National Cowboy & Western Heritage
Museum in ,
has announced its Wrangler Award winners for 2012, and YELLOW ROCK has won for Outstanding
Theatrical Feature. That puts the
Michael Biehn/James Russo/Lenore Andriel starrer in some pretty heady company:
recent winners include TRUE GRIT (2011),
APPALOOSSA (2009), 3:10 TO Oklahoma City, Oklahoma YUMA (2008),
and (2004). The Museum has been bestowing their honors
since 1961’s THE ALAMO, and they’re not shy about their opinions: many’s the
year that no award is presented in a category if there isn’t enough quality to
choose from. OPEN RANGE
The Outstanding Television Feature is LOVE’S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, for the Hallmark Channel, starring Natalie Hall and Dylan Bruce, and featuring Sean Astin, JoBeth Williams and the great Ernest Borgnine. The winner for Outstanding Documentary is
MAIN STREET WYOMING,
directed by Kyle Nicholoff and written and produced by Tom Manning.
Their awards for outstanding literature include RODE by Thomas Fox Averill for western novel, MILAGRO OF THE SPANISH BEAN POT, by Emerita-Romero Anderson for juvenile fiction, AFTER CUSTER by Paul Hedren for non-fiction, SHOOTING FROM THE HIP by J. Don Cook for photography, WHEN WYNKOOP WAS SHERIFF by Louis Kraft in Wild West Magazine for best article, and MARRIED INTO IT by Patricia Frolander for poetry.
Their music awards go to R. J. Vandygriff’s KEEP THE CAMPFIRE A BURNIN’ for Outstanding Original Composition and Dan Robert’s BEST OF VOL. 1 for Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album.
Inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners and Western Performers include the late Fess Parker, Bruce Boxleitner, author
and the late historian Walter Prescott Webb.
The Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award will be given in honor of Jerry
Cates. The black tie event will be held on Saturday,
April 21st, hosted by Katherine Ross. To learn more, go to the Museum’s websiteHERE. Temple Grandin
PETER FORD: A LITTLE PRINCE – SCREENING WELL-ATTENDED
This morning, Sunday, March 4th, guests at the Laemmle Theatre in
North Hollywood got to see
the documentary A LITTLE PRINCE – A HOLLYWOOD STORY with its subject, Peter
Ford, who was also seeing the finished work for the first time. Peter is the only child of movie stars
Eleanor Powell and Glenn Ford, and Peter’s bio of his dad, GLENN FORD, A LIFE
was reviewed HERE in the Roundup.
The forty-minute documentary, produced and directed by Alexander Roman, is an extended interview with Ford, and utilizes hundreds – maybe thousands – of images, home movie footage, and clips from a featurette featuring Glenn and Peter but, interestingly, no movie clips. There’s just a moment from the 3:10 TO YUMA trailer, and all of the Eleanor Powell dancing clips, even those from the sets of her MGM musicals, were home movie footage. All of which makes sense, because this is a film about how Peter, and not the public, saw his parents. Much of it is very sad; the collapse of the marriage; the lack of a relationship between father and son – all the more ironic considering the endless stream of posed pictures of the two together doing ‘guy stuff.’
Alexander Roman and Peter Ford
It’s an eye-opener for all of us who’ve ever thought we’d be happier growing up in a 32-room mansion full of servants. There are definite perks, but there can be a tremendous price to pay, as the all-too-familiar stories of
Hollywood offspring who have
crashed and burned can attest. Roman has
done an impressive job of assembling the material, with a use of imagery that
often borders on the hypnotic.
Among the friends who attended were child star Jane Withers; legendary Paramount producer A.C. Lyles – who took time to praise Ford’s book; actor Bo Hopkins, who appeared with Glenn in BEGGARMAN, THIEF; and RIFLEMAN star Johnny Crawford, who did an episode of CADE’S COUNTY with Glenn Ford.
KARIN MCKECHNIE DESIGNING ‘WHAT HAVE I DONE?’ FROM SCRACTH
Period costume designer Karin McKechnie is very excited to be designing the costumes for Bob Buhrl’s western musical short, WHAT HAVE I DONE?, set in 1883. Buhrl is directing and starring, “And he’s got some good people on board. He decided to switch his project (from one) where they use a lot of reenactors, to actually use actors, and get a real costume designer, and that was me. It’s a great project for me because, except for a few reenactors in the background, everything is mine. Everything is out of my own studio. It’s not going to look like your typical western, because there’s going to be a lot of antiques, a lot of original clothing, and a lot of things that have been made from scratch, by yours truly. I’ve been working on it for a month. Usually everything is last minute: people show up at my house and rent what I have. This time I got to make everything from the ground up.”
She’s costuming about thirty characters in all. “There’s townspeople, there’s ladies of the evening, there’s cowboys…it’s going to be a lot of fun. And it’s going to be at the Whitehorse Ranch. I think they’re going to use every building on the set.”
Karin and German Peter on the WYATT EARP'S REVENGE set
Karin is a particular fan of Whitehorse Ranch, which was built by German Peter and his son in Landers. “They built it from scratch, and the look of the town is kind of western decay. It looks like you’re on a spaghetti western set, where everything is like Bodie (the famous ghost town), but usable. That level of arrested decay.”
When I asked Leon, who’ll be portraying a tracker, for an update on THE LONE RANGER situation, he told me he couldn’t tell me a ton. “I really don’t know anything about The Lone Ranger, not having been there; I’m just thankful that I’m a part of it. I’ve got some fittings and stuff to do. And there’s a beard on this character. And not having one of my own, it will have to be one of their creation. Hey, I’m giddy about doing it, man. I’m excited to get over there and get on the back of a hopefully spirited animal, and just have some fun. Any day I’m paid to ride a horse is a good day.
“My heart’s in this Lone Ranger thing – any time I get to step back in time for a little bit is an amazing thing. It’s like living out every childhood fantasy I ever had. I remember standing on my little section of the wall when we did THE ALAMO (2004). These reenactors were positioned up there with me, and looking out over these 150 Hispanic soldiers charging, and guns firing, and I…I’ve gone to heaven.”
And where do things stand with the mysterious Dr. Beauregard? “With
I don’t know what’s going on there. I
finished my turn in it, and I thought I was going for only two episodes, but it
wound up being a lot more, so I guess they were pleased with my offering. He’s
getting stranger by the minute, it seemed.
Halfway through, the director was giving me a little direction, and I
said, ‘Well, I have no idea what’s happening here.’ And he said, ‘Nor do I.’
I’m sure the powers that be have some master plan.” The master plan for Leon and the Lone Ranger
is to start shooting near in late March. Albuquerque,
PETER SHERAYKO ‘CARAVAN WEST RANCH’ IS BUZZING
Leon Rippy had mentioned that, prior to heading out for the masked-man adventure, he’d be doing some riding with Peter Sherayko, the actor/writer/all-around western expert who owns the Caravan West Ranch. I checked in with Peter, whose ranch has been busy of late, though not exclusively with westerns. “Last week I had three little films at the ranch. One was from
, to be used as a fundraiser, to
build a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
This week I just did an episode of AUCTION HUNTERS. And tomorrow we’ve got AMERICAN DIGGERS for
SPIKE-TV. It’s a new show. They dig up artifacts at battle fields and so
forth. So they come out one day a week,
and I recreate for them what they found.
So they found an 1851 Navy (Colt revolver), but all rusted. So I
brought a working 1851 Navy, loaded it, fired it, showed them how it
shoots. Also a ’58 Remington. And there was a Sharps, and a Wisconsin . And buttons, dice. Springfield
“Tomorrow we’re shooting a pepperbox, a flare-gun, a .32 Smith & Wesson, a Forehand and
. I’ve got two other shows coming out. One’s a show for Justin Boots. A webisode series. And on the 18th we have a
documentary on the Civil War battles of the west. Wadsworth and two or three
others. So they’re going to bring some
cannons out and stage some battles out there.
I got a call for a commercial the other day. I don’t know what it’s about, they’re just
taking bids on it, but I hope we get that because he wants me to play the bad
poker player. And Adam Sandler is doing a new movie, WALTER
MITTY, and they called me to make twenty saddles, bridles and breast collars
for Bedouins. I sent them the photos the
other day, and I waiting to hear back from them.” Glorietta
That's right, the segment I was interviewed for is now viewable here:
That's it for today! Have a great week, and if you do anything of a western nature, fill me in!
Happy Trails 'til then!
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