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Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
According to the friends of the legendary actor, Eastwood and his second wife of 17 years have had problems for months, the Sun reported.
The Former TV news anchor, 47, left their house in Carmel, California and shifted to a rehab clinic in Arizona, where she is all set to stay for weeks.
Ruiz, who has a 16-year-old daughter Morgan with the 'Dirty Harry' star, recently starred in a Us TV reality show called 'Mrs. Eastwood and Company', but the show turned. »
- Shiva Prakash
Clint Eastwood will have lost a few Brownie points for his bizarre and frankly ill-advised conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Congress last autumn, but he is still much-adored Hollywood royalty – old and craggy, but still directing and acting to a phenomenally high standard and responsible as actor and/or director for some of the greatest and most iconic films ever to have come out of Hollywood.
Most often associated with Westerns and understandably so (the Dollars trilogy, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven), Eastwood also has a sterling track record within the crime genre (Dirty Harry, Mystic River, In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me) and with straight dramas too (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, A Perfect World, Changeling). With Oscar statuettes and nominations coming out of his ears, he is clearly much loved by the Academy, but critics and »
- Dave Roper
If you're a Cinema Retro reader, chances are you've probably seen director Don Siegel's 1971 crime classic Dirty Harry more times than you can count. However, what you may not know is that the film was not originally developed for Clint Eastwood. Other actors from John Wayne to Burt Lancaster turned it down first and Frank Sinatra had actually been signed for the role before an injury to his hand made him drop out. The web site www.todayifoundout.com provides some fun facts about the making of the movie. Click here to read »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Chicago Fire has only been blazing across NBC’s airwaves for a single season, but already the show created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas is talking spin-off. Legendary Law & Order executive producer Dick Wolf is interested in leading the new series and two actors are revolving around the spin-off, too. They are Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott, and former Lost actress, Tania Raymonde.
Is it wrong of me to be more interested in the proposed spin-off than in the flagship show? I guess part of the reason I haven’t been paying enough attention to Chicago Fire is because I’m still licking my wounds after The Chicago Code was cancelled. I really loved that show. Mix a very strong, sometimes hated woman in a leadership position, a young undercover detective in over his head, and star Jason Clarke, who has since taken off on the big screen in thrillers like Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Sasha Nova
These days, actor/director Clint Eastwood is best known as the filmmaker behind hard-hitting dramas like Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. However, the former Dirty Harry has been looking to try his hand at a very different genre for quite a while – the musical.
For years, Eastwood has been developing a remake of A Star Is Born, which was most recently brought to the big screen in 1976 with Barbara Streisand in the lead. Eastwood’s version – which would be the third remake of the original 1937 production – was set to star Beyoncé Knowles. However, Knowles has since dropped out of the project, leaving it in a state of limbo for now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood will instead shift his focus over to another musical project with the film adaptation of the Tony ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
We all know that the issue of marriage equality is quite divisive, generating various sorts of responses and stances. Gay marriage is now official in places as diverse as Canada, Argentina, Australia, Mexico City, and Washington State, but it's all but unthinkable (at least for the time being) in places such as China, Nigeria, Iran, Texas, and Arkansas. Brad Pitt's mother and Angelina Jolie's father (that's Oscar-winning actor and Midnight Cowboy star Jon Voight) are totally against it, while Clint Eastwood doesn't give a damn about who gets hitched to whom. Unlike the Dirty Harry star, a former MGM contract player in the '40s -- that's Marsha Hunt (please see more info about her dozens of films further down) and a political activist in the last several decades, does very much care. (Pictured above: Hunt and documentarian Roger C. Memos, currently working on a project about the blacklisted actress. »
- Andre Soares
Clint Eastwood reunites with Don Siegel after Coogan's Bluff (but before Dirty Harry) and buddies up Shirley MacLaine for this engaging comedy western. In the Mexican desert, there's an adventure behind every cactus for a grouchy drifter and the nun he rescues from a gang of rapists. Great chemistry between the two, plus Ennio Morricone's playful score makes this a tremendously enjoyable ride, and the final twist delivers a real donkey kick. »
Writer-director John Milius is too colorful of a filmmaker not to have his own documentary. Ironically, the man who wrote Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry as well as writing and directing Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn has now faded into semi-obscurity behind contemporaries and colleagues such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. While Spielberg and Lucas rode to fame on cutting-edge special effects paired with an appreciation of the sci-fi and adventure genres, Milius came from a completely different place that earned him the admiration of his peers, but also turned him into an outsider and eventually a pariah in Hollywood. In Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's documentary Milius, his friends and family come to speak about the greatness about the controversial filmmaker, and how his personality brought him to success, but also may have been part of his professional downfall. After a brief montage of various directors, »
- Matt Goldberg
Do you know of a filmmaker named John Milius? You must do? Milius is probably one of the greatest writers and directors of the late 20th century, responsible for such movies as Dirty Harry, Conan The Barbarian, Apocalypse Now and the original Red Dawn. A brand new documentary based on Milius if about to debut at the SXSW festival over in the Us, and we have the first trailer and poster from it.
Synopsis: The life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as “Apocalypse Now”, “Jaws”, “Conan The Barbarian”, “Dirty Harry” and “Red Dawn” to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior. The film includes in depth interviews with »
- Paul Heath
Ozzy Armstrong discusses the first trailer for the upcoming John Milius documentary...
"He doesn’t write for pussies and he doesn’t write for women."
Much has been said about John Milius during his life and it seems that he can still generate an excellent quote and a little controversy even now.
Milius was almost immediately successful in his film career after he managed to sell a number of scripts in just a few years including Jeremiah Johnson and an uncredited role in the writing of Dirty Harry. After several years and with several big name pictures under his belt, Milius wrote the script for Apocalypse Now. This of course went on to become one of the most commercially and critically acclaimed films of all time whilst hinting at his political leanings of which he is now famed.
The trailer itself features clips of his more successful work as well »
- Flickering Myth
What do Dirty Harry, Conan the Barbarian and Apocalypse Now have in common? Filmmaker John Milius. The Oscar-nominated writer/director/producer is responsible for some of the most iconic and macho films of the late twentieth century, but is also known for his volatile persona off the set. Premiering at SXSW is debut directors' Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's documentary on Milius, simply titled, Milius. I could try to describe Milius' work, but I'll just let Sam "The Voice" Elliott sum it up: "He doesn't write for pussies and he doesn't write for women...he writes for men, because he's a man." Well said, sir. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster for Milius. Watch the trailer for Milius below: Official synopsis for Milius: The life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, »
- Dave Trumbore
The older he’s gotten, the more of a legend he has become. So it should come as no surprise that the great John Milius would have a documentary made about him -- the real question is what took so long. The man behind the “Dirty Harry” franchise, “Apocalypse Now,” and “Conan the Barbarian” is known as much for his personality as he is for his film work. He was one of the inspirations for the Walter Sobchak character in the “The Big Lebowski” after all (as we discussed in our feature about the film yesterday). Anyway, finally that personality has been captured for our enjoyment in the upcoming documentary “Milius,” from filmmakers Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, and the trailer is now here to give you a peek. As you will witness, the filmmakers have interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese, Arnold Schwarzenegger, »
- Ken Guidry
Writer. Filmmaker. Gun-owner. And all around bad-ass, John Milius, is the man who is responsible in part for the Dirty Harry franchise, Apocalypse Now, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, 1941, Conan The Barbarian, Red Dawn and HBO's Rome. He was rumoured to have pulled a piece on a film executive and is the direct inspiration for the Coen Brother's Walter Sobchak character ("Mark It Zero!"). Furthermore, he came up with the idea for the Octagon-shaped ring in Ufc combat, wrote dialogue for the Quint character in Jaws, and a gave folks like Robert Zemeckis and Paul Schrader a leg up in the business when they were starting out.Making its debut at the SXSW festival this week is the documentary from Joey Figueroa and...
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Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
Add another celebrity to the list of people that have been swatted. "Dirty Harry" himself, Clint Eastwood, is the latest in a long line of celebrity victims. According to TMZ, police rushed to Eastwood's Los Angeles home this week, after a 911 call stated that men with assault weapons were inside the actor's house, and people had been shot.
When police arrived, they were unable to determine if anyone was home, also finding no men with weapons. Officials aren't too happy about the prank, because each time they have to dispatch units, it's a waste of resources.
The list of victim's reads like a who's who of Hollywood elite, including Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Ashton Kutcher. A 12-year-old boy has been charged with swatting Kutcher and Bieber, but no charges have been filed against anyone for the other prank calls. »
A "swatting" prankster in L.A. must have a death wish ... because TMZ has learned, the latest bogus 911 call to involve a celebrity targeted Dirty Harry himself ... Clint Eastwood.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, multiple units rushed to Eastwood's L.A. home this week after a relay service called 911 ... reporting multiple males armed with assault weapons inside the actor's house and people had been shot.When the officers arrived at the scene, we're told they »
- TMZ Staff
Warner Brothers has just dropped word on a two new collections dedicated to the work of American film icon Clint Eastwood. The two collections (one on DVD, the other on Blu-ray) will feature a new documentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel, along with a copy of the new non-directed Eastwood film Trouble with the Curve.
A portion of the news release is below:
Burbank, Calif., February 11, 2013 – Clint Eastwood’s illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than half a century and touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has received five Academy Awards®and his films have grossed more than $2 billion at the domestic box office. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the relationship between Warner Bros., Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, which has culminated in more than 40 films made for the studio. Now, in honor of Warner’s year-long 90th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two new Eastwood Collections, »
- Nick Allen
Clint Eastwood is changing his tune from "Go ahead, make my day" to "Can't we all play nice?" The "Dirty Harry" star appeared on CNBC on Friday to bemoan the lack of bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C., predicting that the nation will slide into a recession if the Democrats and Republicans don't put aside their differences. (Watch Eastwood call for bipartisanism here.) Recalling the 2010 efforts of Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles to introduce fiscal reform and reduce the budget, Eastwood complained that such reaching across the »
- Tim Kenneally
Pete Travis is a director who has defied the odds. As the director of last year's beautiful and brutal Dredd, he not only took on a film that had been in development for over half a decade, he was also able to do the character and his universe justice, something that no one thought possible after the cinematic vomiting that is 1995's Judge Dredd. I had a chance to speak with Pete about Dredd and all the work that went into one of my personal favorite films of last year.
I'm curious as to what drew you to tackle Dredd? It's a property that, while beloved, had been done before fairly unsuccessfully.
I fell in love with the script. Alex (Garland)'s script brought Dredd to life in a really extraordinary way. He's not a super hero. He doesn't have an alter ego. He's just as (Judge Dredd creator) John Wagner described him as, »
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