Cowboys & Aliens

At first I thought this was one of those mashup videos with the Dallas Cowboys and the aliens from the Alien franchise. Quite the contrary. This is a real movie that is scheduled for release during the summer of 2011. Steven Spielberg is the executive director and the producer of Iron Man, Jon Favreau is directing.

Cowboys & Aliens has both an impressive cast and directors and producers. Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig for starters. After I got over the initial shock of realizing this was a serious movie I became intrigued. I watched the trailer again and it seems I might like this movie. Of course April and I don’t frequent movie theaters. We prefer the comfort of our couch and it really isn’t a hassle waiting for the DVD release. That means I’m going to count on Cherlyn Cochrane to give me the review on the movie if she sees it. If she does, I will be sure to let you know with a link to her site. July 2011. Cowboys & Aliens!

2011 looks to be the year of the movie superhero. It should be a very lucrative summer for Hollywood. X-Men First Class, The Green Hornet, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Green Lantern.

Official Press Release for Cowboys & Aliens:

Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers-Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

The script for Cowboys & Aliens is by Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof (television’s Lost), based on Platinum Studios’ graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Grazer, Howard, Rosenberg, Kurtzman and Orci produce. Spielberg and Denis L. Stewart executive produce.


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On Saturday January 1, 2011, New Years Day, Iris Orpi will be guest blogging. We will be starting the new year off with a great writer and poet. Her blog is Cognac For The Soul. I would stress upon you the mistake you would be making if you missed the opportunity to visit her site before her post goes live on Saturday. I can assure you, you will enjoy reading her writings.

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  1. #1 by Scent of my heart on January 5, 2011 - 5:50 AM

    Interesting title, I think I’m intrigued enough to see it! Thanks for sharing Tom. Sorry for the comments altogether, I’m just back and catching up with blogs reading!

    • #2 by Tom Baker on January 5, 2011 - 9:20 AM

      I think I am too. I’m a big Harrison Ford fan, interestingly enough, not from Star Wars. Never apologize for leaving a lot of comments Blaga. I love them.

      • #3 by Chris on January 5, 2011 - 3:20 PM

        Indiana Jones then? Its generally the SW trilogy or Indy trilogy that get people hooked on Ford.

  2. #5 by southwindtrails on December 28, 2010 - 8:41 PM

    This movie certainaly sounds interesting. As Cherlyn said this is likely to be amazing or a complete disaster, I look forward to seeing which one it turns out to be. I hadn’t heard of this movie before so I’m glad you posted about it, otherwise it would have come out and I would have been completely out of the loop.

    • #6 by Tom Baker on December 29, 2010 - 9:01 PM

      Saber, I’m always good for some type of information and look – this time it wasn’t worthless! I’m hoping for a great movie and a great summer of movies!

  3. #7 by Cherlyn on December 27, 2010 - 10:48 AM

    Haha now I feel obligated to see it! Just kidding :P. This movie definitely intrigued me though, I’m still not sure what to make of it yet – usually when I see a movie trailer I get an instant feeling of whether a movie will be good or bad, and if I want to see it. This movie didn’t do either of those things, it just made me feel curious. I think it could either be a great idea, or a terrible one, and I kind of want to see it because I want to see just what it’s all about, but I’m not sure if I want to see it because I don’t know if I’ll be wasting my time or money lol. But it’s definitely got me interested!

    • #8 by Tom Baker on December 29, 2010 - 8:48 PM

      I believe this movie was a graphic novel before being made into this movie. That is all I know. I just hope it’s good!

  4. #9 by Chris on December 27, 2010 - 9:55 AM

    I’m really excited for this movie. I think it’s going to be a fun movie. Stupid trivia fact for you regarding this movie. It was originally supposed to star Robert Downey Jr. as the lead but he had to drop out of the movie so Daniel Craig took over. I’m a RDJ fan but I think Daniel Craig is probably better for this role.

    • #10 by Tom Baker on December 29, 2010 - 8:43 PM

      Did Robert have a prior movie commitment or did he drop out for another reason. I think I agree with you but wouldn’t it be nice to see Downey and Ford together?

      • #11 by Chris on December 30, 2010 - 11:43 PM

        RDJ and Harrison Ford would be awesome on the big screen together. I think RDJ dropped out because of filming delays and previous commitments. I’d have to go back and double check though.

        • #12 by Tom Baker on December 31, 2010 - 8:06 AM

          That’s okay. I figured it was something like that. Who in their right mind purposely leaves a Spielberg production?

  5. #13 by Rose Reynolds on December 27, 2010 - 8:20 AM

    Hey Tom, it looks like it’s almost time for my favorite part of your blog. I love the poetry posts and your guest posts are always interesting. As for this movie, I’m not all that excited but James wants to see it.

    • #14 by Tom Baker on December 29, 2010 - 8:41 PM

      Poetic License is January 3rd with a special surprise for all who have had poems featured thus far!

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