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Changeling Heads to Cannes

Changeling Heads to Cannes

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As the microscopic film world on the web awaits the Cannes lineup, Variety’s Todd McCarthy gets a mini-scoop, the news that Clint Eastwood will be bringing his horror film, The Changeling, to Cannes. This is good news for everyone if Angelina is not too pregnant to attend. McCarthy reports that it will be Eastwood’s fifth film in competition after Pale Rider, White Hunter, Black Heart, Bird and Mystic River. More…

The Dirty Double Dozen

The Dirty Double Dozen

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Since the thing these days seems to be to make lists when there isn’t much happening in the news, I’ve been wondering about great cinema’s worst. Who are the worst villains in the best films? Most likely, all serial killers will be left off the list because they are monsters, not really characters. One could make an exception for Hannibal Lecter and even he is a tough call since the…

Gran Torino Continues

Gran Torino Continues

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Filmjerk’s Edward Havens counters the “source” at Ain’t it Cool that Gran Torino is a Dirty Harry movie: 1) A new Dirty Harry movie? Not likely. The hot rumor is that a killer is riding around in a Gran Torino, and the now-retired Harry Callahan is on a mission to track down the culprit, as one of the victims was Callahan’s cop grandson. What do we know about Dirty Harry…

Gran Torino Dirty Harry?

Gran Torino Dirty Harry?

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Ain’t it Cool News just posted an email from a reader that appears to be either a McGuffin or a smoking gun as to Clint’s new film, Gran Torino: ‚ÄúI recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn‚Äôt interested for numerous reasons…

Eastwood Watch

Eastwood Watch

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Hm. Variety ferrets out some news about a potentially under-the-radar Oscartastic movie: Clint Eastwood will next direct and star in “Gran Torino” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. Pic is skedded for a December release. “Torino” marks the first time Eastwood has appeared on screen since “Million Dollar Baby,” released in late 2004. Details of “Torino” are being kept under tantalizingly tight wraps. Existence of the film, and Eastwood’s…

Anthony Minghella Dead at 54

Anthony Minghella Dead at 54

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Holy crap. ONTD reports that Anthony Minghella, Oscar winning director for The English Patient, has died suddenly: British film director Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54, his agent has said. Minghella, whose films include Truly, Madly, Deeply and Cold Mountain, was chairman of the British Film Institute.  The story does not give any other details.

First Look at Johnny Depp as Dillinger

First Look at Johnny Depp as Dillinger

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  Faded Youth offered up a first look at Johnny Depp as John Dillinger in Public Enemies, which also stars Marion Cotillard and Christian Bale. IMDb has this listed as 2009 release. Michael Mann directs the mob drama about cleaning up the streets back in the 1930s. Depp plays John Dillinger, who, according to Wikipedia: …was an American bank robber, considered by some to be a dangerous criminal, while others…

Burn After Reading Gets Release Date

Burn After Reading Gets Release Date

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Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand, has gotten a September 12 release date, the AP reports. While Oscar watchers will pin their hopes on the Coens, lightning doesn’t often strike twice, unless you’re Clint Eastwood, John Ford or Oliver Stone. This one sounds like the “funny Coens,” like O Brother or Barton Fink. The Vulture folks over at NY Mag wrote…

Welcome to Pittville, Tree of Life Sprouts Roots

Welcome to Pittville, Tree of Life Sprouts Roots

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-1ebhoYozY[/youtube] A fan’s tribute to Terrence Malick I’ve been following the slow-building saga of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life for a while now and there has been some definite movement in recent days. For one thing, Brad Pitt, who has replaced Heath Ledger, and fam have moved to Smithville, Texas, which locals are now calling “Pitville.” Austin 360 is keeping tabs on the production has found three YouTube videos of…