Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Where Eagles Dare: Snowballs at Dawn!

It’s nice to know that even during the filming of an epic adventure such as Where Eagles Dare, there was still time for a bit of fun in the snow. Here is a selection of photos which capture both Clint and actor Darren Nesbitt in a staged snowball fight. Our Where Eagles Dare expert Neil Thomson reliably informs me that there were two still photographers who worked on the film, 1st unit was John Jay whilst 2nd unit was John Silverside. It is the general opinion that John Jay (1920-2005) was most likely responsible for taking these fabulous shots.

Brixton born Jay enjoyed a long career as a photographer and worked on films that included Born Free (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Last Valley (1971), Straw Dogs (1971) and Star Wars (1977).

These great images capture a real sense of fun while shooting on location and in testing conditions. Let’s hope some more will eventually emerge over time. 


Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The Passing of Jessica Walter


The Passing of Jessica Walter

Earlier this week we received the sad news that Jessica Walter, Clint’s co-star from Play Misty for Me, had died at the age of 80. 

Below are a couple of reports from various news outlets.


The Hollywood Reporter by Chris Koselu

Jessica Walter, the sassy actress who excelled at portraying unhinged types, from the obsessed fan of a radio deejay in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me to nutty matriarchs on Arrested Development and Archer, has died. She was 80.

Walter died Wednesday night at home in New York, her daughter, Fox Entertainment executive Brooke Bowman, said.

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom, Jessica," she said. "A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre”.


Walter's husband of 36 years, Tony-winning actor Ron Leibman, died in December 2019 at age 82.


Early in her career, the New Yorker stood out in a pair of 1966 features as Libby MacAusland, an ambitious, acerbic wit who finds professional success but has trouble expressing her sexuality in Sidney Lumet's The Group (1966), and as Pat Stoddard, a woman who has romantic entanglements in the Formula One-set Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer.

She won an Emmy in 1975 for portraying San Francisco's first female chief of detectives in the limited series Amy Prentiss (the character was introduced on Ironside) and was nominated three other times, the last in 2005 for her delicious turn as the manipulative Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development. (She started on the series in 2003.)

Always drinking, always exuding an air of entitlement, the sarcastic Lucille was at the center of an ever-evolving mess of a once-wealthy, now desperate family on the Fox/Netflix sitcom. Her razor-sharp work was a huge reason for the show's cult appeal, and her lines became catchphrases and her mannerisms memes.



"People have been great, especially in New York, where you are walking around a lot," Walter noted in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2013. "The one line I get a lot is, 'I'd like to cry but I can't spare the moisture.'

"And winks! Actually, I can do that wink, and it is very difficult, with one eye totally closed and one eye totally open. It said in the script that Lucille winks, and since I can do that in real life, I just thought it would be good to do a specific wink for the character. And they liked it so much that they started writing in more winks. I can't believe my wink has gone viral!"



Her performance helped Walter land her gig as Malory Archer on FX/FXX's Archer starting in 2009. As the former CEO of the International Secret Intelligence Service, the agency where her son, Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), works, she was ruthless, domineering and critical — and rarely seen without a cocktail.



Archer creator Adam Reed told her that she was the first one cast on the animated show, and the fact that Malory and Lucille were similar in nature was not coincidental.


As she told The Daily Beast in 2017: "They sent out copy for auditions to people that said, 'Think of the type as Jessica Walter from Arrested Development.' And my agent who got the copy called me and said, 'They're thinking about you. If you like it, I'll tell them you're interested in doing it.' I said, 'That sounds smart.' And that's exactly how it happened."


Born in Brooklyn on Jan. 31, 1941, Walter was raised in Astoria, Queens. Her father, David, was a world-class violinist who performed with Arturo Toscanini and Pablo Casals, and her mother, Esther, was an immigrant from Russia. Her brother, Richard, would go on to write screenplays and teach the craft to Dustin Lance Black, Alexander Payne and Andrew Bergman, among others, as a longtime UCLA professor.

Walter studied acting at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she was guided by Sydney Pollack and her classmates included James Caan and Brenda Vacarro, who years later would introduce her to Leibman.


In 1960, she made it to Broadway as the secretary Liz in the original production of Advise and Consent, starring Ed Begley and Richard Kiley, and appeared on the CBS medical drama Diagnosis: Unknown.


She popped up frequently on the small screen back then, guest-starring on Naked City, Route 66, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Ben Casey and the pilot for Flipper, working for a couple years on the daytime soap Love of Life and co-starring with William Shatner on For the People.


Walter was honored with the Clarence Derwent Award in 1963 as most promising female performer for her work on Broadway in Peter Ustinov's Photo Finish, and she would return to the New York stage for productions including 1964's A Severed Head, 1988's Rumors and 2011's Anything Goes.


In 1964, Walter made her movie debut alongside Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg in Robert Rossen's psychiatric hospital-set drama Lilith. It was Gene Hackman's first movie, too, and she played his wife.


The Group, based on Mary McCarthy's best-selling novel and also starring Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman and Shirley Knight, followed a circle of women who graduated from an all-girl college during the 1930s and stayed friends as their lives evolved over the next seven years. Walter's Libby becomes bitter as the movie goes on.


She received a Golden Globe newcomer nomination for Grand Prix for playing the unhappy wife of a race car driver (Brian Bedford) who has a fling with another (James Garner). Two years later, Lumet hired her again for Bye Bye Braverman (1968), where she played the widow of a man mourned by pals played by George Segal, Jack Warden, Sorrell Booke and Joseph Wiseman


For her chilling portrayal of Evelyn Draper in Play Misty for Me (1971), Walter landed a second Globe nom.


"You can't take your eyes off Walter" in the movie, Nojan Aminosharei wrote in a February 2019 profile of the actress in Elle. "One minute, she oozes genuine, 100 percent natural sweetness. The next minute, she snaps. But it's the way she snaps. That's when her star power comes into sharp relief. It's at once jarring but uncomfortably familiar to anyone who's ever felt so much as a pang of unrequited love. In one scene, she gives Eastwood's character a surprise gift, a new pair of shoes. Her dejection at his lack of gratitude is heartbreaking. You'd almost empathise if she didn't follow it up with attempted murder."


"The movie revolves around a character played with an unnerving effectiveness by Jessica Walter," Roger Ebert wrote in his review. "She is something like flypaper; the more you struggle against her personality, the more tightly you're held."


In a 2012 chat with The A.V. Club, Walter reflected on why she found playing unbalanced characters so appealing.


"They're juicy, much better than playing the vanilla ingenues, you know — Miss Vanilla Ice Cream," she said. "I don't know that I'm attracted to them. I think people just think of me for them, and I read them and I like them. … They're much more fun to play and find the levels, because nobody's that one-color evil. There's lots of levels to why they became that way."


Walter appeared in other films including Number One (1969), Goldengirl (1979), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Ghost in the Machine (1993) and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), but she worked mostly in television.


She had regular roles on Bare Essence, Three's a Crowd, Aaron's Way, Dinosaurs, Coach, 90210, Retired at 35 (opposite Segal) and Jennifer Falls and guest stints on The F.B.I.; Love, American Style; Mannix; Medical Center; The Love Boat; and Murder, She Wrote.


Walter also received Emmy noms in 1977 for a turn as a money launderer hunted by the mob on The Streets of San Francisco and in 1980 for portraying Pernell Roberts' wife on Trapper John, M.D.


She worked with Leibman in a 1986 Los Angeles Theatre Center production of Molière's Tartuffe, on Broadway in Rumors, on a 1996 episode of Law & Order, in the film Dummy (2002) and finally on Archer when he came aboard in the fourth season as Ron Cadillac, Malory's new husband with a shady past.


Walter also was married from 1966-78 to Ross Bowman, a theatrical manager on Advise and Consent. Survivors include a grandson, Micah.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


LA Times, By CHRISTIE D’ZURIL

Jessica Walter, the prolific actor whose career spanned six decades and included signature roles on “Arrested Development” and “Archer,” has died, her publicist has confirmed. She was 80.

Walter was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 31, 1941, to a musician father and a mother who was an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She went to New York’s High School of Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where the late director-actor Sydney Pollack was her teacher.


Among her classmates were James Caan and producer Jerry Weintraub — whom she remembered as “the bad boys” — and Brenda Vaccaro, who would introduce Walter to second husband Ron Leibman some 20 years later.

Walter started her career in theater, with Broadway productions including “Advise and Consent,” “Rumors,” “A Severed Head,” “Nightlife” and “Photo Finish.” The last earned her the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising female newcomer in 1963, the year Gene Hackman won for most promising male newcomer.


Walter’s feature film debut was in the 1964 movie “Lilith,” with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg and Hackman, who coincidentally was also making his big-screen debut. From there she carved out a notable career as a dramatic actress in films such as Sidney Lumet’s 1966 movie “The Group.” Her work in that movie caught Clint Eastwood’s eye for the role of the obsessed stalker in “Play Misty for Me,” his 1971 directorial debut.

“He called me in,” Walter told The Times in 2014. “No audition. We had a talk, and he offered me carrot juice. The next day my agent called and said, ‘You have the part.’” The result was a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture


“There’s a bit of Evelyn in me — the smothering, capable of killing, desperate, pathetic kind of person,” Walter told The Times about her stalker character in “Play Misty,” shortly after the movie opened. “The characteristics are way down deep. They’re only dormant threats, black things that a sane, civilized woman doesn’t employ. But they’re there — in all of us.”


Walter also appeared in numerous TV series, including “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Trapper John, M.D.,” and won an Emmy for her lead role in the 1974 show “Amy Prentiss.” Like so many New York actors, she had guest roles in “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”



But all that seriousness changed in 2003, when she was cast as deliciously caustic Lucille Bluth, the vodka-swilling mother from hell in the Emmy-winning Fox and Netflix comedy series “Arrested Development.” Suddenly, Walter was all about the funny — and she had a new generation of fans.

“Jessica Walter’s spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her on ‘Arrested Development,’” 20th Television said in a statement Thursday.

Walter’s turn on “Arrested Development” led directly to a decade-plus gig voicing the toxic mom Malory Archer on FX’s irreverent animated spy comedy “Archer,” and to a role as a snooty dowager mother on Broadway in the 2011 revival of the musical comedy “Anything Goes.” She also flexed her comedic chops as a mom with parenting issues in TV Land’s short-lived 2014 comedy “Jennifer Falls.”


“Oh, my God, those parts are the best,” Walter told The Times in 2014, in an article that described her as tall, whippet-slender, sweet and funny, with a kind word for everyone. “We don’t want to be Miss Vanilla Ice Cream.”


The producers on “Archer” were looking for a Jessica Walter “type,” rather than Walter herself, to voice the part of the belligerent, alcoholic CEO of the show’s spy agency and the mother of not-so-ace spy Sterling Archer. “We didn’t think she would do our little cartoon show,” Matt Thompson, an executive producer on the series, said in 2014. But once she saw the script, Walter was all in as Malory Archer.


“Jessica was a consummate professional, an actor’s actor, and the exact opposite of Malory Archer — warm, caring, and kind, with an absolutely cracking sense of humor — and it was both a privilege and a true honor to work with her over these many years,” Adam Reed, the creator of “Archer,” said in a statement Thursday. FX, the network, remembered Walter as “a comedic genius and a brilliant actor who personified wit, grace and elegance.”

In addition to her “Amy Prentiss” win, Walter was nominated three other times for Emmys, for work on “Arrested Development,” “Trapper John, M.D.” and “The Streets of San Francisco.” Besides “Play Misty for Me,” her other Golden Globe nomination was for 1966’s “Grand Prix.”


Additionally, she worked with New York’s famed Playwrights Horizons and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. She served as second national vice president of the Screen Actors Guild and was an elected member of the SAG board of directors for more than a decade.

Walter was married twice, first to Ross Bowman, from 1966 to 1978, and then to actor Ron Leibman, from 1983 until his death in 2019. In 2014, she referred to her and Leibman’s marriage as “31 happy, fulfilled, glorious years” together.

She is survived by Bowman, her daughter, who is senior vice president for drama programming at Fox Entertainment, and grandson Micah Heymann.


On behalf of everyone here at the Archive, our thoughts and condolences are with Jessica’s family and friends. RIP


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Clint Eastwood neo-western ‘Cry Macho’ gets October 2021 release date

The Screendaily website has posted the following by Jeremy Kay. 

Cry Macho, the neo-western and potential awards contender directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, will open via Warner Bros in the US on October 22 this year. The 1978-set film will also debut on Warner Bros’ stablemate HBO Max for a limited period.

Eastwood plays a former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who accepts a job bringing his former employer’s son home from his alcoholic mother. As they face challenges crossing rural Mexico en route to Texas, the ageing horseman finds redemption as he teaches the youngster what it is to be a good man.

Eduardo Minett and Dwight Yoakam also star. Nick Schenk and the late N. Richard Nash adapted the screenplay to Cry Macho from Nash’s novel of the same name.

Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tim Moore, and Jessica Meier serve as producers. Eastwood’s last film as director, 2019’s Richard Jewell, grossed $44m worldwide in a roughly even international-North American split. That said, box office comparisons with any 2021 releases are likely to be unreliable indicators as available cinemas and audience numbers will continue to be overshadowed by the pandemic even during exhibition recovery.

Thanks to Davy Triumph for this update.


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Mark Mancini to score Cry Macho

According to the imdb, composer Mark Mancini has been assigned to provide the score for Eastwood’s latest Cry Macho (2021). Born in Santa Monica, California on March 9th, 1957, Mancini enjoyed a productive period in the 90’s providing scores for hits such as Speed (1994), Bad Boys (1995), Assassins (1995), Twister (1996) and Con Air (1997).


Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely used as a temp track, while his breakout score for Speed, another innovative work, influenced the sound of subsequent action movies. 

Monday, 15 February 2021

Very Rare UK Double Crown Posters

Here are a couple of extremely rare posters that don't turn up very often. Both posters feature Clint's war movies that he made for MGM Where Eagles Dare (1969) and Kelly's Heroes (1970). Both films were of course directed by Brian G. Hutton.

So what makes these posters so rare? Well, both are great examples of the UK Double Crown (30" x 20") versions. Apart from their rarity value (you hardly ever see them surface), expect them to be very expensive when they do show up.  



Thursday, 4 February 2021

Hal Holbrook, Magnum Force star, dies aged 95

It’s sad to report that Hal Holbrook, the Oscar-nominated actor known for playing Deep Throat in All the President's Men, has died at 95.
Holbrook, who also appeared in Wall Street, Into The Wild and Lincoln, died on 23 January, his assistant told the New York Times.
As Deep Throat, Holbrook leaks vital evidence to the journalists investigating the Watergate scandal.
Holbrook also had a distinguished theatre career, mostly notably in his one-man show portraying Mark Twain.

He had numerous TV credits to his name, including two appearances in US political drama The West Wing as Republican Albie Duncan.
After serving in the Army in Newfoundland during World War Two, Holbrook attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
He later ventured to New York and studied with the actress Uta Hagen and in the 1950s, Holbrook acted on the CBS soap opera The Brighter Day.
He won his first Emmy in 1971 for his work on the NBC drama series The Bold Ones: The Senator and took two more trophies for playing Commander Lloyd Bucher in the 1973 TV film Pueblo, about the capture of a US spy ship by North Korea in 1968.


Holbrook's craggy voice and appearance lent itself to historical portrayals and other parts that required gravitas, such as his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln in the TV mini-series Lincoln, for which he also won an Emmy.
He reprised the role in the ABC miniseries North and South in 1985 and its sequel the following year.
Among many other shows, he also appeared in the West Wing, The Sopranos, Bones, Grey's Anatomy and Hawaii Five-0.
On the big screen, as well as making an impression as Deep Throat and in Into the Wild, he played a power-hungry police lieutenant in the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force.
In Steven Spielberg's 2012 Lincoln biopic, Holbrook played presidential adviser Preston Blair. He also featured in the films The Firm, Capricorn One, The Fog, and Water for Elephants.
In 2008, aged 82, Holbrook became the oldest actor to have been nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Into the Wild, starring Emile Hirsch.
However, he has since been overtaken by Christopher Plummer, who won in the same category in 2018 aged 88.
In recent years he became a regular presence on US television, with roles in series including Sons of Anarchy, Rectify and the sitcom Designing Women.
Holbrook's memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain was published in September 2011.
He was married three times. He and third wife Dixie Carter - who also appeared in Designing Women - were married in 1984 and remained together until her death in 2010.
He is survived by his three children and two stepdaughters, as well as two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
RIP Sir 

 

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Eduardo Minett and Dwight Yoakam join Clint’s Cry Macho at WB and early Teaser Trailer released!

Deadline has reported that Eduardo Minett is set to make his English-language feature film debut co-starring opposite Clint Eastwood in Warner Bros’ Cry Macho, which Eastwood will also direct. Natalia Traven, Dwight Yoakam, Horacio Garcia Rojas and Fernanda Urrejola are also on board. Eastwood has shown a knack for finding fresh new talent to share the screen with over the years including his 2008 drama Gran Torino, when he tapped newcomer Bee Vang as his co-star.

Al Ruddy and Jessica Meier are producing, along with Tim Moore and Eastwood at Malpaso. The production is already rumoured to be wrapping filming in New Mexico.

Based on the underlying book written by N. Richard Nash and a screenplay written by Nash and Nick Schenk, Cry Macho stars Eastwood as a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom.  Crossing rural Mexico on their back way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find his own sense of redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.

While this is Minett’s U.S. debut, he has had roles in a handful of Mexican TV shows including Como dice el dicho. Veteran actor-singer Yoakam is best known for roles in Panic Room, Sling Blade and most recently Logan Lucky. Traven was most recently seen on the AMC series Soulmates, and Rojas was recently seen in Netflix’s Narcos

Minett is repped by Ripstein Talent International Agency, Yoakam is repped by CAA and Activist, Traven is repped by Lolo & Company, and Rojas is repped by Vision Entertainment.

Furthermore, a new 30 second Teaser Trailer for Cry Macho has already been released and features the first footage from Clint Eastwood’s new movie. 

KRQE News 13 Albuquerque, also reported from some local shooting locations including Belen