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Maybe It’s Time to Realize John Wayne Wasn’t That Great of a Guy?

It doesn’t take much to offend people these days, but then you can only defend someone for so long when it comes to something they were recorded saying years before. What a lot of students at USC, and a lot of people in general, don’t seem to recognize, is that if we’re going to be taking a nice long look at everything icons and legends that a lot of folks have looked up to throughout the years then eventually everyone will topple. John Wayne wasn’t the nicest of guys in his own time, and if people thought he was then

Maybe It’s Time to Realize John Wayne Wasn’t That Great of a Guy?
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USC Students Want John Wayne Exhibit Removed, Cite His “Enduring Legacy Of White Supremacy”

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A longstanding exhibit honoring former University of Southern California student John Wayne should be taken down, according to student activists at the school.

The legendary Hollywood actor, who attended the school in the late 1920s under his birth name, Marion Morrison, has had a collection of movie posters, memorabilia, awards and personal correspondence on display at the school since 2012. He died in 1979.

The students at the school have cited what they claim are Wayne’s “legacy of endorsing white supremacy and the removal of indigenous people” as their reasons for wanting the exhibit removed, according to the school newspaper, the Daily Trojan.

The USC calls mirror a recent movement to have the name of Orange County’s John Wayne Airport changed.

The issues surrounding Wayne center around a controversial 1971 interview Wayne gave to Playboy magazine. The remarks from the interview were resurfaced earlier this year.

Wayne was known as an arch conservative,
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USC School of Cinematic Arts Considers Changes to John Wayne Exhibit

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USC School of Cinematic Arts Considers Changes to John Wayne Exhibit
After a small group of students objected to a statue and exhibit honoring actor John Wayne, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has responded by hosting a discussion between the students and the school in hopes of finding solutions to concerns of racism.

The conversation was ignited after USC film student Eric Plant displayed a banner outside of the film school reading, “By keeping Wayne’s legacy alive, Sca is endorsing white supremacy.”

Plant said he was moved to protest after a 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne resurfaced. In the article, the late actor not only said he believed in white supremacy, but he also defended the taking of land away from Native Americans and indigenous people.

“I believe in white supremacy,” Wayne, who attended USC in the 1920s, told the magazine. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the Blacks.
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John Wayne Legacy Denounced by USC Students Who Want Exhibit Removed

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John Wayne Legacy Denounced by USC Students Who Want Exhibit Removed
John Wayne is no longer the cinematic hero in the eyes of some USC students. The School of Cinematic Arts has endured protests and will have to decide soon whether or not to take down their exhibition dedicated to Wayne and his cinematic legacy. Around 50 students got together for a discussion on the matter last week, arguing that the exhibition "supports Wayne's legacy of endorsing white supremacy and the removal of indigenous people." Wayne attended the school in the 1920s where he played football before becoming an Academy Award winning actor.

Most of the uproar around the John Wayne exhibit comes from a recently rediscovered interview the Western icon did with Playboy magazine in the early 1970s. In the interview, Wayne talked about a number of subjects, but a lot of it focuses on his beliefs, which many believe to be racist. Reanna Cruz, a junior at the Sca said
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Pennywise, Joker and Wrinkles: 12 Best Scary Clowns in Movies and TV (Photos)

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Thanks to the creepy mask Wal-Mart removed from its stores, coulrophobia — the fear of clowns — is in vogue this Halloween. What was once a symbol of silly circus fun has been turned into one of the most ubiquitous images in horror. So if you’re in the mood for a circus from hell, there’s plenty of evil clowns to choose from. Some are funny. Others are horrifying. Either way, they’re perfect for Halloween.

Pennywise, “It”: We have to start with the most famous evil clown ever. For some, Tim Curry’s portrayal of a killer clown that only kids from Maine can see is the height of creepiness. For others, Curry’s “Rocky Horror” levels of camp make Pennywise more amusing than frightening. In both instances, Tim Curry commands attention.

Capt. Spaulding, “House of 1000 Corpses”: The most memorable character in Rob Zombie‘s critically panned
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Preacher Series Finale Recap: Who Lived Happily Ever After… If at All!

Preacher Series Finale Recap: Who Lived Happily Ever After… If at All!
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s series finale of Preacher. If you’d rather watch first, read later, for heaven’s sake, move on.

Though Preacher’s series finale was titled “End of the World,” Sunday’s episode didn’t actually turn out to be all that apocalyptic. Yes, characters were killed right and left — and the ones we really cared about had all joined the dearly departed by the time the epilogue was over — but doomsday, it wasn’t. Read on, and we’ll not only review how disaster was averted, we’ll discuss who got served
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Old West Festival To Commemorate "True Grit" In Ridgway, Colorado

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Scenic Ridgway, Colorado will commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Wayne's "True Grit" at their annual festival, October 11-13. The film was shot in and around Ridgway and there will be walking and bus tours of key movie locations. John Wayne's son Ethan will be attending along with Glen Campbell's daughter Debby. The film will be screened and there will be talks by local historians and the unveiling of a new book dedicated to the movie. Additionally, there will be a wide range of activities throughout the weekend. The festival will also honor the late Dennis Weaver, who was a resident of Ridgway, with a screening of Steven Spielber's "Duel" in which he starred. Click here for full details
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DC Fans Are Upset Jared Leto Isn’t In The Suicide Squad

James Gunn recently revealed the huge ensemble cast of The Suicide Squad, and despite previously refusing to confirm whether the movie was a sequel or reboot, a look at the two dozen names involved makes it seem like a little bit of both. Only Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney are returning from the first movie alongside one of the most bizarre-looking acting rosters ever assembled that also includes Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, John Cena, Pete Davidson and Taika Waititi.

The most glaring omission is obviously Jared Leto, whose interpretation of the Joker was the most controversial and talked-about aspect of Suicide Squad. One of the first major announcements surrounding the follow-up was the news that Will Smith wouldn’t be returning as Deadshot, but there’d been constant speculation surrounding Leto’s involvement, with the actor himself even admitting he wouldn’t be against the idea.
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‘Western Stars’ Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Directorial Debut Is an Intimate and Unexpected Concert Doc

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‘Western Stars’ Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Directorial Debut Is an Intimate and Unexpected Concert Doc
Even casual listeners of Bruce Springsteen’s songs are well-aware of The Boss’ many obsessions — America, cars, love, small towns, tough times, personal growth, denim — and his first turn behind the camera speaks to his consistent “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” ethos that has already guided so much of his work. Part concert doc, part personal rumination on all the things that make Bruce, well, Bruce, Springsteen’s natural charisma shines through at every turn, and while Bruce neophytes might not totally buy his particular brand of profundity, old admirers will appreciate his usual tricks. As ever, Bruce means what he says.

Both the album (released earlier this summer) and film were, as Springsteen explains during an opening voiceover, conceived of as a response to the inherent dichotomy of American life: the desire for individual freedoms and the need for a community. It’s Springsteen, through and through.
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Toronto Film Review: Natalie Portman in ‘Lucy in the Sky’

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The term “space case” may as well have been invented for Lucy Cola, a fictional astronaut loosely inspired by Lisa Nowak, who famously (if not entirely factually) donned adult diapers and powered her way cross-country to confront a romantic rival at the Orlando airport, where she was arrested for what amounted to attempted kidnapping and battery. When the story broke — this was a dozen years back, in 2007 — news outlets and tabloids alike treated it as a kind of pathetic “Fatal Attraction” scenario, in which a jealous Nasa engineer couldn’t handle being dumped by one of her colleagues and went berserk.

Now, Natalie Portman offers an alternate interpretation. In its oddly understanding and stylistically ambitious way, “Lucy in the Sky” suggests that maybe outer space was to blame for Nowak’s actions. You see, as an astronaut, Nowak belonged to a very small club of super-achievers who have actually touched the heavens,
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Wagon Master

John Ford’s favorite western of his own work is a curiously gentle, endearingly simple hark-back to the verities of silent filmmaking. Mormons crossing the desert are encumbered by show people and beset by a nasty outlaw family — but don’t worry ’cause the Sons of the Pioneers will still be singing backup for ‘The Chuckawalla Swing.’ Ford rodeo discovery Ben Johnson returns with Harry Carey Jr. and every other Ford stock player not nailed down, and the marvelously direct cinematography is keyed to Ford’s idealized vision of life on the frontier.

Wagon Master


Warner Archive Collection

1950 / B&w / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date August 13, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Alan Mowbray, Jane Darwell, Ruth Clifford, Russell Simpson, Kathleen O’Malley, James Arness, Francis Ford, Hank Worden.

Cinematography: Bert Glennon

Film Editor: Jack Murray

Original Music:
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Billy Wilder, John Ford, and Douglas Sirk: Three Underappreciated Works Get New Life on Blu-ray

While it sometimes comes across platitudinous and trite, one cannot stay in any conversation about arthouse film more than five minutes without hearing the phrase “auteur” tossed out. It has become a tad sterile, but, as Andrew Dudley pointed out in The Major Film Theories, it is a valid form of critical theory. So for an August Blu-ray round-up, the conversation will revolve around three classic Hollywood “auteurs” and films from each that often go overlooked. Kino Lorber released Billy Wilder’s critique of war-time Hollywood, A Foreign Affair; the Warner Archive presented John Ford’s passion project Wagon Master; and Criterion added Douglas Sirk’s first foray into widescreen Technicolor, Magnificent Obsession, to their illustrious collection. While each release is a fairly underrated title in their director’s larger filmography, a close watch unveils tricks and tropes that each respective filmmaker would later use in their more popular works.
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Red River

Howard Hawks’ first western was a huge hit and marked what John Wayne had feared might turn out to be his swan song, at the age of 41. He later said John Ford “never respected me as an actor until I made Red River.” During the shoot Wayne came to appreciate the talents of debuting co-star Montgomery Clift after initial skepticism. Despite its popularity, Clift disliked his own performance. John Ireland’s part was reduced in editing due to his interest in co-star and Hawks protege Joanne Dru, who he later married. Oddly, Hawks had sought Cary Grant (!) for the same role. Final film appearance of veteran western star Harry Carey.

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‘The Terror: Infamy’ and the Strategic Deployment of Japanese Language on the Show

‘The Terror: Infamy’ and the Strategic Deployment of Japanese Language on the Show
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Terror: Infamy” Episode 3, “Gaman.”]

The third episode of “The Terror: Infamy” opens with Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) and the rest of the internment camp watching a John Wayne movie that a benshi provides with a live soundtrack, performing the dialogue timed perfectly to the film. AMC’s viewers are treated to English subtitles, bringing the translations full circle. It’s a fun and fascinating scene that actor-consultant George Takei confirms he experienced when he was in the camps as a child, but also one that highlights the importance of the dual cultural and linguistic influences of immigrants in America.

It’s to be expected that “The Terror: Infamy,” which depicts the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II, uses the Japanese language on the show. Showrunner Alexander Woo acknowledges that he did not hold back on how extensively it’s used – upcoming episodes include long, Japanese-language-only scenes – but also took care how the
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I Directed Peter Fonda in a Western, and It Was a Privilege

I Directed Peter Fonda in a Western, and It Was a Privilege
We asked Jared Moshe, who directed Peter Fonda in the 2017 A24 Western “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” to share his memories of working with the late actor.

It was our first day of shooting on “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.” The sun had just dipped behind the mountains. As darkness descended, we raced to get our final shot. Despite the rush, the crew was buzzing with excitement. I wish I could say it was because of stunning image or a powerful moment of performance. No. Word had spread that Peter Fonda had landed in Montana.

I can’t think of another actor who occupies such a unique space in the history of cinema. On the one hand, Peter is a counterculture icon. Half of “Easy Rider.” The star of “The Wild Angels.” “The Trip.” On the other hand, he’s Hollywood royalty. Son of Henry. Brother of Jane. Father of Bridget.
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Inglourious Basterds and the Immortality of Revenge Cinema

David Crow Aug 22, 2019

We examine the wrathful movie magic of Inglourious Basterds' ending, and why Quentin Tarantino and Shosanna went there.

Some audiences were baffled in 2009 when the fifth chapter of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds began. Whereas other sections of the film were either cordoned off under titles like “Once Upon a Time… in Nazi Occupied France” or the name of the movie itself, what could the whimsical “Revenge of the Giant Face” possibly signify? The meaning became self-evident by the time Shosanna’s (Mélanie Laurent) visage cackled with delight from a burning movie screen, and the High Command of the Third Reich was beckoned into Hell. In a dazzling rewrite of history, Tarantino’s fictional characters, including both the titular “Inglourious Basterds” and Shosanna’s giant projected face, defy reality and end World War II in a gruesome climax of bloodlust and Old Testament wrath. The lingering
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Hollywood Vampires: The Birth of Midnight Movies on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, Part 2

Hollywood Vampires: The Birth of Midnight Movies on L.A.'s Sunset Strip is a three-part series of essays by Tim Concannon.Once Upon A Time On The Sunset STRIP1969 on the Sunset Strip was a period of dislocation, dissipation and dissolution from which the Hollywood of the Seventies emerged. A movie theatre adjoining Santa Monica Boulevard, where the Underground Cinema 12 film festival held sold-out midnight shows attended by thousands of Freaks, is an overlooked catalyst of L.A.'s underground scene, alongside Pandora's Box, the club recreated in Riot On the Sunset Strip (1967) and which was the focus of the November 1966 Sunset Strip disturbances.Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Hollywood—which is woven around the Manson family murders in 1969, though it isn't focused on them—is situated in the same unsettling hinterland between film stardom and savage violence that Peter Bogdanovich's Targets touches on as well.
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Bruce Dern Sympathizes With Rick Dalton in ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood': ‘I’ve Been There’

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Bruce Dern Sympathizes With Rick Dalton in ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood': ‘I’ve Been There’
Minor spoilers for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” below.

There’s a moment midway through “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” where Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, finally loses it. While describing the plot of a book he’s reading to his young co-star, he breaks into tears as he realizes that the book’s story of a past-his-prime gunslinger hews too close to his own life. All the missed opportunities, bad decisions, and regrets that have plagued him since the film’s start finally overwhelm him.

Bruce Dern knows exactly how that feels.

“That moment where he freezes and chokes up…I’ve been there,” Dern told TheWrap. “I was there much earlier in my career because I had such a hard time getting out of TV and into movies, and I was by no means a TV star.”

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'Air Force One': THR's 1997 Review

On July 25, 1997, Sony unveiled the Harrison Ford actioner Air Force One in theaters, where it would go on to become a summer hit and collect $315 million globally. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Harrison Ford lines up beside John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, rather than Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as a no-nonsense president who cuts terrorists no slack in Sony's Air Force One.

As a man-of-action commander-in-chief who follows his principles rather than public-opinion polls, Ford is inspirational and electrifying, bravely taking on a gang of terrorists who have commandeered his plane, Air Force One....
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The Anti-‘Citizen Kane': How Art Beal Built Nitt Witt Ridge, a House Made of Trash in the Shadow of Hearst Castle

The Anti-‘Citizen Kane': How Art Beal Built Nitt Witt Ridge, a House Made of Trash in the Shadow of Hearst Castle
Fifteen miles south of Hearst Castle, home of “Citizen Kane” inspiration William Randolph Hearst, is perhaps a more impressive dwelling: Nitt Witt Ridge, the house that former garbageman Art Beale constructed by hand from cast-off beer cans, shells, and other cast-off materials. We talk about his story on the latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, available below or right here.

Beal was orphaned by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and became a competitive swimmer, abalone diver and vaudeville performer — among other odd jobs. One way he made money was by hauling junk from Hearst Castle during its construction.

He began work on Nitt Witt Ridge in the 1930s after his attempt at a normal life passed him by. He recycled everything but cement, including pipe, electrical wire, and material he carted off from Hearst Castle. He carved the home out of the earth using only a shovel and a pick he called an “idiot stick.
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