Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Western News & Links

The NY Times has a good article on the new True Grit film | Screenwriter Roberto Orci talks Cowboys and Aliens tone and script compromises | Some exciting news Gary Dobbs has been heralding, and I'm looking forward to, is the release of several Black Horse Western novels in eBook form |
The Warrior's Way tasty blend of samurai, western (features trailer) | "Buffalo Bill" Cody: Wild West legend began career here | Hell Paso: A town hero pulled from history’s dustbin, onto comic pages | Gene Barry's children sue for wrongful death | Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves honored | When Billy The Kid Met Bloody Sam [Peckinpah].

Artwork of Cash Laramie by Michael T. Pizzolato.

12 comments:

Ron Scheer said...

Good commentary on the films. I'm hoping both new ones live up to the expectations. The story on Peckinpah's film is close to what I've read before - though it leaves out the factor that everyone also got very sick in Mexico during shooting. I believe I saw the restored version of that film, and I still feel only lukewarm about it. Thanks for the links, bud.

James Marple said...

Superior editorial on Peckinpah and concur with the other remark that Billy the Kid leaves you with a lukewarm vibe. Is that Steve McQueen behind him in the photo.

Leah J. Utas said...

So looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens.

David Cranmer said...

Ron, It's amazing to think what Peckinpah could accomplish with so much bs from the studios and all the chemicals swirling through his system.

James, I believe that is The King of Cool.

Leah, I want to check out the graphic novel first. But, yes, this film looks like a winner.

Anonymous said...

Sad to think about Gene Barry's last moments.

David Cranmer said...

I recently watched Gene Barry in the very first episode of Columbo. Top performance. And almost a year ago I enjoyed season one of Bat Masterson on Hulu. A great actor and person who deserved a better ending than that.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm looking forward to some of those ebooks too.

RReynolds said...

Dallas Stoudenmire? Fresh sounding name to me as well. His bio makes me wonder how I missed that one.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, They made the right move because this will expand their audience world-wide. Very exciting.

RReynolds, It sounds like he was quite the kiss-ass sorta hero that many others only pretended to be.

Nik said...

Yes, it's a good move by Hale to get into e-books, but I think it would have been better if they'd featured several westerns by the same author, rather than four different authors. After all, there are plenty of prolific authors in the BHWs. By featuring different authors, the payment and kudos are both diluted. If the first is just a sampler, it might prove to be a fine idea to promote BHWs... But I feel that future e-book BHWs should be dedicated to single authors.

Jodi MacArthur said...

This may make this horror writer sound nerdy, but True Grit was one o my fav favorite films growing up. My little brother had an obssession with Chom Chaney (as he called him). I'm excited about the remake, but then again... who the hell could ever replace John Wayne? I'm looking forward to this one and hope they do it justice.

David Cranmer said...

Nik, I hadn't really thought of that but I kinda like the Hale idea of a smorgasbord of writers. Hm.. I'll have to give it a little more thought.

Jodi, I apparently have to read the book because I love the old Duke film as well but folks that have read the novel hate (with a passion) the Wayne flick.