Saturday, 19 May 2018

Bradley Cooper rumoured to star with Clint in The Mule

Eastwood and Cooper last worked together on the 2014 box office smash American Sniper. 
Various sources have reported that Bradley Cooper, 43, is in talks to reunite with the Academy Award winning drama's director Clint Eastwood, 87, on his new film titled The Mule. The movie is about a 90-year-old drug courier and a younger DEA agent on his tail.  
The film is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Imperative Entertainment, and will mark Eastwood’s first acting job since the 2012 baseball drama “Trouble with the Curve.” This could also be one of his final on-screen appearances.
The movie is based on a 2014 New York Times Magazine feature by Sam Dolnick and follows Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive — easy enough. But unbeknown to Earl, he’s signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, and also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Cooper).
Eastwood will also produce via his Malpaso banner, along with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, and Todd Hoffman are exec producing. Cooper has been busy putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” but sources say he has also been looking for his next project. He will next helm and star in the Leonard Bernstein biopic Bernstein.
Cooper had been linked to “The Mule” for some time as Eastwood is a big fan of his after working together on 2014’s Oscar-nominated “American Sniper.”

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The 15:17 to Paris Blu-ray release

The 15:17 to Paris Blu-ray will be released in the U.S. next week on May 22nd and in the U.K. on June 4th. There doesn’t appear to be any difference between the two in terms of contents, except that the U.S. edition also contains a second disc in the shape of a DVD edition. There appears to be the same two featurettes on both versions, The 15:17 to Paris: Making Every Second Count and The 15:17 to Paris: Portrait of Courage. However, the packaging doesn’t seem to suggest any inclusion of an Original Trailer or any TV spots. I’m really quite tired of banging on about this – but how about a simple Trailer Warner Bros? Does anybody care anymore?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Now casting: Clint Eastwood’s film The Mule – extras needed!

Mary Caldwell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
ATLANTA - Are you interested in being an extra in a Clint Eastwood film? Now's your chance! Clint Eastwood is set to produce, direct and star in "The Mule," a Warner Bros. film, according to The Playlist. It's based on a true story about 90-year-old World War II veteran and horticulturalist Leo Sharp, who became a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. Eastwood previously worked on Trouble with the Curve in Atlanta.
What are they looking for? The following roles will be cast for all ethnicities:

Featured Asian family – age 18-60
Horticulture convention goers – age 45-75
Hotel staff (front desk, valets, bellhops) – age 21-50
Beauty school graduate types – age 20-30
Wedding partygoers – age 18-75
Bridesmaids and groomsmen – 18-35
Real DJ with equipment – age 25-50
People with cars – age 18 and over and with cars from 1995-2005
People with cars – age 18 and over with cars from current years

When are they filming?
Filming will be in Augusta from June 4-12 with no weekend filming. All of the roles will work for one of the work dates, which will be approximately 10-12 hours long. You'll need to have your work date completely open.

How do I submit?
Send an email to and put "AUGUSTA" in the subject line.
Include current, clear nonprofessional photos – one from the chest up and one from the knees up (fully body). Look the part of the role you're submitting for and include one smiling and one non-smiling (with a pleasant or intelligent expression) photo. Selfies are OK, but don't show just your head or take them from a strange angle.
List your first and last name, phone number(s), city and state where you live, email address, age, ethnicity, height and weight. Also include your sizes (men: jacket, neck, sleeve, waist, inseam and shoe; women: dress, bust/bra/cup, waist and shoe).
Include your car's year, color, make and model. If you have experience on set or acting, include details or attach a resume. It's not required but is helpful to know.
If you don't live in the Augusta area and are willing to work there as a local hire (no gas bump, etc.), put "AUGUSTA OK" under your stats. You must be local to the greater Augusta area or willing to work as a local hire.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Augusta possible site for Clint Eastwood's movie ‘The Mule’

Well it certainly looks as if The Mule is more than likely to become Clint’s next movie. A couple of news stories have surfaced in the last few day, as well as some hard proof evidence from the scouting team working on Clint’s behalf.
Augusta is in the running as the site location for a major motion picture Clint Eastwood is directing, producing and starring in.
Brad Owens, president of the Augusta Regional Film Office, confirmed Wednesday that flyers circulating around town (left) about the movie are legitimate. Augusta is being scouted as the site for the Warner Bros. movie “The Mule”. Given the level of interest, Owens said he is optimistic Augusta will be the front runner. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and it’s what we have been working toward,” Owens said. If fortunate enough to land the production, Owens said his office will do everything possible to make sure the filming is successful. The movie is about Leo Sharp, who in 2011 at the age of 87 was caught on Interstate 94 in Michigan with 104 kilograms of cocaine, according to news accounts. Sharp admitted to making seven trips from Mexico to Detroit for El Chapo’s drug cartel. Sharp was a World War II veteran and a world renowned daylily expert who had never been arrested before. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2014, but released in 2015 because he was terminally ill. He died in December 2016. According to Commissioner Sean Frantom, filming is to begin June 4. 

CSRA News Channel 6 also ran with the story
Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood is looking to continue his filmmaking career in Augusta. Production crews are already scouting locations around town including homes in between Central Avenue and Wrightsboro Road for Eastwood’s new move called The Mule
Jennifer Bowen  of the  Convention and Visitors Bureau,  serves as Augusta's Film Liaison, and says the upcoming  shoot is something she can-not  comment on at this time. 
"We have to honor some confidentiality in order to bring them here, we have to honour their requests they're very sensitive in the film industry that word of mouth travels very fast, and so it's important that we maintain a real good relationship with specific projects so they'll continue to consider Augusta," said Bowen.
The Georgia Film Office said it has no information on the movie but neighbours where advance teams have scouted say filming should begin in June.

…and of course, all things considered - Augusta National Golf Club isn’t a bad little place for Clint to spend time between filming!  

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Clint Eastwood’s £150K Pink Cadillac that’s used as a shopping run-around in Conwy

The eye-catching convertible will be the start-turn at this year's Bryn y Maen Exhibition. Wherever he goes in North Wales, Dave Neil turns heads. “The first time I went to my local Asda , I couldn’t get into the shop for the number of people wanting photographs,” he said.  It is not Neil, a 71-year-old mechanic and scrapyard operator, who attracts so much attention, but his car, a 1959 pink Cadillac Deville convertible. This is definitely a vehicle you can’t miss when Dave takes it for a spin through the Conwy Valley from his home near Trofarth. Neither is it a “trailer queen” – a car wrapped in cotton wool and only taken out for public appearances on a low-loader. “I go everywhere in it,” said Dave. “I do my shopping in it, I collect the grandkids from school in it. I use it for the odd prom night too. And I always get asked for photos!”
This is not any old Cadillac. It was the star of 1989 film “Pink Cadillac”, starring Clint Eastwood: the car still has the under-chassis camera mountings to prove it. “It’s still got the small tears in the hood which you can see in the film when it goes through a car wash. The same crack in the window is still there too,” said Dave. “I’ve got a new hood, and a new window, but I can’t bear to replace the old parts because I want to keep it as authentic as possible.” So how did a scrapyard dealer come to own a candyfloss pink car with swept-back wings and chrome fenders? “Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted a car with big wings on the back,” he said. “Five years ago the opportunity came up and I grabbed it.” Dave exchanged it with a fellow collector for a V12 E-type Jaguar that his late wife was struggling to get in and out of.
The Cadillac was originally picked as the “back-up” car used by Clint Eastwood in his film, to be used in case of a problem with the first-choice car. As it happened, the first-choice failed to start and the back-up took over for all “moving” scenes. It still appeals to Clint fans. “A few weeks ago I was asked as a favour to take an elderly lady for a meal in Rhos-on-Sea to celebrate her 90th birthday,” said Dave. “Apparently she’s Clint-mad – she’s even got posters of my car in her house. When I arrived to collect her, she came out with her Zimmer frame and her mouth was going from side to side – she was absolutely made-up!” Both of Clint’s film pinks were originally bought by an Irish dentist. One found its way to England, and now Wales; the other was last sold at auction in France for £65,000, and recently changed hands in the US for $200,000. Two years ago Dave was offered £100,000 but he turned it down flat. “There’s no way I’d ever part with it,” he said. “I’ll die before I let it go. Some things are worth more than money.”
Dave Neil’s Cadillac will be the star turn at this month’s Bryn y Maen Exhibition, near Colwyn Bay. It will be sharing the billing with some other old girls, including a 99-year-old Waterloo Boy tractor. The tractor, made by John Deere, will be among more than 50 at the event, along with vintage cars, motorbikes, farm memorabilia and scale models. The show, on Saturday, May 12th, 10am-5pm, is being sponsored by North Wales Honda, Llandudno. It’s on a field off the B5113 (LL28 5ES). This year’s show beneficiary is Ty Croeso Dawn Elizabeth House. Admission is £5 for adults, U15s free.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Rare Magnum Force Christmas Teaser poster

Yesterday the incredibly Rare Magnum Force Christmas Teaser poster (40" x 60") sold in an auction for an amazing $7,350. Information from the auction house stated:
The design as it appeared in the pages of Variety
Most 40x60s from this period were printed on a heavy stock and usually only sent to theatres rolled. However, the studios would also sometimes make special 40x60s that were created on a somewhat thinner paper and were folded when they were created. 
We can't say for certain that this poster was sent to theatres folded, because we have never auctioned it before, but given that it is printed on a "one-sheet-like" paper, and given that it has a teaser tagline ("You get it for Christmas!"), we think that is very likely that it was only sent to theatres folded. As noted above, we have never auctioned this poster before, and it is likely the rarest poster from Magnum Force (and if not, it is certainly one of the most rare!). 
It has a completely different image from any other Magnum Force poster (which was an unusual ad campaign, because they did a different poster for virtually every poster size, something that was common in the 1930s, but almost unheard of in the 1970s)! 
The "regular" style 40x60 is itself a very rare poster. We have only auctioned two examples of it, 8 years ago and 9 years ago, and those sold for $3,100 and $3,900!
Overall Condition: good to very good. The poster has a thin area of paper loss in the top blank border (only blank paper was affected).

There are some small tears and stains in the bottom of the bottom blank border (see our image). The poster has a 1/2" tear extending from the small paper loss at top centre, and someone put a small piece of tape on the back of that area, but otherwise, the poster has had no restoration.
Whilst I know the winner (who is a friend of the Archive), I am respectfully keeping the person’s name anonymous – except to say congratulations my friend, a hard fought battle which has seen it go to a very good home. I also did not want to publicise this auction until it had finished.
I have posted a picture of the poster below and a digitally restored version to provide an idea of how it would of looked back in its day or should the poster be fully restored today. 
Either way, it’s an absolute beauty.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Clint Eastwood at Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia during the shooting of Kelly’s Heroes 1970

I thought I would post these rarely seen photos of Clint relaxing in between shooting Kelly’s Heroes (1970). I do have full size Japanese pages of 2 of these images, but I have never seen the middle image (below) nor the double page spread (bottom) before. The photos were shot at Petrovaradin fortress, just across Novi Sad (Serbia), apparently by Lawrence Schiller. Many thanks to Mateusz Ciszewski for updating me on this location.