AMERICAN SNIPER Trailer: Bradley Cooper Is the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

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Warner Bros. has released the first American Sniper trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama.  Based on a true story, the film stars Bradley Cooper as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  His reputation crossed enemy lines, making him a prime target for the insurgency, and when he returned home to his wife and kids, he struggled to leave the war behind.  While most of my interest in this film dropped when Eastwood replaced Steven Spielberg as director, I have to admit that this trailer is mighty impressive.  It captures the essence of Kyle’s role in the military, the toll it took on him personally, and his family life all within the context of a single clip.  Cooper has been passionate about this project for years and is a producer on the film, so maybe his enthusiasm for the material lit a spark in Eastwood for this particular film.  And are those primary colors I spot in the aesthetic here?

Hit the jump to watch the first American Sniper trailer and to check out the first poster.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, and Keir O’DonnellAmerican Sniper opens in limited release on December 25th.

AMERICAN SNIPER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and the POINT BREAK Remake Get New Release Dates

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Warner Bros. shifted their slate around a bit today which resulted in new release dates for a trio of their films.

  • Director Clint Eastwood‘s film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, will now open in select theaters on Christmas Day.
  • Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, will now open on August 14th, 2015.
  • The Point Break remake, directed by Ericson Core, will hit theaters on July 31st 2015.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

Clint Eastwood, Cast, and Writers Talk JERSEY BOYS, Adapting the Broadway Musical, Finding the Actors, the Clever Director Cameo, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.  The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, 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.   The film stars John Lloyd Young,  Vincent PiazzaErich BergenMichael LomendaRenee MarinoMike Doyle, and Christopher Walken.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips.

At the New York City press day, I was able to participate in a press conference with Clint Eastwood, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and screenwriters Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.  They talked about making the film, how Eastwood got involved, the challenges in bringing the stage musical to life, the clever director cameo, what it was like for the cast to meet Eastwood for the first time, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Friday Box Office: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Leads with $12.2 Million; JERSEY BOYS in Fourth

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It’s another sequel-heavy weekend and another big frame for Sony.  After claiming first place last weekend with 22 Jump Street, the studio is on top again thanks to Think Like a Man Too.  The follow-up to 2012’s surprise box office hit earned an estimated $12.2 million from 2,225 locations on Friday, including $1.8 million from Thursday night previews.  That puts the sequel on track for at least $32 million through Sunday: enough to knock 22 Jump Street to second but not quite enough to surpass the $33.6 million debut of Think Like A Man.

Details and Friday’s top five chart after the jump.

JERSEY BOYS Review

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Clint Eastwood is only making movies for himself at this point in his career.  Every artist should try to please him or herself first; pandering to the lowest common denominator may bring success, but rarely artistic satisfaction.  However, Eastwood doesn’t seem to be chasing some artistic muse.  For well over a decade now, he seems to make movies because it keeps him busy.  It’s a hobby, and studios pay for him to keep doing it regardless of diminishing returns or that it stops more invested filmmakers from tackling worthwhile stories.  Eastwood’s latest directorial shrug is his adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys.  For a director who barely seems interested in his own movies beyond giving them over to his actors and hoping for the best, he’s clearly unsuited to the vibrancy and effervescence a musical demands.  Instead, we’re left with a choppy, haphazard story that barely gives the relationships a chance to breathe and the acknowledgement that, yes, we too enjoy the music of The Four Seasons.

7 Clips from Director Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS

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With director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys opening June 20th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips from the musical.  The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, 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.   As this featurette points out, the Four Seasons were far from your poster boys for upstanding gentlemen, as Eastwood describes them as a group of “juvenile delinquents.”  The film stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, and Christopher Walken.  Hit the jump to watch the Jersey Boys movie clips.

JERSEY BOYS Images and Featurette: Clint Eastwood Directs “the Musical for Everybody”

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the popular stage musical, as well as a nearly 5-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.  For those unfamiliar, 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.  As this featurette points out, the Four Seasons were far from your poster boys for upstanding gentlemen, as Eastwood describes them as a group of “juvenile delinquents.”  I’ve seen the stage musical version of Jersey Boys and it’s a lot of fun, but I’m still wary of the story being told through Eastwood’s lens.  If anyone can suck the fun out of a musical, it’s Eastwood.

Hit the jump to check out over 35 Jersey Boys movie images as well as the new featurette.  The film stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, and Christopher WalkenJersey Boys opens in theaters on June 20th.

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.

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