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The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a beautifully shot and acted Western that isn’t anchored in the predictable point of view of a gunslinger or law abiding sheriff. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) isn’t quick on on the draw and he’s far from an able bodied protagonist.

Instead, Lefty is driven by his heart and loyalty to his more responsible best friend Edward (Peter Fonda) who is gunned down in cold blood. Lefty’s mission of revenge leads him to a reunion with two former riding partners, one of whom is now Montana’s governor (Jim Caviezel). Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) is Lefty’s other old friend, a just as loyal buddy who now is the governor’s right hand man.

The feature has its share of action sequences as the elderly and understandably scared Lefty gets into his share of scrapes, and one of the many beauties behind this film is its loving homage to Gabby Hayes, cinema’s most popular Western sidekick. Click on the media bar below to hear how Pullman is connected to Gabby Hayes (spoiler alert: both of them were born in New York!):

The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe, opens December 15 and is currently available on DirecTV Cinema.

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pleasestandbyStar Trek fans may not have to wait too long for another Spock and Captain Kirk story, as Please Stand By might do the trick.

Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman named Wendy who has a regimented day which includes working at the local Cinnabon and watching an episode of Star Trek. Determined to deliver her 500 page Star Trek script for a writing competition, Wendy leaves her caregiver and goes on a cross country journey filled with setbacks and (one would hope) life affirming moments. Patton Oswalt co-stars as the police officer who shares Wendy’s love for the Klingon language and, in a very clever stroke, Alice Eve plays Wendy’s concerned sister (Eve starred in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness). Ben Lewin, who helmed the acclaimed flick The Sessions, is the director.

Please Stand By hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.

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Call Me By Your Name is getting a ton of critical acclaim, and the project has shined a pretty big spotlight on up and coming actor Timothée Chalamet (he also stars in Lady Bird and the upcoming Christian Bale Western Hostiles). For co-star Armie Hammer, the film was also a turning point acting wise. Though he’s done his share of character driven work (The Social Network, J. Edgar), Hammer’s best known for such high profile studio projects like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Lone Ranger.In the 1983 set Call Me By Your Name, Hammer plays a 24-year-old student who falls in love with his professor’s son (Chalamet) during a summer in Italy.

The actor reflects on his creatively fruitful collaboration with Guadagnino. “It just seemed like a challenge for me as an actor to make me that emotionally accessible and vulnerable,” said Hammer. “And I think that was one of the things that I really credit Luca with is the fact that he saw that and was not going to let anybody fake anything. It was all about him dragging and pulling that honesty out of us.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Hammer elaborate on his collaboration with Guadagnino:


Call Me By Your Name, co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg, is now playing in select theaters.

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It’s a common dilemma successful TV shows face as they get older: How do you keep things fresh but familiar? Now in its fourth season, The CW’s The Flash is certainly dealing with that, after a third season that saw the show go a little too far off track for some of the fans. When we spoke to star Grant Gustin, he acknowledged it can be tricky when you’re dealing with a serialized show where the characters and storylines are constantly evolving. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)

The Flash returns with new episodes Tuesday, January 16 8/7c on The CW.

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700033964_gm_6305_a227447edc1b31cd556b94aebbb7a96cFrom the very first Star Wars movie, the mysterious Force has been at the center of the story’s mythology. While The Force has never been clearly defined, we’ve seen its supernatural, meditative power, and we know it can be used for good or for evil. Daisy Ridley, who joined the series for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and stars in the new movie, The Last Jedi,  wishes our world would somehow find a way to tap into The Force… and use it for good.

The wait is almost over! Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15.

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148072_7408As The Middle comes closer to reaching the end — ABC’s hit comedy is in its final season — its stars have been reflecting back on the show and its success. Patricia Heaton knows it’s not easy for a show to win over both critics and viewers, as The Middle has done, and she’s proud of the way the show started strong, and only got better as it went along. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)

The Middle airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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JUST GETTING STARTED

Director Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) hasn’t released a feature film since 2003’s Hollywood Homicide, and it’s great to see him back with the comedy Just Getting Started. The feature centers on Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman), the manager of a luxury Palm Springs resort. Though he initially butts heads with military vet Leo (Tommy Lee Jones), a new resident at the resort, the pair team up to uncover the person who’s trying to put Duke six feet under. Rene Russo, who previously worked with Shelton in Tin Cup, co-stars.

“One of the big pluses for Ron is that (when) he writes it, he doesn’t marry himself to it,” said Freeman. “If you have a better idea for a line, fine that’s what he wants . . . so that’s really good because when you get into a flow as actors there comes a time when it’s sort of free flowing and you’re not married absolutely to the text because you can see other possibilities in it and he sees them too.”

Freeman previously worked with Russo in Outbreak, and now he finally gets to collaborate with Jones. Click on the media bar below to hear Freeman talk about being a fan of Tommy Lee Jones as an actor and director.

Just Getting Started opens nationwide December 8.

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Saoirse Ronan, who is receiving raves this year for her work in Lady Bird, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at The Palm Springs International Festival (PSIFF). The event will take place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with Mary Hart serving as the host. The actress previously received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her work in Brooklyn, a role which led to an Oscar nomination.

Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”

We reached back in our Hollywood Outbreak audio archives and found our previous interview with the actress as she talked about her first onscreen kiss (in the Amy Heckerling directed feature I Could Never Be Your Woman):

For her work in Lady Bird, Ronan has already won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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Will & Grace has always given us plenty of holiday cheer. During its initial run, the holiday episodes were some of the show’s most memorable. (Who could ever forget the Fanilow episode with Barry Manilow?) Now that the show is back, so is its tradition of holiday-themed episodes, and Debra Messing thinks this year’s might even be the best one yet! (Click on the media bar below to hear Debra Messing)

The Will & Grace holiday episode airs on a special night, tonight at 9/8c after The Voice on NBC.

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Ever since the first Iron Man movie, Paul Bettany’s role in the Avengers film series has gotten bigger and bigger, a trend that should continue in Avengers: Infinity War. He’s very happy with the way his character has grown over the course of the movies, and he told us there’s only one thing that could make him happier. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Bettany)

While Bettany’s agent gets to work on that, we’ll wait for Avengers: Infinity War, which opens on May 4, 2018

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