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Eastwood News / Remake of Every Which Way but Loose is on the Way!
« on: January 23, 2017, 05:19:15 PM »
Well, this is definitely something that I didn't see coming. Original director James Fargo will produce.

It sounds like Eastwood may have found his next project. This is unconfirmed, but is from a very reputable source, "The Hollywood Reporter."

After tackling a true life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

Warner Bros, Eastwood's long-time home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project.

Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film, Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script.

Buchanan was working in Somalia when in October 2011 she and a colleague found themselves caught by land pirates, sold out by their escort and protector. For the next 93 days, she and her co-worker lived in the desert while Buchanan’s husband, Landemalm, tried to work various agencies to have his wife rescued. In the end, President Obama OK'd the engagement of Seal Team 6, which parachuted into the area, killed all the pirates, and extracted the pair.

This is a remake I definitely didn't see coming!

Sofia Coppola has found her next film after stepping away from a live action telling of ‘The Little Mermaid” at Universal.
The Oscar winner will write and direct a remake of “The Beguiled,” a 1971 drama that starred Clint Eastwood, an individual familiar with the deal told TheWrap. Reps for Coppola did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Elle Fanning is on board to play a student at a Civil War-era girls boarding school. The film has also reportedly attracted Nicole Kidman to play the school’s head mistress, a role originated by the late Geraldine Page, and Kirsten Dunst to play one of the instructors.


Eastwood News / Sully: Production Information and News
« on: June 02, 2015, 01:56:40 PM »
The Hollywood Reporter has details about Clint's next project:

Clint Eastwood is tackling another real-life hero: Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

The prolific director's next film will be the story of Sullenberger's life and the dramatic tale of how the veteran pilot ditched U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, saving everyone on board. Eastwood, 85, will make the movie for Warner Bros., his longtime home studio.

According to Deadline, Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct a biopic starring Jonah Hill and potentially co-starring Leonardo Dicaprio, which is based on a script by Billy Ray, who was the screenwriter of "Captain Philips."

Clint Eastwood is seriously circling the job of directing Fox’s high profile Billy Ray-scripted untitled project about Richard Jewell, the heroic security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. Jewell, who’ll be played by two time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill, was vilified as a possible terrorist, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded turned into a trip to the Twilight Zone. Leonardo DiCaprio is a possible to play the lawyer who helped Jewell navigate that hell.

Directing for Fox would be a departure for Eastwood, but what does everyone think about this as a potential project for Eastwood? Are you looking forward to seeing this, or were you hoping for something different?

Off-Topic Discussion / A Star is Born (former Eastwood project) news
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:27:12 PM »
It looks like this is being made, but thankfully, Eastwood appears to no longer be involved. Warner Bros wants Bradley Cooper to direct and star with Beyonce, who was Warners original choice for the "star." ! I REALLY did not see this coming.

It's time to get our traditional "members' comments" threads started.

In this thread, spoilers are allowed. Anyone who has seen American Sniper and has more to say than can be safely posted in the "No Spoilers" thread, please give us your thoughts, comments or full-fledged review.

It's time to get our traditional "members' comments" threads started.

We welcome all thoughts and comments and even full-fledged reviews of the film, but please... NO SPOILERS IN THIS THREAD.

 If you feel that what you want to say about the film may spoil it for those who haven't yet seen it, then please post in our SPOILERS thread for American Sniper:

Eastwood News / Clint Eastwood Saves Man From Choking!
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:32:20 AM »
WOW. This brought a smile to my face. Clint's not just quick and decisive in his movie roles folks. Clint is a real-life hero too! :)

I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes," the actor said of a golf tournament director choking on a piece of cheese.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — life saver.
Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

"I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn't work," John said Friday. "I was looking at him and couldn't breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life."

Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and now as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event.
He's often in the CBS tower on the weekend and presents the trophy to the winner, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker in recent years.
The Hollywood star wasn't expecting an additional duty this week.

"I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes," Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. "It looked bad."
He said it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.

"I can't believe I'm 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times," John said.

Leonard Hirshan, the longtime manager of Clint Eastwood who also counted Edward G. Robinson, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Angela Lansbury, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bruce Beresford among his clients over the course of his six-decade career as an agent and manager, died January 31 in Beverly Hills of Merkel cell carcinoma. He was 86.

Hirshan had repped Eastwood since the 1960s, continuing to do so even after leaving WME in 2004 to form his own eponymous management firm.

Since appearing in "Gran Torino" in 2008, Bee Vang has in recent years taken to trashing the film. I hadn't been aware of this until recently, but he gave an interview in 2010 to Louisa Schein, a cultural consultant who worked on the film. In the interview, which is excerpted here, he heavily criticizes the representation of the characters, the quality of the script, the acting, and Eastwood's "lack of direction." The interview is an interesting read but I was taken aback by it. I don't remember hearing any of these criticisms when the film was made, or when he was out promoting it. It also strikes me as odd that if he felt this way that he would accept the role and then thought that  he would be permitted to "improve" upon the script, when he had no experience as a writer or actor prior to making the film. What impressions does this leave you with? I'd love to get everyone's thoughts on this! 


LS: So what went through your head when you started to hear about Gran Torino?

BV: I heard about the story and the ìsidesî ñ the excerpts from the script that were used for auditionsóand I was just really repulsed by what I read.

LV: Right. So Walt has to teach them the ìrightî way to behave, and to save the good ones from the bad. In the process, he valiantly takes the fall. Talk about your impressions of the plot, the script itself.

BV: The thing is, the story canít take place without those Hmong characters, especially mine. But in the end, itís Walt that gets glorified. We fade out in favor of his heroism. I felt negated by the script and by extension in my assuming the role.

LS: So you were uneasy about the lines and character descriptions. Why did you audition and
ultimately take the part?

BV: Friends kept pushing me to try out. I didnít take it seriously. Didnít think Iíd get the part. But when I was called back for another round of auditioning, I realized I wanted to be part of the hype, because this would become a great cultural event of our time, especially for Hmong. Most importantly, my intentions were, as I continued to audition and do my best, to try to improve on the script and the ways Hmong were portrayed.

LS: Did you feel you succeeded in creating this character?
BV: I added a lot of intonation and gestures to try to give Thao some dignity. For instance, when my sister is offering me to work for Walt, I raised my voice to a shout to indicate I hated the idea of slaving for Walt. That outburst wasnít in the script. But most of the script was not very open to interpretation and it was premised on his not having any dignity. He needs to be clueless and have no self-respect in order for the white elder man to achieve his savior role. He has to hang his head and absorb abuse. So it makes me wonder how a character like Thao could bring any change to Walt.

LS: What did this mean in terms of your process, then?
BV: The roadblock for me was that I couldnít identify with Thao as the demeaned boy that he was. All the while, hearing that my performance was to be as a so-called ìnatural,î I found myself resisting the character more and more. So I had to draw instead on my best acting skills to counter my feelings about Eastwoodís lack of direction.

How did you feel about the result?
BV: Thatís a difficult one. I know I gave it my all, but at the same time, it doesnít look like stellar acting to me. I just wished that perhaps the physical acting aspect would at least be recognizable. Also, itís funny, when I watch the final product of Gran Torino, I often have the impression that the takes they chose for each scene were my weakest. Iím not sure what thatís about.

LS: Say more about the role itself.

BV: But then I think that maybe itís not about the quality of my acting. Itís the fact of the character being unsympathetic because of his weakness. Itís an odd thing, as a first time actor, to have to step into a role thatís disparaged by the script and humiliated by the other characters. Playing him well is like making a deal with the devil. To the extent that I did a good job, I reinforced that image of effeminate Asian guys who are wimps, geeks and canít advocate for themselves.

Eastwood News / Jersey Boys: Production Information and News
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:53:59 PM »
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood plans to delay making "A Star is Born," and intends to make a film adaptation of Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" his next project. He is in talks to direct, and hasn't yet formally signed on, so things could change, but I can't think of a project I'd like to see less than yet another musical adaptation from Eastwood. At this rate, Eastwood will be dead before he makes another movie that I'm actually interested in seeing :( After "Jersey Boys," he intends to make "A Star is Born," so if this comes to fruition, that will be two musicals in a row for Eastwood :( I am really sad about this. If this ends up happening, I might just have to find myself a new favorite filmmaker to watch :( I hope that others are more excited to hear this news.

I don't know about all of you, but I personally find the things we are hearing about this project to be very confusing. First, Beyonce was doing interviews saying she was excited to be working with Clint, and had recorded the soundtrack. Then, we were hearing about all sorts of A-list actors who were supposedly offered the male part but allegedly turned it down. Then we heard that Bradley Cooper was offered the part, but Bradley Cooper said he knew nothing about it, even though Clint has said there had been serious discussions. Now, Clint says he's not even sure if Beyonce is available or going to be involved, when before he delayed filming due to her pregnancy, and she appeared  to be signed on for the project and ready to go. I have no idea what is happening with this project, so I thought I'd ask the obvious question. Will this film get made? Why or why not? What does everyone think about all these conflicting reports about the film?

Eastwood News / TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE: Reviews and Features in the Media.
« on: September 09, 2012, 04:12:00 PM »
Here's an interesting interview with Robert Lorenz where he talks about his experience working with Clint on this film:

Questions & Answers / Scene in Tightrope?
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:50:31 AM »
I saw "Tightrope" again last night. There's a scene in there where after the killer goes after Eastwood's daughters, Eastwood looks into the mirror, swears, and then starts to throw things around in a fit of rage and frustration. My question is who was he talking to in that scene? Was his message of frustration meant for the killer, did he blame himself for allowing this to happen to his daughters and not being able to protect them, or was he speaking to the dark part of himself that somehow identified with the killer? It wasn't clear to me who his message was directed at, and what it was that prompted his actions.

Well, the wait is over folks. The trailer is here! I would expect this to be playing in front of "Hops Springs" tomorrow. It turns out Warner Bros does think like me! ;)

Since the Production Information and News Thread has gotten off track with some discussions that don't really belong there, the moderators and I thought it would be a good idea to start a new thread. This is the thread to discuss everything related to this film prior to its release. So, let's start things off with this, what did everyone think of this trailer? What kind of film do you think this is going to be, and how effective was this trailer in getting you interested in seeing this film?

Off-Topic Discussion / Columbo
« on: July 15, 2012, 05:06:46 PM »
Over the past few weeks, I've been watching this old series on Netflix and have really enjoyed it. For those that don't know, Columbo is a homicide detective played by the late Peter Falk. It has quite the unique format. At the start of almost every episode, the viewer watches as the killer plans and executes the murder. The rest of the show is dedicated to discovering how Lieutenant Columbo goes about his investigation to prove that the person who the audience knows all along is the killer, is the one responsible. It's a very fascinating set-up, and quite well done. Peter Falk is flawless as Lieutenant Columbo.

I was wondering if any of our other members remembered this show. If you do, what are your thoughts on it? What did you like? What did you not like? It's quickly becoming one of my favorite TV shows, even though it's decades old now.                                      

I did have a few observations, which I wanted to share. Almost without exception, the murderers seem to all be wealthy. This to me seemed rather unfair, as murder is not necessarily only committed by people who are affluent. I am wondering if anyone has heard any commentary on this. Was this purposeful on the part of Falk and the filmmakers involved? It seems to me that this would have to be purposeful, but whether or not those involved would admit it, I don't know.

I also find it a little bit strange that most of the murderers, even before Columbo has accused them of anything, always says how Columbo won't be able to prove that they were guilty, and seemed annoyed with Columbo as he goes about solving the murder. If someone I knew or loved had been murdered, I would want to be as helpful to the investigator as possible, and certainly wouldn't get annoyed at them for asking me questions. Even if they asked the same question over and over, I'd want to help the investigator as much as I could so the murder of my loved one or friend would be solved. I think that anyone who was innocent, or who was trying to portray themselves as such, would. Also, someone who was innocent, or who wanted to portray themselves as innocent, would never tell the investigator that they couldn't prove their theory implicating them. They would say how they were innocent, how it couldn't possibly be true what Columbo was saying, etc. Only guilty people goad the investigator about them not being able to prove their accusations.

Lastly, I found it a bit strange that Columbo only ever seems to have 1 case. This is something I notice a lot. Does anyone know how many cases homicide investigators typically are assigned to at any given time? I'd find it very hard to believe that it would just be one.

Because of my background, I often find myself questioning how many of these completed cases that Columbo solves would actually lead to a conviction, or hold up in court? It seems like a lot of the evidence Columbo uses to make his case could be pretty easily challenged, often successfully so.

I know that a lot of these things are done for dramatic license, and are merely part of the conceit of the show. I appreciate that, and at the same time, I'd love to hear what other people's thoughts might be who also enjoy the show about some of these questions that I've posed. Please post your own reflections about the show. I'd love to hear them. I know that Christopher is quite fond of the show as well, so I hope he can get us started :)  

Eastwood News / Fantastic sale on Eastwood DVD's for 24 hrs only!
« on: June 10, 2012, 06:42:59 PM »
There is a sale on Eastwood DVD's for 24 hours only. I don't know when this sale ends so pick up these DVD's right away. For those that don't already have these titles, this sounds like a really great deal. 35 DVD's for $64. Check it out.

This link states that Sean Connery was going to be in "Space Cowboys" but dropped out. I have also read that Jack Nicholson was going to be in the film as well. This note also states that Eastwood wasn't originally going to direct "Space Cowboys" but later agreed to do it. Does anyone know if any of these things are true? Are articles like this just reporting rumors, or are there facts to back these things up? The same kind of things pop up on IMDB, and I have a hard time knowing what is fact and what is fiction. Does anyone have any idea?

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