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Magnificent Sevens … myth, math and aftermath … Part 3

17 Oct

seven-samurai-10Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) was the inspiration for M7 1960.

Often regarded as one of the greatest films of all time
– and the first “Action Film”
“It has remained highly influential, often seen as one of the most “remade, reworked, referenced” films in cinema. (Wikipedia)

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Awards and nominations

Venice Film Festival (1954)
  • Winner – Silver Lion – Akira Kurosawa
  • Nominated – Golden Lion – Akira Kurosawa
Mainichi Film Award (1955)
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor – Seiji Miyaguchi
British Academy Film Awards (1956)
  • Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film
  • Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor – Toshiro Mifune
  • Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor – Takashi Shimura
Academy Awards (1957)
  • Nominated – Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White – So Matsuyama
  • Nominated – Best Costume Design, Black-and-White – Kôhei Ezaki
Jussi Awards (1959)
  • Winner – Best Foreign Director – Akira Kurosawa
  • Winner – Best Foreign Actor – Takashi Shimura

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Box Office …

3 Oct

I haven’t seen The Magnificent Seven yet, but in light of the depressed Box Office of many films over the summer, I was curious how it was doing:

Image result for poster for the magnificent seven 2016

From IMDB (Internet Movie Database)
Box office / business for
The Magnificent Seven (2016)

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend
$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016) (3,674 Screens)
€628,540 (Italy) (25 September 2016) (380 Screens)

$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016)

Weekend Gross
$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016) (3,674 Screens)

Filming (Wikipedia)
Principal photography on the film lasted 64 days, from March 18 to August 18, 2015, in the north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Other locations include St. Francisville; Zachary, Louisiana; and New Mexico.

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2016, and served as the closing-night film at the Venice Film Festival on September 9. The film was initially set to be released on January 13, 2017;  however, Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the release date to September 23, 2016.

As of October 2, 2016, The Magnificent Seven has grossed $61.6 million in North America and $46.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $108.1 million, against a production budget of $90 million. The film had a global 2D IMAX opening of $4.3 million from 606 theaters.
Internationally, the film is projected to make around $100 million.

Good. This Western has made some decent loot so far.  I hope this will inject interest in Film Makers to make more Westerns – and for more Big Name Stars to get involved.

Here’s hoping …



Canada – World Hockey Champs 2016

29 Sep


Ya Baby !!!

john wayne …

5 Aug

… a cowboy with no sunset …

John Wayne 15d

John Wayne 15b

John Wayne 15c

John Wayne signature

The Magnificent Seven / 2016 … New Trailer

4 Aug

House of the Rising Sun /
Vassar Clements, Mike Auldridge, Uncle Josh Graves

Westworld / 2016 update …

4 Aug

Just an new trailer for Westworld / 2016

Mustang Bar

“Are you real?”

“Well … if you can’t tell, does it matter?”

Mustang Bar

Gives us a bit more of an idea.

to the sea again … Halifax

4 Aug

She’s called Nova Scotia / Rita MacNeil


A week in Nova Scotia …

Bluenose at dock - Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Bluenose at Lunenburg dock, Nova Scotia

Arrived at Halifax on Saturday … a 5 hour flight from Calgary.

Map Nova Scotia 2

Rent a car … head to Hotel.


It’s raining and grey.
My constant fear over the last few months was that bad weather would torpedo my dream of a sail on the Bluenose coming up on Thursday.
This doesn’t bode well.

Bluenose in the rain


Grab a bite …
hotel rain

fish & chips

Fish and Chips ! Pretty darn good.




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