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Clint Eastwood made his name as a movie star in spaghetti Westerns, such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," and as a badass in the "Dirty Harry" series, but as he got older, he became an Academy Awards darling as well, churning out award winners like "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby" year after year.
Shrouded in a theater’s darkness and shadowed by the words “Matt Damon” on the film’s poster, Hereafter‘s biggest star is director Clint Eastwood. While Eastwood is not on-screen in the film, his directorial presence is very much apparent throughout the exploration of themes including the afterlife, the middle class, and mortality. The film is about three different people and their own interactions with the hereafter that may or may not be awaiting us.
I was able to talk to Cecile de France, an on-screen star in the film, about Hereafter. In the movie, she plays a French news reporter who sees mortality differently once she has a brush with death during a tsunami. To my delight (and surprise), de France shared the same enthusiasm I had when it came to discussing what it was like working with Eastwood, etc.
Talking with the actress about the film, our conversation clashed temporarily. »
- Nick Allen
I really hope this one turns out not to be true.
According to a tweet posted by Production Weekly, Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are rumored to be starring in Grudge Match, a film about two over-the-hill boxers, Billy "The Kid" McGuigan and Henry "Razor" Sharp (good lord, one can only hope the screenplay is half as creative as those names), who decide to take each other on one last time in a grudge match 50 years after their last title fight.
The script is by Tim Kelleher, whose only previous film is Sinbad's First Kid in 1996. Some websites are describing Grudge Match as the Space Cowboys of boxing movies. If either one of those two sentences gets you excited for this project, then remind me not to go to you for movie recommendations. »
- Joel Murphy
The two most iconic boxers captured on celluloid may be teaming up for another fight in the ring.
Robert De Niro, who played Jake Lamotta in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, and Sylvester Stallone, who brought Rocky Balboa to life, are interested in the Warners Bro. project Grudge Match. [Prod Weekly]
After writing the Sinbad vehicle First Kid, this boxing dramedy is the second feature from scribe Tim Kelleher. With a tone compared to Space Cowboys the film “revolves around retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match — 50 years after their last title fight.”
With De Niro and Stallone seemingly joining any project that provides money, I could actually see this getting made. With the success of veteran reunions such as Wild Hogs and Red, the sheer idea of these two icons »
- Jordan Raup
De Niro and Stallone have played two of the most iconic boxers ever to be portrayed on film: Jake Lamotta and Rocky Balboa respectively. The two actors may go head to head now in an upcoming Warner Bros. boxing film. The movie centers around two former boxers, Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, who are bitter rivals. They get back into the ring to settle their differences one more time; 50 years after their last title fight. Grudge Match is written by Tim Kelleher who's primary writing work is in television comedy (In Living Color, The Arsenio Hall Show). The tone of Grudge Match is said to be similar to that of the Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones movie, Space Cowboys. Billy Gerber and Mark Steven Johnson are producing. Stallone and De Niro previously worked »
- Bryan Kritz
Back in May, it was reported Warner Bros acquired a pitch by Tim Kelleher (First Kid, "In Living Color") for a boxing movie called "Grudge Match." Now comes word from Production Weekly that Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are in talks to star as the film's two leads. Similar in tone to "Space Cowboys," the new movie revolves around retired boxers Billy "The Kid" McGuigan and Henry "Razor" Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match -- 50 years after their last title fight. Kelleher was hired to write the script, which he probably already finished. "Grudge Match" is being produced by Bill Gerber (Gran Torino, Get Carter) and "Ghost Rider" director Mark Steven Johnson, who may end up helming the picture. If cast, Stallone and De Niro will re-team after starring together in James Mangold's 1997 "Copland." Both »
Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are rumored to go head to head in Tim Kelleher’s Grudge Match. According to Production Weekly, the project is housed at Warner Bros. Not much else is known about the project at this time — hell, IMDb just barely posted a space for it. But THR states the film is about two former boxers, Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, who go into the ring for one final round against one another. The film will reportedly have a tone similar to that of Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys.
Kelleher has written for (among other things) the popular 90s television show In Living Color, and has directed one feature film, the aptly titled 1998 TV-movie The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon. Kelleher wrote the script to Grudge Match, which is produced by Billy Gerber and Mark Steven Johnson; no word on whether »
- Jeff Ames
This past weekend, Tfs contributor Raffi Asdourian and myself attended a press conference for the film Hereafter, which was the closing night film at the New York Film Festival. The film follows three parallel stories about three people who have been impacted by death and their own mortality in some way. In attendance at the press conference was director Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Peter Morgan, and actors Matt Damon, Cécile de France, and Bryce Dallas Howard. We have transcribed the full press conference below, all questions were asked by various members of the press:
[To Clint Eastwood and Peter Morgan] how did this project first come together?
Peter Morgan: I wrote this up a mountain… it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever written. It was the least schematic thing that I’ve ever done. I had read this book about a young woman in her early 30s who had lost her younger sister to cancer, »
- Kristen Coates
What could make audiences flock to a movie that rehashes plots from True Lies, The Whole Nine Yards, Mrs. and Mrs. Smith, and a dash of Space Cowboys just to name a few? In the cast of Red, an all-star cast clearly in it for the fun of it.
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a retired CIA operative who's so incapable of adjusting to the quiet life. His only real relationship is with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), a pension-fund agent at a call center in another state, who talks romance books with him. When his past life catches up with him, Frank runs for the help of his old friends, including Joe (Morgan Freeman) and the less-than-stable Marvin (John Malkovich). Their search for the truth leads them halfway around the country, chasing a conspiracy and shooting up several cities east of the Mississippi.
Chasing them around the country is CIA operative »
- Jenn Brown
The weekend approaches, and with it comes the initial post of our newest weekly column, Thursty’s Stinky B.O. (Let me take a parenthetical moment, here, to assure you that I emit an effluvium most pleasant, and that the titular B.O. stands for “Box Office.”) I will be guiding you through the labyrinth of notable new releases every Thursday morning from this point forward, and will end each column by presenting you with the unique opportunity to humiliate me in front of Patrick, your fellow Coroners, and the rest of the webbed wide world.
There are two big releases this weekend, and both have a fair shot at landing inthe top spot. The more likely of the two to do this is Jackass 3D, a movie with brand recognition that will benefit from higher ticket prices and the positive word of mouth its 3-D has generated. Unlike Clash of the Titans »
- Thurston McQ
He’s one of Hollywood’s most recognisable stars, a respected director, and an accomplished musician, too. Glen salutes the finest scores of Clint Eastwood...
One of the most well respected actors and directors working today, Clint Eastwood has an enviable body of work to his credit. He is also quite vocal about his love of music, particularly jazz, which underpins much of directorial efforts, and country and western, which marked his debut album in 1959, Cowboy Favourites.
Whilst the album was far from a success, he has written a number of excellent pieces for films over the years including Honkytonk Man, City Heat, Heartbreak Ridge, A Perfect World, The Bridges Of Madison County, Qui, Absolute Power, True Crime, Space Cowboys, the piano compositions for In The Line Of Fire, and the excellent song that plays out during the credits of Gran Torino.
Having penned numerous songs to accompany projects over the years, »
Watch the Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous) Trailer: This is how the pitch meeting went: Remember Space Cowboys? No. No. No. Yes! Great! It’s Space Cowboys, but with ex-cia agents! Wait, no, I don’t remember Space Cowboys. You just said that you did. I was thinking about The Astronaut Farmer. (Disgusted silence) Anyway, the cast is Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich. Oh! Why didn’t you just say that? Plus it’s based on a comic book. And guns. Lots of guns. Here is 200 million dollars. Thank you! Freeze frame jumping in the air high fives »
- Sarah Walker
Nearly a decade-and-a-half ago, our eyes were opened to the real immigration issues the USA has been dealing with…. Space Aliens! Men In Black landed in theatres way back in 1997, chronicling the adventures of two MiB agents as they monitor and direct alien activity on earth as well as save the world from total destruction at the hands of a giant cockroach. If you haven’t seen the movie, yes, It’s that awesome. In fact, It was awesome enough to gross over $590 million at the box office. So awesome in fact, It spawned a sequel that premiered in 2002 which left the series at a dead stand-still, Until now.
Sony Pictures Inc., have announced that they will be producing another direct sequel to the series, Appropriately titled Mib:3, which will be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. It has been confirmed that both Will Smith (Hancock, I Am Legend) and Tommy Lee Jones (Space Cowboys, »
- Aaron M.K.
There's another trailer for The Expendables, which stars Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote and directed) and a whole lot of action stars past and present, plus Mickey Rourke, who may or may not fit your definition of that term. Still, he did all his own stunts in The Wrestler.
It's a throwback to those old ensemble action flicks, in that it's both an old ensemble and an action flick. But this used to be the way these movies got made, throwing a lot of name actors in the cast and hoping they all drew their own audiences. Certainly, I'm not comparing this to The Dirty Dozen, but that's the kind of movie I'm referring to.
The first trailer for Expendables had a few too many one-lines for us to think the movie itself should be taken seriously. Then there was a minute-long TV commercial or something that played up the fun even more. »
- Colin Boyd
Baby boomers created modern Hollywood, and as they age they are going to cinemas in droves. So why are so few films made for them – and is it their fault?
Hollywood's elite aren't short of socialising options in the first quarter of each year, but on 16 February this year, the glitzy haze alighted on the Beverly Wilshire hotel. A month after the Golden Globes, three weeks before the Oscars, the stars were on full meet-and-greet for the Movies for Grownups gala, an event recognising film-making by the over-50s. Robert De Niro, Jeff Bridges and Morgan Freeman turned up to collect awards. There were unlikely guests from the do-not-go-gently camp: Juliette Lewis and Sean Penn. On stage, Penn got into the spirit of things: "If you really wanna feel old, Spicoli's turning 50 this August," he told the audience.
Thus Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High's eternal truant prince, »
- Phil Hoad
As we know from Betty White's appearances in rom-coms and Snickers commercials, it's funny to see old people do and say things we don't expect from the elderly. Combine this with the box office success of The Bucket List and you've got a bit of the likely motivation behind Grudge Match, a boxing film in the works from Warner Bros. The Hollywood Reporter sees the project, about retired prizefighters called out for one final match, as being comparable to Space Cowboys, which did a similar thing with retired astronauts. The script was written by Tim Kelleher, an In Living Color vet whose only film writing credit is First Kid, which starred Sinbad as a boxer-turned-Secret Service agent. The film's producers include some guys familiar with working with old dudes: Gran Torino's Bill Gerber and Grumpy Old Men writer Mark Steven Johnson.
There isn't much to say about this »
- Christopher Campbell
I wonder if canes are allowed and if the ring will be wheelchair accessible. THR is reporting on Warner Brothers moving forward with a boxing story about two retired boxing rivals who have a rematch - 50 years after their last fight.Holy guacamole:Warners is getting into the ring with Tim Kelleher, picking up the scribe's pitch "Grudge Match." Billy Gerber and Mark Steven Johnson are producing. "Grudge," which seeks to evoke the tone of the 2000 Warners movie "Space Cowboys," revolves around retired boxers Billy "The Kid" McGuigan and Henry "Razor" Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match -- 50 years after their last title fight. Kelleher is writing the screenplay.Sarah Schechter is overseeing for the studio.Kelleher, who just signed with Icm, is a veteran TV writer who worked on "In Living Color" and "The Arsenio Hall Show »
Briefly: It isn't often that you hear that a film seeks to emulate the tone of the 2000 Clint Eastwood film Space Cowboys. A studio making a movie featuring characters who are over 25? Insanity! And yet here's Grudge Match, a writer's pitch that Warner Bros. bought and will develop as a feature. Tim Kelleher sold the idea to WB, says THR, and will write the script. His pitch "revolves around retired boxers Billy "The Kid" McGuigan and Henry "Razor" Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match -- 50 years after their last title fight." Kelleher has written for In Living Color and The Arsenio Hall Show, but only has one feature under his belt: Sinbad's First Kid. Not exactly a classic, but because I love seeing a studio make a film about older characters that isn't (a) a »
- Russ Fischer
Grudge Match will centre on two retired boxers, Billy "The Kid" McGuigan and Henry "Razor" Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match - 50 years after their last title fight.
>> Real the whole article | on Screenrush - Monday 24 May 2010
Big fan of Space Cowboys? Want more flicks about old fuddies getting a second chance at excitement? Grudge Match could be just the film for you. No, it’s not another J-horror remake. Grudge Match is a drama that The Hollywood Reporter describe as seeking “to evoke the tone of the 2000 Warners movie Space Cowboys”, which followed a retired engineer who got to be an astronaut. Grudge Match is the story of retired boxers Billy ‘The Kid’ McGuigan and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (ahem), who were once...
- Josh Winning
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