"We are rough men and used to rough ways." — Bob Younger
Cowboys, stage coaches, gunfighters, saloons... it's hard to imagine anything more American than the trappings of Westerns, yet many of the most memorable movies of the genre were actually shot in Europe with mostly European casts and crews. In fact, the enduring popularity of Westerns owes a great deal to Italian director Sergio Leone, who not only introduced the world to a then-unknown squinty-eyed TV actor named Clint Eastwood, but started a craze with his "Spaghetti Westerns" that resulted in more than 600 Westerns being produced in Europe between 1960 and 1980 while American movie studios slowed down or stopped producing Westerns altogether.
Whatever the origin of the movie or the nationality of the director behind the camera, a good Western is one that transports us back to a wild, dangerous time, to a place where the people are nearly as harsh as the landscape and there were still amazing discoveries to be made by those with an adventurous spirit. Help us choose those movies that deserve to be called Westerns, those with true grit.
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Friday 12:00p ET / 9:00a PT Posted 12.06.12 by BrentJS
Today's Challenge: True Grit and Just Go With It are both released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time today. Can you find a link to connect Jeff Bridges to Jennifer Aniston?
Our first Facebook movie game, ClusterFlick, plays off that old "six degrees of separation" theory — you know, the one that has a certain Kevin at the center of the Hollywood universe. It's easy to play, but not so easy to win. The goal is to use the major cast of movies to get from Point A to Point B in the smallest number of moves.
Play ClusterFlick >> Posted 06.07.11 by reelz
We're coming to the end of awards season with the Oscars airing this Sunday and, to be honest, there haven't been that many surprises. Heck, the Academy even snubbed Christopher Nolan again, this time failing to nominate the director for helming Inception. So, amidst the obvious and unoriginal, we consulted our friends at Ask Deadpool for a truly fresh take on the Academy Awards — what could the night look like if Deadpool took a stab (ahem) at hosting the Oscars?
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 83rd Academy Awaaaards! With your hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaw--
Wait wait waaaait jus' a minute there, announcer-dude, yer kiddin' me, right? Bob got th' call last week askin' me ta host this fancy shindig. So here, read my intro; an get that curly-haired dude outta here! ...The hot chick c'n stay if she wants, though...
Check out the full comic, Deadpool Presents: The Oscars > > Posted 02.22.11 by reelz
Actress Hailee Steinfeld's breakout performance in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of True Grit has earned her Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations, and now it has also earned the fourteen-year-old actress a headlining role in a new movie being developed just for her. According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has "just closed a deal" for the rights to Cat Patrick's soon-to-be-published sci-fi/mystery/romance novel, Forgotten, with plans to develop the adaptation as "a star vehicle"for Steinfeld. what's Forgotten about? >> Posted 02.21.11 by BrentJS
No surprise, we love the Oscars. But ... well, even we have to admit that the show always goes on too long and you can really only count on one good joke per hour. Enter our annual Oscar Bingo Cards, a sure way to get you through the duller moments. Or to help ignore that blowhard at the party who you know only saw Iron Man 2 and Inception, yet somehow has an opinion on every award.
This year we've put together a set of 10 Cards — one for each of the movies up for Best Picture. (Hint: Check out the FREE SPACE icons.) While we can't guarantee every one of these events will happen, we're pretty confident a game of Blackout Bingo will prove possible with several of the cards in the mix.
Play Oscar Bingo >> Posted 02.18.11 by reelz
Now that the Academy has expanded the number of Best Picture nominees to 10, and the other main Actor/Actress nominations include five other movies, it's nearly impossible to keep up without working concessions at a multiplex. Especially when there's a new Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, and The Bachelor. Every. Damn. Week. So when that Oscar party invite comes in the mail, don't panic. We've created a cheat sheet of top talking points.
Oscar Cocktail Party Conversation Guide >> Posted 02.07.11 by reelz
The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. Nominated for Best Picture are:
The Social Network
The King's Speech
Toy Story 3
The Kids are All Right
How did we do in the Oscar predictions we made back in September 2010? Posted 01.25.11 by reelz
Early next Tuesday morning — 5:30 AM ET on January 25 — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for its 83rd annual awards. If you don't plan to be up at that time, we'll have a complete list posted shortly after the announcement on our site.
Who will make the Academy's cut. We bravely posted our predictions for the 10 Best Picture nominees back in November. Today, our Richard Roeper weighs in with his movie predictions, as well as those for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. watch Roeper's Oscar Predictions >> Posted 01.21.11 by reelz
It was a given that Jonah Hex was heading for a Razzie nomination after director Jimmy Hayward's adaptation of the DC comic book received scathing reviews and limped to a total of $10 million at the box office. Just when it couldn't get any worse, Jonah Hex star Josh Brolin even admitted in September that he wasn't a fan of the movie either. There could be a bright spot, however, because Jonah Hex could win an Academy Award nomination. What?! How? >> Posted 01.14.11 by Ryan
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|True Grit ||$15.0M ||$110.4M ||The top-grossing Coen Brothers movie by wide margin now demands Oscar attention. |
|Little Fockers ||$13.8M ||$124.0M ||Dropped to second place but still a box office smash. |
|Season of the Witch ||$10.7M ||$10.7M ||Brutal opening for Nic Cage flick that kicks off 2011 with a thud. |
|TRON: Legacy ||$9.8M ||$147.9M ||Fading from theaters before it recoups its $170M budget. |
|Black Swan ||$8.4M ||$61.5M ||Ballet thriller finally cracks Top 5 after sixth week in release. |
Posted 01.10.11 by reelz