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    Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig head up the sci-fi blockbuster "Cowboys and Aliens" opening everywhere this Friday. PopcornBiz's Sasha Perl-Raver goes west to interview the cast and crew. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    You've got to admire director Jon Favreau, After defying expectations and pretty much cementing "The Avengers" as a viable movie project with two out-of-the-park "Iron Man" efforts, he could have coasted back to the small, character-driven comedies he cut his teeth on in order to unwind.

    But no. Instead, he decided to mash up two of cinema's most iconic figures - the cowboy and the alien - and then, as if that weren't heavy-lifting enough, he cast two of cinema's most iconic figures - Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford - to take the lead.

    It's "Cowboys and Aliens" and it's James Bond and Indiana Jones. And it's opening this Friday.

    Although very loosely based on a 2006 comic book of the same name, "Cowboys and Aliens" pretty much takes the basic concept and runs with it. Craig plays a cowboy who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no idea who he is, how he got there, or how he got a mysterious metal gauntlet strapped around his wrist. His eventual run-in with an angry posse leader, played by Ford, is interrupted when alien spaceships swoop in from above. The rest of the movie is laser blasts against six-shooters, with Olivia Wilde ("Tron: Legacy"), Sam Rockwell ("Iron Man 2"), Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood"), and Clancy Brown ("Starship Troopers") getting in on the action.

    Could be awesome, could be a head-scratcher - but the odds of it being boring are pretty much nil.

    "Cowboys and Aliens" opens everywhere Friday.

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