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Why Clint Eastwood was the wrong choice to direct 'Jersey Boys'

A Tony-winning musical about a Hall of Fame rock group by an Oscar-winning director—on paper, it sounds like a sure-fire hit. So why did Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys fall flat in theaters this weekend?

Simply because Clint Eastwood should have never directed it in the first place.

When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway back in 2005, it broke the mold of the emerging trend of “jukebox musicals”—that is, musicals that repurposed pre-existing songs and placed them into stories—by using the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that were already loved and adored by millions to tell their own story. It went on to win four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Lead Actor in a Musical for the relative unknown John Lloyd Young, who played Frankie Valli.

From that point on, the story of four guys who went from singing under a street lamp to the biggest spotlights seemed destined to be adapted for the big screen. Right after Jersey Boys made Broadway its new stomping ground, films of Dreamgirls, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia! were hitting theaters around the world and studios were green-lighting movie musical after movie musical. READ FULL STORY

Memorial Day: Which pop culture cookout would you crash?

The sun is shining, the smell of summer is finally in the air…and naturally, you’re still thinking about TV and movies. Which is fine, because so are we. Specifically: Not long ago, your pals at EW had a conversation about the pop culture cookouts we’d most love to attend. Three serve pretty standard barbecue fare; two feature whole roast pigs; one makes itty bitty alligators the main course. But all feature great company, from ace Miami detective Marcus Burnett to  growly, grizzled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski to the scrappy kids who spend their days hitting homers on their local baseball diamond. (Or trying to, at least.)

Check out our picks for pop culture’s best outdoor shindigs below — and feel free to add your own: READ FULL STORY

Remembering Madiba: Paul Simon, Bill Clinton, P. Diddy, Clint Eastwood, more share thoughts on Nelson Mandela

The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist.  Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
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Spike's Guys Choice Awards winners: Guy of the Year, Most Manticipated Movie and more

The seventh annual Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were both a celebration of all things manly and an irreverent wink toward the silliness of such a singular celebration. The trophy is a “Mantler,” there’s an award for Most Dangerous Man, and prizes are handed out to fictional characters as readily as they are to real people. What other awards show would honor daredevil Felix Baumgartner in the same breath as The Walking Dead‘s Dixon brothers? They know their audience.

Taped in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the Guys Choice Awards aired Wednesday night on Spike TV, where Clint Eastwood presented Ben Affleck with the Guy of the Year award, and Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg re-enacted a scene from Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 cult classic Boogie Nights.

Click past the jump for a list of all the winners and a clip of Seth MacFarlane and Wahlberg singing “Thunder Buddies” while accepting the Mantler for Ted. READ FULL STORY

Ashley Judd considering a Senate run? Here are 10 other actors who turned to politics

Kentucky native and avid Wildcats fan Ashley Judd is considering a Senate bid in her home state, Politico reports.

The De-Lovely actress, who actually resides on a farm in Tennessee, has been devoting more and more time to political activism in the last few years, even completing a master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. More recently, she’s discussed her political ambitions with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and started conducting campaign research. READ FULL STORY

On 'Hannity,' Clint Eastwood proves once more that he's better with a script -- VIDEO

Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.

Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they –  ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”

Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.

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Celebs who endorse Romney: Add Meat Loaf to the list

“There has storm clouds come over the United States. There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms — and I mean major hail storms — in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere.”

Spoken word poetry? Dialogue from a video game that was poorly translated from English to Japanese, then back to English? Nope — those are the actual words Meat Loaf used Thursday night during a Romney rally in Defiance, Ohio.

In a video that has since been taken down, the singer followed his weather report with a straightforward Romney endorsement: “There is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be — Governor Mitt Romney!” And then he wailed a few bars of “America the Beautiful.”

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Clint Eastwood stars in campaign ad for Mitt Romney -- VIDEO

The American Crossroads super PAC released a new anti-Obama campaign ad today starring Clint Eastwood. With no empty chair to support his argument, the actor abandons improvisation for a more conventional attack approach.

Eastwood narrates over shots of factories and Americans standing in unemployment lines, saying “23 million can’t find full-time work and we borrow $4 billion every single day.” He argues that President Barack Obama should be held “accountable” for not getting the job done and Mitt Romney should be elected in his place to “turn [the country] around fast.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the commercial is part of a $12.6 million ad campaign backed by Karl Rove’s political action committee that will run in the swing states of Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Virginia.

Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby costar Morgan Freeman recently narrated a campaign commercial with the opposite sentiment on behalf of Obama. Forget the presidential contenders, it’s a battle of the two most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Clint, Bruce, Lindsay, Honey Boo Boo: Do any celebrity political endorsements have meaning?

When Bruce Springsteen recently announced that he’d be campaigning for President Obama in Ohio and Iowa this week, and when he officially endorsed the president yesterday with a letter posted on his website, no one was surprised. You would have to be dense not to pick up the progressive vibrations in nearly four decades of Springsteen’s music, and he’s actively promoted the Democratic nominee now in the last three elections.

It’s unclear if celebrities have any political influence on voters, but if they do, it seems to diminish exponentially with repeated exposure. Take George Clooney, for example. He’s the most famous celebrity political insider, but because he’s so involved, his actual endorsement means much less to average Americans — it’s simply taken for granted that he would support Obama again.

That’s why the Republicans thought they had an ace in the hole with Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention. Sure, Eastwood was a famous conservative, but he had rarely if ever been willing to lend his celebrity to a national candidate. When viewers saw him take the stage, it had the potential to make an impact that would dwarf the combined wattage of Clooney/Springsteen/Oprah. Alas, it didn’t exactly work out that way.

But what celebrity has that kind of clout these days? Who are the famous Americans that both political parties would welcome to their fold? The Sean Penns and Kid Rocks have already made their bets and spent their capital. Who might still be able to move the needle? You know, besides Lindsay Lohan and Honey Boo Boo. READ FULL STORY

'Trouble With the Curve' ending: The one moment it was subtle?

SPOILER ALERT! If you’ve read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of Trouble With the Curve, you know she found it a tad predictable. And she’s right: We knew the nice kid was a big league pitcher in the making from the moment he threw those peanuts to the totally unlikable hot-shot hitter being scouted for the Braves by Clint Eastwood’s Gus. We knew Mickey (Amy Adams), Gus’ lawyer daughter who was along for the ride because her father’s eyesight is going, would eventually fall for Justin Timberlake’s Johnny, a pitcher once recruited by Gus who blew out his arm when he was traded to the Red Sox and then became a scout for them. We knew even though Gus told the Braves — and Johnny – not to select the hot-shot because he couldn’t hit a curve ball, the Sox would believe Johnny and pass on him and the Braves wouldn’t believe Gus and take him. We knew Johnny would get fired and end his budding romance with Mickey, thinking that she and Gus had planned to steal the No. 1 pick all along. We knew Mickey would, in the end, bring the nice kid for a tryout with the Braves and he’d strike out the hot-shot. We knew Mickey would quit her job at the boys’ club law firm that wouldn’t make her partner and become a sports agent — and get back together with Johnny (who’d be waiting by his car like he was Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles, because what thirtysomething woman wouldn’t want that?). READ FULL STORY

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