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” Pale Rider ” reveals 12 fascinating facts from Clint Eastwood’s movie.

If you know Clint Eastwood and western films, then you definitely know Pale Rider. The 1985 classic has positive reviews all around the internet, with critics praising the plot and Clint Eastwood’s production. Keep reading to check out 14 facts about Pale Rider that you might not know!

1 – It’s no surprise that Pale Rider was a box office hit. The film was the highest-grossing western movie during the 1980s, grossing around $41,410,568.

2 – Usually, Clint Eastwood would commission a screenplay to be written before incorporating the theme of the movie. For Pale Rider though, he had an idea for the theme before a screenplay was written.

3 – The name of the film comes from the Book of the Revelation, where it refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The rider of the pale horse is Death, which ties into the plot of Pale Rider. Interestingly, in the film, we can see Megan Wheeler reading this verse when Preacher first arrives.

4 – In 1985, the film was entered into the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, Pale Rider didn’t win any awards.

5 – Pale Rider was given a remake in 2007, titled Missionary Man. The movie was directed and written by Dolph Lundgren, who also plays the leading character. It’s set in modern times, where horses have been replaced by Harley Davidson motorcycles.

6 – Clint Eastwood also starred in a show called Rawhide, that aired throughout the ‘50s. One of the episodes was titled “Incident of the Pale Rider”, but it has no relation to the movie.

7 – Many people compare Pale Rider to the films Shane (1953) and High Noon (1952). Shane focuses on a mysterious main character who comes to a gold mining town. Clint Eastwood most likely drew inspiration from these two popular western films.

8 – Did the music from the teaser trailer sound familiar to you? That’s because it was also the theme for Britain’s “Channel 4 News”. Pale Rider uses this piece from Alan Hawkshaw, titles “Best Endeavors”. The song is still used on the channel today, although it has been changed a little.

9 – In the film, Clint Eastwood goes to a safe deposit box at a Wells Fargo office to get his guns. The location of this scene was Columbia California, which was a real gold mining town during the 1800s. The town brings in tourists who want a taste of life during the gold rush.

10 – Near the end of the film, it is implied that Clint Eastwood is a ghost, but this is not the first time he plays a potential ghost. In the film High Plains Drifter (1973), it is implied that Eastwood’s character is a ghost. Both films feature a nameless character as well, with Eastwood being referred to as ‘the Stranger’ in High Plains Drifter.

11 – Clint Eastwood seems like a natural cowboy, but did you know that he had a mild allergy to horses? This explains the gaps between his appearances in western movies. Eastwood was also allergic to cats and dogs, which made it difficult to work with animals on set.

12 – Clint Eastwood often starred as a nameless character in a western movie, but this would be the last role in which he would do so. In addition, Pale Rider is the last movie where Clint Eastwood has a beard.

13 – While working on western films, Clint Eastwood had a producing partner named Fritz Manes. Although he wasn’t an actor, he had a cameo appearance in seven of Eastwood’s films. In Pale Rider, Manes can be seen as a stage rider.

14 – Does the location in Pale Rider look familiar? That’s because the movie Back to the Future III used the same set! The train station, along with other buildings, can be seen in both films. Marty McFly even goes by the name ‘Clint Eastwood’, as a nod to the film. The real Clint Eastwood knew of this reference and found it ‘quite entertaining’.

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Clint Eastwood May Replace Steven Spielberg as ‘American Sniper’ Director

American Sniper – based on the late Chris Kyle’s memoir “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” – has attracted some big Hollywood talent, ever since Bradley Cooper’s 22nd & Indiana production company picked up the rights in 2012 (with Cooper attaching himself as the star and producer). Case in point, Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook writer/director David O. Russell was reported as being the first serious contender in consideration for the helming job on Sniper.

Russell has decided to look elsewhere, where it concerns the possible followup to his next project: the true-story historical dramedy American Hustle (also starring Cooper). Steven Spielberg appeared to be all-ready to commit as director on American Sniper back in May of 2013, but he then dropped out around three months later.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. wants American Sniper to begin filming by the first quarter of 2014. That could mean the studio intends to release the movie during the subsequent awards season; or, at least, have the Sniper adaptation ready in time to make an Oscar-qualifying limited theatrical run in December next year.

However, in order for that to be feasible, WB is going to need a director known for working fast, efficiently and effectively to captain the American Sniper ship – which may be part of the reason why the studio has begun “tentative negotiations” with Clint Eastwood, so as to have the Oscar-winning legend take the helm. If a deal is struck, then Eastwood will begin filming his Jersey Boys musical adaptation at the conclusion of this month (August 2013, at the time of writing this), before he wraps up production a couple months later and then jumps head-first into principal photography on Sniper.

Kyle’s American Sniper book – detailing how the former Navy SEAL went “from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin” – has been adapted into movie script form by Jason Dean Hall. The latter’s artistic credibility took a hit this past week, due to the poor critical reception for Paranoia (which Hall co-wrote). I’m taking the time to note this because Eastwood has a tendency to direct scripts with potential – something that Hall’s American Sniper script draft clearly has (given the talent it has managed to attract).

Problem is, Clint the director is able to work faster because he skips on polishing or fine-tuning the scripts he works from, as has become increasingly noticeable in his more recent films (see: Invictus, J. Edgar) – meaning, he may not be the right guy to give Hall’s American Sniper script draft any necessary tweaks it needs to realize its full promise. Moreover, Eastwood’s no-budge directorial temperament often gives rise to a slow-paced and soulfully-morose final product – but is that the right approach to Kyle’s story, passing over how respectful Eastwood would be towards his subject?

How about it, then: Clint Eastwood to direct American Sniper, yay or nay?

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Clint Eastwood to Direct ‘Jersey Boys’ Film?

These days, actor/director Clint Eastwood is best known as the filmmaker behind hard-hitting dramas like Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. However, the former Dirty Harry has been looking to try his hand at a very different genre for quite a while – the musical.

For years, Eastwood has been developing a remake of A Star Is Born, which was most recently brought to the big screen in 1976 with Barbara Streisand in the lead. Eastwood’s version – which would be the third remake of the original 1937 production – was set to star Beyoncé Knowles. However, Knowles has since dropped out of the project, leaving it in a state of limbo for now.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood will instead shift his focus over to another musical project with the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production Jersey Boys. The plot focuses on the rise and fall of musical group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and uses the group’s music to tell its story. Jon Favreau had previously been attached to direct the film.

If Eastwood takes on Jersey Boys, the film would likely be his next directorial project, followed (presumably) by A Star Is Born. The latter film is currently courting Grammy-winning jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding to star, though the project has also faced difficulty in casting its male lead. Sean Penn is among the most recent crop of actors being discussed for the role.

Eastwood’s decision to move on from A Star Is Born is a wise one, considering that project looks like it will take a while to gain any traction. Besides, a filmmaker as accomplished as Eastwood can lend just the right amount of gravitas to something like Jersey Boys. After last summer’s Rock of Ages failed to score at the box office, audiences may need convincing to check out another “jukebox musical.”

Do you think Eastwood is a good fit for Jersey Boys? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest news on the Jersey Boys movie as this story develops.

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‘Trouble with the Curve’ Images: Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting

Clint Eastwood hasn’t appeared onscreen in four years, and the last time he acted under the direction of someone other than… well, himself was in 1993. The 82-year old Hollywood legend returns to the big screen in Trouble with the Curve from his protégé Robert Lorenz, who’s worked on-and-off as an assistant director and/or producer on Eastwood’s films (beginning with Bridges of Madison County).

Eastwood co-headlines Trouble with the Curve alongside three-peat Oscar-nominee Amy Adams. The supporting cast isn’t shabby either, including John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard (The Descendants), and semi-newcomer Joe Massingill.

Trouble with the Curve is a father-daughter relationship drama explored through the lens of an off-the-field sports drama. Newcomer Randy Brown’s script revolves around an Atlanta Braves scout (Eastwood) who on the verge of being put out to pasture, due to his diminishing eyesight and old-fashioned approach to recruiting players (obviously, he doesn’t subscribe to the Moneyball school of thought).

Eastwood’s character convinces his estranged daughter (Adams) to accompany and assist him on what could be his last assignment, to determine whether or not a promising power hitter (Massingill) has potential to make it in the big leagues. Timberlake plays a player-turned-scout who’s on good terms with Eastwood, but risks trouble when he starts getting too friendly with Adams.

Lorenz has the opportunity to demonstrate the directorial tricks he’s picked up on working with Eastwood over the years, while establishing himself as a reputable storyteller on Trouble with the Curve (his feature-length directorial debut). The two-time Oscar nominee certainly works as efficiently as his mentor, given the six-month turnaround between the film’s production start date and its release this fall.

Moreover, Trouble with the Curve could satisfy as a capstone to Eastwood’s acting legacy, much like Unforgiven did for his days working in the western genre; not to mention, Gran Torino served as a swansong to his career playing characters who’re rough around the edges (ex. Harry Callahan). If Eastwood turns in a performance deemed awards-worthy by his peers, well, that’s icing on the cake.

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