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Week of April 22nd to April 28th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Eleven
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Dear Movie Lover,
Although we don't want to get into an "on this day in history" grove, it does seem too much of a coincidence to pass up that is celebrating  Western Night the very week the Oklahoma Land Rush took place on April 22nd 1889.


That's when fifty thousand homesteader wannabees bravely gathered at the State Line hoping to claim up to 160 acres for every individual who could stake it their own.


Could they shoot and ride? Probably not at first. But circumstances are the best teachers and the rewards were high. So most of them earned their spurs in record time.


Celluloid cowboys and super heroes in general are luckier. (Did someone say stunt double? Green screen?) But there's always been a percentage who could shoot straight and ride. And direct! Check out this week's Did You Know column to find out who and Movie Watch to find out when to tune into three of the best westerns ever filmed.


Speaking of heroes, Debbie Reynolds is high on that list. As you will see from her new autobiography, Unsinkable: A Memoir (Harper Collins). The title is obviously inspired by The Unsinkable Molly Brown, the award winning musical starring Ms. Reynolds in the title role.


Debbie Reynolds is the subject of this week's Star Turn profile. Read it. Then enjoy the movie. Details for date and time are
on Movie Watch.


This week's The Quiz is a bit of a brain-twister. But don't let that stop you.
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Movie Watch

Monday, April 22, 2013

12:00 am At War With The Army (Comedy)
01:30 am Bobby Jo and the Outlaw (Thriller)
02:58 am Dementia 13 (Horror)
04:13 am Teacher (Drama)
05:51 am Lagerfelt Confidential (Drama)
07:23 am Bedford SPRINGS (Drama)
08:51 am Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)
10:15 am Coffin (Thriller)
11:42 am Clipping Adam (Drama)
01:08 pm Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
02:50 pm Coffin (Thriller)
04:17 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
05:46 pm Bill Collector (Drama)
07:22 pm Real American Hero (Drama)
08:56 pm Coffin (Thriller)
10:23 pm Bill Collector (Drama)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn:
Debbie Reynolds: Truly Unshakable
Actress, comedianne, singer and dancer, Debbie Reynolds has had a long and successful career spanning 50 years on stage and screen.


Known for her boundless energy and pert demeanor, one of Debbie Reynolds' most memorable turns was in Singin' in the Rain (1952) in which she gave a spirited performance opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.


Parts in lighthearted fare followed including The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Athena (1954) and The Catered Affair (1956). The following year Reynolds scored the No.1 spot on the pop charts with the ballad "Tammy" from the romantic Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), starring opposite Leslie Neilsen.


In 1964 Reynolds won the respect of her peers in the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown for which she received an Acadamy Award nomination.


It was a role that mirrored her own unquenchable spirit since Reynolds's sunny film persona belied a life behind the scenes filled with stress and unhappiness. In 1955, she wed singer Eddie Fisher but was imbroiled in a a show biz scandal that rocked the world when it was revealed that he was having an affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple divorced in 1959 and two more failed marraiges followed plus the burdens of debts incurred by unscrupulous husbands 2 and 3.


Later, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor buried the hatchet and remained close until Taylor's death in 2011.


Like Molly Brown, Debbie Reynolds is unsinkable. She's been quoted as saying "It's a good thing I LIKE to work". Throughout the 1970's and 80's, she revived her career by concentrating on television and performing in her Las Vegas nightclub. Then, in 1983, she took Broadway by storm, replacing Lauren Bacal as the lead in the musical version of Woman of the Year. Finding the stage her new home thanks to critical acclaim, she led a national company of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.


Of late, Reynolds has concentrated on featured roles in films and can currently be seen in a recurring role on daily reruns of the hit NBC sitcom  Will & Grace.


Movie Watch will give you the particulars on the not-to-be-missed The Unsinkable Molly Brown. You'll find both actress and the character she portrays spirited, indomitable and oh so entertaining. After you've seen it, read her new memoir, Unsinkable and you'll understand why this woman is a real survivor.
Did You Know?
Some Cowboys and Superheroes
CAN shoot straight
These days, thanks to the wonders of  computer trickery like green screen and CGI, anyone can be an indestructible action hero. As this is the age of the DVD extra, we all know how these things are done. Rather than being spellbound by the latest feat of movie heroism, we're thinking "Yes, he's leaping off a skyscraper onto a jet fighter. But he was really just jumping off a stool onto a mattress in front of a green wall."


What's been missing, so it seems, is good old fashioned danger. But if you think actors who risk life and limb in pursuit of authenticity is strictly once-upon- a- time, think again. Real stunts have been staging a comeback and cinema is better off for them.


Silent era stars like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd were the tip of the iceberg. They paved the way for manly figures such as John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.
Born in 1898, Scott is a particularly stirring example of swashbuckler and feats of derring-do since he rode tall in the saddle well into his fifties. 


Check out Movie Watch and see for yourself when these intrepid and athletic stars strut their stuff in our Saturday Night Westerns; Abilene Town (1946), One Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando starred in, did stunts and directed this 1961 Western) and High Plains Drifter  (1973). 


But what about today? New Bond Man Daniel Craig has taken action heroism to new heights. He's introduced what is now called Method Action. Craig demonstrated  that he was a man of action to be reckoned with in Casino Royale  (2006), Quantum of Solace  (2008) and Skyfall (2012. Even before the audience had a chance to turn off their cellphones, he'd been through a car chase, a boat chase and jumped off a rooftop onto a moving bus.


Daniel Craig is by no means the sole practitioner of of this new breed of cinema heros. Other highly credible Method Actioneers include:


Matt Damon
Set the mold with the Bourne movies, for which he did three months of boxing, martial arts and weapons training. Visibly did all the fighting, jumping and crashing of cars himself.


Christian Bale
No stranger to physical extremes, Bale did all his fights and many stunts on the Batman movies (even though no one could tell it was him. In Rescue Dawn, he swung from helicopters and threw himself down rivers in the Thai jungle.


Tom Cruise
The daddy of today's Method Actioneers, Cruise did most of his own stunts for the Mission Impossible movies as well as  the 2012 audience hits Rock of Ages  and Jack Reacher including extreme rock climbing, dodging trucks, fists and bullets.


So Dear Movie Lover, not everything we see onscreen is illusion. Chances are that actor leaping from a burning building or rolling a motorcycle across a highway is actually executing the maneuver. Danger be damned! Hail the actors who still prefer to truly inhabit their roles, right down to the crunch of a body on pavement. These are today's movie heroes: actors with madness in their methods.

The Quiz
How well do you really know the stars? Take The Quiz and find out. But please don't peek at the answers shown at the bottom of this newsletter.
A. In what movie was this line spoken; "You'd do it for Randolph Scott".
B. How old was Harrison Ford when he starred as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
C. Which silent film star clutched the hands of a large clock as he dangled from the outside
    of a skyscraper high above moving traffic?
Back Talk
We welcome our readers' thoughts, comments and opinions to our Tune and Watch forum. We look forward to getting yours. Simply contact and let us know what's on your mind.


The Quiz - Answers
A. Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart spoke the line in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles.
B. Harrison Ford was born in 1942 so he was 39 when the film was released in 1981.
C. Silent film star Harold Lloyd performed this feat of daring in  the 1923 romantic comedy,
    Safety Last.

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