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From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has had a bit of a rougher run than usual in recent years, critically speaking. He's back with Jersey Boys based on the Broadway jukebox hit about the Four Seasons.
Let's divvy up our reactions to the trailer.
• There will be a lot of music
• Counterprogramming in the blockbuster realm of summer movies could help with critical reception so that's a smart move.
• Newish handsome actors in plum star-making position (if the movie is good and they ace it)
- NATHANIEL R
The iconic Clint Eastwood turns 84 years old this year, and while he has largely retired as an actor – last seen in front of the camera in 2012′s Trouble with the Curve, the feature debut of his longtime first assistant director Robert Lorenz – as a director he has shown no signs of slowing down.
In the decade since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, Eastwood’s diverse (and sometimes uneven) output included two great World War II films (Flags of our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima), a massive blockbuster hit with Gran Torino (over $269 million worldwide) and Invictus, which starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
The director’s first film since 2011′s biopic J. Edgar is an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which follows the story of the legendary pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Watch the first ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Clint Eastwood has hit a bit of a rough patch in his directing career. Since getting his last Oscar nomination in 2007, his work has ranged from the underwhelming (Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus) to downright bad (Hereafter, J. Edgar). Given the the star's status as a Hollywood icon, one truly hopes that he can turn things around before he is ready to retire, and today we get our first look at his latest effort. Apple has debuted the premiere trailer for Eastwood's upcoming musical Jersey Boys, and you can watch it embedded above. Based on the true story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken, Jersey Boys is an adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name. The story begins in 1960s New Jersey and follows the various members of the rock group as they came together »
Clint Eastwood is finally returning to filmmaking after a couple of years' hiatus with the Warner Bros. war movie American Sniper , starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Cory Hardrict ( Gran Torino and the upcoming Trancendence ), and TheWrap is reporting that the cast may be joined by TV star Jake McDorman from "Greek" and Showtime's "Shameless." The film is based on the memoir of the same name by Navy Seal Chris Kyle (co-written by Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice), who is considered to be the deadliest American sniper in military history, called "The Devil" by his enemies and Navy SEALs alike for his ten years of sniper kills numbering 150 from 1999 to 2009. Cooper is playing Kyle with Miller playing his wife Taya while McDorman is expected to »
The actor told Flicks and Bits that he most enjoyed driving the 1968 Gran Torino.
"Oh man, hands down my favourite car in the movie to drive was the 1968 Gran Torino," Paul said. "I just wanted that car so bad, I think we all wanted that car!"
He continued: "There were two identical Gran Torinos that they just gutted and made brand new.
"They're beautiful cars and super fast, but they ended up wrecking the first car in the first race by accident. David and I then fought over the remaining one, but neither of us got it."
Paul added that Scott Waugh's previous work as a stunt performer helped make the movie's action scenes particularly innovative.
"I thought it was a perfect match. Scott was born into a stunt family, a legendary stunt family," he explained. »
For a boy stranded in a Suffolk village, David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser tearing around in a Gran Torino catching bad dudes was perfect escapism – and the source of some important lessons about friendship, girls and denim
Once upon a very long time ago, a little boy who lived in a sleepy little village in Suffolk discovered Starsky & Hutch. It was nothing like anything else he had ever come across on television before (to be fair, Blue Peter was pretty much all he'd been allowed to watch up to that point, and he was then only allowed to watch S&H because his mum thought Paul Michael Glaser was fit). It was about a world that was totally different to the one he knew. A more exciting and glamorous world. The boy was me, you may have guessed.
For anyone under about 45, Starsky & Hutch was a Us cop show »
- Sam Wollaston
Need for Speed straddles the line between a fun, full-throttled ode to reckless car classics and a relentlessly cheesy redemption tale that has all the nuance and intelligence of the video game it is adapted from. It also marks the first leading big-screen turn for Aaron Paul – unless you count his terrific work in the little-seen Smashed. The Breaking Bad actor is magnetic as the beleaguered, blue-collar protagonist who likes to zoom through city avenues in his Gran Torino. Unfortunately though, a limp and ludicrous screenplay ensures that Need for Speed is a bumpy road that not even the smoothest actor or director could make through without lending their careers a scratch.
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, the lone descendent in a family with an established racing legacy, although he does not quite have the prowess to race in the big leagues. Instead, Tobey works as a mechanic at a garage owned by his late father. »
- Jordan Adler
Aaron Paul attended the Cinema Society screening of his DreamWorks racecar thriller “Need for Speed” on Tuesday night at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, followed by a rooftop party at the James Hotel (where his “Breaking Bad” co-star Bryan Cranston stopped by for a nightcap). Paul spoke to Variety for 93 seconds on the red carpet.
How fast were you driving in the movie?
The fastest I got was 125, maybe 130, miles per hour.
Was it scary?
No, I’m driving super cars so it doesn’t feel like you’re driving that fast. They’d never put me in harm’s way. I went through some intense training — I signed on to do this film about 3.5 months before I started shooting, so I was just on the racetrack as often as I could be.
Did you play video games for simulation?
No, do you?
I played Mario Kart as a child.
I love Mario Kart. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Aaron Paul is moving on after Breaking Bad with Need For Speed, an action movie that's a little lighter in tone than his award-winning series. Need For Speed, which comes out this week, follows Paul's character, Tobey Marshall, a car-loving ex-con who gets out of jail with revenge on his mind, and to get that revenge, he has to race cross-country in the company of a girl (Imogen Poots). While the movie has Paul in locations all over the Us, we were invited to the Detroit set last Summer with a few other reporters, where we chatted with Paul about his new film and why the car-racing movie isn't like The Fast and the Furious. We also got to see Paul shoot a driving scene out on the street of the car-focused city, so of course, we also asked him exactly how much he got to drive. Were you trying »
- Shannon Vestal
More recently, Sony treated us to a pretty sweet IMAX poster at the end of last month. And with the blockbuster’s release just days away, the studio have released a new TV spot recalling the original’s tagline – Part Man, Part Machine – All Cop!
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing »
- Kenji Lloyd
Aaron Paul feels the need, the need for speed.
At least, that's what we walked away thinking after listening to Paul discuss his new movie, "Need for Speed," at L.A. post-production house Bandito Brothers back in October. Based on the mega-popular Electronic Arts racing video game franchise, the racing flick centers on a framed street racer, Tobey Marshall (Paul), who races cross-country, hellbent on revenge. And all involved were hellbent on making sure the racing was as realistic as possible.
"[Director] Scott [Waugh] made it very evident before I attached myself to this that he wanted me to be driving," Paul said. "He wanted all of the things, all of the action sequences to be practical. He didn't want all of this to be done behind a computer after we shot it all. So he's like, 'You're going to have to be behind the wheel and doing all these crazy races. »
- Tim Hayne
The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office. With lots of movies already in theaters and a number of limited releases expanding, we were given another rare case of a mainstream movie that was released in December for awards but had enough mainstream appeal to really explode at the box office. First, we had the likes of Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino , followed by Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty last year. Joining that group in a big way was Peter Berg's military drama Lone Survivor (Universal), starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile »
Scott Eastwood, the hunky son of legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood, covers Town & Country’s Top 50 Bachelors Issue, giving readers a chance to revisit his sexy October photo shoot that made him a sensation in his own right.
Scott Eastwood, 27, became a heartthrob overnight after appearing shirtless in the October issue of Town & Country and since then the aspiring actor has been slowly gaining more attention from Hollywood and the public alike. Scott, who has appeared in a few of his father’s films, such as Trouble With The Curve (2012) and Gran Torino (2008), is arguably on the cusp of his big break in Hollywood. Scott is currently filming Fury in London with writer/director David Ayer and co-stars Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf, to name a few.
Scott, who has been romantically linked to singer/actress Jana Kramer, certainly qualifies to be a top bachelor, »
13 items from 2014
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