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6 items from 2008

Clint Eastwood Idles With Caricature Over Character in ‘Gran Torino’

19 December 2008 7:54 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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 »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Clint Eastwood To Direct... A Horror?

13 November 2008 11:56 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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 »

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Harris And Adams Honoured As Stars Of The Year

9 November 2008 5:42 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie stars Ed Harris and Amy Adams were honoured at the Motion Picture Club Star of The Year Awards on Thursday night for their work in Appaloosa and Doubt respectively.

Harris' Pollock co-star, Marcia Gay Harden, presented the Director of the Year prize to Harris for Appaloosa, while Adams claimed the Star of The Year award.

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."

And she publicly thanked Harris for helping her land a role in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys.

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!" »

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Jack Green to receive Asc lifetime nod

24 September 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jack Green, who collaborated with Clint Eastwood on titles including "Unforgiven," will receive the American Society of Cinematographers 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

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Actor to Guest Star Alongside Wife For Final Season of 'ER'

19 August 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

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 »

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'Wardogs' in action with MGM

10 August 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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.

Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing are producing along with Andrew Lazar.

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.

The CAA-repped Segal and Ewing worked with MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent when she co-ran Universal on "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps."

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.

Agosto, also an Endeavor client, has worked on several scripts with Kaufman, including "Curious George." Lazar was a producer of "Space Cowboys" and "Get Smart" along with Ewing. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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