Clint Eastwood (Born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. 31.05.30)
Clint Eastwood is an American actor, director and producer, best known for his work in the 'Dollars' and 'Dirty Harry' series'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Clint Eastwood has a net worth of 375 million USD.
Childhood: Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California, to Margret Ruth and Clinton Eastwood, Sr. The family moved to Piedmont, California, and Eastwood attended Piedmont Junior High School. He intended to attend Piedmont High School, but he cycled across the school field and tore up some of the wet turf. He was subsequently asked not to enrol at the school. He attended Oakland Technical High School instead, where he was encouraged by the school's drama teachers to take part in the school plays, although he refused. Eastwood enrolled at Seattle University in 1951, but was unable to attend as he was drafted by the United States Army and sent to Fort Ord in California. He managed to keep out of the Korean War and spend his time working at the fort as a lifeguard. While returning home one weekend, the Douglas AD bomber he was traveling on ran out of fuel and crashed in the sea, causing him and the pilot to have to swim 3 miles to safety.
Career: While working at Ford Ord, Universal Studios used the location for filming. A member of the production team spotted Eastwood, and had him meet the series' director. He was soon hired by Universal and put on a weekly wage. He made his acting debut in 1955, by appearing in 'Revenge of the Creature'. In 1958, after appearing in several other films, Eastwood landed his break-out role in the CBS television series 'Rawhide'. The series first aired in January 1959, and went on for eight seasons. This was apparently the most gruelling part of Eastwood's career, as he had to work six days a week for twelve hours a day. 'Rawhide' lead actor, Eric Fleming turned down the role for an Italian-made Western movie named 'A Fistful of Dollars'. This proved as the greatest news for Eastwood, as he was offered the role instead. The movie was directed by Sergio Leone and filmed in a remote part of Spain. The film was a complete departure from the nobility of 'Rawhide', and ushered in the age of the 'Spaghetti Western'. 'A Fistful of Dollars' was released in 1964, and was followed up immediately by 'For a Few Dollars More' in 1965, and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' in 1966. The trilogy was then released in the US over the course of 1967. While US critics panned the films, they cemented Eastwood's movie star status through their popularity. Eastwood went on to create his own production company, Malpaso Productions, using his profits from 'The Dollars Trilogy', to help fund his next movie, 'Hang 'Em High'. This film received high praise from critics and drew in a large amount of money for Eastwood, although his salary was doubled when he returned to Universal for 'Coogan's Buff'. In 1971, Eastwood made his directorial debut with 'Play Misty for Me', which gained critical praise. In the same year, he appeared in 'Dirty Harry', the first in what would by a five-film-series. The character of Dirty Harry has been cited as possibly Eastwood's most recognisable character. It also, like the 'Dollars' trilogy, gave rise to the new, reimagined anti-hero police genre. Following this appearance, Eastwood was offered the role of James Bond after Sean Connery left the franchise, however he turned down the role, stating that it should go to a British actor instead. 1973 saw the first western film to be directed by Eastwood. 'High Plains Drifter' received moderate reviews, and Eastwood went on to appear in ''Breezy' in the same year, as well as a sequel to 'Dirty Harry', in the form of 'Magnum Force'. Throughout the 1980s, Eastwood starred in a number of movies including various 'Dirty Harry' sequels, concluding with 1988's 'The Dead Pool' which served as the final film in the series. No Eastwood films were shown in 1991 due to an ongoing legal dispute suggesting the star intentionally crashed into a woman's car. In 1992, Eastwood directed and starred in his final Western movie, 'Unforgiven'. The film was nominated for nine academy awards, winning four; one of them being Best Director for Eastwood. This served as the first time Eastwood had been nominated for an Academy Award. After a self-imposed four year acting hiatus, Eastwood returned to the screen to appear in 'Gran Tornino' in 2008, which would itself be followed by a further four years without acting. 2011 saw the release of Eastwood's biopic about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, entitled 'J. Edgar'. In 2014, Eastwood directed both 'Jersey Boys' and 'American Sniper'.
Personal Life: Eastwood has been married twice, first to Maggie Johnson between 1953 and 1984, and then to Dina Eastwood in 1996. He also has seven children born between 1964 and 1996.
Clint Eastwood doesn't want to kill Michael Moore.
Clint Eastwood says he doesn't hold a grudge against Michael Moore and never threatened to kill the filmmaker and activist after his criticism of American Sniper. In fact, Eastwood told a CinemaCon audience on Wednesday that Moore's criticism helped the film's record-breaking box office success.
Bradley Cooper starred as Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper
"Everyone keeps saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore. That's not true," said Eastwood, before joking, "It isn't a bad idea."
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Clint Eastwood and Christina Sandera - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
The Academy voters are mostly white and male. But mainly idiotic.
The Academy Awards voting process gets more depressing the more we learn about it. It's becoming more apparent that some of the people given the opportunity to have a say in the Oscars race don't really care about movies that much.
Bradley Cooper [L] and Sienna Miller [R] in American Sniper
In its latest series of interviews with Academy members, the Hollywood Reporter published an insider commentary with one "anonymous female Academy member", who starts off by addressing the apparent "snubbing" of the Ava DuVernay movie Selma.
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The ending used in 'American Sniper' was one of five alternatives thought up by Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall.
Clint Eastwood and the team behind the box-office smash American Sniper changed the movie's ending following a request from the widow of Chris Kyle. The final scene showed the death of the US navy seal Chris Kyle though it was changed after screenwriter Jason Hall received a telephone call from Taya Kyle.
Bradley Cooper [L] as Chris Kyle and Sienna Miller [R] as Taya Kyle
Hall told the New York Daily News that Taya asked himself, Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood not to include a scene in which Chris was seen killed at a Texas gun range by a troubled former soldier.
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Maybe the 'American Sniper' critics have a point.
With American Sniper, Clint Eastwood has helmed one of the biggest box-office hits in recent memory though Chris Kyle's story has not been without its criticism. The Oscar-nominated movie has been getting heat from the likes of Michael Moore and Bill Maher for its apparent mindless flag waving and intoxicating bias.
Bradley Cooper [L] and Sienna Miller [R] in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper
Moore claimed Eastwood was getting "Vietnam and Iraq confused in his storytelling" and Maher said the movie was nothing but the story of a "psychopath patriot."
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Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper - Celebrities attend 67th Annual DGA Awards - Press Room at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper - A host of Hollywood's biggest stars were photographed as they arrived for the Oscar nominees luncheon which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 2nd February 2015
President Obama has praised 'American Sniper'
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's war drama that gained middling reviews though continues to storm the U.S box office, has set a new record for a Super Bowl weekend. The film starring Bradley Cooper took $31.85 million to secure the highest ever total taken over the sporting weekend, beating out Miley Cyrus's Both Worlds Concert Tour movie by $700,000.
Bradley Cooper [L] and Sienna Miller [R] in American Sniper
The Oscar-nominated drama, criticized in some quarters for its flag-raising patriotism, has clearly chimed with the American public and has taken $248.9 million domestically in just three weeks.
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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has praised 'American Sniper' for portraying a returning veteran in a more realistic light than the stereotypical down and out vet or triumphant hero usually depicted in television and film productions.
Michelle Obama has praised the film American Sniper for realistically depicting military veterans. The First Lady was speaking at an event for 6 Certified, an association which attempts to promote film and television productions which feature more faithful representations of veterans, on Friday (30th January).
Michelle Obama has praised American Sniper.
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'American Sniper' is the biggest January earner of all time.
American Sniper has moved past $200 million at the global box-office, topping the domestic chart for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million. Clint Eastwood's drama is up for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper.
Bradley Cooper [L] and Sienna Miller [R] in American Sniper
The movie is something of an anomaly in box-office history - January releases are notoriously low earners, but Sniper is taking cold hard cash from all territories.
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The film has been raising controversy ever since it hit cinemas.
Over the past few weeks, American Sniper has been touted as an example of quality military action, one of Clint Eastwood’s best, and even received several award nods. However, the film has also ignited plenty of controversy over its depictions of a soldier’s return home. Ostensibly, American Sniper is a character study of a tortured soldier.
Bradley Cooper portrays Chris Kyle in American Sniper.
The movie’s detractors point out Chris Kyle’s apparent lack of trauma – both in real-life and his onscreen portrayal. Intentionally or not, Kyle has painted himself as a remorseless sniper who said his job was “fun” and wished he could return to Iraq to fight even more, and who made millions of dollars and gained worldwide fame writing about his exploits.
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With a budget of nearly $60 million, why does ‘American Sniper’ contain one of the worst fake babies in cinema history?
Ever since Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper stormed the US box office the film has been the subject of many debates. But amidst the controversy over the film’s depiction of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL with the most kills in U.S. history, another debate has risen online among moviegoers. Just what is going on with that fake baby?
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
To give some context for those who have not yet seen the film, in one scene Sienna Miller hands Bradley Cooper what must be the most plastic looking baby in recent cinematic history. Cooper then holds and pats the baby for just over one minute and even manages to make the doll’s hand move.
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Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars, while 'American Sniper' landed a nod for Best Picture.
American Sniper may be on-course to be the biggest grossing war movie of all time, and it may have scored surprise Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor, but should we really go along with the whole hero narrative? Not according to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who has described snipers as "cowards".
Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, is credited as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. He was killed at a Texas shooting range by a former soldier after returning from Iraq in 2013, though his Hollywood story was already in the works. The movie has already set box-office records for a January movie and pulled in an estimated $105 million for the long holiday weekend.
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After dominating the Oscars race, "American Sniper" stakes a claim for the January box office.
American Sniper is on track to win this weekend’s box office. Unsurprising, given the six Oscar nods the Bradley Cooper starrer scooped up this week, including Cooper’s third Best Actor nod in as many years. It earned six Oscar nominations on Thursday, including Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for Bradley Cooper. The Time Warner release even made it seem like even more of an event via asking IMAX to do a lightning-quick conversion for yesterday’s wide release.
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper.
Having played in just four theatres since its December release, American Sniper had already grossed $3,4 million. According to Forbes, it checked in at $30,5 million on Friday, with $5,3 million coming from Thursday previews. The movie is currently on track for a $90 million Friday to Sunday with a possible $100 million taking for the full Friday to Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.
"Diversity!", cried film buffs across the land.
The Oscars and white nominees go together like cheese and white bread – but in both cases, that doesn’t mean they’re good for you. With the kickoff of awards season 2015 came the inevitable backlash for the lack of diversity on the nominees list, but what are the bloggers saying this time around?
No Selma at this year's Oscars.
This year, it looks like the academy jury didn’t even try to seem unbiased – despite films like Selma and Gone Girl becoming massive critical and commercial successes in 2014, both Gillian Flynn and Ana Duvernay got left out of the race for Best Screenplay and Best Director, respectively. David Oyelowo also got snubbed, leaving us with a total of 0 people of colour in the acting categories. Now, it’s not that Bradley Cooper didn’t deserve his third nomination in three years (Best Actor, American Sniper) or that Steve Carrell’s transition into drama wasn’t nod-worthy (Best Actor, Foxcatcher) or that Richard Linklater didn’t create a masterpiece with Boyhood (Best Director).
Continue reading: Oscars 2015 Line-Up: Notice Anything Missing?