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Title: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 10, 2014, 06:00:57 PM
This will be the "official" thread for media reviews of Jersey Boys and current features about its cast and crew. Please try to keep it to major print, broadcast and online media, not random blog posts or tweets.

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Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 10, 2014, 06:17:18 PM
Scott Foundas, who is now chief film critic for Variety, has a feature/interview with Clint as the cover story in the current issue:

(http://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/clint-eastwood-variety-cover.jpg?w=199)

(http://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/clint-eastwood-platon-for-variety-magazine.jpg?w=499)
(Platon for Variety)

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/clint-eastwood-jersey-boys-american-sniper-1201216714/

Here's an excerpt:

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It’s early May, and with “Jersey Boys” now in the can, Eastwood is already several weeks into directing his 34th movie, the military drama “American Sniper,” on a sprawling Santa Clarita ranch that has been dressed to resemble a Fallujah military base. Inside the temporary, barracks-like structure that serves as the set cafeteria, he stands in the lunch queue with the rest of the cast and crew, dressed in light-green golf shirt, khaki pants and black sneakers, sporting a beard he grew during the film’s location shoot in Morocco. He takes a seat at one of the long picnic tables, and makes leisurely stabs at a plate of fresh salmon, broccoli and fruit (he gave up eating red meat decades ago).

He recalls traveling to Las Vegas to see a performance of “Jersey Boys,” and being surprised to find that the show differed considerably from Logan’s script — which, among other things, scrapped the play’s multiple narrators in favor of a single p.o.v. Upon his return, he was even more surprised to learn that there was an earlier version of the “Jersey Boys” screenplay, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the authors of the original Broadway book.

“Only in Hollywood do they take a play that’s run for nine years on Broadway, six years in London, and five years in San Francisco, then go out and hire another writer,” marvels Eastwood, who’s nearly as famous for trusting writers’ first drafts as he is actors’ first takes. Back in 1971, when he teamed with director Don Siegel for the original “Dirty Harry,” the script had been rewritten so many times that the studio copy room had run out of shades of colored paper to differentiate the revisions. But when Eastwood and Siegel looked back at the original draft by the team of Harry Julian and Rita M. Fink, they deemed it superior to anything that had come after, and proceeded to put that version before the cameras.

“He’s never been one to bog himself down with development,” notes Lorenz, who joined Malpaso as a second a.d. on “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), and earned his first full producing credit on “Mystic River.” “If something comes in, and it’s well written and it strikes him, then we do it.”

Armed with the Brickman-Elise script and a pared-back budget, Eastwood quickly moved into production on “Jersey Boys” last summer. Though he admits the studio “would have liked us to come up with a few names” for the cast, he insisted on cherry-picking his Four Seasons from among theater actors who had previously played the roles onstage, including John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony as Valli in the original Broadway production. “You’ve got people who’ve done 1,200 performances; how much better can you know a character?” says Eastwood.

Yet for all his fidelity to the Broadway source, the director has made a “Jersey Boys” movie that ultimately differs from the stage version in several key respects. It’s an altogether moodier, more real, edgier piece of work, more “Bird” than “Bye Bye Birdie,” giving equal weight to the personal tragedies of Valli and his bandmates — busted-up marriages, estranged children, embezzlement scams and dangerous entanglements with the Jersey mob — as to their professional triumphs. Onstage, misfortune was frequently softened by the show’s overarching uptempo mood. But onscreen, Eastwood hits as many blue notes as four-part harmonies.

“It was so interesting to sit there and recognize almost every single line of dialogue from the stage production, and yet experience something that couldn’t be more different,” says Young, who saw the completed version of the film after wrapping a return engagement as Valli in the London West End production of the show. “Clint definitely understands melancholy. That sort of darkness, which is authentic to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ beginnings, is much more on display in this film than it is in that fast-paced treadmill of a slick Broadway show.”
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 11, 2014, 06:44:40 AM
From the Hollywood Reporter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jersey-boys-screening-clint-eastwood-710647

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Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys': Stage Stars Talk Big-Screen Differences

At a New York screening of the Warner Bros. film, the director and actors also speculated about the audience for the R-rated title based on the hit Broadway musical, and co-writer Marshall Brickman revealed what the Oscar-winning director brought to the project.

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   Erich Bergen, who plays fellow band member Bob Gaudio, launched Jersey Boys’ first national tour before spending two years in the Vegas production. Like fellow cast member Mike Doyle, Bergen auditioned for the project when Favreau was set to direct, but the film’s former team didn’t see what Eastwood’s team did.

“After my audition, the casting director called my agent and said, ‘He’s not right for the role,’ and my agent asked, ‘You mean the role he’s played for three years?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ So we dropped it, we let it go and then this happened,” Bergen told The Hollywood Reporter at a pre-screening dinner at the Angelo Galasso House at the Plaza Hotel.

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Indeed, working with Eastwood both Bergen and [John Lloyd] Young felt they could trust their instincts as actors, knowing the film was in the hands of the Oscar-winning director.

“I think what he really taught me was to have confidence as an actor, because especially as a theater actor, you’re micromanaged a lot because there’s set pieces coming in and there’s lights and sound and you have to make sure you do the exact same thing in the performance every single night. And when it came time to do the film, he was much more open and wanted me to trust my best instincts,” Bergen said of working with Eastwood. “He got me to do that, and I’m forever grateful to him because of that.”

Young added that unlike on Broadway where they actor’s responsible for telling the story, on film, the director’s responsible for telling the story.

“So for me it was a much more pure acting experience because I knew what I was doing for Clint was giving him the best raw material I could in every single set-up and every single take, and then it would be his decision and his editors’…to put together the story later and choose from what I gave them, the pieces that worked,” Young told THR.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Dan Dassow on June 11, 2014, 06:30:31 PM
Vanity Fair
3:00 PM, June 10 2014
Clint Eastwood Directs His First Musical, a Little Story About “New Joisey”
By Bennett Marcus
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/06/clint-eastwood-jersey-boys-musical

The whole article is worth reading. Although some of the material is covered in the Jimmy Fallon interview.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 13, 2014, 02:53:29 AM

" Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" opens the Los Angeles Film Festival. "

 
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This year, for instance, Clint Eastwood will walk the red carpet to launch his adaptation of the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," which is being released by Warner Bros.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-et-mn-los-angeles-film-festival-laff-curtain-raiser-20140611-story.html

 
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: ceinjapan on June 13, 2014, 06:45:34 AM
is this a very first Movie Review from critic?

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2014-06-12/film/jersey-boys-movie-review/ (http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2014-06-12/film/jersey-boys-movie-review/)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Gant on June 14, 2014, 01:26:45 AM
I like the sound of that.... Kinda what I was hoping for :)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: antonis on June 15, 2014, 05:32:12 AM
not that good ...

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Clint Eastwood's first musical as a director never fully decides what kind of movie it wants to be.

http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-jersey-boys-1201219427/

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‘Jersey Boys’ Review: Clint Eastwood's Jukebox Musical Is Nice, Entertaining, Just Not All That Good

http://www.thewrap.com/jersey-boys-review-clint-eastwood-frankie-vallie-four-seasons/
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Perry on June 15, 2014, 09:35:15 AM


Hah....The movie " Is Nice and Entertaining....But just not that good..".....Typical critic who sounds like the clowns who used to rag on Eastwood in the 70's...
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: AKA23 on June 16, 2014, 02:28:59 PM
Clint was finally on The Today show this morning. Video of his appearance has been posted:

http://www.today.com/entertainment/clint-eastwood-identifies-good-bad-ugly-jersey-boys-journey-1D79806981
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Dan Dassow on June 16, 2014, 02:53:52 PM
Clint was finally on The Today show this morning. Video of his appearance has been posted:

http://www.today.com/entertainment/clint-eastwood-identifies-good-bad-ugly-jersey-boys-journey-1D79806981
From the interview: "...  Eastwood has not abandoned his early days doing those spaghetti Westerns — during his chat with TODAY's Natalie Morales, he revealed his phone's ringtone is the theme to his 1967 movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."  O0
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 17, 2014, 02:37:46 AM
That is my ringtone too.  ;D

The English magazine My Weekly has a two page spread about The Jersey Boys. From their website there is only a small picture on the index page showing the poster picture.

http://www.myweekly.co.uk/current-issue     You can see it on the moving pages under the cover picture.  Sorry I can't get a close up of the pages.

I think the movie will be a hit over here in the UK.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Sylvie on June 17, 2014, 08:35:00 AM
http://info.sfr.fr/culture/articles/jersey-boys-cette-com-die-musicale-qui-a-inspir-clint-eastwood,2155049/

(http://info.sfr.fr/data/ftpeurop1newsput/2155049_53a0546e7a928.jpg)

French article  :)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 17, 2014, 11:51:19 PM
Tim Grierson in Screen Daily:

http://www.screendaily.com/5073161.article

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Clint Eastwood may not be the first filmmaker who comes to mind as an ideal candidate to bring a jukebox musical to the big screen. So what’s intriguing about his treatment of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys is how he homes in on the material’s qualities that most suit his style: the meticulous re-creation of period detail, the subtle questioning of how our impressions of history don’t always square with the facts. Unfortunately, Eastwood’s intelligent, unfussy chronicling of the popular musical act The Four Seasons is undermined by a painfully familiar rise-then-fall biopic structure, which nullifies this drama’s potentially more interesting elements.

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But without the moral weight and melodramatic gravitas Eastwood usually brings to his films, Jersey Boys ultimately doesn’t seem to have much to say about The Four Seasons, the mid-century America that spawned them, or the burgeoning musical scene to which the band was connected. This is even more frustrating because the final scenes, though undoubtedly meant to be uplifting, provocatively (but subtly) undercut the feel-good tone in such a way that we’re meant to wonder about the artifice of everything that came before. Over the last few decades, Eastwood has wilfully skewered and complicated our relationship with history. With Jersey Boys, he seems a little more forgiving, which isn’t nearly as interesting.</a>
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Lucky Punk on June 18, 2014, 10:13:21 AM
http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=138437

Review from British cinema magazine Empire.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 18, 2014, 06:04:56 PM

 '' Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood turns Tony-Winning Play Into Scintillating Spectacular! ''

Excellent ( xxxx )

http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2014/06/18/jersey-boys-clint-eastwood-turns-tony-winning-play-into-scintillating-spectacular/
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 18, 2014, 06:20:38 PM

 '' Clint Eastwood Tells Four Seasons Story in Jersey Boys ''

 Written by Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic

 http://www.theskanner.com/entertainment/theater-movies/21397-clint-eastwood-tells-four-seasons-story-in-jersey-boys

 
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Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That’s the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image. Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation, triumphantly for the most part, makes their tale cinematic

 
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As this 134-minute film comes to an end, you crave more of The Four Seasons. In fact, if you haven’t seen the stage musical, the film won’t spoil that experience.  After witnessing the highs and lows of these street singers from Newark on screen, you will want to see their lives on stage all the more.


 
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 18, 2014, 06:39:26 PM

 '' A stage smash finds extra dimensions on film. ''

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/jersey-boys/review/711919

 
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STORY: Stage Stars Talk Big-Screen Differences In Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

But while his work may lack the snap and precision of a Bob Fosse, not to mention the dynamic cutting of directors of the music video generation, it must be recalled that Eastwood has always displayed an enduring affinity for American popular music, an interest expressed in his music scene-oriented features (Honkytonk Man and Bird, not to mention his still-unrealized remake of A Star Is Born), the many music-based documentaries he has produced and the scores he has written for seven of his films.


 '' Clint Eastwood Almost Hits The Right Notes with ‘Jersey Boys’. Almost.''

 http://www.contactmusic.com/article/jersey-boys-reviews-clint-eastwood_4248381?track=mail_news

 
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The Jersey Boys musical has grossed $460 million worldwide an although Clint Eastwood’s movie won’t get near that total – it offers enough to be considered an excellent retelling of the Four Seasons’ incredible story.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 18, 2014, 06:53:18 PM

 '' Clint Eastwood on 'Jersey Boys,' taking risks and a life well lived ''

 By Stephen Whitty/The Star-Ledger

 http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/06/jersey_boys_clint_eastwood_director_four_seasons.html

 
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So when I arrive at the Waldorf Astoria to interview Clint Eastwood, 84, I am very happy to notice that no one refers to him as anything but "Mr. Eastwood." That his flinty gaze is fierce, his voice a raspy "Pale Rider" whisper, and that he is completely in control.

Just as it should be.

The positive side of this alpha-male attitude is that interviews go on past their allotted time (he tells one publicist to leave when she tries to hurry him along). The mildly negative side is that I realize, early on, his answers don't necessarily have any relation to my questions, and very little to do with the movie we're supposed to be discussing.

 
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I suppose I could rephrase, repeat, insist. But, as someone much smarter than I once said, "A man's gotta know his limitations." So I soon put the prepared list aside. And go ahead, and let him make my day as the wryly reflective star talks (very little) about next week's "Jersey Boys," (somewhat) about spaghetti Westerns and a lot about surviving 60 years of movies.

 
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Q: Did you find the music itself influenced the filmmaking in "Jersey Boys"? Because I think of another very different film you did about jazz, "Bird," and the pace was a little slower there, the shots were a little more complicated. Here, in the pop movie, it's faster, more staccato.

A: It's probably... well, I don't have a good answer for that, but it's probably just the way I saw each movie at the time. "Bird," that was about someone I admired very much for his ability, not his lifestyle. The abuse of drugs, that's certainly not something I have any love for. What interested me was the tragedy, the waste of talent. I had another story like that, "Honkytonk Man," about a country guy trying to succeed but who also had this self-destructiveness in him. There are a lot of people like that. I lot of actors like that. I don't know, maybe it comes out of the fear you're not on the right track. I don't know that I was ever confident I was on the right track, but at least I was dumb enough to stay on the one I was on.

 
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Q: You mentioned "Gran Torino," which is about prejudice. "Mystic River," another film you directed, is about vigilantism. Your two Iwo Jima films are about the horrors of war. It seems to me that, whatever image people may have of you as an actor, the films you've directed are often about the consequences of violence.

A: Well thank you, because that was my thought in doing them. And that's what keeps me going. I like to tell stories that have something to say, and are exciting to tell. You have the idea, and you run with it... Sometimes you're successful and sometimes you're not, but you've got to keep trying. If you swing at the ball and strike out — well, you can still wait for it to come up again. But if you don't take a swing, you're never going to hit it.

Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 18, 2014, 06:58:48 PM

 '' Clint Eastwood finds an unlikely, higher-pitched harmony with 'Jersey Boys' ''

 The Canadian Press By Jake Coyle

 https://ca.news.yahoo.com/clint-eastwood-finds-unlikely-higher-pitched-harmony-jersey-134745094.html

 
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Amid the swirl of an early 1960s party scene in Clint Eastwood's latest, an adaptation of "Jersey Boys," the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a television screen flashes an unexpected face: young Clint, himself, in black-and-white.
The period-appropriate shot from the TV Western "Rawhide" — a wry Hitchcockian cameo — condenses in a moment the almost unfathomable breadth of Eastwood's career: fresh-faced cowboy to steadfast Oscar-winning director. Does it feel like a lifetime ago to Eastwood?
"Several lifetimes ago," chuckles the 84-year-old director. "Seeing myself in 1959 or '60 or '61 or whenever that episode was done, it was kind of like: Wow. I've travelled a long road since then."

 
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Though Eastwood may seem like cinema's answer to a chunk of Mt. Rushmore, he has a warm presence and is quick to smile. He has a habit of pulling taught the skin of his cheek, as if making age an idle plaything. He chases a publicist who has come in to wrap up the interview with a scowl and a good-natured "Get out!"
He recently finished shooting the Navy SEAL drama "American Sniper," with Bradley Cooper, which he calls "a love story and a military story about a guy who's very talented at shooting people." It's two films in one year for Eastwood in what he notes is his 60th year in movies.
"It's fashionable to pigeonhole everybody," he says. "You're 60, you're a senior. At 60, I felt like I was about 40. At 40, I felt like I was about 18. It's just all mental attitude."
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 19, 2014, 07:10:40 PM
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times likes it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/movies/jersey-boys-eastwoods-take-on-showbiz-myth.html

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“Jersey Boys” is a strange movie, and it’s a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it. For those with a love of doo-wop, it also provides a toe-tapping, ear-worming stroll down rock ’n’ roll memory lane that dovetails with that deeply cherished American song and dance about personal triumph over adversity through hard work, tough times and self-sacrifice. It’s a redemption narrative that’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it. No wonder it’s been such a popular trip: The stage version of “Jersey Boys” opened in 2005 on Broadway, where it’s still going strong, and has long been printing money around the world, from Australia to South Africa.

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“Jersey Boys” at first seems like a curious choice for Mr. Eastwood, particularly given the heft of many of his films. And it may be that he just liked the show. It’s hard not to think that there’s something personal here, too, as suggested by the clip from “Rawhide” ... This moment could be read as a Hitchcockian cameo or as a slyly suggestive joke about what turns boys into men. Yet, like the movie’s four finally harmonious narrators and its showstopping finale, the cameo is also a reminder that this isn’t just about a group, its struggles and comeback. It’s also about an American myth of success and all the singing, the smiling and the dissembling that goes into its making.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Gant on June 20, 2014, 01:13:44 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing Jersey Boys this weekend...
From what I've read, some reviewers seem a little disappointed that the film is a little lightweight for an Eastwood project, whilst others seem to feel its a little dark compared to the play....
To my way of thinking... Eastwood loves to work and he loves to try something different each time... We all know this isn't some long cherished personal project of his... It's a job of work, something new, he's not even pretending he's a fan of the group or their music... The film had to please fans of the stage musical and maybe provide something a little more for the casual cinema goer or Eastwood fan.... As I count myself amongst all three of these I'm looking forward to seeing if it succeeds...
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 20, 2014, 08:12:12 AM

 '' Clint Eastwood jazz obsessed ''

 https://ph.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/clint-eastwood-jazz-obsessed-070000366.html

 
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Clint Eastwood was a "jazz freak" during his younger years.
The legendary actor-and-director has been talking about his musical tastes in light of his newest movie Jersey Boys, which tells the story of how the band The Four Seasons came to be.

 
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“They asked me to do [the movie] before I knew anything about it. And I said, ‘Well, let me look at it and see,’” he recently explained to WWD. “I went and saw three different versions, in Nevada, San Francisco and here, on Broadway, and I kind of got what I thought made it tick - at least in my mind, anyways - and so I settled down to do it.

“It isn’t really a musical. You could do the story without any of it,” he added.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 20, 2014, 09:36:51 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing Jersey Boys this weekend...
From what I've read, some reviewers seem a little disappointed that the film is a little lightweight for an Eastwood project, whilst others seem to feel its a little dark compared to the play....
To my way of thinking... Eastwood loves to work and he loves to try something different each time... We all know this isn't some long cherished personal project of his... It's a job of work, something new, he's not even pretending he's a fan of the group or their music... The film had to please fans of the stage musical and maybe provide something a little more for the casual cinema goer or Eastwood fan.... As I count myself amongst all three of these I'm looking forward to seeing if it succeeds...

I agree with you Gant on all counts.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: antonis on June 20, 2014, 10:01:53 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing Jersey Boys this weekend...

Lucky you.
No release date for Greece yet :knuppel2:
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 21, 2014, 08:09:42 AM

 '' Clint Eastwood Treats Cast Like Family on Jersey Boys Set ''

 http://www.people.com/article/clint-eastwood-francesca-jersey-boys?xid=rss-topheadlines

 
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Cast members said they enjoyed getting to know a side of Eastwood – who brought his other daughter Alison to the film's L.A. premiere on Thursday – that most people don't get to see. "He and his daughter were great together," says Mike Doyle, who plays the band's manager. "Clint is a family man and you saw his role as a family man with his daughter and with everyone on set, who he also treated like family. He is just so cool."

Adds Joseph Russo, who plays Joe Pesci: "He was like a grandpa. He would joke with you. As an actor, he's really on your side. He becomes a friend immediately. But there is a line of professionalism he expects, too, of course."

 (http://d1.yimg.com/sr/img/2/f5fe7370-5c38-3813-97a7-38f3a895c8f0)

 (http://img2-3.timeinc.net/people/i/2014/news/140630/clint-eastwood-2-300.jpg)

 (http://d1.yimg.com/sr/img/4/00964310-f7ac-11e3-abea-6dd445037001)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 23, 2014, 04:00:28 PM

 '' 'Jersey Boys' actors laud Clint Eastwood's minimalism ''

 By SABA HAMEDY contact the reporter
 
 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-jersey-boys-actors-clint-eastwood-laff-20140620-story.html

 
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Shooting a movie with Clint Eastwood is something even many veteran film actors don't get to do. So the cast of the new film "Jersey Boys" felt they were in a rare position — especially considering many were primarily stage performers coming in.

“Every actor wants to work with him,” John Lloyd Young, who plays the lead role of Frankie Valli, said of Eastwood at the Los Angeles Film Festival's closing-night screening of the film Thursday. “He’s a man of very few words, but the words that he shares with you have a deep impact and completely change your performance.”


 
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 23, 2014, 04:06:48 PM

 '' Clint Eastwood talks about his 'Rawhide' clip in 'Jersey Boys' movie ''

 
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Eastwood was starring in the small-screen western around the time Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were making names for themselves.

 By Karen Butler

 http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Movies/2014/06/15/Clint-Eastwood-talks-about-his-Rawhide-clip-in-Jersey-Boys-movie/1461402681252/
 
 
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NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) --Director-producer Clint Eastwood says he had a "Hitchcock moment" when a short clip featuring him as an actor in his Rawhide days was shown on a television set in his movie musical Jersey Boys.
The film is about real-life rock 'n' roll icons Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and their rise to fame in the 1950s and '60s. Eastwood's unexpected appearance in the picture occurs when band member and songwriter Bob Gaudio, played by Erich Bergen, is watching TV.

"You're talking about my Hitchcock moment," Eastwood teased a reporter who asked him about the memorable scene at a recent press conference in New York. "That was actually Erich's suggestion. We were sitting there talking about doing the scene where he is going to be sitting there, watching television, when this woman walks into the room and he said, 'I'd be sitting there watching Rawhide.' And I started thinking, 'Yeah, could be.' Because, after all, that was about the era, about the right timing. But, then, I put it out of my mind and somebody who works for me -- a woman who handles all of our television stuff -- just went ahead and did it. So, afterwards I just said, 'OK, I'll live with that.' But Hitchcock moments are distracting. He managed to disguise himself -- some of the time -- until he became a television star later on."

Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on June 23, 2014, 04:30:17 PM

 '' Clint Eastwood didn’t just direct “Jersey Boys” — he also gave his Frankie Valli a driving lesson.''

 By Barbara Hoffman

 http://nypost.com/2014/06/18/john-lloyd-young-dishes-on-bringing-jersey-boys-to-the-screen/

 
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Like the Broadway hit it’s based on, the film chronicles the rise and fall and redemption of pop music’s Four Seasons. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot more action on-screen, including a botched burglary in which a 16-year-old Frankie — played by Tony winner John Lloyd Young — plows through a plate-glass window.

But the car Frankie was driving had a stick shift, and Young, a 38-year-old Californian who was doing some of his own stunts, had never tackled a manual transmission before.

Enter Dirty Harry.

“Very patiently, more patiently than my own father when he was teaching me how to drive, Clint and I drove around the Warner Brothers back lot,” Young tells The Post. “Clint gives actors what they need, then sets them free.”
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 24, 2014, 02:04:53 AM
'' Clint Eastwood talks about his 'Rawhide' clip in 'Jersey Boys' movie ''

 
 By Karen Butler

 http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Movies/2014/06/15/Clint-Eastwood-talks-about-his-Rawhide-clip-in-Jersey-Boys-movie/1461402681252/
 
 

^^^  That is shame we now know where Clint makes his appearance. I would have liked not to know and would have rather this was posted in the spoiler thread.

It is fun to try to find people in the movies rather than know where to look for them.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Sylvie on June 24, 2014, 11:06:48 AM
That is exactly what I think !

I would have never let you know where our dear Clint makes a small appearence ... :(
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 24, 2014, 06:36:10 PM
Clint doesn't usually do "cameos" of any sort in his "directed only" pictures, and this certainly isn't a Hitchcock-style moment either. In fact, it is so unusual that a number of reviews and features have noted it. Indeed, it was mentioned a couple of weeks ago in the "Production Information and News" thread, here:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=9596.msg217323#msg217323

It's interesting that the "cameo" wasn't Clint's idea, and he doesn't really seem to approve of it.

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" ... So, afterwards I just said, 'OK, I'll live with that.' But Hitchcock moments are distracting. He managed to disguise himself -- some of the time -- until he became a television star later on."

Personally, I wouldn't consider this a spoiler, but I can see that angle. Probably best to avoid ALL threads relating to a new film if you don't want spoilers ... That's SK's usual method, I believe.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 24, 2014, 06:42:10 PM
^ I've moved the above half-dozen posts here from the "Production Information and News" thread. From now on, please use the "Production Information and News" thread ONLY for box office data and release dates and similar information. This is the place to post all stories and interviews about the film itself. (And of course, reviews.)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Whistledixie on June 24, 2014, 09:20:04 PM
Didn't see this one posted yet. Includes interesting commentary on Clint himself that touches on topics mentioned on the board...

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/dirty-harry-vs-clint-eastwood-20140620

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Dirty Harry vs. Clint Eastwood

As 'Jersey Boys' hits theaters, the battle between the director and his 'make my day' screen persona butt heads once again

June 20, 2014 11:50 AM ET  There are, you could argue, two Clint Eastwoods. One is the strong, near-silent type, the man with no name but a pair of Colt revolvers or a .44 Magnum, the lean avenging angel who asks if you feel lucky, punk, and would care to make his day. Whether he's a tough cop, a tough cowboy, a tough secret-service agent, a tough military man, a tough experimental-jet-fighter pilot or a tough racist old coot, the part is a variation on Eastwood's screen persona. His status as a macho icon was cast in immovable granite early on; to many, Eastwood is still the man who wielded suggestively-long barreled guns and doled out ruthless justice to criminals and assorted thugs. He is Dirty Harry, by any other name.

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Jersey Boys, Eastwood's take on the hit show about the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, seems at first like unfamiliar terrain, and has understandably perplexed many who have seen the words "Directed by Clint Eastwood" in ads and trailers. In truth, Eastwood the director has flirted with the genre multiple times . . . . So maybe we shouldn't be asking why "Dirty Harry" is directing a straight-up, old-fashioned musical – but rather why it's taken Clint so long to do so.

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In his early years as a director, Eastwood's films consciously played to his cowboy/tough-guy image. But right from the start, they also interrogated it: High Plains Drifter (1973), the first Western he directed, could easily fit within the Man with No Name canon. But it's so relentlessly dark and brutal – the hero is virtually a rapist, and the townspeople he's "saving" a bunch of opportunistic, cowardly scum – that one finds it hard to feel any kind of satisfaction by the end of the film. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) starts off as a typical epic about revenge, but it builds up to a surprising finale, as, years later, Josey Wales and his nemesis part ways without firing a shot, acknowledging that the Civil War is long over. Neither of these films could really be called "revisionist Westerns," but they're clearly the work of someone who already wants to push the lonesome cowboy mythos in interesting, even unsettling ways.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: KC on June 24, 2014, 09:38:18 PM
^ Thanks, that's a very good piece.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Whistledixie on June 24, 2014, 09:44:38 PM
^ Thanks, that's a very good piece.

Most welcome, I thought so, too. I think that writer could fit right in here!  :)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Macpherson on June 26, 2014, 03:52:34 PM
A fascinating, in depth article from Richard Brody in "The New Yorker", on Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys", focusing on its historical context and Clint's re-creation of the past in films such as Bird, White Hunter Black Heart, Changeling and J. Edgar.
  :) :)



http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2014/06/jersey-boys-and-the-lost-mainstream-of-america.html
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Dan Dassow on June 26, 2014, 06:54:21 PM
Brisbane Times
Clint Eastwood and the Jersey Boys (07:05)
http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/inside-entertainment/clint-eastwood-and-the-jersey-boys-5543832.html
Video Interview

He's survived six tough decades in the movie industry, and now he's adapted a stage musical - Clint Eastwood talks to Donna Demaio (http://www.3aw.com.au/donna-demaio-profile/20081006-4umv.html).

This is an enjoyable and breezy interview. It's obvious that Donna Demaio is a fan of Clint Eastwood.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: Gant on June 27, 2014, 03:26:10 AM
Great interview.. Really enjoyed that... :)
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on August 07, 2014, 07:58:49 PM

 '' Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival begins Thursday in Courthouse Square ''

 http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/aug/05/warren-italian-festival-will-mark-its-th/#sthash.qRllgy4W.dpuf

 
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The timing is right for a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band to perform in Courthouse Square.

The tribute band Lights Out will perform shows at this week’s Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival on Courthouse Square at 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.

The timing is good because of last month’s release of the Clint Eastwood movie “Jersey Boys,” which is about Valli and the band, which had its first megahit, “Sherry,” in 1962, closely followed by “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” In 1963, they scored big hits with “Walk Like a Man,” and “Ain’t That a Shame.”

Phil Sidoti, vice president of Warren’s 2014 festival, its 30th, said Lights Out is “excellent,” adding, “You close your eyes and you think they’re Frankie Valli.”


 '' Eastwood movie to top Banff bill ''

 http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/Whats-On/Film/Eastwood-movie-to-top-Banff-bill-04082014.htm

 
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BANFF Cinema, which brings the latest film releases to the town's Harvest Centre, will have Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys (15) as its main feature on Monday.

The movie tells the story of iconic American music legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with the screening starting at 7.30pm.
Title: Re: JERSEY BOYS: Reviews and Features in the Media
Post by: higashimori on September 29, 2014, 09:07:58 PM

 At last '' Jersey Boys '' was released in Japan from 27th with a very good critic generally and very good public opinion!  I hope '' Jersey Boys " will be great success in Japan !!  :)

 Kyle gave an interview to japanese movie review on the occasion of his visit at " Blue Note Tokyo", for "Jersey Boys" that he was chief of the music coordinator.  Very interesting interview but it was only in Japanese, I'm sorry !!
 In review of " Blue Note Tokyo" it contains the message from Clint for fans of Kyle !!  Interesting!!  8)

 (http://image.eiga.k-img.com/images/buzz/46237/kyle_eastwood_large.jpg?1411712281)
  http://eiga.com/news/20140926/11/

  http://www.bluenote.co.jp/jp/artists/kyle-eastwood/


 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/09/17/films/film-reviews/jersey-boys/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=jersey-boys#.VCiMWWd_srU

 
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Either Clint Eastwood had the flu or he wanted to distance himself from “Jersey Boys” as much as possible while still managing to direct it. Either way, it’s impossible not to sense a certain coldness on the part of Eastwood here — you just don’t feel love emanating from the frames in the manner of his previous films such as “Million Dollar Baby” or “Bird.”

 
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It’s one hell of a story and there’s a whole lot of music to enjoy, too, but Eastwood often makes seemingly random detours between the past and future that take huge bites out of what could have been a densely flavored, beautiful pie.