FROM SUNDANCE TO THE WEB TO
, 4 NEW WESTERNS IN THE WORKS! MARYLAND
‘SWEETWATER’ AT SUNDANCE
This New Mexico-lensed Western from Kickstart Productions is heading for the Sundance Film Festival in January. Set in post Civil War
Toplining as Sheriff Jackson is Ed Harris, who did a
terrific job adapting Robert B. Parker’s APPALOOSA, as well as directing and
starring, and who, back in 1996, starred in Ted Turner’s version of Zane Grey’s
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE. Playing Sara
is MAD MEN’S beautiful January Jones, who also starred in Tommy Lee Jones’ THE
THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES
ESTRADA. Reverend Armstrong is portrayed
by Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the HARRY POTTER films. Eduardo Noriega, who plays Miguel Ramirez,
starred in last year’s BLACKTHORN, playing opposite Sam Shepard’s Butch Cassidy. He will soon be seen with Arnold
Schwarzenegger in the modern-day Western THE LAST STAND. Chad Brummett, who plays Sid, was Kane in
and will be seen next year in THE LONE RANGER. YUMA
Co-directors Logan Miller and Noah Miller previously collaborated on TOUCHING HOME, which also starred Ed Harris.
‘SIX GUN SAVIOR’ – FROM WEBISODE TO FEATURE
When I spoke to Western actor Martin Kove at a NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY event back in August, I asked him what his next Western would be. “I’m doing an internet series called SIX GUN SAVIOR, a supernatural western.” That internet series has since been promoted to feature status, and as the accompanying stills attest, they’ve been filming at Melody Ranch.
The plot concerns gunman Lane McCrea (Kaleo Griffith), who has become the Devil’s bounty hunter since selling his soul to save his wounded brother’s life. In trying to get free of his obligations, Lane is helped by The Mentor (Martin Kove), and must face up to The Devil (Eric Roberts).
‘DAY OF THE GUN’ SECOND
A tip from actor Dan Searles turned me on to DAY OF
THE GUN, a Western shot in
by Wayne Shipley. It turns out that
writer/director Shipley started One-Eyed
Horse Production back in 2007, to make his first Maryland-lensed (but not
set) Western, ONE-EYED HORSE, so this is his second New England oater. Although I haven’t got a synopsis, the
accompanying six-minute trailer will give you a good taste of a very
professional-looking production. And
they certainly take their weapons and their history seriously – there’s even an
S.A.S.S. (Single Action Shooting Society) Special Edition of ONE-EYED HORSE
available. You can learn more at their
site, HERE. Maryland
‘JANE GOT A GUN’, AND SHE’S GOT MORE CAST MEMBERS
And speaking of TCM (okay, nobody was), have I mentioned that the segment I was interviewed for is now viewable here?
Built by cowboy actor, singer, baseball and TV entrepreneur Gene Autry, and designed by the Disney Imagineering team, the Autry is a world-class museum housing a fascinating collection of items related to the fact, fiction, film, history and art of the American West. In addition to their permanent galleries (to which new items are frequently added), they have temporary shows. The Autry has many special programs every week -- sometimes several in a day. To check their daily calendar, CLICK HERE. And they always have gold panning for kids every weekend. For directions, hours, admission prices, and all other information, CLICK HERE.
Across the street from the Hollywood Bowl, this building, once the headquarters of Lasky-Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures) was the original DeMille Barn, where Cecil B. DeMille made the first
This small but entertaining museum gives a detailed history of Wells Fargo when the name suggested stage-coaches rather than ATMS. There’s a historically accurate reproduction of an agent’s office, an original Concord Coach, and other historical displays. Open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Admission is free. 213-253-7166.
WESTERN ALL OVER THE DIAL
INSP’s SADDLE-UP SATURDAY features a block of rarely-seen classics THE VIRGINIAN and HIGH CHAPARRAL, along with BONANZA and THE BIG VALLEY. On weekdays they’re showing LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, BIG VALLEY, HIGH CHAPARRAL and DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN.
ME-TV’s Saturday line-up includes BRANDED, THE REBEL and THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. On weekdays it’s DANIEL BOONE, GUNSMOKE, BONANZA, BIG VALLEY, WILD WILD WEST, and THE RIFLEMAN.
RFD-TV, the channel whose president bought Trigger and Bullet at auction, have a special love for Roy Rogers. They show an episode of The Roy Rogers Show on Sunday mornings, a Roy Rogers movie on Tuesday mornings, and repeat them during the week.
WHT-TV has a weekday afternoon line-up that’s perfect for kids, featuring LASSIE, THE ROY ROGERS SHOW and THE LONE RANGER.
TV-LAND angered viewers by dropping GUNSMOKE, but now it’s back every weekday, along with BONANZA.
That's a wrap for this week! I hope to have me Henry Darrow interview ready for next week, and coming soon I'll have an interview with actor/director To Jane about his soon-to-lens Western A MAGNIFICENT DEATH FROM A SHATTERED HAND! I may even have my review of LINCOLN if I ever get to see it!