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We have written many a column talking about how Eastwood’s Chris Kyle biopic performed at the box office, but haven’t dedicated too much space to the why of the equation. Luckily, Eastwood has some thoughts.
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So what do you think? Was this the right decision by the school? If you happened to be a student of the University of Michigan, would you support a screening of American Sniper? Or support a student’s right to protest it?
A planned screening of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper on the campus of the University of Michigan was cancelled because students protested over “the depiction of certain communities in the film.”
What can’t be argued is the movie’s financial success. American Sniper so far has earned $517 million worldwide. It is Eastwood’s highest-grossing film (attained at the ripe old age of 84!), and it recently claimed the title of highest-grossing movie of 2014.
American Sniper's titanic assault on the domestic box office means that a wave of war films are now in development, most of which sound pretty great.
You may remember back in late January when we reported that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 had taken over the top spot as Hollywood's biggest domestic hit of 2014. At that time, we were fairly certain that the numbers wouldn't change, and with good reason. Well, it turns out that strange things happen every day.
From the looks of things, Sniper is well on track to dethrone The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 as the top grossing domestic film of 2014. Yes, the 2014 domestic moviegoing crown will soon replace Katniss Everdeen’s revolution-inspiring three-finger salute with a more simple in-unison shout of “Oorah!”
The movie has been cleaning up at the box office en route to Oscar eve, where it took home one statue for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. That wasn’t enough for the hosts of the Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, and now Jon Stewart is taking them to task.
Some will debate over whether or not Eddie Routh earned a fair trial because of the popularity of American Sniper, a film that reached its peak during the man’s trial. At the same time, the jury deliberated for two hours, and reached a unanimous decision.
According to original lyrics by Frozen's Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a line was actually supposed to read less ambiguously as "a hero of Afghanistan" instead of "a sniper in a combat zone."
The marathon box-office success of American Sniper, which is about to hit the $400 million mark, continues to endure impressively for a film just about to round the two-month mark of its Christmas Day release.
American Sniper has been publicly attacked by the Supreme Leader of Iran, who believes that it encourages attacks on Muslims.
Those that have seen the movie know that the final moments of Kyle's life weren't featured in American Sniper, but that's only because Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, asked the production to remove the scene from the screenplay.
Hollywood has been undervaluing R-rated movies for years, and looking down on their potential profitability. As seen in this past weekend’s box office results, that thinking should really be put into the past.
American audiences sometimes aren't the most discerning when it comes to appreciating quality movie-making. The promise of titillating sex or mid-school grade fart jokes tends to go a lot farther than great acting and enjoyable plots. The two new movies this weekend served to solidify the point.
By embracing an R rating, producers theoretically are alienating a large chunk of a potential audience, essentially telling teenagers – you know, the demographic that routinely spends the most discretionary income on motion pictures – that they have to jump through hoops to see your film in a theater.
Jury selection has begun, and legal experts have said that American Sniper -- both the movie and the book on which it is based – will be a focal point when questioning potential candidates to sit in the box and listen to the case.
This year's list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards is an eclectic one, featuring multiple sharp, powerful dramas, as well as a couple rather darkly funny comedies. But what if you were to splice a bit of adorable into that formula? Well, then you would get this brand new video bluntly titled "KIDS REENACT 2015 OSCAR NOMINEES."
To say that January isn't the best month for movies would probably be a pretty big understatement, and yet two major movie ticket outlets are reporting sizable bumps in January ticket sales, thanks in large part to two movies, one of which hasn't even hit theaters yet.