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A Non-Actor Wows Critics in The Rider

Brady Jandreau, director Chloé Zhao getting high praise

(Newser) - The Rider is an American cowboy tale from a relatively new Chinese director. It also features a cast of people who've never acted before. And it's apparently awesome. Brady Jandreau, a real-life cowboy who suffered a brain injury in a 2016 fall, stars alongside his friends and... More »

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Star Dies at 98

Eli Wallach played 'a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters'

(Newser) - Only the good is now left from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor best known for his roles in spaghetti westerns, has died at the age of 98, the BBC reports. The Brooklyn native played "ugly" Mexican bandit Tuco Ramirez in the... More »

Next Tarantino Title Leaks

Details of Django Unchained , western starring Christoph Waltz, revealed

(Newser) - An image of what appeared to be the cover of Quentin Tarantino’s latest script popped up on Twitter yesterday, and his agent confirmed it: The film is called Django Unchained, and it will star Christoph Waltz. “It's a western whose lead character is a former slave who... More »

Coen Brothers' True Grit Is Pure Western Wizardry

Remake features a star turn by 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld

(Newser) - True Grit, the Coen brothers’ latest, updates a John Wayne classic—though it may stick closer to the original novel than the first film. Critics are impressed, with the Rotten Tomatoes score currently at 95%:
  • In the New York Times , Manohla Dargis applauds the film’s 13-year-old star, Hailee Steinfeld,
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Don't Waste Time on Jonah Hex

Josh Brolin and Megan Fox are stuck in a badly executed flop

(Newser) - Critics pretty much hate Jonah Hex, the new Westernish flick with Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich.
  • Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times : A "smoldering ash heap. ... Brolin's intermittent voice-over narration proves to be the most powerful stuff, with the rest curiously sputtering."
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Butch Cassidy Saddles Up Again

This time without the Sundance Kid

(Newser) - Forty years after his apparent death in a Bolivian shootout at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy is back. Blackthorn, a new movie set to begin filming next month, has Sam Shepard taking Paul Newman's old role, saddling up as an older Cassidy who returns... More »

Why Marshal Matt Dillon Always Won

Those who react in a duel are faster than those who start it

(Newser) - Marshal Matt Dillon won all of his gunfights with Dodge City villains because he was a fictional hero—and was faster because he drew second, after the bad guy. Scientists have made the surprise discovery that those who react in a duel are faster than those who initiate the duel.... More »

Roy Rogers Will Ride Back Onto Movie Screens

Wholesome new trilogy based on singing cowboy planned

(Newser) - Singing cowboy Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger, will be the inspiration for a new trilogy of Westerns, Variety reports. Roy Rogers Jr., who controls the late movie star's estate, struck a deal with a Nashville-based production company that says it will reinvent the '40s and '50s big-screen favorite as... More »

Carradine: An 'Actor's Actor'

(Newser) - David Carradine was “an actor's actor,” Brian Warmoth writes on MTV.com, “a performer who left an indelible mark on everything he did with adeptly conceived roles in even the campiest environments.” Though best known for his '70s role on the TV show Kung Fu and... More »

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