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When it was announced earlier this month that Clint Eastwood was going to make a movie about Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and the "Miracle on the Hudson," our ears perked up - as happens when a high profile director signs on to a high profile film. Now the project has gotten infinitely more impressive.
It appears that Clint Eastwood will take topical approach again for his feature follow-up to American Sniper. This time, the focus will reportedly be on the hero of the 2009 incident dubbed “Miracle on the Hudson,” in which commercial pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger saved the lives of 155 people when forced to skillfully land U.S. Airways Flight 1549 safely into the Hudson River.
In honor or Memorial Day, one Indiana movie theater is setting up a very special screening of American Sniper for veterans.
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.
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.”
Clint Eastwood's next directorial effort could be based on the controversy surrounding the bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The project will reportedly see Jonah Hill star and could even have a role for Leonardo DiCaprio.
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.
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!”
American Sniper has been publicly attacked by the Supreme Leader of Iran, who believes that it encourages attacks on Muslims.
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.
American Sniper dominated the box office during its opening weekend and set a number of records in the process. In addition, its been nominated for a total of six Oscars, including for Bradley Cooper’s performance as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history Chris Kyle. However, it’s also sparked a number of controversies in the process, and another one has unfortunately popped up.
Clint Eastwood's latest film American Sniper has been killing it since its wide release hit theaters last weekend. Not only has it made a ton of money, it also broke records for movie openings in the month of January. And the war-drama isn't even close to surrendering yet, as new information suggests its about to make even more substantial money and break, yet, even more records.
American Sniper got a wide release across the United States last Friday, and while it took in the hugely impressive box office sum of over $105 million over the holiday weekend, it was also met with hugely divisive comments from plenty of celebrities.
This explains why Eastwood – a notoriously economic director who isn’t going to let a little thing like a fever baby stand in the way of staying on time and under budget – would roll with the doll and keep his actors moving.
Along with August, January is seen by many as being one of the worst months in the calendar year for movies - but just like Guardians of the Galaxy did last summer, American Sniper is doing its part to change its release date's profile. After all, the film has already made more than $100 million in its first four days in wide release.
What you don’t necessarily expect is criticism from a fellow filmmaker – and from a fellow Oscar winner in Michael Moore. Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood likely won’t comment on the controversy, because sometimes saying nothing is the smarter choice. Michael Moore likely learned that lesson here.
It’s a huge win for Warner Bros., which is mounting a growing Oscar campaign for Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and the movie. But why did American Sniper perform so well? We talk about it in today’s Monday Movie Memo.
The newest Bradley Cooper film American Sniper opened in theaters last night, immediately proving itself to be a major box office contender. If it can manage to keep up at its current pace, and projections say it likely will, it could end up making the studios a mountain of cash.