Cowboys and Aliens
July 28, 2011 | 3:54 p.m.
We recently brought you a pretty cool feature about the energized scene of pop-culture poster art and one of the leading names in that scene, Mondo, will release a new series of limited-edition “Cowboys & Aliens” posters on Friday (keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account for details). The series was curated by “Cowboys” director Jon Favreau — he personally picked the artists from the Mondo roster — and the filmmaker is a big fan of the Mondo shop after working with them on the “Iron Man” franchise as well as the memorable Janee Meadows one-sheet for “Cowboys” that became a viral sensation in June. The series includes work by Daniel Danger, Tom Whalen and Florian Bertmer and we got some comments from each of them about their approach to creating singular images based on a new popcorn universe. (Click on the “Captions On” option in photo gallery to […]
July 26, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.
It was quite the Hollywood posse — Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Ron Howard and Olivia Wilde? Comic-Con International has been bringing in movie stars for years now, but the San Diego pop-culture expo has never seen anything like the world premiere of “Cowboys & Aliens” on Saturday. Favreau, the director of the film and a true savant when it comes to fanboy culture and film promotion, championed the idea of making the premiere a Comic-Con tie-in. It was at Comic-Con that Favreau found his way to the project in the first place (as he explained to Hero Complex when we visited the film’s New Mexico set), and it was at Comic-Con that he introduced the movie to the world last year via a memorable preview panel. If the movie does well when it opens Friday, he might just round up the […]
July 17, 2011 | 6:57 p.m.
You see the strangest things in the desert. Last year, for instance, if you followed a ridgeline in Abiquiu, N.M., you would have discovered a massive alien spaceship and, nearby, James Bond strumming a ukulele beneath a wispy tamarix tree. “Wait around,” he muttered, “and Indiana Jones might show up too.” The man with the four-string uke was actor Daniel Craig, who is best known as the British spy 007 but was on this particular day on location with “Cowboys & Aliens,” an audacious $180-million film that also stars “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hero Harrison Ford. Both actors have brought grim, granite stares to the project, which leads to a nagging question: Is this film as silly as its title or as fierce as its famous faces? “I’m not sure anyone knows what to make of this movie,” Craig […]
June 26, 2011 | 10:55 a.m.
As the summer ramps up with a slew of testosterone-fueled action hero flicks such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Cowboys & Aliens,” here’s a gallery of 18 women from the big screen who can do everything their male counterparts can, and often in heels and lipstick. — Noelene Clark twitter.com/noeleneclark RECENT AND RELATED: LaBeouf on Megan Fox’s absence (photos) Rough-edged LaBeouf says he’s ready to grow up LaBeouf: New “Transformers” is best 3-D film ever Bay wants you to forget last “Transformers” Bay: “There’s a lot of poison on the Internet … whatever” “Avatar” sequel will dive into the oceans of Pandora Bay talks about Shia LaBeouf’s dark moods Cameron: ‘Avatar’ is my most personal film Bay’s payday? $75 million … and counting
April 25, 2011 | 2:04 p.m.
Standing in the desert with a six-shooter on his hip, Harrison Ford seemed as surprised as anyone by the fact that he hadn’t starred in a cowboy movie since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. “Back in the hat … yeah, it has been a long time,” Ford said last year as the crew of “Cowboys & Aliens” set up for a chase scene. “Longer than a lot of these guys have been alive, I’m sure.” The crew of director Jon Favreau’s new film can be forgiven if they aren’t familiar with 1979’s “The Frisco Kid,” the Old West comedy that paired Ford as a bank-robbing bandit with Gene Wilder as a Polish rabbi trying to survive the frontier trek to San Francisco. If that doesn’t sound like a pure western, well neither is this latest movie, which arrives in theaters […]
March 04, 2011 | 4:21 p.m.
The great American western rode off into the sunset decades ago but Hollywood is saddling up with cowboy mythology again in unexpected ways with aliens, zombies, video games and, this weekend, a spirited, scrawny lizard named Rango. “There’s something we love about the rise of that silhouette of the gunslinger and the way they make that ultimate choice of reaching for the gun at their hip,” said director Gore Verbinski, whose animated epic “Rango” tips its hat to signature moments from classics such as “High Noon,” “Destry Rides Again” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.” More than a winking tribute, though, “Rango,” which stars Johnny Depp, is part of a posse of reconstituted westerns in pop culture and with more on the way. “Cowboys & Aliens” hits theaters July 29 with a story that lives up to title […]
Feb. 04, 2011 | 6:52 p.m.
This is an an excerpt from my front-page story in tomorrow’s Los Angeles Times: The private jet from Van Nuys kicked up pale dust as it landed on an airstrip just outside this state capital, and the passengers crossed the tarmac with the quiet determination of candidates preparing for a rally in a battleground state. “This is our Iowa caucus,” director Jon Favreau said as he climbed into a waiting black SUV with Ron Howard, the two-time Oscar winner who is a producer of Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” scheduled to hit theaters July 29. “This is like the primary. Our election night is that opening weekend this summer.” Favreau, Howard and their team didn’t fly 1,400 miles to meet with foreign investors, movie exhibitors or a panel of top film critics. Their destination was a scruffy little theater in a […]
Nov. 23, 2010 | 8:16 a.m.
The trailer for “Cowboys & Aliens” premiered last week and, judging by movie-fandom reaction on the Internet, instantly positioned the summer 2011 film as the wild card to watch in a slate jammed with big-franchise sequels, among them “Harry Potter,” “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” If anyone in Hollywood knows what it takes to deliver a blockbuster, it’s the team behind “Cowboys & Aliens” — director Jon Favreau, executive producer Steven Spielberg, producer Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. We caught up with Orci and Kurtzman, the writing team behind “Star Trek” and “Transformers,” to talk about the reaction to the trailer and working with Hollywood icon and “Cowboys” star Harrison Ford. GB: There’s been a strong response to the trailer, and it seems to have answered some skeptical questions about the tone of the film, questions […]
Nov. 17, 2010 | 2:38 p.m.
Sci-fi westerns are dangerous territory for directors: Barry Sonnenfeld’s six-gun parody “Wild Wild West” collected five Razzie Awards and Joss Whedon’s 26th century cowboy yarn “Serenity” met with tumbleweeds at the box office. But, based on the release Wednesday of his trailer for “Cowboys & Aliens,” Jon Favreau might be the white-hatted hero for the troubled mash-up genre. Favreau has all the western essentials covered here. The trailer opens with a grimy, confused Daniel Craig waking under a bright blue Arizona sky to discover a mysterious metallic cuff on his wrist and a posse encircling him. Craig is an amnesiac gunslinger, Olivia Wilde the town saloon-keeper and Harrison Ford a grizzled sheriff on Craig’s trail. “I want that man,” Ford hisses. “You give him to me now, or I’m gonna take him.” A stiff wind blows and, just when it […]
Nov. 01, 2010 | 11:09 a.m.
2011 PREVIEW As 2010 winds down, we’ll be taking a look at the key films and Hollywood players for 2011. Today, we have a conversation with Jon Favreau, the director of the “Iron Man” films and “Elf.” Favreau goes in a new direction next year with “Cowboys and Aliens,” which stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, boasts Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg as producers and was written by in-demand screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Fringe“). Even with that lineup, though, Favreau knows that 2011 will provide especially fierce competition. Jon Favreau has seen Hollywood’s future — at least as far as summer 2011 — and it looks a lot like “Saving Private Ryan.” “It’s Omaha Beach, it’s going to be a blood bath,” the filmmaker said Friday about next year’s crush of big special-effects films, remakes and sequels. “There’s never been a summer like this […]