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Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, American Sniper) returns as an actor and director in new crime drama The Mule and Roadshow have just released the trailer for it… so take a look right here.

Also starring in the film are audience favourites Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring, Anna), Michael Pena (End Of Watch, Shooter) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Mystic River). The film is relesed on December 14th.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘A Beautiful Planet,’ ‘Captain Fantastic,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘The Infiltrator,’ ‘The Secret Life Of Pets,’ and ‘Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie’. This episode also contains interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Clint Eastwood, Benjamin Bratt, Lake Bell, Marsha Ivins, Elyssa Zeccola (Lavazza Italian Film Festival), Cerise Howard (Czech & Slovak Film Festival), Richard Moore (AICE Israeli Film Festival) and Bryan McClure (‘Strings’).

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Wild’, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ and ‘American Sniper′ . This episode also contains interviews with Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Uwe Boll and visual artist Ego.

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Jersey Boys

Summary: The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons, and the rise of star Frankie Valli.  The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Clint Eastwood

Screenwriter: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Cast: Toni Attell (Adrianne), Miles Aubrey (Charles Calello), Maggie Beal (Antonia Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Johnny Cannizzaro (Nick DeVito), Dennis Delsing (Finney), Mike Doyle (Bob Crewe), Troy Grant (Ed Sullivan), John Griffin (Billy Dixon), Lacey Hannan (Angela), Elizabeth Hunter (Francine (7 Years Old)), Ashley Rose Joyner (Antonia Valli), Donnie Kehr (Norm Waxman), Grace Kelley (Francine (4 Years Old)), Chaz Langley (Hal Miller), Louis Lombardi (Trulio), Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi), Keith Loneker (Knuckles), Jeremy Luke (Donnie), James Madio (Stosh), Renee Marino (Mary), Rob Marnell (Joe Long), Michael Patrick McGill (Officer Mike), Steve Monroe (Barry Belson), Kathrine Narducci (Frankie’s Mother), Vincent Piazza (Tommy DeVito), Erica Piccininni (Lorraine), Heather Ferguson Pond (Miss Frankie Nolan), Grant Roberts (Johnny), Joseph Russo (Joey), Steve Schirripo (Vito), Vincent Selhorst-Jones (Hank), Freya Tingley (Francine (17 Years Old), Lou Volpe (Frankie’s Father), Christopher Walken (Gyp DeCarlo), Clint Ward (Officer Stanley), John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR JERSEY BOYS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Jersey Boys review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #86

Stars(3)

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Jersey Boys review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Jersey Boys review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #86

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

You could be forgiven for thinking ‘Clint Eastwood is directing what’ when it was first announced that he would be the director that would bring the award winning stage musical Jersey Boys to the big screen. However dig a little deeper into Eastwood’s career and you’ll see that his is perhaps, outside of Baz Luhrmann, the perfect choice for being at the helm of Jersey Boys.

See while many film lovers like to see Eastwood as the gritty director who brought Gran Torino to the screen but dig a little deeper into Eastwood’s biography and you’ll discover that he is the owner of a record label and also scored the music for films such as Flags Of Our Father and Million Dollar Baby just to name a few.

Perhaps that is one of the biggest reasons why it feels like Jersey Boys is such a let down… Eastwood could have done better but didn’t. There are parts of Jersey Boys that seem to work well. It is probably one of the first films since Moulin Rouge to really bring the whole musical theatre film into the cinema with it. Some of the concert scenes and of course the closing montage look they could have been lifted straight from a Broadway production but there are other sides of this film that become a total letdown.

Anyone who knows the Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) story will know that it can’t be told without stories of his links to Mafia kings like Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken) and the fact that he and Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) were convicted criminals before their first number one hits. It’s here where Jersey Boys feels like it lets down its audience. The film needs the nit and grit of a director like a Martin Scorcesce to delve into the murky world of the Mafia, but here it almost seems like Eastwood is scared to sully the Four Seasons’ reputation by going into the muck. The troubled home life of Valli himself is just skirted on so lightly that it feels like you are watching a tele-movie while most of the Mafia related characters becoming walking clichés, despite the efforts of Christopher Walken to try and pull out a good performance.

It’s these parts of Jersey Boys that makes it hard to watch. With all the darker sides of the story missing it feels like you are watching a glossy film with some segments of power pop infused to it, which doesn’t do justice to the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at all. And to be honest even the scenes of the group on stage seem so stilted you could be confused for believing that Eastwood had simply inserted some shots in from the actual Broadway musical. At some point Eastwood needed to make a call on whether he wanted this to be a music biopic with the power of The Runaways, become a full blown musical like Les Miserables or make it so light and fluffy it should have been a straight-to-DVD flick.

The weakened script and directing also means that the cast’s performances are sub-par. Christopher Walken is completely wasted as he places a clichéd version of Mafia boss Gyp DeCarlo. The biggest cast member to suffer from the weaknesses of Jersey Boys though is John Lloyd Young. Playing Frankie Valli on the big screen should have been the role that had this young actor being talked about as an Oscar nominee or even just been the film that put him on the map, however none of that will happen here because his performance is so hamstrung that it won’t even garnish a second glance from most Hollywood producers. The only cast member that can hold his head high here is Vincent Piazza who plays tough guy Tommy DeVito. Somehow he manages to brush aside the fluff and somehow put together a fairly decent acting performance.

It almost feels like a crime bashing a Clint Eastwood film. The man is certainly a legend and has shown over the years that he is capable of holding his own with the directional heavyweights, but here Eastwood is dangerously out of his depth. He never truly captures the darker side to the Frankie Valli story and as a result both the film and its audience are left wanting more.

 

Stars(2.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:  Jersey Boys (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Jersey Boys′: For our full Jersey Boys review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #86

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Robbie Williams

James Bond: The mysterious British Special Agent known worldwide as 007. It’s a coveted role for any actor. As the likes of Sean Connery, Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan have shown, playing the role of James Bond makes you not only a bankable star in one of the highest grossing franchises of all time, but it can also make sure that your name lives on for generations to come. It is for that reason that it is hard to fathom why some actors have actually been offered the lucrative role and then turned it down.

In 1970, the producers behind the franchise were looking to replace one of the most popular James Bond actors of all time, Sean Connery. First on the list was one of the finest American actors going around: Clint Eastwood. The star had made a name for himself in western films such as “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “A Fistful Of Dollars,” so it wasn’t surprising that he was looked at for the role of James Bond. However, when offered the role, Eastwood turned it down because he felt the role should go to a British actor. It was probably a good thing he did turn down the role, or he would most likely not have gotten to play his most famous role – that of Harry Callahan in “Dirty Harry.”

The fact that Bond should be British also scared off a few more of the actors that were also approached for the role. TV’s Batman Adam West was also looked at the role, as was Burt Reynolds, another actor who had made a name for himself in the Western genre…this time in the television series “Gunsmoke.”

Also considered for the role of James Bond in the early 1970s was an actor who is known to fans of the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Albus Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – the theatre-trained Michael Gambon. Despite being a forerunner to play Bond, however, Gambon turned down the role because he didn’t feel that he had the looks to full off playing the debonair spy who was popular with the ladies.

In the mid 1990s, one of Ireland’s favorite sons, Liam Neeson, turned down the role of James Bond because he said he wasn’t interested in starring in action films. Something obviously changed his mind over the years as he is now the successful star of the “Taken” series of films.

Flash-forward to the 2000s and there was a fresh batch of performers who were threatening to take the role ahead of Daniel Craig. After he parodied the James Bond character in his “Millenium” video clip, popstar Robbie Williams was actually approached about playing the role in a feature film. However, he turned down the role saying he didn’t feel like he was refined enough for the role.

Aside from Williams, other actors considered to play James Bond in the 2000s were Dominic West, who went on to make a name for himself in “300” and “The Wire,” and Ewan McGergor who has received critical acclaim for films such as “Trainspotting,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Moulin Rouge” while winning over fans in George Lucas’ reboot of the “Star Wars” franchise. McGregor turned down the Bond role because he was afraid of becoming typecast, while West pulled himself out of the running when he heard that Pierce Brosnan may have been wanting to return to the role.

However, the actor who was the biggest threat to Daniel Craig was Australian actor Hugh Jackman. The Aussie actor was perfect for the role; he had the looks and was a guaranteed crowd pleaser, as his work as Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise showed. The producer’s plans of naming Jackman as the new Bond were shelved, however, when Jackman read the script and didn’t like the direction the series was going in.

Whenever the role of James Bond is left vacant, there are never a shortage of names that are linked to the role. However, as time has shown in the past, just because an actor has made the decision to turn down what could have been the biggest role of their life, it doesn’t necessarily mean they still won’t become famous.

Sandra Bullock

It must be an exciting time for an actress when she is sent a script to read, it must even be more exciting when the script she is sent is one for a blockbuster film that may change her career forever. For that reason, it is almost unfathomable how an actress can read a blockbuster script but then decline the role. But is has happened, so let’s take a look at the actresses who have turned down blockbuster roles.

Nia Long – Nia who? Yes sometimes a decision that an actress can make about her career can be the difference between one day getting a star on a Hollywood pavement or career suicide. Back in 2000 when the producers were putting together a dream cast for the big screen adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels,” they had one actress say no to a role that would have seen her acting in one of the biggest action blockbusters of all time alongside the likes of Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. Actress Nia Long was actually approached about playing the role of Alex Munday, but when she turned it down to be in “Big Momma’s House” the role instead went to Lucy Liu. The decision was pretty much career suicide for Long who, since “Big Momma’s House,” has pretty much been restricted to doing just television roles.

Sandra Bullock – Okay, so Sandra Bullock has enough brownie points in her bag to show that it probably didn’t matter that she passed on a movie role once, but there is another actress out there who is very thankful that she did. Back in 2004 when legendary director Clint Eastwood was putting together the cast for boxing flick “Million Dollar Baby,” the role of Maggie Fitzgerald was actually offered to Sandra Bullock first, but she declined the role saying she couldn’t work with Eastwood. Instead, the role went to Hilary Swank who had impressed everybody with her performance in “Boys Don’t Cry” five years earlier. Swank probably still thanks Bullock for the opportunity because playing Maggie saw Swank pick up an Oscar.

Jada Pinkett – Can making bad decisions about movie roles run in the family? It’s common knowledge that Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix” but his wife Jada Pinkett also made a terrible decision about a role as well. Getting offered a role in a franchise based on a comic book is now like a badge of honor, but back in the year 2000, it was less so. It is perhaps only a little surprise that Pinkett was not quick to snap up the role of Storm for the “X-Men” film when it was first offered to her. Pinkett turned down the role and instead it went to Halle Berry, who used it to catapult her career into a new atmosphere of stardom.

Michelle Pfeiffer – “Pretty Woman,” love it or loathe, it but it is still one of the most watched films of all time. It was also the film that introduced the world to Julia Roberts and made her a superstar. Yes, it was Roberts who played the role of fun-loving escort, Vivian Ward, in this Cinderalla story. At the time Roberts was a virtual unknown with “Steel Magnolias” being the only film of note under her belt. She should consider very lucky to have won the role in “Pretty Woman,” because the role was first offered to Michelle Pfeiffer who was hot property after just working on “Dangerous Liaisons.” Pfeiffer turned down the role and Roberts used it to become a star.

Demi Moore – Yes, it maybe news to all of you out there that ever decided to hit the pause button during a certain scene in the erotic thriller “Basic Instinct,” but it almost wasn’t Sharon Stone who took the lead role opposite Michael Douglas. When director Paul Verhoeven was first putting together the cast for “Basic Instinct,” his first choice of leading lady was in fact Demi Moore who was the toast of Hollywood after her lauded performance in “Ghost.” When Moore said no to the role of “Basic Instinct’s” relative vixen, Catherine Tramell, the role was instead offered to Sharon Stone who was mainly known for her role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Total Recall.”

Some may say that their decision was wise, some may say that their decision was one of the stupidest decisions they ever made in their lives. But for one reason or another the woman above all said no to a blockbuster. Thankfully, not too many have lived to regret to the decision.

Robert Pattinson

You hear the term Hollywood royalty bandied around a lot by the tabloids. There are the Kings and Queens, those such as Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise who seem to rule over all those A-Listers. Then there are the older generation of royalty, those like Jack Nicholson and Dame Judi Dench who once had the throne but have since handed it on to those younger. Then there are jesters, the Adam Sandlers and Jim Carreys of this world who are always ready to make the ‘court’ laugh.

It may come as a complete surprise to film lovers but there are also those that we love to watch up on the big screen who can proudly boast that they do in fact have royal blood flowing their veins. Let’s take a look at some of the A-Listers who could replace the red carpet with the royal robes if they so wished.

There aren’t many out there that would argue that Brad Pitt isn’t Hollywood royalty. The dashing good looks make him look like Prince Charming and then there is the fact that this award winning actor is also the partner of one of the Queens of Hollywood – Angelina Jolie. The surprising news is though that Brad Pitt has actual royal blood flowing through his veins. Through his mother’s side of the family, Pitt is related to England’s King Henry II who ruled between 1154-1189. King Henry II also has another Hollywood descendent in the form of Paris Hilton who, when not attending the opening of an envelope, has been known to act in films including “House Of Wax” and “The Bling Ring.”

Not to be outdone by her partner, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie can also lay claim to some royal blood, thanks to the fact that her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, was a descendent of France’s King Philip II. Yes Angelina and Brad are a ‘royal couple’ in every sense of the phrase. Also related to the French Royal Family is “The Blue Lagoon” actress Brooke Shields who recently discovered on an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” that her family tree includes Henry IV of France. “Who Do You Think You Are” also discovered that Johnny Depp is the 20thcousin of Queen Elizabeth. Another French royal family member was the great Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Perkins who were both related to King Louis IV of France.

She may no longer be considered Hollywood royalty, and recently slummed it in “Movie 43,” but actress Uma Thurman has some royal bloodlines in the real world due to the fact that she is a relative of King Edward 1 of England (who ruled from 1272-1307). Actor Hugh Grant may have seen an incident with Divine Brown cause him to fall off his thrown, but he also has a double royal connection. Grant can trace his family lines back to both Henry VII and James IV The King Of Scotland (ruled from 1488-1513.)

Another Hollywood celebrity who may be wondering why she doesn’t receive any invites to Buckingham Palace is the Queen of Hollywood Chat Shows, Ellen DeGeneres, who was recently told by the New England Genealogical Society that she is the 15th cousin of Kate Middleton and is also related to King Edward III (who ruled from 1327-1377). Also related to King Edward III is brother and sister acting duo, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Duff, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Laura Dern and Michael Douglas. Now that could be one talented family get-together.

If you were looking for another family get-together with both talent and royal lines you could do a search down the family tree of King John of England (ruled from 1199-1216), whose modern day ancestors include Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Glenn Close and Sissy Spacek.

In what has to be one of the most ironic royal links of all time, Robert Pattinson recently found out that he can trace his family back to Vlad The Impaler. Yes that’s right; the actor who famously played vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise of films is, in fact, related to the ruler that inspired the Dracula mythology – the ruthless Vlad the Impaler. Just for good measure, Pattinson is also a cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.

Just to wrap up this talented bunch of ‘celebrity royal relatives,’ you have Sigourney Weaver and Clint Eastwood who were both related to King Henry I (ruler of England from 1100-1135), as well as Ralph and Joseph Fiennes who have King James II of Scotland (1437-1460) in their family tree.

While it would seem unlikely that any of this talented bunch would ever swap Tinseltown for a crown, it is fascinating to learn just who can claim to be the true ‘Hollywood Royalty.’

Justin Timberlake

When Justin Timberlake announced that he was putting his musical career on semi-hiatus to pursue a career as an actor many laughed. They had every right to; after all many singers had tried to take that path and failed miserable, some in spectacular very public performances as anyone who ever saw “Glitter” would attest to.

On reflection, the move shouldn’t have been such a shock. After all, Timberlake had made his entertainment debut as a young star on the television show “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Even when he was at his peak with pop group NYSNC, he was making appearances in television shows including “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Touched By An Angel.”

Even before his first solo album in 2002, Timberlake had appeared in the Disney television movie “Model Behavior,” had an uncredited role in feature film “On The Line” and also appeared in the crime comedy “Longshot.”

Timberlake’s first starring role in a film came in 2005’s crime thriller “Edison,” a film that was well received and also saw Timberlake share the screen with acting royalty like Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. From there he soon found himself also getting good write-ups from critics for his roles in “Alpha Dog” and “Black Snake Moan.” However, the same couldn’t be said for “Southland Tales” or “The Love Guru.” The latter may have starred Mike Myers and Jessica Alba, but it is universally regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

“The Love Guru” did have a negative effect on Timberlake’s career. It seemed even a voice acting role in the popular “Shrek The Third” couldn’t really over turn the negative press that came from “The Love Guru” and soon he found himself appearing in other poorly received films like “The Open Road” (alongside Ted Danson) and the straight-to-video action flick “Next Big Thing.”

The string of bad films had started some of the Timberlake-haters saying they had been right all along and that Justin Timberlake’s film career was dead in the water. That soon changed though when director David Fincher took a chance on Timberlake and cast him as Napster creator Sean Parker in the well-received biopic “The Social Network.” Many critics referenced the fact that Timberlake stole the show with his performance and it seemed that the good press was enough to kick start his career once again.

Soon he was voicing the crowd favorite Boo Boo in “Yogi Bear” and then making the adults laugh in the underrated comedies “Bad Teacher” (with Cameron Diaz) and “Friends With Benefits” (with Mila Kunis. “In Time” saw Timberlake add science fiction to the growing list of genres that he had tackled while his appearance alongside Clint Eastwood in the baseball flick “Trouble With The Curve” while his role in the Coen Brother’s flick “Inside Llewyn Davis” showed the arthouse crowd that Timberlake does indeed have some fine acting skills. Sadly, his appearance alongside Ben Affleck in the thriller “Runner Runner” was let down by a poor script, but any decent cinema goer now knows that Timberlake has enough acting points in the bank to get over one bad role.

There is no doubting that Justin Timberlake has now made it as an actor and seeing that his last solo album was poorly received by the critics, he should be feeling very happy that he chose a career on the big screen over one behind the microphone.