Clint Eastwood came out of semi-retirement as an actor to star in Trouble With the Curve, the directorial debut of his long-time production partner Robert Lorenz. Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout who is on a trip to check out a new player. But his eyesight is going — cue some drama right there — and his slightly estranged daughter (Amy Adams) joins him on the scout.

The basic premise sounds like a familiar, relatively safe one, and this first trailer for the film doesn’t challenge that idea. Eastwood’s persona here looks just a bit softer than his “git off my lawn!” attitude from Gran Torino, but this is still the sort of character we expect to see the star play at this point. Adams is more than strong enough to take him on, and Justin Timberlake looks gently appealing as another scout who has romantic intentions towards Adams. Read More »

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Clint Eastwood suggested that he was done with acting after the release of his 2008 film Gran Torino. The then- 78-year old actor had already pulled away from acting in any films but his own, and had long seemed more interested in directing and scoring films than performing in front of the camera.

But then Robert Lorenz, who has worked with Eastwood for years, decided to direct his first film. The family drama centers around an aging baseball scout, and Eastwood agreed to play the role. And so Trouble With the Curve, which also stars Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, opens on September 28 of this year. The production was in and around Atlanta and Macon earlier this year shooting the picture, and now we’ve got the first look at all three actors in two official stills from the movie. Read More »

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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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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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 LorenzTrouble 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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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 »

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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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 »

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