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.”

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Geoffrey Lewis, long-time Clint Eastwood co-star, dies at 79

Some really sad news to report – yesterday 7th April, Clint’s long-time friend and regular co- star Geoff Lewis died at the age of 79. Unfortunately, because of my birthday yesterday – I only learnt about this today. Lewis, father of actress Juliette, starred alongside Clint in many of his classic movies including High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot the Every which way movies, Bronco Billy and more. I have posted below a number of various reports from several newspapers and publications. A wonderful actor, sadly missed RIP.

L.A. Times
Geoffrey Lewis, a veteran character actor and frequent collaborator of Clint Eastwood, has died. He was 79.
Lewis' death was confirmed by Carleen Donovan, publicist for one of his daughters, actress Juliette Lewis. No other details were immediately provided. Geoffrey Lewis first co-starred with Eastwood in the 1973 Western "High Plains Drifter" and would go on to appear in several other films with him, including "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978) and its sequel, and in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), directed by Eastwood.
Lewis' other movie credits include "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Heaven's Gate," "Catch Me If You Can," The Lawnmower Man," "The Man Without a Face" and "Maverick." A prolific television actor, Lewis earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work on the 1980s sitcom "Flo," a spinoff of "Alice," and also appeared in such series as "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible," "Mork & Mindy," "Lou Grant," "Magnum, P.I.," "Murder, She Wrote," "The X-Files" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Early Wednesday morning, Juliette Lewis posted a photo of her and her father on Instagram and wrote, "He loved us so. So so much. I am forever my father's daughter and he will never [be] gone."

The Hollywood Reporter
Geoffrey Lewis, a prolific character actor who appeared opposite frequent collaborator Clint Eastwood as his pal Orville Boggs in Every Which Way but Loose and its sequel, has died. He was 79. Lewis, the father of Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis, died Tuesday, family friend Michael Henderson said. No other details were immediately available.
Lewis began his long association with Eastwood in High Plains Drifter (1973). He also appeared with the actor in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Bronco Billy (1980), Pink Cadillac (1989) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).
Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom Flo,its spinoff, Alice, that starred Polly Holliday, and he had recurring roles on such series as Falcon Crest and the syndicated Land’s End. Lewis portrayed real-life Prohibition-era gangster Harry Pierpont in Dillinger (1973), and his résumé also includes such notable films as The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), The Wind and the Lion (1975), Lucky Lady (1975), The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976), Heaven’s Gate (1980), Catch Me If You Can (1989), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Man Without a Face (1993), Maverick (1994) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005).
Geoff with daughter Juliette Lewis
The actor also stood out as a gravedigger turned vampire in the 1979 Tobe Hooper CBS miniseries Salem’s Lot, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Lewis had appeared on such 1970s TV shows as Then Came Bronson, Bonanza and The Name of the Game before scoring a minor role as a cowhand in The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972). Later, he showed up on such series as Mod Squad, The Waltons, Police Woman, Mork & Mindy, Lou Grant, Gun Shy, Magnum, P.I. and The X-Files. Lewis was a co-founder of the spoken-word performance group Celestial Navigations, working with musician and songwriter Geoff Levin.

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.
He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way but Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”
Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance on the 1980 series “Flo,” and appeared in numerous other shows including “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lou Grant,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Falcon Crest” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
Born in San Diego, he grew up in Rhode Island and moved to California at age 10. He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter, Juliette Lewis and nine other children including Lightfield and Matthew, both actors, and Dierdre, an actress.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Good Guys This Time

According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Clint Eastwood is courting a movie that would re-team The Wolf of Wall Street stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill made such a charismatic duo in Scorsese’s film that every world-class director is chomping at the bit to work with them. The two actors had such a great time and so much success with working together on that movie, that they came on board as producers on this upcoming project in order to work together again — and now they’re trying to find someone to direct. After Eastwood’s awards and box office goldmine with this year’s American Sniper, he seems like just the man for the job.

The movie will see Hill playing Richard Jewell, the security guard credited with saving many lives at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta when he cleared people from the area after discovering a suspicious backpack before the bomb within it exploded. Jewell was promptly plunged into a weird sort of hell after saving all those people when he was accused of being the terrorist who planted the bomb in the Olympic compound.
DiCaprio will play Jewell’s friend and lawyer, who helped him get cleared of terrorism charges despite only having experience in real estate closings. The improbable story was told in a 1997 Vanity Fair article, “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” which was adapted into a screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray.
Both Hill and DiCaprio earned Oscar nominations for their parts in The Wolf of Wall Street, with the acclaim coming in no small part from the two actors’ chemistry. The film was praised for being Scorsese’s return to classic form and The New York Times said Jonah Hill is “a manic, tubby Joe Pesci to Mr. DiCaprio’s Robert De Niro” in his role as the lackey. Hill famously had to lobby hard and take a huge pay cut to get the part, but it made his career as a serious actor. Their parts as depraved Wall Street stockbrokers couldn’t be further from the heroic figures they’ll be playing in this next movie, but their obvious chemistry as actors unafraid to take risks together will benefit them regardless of the material.

As for Eastwood, the filmmaker recently scored six Academy Award nominations and one win for the controversial Iraq War biopic American Sniper. Rare for an awards season darling, the movie was also hugely successful at the box office, grossing over $500 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Though Sniper was mired in political controversy, Eastwood coaxed Bradley Cooper into what was pretty much unanimously praised as the best performance of his career. Any actor would love to have a film succeed both at the box office and during awards season, so if a deal can be worked out, it’s likely Eastwood will get the gig.

Aside from the surface success of American Sniper, the movie has something in common thematically with the planned project from Hill and DiCaprio. Jewell was put on trial for suspected terrorism and only released by the FBI after three months of hell and vilification by the media. In some circles, the sniper Chris Kyle, who serves as the subject of American Sniper, is a similar falsely vilified hero. For others, the film served as a gross romanticization of a sociopath. Eastwood will likely take a unique angle on the story and with Hill and DiCaprio in the lead roles, this is sure to be an awards season contender.