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Director Clint Eastwood has great aspirations for American Sniper. First and foremost, he hopes to make a movie paying tribute to the most deadly sniper in the history of the United States. That’s the late Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper. He also hopes to show Kyle not as only a heroic solider, but a complex man confident in his actions and concerned about of their results. The film paints a grim picture of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it does to our veterans, especially in regards to their families. Finally, there’s also a drive to keep things exciting, so there are many gun battles in the deserts of Iraq.

Yes, American Sniper is an incredibly ambitious film with many moving parts. All of those parts work in certain instances, but only on rare occasions do they all come together at once. The disconnection makes the film fall just short of those great aspirations.

American Sniper had its World Premiere on Veterans Day at AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can read the rest of our review below. Read More »

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American Sniper trailer

Here’s the first trailer for American Sniper, in which Bradley Cooper plays murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Clint Eastwood directs the film, which was adapted from Kyle’s autobiography. Bradley Cooper is also a producer on the film, and it is perhaps thanks to his dedication to the project that American Sniper looks like Eastwood’s best film in several years. Below, watch an intense American Sniper trailer. We see flashes of Kyle’s life, but the nail biting trailer is organized around one very specific wartime engagement that illustrates the moral dilemma inherent in the job Kyle did so well.  Read More »

Clint Eastwood

Briefly: Warner Bros. just firmly planted their Oscar hopeful on the release schedule. They dated American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, for a limited release on Christmas Day. It’s the real life story of Navy SEAL and marksman Chris Kyle, which Steven Spielberg was once going to direct.

They’ve also shifted the release date of Guy Ritchie‘s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, from January 16, 2015  to August 14, 2015 and moved the Point Break remake up one week to July 31, 2015. Those two dates are interesting, especially based on the huge openings Disney and Paramount had on concurrent weekends in August. You have to think Warner Bros. is hoping for similar success. [Box Office Mojo]

Fistful of Dollars outtakes

The Cannes Film Festival will close this year with a presentation of a restoration of Sergio Leone’s 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars. (Released in the US in early 1967.)  The movie, an uncredited remake of Yojimbo, turned Clint Eastwood into a movie star and made the spaghetti western the hottest genre going. Quentin Tarantino will present the film at Cannes, but even if you can’t attend that show we’ve got a good treat, in the form of some newly discovered and restored A Fistful of Dollars outtakes.

The Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the original producers and distributors of the movie) were behind the restoration. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation also helped out. As part of the process of restoration, some outtakes from the film were discovered and restored. Cineteca has now put them online. Watch below. Read More »

Jersey Boys trailer

Though Clint Eastwood is one of our finest and most prolific directors, his decision to adapt a Tony award-winning, worldwide smash hit musical always felt odd. A macho, old-school actor/filmmaker making an upbeat rags-to-riches movie filled with popular songs? Not the obvious move. Well, the first Jersey Boys trailer is finally out and things now seem much clearer.

In this short look at the film, which opens June 20, we finally get an idea of Eastwood’s version of the musical version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the group that went from the street corners of New Jersey to one of the biggest musical acts in history. Check out the Jersey Boys trailer below. Read More »

Sienna Miller American Sniper

Warner Bros.’ American Sniper had changed hands a few times already by the time it wound up with Clint Eastwood last summer. But not only is this director sticking around, he’s making some good progress. Sienna Miller has just booked the female lead in the military drama, opposite Bradley Cooper. Get the latest update on the role after the jump.

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The first image from Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys is now online. It doesn’t feature any stars, however, just the four members of the Four Seasons at the heart of the show, played by John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda. What’s interesting about the image is it looks almost like a carbon copy of the Broadway show. Is Eastwood doing a more theatrical film adaptation, ala Chicago? Or will it be more realistic, like Les Miserables? We’ll discuss below. Read More »

Jersey Boys Affleck

Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.

Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.

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