News: In theaters December 14: THE MULE, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood!

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Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: Yesterday at 11:28:22 PM »
I've moved a few posts with links to videos featuring Clint out of this thread and into the "Reviews and Features in the Media" thread. Now that the film has had its premiere, we'll put all such material in that thread. Keep them coming, please! :)

I've moved a few posts (the last five above this one) from the "Production Information and News" thread into this one. Now that the film has had its premiere, we'll put all media features such as these videos in this thread. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, Christopher ...
« on: December 10, 2018, 11:27:17 PM »
... 36!  :D

Happy Birthday, "old" friend!  :)

Have a wonderful day!  8)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:48:24 PM »
Saman Moradkhani and Hocine, I edited a couple of your last posts where there was just a video link to add a bit about the subject of the video.  Thanks for posting them! :)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:36:21 PM »
Huh. So you don't think that my analysis was indicative of being mentally unbalanced then?  ;D

Well, we know you ARE ... but you can't tell that from that analysis! ;D

(Just kidding, AKA. I  think you're as balanced as they come! :) )

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:20:04 AM »
Sorry, I'm sure this must have been asked before but I was away from the board for a while and wouldn't know where to find the answer.
Clint said Gran Torino would be the last movie in which he would act but after it, had Trouble with the Curve and now the Mule. What made him change his mind? :)

Aline, I don't know and I don't think he's ever said, but my guess would be he just found scripts he liked that had a leading part for a man of his age. :)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 10, 2018, 03:48:10 AM »
Clint dedicated Flags of Our Fathers to Henry Bumstead, his production designer in many movies, and to Phyllis Huffman, who was his casting director for many years.

Thanks, Hocine! I had forgotten that.

(I modified your message to show where your comment began.)

According to Box Office Mojo, it's going to be in 2,400+ theaters. That's the fewest of the three films that are opening "wide" that weekend. The other two are Mortal Engines (3,000+), which is "from the filmmakers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit," and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (3,400+), an animated, well, Spiderman-genre movie. Both of those sound like they won't have anything to worry about in the way of competition from The Mule.

His last film as actor, Trouble with the Curve, grossed $12,162,040 ... but it was in 3,200 theaters. Of his last two as director, Sully grossed $35,028,301... but it was in 3,525 theaters and was also an I-Max release. The 15:17 to Paris grossed only $12,554,286 from 3,042 theaters.

And this one, with virtually no advance publicity, in fewer theaters and with pretty attractive (not to me, but still) competition for ticket buyers' bucks?

Sorry, Clint. Because you acted in it as well as directed, I'll go as high as ... $13.3 million.

Hope I'm wrong ... that is, hope I'm guessing way too low, of course.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:52:30 PM »
To get us started, here's a feature from the Boston Globe, by Mark Feeney:

Earlier this fall, much was made of the fact that Robert Redford, 82, was starring in “The Old Man & the Gun.” A lot of the attention focused on the fact that Redford had announced that it would be his last acting role.

Why retire from acting at a mere 82? On Friday, “The Mule” opens. It stars Clint Eastwood, 88. Age cannot wither nor custom stale the glint of that classic Clint squint. Eastwood also directed.

Like Redford, he’s been a star since the ’60s. Eighty-eight is about as old as a leading man can get and still be leading. Yet Clint, being Clint, has announced nothing about future plans. Why would he? The tersest movie star this side of the Silent Era, he is to announcements what empty chairs are to Republican conventions.

You’d have thought Eastwood’s starring days were behind him. His last lead role came six years ago, in “Trouble With the Curve.” His last classic-Clint role — meaning angry dude, age irrelevant, preferably armed — was four years before that, in “Gran Torino.”
The film boasts an impressive cast: Bradley Cooper, Diane Wiest, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia. This is one of the things that people often overlook about Eastwood the director. Yes, he’s a master of visual economy and screen action. But performers love to work for him.

Actors who’ve earned Oscar nominations under his direction include Gene Hackman (“Unforgiven,” 1992); Meryl Streep (“The Bridges of Madison County,” 1995); Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Marcia Gay Harden (“Mystic River,” 2003); Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman (2004, “Million Dollar Baby”); Angelina Jolie (“Changeling,” 2008); Matt Damon (“Invictus”); and Cooper (“American Sniper”). Hackman, Penn, Robbins, Swank, and Freeman all won. That’s a track record worthy of Elia Kazan.

It’s also worth noting that Eastwood directed himself to acting nominations, for “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

Eastwood News / THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:40:36 PM »
This will be the "official" thread for media reviews of The Mule and current features about its cast and crew. Please try to keep it to major print, broadcast and online media, not random blog posts or tweets.

Remember that all quoted material should be formatted as such (surround it with [ quote] [ /quote] tags, without the spaces); only quote enough to give us the gist, not entire articles; and always, always give a link to the source (or publication information if it's not online). Also, please identify the author of the article, if it is not in the quoted material. The Moderators reserve the right to edit posts that don't follow these guidelines.

Please read through recent posts before posting new material to make sure someone hasn't already posted the same story or review. And remember that these are frequently reprinted, so try to find the original source if possible.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:30:59 PM »
AKA, I quite agree with your analysis. And I completely agree with this:

Clint dedicated Unforgiven to his mentors; Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Do you really think he actually considers dedicating a "bad" movie to Richard and Pierre, two of his best friends?

If I'm not mistaken, Unforgiven is the ONLY other movie Clint dedicated to anyone, in that case to his two cinematic mentors. If he chose to dedicate this one to two people who were longtime followers and promoters of his career, I believe that says a LOT about how Clint, himself, views this film.

It's funny that you talk about that .... Coincidence: I own the original edition of this remarkable book by François Guérif, signed by Clint himself (that I could meet with a mix of good information and of luck last year in Venice, between 2 shots of "15:17 to Paris"). I do not tell you the emotion because I have been a fan for almost 30 years. You can see me in the presence of the Legend, in the video link below (the guy with glasses at 2'30 is me):

Thanks for posting that link, honkytonkman! So you're the guy in the glasses with dark hair, wearing a gray t-shirt, right? Congratulations on getting so close ... and getting your book signed. 8)

CLINT EASTWOOD 'SOTTO ASSEDIO' - Fan e turisti impazziti per il regista-star, appena esce tutto si blocca
(Clint Eastwood "besieged": Fans and tourists are crazy about the director-star: as soon as he goes out, everything comes to a standstill.)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:34:48 PM »
The Mule is dedicated to Pierre and Richard.
I immediately recognized Pierre Rissient, who supported Clint since The Beguiled and became a good friend.
Pierre Rissient passed away recently.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who was Richard.
I was trying to find out and it’s not obvious to me.
If someone knew who was Richard, could you tell us please ?

Possibly Richard Schickel, Clint's biographer and friend, who died last year?

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:31:38 PM »
Just want to report that I'm all caught up through Strangers on a Train, which I watched via my Google account. (I discovered belatedly that Google Play has quite a few of these, including two others I didn't have on hand.)

There's not a single one I didn't enjoy re-watching (I have seen them all at one time or another), some more than others. If I get a chance I'll try to add some thoughts in the respective threads. :)

It's not actually the opinion of anyone at Newsweek. It's a composite of critics' reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:25:08 AM »
They actually did a remake of The Lady Vanishes for TV a few years back. It wasn't very memorable. Best thing about it was the name of the actress who played the heroine ... Tuppence Middleton.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:31:29 AM »
^ The paragraph that follows that quote gives some fascinating context and puts Eastwood's well-established tradition of casting the actor, not the ethnicity, in a clearer light:

By “breakdown,” you mean … ?

Fifteen years ago, it was really, really tough because there were these breakdowns for [casting] where it would specifically say, “Lead part: Caucasian; second part: Caucasian; Caucasian, Caucasian, Caucasian. And it wouldn’t be until the 10th part that it would be open to African-Americans. And then it would be up to “15: open to all ethnicities.” So the best that I could do back in the day was 15th place. I was offered gangster parts all the time. Nowadays that doesn’t exist.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, exit00!
« on: December 01, 2018, 11:13:14 PM »
These days, we don't do as many birthday threads as we used to, but I just happened to notice at the foot of the page that today is exit00's birthday ... and he is one of our real old-timers in terms of how long he's been posting here.

So many happy returns, exit00!  8)

Have a wonderful day.  :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: December 01, 2018, 11:05:05 PM »
You children are spoiled. We used to have to slog through nine or ten months before we could watch all the episodes in a series for a given year. And we couldn't avoid sitting through commercials.

The picture allegedly illustrating Magnum Force is actually from Dirty Harry. "Do you feel lucky?"  :knuppel2:

(I always love to get a chance to use that smiley.)

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