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  • 'Defiance: Season Two'
    DVD review: 'Defiance: Season 2'
    With 'Warehouse 13' gone, and 'Lost Girl' on its way out, the SyFy Channel needs to rely on a new generation of original programming to keep an audience.'Defiance', its space western on a decimated Earth, continues on for a...
  • The latter-day cast of Bonanza, the most popular television series of the 1960s: L to R is Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Mitch Vogel
    Mitch Vogel spills the beans on joining beloved television series 'Bonanza'
    Former child actor Mitch Vogel may not be a household name in the 21st century, yet his exemplary work during the final three seasons of western Bonanza, by far the most popular television series of the 1960s and an unheralded impetus for NBC...
  •  Author Elmore Leonard
    2007's '3:10 from Yuma' a remake of a classic Elmore Leonard western
    If 3:10 to Yuma has a theme at all, it is the Bible verse that the film’s main villain, Ben Wade, played with charming and frightening skill by Russell Crowe. It reads "All a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the...
  • 'Revelation Trail' DVD Review
    'Revelation Trail' DVD Review
    It's the days of the old west. The frontier is wide open. The trails are made of dirt and sagebrush. It's a wild time and it's about to get even wilder. For you see the dead are not interested in staying in their graves. They feel that...
  • 'Heaven's Gate'
    DVD review: 'Heaven's Gate'
    There is usually a clear distinction between good movies and bad movies. It gets fuzzy when a film is a devastating financial failure, is plagued by production problems, has a tyrannical director, is severely edited by the studio (United Artists,...
  • 'Tombstone' is a memorable western
    'Tombstone' is a memorable western
    Although once a staple of Hollywood, westerns no longer attract large audiences. Nonetheless, from time to time, some movie makers explore the fascinating and challenging years when the American West was settled. This weekend, “A Million...
  • The 50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo
    The 50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo rides into town!
    Rodeo has always been a part of American history. Come celebrate 50 years of western tradition at theLakeside Rodeo on April 25, 26, and 27, 2014 at theLakeside Rodeo Arena in Lakeside, CA.Cheer on your favorite cowboys and cowgirls in various...
  • Steak casserole from south-of-the-border
    Steak casserole from south-of-the-border
    "How do you like your steak?" is music to a griller's ear! Steak is certainly a major grilling favorite when we think about cooking outdoors. With the brutal winter much of the country has had this year, I know many will be excited...
  • Hatfields & McCoys
    Movie review: Hatfields & McCoys
    After serving in the Civil War together and saving each others lives, Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy return to their neighboring homes in West Virginia and Kentucky across the river. Once home however, the two find themselves at odds and tensions...
  • Gold Rush Girl
    Catching up with Suzanne Lilly
    Catching up with Suzanne Lilly is no easy feat. We managed to—at long last! Here’s a bit about this awesome author and guess what?She’s provided us with three excerpts from her latest book! How exciting to hear from this talented...
  • William Conrad, Georgia Ellis
    Old-time radio, 21 February: A hard road out of Dodge
    With sixty years’ hindsight available, it will be possible to suggest that Gunsmoke came to radio just half a decade late. Written brilliantly for what it is, a horse opera without the cliches and melodramatic flourishes that have turned too...
  • Road to Reckoning
    'Road to Reckoning' by Robert Lautner
    The western is dead. Or so you’ve been told. It’s been declared dead more times than Justin Bieber and that’s really saying something. While this declaration usually pertains more to films than fiction, it’s often applied...
  • Skybreaker
    IDW to publish 'Skybreaker' in print
    IDW Publishing announced today that they will be releasing "Skybreaker" for the first time in print this April. Originally published digitally by Monkeybrainlast year, "Skybreaker" is written by Michael Moreci ("Hoax...
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Classic movie review: 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (1966)2
    We open on a long, wide shot of a desert with some mountains in the background. Nondescript, almost featureless, there is nothing about it that grabs your eye. Suddenly a face enters the frame and we are looking at a close-up of a gunfighter....
  • "The Return" by James D. Best
    Reviewsday: James Best returns with new Steve Dancy western
    "The Return: A Steve Dancy Tale," by James D. Best, is the latest installment in the Steve Dancy series, and finds our intrepid shopkeeper back on his home turf on the East Coast. Far from the rough and tumble West, the setting for the...