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"King Kong" Conquers Santa Monica.: A Report By Ray Morton

23 December 2016 5:57 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Ray Morton wrote the two-part article about the making of the 1976 version of "King Kong" that appeared in Cinema Retro issues #'s 32 and 33. Here is his report on a recent screening of the film in Santa Monica

By Ray Morton

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 the American Cinematheque presented a special fortieth anniversary screening of the 1976 version of King Kong at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California.

King Kong was produced by Dino De Laurentiis, written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., and directed by John Guillermin. It stars Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, and (in her screen debut) Jessica Lange. The film features Oscar-nominated cinematography by Richard H. Kline and a marvelous score by John Barry. King Kong’s innovative creature effects were created by Carlo Rambaldi and seven-time Academy Award-winning make-up artist and creature creator Rick Baker, who also played the title role (alongside a full-sized mechanical Kong created by Rambaldi and »

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‘Sully’ review: “Eastwood’s masculine melodrama is saved by Tom Hanks”

28 November 2016 1:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sully Miracle On The Hudson review: Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in this real-life drama.

Sully Miracle On The Hudson review, Jazmine Sky Bradley, November 2016.

While perhaps best known for playing the atypical ‘tough guy’ in classics such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Dirty Harry, when Clint Eastwood sits in the directors chair he likes to focus on the ‘American hero’ – think Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, American Sniper. His latest release, Sully, is no different, with its story celebrating Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the American pilot who crash-landed a passenger jet into New York’s Hudson River and lived to tell the tale.

15th January 2009 started out as any other day for Sully (Tom Hanks) and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), setting out from La Guardia airport to North Carolina. However, within minutes of setting off, Sully reports back to air »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Hell of a film-maker: the directors who make Clint Eastwood look soft

25 November 2016 8:19 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Hanks said Eastwood was ‘intimidating as hell’ on the set of Sully and treated his actors ‘like horses’. He clearly hasn’t worked with these directorial terrors

In his acting heyday, Clint Eastwood was a taciturn maestro of understatement. In his Man With No Name or Dirty Harry periods, one eyebrow raised was usually enough to pitch even the most arrogant antagonist into throes of panic and self-doubt, while a simple curl of the lip usually signified that the nearest dude was a dead man walking. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Eastwood’s unusual directing style made Tom Hanks extremely nervous on the set of the true-life disaster movie Sully.

Related: Tom Hanks: Clint Eastwood 'treats actors like horses'

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The Laughing Policeman

17 October 2016 4:57 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In the early '70s Walter Matthau excelled in three powerful cops 'n' robbers movies; the second sees him as a tough, laconic San Francisco detective charged with an impossible task -- running down a machine gun mass murderer, with no clues and no living witnesses. The Laughing Policeman Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1973 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through Kl Studio Classics / 29.95 Starring Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett Jr., Albert Paulsen, Anthony Zerbe, Val Avery, Cathy Lee Crosby, Mario Gallo, Joanna Cassidy, Shirley Ballard, William Hansen, Paul Koslo, Louis Guss, Clifton James, Gregory Sierra, Warren Finnerty, Matt Clark, Joseph Bernard, Leigh French, Anthony Costello. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Bob Wyman Original Music Charles Fox Written by Thomas Rickman from the novel by Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo Produced and Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

28 September 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. »

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Clint Eastwood: His best films to date

6 September 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Later this week, Clint Eastwood will unleash a new film into the world in Sully, which debuted a few days ago at the Telluride Film Festival. Early word is very solid, suggesting a potential awards player this year. I’ll be writing about that movie shortly, but for now, I want to look at Eastwood’s career to date, both as an actor as well as a filmmaker. Eastwood is a unique one, that’s for sure. In just a day or two I’ll be back with a straight Sully piece, but right now, it’s more or less just going to be a look at Eastwood and what he’s done so far. Enjoy! In case you don’t know, Sully is a biopic about Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the pilot who became a national hero. We all learned about Captain Sullenberger, or Sully, after he glided »

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

5 September 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Clint Eastwood's mint juleps 'n' murder epic is an easygoing pleasure. Kevin Spacey, John Cusack and a host of great performances guarantee interest, but maybe I have to go to the book to really understand what's going on. A solid 'A' for this one, Clint. The Savannah tourism board must bless you in their nightly prayers. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Blu-ray The Warner Archive Collection 1997 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 155 min. / Street Date September 27, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 21.99 Starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Paul Hipp, The Lady Chablis, Dorothy Loudon, Anne Haney, Kim Hunter, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Herd, Jo Ann Pflug. Cinematography Jack N. Green Original Music Lennie Niehaus Written by John Lee Hancock from the book by John Berendt Produced by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Stiefel Directed by Clint Eastwood

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

29 August 2016 7:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »

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Review: "McQ" (1974) Starring John Wayne; Warner Home Video Blu-ray Release

16 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

By 1974 John Wayne was in the twilight of his long, distinguished film career that had spanned six decades. Although the genre that we associate him most with, the Western, was still in vogue, the trend among audience preferences had clearly shifted to urban crime dramas. Surprisingly, Wayne had never played a cop or detective - unless you want to count his role in the lamentable "Big Jim McLain", a 1952 Warner Brothers propaganda film that served as a love letter to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In that turkey, Wayne played an investigator for Huac, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee that served as McCarthy's private police force, presumably searching out commie infiltrators. All they ended up doing was ruining the lives of left-wing people in the arts and academia. Wayne, for his part, remained unapologetic for his support of Huac even after McCarthy's popularity plummeted and he ended his career in shame and disgrace. »

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The Beguiled: Colin Farrell taking on Clint Eastwood role in remake

14 July 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Jul 15, 2016

Sofia Coppola is recruiting Colin Farrell for her remake of The Beguiled...

Colin Farrell is in talks to take on Clint Eastwood’s wounded Yankee soldier role in Sofia Coppola’s remake of the classic Civil War drama The Beguiled. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola, the director of Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette and Virgin Suicides, will write and helm the film.

The original Beguiled from 1971 was directed by Don Siegel just a few months before he reteamed with Eastwood for the Dirty Harry movies. The movie was based on Thomas P Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel of the same name.

In the film, a sweet-talking wounded Yankee soldier hides out in a Southern boarding school for women during the Civil War. Eastwood made the film in an attempt to break free of his usual typecasting but The Beguiled was »

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Newswire: Colin Farrell in talks to play Sofia Coppola’s lust object in The Beguiled

14 July 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It looks like Colin Farrell is keeping his “weird romance” streak going. Variety is reporting that the The Lobster star is closing in on a new role in Sofia Coppola’s remake of deeply skewed love/lust story The Beguiled, playing the role originated by Clint Eastwood in the 1971 original.

Directed by frequent Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel (just a few months before the duo would popularize the “loose cannon with a badge” branch of cop movies with Dirty Harry), the film sees a Southern boarding school for women become utterly disrupted by the arrival of a wounded Yankee soldier during the Civil War. Intended to break Eastwood out of his usual typecasting, the movie was a major flop in the U.S., with both Eastwood and Siegel attributing its failure to bad marketing on the part of Universal, and Clint Eastwood fans’ reluctance to see their stone-eyed hero get ...


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Michael Cimino, Controversial Director Of "The Deer Hunter" And "Heaven's Gate", Dead At 77

3 July 2016 7:34 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cimino and star Kris Kristofferson on the set of the ill-fated production of "Heaven's Gate".


By Lee Pfeiffer

Michael Cimino, whose fast rise to royalty in Hollywood was matched only by the sudden demise of his career, has died at age 77. He was born in Long Island and entered the film business with his first success as the co-writer of the 1973 Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry sequel "Magnum Force". (He had previously written the screenplay for the sci-fi cult film "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern.) Eastwood was suitably impressed and gave Cimino the opportunity to make his directorial debut with the buddy crime caper "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Released in 1974, the film was a hit and helped launch Jeff Bridges to stardom with the Oscar nomination he received. In 1978 Cimino released his ambitious Vietnam War epic "The Deer Hunter" starring Robert De Niro and newcomer Meryl Streep. The politics of the big »

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‘The Deer Hunter’ director Michael Cimino dies aged 77

3 July 2016 3:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Cimino, the director who brought us such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate has died at the age of 77.

Cimino directed eight films during his career. His debut was the Clint Eastwood-led Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in 1974, followed by The Deer Hunter just four years later in 1978. Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken starred in the Vietnam movie which garnered five Oscars including Best Film the following year. The film is most famous for its often replicated Russian roulette sequence.

Cimino went on to direct Year Of The Dragon, The Sicilian (also with Walken), Desperate Hours, The Sunchaser and a segment in the 2011 ensemble piece To Each His Own Cinema. Cimino also wrote the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force and Douglas Trumball’s cult classic Silent Running.

No cause of death has been released, though Cimino’s body was said to have been found »

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Michael Cimino, best remembered for 'Heaven's Gate,' is gone

2 July 2016 9:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are days where the Internet feels like the most ghoulish game of telephone ever, particularly when the word starts to spread that someone notable has died. Edgar Wright was the first one I saw mention the death of Michael Cimino this afternoon, quoting a Tweet by Cannes luminary Thierry Fremaux, who announced, “Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and these two women who loved him. We loved him also.” Without question, Cimino’s career was defined by one remarkable high and one remarkable low, and to some degree, his career is the perfect illustration of what happened as film culture moved from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, and part of what makes him such a fascinating figure is how questionable every “fact” about him was. Cimino was a mystery in many ways, and when he made his debut as a director with Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, he looked like »

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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

2 July 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2

When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter director, dies aged 77

2 July 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Jul 3, 2016

Michael Cimino, one of Hollywood's most infamous directors, has died at the age of 77.

Michael Cimino, who went from genius auteur with his Oscar-winning Vietnam film The Deer Hunter to to Hollywood pariah with the painfully accurate western Heaven’s Gate, has died at the age of 77.

The news was announced via Twitter by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who said Cimino died in peace with the people closest to him. It has since been confirmed by friends.

Cimino directed eight films in his career. His first film was Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood, in 1974. Cimino’s second was The Deer Hunter, which won five Academy Awards, including best picture and director. His third was Heaven’s Gate in 1980, which is blamed for the collapse of United Artists.

Michael Cimino was born in New York City on February 3, 1939. He initially picked up work directing television commercials. »

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Michael Cimino, 'The Deer Hunter' Director, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Michael Cimino, the Academy Award-winning director and cinematic visionary behind films like The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, died Saturday.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux first announced news of Cimino's death, tweeting that Cimino died surrounded by family members. A representative for the director could neither "confirm nor deny" whether Cimino had died. No cause of death was provided. Cimino was reportedly 77.

"I cannot believe Michael Cimino has passed away too," director Edgar Wright tweeted."'Thunderbolt & Lightfoot' is one of my favourite films. R.I.P."

After beginning his career in art and advertising, »

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18 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

6 June 2016 8:31 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 This time we have a film which has been remade multiple times. However, we’re choosing to focus on the best of those remakes. This week, Cinelinx looks at Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

 This often adapted story is based upon a three-part serialized story by Jack Finney which appeared originally in Colliers Magazine in 1954. It was expanded into a novel called “The Body Snatchers” in 1955.The first film version came out in 1956, and is considered one of the truly great sci-fi films. It has been remade three time, in 1978, 1993 and 2007. This article looks at the 1956 and 1978 movies because they are clearly the best of the four. Body Snatchers (1993) is just mediocre and the Invasion (2007) is just a mess. The other two are classics.

 The 1956 version was written during the Cold War ‘Red Scare’, when the public was constantly reminded by our government to keep vigilant of Communist infiltration. This »

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Happy 86th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

31 May 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.  With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films.  A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »

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