Sands of IWO JIMA remastered on DVD/Blu-Ray

Olive Films has remastered SANDS OF IWO JIMA and are releasing it on DVD/Blu-ray. In the run up they are running a special giveaway of John Wayne Collectables at http://bit.ly/1AYgyxi

SANDS OF IWO JIMA will also play at select B&B Theatres this Veterans Day (Nov 11) at 4:00PM and 7:00PM as part of the B&B “Retro Night” series. Tickets cost $5 and are available for purchase at bbtheatres.com or at the B&B theatres Box Office.
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JOHN WAYNE’S LEGACY SHOWS NO SIGNS OF AGE ON ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

In May 2012, I interviewed writer-producer A.J. Fenady (1), known for The Rebel, Branded, Hondo and Chisum (1970) et alia, about his friend “Duke.”

We met at his offices in Hollywood near Paramount Pictures. Fenady, while developing Chisum (1970), accompanied Duke during and between the filming of Hellfighters (1968),True Grit (1969) and The Undefeated (1969). He was with him the night he won his Oscar and the day he celebrated with friends after being declared “cancer free” five years after his lung operation.

Before his Oscar win, Fenady said, they were having a drink at the bar and “Duke tipped his hand (when) I said, ‘Good luck tonight Duke,’ and he said, ‘Well, McFenady, we gave it our best shot.’ But, I could tell he was confident.” Sure enough, Fenady said smiling, “He let something slip on stage after he presented an award. Even though he was not scheduled to appear again unless he won for best actor, “Duke nodded to the audience and said, ‘I’ll see you later.’” Read the rest of this entry »

Why John Wayne Endures

Fox Photos/Getty Images American actor John Wayne stands by the street sign honoring his name in Prescott, Ariz. The film star "was one of the defining Americans of the 20th century," says critic John Powers.

Fox Photos/Getty Images
American actor John Wayne stands by the street sign honoring his name in Prescott, Ariz. The film star “was one of the defining Americans of the 20th century,” says critic John Powers.

Given all the heroes and soldiers he played over his half century in film, this year, it’s only fitting that John Wayne’s birthday should fall on Memorial Day.

Around the world he still enjoys steady popularity like no other long-deceased movie star. In 2003, over two decades after his death from cancer in 1979, he was listed on the Harris Poll’s top ten list of movie stars. Just two years before, a Gallup Poll voted him the top movie star of all time. He is a symbol — a touchstone — still used to define the American spirit, here and abroad.

The Duke was not an actor of great range, and would have been first to admit it. In the vast majority of his pictures, he played himself — and that was enough.

Before his first real break in “The Big Trail”(1930), he’d toiled in bit parts under the name Duke Morrison. (He’d earned the nickname “little Duke” as a boy in Glendale, California, because he was inseparable from his beloved Airedale, “Big Duke.”)

It’s no surprise the name “Duke” stuck: it was a far sight better than his given name, Marion (it’s no wonder he was so tough) — and unquestionably fitting for this tall, well-built young man who played football at USC before being indefinitely sidelined by a collarbone injury (legend has it that he did not receive the injury on the field, but rather while body surfing).

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John Wayne Film Fest April 24-27

John Wayne Film Fest – April 24-27
Hosted by LOOK Cinemas, benefiting John Wayne Cancer Foundation with VIP Ann-Margret

All movie screenings at LOOK Cinemas – Dallas, Texas.
LOOK Cinemas
5409 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
www.lookcinemas.com
(214) 306-7446

Click here to view the John Wayne Film Fest Online Auction.

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John Wayne – TCM ‘Star of the Month for April’

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

For five days in April our Star of the Month spotlight shines on the legend that was and is John Wayne. Through five decades he was one of the great American icons and Hollywood’s biggest box-office star. His popularity endures today, with his name appearing often on lists of all-time greats. Our Wayne festival was programmed by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will be joined in introducing the films by Scott Eyman, who has written for the the New York Times and the Washington Post and is the author of celebrity biographies including John Wayne: The Life and Legend, due out this month.

Wayne enjoyed a versatile career that encompassed more than 175 movies ranging from war movies to romantic comedies, crime thrillers and historical epics. But it is for his Westerns–more than a dozen of which were directed by the master of the form, John Ford–that he is best remembered. Fittingly, our tribute begins with Wayne’s first starring role in The Big Trail (1930) and concludes with a Western from his mature period, Big Jake (1971). In between are such Ford/Wayne classics as Stagecoach (1939), Fort Apache (1948) and The Searchers (1956).

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne entered films in 1926 and served an apprenticeship in serials and low-budget movies before his role in Stagecoach elevated him to major player. Other memorable vehicles over the decades include Without Reservations (1946), Flying Leathernecks (1951) and North to Alaska (1960). His final film was The Shootist (1976), in which he plays a gunfighter dying of cancer, as Wayne himself did in 1979.

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/968558|0/John-Wayne-Star-of-the-Month-4-21-4-25.html