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Eastwood News / Eastwood profile in Monterey County Weekly
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:58:04 AM »
Clint Eastwood: Misunderstood master or machista?

By Paul Wilner

Less is more.

Despite the generally respectful reviews of Invictus, when this year’s Academy Awards are announced on March 7, Clint Eastwood will not be marching up to the podium.

He’s not even nominated in the best director category, which looks like a shoot-out between the former husband-wife team of Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and James Cameron (Avatar), though Morgan Freeman, who plays Nelson Mandela in the biopic, and Matt Damon, who portrays the captain of the Springbok soccer team whose win Mandela used to help solidify post-apartheid South Africa, are under consideration for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively.

While another Oscar might be nice to refurbish Clint’s well-appointed Carmel Valley spread, at this point, it’s an honor that seems irrelevant given the breadth, scope and depth of his remarkable career.

In fact, the case could be made that at the ripe old age of 79, Clint is the greatest – and almost certainly the least pretentious – director of our time.

Eastwood News / Clint Eastwood voted favorite movie star
« on: January 27, 2010, 03:46:12 AM »
 :) "  Movie fans just made Clint Eastwood's day ! "

 Tue Jan 26, 6:30 pm ET  LOS ANGELES (Reuters)

The star of "Dirty Harry" and 2008's "Gran Torino" was voted America's favorite movie star of 2009, ousting Denzel Washington from his three-year hold on the top spot in an annual Harris Poll, released on Tuesday.



Off-Topic Discussion / Best Movies of the Decade
« on: January 04, 2010, 06:43:21 PM »
 :)   " The 100 Best Movies of the Decade 2000-2009 Revealed  "


The popular website has released The 100 Best Movies of the Decade. Nine animated movies make the list, including Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, at number one. Five movies directed by Clint Eastwood make the list including Letters from Iwo Jima at number eight, and nine documentaries including Grizzly Man at number six also make the list.

(PRWEB) January 4, 2010 -- The popular website has revealed the 100 best movies of the decade. In what may be remembered as the decade of the animated feature film, nine animated movies made the 100 best movies of 2000-2009 list, including five by Pixar studios, and the movie in the #1 spot, Spirited Away, by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.

Spirited Away is an allegorical coming-of-age adventure that follows a young girl in a world inhabited by spirits and monsters, many drawn from Japanese mythology, and it has often been compared to Alice in Wonderland. Originally released in Japan in 2001, it became the highest grossing film in Japanese history. The film was released in the United States in 2002, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide to date.

With five films in the 100 best movies of the decade list, Clint Eastwood would take the title of director of the decade. This includes Flags of Our Fathers (#89), Gran Torino (#50), Million Dollar Baby (#48) which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Achievement in Directing, Mystic River (#26), and Letters from Iwo Jima (#8).
The top five movies in the 100 best movies list are:

1)    Spirited Away (2001)
2)    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
3)    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2002)
4)    Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
5)    No Country for Old Men (2007)

For the full list of 100, see the Best Movies of the Decade at . provides readers engaging insights and experiences in areas ranging from the arts to spirituality to travel that can transform their lives in positive ways. Founder Brian Vaszily is available for interviews and commentary via the contact information in this release or via the Contact Us area at

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 :) " Clint Eastwood, Scott Hamilton and Raquel Welch Among AARP The Magazine's 2010 Inspire Award Honorees "

     WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 – Tom Joyner, Lonnie Ali, and Leeza Gibbons Also Recognized –

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with more than 35 million readers, today announced the recipients of its eighth annual Inspire Awards. The Inspire Awards salute 10 outstanding individuals who are using their energy, creativity, and passion to make the world a better place. The 2010 honorees include Lonnie Ali (Voice for Parkinson's), Clint Eastwood (Daring Director), Aida Giachello, Ph.D. (Latino-Health Activist), Leeza Gibbons (Voice of the Caregiver), Scott Hamilton (Cancer Crusader), Tom Joyner (Education Advocate), Brenda Krause Eheart (Bridge for Generations), Lilly Ledbetter (Equal-Pay Advocate), Captain Richard Phillips (Reluctant Hero), and Raquel Welch (Advocate For Cancer Survivors).

"These ten compassionate, forward-thinking and daring individuals stand up for causes they believe in and they've found unique ways to inspire others to action," said Nancy Graham, Editor of AARP The Magazine. "Through their extraordinary contributions to society, this year's Inspire Award honorees motivate our readers to get involved, give back, and make a difference in their own communities."

Honorees are profiled in the January/February 2010 issue of AARP The Magazine, in homes now and available online at Additionally, now through the end of February 2010, entries are being accepted for AARP The Magazine's Inspiration Vacation contest, presented by Beaches Resorts and The Sandals Foundation. The contest calls for people to nominate those who have made significant contributions to society through service. That worthy person and a guest could win a luxurious trip to the Caribbean for a unique experience that combines a 5-star vacation with two days of service. Details are available at  

Clint Eastwood – Daring Director

At a time when most of his Hollywood peers are focused on grandchildren and rounds of golf, Clint Eastwood, who turns 80 in May, continues to take on projects that challenge audiences to think about difficult, sometimes uncomfortable issues. "I'm always trying to tackle subjects that tax me and make me think," Eastwood revealed to AARP The Magazine. His "never-too-old-to-learn philosophy" is clearly evident in the provocative subject of his next film, Invictus, which is already an early frontrunner for an Oscar nod this year. The film is set in South Africa amid the fall of apartheid and focuses on the true story of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and his determined plan to use World Cup rugby as a path to racial harmony. Even with critical acclaim and success, Eastwood doesn't show signs of slowing down. "The reason I don't retire is that I learn something new every day.  It's about expanding, constantly pushing yourself," he says.

Eastwood News / INVICTUS: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: November 26, 2009, 05:24:17 AM »
EDIT BY MODERATOR: This will be the "official" thread for media reviews of Invictus and current features about its cast and crew. I've moved a few posts from the "Production Information" thread here. See this post, below:

 " ‘Invictus’: A Whole New Ballgame "

 By David Ansen | NEWSWEEK

Film opens Dec. 11: A number of sports movies have one-word titles (Rocky, Hoosiers), but they're not usually in Latin. Clint Eastwood's Invictus is not your ordinary sports movie, though it comes to a rousing climax at the 1995 Rugby World Cup match between South Africa and New Zealand. The stakes are higher: a nation's unity hangs in the balance. Invictus (which means "unconquered") takes place at the intersection of sports and politics. Its hero is Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman, naturally), who, in the aftermath of apartheid, has just been elected South Africa's president after serving 27 years in prison.

During his incarceration, Mandela studied his Afrikaner enemies and was wise to the role sports played in the national psyche. South Africa's less-than-sterling rugby team, the Springbok, was as beloved by whites as it was despised by the black population, to whom it had become a symbol of oppression. Yet Mandela, taking a huge political risk, refuses to give in to his supporters' demand that the team be dismantled and renamed. To do so, he sees, would only stoke fear and racial paranoia in the Afrikaner population. Enlisting the team's captain (Matt Damon) to his side, Mandela challenges him to turn its losing ways around. His goal is to use rugby to bridge the racial divide in his country.

Invictus is not a biopic; nor does it take us deep inside any of its characters—Eastwood views Mandela from a respectful middle distance. It's about strategic inspiration. We witness a politician at the top of his game: Freeman's wily Mandela is a master of charm and soft-spoken gravitas. Anthony Peckham's sturdy, functional screenplay, based on John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy, can be a bit on the nose (and the message songs Eastwood adds are overkill). Yet the lapses fade in the face of such a soul-stirring story—one that would be hard to believe if it were fiction. The wonder of Invictus is that it actually went down this way.

Eastwood News / Francesca Fisher-Eastwood at Bal des Débutantes
« on: November 02, 2009, 05:37:37 AM »
 :) " Clint Eastwood And Forest Whitaker Are Debutante Dads "

Their teenage daughters are to take part in an annual French ball where they will be formally introduced to adult society.

Francesca Eastwood, the 16-year-old daughter of Eastwood and Frances Fisher, is among a select group of finalists chosen to participate in Le Bal des Debutantes.

Whitaker's 17-year-old daughter Autumn, with wife Keisha, also leads the contingent, according to the New York Post.

Eastwood News / Screening of 'Bird'
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:19:53 AM »
 :)  " Screening of 'Bird' to usher in Monterey Jazz Festival "

The Monterey County Film Commission and the Monterey Jazz Festival this week are set to present "Bird," the movie directed by Clint Eastwood about jazz great Charlie Parker.

The movie, to screen the night before the Jazz Festival opens, will be accompanied by a talk by local jazz expert Bill Minor.

•What: "Bird" screening

•When: 7 p.m. Thursday

•Where: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey.

•Tickets: Free tickets to the event may be obtained through the Monterey County Film Commission and at outlets listed on its Web site,

Eastwood News / John Quade dies at 71 !
« on: August 13, 2009, 04:25:30 AM »
 Very sad news !  :'(      Rest in peace, John !   :'(    R.I.P

 " John Quade dies at 71; character actor specialized in playing heavies ",0,494533.story?track=rss  

Quade appeared in several Clint Eastwood films, including 'Every Which Way But Loose' and 'The Outlaw Josey Wales,' and he played Sheriff Biggs in the TV miniseries 'Roots.'


   By Dennis McLellan

John Quade, a veteran character actor who specialized in playing heavies and appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies, including "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel "Any Which Way You Can," has died. He was 71.

Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rosamond, near Lancaster, said his wife, Gwen Saunders. In a more than two-decade career in films and television that began in the late 1960s, Quade played character roles in numerous TV series and in films such as "Papillon," "The Sting" and Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." He also played Sheriff Biggs in the 1977 TV miniseries "Roots."

"Everybody remembers him for 'Every Which Way But Loose' and 'Any Which Way You Can,' " Quade's wife said Wednesday. "He played Chola, the leader of the motorcycle gang. It was more of a comic relief of the movie; they were a bumbling motorcycle gang."

Although Quade's name might not be familiar to many moviegoers, his face was. In fact, he had a face made for playing heavies.

"He was one of the nicest men you'd ever want to know, but he looked mean and nasty," his wife said. "He looked like he could do murder and mayhem at any moment, but he was a big teddy bear -- the kind that he just loved little kids, but they were always afraid of him.

"His face definitely stands out in a crowd. He had to be careful he didn't overshadow scenes just by the way he looked. The first film he did with Clint Eastwood, Clint hired him for his face and told him afterward that he felt like he got a bonus because John could act."

Born John William Saunders III on April 1, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., Quade arrived in California in 1964. "He got involved in missile and aerospace for awhile," said his wife. "He built parts that are still on the moon."

One day, she said, "He was sitting in a restaurant with a bunch of guys and this man noticed him and said, 'Have you thought about acting?'

"It had to be his face; it wasn't anything else."

Quade was appearing in a play in Hollywood in 1968 when a casting director saw him and cast him in his first TV show, an episode of "Bonanza."

In addition to his wife of 38 years, he is survived by six children, John Saunders IV, Joseph Saunders, Steven Saunders, Heather Clark, Katherine Adame and Rebecca Saunders; his mother, Norma; two brothers, Merlin and Robert; two sisters, Joyce Copeland and Norma Jean Anderson; and 10 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Joshua Memorial Park and Mortuary, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster.

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 :) " Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 11th Annual Golf 'N' Jazz Tournament September 17, 2009 at the Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach "

SOURCE: Timothy Orr / Monterey Jazz Festival

Co-Chaired By MJF Board Members Clint Eastwood And Michael Fields, Event Raises Funds For MJF Education Programs
Monterey Jazz Festival 11th annual Golf 'n' Jazz Tournament
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Morning Shotgun registration starts at 7 a.m.
The Links at Spanish Bay Golf Resort
1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Collectors' Corner / Authentic Kyle Eastwood autographs
« on: July 02, 2009, 06:20:30 AM »
Here’s an example of an authentic Alison Eastwood autograph.  She signed a reproduction 2003 Playboy magazine cover…  I am looking for a Kyle Eastwood autograph.


For make this DVD jacket be perfect , I hope for taking a great autograph from the greater, one day !


Eastwood News / "In Appreciation of Clint Eastwood" on
« on: June 28, 2009, 03:59:50 PM »
 :) " In Appreciation of Clint Eastwood "

     Dirty Harry's like a fine wine -- he only gets better with age.

     Dre Rivas

In the past week or so since its release on DVD, more than a handful of people have come up to me and asked why Gran Torino wasn't nominated for a single Academy Award. Now I think the film is average in many respects but also extremely entertaining in that it has a really fun character to watch. But still, I just nodded my head because I know what they mean. It's a solid, likable flick -- that's where it ends with me.

Still, Clint Eastwood's run has been remarkable. Great work in the face of our own mortality is nothing new in any walk of life, but I still find it interesting that a guy like Clint Eastwood, at 79, is more active and artistically honed than most filmmakers half his age. Or a quarter his age.

I remember reading an interesting interview with Ridley Scott a few years ago, around the time Black Hawk Down was released to much acclaim. He'd had a string of critical and box-office successes, a run unlike anything he'd ever experienced in his career and he was posed the question of Why? His response was something along the lines of: Well, I'm getting up in years and when I looked back at what I'd done, I realized I hadn't done that many movies. Since 2000's Gladiator Scott hasn't gone more than two years without releasing a film. He has done eight films in the past 10 years. Not too shabby.

Look, Clint couldn't end his career on Blood Work, the same way Scott couldn't let G.I. Jane be his legacy. Since then both have been en fuego, although Clint doesn't have a turkey like A Good Year to live down. Now Scott is seven years younger than Clint Eastwood (who will turn 80 next year). Dirty Harry is going to be 80! Let that roll around the noggin for a while. But you wouldn't know it to look at him -- and you definitely wouldn't think it when you look at his work over the last 10 years. That's nine movies in 10 years, three of which were Best Picture nominees. And numerous members of his casts were nominated or won Oscars during that stretch.

You have to wonder if more filmmakers had the same moment of awareness (and at earlier ages), if we'd get as much garbage released as we do on a regular basis. You can't tell me that the filmmakers or the suits at the studios are thinking about their legacy when they greenlight and fast-track, say, G.I. Joe.

Maybe there's some hope yet for guys like Stephen Sommers. Failures no doubt play a role in these artistic uprisings. Before Gladiator, Scott was coming off a relatively unimpressive run with few films of note. And by the time the '90s hit, Eastwood was an icon whose star was falling. Movies like Pink Cadillac just weren't going to cut it. Then he went and made one of the most important films in his career, Unforgiven. Suddenly, Eastwood wasn't just some old, has-been curmudgeon famous for magnums and tag lines. He became an Oscar-winning filmmaker really tapping into the medium on a personal and highly artistic level.

The '90s were mostly up and down for Eastwood actually, but he still had that Oscar under his belt and by the time Mystic River peeked its head around the corner, it wasn't too much of a surprise that the guy had done it again. Out of the next three that followed (Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima) two received Best Picture nominations. Neither The Changeling nor Gran Torino were nominated for Best Picture, but he did manage to score his leading lady an Oscar nomination. You have to wonder if Angelina Jolie had starred in a movie directed by, I don't know, Harold Becker ... would Becker's reputation have assisted Jolie's chances at a nomination?

Of course, Oscars do not necessarily denote quality. (Take this comment from someone who didn't think Letters From Iwo Jima was one of the 10 best films that year and that Flags was critically flawed.) Still, it is clear Eastwood remains a very successful and respected director in a way other master filmmakers have not in their twilight years.

He must look at a guy like the ever-preparing Quentin Tarantino and shake his head. Do you know how many feature films James Cameron has released in the past 25 years? Six. Six! There was a twelve-year lull after Titanic alone. How many has Clint made in that same span of time? 19. And that's only counting the films he's directed.

How many more films does he have in him? He's in shape and more importantly, he's still hungry. Invictus has a nice award-friendly mid-December release date and it wouldn't surprise me at all if it becomes a critical darling. It's just what the man does.

Off-Topic Discussion / Farrah Fawcett dies .
« on: June 25, 2009, 04:14:25 PM »
 Another sad news !  She was 62.  R.I.P

Farrah Fawcett may have started out in Hollywood as a remarkably beautiful ingénue but she didn’t stop there. By the mid-'80s she took on emotionally powerful roles about violence against women that not only gained critical acclaim but actually had a role in getting laws and police procedures changed in some states.
Thursday, June, 25, 2009, 5:25 PM


Eastwood News / Japan honors Clint Eastwood in spring decorations !
« on: April 29, 2009, 03:11:35 AM »
 :)  Japan honour makes Eastwood's Day !    O0

      Very good new !  I am very glad  and very proud for him !  ::)  It will be very good publicity for ' Gran Torino ' released  since last Saturday .
      But, I does not understand for what that's written ' Baseball ' in the top of this article ?    :-\

Japan honors Clint Eastwood in spring decorations
Wednesday 29th April, 08:07 AM JST

U.S. actor and film director Clint Eastwood and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai are among 70 foreign recipients from 32 countries of this year’s spring decorations by the Japanese government, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Eastwood is hailed for boosting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through production of smash-hit, award-winning movies. In 2006, he released two movies on a fierce World War II battle between Japan and the United States—‘‘Flags of Our Fathers’’ and ‘‘Letters from Iwo Jima.’’Maathai, 69, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, while Eastwood, 78, will be given the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

 Clint Eastwood: How the West was won

 Twenty years after the death of his friend, director Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood recalls how they changed Westerns forever

 By Damon Wise

Clint Eastwood's full interview, with further photos, can be found in the June issue of 'Empire' magazine on sale from Thursday 23 April.

Eastwood News / MR.Maurice Jarre dies at 84 .
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:02:34 AM »
" 'Dr. Zhivago' composer Maurice Jarre dies at 84 ";_ylt=AjW.Okaq4mBAL5IghqrmpIHZn414

PARIS – A French musicians guild says Oscar-winning film composer Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84.

Jarre is best known for writing the haunting song "Lara's Theme" from the film "Doctor Zhivago."

SACEM head Bernard Miyet cites Jarre's family Monday as saying the composer died in his California villa.

Jarre penned dozens of scores for some of Hollywood's most prominent directors.

He won Oscars for his music for "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," and "Passage to India," and was nominated for an additional six Academy Awards.

Jarre was born in 1924 in Lyon, France, and studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris before starting his career composing scores for theatrical productions. He has lived in the U.S. for decades.

 He made many great music that I like very much . Toutes mes condoléances.    :(

General Discussion / Review of BIRD on All About Jazz website
« on: March 28, 2009, 05:49:50 PM »
 :)   " BIRD Captures Charlie Parker "

That's one reason why Clint Eastwood's Bird, a musical biography of Parker, is so valuable. It supplies us with images to go with the music, and it provides an idea of the man, more than 30 years after his death.

If we are to judge by Forest Whitaker's substantial performance, Parker was a large, warm, gentle man who was comfortable with himself and loved his work. He was haunted all of his days by drug addiction - he got hooked as a teenager and never got off - but for many years he doesn't seem to have been filled with the rages of most addicts. He seems to have regarded addiction as a burden to carry, and seems to have been resigned to carrying it while not wishing it on anybody else.

He carried on as long and as well as he could, and only in the last years was he finally overcome with despair. But addiction took a dreadful physical toll. When he died, a coroner estimated his age at 65. He was 34.

 If Eastwood were not a major movie star, he would be known as one of the most successful American directors of the last 17 years (since Play Misty for Me, in 1971). His films are often bittersweet, and most at home in poverty. His heroes, usually played by himself, are loners who depend upon a strong personal code in the face of an uncaring world. The difference between Parker and the other Eastwood protagonists is that Parker was an artist, and so on top of all the other adventures and struggles there is the music, which comes from somewhere inside, and is inexplicable.

Bird wisely does not attempt to “explain" Parker's music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing Parker on the soundtrack.

Eastwood and Lennie Niehaus, his music coordinator, began with actual Parker recordings, some of them from Chan Parker's private collection.

They isolated the Parker tracks, scrubbed them electronically, recombined them with contemporary sidemen, and created a pure, clean, new stereophonic soundtrack on which Parker's saxophone is unmistakably present

Eastwood News / stage adaptation of "Play Misty for me "
« on: March 13, 2009, 12:51:25 PM »
 :)   "  stage adaptation of the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty for me "   

          stage adaptation of the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty for me

THE Playhouse Theatre in Lourensford Road is presenting for the first time, a stage adaptation of the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty for me", A thriller directed by Norman McFarlane.

The show dates are March 25, 26, 27, 29, 31 and April 2 and 3.

The ticket prices are R45, Matinee R30 and there is a two for the price of one on March 26.

The booking office opens today from 10:00 to 15:00. Book at the booking office at the Theatre on the corner of Lourensford and Swalle Road, Somerset West or phone Penny on (021) 852 5182 or [email protected]

The Helderberg Rotary Anns will be hosting a gala evening featuring the play on Saturday, March 28 in aid of

local charities. Supper and glass of wine
Tickets are R70 per person and includes supper and a glass of wine. Supper will be served at 19:00 and the play starts at 20:00.

General Discussion / Classic Clint Eastwood movie quotes
« on: March 09, 2009, 05:33:20 PM »
 :)  " Classic Clint Eastwood movie quotes "

From Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry to Walt Kowalski in the upcoming Gran Torino, the indelible characters of Clint Eastwood have one thing in common: they mouth blunt yet powerful words.
Here are top 10 memorable quotes from some of the actor-director's classic films.

'Tell me, isn't the sheriff supposed to be courageous, loyal, and above all, honest? ...I think you people need a new sheriff.'

Role: Man with No Name
Film: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

 :)  " Clint Eastwood gets special top Cannes award " !    O0

PARIS – Clint Eastwood received a special top Cannes film festival honor Wednesday — three months before this year's festival opens on the Riviera.

Festival President Gilles Jacob presented Eastwood with the special Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, at a private ceremony at the chic Parisian restaurant Le Fouquet's.

The privilege honored what a festival statement said was "the talent of a grand master at the summit of his craft." Jacob said it also was a "testimony of my admiration and a quarter-century of complicity."

"I'm very flattered," said Eastwood, who was surrounded by his family.

He praised the support of French filmmakers who "encouraged me to go on" when he made his directorial debut in 1970, "and where in my own country people were much more reticent."

"People were saying we're not even sure we like this guy as an actor much less as a director," Eastwood said in accepting the award.

 Eastwood, who is 78, was in Paris to promote his latest movie, "Gran Torino," which he directed and in which he stars.

A Palme d'Or will be attributed by a jury to the top film at the Cannes festival, which this year runs from May 13 to 24


Eastwood News / Our Greatest Movie Badass Of All Time
« on: February 08, 2009, 09:18:45 AM »
 :)  " Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry is announced at New York's Comic-Con as MTV News' ultimate onscreen toughie. "    O0


               By Larry Carroll

NEW YORK — They came, they saw, they kicked ass. And on Friday (February 6), MTV News rewarded the thrilling escapades of Hollywood's most-beloved toughies, ending an exhaustive quest in determining the Greatest Movie Badasses of All Time.

"Dirty" Harry Callahan's day was made at New York's Comic-Con, as the San Francisco cop was crowned Greatest Badass by a panel that included rapper/actor Method Man, director James Toback, "Best Week Ever" comedian Chuck Nice and "30 Rock" actor Judah Friedlander. Clint Eastwood's iconic character was followed closely by the ultimate "Alien" ass-kicker, Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley.

Last month, MTV News began the epic search by asking accomplished filmmakers, actors and fans to help determine the Greatest Movie Badass of All Time. In addition to the fans who voted on, our experts included badass aficionados such as Edgar Wright (director, "Shaun of the Dead"), Frank Darabont (director, "The Shawshank Redemption"), Rose McGowan (actress, "Grindhouse"), David Goyer (co-writer, "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight"), John August (writer, "Go"), Diablo Cody (writer, "Juno"), and James Gunn (director, "Slither").

Beginning with a list of fictional characters well into the hundreds, the group was whittled down to the following top 10 badasses:

1. Dirty Harry
2. Ellen Ripley
3. John McClane
4. Mad Max
5. Walker
6. Sarah Connor
7. Pike Bishop
8. Khan
9. Boba Fett
10. John J. Rambo

The MTV Movies team also put together its own top 10 lists, garnering submissions from Josh Horowitz (movies editor), Larry Carroll (senior writer), Brian Jacks (senior producer) and Kurt Loder.

"Thank you all so much," an excited Bruce Willis said when we told him about John McClane's bronze-medal finish. "I have to say, though, that my badass days are behind me. I'm sitting here eating doughnuts. I'm impressed by the new badasses. That Matt Damon? That guy can pull a guy's spine out of his body and show it to him in one move!"

Mr. Mad Max himself, the one-and-only Mel Gibson, was similarly thrilled with his top 10 finish. "I'm the fourth-baddest badass!" Gibson enthused. "I'm glad you told me [the first three] so I can avoid [Clint, Sigourney and Bruce] now. I think I can take Sigourney.

"It's amazing to think that something 30 years old can still have some ring about it. And ring is the operative word for badasses," Gibson laughed. "My badass has hemorrhoids. My badass needs a rest. You have my heartfelt thanks."

Clint Eastwood's Callahan redefined the notion of squeaky-clean policemen in 1971 in "Dirty Harry," portraying a world-beaten detective who was as unhesitant in doling out his own bloody justice as he was enamored with the power of his trademark .44 Magnum. The ultimate badass, Harry hates the system, despises red tape and uses the few words he does utter to spit out an endless array of quotable lines. In the decades that followed, Eastwood revisited the character in "Magnum Force," "The Enforcer," "Sudden Impact" and "The Dead Pool."

Proving that their appetite for Eastwood's squinty, no-nonsense badass hasn't subsided in the least, audiences recently flocked to see him return to his "Dirty Harry" persona for the first time in years with "Gran Torino." Playing a shotgun-toting badass named Walt, Eastwood showed that you can still kick ass while approaching your 80s. The movie has become the highest-grossing film in the legendary star's career.

When MTV News sent a camera crew to film an acceptance speech by the Oscar-winning screen legend, Clint Eastwood did not let us down. "All right, thanks. You made a good choice," growled the man behind cinema's greatest badass. "Now get out ... I told you to get out. Don't hang around, goddamnit!"

Do you agree with our Greatest Badass list? If you feel lucky enough to disagree with Dirty Harry, punk, sound off with your own list below !

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