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Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to see Grand Torino yet, but I received a great review from my older,very conservative and laid back (and wealthy) boss.  He absolutely loved Grand Torino and couldn't say enough good things about it.  Said everyone should go see this movie.

Eastwood News / Re: GRAN TORINO: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 07, 2008, 12:30:29 PM »
Another positive review in the latest issue of Time Magazine:,9171,1864429,00.html

Eastwood News / Re: CHANGELING: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: November 02, 2008, 04:09:12 PM »
Dina Eastwood interviews Angelina Jolie:

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: September 29, 2008, 03:50:37 AM »
A nice blog item (and photo, too).  Clint looks very good!

Dyane & Clint Eastwood:

Eastwood News / Blog Post & a New "Old" Photo taken by the blogger
« on: August 06, 2008, 08:01:20 AM »

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Is Clint Eastwood A Super Cool Laid-Back Cinema Star Or Gun-Happy Dude?

Clint Eastwood.

He pumped gas on Santa Monica Boulevard in those days long ago when he was only dreaming of being a star. Nothing to be ashamed of -- plenty of wanna be and soon-to-be stars did ordinary jobs while they made their rounds of the casting agents.

Sonny Bono drove a meat truck and would double park his rig and go into the places in Old Hollywood where music was made and try to get something going. And evidently he finally did.

Clint and Burt Reynolds got canned from Universal Pictures on the same day. They said the two dudes didn't have the chops to make it in the flickers on on TV.

To tell you the truth, I always though that Clint looked a little rough in his early days. He needed to get some maturity into his face to radiate star quality.

As you can see by the rugged look on Clint in the photo on the right, taken by your humble blogger- to-be more than 30 years ago, Clint grew up and into a superstar look.

We always found Clint to be a real cool dude. He liked to go to an Italian restaurant run by folks from Yugoslavia called Dan Tana's. We'd see him after what looked like a long day at the studio and he was usually with an attractive woman.

Now, you might think a Hollywood photograbber would fall all over himself to get Clint with any new chick but no. We would stare down at the camera around our neck and pretend to adjust the aperture or something. Clint would get the clue and the lady would veer off while Clint came up to us and posed for a couple of pictures. The attached picture is one of those. Then, the couple would continue on into the restaurant. We always assumed Clint didn't want to eat alone and invited a script girl or something to join him -- just a friendly gesture toward someone who had been helpful to him on the set.

Posted by Howard of Hollywood at 12:01 AM

Click on the link for the photo.

Thanks, Madison. The Schofield Kid already posted a link to that particular item. It's on the previous page.  :)

Oops!  Sorry, I was in a hurry when I posted and failed to check out previous page.

Matt Damon has signed on.

Damon will play rugby star Francois Pienaar, who created, with Nelson Mandela, an event that gave whites and blacks in South Africa a common cause to rally around as the country was trying to heal from the wounds of apartheid.

Mandela, freed from 27 years in prison and elected president, decided to get behind South Africa’s Springboks team when the country was selected as host country for the 1985 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks had been banned from international competition because of the country’s apartheid practices.

The majority of blacks viewed the team as a symbol of exclusion, but they rooted along with white countrymen as the Springboks won in overtime against New Zealand to capture the Cup. Pienaar was the Springboks captain who developed a relationship with Mandela during the team’s run.

Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary will produce with Rob Lorenz and Mace Neufeld. Freeman got Mandela’s blessing and brought the project to his pal Eastwood and also to WB, where both Revelations and Eastwood’s Malpaso have their overall deals. 1

Eastwood News / Re: Clint and "Changeling" at Cannes
« on: May 23, 2008, 04:07:54 PM »
:)  " A prolific period for Clint Eastwood "  &  Great Pic   O0


Thanks!  Great article and photo!

Don't know how valid this is but I hope Clint did say it.

Eastwood rejects Lee's criticism of his WW2 films

"Does he know anything about American history?" Eastwood told Focus when asked about Lee's criticism. "The U.S. military was segregated til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.
"The story was about the men who raised the flag and we can't make them black if they were not there. So tell him: Why don't you go back and study your history and stop mouthing off!"

whole article at

Eastwood News / Re: Changeling: Production Information and News
« on: May 07, 2008, 09:34:49 AM »
“Changeling” related article:

Murderer wanted his name 'known all over the world'

Fame-seeking Gordon Stewart Northcott was hanged for child sex killings and a new film may just give him that infamy, writes Randy Boswell

Randy Boswell, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Nearly 80 years after a young, publicity-craving Canadian man was hanged in California for a series of child sex killings -- horrific crimes dubbed the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders during his sensational 1929 trial -- Gordon Stewart Northcott's twisted dream of global fame is finally set to be fulfilled.

Changeling, a hotly anticipated historical drama directed by Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood and chosen to premiere this month at the Cannes Festival, revolves around efforts of a desperate mother, played by Angelina Jolie, to determine whether her 10-year-old son was one of the victims.

Born in Saskatchewan in 1906 and raised in B.C., Mr. Northcott moved to the Los Angeles area with his parents in the 1920s, but fled to Canada after body parts of four boys were discovered at the family's Wineville, California, chicken farm in 1928.

The 21-year-old fugitive was apprehended near Vernon, B.C., and Mr. Northcott's extradition and interrogation aboard a Los Angeles-bound train, his mother's admitted involvement in the slayings, his high-profile trial -- at which he unsuccessfully defended himself -- and his execution at San Quentin Prison in October 1930 were all widely covered by North American newspapers.

But the film -- backed by renowned producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and also starring Canadian actor Colm Feore as the Los Angeles police chief -- is certain to ensure Mr. Northcott's enduring infamy.
Jason Butler Harner plays the Canadian killer.

"He was a fascinating, malevolent sociopath," says James Jeffrey Paul, a North Carolina writer who recently completed a biography of Mr. Northcott. "He should be on the list of the most famous Canadians, though certainly not for good reasons."

Mr. Paul, who spent 15 years researching the book, said yesterday that Mr. Northcott's mother, Louisa, "absolutely doted" on her son, ultimately taking her devotion to extremes by helping facilitate and cover up his gruesome acts.

The isolated chicken ranch provided "the perfect place for him to exercise his pedophiliac tendencies," Mr. Paul says, adding that although Mr. Northcott was implicated in three killings, he may have committed several more.
During the trial, Mr. Northcott fired his defence lawyer, who warned the accused that he was effectively hanging himself.

"It will be worth it," Mr. Northcott reportedly replied. "My name will become known all over the world."
He was, in the end, convicted of raping and killing an unidentified Mexican boy, 12-year-old Lewis Winslow and his brother, Nelson, 10. Traces of their dismembered bodies were found buried under a mound of lime near the chicken coops at the Northcott farm.

Mrs. Northcott was convicted in one case and served 10 years at San Quentin, before her death in 1944.

The murders came to light after the disappearance of Walter Collins, the boy whose mother, Christine, is played by Ms. Jolie in Changeling. Bizarrely, police initially told her they'd found the lost child, but she disputed the identity of the boy returned to her and was forced to undergo psychiatric treatment.

Eastwood News / Re: Changeling: Production Information and News
« on: April 23, 2008, 04:24:32 AM »
Cannes chiefs Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux unveiled the lineup of this year's festival at 11 a.m., local time, on Wednesday at the Grand Hotel, Paris. Full story to follow.

• NEWSCannes unveils lineup

Soderbergh, Eastwood pics head list

Posted: Wed., Apr. 23, 2008, 3:20am PT• MORE FESTIVAL ARTICLESCannes unveils lineup
Soderbergh, Eastwood pics head list
4/23/08 3:20am

Clint's 'Changeling' set for Cannes
Angelina Jolie stars in Eastwood film
4/22/08 9:30pm

All News >> PARIS — Steven Soderbergh’s two pic Che bio and Clint Eastwood’s “The Changeling” look like potential standouts at a 61st Cannes Film Festival that may be a touch lighter on Yank Palme d’Or contenders but is heavy on Hollywood glam, thanks to multiple U.S. pics, both studio and indie, packing out many out-of-competition slots.

Soderbergh’s inclusion — he competes with “The Argentine” and “Guerrilla” — looks like a last-minute decision. For much of this week, there seemed genuine uncertainty as to whether he would be able to finish the two films by the time Cannes rolls.

And neither, though announced by Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux Wednesday morning in Paris, figure on the competition list handed out at the end of the Cannes festival press conference.

Three Stateside out-of-competition players, all with major star quotients, thanks to largely choral casts, look set to keep Palais flashguns popping at least every other day.

As predicted, Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” world preems down on the Croisette, possibly on Sunday May 18. It promises this fest’s must-attend, highest-glam event.

Out-of-competition, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda,” an adventure, comedic chop-soc tooner, promises another Hollywood red-carpet cavalcade.

Also non-competing, as is Woody Allen’s custom, is the Spain-shot “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Two U.S. productions, down from five in 2007, make a slimmed-down 20-title Competition: Clint Eastwood’s “The Changeling,” a 1920s-set kidnap thriller, with Angelina Jolie; and “Synechdoche, New York,” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut.

Cannes competition will roll out some Riviera regulars this year.

Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne vie for their third Palme d’Or with young woman drama “The Silence of Lorna.”

Arnaud Desplechin returns with “A Christmas Tale,” a family solidarity tale, with a star-studded French cast led by Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric.

"24 City," China, Jia Zhangke
"Adoration," Canada, Atom Egoyan
"Changeling," U.S., Clint Eastwood
"Che," Spain, Steven Soderbergh
"Un Conte de noel," France, Arnaud Desplechin
"Daydreams," Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
"Delta," Hungary, Kornel Mundruczo
"Il Divo," Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
"Gomorra," Italy, Matteo Garrone
"La Frontiere de l'aube," France, Philippe Garrel
"Leonera," Argentina, Pablo Trapero
"Linha de Passe," Brazil, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
"La mujer sin cabeza," Argentina, Lucrecia Martel
"My Magic," Singapore, Eric Khoo
"The Palermo Shooting," Germany, Wim Wenders
"Serbis," Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
"The Silence of Lorna," Belgium, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
"Synecdoche, New York," U.S., Charlie Kaufman
"Waltz With Bashir," Israel, Ari Folman

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," U.S., Steven Spielberg
"Kung Fu Panda," U.S., Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
"The Good, the Bad, the Weird," South Korea, Kim Jee-woon
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona," U.S., Spain, Woody Allen

"Maradona," Spain-France, Emir Kusturica
"Surveillance," U.S., Jennifer Lynch
"The Chaser," South Korea, Na Hong-jin

"Ashes of Time Redux," Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai
"Of Time and the City," U.K., Terence Davies
"Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," U.S.-U.K., Marina Zenovich
"Sangue Pazzo" (Crazy Blood), Italy-France, Marco Tullio Giordana

"The Third Wave," U.S., Alison Tompson

Eastwood News / Clint's Cameraman
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:17:47 PM »
An interesting article about Clint Eastwood's longtime cameraman, Steve Campanelli

He makes Clint's day

It's the job of a lifetime to film the legendary Eastwood's worksGlen Schaefer, The Province
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008

Steve Campanelli was well established as a camera operator in Vancouver before he got the call for his dream job -- manning the camera for actor-director Clint Eastwood.

"Growing up as a kid, he was my idol," says Campanelli at his favourite downtown cafe. "I named my dog Clint -- we had him for 16 years. I was a huge fan of the spaghetti westerns, Dirty Harry."

There's still a lot of that Clint-obsessed teen in the 49-year-old Campanelli -- 14 years and 11 Clint Eastwood movies after that call.

Steve Campanelli (right) teaches diretor Clint Eastwood a cameraman's trick for checking whether the shots is framed properly on the set of Letters from Iwo Jima.

Campanelli came to Vancouver in the mid-1980s, riding a boom in TV and film work that had him working with the unknown Johnny Depp on TV's 21 Jump Street and with the pre-Pulp Fiction John Travolta on a Look Who's Talking sequel.

After graduating from Montreal's Concordia University, he started in the camera department on such movies as Meatballs 3 and got a big bank loan for a then-newfangled Steadicam rig (which allows a cameraman to walk and shoot without the camera jiggling).

When Eastwood was heading to Alberta in the early 1990s to film Unforgiven, Camparelli sent in his resumé, but was told he didn't have enough features on his resumé.

In 1994 came a call from cinematographer Jack Green about doing The Great Panda Adventure in China. Not a Clint Eastwood movie, but Green was also Eastwood's regular cinematographer.

"I jumped at the chance -- that was one step closer to Clint."

When Eastwood called Green about their next job, The Bridges of Madison County, Green told Eastwood about the hard-working Canadian, and Eastwood made some calls to get Campanelli the paperwork to work in the U.S.

"Next thing I know I'm in a corn field in Iowa and there comes Clint Eastwood. This was beyond my wildest dreams -- I just wanted to meet him and get an autograph."

On a film set, the cinematographer supervises the lighting and shadows, while the camera operator places and moves the camera in consultation with the cinematographerpher and the director.

Eastwood lets the people he trusts do their jobs. Campanelli's first test was on a crucial scene in Bridges, when Eastwood, as the photographer who falls in love with Meryl Streep's farm wife, breaks down and cries in the farmhouse kitchen.

"Clint said 'We're gonna do this once and that's it, so get it right.' So there was a bit of pressure."

The crew around Eastwood are often the ones who help actors get used to the director's quick-shooting style. While many filmmakers do take after take, Eastwood will often roll the cameras on a rehearsal and simply go with the spontaneous performances he gets there.

"The actors aren't really sure what they're going to do yet, they don't have time to think about it."

Campanelli is amid the actors with his nimble Steadicam rig. "Clint tells me: 'You're part of the performance.'"

For another Eastwood crying scene in Million Dollar Baby, he simply circled his finger upwards as a signal, and Campanelli rolled.

That intimate, near-wordless working style continued on Eastwood's recently wrapped thriller Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich.

"Clint talks very softly, and sometimes I could see Angelina being a little confused so I would go up to her and say, 'This is what he wants.' She would always look at me after he explained something."

Campanelli relocated to Los Angeles in 1998, but still works in Vancouver whenever possible. He just wrapped the Keanu Reeves science-fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still here, and last year he was on Bowen Island shooting the thriller A Tale of Two Sisters.

And after working with Eastwood through the incredibly creative years that included Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, Campanelli has another dream. He wants to direct a low-budget drama called Beautiful People in Vancouver. "I'm coming to the table with everything I've learned from Clint Eastwood in the last 14 years."

Filmmaking isn't all Campanelli learned. Director and crew are always talking about golf, so Campanelli finally learned the game a few years back, and played a round with the boss during a break on Mystic River. After a couple of holes, Eastwood gave the novice golfer a tip. "He said, 'When you take your backswing, just go low and slow.' Every time I play golf now, I hear his voice going 'low and slow.' "

Meanwhile, Campanelli will join the still-energetic 78-year-old in Michigan in July to shoot Gran Torino, in which Eastwood will also star.

"I told Clint I will still operate his movies even if I become a successful director, 'cause it's the best job in the world. He said ,'Darn right you will.' He's a man of few words."

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: March 22, 2008, 05:28:14 AM »
One thing is for sure, this thread is not going to get dull anytime soon:

Well, I have just returned from a visit to the local watering hole The Ye Ol' Rustic, where one of the regulars and a friend of mine just so happens to work for Malpaso, Eastwood's production company. He claims that the rumors are true, Gran Torino is the sixth Harry Callahan film. And the story the writer sent into AINC seems to be pretty accurate as far as plot points are concerned.

This is pretty exciting news. Gran Torino is currently filming. The film does not have a set release date at this time, but we do know that it will be coming sometime this December. Stay tuned for more information in the future.

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: March 21, 2008, 07:28:33 AM »
According to this it's not another Dirty Harry:

It appears "The Changeling" will be wrapping this week.

Eastwood brings his deft touch to a heart-wrenching drama

December 14, 2007

BURBANK - THE SIGN on the wall says, "Insolence will not be tolerated."

But it's not an indication that Clint Eastwood, former Mayor of Carmel, international movie star and Oscar-winning director, has let success go to his head. Rather, the sign is one of the authentic details that add verisimilitude to the set of, "The Changeling," Eastwood's latest movie, starring Angelina Jolie as a mother whose young son disappears.

When she gets the boy back, her objections that he is not really her son land her in a 1920s insane asylum. The script, by J. Michael Straczynski, is based on a true story. An army of cinema experts - writers, producers, set designers, carpenters, painters, costumers, makeup artists and technicians - have transformed one of the soundstages at Warner Bros. in Burbank into a frighteningly authentic replica of a place you would not want to spend an afternoon, let alone be exiled to for years.

"They didn't look at people with mental illnesses in those days the same way we do now," Eastwood said Tuesday during a break in filming.

Around him, a set for the asylum's commissary was authentic to a T - right down to the ancient mechanical clock, the chipped paint on the furniture, the crude, frayed gowns worn by the inmates and the dented metal food trays piled with lumpy, gray oatmeal.

One actress playing the role of a mental patient, and whose face was made up with bloody, open sores, complained that the makeup department wouldn't allow her to wash her hair.

Another actress wasn't even that lucky. Her head had been partially shaved to make way for a cruel lobotomy scar.

And just out of camera range, cables snake everywhere, microphones on long poles follow the actresses as they turn their heads, artificial lights make the sun shine on cue, a focus puller measures the distance from lens to subject, and at least a dozen members of the crew look after other details. Amidst all the heart-wrenching make believe and technical complexity, and throughout a long afternoon of takes and retakes, Jolie remains professional and never misses a line - certainly a contradiction with the image created for her by the tabloids. Her makeup, hair, facial expressions and costume bespeak the ordeal her character is going through.

The day before, Jolie was filmed undergoing a brutal delousing procedure. Earlier, her involuntary arrival at the asylum was filmed in an artificial driving rain. At the center of it all, Eastwood directs with the self-confidence of the Hollywood legend he is, but without any of the self-centerdness that so often accompanies stardom.
"We have a great cast and a great crew," he says when asked how the filming has been going.

While it's obvious everyone on the set respects him and doesn't want to make a misstep, the actors and crew also enjoy his easygoing nature.

"We are lucky, because people will even leave other jobs to work on this crew," said one technician.

Without the cliches

When it's time for a take to begin, a standard Hollywood clapboard is clapped in front of the camera, an associate director calls out, "Roll sound," and then cues the extras on the set with the word, "Background." And then Eastwood, avoiding the command usually associated with his job, quietly says, "Begin," or, "Commence," or, to Jolie, "Come ahead."

As the actresses speak their lines - one scene shows how Jolie's character is counseled by another mental hospital inmate not to try to convince the authorities she's sane - Eastwood stands just to the side of the camera, listening to the dialogue on headphones and watching a small, handheld video monitor. A TV camera, feeding Eastwood's monitor and others around the set, looks through the same lens as the camera creating the film that will become the theatrical version of "The Changeling." When a take is finished, Eastwood usually says, "Stop," or "That's it," but never, "Cut!" At the end of one scene, which includes a line about a cat, Eastwood ends the filming by meowing.

A mob of extras

With shooting wrapping up on "The Changeling" this week, Eastwood, 77, will have completed another arduous job of directing a major Hollywood film. In 2005, he directed two major releases, "Flags of Our Fathers," and "Letters from Iwo Jima." The current movie promises to be as big as those - and making it hasn't been any easier.

One scene, filmed in October, involved 600 extras at Los Angeles City Hall. Another required taking over the San Bernardino train depot for three days.
"The station's been preserved very well from the way it looked in the '20s," Eastwood said. "We had 300 extras at that one."

As work on the movie shifts to the editing room and other phases of postproduction, much of the work of producers Rob Lorenz, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer is finished. But a major decision is yet to be made by them and the suits at
NBC Universal: When the film will be released.

"I haven't the foggiest idea, and I don't think anybody does," Eastwood told The Pine Cone. "I think they're going to look at it and see what they've got and make up their minds then."

He hinted the release date could be in October - just in time for optimum exposure as a possible candidate for the 2008 Academy Awards.

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Santa Cruz
November 24, 2007
Sentinel Staff Report

Movie stars for a day

Angelina Jolie won't be the only person you may recognize in Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "The Changeling."

According to Jennifer Hodges of Santa Cruz, her daughter Maddy Hodges is best friends with Clint and Dina Eastwood's daughter, Morgan Eastwood. And so, both girls were invited to the movie set for a small role in the movie about a mother and her kidnapped son.

Maddy and Morgan flew to L.A., where they went through makeup and costuming and emerged as two girls from the 1920s. In the scene, said Jennifer, Angelina's character comes up and asks them a question. Both girls answer in unison, then zip off down the street on scooters.

Maddy told her mother it was a lot of fun. She is a sixth-grader at Mission Hill Junior High.

Maddy Hodges and her best friend Morgan Eastwood played extras in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, "The Changeling".


Nice photo of Clint on set.  There are three more nice ones at the link below.

Several set pics from Wednesday at the following link:

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood to score new film: "Grace Is Gone"
« on: October 27, 2007, 04:14:47 PM »
Can't wait to hear this song!

In tune with Oscar

I've heard a song you'll be hearing on Oscar night. Jamie Cullum sings it and Clint Eastwood wrote it and it's the title track of Grace is Gone, a powerful, bluesy ballad, delivered with gusto, and playing over the final credits to the film. 'It's as if you can hear Clint in the notes as he [Cullum] plays this beautiful, haunting theme,' the film's star, John Cusack, told me. 'It's a blessing for our film.',,2200495,00.html

Eastwood News / Re: Clints new flim
« on: October 18, 2007, 08:30:47 AM »
hey everyone,

   i live in San Dimas, Ca and i was wondering if anyone by chance new what project Clint was working on right now! currently they are filming a movie here in San Dimas and rumor has it that Clint is the director! if this is true whats the name! our town is a small western type city or at least downtown is where the filming happening! if anyone has any info please let me know!


He's filming "The Changeling".  Here's the link to the thread devoted to the new film:

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