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Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry
New to TOH this week, review column “Now and Then” takes on the current and the classic. Critic Matthew Brennan pairs reviews of movies newly available to homebodies — through Netflix, DVD, Amazon Video or good old-fashioned television — with a fresh look at the neglected, the forgotten, the classic, or the infamous. Two movies, a thousand words, and a little advice about what to watch (or not). And you don’t even have to leave the couch. (Trailers are below.)We lead off this week with Dirty Harry, textbook of Vigilantism 101 and Holy Grail of imitators for four decades. Your chaser, Hobo with a Shotgun, is part of that long line: the artillery may be heavier and the language coarser, but it’s a clear graduate of the Clint Eastwood School of Policecraft and Weaponry. It doesn’t go down as easy as promised — sort of like the night’s fifth tequila shot — but hopefully this inaugural column will. I guess the question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I feel lucky?” Well do ya, punk?
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 11, 2011 7:44 AM
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The Hobbit Production Video 2 Hits Facebook: Jackson Scouts New Zealand Locations

Having completed their second block of shooting, the cast and crew of The Hobbit are on a break until September 5. In their latest production video blog, filmmaker Peter Jackson and Co. share their vacation plans until they have to be back on set in New Zealand. Activities include getting drunk, visiting family, golf on Pebble Beach, and sleeping in. But first, for Jackson, there's location scouting around the glorious country. Check out some pictures from the video below and watch the video here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Ironclad Violence, Compressed

Repetition can have a numbing effect. A dramatic scene viewed on repeat loses its power; repeating a joke kills its humor. But this violent Ironclad trailer (below) definitely tests one's gore quotient. Hack! Maim! Plunge! Repeat! Incoming!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 9, 2011 2:35 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Summer Box Office Lacks Class, Oscar Watch Begins, Bridesmaids, Top Actresses & More

OSCAR WATCH- Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 8:25 AM
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Oscar Watch: Streep Keeps Pearls in Iron Lady Teaser: Faces New Oscar Rival

Oscar Watch: Streep Keeps Pearls in Iron Lady Teaser: Faces New Oscar Rival
Pathe has released a new teaser (below) for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady (December 16). Could this be Oscar number three for Academy perennial Meryl Streep, with a record 16 nominations?
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 7, 2011 4:51 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Early Reviews Debate Franchise Ending

Timed with the Thursday London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (in 3-D), the Brit and trade reviews of the eighth and final installment of the global blockbuster franchise are upbeat (see them and livestream of premiere at 8 AM Pacific, below):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2011 11:05 AM
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Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. They both screened at Cannes, where McDowell taught a master class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2011 1:22 AM
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Oscar Watch: Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford

I ran into Buck Brannaman on the main drag at Sundance this January, decked out in his cowboy boots and hat, spreading warmth and cheer as he moved down the street. The guy's a star: the magic charisma that works on horses, no matter how disturbed, shines out of him in person, too. He's the guy who inspired Robert Redford's 1998 The Horse Whisperer; he hit it off with the filmmaker/star on that film during "one of the finest summers I can remember," and was delighted to hang with him opening night in Park City. For the past decade Brannaman and Redford have been busy "doing our own thing," Brannaman says. "We have not been able to spend time. This was a great reunion for us." The two men hope to go fly fishing this summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2011 8:57 AM
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Dardennes' Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike (from Belgium) has won several awards in Italy. The filmmakers will be presented with the Fiesole Award to Film Masters (Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema) on July 8, the Flaiano International film Prize (Premio internazionale Flaiano del cinéma) on July 10 in Pescara, and in September the Robert Bresson Award in Venice. The film is currently playing in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland. There is currently no US release date, though it was picked up by Sundance Selects out of Cannes, where the Dardennes won yet another prize, the Grand Prix.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 4:33 AM
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You Can't Force Funny: Jeff Daniels Sings the Blues

Watch Jeff Daniels strum his stuff in Funny or Die’s absurd riff, “Forcin’ the Blues with Jeff Daniels." There’s a particularly silly shout-out to his impeccable acting choices towards the end.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 4, 2011 2:00 AM
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