Ron Howard grew up in show business. Not only was he a child star appearing in movies alongside his father Rance Howard, but he made a name for himself throughout his childhood, adolescence and early adult years as the co-star on shows like The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, not to mention films like American Graffiti. Since then he’s gone on to become an acclaimed filmmaker nominated for countless awards.
A little lesser known is his brother Clint Howard. Though the younger son of the Howard family appeared alongside his brother and father in many productions, he never quite became a certified star. But that hasn’t stopped him from carving out a nice career as one of the most recognizable character actors in the business. Ron Howard has helped bolster that career by putting Clint Howard in 17 of the films he’s directed throughout his career, and he previously confirmed Solo: A Star Wars Story would be added to that list. Now we have our first look at Clint Howard in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Read More »
Today Ron Howard is an accomplished director who first got his start in show business as a child actor on classic television shows like The Andy Griffith Show. But we never would have seen the Happy Days star turn into the Oscar-winning director of A Beautiful Mind if it wasn’t for the career of his father, Rance Howard. Sadly, the veteran actor who appeared in several of his son’s films has passed away at 89. We remember the life and career of Rance Howard below. Read More »
Clint Howard is one of those actors who managed to simultaneously make it as a “hey, it’s that guy!” character actor while having a uniquely distinct physical look to him. That type of actor tends to blend into the background and naturally adapt to whatever project they’re in, but Howard is one of the rare examples of a performer on that level with an unmistakable face.
And now that face is heading to a galaxy far, far away. Clint’s brother, Ron Howard, slid into the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo spin-off movie, and Ron has cast his brother in a role in the new film. Below, find out everything we know about Clint’s involvement, plus get a quick breakdown of all the times the peculiar-looking actor has popped up in Ron’s movies.
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There have been plenty of revisionist takes on classic fairytales lately, from Maleficent to Snow White and the Huntsman, and Hollywood is on the lookout for new ideas like this all the time.
Enter Clint Howard, character actor extraordinaire and brother of director Ron Howard. He has a pitch for a movie that is the “biggest, newest, most box office crushing-est hero in town.” She’s got a truckload of freckles, two pigtails and can lift a horse with one hand. That’s right, it’s Pippi Longstocking, brought to life as a vigilante played by The Fifth Element and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich.
Watch the Pippi Longstocking reboot pitch after the jump! Read More »
Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)
The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.
Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.
It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding Valentine’s Day starring every safe, boring white actor ever, that offer proof. Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review or an interview.
In 1986, a supernatural moto-fantasy about a murdered bro who returns via a phantasmic, black stealth race car to kill his killers was released on Earth and no one gave a shit. More than two decades later, The Wraith, though forever without a wet ‘stache lick from Peter Travers, is cult-minted for being memorable-enough ’80s-ploitation. Next month sees the release of a Special Edition DVD that adequately recognizes and explores the movie’s legacy and history with commentary courtesy director Mike Marvin and featurettes on the film’s semi-iconic Dodge racer and co-star Clint Howard (who, if not semi-iconic himself, sported a semi-iconic wig inspired by Eraserhead for the film).
Revisiting The Wraith, what’s interesting is how this derivative hybrid of genres and classic revenge films—Marvin references High Plains Drifter and The Road Warrior—remains sublimely adolescent but in an inherently cold and detached way. Stranger still is how this suits the film’s undead hero, vehicle, and hints of an afterlife with a decidedly mechanical bent. And before viewing the S.E. I had no idea a crew member died and many others were injured in a chase scene gone awry. One stunt coordinator recounts how a grip fell 60-feet down a rocky embankment and was only found knocked-out but okay hours later. Nor did I know (or need to) that a sunbathing scene with lead star Charlie Sheen as the titular, ghostly hero and co-star Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart) was shot on a “near-freezing” day. Hearing these stories, I wonder now if the troubles of the production didn’t contribute to the overall tone. And looking back at the film itself, which was released the same year as Top Gun, Ferris Bueller, and Blue Velvet, might The Wraith, however unintentionally, deserve to be called Lynchian?
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Rob Zombie‘s $10 million, hard-R animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, is headed straight-to-DVD next month via Anchor Bay. Zombie previously discussed the politics involved and the theatrical set-backs with /Film; outfitted with a voice-cast that includes Paul Giamatti (as villain Dr. Satan), Rosario Dawson, Brian Posehn, and Danny Trejo, we remain as bewildered over the prolonged release limbo as he was. And apparently a teaser trailer was issued for Beasto earlier this season, but today is the first we’ve screened it. Co-written and -directed by Mr. Lawrence (SpongeBob, Rocco’s Modern Life), the professional style of the animation and overall sinister-pop sensibility is fluid and appealing and seems a natural inclusion for Halloween marathons (and Clint Howard cos-play fiestas). Update: Zombie has revealed to STYD that his ’70s-action film, Tyrannosaurus Rex, is once again off development cinder blocks and slated to be his follow-up to the forthcoming Halloween 2. Score one for the non-remakes.
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