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Eastwood News / DVD: Clint Eastwood: 'American Icon Collection'
« on: February 01, 2009, 04:19:03 PM »
 :)  " DVD: Clint Eastwood: 'American Icon Collection' "

Of the four Eastwood oldies here, two are worth repeat viewing. "Play Misty for Me" (1971), filmed in Monterey and Carmel, was Eastwood's first effort as a director. He stars as a jazz disc jockey who has a one-night stand with a listener (Jessica Walter). Big mistake, because she has serious problems dealing with rejection (think "Fatal Attraction"). "The Beguiled" (1970), directed by frequent Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel, is a true oddity. No less than director John Landis, who should know, called it a "Southern Gothic horror sex film ... really kinky and odd." Eastwood is a wounded Civil War soldier who seeks refuge at a Southern academy for young women. He beds several of them, and when they find out what he's done, he pays a steep price, one that's likely to make viewers squirm. The two other films here will please Eastwood buffs, but overall are less intriguing. "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), an Eastwood-directed thriller, is mainly notable for the action that takes place while the principals are climbing a Swiss mountain. "Coogan's Bluff" (1968), directed by Siegel, has thematic hints of "Dirty Harry" as Clint portrays a rule-breaking Arizona deputy searching for an escaped killer in the Big Apple. Among the extras are featurettes on "Misty" and "Beguiled."


 :) " Clint Eastwood to receive PS award "

Clint Eastwood, one of the premier actors and directors of his generation, and a part-time desert resident, will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival Career Achievement Award on Jan. 6 at the festival’s annual Awards Gala.

 The event at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will launch the 20th annual festival, Jan. 6-19.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “Clint Eastwood is a living legend who continually raises the bar of artistic expression with each new film, whether he is acting, directing, or producing.

“The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Eastwood with the Career Achievement Award for his extraordinary body of work, including his most recent film, ‘Gran Torino,’ which he both stars in and directed.”

“Gran Torino” marks Eastwood’s first film role since “Million Dollar Baby.” He also recently directed and produced the drama, “Changeling,” starring Angelina Jolie. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or and won a special award when it premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Eastwood will next direct and produce a drama set in post-apartheid South Africa, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, who portrays Nelson Mandela.

In 2007, Eastwood earned dual Academy Award nominations, for Best Director and Best Picture, for his World War II drama, “Letters from Iwo Jima.” It won Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Picture honors from several film critics groups.

In 2005, Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director – his second in both categories – for “Million Dollar Baby.” He also earned a nomination for Best Actor for his performance.

His drama, “Mystic River,” earned a Palme D’Or nomination at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and won six Academy Award nominations, including two for Eastwood for Best Picture and Best Director.

In 1993, Eastwood’s revisionist Western, “Unforgiven,” received nine Oscar nominations, including three for Eastwood. He won for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor.

Eastwood was also honored with the Academy’s Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995.

The festival will screen more than 200 films from some 60 countries. It presents a majority of the films submitted for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration.

 :) " Eastwood's movie buddy ape now calls Des Moines her home "

First, actor Clint Eastwood came to Winterset to film "The Bridges of Madison County."

Now, his orangutan sidekick in another movie has moved to Des Moines to live.

Popi, 37, who appeared briefly as Eastwood's pet, Clyde, and as Clyde's girlfriend in the 1980 movie, "Any Which Way You Can," moved to the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, located on the southeast side of Des Moines, about five weeks ago, scientists at the research center said Thursday.

That Eastwood comedy was a sequel to "Every Which Way But Loose," one of his most successful movies.Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Popi headlined a slapstick comedy show at the Stardust in Las Vegas, and, later, in Branson, Mo.

She is one of eight orangutans at the ape trust acquired from a California company that provides animals for movies, commercials and TV shows. Two others, Rocky, 4, and his mother, Katy, 19, arrived in Des Moines in July.

Popi settled in quickly, and recently emerged from the standard month-long quarantine.

"We've been impressed by how smart and gentle she is," said Robert Shumaker, the trust's research director.

Popi's arrival is a victory of sorts for Shumaker, who has campaigned against the use of apes in TV shows, movies and Las Vegas acts because trainers often abuse the animals.

"I think as far as ape welfare, this is one of the most important things I've been involved with in my career," Shumaker said of moving the retired entertainment apes to the research campus near Easter Lake.

Shumaker declined to comment on whether Popi was abused in the Stardust show - which became the target of protests over alleged abuse of orangutans. Instead, he emphasized that orangutans were treated well at the Los Angeles-area firm, Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, that is transferring ownership of the eight entertainment orangutans to the trust. The firm is not affiliated with actor Steve Martin.

Shumaker said there are few entertainment orangutans left in the business, which makes it all the more important to help close the door on using apes in shows. He noted that people often assume the apes are plentiful when they see them on screen, when in fact they are endangered.

Orangutans are found in the wild only in Borneo and Sumatra. The Sumatran species is down to an estimated 6,000 apes.

Before he began opposing the use of apes in entertainment, Shumaker saw the Stardust show, and Popi, twice while on vacation. "It was wildly successful," Shumaker said of the show.

Popi becomes the sixth orangutan at the trust, and the oldest. The facility has separate quarters for seven bonobos.

On a sunny, warm afternoon Thursday, Popi mainly took in the view in the outdoor enclosure next to the three-story orangutan building. She likes leafing through catalogs and magazines and is fond of juices.

She immediately welcomed Katy, who shared quarters with her in California. She has mingled with Allie, who was at the trust before the Californians arrived.

Popi will meet the rest of the orangutans - Azy, Knobi and Rocky - over the next few weeks. Five more orangutans are expected to arrive from the California firm next year

 :)  " The actor/director talks about his work, passions, and friendships, from ''Dirty Harry'' to Paul Newman to golf ",,20235781,00.html


Growing up in California, Eastwood's favorite actor was James Cagney. ''When he comes out in White Heat eating a chicken leg and blasting a guy in the trunk of a car, you go, 'Yeah, that's offsetting, but in a nice way.' The scene in Dirty Harry where I'm eating a hot dog in that shootout, that's a steal.''


In 1959, Eastwood got his first big break on the series Rawhide, and he still considers TV the best training for a young actor. ''Dizzy Gillespie used to say, 'If you don't put metal on the lip every day bad things happen.' Same thing with an actor. You've got to act every day. On Gran Torino, I hadn't acted in a while, so I told everybody to bear with me. An old horse has to warm up coming out of the gate.''


Eastwood considers 1964's spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars the most important film of his career. ''I figured if it flopped, no one was going to see it over here, and at least I'd get a paid trip to Italy and Spain. I remember seeing Kurosawa's Yojimbo, [which it was based on], and I thought, 'God, this thing would make a great Western if someone only had the nerve to do it.'''

Eastwood News / The Thalians Honor Clint Eastwood
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:41:33 PM »
 :) " Legendary Icon Clint Eastwood to Be Honored By The Thalians at 53rd Annual Gala Ball on November 2, 2008 at Beverly Hilton "

     ' Premier Hollywood Charity Supports Research, Patient Care, and Innovative Programs at Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai '

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clint Eastwood, the legendary international cinema icon, will be honored with The Thalians 53rd annual lifetime achievement award on Sunday, November 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for his lifetime of contributions to entertainment as well as his humanitarian accomplishments. The award will be presented to Eastwood at The Thalians Ball, an evening which raises funds for the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai Hospital

General Discussion / Morgan Eastwood
« on: October 08, 2008, 02:18:41 AM »


         This is really Morgan !  :D

         Then who will she be ?   Does anyone know ?

I can't believe it yet , she was looks like twin for a mather!


  :) " Clint Eastwood tapped for helmer honor "

       Film icon to be honored with Hollywood Director of the Year award

The 12th Annual Hollywood Awards will honor Clint Eastwood with the Hollywood Director of the Year Award.

The Oscar-winning director and producer will receive the award at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony in Beverly Hills on Oct. 27.

"Just when you think Clint Eastwood is about to take a breath, he shoots two films in a year and starts prepping a third, and barely thinks any of that is worth mentioning. He brings dignity, grace, humility, humor, quiet confidence and a sense of ease to a profession that is in sore need of all of those virtues," said screenwriter, director and Awards co-chair Paul Haggis in a statement.

Past honorees include Marc Forster, Ron Howard, Michael Mann, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone.

Eastwood directed the upcoming " Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, and "Gran Torino," in which he also stars.

Previously announced honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards include: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas for the "Producers Award"; James Franco for the "Breakthrough Actor Award"; Sally Hawkins for the "Breakthrough Actress Award"; John Patrick Shanley for both the "Screenwriter Award" and the " Breakthrough Director Award"; Dustin Lance Black for the "Breakthrough Screenwriter Award"; Disney/Pixar's " Wall-E" and director Andrew Stanton for the Hollywood Animation Award"; Paramount Pictures' " Iron Man" and visual effects supervisors John Nelson and Ben Snow for the "Hollywood Visual Effects Award"; Danny Elfman for "Film Composer Award"; Mandy Walker for "Cinematographer Award"; Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill for "Editor Award"; Sarah Greenwood for "Production Designer Award"; and Deborah Hopper for "Costume Designer Award."



Off-Topic Discussion / Wisdom from famous over-65s
« on: September 27, 2008, 02:25:11 PM »
 :) " Want to know the secrets of a happy marriage, or how to overcome adversity? Ask someone who’s been there and done that.
        A dozen famous faces over 65, from Desmond Tutu to Clint Eastwood, share their hard-won lessons"

Clint Eastwood

“During World War Two, you have to remember the country felt extremely vulnerable. The country had never been attacked on its soil. It became a big shock, a big wake-up call. But it also became a big wake-up call to a different kind of people than we are now. Later on, as other wars became more political, wars like Korea and Vietnam, people got calloused towards it. They sort of lost their motivation for it. And Americans don’t have a long attention span anyway. When they went into Iraq, I remember thinking at the time, I said, ‘Boy, they better hire that Republican Guard, pay them double and get them going right away.’ Because a couple weeks and everybody goes off on a different tangent. And what would happen if we had a World War Two parallel situation today remains to be seen. One of the big fears is, do we have that kind of resolve to complete that kind of a task? We probably would if we had to, but the big question today is, ‘Do we have to? Can we let it go?’ The long-range thing, nobody knows. Only history is going to show what really mattered here.

“Take your profession seriously; don’t take yourself seriously. Don’t take yourself seriously in the process, because you really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out here. If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it’s an art form or whether it’s just in life, it comes off – you don’t have anything to prove; you can just be what you are.”



Off-Topic Discussion / Pink Floyd's Richard Wright dies
« on: September 15, 2008, 03:37:56 PM »
 :'(  Very sad news ! 

         "Pink Floyd's Richard Wright dies
                  Founding member wrote 'Great Gig in the Sky' "

Richard Wright, the Pink Floyd keyboardist who lent jazz and classical touches to the group’s sound and was most recently a member of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s band, died Monday at his home in England. He was 65.
Wright had been battling cancer. The Associated Press quoted a spokesman who said the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

Wright, a London native, met bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason while at Regent Street School of Architecture, joining their band, which went under names such as the Meggadeaths and Sigma 6. The three musicians formed the Pink Floyd Show with Syd Barrett in 1965, evolving from a pop and R&B cover band into an improvisational, psychedelic outfit.

As the songwriters and singers, Wright and Barrett were seen as the group's dominant musical forces on albums such as "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." After Barrett departed and Gilmour and bassist Roger Waters entered the group, Wright continued to compose, penning "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for the album “Dark Side of the Moon.”

“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound," Gilmour said in a statement. "I have never played with anyone quite like him."

Wright’s relationship with Waters grew tenuous in the 1970s until Waters insisted that Wright be fired from the band, threatening to not allow “The Wall” to be released unless Wright was tossed from the band. He would be rehired as a session musician to work on “The Wall” recordings and live performances; he did not appear on the final Pink Floyd album with Waters, 1983’s “The Final Cut.”

Wright released two solo albums -- "Wet Dream" in 1978 and "Broken China" in 1996 -- and formed a band, Zee, that released only a single album, “Identity.”

After Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, Wright recording as Pink Floyd with Mason and Gilmour on the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason." Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited three years ago to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London -- the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together.

Wright also worked on Gilmour's solo projects, most recently playing on the 2006 album "On An Island" and the world tour .


Clint Eastwood Talks About How He Ended Up In 'Dirty Harry,' Whether He'd Return To The Iconic Role

'I'm not sure about being Dirty Harry again, but who knows?' actor/director says of the classic series, now out in a DVD box set.

He's been known by many names — including, ironically, a man who didn't have a name — but none fits him better than Dirty Harry. Clint Eastwood may have long ago traded his signature .44 Magnum (you might have heard that it's the most powerful handgun in the world) for a director's chair and worldwide acclaim as one of our finest auteurs, but he's more than happy to ruminate on the role that perhaps best-defined his career in front of the camera.

On Monday (June 23), the film "Dirty Harry" turns 37 and has never looked better, thanks to a just-released special-edition DVD set. Collected together with its four sequels (check out "Sudden Impact" for the famous "Go ahead: Make my day" line and "The Dead Pool" for an early Jim Carrey turn) or available on its own, the original stands as a unique document from the era in which it was born.

Eastwood reminisced with MTV News about the legacy of "Dirty Harry," how the famed cop was almost played by a beloved crooner and whether Harry Callahan will protect our streets again. Never say never.

MTV: You recently attended a screening of "Dirty Harry" in Los Angeles. How long had it been since you'd seen it?

Clint Eastwood: I hadn't seen it on the big screen in 37 years. I once ran it about 10 years ago on laser disc for my wife, who had never seen it before.

MTV: What did she say to you after she saw it?

Eastwood: She said, "Now I get it."

MTV: You were not the only big name attached to "Dirty Harry." Frank Sinatra very nearly played the part.

Eastwood: I guess they tried to get a lot of people for it. They tried Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum and Steve McQueen. Then they finally ended up with Frank Sinatra. I was in postproduction [on "Play Misty for Me"], and they called up and asked, "Are you still interested in 'Dirty Harry'?" I said, "What happened to Frank Sinatra?" And they said, "Frank Sinatra's got some problem with his hand and he can't hold a gun." That sounded like a pretty lame excuse, but it didn't matter to me. I said, "I'll do it." But since they had initially talked to me, there had been all these rewrites. I said, "I'm only interested in the original script."

MTV: What had changed since the script you had been offered?

Eastwood: Everything. They had marine snipers coming on in the end, and I said, "No. This is losing the point of the whole story, of the guy chasing the killer down. It's becoming an extravaganza that's losing its character."

MTV: The whole point was that it's one man rebelling against the system.

Eastwood: Absolutely. So they said, "OK, do what you want." So we went and made it.

MTV: Harry's walk and talk is so unique. On one of the DVDs, the point is made that Harry always seems to walk in a straight line. He doesn't waste energy. He knows what he has to do.

Eastwood: He knows where he's headed. Yeah. I felt the character was a man of purpose. Once he decided on something, there were no side-movements away from it, no extraneous movements. He was a very determined soul.

MTV: Did it always strike you as something that could be controversial?

Eastwood: I was told when I first got the script that other actors had liked it but had reservations about the political elements of it. But even at that age, I was not afraid of it. To me, it was an exciting detective story. It was a fantasy. Here's a guy who is so dogmatic that nothing is going to stop him when his mind is made up.

MTV: But it was more than a little controversy. The pre-eminent film critic of the time, Pauline Kael, called it "a Gestapo movie."

Eastwood: I didn't care less. Somebody else called it a fascist masterpiece. People are always calling people names, the great right-wing conspiracy or the great left-wing conspiracy. You make a movie, and if somebody reads something into it, then great, more power to him. [Director] Don Siegel and I were both very moderate politically. We didn't think much of it. We just had a good time with it.

MTV: Can you say categorically you will never play Harry Callahan again?

Eastwood: I'm 78 years old, and you're pretty well drummed out of the police force by that age.

MTV: But there are always scenarios in films, as you well know.

Eastwood: There could be a scenario. I suppose if some mythical writer came out of nowhere and it was the greatest thing on the planet, I'd certainly have to think about it, but it's not like I've ever courted it. I feel like that was an era of my life, and I've gone on to other things. I'm not sure about being Dirty Harry again, but who knows?

MTV: Was there ever a sixth film planned?

Eastwood: No, there was never a story.

MTV: How often do you get asked to quote your famous Dirty Harry lines?

Eastwood: People always ask me to do them. I was talking to a cinema class about "Dirty Harry," and pretty soon I had rattled off the whole ["Do you feel lucky"] speech like it was yesterday. Everybody loved it. I've never said anything to an audience that's pleased them more. [Laughs.] Everybody was going, "Yeah! Yeah!" I could have taken that audience to war.

MTV: How would you react if they remade "Dirty Harry"? Can another actor possibly play Harry Callahan?

Eastwood: Who knows? God bless them.


Clint Eastwood Westerns / Greatest Western Ever title
« on: June 13, 2008, 03:20:41 PM »
Eastwood beats the Duke for Greatest Western Ever title
By Joe Holleman

After the guns blazed and the smoke cleared, only one is left standing: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

More than 2,200 readers cast votes in the Post-Dispatch Greatest Western Ever contest, and Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti-Western classic starring Clint Eastwood won the top spot with 306 votes.

Finishing a close second was John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," with John Wayne in perhaps his finest role. It picked up 287 votes.

Eastwood also grabbed third-place honors with "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (223). In fourth was the (relatively) new "Tombstone," starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer (207).

The real shoot-out was in the bottom half of the Top 10 with "Shane," "The Magnificent Seven," "Unforgiven," "Rio Bravo," "High Noon" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" each getting about 6 percent of the vote. Only 25 votes separated those six films.

We know this was a tough assignment. To keep the list from being unwieldy, several classic Westerns were eliminated.

My Top 20 would have included "Ride the High Country" with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea but would not have listed the overrated "Shane." But "Shane" is a much-loved film, as the voting indicated.

One caller protested that the stellar film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" was not included. Agreed. That was another arbitrary cut, considering it was more about miners than cowboys.

More readers, bless their cowboy-loving hearts, did not hesitate to point out other missing treasures:

— "How come no love for 'Silverado'? Great action, good actors, great music. You have a good list, but 'Silverado' should be in the Top 20." — Mark Beck, south St. Louis County MORE
Leave your favorite Western in the movie forum

— "I've always thought 'The Searchers' was overrated, and 'Rio Bravo' and 'Tombstone' are certainly not Top 10 material. (One) of my favorites that you did not include is 'Hombre.'" — Jon Brooks, Chesterfield

— "They were all good choices, but I wished you could have included John Wayne's "Fort Apache." — Bob Laske, south St. Louis County

— "I would have to add to the list 'The Big Country' with Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck (and) Burl Ives. I think it was better than about a half a dozen that were picked." — A.R. Fischer, Oakville

— "You left out 'Open Range' (Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall). That is one of the best Westerns ever." — Andy Holland, St. Louis

So there you have it. The poll brought some healthy discussion and well-deserved attention to a film genre that abides, even after being given up for dead years ago.

Maybe that's what Butch meant when he told Sundance: "Oh, good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble."

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Discussion Board Troubleshooting / I have a problem.
« on: May 19, 2008, 04:04:10 PM »
 ??? This morning I have a problem with this board during several hours !
               When I am writing to Lin's Birthday , suddenly  the Windows Internet Explorer stopped to work !
                         Will it be to happened only to me ?   ???     Another link of Clint Eastwood . NET was OK .

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