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I hope that you are still gainfully employed as a librarian for New York City. I saw this very charming documentary this weekend that I believe that you and other people on this forum would enjoy:  Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015). The film is available for streaming on Netflix.

Harold Michelson was an illustrator, story board artist and production design for films such as The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra and The Birds. Lillian Michelson married Harold in 1947. She was the research librarian for multiple studios and maintained (and eventually owned) a film research library that was housed at multiple locations. She provided significant research for The Birds, Rosemary's Baby and Fiddler on the Roof.

Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.

General Discussion / Eastwood and IMDb's "Seen" feature
« on: January 19, 2015, 02:46:49 PM »
About three months ago IMDb implemented the "seen" feature, which allows a person with an IMDb account to determine whether they've rated a title credited to a person.

IMDb Seen: Clint Eastwood

IMDb Seen: Clint Eastwood as a Director in movies

Box Office Mojo: Clint Eastwood as a Director

The Washington Post (link)
Smithsonian American History museum opens 3-day festival of Clint Eastwood Western films

By Associated Press, Published: June 22

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is opening a three-day film festival featuring Clint Eastwood’s Westerns.

The series running through Sunday includes movie discussions and free screenings in the museum’s Warner Bros. Theater. ...

Admission is free on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Also Saturday, the museum will show the documentary “The Eastwood Factor.” ...
The Outlaw Josey Wales Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1 – 4:30pm
1 PM: NPR film commentator Murray Horwitz leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this classic Hollywood movie.
The Eastwood Factor Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6 – 8:30pm
6 PM: Warner Home Video executive vice president Jeff Baker leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this Hollywood
Pale Rider Sunday, June 24, 2012, 1 – 4pm
1 PM: NPR film commentator Murray Horwitz leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this classic Hollywood movie.

Eastwood News / Oscar Winning Editor Joel Cox to Host Masterclass
« on: May 30, 2012, 08:22:47 PM »
Irish Film and Television Network (link)
30 May 2012

The 1st John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place on June 7-10th. An initiative of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) in association with the Ford Estate in US and supported by the Department of Arts, the annual event will be an international platform to honour and learn from the legacy of John Ford, one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time.

As part of the Film Symposium, the Academy has teamed up with FÁS Screen Training Ireland to present an Editing Masterclass with Oscar-winning Editor Joel Cox with special focus on the Director/Editor collaborative process. ...

FÁS Screen Training Ireland’s website has further information about the Masterclass, and people interested in attending can apply through the Screen Training Ireland website click here. The application deadline is Friday 1st June.  The Masterclass will be held at The Projects Arts Centre, Temple Bar, at 2pm on Saturday June 9. Tickets cost €20 or €15 for IFTA Members. ...

The West Ranch Beacon (link)
Editor Joel Cox & Actor Glenn Ford to be inducted into Walk of Western Stars
Sat 25 Feb 2012

The City of Santa Clarita will induct Western legends Joel Cox and Glenn Ford into the Walk of Western Stars this year as part of the 19th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. The induction ceremony is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the City’s Wild, Wild, West SENSES event on Main Street. ...

The City of Santa Clarita will host several events as part of the 2012 Walk of Western Stars, including:

An Evening with Joel Cox, Oscar Winning Editor of The Unforgiven

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ~ $25/ticket (includes wine reception)

Hasley Hall Theatre, College of the Canyons

Join Joel Cox, 2012 Walk of Western Stars honoree and editor of western classics The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, and The Wild Bunch, for an interactive discussion of his film industry career working with Clint Eastwood and Sam Peckinpah. A wine reception will precede the event, and proceeds will benefit The College of the Canyon’s Cinema Program and the International Film Festival at College of the Canyons. ...

Below the Line (link)
August 30, 2011 | By Staff

Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning production designer James J. Murakami, whose work can be seen in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming J. Edgar, (his sixth collaboration with the noted director), will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s production designer of the year award at the festival’s Oct. 24 Hollywood Awards Gala.

Murakami received his Oscar nomination for the 2008 Changeling. His Emmy for outstanding art direction for a single camera series was for Deadwood in 2005. The Art Directors Guild nominated him for two awards in 2008 – excellence in production design for contemporary films (Gran Torino) and for period films (Changeling).

He was production designer on last year’s Hereafter and among his other films are Invictus and Letters from Iwo Jima.

He attended Chouinard Art Institute and started his career in the motion picture industry at ZIV Television Studio in 1958. He was employed as set designer for 11 years and became a member of the Art Directors Guild as the assistant art director on The Godfather Part II in 1973.

Murakami will be honored during the Hollywood Film Festival’s black-tie Hollywood Awards Gala before a gathering of 1,200 industry and guild executives, stars, celebrities, filmmakers and media, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Oct 24.

Previous recipients of the Festival’s production designer honors include Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Rick Carter, Stuart Craig, William Creber, Dante Ferretti, Sarah Greenwood, Grant Major, Harold Michelson, John Myhre and Robert Stromberg.

DirectorClint Eastwood[1,Hollywood Reporter]
ScreenplayDustin Lance Black[9,Slashfilm]
ProducerBrian Grazer[12,Starometer]
ProducerRobert Lorenz[12,Starometer]
Executive ProducerTim Moore[12,Starometer]
Executive ProducerErica Huggins[12,Starometer]
Director of PhotographyTom Stern[12,Starometer]
Production DesignerJames J. Murakami[12,Starometer]
EditorJoel Cox[12,Starometer]
EditorGary D. Roach[12,Starometer]
Costume DesignerDeborah Hopper[12,Starometer]
Location Manager, Washington, DCCarol Flaisher[18,DCist]
J. Edgar HooverLeonardo DiCaprio[2,Screen Crave]
Clyde Tolson, Associate DirectorArmie Hammer[3,Entertainment Weekly]
Bruno Hauptmann, Convicted of killing Charles Lindbergh's sonDamon Herriman[4,IndiWIRE]
Helen Gandy, Hoover's secretary for 54 yearsNaomi Watts[9,Slashfilm]
Agent Smith, Hoover BiographerEd Westwick[5,Deadline]
Hoover's Mother, Anna Marie Scheitlin HooverJudi Dench[6,BBC]
Charles LindberghJosh Lucas[7,New York Post]
U.S. Attorney General Harlan F. StoneKen Howard[8,Reuters]
unknownDenis O'Hare[10,Hollywood Reporter]
Arthur KoehlerStephen Root[11,Cinema Blend]
Robert F. KennedyJeffrey Donovan[13,The Film Stage]
Agent GarrisonMiles Fisher[14,Cinema Blend]
Colonel Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., Chief investigator for Lindbergh KidnappingDermot Mulroney[15,Orlando Sentinel]
Old fashioned movie tone news style cameramanPalooka[16,Clint Eastwood Forums][19,Clint Eastwood Forums]
Anita ColbyAmanda Schull[17,Movie Lover's News]

Hoover (2012) (Dustin Lance Black) [2009 09 29] [Unprod.] [Scan].pdf

FBI's Website
The Hoover Legacy, 40 Years After
Part 1: The End of an Era
Part 2: His First Job and the FBI Files

Eastwood News / Jazz Was His Earliest Muse
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:14:08 AM »
Wall Street Journal (link)
Jazz Was His Earliest Muse

Carmel, Calif.

I'm here to talk to one of America's premier filmmakers about his career in the industry, but his eyes light up when I ask him about his first love—jazz. "It's always fun to talk about jazz," says Clint Eastwood, seated at a small table not far from the baby grand piano that fills his Mission Ranch Restaurant with jazz each night. We're looking out at a picturesque meadow and a flock of grazing sheep he jokingly calls his "girlfriends." ...

He once said jazz and westerns are perhaps the only truly American art forms. I ask him where he acquired his love for the former. "When I was a kid, I'd listen to jazz records and copy them on the piano," he says, fingering imaginary keys. The Fats Waller albums his mother brought to their house near Oakland, Calif., were an early influence. ...

Eastwood News / Internet Polls Featuring Clint
« on: August 24, 2010, 06:23:39 AM »
ANI (link)
Clint Eastwood's 'Go ahead, make my day' voted most iconic one-liner
London, Mon, 23 Aug 2010

London, Aug 23 (ANI): In an online poll one-liner "Go ahead, make my day" by Clint Eastwood has been voted the most iconic film catchphrase. One in five people taking part in the poll said the line in the 1983 movie 'Sudden Impact' was their favourite, reports the Mirror. ...

iStockAnalyst (link)
Fearsome festival takes aim at awesome EastwoodThursday, July 29, 2010 12:02 PM
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio)By Nick Chordas, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
July 29--Fans of 'Dirty' Harry Callahan are feeling lucky.

On Saturday, the Gateway Film Center is set to show all five entries in the series starring Clint Eastwood as a police officer whose distaste for criminals is equaled only by his disgust for cowardly bureaucrats.

Dirty Harry (1971) kicks off the mayhem at 11 a.m., followed by Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988).

The marathon is part of Awesomefest, an annual fundraiser for the organization Asia's Hope that also includes cycling and tattooing.

For details and registration information, visit .

Eastwood News / Come on over to Clint's
« on: July 06, 2010, 05:44:39 AM » (link)

Come on over to Clint's
Carmel-by-the-Sea a quirky, quaint village.

By Julie Fortier, Canwest News Service July 5, 2010
I had a colleague who lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., years ago when her husband was transferred there. She said the name with wistful breathlessness and rolled her eyes heavenward at the memory: "Carmel."

This sleepy village of just a few thousand (mostly millionaires), with its proximity to the ocean, Big Sur and Clint Eastwood's personal B&B, meant I couldn't pass it up on a recent trip to the state's Bay area. My guidebook told me it was the Californian version of New York's Hamptons. Well, then.

My husband and I visited this spring to drive the dramatic oceanside Highway 1 just to the south of Carmel, known as Big Sur. ...

Eastwood News / Road Dog Politics: Clint Eastwood
« on: May 16, 2010, 09:53:03 AM »
McCook Daily Gazette (link)
Clint Eastwood
Posted Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 9:59 AM
Sam Eldridge

Time marches on - Clint Eastwood will be eighty come May 31st. Wow!

I am a major Clint Eastwood fan. I get teased sometimes for having an autographed photo of Clint Eastwood in my living room next to a family portrait. Tacky I know, but, like I said, Clint Eastwood has been part of my life for many years - through his movies.

His movies are entertaining, and that is something that Hollywood today could learn from the legend, Clint Eastwood.

If you find yourself surfing through a hundred channels on your cable or satellite directory, and still cannot find anything worth watching, maybe it is time for some Clint Eastwood. ...

I met Clint Eastwood in Miami in 1969. I was installing a telephone for Jose Ferrer (The Caine Mutiny), when he walked in and asked if Jose was at home. He had stepped out for a while I told him. Then he asked what I was up to. I told him what I was doing. He asked if he could help out. I said sure, I needed a little help running wire under the house. He held the box of wire while I crawled on my belly under the house to run the wire under the floor. I thanked him as he left & said for me tell Jose he'd come back later. It may seem like a chance meeting, but one I'll never forget.

-- Posted by marcus elvis erogenous on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 10:39 PM

El Senior,

Clint started his career as a jazz pianist, working wherever people would let him in high school.

Even today, the dining room at his Mission Ranch behind Carmel Mission features a grand piano,with steady gigs for pianists every night.

What many guests don't realize is that quite often the boss has slipped in at the keyboard and is allowing the help a dinner break. ...
-- Posted by HerndonHank on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 10:46 PM

The Desert Sun (link)
John Hussar/PRNewsWorks • Reader Submitted • May 13, 2010

PALM DESERT (Calif.) — The Steinway Society of Riverside County and the Coachella Valley has announced that actor-director Clint Eastwood, wife Dina and legendary entertainer Carol Channing have joined Advisory Board.

"We are so excited to have The Eastwoods and Channing on our advisory board because they are so dedicated to our mission to provide music to our children," said Ruth Moir, Steinway Society president and founder.

Attending the recent Sixth Annual Festival Winners Concert, Channing said, "I'll never forget this afternoon and the young performers' individual expressions of the most wonderful force in the world - music!"

Other distinguished members of the 13-member Advisory Board include Broadway songwriter Jerry Herman, actress Florence Henderson, conductor Carlo Ponti Jr. and pianist Bill Marx. The honorary chairman is the great entertainer Roger Williams.

In another exciting announcement, Moir said that The Steinway Society has received a $7,500 grant for their "Classics Concerts in Schools Program" from The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

The Steinway Society of Riverside County, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, is the premier music educational provider and serves more than 9,000 children annually.

For more information about becoming a proud sponsor of The Steinway Society of Riverside County, please call (760) 341-4130 or visit online at

The Steinway Society of Riverside County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the premier music education provider in Riverside County and the Coachella Valley and serves more than 9,000 children annually. The Classics Concerts in Schools Program showcases live, concert-level classical and jazz performances. The Piano Labs Program provides piano classes during daytime and after-school programs. The Outreach Program gives private piano lessons and provides pianos at home to deserving children with a financial need. The Docent Program teaches music appreciation classes at elementary schools. The Steinway Society of Riverside County, based in Palm Desert, Calif.. sponsors an Annual Festival Competition & Winners Concert. This exceptional competition features world-class judges, master classes, study awards and performance opportunities for piano students ages 7-18 from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

SecondAct (link)
Five Things Clint Eastwood Can Teach Us About Reinvention
By Patrick J. Kiger
April 30, 2010

Want to reinvent yourself? First, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?"

Sorry, but who could resist quoting the signature line from the 1971 action flick Dirty Harry in a post about actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, the macho action hero turned art film auteur who is one of the great reinvention stories in Hollywood history. Eastwood, who turns 80 in May, isn't the only movie leading man who also turned out to be a gifted director. (Robert Redford, who won the Academy Award for best director for Ordinary People in 1981, immediately comes to mind, but lover of the arcane that I am, I'm more partial to Charles Laughton, whose lone directorial effort, 1955's Night of the Hunter, was a commercial flop but eventually became regarded as one of the best American films ever.) ...

Chicago Now (link)

Squinting for Equality: A Feminist's Appreciation of Clint Eastwood
Sara Freeman on 04.05.10 at 2:21 PM

If you had asked me five years ago what I thought of Clint Eastwood and his films, I probably would have shrugged my shoulders and said "Eh." I really liked Million Dollar Baby and a handful of his other movies, but I unjustifiably assumed those were flukes in an otherwise hyper masculine, conservative, and sexist career. I also never distinguished Clint Eastwood the actor from Clint Eastwood the director. As shameful as it is, I thought of him more like Chuck Norris than John Wayne and failed to appreciate both his deep emotional spectrum and wise humanism. His own films are, in fact, the very essence of humility and grace.

After reexamining Gran Torino (hated it the first time, really liked it the second time), I started reexamining my feelings about Clint Eastwood by watching and loving more of his movies. I soon found out that, as a director, Eastwood is unflinching in his desire to depict equality in his filmic universes. ...

The Leaf Chronicle (link)
Independent film pioneer Charles B. Pierce of Dover dies
Dover resident directed hits in 1970s, '80s
By JAKE LOWARY • The Leaf-Chronicle • March 7, 2010

The man behind Dirty Harry's famous phrase "Go ahead, make my day," a man who called Dover home for years, passed away Friday [March 5, 2010].

Charles B. Pierce, 71, one of the first independent filmmakers, is best known for writing the treatment that Clint Eastwood turned into a 1983 hit movie.

He also broke box office records with "The Legend of Boggy Creek," which took in some $25 million at the box office in 1972 on a budget of $160,000. ...

See also:
The Associated Press (link)
'Boggy Creek' filmmaker Pierce dies in Tenn. at 71
(AP) – March 7, 2010

Eastwood News / Clint Eastwood at 80: Tributes in the Press
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:05:37 AM »
The New Yorker (link)
Out of the West
Clint Eastwood’s shifting landscape.
by David Denby
March 8, 2010

On a beautiful day in Wyoming, in 1880, three men gather on a slight rise behind some rocks, ready to do a bit of killing. Two of them—William Munny (Clint Eastwood) and Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman)—are retired professional assassins, disgusted with their past but broke and therefore willing to shoot a couple of cowhands, unknown to either of them, for cash. The third is the excitable “Schofield Kid” (Jaimz Woolvett), who has read Western dime fiction all his life and is hot to plug someone—pretty much anyone will do. ...

Eastwood News / Clint Eastwood film series at AFI Silver Theatre
« on: February 19, 2010, 05:14:20 AM »
Washington Post (link)
Friday, February 19, 2010

Looking for some Clint Eastwood a la carte? AFI Silver Theatre is paying homage to the prolific actor-director with the "Directed by Clint Eastwood" film series, through March 10.

The series features a mix of Eastwood films new and old, showcasing his range as a director with the gunslingery of 1973's "High Plains Drifter" to the 1988 Charlie Parker biopic "Bird" to the 2008 police drama "Changeling." Also included: "Mystic River," "Unforgiven," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," among others.

General admission tickets for all screenings are $10; for a complete schedule, visit

-- Alex Baldinger
Directed by Clint Eastwood
February 4 - March 10
Since the beginning of the 1990s, Clint Eastwood has directed and released nearly a film a year, on average--an impressive rate for any filmmaker, let alone one better known as an actor for the first 25 years of his career, who passed early retirement age somewhere close to the beginning of this remarkable streak of productivity. Eastwood is in the zone--working quickly and efficiently, with consistent crewmates (most notably cinematographer Tom Stern and editor Joel Cox, and lately composing the scores himself or in collaboration with son Kyle) and an eye for what works for him. AFI Silver offers a retrospective of Eastwood's finest directorial work, spanning the length of his career--and at the rate he's going, keep your eyes peeled for "Part 2" in just a few years!

    Thursday, February 4, 7:00; Wednesday, February 10, 9:15
    Saturday, February 6, 8:45; Tuesday, February 9, 8:45
    Sunday, February 7, 8:00; Monday, February 8, 9:30; Thursday, February 11, 10:00
    Friday, February 12, 9:20; Saturday, February 13, 9:30; Monday, February 15, 1:00
    Monday, February 15, 3:45; Wednesday, February 17, 6:45
    Monday, February 15, 9:00; Tuesday, February 16, 9:10
    Friday, February 19, 9:00; Saturday, February 20, 3:10; Sunday, February 21, 7:10
    Saturday, February 20, 9:20; Tuesday, February 23, 9:00; Thursday, February 25, 9:00
    Sunday, February 21, 9:15; Monday, February 22, 9:15; Wednesday, February 24, 9:30
    Friday, February 26, 9:30; Sunday, February 28, 3:30; Wednesday, March 3, 6:30
    Sunday, February 28, 8:45; Monday, March 1, 9:00; Wednesday, March 3, 9:15
  • BIRD
    Friday, March 5, 9:15; Sunday, March 7, 8:30
    Saturday, March 6, 2:20, 7:20; Monday, March 8, 9:05; Wednesday, March 10, 6:30
    Saturday, February 27, 10:00; Sunday, February 28, 6:15; Tuesday, March 2, 9:10; Thursday, March 4, 9:10

The Dirty Harry Films / Dirty Harry Meets Rainman
« on: January 22, 2010, 02:41:40 PM »

xkcd #692
January 22, 2010
A webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

Eastwood News / INVICTUS: Awards News & Rumors/Top Ten lists
« on: November 26, 2009, 06:17:19 AM »
indieWire (link)

For Your Consideration: A Guide To The Oscar Precursors
by Peter Knegt (November 25, 2009) 

An eclectic batch of awards offer a considerable honor in their own right, the Oscar precursors are about to start coming at us fast and furious.  ...

December 3rd: National Board of Review

... While pinpointing their specific choices are a challenge, one can assume “Invictus” (they historically love them some Clint Eastwood), “An Education,” “Up In The Air” and “Precious” will all be in the mix this time around, at least with a top 10 mention if not a major award. ... For the hell of it, I’ll suggest this for the major categories: “Precious” takes best picture and supporting actress for Mo’Nique; “Invictus” takes best director and actor for Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman; Meryl Streep wins best actress for both “Julie & Julia” and “It’s Complicated,” while Stanley Tucci takes a joint best supporting actor honor for “Julie & Julia” and “The Lovely Bones.”

December 13th* & 14th: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards and New York Film Critics Awards

... Early word seems to suggest “The Lovely Bones” and “Brothers” aren’t happening here, while “Nine” and “Invictus”‘s critical consensus remains to be seen ...

Overall, look for “Nine” to lead the nominations, with “Precious” and “Up In The Air” not far behind.

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