Do you love a good Western? or is Science-Fiction your ticket to cinema fun? How about a little bit of both? Hollywood loves a new twist on an old theme, and “Cowboys & Aliens” has it all for the film buff who just can’t choose between “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” or “Predator” on AMC tonight! Well, like that good Chinese-Jewish deli in Burbank, Kosherama’s, where the corned beef on rye comes with crunchy chop suey noodles and won-ton soup, “Cowboys & Aliens satisfies the movie-goers desire for smorgasbord but afterwards the appetite is not as satiated as one had imagined. Nonetheless, if you love a beautiful Lady in a Stetson that knows how to handle a Colt .45, make sure and catch Olivia Wilde in “Cowboys & Aliens” at the multiplex before it heads to Blu-Ray or if you haven’t already, by your copy of True West at your local newstand with Bob Boze Bell’s great interpretation of John Wayne from outerspace on the cover!!
I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour talking politics and international affairs with Terry Gilberg of KFYI-550 Fox Radio. We had agreed that I would be her “boots on the ground” reporter from Iowa, where presidential politics are as thick as the mud of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers that border this corn-powered state. We were going to talk about Michelle Bachmann’s recent Iowa straw poll, Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and President Obama’s drive by in his Canadian bus, but minutes before I went on the air, she called and said that the Rebels had taken Libya and we would add a dash of Mid-East politics to the show. It was a lot of fun and I hope you get a chance to listen. I am looking forward to my next night on the radio with Terry and I guaratee you that the politics are just heating up in Iowa — and that international politics aren’t going to get any easier for our president either. And don’t forget to tune into Terry Gilberg on KFYI-550 on Saturday and Sunday nights!
This month the July issue of True West Magazine is on newstands. Read Stuart Rosebrook’s cover story on women in western movies titled “Viva Outlaw Women!” Here is the story as it reads.
VIVA OUTLAW WOMEN!
Long before Raquel Welch graced the big screen in nothing but a Mexican poncho, gun belt and Colt .45 in Hannie Caulder, America and the Westerns-loving world fell in love with the original Lady Outlaw, Jane Russell.
Ms. Russell, who changed American cinema and Western movies with her starring role as the voluptuous Rio McDonald in 1943’s The Outlaw, passed away on February 28, 2011. Russell’s role as the bodacious girlfriend of Billy the Kid redefined casting of the femme fatale in Hollywood. Before the censors allowed the release of The Outlaw in 1946, pre-WWII saloon girls like Marlene Dietrich’s outrageous Frenchy in Destry Rides Again, Claire Trevor’s prim Dallas in Stagecoach and Mae West’s comedic, pistol packin’ singer Miss Flower Belle Lee in My Little Chickadee defined the outlaw woman in Westerns. After 1946, Western cinema casting of outlaw women, singing saloon girls, soiled doves and dance hall divas have been measured against Russell’s larger-than-life figure, opening the saloon doors for future big screen outlaw ladies like Welch, Jennifer Jones, Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe, Claudia Cardinale and Sharon Stone. Continue reading “Western Cinema Loves Outlaw Women!”
Miracle on 34th Street: The Fastest Gun in the West. My good friend Keith Woods of KB Woods Public Relations has encouraged me to share with you stories of growing up part of the film and television industry in North Hollywood, California.
My father, Jeb Rosebrook, is an author, screenwriter, television writer and producer, a career that spans over five decades and continues today. Our home was filled with creative people and many nights my mother, Dorothy entertained writers, producers, musicians and actors. My sister Katherine and I were fortunate to know these wonderful creators of Hollywood, although at the time, we didn’t necessarily know or understand their influence on us, personally or professionally. We had plenty of opportunities to be extras in local television productions but for the most part our parents kept us on a regular path of school and summer camps, rather than movie sets and Hollywood nights.
One exception was the television production of the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” in 1972. Starring Sebastian Cabot, David Hartman, Jane Alexander, Peter Boyle and Roddy McDowell, the principal filming took place in downtown Los Angeles in an old furniture warehouse, while the street scenes and parade were all shot in November 1972 in New York City. Since they needed extras for the department store scenes, the Director Fielder Continue reading “Hollywood Memories – Miracle on 34th Street”
Casey Tibbs met me at his front door with his mischievous blue eyes and his Huckleberry grin. His red hair and mustache were touched with grey, and, as always, he was dressed Western — boots and buckle, a style all his own.
He was thinner though, his voice softer than ever, his legendary strength sapped from the cancer in his bones. Not even the Sioux Indian medicine could slow its steady course. As I sat with him in the warmth of that California afternoon, I listened to him talk of horses, and his spirit filled the room. I knew then that my childhood hero was bucking out his last rainbow ride. Continue reading “Chasing the Rainbow Rider: A personal reminiscence of America’s most beloved cowboy, Casey Tibbs.”
Alyce Brownridge was recently interviewed about her experiences at the Orme School of Arizona, and the next step for her and the Brownridge family.