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Here's the first trailer for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys movie — yes, that Clint Eastwood — based on the long-running Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony for his stage portrayal of Valli, is back in the role, along with Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), and Christopher Walken as a mob boss. If you were concerned about how Hollywood's foremost rugged octogenarian would fare with his first foray into musical theater, fear not: It appears that Eastwood is sticking pretty nicely to the musical's key elements, with plenty of direct-address monologues in thick New Jersey accents followed by high-pitched song and dance numbers. Sort of like Goodfellas, if it was a crowd-pleasing jukebox musical directed by Dirty Harry. Count us in. »
- Anna Silman
(The Criterion Collection)
Two Gems From The 50s
Two new releases from The Criterion Collection spotlight low-budget filmmaking in the 1950s—American and European—and couldn’t be more stylistically and thematically diverse. And yet, there is a personal stamp on the pictures that is very similar. Both films also tackle social problems with brutal frankness and feature anti-heroes as protagonists.
Riot in Cell Block 11 was produced by longtime Hollywood independent producer Walter Wanger (he was also responsible for two earlier Criterion releases, Stagecoach and Foreign Correspondent) as a hard-hitting, gritty, realistic picture depicting the inequities and maltreatment prisoners receive in American prisons. Wanger had a personal reason to make a film like that. He had barely missed spending some time in one. He’d caught his wife with another man, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Broadway instant-classic Jersey Boys is about to get a few more fans. More than 20 million people have already seen (and sang along with) the jukebox musical that follows Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rags-to-riches rise through inescapable hits like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry" and "Working My Way Back to You." Warner Bros. is bringing the screen adaptation of the stage hit to theaters June 20. Clint Eastwood is the director. Making his major Hollywood debut is John Lloyd Young in his Tony-winning role as Frankie Valli. "To be making a movie in a lead role with [Clint Eastwood] as the director? »
- Jeff Nelson
From 1937 to 1946, Mickey Rooney played clean-cut, wide-eyed Midwestern teenager Andy Hardy 15 times in a series of films that proved instrumental (along with his Judy Garland musicals) in making him one of the most popular movie stars of his era. They also surely came to feel like a gilded prison around the actor. By the time the series ended, the Hardy character had been to WWII and back (as had Rooney), yet still seemed incapable of getting past first base with a girl (whereas Rooney was already on the second of his eight marriages).
The Mickster’s thirst for more adult roles was palpable, and Hollywood took a few different stabs at figuring out what to do with him. There was a series of sports films designed to show off the five-foot-two actor’s virile, athletic side: the boxing drama “Killer McCoy” (1947), in which he is a highly improbable light heavyweight »
- Scott Foundas
Clint Eastwood Week with Alan Spencer! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Spencer introducing "The Dead Pool."The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for early career appearances by Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey. Directed by Buddy Van Horn whose remarkably long and action-packed career as a stunt man (beginning in 1951 with the Byron Haskin western Warpath) was sidetracked by three directorial jobs for Eastwood, including Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac and Any Which Way You Can. Versatile cinematographer Jack Green went on to provide the uniquely noirish western look for Eastwood’s oscar-winning Unforgiven. »
- Trailers From Hell
The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for early career appearances by Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey. Directed by Buddy Van Horn whose remarkably long and action-packed career as a stunt man (beginning in 1951 with the Byron Haskin western Warpath) was sidetracked by three directorial jobs for Eastwood, including Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac and Any Which Way You Can. Versatile cinematographer Jack Green went on to provide the uniquely noirish western look for Eastwood’s oscar-winning Unforgiven.
The post The Dead Pool appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
- TFH Team
This week on Trailers from Hell, TV writer and produce Alan Spencer talks about the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, "Sudden Impact," starring Clint Eastwood: Though notable as the only "Dirty Harry" movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood himself, "Sudden Impact" earned its place in American culture as the movie that inspired Ronald Reagan to co-opt Harry's deadpan dare to a gun-wielding punk, "Go ahead, make my day." Bruce Surtees, Eastwood's longtime cinematographer, once again brings his distinctly hardboiled visual style to Harry Callahan's unforgiving universe. »
- Trailers From Hell
Though notable as the only “Dirty Harry” movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood himself, Sudden Impact earned its place in American culture as the movie that inspired Ronald Reagan to co-opt Harry’s deadpan dare to a gun-wielding punk, “Go ahead, make my day.” Bruce Surtees, Eastwood’s longtime cinematographer, once again brings his distinctly hardboiled visual style to Harry Callahan’s unforgiving universe.
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- TFH Team
Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29
The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.
If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.
We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time, »
Easily amongst the coolest and toughest actors in film, Danny Trejo is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces in the action genre today. With a variety of credits to his name including Desperado and Heat it comes as no surprise the veteran of the industry is still enjoying success today with the Machete franchise as well as other films. He even inspired us to look at ten of his compadres in the arena of cinematic badassery yesterday.
HeyUGuys: How does it feel to be a cult icon?
Well, you know they say I’ve gone from ex-con to icon. I’ve got to keep myself in check, I am just a worker. Everybody knows me from my job and it’s a blessing.
[Bullet] is a story about a »
- Thomas Alexander
The 1970s were a weird time. I'm glad I didn't have to live through any of it... but thanks to the internet, I can marvel (and mock) at the wonders of the 1970s.
Lalo Schifrin is best known as a composer who has scored hundreds of films, everything from The Amityville Horror to Dirty Harry to Thx 1138. He also put out a number of albums, mostly jazz instrumentals. In the late 1970s, he did a disco cover of John Williams' classic Jaws score. The BBC music show Top of the Pops decided to choreograph a strange dance to the song, complete with waggling legs, a swimming cut-out shark, and scared looks on the dancers' faces. The icing on this disco cake is that the dance troupe was called Legs & Co.
Sit back and enjoy the weirdness.
- Alyse Wax
To mark the release of The Killers on 24th Feruary, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
There is more than one way to kill a man…
“I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he’d rather die.”
So muses hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) after his high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed associate Lee (Clu Gulager) track down Johnny’s associates, and uncover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, and directed by Don Siegel (whose many other taut, efficient thrillers include Dirty Harry and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers), The Killers was commissioned »
Saga in The Bridge is one of the great modern TV detectives: alarmingly straight-talking and honest, but damaged, too. But what of Sofia Helin, the actor who plays her?
Sofia Helin is explaining the inspiration for her character Saga Norén, the brilliant but blunt detective at the heart of Scandi crime drama The Bridge. Her English is flawless, but I'm not sure I've heard her right. Saga Norén is based on what? "A goat." She nods. "Charlotte, who was the first director, said, 'I want her to be like a small goat.'
"I also had a picture of a cowboy – no, a cowgirl," Helin continues. "A cowboy-girl. I thought about Clint Eastwood. I imagined that Saga had seen Dirty Harry. Then I realised, no, she doesn't like fiction at all. I don't think she's ever been to a theatre. She would think that is so… I mean, why?"
- Rebecca Nicholson
“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”
‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »
Director: Don Siegel. Review: Adam Wing. Commissioned as the very first 'TV movie', Don Siegel's compelling thriller would be forgiven for being utterly forgettable. As it turns out, The Killers is a bit of a gem, complimented by great casting, strong performances and sparkling dialogue. "I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he'd rather die." And so it begins. Hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) can't quite work out why his high-priced victim, Johnny North (John Cassavetes), gives up without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed partner, Lee (Clu Gulager), track down Johnny's associates, including Ronald Reagan in his last screen role, uncovering a complex web of crime and deceit along the way. The Killers is loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story of the same name. It's the second Hollywood adaptation, first brought to life in »
Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the "Dirty Harry" franchise, titled "Is Harry Too Dirty?" Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like "Hang 'Em High" got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic "Dirty Harry" and its sequels -- which are about, in his words, "concern for the victim" -- results in Pauline Kael calling "fascism." By February of '77, three of the five Dirty Harry films would have come out -- 1971's "Dirty Harry," 1973's "Magnum Force" and 1976's "The Enforcer." »
- Beth Hanna
Director: Don Siegel
Running Time: 93 minutes
Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, when their high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight, two hitmen (Marvin and Gulager) become obsessed in finding the answer as to why. The duo track down Johnny’s former associates, only to discover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).
“I bet you’re a big Lee Marvin fan aren’t ya”, so muses Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde to Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White in a terrific tense scene in Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic Reservoir Dogs. Like the gangster double act and the now iconic filmmaker, I’m also very much a fan of »
- Craig Hunter
Clint Eastwood didn't know jack about CPR when he noticed a man who appeared to be choking to death ... but Dirty Harry took care of business ... repeatedly lifting the man in the air and squeezing the cheese out of him.Clint was at a golf event in Monterey, CA at a golf tourney this week when he noticed the tournament director -- Steven John -- choking and not able to breathe. Clint told a local »
- TMZ Staff
According to the Carmel Pine Cone, the 83-year-old actor said that he looked at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Director Tour director, who had the "look of panic" in his eyes when he moved over and saved his life, the Huffington Post reported.
John said that he had a few appetizers at the Monterey Conference Center and was looking at the 'Dirty Harry' star when he started to choke.
Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation which has raised over 100. »
- Abhijeet Sen
When possibly choking to death on a piece of cheese, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” If Clint Eastwood is in the house, the answer is yes. The Oscar-winning director and “Dirty Harry” star saved a man’s life Wednesday night by using the Heimlich maneuver, according to multiple media reports. In his guise as the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Eastwood attended a volunteers party at the Monterey Conference Center on the eve of the At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is a PGA Tour event. It was there that tournament »
- Jeff Sneider
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