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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.
As American Sniper heads for its expanded release, the film promises to get an even bigger screen release.
Almost every year, Clint Eastwood attempts to have an Oscar contender ready to drop into the race. Sometimes, those campaigns pan out, as when Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) drummed up Academy support. Recently, however, Eastwood films like Hereafter, J. Edgar and Jersey Boys have failed to generate awards heat.
The first trailer for American Sniper, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s bio of war veteran, Chris Kyle, has been released, and it’s damn good stuff. Kyle is the most-lethal sniper in American military history, having 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills, but Eastwood is set to mix in a look at Kyle’s life at home with his efforts on the battle-field, and early-word is that it will be a shoe-in come Awards season.
We tried to spotlight performers who had a single concentrated peak of their talents, while also addressing those who put a premium on action films over any other genres, even when the films would get disreputable. To be in the Action Hall Of Fame, you need b-movies on your resume as much as you need A-movies.
One of the many reasons Clint Eastwood remains a badass is his no-nonsense approach to filmmaking. When he makes a movie, he doesn't really want you to know about it, and he doesn't want to make a big stink out of how prolific he really is. Many times, that involves shooting a film as quick and efficiently as possible completely under the radar until the film is ready to hit theaters. It's only at that time that he'll grit his teeth and promote the work.
It's not uncommon that we hear about films that have been stuck in development hell for between five and 10 years, but paperback hero Mack Bolan has been waiting multiple decades for his time on the silver screen. After so many years, the character is finally being pulled off the shelf, and a writer has been hired to pen a new feature based around him, but it's amazing to think back on what could have been.
Eastwood’s will arrive first. The director’s screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys will open in theaters on June 20, 2014. The movie, of course, is based on the Tony Award-winning musical that chronicles the rise of the famous band The Four Seasons, led by Valli in the lead singing role.
Piccininni has been on Broadway in the show since 2005, playing Lorraine, a pretty Detroit journalist whose interview with Frankie leads to a torrid affair. She joins John Lloyd Young, who will be reprising his role as Valli, Jeremy Luke, who appears in Joseph Gordan-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, Boardwalk Empire’s Vincent Piazza...
The film will tell the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who holds the U.S. military record for most sniper kills. Over the course of his decade-long career serving multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Kyle took out more than 150 targets, shattering the previous American record of 109.
It was last month when it was reported that Eastwood would be avoiding casting big name actors to star as the members of the band, but apparently Walken may only be the first on what will be a growing list. According to Deadline, the star will be the one of "several stars who’ll add some name recognition to the production."
Damn I wish I spoke Japanese. Still, even without being able to understand what these performers are saying, it’s easy to be taken in by this trailer’s striking visuals, stirring soundtrack, and steely bravado of Ken Watanabe in this intriguing remake of Unforgiven.
This is a surprising move as it's practically Hollywood tradition to ditch the stage stars for bigger names that have a broader box office appeal. That being said, it's kind of an awful tradition, especially considering some stage performers helped define these characters that people cling to, and then all the mainstream glory goes to the flashier star who follows in their footsteps.
To celebrate Eastwood's illustrious career, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is putting together one Blu-ray and one DVD set of some of Eastwood’s favorites. The Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection DVD and the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection Blu-ray will be available for purchase beginning on June 4.