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19 items from 2015


Harry’s Disciples: ‘Magnum Force’ the Self-Critical Sequel

11 June 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Harry Callahan’s next adventure originated with John Milius, Hollywood’s favorite gun fanatic, surfer and “Zen anarchist.” Milius wrote B Movies for American International Pictures before breaking through with two Westerns, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Jeremiah Johnson. His knack for macho action and pulpy, colorful dialogue fit Dirty Harry perfectly; Milius wrote his draft in 21 days, receiving a Purdey shotgun as payment.

Though uncredited, Milius claims credit for Harry‘s dialogue, especially the “Do I feel lucky?” monologue. Others, including Richard Schickel, credit Harry Julian Fink with that speech. Clint Eastwood marginalizes Milius’s contributions to the film, admitting “we might have taken a few good items John had in there.” Milius resented this: “Look at the movie and you tell me who wrote that,” he challenged an interviewer.

Milius soon moved past any hurt feelings. After reading several articles on Brazil’s “death »

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Slow West (review)

29 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The men and women of the American western frontier make their plans but fate decides their disposition in this stylish western noir.John Maclean’s directorial debut is a slow and steady look at love turned deadly. Of course there is a lot that turns deadly in this gritty New Zealand western. By the end of the film there are more corpses than in Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter.” However, this is not the fault of lead Michael Fassbender, playing Silas Selleck, outlaw turned self-searching drifter. Things just turned out that way. But then, Silas knew they would.This ethereal creepiness saturates the […] »

- Ron Wilkinson

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Why 1973 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »

- Brian Formo

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Geoffrey Lewis, Frequent Eastwood Co-Star, Passes Away at 79

8 April 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Geoffrey Lewis, who frequently appeared in director Clint Eastwood's movies, passed away at the age of 79 last night, due to natural causes. The actor, who was Juliette Lewis' father, passed in Woodland Hills, California, according to a friend of the family. Juliette Lewis posted the following tribute to her father on her Instagram page last night.

"My dad. My dad my dad my dad my dad. My love my dad. My dad. My hero. My dad. My dad my love my loving father. My strength my might. My friend. My hugs. My laughter. My love. My dad. Oh my heart. My heart. He loved us so. He loved us so. So so much. I am forever my father's daughter and he will never been gone."

Geoffrey Lewis was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Rhode Island before moving back to California at the age of »

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Actor Geoffrey Lewis Dead At Age 79; Frequent Presence In Clint Eastwood Movies

8 April 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Lewis with Beverly D'Angelo and Clint Eastwood in the hit 1978 comedy Every Which Way But Loose.

Acclaimed character actor Geoffrey Lewis, and father of actress Juliette Lewis,  has died at age 79 of natural causes. Lewis had a long and impressive list of major films and TV appearances to his credit. He was frequently cast by Clint Eastwood in the iconic actor's productions including High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Pink Cadillac and their last collaboration, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Although Lewis was often cast as earthy, hillbilly-types, he could also excel at playing sophisticated characters as well. Other major film credits include The Wind and the Lion, Heaven's Gate, The Lawmower Man, Maverick and the TV movie version of Salem's Lot. He primarily worked in television and had amassed a seemingly endless number of »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Juliette Lewis's Father, Geoffrey Lewis, Dies at 79

8 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Geoffrey Lewis, Western film star and father of actress Juliette Lewis, passed away at the age of 79 on Tuesday. The actor died of natural causes in Woodland Hills, CA, a family friend confirms. Geoffrey was known for his roles in Clint Eastwood films, including High Plains Drifter and Bronco Billy. He was also a TV regular, appearing on shows like Hawaii Five-0, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Flo. Geoffrey is survived by his wife, Paula Hochhalter, and 10 children, including Juliette. Read the actress's sweet and heartbreaking tribute to her father that she posted on Instagram on Wednesday: My dad. My dad my dad my dad my dad. My love my dad. My dad. My hero. My dad. My dad my love my loving father. My strength my might. My friend. My hugs. My laughter. My love. My dad. Oh my heart. My heart. He loved us so. »

- Caitlin-Hacker

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Geoffrey Lewis, Juliette Lewis' Father, Dies at 79

8 April 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in many Clint Eastwood films and made several appearances in TV shows throughout the 1960s and '70s has died of natural causes, a family friend told Variety. He was 79. Juliette Lewis' father, best known for his characters, had roles in Eastwood's High Plains Drifter and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Other film credits include The Devil's Rejects, Heaven's Gate and Smile. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his work on the 1980 TV series, Flo, and appeared in other series such as Little House on the Prairie, Hawaii Five-o and Murder, She Wrote. The Other Sister actress uploaded a photo of herself with her father on Instagram and included a »

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Actor Geoffrey Lewis Dies at 79, Daughter Juliette Shares Touching Note For 'Hero'

8 April 2015 5:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Geoffrey Lewis was one of those character actors who was in just about everything, but first and foremost he was a father. Lewis died of natural causes on Tuesday, April 7.

Fans may know him from Clint Eastwood movies like "High Plains Drifter," "Every Which Way But Loose," "Pink Cadillac" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." He has dozens of TV and film credits on his resume, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the TV series "Flo." Actress Juliette Lewis just knows him as Dad, and early Wednesday morning she posted a larger version of the photo shown above on Instagram with a caption that goes straight to the heart:

My dad. My dad my dad my dad my dad. My love my dad. My dad. My hero. My dad. My dad my love my loving father. My strength my might. »

- Gina Carbone

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Juliette Lewis' Dad, Actor Geoffrey Lewis, Has Died at the Age of 79

8 April 2015 2:18 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Juliette Lewis' dad Geoffrey Lewis, who starred in several Clint Eastwood movies and appeared as a guest star in multiple TV shows in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, has passed away the age of 79. The character actor and dad of ten died of natural causes in his home in L.A.'s Woodland Hills neighborhood, a family friend told Variety late on Tuesday, April 7. Geoffrey's most well-known roles were in Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, and Any Which Way You Can. [...] »

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In memoriam: Geoffrey Lewis

8 April 2015 1:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, veteran of such films as High Plains Drifter and Dillinger, has passed away at the age of 79.

We're sad to report that veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis has passed away at the age of 79.

Across a career spanning TV and film, Lewis will surely be remembered for different roles by successive generations of filmgoers. Many will remember Lewis for his roles alongside Clint Eastwood in movies like High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose and Bronco Billy.

Others might remember him for his TV performances, which included Hawaii Five-o, Salem's Lot and Murder She Wrote. Then there was his superb turn in the period crime piece Dillinger, his turn in the cult sci-fi Night Of The Comet, or his work in the Michael Cimino films Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (another Eastwood flick) and Heaven's Gate.

These are but a few of the films and television shows brightened by Lewis's presence. »

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R.I.P. Actor Geoffrey Lewis (1935-2015)

8 April 2015 12:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The character actor and father of Juliette Lewis, Geoffrey Lewis, has died at the age of 79. Mostly known for his work on the Clint Eastwood classics High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can and more recently Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, Lewis died of natural causes in California. Lewis also appeared in  The Devil’S Rejects for director Rob Zombie.

Working right up until the time of his death in low-budget ‘baseball noir’ High And Outside, Lewis appeared in over 200 TV, short and feature productions as an actor, being nominated for a Golden Globe award for his work on the  1980 series Flo. His glittering TV career also saw him appear on popular shows like Falcon Crest, Murder She Wrote and Little House On The Prairie.

He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter, Juliette Lewis and nine other children. Rest in peace Geoffrey. »

- Paul Heath

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Geoffrey Lewis, Veteran Western Actor, Dead at 79

7 April 2015 10:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Western character actor Geoffrey Lewis died on Tuesday of natural causes in Woodland Hills, California, according to multiple media reports. He was 79. The father of actress Juliette Lewis, he had appeared alongside Clint Eastwood is numerous classics including “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Any Which Way You Can” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1980 series “Flo” and he appeared on dozens of other TV programs including “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Lou Grant,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Falcon Crest” and “Murder, She Wrote. »

- Debbie Emery

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Frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator Geoffrey Lewis dies, aged 79

7 April 2015 10:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Geoffrey Lewis, actor and father of Juliette Lewis, has died at the age of 79.

The San Diego-born star appeared frequently in Clint Eastwood movies and has worked on dozens of television shows throughout his career.

Among his Eastwood titles are High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

His other film credits include The Devil's Rejects, Heaven's Gate and Dillinger.

According to Variety, the actor passed away on Tuesday (April 7) of natural causes.

He is survived by wife Paula Hochhalter, and ten children including Juliette, Lightfield, Matthew and Deirdre, who have also taken up acting as a career. »

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Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Movies, Dies at 79

7 April 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”

Juliette Lewis posted a tribute on Instagram, saying “He loved us so. I am forever my father’s daughter.”

Lewis received a »

- Pat Saperstein

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Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Movies, Dies at 79

7 April 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”

Juliette Lewis posted a tribute on Instagram, saying “He loved us so. I am forever my father’s daughter.”

Lewis received a »

- Pat Saperstein

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Celebrity Showdown Director Edition: Clint Eastwood vs. Michael Mann

18 January 2015 10:55 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On Friday, director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper went head-to-head against director Michael Mann's new release Blackhat at the box office, and it was a bit of a bloodbath.

American Sniper, which technically opened Dec. 6 but only in limited release, stars Bradley Cooper, while Blackhat stars People's Sexiest Man Alive Chris Hemsworth -- but Hemsworth's dreamy looks weren't enough to take down Cooper and his sniper rifle.

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In its first weekend of wide release, American Sniper snagged a staggering $90.2 million and earned itself the box office top spot. Meanwhile, in it's opening weekend Blackhat came in 10th with a disappointing $4 million.

However, Mann is considered to be one of the best action-thriller directors of our generation, with films like Heat and Collateral securing his legacy. Eastwood, on the other hand, is a legend in the field of filmmaking and has created a slew of Oscar-winning movies.

Is Mann's »

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