the pinkertons

Warner Bros. signed a huge deal with J.J. Abrams‘s Bad Robot production company – and now they have their first original film project. It’s called The Pinkerton, a supernatural in a Western setting written by Daniel Casey. Casey did a re-write on the Bad Robot-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane, and also wrote the script for Kin and co-wrote the upcoming F9. There’s no word on what the film is actually about, but the Pinkertons were a private security guard and detective agency established in the 1800s, so there’s a good bet the story involves that agency. Or it’s a film all about Weezer’s best album.

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Martin Scorsese western

In his 50-plus year career as a filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has never directed a western. But that’s about to change with his next movie, Killers of the Flower Moon, which reunites him with his two muse movie stars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Read Scorsese’s comments on the new film below. Read More »

the hawkline monster

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos has a new project lined up, and it sounds amazing. Lanthimos is in talks to direct The Hawkline Monster, a gothic western based on the novel by Richard Brautigan. The story concerns two gunslingers who are hired by a young girl to kill a monster, and both Hal Ashby and Tim Burton both attempted to adapt the book to film in the past.

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inland tv series

Drew Goddard is returning to TV for his next project. The Bad Times at the El Royale director is adapting an Inland TV series based on The Tiger’s Wife author Téa Obreht’s bestselling Western epic novel. Inland will be one of the first projects for Goddard under his massive four-year overall deal with ABC Studios and its cable-streaming division ABC Signature.

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Mandalorian cast

The Mandalorian premieres in just over two months, but we’re still finding out about new additions to its cast. The latest: Julia Jones, who you may remember from her role as Leah Clearwater in the Twilight films, has come on board showrunner Jon Favreau‘s Star Wars series in a mystery role. Read More »

werewolf western

Issa López‘s Tigers Are Not Afraid is earning raves from everyone who sees it – including filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Now, López and del Toro are teaming up for a werewolf Western. If that doesn’t excite you at least a little, you should probably check your pulse. And while I’m sure the movie will be classier than just a series of scenes where werewolves wear cowboy hats and fire six-shooters, I wouldn’t complain if that’s all it turns out to be.

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Rolling Roadshow Top Gun

A couple of weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of attending a Rolling Roadshow screening of Red Headed Stranger at Willie Nelsons ranch in Luck, Texas. If youve never experienced a Rolling Roadshow event, youre missing out. Its a one-of-a-kind outdoor cinematic experience thats a hell of a lot of fun.

This time, Alamo Drafthouses Rolling Roadshow is teaming up with Austin Food and Wine Alliance for two outdoor events featuring screenings of Tombstone and Top Gun, and star Val Kilmer himself will also be in attendance each night. Read More »

bounty law

Time to add another potential project to Quentin Tarantino‘s ever-growing list. The filmmaker revealed that in preparation for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he wrote five episodes of Bounty Law, the fictional TV show within the movie that stars Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character Rick Dalton. Rather than just let those scripts gather dust, Tarantino says he wants to actually direct them for Netflix, HBO, or some other network.

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Red Headed Stranger Screening

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow and Luck Productions are teaming up for a screening of Willie Nelson’s 1986 western drama Red Headed Stranger. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 6 on the original film set in Luck, Texas aka “Willieville”. The Austin Genre Film Archive remastered the movie digitally for the first time after the original print was lost two decades ago. Following the starlit screening will be an in-person Q&A with the movie’s stars, Willie Nelson himself, and special guests from the film.

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Vincent D’Onfrio‘s The Kid is a refreshingly old-fashioned western. It doesn’t shy away from archetypes or familiar iconography, but instead embraces the greatest hits of the genre. It’s a familiar yarn told well, and it stars Jake Schur, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, and Chris Pratt, who impresses as the big bad of the film without the laid-back charisma that launched him to stardom.

Of course, it comes as no surprise D’Onfrio – one of the best character actors around – knows how to capture strong performances behind the camera. He’s directed before, including short films and a horror-musical, but The Kid is his biggest and most cinematic film yet.

Recently, D’Onfrio told us about his earliest experiences as an actor and movie fan, why his western is so personal to him, and a bit about a few of his most notable roles, including Full Metal Jacket and The Player.

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