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Push the Red Button

"Humans promised that endless opportunities and a better life await them only 10 miles north across the border, walk. They quickly find out after their one day supply of food and water run out, the new life they were seeking is still 50 waterless miles away. For those individuals who come to this fate and are lucky enough to stumble across one of these solar powered aid stations, it can mean the difference between life and death. Push the red button and wait one hour for the Border Patrol to arrive." - Photographer Andrew Pielage


Top Ten of the Western Bad Guys


Coming in for the final count down to number ten is Al Swearengen played by Ian McShane in Deadwood.  With his lyrical dialogue and scenery chewing tendencies, Swearengen was a coldly confident tyrant, but eventually, beneath the bluster and showy violence, there may be some moral ambiguity for us viewers. As the harsh realities and the body count of the frontier town pile up, it's easy to wonder what state Deadwood would end up in if not for a strongman like Swearengen.

Who is Juanito?

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Juanito is Colter's sidekick. Much like Indiana Jones had Short Round in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'.

Juanito is a 10 year old street kid.  He moves easily between Mexico and the U.S. – generally across the dangerous Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border.  He is funny, friendly, and intensely defensive of those he cares for. Juanito is extremely charming, using his sweet looks and personality to get what he wants.  

Fearless and quick-thinking, Juanito is devoted to Villasenor, Colter's antagonist, who he views as an older brother. But he is equally devoted to Colter who acts as both an employer of sorts, and as a surrogate father. This creates conflict for both himself and the two men. At times, Juanito finds it difficult to make a decision if it means he must support one over the other.  

Free Short Film with Bryan Cranston

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy halted production of the thriller "Cold Comes the Night" featuring Bryan Cranston. The actor decided to create a contest for his crew until the storm passed. Production assistants submitted scripts to Cranston who agreed to star in the winning script. The result was "Writer's Block" by Brandon Polanco. Apparently they shot it just three hours after Polanco won the contest. Enjoy the show!

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Top Ten of the Western Bad Guys

The crooked, conniving (and hilarious) Hedley Lamarr of Blazing Saddles comes in at number nine of the top ten Western bad guys. Played by Harvey Korman, Hedley is the State Attorney General who wants to drive out the townspeople of Rock Ridge so he can get the land. When his plan fails, Hedley decides to destroy Rock Ridge with an army of "rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperadoes, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, half-wits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers – and Methodists". Watch a video clip here:


Things Left Behind Tell Stories about US-Mexico Border

"She probably never imagined things would go so wrong — that she'd end up here, on a scuffed metal gurney in a coroner's office far from home. Still, at age 22, she was old enough to know the dangers of stealing across the U.S. border from Mexico onto a lethal desert landscape, where she would have to take crazy chances amid the heat, cold and rattlesnakes to avoid capture by la migra, the U.S. Border Patrol." Read more from John M. Glionna of the Los Angeles Times:


Seth MacFarlane Takes on Immigration Issues in "Bordertown"

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, has a new comic show planned for 2014 - Bordertown -  set in a fictitious desert town near the U.S.-Mexico border. The show will centers on the intertwining daily lives of neighbors Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzales. Bud, a married father of three, is a Border Patrol agent who feels threatened by the cultural changes that have transformed his neighborhood. Living next door is Ernesto, an industrious Mexican immigrant and father of four, who is proud to be making it in America.

Top Ten of the Western Bad Guys

The countdown has begun. Coming in at No. 8 - a suggestion from a follower - is Loco played by the naturally nerve-wracking Klaus Kinski . Kinski plays a bounty hunter in the 1968 spaghetti Western, The Great SilenceThe movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and stars Jean-Louse Trintignant as Silence, a mute gunfighter with a grudge against bounty hunters. Unlike most conventional and spaghetti westerns, The Great Silence takes place in the snow-filled landscapes of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899.