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Check Out The 'Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection' On Blu-ray June 4

June 3rd, 2013 6:00am EDT
Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection
Get the "Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection" on blu-ray June 4, just in time for Father's Day.

Born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, Eastwood grew up in Depression-era California. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army, where he was a swimming instructor during the Korean War. At Fort Ord near Carmel, Calif., he first became interested in acting.

By the end of the 1960s and starring in a string of westerns, Eastwood had become one of the biggest stars in the world.

While he was laying the foundation for what turned out to be an acclaimed and award-winning career as a director, Eastwood jo...

Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...

Spike Lee Sparks Film Fight With Tyler Perry

October 26th, 2009 8:57am EDT
Spike Lee
Outspoken movie maker Spike Lee has picked a new film fight with actor/director Tyler Perry after suggesting the Madea Goes To Jail star's hit films are a step backwards for African-Americans.

The Do The Right Thing director accuses Perry of "coonery and buffoonery" in his films - comments the younger filmmaker has taken exception to.

In a taped interview for 60 Minutes, Perry says, "That p**ses me off. It really does - because it's so insulting. It's attitudes like that that make Hollywood think that these people (his characters) do not exist and that's why there's no material spea...

Spike Lee Fears Eastwood Spat Will Cost Him An Oscar

September 14th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee fears his public spat with Clint Eastwood may have cost him an Oscar nod. The director criticized Eastwood for the lack of African-Americans in his war epics Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, and he thinks the controversy that followed his remarks may have ruined his Academy Award chances for new movie Miracle at St. Anna.

Lee tells King magazine, "My wife Tonya told me I may have hurt my chances with the Clint Eastwood stuff... They (Oscar voters and Academy bosses) take everything into account with me. They take into account that I like the Knicks or that I'm ...

Disney Forces Spike Lee To End Feud

August 15th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Disney bosses have forced Spike Lee to call a truce with Clint Eastwood after their war of words, fearing the bad publicity would cost his new movie Oscar nominations.

Lee hit out at Eastwood for failing to include black characters in his two 2006 Second World War movies Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. The veteran star struck back, telling Lee to "shut his mouth", prompting Lee to take a second swipe, calling Eastwood "an angry old man."

However, Lee has backed down after executives at Disney - the studio backing his new war movie Miracle at St. Anna - stepped in...

Spike Lee Vs. Clint Eastwood, Round 3

June 7th, 2008 9:53am EDT
Spike Lee
Outspoken moviemaker Spike Lee has fueled the war of words between himself Clint Eastwood by calling the Hollywood icon "an angry old man." Lee was upset when the Million Dollar Baby star used an interview in a British newspaper to attack the Miracle At St. Anna director over remarks he made about the lack of black actors in Eastwood's 2006 war films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima.

The veteran suggested Lee should "shut his face," adding the younger director should get his facts right before lecturing him about African-American soldiers.

Eastwood told Britain's The...

Spike Lee Blasts Clint Eastwood For Not Casting African Americans

May 21st, 2008 11:59am EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee has launched a bitter attack on fellow filmmaker Clint Eastwood for failing to include black soldiers in his films about the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Malcolm X director insists African-American soldiers should have been included in Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima since hundreds took part in the 1945 battle for the Japanese island.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Lee said, "There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one (in the films). That was...

New Movies On DVD, May 22

May 22nd, 2007 8:00am EDT
As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure Apocalypto. Also on DVD: Epic Movie, Letters From Iwo Jima, Venus, The Good German and Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker.

The Public Is Divided About Who Should Win Best Picture Oscar

February 22nd, 2007 10:05am EST
Letters From Iwo Jima
In the race for Best Picture Oscar, there is no clear "runaway" hit according to the American public. One in five U.S. adults (19 percent) say Letters from Iwo Jima should win the Oscar for Best Picture, while 13 percent each say the Oscar should go to The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine.

Eight percent of adults say The Queen should win Best Picture and 4 percent say the award should go to Babel. The largest groups, however, are the 20 percent who say none of the nominated movies should win, and the 21 percent who are not sure.

Though the nominated movies may have critical accla...

Clint Eastwood Receives Cinema For Peace Award

February 13th, 2007 9:20am EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was honored with the Cinema For Peace Award in Berlin, Germany, last night. The American director received the film award for his double project Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, which narrate the battles between America and Japan during World War II from the perspectives of both parties involved.

German director Wim Wenders praised Eastwood as the "voice of humanity" at the presentation.

Actor Forest Whitaker also received a Cinema For Peace Award at the charity gala; he was honored for his portrayal of African dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of S...

Clint Eastwood Says This Year Could Be Scorsese's Year

February 12th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is tipping Martin Scorsese to fulfill his Academy Award ambitions this year and beat him to the Best Director prize. Eastwood is up against Scorsese for the award, two years after his Million Dollar Baby beat Scorsese's The Aviator.

The movie hardman thinks Scorsese, nominated for The Departed, leads the race, ahead of Eastwood's Letter’s From Iwo Jima - but warns other directors could get in on the act. He says, "He (Scorsese) probably has a good chance, there is a lot of sympathy for him, but I have no control over any of that.”

"I always feel sorry ... for the...

Ken Watanabe Was Thrilled To Land 'Letters From Iwo Jima' Role

February 5th, 2007 9:06am EST
Ken Watanabe
Japanese star Ken Watanabe was stunned when he was offered the lead role in Clint Eastwood's latest movie because he assumed the main parts in the Hollywood epic would be filled with American actors. When the actor heard Eastwood was looking for actors for Letters From Iwo Jima, he assumed the only part he would get would be a supporting character in the movie.

He recalls, "I thought, 'I'll have to ring my agent to get a role as a Japanese officer or something."

But he was delighted when he found out the film was in fact told entirely from the perspective of the Japanese army in...

Clint Eastwood To Receive Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award

February 2nd, 2007 10:56am EST
Clint Eastwood
Veteran Hollywood star Clint Eastwood is to receive an humanitarian award from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The actor-turned-director will be the first ever recipient of the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award, named after the MPAA's chief.

Dan Glickman, MPAA chairman says, "(Eastwood has) for decades exemplified decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking."

Referring to 76-year-old Eastwood's recent works, Flags Of Our Fathers and the Oscar-nominated Letters From Iwo Jima, Glickman praised the star for his heartfelt film-making ability.

He says, "...

AARP Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual 'Movies for Grownups Awards'

January 25th, 2007 10:12am EST
The Last King of Scotland
AARP The Magazine just announced the winners of its sixth annual "Movies for Grown-ups Awards." From Best Movie to Breakaway Accomplishment to Best Actor and Actress, the awards honor a range of cinematic accomplishments in 13 categories, all of which are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1.

Top honors went to The Last King of Scotland -- an unblinking look at the rise and brutal reign of Uganda strongman Idi Amin -- which was named this year's Best Movie for Grownups.

"It's great that Hollywood is finally realizing that actresses 50 and over can be as compelli...

And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year


The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...

Two Spanish Films Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar

January 17th, 2007 9:27am EST
Spanish-language movie hits Pan's Labyrinth and Volver will compete for Oscar gold at the Academy Awards next month, but Clint Eastwood's Golden Globe winner Letters From Iwo Jima will miss out. Nine films from 61 hopefuls were selected as nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Oscars.

As well as Mexico's "Pan's Labyrinth" and Spain's "Volver," other nominees are "Days Of Gloria" (Algeria), "Water" (Canada), After The Wedding (Denmark), Avenue Montaigne (France), Black Book (The Netherlands), Vitus (Switzerland) and "Lives Of Others" (Germany).

The fina...

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