News: Having trouble registering?  Please feel free to contact us at help[at]  We will help you get an account set up.

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - higashimori

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5
Eastwood News / Bruce Ricker dies at 68
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:06:05 AM »
 " Bruce Ricker, a champion of KC jazz and film, dies at 68 "

 By STEVE PAUL  The Kansas City Star

Bruce Ricker, an attorney turned local activist and filmmaker, had been spending time here with a graying generation of musicians, recording their memories, stories and music from the heyday of Kansas City jazz.

He partnered with documentarian Charlotte Zwerin on a film about Thelonious Monk, and attracted the involvement of Clint Eastwood on that and subsequent movies. Ricker partnered with Eastwood on a film about Dave Brubeck and segments of a PBS series on the blues, presented by Martin Scorsese, including “Piano Blues.” Most recently, Ricker made a documentary on Tony Bennett for PBS’ American Masters series, which aired in 2007.

In 1988, as Eastwood was making his own fictional homage to Charlie Parker, the film called “Bird,” he came across Ricker’s “The Last of the Blue Devils” and backed a re-release of the film, which led to a hugely successful opening in Paris.

“It may be just my opinion but as far as I’m concerned,” Eastwood wrote in Le Monde at the time, “Americans don’t have any original art except for Western movies and jazz.”

Ricker died Friday, at 68, after a long bout with pneumonia. He lived in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Kate Gill, and daughter Emma.

 Rest in peace, MR. Ricker  :(




 Autographed Clint Eastwood DVD Collection “35 Films, 35 Years.”


 ENGLISH: 日本語:

Eastwood News / " Firefox " Best-selling author dies
« on: April 08, 2011, 07:39:33 AM »
 " Best-selling author Craig Thomas – whose hit books included Firefox, which was made into a Clint Eastwood movie – has died at the age of 68. "

 WalesOnline  Apr 8 2011

The Welsh thriller writer enjoyed a literary career spanning more than 30 years and is widely regarded as the creator of the “techno-thriller”.

Thomas died on Monday following a short battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. He died from pneumonia.

His friend Tony Mulliken said: “The heroes in his novels would have been proud of his bravery and fortitude during this time.”

The writer rose to prominence with the publication of second novel Firefox in 1977, featuring US fighter pilot and spy Mitchell Gant, the character played by Eastwood who also directed the film.

Other books included Snow Falcon, Firefox Down and A Different War.


Eastwood News / Len Lesser dies at 88
« on: February 16, 2011, 07:57:58 PM »

Eastwood News / James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 85
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:33:46 PM »
 " James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 85 "


James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist celebrated for his virtuosity, his versatility and his onstage ebullience, died on Thursday in San Diego. He was 85.

After seven years of pit-band anonymity, providing accompaniment for everyone from Milton Berle to Ike and Tina Turner to Liberace, Mr. Moody divorced his wife, Margena, and returned to the East Coast to resume his jazz career. His final three decades were productive, with frequent touring and recording (as the leader of his own small group and, on occasion, as a sideman with Gillespie, who died in 1993) and even a brief foray into acting, with a bit part in the 1997 Clint Eastwood film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” set in Mr. Moody’s birthplace, Savannah.

The National Endowment for the Arts named him a Jazz Master in 1998. His last album, “Moody 4B,” was recorded in 2008 and released this year on the IPO label; it earned a Grammy nomination this month.

 R.I.P.  Moody.

 " Will Anyone Have a Career That's Comparable to Clint Eastwood's? "



It's hard to imagine a world without Clint Eastwood. To say he's an icon is an understatement, because the actor-producer-director has become a cultural catchphrase from everything to cigars to law enforcement. John Wayne is a legend, but Wayne didn't wind up with legislation named after one of Harry Callahan's catchphrases. (It's the "Make My Day" law here in Colorado, if you're curious. Sounds so much more hardy and American than "the castle doctrine," doesn't it?

Eastwood's career has been a curious one, and his origins are hardly the stuff of Hollywood legend. He didn't grow up around the studio system or spend his teens as a starry-eyed gopher in Hollywood's golden era. He worked odd jobs in logging camps and gas stations. He played piano for pizza and beer, and cherished vague ambitions in music. One day, he decided to be an actor. He pursued it with the dogged and quiet ethic that has been the characteristic of his entire career. His natural reticence was the foundation of his imperturbable characters, not a calculated effort by himself or his directors. "We called him 'Mumbles.' He didn't speak his words very loud," recalled Rawhide co-star Sheb Wooley. "The soundman was always saying, 'Kid, speak up!' But he mumbled his way to a fortune."

Well, time will tell. My fear is that Eastwood is the last of a bygone era, the type of actor and director who could simply dream it and do it, marketability be damned. But my hope is that he carved out a template for a lot of Hollywood stars eager to make more of an artistic mark on the industry. He remains a good example no matter what you hope to do. He's one of a kind, never to be repeated, but I certainly hope some man or woman out there manages to give him a run for his body of work.

General Discussion / A to Z of Clint Eastwood
« on: November 13, 2010, 06:38:51 PM »
  A to Z of Clint Eastwood

 " 26 Facts About The Legendary Actor And Director "
   A;  Academy Award Winner

Clint Eastwood has been a mainstay at the Osccars since 1994, when he won two statuettes-- one for Best Director and the other for producing the Best Picture-- for the gritty Western " Unforgiven " Since then, Eastwood has won two more ( for producing and directing " Million Dollar Baby " ) and nominated for four others as a filmmaker, for " Mystic River " and " Letters from Iwo Jima. "  Eastwood has also been nominated twice for Best Actor, for " Unforgiven" and " Million Dollar Baby. "


 " The Top 10 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About Clint Eastwood "

 Even if everybody knows almost information of this article already..........

 by AllTopMovies in Actors

Clint Eastwood has become a living monument of Hollywood. He is to film what Chuck Norris is to roundhouse kicks: the founding father and ruling king. His squint alone has the ability to make lesser filmmakers renounce the craft altogether and his gravelly snarl has made plenty of punks reassess the status of their luck. But everyone knows he’s a badass, and everyone knows he’s as talented behind a camera as he is behind the trigger of a .44 Magnum. But there are some things you might not have known about him.

10. Clint has directed more movies than Steven Spielberg and George Lucas

Can this be for real? A man who made his mark in this world for so long with his gritty performances of gunslinging toughs has actually directed more movies than the men who are arguably the two most famous American directors in history?

Clint has topped their counts?

Yes, it’s true. Clint released two films in 2008 (one of the strange times you could actually see a preview of an Eastwood movie at an Eastwood movie), as well as two in 2006, two in 1997 and two in 1990. He’s directed sixteen movies since 1990 alone. This is not normal. This is Clint Eastwood. Respect the man, for he is a living legend.

Eastwood News / Eli Wallach wins Honorary Oscar
« on: November 11, 2010, 07:28:27 PM »
" Contender Q&A: Eli Wallach, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' "

 He will receive an honorary Oscar and could compete for supporting actor.

 By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times,0,7331703.story?track=rss

Reporting from New York — —
Eli Wallach may always be best remembered as the "ugly" in the 1966 film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," but at nearly 95, he's really a not-so-secret charmer who signs autographs "Tuco" (after his character in the film). With more than 60 years in the business, he's earned the respect and praise of his peers: A letter from Tennessee Williams he keeps in a plastic frame in the dining room of his Upper West Side apartment praises Wallach and his wife, Anne, who met while doing "This Property Is Condemned," and ends: "Eli has discovered the secret to pissing everyone off: He is happy." Happy, yes, but virtually ignored by the academy — until now. On Saturday, Wallach will receive an honorary Oscar — his first — and come February, he might earn another thanks to his much buzzed-about role in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Nine and a half decades in, life — and Wallach — are definitely "good."

How do you feel about getting your first Oscar, even if it is an honorary one?

I never joined the academy. New York is my home. I never settled in California — and when I heard they were offering me this thing, I thought, "That's very interesting." But I would never allow my name to be on the floor.

" Oscar Catches Up With Uncle Eli "


Eastwood News / Museum of Tolerance to honor Clint Eastwood in November
« on: September 14, 2010, 06:34:47 PM »
 " Museum of Tolerance to honor Clint Eastwood in November "

 LosAngeles Times

Clint Eastwood, whose most famous movie roles were trigger-happy vigilantes but whose directorial work has shown a more open-minded world view, will receive an award from the Museum of Tolerance this fall.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker will accept the museum's Tolerance Award that will be presented as part of its first international film festival, which is devoted to showcasing movies that address human rights issues. The Eastwood ceremony will take place at the festival's main gala on Nov. 14 in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, said that Eastwood is "a superb choice for this award, which celebrates those whose work shines a light on themes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and forgiveness."

Though he rose to fame as the gun-toting Man with No Name and the insensitive Dirty Harry, Eastwood has spent the later part of his career making movies that not only question the nature of violence but also advocate greater social acceptance.

As a director, he has gravitated toward stories that criticize masculine violence ("Mystic River," "Unforgiven"), interrogate the necessity of war ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters from Iwo Jima"), explore racial intolerance ("Gran Torino," "Invictus") and embrace nontraditional families ("Million Dollar Baby," "A Perfect World").

Eastwood's latest film, "Hereafter," is slated to open in the U.S. on Oct. 22.

The full lineup for the museum's 2010 film festival is expected to be announced in October. The festival is scheduled to run from Nov. 13 to 18 at the museum's three theaters in L.A.

-- David Ng

General Discussion / Clint Eastwood as Superman or James Bond ?
« on: September 08, 2010, 07:04:09 AM »
" Clint Eastwood as Superman or James Bond? ‘It could have happened,’ he says "

 Geoff Boucher


     Clint Eastwood as Superman? (Photo illustration by Kevin Lingenfelser)


     Clint Eastwood, reimagined in the role of James Bond.
     (Photo illustration by Kevin Lingenfelser; images from MGM and Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood is watching the contemporary superhero craze in Hollywood with a bit of generational relief. “Thank God that I didn’t have to do that,” says the the 80-year-old star.

The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker is best known to moviegoers as a cowboy or a cop, but during a recent interview in Carmel, the Hollywood icon said that in the 1970s he was an early candidate to play the Man of Steel. He added that, a few years before that, he was approached with an offer to join her majesty’s secret service in the role of suave spy James Bond.

“I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.

“I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis,” who produce the Bond franchise, “and he came and said, ‘They would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”In December 1978, the same month that a relatively unknown actor named Christopher Reeve soared to fame in Richard Donner’s “Superman,” Eastwood had a new comedy hit on his hands with “Every Which Way but Loose,” which did not bring with it the indignity of wearing tights but did pair the tough-guy icon with a saucy orangutan named Clyde. The Superman film had taken a number of years to reach the screen, and Eastwood was 48 by that point, so he was too old to play the superhero.  Still, had he been 30, the star said his answer would have been the same: “No, thanks.”

Eastwood explained: “I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality. Maybe they do super things or more-than-human things — like Dirty Harry, he has a knack for doing crazy things, or the western guys — but, still, they’re not caped crusaders.”

I told Eastwood that, after watching him dispatch criminals as San Francisco cop Harry Callahan, he was probably a better fit for the alleys of Gotham City as opposed to the skies of Metropolis. Eastwood surprised me by, with a wink, boasting  that his funny-book allegiance was to Namor,  Bill Everett’s imperious sea prince.

“Hey buddy,” Eastwood said with a thumbs-up gesture, “the Sub-Mariner, that’s the one I always liked. I had all of those comics when I was a kid.”

As for Bond, no American has played Ian Fleming’s spy. Connery is a native of Scotland, and Roger Moore and Daniel Craig were born in England. Pierce Brosnan was born in Ireland, Timothy Dalton is from Wales and George Lazenby hails from Australia. Though it’s hard to imagine Eastwood in the coolly ironic mode most associated with 007 of the 1970s, it’s interesting to note that the two most recent films in the venerable series have taken the secret agent to a gritty, stoic style with Craig that has far more in common with Eastwood’s signature screen personae than, say, the safari-suit work of Moore.

I was in Carmel to interview Eastwood about “Hereafter,” which he directed. The film, a tender story about three broken souls and their lurching quest to understand the great beyond,  hits theaters on Oct. 22, and we spent more than three hours together talking both on and off the record. We chatted about the Superman and Bond roles for all of three or four minutes, but, later in the day, I joked to Eastwood that I was having trouble shaking the image of him in blue tights.

“That was a long time ago. I was a little more pumped,” Eastwood answered with a wink. “But believe me, I can get it out of my mind. I got it out of mind back then. It was easy.”


General Discussion / A Crooner Named Clint Eastwood
« on: August 31, 2010, 06:22:56 PM »
 " A Crooner Named Clint Eastwood "
 The GMC

In a recent piece about James Darren, I mentioned that many of the rising young actors of the era were also promoted as singing stars, but one that might surprise you is a guy who is now better known as a legendary superstar and director. That’s right, folks. Clint Eastwood was once one of those young actor/singers.

It’s not as far-fetched as it might sound. In later years, Eastwood would sing in movies like Paint Your Wagon and Honky Tonk Man, and he’s always been interested in music. He’s produced and directed musically-themed films like Bird, has been involved in composing, and is a pretty good instrumentalist too.

The younger generation might not know about the TV show that made Clint a star but most of us will remember Rawhide, a very popular Western that ran from 1959 to 1965. In addition to having an instantly recognizable theme song (made famous by Frankie Laine) it was filled with lots of cattle and a number of interesting characters. Among them was a young firebrand of a ramrod, Rowdy Yates, played by Eastwood.

When the young actor became the breakout star of the show, plans were made to also promote him as a singing star, but record producers decided to play it a little safe by having him make an album of cowboy songs. Most were traditional Western tunes but one was newly-written to pay tribute to his Rawhide character. (Video below.)

Although Eastwood was not much of a crooner, he had a soft, pleasant voice that one critic described as a cross between Roy Rogers and Dean Martin. But even if that was overly generous, one thing could certainly be said about his singing. It was better than the nails-on-a-blackboard voice we would probably hear from today’s Clint Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood – “Bouquet Of Roses”





General Discussion / Letters from Clint Eastwood.
« on: August 24, 2010, 07:35:13 PM »


 ( This photo is part of the letters of Clint. Watch the whole sentence with an upper link.
    Unfortunately I was not able to copy a total letters.

This is a message from Clint Eastwood titled " Dear Japanese Friends ",  which appeared on Japanese main newspapers on the anniversary of the end of world war Ⅱ, 15th August 2006.  It's just three months before November 15th 2006, the world premiere of " Letters from Iwo Jima"   which Clint Eastwood had identified to film with a Japanese director.
I've been thinking that I'd introduce this message to this board since I saw it. But regrettably I have poor English literacy enough to translate many things on the war and his message.
It's been 65 years after the war and Clint is 80 years old this year, I began hoping again to show his message on this occasion.
He's been telling, whenever the occasion arises, that he learned and was affected a lot while filming " Letters from Iwo Jima
I could understand well how he was proud of directing this movie,  as the title credit just of the movie is " from Clint Eastwood " not " A Clint Eastwood Film " as usual ... I was so moved when I saw it !      I thank very much my friend who helped me willingly to translate the message.
I'd be happy to let everyone  know some of his mind and sensibility in those days.

" Dear Japanese Friends",
61 years ago, Japan and the U.S. army fought on Iwo Jima. This cruel battle, in which tens of thousands of Japanese and the U.S. soldiers lost their lives, has been ever since appealing to the people in the culture of both countries. I was interested in this battle and came to know of Lt. Gen. Tadamichi  Kuribayashi, a heading commander in defending Iwo Jima. He was a man of vision, initiative and resource. I was also much interested in young soldiers headed by Lt.Gen. Kuribayashi and in a similar attitude seen to both young soldiers, even though they were adversaries.
Soon I came to realize that I should make these two projects.
Now I'm tracking not only the battle of Iwo Jima ,  "Letter from Iwo Jima " " Flags of our Fathers ",  but also the effects from the mortal combat that returnees got, especially three young of the soldiers flying the Stars and Stripes in a famous photo.
They were used conveniently for raising war loan, The battle itself, the public relations after their return, both hurt their lives deeply.
And Japan side;
Young soldiers knew that they could never go back alive in all likelihood when they were transported to the island.
Their lives are worthy to be drawn and described in history.  I'd like to let the people all over the world as well as Japanese know what men they were.   
I hope I'd depict what  that battle was with their eyes in " Letter from Iwo Jima".
In April last year, I've got a chance to visit Iwo jima. A lot of of both countries lost their sons in that war.   It gave me an impressive experience
that I really stepped on the place.
And this year I visited it again and filmed several scenes for the two movies. Many war movies I saw in childhood touched one good and the other evil.  But life and war are not just that. My two movies don't show win and loss. I draw the results that war would give the people, who could really have lived longer. The people, even in either side, who were cut off  lives in war are far more enough to be honored.  Therefore these two movies are my tribute to them.  Through the movies telling the stories at both sides,
I'd be happy that you'd view the deeply impressive period which has been kept together.   
                                                                                                                                                                                          Clint Eastwood.

Anecdote from " Letters from Iwo Jima " in Japanese Wikipedia.

Eastwood intended to ask a Japanese director to filming  this movie which is the story of Japanese side at first. According to the chief photographer working with him for many years. Clint said when he worked out  the conception of the work ......" KUROSAWA would be perfect!"   
Then he took the megaphone himself !
" Iwo Jima" came to be called  " Iwo To" from June, 2007.




General Discussion / SIM’s list of the greatest sports movies.
« on: August 24, 2010, 06:42:33 PM »
 Sunday Inquirer Magazine 

 Moving Screens

 By Ruel S. De Vera   Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH their emphasis on winning, the anguish of defeat, interesting characters and the minting of brand new heroes, sports makes a perfect subject for motion pictures. Sports movies spark something within us: a primal need to succeed, as well as an inborn fear of failure.

Here, in no particular order, is SIM’s list of the greatest sports movies.

“Invictus.” Proving that a country’s politics and its devotion to sports can be a ruggedly successful combination, “Invictus” combines post-apartheid South Africa and the sport of rugby. Matt Damon may be a bit short for the part of captain Francois Pienaar, but you don’t notice it, while Morgan Freeman is electric in a role that seems made for him: President Nelson Mandela. Clint Eastwood directs.
“Million Dollar Baby.” The second Clint Eastwood movie on this list, “Million Dollar Baby” is based on the writings of the venerable boxing writer F.X. Toole and features a ferocious performance from eventual Best Actress Hillary Swank as the indomitable Maggie Fitzgerald. Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are in Maggie’s corner as we witness the true grit and glory of the prize fighter away from the big lights. •

Eastwood News / Clint to Osborne: Make my day and save Film Council
« on: August 08, 2010, 05:48:42 PM »
" Clint to Osborne: Make my day and save Film Council "

  By Simon Walters

Clint Eastwood has written to George Osborne, urging him to reconsider his decision to scrap the UK Film Council.

In a letter to the Chancellor, the Hollywood actor – famous for his role as tough cop Dirty Harry in films such as 1983’s Sudden Impact – warns that without support from the council, his Malpaso production company would not have made its latest movie, ­Hereafter, starring Matt Damon, in Britain.

‘I cannot stress how important the Film Council is to me,’ Mr Eastwood writes. ‘I have been following the news of its proposed abolition with great interest. The prospect of losing such a valuable resource is of great concern as we contemplate future projects.

His letter follows a similar protest by more than 50 British actors, including
Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall and Emily Blunt, who accused the Coalition of threatening
a ‘British success story’.

Mr Eastwood said ‘vigorous support’ from the Film Council was vital in enabling him to shoot Hereafter in the UK and warned he would be unlikely to make future films in Britain if the council is axed.

‘The Film Council gave us the crucial detailed information we needed to make our decision to shoot in the UK with information on tax credits, availability of crews and other support.

Without such assistance in the early stages, the likelihood of a London shoot would have been greatly diminished. Locales with active, knowledgable film commissions are far more appealing to us as producers.’

Mr Eastwood pleads with Mr Osborne: ‘I respectfully request careful consideration of these concerns in deciding the fate of
the UK Film Council.’

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced last month that he was abolishing the Film Council, which was set up ten years ago to develop the domestic industry and has helped to generate more than £700 million at the worldwide box office.

" Clint Eastwood blasts Osbourne over film cuts "

 By David Wooding

I KNOW what you're thinking. "Do I slash government funding for the film industry?"

But being as this is Clint Eastwood, the most powerful big gun in Hollywood, you've got to ask yourself one question George: "Do I feel lucky?"

Well, do ya, punk?

Tough guy actor-turned film maker Clint has made a personal appeal to Chancellor George Osborne expressing "great concern" over plans to abolish the UK Film Council.


In a hard-hitting letter, Eastwood - famed for his role as gun-toting cop Dirty Harry Callahan - warned that scrapping the UKFC would spark a mass exodus of American movie makers from here.

He praises the "vigorous support" of the UKFC for helping his latest project starring Matt Damon made earlier this year.

Clint, 80, writes: "The UKFC was instrumental in providing us the crucial information we needed to make our decision ultimately to shoot in the UK. Without such assistance, the likelihood of a London shoot would have been greatly diminished."

But he goes on to warn: "The prospect of losing a valuable resource such as the UKFC is of great concern to us as we contemplate future projects."

The Con-Lib coalition wants to axe the film council in a cost-cutting drive to pay off Britain's £900 billion debt. The body, set up in 2000, receives £63million a year in lottery and grant aid to help the industry.

Last week 55 actors - including stars Bill Nighy and Timothy Spall - launched a campaign to save the council. They say it helps bring in £5 for every £1 of state subsidy. And now Oscar-winner Clint has weighed in with his letter to the Chancellor.

A Treasury insider said: "It's not often we get a letter from a Hollywood superstar.

"There was nervous laughter in the office as somebody joked about Clint storming in with his gun and snarling, 'Go ahead, make my day'".


 " 2010 Jazz Legends Gala Honors George Wein, September 16 at Mission Ranch in Carmel "

    Hosted by Clint and Dina Eastwood, Gala Celebration Features Dinner and Entertainment from 2010 MJF Artist-In-Residence, Vocalist Dianne Reeves

    Proceeds Support Monterey Jazz Festival Education Programs

    all about jazz

The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that it will honor the legendary impresario, pianist and philanthropist, George Wein, at its 2010 Jazz Legends Gala on Thursday, September 16, at Mission Ranch in Carmel, California. Mr. Wein is the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and 2005 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master" Award.

Hosted by Clint and Dina Eastwood, the Gala will feature the presentation of the Jazz Legends Award to Mr. Wein and will also include a evening of cocktails, a sumptuous gourmet dinner and a special duo performance by the Monterey Jazz Festival's 2010 Artist-In-Residence, four-time Grammy®-winning vocalist, Dianne Reeves with pianist Peter Martin.

“With George appearing at this year's MJF it is a perfect opportunity to honor him with our Jazz Legends Award," said Tim Jackson, General Manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “He is truly 'The Godfather' of jazz festivals."

 Kyle will be there;

FRI September 17th CARMEL,CA. USA  ***
Private Event

Monterey Jazz Festival Nightclub
Monterey Fairgrounds
Showtime 9 pm

 " 12 Best Transitions from TV to Movies "

    Most Successful Leaps from the Small Screen to the Big Screen

    By Tim Janson

In television’s Golden Age of the 1950s, big stars jumped at the chance to get into the new medium. If offered stability and a regular paycheck, something films could not always offer. As TV grew, a division was drawn between small and big screen actors. Film actors seldom appeared on TV and TV actors rarely were able to cross over and have great success in films. In this article we’ve selected 12 of the most successful TV to film transitions ever. We’re basing success both in terms of critical success, such as the awards they’ve won, and also on the box office accomplishments of their films. The only stipulation was that they had to have been a regular on a TV show. Thus, actors who made guest-starring appearances on TV like Harrison Ford or Leonardo DiCaprio were not included.

1. Clint Eastwood

All of the actors on our list are icons in their own right but only one is a true screen legend, Clint Eastwood. But even this legend started out in TV. For eight seasons from 1959 to 1966, Eastwood played Rowdy Yates in Rawhide, one of the longest-running westerns in TV history. The success of the show led Eastwood to his famous “man with no name” character in the spaghetti westerns Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966). Eastwood ownedthe 1970s with more great westerns: High Plains Drifter (1972), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), and with the creation of one of the greatest characters in film history, San Francisco police inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan, whom he played in five films. Eastwood is equally accomplished as a filmmaker having directed Play Misty For Me (1971), The Gauntlet (1977), Sudden Impact (1983), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Unforgiven (1992), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Invictus (2009) and Gran Torino (2009), to name a few. Eastwood has won two Academy Awards for Best Director, and two more for Best Picture. He’s been nominated ten times. He’s also won three Golden Globes. Clint has been named to Quigley Publications' annual Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 21 times, making him #2 all-time for appearances in the top 10 list. Only John Wayne, with 25 appearances in the Top 10, has more. With Gran Torino, Eastwood became the oldest man to reach #1 at the box office, and the longest running movie star in history. Clint Eastwood…the most successful TV to film star in history!


Off-Topic Discussion / In The News
« on: July 18, 2010, 06:12:15 PM »
 Happy Birthday Madiba !!

Happy 92nd birthday, Nelson Mandela

As he embarks upon his 93rd circuit of the sun, Nelson Mandela remains a hero to his country and to the world

Oakland Ross
On July 18, the man known to many by his clan name — Madiba — celebrates his 92nd birthday, yet another milestone in a long and extraordinary journey that has encompassed a multitude of lives.

The Dirty Harry Films / Viking Night: Dirty Harry
« on: June 23, 2010, 07:26:42 AM »
 " Viking Night: Dirty Harry "

  By Bruce Hall

There are many reasons that certain films achieve what we call "cult" status, but one of them is that they tend to deliver their message in subversive or controversial ways that don't appeal to everyone. While it's true that most people do not like to work for their entertainment, is it possible that even the most unusual films can have something to offer everyone? When I was in college, a group of friends and I would meet regularly to ponder this very question. Beginning with Erik the Viking, we gathered once a week to watch and discuss a different cult classic, but we decided to keep the Viking theme. Now, I'll be working without a turkey leg or a goblet of mead, but with each installment of Viking Night I still seek to examine the same question: Can a film with such limited appeal still speak to us all?

I know what you’re thinking; you’re wondering why I consider such a successful film a cult classic, aren’t you? Forty years on, if even people who’ve never even seen a movie are familiar with its most famous line you’ve got yourself a bona fide hit, right? And while it may not be Clint Eastwood’s most famous role, Harry Callahan is an icon, and the father of the "supercop" stereotype. Without him there might have been no Martin Riggs, no Sonny Crockett, and Fred Dryer might never have become an actor. But upon a recent viewing something occurred to me – this isn’t the movie most people remember, and as originally conceived, Callahan wasn’t quite the cartoon character many think of today.

 " Tim Woodward: Thirty years since Clint Eastwood's 'Bronco Billy magic' "

   When 'Big Hollywood' came to town, the Treasure Valley was smitten.
   Idaho Statesman

Before Boise was "discovered," before it was even a metro area, a big star came to town and wove a spell.

The star was Clint Eastwood. The spell was "Bronco Billy," an Eastwood film that premiered in Boise 30 years ago this month.

No one who lived here then will forget Bronco Billy and his Wild West Show. Especially the hundreds of Treasure Valley residents who were extras or had bit parts in the movie that was shot at many locations in the Valley.

"It was Big Hollywood coming to a little town," Linda Hironimus said. "They expected the Hollywood people to be snooty, but they were just the opposite. Especially Eastwood. He was kind and gentle to everyone. It was like a big family."

Hironimus is editor and co-publisher of a limited-edition book about the making of "Bronco Billy." Written by Nampan Sandy Kershner and due early next month, it will be sold at the Canyon County Historical Museum as a museum fundraiser.

Kershner spent three years researching and writing "On the Trail with Bronco Billy." She went to dozens of the Valley locations where it was made, and she interviewed as many locals as she could who were in the film.

"Everyone I talked to had good things to say about Eastwood," she said. "He made a wonderful impression because he and his crew were so friendly to everyone."

Oddly, the person I associate most closely with Eastwood during the filming had nothing to do with it. Candy Loving, Playboy's 25th anniversary "Playmate," was here on a tour, and I had an assignment to spend a day with her for a story. We went to a party where Eastwood showed up unexpectedly, and someone suggested that they climb into a heart-shaped tub, fully clothed, for a photo.

He'd been filming all day and looked dead tired, but he did it. In fact, he couldn't have been nicer about it. Maybe there really was a bit of Bronco Billy in him.

Or maybe, as Hironimus put it, it was just a simpler time and place.

"All towns grow up, including Boise," she said. "But then it was innocent. It was the kind of place where Bronco Billy really could ride through town and bond with people. It was special. There was something almost magical about it."

Tim Woodward: 377-6409

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5

C L I N T E A S T W O O D . N E T