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Punk rock may have died in ’79, but there’s one legacy not even the most hi-def new wave synth can snuff out. No, not the tartan bondage trousers at Hot Topic: it’s the punk rock movie. Whether your thing’s legend-studded rockumentaries, poignant foreign language stuff, or high school capers lorded over by The Ramones - punk lives, on celluloid. The gob-flecked tragedy of Sid & Nancy, the austere DIY chops of hardcore doc The Last Days of Civilization, the freaks of Dutch art-house fav, Ex-Drummer - punk comes in many forms (most of them smelling strongly of glue).
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Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in Madeleine Stowe's directorial debut because he's keen to saddle up and play an all-American cowboy. The movie star studied horseback riding for his roles in Kate & Leopold and Australia but now he's planning to get serious for The Last of the Mohicans star's new project Unbound Captives.
Jackman will play a frontiersman who comes to the aid of a woman kidnapped by the Comanche Indians, who kill her husband. Rachel Weisz is in talks for the female lead in the film, which Stowe has also co-written with her husband Brian Benben.
Jackman tells Cowboys & Indians magazine that his 13-year-old son can't wait for filming to start: "He knows all about this project and keeps asking me, 'When are we going to go and live with the American Indians?' He knows all the nuances - who the tribes are and where they lived. It's fascinating to me."
And the actor admits he has a very personal reason to get back on a horse, adding, "When you come to riding as an adult as I did... I really learned how to work with a horse in my 30s and was much more cautious than if I'd ridden as a boy or young man.
"But when you ride cutting horses every day for months, like I did in Australia, even falling off a few of them, I discovered that I genuinely loved being on a horse and now have to find a reason to get back out to the West and ride again."
Veteran actor Wes Studi is facing a charge of drunk driving following an arrest in New Mexico on Friday morning (26Jul13). The Last of the Mohicans star, 65, was pulled over by police in Santa Fe when they noticed the front two tyres of his vehicle had been blown out.
Cops claim he refused to take a breathalyser test and was taken to Santa Fe County Jail, where he was booked for aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Nothing says more about you — not your religious affiliation, your childrearing sensibilities, your dental hygiene — than your personalized list of favorite movies. Your cinematic preferences brand you permanently in the eyes of whomever is lucky (or cagey) enough to hear them, leading many of us to opt for our highbrow choices — our Vertigos, our Citizen Kanes, our Bicycle Theives...es.
But behind these vainglorious boasts will inevitably lurk a dark, probing secret: our real favorite movies. Our Black Sheeps and Better Off Deads and Weekend at Bernies 2s. Even if you do harbor a regrettable passenger like these, you shouldn't feel ashamed. You're in good company: Stanley Kubrick loved White Men Can't Jump.
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From a series of interviews conducted with the late genius, The Criterion Collection has released a list of titles that have been deemed some Kubrick's favorite pieces of film. Along with Citizen Kane, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and a string of other unsurprises, the article attributes White Men Can't Jump — the 1992 comedy about a pair of rival streeball hustlers (Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes) forming an unlikely friendship — to the legend's trove of top picks.
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And the mastermind who brought us triumphs like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove is not alone in fessing up to his so-called guilty pleasure. Here are a handful of other auteurs who rank some unexpected flicks among their video collections:
There Will Be Blood and The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson: Heavyweights, as the fat camp comedy's director Judd Apatow told Hollywood.com.
The Tree of Life and The Thin Red Line director Terrence Malick: Zoolander, as Seth Rogen revealed to the The Guardian.
Chinatown and The Pianist director Roman Polanski: Rush Hour as the crime comedy's director Brett Ratner told The Guardian.
And from the archives of BFI's Sight & Sound...
Heat and The Last of the Mohicans director Michael Mann: Avatar
Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford: Black Hawk Down
The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell: Young Frankenstein
Documentarian Nick Broomfield: The Pink Panther Strikes Again
1930s cinematographer Robert Neame: E.T.
Inglorious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino: The Bad News Bears
Whistle Down the Wind director Bryan Forbes: Whistle Down the Wind
What's your guilty pleasure?
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He died at at his ranch in Porcupine, South Dakota on Monday (22Oct12) following a long battle with throat cancer.
The Wanblee native was an early member of the American Indian Movement and he helped lead the 1973 armed occupation of Wounded Knee as part of a protest against the U.S. government's failure to protect local tribes.
In 1998 he launched an unsuccessful bid for the White House as a Libertarian candidate, before embarking on a successful acting career.
He appeared as Chingachgook in 1992 historical epic The Last of the Mohicans and as the Old Indian in Natural Born Killers.
Means also voiced the role of Chief Powhatan in Disney classic Pocahontas.
The studio executives wanted the movie rights to Unbound Captives, but they didn't want her.
Instead, they wanted Gladiator star Russell Crowe to take the lead and Sir Ridley Scott to direct the film about a white woman whose children are taken by Comanche Indians in the 1860s.
Stowe says, "Without a moment’s thought, I turned it down."
Now, nine years later, Stowe is stepping behind the camera to direct Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in the film, admitting she opted not to star in the project when she turned 50 in 2009.
She tells More magazine, "It seemed like the right thing to do. I’m on fire with this idea of what I want this film to be and bringing together these incredibly gifted people and having a dynamic conversation."
The Last of the Mohicans star narrowly escaped injury over the Thanksgiving Day holiday last week (24-27Nov11) when an uprooted 70-year-old oak crashed onto her Lexus just minutes after she had parked the car in her drive in Santa Monica, California.
She tells local TV news station KTLA that she ran out to the vehicle after the fallen tree triggered her car alarm. She says, "A huge, beautiful old oak tree had just pancaked the car."
Emergency services had to block off Stowe's street while the tree was removed.
Stowe isn't the only celebrity to suffer a tree trauma in the past 10 days - storm winds brought a huge eucalyptus crashing through a wall at Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's Beverly Hills home on Wednesday night (30Nov11), bursting a water pipe and flooding the property. Pregnant Gayheart, Dane and their 18-month-old daughter Molly escaped unscathed and are currently holed up in a nearby hotel while their place is repaired.
The There Will Be Blood star joined fellow celebrities Kevin Spacey, Julie Walters and Michael Gambon at a church service on Wednesday (16Feb11) in memory of The Usual Suspects actor, who died on 2 January (11) after a long illness.
Day-Lewis, who appeared alongside his pal "Pos" in 1993 drama In the Name of the Father and 1992's The Last of the Mohicans, led the heartfelt speeches by recalling their time together at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England, where they trained together early on in their careers. He then sang to Postlethwaite's grieving widow, Jacqui.
In a heartfelt tribute to the actor shortly after his death last month (Jan11), Day-Lewis revealed he grew up wanting to be just like the 64 year old.
He said, "As students, it was him we went to see on stage time and time again. It was him we wanted to be like; wild and true; lion hearted; unselfconscious, irreverent. He was on our side. He watched out for us. We loved him and followed him like happy children, never a breath away from laughter. He shouldn't have gone."
The Oscar winner played Postlethwaite’s son in the 1993 drama, and also co-starred with him in 1992's The Last of the Mohicans.
He recalls his friend "Pos" was among his mentors - and has called on film fans to remember the 64 year old as one of the best.
Day-Lewis says, "As students, it was him we went to see on stage time and time again. It was him we wanted to be like; wild and true; lion hearted; unselfconscious, irreverent. He was on our side. He watched out for us. We loved him and followed him like happy children, never a breath away from laughter.
"He shouldn’t have gone. I wish so much that he hadn’t. There’s a tendency to make lists at this time of the year. When we get to the Best of British, if Pete isn’t at the top of that list, he shouldn’t be far from it."
Postlethwaite's The Town director and co-star Ben Affleck has also joined the growing list of friends and colleagues paying tribute to the Brit.
He says, "Pete was a wonderful actor and an extraordinary man. I will miss him as will the countless others whose lives he touched either personally or through his work. This is a great loss of a wonderful man."
Hart battled dementia in his latter years and passed away at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico on Sunday (20Sep09), according to the Los Angeles Times.
A California native, Hart launched his Hollywood career in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1938 film The Buccaneer.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he landed the title role in the 1947 TV series Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy and took over from Moore as The Lone Ranger for 52 episodes of the popular family show.
He was the perfect choice for the role - because he worked as a cowboy as a teenager, and had joined the cast of the show to work with a nervous Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse.
Hart gave up the role of The Lone Ranger when Moore returned to the show, but he played the masked hero again in a 1981 episode of The Greatest American Hero and in a 1982 episode of Happy Days.
He also starred in Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, alongside horror movie icon Lon Chaney Jr.