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'22 Jump Street' Tops US Box Office But Are New Releases This Weekend Serious Threats?


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22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 have topped the US weekend box office. The two newcomers gained, respectively, first and second position knocking, The Fault In Our Stars off the top spot. The latter film has plummeted to fifth two weeks after its release. Maleficent remains in the top three, having being pushed out of second position by HTTYD2. But after two weeks, the Disney re-envisioning of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale is doing fairly well. 

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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in 22 Jump Street.

22 Jump Street, which stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two undercover cops in college, has received positive reviews from critics and has evidently won over audiences with the reprisal of childish antics and easy laughs we encountered in the original, 21 Jump Street. It's the perfect film for the summer months and with the new competition released this weekend (20th June), may not be out of the box office top ten for some time. So what is on offer for this weekend?

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Third Time Lucky? Will Bradley Cooper Finally Land Elusive Best Actor Oscar For 'American Sniper'?


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Pictures of Bradley Cooper on set on his new film American Sniper have been beginning to surface over the past few days (mainly pics of him and girlfriend Suki Waterhouse sharing a little PDA). American Sniper is the eagerly anticipated Clint Eastwood project that’s got everyone talking, based on the life of Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle.  Kyle has been credited with the highest recorded number of sniper kills for an American.

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The film will be based on Kyle's 2013 autobiography of the same name. Kyle claims in the autobiography that he killed over 150 people, although he will sadly not be around the see Eastwood’s film. He was tragically shot and killed by fellow military veteran Marine Eddie Ray Routh after he had taken the latter to the gun range to try and help with his post traumatic stress disorder. Routh turned his gun on Kyle and his companion Chad Littlefield.

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Bradley Cooper Has Shortest Shorts In Hollywood. For That, He Should Be Commended


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Bradley Cooper has the tightest, shortest shorts around. That's a fact. The Hollywood star was snapped shooting Clint Eastwood's American Sniper on Wednesday (4th June) sporting an incredible pair of khakis to get into character as America's deadliest sniper, Chris Kyle.

Cooper was also wearing a white T-shirt and combat boots as he shot a Navy SEAL training scene, doing press-ups while being sprayed with a water hose. 

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A Week In Movies: Tribeca Brings Out Stars In New York, Jennifer Films In L.A., Kelsey Shoots In London, And New Trailers Promise Music, Thrills And More Music


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The Tribeca Film Festival is underway in New York, and stars have been turning out to promote their new movies. Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara hit the red carpet for their film Chef. Sofia Loren turned up with her filmmaker son Edoardo Ponti and other family members for the premiere of Soul Survivors. And retired boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield staged a reunion on the red carpet for the the documentary Champs. Check out the videos here Jon Favreau And Sofia Vergara Appear At The Tribeca Premiere For 'Chef'Sophia Loren Takes Her Family To The Tribeca Premiere Of Film Short 'Soul Survivors' and Mike Tyson And Evander Holyfield Pose Together At The Tribeca Premiere Of 'Champs'.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, paparazzi got more pictures of a rather rough-looking Jennifer Aniston on the set of her new movie Cake, along with costar Sam Worthington. It's about a mother who is both physically and emotionally devastated by a car crash, and gets help from an unexpected source. Take a browse through our photo gallery of Jennifer Aniston filming new movie "Cake".

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Chris Evans And Other Actors Who Retired To Become Directors


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Chris Evans has told Variety that when the time comes that he is no longer under Marvel contract he plans to turn his hand to directing. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor explained, “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct. But [time] never really opens up...There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job...If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing.”

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Evans isn’t the first actor to feel the call of the director’s seat, some were more natural behind the camera, some should never have quit their day jobs.

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Clint Eastwood Seperation After 17 Years Confirmed By Wife Dina


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Clint Eastwood and his wife of 17 years, Dina Eastwood (neé Ruiz), have decided to call it quits with their marriage. Dana revealed the news herself, speaking with Us Weekly to reveal that she and her husband had grown further and further apart over the years and come to the conclusion that there was little point staying together.

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Clint and Dana have apparently been living separately for a whie now

Dana told the publication that the split was a mutual one, done with the consent of both parties. The 48-year-old former news reporter also revealed that she and Clint had been separated for a while already and as things hadn't improved between the two during the break in their marriage, the two decided to end things for good. Clint's manager has since commented on Dana's claims, stating that he knows noting about these claims.

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After Spielberg Dropped "American Sniper" Clint Eastwood Reportedly In Talks To Direct


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Clint Eastwood has set his sights on a brand new directing project. The action star is in talks for American Snyper, which sounds quite appropriate, given his affinity for guns on screen. The movie will be adapted from the autobiography of former navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The book, full title American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History tells the story of Kyle’s career as a sniper and how he came to have the most kills on record by an American sniper in history.

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The studio reportedly wants Eastwood to direct.

The project was formerly set to be directed by Steven Spielberg, however the legendary director dropped the film after he and the studio could not reach an agreement on the budget. The Hollywood Reporter, which originally reported Eastwood’s potential appointment, notes that it would put him on a tight schedule, with filming of Jersey Boys, the adaptation of the Broadway musical, which he is also directing, about to kick off.

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Claire Danes Considered Becoming Interior Designer Before 'Homeland'


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Claire Danes was so disillusioned with the television and film industry before landing her award-winning role on the Showtime series Homeland that she considered becoming an interior designer. Danes' star appeared on the rise after her Golden Globe winning performance in HBO's 2012 move Temple Grandin, though what followed was a gruelling two year stretch without a job.

"It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn't translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time," Danes tells the latest issue of Vogue. "And a point came where I thought, 'I really like interior design.' Someone suggested, 'Maybe your real success is in your personal life.'"

Then a strange thing happened. Danes was offered the role of a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons on an intriguing new show named Homeland. The actress mulled over the offer. Producers were essentially building the show around the Romeo + Juliet actress - given she was the very first to be cast - though Danes was considering a role as J. Edgar Hoover's secretary in Clint Eastwood's movie J. Edgar, starring Leonardo Dicaprio.

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Golden Girl Francesca Eastwood Is Miss Golden Globe 2013


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Clint Eastwood's daughter, Francesca Eastwood has been named Miss Golden Globe by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). 

But, what's that you say, what is a Miss Golden Globe? Well, it's basically an award-like status handed to the daughter of someone famous who appears at the awards and helps out in the organization of the event in the run up to it. Past Miss Golden Globers have included Rumer Willis (daughter to Bruce Willis and Demi Moore), Melanie Griffith (daughter of Peter Griffith and Tippi Hedren) and William Shatner's daughter Lisebeth Shatner. Despite being called Miss Golden Globe, the title isn't awarded singularly to women, as Freddie Prinze Jr. (son of Freddie Prinze) was Miss Golden Globe in 1996, while in 1995 Clark Gable's son John Clark Gable was the Miss. 

Speaking to E! Francesca expressed her excitement and apprehension. "I'm very excited and honored to be part of Hollywood history and to follow in the footsteps of so many amazing [girls]." She said,  "Everybody keeps asking me if I'm nervous-and now I feel like I should be! Maybe for falling over on stage I'm nervous about!" The Golden Globes Awards celebration is set for January 13th 2013. 

Trouble With The Curve Review


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With beautiful but bland direction and a script that can't help but overstate everything, this film is an odd misstep for Eastwood and his assistant-turned-director Lorenz. Instead of being an intriguing exploration of ageing, the film isn't much more than a trite inspirational drama. Fortunately the solid cast manages to inject some subtle touches here and there that bring out more interesting layers of the issues at hand.

Eastwood plays Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves who refuses to admit that he's going blind. And he's also in trouble with his boss (Lillard), who's more interested in computer stats than Gus' finely honed ability to see the potential in young players. As a final test, Gus is sent to scout a rising-star teen pitcher (Massingill). Meanwhile, Gus' high-powered lawyer daughter Mickey (Adams) is up for partnership in her firm. She can barely stand to be in the same room as her dad, but abandons the biggest case of her career to accompany him and help him see this young player, because she's even more adept at spotting talent than he is. Along the way she meets Johnny (Timberlake), a charming scout who helps take her mind off her work and her dad.

This is one of those films that undemanding audiences will think is just fine. It never expects us to think at all, telling us everything that's happening and how everyone is thinking while dropping painfully obvious hints about where the plot is going. So the film feels shallow and superficial even though it touches on some intriguing themes, such as the difficulties of ageing gracefully and mending relationships, or the challenge to move forward without forgetting the old skills.

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New York's Late Night Audiences Return In Sandy's Wake, For Jimmy Kimmel & Jimmy Fallon


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The spirit of New Yorkers was in full force last night on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night chat show. Despite having to cancel Monday night’s filming, owing to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating arrival in the city, Kimmel managed to snag himself an audience for Tuesday night’s filming.

Kimmel kicked off the show with a thank you to those who made it out “I was born in Bay Ridge. I grew up in Mill Basin. Tonight, I have returned to save my people from the storm… Thank you for ignoring the local authorities to be here tonight for our first show...Mayor Bloomberg will be here shortly to have you arrested.” It wasn’t just the audience that had ventured across town for the special filming, either. Guests Howard Stern and Tracy Morgan both made it to the studio, though Stern was something of a reluctant attendee, telling the audience “I was begging Jimmy to cancel the show! I'm driving along and I'm trying to get here, and I thought, 'Why am I really trying to be here tonight?'

Jimmy Fallon was also grateful to get a live audience in their seats for his own late night filming. He told last night’s participants “I'm so glad you're here because last night's audience was the worst," Fallon said. "Last night we had to do the show in front of a bunch of empty seats—or as Clint Eastwood calls that, a full house." Sandy may have wreaked destruction across New York – and, of course, beyond – but the entertainment industry is a bullish one and won’t be brought to a halt for very long, as the kings of late night chat shows have proven.

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Meat Loaf Attaches Himself To The 'List Of Celebs Who Support Romney'


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On Thursday night (Oct 25) during a rally for Mitt Romney held in Defiance, Ohio, Meat Loaf came like a bat out of Hell to announce himself as the latest high profile star to show their support for Romney at the upcoming US presidential elections, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The singer/actor opened up his pro-Romney statement by stating: "There has storm clouds come over the United States. There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms -- and I mean major hail storms -- in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere."

He followed up his broken-English plagued weather report with a few big ups for the Presidential hopeful, before wailing out some bars of 'America the Beautiful.' It still doesn't top Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair for an unprecedented amount of time though.

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Beyoncé Will Sing National Anthem At The 47th Superbowl Half Time Show.


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The last time Beyonce performed at the Superbowl was 2004, when she performed the national anthem. Since then, life has changed a lot for her; Destiny's Child broke up, she made an explosive re-entrance as a solo artist, has won countless awards, created an acting career for herself, married Jay-Z and this year has become a mother. Now, to add to her successes she has been asked to perform at next year's 47th Superbowl Half Time Show.

Rumours began when she officially backed out of starring in Clint Eastwood's remake of 'A Star is Born'. She cited scheduling problems and just too much to do, but without anything particularly clear on the horizon, no album, no major films coming up, no album being talked about, fans were a little confused. A source has confirmed to the Associated Press that Beyoncé will be the performer at the half time show, which will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, on February 3rd of next year. There has been no word from Beyoncé or any representative of hers, but we can expect to hear from them on Wednesday.

This year's Superbowl half time show was an extraordinary performance from Madonna alongside a plethora of incredible American performers including Cee Lo Green, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and LMFAO. 114 million people watched the show, which is more than watched the game, reports the Huffington Post. Hot on everyone's lips at the moment is the discussion of who will be joining Beyoncé in the show.


Lindsay Lohan Backs Romney- To Support The Unemployed?


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Lindsay Lohan's priorities have, for some years, been something of a mystery. She prioritised drinking over safe driving, she also managed to de-prioritise that odd tradition commonly known as paying-for-stuff when she stole a necklace from an LA jewellers, and recently on Twitter she prioritised tax breaks for people “listed on Forbes as 'millionaires'”. One might think this was a joke, however, she confirmed her change of political heart this week when she told reporters, published on Newsday.com, that “as of now” she would be supporting “Mitt Romney... as of now.”

This is a huge turn around from the 2008 elections in which she ardently supported Barack Obama's campaign. She even requested to volunteer for the campaign, but was rejected because, as one Democratic Aide said, she's just 'not exactly the kind of high-profile star who would be a positive for us' (DailyMail.com). To explain her reasons for her changed support, she said “I just think employment is really important right now." Which is certainly a valid point, but somewhat misguided. Plus, it has been reported that she asked for a tax cut from Obama- who rejected her- which points towards slightly more personal reasons for her change of heart.

Other celebrity supporters for the Republican candidate are Stacey Dash, who expressed her support via Twitter and faced a barrage of abuse for it, also music artist Nicki Minaj (who has since revealed that she was joking), Jerry Bruckheimer (responsibly for shows such as CSI and Pirates of the Caribbean), Gene Simmons, Donald Trump, Chuck Norris and lifelong Republican Clint Eastwood.

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Beyonce Steps Down From Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born


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Beyonce’s role in the latest remake of A Star Is Born, directed by Clint Eastwood, is no more, due to scheduling issues, reports E! Online.

“I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood," Beyonce said in a statement to E! News. "For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together." So it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Clint, who has been busy with his latest flick, Trouble With the Curve, which didn’t really do that well at the Box Office. "We've talked to several people, and we probably won't address that one till next year," Eastwood explained to E! at the premiere of his recent film. "Early next year,” he added.

The 1937 original had rising star Janet Gaynor falling in love with Frederic March. In 1954, Judy Garland rose and in 1976, Barbra Streisand found her voice with the help of Kris Kristofferson. Eastwood is said to be eyeing jazz star Esperanza Spalding as a replacement, but wants to secure a male lead before approaching female stars. As of yet, there is no date for the film, which is allegedly another reason for Beyonce’s withdrawal.


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Gus Lobel is one of the most formidable baseball talent scouts around, however his age starts to fail him in his career as his eyesight deteriorates and he is unable to focus properly on the Atlanta Braves games he goes to watch. Worried about his health and career, his long-time boss and good friend enlists Lobel's daughter to accompany her father on what is to be the last talent scouting trip of his career. Mickey Lobel has never had a strong relationship with her father, since he was unable to look after her alone following the death of her mother. Nonetheless, she compromises her high status lawyer job and agrees to keep an eye on Gus, despite his protests. On the way, Mickey meets Gus's friend Johnny Flanagan; a former baseball player and aspiring talent scout who looks up to Gus and takes an interest in the beautiful Mickey. Much is to be discovered for everyone on this journey as it becomes less about baseball and more about truth, love and family.

'Trouble with the Curve' serves as the first film that Clint Eastwood has starred in without being the director since 1993 when he appeared in 'In the Line of Fire'. It is directed by Robert Lorenz in his directorial debut (though he has previously worked as an assistant director on various blockbusters) and written by Randy Brown. It is set for release on November 30th 2012.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Chelcie Ross, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Ed Lauter, Clifton Guterman, George Wyner, Bob Gunton, Jack Gilpin, Scott Eastwood & Tom Dreesen.

'End Of The Watch' Tops Another Slow U.S Box Office Weekend


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As the U.S. Box Office slumbers on into the autumn, the figures needed to top the charts are getting ever smaller. However, whilst that makes it largely a head-in-hands experience for many of the studios behind these movies, for those who enjoy waiting to see what the top five's looking like each Monday it's making for exciting watching as smaller figures mean smaller margins between films. Case in point was this weekend where the winner wasn't announced until today (September 24th), with the unfancied Jake Gyllenhaal-starring End Of Watch beating out the more fancied horror House At The End Of The Street and Clint Eastwood's film Trouble With The Curve.

End Of Watch was a victory for independent film studios too, with Open Road Films beating out Relatively Media and Warner Bros to top spot; they'll not care one jot that they took a meager $13.2 million. The other two films will be a little more concerned that they took only $12.2 million and $12.1 million respectively however.

Reflecting on his film's seemingly surprise victory, Open Road Films' Tom Ortenberg commented "We always knew we were going to outperform expectations, and I believe the film will have long legs."Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis will be hoping to wake up the Box Office from the doldrums this coming weekend.


Box Office Roundup: Time To Judge Dredd 3D


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The North American Box office has faced a tough month, with figures now 20 per cent lower than they were last year. Clint Eastwood is just one of the big names that hit screens this weekend, so how did they all do?

Well Eastwood’s latest foray with Trouble With The Curve proved unsuccessful on its first weekend, currently sitting in third place based on the latest figures available. The baseball flick only managed $12,720,000, which pales in insignificance to the top two films, still vying for this weekend’s top spot. End Of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and House at the End of the Street are both currently locking horns on $13m, so either could come out top once the final figures are released. It was thought that Eastwood’s name alone could draw in the crowds to take it top, that and his infamous empty chair routine and recent publically stated political views, but it didn’t do the trick for the Western Star.

Elsewhere, comic book remake Dredd 3D couldn’t beat a re-release of Disney film, Finding Nemo, even if it was a 3D version of the lovably fishy tale. The futuristic sci-fi action flick only managed $6,300,000, which is a paltry return considering its high budget. The low ranking will represent troubling news for both Dredd 3D producers and film industry people in general, as cinema attendances are reaching worrying lows.


Justin Timberlake Not Rushing New Music Release


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Justin Timberlake has admitted that he is in no rush to release any new music, admitting that he is concentrating almost solely on his acting career.

Speaking to press at the premier of his new film Trouble With The Curve, in which he stars alongside Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, Timberlake admitted that he has no plans to return to the studio any time soon. The 31-year-old entertainer, whose last album FutureSex/LoveSounds was released in 2006, told reporters that he doesn't feel as though he has the right material to make a new album with and for the time being will concentrate on his acting.

The newly engaged star has recently been painting Vegas and later the Mexican city Cabo San Lucas red as he celebrated his engagement to Jessica Biel with a Rat Pack-themed bachelor party. The two are allegedly planning to tie the knot in October this year somewhere in Italy, with Jess supposedly planning every detail of the special day.

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Box Office Preview: Can ‘Dredd 3D’ Stop The Slump?


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With some big titles being released this weekend, many would be forgiven for thinking it’ll be a successful few days for the North American Box Office, but all indications point to another disappointing haul for film studios.

Lionsgate's comic-book adaptation Dredd 3D will be unleashed off the back of some positive reviews, but given a summer of Marvel action, it’s unlikely that the Judge will pull in the audiences required to boost figures. Also released, and probably the most high profile release of the weekend is The Master, although the Paul Thomas Anderson Scientology drama was given a limited release in New York and Hollywood already. Perhaps the acting prowess of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix will attract cinema goers, but indications aren’t good. Figures should total in the high-$90 millions through Sunday, which would be off from this time last year by as much as 20%, a bigger drop than any of the past three weekends.

Elsewhere, Clint Eastwood’s baseball flick Trouble With The Curve might gleam some extra attention due to the Western star’s infamous Empty Chair routine, and his other public political opinions. Then again, they might not. Relativity Media's thriller House at the End of the Street, End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Emma Watson’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower round off this weekends big releases in cinema.




Trouble With The Eyes? Clint Eastwood Talks To More Objects In New Movie


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Clint Eastwood is set to star in a new movie Trouble with the Curve that has the actor talking to further inanimate objects following his infamous Obama-chair speech.

The multi-Oscar winning actor and director will play an ageing baseball talent scout who is out of touch with technology and modern society and is suffering from deteriorating eyesight which he desperately tries to hide, despite the frequent dents that keep mysteriously appearing all over his car. The actor is an outspoken conservative who recently incited a lot of sniggering from left wing supporters by interrogating an empty chair (who he pretended had Barack Obama sat in it) about its policies at the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney. Although it was intended as a slur on the President of the United States, it was quick to be made fun of; most notably on the opening episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live. The show, guest hosted by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, saw Bill Hadar impersonate Eastwood in a spoof republican speech.

Clint’s not letting it get to him though, and insists he “liked” the impression. He told E! News at the Trouble with the Curve premiere: “It was good. Hader has me down pretty good.” It wasn’t the first time he was reminded of the incident, however, as one member of the press noticed 16 empty seats nearby at the L.A. showing which Eastwood seemed to find hilarious. The movie has more tongue-in-cheek moments than originally intended now, as the actor is seen talking to his penis at the beginning of the movie, some Spam, a gravestone and his car later. Perhaps, he finds stationary objects easier to have a conversation with than the left wing supporters of America’s President.


Empty Chairs Return To Haunt Clint Eastwood At 'Trouble With The Curve' Premiere


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Clint Eastwood isn't going to be living down his now infamous empty chair speech at the recent Republican convention any time soon. The venerable actor and director spoke at an event to show his support for the Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and opted to have an imaginary conversation with an (of course absent) President Barack Obama. The images of Eastwood talking to an empty chair have become internet meme sensations, whilst impressions have adorned television screens worldwide, culminating in actor Bill Hader doing his own version on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live.

You'd think he'd be safe at the premiere of his latest film though but apparently not. The 82 year-old appeared at the showing of Trouble With The Curve and walked past the press, only to have it pointed out that there were 16 chairs being carried behind him. Eastwood took the reference pointed out to him in his stride, laughing "Oh my God, yes."

The chairs were only set dressing for the stage, but Eastwood had it made clear that he didn't want to answer any questions about his speech whilst at the premiere. Reflecting on its impact on the film, director Robert Lorenz pondered "I don't know. Some people may come and some people may not because of it. But, in the end, it's not a political movie. Myself, the other cast (members), we all have different political ideas. We all came together and put those aside. So, I hope people treat it as such."


Empty Chair Fiasco Could Help New Clint Eastwood Film, ‘Trouble With The Curve’


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Before Clint Eastwood’s infamous ‘empty chair’ routine at the Republican National Convention in August, Trouble With The Curve may have sailed under the radar, but given Eastwood’s recent high profile actions, we could see a surprise package at the box office for the baseball flick.

"Clint has the ability to surprise," Boxoffice.com editor Phil Contrino told Reuters. "'Gran Torino,' the last film he starred in, shocked everyone with what it did at the box office. His audience is mostly conservative anyway so I don't think his chair speech at the RNC is going to hurt ticket sales. If anything it will help him because more people are talking about him." Based on social media, with Facebook and Twitter the primary indicators, the people at Boxoffice.com predict that Trouble With The Curve, along with new horror movie release House at the End of the Street starring Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, will be fighting it out for first place at the North American box office.

Eastwood's speech "certainly has raised awareness of Clint and therefore the movie, and that may translate into bigger-than-expected numbers for the film," said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst at Hollywood.com. "Ultimately, it comes down to whether or not movie-goers base their ticket-buying decisions on extraneous forces such as a star's extra-curricular activities," he added. Well there you go folks, frank, right leaning political outbursts can land you ticket sales. We’ll see if that kind of stuff actually works for politics come election day, won’t we, Mitt?


J. Edgar Trailer


Anna Marie Hoover, like any mother, knew that her young son, John Edgar, would grow up to accomplish great things. But she did not expect that he would grow up to become the FBI's first director.

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Hereafter Trailer


What becomes of the human soul after our time in this life had ended? A lot of people who lose a loved one find themselves asking that very question, and further they wish to know that their loved one is safe in the afterlife.

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Invictus Review


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Based on John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy, this is an almost too-inspirational story of the integrity and wisdom displayed by Nelson Mandela as he tried to unite his fractured nation. And Freeman was born for this role.

After 27 years as a political prisoner, Nelson Mandela (Freeman) was released in February 1990 and four years later became South Africa's first democratically elected president. Caught between the black majority's yearning for revenge and the white minority's fear of violence, he tenaciously plots a course of reconciliation. His focus becomes the Springbok rugby team, a loathed symbol of white rule. Working with team captain Francois Pienaar (Damon) as the 1995 Rugby World Cup approaches, he knows that getting the whole country behind them will unite people more effectively than political willpower.

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Clint Eastwood Tuesday 6th January 2009 attends the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala held at the Convention Center. Palm Springs, California

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Gran Torino Review


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Do you miss Archie Bunker? Are you curious to find out how Carroll O'Connor's stone-cold bigot would have reacted to our current, culturally diverse society? And did you ever dream of seeing racist old Archie packing heat as he spewed bile all over the "spooks," "gooks," and other non-Caucasians who were unlucky enough to cross his path? Then Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is the movie for you.

Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) served his time in the military, paid his dues at the auto plant -- American cars only, of course -- and wants to spend his days as a widower in peace. He is disgusted by his ignorant, oafish sons and their selfish children -- the ugliest characters you'll see on screen this year. But his disdain isn't limited to kin. Walt also hates the "eggroll," "fish-head" "Charlie Chans" who've moved into his blue-collar Detroit suburb.

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Barbie Benton and Clint Eastwood Sunday 2nd November 2008 The Thalians' 53rd Annual Gala honouring Clint Eastwood, held at The Beverly Hilton Los Angeles, California

Barbie Benton and Clint Eastwood
Barbie Benton and Clint Eastwood
Barbie Benton and Clint Eastwood

Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood - Kristin Scott Thomas and Guest Beverly Hills, California, USA - Hollywood Film Festival Awards 2008 Honoring Clint Eastwood, held at The Beverly Hilton. Monday 27th October 2008

Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood
Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood
Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood
Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood
Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood
Kristin Scott Thomas and Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood Saturday 4th October 2008 46th New York Film Festival - 'Changeling' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater - arrivals New York City, USA

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Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie - Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie New York City, USA - 46th New York Film Festival - 'Changeling' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals Saturday 4th October 2008

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In The Line Of Fire Review


Good
Clint Eastwood was a legend a long time before Wolfgang Petersen decided to cast him as an aging Secret Service agent trying to derail a psychopath who's trying to assassinate the President. But Petersen's movie, titled In the Line of Fire, benefits immensely from his history and his presence, his ironclad persona as last man standing. Sporting a well-cut suit jacket rather than a poncho and a pair of holsters, Eastwood's steely resolve still has the power to rejuvenate otherwise rote plot conventions with every sliver of his gravelly voice, as if questioning his opponents' manhood with every flick of an adverb.

Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, the kind of man who comes home after a long day of booby-trapping money counterfeiters and wants nothing else than to get out of his suit, drink a good glass of bourbon, and listen to Kind of Blue. Just as he's settling into one of these comfortable slumps, he receives a phone call from a man who calls himself Booth (John Malkovich). Sober and staid, Booth tells Frank that he's going to kill the president. The fact that Booth's deserted apartment is found with a singular photo of Frank when he was an agent under JFK underlines Horrigan's conviction.

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Clint Eastwood Thursday 29th May 2008 Dirty Harry Screening & DVD Party Los Angeles, California

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Clint Eastwood - Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Clint Eastwood, Dina Eastwood Tuesday 20th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Clint Eastwood
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Angelina Jolie

Clint Eastwood - Tuesday 20th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Clint Eastwood - Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie Tuesday 20th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Review


OK
At the New York Film Festival screening of John Landis' Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, subversion was in the air as Landis strolled out to introduce the film and, peering into the audience, asked William Lustig, the director of Maniac Cop, to take a bow. The excitement continued when the lights dimmed and Harry Dean Stanton in the film began warbling "Old Blue" in Dan Tana's Restaurant. Landis' camera then picks up Rickles' empty dressing room at the Stardust in a series of masterly composed shots of vacant chairs and silent bric-a-brac -- Ozu in Vegas. But then banality set in.

Landis very quickly assumes the role of the Los Angeles Chapter President of The Don Rickles Fan Club. Legions of comics and actors are trotted out (much in the manner of The Aristocrats) to praise the brilliance and hilarity of the master of the comic insult. These interviews are interspersed with clips from Rickles' films -- Kelly's Heroes, Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, Beach Blanket Bingo -- along with television excerpts from The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. The Man Himself is interviewed and asked to comment on his life and art. Centering the whole mishmash is footage of Rickles' nightclub act at the Stardust -- an act Rickles had heretofore adamantly refused to be filmed.

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Mr. Warmth:The Don Rickles Project Review


OK
At the New York Film Festival screening of John Landis' Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, subversion was in the air as Landis strolled out to introduce the film and, peering into the audience, asked William Lustig, the director of Maniac Cop, to take a bow. The excitement continued when the lights dimmed and Harry Dean Stanton in the film began warbling "Old Blue" in Dan Tana's Restaurant. Landis' camera then picks up Rickles' empty dressing room at the Stardust in a series of masterly composed shots of vacant chairs and silent bric-a-brac -- Ozu in Vegas. But then banality set in.

Landis very quickly assumes the role of the Los Angeles Chapter President of The Don Rickles Fan Club. Legions of comics and actors are trotted out (much in the manner of The Aristocrats) to praise the brilliance and hilarity of the master of the comic insult. These interviews are interspersed with clips from Rickles' films -- Kelly's Heroes, Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, Beach Blanket Bingo -- along with television excerpts from The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. The Man Himself is interviewed and asked to comment on his life and art. Centering the whole mishmash is footage of Rickles' nightclub act at the Stardust -- an act Rickles had heretofore adamantly refused to be filmed.

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The Eiger Sanction Review


Excellent
Before there was Cliffhanger, there was The Eiger Sanction, a thrill ride of a movie that largely takes place on an icy mountaintop. The mountaineering is almost beside the point: Eiger's most curious aspect is its setup, which offers Clint Eastwood as a haughty art history professor who finances his art collection by performing contract assassinations for a shadowy group. His final assignment takes him to Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps, where he has to figure out who on his climbing team is the villain, then dispatch him. Eastwood is at his smarmy best, and a host of memorable supporting players round out the production amiably. Great fun.

Letters From Iwo Jima Trailer


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Million Dollar Baby Review


Extraordinary
When did Clint Eastwood find the time to pour his heart and soul into Million Dollar Baby? Between stumping for last year's Mystic River and collecting accolades from critics groups coast to coast, all signs pointed to this off-the-cuff project being a half-baked, rushed-into-awards-season castoff by a respected filmmaker still basking in the glow of his last well-received piece.

Eastwood may be fresh off his Oscar-nominated Mystic River, though "refreshed" gives a more accurate description. With Baby, the master storyteller strips away the cumbersome tools of his trade to tell a captivating, gritty story of struggle built from basic building blocks of narrative structure.

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Letters From Iwo Jima Review


Very Good
In his landmark book of military history The Face of Battle, John Keegan did something extraordinarily rare for his field when describing a battle -- he didn't just tell us how many forces fought in what manner at a certain time, he told us what it was like for those soldiers. Keegan knew it wasn't just important to know how British archers defeated the French knights at Agincourt, but also that prior to the epic battle the British had been waiting for their better-armed and horse-mounted enemy, on foot, in several inches of deep mud, freezing from the cold and aching with hunger from a lack of food. Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima has just such a similarly humane touch about it. As a chronicler of one of the most monumental battles in modern history, Eastwood not only has the scope of vision to show how, on a grand scale, the battle progressed for the defenders in strictly military terms, but also the little details about the Japanese soldiers themselves: They wrote anxious letters home, many feared the battle itself was meaningless, they fought while suffering from dysentery. It's this compassion which raises the film far above some of its shortcomings.

Eastwood made cinematic history by being the first director of his stature (or any stature, really) to make two feature films about the same battle, each one about a different side in the fight. Flags of Our Fathers, which came out a few months ago, was about the American soldiers in the Iwo Jima invasion force involved in the raising of the flag which was captured in the iconic photograph. It was a skillfully made, if sometimes dramatically stagnant, piece about the dehumanization of wartime propaganda. In Letters, which tells the battle story from the Japanese perspective, Eastwood also deals with the same issues -- there are almost as many Japanese soldiers who are fiercely patriotic as those who are embittered by years of cynical manipulation -- but he achieves a greater effect by making us more privy to these men's inner lives.

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Flags Of Our Fathers Review


Very Good
At some point during the process of adapting James Bradley's nonfiction book about the battle of Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood decided he'd need two movies to adequately manage the material's scope. The first, Flags of Our Fathers, focuses solely on the American campaign. It uses Joe Rosenthal's celebrated photograph of the raising of the flag as a springboard for a successful war bonds fund-raiser, and debates with timely flair the use of political spin to salvage an unpopular war.

Eastwood's follow-up, Letters from Iwo Jima, arrives in theaters early next year and will recount the battle from Japan's perspective. The director hired first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita to develop Letters from an idea that screenwriter Paul Haggis proposed. He will employ an all-Asian cast, and will not use any of the actors we meet in Flags. It is yet to be determined whether the two movies will offer legitimate parallels, or exist as separate entities.

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A Fistful Of Dollars Review


OK
Call me a heathen, but this has never been one of my favorite spaghetti Westerns; Leone did much better work in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the third film in this loose trilogy (Dollars is the first, For a Few Dollars More the second). A Fistful of Dollars is just one shootout after another without much rime or reason to any of it it, and both Leone and Eastwood can do better than that.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Review


Essential
Positioned in history between the earnest majesty of John Ford's The Searchers and Sam Peckinpah's doomed cowboy dirge The Wild Bunch, Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is animated by the best those classic westerns have to offer. Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western masterpiece is still committed to many of the basic conventions of the not-yet moribund genre, embracing the wide-eyed epicness of Ford's standard-bearer. But Blondie (Clint Eastwood), Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), and Tuco (Eli Wallach), the respective title characters, occupy a brutal and complex moral world akin to Peckinpah, where women are beaten, crippled fathers are executed in their homes, and the ironically-named "good" guy earns his name for being only slightly less vile than the other gunslingers.

But Leone's mixture of seemingly incompatible elements is what makes The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly so great. Not only does he combine a Cinemascope-era outlook with an eye for grittiness, but he mingles tasteful realism with a flamboyant, self-conscious style. Freeze frames, intertitles, and point-of-view shots brilliantly co-exist with the meticulously appointed period sets and sweeping frontier vistas. This fusion, in addition to a surplus of creativity and lack of restraint, makes the third in the so-called "man with no name" series the crowning glory of his career.

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Magnum Force Review


Good
The first sequel to Dirty Harry proved a mildly entertaining winner, as vigilantes start offing the unconvicted mobsters of San Francisco. Harry himself isn't much more ethical, creating a moral dilemma... yeah, right! Mindless shooting and car chasing follows, along with the most-ever shots of the Golden Gate Bridge on film. Note that the cinematography is particularly awful in this movie -- most of which happens in the dark.

Unforgiven Review


Extraordinary
"I do not like assassins -- or men of low character." Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood face off in one of the best westerns ever made -- make that the best western ever made -- produced some 50 years after the prime of the western era. Eastwood plays a reluctant assassin trying to raise money to save his small farm, kids, and sick pigs, while Hackman's much-abused sheriff aims to stop the killing.

The dialogue is fantastic, with Eastwood utterly believable in his testifying to the evils of whisky, and Hackman totally at ease with saying he "et it." Richard Harris's English Bob is an unforgettable pansy of a villain, and the widescreen cinematography is lush during the day, ominous during the invariably rainy nights.

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The Beguiled Review


Very Good
Ingredients for The Beguiled:

1 part Misery

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Play Misty For Me Review


Good
For his directorial debut, Clint Eastwood opted to make this relatively straightforward but hopelessly dated Fatal Attraction clone (er, precursor), playing a radio DJ stalked by the lovely Jessica Walter (well, I'm sure her character's style was in back in 1971). Walter is way more ballistic than Glenn Close ever was, wielding a machete on tons of hapless fools standing between her and her man. Creepy, but what's with the outdoor concert stuck into the middle of the movie!?

Blood Work Review


Good
Clint Eastwood is back to lay down the law and settle a new score. This time, his pursuit of justice has a new wrinkle (or many, I suppose): his age. In Blood Work, his aging lawman portrayal is highly convincing, but by the end of the film this fascinating character study looses all credibility at the hands of an age-old, Hollywood stereotype.

Eastwood plays experienced FBI profiler Terrell McCaleb, who is forced into retirement after a series of heart attacks and transplants have kept him sidelined for two years. Armed with a new ticker and new meds, McCaleb returns to investigative work when a stranger named Graciela Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) requests that he find the ski-masked gunman who murdered her sister. His involvement garners fierce objections from his doctor (Anjelica Huston) and an envious police detective (Paul Rodriguez). To assist with his investigation, McCaleb enlists the help of his alcoholic neighbor Buddy Noone (Jeff Daniels), and his friend, Los Angeles sheriff Detective Jaye Winston (Tina Lifford).

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White Hunter, Black Heart Review


Excellent
Tragically underrated, the character of John Wilson remains one of Clint Eastwood's greatest roles, standing next to Dirty Harry in memorability. A (very) thinly-veiled biography of director John Huston, during the preproduction of arguably his greatest film, The African Queen, Eastwood burns as the angry, embittered director who sees everything as a challenge to overcome, from killing an elephant to surviving a plane crash. His clashes with his writer (Fahey - his best role ever) and producer (Dzundza - ditto, I'd say) are epic and awesomely staged. While the film pulls its punches by masking the identities of its players behind aliases (the faux Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart stick out ridiculously), this is a film that is not to be missed, especially by movie buffs.

Paint Your Wagon Review


Weak
Having never seen the play or the film, I always figured Paint Your Wagon was about a plucky family of settlers who overcome incredible obstacles as they head across the great, wild west.

Boy, was I wrong. What with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood's singing, a whorehouse being built, a criminal tunnel being dug under "No Name Town," and a polygamous relationship among Marvin, Eastwood, and local honey Jean Seberg, Paint Your Wagon is so chock full of debauchery one might think Sam Peckinpah had been involved.

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Absolute Power Review


Bad
Really lame thriller about the president and the cover-up that ensues when he murders some hot chick. Can't believe William Goldman wrote this crap, or that Eastwood, Hackman, Harris, and Davis bothered to get involved with it either.

Tightrope Review


Very Good
Tightrope would rank among the best of the Dirty Harry movies, if only Clint Eastwood was playing Harry in the film. Instead, Eastwood is a deeply troubled cop in New Orleans, tasked with taking down a serial killer who ends up threatening his daughters as well. The killer is really twisted (we're talking lady-in-washing-machine), and Eastwood begins to realize they may not be so different. The ending is really muddy and inconclusive, but overall this is a fairly gripping thriller and one of Eastwood's better flicks.

High Plains Drifter Review


Excellent
Clint Eastwood's second film as a director -- and his first western -- is a minor classic. High Plains Drifter takes a familiar story (drifter arrives in small town to protect it from outlaws -- and demands a pile of booty in return) and makes it perfectly watchable thanks to Eastwood's smarmy performance and a host of supporting players that acquit themselves well. Forcing the town to rename itself "Hell" and paint everything in it red is just the icing on the cake.

Sudden Impact Review


OK
The fourth installment in the Dirty Harry series (7 years after the third) has the unlikely tale of Eastwood's Callahan after a murderous woman bend on revenge against the men who raped her and her sister 10 years earlier. Features the first appearance of "Go ahead, make my day." Also note that the movie was later aped as Basic Instinct, right down to the San Francisco setting.

Escape From Alcatraz Review


Very Good
Our man Clint got another peek at San Francisco as Frank Morris, the legendary criminal who is believed to have been one of only three men who, well, escaped from Alcatraz. While it's pretty low-budget, the movie is quite authentic and was filmed at the actual prison. Eastwood is dour and gruff, yet he's quite engaging as the unlikely hero. And while a few things have been obviously upped for drama's sake, the movie is still quite good on the whole, and definitely worth a look for any fan of history.

The Enforcer Review


Weak
Dirty Harry #3 is undoubtedly the worst of the bunch, with Callahan chasing down a group of hippie radical terrorists, several years after the end of the hippie radical terrorist era. A few minor points for excellent use of such enormous area landmarks as Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and Tyne Daly.

Space Cowboys Review


OK
The good news about Space Cowboys is that Clint Eastwood proves to be a skilled comedic director. The bad news is that only the first half of the movie is a comedy - the second half is a sloppy attempt at a heart-pounding, Apollo 13ish, mission-gone-haywire space drama that's vague, oversimplified and unbelievable. There's a gem of an entertaining movie somewhere in there, but it's never fully realized.

The plot is solid high concept. If you did a double-take when you first heard that John Glenn would return to space, you'll love the basic premise of Ken Kaufman's and Howard Klausner's script - four daring, old Air Force codgers weasel their way back into NASA's space shuttle program to attempt an equipment repair mission that only they know how to perform. Our movie visions of strapping, young astronauts (Dennis Quaid, Bill Paxton, Ben Affleck, to name a few) are smashed once we see an aging James Garner pull on an airtight suit.

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True Crime Review


Very Good
How'd I miss this one on the big screen? True Crime may have that feel of typical Clint Eastwood-self-promotion, but it is ultimately a considerably gripping meditation on the press and its role in the legal system. While elements feel a bit too much like Dead Man Walking, some excellent performances by Eastwood, Leary, and Woods make this a film worth watching. The story can be tepid and predictable at times, but overall it's a credible stab at crafting a legal thriller.

The Bridges Of Madison County Review


Weak
How to waste two fine actors in a piece of Hallmark wannabe crap? Bridges of Madison County provides us a textbook case of the above, with Eastwood and Streep trying to cash in on the craze that made a million housewives swoon and sickened the rest of us. Utter pap, redeemed only by the professionalism of its stars in sub-standard material.

Dirty Harry Review


Excellent
Well punk, do ya feel lucky? Dirty Harry Callahan blasted onto the San Francisco scene with a .44 Magnum and an attitude that launched a thousand imitators. Eastwood's most memorable character we get, a super-fascinating story maybe not so much. But the chase for murder and ransom-man Scorpio is at least a reasonably good one. The Dirty Harry films declined over the years, but the original's one worth seeking out.

Million Dollar Baby Review


Very Good

Director Clint Eastwood pulls no punches in "Million Dollar Baby," a devastating, gritty film-noir boxing drama that gets at the callused heart of the sport while also spiraling into an emotional tour de force.

Narrated with gravelly gravitas by Morgan Freeman, playing a washed-up fighter now mopping floors at a washed-out gym, the film stars Eastwood as a fatigued former cut man who reluctantly agrees to coach a novice woman boxer (Hilary Swank) running as hard and fast as she can from a white-trash upbringing that's still tethered to her with a psychological bungee cord -- the more she pulls away, the harder her past snaps back and hits her from behind.

Blessed with fearless, evocative performances, each with thick layers of leather-hide humanity, this near-masterpiece has a sweaty noir eloquence in its look (hard shadows fall across every corner of Eastwood's gym), in its dialogue (courtesy of screenwriter Paul Haggis, adapting two short stories from F.X. Toole's "Rope Burns" collection) and in its nothing-ever-comes-easy plot.

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Blood Work Review


OK

Clint Eastwood has a talent for turning cliché-riddled scripts into absorbing, solidly entertaining motion pictures that are far better than they should be. His scrupulous, unhurried and intelligent direction is why 2000's "Space Cowboys" wasn't just "Grumpy Old Men in Space" and why 1999's "True Crime" -- about a reporter with 24 hours to prove an inmate's innocence before his execution -- wasn't a movie-of-the-week.

He doesn't have quite the same success with the cop-vs.-serial killer thriller "Blood Work," in which he plays an FBI profiler forced to retire after suffering a heart attack during a foot chase with his nemesis, called the "Code Killer." Eastwood judiciously tempers the picture's more hackneyed elements, like the oh-so-scripted, come-and-get-me puzzle pieces the murderer leaves as clues. But so many scenes invite easy second-guessing of the hero -- and of the cops he works with when the bad guy resurfaces after Eastwood has recovered from a heart transplant -- that the movie's strengths are often obscured.

Two months after his surgery, Terry McCaleb (Eastwood) is tracked down onboard his modest fishing-boat home by a woman named Graciela Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) who believes he received her dead sister's heart. She has learned of McCaleb's legendary reputation as a detective and wants his help solving the murder that got him his new ticker.

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Space Cowboys Review


Good

When septuagenarian astronaut John Glenn returned to space two years ago, phones probably started ringing all over Hollywood with pitches for the kind of high-concept audience-pleaser launched this week as "Space Cowboys."

Somebody was bound to write a connect-the-dots orbital adventure script about, say, a foursome of former test pilots who, 40 years after being passed over for the space program, are NASA's only hope to rescue the Earth from a dangerous satellite in a decaying orbit.

"Grumpy Old Men In Space" people would call it, and in the hands of 90 percent of the directors in Hollywood, that's all it might have been -- even if they got, say Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland to play the crotchety, never-grow-up team of rocket boy retirees.

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True Crime Review


Good

As a director, Clint Eastwood has one of the sweetestdeals in Hollywood. He gets to make big budget films with no interferencefrom the suits at Warner Bros., the studio with which he has a relationship.

If Clint wants a long movie, he makes a long movie. IfClint wants to dedicate a whole scene to Clint playing apologetic regret,he dedicates a whole scene to it. As such his movies tend to be self-indulgent,and "True Crime" is definitely self-indulgent.

It's also peppered with glaring "yeah, right!"moments, like the scene in which a 23-year-old Oakland Tribune reportersuccumbs to the considerably aged and pickled Eastwood "charm."

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American Sniper Movie Review

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Jersey Boys Movie Review

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Milius Movie Review

Milius Movie Review

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Trouble With the Curve Movie Review

Trouble With the Curve Movie Review

With beautiful but bland direction and a script that can't help but overstate everything, this...

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J. Edgar Movie Review

J. Edgar Movie Review

Exquisitely designed and directed, with finely tuned performances that shine even through some heavy make-up,...

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J. Edgar Trailer

Anna Marie Hoover, like any mother, knew that her young son, John Edgar, would grow...

Hereafter Movie Review

Hereafter Movie Review

Eastwood's skilfully unrushed direction merges with Morgan's astute, thoughtful screenplay to create a thoroughly unusual...

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Hereafter Trailer

What becomes of the human soul after our time in this life had ended? A...

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