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The Magnificent Seven

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.23.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In the original 1960s The Magnificent Seven, seven gunfighters assembled to help a Mexican peasant village fight off villains. That's the basic premis...

Westerns, Musicals, and the Battle for America's Soul

Jon Eig | Posted 03.05.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I know we're living through a new Golden Age of Television, and this year's battle for the GOP nomination is the best new program I've seen in a long ...

Hurry for Theatre Magic and Merry-ment POP and Pantages Offer Treats Today Through Sunday

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 03.03.2017 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Opening they have been, to bigger and bigger audiences and bigger acclaim. This time Shaw has set the Opera in the Old West; not space, or outside or any number of shenanigans he thinks of to recreate and reinvigorate these pieces for a new generation.

Trying to Get Excited for Star Wars

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

OK. I'm probably gonna get my you-know-what's cut off with a light saber for writing this, but I guess I'll take the plunge. I am excited for Star Wars, but I can't get myself to be as excited as I feel I should be.

One-On-One With Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of 'Brokeback Mountain' Diana Ossana

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.02.2016 | Entertainment

Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.

Subverting the Script: 'Homeland' Graffiti Artists Use Same Techniques as Native Americans

Stephennie Mulder | Posted 10.26.2016 | Entertainment
Stephennie Mulder

On a recent "Homeland" episode, Carrie Mathison strode purposefully past a wall scrawled with a rather incongruous message: "Homeland is racist."

11 Baby Names Inspired By Famous Cowboys

nameberry | Linda Rosenkrantz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents

From the famous Westerns of the '30s, '50s and '60s to the real life Western heroes, there are many sources of inspiration for cowboy-themed baby name...

When Hollywood Westerns Fought Racism

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
M.W. Jacobs

Now when Hollywood is reeling from a much-deserved diversity scandal, it's a good time to remember the historical role of Hollywood in civil rights. Hollywood was ahead of the country as a whole during the civil rights era of the 1950s.

Relatively Speaking

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Why We Still Need Westerns After The Age Of The Wild West

S. M. Hulse | Posted 04.04.2015 | Home
S. M. Hulse

I didn't set out to write a western. That's one of the first things most people learn about my novel, Black River, though: it's a western. It says so ...

California Desert Visions

Findery | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel

I'd like to think that it's something in the water that leads to all of these unique desert manifestations. Then again, maybe it has to do with the lack thereof. Next time you're looking for some inspiration, hit the dusty road and see what oasis awaits inside of you.

'The Homesman': Movie Review

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

There are no spoilers here as you'll get no more of the plot from me. You don't need it. The spacious profound power of the old west was the majestic emptiness and silence.

Route 66, Ride for the Relay, Day Eight

Mary Anne Erickson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Travel
Mary Anne Erickson

Saturday September 13, 2014 -- Acoma, New Mexico to Winslow, Arizona What an action-packed day of beauty at every turn! We started our day at the Sky...

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

On His Birthday -- Why John Wayne Endures

John Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given all the heroes and soldiers he played over his half century in film, this year, it's only fitting that John Wayne's birthday falls on Memorial Day.

America's Most Noble Creation: The Western Movie

David Macaray | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Macaray

There was a time when the "western" (the "cowboy movie") was not only Hollywood's bread-and-butter staple, it was the idiom by which the rest of the world recognized and got to know us.

A Look Behind Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies, One of The Best Sci-Fi Shows in Years

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 08.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

Falling Skies seems most likely to be remembered as another distinguished entry in Steven Spielberg's huge body of work as a director and producer of science fiction.

Western Flicks and the Academy Awards: The Values We Live and Die By

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

As a tribute to the classic Western, the ones that stay with you long after the credits have faded, here are 10 of my favorite Western classics.

Movie Review: The Last Stand

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sometimes, all you want is a knock-down, guns-blazing approximation of an old-style western, even if it's set in contemporary times. As a modern oater, The Last Stand is shamelessly entertaining.

Django Unchained (*1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?

He Ain't Wrong, He's Just Different

Dan Rather | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Dan Rather

Caught my old friend Billy Joe Shaver's gig last week at New York's "Hill Country." What a hoot. Shear down-home grit, grin, groan and guzzle, Texas style. Only thing missing was the chicken wire.

Lawless: Reinventing the Gangster

John Hillcoat | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
John Hillcoat

I have always wanted to make a gangster movie. However like all genres, they need to be somehow reinvented, made fresh again.

Book Review: Strong Vengeance by Jon Land

Rob Taub | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Rob Taub

It's the year 1821 in the gulf waters off the coast of Texas. A four-masted schooner smuggling slaves and mysterious, invaluable contraband, is boarded by a group of pirates led by none other than the infamous Jean Lafitte and the legendary Jim Bowie.

'Hatfields & McCoys' Finale: 'Devil' Anse Hatfield Wants To End The Feud Peacefully

Posted 05.31.2012 | TV

The concluding part of the "Hatfields & McCoys" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on History) miniseries saw the feuding families come to some sort of a settlement. ...

'Hatfields & McCoys': Anse vs. Randall

Posted 05.30.2012 | TV

On the second episode of smash hit miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on History) old grievances were simmering as Randall McCoy (Bill P...