sully

Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Sully Trailer - Tom Hanks

In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.

But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »

sully trailer

The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. EdgarThe Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper, are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

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Sully Shot on IMAX

Late last year, Warner Bros. set a September 9, 2016 release date for Sully, the true story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways liner in the Hudson River just off the coast of Manhattan back in 2009. So far only the above photo is what we’ve seen from the drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, but some interesting new details about the movie have just surfaced.

While filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have dabbled with shooting parts of their feature films on IMAX cameras, it will be Clint Eastwood and Sully with a record amount of footage shot on the large format. In fact, almost the entire movie was made with IMAX cameras. Find out more about Sully shot on IMAX after the jump. Read More »

Bridge of Spies trailer

The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.

No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »

Tom Hanks

Clint Eastwood is about to cast one of the best actors of all time to portray a true American hero. The director is in talks with Tom Hanks to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the film version of the pilot’s heroic actions of 2009. Sully, of course, landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River saving the lives of 155 people.  Read More »

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By the time his next film is in the can, Clint Eastwood will a string of four consecutive films to make a very strange biopic quartet. The films will cover the lives of men from a variety of pursuits in American and abroad: there are already movies about J. Edgar Hoover, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and sniper Chris Kyle. Now, Eastwood will profile Hudson River hero Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Sully, the subject of a just-announced project from Eastwood, was hailed as a hero when he saved 155 lives by safely landing a crippled jet on the Hudson River. Read More »

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Clint Eastwood may follow up American Sniper with another dose of real-life drama. He’s circling The Ballad of Richard Jewell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill‘s movie about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Billy Ray wrote the script based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.

Learn all about the possible Clint Eastwood Richard Jewell movie after the jump.  Read More »

American Sniper fake baby

The first comments I heard from people about Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, after the film’s premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles last fall, were about the baby. If you’ve seen the film, you’ve noticed the baby. If you haven’t seen the film you’ve probably still heard people talking about it. During a scene in which Chris Kyle is at home, Bradley Cooper has to hold a very obviously plastic baby for over a minute. Sure, joke about the scene being the one to lock Cooper’s latest Best Actor Oscar nomination, but for real, why the plastic baby?

Turns out there’s no grand concept behind using a prop rather than a real baby for the scene — it was a purely practical decision. Read More »