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Supporting actor who seesawed from menacing villain to comic fool
Many of Clint Eastwood's hit films of the 1970s and 80s were made with a stock company of distinctive supporting actors. This kooky troupe included the elfin Sondra Locke, the wild-eyed Geoffrey Lewis and the effortlessly villainous Bill McKinney, who has died of cancer aged 80. Switching between westerns, comedies and thrillers, McKinney was seldom called upon for more than a few minutes of screen time but had the seasoned character actor's knack of making a memorable first impression. In Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the first of his seven films with Eastwood, he appears as a gibbering driver with a caged raccoon by his side and a boot full of white rabbits.
He was subsequently cast as the bloodthirsty Terrill, who oversees the massacre of Eastwood's family in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976); as an oily, sex-crazed constable coolly ridiculed by Locke »
- Chris Wiegand
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. for $76.99 (which is 57% off). Amazon says "In honor of Eastwood's longstanding 35-year relationship with Warner Bros through Malpaso Productions, Whv is releasing this definitive DVD collection containing 35 classic Clint Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlighting the breadth and depth of his work -- from Where Eagles Dare through Invictus. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, Best Picture Oscar dramas and nominees, Westerns, war movies, comedies, and more – plus commentaries, featurettes, extras on many of his films, and the documentary The Eastwood Factor, which offers a rare and personal look at the actor and filmmaker." Like all Gold Box Deals, it's only good for today and you get free shipping since it's over $25. The box set also included a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"Bill McKinney, the actor who played one of crazed mountain men in Deliverance and famously ordered one particularly unfortunate camper to 'squeal like a pig,' died Thursday at the age of 80." Michael O'Connell for the Hollywood Reporter: "A prolific artist up until his death, McKinney's career included dozens of film credits (including 7 Clint Eastwood titles) and appearances on television series such as In the Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger." But as O'Connell notes, McKinney will always be remembered for his role in Deliverance as "Mountain Man" — and didn't seem to mind. His own official site is Squeal like a pig.com, where you're greeted by the "man that Leonard Maltin described in his review of the movie Deliverance as, 'one of the most terrifying film villains in history.'"
"But it was his long association with Clint Eastwood after the two costarred together in 1974's »
You know the motto. "If Ronnie Reagan can do it, so can any Hollywood A Lister!" Ok, maybe that's not a real motto. But from the looks of Republican candidates as of the last few decades, there's got to be a seriously similar one that those guys are running with.
For instance, back in 1988 George Hw Bush’s camp considered tapping Clint Eastwood for the vice pres position – that's according to newly released tapes aired by ABC News. In one recording, you can hear Bush’s former campaign chief and Secretary of State James Baker during a Q&A, which took place sometime after Bush had won the election, discussing the possible running mates.
The interviewer said: "[Bob] Dole, [Dan] Quayle, [Alan] Simpson, [Jack] Kemp - anyone else you remember being an important candidate?"
After a brief chuckle, Baker responded: "You don’t have Clint Eastwood - make my day."
As the interviewer laughed him off, »
- Ellen Thompson
Stay off the streets and stay in with a movie…that takes to the streets.
Los Angelenos are aflutter with impending chaos. And, if you don’t live in Los Angeles, you probably don’t understand. (I live here and I’m not sure I fully understand.) But this weekend (July 15-17), the City of Los Angeles has gotten it in its mind to shut down the 405 Freeway, one of the central lifelines for the (frankly absurd) amount of traffic that hits Los Angeles on a daily basis. This means that, functionally, no one’s going anywhere this weekend and the entire West side of Los Angeles is going to be choked off by the cold, unrelenting hands of the Los Angeles Dot.
Naturally, this has become a bit of a cultural meme (surely confusing anyone who doesn’t live in Los Angeles) dubbed by internet pun genii as “Carmageddon. »
Directed by: Patrick Lussier
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Release Date: February 25, 2011
Plot: A grandfather (Cage) escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
Who’S It For?: This proudly “R”-rated popcorn flick is best for those who enjoy making casual trips to the latest action or horror movie of the week (this one combines the two). Drive Angry could be the source of fun for fans of either genre if they leave their brains and expectations back in the garage.
Expectations: Though he’s become the new Samuel L. Jackson of movies, (seemingly being in every flick, ever) Nicolas Cage is a lot smarter than he acts (literally). Hopefully this would be a role in which he presents some his awareness to the ridiculousness, while contributing »
- Nick Allen
6 items from 2011
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