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Friday
Feb222013

Clint Eastwood Gets 'Swatted'

Indigo/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-winning director and movie tough guy Clint Eastwood has reportedly joined Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and a host of other celebrities as a victim of the dangerous prank known as "swatting."

TMZ reports an anonymous person called the Los Angeles Police Department earlier in the week to report armed men were on Eastwood's property and that people had been shot.

The LAPD responded in force, only to find the emergency at Eastwood's home was made up.

Earlier this month, a 12-year-old boy was charged with pulling the same scam on Ashton Kutcher back in October of last year.

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Thursday
Oct112012

Report: Beyonce Drops Out of Clint Eastwood Film

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beyonce has bowed out of Clint Eastwood's A Star Is Born remake, according to Variety. Earlier this year, reports revealed that A Star Is Born had been pushed back in part because of Beyonce's pregnancy.

Now Variety reports that the movie's male lead hasn't been locked in, and that's holding things up.  Though Warner Bros. had no official comment, Variety reports that sources say without a set start date, Bey's busy schedule would become too complicated for her. 

With Beyonce out, another music star may be in.  Variety reports that jazz musician and singer Esperanza Spaulding has been eyeing the role of the up-and-coming performer who falls for an older, has-been star.

Discussions of who'll replace Bey are on hold though until a male lead has been secured.

Knowles’ publicist did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Actor Kal Penn Takes a Poke at Clint Eastwood During DNC Speech

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Actor-turned-political activist Kal Penn addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday night, and took a jab at Clint Eastwood’s mock interview with an invisible President Obama during last week’s Republican National Convention.

Penn, whose credits include the Fox series House and playing Kumar in the Harold & Kumar films, addressed the crowd as an Obama supporter and former associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Penn told the audience, “I’ve worked on a lot of fun movies but my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out [Osama] bin Laden and is cool with all of us getting gay married.  So thank you invisible man in the chair for that.”

Penn began his speech by saying, “I am honored to accept your nomination for president of the United states.  Wait, This is not my speech.  Prompter guy, can we pull up my speech?  This is awkward.”

A number of celebrities were spotted in the convention audience Tuesday night, including Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am, Monk actor Tony Shahloub, actress Alfre Woodard, actor John Leguizamo and actor Wayne Knight, who played “Newman” on Seinfeld.

On Thursday, Kal Penn will be hosting the live online coverage of the Democratic National Convention at BarackObama.com.  In an online ad promoting the coverage, Obama telephone's Penn's Kumar character and his buddy Harold, played by actor John Cho.

The president is seen asking a person on the other end of the phone if they’re on board because he’s counting on them and trusting them.  The scene than switches to Harold and Kumar sitting on a couch watching TV surrounded by pizza and snacks. 

When Kumar says the president just called, Harold replies, “Sweet,” and the two then laugh at something on the TV screen.

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Friday
May252012

Clint Eastwood Cardboard Cutout Captivates California City

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif.) -- Just like the "Man with No Name" he played in a series of classic Spaghetti Westerns, the origins of a cardboard cut-out of Clint Eastwood standing in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., is a mystery.

The life-size picture of Eastwood's character from A Fistful of Dollars stands stoically, his steely squint keeping watch over the Crescenta Valley of Los Angeles County -- and has gotten quite a few stares from hikers, and even drivers on a nearby freeway who can make out his silhouette.

The La Canada Valley Sun reports a sign taped to the back of the cut-out reads, "The World Sees Art and the Art Watches Back - Glendale Public Art Project," though a city official says the piece isn't apparently affiliated with any city arts project.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Clint Eastwood's Wife Says He Won't Appear Often on New Reality Show

Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The upcoming E! series Mrs. Eastwood and Company won't have much of Mr. Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, on Wednesday emphasized to reporters in Pasadena, California, that the actor/director won't appear often on the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, she said, “If you are tuning in because you are an Eastwood lover, you might be disappointed.”

She added, "We reference my husband as the head of the family. We very freely talk about him and what we think his position will be on something. Hollywood marriage wise, we are pretty boring."

The show, premiering May 20, will focus on Dina's relationship with the couple's two teenage daughters, as well as the South Africa-based vocal group she manages, Overtone.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Clint Eastwood’s Family to Make Reality TV Series

Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Clint Eastwood‘s family will be coming to a television near you, opening up their lives in a new reality series set to hit televisions May 20.

Mrs. Eastwood and Company will debut on E! and take the public into the lives of Dina Eastwood, wife of film legend Clint Eastwood, and their two daughters, 18-year-old Francesca and 15-year-old Morgan.

“Nothing is more important to me than family -- no matter how you define that,” said Dina Eastwood in a press release.

Clint Eastwood, 81, is expected to make guest appearances.

“I’m really proud of my family,” Clint Eastwood said in a release. “They are a constant source of inspiration and entertainment.”

The 10-episode series will also focus on the six members of Overtone, a vocal group managed by Dina Eastwood.

“People might be surprised by how we live our lives and our unconventional approach, and I also believe that it’s hard not to fall in love with my band, ‘Overtone,’” she said.

Bunim-Murray Productions, the same company that produces the Kardashian shows, Project Runway and The Real World: San Diego, is producing the Eastwoods’ show.

Dozens of other members of Hollywood royalty have taken the family-reality-show route. Aside from the Kardashians, you may recall the inaudible fights between the Osbournes on their self-titled show, the parenting styles of wrestling champ Hulk Hogan played out on Hogan Knows Best, or Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott raising their little ones on Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

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Thursday
Dec152011

Clint Eastwood's Family Shooting a Reality Show?

Indigo/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Could the Eastwoods become the next Kardashians?

TMZ.com is reporting that Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, their 15-year-old daughter Morgan, and his 18-year-old daughter Francesca are shooting a reality show for E! Clint will make infrequent appearances on the program, which could launch on TV sometime in the next few months.

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Friday
Nov112011

Movie Review: 'J. Edgar'

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The website Funny or Die.com released a parody this week of Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, the crux of which is DiCaprio’s apparent desire to win an Oscar by appearing in a biopic and adopting a strange accent.  As far as parodies go, it’s pretty hilarious.  When you see the movie, however, you’ll quickly realize that regardless of Leo’s Oscar desires, he delivers a great performance.

J. Edgar Hoover is easily one of the most compelling figures in American history.  There’s no denying he changed the way we solve crimes and catch criminals, and his reign over the FBI is unprecedented for a government agency and will never again be seen.  The fact that Hoover himself is the reason his tenure will never be repeated makes his story even more compelling.

The story of J. Edgar unfolds through his own words as an elder Hoover, in the midst of serving his eighth and final president (Nixon), dictates the history of the FBI for a memoir.  We’re then taken back in time to a fascinating rendering of a tumultuous moment in American history seldom discussed: namely, a series of bombings by radicals against public officials that led to the 1919 Palmer Raids.  It is, according to the film, the pivotal moment in 24-year-old J. Edgar’s professional career. Young Hoover is fastidious and filled with ideas, most notably his desire to use science -- such as fingerprint evidence -- to hunt down criminals.

With every ounce of genius, though, comes a pound of paranoia.  Hoover begins collecting files on public figures, essentially blackmailing his enemies, including presidents.  The man’s private life was equally controversial, and that’s where Armie Hammer’s Clyde Tolson comes in.

It’s believed that Hoover and Tolson were lovers. Had this been public knowledge, it would have ruined Hoover and, perhaps, destroyed the FBI. Hammer was a revelation as the Winklevii in The Social Network and continues to impress here.  The only weakness in his performance has nothing to do with him: his old-man makeup is disconcerting. Fortunately, Hammer’s sharp acting cuts through the obvious layers of latex.

While Tolson represented Hoover’s secrets, Helen Gandy protected them.  Naomi Watts is unrecognizable as Hoover’s life-long secretary, and that’s impressive.  The role seems to come as naturally to her as breathing.  Watts continues to be one of film’s best actresses, and we hope one day the Academy recognizes her talents.

Director Clint Eastwood presents this portrait of Hoover using muted colors, dark lighting, tight spaces and closed doors. It’s an aesthetic, whether intentional or not, that creates a metaphorical cage -- or perhaps a very large closet -- for Hoover’s incredibly complex ego and personality.  He is, for all intents and purposes, trapped in a prison he spent a lifetime building.

Artistically, J. Edgar is one of Eastwood’s best films. Legendary for his hands-off approach to directing, Eastwood trusts his actors to do their jobs, and that’s what  DiCaprio does and then some. Once again acting against his type, he doesn’t just play ugly -- he becomes ugly.  And tortured.  And paranoid.  And fantastic.  Not since his work in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has DiCaprio so thoroughly disappeared into a character. His J. Edgar will haunt you for days.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov092011

Clint Eastwood Is a Fan of Herman Cain’s Story

Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Herman Cain could use a friend right about now, especially one who's gone by the name of ”Dirty Harry.”

It seems Hollywood legend, director and famous fiscal conservative Clint Eastwood is a fan of Cain’s rags-to-riches saga.

“I love Cain’s story,” Eastwood, 81, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview promoting his latest film, J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

“He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds,” Eastwood said of Cain. “He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”

He has seen plenty of Mitt Romney, though, who was running for governor in Massachusetts in 2002 when Eastwood filmed Mystic River there. Eastwood is no fan.

“I saw a lot of him and you have to admit, he looks like a president,” Eastwood said of Romney with sarcasm. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”

Although it might seem that Eastwood would have more in common with gun-toting Texan Rick Perry, the Unforgiven star said with a shrug, “If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed.”

While Eastwood has been voting for GOP presidential candidates since 1952, he’s probably best described as a libertarian.

“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves,” said Eastwood, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection.

“But I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing, too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

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