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What Went Wrong with 'Jersey Boys'? (VIDEO)

It's easy to see how Warner Bros. turned to their A-list director-producer Clint Eastwood, known for his calm, economic, unpretentious, methodical filmmaking, for the 60s period musical "Jersey Boys." After directing 37 movies, he can do period in his sleep, from "Invictus" to "Changeling,"--on a budget. He's a composer and jazz pianist who knows music (Cannes prize-winner "Bird"). And he's great with actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 5:05 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Think Like a Man Too' Takes Number One, 'Jersey Boys' Draws Seniors on Soft Summer Weekend

The studios have skewed their summer releases around the World Cup, which is taking a bite out of the box office. So this weekend's new releases are aimed at domestic audiences; two films are likely to do more than the usual amount of their business in the U.S. The result was a mixed bag. Leading the pack was Tim Story's "Think Like a Man Too," with breakout star Kevin Hart.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2014 12:13 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I think so, but Eric isn't sure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 6:33 PM
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'Jersey Boys' Review Roundup: Eastwood's Musical Biopic Never Decides What To Be

Clint Eastwood wasn't necessarily anyone's first thought when it came to a director for the film version of the 2005 Broadway hit "Jersey Boys." But the director's still on the A-list at Warner Bros. for his calm, economic, unpretentious, methodical filmmaking, flair for local color and good ear for music. Don't forget Cannes prize-winner "Bird"--Eastwood's a jazz pianist and composer.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 16, 2014 1:12 PM
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