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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TOP 3 BOOKS
« on: September 14, 2011, 11:02:02 AM »
It's hard to narrow it down to three, really. Throughout my life, I've always been a big reader of fiction and if anybody wants some recommendations there I'd be happy to help, but right now I'd have to say that I've been readingthe Bible a lot, especially Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes (not to bring up the subject of religion, which is rarely a good topic) and also The Hero Within by Carol Pearson, a book about archetypal psychology and based on certain Jungian theories, and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2011 Movie Discussion
« on: September 13, 2011, 10:58:42 AM »
I recently watched The Beaver and I'd give it, from a critical perspective 8/10, from a personal perspective of having suffered through depression myself 9.5/10. I know that Mel Gibson is sort of a polarizing figure and deservedly so, but the man can definitely still act and I thought that the storyline involving his son was very moving. Jodie Foster did a hell of a job directing this one and I highly recommend it.

One thing I found interesting in the article was the language describing Clint's involvement. (And, yeah, I know that CMT is in no way a respected film gossip site). It says, "She was set for the starring role in a film remake of A Star Is Born with Clint Eastwood producing."

At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé surprised performers and the audience with her baby bump. The superstar and her superstar hubby, Jay-Z, are expecting in February. She was set for the starring role in a film remake of A Star Is Born with Clint Eastwood producing.

Warner Bros. planned to begin filming in February, but that's when the baby is due. They're also searching for a leading man. I understand Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the co-starring male role.

Rumor has it, there's interest in Tim McGraw for the role and that some initial inquiries have been made to him.
I'm sure Tim is aware that Kris Kristofferson starred with Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born.

Of course, a lot could change in the film biz, but maybe a country star can fill those boots a second time. Following his performance in The Blind Side, Tim got Hollywood's attention in a big way.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2011 Movie Discussion
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:17:30 AM »
Beginners, directed by Mike Mills.

Mike Mills' real father did just this: In his mid-seventies after the death of his wife, he announced to everyone that he was gay.  The father in the film explains that he doesn't just want to acknowledge he's gay, he wants to live the life of a gay man.  So at 75 he becomes involved with a much younger man.  He also learns he has cancer.  Meanwhile, the son can't commit to any real relationship for any length of time, always trying to end the relationship before the other can break up with him.  And then he meets a French woman, Anna, who just happens to have laryngitis at the time, and he begins to explore the possibility committing to a long term relationship.  The film moves back and forth in time rather seamlessly, and overall I liked it quite well.  I give it a solid B.


Wow, that sounds interesting. May have to check it out.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2011 Movie Discussion
« on: August 08, 2011, 03:58:39 PM »
I'm really hoping to see Cowboys & Aliens soon. I recently watched Hall Pass and Rango on DVD. I'd give the former 6/10 and the latter 9/10.

General Discussion / Re: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' and Eastwood
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:19:16 AM »
But I gotta admit that I think if Eli Wallach agreed to a cameo here as a saloon owner or barber or something, Clint may agree to be in a scene with him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Kevin Costner Thread
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:17:36 AM »
I heard that Costner will also be appearing in Django Unchained as well as Man of Steel, the next Superman film.

General Discussion / Re: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' and Eastwood
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:15:28 AM »
If Eastwood wasn't interested in the Spirit of the West role in Rango (and I know that nobody's sure he was even offered it, but I think it's a safe bet) then I doubt if he would do this. But if he did it could be fun.

Eastwood News / Re: J.Edgar: Production Information and News
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:11:57 AM »
Looks like there has been a change of date for J. Edgar

Obviously November is more of the time frame for potential award nominees.

General Discussion / Re: clints most unlikely role?
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:24:21 PM »
I have thought this before and I think Clint as he is with his age right now he could play an evil mortician/funeral director in a horror film.

You, sir, are a genius!

General Discussion / Re: clints most unlikely role?
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:25:31 PM »
I think Stephen King mentioned once that he would have loved to see Clint play the character of Randall Flagg in an adaptation of The Stand. As anybody who has read the book knows, this character is evil incarnate and the genre is way out of Clint's normal area.

General Discussion / Re: clints most unlikely role?
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:50:50 PM »
Paint Your Wagon

But in all seriousness I think that the type of role Clint would be least likely to take on (keeping in mind that he is now retired from acting) would be a voice role in an animated film.

Clint wouldn't touch Last Train From Memphis with a 10-foot pole and given his views on rock 'n' roll, I wouldn't want him to.  His passion is with jazz and to be honest, I don't like or agree with his opinion about rock 'n' roll.  He's entitled to it, of course, but I feel differently because it's my favorite kind of music.

Regardless, the main focus of the book isn't rock and roll. It's about an outcast growing up to change the entire culture. That, paired with the '40s and '50s setting and time frame would be the general idea. I doubt if Clint agrees with everything J. Edgar Hoover did in his life either, but that doesn't change the fact that he was a very interesting person whose life story could translate well to the screen

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last CD you bought ?
« on: July 12, 2011, 08:12:07 AM »

Old stuff but I didn't have them on CD.   I was prompted to buy the Neil Diamond CD's to replace the old cassettes as he is over here right now.    I would have loved to have seen him in Manchester but I just couldn't afford the tickets and London was even more expensive.   :(  Will just have to make do with the CD's.

NEIL!!! That man is amazing. He has the perfect mixture of songwriting skills and performance chops and, although he went astray for about 25 years, he's making good music again now.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last CD you bought ?
« on: July 09, 2011, 08:03:08 AM »
The Legacy Editions packaging was too good to pass up, each with a 2nd original album reissue and bonus original studio master recordings to boot.  Each has an attractive booklet with informative data and great photos.  Some of his best recorings.  Not too long ago I also picked up The Complete Million Dollar Quartet cd so I decided to pick up Off Duty With Private Presley to continue collecting rarities, something I didn't think I'd be doing again.  Unfortunately, the problem with rarities is bad sound quality.  Still, it's nice to have in my collection.

I own all of those except for the On Stage reissue. It combines it with In Person, right?

Eastwood News / Re: J.Edgar: Production Information and News
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:53:52 AM »
I wonder what the run time of this film will be? With it covering several decades I'm thinking this could be a 3 hour film. I know Clint's recent films are usually around the 130 minute length but I'm thinking this could be like JFK.

My guess is 130-140 at the most.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last CD you bought ?
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:37:55 PM »
Shameless self-promotion here, but I work as a music writer for a living at various places around the web. Mostly underground rock and country. Anyway, I have become good friends with Shooter Jennings and earlier this year he and I teamed up to create the website (it has nothing to do with porn, it's a moonshine reference) to help promote music that is "too rock for country, too country for rock" and today we released our first official compilation, called Southern Independent, Vol. 1 and featuring a wide array of great artists, including Shooter, the Drive-By Truckers, and 10 others who are not as well known, but no less great. I figured I'd mention this in case any of you are interested. Several tracks are exclusive to the compilation or are making their first appearance here. And did I mention it's free?

But to answer the question, the last CD I bought was the last one from Paul Simon. Beautiful stuff and highly recommended.

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood Returns to Country Music
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:29:39 PM »
Oh, I apologize then. I searched for Brad Paisley and came up with nothing. Maybe a glitch? Or a misspelling on my part, perhaps.

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.

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