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:

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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 …



Certificates for Pacific Paratrooper

1 Oct

GP Cox over at:

Pacific Paratrooper – This site is Pacific War era information

posted this certificate on his site recently:

Smitty ~ Letter V

I thought I would attempt to restore them somewhat.
I don’t have the skills, training, or programs to do a perfect job, but still hope they may prove of some value.

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It was a challenging project. I could not read all the text and was unable to duplicate the signatures.

Rango Revisited …

30 Sep

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Canada – World Hockey Champs 2016

29 Sep


Ya Baby !!!

In a Valley of Violence … 2016

27 Sep

closer every day / doobie brothers

In a Valley of Violence

“Keep your finger on the trigger.”

Are Westerns making a comeback? Is Boothill about to be repopulated?
Recent trends – The Revenant, The Magnificent Seven (2016) – and now In a Valley of Violence receiving some good reviews – seem to say so.
Plus some top line actors – Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington,
Ethan Hawke … taking part.
We can hope there will be an upswing in interest and involvement. in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-barin-the-valley-of-violence-poster-1in-the-valley-of-violence-poster-2in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar



94%“?, “95%” Really!? REALLY?? What is this? Ben Hur?


Anyway … yeah. It’s probably OK.



The Bill

Billing will always remain an eternal mystery to me. John Travolta, the major villain in the movie, and judging from the Trailer and the Second Poster, obviously has a large and important role – he is a major draw for the film. So you’d expect him to be Billed almost equal to Ethan Hawke. YET, he’s Billed 5th!!! on the Screen Credits above and on one of the 2 posters – behind Taissa Farmiga (whom I could not even find a decent image of), James Ransone (who?), and Karen Gillan (hardly and household name). Has Travolta become box office poison or something? I wouldn’t say so … *shrug*.

Oh, I notice on the second poster they’ve bumped John up. Good.










Ethan Hawke‘s other recent Western:


Hugh O’Brian ____________ Not your average Cowboy Pt 3 The Shootist

22 Sep

the outlaw way / railbenders


I hadn’t intended to do a post on The Shootist until I reached it via my series on John Wayne’s Filmography. But Hugh O’Brian’s passing and his role in the important Western Classic moved it up the ladder. I won’t do a full posting on it here, but there’s some interesting things about this movie and O’Brian’s involvement.

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I have to confess I’m puzzled why all these posters are different in coloration?




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“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
– origin unknown – Often attributed to Mark Twain

Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) says this:

“Contrary to popular belief, John Wayne did not have cancer when he made this film. His entire left lung and several ribs had been removed in surgery on 17 September 1964, and in 1969 he was declared cancer-free. It was not until 12 January 1979, almost three years after this movie had been filmed, that the disease was found to have returned. According to a 2014 biography “John Wayne: the Life and Legend” by Scott Eyman, Wayne had been found to have stomach cancer in 1975 but it had gone into remission before filming began on this movie.”

MFW: The contention here, of course, is that John didn’t know this was his last film/Western. I’m no detective, but I do know that almost the entire cast of The Shootist – including Director Don Siegel – were handpicked and invited by Wayne to be in this movie. Does that sound like somebody that doesn’t know this is the end of line?

the-shootist-hugh-obrian-2 Hugh O’Brian’s role in The Shootist is interesting. He seems to get a bit of preferential treatment. His role basically reprizes his previous portrayal of Wyatt Earp from his popular TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (1955–1961). Also, in The Shootist, Hugh’s character is a Faro dealer in the saloon. This was Earp’s real life side occupation when he was a Marshall in Tombstone.


Hugh also wears the gentleman’s garb of vest and tie vest – almost identical to O’Brian’s portrayal of Earp in his popular TV series.

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Next, when John goes to the bar at the start of the final shootout scene, he pours himself a drink – and salutes only one of the three patrons in the bar: Hugh O’Brian. Ignoring Richard Boone and Bill McKinney. I’d say that’s a hell of a compliment – from the Dean of Western Heroes.


Hugh salutes back. ‘See ya John’.

the-shootist-obrians-saluteWhen the final shootout takes place, Hugh – a true gentleman – doesn’t enter the fray until Boone and McKinney are dispatched.



Epic stuff … all the way around.

buntline-barSo long Hugh.


Peggy’s Cove … 2

21 Sep

Farewell to Nova Scotia / Catherine McKinnon

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If you Google Peggy’s Cove you’ll be met with about 100 pictures of the famous lighthouse and it’s many moods.

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The sea was not high so there was no danger the day we were there.

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bluenose barpeggys-cove-lighthouse-9bluenose barThen … the fog broke and sun emerged …peggys-cove-lighthouse-10

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Time for a tasty fish burger …

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