Contender: ‘True Grit’

A few exceptions like “Ben-Hur” and “The Departed” aside, Oscar hasn’t smiled on too many remakes. But that’s no reason to count out Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit,” which has been described not as a redo of the 1969 Henry Hathaway film but as a more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. Jeff Bridges, […]

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John Wayne classic film to honor Rodeo

The California Rodeo Salinas plans to present the John Wayne classic, “Tall in the Saddle,” Thursday at the Forest Theater in Carmel. Those who attend the film should dress warmly and bring a picnic to enjoy, including beverages of choice (alcohol is allowed but not for sale), blankets and stadium seats if desired. # What: […]

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‘Coots’ Matthews, famed oil well firefighter, dies

The Associated Press Posted: 04/01/2010 05:05:32 PM MDT HOUSTON—Edward “Coots” Matthews, a famed oil well firefighter and part of a trio who inspired the 1968 movie “Hellfighters” starring John Wayne, has died. He was 86. Matthews and Asger “Boots” Hansen co-founded Houston-based Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc. in 1978, after a 20-year career […]

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