Encore Westerns Block Rounds Up Modern Oaters


Englewood, Colo.— Encore Westerns wants its subscribers to know that not all of the genre’s films were made before 1990.

The Starz Entertainment Group LLC-owned service will present movie showcase “The New Frontier” every Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EST/PST), beginning in October.

“Through the modern-day interpretations of the genre that viewers will see as part of 'The New Frontier’ programming initiative, the Wild West lives on for a new generation of film fans,” Starz vice president of programming and scheduling Michael Ruggiero said in a statement.

Encore Westerns hopes to rope in viewers when The New Frontier starts on Oct. 1, with Open Range (2003), directed by Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) and starring Robert Duvall, Costner, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi and Annette Bening. The following week the service will serve up Bad Girls (1994), starring Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson and Dermot Mulroney.

On Oct. 15, Encore Westerns will take a Civil War turn with Cold Mountain starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and Eileen Atkins. The 2003 film was directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley). The first month’s roundup concludes with Into the Badlands (1991), starring Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt and Dylan McDermott on Oct. 22; and Hooded Angels (2000), starring Chantelle Stander, Amanda Donohoe and Gary Busey, the following week.