David Beckham is also reportedly in talks to appear as himself in the movie.
Justin Bieber is said to be in talks to star alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in a reboot of the Goal! film franchise. It would be the ‘Sorry’ singer’s first Hollywood acting role, after previously making a cameo as himself in Zoolander 2.
Justin Bieber is in talks to play a talented young footballer
According to The Mirror, Justin in in the final stages of talks to appear in the film alongside Ronaldo and a host of the world’s top footballers. Justin would play a young footballer from Los Angeles, who is plucked from obscurity and becomes an overnight sensation with the world’s most famous club.
Chesley Sullenberger has been a pilot all of his adult life. Having had an interest in planes from a young age, Sully decided to join the United States Air Force Academy where he became a 'top flyer' in his class. From his initial position as a cadet, he worked his way up the ranks be become a captain. His astute knowledge of planes was one of the reasons why he was also part of an accident investigation board.
After leaving the air force, he began work at American Airways, whilst also keeping up his interest in aircraft safety. On January 15, 2009 sully began work as usual, travelling to LaGuardia Airport for a flight to Charlotte. The bags were loaded, the passengers seated and the checks completed as it was time for take-off.
As Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, initiate the take-off procedure, there was nothing to make either think that this wouldn't be a straightforward shuttle flight. As the wheels took off and the plane lifted from the ground, the plane is suddenly thrown into chaos as a flock of geese fly into the plane and cause serious malfunctions in both engines.
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Eli Wallach will be sadly missed, not least by Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood has led the tributes to the late actor Eli Wallach - his co-star in the classic 1966 movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - who died in New York on Tuesday, aged 98. More recently, Wallach reunited with Eastwood for his 2003 Oscar winning movie Mystic River.
Eli Wallach was one of the best loved actors around [Photo: Getty images, credit: Frederick M.Brown[
"Eli Wallach was a wonderful guy and a wonderful actor. I have fond memories of us working together," Eastwood said in a statement reported by USA Today.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood: "Eli Wallach Was A Wonderful Guy And Actor"
'Think Like A Man Too' may overtake '22 Jump Street' in this weekend's US Box Office. The comedy, starring Kevin Hart, made over $12 million on its opening night on Friday (20th June).
Kevin Hart stars in Think Like A Man Too.
Think Like A Man Too is the sequel to the 2012 comedy Think Like A Man. The sequel sees many of the ensemble cast reprise their roles as the couples head to Las Vegas for a wedding. Kevin Hart takes the lead in the comedy alongside Adam Brody, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrera, Regina Hall and La La Anthony.
Clint Eastwood is the latest director to adapt the Jersey Boys story.
Movie producers are again turning to Broadway for source material for blockbusters, thanks to the mega-success of film adaptations like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. And now the Tony and Olivier-winning Jersey Boys has been adapted to the big screen by none other than Clint Eastwood, although he seems to have thought he was making a period mob drama rather than a movie musical.
Jersey Boys hits cinemas tonight
Musical films almost vanished completely for the 20 years between Grease (1978) and Evita (1997), although it can be argued that the format was kept alive by Disney animators with the likes of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, all of which have taken the reverse trip from screen to Broadway. Other films had songs added for stage versions and then returned to the big screen in musical form. See The Producers (1967 original, musical staged in 2001 and filmed in 2005) and Hairspray (1988 original, musical staged in 2002 and filmed in 2007). After 2012's Les Miserables movie, based on the still-running 1980 stage musical, it's no surprise that this Christmas' big movie musicals feel like time travel.
Continue reading: 'Jersey Boys' Continues Flow From Stage To Screen
The legendary Western actor talks about his "Hitchcock" moment
Clint Eastwood wasn’t perhaps the first name on everybodys' lips when the Jersey Boys movie adaptation was in its early stages, but the vetern actor-turned-director seems to have done a solid job in taking the Broadway smash on to the silver screen.
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys hits cinemas tonight, June 20
The recipient of 5 Oscars, Eastwood has starred in 66 films, produced 40 and directed 37, and at the age of 84, couldn’t help but slip a cameo in to his latest project. Here is he talking to The Mirror about his “Hitchcock” moment in Jersey Boys.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood Opens Up On His Cameo In Jersey Boys
Music-lover Clint Eastwood adapts the long-running stage musical for the big screen with mixed results: it recounts a terrific true story but has an uneven pace. It also fails to put the events into any kind of context in the period, which leaves the achievements of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons feeling isolated from the rest of the music industry of the time. So it's difficult to engage in much of what happens.
In 1951 Newark, Frankie (John Lloyd Young) works as a barber's assistant, hangs out with a mafioso (Christopher Walken) and sings in a band with his pals Tommy and Nick (Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda), troublemakers up to all kinds of scams. But it's when they added songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) to the band that things begin to take off. Working with ace producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), they release three No 1 singles in a row: Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry and Walk Like a Man. And their fame grows from there. But Tommy's money problems eat away at the band's unity, and Nick begins to think that he's had enough.
Oddly, there the story of the Four Seasons feels dragged out to sustain a two-hour 15-minute film. The narrative is fractured and episodic, with long stretches in which nothing happens that hasn't been portrayed in every other musician biopic. Eastwood directs the film like a serious period epic, draining much of the colour from the screen while concentrating on shades of grey and brown. But the real problem is the script, which never manages to build up any momentum. Big events pale in interest next to the fantastic music, while a confusing flashback jumbles the timeline unnecessarily. And occasional scenes are narrated by the actors straight to camera, which is extremely distracting on a film screen, especially when Nick stops singing and starts chatting to us in the middle of the band's iconic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Continue reading: Jersey Boys Review
Will you see Jersey Boys this weekend?
Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award winning musical, is among the new cinematic releases this weekend and the critics appear to consider it a job well done from the veteran director. It tells the tale of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, whose music influenced a generation.
John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in 'Jersey Boys'
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood Almost Hits The Right Notes With ‘Jersey Boys’. Almost.
George Clooney is allegedly planning to switch careers - could he be President in 2020?
In an unexpected turn of events Hollywood actor George Clooney has decided to venture into the world of politics. 53-year-old Clooney is allegedly planning to run for the Governor of California position and is already being wooed by Obama’s Democrat party who are vying for him to run for office in 2018.
George Clooney for President?
The decision to switch careers comes not too long after the announcement that Clooney plans to wed British human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. Perhaps his fiancee’s super serious career has encouraged the Ocean’s Eleven star reassess the course of his life? It’s thought that Alamuddin wants to continue with her career in London once the nuptials are out of the way, but may one day happily move over to the US to support her husband’s budding new career.
Continue reading: Could George Clooney Be President Of The United States In 2020?
Clint Eastwood is apparently living with girlfriend Christina Sandera, but who is she?
Clint Eastwood is allegedly dating hotel employee Christina Sandera and things are looking pretty serious. The 84-year-old actor/director was spotted with his new lady love at a Whole Foods store in LA earlier in June, despite only recently splitting from girlfriend Erica Tomlinson-Fisher.
Clint Eastwood's new girlfriend, Christina Sandera, is apparently living with him in the home he once shared with his wife
A source told Us Weekly: “Erica Tomlinson-Fisher now seems to be gone. She hasn’t been around in a while. He is with Christina and happy. Christina has been taken out of the shadows and is now front and centre - and Erica is steaming. She thought she had won the sweepstakes to be Clint’s third wife, but not so fast, it seems…The word is, Erica has dug in and is not giving up. It appears they both entertain fantasies of marrying Clint when his divorce from Dina is finalised.”
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood Living With Hotel Employee Girlfriend Christina Sandera
84-year-old actor Clint Eastwood may have a new girlfriend, less than a year after separating from his wife Dina Eastwood. Eastwood was spotted earlier this month with an unknown blonde woman who has since been identified as Christina Sandera, an employee at Eastwood's California hotel.
Clint Eastwood has a new girlfriend! The 84-year-old continues to enjoy a prolific and highly successful directing career and has recently been spotted in the company of a younger woman.
Clint Eastwood may be living with his new girlfriend, according to reports.
The woman in question is Christina Sandera, who works at Eastwood's Mission Ranch Hotel in California as a hostess. Eastwood and Sandera were recently photographed shopping together in Los Angeles (1st June). Following the speculation surrounding the new woman in Eastwood's life, sources have spoken to numerous media outlets about their relationship.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood Living With Reported Girlfriend Christina Sandera?
On the eve of the release of 'Jersey Boys', we look at Eastwood's ten biggest successes as a director.
Having first installed himself within American culture with his recurring role as Rowdy Yates in the cowboy seriesRawhide, San Francisco native Clint Eastwood would become renowned across the world for his roles in a succession of violent and iconic Westerns. The ‘Man With No Name’ character, first seen in the hallowed ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy, saw Eastwood become internationally known as a steely actor who went down a storm with domestic and global audiences.
Clint Eastwood on the set of 'Changeling'
Continue reading: The Top 10 Movies Directed By Clint Eastwood
The musical stage-to-screen adaptation has had its premiere screening.
Jersey Boys received its premiere screening in New York City on Monday where director Clint Eastwood and the musical adaptation's cast were present and correct in sharp suits. Based on the musical of the same name, the biopic tells the story of four young men who came together to form popular sixties rock group The Four Seasons.
Eastwood may be better known for his hard-man action films but the 84 year-old film legend and music fan revealed that Jersey Boys was a passion project: "What was fun for me is that it's about musicians [...] The Four Seasons had all these hit songs, but they were juvenile delinquents! They were just guys from the neighborhood, a place where, if you were a singer, you were looked down upon as strange, unless you were Sinatra," Eastwood revealed, via The Daily Mail.
Starring Christopher Walken, Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza, Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell and Jersey Boys stage star, actress Erica Piccininni, the movie is fairly unique in that the actors were required to sing live.
Continue reading: 'Jersey Boys' Musical Given Hollywood Makeover By Clint Eastwood
It's the Tonys, is anyone really surprised that it was a great show?
Not only are the Tonys hilarious, entertaining… glittery, etc. – they’re also pretty democratic. In an over-the top show hosted by Hugh Jackman, top prizes went to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, as well as competitors Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way for best play, to Hedwig and the Angry Inch for best musical revival, and to A Raisin in the Sun for best play revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ten years after his first time hoSting, Jackman has gotten even better.
As for Hugh Jackman, who hosted the musical theatre awards for the first time in a decade, the Wolverine star did not disappoint. Jackman gave it his all straight from the opening sequence, which to be fair, is often the centerpiece of the show. That Wolverine training must have come in handy, as Jackman he hopped his way through the theater and backstage, down the aisles and into an elevator before making his way to the main stage for the show's opening.
Continue reading: Tony Awards 2014: So How Did Hugh Jackman Do?
The Four Seasons was one of the most adored rock bands of the sixties with its charismatic partnership of four singers led by the infamous Frankie Valli, whose powerful falsetto took the world by storm. But like any chart sensations, they started from the bottom living a difficult life in New Jersey. Despite achieving the fame they so desperately yearned for as young musicians, with success brought a lot of struggles; the band members' relationships became frequently tested, particularly as both fans and producers became interested in bringing Frankie's voice out more and more. Meanwhile, they had their personal lives to worry about with family troubles and problems involving the Mob - but in the end, the successes of tunes such as 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and 'Walk Like a Man' would make them the one of the most iconic acts of the decade.
Continue: Jersey Boys Trailer
Clint Eastwood's new film 'American Sniper' is due to start production next month, what do we know about the project so far?
The life of Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, a sniper with the highest recorded number of sniper kills for an American, is the subject of Clint Eastwood’s new film. American Sniper will be based on the autobiography of the same name, written by Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The astonishing story records the career of Kyle, who held the US record for sniper kills, with over 150 kills confirmed.
Two time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is billed to play Chris Kyle
Described by Green Beret Charles W. Sasser as a ‘true American warrior down to the bone’, the autobiography shares details of Kyle’s career, which spanned a decade and included several combat tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kyle tells the story of how he transitioned from life in his home state of Texas as a rodeo cowboy to become one of the most deadly assassins in US Military history.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper'
Most of us know that Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto are pretty musical, but there's a bunch of other celebs who also have musical skills on the side!
Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some of these famous people have the time to play an instrument on top of all the other projects they’re always involved with.
Clint Eastwood made his name as an actor in movies about the Old West, before going on to become one of the most renowned directors in the movie biz. However, we bet you didn’t know that he’s also a skilled composer and has composed the film scores to accompany a selection of the movies he has directed, including Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River.
Clint Eastwood often composes the scores to his movies
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)
Jordan will become a father for the fourth time following the announcement and he isn't alone in the aged father game
Michael Jordan is looking forward to becoming a dad for what will be the fourth time, with his much-younger wife Yvette Prieto, it was reported earlier this week. First reported by www.terezowens.com, the pregnancy comes some months after the pair tied the knot in April this year, after five years of dating,and whilst Jordan might be in his 50's now, this could very well be the founding of another family for the NBA legend.
Michael and Yvette might not be finished in the baby-making-department yet
Jordan isn't alone becoming a father well into middle age, as the celebrity world is full of older fathers. Some, like Jordan, have gone on to start new families in their advanced years following a divorce or loss of partner (or maybe even a scandal of some sort), whilst others like to leave it late before finally settling down and having offspring. Here, we look at five older gentlemen who waited until after their 50th birthday before having children.
Was it a quickie marriage or a complex plan to elude the media?
Celebrity relatives getting hitched, what could be more exciting? This weekend it was Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca Eastwood and Jonah Hill’s bro Jordan Feldstein got a quickie Vegas marriage last weekend, according to TMZ. The website bases this information on a photo of a marriage certificate with the pair’s names on it, dated November 17.
Is Miss Eastwood a Mrs now?
Oh and as a bit of added novelty, the gorgeous Eastwood and her new husband tied the knot at the Simple Wedding Chappel, which, among other things, offers Elvis impersonators as witnesses. According to the TMZ report, that’s all the information anyone (besides the newlyweds themselves, presumably) has at this point, with the two keeping mum about the whole thing. The website reports that Francesca was spotted out and about in Hollywood this week, sans wedding ring. But it could just be that the two are trying to be private about the affair… well, affair probably isn’t the right word at this point. But you get the idea - it was all very hush-hush.
A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever. And he's got such a huge presence that we love listening to his stories almost as much as we've loved watching his films over the decades. This movie also explores his controversial image as a right-wing gun lover, but the salient fact is that his friends and colleagues clearly love him dearly.
John Milius has always been a man's man. His asthma prevented him from joining the military, so he instead went to film school in the 1960s with a group that included Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. And these young turks were exactly what cinema needed as the studio system ended. Milius' uncredited screenplay for Dirty Harry got him work as a writer and director, and his crowning achievement remains the screenplay for Apocalypse Now. He's also proud of his passion project Big Wednesday, an iconic surfing film that vanished without a trace when the studio abandoned it. But everything changed with Red Dawn, the teen fantasy that gave him his pro-gun reputation as a pariah. He's been less busy since, but is still working on his long-gestating epic about Genghis Khan, even though he has spent the past few years recovering from a debilitating stroke.
Like Milius himself, this is a beefy, jovial movie that zips along at a fast pace, observing telling details everywhere without any real criticism. Milius calls himself a "zen anarchist" rather than a conservative, and it's fascinating to see his life-loving personality emerge in the clips. Meanwhile, we see all of the iconic lines he's written and cinema-changing moments he's had a hand in, from writing Robert Shaw's amazing USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws to teaching Arnold Schwarzenegger how to hold a sword for Conan.
Continue reading: Milius Review
Dina Eastwood filed divorce papers from her husband on Monday, ending 17-years of marriage
Clint Eastwood is set to end his marriage to wife of 17 years, Dina Eastwood, after Dina filed divorce papers at Monterey County Superior Court in Carmel, California, earlier this week. It comes only a few weeks after Dina initially filed and retracted a set of court papers filing for divorce from the 83-year-old Hollywood great.
Clint and Dina Eastwood have ended things after 17 years of marriage
Dina is filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their split. Clint's estranged wife is seeking physical custody of their 16-year-old daughter Morgan, and is requesting spousal support and attorney fees to be paid for by Clint. The couple's split was confirmed on Wednesday, 23 October, by People Magazine, who also reported that Clint has seemingly moved on from his failed marriage already.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood's Wife Files Divorce From Hollywood Legend
Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, is now ready to end their 17 year marriage for good.
Another Hollywood marriage ends. Dina Eastwood, Clint's wife, files for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."
The former E! reality star filed the papers on Monday(Oct 21st) in Monterey County Superior Court in Carmel, California, according to People.
The announcement of their divorce came just over one month after Dina requested that her petition for a legal separation be dismissed, which she filed on September 9th.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood's Wife Files For Divorce After 17 Years Of Marriage
After 17 years of marriage, Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz have separated. Ruiz, a former television presenter, made a statement to a US entertainment magazine announcing their split.
Clint Eastwood and his wife of 17 years, Dina, have separated. Dina Eastwood, nee Ruiz, made a statement on Thursday (29th August) confirming she and her husband were no longer together. Eastwood has only been married twice, but has had numerous relationships with other women. The 83-year-old actor has seven children including 16-year-old Morgan with Dina. Eastwood met news anchor Dina in 1993 when she interviewed him and they married three years later.
Dina and Clint Eastwood, photographed together in 2010.
Their separation appears to be amicable and may not be a recent decision. The Mail reported the couple have not been photographed together since 2011 and it is believed, according to Us Weekly (who Dina spoke to) that the separation began in June of last year. Strangely, relations between the couple cannot have been overly strained as Eastwood agreed to appear on Dina's reality show Mrs. Eastwood & Company. The show also featured their daughter Morgan and Eastwood's daughter, from previous marriage to Frances Fisher, Francesca. Mrs. Eastwood & Company aired in May and June of last year; the show must have been filmed in the previous few months. Their marriage, at least on camera, did not appear to be in difficulty. It was later revealed, by TMZ, that the couple were facing adversity as Dina had entered a facility in April 2013 to help treat depression and anxiety.
Continue reading: Clint & Dina Eastwood Separate After 17 Years Of Marriage
Ben Affleck has certainly scored some awards over the past year.
Ben Affleck was awarded with the Spike’s Tv ‘Guy of the Year Award’ on Saturday (aired last night). The ceremony took place in Culver City, California. Affleck was presented his antler shaped (nicknamed ‘mantler’) award by fellow Oscar winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood. This is one of many awards; Affleck has received this year including an Oscar for his film Argo.
The Awards were first held in 2007 and previous winners have included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Mickey Rourke, Maek Wahlberg and Matt Damon. As you’d expect, the awards are hardly female friendly (there is an award named the ‘holy grail of hot’) yet many turned out for the event including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba.
The awards are hardly on par with the Oscars or a Golden Globes – there was a category in 2012 for ‘Hottest Zo(o)e(y)’. The nominations for this particular award were somewhat limited. However, the award’s lack of prestige did not prevent Affleck celebrating backstage with Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn and Jimmy Kimmel.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Is Guy’S Choice Awards’ ‘Guy Of The Year’
If reports are to be believed, Clint Eastwood's marriage to Dina Eastwood could be over.
Clint Eastwood and wife Dina's relationship has gotten so bad that she has divorce on the mind, according to a report by TMZ.com. Mrs Eastwood entered rehab for depression and anxiety last week because she says her marriage is on the rocks and the possibility of divorcing from Hollywood legend Clint sent her over the edge.
Sources close to the couple tell the entertainment website that Clint and Dina - who've been married since 1996 - have been having serious marital issues for months and that Dina has been mulling over whether to end their marriage. An insider chose not to disclose the specifics of the couple's problems, though did confirm that Clint still believes the marriage is salvageable. They also said the rehab stint was Dina's choice and that she plans to stay at the exclusive facility in Arizona for a few months.
Reports of unrest in the marriage intensified when Clint was pictured with the Tribeca Film Festival without his wedding ring. The 82-year-old actor and director participated in a film event on Saturday (April 27, 2013) without the band and was also seen walking the streets sans ring. Clint and Dina have a daughter together, 16-year-old Morgan who featured in Dina's show along with Francesca - Eastwood's daughter from his relationship with actress Frances Fisher.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood Wife Mulls Divorce After Heading Into Rehab
Listen, young film director wannabes, Clint's talking
From cult western hero, to Hollywood A-lister, to renown film director, Clint Eastwood has been a stalwart on the movie scene for decades. And if he’s to be believed, he won’t be gone for a while yet.
"It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood said, calling that kind of hope "the ultimate optimism." He was expressing his admiration for the 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. Would we want Eastwood to carry on that long? Of course we would, but before it’s too late, let’s take a look at some of his pearls of wisdom; his directing jewels not to be forgotten. Here they are, courtesy of the Associated Press.
Clint Eastwood - A stalwart for film fans
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood’s Words Of Directing Wisdom – Shout Action? Think Again
Clint Eastwood's wife Dina is said to be suffering from depression and anxiety.
Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood has checked herself into rehabilitation to help with depression and anxiety. Dina, who stars in her own reality show with Clint's daughter Francesca, entered an exclusive facility in Arizona, according to sources close to family who spoke to TMZ.com.
Despite reports, Dina is NOT being treated for substance abuse and simply needs help with the issues stated. Clint and Dina have been married since 1996 and are said to have one of the strongest Hollywood relationships around. They have a 16-year-old daughter, Morgan, who also stars in the popular reality show Mrs Eastwood & Company.
Dina will no doubt get plenty of encouragement and support from Clint, who's no stranger to the treatment facility field. He's a major donor to a hospital in Monterey, which named its youth program after him. It specializes in teen drug, alcohol and mental health issues. A great cause.
Continue reading: Clint Eastwood's Wife Checks Into Rehab For Depression And Anxiety
Clint Eastwood gave away his daughter at her lavish wedding in California this past weekend.
Clint Eastwood daughter's wedding took place at Saddlepeak Lodge in California this weekend, with Alison Eastwood donning a stunning 1930's inspired beaded gown by Les Habitudes for her nuptials with 'Chainsaw Gang' sculptor Stacy Poitras. The couple's rings were designed by Philip Press.
"We are thrilled to be surrounded by our family for this very special day and appreciate their love and support as we begin our married life together," the happy couple told People magazine. As well as Clint Eastwood, the guests also include Alison's mother Maggie, her jazz musician brother Kyle Eastwood, actor brother Scott Eastwood, sister Kathryn Eastwood, as well as Clint's current wife Dina Eastwood and Poitras's brothers Mark, Matt and Bobby.
The guests dined on a lavish menu that included salmon and elk, though the bride chowed down on a vegetarian meal. Her husband, who stars on the CMT show about artists who make sculptures with chainsaws, met Alison five years ago when she rode her horse to his studio at the Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill in California.
Continue reading: Eastwood Daughter's Wedding: Alison Marries TV Sculptor In California
Bruce Willis, one of the most prolific and profitable actors in Hollywood, has been speaking about his Oscars drought, having never received a sniff of a nomination despite strong turns over the years in the likes of The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction and The Fifth Element. The actor, currently starting in A Good Day To Die Hard, spoke to GQ magazine about why he thinks he’s never been considered for a golden statuette.
“I don't think about it too much. It just always has seemed whimsical to me, to think about it. You don't get an Oscar for comedy, and you don't get it for shooting people. You get it for novelty, for being fascinating to watch in some character role.” It’s probably agreeable that Willis hasn’t taken many character roles over the years, though perhaps there’s still time for a clearly talented actor to win true critical acclaim. Clint Eastwood - initially regarded as a real journeyman actor - wasn’t nominated for an Oscar until he was 62, though Willis questions whether he has the same staying power. “The middle years to now makes me start to think that there should come a time when I should not work so much. I don't question other actors in their age and what they do; I just think, 'Wow, they're still fucking great.' They're still doing it,” he said.
It’s hard to determine where Willis’ award winning roles – if any – are going to come from in the coming years. He’s set to appear in the Sin City sequel and will star opposite Jamie Foxx in the crime-drama Kane & Lynch about a pair of death-row inmates. A turn in Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s American Assassin is unlikely to bare Oscars riches.
Continue reading: Ever Wondered Why Bruce Willis Has Never Won An Oscar?
There have, to date, been three versions of 'A Star is Born' the first in 1937, the second in 1954 and the most recent came out in 1976, and all have been wildly successful. The recipe for success seems to be in having an extraordinary leading lady, with Judy Garland starring in the 1954 version, and Barbara Streisand the latter, the biggest stars with the strongest and most distinctive voices of their time, there is no question as to why Clint Eastwood would want Beyonce to be the leading lady in the newest proposed adaptation of the classic film. He must now be devastated as she's pulled out of the project-for a second time.
The premise of every film is a female rising star, taken on by a veteran in the business, who sees his own career decline with the career of the 'rising star' rockets. The main problem this project is facing seems to be finding the right leading stars. The casting crew has been through a long list of Hollywood's greats, but left without much, and now with Beyonce's premature exit they're left with nothing. Bradley Cooper has been cited as a hot favourite for the role that would have been opposite Beyonce.
In TheWrap.com Beyonce cites a jampacked schedule for her abdication from the role. She said: 'I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood. 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.' However, some critics have questioned whether political differences have pushed Beyonce and Eastwood apart, as the former has been vocal in her backing of democrat Barack Obama, whereas Eastwood is a life-long republican.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘End of Watch’ came from nowhere to top the U.S box office, though it was another disappointing week for the movie industry. The Los Angeles cop tale – also starring Michael Pena debuted with $13.2 million to finish at No.1, according to the Associated Press.
Gyllenhaal’s latest movie had been neck-and-neck with Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film ‘House of the End of the Street’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Trouble With the Curve’, though powered ahead on Sunday. Eastwood’s recent appearance at the Republican National Convention probably did little to help the baseball flick’s chances – his speech was roundly mocked online, though the film also received lukewarm reviews, at best. The box office result is great news for Gyllenhaal, director David Ayer and Open Road Films, who made the police drama for just $7 million. It follows two Los Angeles Police Department officers who work in South Central L.A and was lauded by critics. The New York Times called it, “a muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.”
Despite End Of Watch’s success, the U.S. box office continues to slow dramatically. To put the latest figures into perspective – on the same weekend in 2010, George Clooney’s ‘The American’ also took $13 million, though it was only good enough for sixth place.
It looks as though Clint Eastwood has hit a home run with his latest movie ‘Trouble With the Curve.’ It’s the first time that Clint has starred in a movie directed by anyone other than his good self, since 1993’s In the Line of Fire and Trouble With The Curve sees him playing the role of an ageing baseball scout trying to reconcile his relationship with his daughter (played by Amy Adams). It’s an easy-to-swallow, conventional story and should grab the attention of middle-America, who have hopefully managed to forget Clint’s bizarre ‘empty chair’ performance at the recent Republican Convention.
Reviews of the new Clint Eastwood movie have so far been encouraging. Clint gives a strong performance of a man struggling with the effects that the passing of time has on his physical existence and “Amy Adams makes a good match as the career-driven daughter with festering resentment,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy. Variety’s Justin Chang is equally complementary of the lead actors’ on-screen chemistry: “Robert Lorenz's square but sturdy directing debut rests on the wonderfully spiky chemistry between Eastwood and Amy Adams as a testy old scout and his equally strong-willed daughter.”
Trouble With the Curve opens tomorrow (September 21, 2012) and somewhat ironically, given the public response to the Clint Eastwood speech at the Republican Convention, it looks as though his political dabblings may have upped the profile for the movie. Reuters report that the film is now among the top five best-selling advance tickets for this coming weekend. It faces competition at the box office from Jennifer Lawrence’s new horror movie The House At The End of The Street and the Judge Dredd movie, Dredd 3D.
Clint Eastwood on gay marriage was one of the most interesting segments of the western star’s recently appearance on Ellen Degeneres daytime talk show. Despite aligning himself with Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign – a man known for his staunch anti-gay marriage views – Eastwood surprised come commentators with his own opinion.
The actor-director essentially told Ellen that whoever you choose to marry should be none of the government’s business, asserting, “It’s a part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone!” Eastwood went on to suggest that the United States were facing serious problems – most notably the economic situation – and that politicians were wasting much too time discussing gay marriage, saying, “The condition of society right now with the high unemployment rates, and the tremendous debt increasing, and the government spending, you’d think there’d be a lot to think about, except worrying about what gay marriage is about.” The actor has always been known as a libertarian, rather than a Republican, and his comments reiterate his belief about gay marriage which he first made public during an interview with GQ in 2011. On that occasion he said he didn’t “give a f*ck” if a gay couple wanted to marry. So that’s that, then.
The actor – who most recently helmed the big-screen biopic ‘J Edgar’ – was the subject of internet mocking last week after his infamous speech at the Republican convention. During an interview with Extra TV, Eastwood had little sympathy for Mitt Romney – whose campaign he is said to have harmed with his skit – saying, “If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get.”
Clint Eastwood has been talking politics again, and this time he actually criticised Mitt Romney, the man he so publically backed last time he made a foray into public politics, reports The New York Daily News.
“If somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get," he said of Romney, whilst acknowledging that his performance last time didn’t go down that well. “People loved it or hated it and that’s fine,” he said. “That’s what it was supposed to be.” We’re still trying to work out exactly what that means. Eastwood wasn’t all doom on gloom on his chosen presidential candidate saying that hoped Romney would “be a little more organized, a little more business-wise”
On Obama, who recently stated his admiration for the controversial 82-year old Western star, Eastwood had nice things to say. Not nice, just, things: “Well, great. Well, I think he can be very gracious when he wants to be. That’s fine,” Eastwood said. “And I have no problem with him at all. I just have a problem with the situation that we’re in right now. It’s nothing personal,” he added “When he came in, I thought it was great. I thought the multiculturalism, multiracialism was great, all that kind of stuff. But to me, it’s just about the work,” he concluded. So, it’s good to see he supports Multiracialism as long as the work gets done. Yeah?
John Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio) was only 29 when he became director of the Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI), and he ruled supreme until his death in 1972, holding eight US presidents in the palm of his hand with his notorious files of personal secrets. But he also had loyal friends, including his secretary Helen (Watts) and his right-hand man Clyde (Hammer). As a young man, his mother (Dench) instilled in him a hatred of liberalism and homosexuality, so his enemies included Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy (Donovan) and himself.
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George (Damon) has a gift: he can see into the afterlife and help people communicate with their lost loved ones. But he feels it's more like a curse.
Meanwhile in Paris, star journalist Marie (De France) has just recovered from a near-death experience. Instead of working on her planned biography of Mitterand, she instead starts investigating why accounts of after-death experiences are so shunned. And in London, pre-teen Marcus is looking for ways to communicate with recently deceased twin (they're played by Frankie and George McLaren).
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Fit snug into the mother superior of self-reflexive roles, Angelina Jolie once again finds herself the eye of the storm in Clint Eastwood's epic melodrama Changeling. Armed with her thick, crimson lips, period duds, and that ever-present cloche, Jolie goes all gooey as Christine Collins, a single mother who finds herself a media fulcrum when she denies that a boy returned to her by the LAPD is Walter, her son who had been kidnapped five months prior.
Based on a catastrophic piece of the infamous Wineville Chicken-Coop Murders, which ran from 1928 to 1930, and the ensuing trials that yielded a major ousting of the LAPD's top tier and almost no real answers, Changeling is an exceedingly visual film yet one that lacks confidence in its imagery, relying too often on clunky language and an unsteady lead performance. This is no loose adaptation of actual events: Collins fought against the terminally-corrupt LAPD for years, became a martyr for forced institutionalization, and kept her job as a roller-skating switchboard operator while continuing the search for her lost boy. That's no small feat for a lone woman in the late 20s/early 30s.
After taking the boy the LAPD presented home, Collins begins to document inaccuracies between the delivered boy and her son, only to be brushed off by Captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), the man in charge of the investigation. Support comes in the form of Reverend Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), a flamboyant radio preacher who's been hounding the LAPD for years. When Collins finally takes her story to the media, it's Gustav who starts yelling for her return as she is forced into a psychiatric hospital with a gaggle of mistreated women, the most vocal of whom is played by Amy Ryan.
In its third act, Eastwood switches focus to the trial and execution of Gordon Northcott (Jason Butler Harner), the man who kidnapped and slaughtered over 20 children on his ranch in Wineville, one of which was Collins' son. The introduction of Northcott disrupts the tone and mood of the film, stumbling from feminist parable to legal drama. It does permit a final scene between Collins and Northcott, allowing Jolie a final, enraged plea for closure: It's later revealed that Walter might have escaped Northcott's ranch, a fact that's meant to bolster an infuriating feel-good ending.
Changeling, like most of Eastwood's excellent latter-day work, is a classy affair, but one of technical weight rather than dramatic. Shot by Tom Stern, the brilliant cinematographer who has been working with Eastwood since 2002's Blood Work, the director's latest is covered in dehydrated colors and beautifully scored by Eastwood himself with lilting pianos and blustery strings. While Jolie overplays her scorned mother, the supporting cast blends in beautifully, especially Donovan's complexly-composited policeman and Malkovich's propulsive, lively clergyman. Schematically unstable, it's J. Michael Straczynski's woozy script that proves the film's most incapable cog, handling its cerebral and narrative shifts with the subtlety of a race car hitting a speed bump.
At a hulking 141-minute runtime, Changeling suffers from more than its fair share of showy moments, none more egregious than when momma bear profanely tells off the head of the psychiatric hospital. Eastwood's direction is proficient, but he finds it impossible for his actress and his aesthetics to coalesce. Unable to internalize the drama, Jolie engulfs every scene with an utterance of "I want my son back!," often cheapening the meticulous production design, courtesy of the talented James J. Murakami. It's a gaudy, showboat performance, trading nuance and grace for simple presence; I'll eat a small fishing boat if she doesn't get an Oscar nomination. British director Michael Winterbottom tempered Jolie the starlet as another single mother left as residue after a media-centric tragedy in A Mighty Heart by centering on the procedure of retrieval. With Eastwood, however, Jolie's weeping caterwaul reduces a firebrand of corrupt politics into a work of enthused pageantry.
First we're gonna catch this Zodiac guy, then we'll find your boy.
Some manage, but most do not, and River drowns in tedium and cumbersome symbolism as a result. The 73-year-old Eastwood remains a meat-and-potatoes filmmaker. He's not afraid to take chances when selecting material, but his no-nonsense approach regardless of the content dooms this and other projects to a static and mind-numbingly wearisome state.
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