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Chicago – With his second film in just a few months, Clint Eastwood makes one of his biggest missteps of his illustrious career as one of the more esteemed American directors in the history of the medium. Eastwood has made some undeniable masterpieces - “Mystic River”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Unforgiven” - but he has been far from perfect, misfiring wildly with films like “Space Cowboys”, “The Rookie”, and “Pink Cadillac”. “Gran Torino” falls much closer to the latter category on Clint’s spectrum than the former.
Rating: 2.0/5.0 Eastwood stars in “Gran Torino” as Walt Kowalski, a bitter, cranky, snarling old man, who is mean to his priest, vicious to his family, and racist to everyone in his increasingly ethnic neighborhood. Walt could be Clint’s iconic ‘Dirty Harry’ character a few years down the road from when we last saw him and a bit more racist. (In fact, there were rumors »
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Clint Eastwood has tackled pretty much every genre you can think of as a director, from Westerns to sci-fi (who can forget Space Cowboys?) to cop thrillers and even war movies.But the great man has never taken on horror – and if you think that we’re about to say ‘until now’, you’d be on the money.Eastwood is in talks with DreamWorks to direct Hereafter, a spec script by the so-hot-right-now Frost/Nixon scribe, Peter Morgan. Plot details are under wraps, but the script is apparently in the same vein as The Sixth Sense, which sounds about right for Clint these days. A graceful and elegant director, not for him a balls-to-the-wall slasher pic, but rather an understated and haunting ghost story.Kathleen Kennedy will produce the movie, which DreamWorks held onto when it broke away from Paramount earlier this year. A concerted campaign to woo Eastwood then »
In handing over the coveted honour to Harris in New York, Gay Harden recalled working with the gruff actor/director in Pollock - and how he slammed a chair to the floor to evoke emotion from the actress.
She told the audience at the prizegiving, "There was a scene where Pollock wants children and I don't and he throws a glass at the radio and the line is, 'I'm not bringing another baby into that.'
"I was boring in the scene and kind of stale and he kept asking me to say the line over and over again. After five times I just wasn't there. He gets a chair and he's behind the camera and starts slamming the chair on the floor and he's yelling, 'Say it again, say it again!'
"The crew was really afraid. When we were done the girls in the prop room were like, 'Do you want to report it?' My body came alive and I said the line but that's not the take we chose! But he did help me come alive in that moment."
She added, "I came to know that he's this incredibly loyal friend because on the film Pollock I was up for a role in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboy. I kept asking Ed, 'Please call him, please call him.' So he called Clint and this is all I heard from Ed: 'Hey Clint, how ya doin'? I hear you want to work with Marcia Gay Harden. I just want to say she's a good girl.' The next day I got the part!" »
Green earned an Oscar nomination for lensing "Unforgiven." His credits with Clint Eastwood as director include "The Bridges of Madison County," for which he earned an Asc Outstanding Achievement Award nomination, as well as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "Space Cowboys."
Green began his career as an assistant cameraman on 16mm film projects, including industrial films and National Geographic specials. He was also a stringer on ABC television network news crews. His assignments included covering the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, the Black Panther trials and the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968.
The 23rd annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards will be held Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. »
- By Carolyn Giardina
While fans may be disappointed to hear that the upcoming season of ER will be the show’s last, some may find interest in the fact that it will be quite a star-studded 15th season. In fact, NBC announced today that yet another actor is set to join the cast as a guest star, who will take part in a multi-episode arc. In April, the network announced that Angela Bassett will be playing Dr. Cate Banfield in the upcoming season as a replacement for Kari Matchett’s outgoing character, Dr. Skye Wexler. Today, NBC announced that Bassett’s real life husband, Courtney B. Vance will be playing her on-screen hubby, Russell Banfield.
"We are excited to see the on-screen chemistry and emotion this incredibly talented husband and wife team will bring to our show," executive producer David Zabel said in a statement. "Fans are in for a treat and we »
Ken Kaufman and David Agosto have sold an action-comedy pitch -- for the moment titled "Wardogs" -- to MGM with "Get Smart" helmer Peter Segal attached to direct. Although several studios were vying for the project, MGM picked it up for $1 million.
The producers are keeping quiet on the plot, but Lazar said that "it's an action ensemble comedy in the vein of 'Ocean's Eleven,' where the casting becomes an event."
Added Ewing, "It is a bunch of these terrific actors getting together and having a good time‚ it's that kind of thing."
MGM, with CEO Harry Sloan recently re-upping for another three-year stretch in the top slot, continues to compete with the other majors for material.
Kaufman, repped by Endeavor, wrote the screenplays for "Curious George" and "The Missing," and he co-wrote "Space Cowboys." Last year, he sold his comedy pitch "Stone Kings" to Warner Bros., with Jay Roach attached to direct.
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