Keaton shines in the fast-food business procedural of The Founder

The filmography of Texas-born director and writer John Lee Hancock indicates a fascination with major pieces of Americana like baseball, football, and Walt Disney, the latter serving as both a subject (Saving Mr. Banks) and a sometime employer (Banks, along with The Rookie and the ill-fated Touchstone production The Alamo). So it makes sense that Hancock would tackle the American institution known as McDonald’s in The Founder, a second-act biopic that explains how, exactly, the restaurant went from a single location in San Bernardino, California, to 118 countries across the globe.

It’s more surprising, in the context of Hancock’s other work, that this origin story involves the wheelings and dealings of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman who, essentially, filched a family business away from the actual McDonalds, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch). In contrast with the folksy Disneyfication on display in Saving Mr ...
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The Weekend Warrior 10/28/16: Inferno, Gimme Danger and More

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

In one of the busier weekends of the month, two of the movies did better than I predicted and two did worse. The real winner of the weekend was Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which did far better than anyone thought with an opening weekend of $28.5 million in just 2,260 theaters or $12,611 per theater. It ended up completely demolishing Tom Cruise’s action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which opened in almost 1,500 more theaters, but at least that ended up around where I predicted with $22.9 million. Ouija: Origin of Evil came out slightly below my prediction to take third place with $14 million, while the Fox comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses bombed even worse than I expected with $5.5 million in 3,000 theaters.
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Review: ‘Preacher’ Goes To A Very Repetitive Hell

Review: ‘Preacher’ Goes To A Very Repetitive Hell
Last Week’S Review: ‘Preacher’ Gets Gross As It Emulates The Alamo

In The Beginning

Time to check back in with The Cowboy, because the show’s got big plans for him. He returns to Ratwater seeking revenge, and lives up to his sterling murder reputation by killing every single person in a crowded bar in about 60 seconds. He even insists on musical accompaniment, and concludes his slaughter by decapitating the singer, proving he’s a one-of-a-kind homicide showman. “Preacher’s” at its best in its action sequences, and this one’s no exception. The goal was to show how dangerous The Cowboy can be when he chooses, and it delivered.

Send Me An Angel

Fiore and DeBlanc, meanwhile, are looking to go to Hell. With their heaven phone stolen (by Cassidy, it turns out) they’re forced to turn to an underground angel tourism service. The bit where they
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The Founder Trailer Stars Michael Keaton as the Man Behind McDonald's

The Founder Trailer Stars Michael Keaton as the Man Behind McDonald's
One of this summer's most highly-anticipated movies is Warner Bros'. Suicide Squad, which will provide an origin story for the members of Task Force X in the studio's DC Extended Universe. When that movie hits theaters on August 5, it will be going up against a much different origin story, The Weinstein Company's The Founder, which charts the origins of fast food giant McDonald's, and its founder, Ray A. Kroc, played by Michael Keaton. Today we have the first trailer for The Founder, which shows how a salesman turned one hamburger stand into a worldwide empire.

In the 1950s, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) was a lowly milkshake maker salesman from Illinois who came across a Southern California hamburger restaurant dubbed McDonald's, run by two brothers, Mac (John Caroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman). Impressed by their speedy system of making what would become known as fast food, and their signature golden arches,
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Jason Patric to Star in Wayward Pines Season 2

This summer, Fox's Wayward Pines is back for a second season with a star-studded cast which now includes Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Narc).

Press Release: Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”) has been cast in a leading role in Wayward Pines, the hit psychological thriller event series returning for a second season this summer on Fox. Patric will portray Dr. Theo Yedlin, a confident, driven surgeon whose leadership skills will prove invaluable to the residents of Wayward Pines.

From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit”) and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. Theo Yedlin – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself
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Round-Up: Wrecker DVD, Neca’s Avp & Alien Figures, Lake Eerie Release Details

Wrecker was released in theaters and on VOD last November and will be released on DVD this January. Also in this round-up: a look at Neca's new Alien vs. Predator and Alien action figures and release details for Lake Eerie.

Wrecker: "Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Directed By: Micheal Bafaro. Story By: Evan Tylor and Micheal Bafaro. Screenplay By: Micheal Bafaro. Cast: Anna Hutchison and Drea Whitburn."

Distributed by XLrator Media, Wrecker hit theaters, VOD, and iTunes on November 6th. The DVD will be released by XLrator Media on January 5th.

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Neca's Avp and Alien Figures: From Neca: "Our best-selling Alien action figure line continues with new favorites!
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Patrick Wilson on 'Bone Tomahawk's' extreme gore: 'I've never seen that on the screen'

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Patrick Wilson on 'Bone Tomahawk's' extreme gore: 'I've never seen that on the screen'
Patrick Wilson has starred in such big-budget Hollywood movies as "The Alamo," "The Phantom of the Opera" and Zack Snyder's "Watchmen," but his latest film -- writer/director S. Craig Zahler's bleak horror-Western "Bone Tomahawk" -- wasn't exactly flush with money. Which, as far as Wilson is concerned, actually helped his performance as Arthur O'Dwyer, a young, crutches-saddled frontier man who goes on a mission to save his wife from a tribe of cannibalistic Native Americans: "I think this might have been a different movie...I felt this way actually about 'Hard Candy,' too, years ago -- you probably would have had a different performance, certainly in some takes, if the movie had been shot over three or four months," Wilson told me while promoting the film, which also stars Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins. See below for more highlights from our conversation, including why
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Charles Darwin Is Getting An Adventure Movie Because Science Is Cool

Charles Darwin doesn.t seem like he would be the prime candidate to spotlight an adventure movie, but, then again, Abraham Lincoln didn.t seem like a vampire hunter. The scientist famous for developing the theory of evolution is said to be the face of a new movie that Disney is close to snagging that will send the famed scientist on a whirlwind trip. Deadline was first to report the news of the new Darwin adventure flick . a phrase I.d never thought I.d be writing . and details are extremely limited - including the title of the project. However, we do know that Stephen Gaghan, the mind behind the screenplays for Traffic, Syriana, The Alamo and Rules of Engagement, penned the script that caught the eye of the Mouse House. As the trade notes, Darwin took a nod from Indiana Jones in exploring and answers questions about the world.
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