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James Mangold Considers THREE LITTLE WORDS...

Merrick here...
James Mangold (WALK THE LINE, 3:10 TO YUMA) is attached to THREE LITTLE WORDS, based on a 2008 memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter (HERE). It's about...
her traumatic childhood in foster care
THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I've a hunch Mangold can make almost anything interesting. The project is from Lime Orchard Productions, a new company set-up by still rather hot Jamie Gertz.

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  • July 22, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Between this and ORPHAN, Hollywood seems to hate adoption

    by YackBacker

    Fuck, do something more positive about the subject.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    3:10 TO YUMA = Modern Classic

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    One of the THE BEST Westerns to come out in the last twenty-five years. Too bad it took a movie starring an Austrailian and a Brit to make an awesome American Western.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    3:10 To Yuma is fucking spectacular.

    by GetEveryone

    Everything about that film rocks. I could watch it every few months.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Wonder if it was as bad as . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . having the Flanders as a foster family.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Agreed...Yuma is cool

    by masteryoda007

  • July 22, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I really liked Identity

    by belasco_house

    I know the ending splits folks, but I love it. It's like a Twilight Zone ending very cool <p> Now hoping it WAS directed by Mangold, or this is the dumbest post ever

  • July 22, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Another boo-hoo flick for chicks who don't get enough good cries from Lifetime. Pass.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    james mangold IS AWESOME

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    He did WALK THE LINE and 3:10 to Yuma-BOTH of em are pretty dang good!

  • July 22, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Guy makes solid movies...

    by GimmeABreak

    Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line & 3:10 to Yuma are some favorites of mine. Identity was pretty good too, I'll see his projects.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    There's a Decent Alice in Wonderland Teaser Up

    by Crow3711

    Over at I'm sure it'll make its way here, just wanted to let people know.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    "Suck my dick"

    by DerLanghaarige

    Am I the only one who remembers "Tomcats"?

  • July 22, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    ALICE looks very good...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...Depp sounds like a pirate.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    3:10 to Yuma Good but Overrated

    by ScottinDC

    Yes, it's a decent enough film...but it's still a bit tepid dramatically and some of the acting isn't all there.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Could you expound on your post please because I respectfully disagree.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I'll join the praise of the Baleworthy 3:10 TO YUMA

    by YackBacker

    Classic film- great, simple tale done with great talent and excellent direction. Mangold... that's a fucking gold-standard right there.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Scriptgirl told us all about this last week.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Man, you guys really cant see Yuma was formulaic dreck?

    by IndustryKiller!

    Thats....ummm...pretty fucking sad. A by the number, workmanlike big budget film with Russel Crowe playing the rogue cliche (yaaawwwwn)without a hint of real charm or grit (sorry but Crowe lost both years ago) and Ben Foster out bad assing him and Christian Bale playing his character about 1000 times more honestly and getting no credit for it. And don't even get me started on that ridiculously annoying kid. The ending is awful with Bale somehow dodging gunfire and sprinting on his wooden leg and then begging Crowe for his life whilst somehow the film still tries to paint him as a hero? Like I said, workmanlike. The best WEstern last year was the uneven but well acted Appaloosa, which of course wasn't made for idiots so doesn't have them praising it up and down on aint it cool news. Another screening of Transformers then gents?

  • July 22, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with formula if it's well acted and fun?

    by YackBacker

    Sometimes, a good Western need not be genre-bending or innovative. That's why it's an established formula. You need a hug, bro. <p> Don't make this about 3:10 v. APPALOOSA either- I happen to love both films on different levels. I'm just a Western junkie myself.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I'll buy ya a SOUNDWAVE toy

    by YackBacker

    You need one, my friend.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Not so fast INDUSTRYKILLER!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I'll grant you that 3:10 TO YUMA doesn't re-invent the wheel. But it gave you multi-leveled characters that you cared about. Crowe isn't just "charm and grit." He's a ruthless killer who ends up killing his own men out of respect for Bale's character. That's called character arc. Ben Foster was great. It's prob Christian Bale's best work, also mult-levelled. As for the bullets flying and no one gets hurt, well, that can be said about all movies, when it comes to shooting, from STAR WARS to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, bad guys can never hit the stars and the stars never miss, so that particular criticism is unfair. 3:10 is unpredictable, like when Crowe throws Peter Fonda off his horse, off the cliff, to his death below. Tell me you saw that coming. And speaking of Fonda, it's revealed he killed women and children Indians, so again multi-levelled characters, much like the other great western, SHANE, there exists NO purely good or evil character in 3:10 TO YUMA, Bale and Foster, perhaps being the exceptions, but even Bale is seen as a failure of a Father and provider for his family and Foster is seen as loyal as he is batshit crazy. <br> <br> And APPALOOSA was one of the biggest disappointments of last year's releases. APPALOOSA was basically another re-write of SHANE, with the mysterious, bad ass gunfighter coming in to rid the town of the lawless gang that has taken it over. Don't even get me started on the RIDICULOUS soap-opera-esqe love triangle of Rennee Zellweger, who was just awful, and Viggo and Ed Harris. I don't want to watch a Western about two bad ass outsider lawmen sitting on the front porch talking about whether or not one should give Renee Z. a note which reads, "Do you like me? Check one, yes or no." Dull, dull, dull. Talk, talk, talk. Here's Viggo and Ed in a scene on the front porch talking which goes nowhere, now here's Viggo and Ed sitting in the restaurant talking in a scene which goes nowhere, now here's Viggo and Ed sitting in the saloon talking in a scene which goes nowhere. Ed Harris chews the scenery a bit. Viggo mopes and carries a big gun EVERYWHERE unnecessarily. Gah. Unlikeable characters. No momentum. Bullshit ending.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Since we're talking about modern westerns...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I think it's about time Lawrence Kasdan gave us a new movie in the Silverado universe. That one is one of my favorites; it's figuratively a Marlboro man roadside billboard come to life. Great score, too.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, and James Mangold is a really good director.

    by Orbots Commander

    He's a throwback type of guy, sort of like Robert Wise; a director who can tackle any genre and make a good movie. <p> I'm curious what Mangold can do with science fiction.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Weird. How come I'm the first person here to mention

    by Jardinier

    COP LAND? Now *that* was a western (if an urban one).<br><br> And YackBacker, you want a positive adoption movie, watch Disney's MEET THE ROBINSONS. It's not a great film, but it's a fun one with its heart in the right place (which is such a clichéd thing to say, but, well, it *is* a Disney movie).

  • July 22, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Girl, Interrupted 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Had to be said.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    For people who endlessly bitch about remakes...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...films like Mangold's EXCELLENT 3:10 To Yuma make it worth sitting through the crap remakes. The 1957 version is just fine, but the remake tops it.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    "still rather hot"??

    by caruso_stalker217

    Jami Gertz is hotter than ever, goddammit!

  • July 22, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    CONFIRMED: Jami Getz is still hot

    by YackBacker

    Here's the proof:

  • July 22, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    I came.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    You think those sweater puppies are natural? Damn, I remember Jami when she was super hot from Lost Boys; she's still super hot, apparently.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I am not sure if her tits are real

    by YackBacker

    But real or fake, she makes me happy. If I had to guess, I'd say they are real and with a very helpful bra.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Jami Getz me happy in the pants

    by just pillow talk

    See what I did there? <p>Those ta-ta's are nice-nice.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    THREE LITTLE WORDS: "Straight to DVD"

    by MrMysteryGuest