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On Tour: Clint Eastwood’s "Jersey Boys" and "American Sniper"

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Many broken men populate Clint Eastwood’s knotty cinematic sandbox. An inciting action forces them to brazenly jump from normal life in search of revenge or salvation, burying themselves in self-righteousness and self-pity along the way. Still, despite this stubborn resolve their endgame often hinges on a homecoming of sorts, whether it’s written in blood or tears. By the end of 2014, Eastwood will have released two new films in very different genres that complicate this motif. Both Jersey Boys and American Sniper examine elite professionals whose work takes them on the road, away from the domestic confines of family and femininity to an isolated place where chaotic situations are common. But instead of doing everything in their power to return home, these men manipulate the classic “hero’s journey” as a selfish way to avoid the complex perspectives of those they’ve left behind or forgotten. Being on tour
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"Jersey Boys" Hits A Flat Note

Fade in on a boy talking to the camera, and you can already tell that this is a tired film. Helmed by Clint Eastwood (working behind the screen only, this time), Jersey Boys is a film adapted from the hit Broadway jukebox musical. It tells the origin story of The Four Seasons, their rise to fame, and the self-destruction of their personal lives. It’s a tale as old as showbiz, and this film shows a desperate lack of originality. The boy talking to us, giving us unnecessary narrative set-up (and not even doing it particularly well) is Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza). He introduces us to his brother Nicky (Johnny Cannizzaro), their friend Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) who performs in a musical trio with them, and a wannabe singer named Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young). The boys, as boys in Jersey are wont to do, get caught up in gangster
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Jersey Boys Blu-Ray Review

You can figure out everything you need to know about the big-screen version of the dazzling, Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys from the opening studio logos alone. A familiar piano cue from The Four Seasons’ catchy classic “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” plays over greying silver studio logos. In other words, you are going to get the electrifying pop staples but over a drab, lifeless execution. Director Clint Eastwood is no stranger to music, as he worked as a composer on many of his most recent films, but Jersey Boys is one musical adaptation that he should have left alone.

Jersey Boys is probably the most beloved of all of the jukebox musicals that blended the lights of Broadway with the biggest pop hits of yesteryear. In the stumble to the big screen, though, the behind-the-music story about how some delinquent boys growing up just outside of Newark became one
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Jersey Boys (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Blu-ray Review

Jersey Boys

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Lomenda

Running Time: 2 hrs 14 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: November 11, 2014

Own “Jersey Boys” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on 11/11

Plot: (courtesy Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) “Jersey Boys” 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,” and many more.

These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
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Bww DVD Reviews: Jersey Boys is Fun & Fascinating

For fans of Jersey Boys, today is the day you have been waiting for because the film adaptation of the musical is now in stores. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the fascinating film is directed by Clint Eastwood. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, with Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito, and Christopher Walken as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
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Jersey Boys DVD Review

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, Michael Lomenda, Erich Bergen and Renée Marino.

Certificate: 15

If you are familiar with the Broadway show, you will probably be expecting the film to be exactly like it in some shape or form. To some extent it does take elements from the show, but Clint Eastwood has taken an interesting step by giving a more serious account of The Four Seasons. He explores in depth the less glamorized side of the band’s tale, which is emphasized by the use of washed out colors onscreen. Dismal as it may sound, it highlights perfectly the young men’s lowly beginnings which Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) bluntly explains, that there were only three ways out of the neighborhood where they grew up: join the army, get “mobbed up” or get famous.

It’s not all a depressing tale though, as the
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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Jersey Boys

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99

Studio: Warner

The Four Seasons come to life in Jersey Boys.

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys is a music-filled drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation, is directed by the seemingly immortal Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar, Million Dollar Baby).

Jersey Boys stars 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,” and many more.

John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio,
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Jersey Boys Blu-Ray Details Revealed

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Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys adaptation may not have blown up the box office when it released earlier this Summer, but if you're a fan of the broadway show it's based on, you're more than likely going to want to pick up this title when it releases in November. Warner Bros. has revealed exactly when you'll be able to pick this blu-ray up, and what all is included on the disc. Come inside to learn more!

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Jersey Boys” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on November 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”), “Jersey Boys” is an inspiring drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation.

Jersey Boys” stars John Lloyd Young, who reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio,
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Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Warner  Home Video has announced a November 11, 2014 release date for director Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Jersey Boys is based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. Like the musical, the feature film stars John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, lead singer of The Four Seasons, and chronicles how a group of boys came together to form the famous band. The film also stars Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken.

Jersey Boys was met with mixed results by critics with a 53 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Ticket sales failed to live up to expectations with $58.9 million in worldwide business, though the film did earn the most for an Eastwood production in North American since Gran Torino in 2008.

The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo version of Jersey Boys includes a trio of bonus features, two of which are exclusive.
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Movie Review: Jersey Boys

Before The Beatles came to our shores in the mid-1960s, I don’t think there was a bigger rock band in America than The Four Seasons. The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. The story of the band’s formation, success, and their eventual break-up has already been dramatized in Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a jukebox musical which debuted on Broadway in 2005. And now that musical has been brought from the stage to the screen. The new movie Jersey Boys is a lot of fun and quite entertaining, but unfortunately the film suffers from narrative and structural issues that prevent it from reaching its full potential.

Obviously, the focus of the cast is on the four members of The Four SeasonsJohn Lloyd Young as frontman/lead vocalist Frankie Valli,
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Second Opinion – Jersey Boys (2014)

Jersey Boys, 2014.

Directed by: Clint Eastwood.

Starring: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken.


The story of the rise to fame of the iconic band, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from their beginning as four friends playing clubs, to their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The trouble with adaptations, whether it be from a book, a stage show or even from another film, is that you can’t help but compare the two. When you are going to see a film adapted from a behemoth musical masterpiece like Jersey Boys, there is no doubt that you will probably leave the movie feeling slightly disappointed. Unfortunately, this is the case with Jersey Boys. Despite the wealth of talent behind and in front of the camera, there are aspects of the stage show which simply don’t translate to the big screen.
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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Lomenda

Running Time: 2 hrs 14 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: June 20, 2014

Plot: The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, based on the Broadway musical of the same name.

Who’S It For? Eastwood fans to be disappointed, or music fans to be bored.


In my interview with Paul Haggis for his recently-released film Third Person, the former Oscar-friendly screenwriter brought something to my attention about his working relationship with Clint Eastwood, which I could have guessed, but didn’t know: with Haggis’ scripts like Flags of Our Fathers, Eastwood didn’t ask for any rewrites, and began shooting with a first draft. It explained so much, especially when I finally caught up with Jersey Boys. Eastwood’s stories are as strong as his scripts, his directorial ability to really influence a project as
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Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Won’t Just Shut Up and Play the Hits

To hear it directly from Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), there were only three choices for the youth of Belleville, New Jersey in the 1950s: join the Army (and get killed), join the Mob (and get killed) or get famous. He and his performing pals embraced that last option and rose to fame as the Four Seasons. Chances are that you know their hits — “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Who Loves You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” — recently given new life by the Tony-winning success of the Broadway show,”Jersey Boys,” and effectively deprived of it by Clint Eastwood’s subsequent screen adaptation. The most famous of the four was Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), whose distinctive falsetto was nurtured by Tommy in between his six-month stints in prison. With fellow ex-con Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) on bass, the group just needed some great songs and got ‘em courtesy of Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen). (Introductions were made by
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Clint Eastwood, Cast, and Writers Talk Jersey Boys, Adapting the Broadway Musical, Finding the Actors, the Clever Director Cameo, and More

Now playing in theaters is director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success. The film stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, and Christopher Walken. For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips. At the New York City press day, I was able to participate in a press conference with Clint Eastwood, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and screenwriters Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. They talked about making the film, how Eastwood got involved, the challenges in bringing the stage musical to life, the clever director cameo,
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‘Jersey Boys’ is definitely worth a look and a listen

Jersey Boys

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice

USA, 2014

American music history has had its fair share of notable moments. The 1950s and 1960s in particular, were an era in which catchy songs and talented performers reigned supreme. One such group was Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. These gifted young men were responsible for hit after hit including but not limited to “Sherry”, “Walk Like a Man”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. A highly entertaining Tony Award-winning Broadway musical was created to detail the rise of The Four Seasons and it ran and continues to run, selling tickets to this day about a decade after its debut. It was only a matter of time until a big Hollywood film adaption would follow and it did. Helmed by veteran filmmaker Clint Eastwood, Jersey Boys is now in theaters and ready to transport you back to
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Jersey Boys Movie Review

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Title: Jersey Boys Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elise Cast: Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, Erich Bergen, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle Screened at: NYC, Opens: June 20, 2014 If you wonder why the 1950s are considered the most boring decade in U.S. history, you need only look for some videos of NBC’s show “Your Hit Parade.” The Saturday night festivities featured the top seven hit tunes, playing number one on the charts last, holding TV viewers in suspense. The trouble is that was nary a hit that was not some [ Read More ]

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Film Review: Uninspired Eastwood Comes Up with Dull Four Seasons Biopic

‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto.
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Jersey Boys movie review: it’s not only rock ’n’ roll…

Director Clint Eastwood’s discomfort with his own material is enormous and obvious. Does he just not get pop music, or is he actively disdainful and suspicious of it? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not seen the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’m hearing it in sky blue,” complains music producer Bob Crewe in the middle of recording a track with the group that will later be called The Four Seasons. “You’re giving me brown.”

Alas, the same could be said to director Clint Eastwood of his film adaptation of the Broadway and West End hitJersey Boys, about the rise and rise and rise — with only a little bit of stumbling — of the now legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. This is a stodgy mess of a movie in which a mostly
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Interview: From stage to screen with the Jersey Boys cast

Clint Eastwood is bringing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the big screen with week with the help of some originalJersey Boys.

The smash Broadway production earned a Tony Award for not only Best Musical, but also earned star John Lloyd Young a Tony Award for Best Actor in his stage debut. Luckily enough for fans who missed him on stage, he reprises his role as Frankie Valli in Eastwood’s Jersey Boys film along with a few other familiar faces who have graced Jersey Boys’ stages.

Both Erich Bergen who plays Bob Gaudio and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi perfected their roles on stage before being cast in the screen version. Lomenda appeared in the long-running Toronto production of the musical as Massi. Rounding out the quartet is another familiar face to “Boardwalk Empire” fans, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito.

Cineplex sat down with Young, Lomenda, and Bergen
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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys,’ Adaptation More Hits Than Misses

Clint Eastwood was a wild card choice to direct the big screen adaption of Jersey Boys, the wildly successful Broadway musical, and the movie is a miasma of both hits and misses. Eastwood’s decision to use Jersey Boys vet John Lloyd Young to essay lead singer Frankie Valli (nee Castelluccio) was both a bold and smart. The rest of the group, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Erich Bergen, are brilliant as well. ...Read More
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