Clint Eastwood suffers his worst opening in 40 years with Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood has suffered one of the worst box office openings in his career with his new movie Richard Jewell.The drama, which follows the story of the security guard who was wrongly suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, rake…

Clint Eastwood has suffered one of the worst box office openings in his career with his new movie Richard Jewell.

The drama, which follows the story of the security guard who was wrongly suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, raked in a disappointing $5 million (£3.7 million) from 2,502 cinemas across the U.S.

The drama marks the second-worst domestic opening for the 89-year-old filmmaker following Billy Bronco, which grossed just $3.7 million (£2.7 million) back in 1980, according to Variety.

Eastwood’s strongest opening weekends came from his other biographical dramas, such as 2014’s American Sniper, which starred Bradley Cooper and raked in $89 million ($66.7 million), followed by Sully, which opened with $35 million (£26.2 million) in 2016.

Richard Jewell, which had a budget of $45 million (£33.7 million), is currently embroiled in controversy after studio executives at Warner Bros. were threatened with a defamation lawsuit by officials at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution over the film’s depiction of its journalists, particularly Kathy Scruggs, who seemingly offers to trade sex with Jon Hamm’s FBI agent for information about the case.

Olivia Wilde, who portrays Scruggs, recently waded into the row by releasing a statement on Twitter in which she told her followers that she had “no say” in how the filmmakers portrayed her character.

“I cannot speak for the creative decisions made by the filmmakers, as I did not have a say in how the film was ultimately crafted, but it’s important to me that I share my personal take on the matter,” she wrote. “Nothing in my research suggested she did so, and it was never my intention to suggest she had.”

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Sienna Miller wishes her old movies focused on women

Sienna Miller wishes she could remake her old movies and focus instead on the female characters.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the British actress voiced her frustrations about the lack of substance in some of her past roles, including Br…

Sienna Miller wishes she could remake her old movies and focus instead on the female characters.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the British actress voiced her frustrations about the lack of substance in some of her past roles, including Bradley Cooper’s wife Taya in American Sniper and Mark Ruffalo’s significant other Nancy Schultz in Foxcatcher, and said she wishes the stories could be retold from their point of view.

“In many cases, I still fantasise about going and retelling the entire movie from my character’s perspective,” she said.

Sienna is “most proud of” her role in the upcoming American Woman, which focuses on her character Debra Callahan, a single mother who has to raise her grandson after her daughter goes missing.

And the 37-year-old credits the #MeToo movement in Hollywood for making an impact on the amount of female-driven stories being told on the big screen.

“It’s the kind of film that is being made today, I think, because of a shift in our industry to focus on telling female stories,” she explained. “I wonder whether people would have been interested in looking at that kind of story. Studios are being much more cautious in how they value women, how they treat women.”

And she was impressed with how her gritty character Debra was received by audiences, who grew to love the single mother during the course of the movie, which follows her over 11 years.

“Men who have seen the film are really shocked by this slutty, messy woman and really loved her by the end,” she noted. “Not one of them asked where the father (of her child) is.”

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Sienna Miller open to Marvel role

Sienna Miller would happily star in a Marvel film because it would boost her visibility as an actress.Known for her independent film role choices, Sienna has mainly steered clear of big box office movies.However, the 36-year-old wouldn’t be adverse t…

Sienna Miller would happily star in a Marvel film because it would boost her visibility as an actress.

Known for her independent film role choices, Sienna has mainly steered clear of big box office movies.

However, the 36-year-old wouldn’t be adverse to joining the mega-successful Marvel franchise, alongside the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman and Scarlett Johansson as a comic book character.

“I think it’s sort of essential to have that kind of visibility and that box office,” she mused to Variety. “I’ve been very much drawn to independent cinema my whole life and have resisted bigger films for artistic reasons or I’ve been doing plays, but I do see the benefits in being in something that people really want to see and that is guaranteed to make money.”

She adds that starring in a large studio production would also help fund her indie movies, a move she thought she made with 2014’s American Sniper.

“Although American Sniper was at the time the most successful R-rated movie,” she continued of the Oscar-winning film she starred in with Bradley Cooper. “I thought I got some numbers from that, but I don’t know that I did. I know that I can get small movies like this (new film American Woman) made, and that’s great because I love this. It would be un-business savvy to say I would never do a Marvel movie.”

But pressed on which Marvel character she’d like to play, Sienna had to admit comic books were never her forte growing up.

“Catwoman? I think that’s not going to happen. Someone’s doing that,” she smiled of the DC Comics character. “Who would be a good one? Maybe Spider-Woman. I’ll be a whole new take.”

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