“Day of the Outlaw,” which has a Blurray edition, costars Robert Ryan, Burl Ives and the then-24-year-old Tina Louise. It was shot by Russell Harlan and written by Philip Yordan, who also produced. Yordan told a Ryan biographer that the Outlaw script was “one of the best I’ve ever written” but that the $400K budget “wasn’t big enough.” The fact that Quentin Tarantino has spoken highly of Day of the Outlaw is an anecdote at best — he was either plugging his own snow western, “The Hateful Eight,” or acknowledging that the De Toth was an influence. Martin Scorsese allegedly saying that De Toth’s low-budgeter exists in the same respected B-movie realm as Sam Fuller‘s 40 Guns and Budd Boetticher‘s Seven Men From Now is also a concern. Never trust impassioned film buffs when it comes to B westerns.
The original David Bowie hits compilation tells the story of Bowie’s metamorphosis from quizzical folkie to a conquering colossus, and is partially responsible for cementing his stardom.
Christopher Benfey writes: ‘What was it about handles—door-handles, axe-handles, the handles of pitchers and vases—that transfixed thinkers in Vienna and Berlin during the early decades of the twentieth century, echoing earlier considerations of handles in America and ancient Greece? Ludwig Wittgenstein, as everyone knows, abandoned philosophy after publishing his celebrated “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus” in 1921.’ And they he started designing door handles.’
Plenty of Josh Groban fans were hoping he’d make his Broadway debut in a Sondheim show. Instead, he’s doing “Natasha, Pierre…”, based on “War and Peace.” Meanwhile, another thick-haired dude has decided to take the Sondheim plunge in New York: Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured) has agreed to star in a one-night-only performance of “Sunday in the Park With George,” on Oct. 24, to raise money for New York City Center. Mr. Gyllenhaal, although best known as a film star, wowed musical theater fans last summer with his star turn in an Encores! Off-Center production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at City Center. The “Sunday” tickets won’t be cheap.
With scenes of sex, murder and conspiracy within the opening minutes of episode one, “Versailles,” a new 10-part television series that delves into the private lives of Louis XIV and his court, could never be described as “demure.” Add to the aforementioned raunchiness an unprecedented $40 million budget (twice as much as “Downton Abbey’s first season) a cast full of Brits, a cavalier approach to historical fact, and a script shot in English, and the British may as well have invaded France and declared “guerre!” “As soon as we started,” says David Wolstencroft, co-creator of “Versailles,” “I said to my partner Simon Mirren (nephew of Helen): ‘We’re English and writing this in English. So with French patriotism and their general national pride – we are totally fucked!’ But sometimes it takes a different context to shine a light on history.” The series will be broadcast in the UK next month and later in the year in the U.S. But not on PBS: too much tits and ass.
Kidding! The picture hasn’t even been made yet! Here’s the news: John Carpenter is returning to oversee a new “Halloween” film, more than three and a half decades after introducing the iconic slasher saga, reports Variety. The film-maker and composer will executive produce the 10th sequel to 1978’s “Halloween,” which introduced mask-wearing bogeyman Michael Myers and the young Jamie Lee Curtis (pictured) as original scream queen Laurie Strode. “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” said Carpenter.
Renee Zellweger made headlines several times in the past couple of years with her changing looks and on Monday she displayed far fuller lips than of late. The “Bridget Jones” star, 47, was spotted picking up a tray of coffees-to-go and sporting what appeared to be a very enhanced pout. Her upper lip was two to three times the size of her lower lip and her face and neck looked completely free of wrinkles. It’s true that female celebrities have more cosmetic procedures than do the men. It’s also true that the media are much more shaming of the women than they are of the men. Renee should do whatever the hell she wants with her face.