Titan Books has provided /Film with an exclusive excerpt from David Hughes‘ upcoming book Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? I’ve had a preview copy of the new updated edition and have been enjoying it thoroughly. There is some truly great and frustrating stories within — including the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman, Ridley Scott‘s Crisis in the Hot Zone which collapsed days before filming, James Cameron‘s Fantastic Voyage, the long road to bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen (one incarnation featured the Beatles), the many scripts and long development of Indiana Jones 4, and many others.
Probably the best chapter in the book focuses on the history of Batman adaptations, including Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Batman: Year One starring Clint Eastwood. After the jump you will find an excerpt of this chapter.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
The fact that Justin Timberlake‘s two big roles in 2010 were Yogi Bear and The Social Network tells you everything you need to know about his uneven track record when it comes to picking projects, but his immediate future’s looking pretty bright. Last fall, he was offered one of the roles in the Coen Brothers’ ’60s folk piece Inside Llewyn Davis, and he’s now set to join Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Trouble With the Curve, the directorial debut of Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Good news for those eager to find out exactly why Benicio del Toro is picking on Blake Lively in that first image from Savages: Universal has just shifted the opening date for Oliver Stone‘s latest from September 28 to July 6. Savages is the only film currently scheduled to go up against Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits three days before on Tuesday, July 3. It’s a bold move on the studio’s part, but it may also be a smart one — Savages could be ideal counter-programming to the comedies, actioners, and superhero flicks due out around the same time this summer.
Based on a book by Don Winslow, Savages stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as a pair of small-time pot dealers who get roped into working for a Mexican cartel that kidnaps their shared girlfriend (Lively). The impressive cast also includes Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Demián Bichir, and Emile Hirsch.
After the jump, new release dates for Clint Eastwood’s Trouble With the Curve, Drafthouse Films’ The FP, and lesser known Oscar nominees Bullhead (also from Drafthouse Films) and Chico & Rita.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s probably a bit soon to celebrate Matthew Lillard‘s unlikely rise as a dramatic actor, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on his career for now. After a small but impressive turn opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, the former Scooby-Doo star has now entered talks for another promising dramatic role, this time opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Robert Lorenz‘ Trouble With the Curve. Not bad at all for a guy who’s still best remembered for playing second fiddle to a CGI Great Dane. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s tough to think of two celebrities with less in common than Clint Eastwood and Kim Kardashian but, amazingly enough, that’s about to change. The 81-year-old actor/director/producer and his family — wife Dina, their 15-year-old daughter Morgan, and Eastwood’s 18-year-old daughter with Frances Fisher, Francesca — are reportedly in the midst of shooting for a new reality series that could air on E! in early 2012.
Yup, you read that right: the two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is about to travel the same path once trod by Paris Hilton, Ice-T and Coco, and several of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. More details after the jump.
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Clint Eastwood‘s last acting gig was in 2008, in his own film Gran Torino. At the time it looked like it might be his last, as the seasoned filmmaking vet reasoned that he’d rather be active behind the camera than in front of it.
But Eastwood is going to act at least once more in a film about an aging baseball scout going on one last roadtrip to evaluate a young player. The movie is Trouble With the Curve, and it will be directed by Eastwood’s longtime Malpaso Pictures partner Robert Lorenz based on a script by Randy Brown. A key part of the narrative equation is that Eastwood’s characters’ daughter is along for the ride, and now Amy Adams looks set to play that role. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
We thought we’d seen the last of Clint Eastwood‘s acting career in Gran Torino, but news broke last week that the icon was eyeing a starring role in Trouble With the Curve, the directorial debut of frequent Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz. It appears Eastwood has since committed to the film, in which he’ll play a baseball scout who hits the road with his daughter. Now the obvious question is who’ll get cast as the female lead.
Given the pedigree of the project, Eastwood and Lorenz probably have plenty of well-regarded actresses to choose from, so naturally they’ve got their eye on one of the biggest stars around. According to a new report, Sandra Bullock may be up for the gig. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
As with every fall, with cooler weather comes more serious films. Two potentially award-worthy projects we’ve been waiting all year to see are Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the first director of the FBI, and Steve McQueen‘s Shame, a sex addict drama that reunites the director with his Hunger star Michael Fassbender. And while neither of them are opening just yet, new posters give us a tiny hint of what’s to come. Check them out after the jump.
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When Clint Eastwood played the lead role in his 2008 film Gran Torino, we thought it might be his last screen role. The icon never retired from acting, and has remained open to the idea of taking another role. (I’ve always hoped to see Quentin Tarantino roping him into a film.) Eastwood has, however, talked about the lack of great roles for older actors, and has seemed content to work as a director and composer. He said earlier this year, “actors are like boxers — they stay too long sometimes.”
But now Clint is in talks to play a primary role in the baseball drama Trouble With the Curve. The movie would be directed by his producer Robert Lorenze, who has also worked as the assistant director on several Eastwood projects going back as far as his first Second Assistant Director duties for Eastwood on the 1995 Bridges of Madison County. Read More »