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Eastwood hopes to direct at 105

by The Associated Press on April 29, 2013 10:50 AM

NEW YORK — Clint Eastwood may be 82 years old, but he dreams of making films for two more decades.

In a wide-ranging conversation Saturday about the art of film directing, Eastwood expressed admiration for the 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.

“It would be great to be 105 and still making films,” Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope “the ultimate optimism.”

Eastwood last directed 2011’s “J. Edgar,” a biopic of the FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. After acting in last year’s baseball drama “Trouble With the Curve,” he has several films in development.

The “Million Dollar Baby” and “Unforgiven” director joined fellow filmmaker Darren Aronofsky for a staged talk at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of Richard Schickel’s documentary “Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.” Eastwood regaled the Tribeca Performing Arts Center crowd with the accrued, pragmatic wisdom from his late career as an acclaimed filmmaker.

Some of the highlights:

• On preferring to begin a take with “Go when you’re ready,” rather than the traditional “Action!”: “‘Action’ puts a bad connotation out there, like some firecracker that goes off to get everyone going.”

• On his willingness to take suggestions for a scene from anyone: “You have to steal a lot. You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director.”

• On the role of the director in a film production: “A lot of people fell in love with the auteur theory, but you’re merely a platoon captain.”

• On studio executives who told him no one wants to see a women’s fight film (the best picture-winning “Million Dollar Baby”): “Who the hell wants to see anything? You never know until you get into it.”

• On struggling to get films green-lit: “In the early days it was more of a fight. Now, they go, ‘Oh, well, if he’s the old guy.’”

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NEW YORK — Zach Braff has met his goal on Kickstarter, raising $2 million in three days to fund his follow-up to “Garden State.”

The actor-director’s crowd-funding campaign follows Rob Thomas’ wildly successful use of Kickstarter to finance a movie of the defunct TV series “Veronica Mars.” Thomas pulled in $2 million in less than a day, eventually gathering more than $5.7 million in 30 days.

But some observers have criticized Hollywood stars for using the Kickstarter website to dip into the pockets of their loyal fans. Braff has said this is the only way for him to direct his first film since “Garden State” with final cut and his desired casting.

After passing his goal Saturday, the “Scrubs” star said on Twitter: “I will not let you down. Let’s go make a killer movie.”

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NORFOLK, Va. — Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band are coming to Norfolk to perform in a “Tribute to the Troops” concert.

The Navy says the May 11 concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Va., is hosted by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Sinise has dedicated himself to veterans’ issues and to supporting active duty troops.

Admission is free for all Department of Defense cardholders with valid identification cards and their families.

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