Kathy Bates joins Clint Eastwood’s The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell. According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a s…

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a security guard who was wrongly accused of planting the bombs he found in a bag during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her casting comes days after it was revealed Vice actor Sam Rockwell would be playing the lawyer who defended Jewell in court, and Paul Walter Hauser, who recently had roles in I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman, would be portraying Jewell.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. Jewell, who became a police officer, died in 2007 at the age of 44 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

The project will be directed and produced by Eastwood, while other producers include The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio, who had both originally been attached to appear in the drama.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In addition to Eastwood’s film, Bates, who was most recently seen in Bonnie and Clyde drama The Highwaymen, has also been cast alongside Lil Rel Howery in Home, a drama about an ex-felon who returns home from prison and has to confront his past.

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Chris Pine took style cues from cinema greats in new TV series

Chris Pine’s look in mini-series I Am the Night was inspired by cinematic heavyweights Paul Newman, James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.The Star Trek actor stars in the Patty Jenkins-produced TV show alongside India Eisley. It’s based on Fauna…

Chris Pine’s look in mini-series I Am the Night was inspired by cinematic heavyweights Paul Newman, James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.

The Star Trek actor stars in the Patty Jenkins-produced TV show alongside India Eisley. It’s based on Fauna Hodel’s memoir, One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel, which details her unusual beginnings and the connection to her grandfather, George Hodel, a prime suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder mystery.

Talking about the clothes used in the ’50s-set drama, costume designer Rhona Meyers shared some of the key influences behind Chris’ look.

“With the actors, it all happens in the fitting,” she told Variety. “India’s tiny, so we needed to go a little bit smaller. Chris’ character was based on James Dean, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen – all of the outsiders. So there were some photos of Paul Newman with super short pants and tennis shoes, and he wanted to keep that as his look the whole way through, so we did that.

“The actors have a lot of say because basically my job is to make them feel comfortable in the skin of the characters they’re taking on.”

Patty also had a big input. I Am the Night marks the latest project the Wonder Woman director and Rhona have worked on together, after collaborating on TV movie Exposed and the Oscar-winning Monster.

“It’s always collaborative, not only with the director but also with the actors, but I’ve worked with Patty a couple of times, and we have a bond,” she smiled. “She always has big ideas and we piece it out together.

“Originally Patty had some outfits she wanted like in the later ’50s when they had bolero matching with the big, full skirts, but it ended up looking too sophisticated. It’s always a work in progress, and we’re always changing as we’re going.”

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Sam Rockwell to star in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie. The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper f…

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie.

The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper filmmaker, according to Variety.

The film is based on the story of real-life security guard Jewell, whose life was turned upside down when he was wrongly accused of planting the pipe bombs he found at Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Rockwell will play the attorney who defended Jewell after he became one of the most hated men in America. The part of Jewell is yet to be cast.

The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and DiCaprio had originally been attached to star in the drama, with the Titanic actor initially onboard the project to play the lawyer, but they will no longer appear in the film and will simply serve as producers.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. He died in 2007 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Rockwell won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2018 and followed it up with a second consecutive nomination for his portrayal of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Vice.

He recently earned strong reviews for playing dancer Bob Fosse in TV mini-series Fosse/Verdon, and can next be seen in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.

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Clint Eastwood taking another look at Atlanta Olympics bomb drama

Clint Eastwood is considering a return to real-life drama The Ballad Of Richard Jewell after previously walking away from the project. Deadline sources claim the veteran movie star and director has been in discussions with Disney/Fox about taking char…

Clint Eastwood is considering a return to real-life drama The Ballad Of Richard Jewell after previously walking away from the project.

Deadline sources claim the veteran movie star and director has been in discussions with Disney/Fox about taking charge of the film, which is based on the life of a security guard whose life was turned upside down following the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

Jewell went from hero to zero when law enforcement officials leaked the news that he was a possible suspect in the incident.

In fact, Jewell discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives, but the actions of an overzealous reporter put his life at risk as critics felt sure he had planted the device. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect by the FBI but his reputation was ruined. He died of of a heart attack in 2007, aged 44.

Based on the Vanity Fair article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, the film project has been circling Hollywood for years and Eastwood was previously attached, as was Jonah Hill as Jewell, while Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly in talks to portray the security guard’s lawyer.

If Eastwood signs on, he will be tasked with assembling his own cast for a possible summer (19) shoot. It will serve as his follow-up to last year’s (18) The Mule.

DiCaprio and Hill still have links to the project – they are both listed as producers.

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Clint Eastwood ‘proud’ of Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born

Clint Eastwood has heaped praise on pal Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born, insisting the film was in the right hands. Clint was originally slated to direct the film with Beyonce as his star but the singer fell pregnant with her twins a…

Clint Eastwood has heaped praise on pal Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born, insisting the film was in the right hands.

Clint was originally slated to direct the film with Beyonce as his star but the singer fell pregnant with her twins and the movie veteran decided to step away from the project.

Months later, Cooper, who Eastwood had asked to star in the film, signed on to make the movie and star alongside Lady Gaga.

The remake became an instant hit when it was released earlier this year (1*0, and now it’s picking up major awards buzz, with Cooper landing a string of Best Director nominations.

And his friend Clint is not surprised: “I’ve seen his picture, he showed it to me,” Eastwood said at the premiere of his new film The Mule, which also features Cooper. “He did a great job. I’m proud of him. It was in the right hands.”

Bradley was actually with Clint the night he decided to make A Star is Born his directorial debut. The two friends were watching Annie Lennox perform at an industry event in Los Angeles when the muse hit the wannabe director – and he saw the movie musical mapped out in front of him.

“As she (Lennox) sang, I saw the veins in her neck pop, and I said to Clint, ‘Let’s do A Star Is Born’,” Bradley told W magazine earlier this year (18). “He replied, ‘That ship has sailed’. I went to bed that night and saw the whole beginning of the movie in my mind, and I knew I had to direct it.”

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Beyonce’s pregnancy forced Clint Eastwood to axe his A Star is Born remake

Beyonce’s twin pregnancy forced Clint Eastwood to scrap his version of the movie A Star is Born. Back in 2011, it was widely reported that the Crazy in Love hitmaker had signed up to star in a remake of the musical drama, following in the footsteps of…

Beyonce’s twin pregnancy forced Clint Eastwood to scrap his version of the movie A Star is Born.

Back in 2011, it was widely reported that the Crazy in Love hitmaker had signed up to star in a remake of the musical drama, following in the footsteps of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand.

Oscar-winning director Eastwood was attached to direct, but the project fizzled out.

Bradley Cooper later successfully took on the task, and cast superstar Lady Gaga as his leading lady, with the film winning rave reviews since its release last month (Oct18).

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Bill Gerber – who had been working for 11 years to remake A Star is Born – finally revealed that it was Beyonce falling pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir Carter in late 2016 that got in the way of getting Eastwood’s movie remake plans off the ground.

“Time happened. Beyonce got pregnant, and then Clint went off and did another movie,” he shared.

Recalling how the pairing first came about, he explained, “I was so excited about it… I called Beyonce’s people, and she came out, she met with Clint, and I’m sitting there and I think I’m watching something historic about to happen. And then it didn’t. It’s just the movie business.”

Despite not being able to work with Eastwood on the A Star is Born remake, Gerber was hugely impressed with Cooper’s directorial debut – including his determination to hire as diverse and as balanced a crew as possible.

“Our crew, it wasn’t 50/50, but there were many, many women as heads of departments on A Star Is Born,” he said. “And that was really Bradley Cooper’s lifestyle. He is very close with a lot of professional women.”

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Bradley Cooper’s friends urged him to dump difficult A Star is Born as directorial debut

Bradley Cooper’s closest friends and peers urged him not to tackle A Star is Born as his directorial debut, insisting the project would be too tough. The movie star took the reins on the remake from pal Clint Eastwood after the Dirty Harry star steppe…

Bradley Cooper’s closest friends and peers urged him not to tackle A Star is Born as his directorial debut, insisting the project would be too tough.

The movie star took the reins on the remake from pal Clint Eastwood after the Dirty Harry star stepped down as the film’s director, and he cast Lady Gaga to replace Beyonce, who was initially booked to star in the film before she fell pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy in 2011.

But the people Bradley trusts most in hi life all advised him to ditch the movie and focus on making his debut behind the camera with something simpler.

“In the end, you have to reserve your attention for the work and not listen to anyone,” he tells W Magazine. “People I care about, who care about me, told me not to direct A Star Is Born, said that it would be too difficult and I should start with something easier. Luckily, I didn’t listen.

“I loved that it was really, really hard to make this film. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have the same value. And that’s always been my goal: to make something, no matter how challenging, that will be remembered.”

And the actor, 43, admits years of rejection prepared him for the job: “I’ve heard it all in my career. Early on, I didn’t get a role because they said I wasn’t f**kable.”

Cooper was very prepared for A Star Is Born, revealing Clint originally suggested he should play the leading man in his film.

“I was 38 at the time, and I felt I was too young for the part,” the star adds. “Pretending I’d lived more than I had wouldn’t have worked. Saying no to Clint Eastwood was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had put myself on tape for every Eastwood film. He was my hero!”

The film took so long to come together that by the time cameras rolled, Bradley felt ready to portray washed-up singer Jackson Maine, opposite Lady Gaga.

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Scott Eastwood fed up with ‘pretty boy’ label

Scott Eastwood is doing a ‘Brad Pitt’ by growing his hair out in the hope that he’ll stop being cast as a pretty boyThe 32-year-old, who is the son of movie legend Clint Eastwood, has been carving out his own Hollywood career over the past 12 years, …

Scott Eastwood is doing a ‘Brad Pitt’ by growing his hair out in the hope that he’ll stop being cast as a pretty boy

The 32-year-old, who is the son of movie legend Clint Eastwood, has been carving out his own Hollywood career over the past 12 years, with roles in films like The Fate of the Furious, Suicide Squad and brand-new action flick Pacific Rim: Uprising.

But the actor is now looking to take on some more serious roles, like his Fury co-star Brad.

“Having long hair is so weird,” he told Men’s Journal. “It’s the longest it’s been since I was a teenager. I’m trying to grow it out for a year or two. Commit to something.

“I’m trying to get out of the pretty boy thing. I want to do what Brad Pitt did – get a little down and dirty. Hollywood loves to put you in a box: ‘You’re the good-looking military guy.’ But I really want to play some complex characters with more depth. Real roles that have real demand for acting.”

And when it comes to his classic, all-American good looks, Scott disagrees that he’s anything special.

When asked by Haute Living what he thinks of his heartthrob status he replied: “I don’t know what to make of that. To me, there are a tonne of good-looking people in California. There are a tonne of better-looking people than me. I’m just trying to be in good movies, produce movies, put together stories that people respond to and like.

“I guess people (call me a heartthrob), but for me, it was never about being that. I’m just a guy, just a normal guy. I go up there and try to work hard and put my head down. I try to be a better person every day.”

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Scott Eastwood learned to cook healthy foods from his dad

Clint Eastwood gave his actor son Scott a key lesson in healthy eating by having him cook the “essentials” from a young age. The Suicide Squad star reveals he has become adept at what he calls “bachelor cooking”, throwing together “quick and dirty” me…

Clint Eastwood gave his actor son Scott a key lesson in healthy eating by having him cook the “essentials” from a young age.

The Suicide Squad star reveals he has become adept at what he calls “bachelor cooking”, throwing together “quick and dirty” meals whenever his busy schedule will allow.

However, Scott Eastwood’s culinary skills are typically focused on clean eating, and his go-to dish is pan fried salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli – a staple he picked up from his Hollywood legend dad.

“I really just do olive oil, I throw some garlic in there, capers, lemon, and a little bit of white wine. Simple,” the 31-year-old hunk told cooking show The Chew, as he served up his signature meal.

“I keep it really simple. I mean, this is about as healthy as it can be,” he continued. “My dad had me doing this at a very young age. He’s like, ‘This is pretty much the essentials, you got your veggies, you got a good clean carb, and a good clean protein.'”

During his downtime, Scott also enjoys fishing for his dinner: “There’s no better way to have fresh fish than to go get it (yourself),” he smiled.

The young actor is known for his fit physique, explaining when he’s not on set, he can often be found doing some kind of sporty activity.

“I do weights, I do circuit training. I do everything,” he recently shared. “I do Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, a lot of yoga. I’m probably in the gym four days a week doing weights, yoga another two plus times a week. I try to get in there as much as I can for Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. I swim. I shake it up all the time. I do activities that keep me engaged – fun things.”

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to indulge – Scott admits ice cream is one of his favourite treats.

“I cheat,” he confessed on The Chew as he discussed his diet.

Meanwhile, there’s one other piece of cooking advice he received from his dad.

“Don’t cook bacon naked…!,” Scott recalled, quipping, “It splatters!”

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Clint Eastwood thankful to have real-life train heroes in The 15:17 to Paris

Clint Eastwood has revealed movie bosses weren’t “overly enthusiastic” about his plans to cast real-life heroes in his new film The 15:17 to Paris. The movie chronicles Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler’s heroic efforts in August, 2015…

Clint Eastwood has revealed movie bosses weren’t “overly enthusiastic” about his plans to cast real-life heroes in his new film The 15:17 to Paris.

The movie chronicles Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler’s heroic efforts in August, 2015, when the childhood friends thwarted a terror attack on board a train from Amsterdam, Holland, to Paris, France.

Eastwood picked up the rights to their book, The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes, after meeting the fellow Americans at Spike TV’s 2016 Guys Choice Awards, where the Dirty Harry legend honoured the men for their bravery, and it was then that he began wondering if the trio would consider acting out their own story onscreen.

“They knew all the parts, they knew the dialogue,” Eastwood told breakfast show Today. “As I was looking for actors and I was interviewing some really good ones, I kept thinking, ‘I wonder if…'”

He proposed the idea to production bosses at Warner Bros., but it took a little convincing to get their full support, particularly as Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler had absolutely no prior acting experience.

“They weren’t overly enthusiastic in the beginning,” the actor-turned-director admitted, “but they came around fast.”

However, even his movie subjects were a little apprehensive at first about taking on starring roles.

“When he first presented the idea to us, we didn’t really understand,” Stone explained. “We were confused, and that’s when we were like, ‘Oh, he’s asking us to play ourselves!’ We all looked at each other and were like, ‘Oh, we’re doing this!'”

Even so, Sadler confesses it took some time to get used to having Eastwood as their boss: “He’s an icon, so we went into it kinda intimidated, thinking it was gonna be this tense environment…”

Referencing Eastwood’s famous scowl from the Dirty Harry franchise, he continued, “We didn’t wanna catch that look, so we made sure every day to come in prepared and he made the whole environment chill, so it was fun.”

And Eastwood was thrilled to have his plans for the project come together.

“There’s a habit of calling everybody heroes, but these guys are the real deal…,” he praised.

The 15:17 to Paris hits theatres this week (ends09Feb18).

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