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from The Great Debate:

How Barack Obama killed John Wayne

The reason that President Barack Obama won reelection, as most everyone knows by now, is that older white males, on whom the Republican Party has long relied, are declining in numbers, while women and minority voters, key components of Obama’s base, are increasing.  In the electoral post-mortems, Obama’s victory has been considered a kind of valedictory to white male supremacy. But his win did something else: Obama killed John Wayne on Nov. 6 -- with the complicity of roughly 61 million Americans.

Now, Wayne has been dead for more than 30 years, of course. And Obama didn’t even slay his heroic image.  Americans still like brawny brawlers, and apply what I call “The Hollywood Test” in electing their presidential protagonist-in-chief, opting for the nominee who is most like a movie hero. What Obama and his supporters slew, however, was the value system Wayne personified – a whole way of thinking about America. It’s unlikely to resurface any time soon.

From the time he reached stardom in the 1940s, Wayne was not just a movie star, though he was one of the biggest. Nor was he just an icon, though he was one of the most compelling -- a whole generation of men imitated his bearish growl and lumbering walk. More important, Wayne presented values that many now associate with America itself.

As Garry Wills, who wrote an appreciative book about Wayne, put it, “The way to be an American was to be Wayne.” Rather than Wayne being stamped in the country’s image, the country -- at least white America -- seemed stamped in his.

from Fan Fare:

Mai tais? This isn’t an Eastwood film shoot


Some films are made on a $6 million budget, others with $60 million. It's the difference between long hours on set and sipping mai tais on the patio. Just ask "The Bang Bang Club" director, Steven Silver.

"The Bang Bang Club," was 10 years in the making, shot last year over the course of 30 days and produced on a budget of 5 million euros. It's still waiting to be picked up by a U.S. distributor.

from Fan Fare:

Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” named top movie for “grown-ups”

Clint Eastwood's movie "Invictus", featuring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, might not have bagged any of the top USA/honors so far this awards season but it has come  top  of one annual list -- "Best Movie for Grownups," according to AARP The Magazine catering for the 50+ audience.

The ninth annual list ranking films for the 50+ audience -- and ranking actors and actresses aged over 50 -- also awarded Robert de Niro a Lifetime Achievement Award that will be presented at a Los Angeles Awards Gala on Feb. 16.

from Fan Fare:

Fans, Oscar at odds over movie picks

USA/(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

After winning key awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild this past weekend, "Slumdog Millionaire" is a favorite to win best picture at the Oscars. But don't tell that to everyday movie fans. The think Oscar voters are a bunch of elitists, and they have their own favorites from among the movies and performers shut out of Oscar nominations.
Movie fans picked Batman movie "The Dark Knight" as the year's biggest Oscar snub, in a poll released on Monday by online ticket seller Fans also said Clint Eastwood should have been nominated for best actor for his movie "Gran Torino,"SAGAWARDS/ Leonardo DiCaprio should have earned a nod for "Revolutionary Road," Christopher Nolan should have been nominated best director for "The Dark Knight" and singer Bruce Springsteen should have been on the list of best original song nominees for "The Wrestler."
Eastwood has long been a favorite with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters, with two best director and best film awards, but he got zero nominations for "Gran Torino," a snub that has irked fans. Still, fans have rewarded Eastwood at the box office, with "Gran Torino" earning nearly $100 million since it opened on Dec. 12.  
SAGAWARDS/This weekend, the critically panned comedy "Mall Cop" ruled the box office for a second week in a row, taking in a strong U.S. and Canada total of $64.8 million in two weeks. There's no chance that "Mall Cop" will be nominated for best picture next year, but in only a couple weekends it has outperformed the $72.8 million worldwide total for "Slumdog Millionaire," the tale of an Indian orphan who beats the odds to win love and a game show. Still, with best picture wins at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, "Slumdog" from director Danny Boyle is currently the frontrunner in the race to Oscars.

from Fan Fare:

Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”: Oscar roadkill

It was perhaps the biggest snub of the Oscar nominations, actor/director Clint Eastwood's "Gran USA/Torino" was overlooked by voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with no -- zero -- nominations. Or, was it?

(For a slideshow of nominees, click here, and for a list of nominees, click here.)

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Check out the shawl, y’all!

Blog Guy, you always have a lot to say about movie remakes. I've heard they're going to redo those Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Westerns."

Yes. The hot gossip is that President George Bush will take over the Clint Eastwood role. Look at the picture below.

from Fan Fare:

What’s your film called, Clint?

cannes200810.jpgIn one of the more bizarre mixups at this year's Cannes film festival, the makers of Clint Eastwood's competition entry did not actually know what it should be called.

Years of planning, casting and shooting, and Clint and his team could not even agree on the title by the time the world's press descended on Cannes to see it.

from Fan Fare:

Cannes Fare 6 – Movie buzz and Clint Eastwood

We're out by the harbor to offer some Cannes glitz, movie buzz and Clint Eastwood.