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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 PM
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Read This: Clint Eastwood's 1977 Thank You Letter to Critic Andrew Sarris for 'Dirty Harry' Article

Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the "Dirty Harry" franchise, titled "Is Harry Too Dirty?" Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like "Hang 'Em High" got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic "Dirty Harry" and its sequels -- which are about, in his words, "concern for the victim" -- results in Pauline Kael calling "fascism."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 13, 2014 12:10 PM
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Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
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In the Works: Clint Eastwood Replaces Steven Spielberg on 'American Sniper,' Starring Bradley Cooper

Warner Bros. has replaced one titan with another on biopic "American Sniper," centering on a Navy SEAL with more than 150 confirmed kills, set to star Bradley Cooper. Steven Spielberg dropped out, and now Clint Eastwood has stepped in to direct.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Third Dirty Harry Film, 'The Enforcer,' Starring Clint Eastwood

Go Ahead, Make My Day! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing the third Dirty Harry film, "The Enforcer," starring Clint Eastwood.
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  • August 9, 2013 1:17 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Dirty Harry Hit 'Magnum Force,' Starring Clint Eastwood

Go Ahead, Make My Day! week continues at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Magnum Force," the second of the Dirty Harry movies, starring Clint Eastwood.
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  • August 7, 2013 11:16 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer Makes Our Day and Talks 'Dirty Harry,' Starring Clint Eastwood

Go Ahead, Make My Day! week starts at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Don Siegel's iconic '70s vigilante classic "Dirty Harry," starring -- who else? -- Clint Eastwood.
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  • August 5, 2013 1:23 PM
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Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)

In a scene from 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County," Meryl Streep's farmwife gazes over one of the bridges as Clint Eastwood, playing a lanky photographer passing through, catches her off guard with a candid snapshot. He's delighted that he has captured her in a natural moment. One of many sequences highlighted in "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," it underscores what the director is always chasing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2013 9:12 PM
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Clint 'Eastwood Directs' Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca, Followed by Panel with Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky

WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 12:44 PM
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Oscar Watch: Why Actor-Directors Have the Advantage at the Oscars

What’s been overlooked amid all the wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and what-were-they-thinking hysteria surrounding Ben Affleck’s alleged “snub” as a Best Director nominee, is the degree to which the director’s branch has defied Oscar history. “Argo” is a fine, sturdy entertainment, a movie everyone should be proud of.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 21, 2013 1:22 PM
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