Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’ Available for Digital Purchase Nov. 5, on Disc Dec. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Cry Macho for premium digital ownership Nov. 5, followed by a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7.

Cry Macho is directed by and also stars Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son (Eduardo Minett) home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.

The cast also includes Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola and Horacio Garcia Rojas. The screenplay was written by Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash, based on the novel by Nash.

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It earned $10.2 million at the domestic box office during a theatrical run in which it was also available concurrently on the HBO Max streaming service for 31 days.

The disc editions include the featurette “Back in the Saddle: The Making of Cry Macho.” The Blu-ray editions also include the featurette “Macho and the Mustangs.”

The year 2021 marks the 50th year of Eastwood’s partnership with Warner Bros., starting with Dirty Harry.

Warner Celebrating Clint Eastwood on His 50th Year of Partnering With the Studio

As Clint Eastwood enters his eighth decade in the movies, WarnerMedia and Warner Bros. are celebrating the actor/producer/filmmaker with a series of initiatives, including Blu-ray and digital releases, a nine-episode docuseries, an HBO Max spotlight page, a curated exhibit of props and costumes spanning his 50-year association with Warner Bros., a theatrical re-release of select Eastwood films, and Clint Eastwood programming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

This year marks the 50th year of Eastwood’s partnership with Warner Bros. (“Dirty Harry”). Eastwood’s most recent film Cry Macho was released theatrically and on HBO Max on Sept. 17.

From Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, HBO Max will launch a spotlight page featuring select Clint Eastwood films, including the recently-released Cry Macho and seven episodes of the “Clint Eastwood — A Cinematic Legacy” docuseries.

WarnerMedia will launch “Clint Eastwood — A Cinematic Legacy” in Dallas, an exhibition of props and costumes from 50 years of filmmaking at Warner Bros. along with memorabilia from Clint Eastwood’s personal collection. Items include the Gran Torino car from the 2008 film Gran Torino, boxing gloves from 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, Bradley Cooper’s costume from 2014’s American Sniper, the saxophone from 1988’s Bird, Clint Eastwood’s director’s chair, and more.  The exhibition runs from Oct. 6 until Nov. 29 at the AT&T Global Headquarters Showcase in Dallas.

Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air Clint Eastwood programming including feature films and two episodes of the docuseries per night.

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This fall, CNN will feature editorial content highlighting Eastwood’s career and the docuseries.

Also this fall, in select theaters, Warner Bros. will re-release six of Eastwood’s classic films theatrically, each one paired with an episode from the docuseries that highlights the feature film. The films include American Sniper, Gran Torino, Dirty Harry, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven and The Bridges of Madison County.

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On Nov. 5, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release “Clint Eastwood — A Cinematic Legacy,” a nine-episode docuseries exploring Eastwood’s 50 years of filmmaking at Warner Bros. Episodes include:

  • Episode 1 –      “A Director’s Vision”
  • Episode 2 –      “The Heart of a Hero”
  • Episode 3 –      “Witness to History”
  • Episode 4 –      “Reinventing the Western”
  • Episode 5 –      “An Actor’s Director”
  • Episode 6 –      “No Holds Barred”
  • Episode 7 –      “Fighting for Justice”
  • Episode 8 –      “Courage Under Fire”
  • Episode 9 –      “Triple Threat”

 

The “Clint Eastwood – A Cinematic Legacy” docuseries will be available digitally and will also be available in select Blu-ray collections, including:

  • “Clint Eastwood 50th MGM 4-Film Collection” (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Hang ‘Em High)
  • “Clint Eastwood 50th 5-Film Collection” (Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, The Dead Pool)
  • “Clint Eastwood 50th 4-Film Collection” (The Mule, Gran Torino, American Sniper, Sully)
  • “Clint Eastwood 50th 2-Film Collection” (The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider)
  • “Clint Eastwood 50th 10-Film Collection” (Kelly’s Heroes, Where Eagles Dare, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, City Heat, Gran Torino, American Sniper)

Fox Nation Inks Warner Bros. Distribution Deal Featuring Clint Eastwood Titles

Fox Nation, Fox News Media’s conservative-leaning subscription streaming video-on-demand platform, has signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures showcasing Clint Eastwood movies and documentaries.

In August, Fox Nation will begin to offer six movies from the 91-year-old actor/director icon, in addition to two original Eastwood-themed documentaries. In January 2022, the platform will also feature five Warner Bros. films in a “Who Can Forget The ’80s” catalog package.

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Movies streaming on Fox Nation include Dirty Harry, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, The Dead Pool, Pale Rider and Heartbreak Ridge.

Eastwood gained legendary status among conservative voters after speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention. The actor also criticized former President Trump for his social media posts and personal attacks.

“I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level,” Eastwood told The Wall Street Journal in 2020.

“Clint Eastwood is somebody that our audience holds in very high esteem and is very iconic. … It’s all about the data,” Jason Klarman, Fox Nation president, said in a media statement. “We know when they are watching us and what they are going to watch.”

Is Clint Eastwood Closing the Book on 60+ Year Career?

NEWS ANALYSIS — Clint Eastwood, the uniquely American cultural and cinematic icon, put out a cryptic social media post Sunday (July 18) evening that suggests the 91-year-old actor, Oscar-winning director and producer could be winding down a 60+ year career in the public eye.

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Eastwood, who started his career in the 1950s on television, has more than 65 movies to his credit, ranging from spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the “Dirty Harry” franchise, and action comedies Every Which But Loose and Any Which Way You Can. He cemented his critical legacy in 1992, winning Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Unforgiven.

In 2003, Eastwood directed Mystic River, which won Oscars for co-stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. Eastwood won again in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby, co-starring Hilary Swank, who also won an Oscar. The actor’s personal box office clout soared again in 2008, starring in and directing Gran Torino.

Eastwood’s latest effort, the Warner Bros. neo-western Cry Macho, in which he co-stars and directs, is set to debut theatrically and on HBO Max Sept. 17.

Clint Eastwood Film ‘In the Line of Fire’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 15

The 1993 Clint Eastwood film In the Line of Fire will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, remastered with high dynamic range, on June 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from director Wolfgang Peterson, Eastwood stars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into a battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. The film co-stars Rene Russo as Horrigan’s risk-taking field chief.

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The release features Dolby Atmos audio, original theatrical 5.1, and original theatrical stereo. Special features include audio commentary with Petersen, five deleted scenes, several featurettes and a theatrical teaser. The release does not include a regular Blu-ray copy but does come with a digital copy, for a limited time.

Dish: Smoking Scenes Decline in Movies

Actors lighting up cigarettes (or vaping these days) in movies seems to be common, but new data from Dish Network contends just 6% of feature films today depict characters smoking. That’s down from 39% in 1970. The percentage skyrockets going back further to the Golden Age of Hollywood when characters were so often seen with cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and alcohol, it almost seemed like extensions of their bodies.

Back then smoking was viewed as a status symbol, and tobacco brands often sponsored film studios. Some actors even had their own endorsements. Since smoking was such an accepted practice in society, the habit easily made its way onto the big screen.

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Dish took to IMDb and analyzed movies from 1950 to September 2020, sticking to titles with a rating of 3 stars or more (out of 10) and at least 1,000 votes by IMBb users to ensure the film’s quality. The result was more than 3,000 movies tabulated.

Interestingly, Clint Eastwood topped the list of actors smoking in scenes largely due to his spaghetti westerns at the beginning of his career — a habit the actor apparently stopped after playing vigilante cop Dirty Harry and every movie character thereafter. Betty Davis topped the list of female characters lighting up

Cigar smoking was the overall most popular smoking category (see Eastwood) in films — reaching a peak of 24% in 1973. Pipe smoking was consistently more popular than cigarette smoking, probably due to the 1964 Surgeon General’s report that claimed pipe smokers lived longer than cigarette smokers. Hint: They don’t.

While John Wayne admitted to a six-pack-a-day habit during his cancer-shortened life, contemporary actor Jon Hamm actually smoked fake cigarettes in his breakout role in “Mad Men,” including inhaling 74 cigarettes alone in the pilot episode.

Other facts: Smoking was most commonly (54%) found in movies with an ‘R’ rating, and comedies (29%), while largely absent in Disney and Netflix original titles, reflecting changing societal norms and more assertive healthcare campaigns.

Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Heading to Home Video in March

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release director Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell through digital retailers March 3, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 17.

Based on the true story of events surrounding the bombing of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the film stars Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) as Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovers a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. Despite saving numerous lives by moving people away before it detonates, he becomes the FBI’s top suspect and is vilified by the press and public when details of the investigation are leaked.

The cast also includes Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney, Watson Bryant; Olivia Wilde as Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, who broke the story; Jon Hamm as the lead FBI investigator; and Kathy Bates, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jewell’s mother.

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The film earned $22.3 million at the domestic box office.

The Richard Jewell DVD and Blu-ray will include the featurette “The Real Story of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray will also include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray and DVD will also contain a redeemable code for a digital copy of the movie from participating retailers.

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‘The Mule’ Pulls to No. 1 on FandangoNow Chart

Warner’s The Mule trotted to the No. 1 on FandangoNow’s chart of top movies for digital rental and purchase for the week ended April 14.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

The Clint Eastwood drama, which earned $103.8 million in theaters, is about a broke man in his 80s who unwittingly signs on as a drug courier.

Warner also took the second spot on the FandangoNow chart with the DC Comics superhero feature Aquaman, which earned $335 million at the box office, while Paramount’s “Transformers” reboot Bumblebee, which made $127.2 million theatrically, landed at No. 3.

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Two newer releases, Universal’s Glass and Sony’s Holmes & Watson came in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Glass, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, made $111 million theatrically, while the comedy Holmes & Watson, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, earned $30.6 million.

The top films to purchase and/or rent on FandangoNow for the week ended April 14 were:

  1. The Mule — Warner
  2. Aquaman — Warner
  3. Bumblebee — Paramount
  4. Glass— Universal
  5. Holmes & Watson — Sony
  6. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  7. Escape Room — Sony
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  9. Vice — Fox
  10. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner

‘Holmes & Watson’ Is Top Disc, ‘The Mule’ Top Digital Release on Redbox Charts

Sony’s Holmes & Watson took the top spot on the Redbox physical rental chart but lost out to Warner’s stubborn holdover The Mule on the digital chart for the week ended April 14.

The Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, but the Clint Eastwood vehicle The Mule trotted up from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Holmes & Watson, a sendup of the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, finished at No. 2 on the digital chart.

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Paramount’s “Transformers” reboot Bumblebee landed at No. 3 and the DC swimming superhero flick Aquaman floated at No. 4 on both charts.

Two other new releases entered the disc chart for the week. Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home, about the many lives of a reincarnating dog, sat at No. 5, while Universal’s Steve Carell starrer Welcome to Marwen, finished at No. 6.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 14:

  1. Holmes & Watson (New) — Sony
  2. The Mule — Warner
  3. Bumblebee — Paramount
  4. Aquaman— Warner
  5. A Dog’s Way Home (New) — Sony
  6. Welcome to Marwen(New) — Universal
  7. Second Act — Universal
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  9. Mary Poppins Returns — Disney
  10. Instant Family — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 14:

  1. The Mule— Warner
  2. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  3. Bumblebee— Paramount
  4. Aquaman— Warner
  5. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  6. Instant Family — Paramount
  7. Welcome to Marwen— Universal
  8. Second Act— STX
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  10. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner

‘The Mule’ Battles ‘Bumblebee’ on Redbox Charts

Warner’s The Mule was a stubborn competitor for Paramount’s Bumblebee on the Redbox charts for the week ended April 7.

The Clint Eastwood drama took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the “Transformers” reboot topped the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. The Mule, meanwhile, came in at No. 2 on the digital chart while Bumblebee finished second on the disc chart.

Both titles were new releases on disc for the week. Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld, earned $127.2 million at the box office while The Mule took in $103.8 million.

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Warner’s Aquaman, the No. 1 title on both charts in the previous week, slipped to No. 3 on the two Redbox charts while the Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act fell from second place to fourth on both charts.

Vice, a disc new release from Fox, finished at No. 6 on both the disc and digital charts. The Oscar-lauded film, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams, chronicles the life and legacy of vice president Dick Cheney.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 7:

  1. The Mule (New) — Warner
  2. Bumblebee (New) — Paramount
  3. Aquaman — Warner
  4. Second Act — Universal
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  6. Vice (2018) (New) — Fox
  7. Mary Poppins Returns — Disney
  8. Instant Family — Paramount
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald— Warner
  10. Ralph Breaks the Internet — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 7:

  1. Bumblebee — Paramount
  2. The Mule — Warner
  3. Aquaman— Warner
  4. Second Act — Universal
  5. Instant Family — Paramount
  6. Vice (2018) — Fox
  7. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  9. Green Book— Universal
  10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald— Warner