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Title: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on January 30, 2018, 02:55:45 PM
Well, well,  well. .......I wonder if this future project will come to fruition.......sounds interesting. ...Clint directing, producing and acting again ?


http://www.tracking-board.com/clint-eastwood-circling-90-year-old-drug-courier-tale-the-mule-at-imperative-entertainment-exclusive/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on January 30, 2018, 09:35:53 PM
The prospect of Eastwood acting again would be a dream come true for me. This actually sounds like a role that is completely different than any role Eastwood has ever potrayed. It sounds like it could be the most promising project for him since "Gran Torino." The article was extremely detailed, and Tracking Board seems like a reputable site, but I'm concerned that this project, if true, was not first reported in industry publications such as Variety, Hollywood Reporter or Deadline.

Someone is bound to ask him about this project though during interviews for 15:17 to Paris, so hopefully we'll have an idea of whether or not this is going to be Eastwood's next project soon.

Warners did announce that Eastwood would be doing a film that would be released in 2019 recently, so that lends some support to this. I think it's unlikely that they would announce that unless Eastwood had already decided on his next project, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this will end up being that project.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on January 31, 2018, 02:08:24 AM
Clint Eastwood’s Next Movie Is About A 90-Year Old Drug Mule, Tracking Board reports.

https://screenrant.com/clint-eastwood-new-movie-drug-mule-leo-sharp/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on January 31, 2018, 02:30:19 AM
All ready mentioned, but this one deserves its own topic.
Can't wait  :D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on January 31, 2018, 06:30:39 AM
That could be an interesting project. And if Eastwood does it, it would be good to see him on screen again.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on January 31, 2018, 08:08:57 AM
All ready mentioned, but this one deserves its own topic.

I agree ... I merged the two posts from another topic into this thread. :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on January 31, 2018, 05:23:00 PM
it sounds more serious than ever when major websites like Playlist have broken the news on The Mule.  :D :smitten:
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on February 01, 2018, 01:43:30 AM
Sounds like potentially a great project for Clint.... and he gets to play older... :)

I hope this happens...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: palooka on February 01, 2018, 08:17:54 AM
Another "true life" story but it'll be wonderful to see the great man in front of the camera again.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on February 01, 2018, 09:57:42 AM
Another "true life" story but it'll be wonderful to see the great man in front of the camera again.

Yes Palooka,you are the greatest  ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on February 01, 2018, 05:35:33 PM
^ ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: palooka on February 02, 2018, 12:16:12 AM
 :smitten:
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on February 03, 2018, 02:53:12 PM
Hilarious, antonis! ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on February 04, 2018, 01:57:03 PM
Just like everybody else, I hope this becomes true.  Sounds like a neat story although I would still rather see a new non-true-life film from Clint.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on February 05, 2018, 04:18:27 PM
Just like everybody else, I hope this becomes true.  Sounds like a neat story although I would still rather see a new non-true-life film from Clint.

Like you, I too would prefer Eastwood focus on making fictional stories. However, I'd still be thrilled if this happens. At 87, I had just about given up hope that we'd ever see Eastwood act again. So, even if it is another true-life story, I'll take it!

This sounds like it could be a fascinating character, and similar to "Changeling," this is not a well known story. If I hadn't already known that "Changeling" was based off of actual events, it would have played to me like a fictional story.

Since this script is based off of an article, and doesn't depict a famous person, there will probably be a lot of creative freedom given to Eastwood and the screenwriter to bring the character to life.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on February 05, 2018, 05:48:06 PM
AKA, that's a good point.  True story films often seem like an original story depending on how they are made.  And I agree, this story does sound fascinating. 
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on February 10, 2018, 06:37:45 PM
i've been monitoring Eastwood's interviews for a potential mention of this project. It doesn't sound like Eastwood has decided to make this film. 

Eastwood gave an interview at the Pebble Beach golf tournament. A link to a video of the interview is below, and he is asked directly about his next project (this is not exact, but is substantively accurate):

Quote
Dan Patrick: Do you have another movie beyond this on deck soon?
Eastwood: Nothing at the moment. Just reading stuff.
Dan Patrick: How many scripts do you get?
Eastwood: Quite a few, but you have to search for something that suits you--either as a performer, or as a director. Most of the time it's as a director. In recent years, the older you get, your roles get less. Less good ones come along.

This exchange starts around 8 minutes in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSuZmo0OO4E

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on February 11, 2018, 01:04:33 PM
How long should we wait for his nest project?  :-[ :-[ I was really hyped for this one.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 11, 2018, 01:33:51 PM
How long should we wait for his nest project?  :-[ :-[ I was really hyped for this one.

Usually between 3-12 months. :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on February 11, 2018, 04:43:19 PM
Usually between 3-12 months. :)


just an update on his new project can be enough  :(
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on April 13, 2018, 09:31:23 AM
only one new source for this future shoot, but a major one. Tom Stern, the usual cinematographer of Clint, would be replaced by Canadian Yves Bélanger, who previously worked for Xavier Dolan and Denis Villeneuve. According to this source the filming of "The Mule" is supposed to start on June 4, and Eastwood would assume the triple function of director, producer and actor. These are the words of Bélanger himself that are reported, so it looks pretty serious:
http://www.lapresse.ca/cinema/nouvelles/201804/13/01-5160898-yves-belanger-directeur-photo-de-clint-eastwood.php
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on April 13, 2018, 09:44:32 AM
But Warner hasn't yet confirmed it, and still nothing on Imdb .... Wait and see...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on April 13, 2018, 10:48:12 AM
only one new source for this future shoot, but a major one. Tom Stern, the usual cinematographer of Clint, would be replaced by Canadian Yves Bélanger, who previously worked for Xavier Dolan and Denis Villeneuve. According to this source the filming of "The Mule" is supposed to start on June 4, and Eastwood would assume the triple function of director, producer and actor. These are the words of Bélanger himself that are reported, so it looks pretty serious:
http://www.lapresse.ca/cinema/nouvelles/201804/13/01-5160898-yves-belanger-directeur-photo-de-clint-eastwood.php

Great news.
When the DoP confirms his duties we don't have to wait any announcements.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Perry on April 14, 2018, 08:56:08 AM

 The only thing new with Eastwood is he has an Executive Producer credit for the new movie ' Indian Horse' based on the Richard Wagamese novel coming out this week .
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on April 14, 2018, 04:21:01 PM
this new update is crazy. i  mean just imagine to see Clint back in front of camera again. this time with a new DoP. this is gonna be great. what do you think guys?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 16, 2018, 06:02:38 PM
To quote the late, great Madeline Kahn in City Heat... “Well, it’s about time!”


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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 17, 2018, 07:35:27 PM
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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on April 17, 2018, 08:48:32 PM
The Mule, the movie with a plot so nice they summarized it twice.

Jed Cooper, is that anything we didn't already know, and could you tell us where it's coming from, besides your phone?

Glad to see your battery is nearly fully charged.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on April 18, 2018, 12:01:39 PM
A little more info.......

https://www.backstage.com/news/casting/clint-eastwood-forgoes-retirement-latest-film-casting-now/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on April 18, 2018, 12:13:22 PM
YES
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on April 18, 2018, 06:51:22 PM
A little more info.......

https://www.backstage.com/news/casting/clint-eastwood-forgoes-retirement-latest-film-casting-now/

 :)
Thanks, Macpherson! I'll just quote the relevant bit from the link you posted:

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“The Mule”
One elderly man is taking his last act to contend with drug cartels—and the law. Clint Eastwood is nearing a deal to direct and star in “The Mule.” The project, which stems from a New York Times Magazine article by Sam Dolnick, will focus on a decorated World War II vet who is slapped with a prison sentence at the age of 90. The sentence comes after the man is caught smuggling drugs for the infamously brutal Sinaloa Cartel. While 87-year-old Eastwood is the only one in talks for the project at the moment, Geoffrey Miclat is casting additional roles. Production on the Warner Bros. film is anticipated to begin this summer, near the beginning of June. The exact shooting location is not known, but it will likely take place in Georgia.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on April 20, 2018, 12:25:14 PM
Tom Stern, Clint's main DoP for last 2 decades, implicitly confirmed there is a new project around Clint and the idea that he wont shoot this one. via  an interview with Lenspire cinematography journal.
'I have to call Clint back tomorrow', he says - something about a new project. Tom is not sure if he'll join this production, though. He might shoot a French movie instead.

https://lenspire.zeiss.com/cine/en/article/cinemasters-tom-stern-asc-afc
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 02, 2018, 05:09:45 AM
The Mule, the movie with a plot so nice they summarized it twice.

Jed Cooper, is that anything we didn't already know, and could you tell us where it's coming from, besides your phone?

Glad to see your battery is nearly fully charged.


Please accept my apologies.  I extracted those images from IMDB.  🙂


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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 02, 2018, 03:47:30 PM
Things progressing for filming in Atlanta, starting June 4th.....
 :)

http://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20180502/augusta-possible-site-for-clint-eastwood-movie-the-mule

http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/CSRA-to-host-Eastwood-movie-481549981.html

Two articles looking very positive.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on May 02, 2018, 07:13:25 PM
This is more confirmation that this is actually happening! Since filming is beginning in a month, Im surprised that neither the film nor Clint’s costars have been officially announced.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 03, 2018, 03:51:47 AM
That is really promising. The project seems to be confirmed in one or two weeks. they are already in pre-production and casting_ by Geoffrey Miclat, and considering Eastwood's working style, we can expect The Mule for the end of the year. Maybe an award season release date. seems exciting.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 07, 2018, 02:36:47 PM
Project Casting details roles and filming information in Atlanta beginning June 4th.......
Onwards and upwards  :) :)

http://www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/clint-eastwoods-the-mule-atlanta-open-casting-call
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 08, 2018, 01:46:34 PM
Thank you Macpherson.
I really needed it. keep on
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 08, 2018, 01:54:59 PM
Any clues about who are gonna play supporting roles?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on May 08, 2018, 05:52:42 PM
Any clues about who are gonna play supporting roles?
People who look like "Horticulture Convention goers – Ages 45 to 75"! ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 09, 2018, 02:10:56 AM
People who look like "Horticulture Convention goers – Ages 45 to 75"! ;D

That was Rich  ;D ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 18, 2018, 09:55:58 AM
Well, well well.....Bradley Cooper and Clint reunite for The Mule.... :)

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/bradley-cooper-clint-eastwood-the-mule-1202788236/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on May 18, 2018, 10:50:41 AM
Great news.

Mac...I begin to like you  :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 18, 2018, 12:11:47 PM
That is just amazing. This is getting ultra-exciting. wow
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 18, 2018, 02:22:48 PM
The Mule now has an official entry on IMDB. .... :)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7959026/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on May 19, 2018, 05:28:36 AM
All great news :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on May 19, 2018, 08:16:44 AM
Since this is now all "official," I've changed the thread title to "Production Information and News." We'll post all updates here until the time comes when the reviews start coming in, and then we'll start a new thread for that. :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on May 19, 2018, 04:33:44 PM
I notice that the logline which is provided that describes the film states that Eastwood will be playing Earl Stone and not, as thought before, Leo Sharp. So although this film may be based on Sharp's experiences, it sounds like this may be heavily fictionalized, which may give them more creative freedom and allow for this to feel more like an original rather than an entirely fact-based story.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Matt on May 19, 2018, 08:13:21 PM
I notice that the logline which is provided that describes the film states that Eastwood will be playing Earl Stone and not, as thought before, Leo Sharp. So although this film may be based on Sharp's experiences, it sounds like this may be heavily fictionalized, which may give them more creative freedom and allow for this to feel more like an original rather than an entirely fact-based story.

I'm getting more enthused about this project. It's a pretty cool bookend to Clint's first starring role, which also featured a mule in what might be the scene that kicked off his career. Of course, that's only if this winds up being Clint's last performance. And, Clint isn't showing signs of slowing down yet.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on May 19, 2018, 11:11:09 PM
That wasn't a mule in A Fistful of Dollars, though. It was a horse. A very old horse, but a horse. The Baxter men were just making fun of it by calling it a mule.

Of course, there was also Two Mules for Sister Sara pretty early on in Clint's career.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Matt on May 20, 2018, 12:17:16 AM
Yes, mules factor in prominantly in his career, even so-called mules (actually, The Mule is a so-called mule as well).  ;)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 20, 2018, 03:39:51 AM
I notice that the logline which is provided that describes the film states that Eastwood will be playing Earl Stone and not, as thought before, Leo Sharp. So although this film may be based on Sharp's experiences, it sounds like this may be heavily fictionalized, which may give them more creative freedom and allow for this to feel more like an original rather than an entirely fact-based story.
That came to my mind too. Its a story inspired by true events I guess. So "inspired" here is the key word to consider. Now it seems like a more fictionalized story than a real-life based, detailed drama. And it is actually great. Having Nick Schenk as the scriptwriter, whose work on Gran Torino and The Judge were both amazing, I am super hyped about this feature. Thank almighty Clint is still around.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Steven on May 22, 2018, 02:06:05 AM
Looks like Bradley Cooper might be joining the cast...

https://www.empireonline.com/people/clint-eastwood/bradley-cooper-looking-join-clint-eastwood-mule/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 24, 2018, 05:10:16 PM
Casting addition for The Mule......

http://deadline.com/2018/05/lobo-sebastian-the-mule-words-on-bathroom-walls-martha-kelly-corporate-animals-cast-roundup-1202397336/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on May 24, 2018, 06:08:30 PM
This is always such an exciting time to be a Clint fan as we learn who will be cast in his next movie. The best part of that article is that Deadline says this will be a fictional story, so it will be his first as director since Gran Torino, which was also written by Nick Schenk.

If I were Clint, Id try to get some of the cast of Breaking Bad for the shady drug criminals in this movie. They were all great, and seem perfect for this.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 25, 2018, 01:47:28 AM
Casting addition for The Mule......

http://deadline.com/2018/05/lobo-sebastian-the-mule-words-on-bathroom-walls-martha-kelly-corporate-animals-cast-roundup-1202397336/

 :)

I just added Lobo Sebastian to The Mule's official IMDB page  :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on May 25, 2018, 09:44:55 AM
Casting Call for bartender.....shooting 5th June.....


http://www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/clint-eastwoods-the-mule-atlanta-casting-call-for-bartenders

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on May 25, 2018, 04:09:36 PM
Earlier this month, Eastwood's long-time editor, Joel Cox, gave a wide ranging interview on editing. The whole interview is worth reading, but in it, he broke some pretty big news, and that is that he will be back as editor for Clint's "next film." So, I think that means that he will be returning as editor on "The Mule." If this ends up happening, it will be the first film he has edited for Eastwood since "American Sniper" in 2014.

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HULLFISH: One of your old assistants cut Clint’s last movie, The 15:17 to Paris.

COX: Yes, Blu Murray. I’ll tell you what happened here: after American Sniper, Clint wanted to take some time off. I took another job and then when he started to do Sully, I was already working on another film. Then I was doing this film and he started 15:17 to Paris.

For Blu, it was a great opportunity. He learned a lot from me and now he’s off doing his own thing. I am going to be back editing with Clint on his next picture. I like working for Clint. After 40 years, I’d say Clint and I are soulmates.  I could look at things and know exactly what he was going for. That man knows every scene, how it’s going to be in his mind.

https://www.provideocoalition.com/aotc-joel-cox
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on May 26, 2018, 12:32:59 AM
Earlier this month, Eastwood's long-time editor, Joel Cox, gave a wide-ranging interview on editing. The whole interview is worth reading, but in it, he broke some pretty big news, and that is that he will be back as editor for Clint's "next film." So, I think that means that he will be returning as the editor on "The Mule." If this ends up happening, it will be the first film he has edited for Eastwood since "American Sniper" in 2014.

https://www.provideocoalition.com/aotc-joel-cox

Now we are dreaming. that's great AKA23. Can't imagine the outcome. Classic Eastwood film.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on May 26, 2018, 07:25:38 AM
That is great news, AKA! Thanks for digging it up for us.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on May 26, 2018, 09:30:37 AM
Earlier this month, Eastwood's long-time editor, Joel Cox, gave a wide ranging interview on editing. The whole interview is worth reading, but in it, he broke some pretty big news, and that is that he will be back as editor for Clint's "next film." So, I think that means that he will be returning as editor on "The Mule." If this ends up happening, it will be the first film he has edited for Eastwood since "American Sniper" in 2014.

https://www.provideocoalition.com/aotc-joel-cox

What a great interview.
Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on May 31, 2018, 05:24:41 PM

If I were Clint, Id try to get some of the cast of Breaking Bad for the shady drug criminals in this movie. They were all great, and seem perfect for this.

This is a really good idea.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on June 01, 2018, 12:35:37 AM
And so it begins........nice little preamble to next week's shoot in Augusta.....

http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Clint-Eastwood-movie-filming-downtown-484246441.html
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on June 01, 2018, 08:11:28 AM
According to this casting call, The Mule looks to be filming in Augusta from June 4 - 12, and in Atlanta from June 13 - July 27 .....


https://www.ajc.com/news/world/now-casting-clint-eastwood-film-seeking-stand-augusta/414mrrPgw8UtyZdhiZBXJM/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 01, 2018, 10:45:52 AM
WOW. What a great job! That stand-in would be able to be on the set for all of production! That would be a dream come true for any Eastwood fan.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 01, 2018, 11:41:50 AM
WOW. What a great job! That stand-in would be able to be on the set for all of the production! That would be a dream come true for any Eastwood fan.
Can you explain more AKA23 on how is gonna help? I'm a little bit confused.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 01, 2018, 12:59:32 PM
I found a good article that provides more detail on what stand-ins do for you, Saman.

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A stand-in is a person who literally stands in for an actor to help the camera department light the set and focus the camera. The principals, or main actors, will first rehearse a scene before they shoot it. When they are finished blocking it, they leave and go through "last looks" with the hair, makeup, and wardrobe people. That's when the stand-ins step in. They watch the actors during rehearsal, see what they do, then re-create it while the principals are busy. A good stand-in helps save time, which saves the production money.

https://www.backstage.com/news/the-pros-and-cons-perks-and-demands-of-being-a-stand-in/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 01, 2018, 02:19:52 PM
I found a good article that provides more detail on what stand-ins do for you, Saman.

https://www.backstage.com/news/the-pros-and-cons-perks-and-demands-of-being-a-stand-in/
Thanks loaded dude.  O0 found it really exciting
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 02, 2018, 02:31:33 PM
You are welcome, Saman.

So, I don't know who these people are, but according to IMDB, Robert Lasardo and Lobo Sebastian have been added to the cast.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 04, 2018, 12:35:34 AM
According to casting calls, filming is underway today, fourth of June. HYPED.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on June 04, 2018, 04:57:20 AM
The man himself........Augusta seems happy........
 :)

http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Tis-True--Clint-Eastwood-spotted-in-Augusta-for-filming-of-movie-484457531.html
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on June 04, 2018, 09:02:23 AM
Casting update from The Hollywood Reporter.....Diane Wiest ,  Michael Pena,  Laurence Fishburne , Alison Eastwood,  Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio  Serricchio  join the cast.....

 :)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dianne-wiest-michael-pena-join-clint-eastwoods-mule-1116755
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on June 04, 2018, 09:13:20 AM
Warner Bros official press release  announcing The Mule begins production........cast, location and production details included.....

 :) :)


https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180604006019/en/Clint-Eastwood%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9CThe-Mule%E2%80%9D-Begins-Production
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Clint Eastwood #1 Fan on June 04, 2018, 09:27:01 AM
This film is really starting to shape up.  Can't wait.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 04, 2018, 09:47:58 AM
I like Dianne Weist and Laurence Fishburne, and it should be interesting to see Alison Eastwood act with her father again.

This is the second time that Eastwood is working with Laurence Fisburne and Michael Pena. Michael was in "Million Dollar Baby" and Laurence was in "Mystic River." Alison Eastwood has had several collaborations with Eastwood, but has not had a significant role with Eastwood onscreen since "Tightrope." She had a cameo in "Absolute Power," and starred in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," so it's been over 20 years since she worked with her Dad. This should be interesting. This will also be Eastwood's second collaboration with Bradley Cooper as he starred in "American Sniper."

That updated synopsis also sounds even more interesting than it initially did, and confirms that this really will be a heavily fictionalized story.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 04, 2018, 10:02:24 AM
I also note that the official press release does not mention Dave Holstein having worked on the script. When this project was first announced, it stated that Holstein had rewritten Nick Schenk's original script. So, it may be that Eastwood went back to Schenk's original draft when he signed onto the project. 
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Post by: antonis on June 04, 2018, 10:23:00 AM
This sounds really promising.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 04, 2018, 11:34:08 AM
Do you smell Oscars as I do?
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Post by: antonis on June 04, 2018, 11:38:35 AM
There is one still missing  :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 04, 2018, 11:47:25 AM
There is one still missing  :)
How?
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Post by: antonis on June 04, 2018, 11:53:38 AM
Clint hasn't got a best actor academy award till now...
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Post by: Gant on June 04, 2018, 04:01:16 PM
Sounds great, I like all the actors involved..
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Post by: antonis on June 05, 2018, 08:30:33 AM
Clint Eastwood, 88, gently carries a flower around set while shooting first acting role in six years

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Clint Eastwood is returning to acting after six years of keeping his talent behind the camera.

The legendary tough guy 88, was spotted filming his new project The Mule in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, where he looked breezy while carrying a flower around during the outdoor shoot.

Eastwood, who is also directing the feature, plays the character Earl Stone, a down-on-his-luck man in his 80s who gets wrapped up in the seedy world of drug trafficking after taking what he thought was just a driving gig.

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/06/05/16/4CF0801B00000578-5808463-Back_in_action_Clint_Eastwood_was_spotted_on_the_set_of_his_new_-m-15_1528211258885.jpg)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5808463/Clint-Eastwood-88-gently-carries-flower-set-shooting-acting-role-six-years.html
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 05, 2018, 09:14:08 AM
Clint Eastwood, 88, gently carries a flower around set while shooting first acting role in six years

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/06/05/16/4CF0801B00000578-5808463-Back_in_action_Clint_Eastwood_was_spotted_on_the_set_of_his_new_-m-15_1528211258885.jpg)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5808463/Clint-Eastwood-88-gently-carries-flower-set-shooting-acting-role-six-years.html
Holly Jesus in the morning...wooow... That is our Clint.  :D :D :D :D
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Post by: Macpherson on June 05, 2018, 12:38:59 PM
Local news with some updates on filming in Augusta. ....

http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/The-Mule-A-timeline-of-events-in-Augusta-484611531.html
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Post by: antonis on June 06, 2018, 08:36:38 AM
(https://i2.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/06/05/15/4CF0820E00000578-0-image-a-5_1528210288172.jpg?resize=634%2C423)
(https://i2.wp.com/themanpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/clint-eastwood-carries-a-flower-around-while-shooting-acting-role-2.jpg?resize=634%2C834&ssl=1)
(https://i0.wp.com/themanpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/clint-eastwood-carries-a-flower-around-while-shooting-acting-role-1.jpg?resize=634%2C806&ssl=1)
https://themanpost.com/clint-eastwood-carries-a-flower-around-while-shooting-acting-role/
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Post by: honkytonkman on June 08, 2018, 05:40:43 AM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWAvg_qoUwQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wLj3CQ58Us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uC91qg18Q4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycz08ZQATnE


www.wrdw.com/content/news/Filming-locations-for-The-Mule-stay-under-wraps-484545331.html



www.wrdw.com/content/news/The-Mule-A-timeline-of-events-in-Augusta-484611531.html

https://twitter.com/AlexaWRDW


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Post by: Macpherson on June 08, 2018, 12:37:19 PM
Some nice pics of Clint with other members of the cast.....


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5822677/Clint-Eastwood-88-waves-fans-wedding-scene-shot-new-film-Mule-Georgia.html


 :)




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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 08, 2018, 12:56:43 PM
Clint Eastwood, 88, waves to fans as a wedding scene is shot for his new film The Mule in Georgia  :smitten:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5822677/Clint-Eastwood-88-waves-fans-wedding-scene-shot-new-film-Mule-Georgia.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on June 09, 2018, 04:40:57 PM
www.wrdw.com/content/news/Augusta-gaining-long-term-benefits-from-Hollywood-movie-485017121.html
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Post by: Macpherson on June 10, 2018, 05:12:51 AM
Nice relaxed photo after shooting with Clint, Diane Wiest, producer Tim Moore, DOP Yves Belanger,  cameraman Stephen Campanelli, Alison Eastwood et al........

 :)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj1NMjkD8LZ/?tagged=themule
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 10, 2018, 06:31:03 AM
I wonder if palooka will have a role in this film?
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Post by: AKA23 on June 10, 2018, 07:17:13 PM
Some more cool shots of Clint. I am a little surprised by how excited the townspeople seem to be about this movie filming in Augusta!

http://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20180608/lights-camera-money-filming-brings-business-to-georgia
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 11, 2018, 03:35:27 PM
All right. Filming finishes on Tuesday in Augusta. Next is supposed to be Atlanta and New Mexico. Cool.
http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/The-Mule-to-finish-filming-Tuesday-485176141.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_WRDW_WAGT
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Post by: AKA23 on June 12, 2018, 07:27:25 PM
It looks like we'll have another Eastwood alumni in this film. Loren Dean, who played Ethan all the way back in 2000 in "Space Cowboys," has joined the cast! Ethan was a bit of an idiot in that film,  whose impulsiveness and failure to listen to the old pros put the lives of everyone at risk, so hopefully he will be playing a smarter character as a DEA Agent in "The Mule."

https://deadline.com/2018/06/loren-dean-the-mule-camrus-johnson-the-sun-is-also-a-star-1202405523/
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Post by: AKA23 on June 12, 2018, 07:29:10 PM
They wrapped filming in Augusta today, but may be returning in July.

http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Crews-wrap-up-production-for-Eastwood-film-in-Augusta-485300781.html
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Post by: Rawhide7 on June 12, 2018, 08:28:56 PM
When is the projected release date of this film?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 13, 2018, 06:05:56 AM
There isn’t one yet.
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Post by: antonis on June 13, 2018, 10:58:30 AM
My guess is an American Sniper schedule
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Post by: AKA23 on June 13, 2018, 12:12:47 PM
If I had to guess, I'd say the same, Antonis, but Warner Bros has Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" opening in October, and that's already getting Oscar buzz. Warners may not want to release another movie with Bradley Cooper at around the same time.     
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on June 14, 2018, 02:35:02 PM
Now that filming has moved on from Augusta, we are no longer getting the daily updates on filming. There wasn't really much information shared, but I still found it kind of cool, and am going to miss those updates.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 14, 2018, 04:53:22 PM
the lead actor with girls in bikini in a car wash scene? this is getting interesting.
https://www.ajc.com/news/world/now-casting-clint-eastwood-film-seeking-cheerleaders/R4bBPHKkW4QnQCs125fPAO/
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Post by: AKA23 on June 14, 2018, 05:35:57 PM
That could be referring to Clint or Bradley Cooper, right? Wouldnt they both be considered “Lead Actors?”
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 15, 2018, 03:36:57 AM
That could be referring to Clint or Bradley Cooper, right? Wouldnt they both be considered “Lead Actors?”
Of course, that could be. I'm just curious to see what is gonna happen next.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 15, 2018, 01:33:54 PM
Casting is ongoing this time looking for US marshals in Atlanta.
http://www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/clint-eastwoods-the-mule-atlanta-casting-call-for-u-s-marshalls/
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 16, 2018, 02:57:20 PM
Clint was at Shane's Rib Shack. Looking awesome.
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalShanesRibShack/photos/a.558757074172418.1073741828.245268245521304/1650259128355535/?type=3
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Post by: Gant on June 17, 2018, 10:57:17 PM
Great pic, looks fantastic..
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Post by: Macpherson on June 18, 2018, 08:48:14 AM
Clint and Bradley in Atlanta. ....

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkJVv_YBPkS/?tagged=teambradleycooper
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Post by: Hocine on June 18, 2018, 09:56:35 AM
Yes, I think so.
If Warner Bros likes it, this movie can have an American Sniper schedule. Or a Gran Torino one.
The Mule sounds good to me and is one of the coolest Eastwood projects in recent years.
Earl Stone is a character who seems close to Walt Kowalski, Frankie Dunn, Luther Whitney, William Munny or Tom Highway.
In other words, it's an Eastwoodian character. Pure and simple.
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Post by: antonis on June 18, 2018, 09:57:25 AM
Clint and Bradley in Atlanta. ....


and Pacino of course  :D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 18, 2018, 01:25:16 PM
Considering the potentials of this project which benefits from likes of two great actors from 2 different generations in lead roles, a great story penned by a great scriptwriter and its amazing crew, like the great Joel Cox who is back in editing room again and Yves Belanger as the DoP, I can tell in advance that this is a fantastic movie already. And if Warner Bros decides to push for it, this could be Eastwood's ace in Oscar season again. Hope so.
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Post by: Jed Cooper on June 18, 2018, 06:49:27 PM
As soon as I discover the premier date for this film, I plan on taking that day off from work and being the first in line.  I hope he doesn’t retire anytime soon but if he does, I pray it’s after a film he’s starred in, rather than directed only. That would be a bummer. 


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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 19, 2018, 01:35:33 AM
What is your best guess on the amount the budget of the film guys? do you think its a small budget one 20-25 or a middle one 50-60?
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Post by: AKA23 on June 19, 2018, 06:47:32 AM
My guess would be pretty ill informed, but someone at the Augusta Film Office said he thought the budget was $20-25 million. He may just be speculating though. This information hasn't been released.

http://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20180612/eastwood-movie-continues-to-film-in-augusta-tuesday-before-heading-to-atlanta
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Post by: antonis on June 19, 2018, 09:06:44 AM
20-25 million is a small figure even for Eastwood's standards.
My guess is around the mid thirtees scale at least.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 19, 2018, 10:00:14 AM
My guess would be pretty ill informed, but someone at the Augusta Film Office said he thought the budget was $20-25 million. He may just be speculating though. This information hasn't been released.

http://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20180612/eastwood-movie-continues-to-film-in-augusta-tuesday-before-heading-to-atlanta
I've read this article before. But I reckon this is too small for an Eastwood picture. The 15:17 to Paris with its non-actors in lead had 30-35 million bucks budget, considering its small advertisement scale. My best guess is around 50-60 just like American Sniper.
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Post by: Hocine on June 19, 2018, 11:14:08 AM
I don’t know but I would say between 30 M$ and 60 M$.
Sully cost 60 M$, American Sniper cost more than 58 M$, Jersey Boys cost 40 M$.
His most expensive movie remains Flags of Our Fathers which cost 90 M$.
In the Mule, Bradley Cooper must be the highest paid actor.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 19, 2018, 11:59:27 AM
I don’t know but I would say between 30 M$ and 60 M$.
Sully cost 60 M$, American Sniper cost more than 58 M$, Jersey Boys cost 40 M$.
His most expensive movie remains Flags of Our Fathers which cost 90 M$.
In the Mule, Bradley Cooper must be the highest paid actor.
Couldn't agree more
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 19, 2018, 04:38:43 PM
Apparently, we have a court scene in the movie.
http://www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/clint-eastwoods-the-mule-georgia-casting-call-for-a-courtroom-scene/
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Post by: Macpherson on June 19, 2018, 04:47:14 PM
Nice to know everyone's in town.....

https://mobile.twitter.com/LALcogop/status/1009207317882171394

 :)
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Post by: Macpherson on June 22, 2018, 12:40:04 AM
Some nice pics of Clint relaxing with Bradley Cooper. ....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5872761/Bradley-Cooper-seen-time-filming-Mule-takes-break-Clint-Eastwood.html

 :)
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Post by: Hocine on June 23, 2018, 04:12:23 AM
Clint hasn't got a best actor academy award till now...

Clint Eastwood was nominated for Best actor academy award twice.
The first time, it was in 1993 for Unforgiven (1992) and the last time was in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Al Pacino won it for Scent of a Woman in 1993 and Jamie Foxx won it for Ray in 2005.
It seems that the Academy is not really fond of Clint Eastwood’s acting style and likes performances which require physical transformations. These last years, the Academy gave Best Actor oscar to actors who portray real people.
It would be great if Clint Eastwood finally won an oscar for Best Actor in leading role but we never know what is going to happen. Moreover, Clint doesn’t make pictures for oscars. I hope that The Mule will give Clint a great role and I hope that it will be a great movie.

In my opinion, the best Clint Eastwood movies as a director are:
Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Bird, A Perfect World,
The Bridges of Madison County, Letters from Iwo Jima, Honkytonk Man, High Plains Drifter, Pale Rider, Bronco Billy,
Play Misty for Me, Gran Torino, White Hunter Black Heart, Changeling, American Sniper, Sully

These films represent the best of Clint Eastwood career as a director.

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Post by: KC on June 23, 2018, 05:33:02 PM
Excellent list, Hocine!

Welcome to the Board, by the way.  8)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on June 24, 2018, 01:46:29 AM
Thank you very much, KC!  :)
That’s a great pleasure to be here talking about Clint Eastwood movies.
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Post by: Rawhide7 on June 26, 2018, 08:00:47 PM
Yeah KC your right. It's sad clints never won a best actor award. Throughout his career I feel like he should have at least won one time. At the very least. Really all that matters is Clint keeps making and acting in great movies. To me no one alive today has accomplished what Clint has throughout his career. Factoring in both acting and directing. He's truly a living legend. No award can ever replace the quality movies he's acted in and directed. It's sad that there's people out there that think he's not a great actor. But that's okay cause really all that matters is if iI like him. Just like really all that matters is if we the fans like him.  He's my favorite actor hands down.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on June 27, 2018, 07:30:43 AM
Yeah KC your right.

It was Hocine, but I agree!  :)
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 27, 2018, 01:04:37 PM
Some more pics of Bradley Cooper on set... what can you read from his costumes and character?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5890065/Bradley-Cooper-heads-set-shoot-scenes-opposite-Clint-Eastwood-new-film-Mule.html
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Post by: exit00 on June 27, 2018, 02:10:14 PM
Seems pretty obvious that Cooper's character is undercover as a plumber in order to do surveillance on Clint's character....
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 30, 2018, 01:34:37 PM
Seems pretty obvious that Cooper's character is undercover as a plumber in order to do surveillance on Clint's character....
That is exciting indeed. I was reading the original article from New York time magazine which the movie is based upon, and I noticed that the real DEA agent was actually undercover on many occassions. So considering this, I expect a very tense and great story of cat and mouse chasing. 
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on June 30, 2018, 01:38:16 PM
and also check these links out.

Clint Eastwood seen filming in Rome, Georgia
https://www.11alive.com/video/entertainment/clint-eastwood-seen-filming-in-rome-georgia/85-8172225

Yes, That Was Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood Filming Near Flatiron Bar
https://atlanta.eater.com/2018/6/29/17517782/the-mule-clint-eastwood-east-atlanta-village-movie
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Post by: Aline on July 02, 2018, 11:20:54 AM
That's great Clint is acting in this one O0 He really liked directing Bradly Cooper, didn't he?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 02, 2018, 03:51:04 PM
That's great Clint is acting in this one O0 He really liked directing Bradly Cooper, didn't he?

Yes, he did. It seems that Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper liked working together.
Their partnership was so successful on American Sniper, critically and financially.
I was so happy when I learned that they would work together again.
This time, we’ll see them together on screen. That’s great.
I really hope that The Mule will be as good as Gran Torino at least.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 03, 2018, 01:39:43 AM
Fantastic update on Clint Eastwood and his double duty as director/actor

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5911117/Clint-Eastwood-88-paces-set-Mule-returns-acting-six-year-hiatus.html
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Post by: KC on July 03, 2018, 06:53:17 AM
^ Great pictures, thanks. And there's this:

Quote
Throughout it all, Earl is haunted by his past mistakes ...

Yup, sounds like a Clint Eastwood character, all right.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 03, 2018, 09:18:46 AM
^ Great pictures, thanks. And there's this:

Yup, sounds like a Clint Eastwood character, all right.
Yeah. Past is coming to hunt him again. I have a strong belief in Nick Schenk's works and think he delivers us a great story again.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on July 04, 2018, 02:46:39 PM
I'm already getting really anxious to see this new Eastwood film... I know I will be seeing it on opening day just as I have for all his starring-in films in the past 45 years.
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 10, 2018, 02:07:52 PM
Well. New Mexico, late July. Blondie is coming back.

http://www.filmlascruces.com/2018/07/09/film-las-cruces-working-support-clint-eastwood-film/
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Post by: -satu- on July 12, 2018, 07:34:00 AM
Ohh! Best news of the day! Hadn’t been here in a while and now I get to read these news. Fantastic! :)
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Post by: Macpherson on July 17, 2018, 02:23:13 PM
Nice photo with some lovely comments.....

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlUgt4kjchk/?tagged=themule

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on July 17, 2018, 05:13:15 PM
Alison is also interviewed here : https://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2018/07/17/clint-alison-eastwood-working-together-on-the-mule-in-augusta/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on July 20, 2018, 09:15:42 AM
https://www.kvia.com/news/new-mexico/hollywood-actor-and-director-clint-eastwood-spotted-at-restaurant-in-las-cruces/770488124

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on July 21, 2018, 11:38:17 AM
Cool.. nice interview..
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Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 25, 2018, 12:41:35 PM
Clint Eastwood spotted filming scene in Downtown Las Cruces


https://www.kvia.com/news/new-mexico/clint-eastwood-spotted-filming-scene-in-downtown-las-cruces/772602684
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 28, 2018, 05:49:21 AM
According to Kristina Rivera, the producer, the filming of The Mule is wrapped up and finished. Almost 2 months of shooting. Hyped and confused. share your thoughts.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 28, 2018, 05:52:45 AM
According to Kristina Rivera, the producer, the filming of The Mule is wrapped up and finished. Almost 2 months of shooting. Hyped and confused. share your thoughts.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlxSH1SgAvP8Y9lIcp90ktUwNqcsOTqLzuctyc0/?taken-by=krivs55
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 28, 2018, 11:36:42 AM
Someone must have told her to take this down, since we can't see it anymore. What about this is confusing, though? It's been filming since June 4th, and so it doesn't surprise me that they are now done. Now all that there is left to do is wait for the release date to be announced.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 28, 2018, 01:24:17 PM
Someone must have told her to take this down since we can't see it anymore. What about this is confusing, though? It's been filming since June 4th, and so it doesn't surprise me that they are now done. Now all that there is left to do is wait for the release date to be announced.

Confused about its release date; is it a 2018 release of 2019? and there is also a feeling that this kinda fast shooting might affect the quality of Clint's storytelling power.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 28, 2018, 02:13:32 PM
I think Warners will wait until the film is completed and they see it before deciding when they will release it. If they feel the film has Oscar potential, they will likely have a short Oscar qualifying release in select cities in 2018. If they dont, it will come out in 2019, likely in the spring or summer.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 28, 2018, 02:45:39 PM
What is your best guess? Do you consider this one an award season contender? regarding the story the cast and crew.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 28, 2018, 04:30:54 PM
I like your enthusiasm Saman, but I honestly don't know. I could see it going either way. When "Trouble with the Curve" was first announced, and Amy Adams was cast, I initially thought it was going to be a much more serious, poignant family drama than it turned out to be, similar to "Million Dollar Baby." It was much lighter than I expected, so I don't think that the plot and cast tells us enough to know the type of film that it will end up being.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 29, 2018, 05:05:15 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BlxSH1SgAvP8Y9lIcp90ktUwNqcsOTqLzuctyc0/?taken-by=krivs55

Hi Saman !
According to the IMDb, The Mule is still filming but maybe the page is not updated yet.
Anyway, the shooting is finished or is about to be finished.
Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino were shot in less than 40 days.
So, Clint is able to shoot fast and to make great pictures.
Do you know what happened to Robert Lorenz ?
His last collaboration with Clint is American Sniper in 2014.
So, it seems that Kristina Rivera and Tim Moore replaced him.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 29, 2018, 05:16:58 PM
I like your enthusiasm Saman, but I honestly don't know. I could see it going either way. When "Trouble with the Curve" was first announced, and Amy Adams was cast, I initially thought it was going to be a much more serious, poignant family drama than it turned out to be, similar to "Million Dollar Baby." It was much lighter than I expected, so I don't think that the plot and cast tells us enough to know the type of film that it will end up being.

Hi AKA23 !
I agree with you. Right now, we don’t know if The Mule is Oscar worthy or not.
Gran Torino have not received Oscar nominations, despite its qualities.
Trouble with the Curve was disappointing.
However, I think that The Mule is more promising than Trouble with the Curve.
To this date, Warner Bros Oscar contender is A Star is Born.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 29, 2018, 06:51:05 PM
Around the time of “Trouble with the curve” Lorenz expressed an interest in becoming a director. Since he directed Eastwood in that, his IMDB page indicates that he has had several diectorial projects in development, but so far none of them have been made. I had assumed that he left Malpaso to build his own career as a director.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 29, 2018, 11:11:48 PM
Hi Saman !
According to the IMDb, The Mule is still filming but maybe the page is not updated yet.
Anyway, the shooting is finished or is about to be finished.
Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino were shot in less than 40 days.
So, Clint is able to shoot fast and to make great pictures.
Do you know what happened to Robert Lorenz ?
His last collaboration with Clint is American Sniper in 2014.
So, it seems that Kristina Rivera and Tim Moore replaced him.
Hi Hocine;
thanks for your participation.
As you mentioned Eastwood is a pure genius regarding his pace in movie making. He is a true natural artist with most genuine instincts which he trusts most. but his last movie was a flop and im still wondering why he decided to make that movie, some critics claimed that he may have lost his magic wand. I don't agree with that. let's hope that The Mule is gonna be one of his great works if it is going to be his last role in his stellar career.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 31, 2018, 12:55:53 AM
According to Steve Stephen S. Campanelli's post on Instagram, filming of the main unit of The Mule is over, but the 2nd unit directing is still underway. So this means that cameras are still rolling.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 31, 2018, 04:44:29 AM
According to Steve Stephen S. Campanelli's post on Instagram, filming of the main unit of The Mule is over, but the 2nd unit directing is still underway. So this means that cameras are still rolling.

Thank you, Saman !

You can check this link:

http://www.koaa.com/story/38771805/clint-eastwood-spotted-at-sports-bar-in-trinidad
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 31, 2018, 04:51:59 AM
Around the time of “Trouble with the curve” Lorenz expressed an interest in becoming a director. Since he directed Eastwood in that, his IMDB page indicates that he has had several diectorial projects in development, but so far none of them have been made. I had assumed that he left Malpaso to build his own career as a director.

Yes, AKA23, I thought the same.

But after Trouble with the Curve, he worked on Jersey Boys and American Sniper.

Among his directing projects, I think he had a military movie and a movie with Viggo Mortensen: I don't remember if it's the same project or two different projects.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on July 31, 2018, 05:14:51 AM
Hi Hocine;
thanks for your participation.
As you mentioned Eastwood is a pure genius regarding his pace in movie making. He is a true natural artist with most genuine instincts which he trusts most. but his last movie was a flop and im still wondering why he decided to make that movie, some critics claimed that he may have lost his magic wand. I don't agree with that. let's hope that The Mule is gonna be one of his great works if it is going to be his last role in his stellar career.

I have a theory about why he decided to make The 15:17 to Paris:
Maybe Clint did it because the Impossible Odds script wasn't ready. Indeed, Brian Helgeland was supposed to work on that script.
But today, what happened to that Impossible Odds project ? I don't know.

Clint seems to like keeping himself busy. He likes playing golf and skiing too. But not all the time.
So, he made The 15:17 to Paris instead, when he had the opportunity to do it. Maybe he wanted to challenge him.
Maybe he liked the story too. Finally, that was disappointing.

He probably did Trouble with the Curve and Jersey Boys because his other project, A Star is Born, wasn't ready
and was postponed many times before giving the project to Bradley Cooper.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 31, 2018, 06:15:58 AM
Thank you, Saman !

You can check this link:

http://www.koaa.com/story/38771805/clint-eastwood-spotted-at-sports-bar-in-trinidad

Thank you, Hocine. I enjoyed it.
This man never stops to amaze me. For the last 2 months, he has been traveling constantly and yet there is no sign of boredom or exhaustion, aged 88. I wonder what are they doing in California?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: ceinjapan on July 31, 2018, 08:15:21 AM
Andy Garcia with Eastwood.
he has a role in the mule?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlvwVtPBGcl/?taken-by=andygarcia
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 31, 2018, 12:57:19 PM
Andy Garcia hasn't been announced as part of the cast. Could he be consulting with Eastwood on the score, since the photo description said they were taking a "piano break?" I know he's an actor but I'm not that familiar with his career. Is Andy Garcia also a musician?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 31, 2018, 12:59:21 PM
It sounds like this movie may not have finished filming yet.

https://gazette.com/arts-entertainment/clint-eastwood-reportedly-headed-through-colorado-springs-for-upcoming-film/article_f72c74aa-94d9-11e8-86c1-b3322de7ab48.html

Based on the above article, a member of the crew also shared that this could be released in Dec 2018/Jan 2019.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 31, 2018, 01:07:58 PM
Andy Garcia hasn't been announced as part of the cast. Could he be consulting with Eastwood on the score, since the photo description said they were taking a "piano break?" I know he's an actor but I'm not that familiar with his career. Is Andy Garcia also a musician?
I've heard his name related to this project several times on different occasions. maybe he is actually in this movie as an actor. there is another post on his Instagram citing "it's a wrap! #themule. So it is a strong signal by which he may actually be a part of this one.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on July 31, 2018, 04:17:33 PM
You definitely appear to be right based on Garcia's Instagram updates, but where else have you heard Andy Garcia's name mentioned in connection with this project? I haven't been able to find anything on it. Do you have a link you can share with us?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on July 31, 2018, 10:55:21 PM
You definitely appear to be right based on Garcia's Instagram updates, but where else have you heard Andy Garcia's name mentioned in connection with this project? I haven't been able to find anything on it. Do you have a link you can share with us?
On Twitter mostly. people were using his name along with Clint and Bradley on their tweets about the mule. they were like hey guys, Clint and Andy Gacia are in town and so on.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 01, 2018, 05:25:31 AM
It sounds like this movie may not have finished filming yet.

https://gazette.com/arts-entertainment/clint-eastwood-reportedly-headed-through-colorado-springs-for-upcoming-film/article_f72c74aa-94d9-11e8-86c1-b3322de7ab48.html

Based on the above article, a member of the crew also shared that this could be released in Dec 2018/Jan 2019.

Good news ! So, The Mule could be released like Gran Torino or American Sniper.
I'm so excited to see Clint Eastwood's new film ! It sounds great !
Who was that member of the crew ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 01, 2018, 05:37:53 AM
I think Warners will wait until the film is completed and they see it before deciding when they will release it. If they feel the film has Oscar potential, they will likely have a short Oscar qualifying release in select cities in 2018. If they dont, it will come out in 2019, likely in the spring or summer.

Yes, I think so.
At this point, Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, which will open at Venice Film Festival later this month, is Warner Bros' biggest Oscar contender.
It's too early to predict if The Mule will be a serious contender.
I hope that Clint will be nominated for Best Actor at least.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 02, 2018, 04:43:28 AM
Hello,

Interesting news here: http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/fort-morgan-local-news/ci_32045251/clint-makes-fort-morgans-day
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 02, 2018, 07:18:53 AM
Hello,

Interesting news here: http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/fort-morgan-local-news/ci_32045251/clint-makes-fort-morgans-day
Thank you. check this one too. worth a look.
https://www.westword.com/news/see-clint-eastwood-filming-the-mule-in-colorado-10607945
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 06, 2018, 11:34:42 AM
Hello everybody !
According to IMDb, The Mule is in post-production now.
Its page was updated on August 3rd.
I think that it will be ready before 2019.
Usually, Joel Cox starts to edit the film during the shooting.
Indeed, he's one of the fastest editor in Hollywood.
We will probably see the trailer in October or November.
The question is will Warner Bros be convinced of the final product ?
And who is the music composer ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 06, 2018, 01:19:20 PM
Hello everybody !
According to IMDb, The Mule is in post-production now.
Its page was updated on August 3rd.
I think that it will be ready before 2019.
Usually, Joel Cox starts to edit the film during the shooting.
Indeed, he's one of the fastest editor in Hollywood.
We will probably see the trailer in October or November.
The question is will Warner Bros be convinced of the final product ?
And who is the music composer ?
Well- that was quick, typical Eastwood style.
and yes. the movie is expected to be released by the end of the year in December or early January. simply can't wait.
If you ask me, this can be WB's frontrunner for award season alongside with A Star is Born. regarding the composer, I can guess that Christian Jacob who has been working with Eastwood since Sully is doing the score again. Maybe Eastwood himself.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 06, 2018, 03:30:57 PM
Hello everybody !
According to IMDb, The Mule is in post-production now.
Its page was updated on August 3rd.
I think that it will be ready before 2019.
Usually, Joel Cox starts to edit the film during the shooting.
Indeed, he's one of the fastest editor in Hollywood.
We will probably see the trailer in October or November.
The question is will Warner Bros be convinced of the final product ?
And who is the music composer ?

Agree with the above, but there's one more mystery to be solved: Is Andy Garcia involved with "The Mule," and if so, in what capacity?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 06, 2018, 11:03:14 PM
Agree with the above, but there's one more mystery to be solved: Is Andy Garcia involved with "The Mule," and if so, in what capacity?
Acting I reckon.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on August 07, 2018, 11:33:17 AM
Camera team of The Mule on location in Las Cruces, New Mexico.....

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmLvo9QBLqu/?tagged=themule

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 07, 2018, 02:47:50 PM
Acting I reckon.

While I'm still not 100% convinced that Andy Garcia is acting in this one, I think that's the most likely scenario. He's an actor, and he has been pictured with Eastwood, but I can't understand why if he's in this why he was never announced as part of the cast. The IMDB site was also updated with every actor under the sun that appears in the movie, many of which I've never even heard of, and he still hasn't been added. I can't think of another Eastwood film where such a recognizable actor appeared as part of the cast but was never announced as joining. Does anybody else find that to be odd?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 07, 2018, 05:06:35 PM
While I'm still not 100% convinced that Andy Garcia is acting in this one, I think that's the most likely scenario. He's an actor, and he has been pictured with Eastwood, but I can't understand why if he's in this why he was never announced as part of the cast. The IMDB site was also updated with every actor under the sun that appears in the movie, many of which I've never even heard of, and he still hasn't been added. I can't think of another Eastwood film where such a recognizable actor appeared as part of the cast but was never announced as joining. Does anybody else find that to be odd?

Hi AKA23,
I don’t think that Andy Garcia is acting in The Mule.
The Mule is not like these blockbusters which sometimes don’t reveal all the cast,
in order to keep the plot secret and to do not spoil anything. But who knows ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 07, 2018, 06:45:26 PM
Here's another photo that I saw recently that Andy Garcia is mentioned in. The rest of the people mentioned in the photo are part of the cast or crew of "The Mule." It does seem he's involved in some capacity. Why else would he be in all these photos which mention "The Mule?"

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl5e2_AnMnv/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=1fa7xgqtsg3gv
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 08, 2018, 12:22:32 AM
While I'm still not 100% convinced that Andy Garcia is acting in this one, I think that's the most likely scenario. He's an actor, and he has been pictured with Eastwood, but I can't understand why if he's in this why he was never announced as part of the cast. The IMDB site was also updated with every actor under the sun that appears in the movie, many of which I've never even heard of, and he still hasn't been added. I can't think of another Eastwood film where such a recognizable actor appeared as part of the cast but was never announced as joining. Does anybody else find that to be odd?
Well, I can't remember a similar case to this one. Andy Garcia is not a small name in this industry. if not as an actor, he might have served as a composer or maybe producer? he has produced some works and also composed soundtracks for some pictures. But there is no rich career as a scriptwriter.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on August 13, 2018, 01:38:24 PM
Just to add to the intrigue, on IMDb for The Mule, in the section "other crew", there is an actor called Johnny Palomarez  Jr with the designation. ....stand - in : andy garcia.
Discuss.....

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 13, 2018, 01:47:45 PM
This just keeps getting more intriguing. If true, this would confirm Andy Garcia is acting in this because there is no purpose to have a stand-in for someone who doesn’t appear onscreen.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 15, 2018, 07:29:33 AM
Andy Garcia is a good actor.
I like his performances in The Untouchables, Black Rain, The Godfather part III, Internal Affairs and Ocean’s Eleven.
If he was in The Mule, it would be a good thing.
But which part could he play ? The cartel boss ? Maybe.
Next month, Warner Bros could announce The Mule’s release date.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 15, 2018, 10:09:46 AM
On IMDb's page for The Mule, other crew section, there are 2 actors for Clint Eastwood's stand-in.  ??? ???
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on August 15, 2018, 03:28:06 PM
On IMDb's page for The Mule, other crew section, there are 2 actors for Clint Eastwood's stand-in.  ??? ???

Someone has to block the action when Clint is setting up the shot. Or are you wondering why they needed two?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 15, 2018, 03:47:28 PM
Andy Garcia is a good actor.
I like his performances in The Untouchables, Black Rain, The Godfather part III, Internal Affairs and Ocean’s Eleven.
If he was in The Mule, it would be a good thing.
But which part could he play ? The cartel boss ? Maybe.
Next month, Warner Bros could announce The Mule’s release date.

I’m really not that familiar with him. “The Untouchables was a great movie but I dont remember him standing out. That was more Costner’s, Connery’s and DeNiro’s movie. I dont remember “Godfather III” and I wasn’t impressed with “Ocean’s 11,” but that wasn’t his fault. Its kind of strange since he has been in so many movies, but I dont really remember him ever making a strong impression on me.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on August 15, 2018, 10:34:22 PM
I remember thinking him good in ' Things to do in Denver when your Dead'
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 15, 2018, 10:57:22 PM
Someone has to block the action when Clint is setting up the shot. Or are you wondering why they needed two?
No, I just wonder why two were needed.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 23, 2018, 05:46:51 AM
The mystery of Andy Garcia’s involvement has been solved. I have received confirmation from a source close to the production that Andy Garcia plays the head of the drug cartel in “The Mule.”
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 25, 2018, 05:56:17 AM
The mystery of Andy Garcia’s involvement has been solved. I have received confirmation from a source close to the production that Andy Garcia plays the head of the drug cartel in “The Mule.”
That is just fantastic. He will add so much talent to the cast and too much pleasure to the screen.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 25, 2018, 03:51:54 PM
I have never been a big fan of Bradley Cooper (though I do acknowledge that he is a very good actor, and I could see his acting style being a good fit for this role), but I do think that this film has one of the more impressive casts that Eastwood has worked with. Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Dianne Weist, and now, Andy Garcia.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on August 25, 2018, 07:57:38 PM
Cooper was terrific in American Sniper, though ... I don't think I've ever seen him in anything else.

I agree, AKA, very high-quality cast.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 25, 2018, 11:23:14 PM
Could Andy Garcia's role be uncredited?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on August 26, 2018, 02:34:06 AM
Agreed, great cast.. I particularly like Dianne Weist.
 
I like Cooper too, he was excellent in Sniper, I also thought he was very good in Silver Linings Playbook.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on August 26, 2018, 06:34:46 AM
Bradley is truly one of the finest actors of his generation and also one of Eastwood's oldest admirers. He has a great amount of passion toward Clint and it makes his collaboration with him a personal one. As he always says, he is always looking for Eastwood.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 26, 2018, 07:08:40 AM
Could Andy Garcia's role be uncredited?

I don’t know, but he does have a stand-in, which seems to indicate to me that he is in a significant number of scenes. For those that understand the filmmaking process, would a stand-in be needed if someone was only performing a cameo-type role? I think he joined the project in New Mexico, since we never heard about him being there when they were filming in Georgia.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on August 26, 2018, 07:14:59 AM
Agreed, great cast.. I particularly like Dianne Weist.
 
I like Cooper too, he was excellent in Sniper, I also thought he was very good in Silver Linings Playbook.

He was good in American Sniper and I’ve seen “Silver Linings Playbook” and enjoyed that film too.

I like Dianne Weist as well. She is not really a household name but she is a two time Academy Award winning actress. I particularly enjoyed her performance with Gabriel Byrne in the tv series “In Treatment.”  She played Byrne’s therapist and was great. Have you seen that Gant?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on August 30, 2018, 05:14:10 AM
He was good in American Sniper and I’ve seen “Silver Linings Playbook” and enjoyed that film too.

I like Dianne Weist as well. She is not really a household name but she is a two time Academy Award winning actress. I particularly enjoyed her performance with Gabriel Byrne in the tv series “In Treatment.”  She played Byrne’s therapist and was great. Have you seen that Gant?

I thought In Treatment was a great show and was highly disappointed when it ended prematurely.  Weist has an impressive career.  One thing that I don't think Clint gets enough credit for is his casting of great actresses in so many of his films.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on August 30, 2018, 11:31:33 AM
He was good in American Sniper and I’ve seen “Silver Linings Playbook” and enjoyed that film too.

I like Dianne Weist as well. She is not really a household name but she is a two time Academy Award winning actress. I particularly enjoyed her performance with Gabriel Byrne in the tv series “In Treatment.”  She played Byrne’s therapist and was great. Have you seen that Gant?

I know Dianne Wiest for Hannah and her Sisters, which is one of the best Woody Allen films.
She appeared in other Woody Allen films.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Perry on September 01, 2018, 08:47:32 PM

Cooper is already getting bravado reviews for his directorial debut in the upcoming 'A Star Is Born ' remake.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 02, 2018, 06:53:54 AM
I’ve never seen any iteration of “A Star Is Born,” but the movie trailer made it look like it could be good and its getting such strong reviews that I think I’m going to have to check it out.

I do find it quite interesting that two films that Eastwood wanted to make but ultimately passed on, this and “First Man” about Niel Almstrong, have become the darlings of the festival season and could both be competing for the Oscars this year. 
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hemlock on September 03, 2018, 11:56:35 AM
Though Mule is yet another tru-life story-film from Eastwood,I got to say that the story do sound intresting and the fact that Eastwood himself is back in front (and behind) of the camera is just awesome news!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 04, 2018, 10:33:38 AM
Warner Bros hopes Clint shows them The Mule as soon as possible.

Look at this article:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/star-is-born-aquaman-crazy-rich-asians-sequels-1202925639/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 04, 2018, 11:04:13 AM
Warner Bros hopes Clint shows them The Mule as soon as possible.

Look at this article:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/star-is-born-aquaman-crazy-rich-asians-sequels-1202925639/

Thanks for sharing this with us, Hocine. This is pretty much confirmation of what I had said earlier, which is that I thought that Warners would wait to see the film first before deciding whether or not to release it this year.

Joel Cox usually has an edited version of films that Eastwood makes by the end of shooting or shortly thereafter, so they may get to see a version of this soon since principal photography wrapped at the end of July.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 04, 2018, 11:38:26 AM
Thanks for sharing this with us, Hocine. This is pretty much confirmation of what I had said earlier, which is that I thought that Warners would wait to see the film first before deciding whether or not to release it this year.

Joel Cox usually has an edited version of films that Eastwood makes by the end of shooting or shortly thereafter, so they may get to see a version of this soon since principal photography wrapped at the end of July.

Yes, I agree with you.
Actually, Joel Cox starts editing the film during principal photography, week after week.
When the shooting is finished, he almost has the final version of the film without the music score, the visual and sound effects.
I hope Warners will enjoy The Mule and decide to release it this year.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 04, 2018, 01:02:27 PM
Warner Bros hopes Clint shows them The Mule as soon as possible.

Look at this article:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/star-is-born-aquaman-crazy-rich-asians-sequels-1202925639/
Great update Hocine. thank you for sharing.
Simply I cannot wait until next year to see this one. My blood Clint is at the lowest level. I hope WB find it great and give it an Oscar race release date which can be late December/ early January. Some rave reviews out there are claiming that Robert Redford has a serious chance in upcoming Oscar for his last role in a feature film. I hope Eastwood joins him in that category, for one last time, maybe.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 04, 2018, 01:12:53 PM
Although, I guess A Star is Born, already flying so high at Venice, is the major threat for releasing of The Mule in time for Oscars. WB may decide to push hard for their best shot. But again, this is Eastwood. and he can surprise everyone around. 
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 04, 2018, 01:32:07 PM
Great update Hocine. thank you for sharing.
Simply I cannot wait until next year to see this one. My blood Clint is at the lowest level. I hope WB find it great and give it an Oscar race release date which can be late December/ early January. Some rave reviews out there are claiming that Robert Redford has a serious chance in upcoming Oscar for his last role in a feature film. I hope Eastwood joins him in that category, for one last time, maybe.

I like Robert Redford, and because it’s rumored to be his last performance (although, I doubt that it will be. Look to  Eastwood for why), I will likely see The Old Man and the Gun. But, at first glance, nothing about it seems Oscar worthy to me. In my opinion, Robert Redford has given this kind of performance many times before in much more interesting films.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 05, 2018, 05:58:09 AM
I like Robert Redford, and because it’s rumored to be his last performance (although, I doubt that it will be. Look to  Eastwood for why), I will likely see The Old Man and the Gun. But, at first glance, nothing about it seems Oscar worthy to me. In my opinion, Robert Redford has given this kind of performance many times before in much more interesting films.

I like Robert Redford too, though I prefer Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
I would say that his great years as an actor go from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) to Out of Africa (1985).
He had a great collaboration with director Sydney Pollack.
When Redford won an Oscar as the Best Director in 1981 for Ordinary People, he didn't disappear like Warren Beatty but he seemed to be less interested in his acting career.
Then, he founded the Sundance Film Festival. Alright, he starred in some good pictures like The Natural, The Horse Whisperer or All is Lost.
He was in Indecent Proposal, which was a box office hit. He did Spy Game with Brad Pitt or Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But I think that his acting career is definitely behind him.
Robert Redford belongs to these good-looking actors and macho men of the sixties and seventies like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Warren Beatty,
Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Burt Reynolds and of course, Clint Eastwood. Even if their careers are not quite the same.
I will see The Old Man and the Gun. It could be his last performance. I don't know if Redford will get an Oscar nomination.
It's too soon to predict it. But Christian Bale could be the front runner. Ryan Gosling will be there. And maybe Bradley Cooper.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 05, 2018, 06:36:17 AM
Although, I guess A Star is Born, already flying so high at Venice, is the major threat for releasing of The Mule in time for Oscars. WB may decide to push hard for their best shot. But again, this is Eastwood. and he can surprise everyone around.

Warner Bros is able to support two pictures at the same time.
For example, in 2007, we had two Warner Bros movies at the Oscars: Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima.
Of course, The Departed was the big winner.
So, I don't think that A Star is Born is a threat for The Mule. At this point, The Mule has nothing to lose. I mean in the Oscar race.
Nobody talks about The Mule in the press. There's no buzz. We don't know its release date yet.
The question is: how good will The Mule be ?
Gran Torino wasn't even nominated. It was probabaly snubbed. Maybe it came too late in the Oscar race.
In my opinion, The Mule should be better than Gran Torino in order to have a chance to be nominated.
If The Mule is considered Oscar worthy, it will get a December release date for sure.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 05, 2018, 12:40:00 PM
Warner Bros is able to support two pictures at the same time.
For example, in 2007, we had two Warner Bros movies at the Oscars: Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima.
Of course, The Departed was the big winner.
So, I don't think that A Star is Born is a threat for The Mule. At this point, The Mule has nothing to lose. I mean in the Oscar race.
Nobody talks about The Mule in the press. There's no buzz. We don't know its release date yet.
The question is: how good will The Mule be ?
Gran Torino wasn't even nominated. It was probabaly snubbed. Maybe it came too late in the Oscar race.
In my opinion, The Mule should be better than Gran Torino in order to have a chance to be nominated.
If The Mule is considered Oscar worthy, it will get a December release date for sure.

Great reminder and great explanation.
let's have another reminder;
Back in 2004, no one knew that the ace of awards season was gonna be Million Dollar Baby.
it was a dark horse. no one thought about that.
no one considered it.
no one talked about it.
everyone was talking about The Aviator.
And at the last minute, January, Million Dollar Baby shocked everyone.
Roger Ebert called it "the best picture of the year"
and the rest is history.
Hope The Mule has the same formula as Million Dollar Baby.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 05, 2018, 02:55:33 PM
Great reminder and great explanation.
let's have another reminder;
Back in 2004, no one knew that the ace of awards season was gonna be Million Dollar Baby.
it was a dark horse. no one thought about that.
no one considered it.
no one talked about it.
everyone was talking about The Aviator.
And at the last minute, January, Million Dollar Baby shocked everyone.
Roger Ebert called it "the best picture of the year"
and the rest is history.
Hope The Mule has the same formula as Million Dollar Baby.

Great reminder and explanation too, Saman Moradkhani !

I agree with you.
I remember I was so happy when Clint won for Million Dollar Baby. I think he deserved it.
Million Dollar Baby is probably Clint Eastwood's best picture along with Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, Bird, A Perfect World,
The Bridges of Madison County and Letters from Iwo Jima.
American Sniper and Sully are pretty good too but not like these films above.
The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bird, A Perfect World and The Bridges of Madison County were snubbed by the Academy, in my opinion.
I don't say that they should have won but nominated at least.
Could The Mule be the dark horse of the year ? I hope so but I don't know.
We have to know its release date first.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 05, 2018, 11:02:50 PM
Great reminder and explanation too, Saman Moradkhani !

I agree with you.
I remember I was so happy when Clint won for Million Dollar Baby. I think he deserved it.
Million Dollar Baby is probably Clint Eastwood's best picture along with Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, Bird, A Perfect World,
The Bridges of Madison County and Letters from Iwo Jima.
American Sniper and Sully are pretty good too but not like these films above.
The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bird, A Perfect World and The Bridges of Madison County were snubbed by the Academy, in my opinion.
I don't say that they should have won but nominated at least.
Could The Mule be the dark horse of the year ? I hope so but I don't know.
We have to know its release date first.

Couldn't agree more.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on September 07, 2018, 11:49:48 PM
I've never been a huge fan of Redford but he has made some good movies. I've always really liked The Natural and more recently All is Lost... It would be great this late in their careers to see both Redford and Eastwood nominated...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Perry on September 08, 2018, 03:24:45 PM

Redford was always Hollywood's Golden Boy and a truly overrated boring actor. Yeah, ok he was a nice looking guy and he did a nice job directing Ordinary People, but Eastwood don't need him. It it wasn't for Paul Newman, Redford would had been a Forest Ranger in Utah.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 27, 2018, 01:05:22 AM
The Mule is mentioned in this article. But nothing really new.

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/09/mary-queen-of-scots-closes-afi-fest-focus-feature-premiere-1202007058/

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 27, 2018, 02:55:42 AM
There hasn't been any significant information on this for quite awhile. Waiting to hear whether or not Warners is planning to release this this year has pretty much been torture for me (I'm not now, nor have I ever been, a man of patience.) I also really want to see a trailer!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 27, 2018, 05:55:12 AM
Oh. same feelings here. Even a poster from WB can be enough for me to spend the next 2 months with it  ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 27, 2018, 10:55:35 AM
Its coming out December 14th, in wide release, per Deadline. Yes!!!

Given this date, we should see a trailer by next month.

https://deadline.com/2018/09/clint-eastwoods-the-mule-kicks-its-way-onto-december-release-calendar-1202472363/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on September 27, 2018, 01:05:11 PM
Here's one link I found mentioning the release day: http://collider.com/clint-eastwood-the-mule-release-date/#images

So I take it that must be for wide release? That'll be nice to see another Eastwood movie before the year is up.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 27, 2018, 01:08:09 PM
Its coming out December 14th, in wide release, per Deadline. Yes!!!

Im at work and doing this on my phone so someone else, please post a link.

Given this date, We should see a trailer by  next month.

Holy mother of day.
Yessss

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/clint-eastwood-the-mule-1202959955/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 27, 2018, 01:25:20 PM
 From Deadline:
"Production wrapped in early July and a cut was recently shown to Warner Bros. brass over the weekend which wowed them."
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 27, 2018, 06:34:24 PM
This is great!  It’s been many a year since I’ve attended an Eastwood film opening day.  I’ll be first in line for this one.

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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on September 27, 2018, 09:09:36 PM
Holy mother of day.
Yessss

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/clint-eastwood-the-mule-1202959955/

From the Variety story:
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The Warner Bros. thriller will open on Dec. 14 in wide release. Eastwood stars in the film and directs. “The Mule” will face off against Universal’s pricey sci-fi fantasy “Mortal Engines,” STX’s Jennifer Lopez rom-com “Second Act,” and Sony’s animated adventure “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” The film is seen as more of a commercial effort. It’s not expected to be a major Oscar contender.

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In an interview with Variety last month, Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich said he deferred to Eastwood about when the film would be released.

“We’re waiting for Clint to show us the movie, and the way that’s worked for 25 years is whenever and wherever Clint says,” said Emmerich.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 28, 2018, 12:25:57 AM
From the Variety story:
So, what's your idea? Is it just gonna be a commercial effort or some Oscar bait? I do hear "Gran Torino" echo all the time about this project.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 28, 2018, 01:59:18 AM
Oh Yeahhh !! Great news !!!
Obviously, a trailer and a poster should be available next month !!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 28, 2018, 02:47:49 AM
Oh Yeahhh !! Great news !!!
Obviously, a trailer and a poster should be available next month !!

The trailer will likely be released in conjunction with the release of another Warner Bros film. The next two major Warner Bros releases are "A Star is Born" on October 5th and "Fantastic Beasts" on November 16th.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 28, 2018, 03:34:26 AM
The trailer will likely be released in conjunction with the release of another Warner Bros film. The next two major Warner Bros releases are "A Star is Born" on October 5th and "Fantastic Beasts" on November 16th.

Hi AKA23 !

You can check this website for the upcoming trailers:

https://trailer-track.com

Some trailers of movies released on December 14 are coming soon.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 28, 2018, 03:54:21 AM
So, what's your idea? Is it just gonna be a commercial effort or some Oscar bait? I do hear "Gran Torino" echo all the time about this project.

According to Warner Bros, The Mule won’t be an Oscar contender.
Instead, Warner Bros estimates that The Mule could be a crowd-pleaser like Gran Torino.
Maybe this careful statement is a strategy to avoid a big disappointment and to surprise everybody.
If you remember, after Million Dollar Baby, almost all Clint Eastwood films were considered as serious Oscar contenders but only Letters from Iwo Jima and American Sniper got Best Picture nominations.
So, who knows ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on September 28, 2018, 04:01:31 AM
The trailer will likely be released in conjunction with the release of another Warner Bros film. The next two major Warner Bros releases are "A Star is Born" on October 5th and "Fantastic Beasts" on November 16th.

Usually, the trailers of Clint Eastwood pictures come out two months before the pictures are released.

Hopefully, I would say that we could see The Mule’s trailer within the 15 days.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 28, 2018, 05:06:36 AM
According to Warner Bros, The Mule won’t be an Oscar contender.
Instead, Warner Bros estimates that The Mule could be a crowd-pleaser like Gran Torino.
Maybe this careful statement is a strategy to avoid a big disappointment and to surprise everybody.
If you remember, after Million Dollar Baby, almost all Clint Eastwood films were considered as serious Oscar contenders but only Letters from Iwo Jima and American Sniper got Best Picture nominations.
So, who knows ?

The explanation that Warners expects this to be a crowd-pleaser and that it isn't intended to compete for any Oscars doesn't make sense given the release date. They are dating it for December 14th, which is Oscar season.

Warners can release the film at any time in 2019, and a summer release would be even more likely to make money than a December release would be. Opening it on the same weekend as "Spiderman" is clearly not designed for maximum box office impact, since "The Mule" can't possibly beat a tentpole comic book release at the box office.

I think Warner Bros clearly sees "A Star is Born" as it's main Oscar vehicle. Since that's already been well received, I think that's their Oscar horse at this point. But, there's a chance that they could be going for an Oscar nomination for Eastwood as Best Actor. Studios don't rush movies, which just finished filming, for release at the end of the year unless there's at least some interest in the film competing for the Oscars.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on September 28, 2018, 06:21:47 AM
Warners can release the film at any time in 2019, and a summer release would be even more likely to make money than a December release would be. Opening it on the same weekend as "Spiderman" is clearly not designed for maximum box office impact, since "The Mule" can't possibly beat a tentpole comic book release at the box office.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film and not likely going to be a huge hit, or at least not as big as the other Marvel films have been.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 28, 2018, 07:31:45 AM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film and not likely going to be a huge hit, or at least not as big as the other Marvel films have been.

Last month I mentioned the threat of A Star is Born to The Mule chances in Oscars. And now, it seems pretty possible. But there is one factor we should always keep in mind, and that is the love of academy to Clint Eastwood. so who knows, maybe The Mule can be in for both best picture and best actor category.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on September 28, 2018, 07:44:13 AM
Right now I'm anxious for the trailer which I expect it to be as thrilling as always but I'm really curious for the poster. Let's hope  for a drawing instead of the usual -these days - photos, although the Gran Torino images were intriguing.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on September 28, 2018, 08:02:15 AM
Oscars.... Who needs em !

I'm very excited about this project .. Clint was making great films long before the critics caught up...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: MC on September 28, 2018, 12:56:30 PM
Though I don't always agree with the opinions of Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily, she definitely knows her stuff when it comes to the Oscars. Here's her take on how Warners is positioning The Mule at this juncture, which makes sense to me:

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Variety says the film is “not expected to be a major Oscar contender,” and by that, I presume they mean two things. The first is that WB doesn’t want any competition for A Star is Born, which they have on track for awards, and the second is that Clint Eastwood himself does not really like the Oscar circus, or so I’ve gathered over the years. He prefers to just show the movie to people and have them see it rather than run it through the filter of critics and bloggers.

http://www.awardsdaily.com/2018/09/27/clint-eastwood-joins-the-best-actor-race-with-the-mule-for-christmas-release/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on September 28, 2018, 02:25:00 PM
Sasha Stone is definitely knowledge about the Oscar race, and she's also quite a good writer. I like her, but I also often don't agree with her. She seems to view the Oscar race largely through the prism of racism, sexism, and the socio-political statements that she thinks that Oscar voters should be making by supporting one film or another. I personally don't think Oscar voters should be making decisions that way.

But, she does seem to be saying that Warners wants to release the film this year so that they can keep their options open. I think that's right. They're releasing it exactly one month before Oscar nomination ballots are due. That's not a coincidence. If "A Star Is Born" falters, and "The Mule" is critically acclaimed, they could start pushing "The Mule" and Eastwood for Best Actor, or other nominations.

At this point, I think it really is too early to be speculating about potential Oscar nominations. We haven't even seen a trailer yet, and we have no idea how Oscar voters might perceive the film.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on September 29, 2018, 01:45:49 AM
Warner Bros. tells TheWrap that the mid-December slot was selected because it was seen as a spot where “The Mule” could stand out as an option for moviegoers looking for an adult drama.

https://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-sets-clint-eastwoods-mule-december-release/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on September 29, 2018, 01:32:07 PM
Interesting comment from The Playlist....Bradley Cooper has championed that The Mule get a year - end release so Eastwood can join him on the awards circuit.

https://theplaylist.net/clint-eastwood-the-mule-oscar-20180927/

Friendship, appreciation of Clint 's performance,  or both?
Time will tell.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 02, 2018, 05:51:55 AM
Be ready... be very ready for the first trailer expected to be released in coming days with A Star is Born;

https://trailer-track.com/2018/10/02/in-the-pipeline-first-trailer-for-clint-eastwoods-the-mule-arriving-in-the-coming-days/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 02, 2018, 06:40:14 AM
This is exciting news, and exactly what I would have done if I were in charge. Warners appears to be doing this right!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 02, 2018, 07:19:02 AM
This is exciting news, and exactly what I would have done if I were in charge. Warners appears to be doing this right!
Yeah. totally exciting. this one sounds different already. reminds me of 2014 and American Sniper.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 02, 2018, 09:08:49 AM
I must have refreshed the page a thousand times more or less. ..
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 02, 2018, 07:28:13 PM
So, when should we expect this to post online. This Thursday?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 04, 2018, 09:34:59 AM
Here we go.....

http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2018/10/04/the-mule-trailer-172800/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 04, 2018, 09:42:39 AM
Here we go.....

http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2018/10/04/the-mule-trailer-172800/

 :)
Holly shhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiii*****ttttttt
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 04, 2018, 10:02:21 AM
Wow !!!!!!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 04, 2018, 11:41:44 AM
Looks good. 8)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on October 04, 2018, 11:43:01 AM
Looks cool!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 04, 2018, 12:16:24 PM
This definitely looks like a Best Actor play for Eastwood. Nobody else even has any dialogue in this trailer, and the whole trailer is framed around an emotional monologue from his character. I don’t think Warners is being honest that this is just a commercial film that they are releasing during Oscar season as counter programming.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 04, 2018, 12:49:55 PM
June 4th.....first day of filming.
October 4th.....first trailer released.
Four months from start to finish (almost).........what a man, what a team.......88 years young!
PS. ....Andy Garcia finally officially acknowledged......

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 04, 2018, 02:37:21 PM
A subtle link with "Hereafter", for which the composer Eastwood borrowed an excerpt from the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto. In this trailer, unlike the trailer of "American Sniper", it seems that the music is already that of the film (in any case, it sounds Eastwood), and we recognize the 9 notes, played on the piano, of the most famous variation from the the same Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini . Obviously, Clint loves Sergeï …
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 04, 2018, 03:34:25 PM
The official website is up and running.....

http://www.themulefilm.com/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 04, 2018, 04:47:27 PM
I had a feeling watching the trailer that this could have a similar ending to Gran Tarino.

Clint sacrifices himself to bring down the cartel?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 04, 2018, 06:27:40 PM
I had a feeling watching the trailer that this could have a similar ending to Gran Tarino.

Clint sacrifices himself to bring down the cartel?

Could be. They filmed a funeral scene, but this movie is about drug dealing, so anyone is fair game for dying!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Matt on October 04, 2018, 06:28:22 PM
Trailer looks gooood. Can't wait!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 04, 2018, 06:30:04 PM
This definitely looks like a Best Actor play for Eastwood. Nobody else even has any dialogue in this trailer, and the whole trailer is framed around an emotional monologue from his character. I don’t think Warners is being honest that this is just a commercial film that they are releasing during Oscar season as counter programming.

Sasha Stone agrees with me.

Quote

I think word on the street was that The Mule wasn’t an Oscar contender. Yeah, not buying it. If it looks like an Oscar contender, walks like an Oscar contender, talks like an Oscar contender, it’s an Oscar contender. I appreciate their attempt to avoid the dog and pony show of the season but a movie like this, released in December 14? It’s a film to strongly consider for year end award consideration.

http://www.awardsdaily.com/2018/10/04/trailer-for-clint-eastwoods-the-mule-drops-released-december-14/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 05, 2018, 01:02:54 AM
I hope it was wrong on the website I was looking at but the release date for Australia is January 17, 2019. :(
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 05, 2018, 02:46:23 AM
I have not read any comments from a journalist to point out that with this film, Eastwood would achieve the record of the oldest actor-director of all time ... unless you have in mind someone who would have achieved this feat beyond 88 years old?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 05, 2018, 02:50:40 AM
I hope it was wrong on the website I was looking at but the release date for Australia is January 17, 2019. :(

Don't complain yourself : in France we will wait until march 6, according to "Premiere".
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 05, 2018, 06:45:54 AM
This is an effective trailer, but as a greedy Eastwood fan, I want more. I would have liked to see a more traditional trailer which included scenes of Clint interacting with other major cast members. I wonder if they just didn’t have the time to put that together since Eastwood just finished the film. This felt much more like a teaser trailer to me.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 05, 2018, 08:25:18 AM
This is an effective trailer, but as a greedy Eastwood fan, I want more. I would have liked to see a more traditional trailer which included scenes of Clint interacting with other major cast members. I wonder if they just didn’t have the time to put that together since Eastwood just finished the film. This felt much more like a teaser trailer to me.

remember American Sniper? this is a more American Sniper-like trailer than other usuals out there. Here we have piano notes and Eastwood's voiceover instead of heartbeat sound in American Sniper's. Actually, i gotta say, this is kinda stuff I like more.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Kayley on October 05, 2018, 09:53:10 AM
It's only the first teaser trailer. They always make them like that. There will be more, folks, be patient!
And I think Eastwood's monologue above all the pictures makes a great statement just what this movie is all about.
I love it!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Perry on October 05, 2018, 11:46:29 AM


               Tremendous trailer.... I don't think I've ever seen Eastwood look so vulnerable........
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on October 05, 2018, 04:16:40 PM
Don't think I've been this excited from a Clint trailer since seeing the Unforgiven trailer for the first time.  And what a great facial shot of Clint at the end.... wow.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 05, 2018, 04:40:13 PM
Just saw "A Star Is Born." As I expected, the trailer for this played before it. It sure was a thrill to see Eastwood back on the big screen again!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on October 05, 2018, 09:54:27 PM
How was A Star Is Born? Wait, don't tell me here ... We have a thread for it!

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=10424.0
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: PeterD on October 05, 2018, 10:52:10 PM
Haven't logged in here for months and only found out about this movie last night.

Very excited, thought he has retired from acting after Trouble with the Curve.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on October 06, 2018, 12:03:51 AM
Welcome back, PeterD! :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 06, 2018, 12:28:20 AM
Just saw "A Star Is Born." As I expected, the trailer for this played before it. It sure was a thrill to see Eastwood back on the big screen again!

Told my wife that I'll accompany her on this one.She asked me why I would do such a thing.
 >:D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on October 06, 2018, 06:02:46 AM
The Mule sounds great and seems close to Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby, at first sight.
But like AKA23 said, I need more. However I have a good feeling about this one.
There are some pretty good actors in supporting roles.
The story looks perfect for Clint Eastwood’s acting swansong.
What about a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Clint ?
Possible though the Academy is not particularly fond of his acting style.
For instance, during the last 25 years, he gave some of his best performances in In the Line of Fire, The Bridges of Madison County and Gran Torino but he wasn’t even nominated.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 06, 2018, 05:41:46 PM
The Academy tends to favor performances that are either quite showy, or which involve physical transformations. Eastwood doesn't tend to do either one of these types of performances, and "The Mule" doesn't appear to break that mold. Like Robert Redford, who may also be vying for an Oscar this year, Eastwood's always been a pretty naturalistic actor. The closest Eastwood got to doing a physical transformation was "Remembering Mark Twain," where he was to play Mark Twain as an older man, but that film never came to fruition.

I won't be that excited about Eastwood receiving a third Best Actor nomination that he doesn't win.  He does appear to be playing a much more vulnerable character than usual, but it's just a trailer, so it's tough to tell.

I think if it comes down to Eastwood or Redford, as long as Eastwood's performance doesn't blow Redford's out of the water, that Redford will be more likely to receive a nomination. He's a pretty liberal guy, unlike Eastwood, and he has a ton of goodwill in the industry from his support of The Sundance Film Festival, which really helped to give a platform that previously didn't exist to independent filmmakers. I think both will be seen as more attractive to the Academy than what Eastwood's done.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on October 07, 2018, 04:27:03 AM
Just watched the trailer.. Superb. Very excited about this movie...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 07, 2018, 08:22:39 AM
Just watched the trailer.. Superb. Very excited about this movie...

I read many comments online when the trailer was released and virtually everyone seemed to like it. The less is more approach that Warners took may have been the right one. Releasing it with “A Star is Born,” which appears to be a hit, was also a great choice to build awareness and drum up enthusiasm.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 07, 2018, 09:22:09 AM
The Mule's trailer has an impressive number of four and a half million views on YouTube in just three days. The 1517 to Paris has the same number since last year. We can simply expect The Mule to be a hit in the box office, a factor which is so important for Oscar consideration.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 07, 2018, 02:11:54 PM
The Mule's trailer has an impressive number of four and a half million views on YouTube in just three days. The 1517 to Paris has the same number since last year. We can simply expect The Mule to be a hit in the box office, a factor which is so important for Oscar consideration.
now five millions. ;-)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 08, 2018, 02:31:58 AM
now five millions. ;-)

Not surprising.  :) this is an exciting, intense and impressive trailer from the greatest of all time. Huge success is expected.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on October 08, 2018, 05:34:16 AM
The Academy tends to favor performances that are either quite showy, or which involve physical transformations. Eastwood doesn't tend to do either one of these types of performances, and "The Mule" doesn't appear to break that mold. Like Robert Redford, who may also be vying for an Oscar this year, Eastwood's always been a pretty naturalistic actor. The closest Eastwood got to doing a physical transformation was "Remembering Mark Twain," where he was to play Mark Twain as an older man, but that film never came to fruition.

I won't be that excited about Eastwood receiving a third Best Actor nomination that he doesn't win.  He does appear to be playing a much more vulnerable character than usual, but it's just a trailer, so it's tough to tell.

I think if it comes down to Eastwood or Redford, as long as Eastwood's performance doesn't blow Redford's out of the water, that Redford will be more likely to receive a nomination. He's a pretty liberal guy, unlike Eastwood, and he has a ton of goodwill in the industry from his support of The Sundance Film Festival, which really helped to give a platform that previously didn't exist to independent filmmakers. I think both will be seen as more attractive to the Academy than what Eastwood's done.

I agree with you, AKA23.
However, a third Best Actor nomination for Clint would be a new recognition from the Academy.
Of course, Clint doesn’t need Oscars.
He won 2 Best Director Oscars and 2 Best Picture Oscars.
He was even selected for the Irving G. Thalberg Award.
Clint had already played vulnerable men, mentally (Firefox, Tightrope, Unforgiven, In the Line of Fire, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Trouble with the Curve) or physically (The Beguiled, Honkytonk Man, Unforgiven, Blood Work, Gran Torino, Trouble with The Curve).
But what I see in The Mule’s trailer seems to be unprecedented.
Though it’s too soon to predict anything, Clint has his chances by now.
The main contenders for Best Actor Oscar seem to be Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 08, 2018, 10:40:16 AM
Can't wait for the poster so, here is an unofficial one that I found around the web

https://www.reddit.com/r/MoviePosterPorn/comments/9m9bo7/the_mule_clint_eastwood_poste_22003143/

(https://preview.redd.it/xjgdmne29uq11.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&s=6b8d1d2baf53ec8dd5dddbd11024fba8c4842189)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 08, 2018, 11:20:18 AM
I assumed that the cover art on the official website was the official poster. If you click on the X when the trailer appears, you'll see it.

Is it not?

http://www.themulefilm.com

I actually like that fan poster better!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 08, 2018, 11:36:04 AM
I have seen it. Don't want to believe this is the poster . Just a teaser seems  better. .. or not ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 08, 2018, 03:52:33 PM
six millions .
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 09, 2018, 12:32:18 PM
https://twitter.com/ScottEastwood/status/1048287384981258240?s=20

A ringing endorsement from Scott Eastwood.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 10, 2018, 12:17:58 PM
now seven millions.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 10, 2018, 01:30:58 PM
I love your enthusiasm, but I'm not sure we need the periodic updates of how many views the trailer has gotten over time. I like that it keeps going up though!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 10, 2018, 02:18:10 PM
This is already epic. Orgasm.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on October 14, 2018, 11:33:24 PM
I've never watched a film trailer so much :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 15, 2018, 02:12:43 PM
Since this trailer didnt show very much, do you guys think there will be another one released? Or, do you think its part of the marketing strategy to keep audiences in the dark and wanting more?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on October 16, 2018, 08:28:13 AM
I thought the trailer showed enough really... I don't like these trailers that feel like they're showing half of the movie..
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on October 16, 2018, 09:15:54 AM
I thought the trailer showed enough really... I don't like these trailers that feel like they're showing half of the movie..


I agree.  I've seen trailers that actually show the final scenes of a movie.  I like what AKA suggested in that the trailer showed just enough to make audiences wanting to know what is going to happen.  I saw the trailer in the theater last week (seeing Bad Times at the El Royale) which I think is interesting that an Eastwood trailer would be shown in theaters this much in advance.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 16, 2018, 10:11:40 AM
According to Twitter, Dr. Arturo Sandoval has composed the score for "The Mule." It should be recording October 30-31st. He appears to be an acclaimed jazz musician. Is anyone familiar with his work? 

I wrote the score for this great film, I'm so happy and grateful for this opportunity, may God bless you, Clint Eastwood

https://twitter.com/sandovalarturo1?lang=en
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 16, 2018, 12:09:38 PM
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0762094/mediaviewer/rm982416640

Photographed with Clint.....from his imdb page.

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 16, 2018, 01:57:12 PM
According to The Ranker (which is a vote-based website), Arturo Sandoval is the greatest trumpeters of all time. Gee!

https://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-trumpeters-of-all-time/ranker-music?ref=dshare&source=fbshare&
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Steven on October 17, 2018, 01:49:33 PM
Arturo posted some nice pics on his Instagram feed with him and Clint  :D

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo3F5YmgRUw/?hl=en&taken-by=arturo_sandoval_arocha

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo38v59A3JE/?hl=en&taken-by=arturo_sandoval_arocha

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo5rIibgmH5/?hl=en&taken-by=arturo_sandoval_arocha

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on October 17, 2018, 06:32:01 PM
According to The Ranker (which is a vote-based website), Arturo Sandoval is the greatest trumpeters of all time. Gee!

https://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-trumpeters-of-all-time/ranker-music?ref=dshare&source=fbshare&

I'm sure he is if they say so.  But who is "Doc Serverinsen"? ???
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on October 18, 2018, 07:42:16 PM
I'm sure he is if they say so.  But who is "Doc Serverinsen"? ???

Yeah, they misspelled the name of the great band leader of the Johnny Carson Tonight show (Severinsen)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 19, 2018, 02:13:29 AM
Any predictions for the running time ?
My guess is around 130 minutes as ordinary.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 19, 2018, 12:01:38 PM
Since most of Eastwood's movies are around 2 hours, I'd guess around that time, but there's no way to predict this from the information that we have. "Gran Torino" was 1 hr 56 minutes and "The Judge," the other movie that Schenk wrote, was 2 hr 21 minutes. I would expect this would be longer than Eastwood's last two directorial efforts, which were around 1.5 hrs, since that is quite short for Eastwood. Without seeing how long the script is, there's really no way to answer this question.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 19, 2018, 08:47:59 PM
I reckon 110 mins. :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 24, 2018, 06:38:51 AM
This has been apparently been Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity.

I have also heard that a tv spot for this aired during a baseball game yesterday, but am not able to find it online yet. Did anybody see this? How was it, and what did they show?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: MC on October 24, 2018, 08:56:25 AM
According to Twitter, Dr. Arturo Sandoval has composed the score for "The Mule." It should be recording October 30-31st. He appears to be an acclaimed jazz musician. Is anyone familiar with his work? 

Arturo is great ... I have a few of his CDs and I saw him live about 15 years ago. Awesome Latin Jazz trumpeter, plays some piano too, probably other instruments. Should be interesting to see what he comes up with for the score.

Andy Garcia played Arturo in the 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (a pretty good movie, as I recall), so I wonder if that's how Clint made the connection.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on October 24, 2018, 11:37:50 AM
At last...


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/0c/The_mule_poster.png/800px-The_mule_poster.png)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 24, 2018, 12:58:14 PM
At last...


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/0c/The_mule_poster.png/800px-The_mule_poster.png)

Jesus... Gran Torino 2... PURE EASTWOOD
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on October 24, 2018, 01:43:24 PM
Very beautiful poster. Astonishing to see only Eastwood at the head of affiiche. The other stars of the film appear only in small print in the credits file, under the road.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 24, 2018, 03:04:26 PM
Very cool poster!

I found the TV spot: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/dxpJ/the-mule-movie-trailer
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on October 24, 2018, 06:12:33 PM
Beautiful poster in which Clint’s face almost disappears in the grey sky.
I like Clint Eastwood movies’ posters which are like paintings.
When I look at The Mule’s poster, I think about Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, White Hunter Black Heart, Absolute Power or True Crime ones, because of Clint’s face who seems to come from the shadow or the darkness.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on October 25, 2018, 04:16:17 AM
Very cool poster!

I found the TV spot: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/dxpJ/the-mule-movie-trailer

Great tv spot
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Gant on October 26, 2018, 12:18:37 AM
That is one cool poster... and tv spot.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 27, 2018, 03:05:06 PM
I love the official poster and trailer.   The fan poster is ok, but I’d prefer to see Clint’s classic, iconic, legendary squint.

I can’t remember ever seeing an Eastwood movie opening day.  Through connections I’ve seen a number of sneak previews before general release.  As for The Mule, I plan on having tickets in advance for opening day. 


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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 30, 2018, 10:08:12 AM


https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1057291859616301056?p=v

Musical score being recorded.....

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on October 30, 2018, 06:07:00 PM
It is exciting that they are recording the score and it sounds like it could be great! How could the MPAA rate the film Rated R without a score? Doesn't this indicate that the film wasn't finished at the time of the rating? Is this typical?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on October 31, 2018, 12:21:44 AM


https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1057464787532201989?p=v

https://m.facebook.com/141485739212983/posts/2273075719387297/

https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1057512476881903616?p=v

https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1057513611680198657?p=v

 :)
A nice selection of pics from the session.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 08, 2018, 10:08:52 AM

According to the B.B.F.C. (British Board of Film Classification ) , The Mule trailer 2 has been passed......running  time 1m 30sec.
Should be on its way soon..... :)

https://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/mule-filmtrailer-0
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on November 08, 2018, 06:15:08 PM
Poster is awesome as is usually the case for Eastwood movies.  Looks like there are a few new scenes shown in that tv trailer.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 09, 2018, 04:51:08 AM
According to the B.B.F.C. (British Board of Film Classification ) , The Mule trailer 2 has been passed......running  time 1m 30sec.
Should be on its way soon..... :)

https://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/mule-filmtrailer-0

Interesting. I’d like to see that new trailer.
On the other hand, I don’t want The Mule to be too much unveiled.
Since the first trailer and the poster came out, little has been said about The Mule.
I don’t know if there will be a special screening in AFI film festival, for instance.
Warner Bros seems to keep a low profile.
The Mule is considered as an unknown outsider for the Oscars.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on November 16, 2018, 10:36:34 AM
Since the trailer discussed by Macpherson has not been released and I was curious about why, I contacted trailertrack to inquire about a new trailer. He says that this trailer is a shortened version of the previous trailer and not a new trailer. He also said that movies like this typically only have one trailer and that he hasn't heard anything about an upcoming trailer for "The Mule."  :(
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 17, 2018, 03:27:18 AM
Thank you AKA23.
In many ways, I think that we have all we need in the first trailer, though it’s not really talkative.
A second trailer may spoil everything.
Maybe other TV spots will appear few weeks before The Mule is released in theaters.
If you remember, for Jersey Boys, American Sniper, Sully and The 15:17 to Paris, some interviews and footage of the shooting were posted by Warner Bros on internet, before the movies came out.
Maybe it will be the same for The Mule.
Traditionnally, there’s no big publicity for Clint Eastwood movies.
For instance, in Paris, France, Clint Eastwood movies’ posters are in the streets and public areas, two weeks before the release date only. The Mule is actually released on January 23 in France.
I hope reading great interviews and articles when The Mule is released.
After The Mule, what’s next for Clint ? It seems that Impossible Odds is out. Isn’t it ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on November 18, 2018, 04:43:38 PM
Since the trailer discussed by Macpherson has not been released and I was curious about why, I contacted trailertrack to inquire about a new trailer. He says that this trailer is a shortened version of the previous trailer and not a new trailer. He also said that movies like this typically only have one trailer and that he hasn't heard anything about an upcoming trailer for "The Mule."  :(

I think I might have seen this shortened version today on tv while watching a football game.  I don't recall seeing any new scenes but the background narration/dialog seemed to be a bit different.  Wished I had paid more attention to it....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on November 19, 2018, 07:59:06 PM
Is everyone seeing these ads on TV by now? I really haven't seen them yet.

The advertising for this is really intriguing to me. From the trailer, it's tough for me to tell whether this film is primarily more of a family drama, or more of a crime drama/thriller? The trailer kind of makes it seem like "The Mule" is part of a trilogy of films that are really love stories/family dramas disguised superficially as something else.

This one happens to revolve around drug running, kind of like how "Million Dollar Baby" revolved around boxing, but was at its heart a love story, and "Gran Torino" revolved around gang violence, but was, at its heart, a paternal love story between Thao and Walt.

Or, alternatively, is "The Mule" primarily a thriller/crime drama which includes a secondary subplot of family drama? This is one of the unanswered questions that I'll be looking forward to answering when I eventually do see the film. What say you, esteemed board members? :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 21, 2018, 08:47:47 AM
Very  good post, AKA23 !

Actually, I asked myself the same question about Trouble with the Curve before it came out.
Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino are love stories/family dramas disguised as something else, as you said.
Trouble with the Curve is a paternal love story between Gus Lobel and his daughter.
Trouble with the Curve revolved around scouting a baseball player.
At first, I thought that Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Trouble with the Curve could be a non official trilogy.
But Trouble with the Curve was not directed by Clint and wasn’t as good as Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino.
So, I gave up that thought or idea.
I still think that Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino are pretty close.
Trouble with the Curve is still enjoyable but quite disappointing at the same time.
I think that Clint and Amy Adams performances were ruined by the script, which was a little bit boring and lazy.
Now, like you, AKA23, I think that The Mule could join Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino and be part of a trilogy.
I think that The Mule could be half a family drama and half a thriller/crime drama.
Absolute Power had this formula, if you remember.
I don’t expect a lot of action sequences. Maybe some shootouts and some car chasing.
My question is: how close to the real Leo Sharp story will The Mule be ?
I saw the trailer and the TV spot you posted previously.
The TV spot didn’t give more informations than the trailer.
I just hope that it won’t be an other Trouble with the Curve !
About its Oscar chances, I don’t know. The Best Actor category seems to be tough and suspenseful this year.
So, let’s wait for the first reviews and above all, the film itself.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 21, 2018, 03:01:19 PM
A possible  running time of 116minutes, according to the Gateway Film Center....
This needs to be verified, obviously.....


https://gatewayfilmcenter.org/the-mule/

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 21, 2018, 03:14:49 PM
If true, it would be the exact same running time as Gran Torino.......
Let's wait and see.....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on November 21, 2018, 04:07:41 PM
The New York Times ran a special "holiday films" section a couple of weeks ago (November 4). The Mule only got a brief blurb in the calendar section, but I guess I might as well post it here. It includes a link to the original article the film is based on:

Quote
The Mule. The idea of Clint Eastwood, who is now 88, playing a drug courier may seem far-fetched, but it shouldn’t: This star’s second directorial feature this year — and first major acting role in six years — is based on a New York Times Magazine article (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/magazine/the-sinaloa-cartels-90-year-old-drug-mule.html?module=inline) about a real-life mule for the Sinaloa cartel. Nick Schenk, the screenwriter of Eastwood’s Gran Torino, did the script. Bradley Cooper co-stars.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on November 21, 2018, 10:17:33 PM
The movie hasn't screened anywhere yet, so how would the Gateway Film Center learn the run time? I'd be skeptical of this for that reason, but on the other hand, this is oddly specific for something that was just completely made up.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 21, 2018, 11:09:19 PM
Macpherson is usually spot on with these tid bits about Eastwood’s upcoming films.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 22, 2018, 03:37:11 AM
Look at the box office forecast published by Deadline.
According to this article, The Mule would start at 15 M$ - 20 M$.
What do you think ?

https://deadline.com/2018/11/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-early-projection-mortal-engines-clint-eastwood-the-mule-1202505970/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 22, 2018, 04:01:05 AM
A possible  running time of 116minutes, according to the Gateway Film Center....
This needs to be verified, obviously.....


https://gatewayfilmcenter.org/the-mule/

A running time between 110minutes and 130minutes would be perfect for The Mule.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on November 22, 2018, 08:49:03 AM
Look at the box office forecast published by Deadline.
According to this article, The Mule would start at 15 M$ - 20 M$.
What do you think ?

https://deadline.com/2018/11/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-early-projection-mortal-engines-clint-eastwood-the-mule-1202505970/

I guess this is a good number to start with....
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 22, 2018, 10:22:22 AM
I guess this is a good number to start with....

Yes, I think so.

American Sniper started with 89 M$.
Sully started with 35 M$.
Gran Torino started with 29 M$.
Space Cowboys started with 18 M$.
Unforgiven started with 15 M$.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on November 26, 2018, 04:07:19 AM
I've read some sad news on Twitter from some editors and journalists that the WB doesn't have the plan to screen The Mule for National Board of Review and NY critics circle, and that they wanna stay away from AWARDS. I don't know yet if it's true.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on November 26, 2018, 04:14:30 AM
I've read some sad news on Twitter from some editors and journalists that the WB doesn't have the plan to screen The Mule for National Board of Review and NY critics circle, and that they wanna stay away from AWARDS. I don't know yet if it's true.
And I wonder WHY? Why "NOT AWARDS" and why "DECEMBER" release? National Board of Review has so much love and affection for Clint's films, this could go down as one of the top 10 films of the year. this approach is confusing to me.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 27, 2018, 05:29:56 AM
And I wonder WHY? Why "NOT AWARDS" and why "DECEMBER" release? National Board of Review has so much love and affection for Clint's films, this could go down as one of the top 10 films of the year. this approach is confusing to me.

Warner Bros is obviously focused on A Star Is Born. It's still the front runner in many categories.
Maybe WB doesn't want to ruin A Star Is Born's chances at the Oscars.
I remember that WB previously said that The Mule would be more a crowd pleaser than an Oscar contender.
The Mule seems to be a dark horse by now.
17 days before the US release date of The Mule, we have no interviews from the crew, no featurettes on internet.
So, at this point, we don't know nothing about this film, with the exception of the trailer and the poster.
Million Dollar Baby didn't make big noise too, before winning some of the main Oscars.
About The Mule, I think it will depend on the first reviews and the box office results.
So, wait and see !
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 27, 2018, 09:12:00 AM
I’ve found this article:


https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/11/27/exclusive-clint-eastwood-plays-even-older-guy-mule/2111706002/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 27, 2018, 09:29:02 AM
First pre-opening interview/publicity I've  seen.....

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/11/27/exclusive-clint-eastwood-plays-even-older-guy-mule/2111706002/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on November 27, 2018, 12:10:52 PM
This is a great article with some cool photos. Its very interesting that Clint didn’t imitially think of himself to portray this role. I wonder why not, and who he initially wanted to cast. This article also provides some previously unknown details that may make Stone more sympathetic, such as using his newfound wealth to become  a Robinhood-like figure.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 27, 2018, 02:06:23 PM
Clint...."I love what I do"......A nice perspective.

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/11/27/clint-eastwood-talks-retirement-mule-love-what-do/2122526002/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 28, 2018, 04:53:37 AM
In the Warner Bros website, an interesting blog called an Eastwood December:


https://www.warnerbros.com/blogs/2018/11/18/clint-eastwood-films-celebrate-anniversaries
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on November 28, 2018, 11:54:15 AM
A making the score of "The Mule" video is on the way it seems.....

https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1067588568149868545?p=v

https://m.facebook.com/ArturoSandovalMusic/posts/2311382242223311

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on November 29, 2018, 04:12:59 AM
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/11/27/clint-eastwood-talks-retirement-mule-love-what-do/2122526002/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on November 29, 2018, 02:53:35 PM
This whole The Mule case is so wierd. No one knows $#!t about it. Not a single critic has seen the movie so far, there is no trailer2 or behind the scence. No screening for NBR, NYCC or even AFI and Critic choice awards. This could be a major shot for Clint in award season; acting, directing and so on. are they afraid that the critics affect its box office chance? is it really that bad? why december release then? this is not normal.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on November 29, 2018, 02:55:07 PM
some critics are also offended by this policy. they are taking it personally.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on November 30, 2018, 04:48:37 AM
I guess we'll start hearing about the film in early December (from Monday), with interviews, special guests, featurettes, making of etc ...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 30, 2018, 06:27:56 PM
I guess we'll start hearing about the film in early December (from Monday), with interviews, special guests, featurettes, making of etc ...

Yes, I think so. I hope you’re right.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on November 30, 2018, 06:49:08 PM
This whole The Mule case is so wierd. No one knows $#!t about it. Not a single critic has seen the movie so far, there is no trailer2 or behind the scence. No screening for NBR, NYCC or even AFI and Critic choice awards. This could be a major shot for Clint in award season; acting, directing and so on. are they afraid that the critics affect its box office chance? is it really that bad? why december release then? this is not normal.

It’s probably too soon to make a statement but I think that if The Mule was nominated at the Oscars, it would be in the Best Actor category. It seems that this award season belongs to A Star Is Born.
The best period time between Clint and the Oscars is from 2004 and 2007.
And of course, 1993 and 2015.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on November 30, 2018, 09:08:20 PM
I have some fun facts to share. Fun fact #1, I just saw a new commercial for "The Mule" that I'd never seen before. It showed Clint driving in his truck while listening to some music, then was interspersed with the same montage of scenes that we've seen before. It felt more light hearted to me, and didn't have the tense voiceover. Fun fact #2, I watch tons of TV, and I've only seen commercials twice for this film, and both commercials appeared while I watched conservative leaning programs ("Fox News Sunday" and "Blue Bloods.")
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Christopher on December 01, 2018, 02:42:23 PM
I just looked up The Mule on Google to check the rating for the movie (I'd thought I'd heard it was going to be rated R), and there's an IMDb link on the page that lists the user rating for the movie to be 4.3. I figured the trolls must be out early. But when I clicked it, here's the movie it linked me to: Mule Feathers starring Rory Calhoun and Don Knotts https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073416/

 ;D :D

Edit: And I do see the actual IMDb page for the movie doesn't allow user ratings yet, as I expected to be the case.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 02, 2018, 12:17:42 AM
I just looked up The Mule on Google to check the rating for the movie (I'd thought I'd heard it was going to be rated R), and there's an IMDb link on the page that lists the user rating for the movie to be 4.3. I figured the trolls must be out early. But when I clicked it, here's the movie it linked me to: Mule Feathers starring Rory Calhoun and Don Knotts https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073416/

 ;D :D

Edit: And I do see the actual IMDb page for the movie doesn't allow user ratings yet, as I expected to be the case.

It's now open to rate  :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 03, 2018, 12:37:42 PM
Update:
According to Kristopher Tapley,  HFPA saw "The Mule" and they liked it? "with a question mark"

Exact tweet: "So HFPA saw “The Mule.” I heard they liked it?"
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 03, 2018, 12:52:35 PM
Update:
According to Kristopher Tapley,  HFPA saw "The Mule" and they liked it? "with a question mark"

Exact tweet: "So HFPA saw “The Mule.” I heard they liked it?"

Interesting.
Then, The Mule could get some Golden Globes nominations, which will be announced on Wednesday, December 12th.
We’ll have the first reactions soon.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 03, 2018, 12:58:31 PM
Interesting.
Then, The Mule could get some Golden Globes nominations, which will be announced on Wednesday, December 12th.
We’ll have the first reactions soon.

My mistake: Golden Globes nominations will be announced on Thursday, December 6th.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 03, 2018, 01:59:45 PM
My mistake: Golden Globes nominations will be announced on Thursday, December 6th.

I hope they value Eastwood's work and legacy. The last man standing.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 03, 2018, 03:19:44 PM
I hope they value Eastwood's work and legacy. The last man standing.

Saman, at this point, I think it's unlikely that the "Mule" is going to be nominated for any major Oscars. By this time in 2004, critics groups had already seen "Million Dollar Baby" and there was a lot of buzz that that film was going to be a major contender. We're hearing none of that for "The Mule."

That doesn't mean that the film isn't good. It could still be a great movie, just not one that the Academy wants to shower with Oscar nominations.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 03, 2018, 04:53:52 PM
Relevant?

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2018/12/whassup-with-the-mule/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 03, 2018, 08:06:09 PM
Relevant?

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2018/12/whassup-with-the-mule/

Sadly,  very likely so.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 03, 2018, 09:03:42 PM
Sadly,  very likely so.

Okay. So, let me get this straight. Clint chose to make a movie, which was based on a true story, that featured an 80+ year old man becoming a drug mule for the Sinaloa drug cartel. I believe this is a Mexican drug cartel, isn't it? And, people are getting upset with Eastwood because he chose actors of Hispanic origin to portray said drug criminals, who presumably act in "threatening" ways? Do I have that right?

If so, this is insane. It's thinking like this that is destroying our country. Too many people focus on identity politics rather than offering solutions to the many actual problems facing our country :(

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 04, 2018, 05:20:06 AM
Okay. So, let me get this straight. Clint chose to make a movie, which was based on a true story, that featured an 80+ year old man becoming a drug mule for the Sinaloa drug cartel. I believe this is a Mexican drug cartel, isn't it? And, people are getting upset with Eastwood because he chose actors of Hispanic origin to portray said drug criminals, who presumably act in "threatening" ways? Do I have that right?

If so, this is insane. It's thinking like this that is destroying our country. Too many people focus on identity politics rather than offering solutions to the many actual problems facing our country :(

I agree with you, AKA23.
It was logical and realistic to cast actors of Hispanic origin because it’s about the Sinaloa drug cartel.
I think that being in a big production is a great opportunity for these actors.
Only Michael Peña is well known.
For instance, it was also logical to cast actors of Asian origin in Crazy Rich Asians.
When Clint did Gran Torino, he logically hired real Hmong actors.
This is America today. It’s good to be aware of American melting-pot.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: MC on December 04, 2018, 07:37:01 AM
Speaking of Michael Pena, the NY Times recently did a piece on him, and there's a brief portion of the interview about The Mule:

Quote
And now you’re playing yet another D.E.A. agent in “The Mule,” your second film with Clint Eastwood.

Same job, completely different characters. This one is a wisecracking guy. It’s almost, like, just me. Eastwood is the kind of director you’re just like, “What do you want me to do? I’ll do whatever.” When you’re in a TV show, you have to pretty much do whatever is on the page because there’s so many moving pieces. But with him you really get to explore.

Eastwood is one of those guys that cast me early on. Back in the day, I auditioned for “Million Dollar Baby,” and in his breakdowns there was none of that [racial categorization]. There was just like, “Here’s the character.” He’s always going by his own rules. There’s no labeling when it comes to a Clint Eastwood movie.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/arts/television/netflix-narcos-michael-pena.html
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 04, 2018, 08:31:29 AM
^ The paragraph that follows that quote gives some fascinating context and puts Eastwood's well-established tradition of casting the actor, not the ethnicity, in a clearer light:

Quote
By “breakdown,” you mean … ?

Fifteen years ago, it was really, really tough because there were these breakdowns for [casting] where it would specifically say, “Lead part: Caucasian; second part: Caucasian; Caucasian, Caucasian, Caucasian. And it wouldn’t be until the 10th part that it would be open to African-Americans. And then it would be up to “15: open to all ethnicities.” So the best that I could do back in the day was 15th place. I was offered gangster parts all the time. Nowadays that doesn’t exist.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 04, 2018, 10:26:10 AM
Interesting musical input...

https://newsok.com/article/5616842/exclusive-interview-toby-keiths-song-dont-let-the-old-man-in-to-be-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-new-movie-the-mule

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 04, 2018, 02:49:45 PM
Interesting musical input...

https://newsok.com/article/5616842/exclusive-interview-toby-keiths-song-dont-let-the-old-man-in-to-be-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-new-movie-the-mule

 :)

Yes, it’s interesting.
However, that could be a minor spoiler.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: exit00 on December 04, 2018, 09:03:10 PM
Fun fact #2, I watch tons of TV, and I've only seen commercials twice for this film, and both commercials appeared while I watched conservative leaning programs ("Fox News Sunday" and "Blue Bloods.")

I think I've seen the trailer on TV at least 20 times now..... many times either during a football game or an ESPN show.  But even tonight there was one during a rerun of The Office.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 05, 2018, 02:36:12 AM
The Mule premiere.....Monday December 10th, Westwood CA

https://www.thewestwoodvillage.com/movie-premieres/

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 05, 2018, 06:20:53 AM
Another bit of story development  emerging. ....

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/reader-center/clint-eastwood-movie-drug-mule-sinaloa-cartel.html

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 05, 2018, 07:36:46 AM
Another bit of story development  emerging. ....

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/reader-center/clint-eastwood-movie-drug-mule-sinaloa-cartel.html

 :)

This story confirms what many of us have long suspected, that this really is more of a fictional story than a fact-based drama, which uses Leo Sharp's life as inspiration.

Quote
Even with all my reporting, I couldn’t fully tell you what motivated Mr. Sharp. I don’t think anyone could, not even Leo Sharp himself.

That’s where Hollywood stepped in. Movie producers read my article, saw a spark and eventually sent it to Nick Schenk, a gifted screenwriter. From there, Mr. Schenk ran with it on his own, inventing an elaborate back story for the elderly drug mule, complete with a resentful daughter, a guilty conscience and a predilection for pecan pie. Fiction filled in the spaces where journalism could not go.

Along the way, Mr. Schenk and his producers were generous enough to share drafts of the script with me and to indulge me in listening to my thoughts about the world of drug mules.

But “The Mule” is Mr. Schenk’s and Mr. Eastwood’s story. It goes well beyond the limits of my reporter’s notebook, as it should.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 05, 2018, 07:39:53 AM
This is the first reaction to "The Mule" that I've read. It is from Jeff Wells Hollywood Elsewhere site.

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A director-writer pally has seen Clint Eastwood‘s The Mule, and shared the following:

“I can confide this is B-level Eastwood in the tradition of Gran Torino — a star vehicle for the aging actor and compelling because of his iconic presence and star lineage.

“It’s also in the tradition of Space Cowboys in that it’s a well-made programmer with a certain emotional resonance based on longtime feelings about a star whose career is probably near the end.

“Seeing Eastwood play an actual old man is somewhat jarring to see — to his credit. Think of The Shootist in John Wayne‘s canon.

“The Mule isn’t as elegiac as Unforgiven, but is much more compelling than, say, Trouble With The Curve.

“Bradley Cooper adds some contemporary resonance as it’s compelling to see a current triple threat pursuing an older auteur, lending a unique subtext.

“And yes, there’s a song — ‘Don’t Let The Old Man In’ by Toby Keith.”

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2018/12/mule-share/
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 06, 2018, 10:52:48 AM
Lovely,  elegiac and soulful....video with the new song from the film.....


https://parade.com/722531/meganoneill/exclusive-premiere-toby-keiths-dont-let-the-old-man-in-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-the-mule/

 :) :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 06, 2018, 11:02:49 AM
That is a lovely song and video. I am praying this movie is good!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: antonis on December 06, 2018, 11:34:01 AM
 :)

Can't wait
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 06, 2018, 12:06:52 PM
Lovely,  elegiac and soulful....video with the new song from the film.....


https://parade.com/722531/meganoneill/exclusive-premiere-toby-keiths-dont-let-the-old-man-in-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-the-mule/

 :) :)
this is so powerful. I guess this is gonna be Clint's best film in years
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 06, 2018, 12:59:20 PM
Judging by these videos, I can tell now what a great choice Yves Belanger was as The Mule's DoP. His work is superb.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 06, 2018, 02:00:39 PM
this is so powerful. I guess this is gonna be Clint's best film in years

I honestly hope this is true. I want it to be a great movie, and from everything we've seen so far, it looks like it could be. But, they aren't screening it for critics, and that almost never happens with a movie that's good. I can't figure this movie out!  :(
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 06, 2018, 02:38:52 PM
Ouch !


https://mobile.twitter.com/VSiNLive/status/1070717434024230912

 :-[
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 06, 2018, 03:31:43 PM
I honestly hope this is true. I want it to be a great movie, and from everything we've seen so far, it looks like it could be. But, they aren't screening it for critics, and that almost never happens with a movie that's good. I can't figure this movie out!  :(
this is so weird. this can not be worse than the 1517 to paris, you know. And there was a rumor that the studio gave a standing ovation for this one after seeing it for the first time. so how could it be that bad? someone really needs to explain that form WB after it's wide opening.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 06, 2018, 03:35:48 PM
Ouch !


https://mobile.twitter.com/VSiNLive/status/1070717434024230912

 :-[
this is not good. I'm afraid this approach might kill the movie. But after all, who cares what critics say, they were gunning against Bohemian Rhapsody even before seeing it. I hate this feeling.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 06, 2018, 05:22:41 PM
Scoring "The Mule" final cut video.....

https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1070834043183382528?p=v

 :) :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 06, 2018, 06:08:18 PM
This jazzy score sounds fantastic!
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 06, 2018, 07:05:41 PM
The music speaks for itself : if you have such a powerfull music, you can expect a powerfull movie. Never give a single credit to critics or to the strange strategy of WB.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 06, 2018, 09:01:12 PM
I don't know what WB is doing or why, but with all this talent behind "The Mule," I refuse to believe that the film is bad. Eastwood is too great a talent to make a terrible movie with this cast, this crew, this story, and this music! Long live Eastwood and "The Mule!"  :D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 06, 2018, 09:07:55 PM
I would like to share this article:



https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2018/12/06/clint-eastwood-steps-onscreen-again-the-mule/vYuOSqA1uT2KJIZK1hktqN/story.html


Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 06, 2018, 09:24:12 PM
I don't know what WB is doing or why, but with all this talent behind "The Mule," I refuse to believe that the film is bad. Eastwood is too great a talent to make a terrible movie with this cast, this crew, this story, and this music! Long live Eastwood and "The Mule!"  :D

Exactly. Clint Eastwood is among the best of the American cinema for ever.
I will see The Mule. The critics can think what they want. They are free.
The Mule didn’t get Golden Globes nominations and perhaps it won’t get Oscars nominations.
And that would be ok. Gran Torino didn’t get Oscars nominations but it’s still one of the last great Clint movies.
I hope the same for The Mule. I hope to see a great movie with a great performance by Clint.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 06, 2018, 09:43:47 PM
Lovely,  elegiac and soulful....video with the new song from the film.....


https://parade.com/722531/meganoneill/exclusive-premiere-toby-keiths-dont-let-the-old-man-in-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-the-mule/

 :) :)


Very good song.
We can hear country music in many Clint movies:
Kelly’s Heroes, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man, Pink Cadillac.
We can hear the « Sea of Heartbreak » song in Heartbreak Ridge and A Perfect World.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 06, 2018, 09:50:06 PM
Scoring "The Mule" final cut video.....

https://mobile.twitter.com/sandovalarturo1/status/1070834043183382528?p=v

 :) :)

Thanks for sharing this video, Macpherson.
The music score sounds good.
With The Mule, Clint musically had some pretty good collaborations with Arturo Sandoval and Toby Keith.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 07, 2018, 04:47:59 AM
Lovely,  elegiac and soulful....video with the new song from the film.....


https://parade.com/722531/meganoneill/exclusive-premiere-toby-keiths-dont-let-the-old-man-in-featured-in-clint-eastwoods-the-mule/

 :) :)
I can tell now why there was no trailer2 for The Mule. This music video serves the movie better than any other trailers. Unlike the main trailer which was so dark and griefful, this one is so heartwarming, touching and light. and it's official, I'm gonna cry during this film.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 07, 2018, 04:52:56 AM
when the main trailer was released by WB, Clint's son, Scott Eastwood wrote on his Instagram account "I've seen this movie and it's "great."
I personally asked Arturo Sandoval if he has seen the movie and he answered Yes, and it is "great".
Steve Campanelli, Clint's long-life camera operator, labeled the movie as "great" again and said Eastwood's performance in The Mule is "Incredible".
-- I trust these guys more than Richard Roeper or any other critic.  :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 07, 2018, 05:23:45 AM
I can tell now why there was no trailer2 for The Mule. This music video serves the movie better than any other trailers. Unlike the main trailer which was so dark and griefful, this one is so heartwarming, touching and light. and it's official, I'm gonna cry during this film.

It's interesting because I was thinking about Every Which Way But Loose.
Because the title song of this movie was released some weeks before the movie came out.
And the result was one of the most successful Clint movies as an actor.
With adjusted inflation, Every Which Way But Loose is still the most successful Clint movie as an actor.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 07, 2018, 09:16:18 AM
I have some good news at last.
WB has just added THE MULE to their FYC2018 (For Your Consideration) cite. So maybe they *are* going to campaign for it after all?
and of course still no screeners.

http://www.warnerbros2017.com/for-your-consideration/?film=themule

Best Picture - Best Director - Best Actor and all major categories.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 07, 2018, 11:51:30 AM
There are also screenings scheduled in New York and Los Angeles, if you look at the screening tab of the For Your Consideration link that was provided, including to the Directors Guild of America! What do you guys think? Doesn't this mean the movie actually IS good?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 07, 2018, 12:04:22 PM
There are also screenings scheduled in New York and Los Angeles, if you look at the screening tab of the For Your Consideration link that was provided, including to the Directors Guild of America! What do you guys think? Doesn't this mean the movie actually IS good?

Some journalist claimed that maybe this (adding the mule to FYC2018) is some kinda contractual obligation, and maybe this doesn't mean it's truly good. But I suspect that. Signing a contract of this kind before seeing the final cut of the movie doesn't make any sense. When they have decided to screen it for directors guild, that means they have found it qualified for that award in particular.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 07, 2018, 12:28:46 PM
TheMule is now classified 14A in BC!

https://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/motion-picture-ratings/classification-details/?cpbc_id=468165

as you can see in this link, the runtime is 117 min. 3 minutes short of 2 hrs.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 07, 2018, 03:07:57 PM
Some journalist claimed that maybe this (adding the mule to FYC2018) is some kinda contractual obligation, and maybe this doesn't mean it's truly good. But I suspect that. Signing a contract of this kind before seeing the final cut of the movie doesn't make any sense. When they have decided to screen it for directors guild, that means they have found it qualified for that award in particular.

This could be true, but I doubt that it is. This movie wasn't even initially scheduled to be released in December. It was filmed over the summer, and we were told that WB and/or Clint rushed it to be released. In order for it to be a contractual obligation, Clint would have had to have demanded this to be done before he even filmed the movie, and before he even knew how it would turn out. Clint doesn't seem like that kind of guy to me. Hey guys, I don't know how this movie will turn out, but just in case this is good, and I finish it in time, I demand that it be released in December and that Oscar screenings are held and I want that written into my contract before I make the film. That just doesn't sound believable to me. There's no evidence that Clint is someone who cares that much about winning a Best Actor Oscar. If he was, he'd be doing physical transformations or really showy performances, and he doesn't do either. Where is Holden when we need him? Holden Pike, what do you think? Does anyone else have any thoughts?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 07, 2018, 03:14:57 PM
TheMule is now classified 14A in BC!

https://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/motion-picture-ratings/classification-details/?cpbc_id=468165

as you can see in this link, the runtime is 117 min. 3 minutes short of 2 hrs.

117 minutes ? Just like Sudden Impact.
Gran Torino runtime is 116 minutes.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 07, 2018, 03:26:09 PM
Hopefully interesting......."The Mule" Full credits.....


https://www.docdroid.net/GyoUF0p/the-mule-credits-112918.docx

 :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 07, 2018, 05:27:46 PM
I skimmed this, and there appears to be a mistake. I didn't see Clint Eastwood listed as a producer anywhere, but the poster states "produced and directed by clint eastwood."
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Macpherson on December 07, 2018, 06:02:51 PM
Also rated on Alberta film ratings. .......14 a. ...runtime 116minutes.


https://www.alberta.ca/recently-rated-movies.aspx
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 08, 2018, 06:50:03 AM
This could be true, but I doubt that it is. This movie wasn't even initially scheduled to be released in December. It was filmed over the summer, and we were told that WB and/or Clint rushed it to be released. In order for it to be a contractual obligation, Clint would have had to have demanded this to be done before he even filmed the movie, and before he even knew how it would turn out. Clint doesn't seem like that kind of guy to me. Hey guys, I don't know how this movie will turn out, but just in case this is good, and I finish it in time, I demand that it be released in December and that Oscar screenings are held and I want that written into my contract before I make the film. That just doesn't sound believable to me. There's no evidence that Clint is someone who cares that much about winning a Best Actor Oscar. If he was, he'd be doing physical transformations or really showy performances, and he doesn't do either. Where is Holden when we need him? Holden Pike, what do you think? Does anyone else have any thoughts?

Well, Clint has already won 4 Oscars as a director and as a producer.
Plus, the Irving G. Thalberg award.
If he won a Best Actor Oscar, he would be happy because it’s always gratifying to win something.
But in my opinion, at 88 years old, Clint just feels lucky to make movies because he likes it.
About physical transformations and showy performances, I think that Clint is a man who knows his limitations.
He knows what could fit him and what couldn’t fit him.
Anyway I don’t see him in a role demanding physical transformations.
About Oscars nominations for The Mule, to have more clues, we have to wait the nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and from the Director Guild of America.
But when I see the Golden Globes nominations, I say that it’s uncertain.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 08, 2018, 04:37:19 PM
https://nypost.com/2018/12/08/how-this-elderly-gardner-became-el-chapos-most-unlikely-partner/

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 08, 2018, 10:07:43 PM
Hopefully interesting......."The Mule" Full credits.....


https://www.docdroid.net/GyoUF0p/the-mule-credits-112918.docx

 :)

Thank you for sharing the Mule credits, Macpherson.
It seems that there is some pretty good music in this one.
Especially country music.
Like AKA23, I noticed that Clint wasn’t mentioned as a producer.
The Mule is dedicated to Pierre and Richard.
I immediately recognized Pierre Rissient, who supported Clint since The Beguiled and became a good friend.
Pierre Rissient passed away recently.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who was Richard.
I was trying to find out and it’s not obvious to me.
If someone knew who was Richard, could you tell us please ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 08, 2018, 11:34:48 PM
The Mule is dedicated to Pierre and Richard.
I immediately recognized Pierre Rissient, who supported Clint since The Beguiled and became a good friend.
Pierre Rissient passed away recently.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who was Richard.
I was trying to find out and it’s not obvious to me.
If someone knew who was Richard, could you tell us please ?

Possibly Richard Schickel, Clint's biographer and friend, who died last year?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 09, 2018, 04:55:49 AM
Yes, probably Richard Schickel.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 06:27:01 AM
Yes, probably Richard Schickel.

Thank you very much, KC and Honkytonkman !
How could I forget Richard Schickel ?
I was probably too focused on Clint’s crew and I can’t find any Richard.
I agree with you: The Mule is also dedicated to Richard Schickel who wrote his official biography and also directed many documentaries on Clint like Eastwood on Eastwood, The Eastwood Factor or Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.
He also did Clint: A Retrospective, which is a pretty book with beautiful pictures. The last extended edition goes from A Fistful Of Dollars to Sully.
Thanks again !
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 06:39:47 AM
Yes, probably Richard Schickel.

This a video in which Clint Eastwood and Richard Schickel were interviewed by Charlie Rose in 1996, when Clint’s official biography came out.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Kdrl0S0WY
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 07:31:29 AM
Yes, probably Richard Schickel.

This time, I’d like to share a short video in which Pierre Rissient and François Guérif talk about Clint’s unusual career.
François Guérif is a French writer and publisher who probably wrote the first great book on Clint’s films in early 80’s.
This video is in French. So, I’m sorry for the English speakers who don’t speak French.
They just talk about Clint’s career, which is an unusual journey in cinema.
According to Pierre Rissient, some movies like The Beguiled, Play Misty For Me, Breezy and Honkytonk Man didn’t have the critical success that they deserve it. Because Clint’s bad reputation after Dirty Harry.
As a director, Bird was a major turning for Clint.
Clint Eastwood is a bridge between the cinema’s golden age and modern cinema.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V3dTL4-oGOg
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 07:38:25 AM
When I said that François Guérif is the author who probably wrote the first great book on Clint Eastwood films,
I meant the first great one in French language.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 09, 2018, 08:11:13 AM
When I said that François Guérif is the author who probably wrote the first great book on Clint Eastwood films,
I meant the first great one in French language.


It's funny that you talk about that .... Coincidence: I own the original edition of this remarkable book by François Guérif, signed by Clint himself (that I could meet with a mix of good information and of luck last year in Venice, between 2 shots of "15:17 to Paris"). I do not tell you the emotion because I have been a fan for almost 30 years. You can see me in the presence of the Legend, in the video link below (the guy with glasses at 2'30 is me):
https://video.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/clint_eastwood_sotto_assedio_fan_turisti_impazziti_regista_star_appena_esce_tutto_si_blocca-2621496.html
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 09, 2018, 01:05:06 PM
Thank you for sharing the Mule credits, Macpherson.
It seems that there is some pretty good music in this one.
Especially country music.
Like AKA23, I noticed that Clint wasn’t mentioned as a producer.
The Mule is dedicated to Pierre and Richard.
I immediately recognized Pierre Rissient, who supported Clint since The Beguiled and became a good friend.
Pierre Rissient passed away recently.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who was Richard.
I was trying to find out and it’s not obvious to me.
If someone knew who was Richard, could you tell us please ?

Clint dedicated Unforgiven to his mentors; Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Do you really think he actually considers dedicating a "bad" movie to Richard and Pierre, two of his best friends?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 09, 2018, 02:42:48 PM
Clint dedicated Unforgiven to his mentors; Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Do you really think he actually considers dedicating a "bad" movie to Richard and Pierre, two of his best friends?

Honestly, I don't. Clint at least thinks the movie is good. Whether it will be widely embraced by others, I don't know, we will find out soon. These were my thoughts. I initially posted them on Awards Watch seeking to spur a discussion, but they were incredibly rude, insulting, and disrespectful, even though I always tried to be respectful of them, as you will see below. Among other lovely labels, they said I was "mentally unbalanced," "a studio plant" and "Scott Eastwood with too much time on my hands. I actually thought this was a pretty sophisticated analysis, which is what I thought the members of a movie and Oscars forum would be interested in. What do you guys think? Do you agree with me here?

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I actually think this is a perceptive comment and that this is the most likely scenario. The movie is probably good, which is why Warners hired extra post-production crew to get it ready to be released, and initially said they were wowed by it. But, after it was finished and they began to screen it, Warners likely got some unexpected feedback that the portrayal of the Hispanic characters might be interpreted as offensive to some, and they don't want a bunch of reviews calling the film offensive to depress the box office numbers. So, that's why they aren't screening it for critics. The same could be said about "Gran Torino," but that was made 10 years ago and a lot has changed in our society since that time.

I think Warners concerns may be a reflection of the times that we live in. Due to the political climate, many liberal people are becoming increasingly concerned about racial/ethnic stereotypes and the marginalization of minorities and/or disadvantaged groups. The Oscars so white controversy (Sasha Stone's AD label) have also caused the Academy to diversify their membership by inviting a lot more minorities/women who are much younger to join the Academy. The new Academy members are quite concerned about these issues, and want to see more diverse winners that reflect the socio-political values that they think we should be standing for in this country. It is no longer about the quality of the movie. It is also about the message the movie is sending.

You can see this influence in the Academy's recent choices for Best Picture winners, such as "The Shape of Water" and "Moonlight." "The Shape of Water" was an allegory for female sexual liberation (signified by all those weird scenes of the main character masturbating in the bathtub), and providing a voice for people that often feel not heard, not understood or not accepted in our modern society (signified by the mute main character, the love story between the main character and the creature, and the inclusion of Richard Jenkins as a gay man). It is also a socio-political commentary on the Trump administration (signified by the conservative villain who is a tailor made prototype for the many people's views that Trump supporters are racist and deplorable.

In another year, "The Post" may have won the Best Picture Oscar. It's the type of traditional, classic Oscar movie that the Academy has rewarded over and over again throughout it's history. "La La Land" also would have won over "Moonlight" as well. Oscar voters embrace love stories to Hollywood, and that's what "La La Land" was (see "The Artist" and "Argo," which were about the entertainment industry/Hollywood), and both won just a few years ago. While not about Hollywood, also see "Spotlight," which is more of a classic Oscar movie. But, it also contained the social message that Hollywood wanted to send about priests covering up sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

I think that these concerns and the more diverse membership will likely be enough to prevent Eastwood from being nominated for Best Actor, and from "The Mule" being nominated for any Oscar, and from critics screening it in advance, but neither, in and of themselves, prove "The Mule" is a terrible movie. To believe that, you also have to believe that the people that said Warners hired extra post production crew lied, that Warners lied to the public that they were initially wowed by the film, that they dated it for December 14th anyway, that A-list actors would all agree to be in "The Mule" even though the script was terrible, and that Clint would agree to release two horrible movies within the same calendar year. To believe that none of the positive things actually happened, even though they were reported by multiple sources, and that all of the negative speculation is accurate, is a bridge too far for me.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 09, 2018, 03:16:13 PM
I'm waiting to see the film before speculating whether the film will get any award nominations. To start talking about them while the film is still shooting or before its released is just setting yourself up for disappointment. I saw this trend with the last two films Clint has appeared in. People on this board got into a frenzy with Gran Torino and Trouble With A Curve while the films were still shooting about winning awards and were gutted when the films got nothing.

The film doesn't open here till the end of January. It's like the old days when I had to wait while everyone on the board was talking about the film. The last few have been released the same week as the USA. I even got to see Sully first, being a day ahead with the time difference.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 09, 2018, 03:23:56 PM
Honestly, I don't. Clint at least thinks the movie is good. Whether it will be widely embraced by others, I don't know, we will find out soon. These were my thoughts. I initially posted them on Awards Watch seeking to spur a discussion, but they were incredibly rude, insulting, and disrespectful, even though I always tried to be respectful of them, as you will see below. Among other lovely labels, they said I was "mentally unbalanced," "a studio plant" and "Scott Eastwood with too much time on my hands. I actually thought this was a pretty sophisticated analysis, which is what I thought the members of a movie and Oscars forum would be interested in. What do you guys think? Do you agree with me here?
Great explanation. thanks
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 09, 2018, 04:39:37 PM
I'm waiting to see the film before speculating whether the film will get any award nominations. To start talking about them while the film is still shooting or before its released is just setting yourself up for disappointment. I saw this trend with the last two films Clint has appeared in. People on this board got into a frenzy with Gran Torino and Trouble With A Curve while the films were still shooting about winning awards and were gutted when the films got nothing.

The film doesn't open here till the end of January. It's like the old days when I had to wait while everyone on the board was talking about the film. The last few have been released the same week as the USA. I even got to see Sully first, being a day ahead with the time difference.

SK, I agree with you, and you are also right about "Gran Torino" and "Trouble with the Curve." I wasn't talking about the parts that speculated about whether the film will receive award nominations, but about the parts where I analyzed how the Academy membership has changed and how that, and what is currently happening in the country/world, has motivated them to choose different types of movies to win/nominate and that these choices reflect the values that they want to promote and not just the quality of the films themselves.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 04:47:54 PM
Honestly, I don't. Clint at least thinks the movie is good. Whether it will be widely embraced by others, I don't know, we will find out soon. These were my thoughts. I initially posted them on Awards Watch seeking to spur a discussion, but they were incredibly rude, insulting, and disrespectful, even though I always tried to be respectful of them, as you will see below. Among other lovely labels, they said I was "mentally unbalanced," "a studio plant" and "Scott Eastwood with too much time on my hands. I actually thought this was a pretty sophisticated analysis, which is what I thought the members of a movie and Oscars forum would be interested in. What do you guys think? Do you agree with me here?

I think that your argument is solid enough, AKA23. So, I agree with you.
I think that The Mule getting Oscars nominations is uncertain at this point.
We have to wait the first critics’ reactions, the nominations from the Screen Actor Guild and the Director Guild of America and the box office results.
Gran Torino got zero Oscar nomination, in spite of critical and financial success. Then, who knows ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 04:56:20 PM
SK, I agree with you, and you are also right about "Gran Torino" and "Trouble with the Curve." I wasn't talking about the parts that speculated about whether the film will receive award nominations, but about the parts where I analyzed how the Academy membership has changed and how that, and what is currently happening in the country/world, has motivated them to choose different types of movies to win/nominate and that these choices reflect the values that they want to promote and not just the quality of the films themselves.

Oscars were created to promote Hollywood industry.
Maybe the Oscars have always been political. More or less.
Nowadays, that seems obvious. The world has changed, America has changed and Hollywood has changed as well.
So, artistic quality is not the only criterion to select the Oscars winners.
Again, I agree with you, AKA23.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 05:21:21 PM


It's funny that you talk about that .... Coincidence: I own the original edition of this remarkable book by François Guérif, signed by Clint himself (that I could meet with a mix of good information and of luck last year in Venice, between 2 shots of "15:17 to Paris"). I do not tell you the emotion because I have been a fan for almost 30 years. You can see me in the presence of the Legend, in the video link below (the guy with glasses at 2'30 is me):
https://video.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/clint_eastwood_sotto_assedio_fan_turisti_impazziti_regista_star_appena_esce_tutto_si_blocca-2621496.html

Thank you very much, Honkytonkman !
Thanks for sharing this video.
I’m really happy for you ! You were lucky and happy that day !
I saw The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the first time, 29 years ago.
Since then I admire Clint Eastwood movies.
So, I can imagine what that represented to you. Meeting Clint, I mean.
The book on Clint by François Guérif is actually the third one I have read. I was 14 or 15 years old.
The first one is the book by Michèle Weinberger and the second one is the book by Noël Simsolo, a great book too.
The last extended edition of François Guérif’s book goes from Revenge of the Creature to A Perfect World.
I doubt that there will be an updated edition, unfortunately.
The last updated edition of Noël Simsolo’s book goes until Flags of Our Fathers.
There won’t be an updated edition because Simsolo is no longer interested in cinema.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 09, 2018, 06:57:55 PM
Thank you very much, Honkytonkman !
Thanks for sharing this video.
I’m really happy for you ! You were lucky and happy that day !
I saw The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the first time, 29 years ago.
Since then I admire Clint Eastwood movies.
So, I can imagine what that represented to you. Meeting Clint, I mean.
The book on Clint by François Guérif is actually the third one I have read. I was 14 or 15 years old.
The first one is the book by Michèle Weinberger and the second one is the book by Noël Simsolo, a great book too.
The last extended edition of François Guérif’s book goes from Revenge of the Creature to A Perfect World.
I doubt that there will be an updated edition, unfortunately.
The last updated edition of Noël Simsolo’s book goes until Flags of Our Fathers.




There won’t be an updated edition because Simsolo is no longer interested in cinema.

Alors tu es Français ? Moi je suis Belge (près de Liège). J'ai également le Simsolo (j'avais l'ancienne édition, celle qui s'arrêtait à "White Hunter, Black Heart", puis j'ai acheté celle qui va jusque "Mystic River" … puis j'ai vu qu'il ressortait une 3e édition, mais bon pour 2 films et un docu en plus , je me suis abstenu° . Il y a une bonne traduction de la biographie de Clint par Schickel en français.

Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 09, 2018, 07:30:59 PM
AKA, I quite agree with your analysis. And I completely agree with this:

Clint dedicated Unforgiven to his mentors; Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Do you really think he actually considers dedicating a "bad" movie to Richard and Pierre, two of his best friends?

If I'm not mistaken, Unforgiven is the ONLY other movie Clint dedicated to anyone, in that case to his two cinematic mentors. If he chose to dedicate this one to two people who were longtime followers and promoters of his career, I believe that says a LOT about how Clint, himself, views this film.

It's funny that you talk about that .... Coincidence: I own the original edition of this remarkable book by François Guérif, signed by Clint himself (that I could meet with a mix of good information and of luck last year in Venice, between 2 shots of "15:17 to Paris"). I do not tell you the emotion because I have been a fan for almost 30 years. You can see me in the presence of the Legend, in the video link below (the guy with glasses at 2'30 is me):
https://video.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/clint_eastwood_sotto_assedio_fan_turisti_impazziti_regista_star_appena_esce_tutto_si_blocca-2621496.html

Thanks for posting that link, honkytonkman! So you're the guy in the glasses with dark hair, wearing a gray t-shirt, right? Congratulations on getting so close ... and getting your book signed. 8)

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CLINT EASTWOOD 'SOTTO ASSEDIO' - Fan e turisti impazziti per il regista-star, appena esce tutto si blocca
(Clint Eastwood "besieged": Fans and tourists are crazy about the director-star: as soon as he goes out, everything comes to a standstill.)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 09, 2018, 08:21:38 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Unforgiven is the ONLY other movie Clint dedicated to anyone, in that case to his two cinematic mentors. If he chose to dedicate this one to two people who were longtime followers and promoters of his career, I believe that says a LOT about how Clint, himself, views this film.

Clint dedicated Flags of Our Fathers to Henry Bumstead, his production designer in many movies, and to Phyllis Huffman, who was his casting director for many years.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 10, 2018, 03:48:10 AM
Clint dedicated Flags of Our Fathers to Henry Bumstead, his production designer in many movies, and to Phyllis Huffman, who was his casting director for many years.

Thanks, Hocine! I had forgotten that.

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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Aline on December 10, 2018, 06:52:40 AM
Sorry, I'm sure this must have been asked before but I was away from the board for a while and wouldn't know where to find the answer.
Clint said Gran Torino would be the last movie in which he would act but after it, had Trouble with the Curve and now the Mule. What made him change his mind? :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: MC on December 10, 2018, 08:11:10 AM
But, after it was finished and they began to screen it, Warners likely got some unexpected feedback that the portrayal of the Hispanic characters might be interpreted as offensive to some, and they don't want a bunch of reviews calling the film offensive to depress the box office numbers.

I think your take is as likely as any I've seen. If true, though, eliminating press screenings seems like a pretty lame approach. Critics will still see the movie opening day and likely post their reviews on Saturday, so at best you're getting the benefit of an opening weekend without controversy (and given social media, likely less). Further, Eastwood's recent hits (Gran Torino, American Sniper) have had long theatrical runs where a larger than normal percentage of the box office gross came post-opening weekend (though Sniper did admittedly have a big opening weekend) -- so how is WB going to cope with that?

If concerns about the Hispanic portrayal are really the issue, I wonder why WB didn't try to get in front of it, getting the likes of Michael Pena (parents born in Mexico), Andy Garcia (born in Cuba), Ignacio Serricchio (born in Argentina) and Arturo Sandoval (Cuban) on the press circuit a little, talking about the film.

As for the Oscars question, my guess is the WB doesn't have a clue how the film is going to land (much as they didn't with Torino and Sniper, which I believe took them by surprise), and they're taking a wait and see approach, which is particularly easy for them to do given A Star is Born's leading contender status. If The Mule opens to a warm response, I believe you'll see an awards push, and if not we won't.

[Edit: I thought when I originally wrote the above that the WB wasn't screening the film for critics until opening day, but now I'm seeing that it's screening today (Monday) in NY and L.A., which isn't unheard of and will allow plenty of time for reviews to hit. In the words of Kramer, "I take it all back, every word!"]

"Scott Eastwood with too much time on my hands."

Wait -- "AKA" doesn't stand for "also known as Scott Eastwood"? :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 10, 2018, 08:20:04 AM
Sorry, I'm sure this must have been asked before but I was away from the board for a while and wouldn't know where to find the answer.
Clint said Gran Torino would be the last movie in which he would act but after it, had Trouble with the Curve and now the Mule. What made him change his mind? :)

Aline, I don't know and I don't think he's ever said, but my guess would be he just found scripts he liked that had a leading part for a man of his age. :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Aline on December 10, 2018, 08:55:00 AM
Aline, I don't know and I don't think he's ever said, but my guess would be he just found scripts he liked that had a leading part for a man of his age. :)

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Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 10, 2018, 11:55:49 AM
AKA, I quite agree with your analysis.

Huh. So you don't think that my analysis was indicative of being mentally unbalanced then?  ;D
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Saman Moradkhani on December 10, 2018, 12:16:00 PM
today is The Mule premiere. 7.30 pm. So god helps Clint.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 10, 2018, 05:58:58 PM
Alors tu es Français ? Moi je suis Belge (près de Liège). J'ai également le Simsolo (j'avais l'ancienne édition, celle qui s'arrêtait à "White Hunter, Black Heart", puis j'ai acheté celle qui va jusque "Mystic River" … puis j'ai vu qu'il ressortait une 3e édition, mais bon pour 2 films et un docu en plus , je me suis abstenu° . Il y a une bonne traduction de la biographie de Clint par Schickel en français.

Oui, je suis effectivement français ! De la région parisienne.
C’est cool de croiser des francophones ici :)
J’ai découvert Clint il y a près de 30 ans, en regardant The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
J’avais 7 ou 8 ans. Depuis, je suis sa carrière avec beaucoup d’assiduité.

Concernant le livre de Simsolo, j’ai les 3 éditions. Je trouve que l’analyse des films y est plus personnelle que chez Guérif, qui se contentait plus ou moins de reprendre des extraits de critiques des films, à l’époque de leurs sorties.
Simsolo s’intéressait plus à la symbolique des films, des personnages et au mythe de l’acteur Eastwood.
Pour le livre de François Guérif, j’ai celui qui va jusqu’à A Perfect World.
J’avais aussi la précédente édition, qui allait jusqu’à Pale Rider.
Cela dit, les livres de Guérif et Simsolo sont essentiels.
Un autre livre fort intéressant est celui de Michael Henry Wilson, regroupant la plupart des entretiens que Clint lui a accordés.
Je ne sais pas si tu as vu le documentaire que Wilson a réalisé et qui s’intitule: Clint Eastwood, le Franc-Tireur ?
Il date de 2007.
Il y a aussi le livre très détaillé de Patrick Brion, dont la dernière édition va jusqu’à Invictus, me semble-t-il.
Je connais évidemment la biographie de Richard Schickel.
D’ailleurs, j’avais un peu honte de ne pas l’avoir immédiatement reconnu dans la dédicace de Clint pour The Mule !
D’autant plus qu’il m’était très familier (j’étais trop occupé à chercher du côté de son équipe technique et parmi ceux ayant participé à The Mule): par la biographie, mais aussi par les documentaires comme Eastwood on Eastwood, The Eastwood Factor et Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.
Il est également l’auteur d’un beau livre sur Clint, dont l’ultime édition va jusqu’à Sully.
J’ai aussi la biographie non autorisée de Patrick MacGilligan, qui égratigne certes le mythe, mais qui est aussi un complément intéressant à la biographie officielle.
J’ai quasiment tous les livres essentiels sur Clint en anglais et en français finalement.
Qu’attends-tu de The Mule ? Et quels sont les films que tu considères comme incontournables ?
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 10, 2018, 06:08:27 PM
Thanks, Hocine! I had forgotten that.

(I modified your message to show where your comment began.)

You’re welcome, KC !
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 10, 2018, 10:32:11 PM
This is a very short article about the world premiere of The Mule:


https://www.wellingtontimes.com.au/story/5806128/clint-eastwood-keeps-working-at-88/?cs=11964
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 10, 2018, 10:36:21 PM
Huh. So you don't think that my analysis was indicative of being mentally unbalanced then?  ;D

Well, we know you ARE ... but you can't tell that from that analysis! ;D

(Just kidding, AKA. I  think you're as balanced as they come! :) )
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 10, 2018, 11:30:53 PM
We have some pictures from the world premiere of The Mule.
However, there is a big mistake: the title talks about Kyle Eastwood but he’s not in the pictures.
This is Alison Eastwood’s husband who was mistaken for Kyle Eastwood.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6482273/Clint-Eastwood-smiles-kids-Scott-Alison-Kyle-granddaughter-Graylen-Mule-premiere.html
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: AKA23 on December 11, 2018, 01:30:40 PM
This is true, but Kyle Eastwood was also there. I saw him.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: KC on December 11, 2018, 11:28:22 PM
I've moved a few posts with links to videos featuring Clint out of this thread and into the "Reviews and Features in the Media" thread. Now that the film has had its premiere, we'll put all such material in that thread. Keep them coming, please! :)
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 12, 2018, 12:47:16 AM
We have some pictures from the world premiere of The Mule.
However, there is a big mistake: the title talks about Kyle Eastwood but he’s not in the pictures.
This is Alison Eastwood’s husband who was mistaken for Kyle Eastwood.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6482273/Clint-Eastwood-smiles-kids-Scott-Alison-Kyle-granddaughter-Graylen-Mule-premiere.html



Kyle is on the video link , he stands next to Maggie , to the right.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: Hocine on December 12, 2018, 07:17:40 AM


Kyle is on the video link , he stands next to Maggie , to the right.

Thank you, Honkytonkman ! You are absolutely right.
Actually, I had not seen the video link.
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 13, 2018, 05:29:48 PM
Oui, je suis effectivement français ! De la région parisienne.
C’est cool de croiser des francophones ici :)
J’ai découvert Clint il y a près de 30 ans, en regardant The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
J’avais 7 ou 8 ans. Depuis, je suis sa carrière avec beaucoup d’assiduité.

Concernant le livre de Simsolo, j’ai les 3 éditions. Je trouve que l’analyse des films y est plus personnelle que chez Guérif, qui se contentait plus ou moins de reprendre des extraits de critiques des films, à l’époque de leurs sorties.
Simsolo s’intéressait plus à la symbolique des films, des personnages et au mythe de l’acteur Eastwood.
Pour le livre de François Guérif, j’ai celui qui va jusqu’à A Perfect World.
J’avais aussi la précédente édition, qui allait jusqu’à Pale Rider.
Cela dit, les livres de Guérif et Simsolo sont essentiels.
Un autre livre fort intéressant est celui de Michael Henry Wilson, regroupant la plupart des entretiens que Clint lui a accordés.
Je ne sais pas si tu as vu le documentaire que Wilson a réalisé et qui s’intitule: Clint Eastwood, le Franc-Tireur ?
Il date de 2007.
Il y a aussi le livre très détaillé de Patrick Brion, dont la dernière édition va jusqu’à Invictus, me semble-t-il.
Je connais évidemment la biographie de Richard Schickel.
D’ailleurs, j’avais un peu honte de ne pas l’avoir immédiatement reconnu dans la dédicace de Clint pour The Mule !
D’autant plus qu’il m’était très familier (j’étais trop occupé à chercher du côté de son équipe technique et parmi ceux ayant participé à The Mule): par la biographie, mais aussi par les documentaires comme Eastwood on Eastwood, The Eastwood Factor et Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.
Il est également l’auteur d’un beau livre sur Clint, dont l’ultime édition va jusqu’à Sully.
J’ai aussi la biographie non autorisée de Patrick MacGilligan, qui égratigne certes le mythe, mais qui est aussi un complément intéressant à la biographie officielle.
J’ai quasiment tous les livres essentiels sur Clint en anglais et en français finalement.
Qu’attends-tu de The Mule ? Et quels sont les films que tu considères comme incontournables ?



Mon prénom est Stéphan. C'est marrant, j'ai moi-même découvert Clint il y a 32 ans , +/- vers la même période donc, en 1986 . J'avais 12 ans ou presque. La télé belge avait eu l'excellente idée de lui consacrer un cycle, avec un film par semaine . Mon père m'avait dit :"Comment, tu ne connais pas Clint Eastwood ?", et, un peu honteux, j'avais regardé avec lui juste par curiosité "Et pour quelque dollars de plus", qui était le 1er film du cycle. Mon père ayant découvert les 1ers westerns italiens au cinéma ("Pour une poignée de dollars l'avait marqué), il ne put s'empêcher de me transmettre son enthousiasme. J'ai de suite été séduit par le charisme de Clint, le rythme étonnant du film, la perfection de la mise en scène et la musique de Morricone… Par la suite, j'ai découvert, dans le même cycle "De l'or pour les braves", "Josey Wales", et "Magnum Force" … je regrettais d'avoir raté "La sanction", dans le même cycle, dont j'avais vu un extrait chez ma grand-mère, et qui m'avait intrigué.


Depuis, je n'ai manqué jamais aucune diffusion de ses films à la télé , et je suis devenu complètement fan. Le premier film de lui que j'ai été voir au cinéma (seul, à 15 ans) , fut "Chasseur Blanc, Cœur Noir", qui m'a fortement étonné. C'est depuis ce film, par ailleurs, que je me suis tout autant intéressé au réalisateur. Depuis ce jour, je n'ai raté aucune sortie d'un film de Clint au cinéma. Et il y a qq films que j'ai vus plusieurs fois successives en salle : le premier fut "Bridges of Madison County" dont le doublage m'avait déçu . Le voir ensuite en V.O. dans un cinéma plus "culturel" à Liège (la salle "Le Parc", du groupe "Les Grignoux") m'a convaincu qu'il fallait dorénavant proscrire le doublage de ma vie … Certains films ont été vu plusieurs fois en salle, pour le simple plaisir d'en faire profiter mes amis : ce fut le cas de "Midgnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", "True Crime" et "Mystic River".


J'ai vu aussi tous les docu que tu cites et je possède tous les livres dont tu parles . "Eastwood par Eastwood" est essentiel, tout comme les 2 ouvrages de Schickel. Le Simsolo est essentiel aussi, ses analyses souvent pertinentes (cf celle de "Bronco Billy") et parfois un brin poussées ou tirées par les cheveux (voir "The Gauntlet" comme un grand film burlesque...). J'ai aussi les ouvrages sur Clint de Philippe Ferrari, de Hélène Lagarde (mes 2 premiers livres de clintophile), et de Christopher Frayling (pas mal, celui-là). J'ai aussi le MacGilligan (pas encore lu) et les 4 ouvrages de Michèle Weinberger, Christian Authier, Samuel Douhaire et Bernard Benoliel. J'ai aussi le Patrick Brion, qui se veut exhaustif, mais qui contient des erreurs et bizarreries énormes : voir par ex p 101 : en 1998, Clint apparaîtrait dans "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" de James Ivory, pour un petit rôle … pas vu ce film, mais je me demande où il est allé chercher ça, vu que la participation "supposée" de Clint à ce film n'est même pas mentionnée sur Imdb.


Bref , comme tu vois, je mérite amplement ma place parmi tous les zinzins de Clint présents sur ce site …. Je regrette d'ailleurs que le site des fans français ("Clint Eastwood le légende", qui contenait le "forum des Clintophiles") ait fermé, et je ne sais pas trop si c'est plus dû à la santé chancelante du type qui tenait le site, où aux raisons politiques évoquées (le gars n'a pas supporté que Clint se positionne en faveur de Trump). Tu étais sur ce site parfois ?


Mes films préférés du réalisateur ? Bon , si je devais en citer 10 (mais il n'y a pas vraiment d'ordre de préférence) :

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

"Honkytonk Man"

"Sully"

"Bridges of Madison County"

"Unforgiven"

"Mystic River"

"Million Dollar Baby"

"A Perfect World"

"True Crime"

"Bird"

(et il manque une 11e place pour "Josey Wales", et une 12e pour "Breezy") … et je n'ai même pas cité "Gran Torino" que j'adore, tout comme "Hereafter", "Changelling" , "Bronco Billy" ou "White Hunter Black Heart" ou encore le dyptique d'Iwo Jima … en fait j'adore tous ses films … même une série B comme "The Eiger Sanction", je l'ai vue 4 fois.

Et toi ?


Tiens , en tant que parisien, tu n'as pas essayé d'assister au tournage des séquences parisiennes de "Hereafter" ?


En voyant Clint à Venise (à plusieurs reprises en fait car il y tournait pendant 3 jours), j'ai eu une impression étrange : celle d'un homme affaibli, diminué (ça m'a assez troublé… d'ailleurs tu vois sur la video comme il répond à la journaliste locale … il parle comme un vieillard) … et puis je l'ai vu tourner (à la gare avec qq figurants, et puis aussi le lendemain : pendant qu'il tournait la scène du repas devant le Grand Canal, j'étais posté à une terrasse… de l'autre côté du Canal) … et là, oublié le vieillard : je peux te confirmer que lorsqu'il tourne, il donne l'impression d'avoir 20 ans de moins : on reconnaît le Clint tel qu'on l'imagine ou tel qu'on le fantasme … heureux, actif, présent, attentionné et souriant avec ses acteurs. Bref je confirme ce que dit sa fille Alison dans l'interview ci-dessous : "Je prie pour qu'il continue de tourner, car faire des films le maintient en vie, et jeune … S'il s'arrête, il mourra."
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/clint-eastwoods-daughter-working-keeps-my-father-lively-and-young-891253.html

Par après j'ai encore pu rencontrer Clint et toute l'équipe du film (y compris 2 des 3 soldats) à la fin du 3e jour de tournage, en soirée place San Marco (à la sortie du café Florian). Là, Clint était plus détendu, disponible pour qq photos avec les garçons du café, avec ses fans présents (dont moi, quels souvenirs) et les qq touristes encore présents à cette heure là... Je n'aurais pas eu autant de chance si j'avais fait un voyage aux States, je pense...


Chaque film réserve une surprise, et autant j'avais adoré "Sully", autant le trip des 3 soldats du "15:17 to Paris" était pour moi d'une platitude assez maladroite , et pourtant il y a quand même de l'émotion authentique à la fin du film, ce qui n'en fait pas un "ratage" ou un "naufrage" comme l'ont dit les Cahiers du Cinéma.

Je pense que "The Mule" sera un grand Clint sans prétention mais plein d'émotion, un peu comme "True Crime" (et ce sera sans doute son chant du cygne comme acteur) … en tout cas ça s'annonce bien, vu les derniers échos postés ici … Il sort aujourd'hui aux States. Je vais être scotché sur le Box Office ce week-end … :-) Vivement janvier pour nous ...
Title: Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
Post by: honkytonkman on December 13, 2018, 08:03:28 PM
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