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Off the Carpet: Eastwood crashes the season as Telluride gears up for another edition

18 August 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Ping-Pong Diplomacy’ Movie in the Works with Village Roadshow

18 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia is playing ping-pong, adapting Nicholas Griffin’s “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” as a movie with Story Mining & Supply Co. producing.

The project is in the early stages of development. Scribner published “Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World” in October.

The story, set in the spring of 1971, recaps the geopolitical realignment stemming from China and the United States suddenly moving toward a detente by staging a series of Ping-Pong matches in China. The American delegation was the first to visit China in 22 years and paved the way for President Nixon’s visit in 1972.

“Ping-Pong Diplomacy” also covers how the Chinese government helped cover up the deaths of millions of peasants during the late 1950s by holding the World Table Tennis Championships during the Great Famine; how championship players were driven to their deaths during the Cultural Revolution; and how the survivors were reconvened »

- Dave McNary

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Badass Grandpas: ‘The Expendables 3′ and 12 More Seasoned Stars

15 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.

Non-Stop

Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.

The Equalizer

Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »

- Matthew Chernov

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Fantasia 2014: Thomas’s 5 Movies

13 August 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s really a testament to the scope and variety of the things one can see at the Fantasia International Film Festival that my top 5 Fantasia films this year can contain a big-budget sci-fi Blockbuster and a movie so obscure and bizarre that I’ll likely never get a chance to see it again. The entire spectrum of film making is encompassed in Fantasia’s 2014 program, from the ultra-budget to the micro-budget, and all places in between. Old and new, comedy and tragedy (and mixes thereof), you can see it all at Fantasia, and no matter what it is, odds are it will be something you’ll remember for a long time to come. This year five films in particular left a lasting impression on me, and they seem to encompass that all-important Fantasia variety quite nicely.

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Zombeavers

Written by Al Caplin, Jon Caplin and Jordan Rubin

Directed by Jordan Rubin

USA, »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Action Comedy ‘Roadrunner’ Revs Up With Writers

8 August 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy to be produced by ex-Legendary Pictures exec Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns). Gran Torino‘s Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star.

Mednick’s coming off this weekend’s No. 1 opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he produced. Mednick, through his Mednick Productions banner, is producing Roadrunner in association with Kss Productions’ Kevin Gandy and Samantha Kastner-Gandy, who conceived of the project.

Eastwood is filming Fox 2000’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and will appear in David Ayer’s WWII tank actioner Fury. He’s repped by UTA. CAA client Adkins’ screen credits include Fox’s animated King Of The Hill, The Lincoln Lawyer, and May’s Moms’ Night Out. »

- Jen Yamato

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Action Comedy ‘Roadrunner’ Revs Up With Writers

8 August 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy to be produced by ex-Legendary Pictures exec Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns). Gran Torino‘s Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star. Mednick’s coming off this weekend’s No. 1 opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he produced. Mednick, through his Mednick Productions banner, is producing Roadrunner in association with Kss Productions’ Kevin Gandy and Samantha Kastner-Gandy, who conceived of the project. […] »

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Walt Martin, Clint Eastwood’s Sound Mixer, Dies at 69

2 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar-nominated sound mixer Walt Martin has died. He was 69.

Martin worked with Clint Eastwood on over a dozen movies and earned his Oscar nod for best achievement in sound mixing in 2006 for the war drama “Flags of Our Fathers.” He recently collaborated with Eastwood on the upcoming “American Sniper” and the recently-released “Jersey Boys.” “American Sniper,” which stars Bradley Cooper, just wrapped in June and is set to hit theaters next year.

Martin died July 24 of vasculitis after being hospitalized at Burbank’s Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center with chest pains.

Martin and Eastwood’s tight-knit working relationship, which began with 1999’s “True Crime,” included best picture Oscar-winner “Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic River,” “Gran Torino” and “Trouble With the Curve.”

Martin also worked with director John Huston in 1987 on his final film, “The Dead,” “Tremors” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He recently did sound mixing on “Mad Men” and “Sons of Anarchy. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Walt Martin, Clint Eastwood’s Sound Mixer, Dies at 69

2 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated sound mixer Walt Martin has died. He was 69.

Martin worked with Clint Eastwood on over a dozen movies and earned his Oscar nod for best achievement in sound mixing in 2006 for the war drama “Flags of Our Fathers.” He recently collaborated with Eastwood on the upcoming “American Sniper” and the recently-released “Jersey Boys.” “American Sniper,” which stars Bradley Cooper, just wrapped in June and is set to hit theaters next year.

Martin died July 24 of vasculitis after being hospitalized at Burbank’s Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center with chest pains.

Martin and Eastwood’s tight-knit working relationship, which began with 1999’s “True Crime,” included best picture Oscar-winner “Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic River,” “Gran Torino” and “Trouble With the Curve.”

Martin also worked with director John Huston in 1987 on his final film, “The Dead,” “Tremors” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He recently did sound mixing on “Mad Men” and “Sons of Anarchy. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Esteemed Sound Mixer Walt Martin Dies At 69

1 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Sound Mixer Walt Martin, who often worked on director Clint Eastwood’s feature films, died last month. He was 69.

Walt Martin Dies At 69

Martin passed away on July 24 of vasculitis at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after being hospitalized for chest pains, his wife Elena Martin told The Hollywood Reporter.

Martin first teamed up with Eastwood on 1999 picture True Crime. He went on to work with him on Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009), Hereafter (2010) and Trouble With the Curve (2012).

Martin also worked with Eastwood on this summer’s Jersey Boys musical and most recently on the Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, which is to hit theaters next year. He won an Oscar for sound mixing Eastwood’s 2006 World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers.

Prior to becoming part of Eastwood’s crew, »

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‘St. Vincent’ Trailer: Hey, It’s Sad Melissa McCarthy and a Kicky Bill Murray

1 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Clint Eastwood's Famed Characters Invade ‘Jersey Boys’ in New Trailer (Video)

21 June 2014 4:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Clint Eastwood Treats Cast Like Family on Jersey Boys Set

20 June 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Robert Downey Jr. establishes the truth with Robert Duvall in The Judge trailer

20 June 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

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Review: Jersey Boys

20 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

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

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Dirty Harry vs. Clint Eastwood

20 June 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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 »

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Win The Clint Eastwood: Directors Collection with Jersey Boys

20 June 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Forecast: Moviegoers to Choose 'Man' Over 'Boys' This Weekend

19 June 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

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 <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Jersey Boys Review

19 June 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Should ‘Jersey Boys’ Have Cast Movie Stars?

19 June 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

See Also: Clint Eastwood on ‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘American Sniper,’ Steven Spielberg

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

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'The Judge': Robert Downey Jr. fights the law, and his father -- First Look

11 June 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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