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The Top 10 Movies Directed By Clint Eastwood


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Having first installed himself within American culture with his recurring role as Rowdy Yates in the cowboy seriesRawhide, San Francisco native Clint Eastwood would become renowned across the world for his roles in a succession of violent and iconic Westerns. The ‘Man With No Name’ character, first seen in the hallowed ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy, saw Eastwood become internationally known as a steely actor who went down a storm with domestic and global audiences. 

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More: Eastwood Made Jersey Boys Actors Sing Live On Set

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Elmore Leonard Dies Aged 87 - 'Justified' Cast Pay Tribute


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Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist, died yesterday morning (20th August) of complications following a stroke. Leonard wrote such stories as Get Shorty and 3:10 to Yuma.

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Elmore Leonard with his award at the 72nd Peabody Award ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

In a statement released by Michael Morrison, the president and publisher of HarperCollins, Leonard died "surrounded by his loving family." He was at his home in Bloomfield Village, in Michigan when he passed away. Morrison described the late author as "a true legend - unpretentious, unbelievably talented and the coolest dude in the room."

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'I'll Eat You Last' Sees Beth Midler At Her Very Best As The Witty And Cynical Sue Mengers


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Bette Midler is Sue Mengers. In I’ll Eat You Last, the funny, outspoken actress plays the infamous 70s talent agent with such clarity and wit, that you can’t help but believe her throughout. Midler is the sole performer in the production and, while the set is visually interesting, she herself hardly moves from the couch for the duration of the play. But if you think this would make for a boring or static production, you clearly haven’t seen Midler act to her fullest, which is exactly what she is doing in the John Logan play, which opened last night (Wednesday, April 24) at Broadway’s Booth theatre.

The setup is simple – the play is set in 1981, when Mengers, who represented stars of Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine and Gene Hackman is already losing relevance. But she isn’t one to moan about it – not on the surface at least. Middler is the perfect actress to bring the quippy, somewhat cynical, occasionally foul-mouthed Mengers back to life. She is an actress experienced enough to not only fill up the stage, but to also possess enough knowledge of the harsh world of Tinseltown, giving her character some essential depth. I’ll Eat You Last captures the essence of a woman who has experienced Hollywood to its fullest and lived to tell the tale.

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Midler has been collecting praise from fans and critics for her spot on performance.

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William Friedkin Book Reveals Struggles With Al Pacino, Gene Hackman


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William Friedkin’s career rose to pretty heady heights in the 1970s, with the highly revered French Connection, followed by The Exorcist – one of the most successful horror movies of the era (though Friedkin himself refuses to classify the movie as ‘horror’). However, his career plummeted quite dramatically, with the critical and financial failure of 1977’s ‘Sorcerer,’ which only recouped around half of its then-staggering $22 million production budget. In a new book from the director, he reveals in brutally honest account of his own successes and failures.

In the book, Friedkin also describes the struggles that he had with some of the best known actors with whom he worked throughout his career. Having clashed with the star of his controversial movie, Cruising – Al Pacino – he tells The Wrap that he never really got a chance to make amends with the actor. “I have not seen him a lot. We never moved in the same circles. I wanted Richard Gere for the role. Having seen the film at special screenings, I've come to realize he is still pretty damn effective in it, but he gave me a rough time for reasons other than the normal actor-director relationship. He wasn't on time and often didn't know what we were doing on a particular day.”

And it wasn’t just Pacino that gets a pasting from Friedkin. There’s not much love lost between him and Gene Hackman either: “I had a strained relationship with Gene. The important thing is he gave a damn good performance even though we had a rocky time of it.” Friedman also revealed in the interview that a new BluRay version of The Exorcist will be released this year, with an hour and a half of new extras. 

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A Jamie Foxx As Electro Inspired Top 5 Superhero Villains!


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With Jamie Foxx’s heavily rumoured inclusion in The Amazing Spiderman 2, we’ve racked our brains, and think he’ll do well to get into this top 5 of superhero villains with his mooted role as Electro.

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Gene Hackman Donated Clothes To The Homeless Man He Slapped


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Actor Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and the odd ride to the homeless man he slapped in New Mexico this week, Fox News reports. 

It's a story corroborated by the homeless man, who confirmed that he'd received help from the Oscar winning actor, but it was the violent altercation that they didn't agree on. Bruce Becker, 63, said he was hit 10 to 12 times by the tough-guy actor, but Hackman says he slapped the man once. Becker said he told Hackman, "Gene, you are just another Clint Eastwood, you are nothing but an empty chair," an apparent reference to Eastwood's Republican National Convention appearance this summer. That's when Hackman went "ballistic" and began "pummeling" him, he told officers. Hackman, 82, told police Becker became angry when he refused to give him money, and that after some names were thrown, the homeless man's threatening movements lead him to give him a swift slap, at which point they both fell to the ground. Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed.

TMZ had reported that Hackman "pimp-slapped" the homeless man, in a perpetuation of what can only be described as a ridiculous scene. We've only just seen the end of 'happy-slapping', please don't say we're in line for its deformed cousin, 'Hackman-slapping'. Contact Music denounces all types all violence. We're a tranquil bunch. 

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Gene Hackman had provided clothes for homeless man he slapped


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Gene Hackman knew the homeless man that he slapped on a downtown Santa Fe street this week, according to The New Mexican newspaper. Police reports provide more detail on the incident, which doesn't appear to be as straight forward as first thought.

Hackman has provided the homeless man, Bruce Becker, 63, with clothes, money and rides for a number of years though their relationship turned sour in a matter of moments this week. The actor and his wife were walking on Marcy Street near Washington Avenue when Becker approached him. After refusing to provide more help, Hackman told the homeless man to "get a job." Suddenly, Becker became angry and called Hackman's wife a vulgar name, which is when the French Connection star struck him in the side of the head. Becker told police that he - quite cleverly - responded, "Gene, you are just another Clint Eastwood, you are nothing but an empty chair."

Hackman has a small cut on his hand, while there were no visible injuries on Becker. Neither was charged with a crime.  The actor, now 82, last appeared in the underwhelming comedy 'Welcome to Mooseport' with Ray Romano.

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A Week In News Featuring: Star Wars, Hurricane Sandy, Skyfall, Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, Lindsay Lohan, Anderson Cooper and much more


The Dark Side? Star Wars fans are split as to the suitability of the franchise’s new home at Disney? What we do know is that there’s going to be plenty more Star Wars movies and it’s likely the creative minds behind recent hits The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean and WALL-E may well come up with something special.

A Week In News - 31st October 2012

Oh, Sandy:  As Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of television shows and gigs across New York this week, there was one stoic New Yorker who wasn’t having any of it. Veteran host David Letterman went ahead with his late night talk show, welcoming guest Denzel Washington, though the pair chatted…alone.

Only Way is Up for Skyfall: Congratulations to Skyfall director Sam Mendes and Bond star Daniel Craig this week after news that the new movie took £20 million at the UK box office. It was the biggest opening yet for 007 and sets the movie up nicely for its US release next month.

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Gene Hackman Admits Slapping A Homeless Person


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Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman has admitted to “slapping” a homeless man after the vagrant became hostile towards him and his wife.

TMZ.com reported that the screen icon, whose filmography includes The French Connection, Superman and Unforgiven, and his wife, Betsy Arakawa, became embroiled in the scuffle whilst walking through Santa Fe yesterday (Oct 30) afternoon. Hackman, 82, and his wife both share a home in the city.

The incident is said to have occurred as Hackman was defending his wife’s honour following the homeless person’s hostility towards the couple. The leading man acted in self-defence against the aggressor, who has not been identified by police, after reportedly calling Mrs Hackman a rude name. The vagabond then went to local police to report the incident, although no charges against either him or Hackman have been pressed.

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Homeless Man Insults Gene Hackman's Wife, Gets Slapped In The Face


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Gene Hackman allegedly slapped a homeless man who called his wife a c*** outside a New Mexico restaurant.

TMZ learned that Hackman felt threatened by the man approaching him in the street and when he called Hackman’s wife Betsy a rather unsavoury name, Hackman struck Bruce Becker across the face.

Unfortunately for Hackman, who was trying to defend his wife’s honour, Becker went and called the cops, having seen exactly where Hackman and his wife had headed for dinner. Luckily for Hackman, the police were sympathetic to his plight and decided that – as he had felt threatened by Becker approaching him and his wife – he was technically acting in self-defence and let him off without any charges. Becker hadn’t visibly been injured and so the movie star walked.

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Class Action Review


Good
Class Action is solid, well-made, engaging. In case you were wondering, mark that comment down as a positive review with a dash of disappointment. This movie is, very simply, a good story well-told, but it holds the capacity to do much more. There are moments when the film sears straight into the heart and mind, yet others when it clings a little too tightly to the safety of conventional drama.

Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio go head-to-head as an estranged father and daughter who face off in a high-stakes class action lawsuit. Hackman plays Jedediah Tucker Ward, whose quick wit and dedication to defending the little guy (sometimes to the little guy's peril) has made him a legendary hot-shot attorney. Mastrantonio plays his daughter Maggie, who has never had a good relationship with her father, but who did grow to share his passion for being a lawyer. The one major difference: Jedediah is a man on a mission to topple the world's evil, and Maggie works in defense of that evil. She has just made partner at a flashy firm, and is carrying on an affair with one of her superiors (Colin Friels).

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French Connection II Review


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Popeye Doyle is back -- seriously, what else could 20th Century Fox choose to do after the box-office bonanza of The French Connection and an Oscar win? -- and he's still on the case.

In a lot of ways, French Connection II -- that's right, no "the" -- makes sense. The abrupt ending of the original French Connection had French bad guy Alain Charnier(Fernando Rey) escaping the cops despite dozens surrounding him in a New York warehouse, never to be found. Not a very satisfying ending to have our hero come up emptyhanded -- and not just that, we're merely told about it via title card right before the credits roll!

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The Quick and the Dead Review


Excellent
All right, all right, I'm sorry I haven't been seeing the movies I should. I haven't seen A Simple Plan yet, I admit it. Everyone's been nagging me, bothering me about it, telling me: "James, it's such a great film." But I haven't seen it.

Anyway, that apology aside, I'm very glad I took time to watch Sam Raimi's 1995 film The Quick and the Dead.

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Narrow Margin (1990) Review


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It was an odd choice to remake a mediocre 1950s noir, but at least Gene Hackman is engaging as ever in the leading role, however slightly written it is. The cat-and-mouse game of the original is largely intact, with mobsters chasing after a woman (Anne Archer) who witnessed a murder, but whom they've never actually seen. Oh... and it's all on a train bound for Vancouver, which is, I guess, what the title vaguely alludes to. The film tragically never generates a lot of suspense, and Hackman and Archer never really generate much chemistry. The best part of the film is the very beginning, when Archer witnesses the murder of an all-too-briefly-appearing J.T. Walsh.

The Quick and the Dead Review


Excellent
All right, all right, I'm sorry I haven't been seeing the movies I should. I haven't seen A Simple Plan yet, I admit it. Everyone's been nagging me, bothering me about it, telling me: "James, it's such a great film." But I haven't seen it.

Anyway, that apology aside, I'm very glad I took time to watch Sam Raimi's 1995 film The Quick and the Dead.

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