First Trailer and Poster for Clint Eastwood’s Musical Adaptation JERSEY BOYS

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Warner Bros. has released the first Jersey Boys trailer and poster for director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the popular stage musical.  The film tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success.  I was a bit surprised to see that the pic maintains the direct address from the stage musical, with the various characters speaking into the camera to move the story along, but it could be an interesting addition to what’s essentially a rags-to-riches-to-troubles biopic of the Four Seasons.  On the stage, the story is a lot of fun and almost plays like a musical version of Goodfellas, so it certainly has strong potential.  My main hesitation is Eastwood, whose dreary aesthetic and tone don’t particularly scream “movie musical.”  But he’s an avid music fan and a musician himself, so maybe he’ll surprise us with this one.

Hit the jump to watch the Jersey Boys trailer and to check out the pic’s debut poster.  The film stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, and Christopher Walken.  Jersey Boys opens in theaters on June 20th.

First Image from Clint Eastwood’s Musical JERSEY BOYS

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Warner Bros. has released the first image from director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the stage musical Jersey Boys.  The film tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.”  Eastwood filled his lead cast with largely unknown actors to the film world, and in this first image we see John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda gracing the stage as “Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.”  Though a stage musical feels like an odd choice of material for Eastwood, the filmmaker is an avid music fan and a composer himself.  He’s been dabbling in serious, introspective dramas for the past decade, but can Eastwood pull off an entertaining musical?  We’ll find out this summer, but a debut trailer for the film should be coming our way soon.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Jersey Boys also stars Christopher Walken and opens in theaters June 20th.

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER Blu-ray Review

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It’s amazing to consider how prolific Clint Eastwood has been as a director.  When actors direct, they tend to focus on just a few projects.  Kevin Costner, for instance, has just three directing credits to his name.  Mel Gibson has four.  And yet it took Eastwood almost twenty films before he received the same accolades that they did for his skills. (He currently stands at 35-plus movies.)  It took him that long to be properly acknowledged.  Luckily, because he has so many, we can genuinely chart his growth and progress as a creative force in ways we can’t with those other filmmaker/stars.  High Plains Drifter, which has arrived in freshly minted Blu-ray form, was the first Western he directed, and remains one of his most challenging (and disturbing) efforts behind the camera.  Hit the jump for my full review.

Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT Set for December 25, 2015 Release; Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS Opens June 20, 2014

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Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects.  First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history).  The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s.  Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. SupermanLive by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround.  And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.

Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too.  Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.

Clint Eastwood May Be Aiming to Direct AMERICAN SNIPER Starring Bradley Cooper

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Earlier this month, Steven Spielberg dropped out of directing the adaptation of American Sniper.  The autobiography from Texan Navy SEAL Chris Kyle retells his exploits of recording the highest number of sniper kills for an American, earning himself the nickname al-Shaitan (“the devil”) from Iraqi insurgents.  Passages from Kyle’s wife, “who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war,” form the book’s emotional core.  Bradley Cooper is producing and is also attached to play Kyle.

According to Twitch, Clint Eastwood may be stepping in to replace Spielberg.  DreamWorks dropped out when Spielberg left, leaving American Sniper fully a Warner Bros. picture.  The studio has a long history with Eastwood, and if he’s on board, then it’s simply a matter of scheduling.  Eastwood is currently working on the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys.  He was also planning to remake A Star Is Born at one point, but when Beyonce Knowles dropped out of the lead role, he moved on to Jersey Boys.  It is unknown if Eastwood plans to return to that project.  Either way, American Sniper is sure to come in on time and under budget.  Will it be any good?  Considering that Eastwood’s pictures have been mediocre at best since Unforgiven, probably not.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of American Sniper.

Clint Eastwood Looking at Stage Actors for His Screen Adaptation of JERSEY BOYS

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Even though musicals make their name on stage actors, the screen adaptation usually discards those actors for faces that are recognizable beyond Broadway.  It makes the movie easier to sell, the screen actor gets credit for the singing, dancing, and acting the stage actor does on a regular basis, and the stage actor moves on to the next stage musical production.

But according to Deadline, it looks like Clint Eastwood is going to bring those stage actors to the screen when it comes to the director’s adaptation of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys.  The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.”  Bringing on actors who have performed Jersey Boys on stage is nice, but it also fits with Eastwood’s primary prerogative: bring films in on time and under budget.  Stage actors will be cheaper, and they won’t have to go through the rigorous process of learning the songs and choreography.

Clint Eastwood to Next Direct Musical Adaptation JERSEY BOYS?

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It appears that Clint Eastwood has caught the musical bug.  Though the filmmaker has been trying to get his remake of A Star Is Born off the ground for the past couple of years, he’s run into quite a few stumbling blocks along the way.  First production was pushed back when star Beyonce became pregnant, then the multi-talented artist dropped out of the project altogether.  Esperanza Spalding is the latest choice for the female lead, but Eastwood keeps striking out when it comes to filling the male role.  Tom Cruise was courted to star last year, and the project has already seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn pass on the gig.

Now it appears that Eastwood has set his sights on another musical film to direct as his next project instead of A Star Is Born, opting to push that long-in-development project back in lieu of the prospect of taking over for Jon Favreau on the Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys.  Hit the jump for more.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Blu-ray Review

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Trouble with the Curve came out in late September and died a quick death, not helped by Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention. But though Eastwood was front and center in selling the picture, he didn’t direct it. No, it was helmed by Robert Lorenz, a longtime Eastwood associate who wanted his turn behind the camera. This suggests he won’t get another chance. It’s a modestly charming formula movie that plays like something better suited for old people and television viewings. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake co-star and our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Beyonce Knowles Exits A STAR IS BORN Remake; Clint Eastwood Now Eyeing Esperanza Spalding for Lead

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Director Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born has hit yet another snag.  Production was initially pushed back when star Beyonce Knowles became pregnant, and then Eastwood was having trouble casting his male lead.  The director approached a number of top shelf talent including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper, but failed to land a commitment.  Now Eastwood has lost his female lead, as Knowles has dropped out of the project altogether due to scheduling issues.

Hit the jump for more details including who Eastwood is eyeing for Knowles’ replacement.

Weekend Box Office – END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Tie for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE a Close Second while DREDD 3D Stumbles

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With less than $300,000 separating the top three films this weekend, the final order of the domestic top ten has been difficult to call. Sunday’s estimates have End of Watch and House at the End of the Street tied for first with $13 million each. Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve is not far behind, however, so more definitive results will have to wait until Monday. One thing we can say for sure? Dredd 3D is off to a rough start.

Title Weekend Total
1. End of Watch $13,000,000 $13.0
2. House at the End of the Street $13,000,000 $13.0
3. Trouble with the Curve $12,720,000 $12.7
4. Finding Nemo 3D $9,446,000 $29.9
5. Resident Evil: Retribution $6,700,000 $33.4
6. Dredd 3D $6,300,000 $6.3
7. The Master $5,000,000 $6.0
8. The Possession $2,630,000 $45.2
9. Lawless $2,321,000 $34.5
10. ParaNorman $2,297,000 $55.5

Friday Box Office – HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET and END OF WATCH Neck and Neck for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Takes Third; DREDD 3D Falls Short

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Welcome to another disappointing weekend at the domestic box office. Four new titles debuted on Friday, but none is expected to reach $15 million by Sunday. That means that overall profits will be down for the fifth frame in a row. Despite the low grosses, Friday’s top five contained a few surprises. Few expected big things from End of Watch, the cop drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal; but after posting a Friday estimate of $4.6 million from just 2,730 runs, the R-rated indie has a shot at winning the weekend with a projected $13.5 million. Relativity’s House at the End of the Street was also a surprise ‘hit’ on Friday, earning an estimated $4.64 million from 3,083 locations to edge out End of Watch for first. The PG-13 thriller with Jennifer Lawrence is expected to fall in the rankings this weekend, but should still end up with $13 million for its first three days. Meanwhile, the film that was supposed to eclipse both of these smaller-releases – Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve – will struggle to match them this weekend. The baseball drama starring Clint Eastwood earned $4.1 million from 3,212 locations on Friday, making it unlikely that the PG-13 pic will reach the $18 million first-weekend that was projected. Finally, an enthusiastic reception at Comic-Con promised a solid opening for Lionsgate’s 3D comic reboot Dredd 3D. Instead, the R-rated feature took in just $2.2 million for what looks like a dismal $6.5 million first weekend.  We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. House at the End of the Street $4,640,000 $4.64
2. End of Watch $4,600,000 $4.6
3. Trouble with the Curve $4,165,000 $4.16
4. Finding Nemo 3D $2,388,000 $22.9
5. Dredd $2,230,000 $2.2

Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams & Justin Timberlake Talk TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, A STAR IS BORN & Republican National Convention

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Trouble with the Curve is one of those classic Hollywood movies that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart.  The drama tells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but whose age is finally catching up with him.  With an associate director of scouting (Matthew Lillard) chomping at the bit to replace him, in favor of computer predictions of players, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on his latest scouting trip, in order to help him save his career, but quickly realizes that they may never be able to mend their strained relationship.

At a press conference to promote the film’s September 21st release, Clint Eastwood (who is also one of the producers), Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake (who plays rival scout Johnny Flanagan) talked about the pros and cons of aging, working with Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz on his directorial debut, what they learned about baseball scouts, the interesting triangle that connects their characters, and their impressions of each other.  Eastwood also talked about the reaction to his recent speech at the Republican National Convention and the status of A Star is Born, while Adams talked about what it was like to be a part of The Master, and Timberlake revealed the perks of golfing with the film icon and said that he’d like to return to music again, at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Over 50 New Images from TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake

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If thumbing through a bounty of high-resolution images from baseball dramas is your thing, today is your day.  Warner Bros. has released over 50 new images from the upcoming drama Trouble with the Curve, and after the jump you can peruse said bounty of images at your leisure.  The film stars Clint Eastwood as an aging Atlanta Braves scout who is starting to lose his vision.  His daughter, played by Amy Adams, reluctantly agrees to be his eyes on a crucial recruiting trip.  Justin Timberlake also comes into play as a young rival scout who respects Eastwood’s character (and may or may not have the hots for his daughter).

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film also stars John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, and Robert Patrick. Trouble with the Curve opens on September 28th.

New Posters for LIFE OF PI, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, and KILLING THEM SOFTLY

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We’ve got two new posters and a swell international poster to share with our readers today.  Briefly:

  • Life of Pi – The new poster for Ang Lee’s gorgeous-looking adaptation of the classic Yann Martel novel is, well, gorgeous.  The story’s tiger looms large while we see Pi and his furry companion on the open sea.  The film hits theaters in 3D on November 21st.
  • Trouble with the Curve – A new poster for the Robert Lorenz-directed baseball drama features the film’s three main leads—Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake—dwarfed by an empty baseball stadium.  The film opens on September 28th.
  • Killing Them Softly – Though we just debuted a new poster for this Brad Pitt-fronted crime drama yesterday, this international poster is a must-see if only for the film’s amazing Spanish title: Mátalos Suavemente.  The film opens on October 19th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Nicolas Cage Attached to THE EXPENDABLES 3; Producer Avi Lerner Also Trying to Get Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and Wesley Snipes

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I haven’t seen The Expendables 2 yet, but the biggest selling point for the sequel and the original is the cast.  If you were an action movie star, then The Expendables franchise wants you to pick up a gun and blow shit up.  According to Producer Avi Lerner, they’ve already got Nicolas Cage signed up to do just that in The Expendables 3.  It’s worth noting that The Expendables 3 isn’t a done deal.  Lionsgate hasn’t given the third film a greenlight, but the studio will most likely continue the franchise if the upcoming sequel dominates the box office this weekend (and it probably will).

Cage is the latest addition to the cast (all of which are slated to return, according to Lerner), but he may not be the only big name to join the series.  Hit the jump for more.

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