James Russo in YELLOW ROCK
Several notable new names have been added to the already impressive cast of Quentin Tarantino’s stateside spaghetti-fest. James Russo, whose current Western YELLOW ROCK is making the festival circuit, will play Dicky Speck, opposite James Remar as his brother Ace Speck. Remar plays Harry Morgan on DEXTER, and has done a number of Westerns, including playing the young WINDWALKER (who grows up to be Trevor Howard), and two for Walter Hill, LONG RIDERS and WILD BILL.
James Remar in WILD BILL
Actor/writer/comedian and general madman Sacha Baron Cohen will play Scotty. Cohen is best known for his outrageous BORAT and ALI G characters. WITHOUT A TRACE star Anthony LaPaglia will portray
. Tom Savini, famed horror make-up specialist
who now spends most of his time in front of the camera, will play Ellis
Brittle. Todd Allen, whose Western
credits include SILVERADO and BROKEN TRAIL will play Frank Fish. Tom Wopat, best known as Luke Duke from THE
DUKES OF HAZZARD, will play Marshall Gill Tatum. In addition to small and big-screen work –
including the recent JONAH HEX – Wopat has also done a good deal of Broadway,
and was Tony-nominated for his performance as Frank Butler in a revival of
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Roy
Todd Allen in BROKEN TRAIL
As already discussed here, also in the cast are Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell replacing Kevin Costner, and of course Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in the title role of Django.
Tom Wopat and Bernadette Peters in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
2ND ‘GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE’ MOVIE AIRS JAN 28TH
The second film in the Hallmark Movie Channel’s GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE franchise airs late this month, and the third is already before the cameras. In case this one has slipped below your radar, the films star Luke Perry as John Goodnight, a circuit judge travelling the old West. The first film, GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE, which costarred Lara Glichrist and Tom Butler, was shot in
Alberta in 2011 and directed by Perry’s 90210 costar
Jason Priestly, at least in part because they needed a Canadian to direct for
tax reasons. BEVERLY HILLS
This first one will be aired again on January 14th, and the 2nd in the series, GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE: THE MEASURE OF A MAN, will play on January 28th. This time Perry’s co-stars are Stefanie von Pfetten and Cameron Bright. The third entry in the franchise, GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE: QUEEN OF HEARTS, will co-star Perry with Rick Schroeder, of LONESOME DOVE fame. The series is created and co-exec produced by Perry, and written by Tippi and Neal Dobrofsky – Neal produced BRONCO BILLY and WANDA NEVADA. To see a trailer, go HERE.
PANCHO VILLA’S SADDLE HIGHLIGHTS JAN. 28TH- 29TH AUCTION
One of the highlights of the HIGH NOON 22ND ANNUAL WESTERN ANTIQUE SHOW AND AUCTION, to be held in
will be the auctioning of Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa’s last
saddle. As you can see from the
pictures, it’s covered in silver-wrapped threads and boldly-domed conchos. The estimate is from $150,000 to
$250,000. (Oddly enough, my wife and I
both have family connections to Villa. My
grandfather and namesake rode with General Blackjack Pershing when he pushed
Villa back to his side of the border from Mesa, Arizona . My wife’s great-grandfather was
a reporter who traveled with Villa and covered his exploits for American
newspapers.) New Mexico
The provenance is as novel as the man who possessed it. It was given by Villa’s widow (the one of his eight wives he was actually married to) to director Howard Hawks, in recognition of his work during the making of VIVA VILLA (MGM 1934), which was filmed in Mexico. And before you correct me, I don’t mean it was given to Jack Conway: he was the credited director on that wonderful film, but Hawks did uncredited work both in direction and on the script. Though Wallace Beery, who plays Villa, bears no great resemblance to the man, it’s one the finest performances by one of the most disliked actors in
. Among the legendary problems surrounding the
production, Lee Tracy, as the reporter following Villa, had to be hurriedly
smuggled out of the country and replaced by Stuart Erwin. Reportedly, Hollywood , awakened from a hangover by noise
outside his hotel, staggered to the balcony and urinated from it, onto a
passing military parade! Tracy
The real Pancho Villa
REPRIEVE FOR LOS ENCINOS!
It would make a good film location, wouldn't it?
Danish National Cinematheque, January 4ththrough the 28th.
WESTERN FESTIVAL CONTINUES AT EASTMAN HOUSE
Jake Garner’s ‘Tall In the Saddle’series continues in Rochester, New York on Thursday, June 12thwith BLOOD ON THE MOON, starring Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Preston, and directed by Robert Wise.
TV WESTERNS ALL OVER THE DIAL!
More and more, classic TV Westerns are available all over the TV universe, but they tend to be on small networks that are easy to miss. Of course, ENCORE WESTERNS is the best continuous source of such programming, and has been for years. Currently they run LAWMAN, WAGON TRAIN, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL,
, RAWHIDE, GUNSMOKE
MARSHALL DILLON, which is the syndication title for the original
half-hour GUNSMOKE. Incidentally, I see on
Facebook that a lot of watchers are mad as Hell at losing LAREDO and THE VIRGINIAN. CHEYENNE
RFD-TV is currently showing THE ROY ROGERS SHOW, first at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Pacific Time, then repeated several times a week. They show a
feature every Tuesday as well, with
repeats -- check your local listings. Roy
INSP-TV shows THE BIG VALLEY Monday through Saturday, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE seven days a week, DR. QUINN: MEDICINE WOMAN on weekdays, and BONANZA on Saturdays.
WHT runs DANIEL BOONE on weekdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Pacific Time, and on Saturdays they run two episodes of BAT MASTERSON. They often show western films on the weekend, but the schedule is sporadic.
TVLAND has dropped GUNSMOKE after all these years, but still shows four episodes of BONANZA every weekday.
GEB is largely a religious-programming cable outlet that runs at least one Western on Saturdays – the ones I’ve caught have been public domain Roy Rogers and John Wayne pictures – and sometimes have weekday afternoon movies as well.
For those of you who watch TV with an antenna, there are at least a couple of channels that exist between the standard numbers – largely unavailable on cable or satellite systems – that provide Western fare. ANTENNA TV is currently running RIN TIN TIN, CIRCUS BOY, HERE COME THE BRIDES, and IRON HORSE.
Another ‘in between’ outfit, ME-TV, which stands for Memorable Entertainment TV, runs a wide collection: BIG VALLEY, BONANZA, BRANDED, DANIEL BOONE, GUNS OF WILL SONNETT, GUNSMOKE, MARSHALL DILLON, RAWHIDE, THE RIFLEMAN, and WILD WILD WEST. Some of these channels are hard to track down, but if they show what you’ve been missing, it’s worth the search.
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