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June 8, 2008
THE MAJORITY of movie fans throughout the world would love to see Hollywood produce a new Dirty Harry movie, even though Clint Eastwood himself has ruled that out ["Revolver Revolution," June 1]. Eastwood does have his age to consider when it comes to playing a role of Harry Callahan, even though he could certainly still direct such a movie. For a modern-day Dirty Harry movie, why not try to get Hugh Jackman to play Harry Callahan?
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February 21, 2014 | By John Horn
Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" wasn't a box-office hit, but that hasn't stopped a bitter and costly lawsuit over its authorship. On Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles will try to determine whether the baseball movie stole more than a base. Former actor Randy Brown tried for years to become a screenwriter. Finally, after almost two decades of thankless effort, he sold a baseball story to Clint Eastwood's production company.  The result was the Warner Bros. feature film "Trouble With the Curve," directed by Eastwood's longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz, and starring Dirty Harry himself.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013  |  Biggest flops of 2013 The film, a critical and commercial washout, grossed just $48.9 million globally.
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November 2, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Another upcoming film-related album features some even more unlikely voices. The album accompanying "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," the film version of John Berendt's nonfiction bestseller about a murder in Savannah, Ga., includes singing performances by the film's star Kevin Spacey--as well as by its director, Clint Eastwood. The two, along with such professional vocalists as Paula Cole, k.d.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Seven reputed Montebello-area gang members have been arrested for their alleged involvement in at least half a dozen murders stemming from ongoing rivalries over drugs and turf, authorities said Wednesday. The arrests by Montebello police and agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, coupled with several dozen federal and state indictments, are part of a bid to clear a backlog of unsolved gang homicides. Officials from those agencies, as well as the U.S. attorney's office and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, were expected to hold a news conference Wednesday to release more details about the crimes and the suspects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An 1880s-era railroad trestle that played a supporting role in the film "Dirty Harry" will be dismantled, beginning Monday, because it was damaged in a traffic accident. Larkspur officials said the trestle spanning Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was partially jolted out of place when a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized crane struck it in June.
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April 10, 1988 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
Before Clint Eastwood became America's most famous small-town mayor, he was best known as Dirty Harry Callahan, the surly police detective who carried a pistol the size of a dachshund. Dirty Harry was unaccustomed to patiently articulating his point of view and explaining his actions. If anyone disagreed with him he could simply whip out his oversized .44-caliber pistol and blow them away.
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April 23, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don Siegel, who overcame a halting start as an actor to become an Academy Award-winning film director and friend and mentor to such stars as Clint Eastwood, has died in Nipomo. Best known for such fast-moving crime and action melodramas as "Dirty Harry," the Western "Two Mules for Sister Sara" and the 1950s science fiction allegory "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Siegel was 78 when he died Saturday of cancer at his Central California home.
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July 15, 1993 | GEORGE SKELTON
"Dirty Harry" Callahan--the detective character that made Clint Eastwood a superstar-- probably wouldn't stand a chance today on the streets of San Francisco or any city. Harry used a .44 magnum six-shooter revolver, a Smith & Wesson, reminding criminals it was "the most dangerous weapon in man's history." What Eastwood fan can forget his challenge to the "punk" serial killer Scorpio: "I know what you're thinking . . . Did he fire five shots or six? Ask yourself . . . do I feel lucky?"
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Composer Philip Glass may create theater pieces inspired by the films of Jean Cocteau, but for locally based artists Melinda Ring and Tony Abatemarco, the right-wing justice fantasies of Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" movies offer an ideal opportunity to use dance and performance art techniques to examine some of our darkest societal obsessions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2003 | Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
The old train trestle where Clint Eastwood gazed menacingly at the bad guy in "Dirty Harry" is no more. It was torn down last week after a crane on a truck struck it in June. About a dozen protesters, including bicyclists and rail enthusiasts, opposed to the dismantling stood vigil last Monday night at the start of demolition. "This is part of Marin's heritage," said David Schonbrunn, a protester and president of the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund in Mill Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By John Horn
Hollywood doesn't usually make sequels to flops, but Clint Eastwood doesn't typically follow convention. So less than two months after the actor-director's infamous “Empty Chair” speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Eastwood is back supporting Gov. Mitt Romney in a new advertisement backed by the "super PAC"  American Crossroads. The new commercial, called “At Stake,” is part of a new $12.6-million ad blitz backed by conservative consultant Karl Rove's political action committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Clint Eastwood stands alone in Hollywood as a man about whom no negative word is spoken. Whether they agree or not with his politics, no matter how people feel about his films or the whole Dirty Harry thing, everyone loves Clint Eastwood. Actors love Clint, writers love Clint, other directors love Clint. In thousands of interviews across time and space he is held up as a model of what Hollywood can and should be - artistically ambitious, committed to craft, respectful of others, frank but polite, a man who hires good people and then gets out of their way. He is the last of what was always a very rare breed, a man of conviction with an unassailable reputation.
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May 26, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Francesca Eastwood is slouched sideways in a chair, her bare feet hanging over the seat's arm. As the 19-year-old toils on her phone - going through old photos and reading about slavery on Wikipedia - she maintains conversation with half-sister Morgan. Both young women have recently emerged from a press junket at a luxury hotel and are noticeably annoyed. "They asked so many questions about dad," Francesca says, eyes still locked on her phone screen. "I mean, like, really?" "Yeah, it's like, guys, get over it," 15-year-old Morgan dutifully agrees.
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May 22, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
So, to paraphrase Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky, punk?" A couple of stories this week have put me in a philosophical state of mind, and when I start feeling that way, I think of Clint Eastwood's Inspector Harry Callahan, one of my favorite philosophers. In fact, Harry's famous movie line was the first thing that came to mind when I read The Times' story Monday on prostate cancer screening for men. The headlines summed it up: "PSA test for prostate cancer should be dropped, task force says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Early in his career as one of Hollywood's top cinematographers, Bruce Surtees became known for his artful use of low-level, moody lighting in films such as Don Siegel's "The Beguiled" and "Dirty Harry" and Bob Fosse's "Lenny. " Surtees, 74, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on "Lenny" and was closely associated with Clint Eastwood on many of his films, died Feb. 23 in Carmel, Calif., of complications of diabetes, said his wife, Carol. FOR THE RECORD: Bruce Surtees: In the March 2 LATExtra section, a photo accompanying the obituary of cinematographer Bruce Surtees was described by the source, Getty Images, as showing him with Clint Eastwood during filming of "High Plains Drifter.
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February 23, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Lalo Schifrin describes himself simply as a "music maker. " "I do music by taking a baton and conducting it or by writing it or by playing the piano," said the 78-year-old composer, who perhaps is best known for his Grammy-winning, jazz infused score for the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible. " But Schifrin is being unduly modest. The Argentine-born composer helped change the sound of movie scores, earning six Oscar nominations. Among his movie scores are 1965's "The Cincinnati Kid," 1967's "Cool Hand Luke," for which he earned his first Oscar nomination, 1968's "Bullitt," 1971's "THX 1138 and "Dirty Harry," 1979's "The Amityville Horror," for which he was also Oscar-nominated and the three "Rush Hour" comedies.
NEWS
September 18, 1987 | Compiled by JUDY PASTERNAK from staff reports
It promised to be a celebrity watcher's fantasy, the meeting between Pope John Paul II and Clint Eastwood--between the Vicar of Christ and the mayor of Carmel. In the end, however, the man who starred as Dirty Harry was content to play a bit role Thursday and leave the Pope as the starring attraction.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1988 | Randy Lewis
My gripe with the script of "The Dead Pool" has nothing to do with the unsympathetic way it portrays journalists--even though it correctly zeroes in on those frothing jackals of TV news, not us pillars of virtue in the print media.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
After decades in Hollywood, Kathy Bates still believes it's a great place ? if you're looking for somewhere to fire your shotgun. "I'm a bit disillusioned with this crazy business we're in," admits the 62-year-old actress, who once claimed the only work offered to unconventional-looking actresses was "the friend, the killer or the lesbian. " Ironically, that cynical attitude has won Bates her ideal role as Harriet "Harry" Korn on "Harry's Law," a new drama from David E. Kelley ("The Practice," "Boston Legal")
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2009 | Reuters
President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded U.S. actor and director Clint Eastwood one of France's top honors on Friday, hailing him as a cinema legend and a symbol of the type of America that the French adored. It is unusual for a foreigner to be elevated to the rank of commander of the French Legion of Honor but Eastwood, who went from playing tough-guy roles like Dirty Harry to directing highly praised films, said he saw France as his second home. "My wife chastised me, saying if that was true why don't I speak French," he told friends and officials gathered at the Elysee Palace for the ceremony, promising to take lessons.
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