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.