American Sniper under fire: Seth Rogen, Michael Moore ignite sniper debate

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‘American Sniper’ smashes box office records.

Reacting to the big opening weekend for “American Sniper,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said the criticism of the film stems from Hollywood and their disagreement on many of the issues the movie promotes.

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Hollywood celebrities have taken to social media outlets to express their differing reactions to the Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper.” The war drama raked in 6 Oscar nomination, including Best Picture, and more than $90 million at the box office in its record-setting January opening weekend.It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period. Granted, it stars Bradley Cooper in the title role, but it’s also clear that Eastwood knows how to stage scenes with firearms better than anyone else, with the possible exception of John Woo. “You know this isn’t necessary,” Eastwood says, trying to postpone the inevitable. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide-release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it. “The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. When he’s forced to pull out his gun, he’s not gleeful about it, unlike too many of our unconscionable modern “heroes” — he just does what needs to be done. “Go ahead, make my day” remains Eastwood’s single most famous line.

However actor Seth Rogen saw another side to the film, comparing it to a “heroic” scene in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Inglorious Basterds” in which a German sniper is seen killing hundreds of Allied soldiers. “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. But the best part is actually the way he paced the scene, going from 0 to 60 in seconds, only to downshift for the iconic tau One reason Eastwood staged sniper scenes so well in his new movie is that he had basically rehearsed them in this classic set piece from his Oscar-winning Western. That chorus is being joined by more and more people, particularly in Hollywood and on the left,” Limbaugh said. “After all, folks, it’s about a redneck from Texas who is better using a gun than anybody ever has been. After she clumsily explained it to her, Taya let out a laugh. “Sienna, is there something about your personal life I should know?” Taya asked. “Are you OK, girl?” Miller will have a banner 2015: She’s scheduled to appear in seven films, including the Sundance drama “Mississippi Grind” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass.” She’ll also star in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” after a Broadway run in “Cabaret,” filling in for Emma Stone as Sally Bowles. “I think it’s ‘Birdman’s’ fault,” says Miller, 33, who studiously keeps up with current films. “I’ve got the sudden urge to be back in the theater.” She spoke to Variety about her new career.

It also keeps Hart’s box office roll going following his success in recent hits such as “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man.” “Kevin Hart really is that guy that everybody wants to hang with,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “Not only is he always funny, but he’s that guy that you want to sit down and have a beer with. Seal Kyle was gunned down at a shooting range in his native Texas by Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran allegedly suffering from PTSD in February 2013.

I remember before an emotional scene, he came up and put his hand on my back and he just whispered in my ear the death toll in Iraq on the day we’re shooting. He’s someone I worked with for years and years, starting with “Factory Girl.” He’d worked with my ex-boyfriend [Jude Law], so I spent a lot of time with him on the set of “All the King’s Men.” We used to eat the whole craft table together. After having my daughter and re-evaluating my priorities, I realized I really want to work with amazing filmmakers and had a strong sense of the films I want to watch and try to be in.

I’d been, not by choice, dissected by the media and exposed and all the things that really make it hard to be a good actor, or to be seen as characters, to disappear into something.

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