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Clint Eastwood to direct Jessica Buchanan story Impossible Odds

16 October 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Clint Eastwood is set to bring another real life story to the screen with his next movie, with THR reporting that he has signed on to direct Impossible Odds, which tells the tale of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

Based on the memoir from Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco and scripted by Brian Helgeland (Blood Work, Mystic River), Impossible Odds will follow Buchanan’s journey after being kidnapped by land pirates in Somalia in 2011. She and a co-worker then spent 93 days being held in the desert before President Barack Obama authorised a rescue from Seal Team 6, who parachuted into the area, killed the pilots and extracted the pair.

Eastwood’s most recent film Sully was released in the States last month and has so far grossed over $175 million worldwide. It will open in the UK on December 2nd. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Clint Eastwood Weighs ‘Impossible Odds’ for Next Directorial Effort

11 October 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As Sully‘s well-deserved box-office success continues, Clint Eastwood begins moving towards his next directorial effort — and, yes, it’s another story of American exceptionalism, but probably more along the lines of his last feature than the controversy-stirring American Sniper. THR gives word that the project is Impossible Odds, a kidnapping tale based on the memoirs of Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was, alongside a colleague “sold out by their escort and protector” and kidnapped by land pirates in October of 2011, then held captive for 93 days while her husband, Landemalm, sought to have her rescued, a task eventually completed by Seal Team 6.

Brian Helgeland (previously of the director’s Blood Work and Mystic River) will handle writing duties, which includes, among other things, the unique task of giving an Eastwood picture (or an Eastwood anything) some positive stance on Barack Obama, being »

- Nick Newman

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Clint Eastwood to Direct Jessica Buchanan Biopic Impossible Odds

11 October 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been just over a month since Clint Eastwood's Sully hit theaters, and it didn't take long for the 86-year-old filmmaker to line up his next project. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Jessica Buchanan's autobiography Impossible Odds, which she wrote with Anthony Flacco, for a feature adaptation that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct. Brian Helegeland will write the screenplay adaptation of the book, which chronicles Jessica Buchanan's harrowing true story.

Jessica Buchanan was an American humanitarian aid worker, who traveled to Somalia to help local children. On October 25, 2011, she and a colleague were captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom in harsh conditions. After 93 days of negotiations, President Obama ordered Seal Team Six to attempt a daring rescue operation, and on January 25, 2012, the team of 24 Navy Seals killed all nine pirates and rescued the hostages safely.

Variety reports that Anthony Flacco and »

- MovieWeb

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Clint Eastwood Will Remain In The Realm Of True-Life Dramas For Impossible Odds

11 October 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If American Sniper displayed Clint Eastwood’s knack for tackling true-life drama – bagging $547 million and six Oscar nominations in the process – Sully took that creative process to the skies, producing a gripping account of the Miracle on the Hudson that was flawed, yes, but also incredibly entertaining throughout.

It seems Eastwood has developed a taste for the sub-genre, too, now that The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the esteemed actor-turned-director has honed in on his latest feature film to be ripped from the headlines. Lifted her own Impossible Odds memoir, THR confirms that the picture will chronicle the story of Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates five years ago. Held captive for 93 days while the pirates demanded ransom, Buchanan was ultimately rescued thanks to a Seal Team Six mission carried out under the cover of darkness.

Blending character drama with a tense, nail-biting finale, the cinematic »

- Michael Briers

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Clint Eastwood to Tackle True-Life Story of Kidnapped Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

10 October 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After tackling a true-life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.  Warner Bros, Eastwood's longtime home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project. Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script. Buchanan was working in Somalia when, in October 2011, she and

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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

28 September 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. »

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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

5 July 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

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Pennsylvania Baby Dies on First Day of Daycare, Investigation Underway

13 April 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A police investigation is underway in Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, to determine what caused the death of a three-month-old girl who stopped breathing during her first day in daycare, People confirms. Authorities have closed Sharon's Day Care in Treichlers, citing the center for "gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct," records show. In a post to a GoFundMe page launched for the child's parents, McKenna Felmly's father claims his baby daughter seemed healthy and happy the morning she was dropped off at the center. Bryan Felmly wrote that McKenna's mother, Adrienne Kromer, brought their infant daughter to the center so she could return »

- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment

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