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News Coverage: September 2007
« on: Sep 04, 2007, 11:29 AM »
Please post BBM-related news items for September 2007 here.  :)


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Re: News Coverage: September 2007
« Reply #1 on: Sep 05, 2007, 08:29 AM »


Interesting reference to BBM in this review:

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3:10 to Yuma’ stays on the tracks
Western is no ‘Unforgiven,’ but the film is still an enjoyable ride

REVIEW
By Alonso Duralde
MSNBC Film critic
Updated: 2:43 p.m. CT Sept 4, 2007

Maybe it’s the recent success of “Brokeback Mountain” and the way that film made us reevaluate the gay subtext of many screen Westerns, but it’s hard to watch the otherwise-undaring remake of “3:10 to Yuma” without looking for same-sex signifiers.

For one thing, outlaw Russell Crowe’s top henchman, played by Ben Foster, ranks as one of the dandiest desperadoes since Marvel Comics’ recent controversial retooling of the Rawhide Kid as a crack-shot gunslinger who also happened to be absolutely fabulous. Foster sports a stunning white leather coat, lace-up chaps and guy-liner. He’s the kind of cowboy who shoots another man for calling him “Princess.” And he’s hopelessly devoted to Crowe.

And that’s a good thing for Crowe’s Ben Wade, a legendary train and stagecoach robber who’s finally been captured by the Pinkertons. A representative of the Union Pacific is willing to pay men to escort Wade to the town of Contention, where he will be loaded onto the titular train to prison. Struggling farmer Dan Evans (Christian Bale), a resolute pacifist since getting injured in the Civil War, reluctantly takes up the rifle and joins the posse to save his family from creditors.
 
The “Brokeback” subtext comes up again later, since the principal relationship in the film is between Ben and Dan, and the plot ultimately seems to hinge on whether or not Ben will ever respect Dan enough to allow himself to be captured and subdued by this soft-spoken family man whose war wound still makes him limp. Dan’s son Will (Logan Lerman) also has to be won over, since he respects Ben’s dime-novel derring-do over his father’s dry pragmatism.

“3:10 to Yuma” is perfectly fine for what it is, and director James Mangold throws in several exciting escape-and-pursuit sequences. Crowe and Bale bounce off each other well, and Alan Tudyk, as he does in “Death at a Funeral,” steals his scenes with an understated wit.

But if you’re looking for an “Unforgiven”-style reinvention of the Western, prepare for disappointment. With the exception of seeing a horse get blown up, there’s not a lot in the film that would seem out of place in Delmer Daves’ 1957 original, which starred Glenn Ford as Ben and Van Heflin as Dan. (If anything, this new version feels like a recasting with other stars of the era — Crowe does the charming-bastard sparkle of Burt Lancaster opposite Bale’s soft-spoken Gary Cooper.)

In the larger scheme of things, “3:10 to Yuma” makes for an entertaining night at the movies, but it’s really an amuse-bouche for the awards season to come. Bale is likely to get more attention for playing one of six Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ upcoming “I’m Not There,” while Crowe has bigger Oscar bait to fry in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster.” The movie itself has “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” to contend with later this month. So if you’re a Western fan, enjoy “3:10 to Yuma” now, and if you’re a Queer Studies professor, bring a notepad.



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Re: News Coverage: September 2007
« Reply #2 on: Sep 06, 2007, 07:45 AM »
I can't seem to find this list on the Moviefone site...

From: http://indie.cinematical.com/2007/09/05/moviefone-ranks-the-top-25-sex-scenes-of-all-time/

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Moviefone Ranks the Top 25 Sex Scenes of All Time
Posted Sep 5th 2007 6:02PM by Erik Davis

All this writing about sex, and I'm going to need a cold shower ... or two. Nothing makes a movie more memorable than a fantastic sex scene. If Jim hadn't tried to stick his "down there pal" into a pie, would American Pie be the classic that it is today? Would Brokeback Mountain still have been a major Oscar contender had Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger not attacked one another like a couple of wild (and horny) animals? Heck, Halle Berry chose the right script and the right time to let her guard down and roll around on a couch with Billy Bob Thornton -- and what did it get her? Yup, her first Oscar. And I can't be the only one to immediately think of the film Wild Things when I hear the names Neve Campbell and Denise Richards.

Let's face it -- sex sells. And sex also helps a mediocre film become one that's talked about for years on end. That said, those devious folks over at Moviefone have compiled a list of what they feel are the 25 Best Sex Scenes of All Time. All of the above aforementioned films are included (although I would've placed Monster's Ball ahead of the puppet sex featured in Team America: World Police), as well as more of our most favorite (and most heated, steamy -- orgasmic?) scenes and films like Bound (lesbian sex), Secretary (work sex), Unfaithful (adulterous sex), Boogie Nights (porn star sex) and the always-enjoyable Y Tu Mama Tambien (foreign-language sex). So take a look at their list, then come (hehe) back here and let us know which ones flow and which, well, blow.

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Re: News Coverage: September 2007
« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2007, 06:23 PM »
I plan on seeing 3:10 yuma when it comes out on DVD.  I love western titles.. the scenary, storyline, etc.  What does everybody think of it?

about the top 25 sex scenes, it doesn't say which place BBM placed? top 10 probably. :)
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Re: News Coverage: September 2007
« Reply #4 on: Oct 04, 2007, 10:33 PM »
I don't know if this was posted somewhere else or not:

Charles Wuorinen Writing Operatic Adaptation of Brokeback Mountain
September 26, 2007



 
 
Pulitzer prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen is writing an operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, after having been given the consent of the short story's author, Annie Proulx, the New York Daily News has reported.

The choice of Wuorinen, whose aggressively modern musical language is couched in an adherence to the tenants of twelve-tone composition, is something of a surprising choice for an opera based on the affecting love story of two gay cowboys. Wuorinen won the Pulitzer in 1970 for his electronic composition Time's Encomium. His most recent opera, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on on Salman Rushdie's 1990 novel and featuring a libretto by the acclaimed author, premiered at New York City Opera in October 2004.

Proulx, who in 1997 penned the original short-story for the New Yorker, on which the Academy Award-winning movie was based, was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2000.

No opera company has been announced as formally attached to the project. News of an operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain ostensibly put to rest rumors that the story was headed for a Broadway stage. 


http://www.metoperafamily.org/operanews/news/pressrelease.aspx?id=1459
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