Disney’s Shang-Chi Tops Box Office Once Again, Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’ Fumbles

Well, Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings continues to impress at the box office. In its third weekend of release, the Marvel superhero adventure film brought in another $21 million.

That’s only a 39% decline from its previous weekend. In total, the film has made nearly $180 million at the domestic box office. It’s made over $300 million globally, so it’s already earned its budget back and more.

The same can’t be said for Clint Eastwood’s latest film, Cry Macho, which brought in just $4.5 million from nearly 4,000 screens across the country. It was made on a budget of $33 million + marketing costs, so they still have a ways to go before they can make any sort of profit.

I mean, to put this in perspective, Cry Macho came in third this weekend in its debut weekend, losing the second place title to Free Guy, which has been in theaters for over a month now. Free Guy made $5.2 this past weekend bringing its global total to $298 million.

So what hurt Cry Macho? Well, the reviews were mixed, at best, and the younger audience just doesn’t care about Eastwood. 89% of Cry Macho ticket buyers were over the age of 35, which just isn’t gonna cut it, especially right now. You need that younger audience.

At 91-years-old, Eastwood isn’t exactly connected to the young folks. The failure at the box office should not be a surprise, and honestly, I don’t think COVID-19 is to blame. Sure, it can take a little of the blame, but I don’t think this film would have brought in great numbers regardless.

Next weekend, Dear Evan Hansen and The Eyes of Tammy Faye try to take out Shang-Chi.

Watch Clint Eastwood In First Trailer For Western Drama ‘Cry Macho’

At 91-years-old, Clint Eastwood is still pumping out movie after movie. He shows no signs of slowing down.

His latest flick, a western drama titled Cry Macho, just dropped its first trailer this week. Eastwood stars in the movie as a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in the 1970s, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico.

Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.

Eastwood seems to love stories involving escapes from Mexico. That’s his niche now.

Good ol’ boy Clint directed this movie based on a screenplay from Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash, who also wrote the novel the movie is based on.

In addition to Eastwood, Cry Macho, will star Dwight Yoakam and Fernanda Urrejola. It’s set to hit theaters and be released on HBO Max on September 17, 2021.

Check out the trailer below…

John Mulaney And Pete Davidson Talk About ‘The Mule’ With Clint Eastwood (VIDEO)

Clint Eastwood’s latest film, ‘The Mule‘ was released inside theaters a few weeks back and it’s quietly made over $100 million at the box office. It’s been weirdly successful. It’s almost as if everyone has watched it, but no one wants to talk about it.

And maybe that’s because Eastwood has two threesomes in the movie. That’s right, 88-year-old Clint Eastwood, who plays a 90-year-old drug courier in the movie, has two threesomes! I mean, one of the threesomes is simply implied, but the damage has already been done by that point.

The first people willing to talk about the movie were John Mulaney and Pete Davidson. During the ‘Weekend Update’ bit on SNL, Mulaney and Davidson talked about their screening of The Mule.

“This was a superhero movie for old people about a guy whose superpower is that he can drive unsupervised. Fulfilling another elderly grandpa fantasy: that a 90-year-old white man can do any job better than a Mexican, even when the job is Mexican drug trafficking.”

Watch their hilarious recap of the film below. It’s pretty funny, even if you haven’t watched the movie…

Watch Clint Eastwood In The Coke-Filled Trailer For ‘The Mule’

Clint Eastwood is directing himself in the upcoming crime/drug film, The Mule. In the movie, the 88-year-old filmmaker/actor plays Earl Stone, a lonely man who signs up for a simple driving gig.

But of course, the drive is not so simple after all. Turns out, he’s tricked into being a drug mule for a Mexican drug cartel.

“He’s very good at the job. Earl feels guilty about the way he’s treated his family though, and he’s newly taking stock of his life’s mistakes. Meanwhile, on his case is DEA agent Colin Banks.”

Colin Banks is played by Bradley Cooper. As some of you may remember, Eastwood directed Cooper in the award-winning film American Sniper.

It’s a bit surprising this film is being released this year. Most people thought it wouldn’t be ready until next year, but apparently they want to make the awards season deadline.

I must admit, this trailer is pretty great. I’m looking forward to this flick. It’ll hit theaters December 14, 2018.

Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott And Clint Eastwood Could Dramatically Change The Oscar Race This Year

We are just a few months away from Oscar release season. November/December is when a lot of quality movies are released, in hopes of getting an Oscar nomination. And you’d think, considering we are less than three months away from November, that we would know every movie that’s being considered.

But this year is special. Three legendary directors are racing to the finish line. Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Papers, didn’t get the green light until February of this year. The project, which is about “the Washington Post, the Pentagon Papers, and a watershed moment in the history of press freedom,” was filmed this summer and just wrapped in July. The studio is hoping to release it late in the Oscar season on December 22, 2017.

Ridley Scott is going down the same road with his film All the Money in the World. This project was still casting in February, and no one thought it’d be released this year, but Sony Pictures surprised everyone by announcing a limited release on December 8, 2017. The film is based on the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III. It stars Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! 

Now we have a third entry, and it’s the most surprising one. Clint Eastwood is known for his short filming schedules, but this is still pretty crazy. In April of this year, the 87-year-old director announced his next project would be The 15:17 to Paris, which is about the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the childhood friends who thwarted it.

He started filming it a few weeks ago, and he’s already about to wrap production. Editing will begin soon, and Warner Bros. is expected to release it at the end of this year. This is not official yet, so things could change, but if everything goes as planned? Well, it’s going to be a very interesting December.

First ‘Sully’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Stars As Brave Pilot In The Real-Life Drama (VIDEO)

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It’s been a minute since we have heard about this film, but it looks like the marketing team is slowly waking up now. Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Sully. The real-life drama is all about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the incredible pilot who became a national hero in 2009 after he successfully executed an emergency water landing.

The movie not only focuses on the miracle landing of Flight 1549, but also the subsequent investigation. And even though most of us know how the story ends, the trailer is surprisingly suspenseful.

Tom Hanks stars as Sullenberger in the film, and you can see from the trailer that he pretty much nailed the look. The impressive cast surrounding Hanks includes Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Holt McCallany.

It’ll be interesting to see how this movie performs at the box office and with critics. We all know the Academy goes crazy for films about real life events, so this has the potential to make some noise.

One thing is for sure, recent Clint Eastwood films have some bada** trailers. Who remembers the fantastic trailer for American Sniper? This Sully trailer might not be on that level, but it’s still a solid piece of work.

Sully hits theaters September 9, 2016.

 

Movie Review: American Sniper – Hollywood Propaganda turns a true Tragic story to one of Triumph.

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American Sniper is seeing completely unprecedented success, earning over $90 million and holding the top box office spot this month. So what’s making it so popular?

U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) has been shipped off to Iraq with one goal in mind. Protect his fellow soldiers with his handy, dandy sniper rifle. After saving tons of people without being seen, he earns himself the nickname “Legend”. In the sniper world, the last thing you want it to have a reputation of being the best, because it tends to put a big fat bulls-eye on your back. Despite the threat from insurgents behind enemy lines, Chris serves four tours in Iraq. Of course, then he returns home and realizes that he can’t leave behind the war.

For the life of me, I can’t understand why this movie is doing so good. This is not a storyline that hasn’t been done to death. In fact, soldier coming home stories make up about 80% of the action market. Think about it. The hero is almost always a former cop or former soldier, with nothing to lose, who can’t let go of his bloodthirsty days with his license to kill.

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This is not one of Clint Eastwood’s best films. In fact, it reeks of something I hate; the propaganda machine. Kyle, based on the real Chris Kyle, is a one dimensional machine who views all the residents of the land he comes to conquer as savages. He signed up for the military after being served a heaping portion of patriotism after 9-11. He is the requisite soldier. Just smart enough to kill people, but not smart enough to question those kills.

I really don’t like the way they treated this story. A shallow look at his PTSD at the end does not a redeemable character make. The real Chris Kyle was a story of tragedy, not a story of triumph over adversity. It’s the story of a man who got handed a raw deal and fell apart because of that.

The real Chris Kyle was probably a lot more conflicted than this movie let on. I doubt he thought “Your rifle is only a tool. It is a hard heart that kills,” which was an incredibly unfortunate and insensitive tagline. Yes, the man was a legend, with 160 confirmed kills and the deadliest sniper in American history.

But he was also a man and I don’t think we saw enough of that. This movie was based on Kyle’s best selling book of the same name, and here’s the thing. It didn’t need to be embellished. His story was good in its own right. They didn’t need to create a bad guy so he could have a cat-and-mouse style relationship with him. But they did and the propaganda machine went into full effect.

Kyle’s book was a story of redemption and understanding. It was not an excuse to trick kids into enlisting, which is kind of what I feel like this was. Honestly, I thought Clint Eastwood was supposed to be a Libertarian? I’m questioning that now, because this movie feels like it was written by Dick Cheney.

American Sniper is breaking records everywhere, and it just broke another one. It sent Essa Alroc’s bullshit meter right off the charts.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

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WATCH: New ‘American Sniper’ Trailer: Will Bradley Cooper Earn Third Consecutive Oscar Nomination?

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The first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper‘ was brilliant. One of the best trailers of the year. If that trailer was the only thing they released before premiering the movie, I don’t think anyone would have complained. But this is the season of giving, and the folks behind the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle are giving us a second trailer just one week before the limited release on Christmas.

In this new trailer, we see more of Kyle’s family and a little more of the story behind the film. It’s a more traditional trailer, directed at the small group of people who needed to see more before buying a ticket.

The film has received mostly positive reviews, and some people believe Bradley Cooper could land his third consecutive Oscar nomination for his role as Chris Kyle. That’s still unresolved, though. Clint Eastwood’s recent films haven’t had much success with critics, and American Sniper was shut out at the Golden Globes, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

If you are lucky, you will be able to catch American Sniper during its limited release on Christmas. If you can’t see it then, it will open nationwide January 16, 2015.

Check out the new trailer down below.

New Movie Poster released for ‘American Sniper’ displays a Beefed up Bradley Cooper

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Now this is a freakin’ movie poster.  As you can probably tell, I’m still a little disappointed at the lack luster release of the Jurassic World poster.  It gave us nothing.

This, this gives us substance!  Bradley Cooper looks so bad-ass in this poster, I want to watch the movie no matter what it is.  It just so happens that the movie might actually be as good as this poster makes it look.  Directed by Clint Eastwood (…did I hear some groans, come on, give him a chance!); where was I?  Oh yeah, Directed by Clint Eastwood, this movie is based on a book entitled ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’

If you weren’t into this before, after that book title you have to be now.  This book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best seller list.  13 of those 18, it held down the number 1 spot.

The story is about Chris Kyle who is a Navy Seal, a trained killer, husband and father.  It goes into his struggle to be good at all of those things, which at the end of the day is pretty freakin’ hard to do.

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Coop had to beef up for this role and from the side by side shot of him with Chris Kyle, he’s nailed it.

The movie will be out on limited release Christmas Day and will have full release on January 16th 2015.

I can’t wait for the trailer.

[toggle title=”Here is the official move synopsis.”]U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy and courageous exploits earn him the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind”. But upon returning to his family, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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