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This is what dark comedy does — it takes sad situations (impoverishment, alcoholism, horse racing, Naomi Watts doing a really bad accent while also sporting an obviously fake baby bump), and plays them up until they make us laugh, not cry. Ted Melfi‘s St. Vincent looks to be aiming a little to the left of the dramedy mark (in directional comedy speak, that means he’s going a bit too funny with this one) with his debut film, St. Vincent, but at least he’s somewhat in range. The film stars Bill Murray as a character clearly pitched as “what if Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino was actually kinda kicky?” who finds his life turned upside down with the arrival of a new neighbors — sad Melissa McCarthy (is it horrible to comment on how it’s nice to see McCarthy going for just a little bit of pathos for once?) and »
- Kate Erbland
Clint Eastwood‘s musical biography “Jersey Boys” opens this weekend to mixed reviews. TheWrap's Alonso Duralde calls the film “entertaining, just not all that good.” Also read: ‘Jersey Boys’ Reviews: Does the Musical Drama Fall Flat With Critics? In TheWrap's latest mashup, Eastwood's roles in “Gran Torino,” “Sudden Impact,” “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “Million Dollar Baby” show their blatant disgust for the actor/director's venture into the musical genre. Also read: ‘Jersey Boys’ Review: Clint Eastwood's Jukebox Musical Is Nice, Entertaining, Just Not All That Good (Video) What's your favorite Eastwood role? Watch more of »
- Michael Rich
Though he is known for his gruff, tough-guy roles in movies like Dirty Harry and Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood is a hugger. While shooting Jersey Boys, the cast got to see what Eastwood was like as a director - and a dad when he cast his daughter Francesca Eastwood as a waitress. "He would hug her and they would chitchat on set," says Katherine Narducci, who plays Frankie Valli's mother in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical about the legendary Four Seasons' rags-to-riches rise to fame. Eastwood, 84, told People that he enjoyed the father-daughter bonding time on set, »
- K.C. Baker
Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a big shot city lawyer, known for winning cases for guilty people. When the call comes that his mother has passed, he needs to return home to defend his estranged father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), who is looking like the prime suspect in her death. The wayward son begins to reconnect with his family while uncovering the truth behind his mother’s death.
The top notch cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Vincent D’Onfrio, Leighton Meester, David Krumholtz, Dax Shepard, and Vera Farmiga. With script by the writer of Gran Torino, the film comes from an unlikely director, David Dobkin, who is better known for his broad comedies including The Change-Up, Fred Claus, and Wedding Crashers.
Watch the first full trailer for the upcoming drama The Judge below: »
- Rachel West
Directing Jersey Boys is an interesting career choice for Clint Eastwood. Did he make the right choice?
Fans of the stage musical Jersey Boys may think so; at its heart, the film is true to the smashingly successful stage version. It's also a safe bet that fans of the Four Seasons (Google them, millennials) will like the movie, which features many of the group's hits.
But fans of the exalted filmmaker's best work may be disappointed. Of course Jersey Boys isn't meant to be another Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby or Gran Torino -- but even by the lightweight standards of crowd-pleasing musicals, Jersey Boys feels a bit empty.
A biography of the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys opens in mid-Fifties New Jersey, where teenage lead singer Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and lead guitarist Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), perform in New Jersey clubs with an early incarnation of the group, the Four Lovers. »
- Don Clinchy
There are, you could argue, two Clint Eastwoods. One is the strong, near-silent type, the man with no name but a pair of Colt revolvers or a .44 Magnum, the lean avenging angel who asks if you feel lucky, punk, and would care to make his day. Whether he's a tough cop, a tough cowboy, a tough secret-service agent, a tough military man, a tough experimental-jet-fighter pilot or a tough racist old coot, the part is a variation on Eastwood's screen persona. His status as a macho icon was cast in »
To celebrate the release of Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, which hits cinemas on June 20th, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a copy of The Clint Eastwood: Directors Collection boxset including Mystic River, Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You, »
- Gary Collinson
Friday Am Update: Think Like a Man Too earned an estimated $1.8 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. That's over three times as much as the first Think Like a Man earned at midnight, and is also above Ride Along's $1.06 million 8 p.m. debut. Before assuming this is going to earn over $40 million, though, it's worth remembering that this Summer's late Thursday numbers have accounted for a disproportionately high percentage of the overall weekend (just last weekend, 22 Jump Street's Thursday number accounted for nearly 10 percent of the weekend gross, which is very high for a comedy). Still, this gross does suggest that Think Like a Man Too should be in line for at least $30 million this weekend.Forecast: Comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too should take first place at the box office this weekend, while Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys could wind up outside of the »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It’s hard to describe Clint Eastwood’s late-period directorial output without using the same words that apply to the hardboiled and callused gunslingers that made him famous. Stoic, steady, and assured are all useful qualities for someone looking to make staid historical dramas like J. Edgar, or a throwback like Gran Torino. But words like “spirited” and “energetic” are often strangers to Eastwood’s cinematic vocabulary, so asking him to make a musical was going to be a challenge from the start. When that musical happens to be Jersey Boys, a Broadway smash ill-suited for a film adaptation, both Eastwood’s and the source material’s limitations layer over one another like Frankie Valli’s voice on an 8-track, harmonizing into a 2-hour-plus slog through a dusty record collection.
The titular boys from Jersey take shifts narrating the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, the high-pitched crooners that »
- Sam Woolf
When Hollywood brings a Broadway show to the bigscreen, the first casualty is usually the stage actors. This dates back to 1964′s “My Fair Lady,” which passed Julie Andrews over for Audrey Hepburn (with Marni Nixon dubbing the singing). Idina Menzel recently revealed that she and Kristin Chenoweth were told they were too old for the upcoming “Wicked” movie. And sometimes, recasting is inevitable: By the time “Chicago” made it in front of cameras after a protracted development process, it was more than 25 years since the original Broadway production. Director Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” suffered a similar fate.
Which is why Clint Eastwood’s decision to keep the stage cast of “Jersey Boys” is an anomaly. John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony for originating on Broadway nine years ago, is back as Four Seasons crooner Franki Valli. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Scott Foundas
How do you defend someone who never defended you? That’s the heart of this thriller/family drama (out Oct. 10) starring Robert Downey Jr. as a Chicago defense attorney who returns to his small town to represent his hostile father (Robert Duvall) in a murder case.
Duvall plays the imperious title character: a living symbol of justice in their community and a tyrant in his own household — factors that compelled his son to flee years before. A family funeral brings Downey’s character home, but it’s another death that keeps him there.
“Against his own instincts and desire, he »
- Anthony Breznican
In 1962, the same year that a quartet of working-class New Jersey youths called the Four Seasons shot to the top of the pop charts with the irresistible doo-wop single “Sherry,” a solo artist from the West Coast made a less auspicious chart appearance with an earnest cowboy ballad inspired by his character on a popular TV Western. Entitled “Rowdy,” the song featured its gravelly voiced performer lamenting life on the open range, set to a gentle, galloping tempo. That singer was Clint Eastwood.
Surely, few listening to the radio back then would have imagined that, 50-odd years later, the Four Seasons’ pint-sized frontman, Frankie Valli, would still be selling out arenas with his vibrating falsetto. Fewer still would have wagered that Eastwood, then in his fourth season as Rowdy Yates on CBS’ “Rawhide,” would not only go on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men, but one of its most lauded director-producers, »
- Scott Foundas
Siesta Fest: Aragon’s English Language Debut Incredibly Forced
The one discernible reason to watch Cuban director Emilio Aragon’s English language debut, A Night in Old Mexico, would be to see star Robert Duvall front and center dancing circles around the cringe worthy supporting cast. To be fair, his is the only character granted any kind of depth, as written by screenwriter William D. Wittliff, reteaming with Duvall for the first time since the memorable 1989 television miniseries, “Lonesome Dove.” It’s a project that’s reputed to be nearly 35 years in the making, but the end product can’t quite justify the means with this reunion that feels akin to Duvall’s last stint as director, 2002’s Assassination Tango (an effort that feels far superior in comparison).
About to lose the property that’s been in his family for generations, Texas rancher Red Bovie (Robert Duvall) is contemplating suicide »
- Nicholas Bell
The sun is shining, the smell of summer is finally in the air…and naturally, you’re still thinking about TV and movies. Which is fine, because so are we. Specifically: Not long ago, your pals at EW had a conversation about the pop culture cookouts we’d most love to attend. Three serve pretty standard barbecue fare; two feature whole roast pigs; one makes itty bitty alligators the main course. But all feature great company, from ace Miami detective Marcus Burnett to growly, grizzled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski to the scrappy kids who spend their days hitting homers on their local baseball diamond. »
- EW staff
It's hard to retire when you're a legend. Just ask Clint Eastwood. The man who was retiring from behind and in front of the camera (after Gran Torino) has broken his oath to the point where it'd be smarter for him to just keep working on a light schedule. Much like Eastwood before him, legendary poster artist Drew Struzan is looking to dust off his working hat and set out to create art for a galaxy far far away. Schmoes Know slipped the scoop this morning that Struzan, the man behind countless double-sided masterpieces, has been asked to come back to the Star Wars family and provide art for Star Wars: Episode VII. The story was provided by a "close source" to Mr. Struzan, who also said that J.J. Abrams gushed like any fanboy would over the famed artist's career as he had contacted him to arrange this new »
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.
The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.
USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.
“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »
- Cynthia Littleton
Paris– Adding a title that looks set to become one of the talking points of Cannes, Wild Bunch will bring on to market Jean-François Richet’s Mel Gibson starrer “Blood Father,” produced by Paris-based Why Not Productions and Chris Biggs.
“Blood Father” is said to be partly in “The Taken” mode, joining a strong sales pedigree of titles – not just the “Taken” franchise, but also “Non-Stop,” again with Liam Neeson, and “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, both of which were produced by Joel Silver. As character-driven action thrillers they have ranked as best sellers at major markets in the past two years.
Since it was announced in development, distributors have been wondering – and salivating – about the possibility of the project being announced for Cannes.
Set to roll in May in New Mexico, »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
The 2013 novel centres around a 91-year old man trapped in a crashed car who reminisces about his life with his late wife.
At the same time, a young couple are discovering love only a few miles away.
Scott will play one of the younger pair.
The Longest Ride will be released on April 5, 2015. »
For Eastwood, 28, the son of Clint Eastwood, The Longest Ride will be his first major studio gig in a leading role. He’ll play Luke Collins in the movie, a young man who falls in love with a college student named Sophia Danko, reported Deadline. Their love story will unfold as a local 91-year-old man looks back on falling for his wife while he’s trapped in a car crash.
Eastwood personally announced his great casting news through Instagram, posting a picture of himself holding the best-seller with the caption, “Great book. Thanks Fox for this amazing opportunity!! #thelongestride #nicholassparks.”
Eastwood has previously »
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