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« on: January 27, 2012, 09:15:42 PM »


 " Not an Oscar but Clint Eastwood to receive Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal "

 By Jacqueline Trescott

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The legendary Clint Eastwood, who has a fistful of Oscars and a Kennedy Center Honor, will be given the Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal in Washington on Feb. 1.


The actor and director will be honored at the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History. The event is invitation-only, not making a lot of fans day.

Eastwood and Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. will do the ribbon cutting. Warner Bros. paid for the renovation of the former auditorium with a $5 million gift.

The theater will be a showcase for American film with mostly free programs, beginning Feb. 4 with a Humphrey Bogart tribute. It will feature an Eastwood series from June 22-24.

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 08:20:42 PM »


 " Smithsonian honors Eastwood, opens theater on mall "

 Associated PressBy BRETT ZONGKER

 http://news.yahoo.com/smithsonian-honors-eastwood-opens-theater-mall-091229203.html

 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Clint Eastwood helped open a new movie theater on the National Mall Wednesday evening and the Smithsonian Institution honored the actor and director for his six decades of work in American film.

Eastwood, 81, visited the National Museum of American History to help dedicate the new Warner Bros. Theater as a space to present the history of Hollywood. Warner Bros. Entertainment donated $5 million in 2010 to renovate the museum's old Carmichael Auditorium into a modern theater with 3D projection capability.

The new theater gives the Smithsonian its first space dedicated to film history, museum spokeswoman Melinda Machado said. The 264-seat theater will be able to screen silent films and first-run movies.

 
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Eastwood, who was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his distinguished contributions in film, said he was a fan of the museum complex. The addition of a theater will add a piece of entertainment history to the Smithsonian's collection, he said.

"People are treating it more as a part of our American heritage," he said.

Eastwood also commented on the recent casting of Justin Timberlake to co-star in his next film, "Trouble with the Curve." He said he liked Timberlake as a performer and recording artist, "but I'd seen him acting and he does quite well."

Eastwood, who endorsed John McCain in the presidential race four years ago, joked that he may run for president himself this time. He didn't say who he was supporting.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, presented the Smithson medal, telling Eastwood he was going to "make your day."

Eastwood said he was proud to help open a new theater that's worthy of the Smithsonian.

He told a crowd of donors and lawmakers that "it's very nice to be part of the Smithsonian, at least as the recipient of a medal and not in one of the cabinets."

 
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Warner Bros. will help present four film festivals at the museum this year and into the future, Machado said. Most programs at the theater will be free to visitors, rather than charging for tickets as the Smithsonian does at its IMAX theaters.

On Friday, the museum will open a three-day film festival to highlight the work of Humphrey Bogart with free screenings of "Casablanca," ''The Maltese Falcon" and other films.

Movie costumes also are going on display at the museum, including those worn by Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Eastwood, along with Harry Potter's robe. The costumes are on loan from Warner Bros., along with animation drawings for Bugs Bunny and other memorabilia.

Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said he visited the Smithsonian a couple of years ago and saw that it needed more from the entertainment world.

"We realized so much of the fabric of our cultural history of the United States was tied up in film, and there was not that big of a film collection at the museum," Meyer said.

He said the museum's old theater was run down and not being used.

"I realized our industry needed to be better represented," Meyer said, adding that he hopes other film companies help build the Smithsonian's collection.

Dwight Blocker Bowers, the Smithsonian's entertainment curator, said the addition of a movie theater means the Smithsonian is taking the history of film seriously. The museum is in early talks with the American Film Institute to develop a daily film screening, he said.

"We're hoping to make Warner Bros.' dollar and our tax dollars function for the audience," he said.

Warner Bros. may also donate some movie objects to the museum, Bowers said.

"We always have a wish list in our hip pocket," he said.

The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal was established in 1965.


 
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Highlights of Eastwood's work, including cowboy Westerns Unforgiven, Pale Rider and The Outlaw Josey Wales, will be presented in June.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 08:34:20 PM »


 


 
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      Actor and director Clint Eastwood appears at the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Eastwood was presented the Smithsonian's James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

 

   
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Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt, presents actor and director Clint Eastwood the Smithonian's James Smithson Bicentennial Medal during the opening of the Warner Bros.

 

   http://news.yahoo.com/photos/actor-director-clint-eastwood-speaks-reporters-during-opening-photo-021945458.html

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   http://news.yahoo.com/photos/actor-director-clint-eastwood-appears-opening-warner-bros-photo-014417846.html


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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 06:03:10 PM »

      
 

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Clint Eastwood cuts a ribbon during the grand opening of the The Warner Bros. Theater where Mr. Eastwood received the Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History on February 1, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 08:52:08 PM »

The link doesn't work. Can you please post the source of that picture?
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 " Forget movies, Clint Eastwood wants to talk about guns "

 Nikki Schwab

 http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/yeas-and-nays/2012/02/forget-movies-clint-eastwood-wants-talk-about-guns/217846

 
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Clint Eastwood was in town Wednesday for two reasons. First, he was to serve as the official ribbon cutter for the new Warner Bros. Theater situated inside the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Second, he was to receive the Smithsonian's Bicentennial Medal for his storied film career. But really, when he took the podium to accept his award from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., he just wanted to talk about guns.

"We both like shooting, target shooting, not shooting anything else, just targets, and he is an excellent shot by the way," Eastwood said of Leahy. "He is also a big advocate of gun safety, as I learned last night." The pair had apparently dined and gone target shooting Tuesday night, though Leahy, a noted movie buff, wouldn't divulge anymore details besides saying that they had some "great conversation" and that he was a big fan of the gun-heavy movie "Gran Torino."

Eastwood went on to talk about his own views on guns.

"I am a grand believer in the safety of firearms, and I'll leave you with this story," the actor and director said. Eastwood told the tale of a middle aged woman being stopped in her car by a police officer. The cop notices that she has a concealed weapons permit and asks her if she has a gun. She does--locked in the glove compartment there's a 59 automatic Smith & Wesson gun. "'oh, great, anything else?'" Eastwood says the officer asked. The answer? Yes ? in the console a .357 revolver and two boxes of ammunition. Anything else? Again, yes, in the woman's purse there was a 40 caliber Glock automatic and two extra clips.

"And he says, 'my God woman, what are you afraid of?' and she says, 'freakin' nothing,'" Eastwood smirked. "That sort of sums up my gun control."
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