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Eastwood News / Eastwood Returns to Country Music
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:25:12 PM »
Three decades after duets with Merle Haggard and T.G. Sheppard and a starring role in Honkytonk Man, it looks like Clint Eastwood has finally returned to country music. This news is a few months old, but I was just made aware of it tonight by a friend who is a huge country music fan and, after searching, saw nothing about it here.

Brad Paisley features many special guests on his forthcoming album, 'This Is Country Music,' one of whom is the legendary Clint Eastwood. The film superstar has been shown playing piano in a few of his movies, such as 'In the Line of Fire,' but on Brad's upcoming project, he contributes another of his talents. The tune featuring the actor/director is an instrumental appropriately titled 'Eastwood.'

"We wrote [it] as a Western. It's an epic movie soundtrack-sounding Western," Brad tells The Boot. "I've become friends with Clint and his wife, Dina. So I emailed Dina and said, 'Does he whistle?' And she said, 'Yeah, you want him to whistle on something?' I said, 'I have a thing that sounds like an Ennio Morricone, the guy that did all the spaghetti western music like 'The Good, Bad and the Ugly,' and of course it has to have [he whistles] all that kind of stuff. I asked, 'Can he do that?' She wrote back and said, 'He'd love to.'"

It's sometimes the out of the ordinary things that make Brad so very happy, so when the Oscar-winning director came to the studio to record his part for the song, the country singer was overjoyed. "He whistled to the track, and there he is," declares Brad. "It's just little things like that that keep me going. The fun of thinking, 'If you're gonna have a Western, have the coolest cowboy of all time whistle on the thing.'"

Personally I'm not a big fan of modern country music, at least what comes out of Nashville. But Paisley is really old school and he's definitely a talented guy.

For the past few years, there has been much talk about a movie called Travis McGee. Several directors have been attached at some point (Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass, etc.), but it is pretty much a given that Leonardo DiCaprio has been cast in the title role.

Now for those of you who don't know who Travis McGee is, a brief introduction. He is a character created by one of the 20th century's most underrated novelist, John D. MacDonald, in 1964 for the book The Deep Blue Good-by and made his final appearance 20 years and 21 books later in The Lonely Silver Rain. Although never described as such in the books, he is for all intents and purposes a private investigator. For fans of the thriller or mystery genres, I couldn't recommend these books highly enough.

There have been two previous film adaptations, in 1970 and 1983, starring Rod Taylor and Sam Elliot respectively. But after reading the books for the first time a few years ago, I pictured mid-'70s Clint. Obviously he's too old for the part now, but I think we'd all agree that he knows a thing or two when it comes to directing this kind of film. Add to that the fact that he's recently worked with DiCaprio in J. Edgar and rumors are flying that they're teaming up again for A Star is Born. Does anybody else think that this is a perfect future project?

If you had a chance to send Clint some reading material with a possibility that he would turn it into a movie, what would you choose? My top five.

The Colonel and Little Missie by Larry McMurtry- a dual biography of Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley that explores the nature of celebrity and myth. Jeff Daniels as Cody, Hillary Swank as Oakley.

Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick- a biography of Elvis Presley focusing on the years 1935-1958. To get it right, the film would have to be totally in black and white or very early Technicolor. Needs a younger man, most likely unknown, to portray Presley, but Johnny Depp as Sam Phillips and Bill Murray as Colonel Tom Parker.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris- Covers the President's early life as a cowboy, a war hero, a governor, etc.

Rose Madder by Stephen King- Perhaps King's least known work, it involves a woman who is on the run from an abusive husband who happens to be a police officer.

Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams by Nick Tosches- The true story of a lonely, depressed, and reclusive individual who is one of the biggest entertainers in the world. The guy from Mad Men as Dean, maybe Zachary Levi as Jerry. Who would play Frank? hmmm....

So what would you pick? Do you think Eastwood would consider doing any of these films?

Off-Topic Discussion / The Charles Bronson Appreciation Thread
« on: June 26, 2011, 02:32:34 AM »
I had heard some friends talking about the remake of The Mechanic (with Jason Statham, I believe?). I haven't seen it and have no intention of sitting through another CGI explosion fest, but it did prompt me to watch the original version again tonight and, as always, I come away impressed by how underrated Charles Bronson still is as an actor. From supporting roles in classics like The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, and The Great Escape to his big break in Once Upon a Time in the West to his iconic portrayal of Paul Kersey in Death Wish (every bit the equal of the original Dirty Harry, in my opinion), he added something unique to every movie he was in. Not to mention Mr. Majestyk and so many others in the '70s. As far as I'm concerned, he, along with Eastwood and Burt Reynolds were the Holy Trinity of '70s cinema.

Even later in his career, although his films were normally panned by critics, the movies were entertaining and he was great in them.

Off-Topic Discussion / NBA All-Star Weekend
« on: February 16, 2006, 02:37:46 PM »
Who do you think will win the NBA All-Star game? I'm going with the East.

The thing I like about All-Star weekends is that it's fun. Not only is their a game of the best, but the players are able to show off what they are best at in various contests (which is why LeBron should be in the dunk contest).

The participants are

0 Gilbert Arenas (Washington) G 6-4 210 01/06/82 Arizona
1 #Chauncey Billups (Detroit) G 6-3 202 09/25/76 Colorado
4 #Chris Bosh (Toronto) F 6-10 235 03/24/84 Georgia Tech
15 Vince Carter (New Jersey) F 6-6 220 01/26/77 North Carolina
32 #Richard Hamilton (Detroit) G 6-7 193 02/14/78 Connecticut
3 *Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) G 6-0 165 06/07/75 Georgetown
23 *LeBron James (Cleveland) G 6-8 245 12/30/85 St. Vincent/St. Mary HS
7 *i-Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana) F 6-11 226 10/13/78 Eau Claire HS
32 *Shaquille O'Neal (Miami) C 7-1 325 03/06/72 LSU
34 Paul Pierce (Boston) F 6-6 230 10/13/77 Kansas
3 *Dwyane Wade (Miami) G 6-4 212 01/17/82 Marquette
3 Ben Wallace (Detroit) F 6-9 240 09/10/74 Virginia Union
36 Rasheed Wallace (Detroit) F 6-11 225 09/17/74 North Carolina
Head Coach: Flip Saunders (Detroit); Assistants: Sidney Lowe, Ron Harper, Don Zierden
Athletic Trainer: Ted Arzonico (Orlando)

34 Ray Allen (Seattle) G 6-5 205 07/20/75 Connecticut
42 Elton Brand (L.A. Clippers) F 6-8 265 03/11/79 Duke
8 *Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) G 6-6 220 08/23/78 Lower Merion HS  ::) ::)
21 *Tim Duncan (San Antonio) F 7-0 260 04/25/76 Wake Forest
21 Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) F 6-11 220 05/19/76 Farragut Academy (HS)
16 #Pau Gasol (Memphis) C 7-0 227 07/06/80 Spain
31 Shawn Marion (Phoenix) F 6-7 228 05/07/78 UNLV
1 *Tracy McGrady (Houston) F 6-8 210 05/24/79 Mt. Zion Academy (HS)
11 *Yao Ming (Houston) C 7-6 310 09/12/80 China
13 *Steve Nash (Phoenix) G 6-3 180 02/07/74 Santa Clara
41 Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) F 7-0 245 06/19/78 Germany
9 #Tony Parker (San Antonio) G 6-2 177 05/17/82 France
Head Coach: Avery Johnson (Dallas); Assistants: Del Harris, Rolando Blackman, Joe Prunty
Athletic Trainer: Keith Jones (Houston)

*denotes starter
#denotes first-time selection
i- denotes injured and will not participate, replaced by Gilbert Arenas

Although, I am an Eastern Conference man, I must ask, WHERE IN THE HELL IS CARMELO ANTHONY?

Participants in Slam-Dunk Contest:

Andre Iguodala Philadelphia F 6-6 207 Arizona
Nate Robinson New York G 5-9 180 Washington
Josh Smith Atlanta F 6-9 225 Oak Hill Academy
Hakim Warrick Memphis F 6-9 219 Syracuse

Participants in 3-Point Shoot-Out:

Ray Allen Seattle G 6-5 205 Connecticut
Raja Bell Phoenix G 6-5 210 Florida International
Chauncey Billups Detroit G 6-3 202 Colorado
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas F 7-0 245 Germany
Quentin Richardson New York G-F 6-6 230 DePaul
Jason Terry Dallas G 6-2 180 Arizona

Participants in Rookie Challenge:

Andrew Bogut Milwaukee F 7-0 245 Utah
Luther Head Houston G 6-3 185 Illinois
Channing Frye New York F 6-11 248 Arizona
Danny Granger Indiana F 6-9 228 New Mexico
Sarunas Jasikevicius Indiana G 6-4 197 Maryland
Chris Paul NOK G 6-0 175 Wake Forest
Nate Robinson New York G 5-9 180 Washington
Charlie Villanueva Toronto F 6-11 240 Connecticut
Deron Williams Utah G 6-3 210 Illinois
Head Coach: Sidney Lowe, Detroit Pistons; Assistant Coach: Elvin Hayes

Luol Deng Chicago G/F 6-9 220 Duke
T.J. Ford Milwaukee G 6-0 165 Texas
Ben Gordon Chicago G 6-3 200 Connecticut
Devin Harris Dallas G 6-3 185 Wisconsin
Dwight Howard Orlando C/F 6-11 265 SW Atlanta Christian Academy
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia F 6-6 207 Arizona
Nenad Krstic New Jersey C 7-0 240 Serbia & Montenegro
*Jameer Nelson Orlando G 6-0 190 Saint Joseph’s
Andres Nocioni Chicago F 6-7 225 Argentina
*Emeka Okafor Charlotte F/C 6-10 252 Connecticut
Delonte West Boston G 6-4 180 Saint Joseph’s
Head Coach: Del Harris, Dallas Mavericks; Assistant Coach: Moses Malone

Participants in Skills Challenge:

LeBron James Cleveland F 6-8 240 St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
Steve Nash Phoenix G 6-3 195 Santa Clara
Chris Paul N.O./Okla. City G 6-0 175 Wake Forest
Dwyane Wade Miami G 6-4 212 Marquette

Participants in Shooting Stars:

Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets
Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets
Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets (Ret.)


Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers   ::) ::)
Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers (Ret.)

Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns
Kelly Miller Phoenix Mercury
Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns (Ret.)


Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Kendra Wecker San Antonio Silver Stars
Steve Kerr San Antonio Spurs (Ret.)

I'll have a great time as always, watching basketball this weekend.

General Discussion / Clint Films That Would Work As Video Games
« on: January 21, 2006, 07:46:14 PM »
Since Dirty Harry is going to be released as a video game, which other Clint films do you think could work as games?

Films that I think could work:

1. The Man With No Name Films
2. Josey Wales
3. Every Which Way But Loose
4. Firefox
5. Blood Work

General Discussion / In The Line Of Fire vs. Absolute Power?
« on: January 21, 2006, 07:41:39 PM »
As we all know, both of these films involve Presidents- one involves an assassanation attempt on the President, the other involves the President commiting a murder.

Although Clint directed Absolute Power, I am going with In The Line Of Fire because of Clint's acting performance (for which he should have gotten an Oscar nomination).

Two of the winners at the Golden Globes last night were actors portraying Sun Records recording artists.

Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy: Walk The Line

Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy: Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy: Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or a Motion Picture Made for Televison: Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley in Elvis

General Discussion / Westerns vs. Action Films
« on: January 15, 2006, 07:51:23 AM »
I'm going with westerns.

General Discussion / Clint's Best Music Film
« on: January 04, 2006, 07:44:32 PM »
I doubt if Paint Your Wagon will be a contender, but it will be tough between Bird and Honkytonk Man, although I am going with the latter.

General Discussion / Darkest Clint Film
« on: January 04, 2006, 07:41:38 PM »
I gotta go with Bird, because the tragedy actually happened.

Off-Topic Discussion / Brokeback Mountain
« on: January 01, 2006, 09:22:16 PM »
As long as Brokeback Mountain doesn't win anything, I would take Michael Jackson as best actor.

This is mainly about underrated performers.

Everybody has 3 votes.

Who do you think belongs in the R&R Hall of Fame?

I will tell why I think the artists on the poll deserve to be inducted.

Link Wray- His only top 40 hit, Rumble, accomplished two things- became the only instrumental to be banned from radio and was the first metal song.

The Big Bopper- He belongs in based on potential. Also because he is eternally famous as being on of the three rockers to die in the 1959 plane crash. Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens (who had less output, but probably more potential) died in the crash and are in the hall.

Chubby Checker- He recorded two of the biggest hits ever, The Twist and Limbo Rock, and his songs were in a way the definiton of rock- fun and fast.

Tommy James & the Shondells- A few reasons why: Hanky Panky, Mony Mony, I Think We're Alone Now, Crimson and Clover, and Draggin' The Line.

Don McLean- Yes, he is a one hit wonder, but his one hit (American Pie) is maybe the best rock song of all time.

Deep Purple- One of the best early metal bands. For more reasons, listen to the Machine Head album.

Son House- Probably the best Delta bluesman. He influenced Robert Johnson, who is in the Hall.

Bill Black- Elvis Presley's bassist on the Sun sessions, early RCA sessions, and later formed the Bill Black Combo.

D.J. Fontana- Elvis Presley's drummer from 1955-58, '60, and '68. Listen to Hound Dog to hear why he deserves to be in.

John Fogerty- CCR is already in, but Fogerty has had an excellent solo career as well.

John Mellencamp- Great songwriter, writing songs of the common man. Also, he has some classics under his belt- Jack & Diane, Pink Houses, Rain On The Scarecrow, etc.

.38 Special- Great southern rock band and great live act.

I think that all of these acts deserve to be recognized by the Hall, but my three votes go to Link Wray, Mellencamp, and Tommy James.

Off-Topic Discussion / Kobe finally gets what he deserves!!!!!
« on: December 30, 2005, 07:52:51 PM »
Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Kobe Bryant has been suspended for 2 games for being an @#!hole (officially for commiting a flagrant foul).

Kobe is a jerk. He is the T.O. of basketball, but the only difference is that he has his owners and GMs paid off to keep him.

He single-handedly destroyed the Lakers by forcing Shaq to ask to be traded and by forcing Phil Jackson to quit the first time (and I doubt if he will last all year). As a result, Karl Malone, A LEGEND, retired because of Kobe assholiness.

He scores around 40 points a game, but has not had over 5 assist in a game this season. He obviously does not trust his teammates.

If my main man, LeBron James, shot the ball on every possession, he could average 50-60 points a game, but he likes to be a team player.

I'm glad David Stern finally has suspended him, but it should have been for a full year, or better yet, a lifetime ban.

Maybe then the Lakers could be a contender.

Off-Topic Discussion / Best Elvis Film
« on: December 29, 2005, 07:39:47 PM »
Jailhouse Rock for me.

General Discussion / Film That Clint Should Have Directed
« on: December 26, 2005, 05:57:33 PM »
First off, after directing Sudden Impact, I think Clint should also have taken on The Dead Pool.

However the one film that had everyting going for it except a director, and had it had a good director, would now be considered on the level of A Perfect World is City Heat.

City Heat- when you look at the plot, the cast, and the setting- sounds like it has all the elements of a great Eastwood film, but because Clint did not direct it is mediocre.

Off-Topic Discussion / Bowl Picks
« on: December 23, 2005, 02:22:39 PM »
Who do you think will win the BCS (bull crap system) bowls?

Rose Bowl- USC vs. Texas: Texas by 21

Orange Bowl- Penn State vs. Florida State: Florida State by 3

Fiesta Bowl- OHIO STATE vs. Notre Dame: BUCKEYES by 27 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Sugar Bowl- Georgia vs. West Virginia: West Virginia by 10

And, not a BSC bowl, but since I hate the Wolverines:
Alamo Bowl- Michigan :P :P :P vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers by 45

By the way, to any bigshot in the NCAA who may read this board: WE WANT A PLAYOFF NOW!!!!!

Merry Christmas

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Clint as Billy the Kid
« on: December 21, 2005, 08:31:43 PM »
We've had some discussions on here before about whether Clint should make another western.

Most people have said yes, but he should not play a gunfighter role.

How about a western/biopic that would include very little of the activity normally associated with western roles?

My idea is simply for Clint to tell the story of Billy the Kid.

Most people know the story of Pat Garrett killing Billy the Kid. What most do not know is that he may have survived.

In 1948, a man by the name of  Ollie L. "Brushy Bill" Roberts came forward and said he was in fact the infamous outlaw. The story was told to William V. Morrison.

I would like to see Clint in a movie about this, in the role of Roberts. He would not have to do any harmful activities, because there could be flashbacks of younger actors. Clint would just be the storyteller.

How can you contact Malpaso?

Questions & Answers / Dirty Harry on X Box
« on: December 21, 2005, 02:46:34 PM »
Will the Dirty Harry video game be available on X Box?

General Discussion / Clint's Most Underrated Film
« on: December 19, 2005, 05:28:21 PM »
I'm not going to make this a poll, because (arguably) every one of Clint's films can be considered underrated.

It's a tie for me between True Crime and Honkytonk Man, neither of which got the critical acclaim they deserved.

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