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American Sniper hero Chris Kyle 'lied about medal tally'

12 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us navy hero who inspired highest-grossing war movie of all time exaggerated medal haul, according to information released through data request application

The Us war hero profiled in the highest-grossing war movie of all time, American Sniper, lied about the medals he received for bravery on the battlefield, The Intercept website has reported.

Chris Kyle, who died in 2013 and was portrayed by Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood’s 2014 film, wrote in his autobiography that he received two silver stars and five bronze stars for valour during his service with the Navy Seals during the Iraq war.

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- Ben Child

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Sergio Leone's "Colt" Becomes A Mini-Series

25 May 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Leone Film Group has begun developing an English-language TV series titled "Colt," based on an idea developed by the late and great iconic spaghetti western filmmaker Sergio Leone.

The concept centers around the six-shooter gun packed by Clint Eastwood in "For a Fistful of Dollars." In 1987 Sergio Leone hooked up with his old writing partners Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella to work on an idea for a TV series about a Colt revolver that passes from owner to owner throughout the Old West.

Leone was said to be interested in a more naturalistic take on the Spaghetti Western genre than his earlier works, hoping to show the Old West "like it really was." Donati wrote a treatment draft, but then the project was abandoned.

Italian director Stefano Sollima (Sky's "Gomorra") will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner along with writing the screenplay alongside Luca Infascelli and Massimo Gaudioso. »

- Garth Franklin

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Why the 'Preacher' comic creator is Ok with Seth Rogen's changes for the TV show

25 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been 21 years since Vertigo released the first issue of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's blasphemous horror/action/comedy mash-up comic Preacher, and 20 since a screenwriter first attempted the seemingly impossible task of adapting it for the screen. Over the last two decades, Ennis watched his baby pass through many hands, none of them quite knowing what to do with it, before the improbable team of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Breaking Bad vet Sam Catlin turned it into an actual show, which debuted on AMC on Sunday night. (Due to Memorial Day weekend, AMC will be rerunning the premiere this Sunday at 9, followed by the debut of the Chris Hardwick-hosted Talking Preacher. The second episode will debut June 5 at 9 p.m.) I liked the TV take on Preacher quite a bit, even though it takes many enormous liberties with the source material. (Roth Cornet and I recently »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The King and Four Queens

23 May 2016 9:32 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Clark Gable is still sufficiently frisky in this late career western to attract four well-chosen frontier women -- who in this case happen to be a quartet of robbers' wives, sitting on a rumored mountain of ill-gotten gains. Raoul Walsh abets the comedy-drama, as Gable's fox-in-a-henhouse tries to determine which hen can lead him to the promised golden eggs. The King and Four Queens Blu-ray Olive Films 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jo Van Fleet, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Production Design Wiard Ihnen Film Editor Howard Bretherton Original Music Alex North Written by Richard Alan Simmons, Margaret Fitts from her story Produced by David Hempstead Directed by Raoul Walsh

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- Glenn Erickson

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Preacher episode 1 review: Pilot

23 May 2016 12:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Preacher pilot, directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, arrives on AMC brimming with confidence and violence...

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 Pilot

Like a lot of teenagers, I drifted away from comic books. The expense got to be too much, and since I never got a subscription to any comic and only bought them at the store, I was always missing issues, which made it difficult to follow along with the plots. However, when I was in high school, one of our classes had a reading hour on Friday, and a friend of mine brought comic books. From the moment I opened up Preacher, I was hooked, and I made sure that every Friday, he'd bring other issues of it for me to read.

In a lot of ways, it's the perfect comic for a teenage boy; funny, perverse, violent, sacrilegious, and obsessed with the removal of male genitalia. »

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Out of the Past: The Greatest 1970s Detective Movies

20 May 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Whether they’re peeping on cheating husbands or reeling in runaway daughters, the cinematic detective, popularized in the ’30s and ’40s, can always be relied upon for a witty line or a sock in the jaw. Often, the detective is a man alone, searching through dark alleys for invaluable clues to some labyrinthine mystery. The detective is often the only soul who will do whatever it takes, no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem. As Raymond Chandler wrote: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean.” In the ’70s, the culture irrevocably changed, but the detective’s job stayed the same — if not perhaps a bit more complex.

The Nice Guys, the newest film from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer-director Shane Black, is out in theaters this week. In the film, a luckless private eye and a grumpy hired thug find themselves an unlikely »

- Tony Hinds

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Exclusive photos: Fran Kranz in new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

20 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood, the Dream Factory, is the apt setting for the latest cinematic update on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fran Kranz, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast in the new Midsummer adaptation. HitFix has an exclusive early look at the film. The new vision of one of the Bard’s greatest comedies is set in present-day Hollywood, a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists, and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. The Athenians are Hollywood glitterati, the mechanicals (Bottom and his troupe of wannabe actors) are film students, and the fairies of the forest are hippies in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains just east of Malibu. Staging or filming a Shakespeare project four centuries after the incomparable playwright lived and after countless artists have already mounted productions of his plays poses several challenges. (Yes, really four centuries, »

- Emily Rome

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Fiore’

19 May 2016 5:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fiore,” the story of a teenager discovering herself and finding love at a juvenile detention center in Italy, combines Dardennes-style social realism with a story of cross-prison infatuation so dewy you half-expect the film to end with a title card comparing the institution’s rates of recidivism and romance. Very smoothly directed by Claudio Giovannesi (“Alì Blue Eyes”), making his third feature, the film provides a magnetic showcase for newcomer Daphne Scoccia (who appears in every scene of her first movie), even as the story burrows away, like Clint Eastwood in “Escape From Alcatraz,” at the picture’s overall credulity. What starts as a hard-hitting commentary on how society can help people get back on their feet sometimes veers perilously close to “Arancione Is the New Black.” Even so, the same crowd-pleasing qualities that undercut the narrative may help to sell the film more widely. Release in Rome and Milan »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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Tom Hanks to Receive France's Highest Honor for His Work Highlighting World War II

17 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tom Hanks is set to be honored in Paris with the Legion d'Honneur, one of France's highest awards. Along with Hanks, NBC newsman and Greatest Generation author Tom Brokaw and National World War II Museum Director Gordon "Nick" Mueller will receive the five-grade order's entry level award on Friday. The trio will become chevaliers of the Legion of Honor in recognition for their efforts highlighting the role of World War II combat soldiers as well as their long-standing support of New Orleans' National World War II Museum. The Legion d'Honneur, founded by Napoleon in 1802 as an order of merit, is »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Tom Hanks to Receive France's Highest Honor for His Work Highlighting World War II

17 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tom Hanks is set to be honored in Paris with the Legion d'Honneur, one of France's highest awards. Along with Hanks, NBC newsman and Greatest Generation author Tom Brokaw and National World War II Museum Director Gordon "Nick" Mueller will receive the five-grade order's entry level award on Friday. The trio will become chevaliers of the Legion of Honor in recognition for their efforts highlighting the role of World War II combat soldiers as well as their long-standing support of New Orleans' National World War II Museum. The Legion d'Honneur, founded by Napoleon in 1802 as an order of merit, is »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Review: Why Seth Rogen's 'Preacher' was smart to move away from the comics

17 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We live in an age of miracles when it comes to allegedly unadaptable books actually being adapted. For years, fantasy fans assumed no one could do right by George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, but then Game of Thrones became a phenomenon for readers and non-readers alike. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books seemed too larded with historical detail (and the occasional extremely graphic rape scene) to seem plausible as a TV show, but the Starz version has won over most of her audience. Now comes AMC's Preacher, based on an acclaimed '90s comic book series, by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, whose apparent barriers to adaptation are so numerous and daunting that they make A Song of Ice and Fire look like Bridget Jones' Diary. The comic is deeply offensive on both spiritual and aesthetic levels — its recurring cast includes both »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What Is Your One Great Hope for the Summer Movie Season? – Criticwire Survey

16 May 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, the Criticwire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, "What is the best film in theaters right now?" can be found at the end of this post.) This week's question: What is your one great hope for the summer movie season (and why)?  Richard Brody, The New Yorker I confess: the movie I'm most impatient to see falls beyond the Labor Day divide but this side of the autumnal equinox: Clint Eastwood's "Sully," scheduled for release Sept. 9. His previous film, "American Sniper," was a story of youth and passion. Sully is a story of age and experience, and I'm very curious to see what kind of drama — what kind of life — Eastwood envisions around the few critical minutes that put the protagonist's name in the history books. My antennae – or »

- David Ehrlich

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Cannes Review: 'Tour de France' Is A Half-Hearted 'Gran Torino' Remake Starring Gérard Depardieu As Clint Eastwood

15 May 2016 2:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Imagine a Gallic remake of "Gran Torino" with a paunchy Gérard Depardieu in the Clint Eastwood role, and you'll be within spitting distance of Rachid Djaïdani's "Tour de France." Equal parts fresh and familiar, this odd couple dramedy contrives a premise in which a young Muslim rapper is forced to spend some time with a crotchety white racist. While Djaïdani is sensitively attuned to the unique details of his country's current hostilities, you've seen this movie before: Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, everybody learns a little something about the banality of their ignorance and viewers go home with the image of a free-styling Gérard Depardieu burned into their brains. A babyfaced twentysomething who can often be found hiding beneath the brim of a baseball cap that's embroidered with a golden "F," Far'hook (hip-hop artist Sadek, appearing here in his first film role) is a big dog in a small world. »

- David Ehrlich

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Tour de France’

15 May 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the prospect of watching Gérard Depardieu rap — or rather, witnessing the massive French star roll back and forth on his hips, grab his crotch and shout “Yo yo! Bang bang!” in some grotesquely out-of-touch caricature of gangsta rap — sounds like reason enough to see a movie, then “Tour de France” delivers. But that bizarre spectacle is something of an anomaly in actor-turned-director Rachid Djaïdani’s ultra-p.C. group hug of a movie, which is otherwise so determined to fix what ails France in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and rising racism that it comes across like an obsequious child trying to calm his red-faced parents at the height of a dish-smashing domestic dispute — or worse, a Gallic “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Set around an implausible road trip in which an angry yet bizarrely unaggressive young French-Arab rapper named Far’Hook (Sadek) chauffeurs his producer’s hip-hop-averse dad, Serge (Depardieu), around the coast of France, »

- Peter Debruge

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Courtney, Douglas, Thwaites to star in 'The God Four'

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Protagonist launches sales on starry Cannes package from Sully writer; Us shoot to get underway next month.

Divergent and Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney is to play alongside two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas and rising actor Brenton Thwaites (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) in intriguing Cannes package The God Four.

Todd Komarnicki (Resistance), writer of upcoming Clint Eastwood-Tom Hanks biopic Sully and producer of Will Ferell comedy Elf, has written and will direct the feature, which is based on Ron Irwin’s novel Flat Water Tuesday.

Courtney will star as Rob Carrey, a documentary filmmaker who, on the eve of his 10-year school reunion, discovers that one member of their championship rowing crew has just committed suicide.

The revelation prompts him to revisit his fateful senior year, a time of rivalry, romance and dangerous secrets.

Wall Street star Douglas will play Carrey’s former coach and Thwaites an Olympic hopeful »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Michael Douglas, Jai Courtney, Brenton Thwaites to star in 'The God Four'

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Protagonist launches sales on starry Cannes package from Sully writer; Us shoot to get underway next month.

Divergent and Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney is to play alongside two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas and rising actor Brenton Thwaites (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) in intriguing Cannes package The God Four.

Todd Komarnicki (Resistance), writer of upcoming Clint Eastwood-Tom Hanks biopic Sully and producer of Will Ferell comedy Elf, has written and will direct the feature, which is based on Ron Irwin’s novel Flat Water Tuesday.

Courtney will star as Rob Carrey, a documentary filmmaker who, on the eve of his 10-year school reunion, discovers that one member of their championship rowing crew has just committed suicide.

The revelation prompts him to revisit his fateful senior year, a time of rivalry, romance and dangerous secrets.

Wall Street star Douglas will play Carrey’s former coach and Thwaites an Olympic hopeful »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Corman Ahead of Hitchcock: Cult Nature vs. Humankind Sci-Fi Thriller

12 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Hardly truth in advertising as there's no million-eyed beast in Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller. 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's[1] The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes is one of my favorite 1950s alien invasion films. Set in an ugly, desolate landscape – shot “for wide screen in terror-scope” in Indio and California's Coachella Valley – the screenplay by future novelist Tom Filer (who also played Jack Nicholson's sidekick in the 1966 Western Ride in the Whirlwind) focuses on a dysfunctional family whose members become the first victims of a strange force from another galaxy after a spaceship lands nearby emitting sound vibrations that turn domestic animals into aggressive killers. Killer cow First, the lady-of-the-house is pecked by a flock of chickens and, »

- Danny Fortune

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Enlists For Doug Liman War Thriller The Wall

10 May 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman and Amazon Pictures’ Black List thriller The Wall has today added Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron) to its ranks, according to Variety.

Pitched as a “deadly cat and mouse thriller” between an American sharpshooter and a deadly Iraq sniper, Liman’s latest inevitably draws comparisons to Clint Eastwood’s award-winning American Sniper, though the outlet notes that the feature is a much more focused affair. Pinned down by a heap of rubble – hence the title – The Wall has all the makings of a pulse-pounding thriller, rooting the audience in a single location for much of its running time.

Based on Dwain Worrell’s original screenplay, which first surfaced on Hollywood’s famed Black List two years ago, The Wall is now poised to become Amazon’s first original feature film, as the online giant looks to strengthen its creative output in the »

- Michael Briers

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