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.

Weekend Box Office: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO on Top with $30 Million; JERSEY BOYS Remains in Fourth

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Not much changed between Friday night and Sunday morning, at least in terms of box office position.  Sony is still on top with Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to 2012’s surprise hit.  The studio can also claim the second spot on the chart courtesy of 22 Jump Street, which held remarkably well considering its outsized debut last weekend.  How To Train Your Dragon 2 did not hold up quite as well, though it did stay ahead of new comer Jersey Boys.  Given the more modest expectations for director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation, however, that hardly counts as a victory for the DreamWorks sequel.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Think Like A Man Too $30,000,000 $30
2.  22 Jump Street $29,000,000 $111.4
3.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $25,300,000 $95.1
4.  Jersey Boys $13,520,000 $13.5
5.  Maleficent $13,012,000 $185.9
6.  Edge of Tomorrow $10,340,000 $75.5
7.  The Fault in Our Stars $8,600,000 $98.7
8.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $6,200,000 $216.7
9.  Chef $1,845,000 $16.9
10.  Godzilla $1,820,000 $194.9

Full story after the break

Vincent Piazza Talks JERSEY BOYS, Working with Clint Eastwood, Deleted Scenes, Preparing for the Role, the Final Season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and More

by     Posted 93 days ago

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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 landed an exclusive video interview with Vincent Piazza, who plays Tommy DeVito.  He talked about landing the role, his month-long process of preparing for the film before the shoot, how he was the only principal cast member who didn’t come from the show, Clint Eastwood’s style of directing, deleted scenes, the final season of Boardwalk Empireupcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

John Lloyd Young Talks JERSEY BOYS, Deleted Scenes, Meeting Clint Eastwood for the First Time, His New CD, Future Projects, and More

by     Posted 96 days ago

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Opening this weekend 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.   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.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with John Lloyd Young, who plays Frankie Valli.  He talked about playing the role on Broadway, what it was like to first meet Eastwood, what he was like to work with on set, deleted scenes, his new CD where he sings covers of 60s songs, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Enter Our JERSEY BOYS Giveaway and Win Free Stuff

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For director Clint Eastwood’s latest film, he decided to tackle a beloved musical.  Opening on June 20th, Jersey Boys is a feature film adaptation of the titular stage musical that focuses on the formation, trials, and tribulations of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who were responsible for such unforgettable songs as “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with a few Jersey Boys-related items to giveaway to some lucky readers.  The materials include a vintage tabletop radio, a set of coasters, a set of glasses in a vintage record player box, a fedora, and more.

Hit the jump to get a closer look at the items and to find out how you can win.  Jersey Boys opens in theaters on Friday, June 20th.

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.

New TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Images, Featuring Channing Tatum’s Rocket Boots

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
  • Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
  • Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza.  The film opens on June 20th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

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.

Official Synopses for GODZILLA, TRANSCENDENCE, BLENDED, TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, and More

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In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features.  Briefly:

  • Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th.
  • Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th.
  • Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd.
  • Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th.
  • Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th.
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The final chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy opens December 17th.

Hit the jump to read the full synopses for the aforementioned films and a few more.

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.

Jeremy Luke Talks Comic Relief in DON JON, Research for MOB CITY, and His Scene with Christopher Walken in JERSEY BOYS

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Actor Jeremy Luke is quickly becoming one of the breakout stars of 2013, with a stand-out role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full-length feature directorial debut Don Jon and as mobster Mickey Cohen in Frank Darabont’s latest TV series, Mob City.  He will also appear in the film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood and set to be released in 2014.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Jeremy Luke talked about how he got involved with Don Jon after a conversation in a bar, how much he enjoyed being the comic relief, what it was like to act with and be directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what attracted him to Mob City, just how far the show will push boundaries, how much research he’s done to play Mickey Cohen, and how he hopes the series will go beyond the six-episode first season.  He also talked about getting to do a scene with Christopher Walken in Jersey Boys, and that his role is one of the non-musical characters.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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