Thursday, 13 June 2019

Paul Walter Hauser to lead in Clint Eastwood’s next movie

Paul Walter Hauser will star in Eastwood’s feature, which tells the story of the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
In what has the potential to be a star-making turn, Paul Walter Hauser will star as Richard Jewell in Clint Eastwood’s feature telling of the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Originally set up in 2014 at Fox, the project, titled The Ballad of Richard Jewell, has moved studios and is now at Eastwood’s longtime home, Warner Bros.
Jonah Hill was initially attached to play Jewell, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to play his attorney. The two remain connected to the project as producers. Kevin Misher and Jennifer Davisson, DiCaprio’s partner at Appian Way, are also producing, as are Tim Moore and Jessica Meier.
Sam Rockwell is already in negotiations to portray Jewell's attorney.
Jewell was working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Games when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs and subsequently sounded the alarm and helped to clear the area. However, the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.
Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell was soon the prime suspect, as the FBI searched his home twice. A media frenzy painted him as an overweight failed cop and mama's boy, and he became the punchline for late-night jokes.
After being raked over the coals by the media, Jewell was cleared, but the damage had been done. Lawsuits followed (against NBC and CNN, among several others), and the FBI and other government agencies were forced to make public apologies.
Jewell, who did work as a police officer and a sheriff's deputy, died in 2007 at the age of 44 due to health issues linked to his weight.
The film's script, penned by Billy Ray, is based on the Vanity Fair article "The Ballad of Richard Jewell" written by Marie Brenner.

Hauser played one of the racist lunkheads in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and next appears opposite Mindy Kaling in Late Night. He is also currently stealing scenes in YouTube’s streaming cult hit Cobra Kai. Hauser also had a standout role as Nancy Kerrigan's attacker in I, Tonya and recently wrapped Netflix's Da 5 Bloods, which reunited him with Lee. And on a career that's on a fast-moving roll right now, the actor just booked a gig on the true-crime movie Silk Road opposite Jason Clarke and Nick Robinson.
My thanks to Dave Turner

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Sam Rockwell to Star in Clint Eastwood's Next Movie

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated to play the part when the project was set up at Fox. Some great news arrived today, via The Hollywood Reporter. Sam Rockwell is set to appear in Clint's Richard Jewell Movie. Mia Galuppo reports:
Oscar winner Sam Rockwell is readying to close a deal to star in Clint Eastwood's latest drama, The Ballad of Richard Jewell. The Warner Bros. project is the story of the titular disgraced Olympic security guard who was working at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs and subsequently sounded the alarm and helped to clear the area. Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell was soon the prime suspect, however, as the FBI searched his home twice and the media frenzy painted him as an overweight failed cop. Rockwell will play the lawyer that would help to clear Jewell's name.
The movie had been set up at Fox since 2014, with Leonardo DiCaprio on board to play Jewell's attorney and Jonah Hill set to play the security guard. Hill and DiCaprio are now producing the project, with Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher and Jennifer Davisson, DiCaprio’s partner at Appian Way. Billy Ray wrote the screenplay. Rockwell was last in theatres playing George W. Bush in Adam McKay's Vice, and can currently be seen playing Bob Fosse on FX's Fosse/Verdon.
My kind thanks to Davy Turner

Monday, 10 June 2019

Eastwood on Universal (Super) 8mm

Anyone of a certain age may remember these humble beginnings of home entertainment. For me, they certainly bring back some much cherished memories. The Super 8mm gauge was a chance for fans to see an Eastwood film at their own leisure and without waiting for it to show up on TV. Universal (formerly Castle films) also started to release longer versions than the standard 200ft reels (approx. 8 minutes) with 1 x 400ft (approx. 16 minutes) and 2 x 400ft (about 35 minutes). As a retrospective reminder, I thought it would be refreshing to feature two titles that I use to own. There’s a slight feeling of regret about these reels as I no longer own them. Back in the early 1980s and the emergence of the Home Video Cassette, it was all too easy to become swept up in the new format on the block. With hindsight, these little gems still hold a great deal of nostalgia. I’ve also chosen to revive these images, largely because they were the longest Super 8mm films I ever owned.
High Plains Drifter was the longest of the films as it was a 2 x 400ft version. These came in a plastic snap case with an outer slip case containing some of the original artwork. The Universal 8 prints were arguably considered to be a little softer than the previous Castle film prints. Nevertheless, owning more than 30 minutes of the movie overshadowed any such technical issues. I don’t recall if there was ever a 1 x 400ft edition of High Plains Drifter.
The Eiger Sanction 1 x 400ft was another favourite. Again the film came in a white plastic snap case, but rather strangely the outer slip case had disappeared and was instead replaced with a card insert. I never really understood the process behind this idea. It’s not as if the plastic case had a clear cover to slip the insert in (much like a typical DVD case), so it really served little purpose and was normally popped inside the case for good measure and safe keeping.
The biggest drawback however was that both of these films were presented in a flat (4x3) format, which didn’t really benefit films that were shot in the Panavision widescreen process. But of course, as teenagers we rarely considered this as the films flickered away on our bedroom wall or (if lucky) on your dad’s pull-up screen.
Today, it’s perhaps laughable in context, that a film was only available in a very edited and condensed form – but hell, it was pure magic back in the day.  

A Fistful of Dollars 1965 Rare Mexican 7" Promo

It was back in February that I reported on a very rare Mexican 7” single for Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly EP. The single (in auction) finally ended up selling for £348.28. Just recently I also noticed another 7” promo single from Mexico (A Fistful of Dollars), another that I had never seen before. The bidding finally ended yesterday (after 42 bids) and another staggering final price of £286.90!
It seems that there is no limit when it comes to Morricone’s rare Dollar pressings. That iconic imagery of Eastwood as the man with no name continues to draw serious interest. I suggest our Mexican readership should be checking out their lofts and basements– pronto!
On the negative side, there have also been a small number of reports that there are some fake singles seeping out of Mexico, especially on James Bond related singles, complete with colour photo copied sleeves and labels. With all such purchases, always try to be vigilant and take as many precautions as possible in researching the product.  

The Mule on Blu-ray and DVD

The Mule on Blu-ray and DVD – a cautionary tale?
The Mule was released on home video last week here in the UK, just about a month after its release in the U.S. The U.S. version is available as a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy, while the UK version is just a standard Blu-ray.
The Mule is also available (U.S. and UK) as a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray set, again with the U.S. version also including a digital download. I have also seen at least 1 steel book edition available in France. The standard UK DVD edition seems to include the same bonus material as the higher end formats.
So, what do the fans receive as bonus material in their chosen package?  
Well, this is where it all gets rather depressing, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s getting to be quite a familiar story. Let me start with a question. Is the Theatrical Trailer becoming a lost and unappreciated art? 
I remember approaching this subject, back in the days of Gran Torino (2008), Hereafter (2010), J. Edgar (2011), American Sniper (2014) and Sully (2016) all of which neglected any sign of a trailer.. It is now seemingly the default policy (especially in regards to Warner Bros and their Eastwood titles) to drop the original theatrical trailer, a teaser trailer and/or any other essential promo material, such as TV spots, which I think is incredibly sad. It’s a policy that perhaps signifies and confirms the ‘throwaway’ and ‘disposable’ nature in which film is regarded these days. Goggle any of the above titles and the chances are it will immediately deliver a link to ‘view the trailer’. However, a great deal of fans, especially from the era of Clint’s classic years – would still like to have the trailer included in a nice clean, non-streaming version – is it so hard to include it within a Blu-ray or DVD package?
As you may have guessed, The Mule does not include any form of trailer. What it does include is also not too impressive. Again, and as far as my knowledge goes, I believe the same extras appear on both the U.S. and UK – so what do we get:
"Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule" (10:59, 1080p) – A (very) short behind-the-scenes featurette includes comments from Clint, producer Kristina Rivera, screenwriter Nick Schenk, actors Ingacio Serricchio (Julio), Andy Garcia (Laton), Alison Eastwood (Iris), and Bradley Cooper (Agent Colin Bates), as well as producer Tim Moore and other members of the cast and crew. Although it doesn't have time to go into great detail, it briefly touches upon growing day lilies, building a stash house and researching drug cartels, shooting on the road, wardrobes and costume design, stories from the set, and more. It's a little piece that arguably could and should have been longer.
Toby Keith "Don't Let the Old Man In" Music Video (2:54, 1080p / Dolby Digital 2.0) – is a pretty standard movie soundtrack video featuring clips from the film and no sign of singer Toby Keith.
And that’s it my friends. I can see the day rapidly approaching where the movie itself will cease to become a physical entity. The studios appear to be gradually chipping away around the edges, perhaps in the hope that no one will really notice… but mark my words. The better days have most certainly gone and instead been replaced by an ill wind that’s gradually blowing our way.   

Friday, 31 May 2019

NEW BOOK OUT SOON: Fistfuls of Dollars in Almeria

I just thought I would let people know about a new book which is due out very soon. Fistfuls of Dollars in Almeria is a new self-published book by British author Terence Denman. I spent a great deal of time talking to Terence yesterday and the book sounds like it will be a fascinating read.

The `spaghetti western ‘phenomenon of the 1960s and 1970s was one of the most astonishing periods in European film history. Numerous westerns, and most of the iconic masterpieces of the genre, such as Sergio Leone's `Dollars Trilogy`, used the landscape of the Spanish province of Almeria to replicate the American West. Almeria was a land of almost perpetual sunshine, dramatic deserts and valleys, and atmospheric white-washed pueblos. 

Its parched beauty played an important role in defining the look of the genre. And the relentless filming of westerns had a powerful impact on the economy and social life of a beautiful but very poor and previously isolated part of Spain. This book is the first in English to tell the story of the relationship between Almeria and the spaghetti western.

I am very happy to announce that The Clint Eastwood Archive will be cross promoting this book. Terence is currently in Almería until the end of June and staying in the Hotel Costasol, where Clint and many of the actors and crews stayed. Terence told me that he has ‘tried to use only Spanish and Italian sources for the book’, which should offer a fresh and original perspective.  Whilst the book is currently shown on Amazon, Terence just needs to finalise a few bits by the end of June / middle of July. The Archive will have all of the updated news regarding this book, so please keep a regular check.

Happy Birthday Clint

It's amazing to think that Clint turns 89 years young today. His work rate remains relentless, and his output continues to amaze us all. On behalf of The Clint Eastwood Archive, and your millions of loyal fans across the globe, we would like to wish you good health, continued success, and a very happy birthday. 
Beers to you Sir!