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'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'

Sully movie with Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to the “noble and decent American” threatened by a “heartless government.” 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it […]


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'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'



Clint Eastwood + Harry Potter = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? Packard Series Connection

'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life terribly difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood + 'Harry Potter' = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? The Packard Campus connection Besides Harry Potter (more on the bespectacled wizard further below), movies set in the world of music and/or […]


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Clint Eastwood + Harry Potter = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? Packard Series Connection



'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing […]


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'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama



Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Actress': Jean Simmons' mother and Spencer Tracy's wife. Teresa Wright in the 1950s: From Marlon Brando leading lady to spinsters and mother roles in less than five years (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.”) “I'd rather have luck than brains!” Teresa […]


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Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker'



'The Lazarus Effect': Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Born Comatose

'The Lazarus Effect' with Olivia Wilde. 'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (See previous post: “'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.”) Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark […]


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'The Lazarus Effect': Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Born Comatose



'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story

'Jersey Boy's movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (image: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in 'Jersey Boys') Clint Eastwood's semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the […]


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'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story



Nelson Mandela Movies: South African Leader Reverentially Portrayed by U.S. & British Actors

Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Directed by and starring a couple of Englishmen, respectively Justin Chadwick and Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been indifferently received by critics and audiences in the United States, where the Nelson Mandela biopic opened a few days before the […]


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Nelson Mandela Movies: South African Leader Reverentially Portrayed by U.S. & British Actors



Clint Eastwood Western Persona Co-Creator Dead at 87

Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (image: Clint Eastwood in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly') Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born […]


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Clint Eastwood Western Persona Co-Creator Dead at 87



Bad Movies: 'Mommie Dearest,' Clint Eastwood Among 'Least Talented Directors'

John Travolta in the Scientology-inspired movie 'Battlefield Earth.' From John Travolta to Bob Dylan, from Ed Wood to Orson Welles: 'The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time' Phil Hall's The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time, tagged as a “new celebration of cinematic inanity,” was published by Bear Manor on […]


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Bad Movies: 'Mommie Dearest,' Clint Eastwood Among 'Least Talented Directors'



Oscars' Predictions: Robert Pattinson & Clint Eastwood Chances? + Marion Cotillard-Led European Invasion

Best Actor Oscar: Joaquin Phoenix a potential contender. 2013 Oscar predictions Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis look like the two shoo-ins for the 2013 Best Actor Oscar at this stage. Phoenix's nod will be for Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed but commercially disappointing The […]


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Oscars' Predictions: Robert Pattinson & Clint Eastwood Chances? + Marion Cotillard-Led European Invasion



'Trouble with the Curve & 'Dredd 3D' Bomb

Clint Eastwood Trouble with the Curve box office: Disappointing debut Trouble with the Curve, The House at the End of the Street, End of Watch, and Dredd: four new releases, four box office disappointments as the end of summer/early fall blues at the North American box office continue unabated. Particularly […]


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'Trouble with the Curve & 'Dredd 3D' Bomb



Obama Movie '2016' vs. 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Ridiculous Comparisons

Obama movie '2016' vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd comparisons Aug. 28 update: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's right-wing documentary 2016 Obama's America had a solid first-wide-weekend run in North America on the eve of the Republican National Convention currently being held in Tampa, Florida. (To be blessed by the Archbishop of […]


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Obama Movie '2016' vs. 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Ridiculous Comparisons



Clint Eastwood Speech: Bizarre RNC Highlight

Clint Eastwood speech at Republican National Convention It was less a bizarre “Clint Eastwood Speech” than a bizarre “Clint Eastwood Performance Art” at the Republican National Convention (RNC), which was held last week in Tampa, Florida. Eastwood was one of a few – very few (Midnight Cowboy's Jon Voight, who […]


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Clint Eastwood Speech: Bizarre RNC Highlight



Clint Eastwood / Invisible Obama or No: RNC TV Ratings Plummet

Clint Eastwood Lays an Egg at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, a two-time Oscar-winning director (Unforgiven, 1992; Million Dollar Baby, 2004), bombed in more ways than one while talking to an empty seat at last night's Republican National Convention. Apart from the right-wing cable “news” channel Fox News, which was […]


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Clint Eastwood / Invisible Obama or No: RNC TV Ratings Plummet



Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say

Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve Clint Eastwood is mystery speaker at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, and whose family has its own reality show (Mrs. Eastwood & Company), is reportedly the “mystery speaker” at the 2012 […]


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Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say



Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Chrysler Ad Irks Right-Wingers

Who won the Super Bowl this past Sunday? You don't remember? You're probably not alone. However, you'll likely recall some of the ads and shows presented during the game. Curiously, even more memorable than M.I.A.'s middle finger, Madonna's (otherwise PG-rated) Mylène Farmer-style musical extravaganza, and the movie spots for The […]


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Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Chrysler Ad Irks Right-Wingers



Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

Clint Eastwood on the J. Edgar set with star Leonardo DiCaprio (as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover) and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. One of the great cinematic hopes of 2011, J. Edgar has turned out to be a dud with both critics and U.S. audiences. Oscar chances are slim, […]


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Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?



'Breaking Dawn Part 1': 'Tis the Season for Interspecies Breeding But BD1 Trailing Previous 'Twilight' Sequels

Breaking Dawn 1 with blushing bride Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, and Ashley Greene. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is edging closer to the $700 million worldwide milestone. But will it beat its two preceding Twilight sequels? New Moon finished its global run with $709 million in early […]


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'Breaking Dawn Part 1': 'Tis the Season for Interspecies Breeding But BD1 Trailing Previous 'Twilight' Sequels



J. Edgar Hoover Movie Trailing Another 'Gay' Political Drama + Johnny Depp & Eddie Murphy Bomb

Nov. 13 update: At no. 5 on the domestic box office chart this weekend, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $11.47 million – at the very lower end of expectations – as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, […]


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J. Edgar Hoover Movie Trailing Another 'Gay' Political Drama + Johnny Depp & Eddie Murphy Bomb



Golden Globes' Omissions: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cher Surprisingly Missing in Action

Golden Globes' omissions: The absence of megastar Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance in either Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island or Christopher Nolan's Inception was this year's biggest surprise. After all, the Golden Globes are well known for their fixation on movie stars. Governments around the globe & Golden Globes' omissions & […]


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Golden Globes' Omissions: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cher Surprisingly Missing in Action



Groupthink Choices & Clint Eastwood Movie Among Worst of the Year? + Naomi Watts Surprise Appearance

Groupthink or absolute masterpiece? David Fincher's Facebook drama The Social Network, about the sad, ugly, greedy beginnings of the social media giant, has been winning just about every single Best Film award this season. Its mostly young cast includes Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, plus Andrew Garfield, Armie […]


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Groupthink Choices & Clint Eastwood Movie Among Worst of the Year? + Naomi Watts Surprise Appearance



National Board of Review Awards: Clint Eastwood Flop Among Many Surprises

National Board of Review Awards: Hereafter, starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard. Directed by NBR favorite Clint Eastwood, the poorly received metaphysical drama is listed as one of the year's Top Ten movies. Besides Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, the Hereafter cast includes Cécile de France, Jay Mohr, […]


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National Board of Review Awards: Clint Eastwood Flop Among Many Surprises



'Paranormal Activity 2' Tops, 'Hereafter' Expands

Diane Lane, Margo Martindale, boy rolling eyes in Randall Wallace's Secretariat Oct. 29 On the eve of Halloween weekend, Tod Williams' horror flick Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $1.97 million (up a healthy 6.1 percent) at the no. 1 spot in North America on Thursday, Oct. 28, as per Box Office […]


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'Paranormal Activity 2' Tops, 'Hereafter' Expands



Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?

Bryce Dallas Howard, Matt Damon, Hereafter The Clint Eastwood-Peter Morgan collaboration Hereafter, which involves metaphysical questions and narrative coincidences and convergences, sounds like something Alejandro González Iñárritu would direct from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga. Or perhaps something that Fatih Akin would write and direct inspired by González Iñárritu and […]


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Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?



Clint Eastwood Movies: 'The Bridges of Madison County'

Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood is the last star to be featured in Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series, 2010 edition. (See below the Clint Eastwood movie schedule.) Right now, TCM is showing the Western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), one […]


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Clint Eastwood Movies: 'The Bridges of Madison County'



Frank Capra Movies, Clint Eastwood Book Signing

Frank Capra's American Madness, Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, Terrence Malick's Badlands, and Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de torchon are among the classics to be screened in late April 2010 at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. Starring Walter Huston (father of John Huston, grandfather […]


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Frank Capra Movies, Clint Eastwood Book Signing



Anthony Steffen: Spaghetti Western Actor Inspired Clint Eastwood Classic

Anthony Steffen, Daniel Martin The Last Tomahawk Anthony Steffen may be a name best remembered by Spaghetti Western aficionados, but in his day, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, Steffen was one of the most popular actors of the genre – at the time cheap B movies, now revered […]


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Anthony Steffen: Spaghetti Western Actor Inspired Clint Eastwood Classic



Ginger Rogers Movies Tonight: 'Kitty Foyle'

Ginger Rogers' last Star of the Month evening begins tonight, March 31 '10, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Turner Classic Movies. Among the Rogers classics on TCM's schedule are two of the actress' most important vehicles: Sam Wood's romantic melodrama Kitty Foyle (1940, right), which earned Rogers a Best […]


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Ginger Rogers Movies Tonight: 'Kitty Foyle'



Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations

Zhang Yimou on the set of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop a.k.a. A Simple Noodle Story. Best known for his lush collaborations with Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad, Curse of the Golden Flower), Zhang Yimou has been announced as the recipient of the Asian […]


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Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations



'New Moon' Breaks Box Office Records Except Key One + Debilitating 'Twilight' Weakness

New Moon with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart. The second installment in The Twilight Saga movie franchise, New Moon has surpassed expectations, having become one of the biggest global blockbusters of the year – while nearly seizing from The Dark Knight (and runner-up Spider-Man 3) the title of […]


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'New Moon' Breaks Box Office Records Except Key One + Debilitating 'Twilight' Weakness



NBR: Carey Mulligan Pushes Meryl Streep Aside & Fave Clint Eastwood Returns

Up in the Air with George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. As the United States remains mired in one of its worst economic crises ever, the National Board of Review (NBR) has selected Jason Reitman's Up in the Air – the story of a frequent-flying, company-downsizing expert – as the year's […]


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NBR: Carey Mulligan Pushes Meryl Streep Aside & Fave Clint Eastwood Returns



Golden Globes Predictions: Best Picture Drama - Iraq War vs. Pandora War

2010 Golden Globe Predictions: Best Picture - Drama The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow; scr: Mark Boal A US Army elite unit disarms bombs in Iraq. Invictus (above, with Matt Damon), d: Clint Eastwood; scr: Anthony Peckham Newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela campaigns to stage the Rugby World Cup […]


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Golden Globes Predictions: Best Picture Drama - Iraq War vs. Pandora War



Madea Tops Mall Cop & Jonas Brothers + Serial Killer Jason & Clint Eastwood

'Madea Goes to Jail.' March 2, '09, update: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail topped the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend with $16.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest installment in the popular Madea series regained momentum Saturday and Sunday after […]


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Madea Tops Mall Cop & Jonas Brothers + Serial Killer Jason & Clint Eastwood



Tom Cruise & Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson & Beyoncé Knowles: Golden Globes

Tom Cruise © HFPA / 66th Golden Globe® Awards Jake Gyllenhaal © HFPA / 66th Golden Globe® Awards Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman © HFPA / 66th Golden Globe® Awards Johnny Depp © HFPA / 66th Golden Globe® Awards Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close © HFPA / 66th Golden Globe® Awards Beyoncé […]


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Tom Cruise & Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson & Beyoncé Knowles: Golden Globes



Academy Award Predictions: Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood + Posthumous Best Supporting Actor Nomination

Meryl Streep in Doubt. Academy Award Predictions: In case she gets another Academy Award nomination in early 2009 – her 15th – Meryl Streep will tie with Katharine Hepburn for the record of most nominations in the lead actor/actress categories: 12 in all. Next in line is Bette Davis with […]


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Academy Award Predictions: Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood + Posthumous Best Supporting Actor Nomination



Palm Springs Film Festival: Amy Adams & Clint Eastwood + Carl Theodor Dreyer & Iranian Latin Lover

Last Chance Harvey with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. Screenwriter-director Joel Hopkins' Anglo-American co-production Last Chance Harvey will open the 2009 Palm Springs Film Festival. The romantic comedy stars two-time Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988) and Emma Thompson (as Best Actress, Howards End, 1992; […]


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Palm Springs Film Festival: Amy Adams & Clint Eastwood + Carl Theodor Dreyer & Iranian Latin Lover



National Board of Review & Gotham Awards Mix Big & Small Movies + Star-Studded Spirit Award Nominations

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. On its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire has been announced as the National Board of Review's Best Film winner. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, romance, and social commentary is already being touted as a likely […]


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National Board of Review & Gotham Awards Mix Big & Small Movies + Star-Studded Spirit Award Nominations



Penélope Cruz & Kristin Scott Thomas + Clint Eastwood: Santa Barbara Film Festival

Awards and honorees at the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, to be held in the Southern California coastal town between January 22-February 1, 2009, include the Modern Master Award for Clint Eastwood (on Thursday, January 29, at the historic Arlington Theatre); the American Riviera Award for Mickey Rourke(on Friday, […]


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Penélope Cruz & Kristin Scott Thomas + Clint Eastwood: Santa Barbara Film Festival



Clint Eastwood Interview: THE GUARDIAN

Clint Eastwood, promoting the DVD release of Dirty Harry (a “fascist” slice of filmmaking, as per Pauline Kael), talks to Jeff Dawson in The [London] Guardian: “[Spike] Lee [who complained about the absence of black soldiers in Flags of Our Fathers] shouldn't be demanding African-Americans in Eastwood's next picture, either. […]


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Clint Eastwood Interview: THE GUARDIAN



National Board of Review Winners: First Non-English-Language Best Film in Nearly Six Decades

National Board of Review Best Film winner Letters from Iwo Jima, with Ken Watanabe. Clint Eastwood's accompanying piece to Flags of Our Fathers shows the battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese soldiers. The war drama has become the first non-English-language release in nearly six […]


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National Board of Review Winners: First Non-English-Language Best Film in Nearly Six Decades



Don Siegel Movies: From Alien Pods to Clint Eastwood

Don Siegel movies at Film Forum (image: In Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood has a Travis Bickle moment: 'Are you talking to me? But I'm the only one here…”) From March 17 through April 13, 2006, New York City's Film Forum will be screening a series of Don Siegel movies, among […]


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Don Siegel Movies: From Alien Pods to Clint Eastwood



SAG & DGA Award Winners: Reese Witherspoon & Rachel Weisz + Ang Lee & Clint Eastwood

Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line (top); Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener in Capote; Sandra Bullock in Crash Among the winners of the 2006 Actor statuettes, the Screen Actors Guild awards, were: Best actress Reese Witherspoon for playing country singer June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic […]


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SAG & DGA Award Winners: Reese Witherspoon & Rachel Weisz + Ang Lee & Clint Eastwood



Hilary Swank Oscar: Century's First Two-Time Best Actress Winner + Barbra Streisand & Clint Eastwood

Hilary Swank Two-Time Best Actress Oscar winner Hilary Swank arrives at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. Swank was the eventual Best Actress winner for her performance as an up-and-coming boxer in Clint Eastwood's melodrama Million Dollar Baby. She became […]


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Hilary Swank Oscar: Century's First Two-Time Best Actress Winner + Barbra Streisand & Clint Eastwood



BAFTA Nominations Issue + Vancouver Critics & Producers Guild Winners

Million Dollar Baby, A Very Long Engagement among BAFTA movie casualties Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, starring potential Best Actress contender Hilary Swank; Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles, starring another potential Best Actress contender, Audrey Tautou; Bill Condon's Kinsey, starring potential Best Actor […]


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BAFTA Nominations Issue + Vancouver Critics & Producers Guild Winners



Howard Hughes Movie & Leonardo DiCaprio Win Golden Globe + Martin Scorsese Doesn't

'The Aviator': Golden Globes' Best Motion Picture - Drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio. 'The Aviator,' Leonardo DiCaprio win Golden Globes, but Martin Scorsese an also-ran Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a biopic of the eccentric (i.e., mentally unbalanced) entrepreneur and film producer Howard Hughes, was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's top dramatic […]


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Howard Hughes Movie & Leonardo DiCaprio Win Golden Globe + Martin Scorsese Doesn't