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Clint Eastwood & Co.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 15, 2009 10:21 AM
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So how did I luck into a moment of serendipitous spontaneity with Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman? Allow me to explain. As any media veteran will tell you, participating in movie press junkets...

Patricia Clarkson chats with Leonard on Secret's Out

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  • December 15, 2009 9:19 AM
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Out and About with George Clooney

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  • December 14, 2009 7:05 AM
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George Clooney, most observers agree, is the closest thing we have to an old-fashioned Movie Star. He’s got the looks, the talent, the smarts, and the attitude. At Monday night’s premiere of Up in the Air he forsook waiting photographers and TV crews in Westwood to cross the street and spend time with his fans—a great deal of time. He normally “works” the press line, as well, but he breezed right through on Monday; fortunately he came over to say hello to me and lingered long enough for me to get in some quick questions and answers for Entertainment Tonight. And here are the results: . It was a pleasure to talk to his colleagues and costars, as well, including newcomer Anna Kendrick (who’s also in a little vampire movie right now called New Moon) and the talented Vera Farmiga, whose stock (like Kendrick’s) is surely going to soar because of...

Wallace and Gromit, Jessica Rabbit and other uniquely entertaining gift ideas

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  • December 14, 2009 4:29 AM
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Invictus

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  • December 14, 2009 4:27 AM
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Invictus doesn’t have the element of surprise in its favor, but the story it tells is solid, interesting, and (yes) inspiring. Would that the world had more leaders as wise as Nelson Mandela, who recognized that despite his election to the Presidency of South Africa in 1995, there was still dissension and hostility throughout the land. How he goaded his national rugby team to push itself toward greatness, and how that...

Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman Dish On New Movie

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  • December 14, 2009 3:58 AM
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I sat down with Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and director Clint Eastwood who are promoting their new film, 'Invictus.' Clearly, as you'll see in the interview, these three film artists are proud of what they've produced. What's more, they enjoyed and appreciated working with one another.

Red Cliff

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  • December 14, 2009 3:45 AM
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John Woo built his reputation by creating visceral Hong Kong action films that made their Hollywood counterparts seem tame and old-fashioned. In Red Cliff he emulates epic historical dramas like Spartacus and once again reveals his mastery of cinematic storytelling, while raising the bar for...

Grauman's Chinese Theater update:

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 3:23 AM
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After posting my story (see Big Shoes to Fill - In the Rain) about hosting Robert Downey, Jr.’s hand-and-footprint ceremony I got a nice note from Stacey Behlmer, who (as Stacey Endres, then unmarried) co-wrote the definitive book on the history of the theater, Hollywood at Your Feet. She had a few notes and corrections to pass along: “I can't vouch for the ceremonies that took place after [our book] was published, but it did rain on a couple of the earlier ceremonies: James Mason was one and the Anne Baxter/Gregory Peck dual ceremony was another. Baxter actually drew an umbrella, a heart, and the sun in the cement and inscribed something about DEAR SID RAIN OR SHINE I LOVE YOU.”

Year End Film Book Survey - 2009

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 1:57 AM
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I love reading film books but I simply can't keep up with all the new titles that come over the transom...so, with holiday gift-giving in mind, I have compiled this annotated listing based on my first impressions of these recent releases, including a few that haven't gotten the attention they deserve. I haven't bothered to list anything that doesn't seem worthwhile. If you click on the book covers or titles, you'll be taken directly to their purchase page at Amazon.com.

Up in the Air

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 1:48 AM
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Up in the Air is the best film I’ve seen all year. Frankly, that isn’t much of a compliment, so let me be clearer: this is mainstream moviemaking at its best. It’s entertaining, first and foremost, but it’s also thoughtful, timely, and provocative. The film has been...

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