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Cast details and viral video for the Ronalds Brothers’ ‘Sprawl’

28 December 2011 12:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Brian Ronalds and Dean Ronalds, more commonly known as the Ronalds Brothers, who produced the Brian Skiba directed Dirty Little Trick along with Brian Pulido’s The Graves; and directed the movie-come-iPhone app Here and Now have released more cast details and a hard-hitting new viral video for their next production, Sprawl.

Two and a Half Men’s Jennifer Taylor, Winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 13′s Nicole Fox, Michael Madsen, iCarly’s Danielle Morrow and Luke Eberl (Letters from Iwo Jima) have been cast in the film which comes from writer Domenic Migliore, who diagnosed with Aspergers at aged 10, here pens his first feature. Directed by Dean Ronalds (Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns) and produced by Tom Malloy & Brian RonaldsSprawl is a glimpse into the life of an outcast teenage girl that handles her deep seeded issues by turning the blade on herself and her body. »

- Phil

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Are this year's contenders disadvantaged by their reputations?

17 December 2011 11:02 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Success can be a double-edged sword at the Oscars. The mere announcement of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" was enough to launch rampant Oscar speculation, sight unseen. It's a war film, already a popular genre among the Academy, but even more so when Spielberg's name is attached. He won two directing Oscars for war-themed films in the 1990s: "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). He won as a producer of "Schindler's" when it won Best Picture, and he was recently nominated for producing another World War II-set Best Picture nominee, "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006). But with heightened attention come heightened expectations and inevitable comparisons. As "War Horse" finally screens for critics, audiences, and awards groups this month and makes a case for adding two more Oscars to Spielberg's mantel, it's not comparisons to "The Descendants" or &q »

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Clint Eastwood joins the good, bad and ugly of reality TV

16 December 2011 2:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood actor and director to make guest appearances on show focusing on daily lives of his wife and daughters

Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood is set to appear in a reality TV show that will explore what it's like to live in a family of "Hollywood royalty".

The show, which is being developed by the producers of reality shows about the Kardashian sisters and MTV's The Real World, will air on the E! Entertainment channel in the Us.

The makers intend to focus on the daily life of the 81-year-old actor and director's wife Dina Eastwood, a former news anchor and actor, their 15-year-old daughter Morgan, and Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, the 18-year-old daughter Eastwood had with former partner Frances Fisher.

Eastwood – who has acted in a string of Hollywood hits including A Fistful of Dollars, Play Misty For Me and Million Dollar Baby, as well as directing films such as Unforgiven, »

- Mark Sweney

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Clint Eastwood joins the good, bad and ugly of reality TV

16 December 2011 2:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hollywood actor and director to make guest appearances on show focusing on daily lives of his wife and daughters

Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood is set to appear in a reality TV show that will explore what it's like to live in a family of "Hollywood royalty".

The show, which is being developed by the producers of reality shows about the Kardashian sisters and MTV's The Real World, will air on the E! Entertainment channel in the Us.

The makers intend to focus on the daily life of the 81-year-old actor and director's wife Dina Eastwood, a former news anchor and actor, their 15-year-old daughter Morgan, and Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, the 18-year-old daughter Eastwood had with former partner Frances Fisher.

Eastwood – who has acted in a string of Hollywood hits including A Fistful of Dollars, Play Misty For Me and Million Dollar Baby, as well as directing films such as Unforgiven, »

- Mark Sweney

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Will 'The Artist' win Best Film with Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.?

9 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Films with universally good reviews on MetaCritic ("The Artist," "Moneyball") fared better with the New York Film Critics Circle than those that elicited polarizing reactions. While there are not enough Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. members on MetaCritic to make a similar comparison in advance of their vote Sunday, one critic -- Kenneth Turan -- has proven to be a reliable barometer. This Los Angeles Times scribe may well be the most read reviewer by Academy members. Four of the last seven Lafca winners were Turan's top pick of the year ("The Social Network," 2010; "The Hurt Locker," 2009; "Letters from Iwo Jima," 2007; and "Sideways," 2004). In 2008, he did not rank his top ten but the Lafca winner "Wall-e" made his list. In 2007, "There Will Be Blood" came in at No. 5 for him but won over his colleagues. And in 2005, he did not consider "Brokeback Mountain&quo »

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Will Steven Spielberg Continue Telling World War I Stories Following 'War Horse'?

6 December 2011 9:55 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

After he made Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg remained extremely invested in telling more stories from World War II, going on to produce two fantastic mini-series' for HBO called Band of Brothers and The Pacific, as well as having a hand in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and TV docs like We Stand Alone Together, Eyes of the Holocaust and The Lost Children of Berlin. This month Spielberg unveils his adaptation of the mesmerizing novel (and play) War Horse, which marks the filmmaker's first encounter with World War I (or The Great War). Spielberg will be the first one to admit that he does not consider War Horse to be one of his "war pictures," because it's much...

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- Erik Davis

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Casting Standout: 'J. Edgar'

24 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Films about true events and figures in history have the built-in challenge of telling a compelling story while being prone to criticism about historical accuracy. Clint Eastwood is no stranger to this, with past projects such as "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters From Iwo Jima," and "Invictus." With his latest film, "J. Edgar," he tackles one of the most powerful and controversial figures in American history: the first head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fiona Weir, who worked with Eastwood on "Invictus" and then on "Hereafter," accepted the challenge of casting his latest. A London-based casting director, Weir was particularly honored to be asked to work on "J. Edgar" because of Hoover's place in American history. Weir relocated to Los Angeles for five months to work on the film, gathering an all-American cast, save Judi Dench as Hoover's mother, Annie. "I did a lot of homework to really get. »

- help@backstage.com (Thom Klohn)

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Ken Watanabe Offered The Colonel Role in 'Akira'

23 November 2011 12:21 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

It seemed like only a matter of time. With Gary Oldman passing on an offer from WB to play Colonel Shikishima in their Akira re-make, Ken Watanabe's name was sure to come up among the list of names on casting lists. Aside from anime/manga purists protesting the remake's white-washing of the seminal Japanese classic, Watanabe was almost assured to get an offer of some type. He is easily one of the most well recognized Japanese actors working within the Hollywood studio system (although he does still act in his native Japan). Watanabe has starred roles in Inception, Letters from Iwo Jima and The Last Samurai (which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination).   Granted, this is still in the offer stage and means nothing until Watanabe responds but it's safe to say that if...

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Movember Mustache Movie Madness: Perfect Period Piece Pushbrooms

23 November 2011 9:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

by Jim Gibbons

Hollywood has a long love affair with history that rivals some of cinema's greatest romances. While mustaches may not be tremendously hip nowadays, many fine films take place in eras where the 'stache was much more commonplace. Though Movember—the men's health charity event where gentlemen grow and groom mustaches to raise funds for the Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundations—is a relatively young fundraiser, 'stache-growing participants can look to the past for present-day mustache motivation.

Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo Raine in "Inglourious Basterds"

Sure, Aldo Raine's World War II-era 'stache may not have helped his ability to pull off a proper Italian accent, but that certainly didn't stop this mustachioed soldier from killing more than his fair share of Nazis—one of history and cinema's most recognizable groups of villains. Groomed to perfection in the field and undercover, Raine's mustache was as easily recognizable as his big f---ing knife! »

- MTV Movies Team

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WB Now Wants Ken Watanabe for The Colonel in 'Akira', Not Oldman

22 November 2011 10:10 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"It's a soldier's duty. You wouldn't understand." Oh, the casting for this project is all over the place. Twitch is reporting that Warner Bros' live-action Akira project, which supposedly had Tdk's Gary Oldman pretty close to playing The Colonel, is now looking elsewhere (he even mentions in this video it wasn't a done deal anyway). Word is that they're intent on getting Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, Letters from Iwo Jima, Inception) to star, and have offered him the role. I've got to be honest, I'd love to see him take this, I think he'd be a great fit. Garrett Hedlund is already attached to play Kaneda, along with Kristen Stewart as Kei. It's not confirmed that he's set yet, but it looks like Oldman has at least passed and they're now trying to get Watanabe officially signed. I also think it's a bit of a strategic move bringing in a »

- Alex Billington

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Culture Warrior: ‘J. Edgar,’ the Limitations of Biopics, and Eastwood’s Politics

15 November 2011 1:38 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers about J. Edgar. For the past few years, I haven’t been much of a fan of Clint Eastwood’s work. While he no doubt possesses storytelling skills as a director and certainly maintains an incredible presence as a movie star, I’ve found that critics who constantly praise his work often overlook its general lack of finesse, tired and sometimes visionless formal approach, and habitual ham-fistedness. When watching Eastwood’s work, I get the impression, supported by stories of his uniquely economic method of filmmaking, that he thinks of himself as something of a Woody Allen for the prestige studio drama, able to get difficult stories right in one take. The end product, for me, says otherwise. While I was a fan of the strong but still imperfect Mystic River (2003) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), the moment that I stopped trusting Eastwood came around the time the song “Colorblind” appeared in »

- Landon Palmer

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Blu-ray/DVD Release: Restless

14 November 2011 9:19 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Price: Blu-ray/DVD $45.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

With Restless, Sony continues its pattern of releasing smaller movies as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with no individual DVD.

The quirky coming-of-age love story, directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), stars newcomer Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) as the unlikely romantic couple.

Hopper’s Enoch Brae has given up on life and spends his time talking to the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from World War II and going to the funerals of strangers. Wasikowska’s Annabel Cotton is a terminally ill girl who has a deep love of life and the natural world. When they have a chance encounter at a funeral, they find unexpected common ground.

Restless, which is the first feature film written by Jason Lew, also stars Jane Adams (TV’s Hung) and Ryo Kase (Letters From Iwo Jima »

- Sam

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Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar"

10 November 2011 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"It would be one thing if J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood's bio-pic of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, were merely another Eastwood film shot in the cloudy, patent-medicine weak-tea sepia tones of a Ken Burns production, with its minor-key piano chords and historically appropriate pop songs," writes James Rocchi for Box Office. "It would be another thing if J. Edgar were simply another Leonardo DiCaprio film where the star — through makeup and miracles — portrays another complex American legend whose public persona was only the smallest part of his complex life, as the actor did in the Martin Scorsese-directed The Aviator. But between Eastwood's direction and Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, what you feel leaking off the screen in every scene is missed opportunity. This material could have inspired a serious and artistic examination of the role of law and intelligence in America, of the toxic nature of secrets, or »

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[Review] J. Edgar

9 November 2011 6:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Clint Eastwood has had a rough past couple of features. In the past decade, outside of the excellent Letters from Iwo Jima, the beloved director has made passionless exercises in unsubtly. While his last feature, Hereafter, was divisive, at least it played admirably outside Eastwood’s comfort zone.

There is nothing admirable about J. Edgar. In fact, it’s near offensive in its mediocrity.

How one takes such a complex and rich figure like J. Edgar Hoover and makes a stale bio-by-numbers film is hard to imagine, Eastwood achieves so much through journeyman-like directing and sloppy, obvious storytelling.

Eastwood’s tone deafness is astonishing. A scene that perfectly encapsulates this painful flaw left my audience in stitches, where we finally get the shoehorned-in scene of J. Edgar “cross dressing.” The scene derives from heartbreak and grief, caused by the death of Hoover’s dominant and loving mother, Annie Hoover (Judi Dench). In the proper hands, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Our Man Clint!

8 November 2011 8:18 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

J. Edgar opens in theaters this Friday and it is the 33rd film directed by Clint Eastwood. Beginning with the thriller Play Misty For Me in 1971, Eastwood has directed  westerns, action films, comedies, and dramas. From the very early days of his career, Eastwood had been frustrated by directors insisting that scenes be re-shot multiple times and perfected, and when he began as a director in 1971, he made a conscious attempt to avoid any aspects of directing he had been indifferent to as an actor. As a result, Eastwood is renowned for his efficient film directing and to reduce filming time and to keep budgets under control.

As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, J. Edgar explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often »

- Movie Geeks

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Clint Eastwood's labored 'J. Edgar' opens AFI Fest -- is this Leo's year?

3 November 2011 11:21 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I find myself coming down a number of different ways on Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," which saw its world premiere tonight as the opening film of the 25th annual AFI Fest. It's weird, really. There are things to admire. There are things that are maddening. There are the usual caveats of a latter-day Eastwood film, and yet some indications of a departure from recent disappointments. (It's probably my favorite of his films since "Letters from Iwo Jima.") At the heart of this vacillating, though, is a definitive opinion: Leonardo DiCaprio is exceptional in the title role, digging into an incredibly complex character, committing from frame one »

- Kristopher Tapley

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10 Must-See Movies of November 2011

2 November 2011 11:47 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Last month the Oscar season officially kicked off, and this month we’ll be getting plenty more Oscar baiters and real contenders to add to the mix. We’ll get another Brett Ratner film, the 25th film of the decade from Clint Eastwood, another upbeat audience friendly film from Lars von Trier, and the most expected and clichéd, a Martin Scorsese ”kids” film. A fairly promising month, right? I’ve already seen a few films coming out this month, and there’s plenty of good-to-great films to see, even one or two that didn’t make it on this list. Honorable Mentions: My Week with Marilyn (an extremely enjoyable film with a great performance by Kenneth Branagh), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and London Boulevard (a solid anti-cliché gangster film). But here are the names who made it all the way to the top ten: 10. J. Edgar (November 9th) God, I »

- Jack Giroux

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72 New J. Edgar Photos Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio

26 October 2011 10:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Brothers Pictures has released 72 images from next month’s J. Edgar.

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.

Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets.particularly those of others.and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable. »

- Michelle McCue

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

22 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »

- flickeringmyth

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Does shooting films back to back work?

18 October 2011 6:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Paramount and Hasbro apparently considering making Transformers 4 and 5 back to back, Simon argues that it’s an approach that often works...

Yesterday, word was filtering through that Paramount Pictures and Hasbro were looking into the possibility of shooting the next two Transformers movies back to back. And you can see the advantage to the companies concerned. After all, making movies is expensive, and if you can deploy some economy of scale in making two films in one go, then that helps to reign in the bill a bit. 

And, as we’re being constantly reminded, we’re in austere times. Just look at the example of The Lone Ranger, a movie production that was all but shut down until savings of a good few million could be found in the budget. Then you have the further example of Men In Black III, which reportedly started shooting early to take advantage of a tax break, »

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