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Trailers from Hell: John Huston Week Starts with 'Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2012 at 3:22PM

It's John Huston week at Trailers from Hell and Josh Olson is kicking it off with the trailer "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," starring Paul Newman!
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It's John Huston week at Trailers from Hell and Josh Olson is kicking it off with the trailer "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," starring Paul Newman!

This late career John Huston comedy-western seems to have been an attempt to hitch a ride on the Butch Cassidy/Sundance Kid train to boxoffice glory, but it was a critical and financial misfire. Paul Newman is back, this time as a highly unlikely incarnation of frontier hardass Roy Bean, the self-appointed "judge" known as "the only Law west of the Pecos". Huston seems to be having fun, as does the terrific character-laden supporting cast.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.