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    "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Coming attractions:
    Bale, Crowe saddle up for 'Yuma'

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    Good guy, bad guy: Christian Bale, Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma.

    By Susan Wloszczyna
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    June 1, 2007

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    '3:10 to Yuma' remake will be arriving Oct. 5

    Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) and his wife, producer Cathy Konrad, are hitching their hopes to a long-gestating remake of 3:10 to Yuma. The junior-league High Noon from 1957 pitted Van Heflin's humble rancher Dan Evans against Glenn Ford's wily outlaw Ben Wade, who is held captive until a train can haul him to court.

    "The film always existed as a kind of also-ran of Western greats," Mangold says. "To me, the story has a great structure. Its bones are really good. I love the Elmore Leonard short story, and some of the themes that were left out can be investigated today."

    The new Yuma, shot in New Mexico and due Oct. 5, was to star Tom Cruise and Eric Bana. But timing conflicts led to the hiring of Russell Crowe, the pair's original choice for the suave bad guy. "So few men can play in a period like this," Mangold says. "Not to mention other movies feel like a bunch of 90210 actors with cowboy hats on. Wade needs to be deadly and incredibly charming at the same time."

    As for Christian Bale as Evans, Konrad says, "there is a vulnerability to him despite other parts he has played. He is very attractive but can also feel like an everyman in a way a lot of other actors can't."

    Mangold says the key to avoiding the fate of recent Western misfires is to focus on the human aspects. "Too often they try to make every Western in one movie," he says. "It's all about the vistas. They don't lock into one person."
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    From "Walk The Line" to "Yuma" - FilmStew.com February 23, 2006
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    Christian Bale on board '3:10 to Yuma' with Russell Crowe - 8/4/06
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Lionsgate ups '3:10' release date

    Western film 'Yuma' will bow Sept. 7

    Christian Bale stars in James Mangold's '3:10 to Yuma.'

    By Pamela MClintock
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    July 10, 2007

    Lionsgate has scheduled an earlier departure for "3:10 to Yuma," moving the Western's launch up a month to Sept. 7.

    New date gives the pic more breathing room in the fall prestige market and more time for the studio's kudos campaign. "Yuma," originally slated to bow Oct. 5, will now open ahead of Warner Bros.' Brad Pitt starrer "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which opens in a limited run Sept. 21, and Ethan and Joel Coen's contempo oater "No Country for Old Men," which Miramax opens Nov. 7.

    "We certainly wanted to be the first Western in the marketplace," said Lionsgate prexy of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg. "More importantly, in what is shaping up to be a very impressive and crowded field of upscale commercial motion pictures this fall, we wanted to be one of the first ones out, so that everything else will be measured against us."

    Lionsgate isn't the only distrib looking at September as a platform to debut awards hopefuls. Other pics that month include Warner Independent's "In the Valley of Elah," from Paul Haggis; Universal's "The Kingdom"; Paramount Vantage's "Into the Wild"; and two from Focus: Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises."

    Lionsgate is planning a big awards campaign for "3:10," helmed by James Mangold and starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Gretchen Mol and Peter Fonda.

    New release date precludes Lionsgate from using the Toronto Film Festival in early September as a platform for the pic, but the movie gains further distance from the year-end glut of awards hopefuls. And a DVD launch is being eyed for the first week of January, a key period in awards season.

    In past years, studios have opened many awards hopefuls in November and December. But since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences moved up the Oscars to late February in 2004, things have started to shift.

    In 2001 and 2002, for instance, all of Oscar's five best pic nominees opened in December; for 2006, only one of the five nominees, Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima," bowed in December. ("Babel" and winning pic "The Departed" opened in October, while "Little Miss Sunshine" opened in late July and "The Queen" in September.)

    Lionsgate opened "Crash" in May 2004 and used its late-year DVD release to make sure the maximum number of kudos voters had access to the film, which went on to win the picture Oscar.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    I just got this wonderful mental image of batman, suit and all, riding a horse. Unfortunatley, he doesn't have a very good seat. That alone has made my day.

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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    That movie poster is awesome! Christian Bale and Russel Crowe? Im so in.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    '3:10 To Yuma'

    BOTTOM LINE: James Mangold's expertly performed remake does the original justice
    By Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Aug 17, 2007

    Christian Bale and Russell Crowe turn in strong performances.

    Pulling into theaters a full 50 years after the arrival of the original Van Heflin-Glenn Ford classic, James Mangold's expanded take on "3:10 to Yuma" makes for a largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

    Based on a Elmore Leonard short story originally published in a 1953 issue of Dime Western magazine, this thoughtful remake -- and how often do those two words go hand in hand? -- attempts to delve even deeper into the complex dynamic between a struggling rancher and the notorious outlaw he volunteers to escort to a prison-bound train.

    While a good part of the 1957 version was confined to a single hotel room and Mangold's decision to open up the piece considerably doesn't always work in its favor, Crowe, Bale and the rest of the crack ensemble keep the trip intriguing, even over those occasional bumpy parts.

    Lionsgate has bumped up the film's release to get a prime berth on the awards-season express, but "Yuma" still remains a tricky commercial proposition. Obviously much is being made of the fact that the film is from the directing and producing team responsible for "Walk the Line" as well as that matchup of two of the more intense actors in the business.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    New U.S. Release

    3:10 to Yuma

    Fierce outlaw Russell Crowe takes Peter Fonda hostage in
    director James Mangold's `3:10 to Yuma,' a remake of the 1957 Western.

    A Lionsgate release presented in association with Relativity Media of a Tree Line Films production. Produced by Cathy Konrad. Executive producers Stuart M. Besser, Ryan Kavanaugh, Lynwood Spinks. Directed by James Mangold. Screenplay, Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, based on the short story by Elmore Leonard.

    Ben Wade - Russell Crowe
    Dan Evans - Christian Bale
    Byron McElroy - Peter Fonda
    Alice Evans - Gretchen Mol
    Charlie Prince - Ben Foster
    Grayson Butterfield - Dallas Roberts
    Doc Potter - Alan Tudyk
    Emmy Roberts - Vinessa Shaw
    Will Evans - Logan Lerman
    Tucker - Kevin Durand
    Marshal Weathers - Luce Rains
    Tommy Darden - Johnny Whitworth
    Mark Evans - Benjamin Petry

    By Todd McCarthy
    Variety
    August 16, 2007

    "3:10 to Yuma" is a tense, rugged redo of a film that was pretty good the first time around. Reinforced by a strong central premise, alert performances, a realistic view of the developing Old West and a satisfying dimensionality in its shadings of good and evil, James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit. A Western these days needs to be more than a solid, unfussy programmer to break out of the pack commercially, but this Lionsgate release should be able to generate moderately good theatrical returns prior to a solid home entertainment life, where casual viewer curiosity will be well rewarded.


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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Wow this looks pretty awesome. Finally a decent new western movie to go and see
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Quote Originally Posted by painted windows View Post
    Wow this looks pretty awesome. Finally a decent new western movie to go and see
    Hmm, they are probably hoping this will be competition for Brad Pitt's Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford which is supposed to be coming out Oct 5.

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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Hmm, they are probably hoping this will be competition for Brad Pitt's Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford which is supposed to be coming out Oct 5.
    Probably the other way around. '3:10 To Yuma' is opening to strong early reviews. 'Jesse James' was originally scheduled to open last September but was pulled due to alot of re-editing after initial research/impression screenings generated bad-word-of-mouth. Hopefully Warner Bros. has been able to turn things around with all the extra time and money.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    I absolutely love westerns so I have high hopes for both of these movies.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Probably the other way around. '3:10 To Yuma' is opening to strong early reviews. 'Jesse James' was originally scheduled to open last September but was pulled due to alot of re-editing after initial research/impression screenings generated bad-word-of-mouth. Hopefully Warner Bros. has been able to turn things around with all the extra time and money.
    One of the reasons that I heard jesse James was delayed was not because of re-edits but because the producers think it's an Oscar hopeful and delaying it until this year would give them a better chance.

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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Warner Bros. Pictures has always had a strong Publicity Department.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    OK, I kind of don't like the title to this thread, simply because I am one of those people that's loved Christian Bale since before Batman.

    It looks great, I just don't like that in the trailers, Russell Crowe gets the "Academy Award Winner" tag and Christian Bale deserves one more than Crowe.
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    Re: "Maximus" & "Batman" play cowboys

    Quote Originally Posted by sorceress1986 View Post
    It looks great, I just don't like that in the trailers, Russell Crowe gets the "Academy Award Winner" tag and Christian Bale deserves one more than Crowe.
    You got that right.

    Very few actors have ever impressed me. Bale does, though, and he has since I first saw him in "Newsies" in 1993.

    Crowe, conversely, I find somewhat irritating. If anything, he's a hindrance to the success of this kind of film.
    Last edited by PragmaticIdealist; 08-17-2007 at 01:19 AM.

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