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Eastwood News / Million Dollar Baby article in Washington Post
« on: September 21, 2004, 05:51:48 PM »
In today's Washington Post (Tuesday, Sept 21) Style section, there is a big article about actors playing athletes in movies. However, the first third of the article is about Million Dollar Baby and stuff about Clint and Hillary Swank.

Some highlights in the article (I don't have a link as I read this in hard copy):

1. Eastwood plays a disillusioned trainer who finds new heart teaching a woman to become a professional boxer

2. Eastwood says he doesn't believe moviegoers will accept body doubles, trick edits, or computer-generated special effects in a realistic emotional drama.

3. Will reach theatres later this year or early next.

4. Swank trained for three months before filming - 2 1/2 hours a day in boxing clasees with an additional 90 minutes lifting heavy weights.

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood Settles Suit Over Wife-Beating Claims
« on: September 02, 2004, 03:22:12 PM »
I'd like to see McGilligan stand face to face with Clint and accuse him of such crap.  He would be on his ass faster than Pope in The Eiger Sanction.

Eastwood News / Re:Clint to remake "The Shootist"?
« on: July 20, 2004, 03:03:27 PM »
Hey, I really liked Open Range.  Thought it was one of the better non-Clint westerns I've seen in quite a long time.

somebody has to after open range - gee that was slow and gee it was dull and gee ... i could go on boss

Eastwood News / Re:Clint to remake "The Shootist"?
« on: July 20, 2004, 03:01:53 PM »
Yeah, both Fistfull of Dollars and Pale Rider were remakes of earlier films... but both of these were vastly different and original.   Fistfull even had some of the same lines as Yojimbo but yet it had a distinctly different style to it.  And Pale Rider was miles different than Shane, even though it had the similar premise of an outsider protecting the town from thugs.  But Pale Rider had the mystical, religious story line to it whereas Shane was a straight story.

I could see Clint doing a western similar in story to The Shootist but certainly not a close remake of it.  There would basically be no reason to remake a John Wayne movie.

Man, I have to TOTALLY disagree about The Eiger Sanction.  Yeah, it's a somewhat over-the-top action spy film, but yet vastly entertaining.  I loved this film when it first came out and have seen it countless times since.  What people usually fail to remember is that this movie (like so many of Clint's) is filled with humor and tons of great lines.  

And the cinematography is breathtaking... from the scenes in the US when Clint is getting into shape to the actual climb on the Eiger, the scenery is great.  

Yeah, it's not the deep serious film like Unforgiven or Mystic River, but like other underappreaciated Clint movies (like The Rookie), it's a fun action flick with a tough Clint character.  

I'm old enough to say that I have seen almost every Clint movie on opening weekend, and can say that I've only been somewhat disappointed twice.   And those movies were Firefox and Pink Cadillac.

Eastwood News / Re:Clint to remake "The Shootist"?
« on: July 11, 2004, 06:43:54 AM »
Hate to add to a rumor thread but I find it absurd to suggest that Clint would direct, produce and star in a remake of any movie.  Especially one like The Shootist which was the final film for Wayne and which everybody knew Wayne was dying when he was shooting it.

If Clint does another western, it will undoubtably be an original take on the genre.

i hope morgan freeman gets the girl

well, maybe it's just me but I can't see Freeman's character having a romance with Swank's character.  Just a little bit too much age difference there..... lol

This one is a big surprise.  But as usual with Clint, he is picking a story with a different theme than anything he has done before.  I'll have to hear more about this movie, I'm curious if it will be a pure drama or a more Eastwood action type of vehicle.  Clint and Freeman make a great team and I can just see both of them as old-time boxers.

Have to admit though... I'm still waitin' for that one last western!!

Eastwood News / Re:Who saw MYSTIC RIVER? (NO SPOILERS)
« on: October 18, 2003, 01:33:34 PM »
I was lucky enough to see Mystic River over a week ago when a few cities were showing advance screenings.  Having read the book already, I can say that Clint and screenwriter Helgeland (along with all the others who usually work with Clint like editor Joel Cox) have crafted the film masterpiece from the novel.  Everything about this movie is just perfect.  All the actors are so good but Tim Robbins is especially haunting in his role.  Everybody is talking about Sean Penn (who is really great in this movie), but Robbins to me is the guy who really hits the homerun.  The movie is 2 1/2 hours long but doesn't drag a second, even though the story is told in a slow pace.  And I got more of the murder mystery from the film than from reading the book.  Just a great screenplay by Helgeland and masterful direction by Clint.

People are comparing Mystic River to Unforgiven.  I hate to compare these two because the stories are so different even though they tackle some similar themes.  But for me, Unforgiven is still Clint's main masterpiece....

Eastwood News / Re:MYSTIC RIVER: Official Review Thread
« on: October 18, 2003, 01:16:49 PM »
Here is a nice review of Mystic River from an internet movie site where the reviewers are movies fans like you and me.

Eastwood News / Re:Mystic River Box Office Opening Day
« on: October 18, 2003, 01:05:50 PM »
Mystic River (like Unforgiven) will have a very good box office in the long run.  I think it will stay in theatres for a long time and more and more people will be seeing it as time goes on due to great word of mouth reviews. I was lucky enough to be able to see it before the official wider release and the theatre was pretty well packed.  It was playing at only one theatre (3 screens) in the Wash DC area.  But just watch, this will be a movie that will still be in theatres two months from now.

Eastwood News / Clint on A&E Biography
« on: October 05, 2003, 04:47:55 PM »
In addition to Clint being on Inside the Actors Studio tonight, A&E Biography also has a 2hour show on Clint at the same time (8pm)  They will also be interviewing some of the actors from Mystic River as well.  From my program guide, A&E is replaying the entire show twice afterwards back-to-back.

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