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 

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Alberto Grimaldi, Producer of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ dies aged 95

It was sad to read about this news a few days ago. Grimaldi’s son, Maurizio Grimaldi, confirmed his death to Variety, adding that his father died of natural causes.
Born in Naples, Italy on March 28, 1925, Grimaldi originally studied law before starting his own production company, Produzioni Europee Associati, or P.E.A., in 1961. The first feature film Grimaldi produced was the Spanish western film “L’ombra di Zorro,” which released the following year. Grimaldi produced his first Spaghetti Western film, “I due violenti,” in 1964. P.E.A. became known for its low-budget action movies that were often co-productions with Spain and West Germany, and remained active until the early ’80s.
In 1965, Grimaldi first collaborated with Sergio Leone on the international co-production “For a Few Dollars More,” starring Clint Eastwood. The two also worked together the following year, when Grimaldi produced Leone’s epic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which scored $25 million at the box office and is credited with skyrocketing Eastwood to fame.

Grimaldi worked as a producer on over 80 films in Europe and the United States during his career, which spanned four decades. Other notable titles include “Burn!” in 1969, 1972’s “Last Tango in Paris” starring Marlon Brando, “Man of La Mancha” in 1972 starring Sophia Loren, “Illustrious Corpses” in 1976 and “Ginger and Fred” in 1986. His last film production was Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” in 2002, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Liam Neeson and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture.

Grimaldi is survived by his three children, Massimo, Maurizio and Marcello, and three grandchildren.
RIP Sir.


Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #20

Our first Photo Opportunity of 2021 features a cracking shot discovered by one of our admin team, Davy Triumph. Clint is captured here (resembling a young Dirty Harry) whist judging a teen Miss Jersey contest at Palisades Amusement Park in 1962. We think it’s a winner! Image by Jim Demetropoulous, Retna Ltd.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Ringo!

I thought I’d kick off 2021 with this rather amusing Italian Locandina poster for ‘Ringo Prega Il Tuo Dio... Ora T'Ammazzo’ (1967). It was just one of many Ringo spin off movies that began to swamp the genre - which was becoming something of a minefield around this time. The film has an English translation of RINGO PRAY YOUR GOD ... NOW I WILL KILL YOU – yep, I know…

However, it was our eagle-eyed UK correspondent Davy Triumph who spotted this a few weeks ago and purchased the poster for himself. Not that Davy is a big Ringo fan, but it was just something about the artwork which stood out as a little ‘familiar’ to him. The artist, credited as ‘Mos’, was clearly influenced by the previous year’s Leone classic The Good, the bad and the ugly as the painting is clearly based upon a famous still from the movie. We can’t blame the artist for this cheeky bit of license of course, I believe someone once said, ‘You only borrow from the best’, and who are we to argue with that.

My thanks to Davy Triumph.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Happy Christmas and Yearly Review 2020

As always, I would like to begin by wishing Clint a very happy Christmas on behalf of all his fans and everyone connected with the Archive. I would also like to thank and wish a very happy Christmas to everyone who helps me to bring all of this material here and for the benefit of the fans. 
This year we have averaged a little less than one post per week, but of course there has also been hundreds of updates on many of the dedicated pages. Posts also dropped off during the last quarter of this year due to a forced break and illness. So thanks to my great admin team for helping during this period. 
I suppose it’s fair to say that 2020 has been something of a sombre year. However, we have all tried to keep positive, and hopefully attempted to maintain some form of continuity here on the Archive. 
In January we got off to a really bright start and a feature on Anthony James, a co-star and friend of Eastwood and his book which focused on his career in movies. We also posted some nice lobby collections from The Gauntlet and City Heat and some unusual Photo Opportunities. The following month of February brought some exciting news in the shape of the Eastwood Fest at the NFT – a huge season which looked like an ideal chance for some of us to all get together again and catch a few classics such as Dirty Harry and Josey Wales on the big screen. Unfortunately, March brought with it the dreaded Covid lockdown, a turning point that not only wiped out our immediate plans, but changed and reshaped our lives completely. Of course, the whole BFI/Eastwood film festival was cancelled as a result. 
April was a fairly quiet time, one highlight was a small piece I created for The Dalys – Rare UK Fistful of Dollars 7” Record. It was something I had been searching for some time, and was actually tied in with the whole 1967 Fistful of Dollars U.K. promotional campaign. In May I tried to brighten up the general gloom by posting a couple of major photo features including a rare selection from both Dirty Harry and Magnum Force – a nice selection of 28 behind the scenes stills. Later that month, I posted a set of 18 lovely photos entitled Clint at CBS in the Sixties. Also in this month I posted some classic TV appearances. The end of May also brought us Clint’s Birthday, and a special one it was too with Clint celebrating his 90th. Unfortunately we celebrated this a little later due to some technical problems – but it happened, and in great style. In the week of Clint’s birthday the Archive was invited onto BBC radio to talk about Clint’s career. It was great to be part of it and at the same time provided some great nationwide exposure for the Archive. May and June also delivered some very sad news, with the passing of both Ennio Morricone and Lennie Niehaus. Somewhat ironically, July was also the month that brought us the first complete release of Morricone’s soundtrack for Two Mules for Sister Sara, it’s 50th anniversary. Record label LaLa Land provided us with some great support. 
In July I wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kelly’s Heroes, still a major favourite among fans – we celebrated this with a number of posts which also included the surfacing of some pretty rare on set footage. July and August also saw more friends from the Eastwood circle sadly leave us (see below). October at least brought us some good news – the announcement that Clint was returning to screen with his new project, Cry Macho. Based on a book which was published in 1975, the project at least provides us with something positive to look forward to in 2021. In November I put up one of our occasional ‘Clint’s crew’ features, this time on Cinematographer Jack N. Green, the man behind the camera and the man responsible for giving Clint’s movies that signature look. In December we finished on a great positive note and the first ever full release of Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack - a 3 CD collection that was guaranteed to brighten up our Christmas.

In Memoriam:
Unfortunately, 2020 also saw the passing of some people from the Eastwood circle of friends, Anthony James, Lennie Niehaus, Ennio Morricone, John Saxon and Reni Santoni  – all of whom made the Eastwood light shine so brightly and will be sadly missed.

Thank you to everyone and for your continued support - please stay safe during these testing times.

Darren, The Clint Eastwood Archive