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“It’s the casting in a movie that puts you halfway home,” he explained of the Iraq War drama, adding that Cooper made a major effort to bulk up by 40 pounds during pre-production.
“Bradley was constantly eating — 8,000 calories a day,” Eastwood said, also noting that the actor subsequently slimmed down for his Broadway performance in “The Elephant Man.”
Eastwood said he and Cooper met with the family of Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal portrayed by Cooper, in order to be able to depict the war’s impact on the home front — which the director also did in his 2007 WWII film “Letters From Iwo Jima.”
“The biggest antiwar statement is what it does to the families left behind,” Eastwood said.
The event, held at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, »
- Dave McNary
“You know somewhere in there he had some doubts along the way, like a person would under that circumstance,” director says of the controversial central...
“American Sniper” has drawn praise and criticism from both sides of the American political spectrum, but director Clint Eastwood acknowledged that the central controversial figure in his film wasn’t the stone-cold killer he’s been made out to be.
“There’s that little moment where the psychiatrist asks, did you ever do anything you regret?” the directed recalled a scene from his film. “There’s a little spot where Bradley [Cooper] takes a little moment, »
- Linda Ge
This article contains spoilers for American Sniper.
American Sniper stands to be the most financially profitable of this year's Best Picture Oscar contenders by a long way, having out-grossed most of the others' lifetime domestic totals in its first weekend on wide release.
The $90.2 million opening is the highest January opening of all time, more than doubling the opening weekend record set by Ride Along at the same time last year, and it's easily the strongest box office performer of director Clint Eastwood's career.
In short, it did the kind of business you would expect from a superhero movie, or a new instalment in an established franchise, and yet it's an R-rated war drama based on a true story. Irrespective of our thoughts on the film, that's a stunning début. »
To celebrate the release of American Sniper, we’ve got a great Clint Eastwood DVD Directors Collection boxset to give away! Each contains five of the legendary actor/director’s best films behind the camera, including Letters from Iwo Jima, and Flags of Our Fathers -and we’ll throw in a copy of Chris Kyle’s autobiography.
U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as »
- Dan Bullock
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
Spouting off to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood looked as if he were slipping into doddering dementia, but he’s shrewder and more focused than ever in his Iraq War picture American Sniper. It’s a crackerjack piece of filmmaking, a declaration that he’s not yet ready to be classified as an Old Master, that he can out-Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow. Morally, though, he has regressed from the heights of Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). In more ways than one, the Iraq occupation is seen through the sight of a high-powered rifle. The movie is scandalously blinkered. Its springboard is the tragically murdered Chris Kyle’s best-selling memoir (written with Jim DeFelice), which chronicled his tours in Iraq as a Navy Seal and his acquisition — thanks to an unprecedented number of sniper kills — of the sobriquet “the Legend.” I’m not going to fault Kyle »
- David Edelstein
"American Sniper" is many things -- it has plenty of action, some moments of suspense and horror, a strong lead performance from Bradley Cooper, and some interesting moral and political quagmires that it works its way through. It's also jingoistic, at times fatuous, and overall feels like a completely missed opportunity to do something extraordinary.
This is another film by that stalwart director Clint Eastwood, a Hollywood icon who at 84 doesn't seem to be slowing down very much. This is his second film released that's eligible for awards in 2014 (his musical romp "Jersey Boys" made its budget back during its summer run), and "Sniper" is already garnering lots of awards attention from the Director's Guild and the Academy, with Cooper, the writer, picture editors and sound mixers/editors and the picture itself all getting nominations for Oscars.
I hear it's a true story.
Ostensibly it's a film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, »
- Jason Gorber
The Directors Guild of America have spoken and raised the Eastwood flag yet again. The 84 year old director cruised to a nomination for his conservative military drama American Sniper. It's his fourth nomination with the DGA. He has won twice before at the DGA and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy has nominated him even more often for directing as American Sniper will be his fifth Best Director nomination should it come to pass. Eastwood has a habit of crashing the party late. He did it in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby when everyone was preparing for an Aviator sweep. He did it in 2006 with the tiny grossing nearly black and white foreign language film Letters from Iwo Jima and he looks like he'll do it again on Thursday for American Sniper.
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- NATHANIEL R
Directed by Angelina Jolie.
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
When reviewing a film based on a true story, especially one as harrowing as a prisoner of war tale, you have to separate reality from film making. The story of Louis Zamperini’s survival against the odds during World War II is, on its own, one to be greatly admired but this movie version of his story offers precious little to admire as far as film making is concerned.
The question I kept asking whilst watching Unbroken was ‘why this man’s story?’ and I assumed that something would happen in »
- Gary Collinson
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