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Clint Eastwood may direct and star in The Mule

It looks like Clint Eastwood could be set for a return to the big screen for the first time since 2012’s Trouble with the Curve, with The Tracking Board reporting that he’s circling The Mule, a new project from Warner Bros. and Imperative Entertainment.

The film would see Eastwood directing as well as starring as Leo Sharp, an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran who was busted for transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel at the ripe old age of 90. He was subsequently sentenced to three years imprisonment when his lawyer argued that his dementia had sent him down the wrong path.

According to the outlet, the script has been penned by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), with rewrites from Dave Holstein (Weeds), and is based on a New York Times Magazine article by Sam Dolnick. Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) had previously been attached to direct.
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Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting for Next Directorial Project ‘The Mule’

If Clint Eastwood resolved that the once-every-leap-year-or-so acting turn will depend on what few octogenarian-suited acting roles are available, he may have struck gold with The Mule. Per the Tracking Board, he’s looking to direct and lead the Warner Bros. drama with scripting work from Gran Torino‘s Nick Schenk and, via redrafts, Dave Holstein, based on the true story of 90-year-old drug mule Leo Sharp.

New York Times Magazine reporter Sam Dolnick profiled the man a handful of years ago, that piece detailing “an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies when he was busted for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, and sent to prison at the age of 90.” Though Sharp carried $3 million worth of cocaine (don’t ask me just how much that amounts to, I swear I don’t know, nobody read too much into this parenthetical) at the time of arrest,
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Clint Eastwood Eyes Return to Acting in Real-Life Drug Mule Thriller

Clint Eastwood Eyes Return to Acting in Real-Life Drug Mule Thriller
With his new film The 15:17 to Paris debuting next weekend, 87-year-old actor/filmmaker Clint Eastwood may have already lined up his next project. The screen legend is planning on directing, producing and starring in The Mule, which tells the incredible true story of Leo Sharp, the world's oldest drug mule who was 87 years old when he was caught by the authorities, and 90 years old when he was sentenced to prison. This project is expected to be the director's next film, and it will be his first starring role since 2012, when he starred in Trouble With The Curve, which was directed by Robert Lorenz.

This project first surfaced back in 2014, when Imperative Entertainment acquired the rights to a June 2014 New York Times Magazine article entitled "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Sam Dolnick. The production company had set Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) to direct the movie while looking for a
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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep

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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep
Amy Adams is a monster,” Justin Timberlake informed the black-tie crowd in the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom during her American Cinematheque Award Ceremony tribute. “More specifically, a karaoke monster.” When they shot Clint Eastwood’s 2012 “Trouble with the Curve” in Atlanta, Timberlake said the now-five-time Oscar nominee “pretty much bullied me” into a duet of “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.”

After praising her talents, Timberlake conceded, “Quite frankly, I will sing with you anytime. But next time I’m choosing the goddamned song. I have a history with Disney” — referencing his pre-teen years on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” — “and there’s a little Ptsd… Is [Disney Chairman Bob] Iger here tonight? Okay, good.”

Read More: George Clooney Set For AFI Life Achievement Award, Amy Adams Prepares for American Cinematheque Tribute

The evening’s collection of Adams collaborators and admirers — including Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Denis Villeneueve, Kristen Stewart,
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Clint Eastwood Says He Wants To Return To Acting

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Eastwood may give acting another shot.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

At a packed symposium in Cannes where he received a three-minute standing ovation, Clint Eastwood discussed his philosophies of filmmaking along with the personal experience of growing up in the Depression. Eastwood said that he views movie-making as an emotional experience not an intellectual one and warns that when an emphasis on intellectual aspects of a film overrides trying to move the audience emotionally directors can find themselves in trouble. Eastwood addressed his long-standing complaints about what he perceives as political correctness in the film industry and warns that "We've lost our sense of humor."  Ironically it was Eastwood's sense of humor that earned him rare bad press concerning his personal life.  Traditionally Eastwood stayed out of commenting on national politics but in 2012 he appeared at the Republican convention to endorse Mitt Romney with a bit of improvised comedy that earned
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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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Clint Eastwood Promises to Return to Acting At Packed Cannes Masterclass

Clint Eastwood Promises to Return to Acting At Packed Cannes Masterclass
The toughest ticket at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? A masterclass with Clint Eastwood, which unfolded on Sunday afternoon to a packed auditorium and a crowd that warmly received the veteran actor and director with a three-minute standing ovation.

While the two-hour chat, led by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, surveyed the full scope of Eastwood’s career with a particular eye on his directorial efforts, Eastwood admitted the he missed acting in front of the camera and promised to return to it.

Read More: Cannes 2017 Unveils Official Schedule, Adds Masterclasses With Clint Eastwood and Alfonso Cuarón

Eastwood’s last major on-screen performance was in 2012’s “The Trouble With the Curve” (which, quite notably, came after a four-year acting hiatus). Per Variety’s report, he told Turan that he missed acting “once in a while but not often,” and added that he will return when he is ready.
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Cannes: Clint Eastwood Says ‘We’ve Lost Our Sense of Humor’

Cannes: Clint Eastwood Says ‘We’ve Lost Our Sense of Humor’
Clint Eastwood told a rapturous Cannes audience on Sunday that he will return to acting in front of the camera. Eastwood was giving a master class at the Cannes Film Festival and received a three-minute ovation from those able to get in to the packed auditorium, in a crowd that included Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara.

The star notably did not address the political situation in the U.S., focusing on his long career in front of and behind the camera. He did say that his first “Dirty Harry” movie was considered politically incorrect, and was the start of an ongoing era of political correctness. “We’re killing ourselves by doing that, we’ve lost our sense of humor,” he said.

Having mostly eschewed acting for directing in recent years, Eastwood’s last on-screen performance was in 2012’s “The Trouble With the Curve.” He said he missed performing “once in a while but not often,” but
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Cannes: Clint Eastwood Says ‘We’ve Lost Our Sense of Humor’

Cannes: Clint Eastwood Says ‘We’ve Lost Our Sense of Humor’
Clint Eastwood told a rapturous Cannes audience on Sunday that he will return to acting in front of the camera. Eastwood was giving a master class at the Cannes Film Festival and received a three-minute ovation from those able to get in to the packed auditorium, in a crowd that included Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara.

The star notably did not address the political situation in the U.S., focusing on his long career in front of and behind the camera. He did say that his first “Dirty Harry” movie was considered politically incorrect, and was the start of an ongoing era of political correctness. “We’re killing ourselves by doing that, we’ve lost our sense of humor,” he said.

Having mostly eschewed acting for directing in recent years, Eastwood’s last on-screen performance was in 2012’s “The Trouble With the Curve.” He said he missed performing “once in a while but not often,
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Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Unabomb’ Nets Multiple Sales for Im Global (Exclusive)

Im Global has inked a raft of deals for “Unabomb,” selling the Viggo Mortensen manhunt movie to distributors across Europe.

The film has landed with Eagle (Italy), Metropolitan (France), Odeon (Greece), Splendid (Benelux), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Tobis (Germany), TriPictures (Spain) and Salim Ramia (Middle East).

“It has a high-caliber studio, director and producer, and Viggo Mortensen is an Academy Award nominee and an actor at the top of his game, with unerring good taste across his previous projects,” Im Global CEO Stuart Ford told Variety. “It also has a brilliant, fast, twist-laden plot, and distributors have responded to all of these elements.”

Im Global is fully financing the feature, which it launched at the Cannes Film Festival. Mortensen plays an FBI agent on the trail of the titular fugitive. His unconventional team of agents track the wanted criminal who they dubbed the Unabomber, traveling across the U.S. and building a
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Viggo Mortensen to star in thriller 'Unabomb'

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Exclusive: Im Global fully financing and introducing to Cannes buyers.

Two-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen will star in the thriller Unabomb for The Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz.

Im Global is fully financing the project and lining up additional cast for a January 2018 production start.

Lorenz is producing Unabomb with Michele Weisler and Im Global’s president of feature film production Greg Shapiro.

Unabomb centres on one of the largest manhunts in history as FBI agent Jim Freeman, played by Mortensen, takes on the unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorised Americans with 16 bombings over the course of two decades.

Freeman and his unconventional team travel the country piecing together a profile of the infamous hooded suspect.

However the closer they get to narrowing down the terrorist’s identity, the more deadly and personal the attacks become. Randy Brown adapted the screenplay from the book Unabomber by Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Casting JonBenet’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Casting JonBenet’
The hits keep on coming from your friendly neighborhood streaming giant, Netflix, which announced a fresh round of titles hitting the airwaves next month. Ranging from never-before-streamed comedy specials to historical classics to critically acclaimed kids’ films, these titles are sure to keep you cooped up and entertained throughout mud season. Enjoy.

1. “Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'” (available April 1)

The first of only four specials ever filmed by the legendary comedian, this 45-minute stand-up set from 1978 was released on VHS in 1985 and has never been available to stream before (legally). Almost universally revered by comedians of all stripes, this special has stayed relatively obscure due to an uneven performance from Pryor. Still, you can learn from a genius even on a bad day.

2. “Across the Universe” (available April 1)

Even Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess anchor this visually enchanting Beatles movie musical from visionary Broadway director and choreographer Julie Taymor (“Titus
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Fox & DeVon Franklin Readying Film Adaptation Of ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’

Fox & DeVon Franklin Readying Film Adaptation Of ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’
Exclusive: A story about re-incarnation has just been pre-emptively picked up by 20th Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin to develop as a feature film. The studio optioned movie rights for the Cathy Byrd book The Boy Who Knew Too Much for Franklin Entertainment. Hired on to adapt is Trouble With the Curve‘s Randy Brown, who now returns to the world of baseball for in the true story about a 2-year-old baseball prodigy named Christian Haupt who…
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Happy 86th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances.
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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Miracles From Heaven – The Review

Miracles From Heaven explores issues of family and faith while telling the true tale of Texan Christy Beam (played by Jennifer Garner) that begins when her 10-year old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) develops horrible stomach pain. The child is initially misdiagnosed, and when her disorder is discovered to be an incurable, and ultimately fatal, digestive disease, Christy finds herself a fierce advocate for Anna’s health. She travels to Boston frequently to work with Dr. Nirko (Eugenio Derbez), apparently the only specialist in the country who can help. Back home, Christy’s husband Kevin (Martin Henderson) does his best to hold down the fort with their other two daughters while dealing with impending financial stress. After a freak accident involving a hollow tree and a glimpse of God and Heaven, a miracle unfolds that leaves doctors confounded and the Beam’s small-town community inspired.

Miracles From Heaven is as decent and square as it sounds.
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NBC Plans "Heaven Is For Real" Sequel Series

Sony Pictures TV and NBC are putting together a drama series sequel to last year's faith-based film adaptation of Pastor Todd Burpo's bestselling book "Heaven Is For Real".

The project is based on Todd and Sonya Burpo's sequel book "Heaven Changes Everything" and revolves around a small-town pastor who must find the courage and faith to lead his parishioners after the news of his son's visit to Heaven due to a near-death experience begins to capture worldwide attention.

Randy Brown ("Trouble with the Curve") will executive produce alongside the Burpos, Joe Roth, DeVon Franklin and T.D. Jakes. TriStar/Sony's "Heaven is for Real" film grossed more than $100 million on a $12 million budget.

Source: Deadline
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Babe Ruth Is Subject of Mlb's First Scripted Miniseries (Exclusive)

Babe Ruth Is Subject of Mlb's First Scripted Miniseries (Exclusive)
This story first appeared in the Oct. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Major League Baseball is going scripted. The league is developing a miniseries about Babe Ruth with Allen Coulter attached as director and executive producer, sources tell THR. Mlb regularly has advised on baseball-centric Hollywood films, including 42, Moneyball, Million Dollar Arm and Clint Eastwood's Trouble With the Curve, but the Ruth mini is the first scripted project generated internally. Executives are looking to Coulter (The Sopranos, Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO rock drama Vinyl) to

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Queen Latifah to Star in Sony's 'Miracles From Heaven' (Exclusive)

Queen Latifah to Star in Sony's 'Miracles From Heaven' (Exclusive)
Queen Latifah has signed on to star opposite Jennifer Garner in Sony's faith-based drama Miracles From Heaven. The actress joins Garner, who already had boarded the project, in the Patricia Riggen-helmed film, which is based on Christy Beam's book of the same name that recounts how her young daughter miraculously overcame an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. Adapted by Randy Brown (Trouble with the Curve) the story centers on Beam (Garner) and a series of miracles that unfolded, leaving her family, her daughter's doctors and the community baffled. Latifah will play a Boston waitress — something of an

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