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Weekend Box Office: 'Trouble With The Curve,' 'End Of The Street' & 'End Of Watch' Battle For #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 23, 2012 12:22 PM
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If you bet any money on this weekend’s box office, you'll have to wait on Monday’s actuals, because this is a tight race between three new releases jockeying for the top spot with lukewarm grosses. Also, maybe see someone for your gambling problem.

Sorry Sly, Clint Eastwood Says He's "Probably Not" Going To Do 'Expendables 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 5:44 PM
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While he isn't berating inanimate objects, Clint Eastwood makes movies, and this Friday he'll take his cantankerous self to the baseball diamond in "Trouble With The Curve" (review here). It's another rare acting outing for the man who has mostly spent the last little while behind the camera, but that doesn't mean he still isn't in demand. It was just last month that producer Avi Lerner boasted that he had Nic Cage on board for "The Expendables 3" with plans to approach some new names like Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and yes, Eastwood. Well, there's one phone call that Lerner can probably take off his list.

Review: 'Trouble With The Curve' Is A Lifeless Baseball Drama That Throws A Few Innings Too Many

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 17, 2012 9:22 AM
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Despite a recent mishap involving an empty chair meant to be President Barack Obama, actor Clint Eastwood has been relatively out of sight when it comes to the press. He mostly turns up at awards shows come January every year or so, and he’s perhaps best known at this point for his work behind the camera on mainstream fare, intelligent or even thought-provoking entertainment like “Letters to Iwo Jima” and “Mystic River” -- or far less savory works like “Hereafter,” and the well-intentioned misfire of a biopic in 2011’s Oscar bait “J. Edgar.” There’s little doubt the actor/director will maintain his iconic status until his final days, but “Trouble with the Curve” finds Eastwood on cranky autopilot.

30 New Images Of Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake & Clint Eastwood In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 2:34 PM
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On the last day of the Republican National Convention, it's possible that that sound you heard was that of heart palpitations over at Warner Bros' marketing department. After seemingly retiring from acting after "Gran Torino," Clint Eastwood used a gap in his schedule caused by the delay to his remake of "A Star Is Born" to return to the front of the camera, starring in the directorial debut of long-time collaborator Robert Lorenz. And given his immense star power, the fact that he's never won a Best Actor Oscar, and the bait-y subject matter (Eastwood plays a veteran baseball coach leading his sight), many thought the performance, if not the film, could be one to watch in the awards race this time around.

Nic Cage On Board For 'The Expendables 3'; Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes & Harrison Ford Being Approached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 11:04 AM
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So, was 2010's over $270 million worldwide haul for "The Expendables" the indication of franchise starter, or just the result of a novelty concept doing well in the marketplace? We'll find out this Friday when the numbers roll in for the supersized "The Expendables 2," but it looks like producer Avi Lerner is feeling very confident, with an eye already on "The Expendables 3." And not only that, he has a name apparently already signed, and a wishlist of folks he wants (but probably won't get) for the third installment.

First Look: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams & Justin Timberlake In Baseball Drama 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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Even though little has been heard from the film, upcoming baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve" will mark Clint Eastwood's first on-screen role since 2008's "Gran Torino." It will also be the first time since 1993's "In the Line of Fire" that he isn't directing himself. But he's got a trusted friend and collaborator behind the camera in Robert Lorenz -- making his directorial debut here -- who has worked as an assistant director to Eastwood on "Mystic River" and "Million Dollar Baby" and is partner with Clint at his shingle Malpaso Productions.

The 5 Worst Movie Star Performances In Musicals

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2012 3:14 PM
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After a few of years since the last major effort (the ill-fated "Nine"), the live-action movie musical is back again, with two starry efforts due this year about as far away from each other as you can get. This Christmas will see the terribly-serious looking "Les Miserables" hit theaters, with a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. But first is "Rock Of Ages," which arrives in theaters tomorrow, with another A-list ensemble including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Essentials: The Films Of Don Siegel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 20, 2012 12:04 PM
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In the credits to his masterpiece "Unforgiven," Clint Eastwood included a dedication: "for Don Siegel and Sergio Leone." Leone was a no-brainer, one of the great filmmakers, but Siegel was less beloved of cinephiles: a cosmopolitan Chicago native who studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, he started directing montages at Warner Bros (including the opening scene of "Casablanca"), before breaking into features, with a string of B-movies with everyone from Robert Mitchum to Elvis Presley (the latter on 1960's "Flaming Star"), but became most notable for his work with Eastwood on five pictures from 1968's "Coogan's Bluff" to 1979's "Escape From Alcatraz."

'A Star Is Born' Scribe Will Fetters Says His Male Lead Is Pretty Much A 50-Year-Old Kurt Cobain

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 3, 2012 8:46 AM
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Over the years, there's been no less than three versions of "A Star is Born," with the two lead characters reinvented on each occasion: James Mason and Judy Garland, Janet Graynor and Fredic March, then Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. With R&B star Beyonce on board, we're getting yet another iteration of the story in Clint Eastwood's gestating project, with scribe Will Fetters now revealing an intriguing grunge icon as his personal inspiration for the story.

Could Bill Murray & Keira Knightley Be Oscar Winners? We Prematurely Predict Best Actor & Actress At The 2013 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2012 11:58 AM
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At the Academy Awards, Best Picture might be the big prize, but the ones that both the winners and the audience have the most emotional connection to tend to be the acting prizes. Seeing a beloved star, or a fresh-faced newcomer, finally pick up a statue more often than not ends up leading the mainstream media coverage; it's always more moving than some producer's acceptance speech.

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