Friday, 17 July 2015

Clint Eastwood to direct a film on another American hero in US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger

I've been keeping a close eye on this story, and it looks more and more as if the project could be going ahead. Clint was spotted on the Warner Bros lot a couple of days - apparently getting involved with some pre-production aspect of his next project. So based upon that information, here's a few bits I have collated since last month - when rumours of the 'Sully' project started to surface.

Fresh from the success of American Sniper, Clint Eastwood has been announced as the director of a new movie about another American hero – Captain Sullenberger. US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger gained instant global fame for displaying tremendous grace under pressure when he landed his disabled jet on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of everyone aboard. Warner Bros. has secured the movie rights to the heroic story that was quickly called The Miracle on the Hudson, although no title has been announced yet for the movie.

Eastwood will direct the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, reports The Wrap. The film is being produced by Eastwood and Tim Moore, for Malpaso; Frank Marshall, under the Kennedy/Marshall banner; and Allyn Stewart, for Flashlight Films. Flashlight’s Kipp Nelson and RatPac-Dune’s Steven Mnuchin are serving as executive producers.

'Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure,' said Silverman. 'On the heels of his extraordinary work in American Sniper, it is tremendously exciting to see him explore the life of another captivating true-life hero.'

He said the movie will go beyond Sullenberger's calm handling of US Airways flight 1549 and explore events behind the scenes as the drama unfolds. 
'I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood,' said Sullenberger. Back in January, he was among a group of pilots and passengers who attended a ceremony to mark the fifth anniversary of the remarkable event.

'I'm filled with joy and gratitude about what was able to be accomplished by so many five years ago today and the fact that all 155 passengers and crew are here today because of it,' said Sullenberger.

The flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines. Sullenberger safely glided to a water landing and all 155 passengers and crew members were rescued. Sullenberger and about a half-dozen passengers gathered at the NY Waterway ferry terminal to thank the ferry boat company, whose boats quickly got to the downed plane and rescued people. They then boarded a boat and sailed out to the area of the landing, where they raised a toast.

Eastwood struck critical and commercial gold last year with his biopic of American war hero Chris Kyle. American Sniper was the highest-grossing film of 2014 in the United States - taking $350 million - it was also the highest-grossing war film of all time unadjusted for inflation and Eastwood's highest-grossing film to date. At the 87th Academy Awards, it received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, ultimately winning one award for Best Sound Editing.

Tom Hanks is in final talks to play the pilot who flew his stricken aircraft into the Hudson river, saving all 155 passengers, in Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama Sully.

Variety reports Hanks is considering the role of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who pulled off the miraculous escape on 15 January 2009 after his Airbus A320 had hit a flock of Canada geese during its climb out of nearby LaGuardia airport in Queens, New York. Eastwood signed on to direct earlier this month following the spectacular box-office success of his Iraq war drama, American Sniper, last year. Previous reports suggested the project might be titled Miracle on the Hudson.

Sully will be based on Sullenberger’s New York Times bestselling memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, which has been adapted to the screen by Perfect Stranger writer Todd Komarnicki. Eastwood turned down the chance to direct Jonah Hill in the story of Olympic bomb-plot hero Richard Jewell in order to take on the film. 

The Oscar-winning film-maker, 85, has his pick of Hollywood projects after American Sniper scored $543m worldwide to become the top-grossing film of 2014 at the US box office on the back of a surge of patriotism.

Sully would mark Hanks’s latest in a series of recent roles playing totemic real-life figures. In 2013 the 58-year-old Oscar-winning star of Philadelphia played heroic merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips in Captain Phillips, and iconic film-maker Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Exclusive! Cinema Retro Movie Classics #5: The American Westerns of Clint Eastwood

Cinema Retro Movie Classics #5: The American Westerns of Clint Eastwood

This year's long-awaited 'Movie Classic's Special' is a 116-page Limited Edition Deluxe issue celebrating the American Westerns of Clint Eastwood featuring in-depth chapters on: Hang 'Em High, Paint Your Wagon, Two Mules For Sister Sara, The Beguiled, Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, and Unforgiven. Featuring 100s of photographs, rare behind-the-scenes stills and movie poster art, including location photos - then and now, and even props that exist to this day in private collections. Also includes a chapter on Eastwood's early Western roles and TV appearances, and a 5-page feature on poster designer Bill Gold, complete with unused artwork and visuals.  

UK: £12.50. Europe: £15.50. Prices include shipping.

Available from the UK office (cheques payable Cinema Retro): PO Box 1570, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4XS or go to your Paypal page and send fee electronically. Our recipient address is Please put in message box what your order is for.

America and Rest of the World: This will be available late August. Please check our web site here for announcements.
I was proud to be assigned to this project, acting as both consultant and on the main image archives. Seeing all of our hard work for the first time this morning in all of its physical glory was amazing. We are all incredibly proud of the finished project which works superbly alongside its companion piece, the Cinema Retro Dollar Trilogy Special. 

  • Full coverage of 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' - and why these films remain timeless cinematic classics.
  • 80 full pages (16 pages more than the standard Cinema Retro issue)
  • Packed with hundreds of rare production stills, collectibles and international movie poster art culled from archives from around the world.
  • Many photos never before published - including rare behind the scenes production stills from people who acted as extras in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
  • Special foreword by Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling
  • The legendary film locations - then and now
  • Coverage of the rare, deleted sequences

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Clint attends Alison Eastwood's The Art For Animals Fundraiser Art Event At De Re Gallery

Meet the Eastwoods! Alison is supported by famous father Clint and siblings Scott and Francesca as she hosts animal fundraiser.

Clint Eastwood is best known for his hard-nosed roles in Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Rawhide and Gran Torino.

But the 85-year-old actor showed his softer side as he supported his daughter Alison as she hosted The Art For Animals Fundraiser event in Los Angeles on Friday night.
The 43-year-old actress was also joined by half-siblings Scott and Francesca at the event held at the De Re Gallery in West Hollywood. The event benefited the Eastwood Ranch foundation.
Alison cuddled up with her 29-year-old brother and 21-year-old sister as they posed for a cute snap together at the event.
The host of the event even posed for a shot with her legendary father as she wrapped her arm around him while they posed in front of a few of the art pieces.
Alison stunned in an intricately patterned sleeveless blue and white maxi dress along with a pair of heels.
Her blonde locks were worn down flowing over her shoulders as she had her evening make-up done perfectly finished off with a swipe of dark red lip.
Clint looked handsome in a navy blue blazer over a dark blue dress shirt, shiny black tie and khaki trousers.

The father and daughter had a cute moment at the end of the night as Alison walked the Million Dollar Baby actor to his car as they shared a laugh before he hopped in.
The Eastwoods were not the only stars in attendance as Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum was spotted at the charity event hanging out with the gallery owner Steph Sebbag and photographer Brian Bowen Smith.

There might have been a little awkwardness at the event, however, as Clint's ex flame Frances Fisher was also in attendance.

The 63-year-old British-born actress is the mother of Francesca and shard a relationship with The Good, The Bad And The Ugly actor for a few years in the early Nineties before splitting up in 1995.

Clint still remained friends with Frances after their split, however, as they even worked together on 1999 film True Crime.
The event featured art by Jackson, Alison Van Pelt, Billy Zane, Jennifer Glassman, Sacy Poitras, Ignat Ignatov and other De Re Gallery artists.

Please visit the Eastwood Ranch Foundation HERE

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Happy 85th Birthday Clint

Yes, another year passes with Clint celebrating his 85th Birthday today. On behalf of all fans, we'd like to offer you our very best birthday wishes. I came across this story, just this morning from the Manchester Evening News. 

Clint Eastwood immortalised in mosaic artwork ahead of his 85th birthday

Manchester-based artist Ed Chapman created the £10,000 work out of thousands of bullet casings.
The iconic image of Clint Eastwood staring down the barrel of a gun has been immortalised by a Salford artist - in bullets.

Celebrated mosaic artist Ed Chapman created the work to mark the actor’s 85th birthday on Sunday (May 31).

The portrait of Eastwood in the 1971 film Dirty Harry was painstakingly put together over several weeks and contains exactly 8,890 used cartridges.

Six of these are .44 Magnum cases, with one being interchangeable, in a nod to the Dirty Harry Callaghan’s iconic line: “Did I fire six shots or only five?”

Chapman said: “I have always been a fan of Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry is probably my favourite film of his, among so many other great movies.

“I had to go into a sort of trance to keep focussed on his portrait and I am delighted with the results.”

A buyer is already interested in snapping up the unique 87x140cm artwork, which is valued at £10,000.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Clint Eastwood v Michael Moore – The Battle continues

Clint Eastwood jokes 'it isn't a bad idea' to kill Michael Moore after gun criticism as he collects prize... but denies making 2005 death threat.

Clint Eastwood denied Michael Moore's claim that he threatened to kill him in 2005 as he was honoured at an event as part of CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
'Everyone is saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore – that's not true. But it isn't a bad idea,' he joked as the crowd burst out laughing, according to Deadline.
On a more serious note, the legendary director explained his version of the story behind the incident a decade ago, which Moore recently wrote about while criticising Eastwood's movie American Sniper.
'Once years ago somebody asked me what I would do if a guy like [Moore] came to my house and started filming like they did with Charlton Heston,' he said of Moore's movie Bowling For Columbine, adding that he has never met Moore.
'Unfortunately, Charlton Heston was ill at the time with Alzheimer's. But I thought if somebody was on your property, you could shoot him.'
Eastwood also brushed off Moore's criticism of his latest movie, after his fellow filmmaker called snipers 'cowards', adding that American Sniper is a 'mess of a film that rewrites history' and perpetrates a 'racist sentiment to Arabs'.
'I'm all for [anyone expressing] what their attitudes are. That’s what is great about this country. You can say whatever you want and nobody has to agree with you,' the 84-year-old said.
Moore wrote a long Facebook post in January in which he stated Eastwood threatened to kill him a decade earlier.
'Ten years ago this past week, Clint Eastwood stood in front of the National Board of Review awards dinner and announced to me and to the crowd that he would "kill" me if I ever came to his house with my camera for an interview.
'"I'll kill you," he declared. The crowd laughed nervously.'
Moore went on: 'As for me, having just experienced a half-dozen assaults in the previous year from crazies upset at 'Fahrenheit 9/11' and my anti-war Oscar speech, plus the attempt by a right wing extremist to blow up my house (he was caught in time and went to prison), I was a bit stunned to hear Eastwood, out of the blue, make such a violent statement.
'But I instantly decided he was just trying to be funny, so I laughed the same nervous laugh everyone else did. Clint, though, didn't seem to like all that laughter. "I mean it," he barked, and the audience grew more quiet. "I'll shoot you."'
Moore added that the audience turned to see his reaction and there was 'a smattering of approving applause'.
He recalled: 'tried to keep that fake smile on my face so as to appear as if he hadn't "gotten" to me. But he had. I then mumbled to those sitting at my table. "I think Dirty Harry just said, 'Make my day, punk.'"
Moore concluded by writing that what was 'bothersome' about Eastwood's remarks was that he was backing up earlier comments made by TV show host Glenn Beck who has said he was thinking of 'killing Michael Moore'. Similar comments were also made by Fox News's Bill O'Reilly.
He wrote: 'This past week or so of hysterical attacks on me only proves that the American lovers of violence and the issuers of fatwas in OUR society haven't gone away. They are our American Isis - "Criticize or mock those whom we deify, like our sainted sniper, and we will harm you most assuredly.'''
Sarah Palin was among several high-profile people to defend the film and hit out at Moore for his 'disrespect' of U.S. troops.

Eastwood was presented with the Fan Choice award for Favourite Film Of 2014 for American Sniper at CinemaCon on Wednesday, at a special luncheon hosted by Warner Bros. to honour his work, called A Salute to Clint Eastwood.

Many thanks to Kevin Wilkinson

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Eddie Aiona, Prop Master for Clint Eastwood, Dies at 83

Sadly this one slipped under the Radar a couple of weeks ago, but anyone who worked under the Malpaso banner for 22 years is certainly deserved of respect and recognition.

Eddie Aiona, a property master on more than 20 Clint Eastwood films — from Magnum Force to The Bridges of Madison County — during a stretch of more than two decades, has died. He was 83. Aiona, who worked on three Oscar winners for best picture, died March 31 of lung cancer at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, his friend Ric Gentry told The Hollywood Reporter.
Aiona was among the cadre of behind-the-scenes players whom Eastwood employed on picture after picture for years. To many, he was the prototypical creative member of Eastwood's streamlined, fast-moving, hyper-efficient, tight-knit Malpaso Productions team.
Above: Edward Aiona and Eastwood on the set of City Heat

"Eddie was a great guy — so talented and devoted to his craft," Eastwood said in a statement. "He made the job look effortless."

In between Magnum Force (1973) and his final credit, The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Aiona teamed with the actor-director-producer on Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Enforcer (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Firefox (1982), Honkytonk Man (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), The Rookie (1990), best picture winner Unforgiven (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993) and A Perfect World (1993).

"He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay," Mike Sexton, Aiona's assistant before becoming prop master at Malpaso following his mentor's retirement, said in a statement. "If the sewing needle for Unforgiven indicated the year was 1898, Eddie wouldn't accept a needle from 1899. No one would know the difference except Eddie, who would track it down through a whole network of resources until he had it absolutely right, and this was in the era before access to the Internet.

"It was the scene where Morgan Freeman darns Clint's face. Eddie went from references he had for antique markets, period collectors and museums until he had the needle for that year, and then he put it together with a little kit that was period exact."

Aiona's prop specialty was weapons, Gentry said, and he designed a fully functional camouflage pistol for the assassin played by John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire. He worked often with veteran cinematographer Jack N. Green. Born in Hawaii, the sinewy Aiona arrived on the mainland as a champion lightweight boxer in 1959. He drifted from boxing to day work at Paramount and then at Warner Brothers before finding his niche as a prop master. A gifted sketch artist, Aiona also served as prop manager for two features directed by Eastwood's onetime girlfriend Sondra Locke: Ratboy (1986) and Impulse (1990), both from Malpaso.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Bobbe; children Edward, Jan, Tadd and Penny; stepchildren Lynne, Richard, Jane and Gary; and grandchildren Mat, Tali, Andy, Noah, Katie, Gus and Haley. A private service is set for Hawaii. 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Clint, on the passing of Geoffrey Lewis

“I was very saddened by the news of Geoffrey’s passing,” said Clint Eastwood, in a statement. “I worked with him on many films and thought he was a wonderful actor and terrific performer. He had the most expressive face—which made working with him so fun. Geoffrey will be greatly missed.”