Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Star Wars

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired (or in this case help us better understand) George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.)

Losing the screenwriter William Goldman was a blow to the world of cineastes last month. He was one of the sharpest writers ever to come to Hollywood and he had a distinct way of playing a tense scene for laughs and making giggle at how good is writing could be. 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is no exception. It’s as much a comedy as it is a legitimately thrilling western film. Headlined by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the film is charming and suspenseful in equal parts, following the (mostly) true adventures of the train robbing pair and their gang.

Goldman’s writing is as sharp as it ever would be, and under the direction of George Roy Hill, they collaborated to create a master blend of wit and western.

Though it wasn’t the first film to pair a couple of smartass outlaws, it set the standard moving forward and every line of dialogue pairing characters like that followed the mold. Star Wars was no exception.

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The Best Movies and Shows Leaving Netflix in July 2016

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Yesterday, we ran down the best movies arriving on Netflix in July 2016, but that bounty of new entertainment comes at a cost – a bunch of quality movies and shows are departing the streaming service in the coming weeks and who knows when they’ll return. But I’ve got your back: here are the movies you need to watch before they disappear.

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From black lights to best friends, Brooklyn’s Bottleneck Gallery is getting sentimental for their next pop culture art exhibit. It’s called I Love You, Man and is focused on friendships that are prevalent in film or television. Some examples: The Channel 4 News Team in Anchorman, the Ghostbusters, Ferris and Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bill and Ted, The Boondock Saints, The Three Amigos, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Donnie and the Rabbit in Donnie Darko. Obviously, it’s a theme the gallery allowed to be twisted ever so slightly, but if you’ve ever dreamt of an Encino Man print, this is the show for you.

“I Love You, Man” opens at 7 p.m. Friday May 10 and will remain on display through May 26 at the gallery, which is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Check out a nice, big sampling from the show below. Read More »

VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class, just described the film to the LA Times as ‘kind of a love story,’ and because the love story would be between Xavier and Magneto, I’m afraid that’s going to be a tag that proves irresistible to many people.

But going into more detail, he says the film is like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the seminal George Roy Hill western that was an essential part of the ‘new Hollywood’ of the late ’60s, and a career-making film for Robert Redford. Linking First Class to that film, and by extension to a couple other westerns of the same era, might open a window on the story for those who don’t know the detailed backstory of Xavier and Magneto. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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I’m never sure if I should report any of the showbiz rumors that come out the UK-based newspapers. So much of it is bullshit gossip that never comes to pass. Tonight /Film reader Emmett D sent over a link to an article on The Daily Express website that claims that Tom Cruise hopes to produce a remake of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for United Artists, and is already interviewing potential screenwriters for the project.

According to the unnamed sources (because, if the sources were named, it could no longer be a rumor…), Cruise would play Sundance, the role made famous by Robert Redford in the original 1969 western. John Travolta would play Cassidy, a role originally played by Paul Newman. The article also claims that Cruise has been wanting to make this film for years now, and even got Paul Newman’s blessing before he passed.

I’m actually one of the few people who still enjoys watching Cruise on the big screen, but I can’t even imagine Travolta in a Sundance Kid remake. I’m willing to give almost anything the benefit of the doubt, but even I can’t imagine any good coming out of this. But for now, just mark this as another UK newspaper rumor which will probably turn out to be completely bunk.