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‘The Mule’ does little for Clint Eastwood’s reputation – Movie Review

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Film: “The Mule”; Director: Clint Eastwood; Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Lawrence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Dianne Wiest, Ignacio Serricchio, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood, Ray Hernandez, Lobo Sebastian, Manny Montana and Noel Gugliemi; Rating: **

At 90, Clint Eastwood mulishly clings to his legendary aura in “The Mule”. From the start of his illustrious career, this grand old man of American cinema has played loners, characters who would rather be left to themselves rather than in the company of people who would like to believe they know him.

In “The Mule”, Eastwood plays Earl Stone and guess what? He’s 90. No effort to fudge his age, a crime that all male superstars are guilty of. Earl is a man fighting off irrelevance and boredom by becoming a drug carrier.

That’s it. Nothing much happens once we know Earl’s big secret. We know Eastwood’s character is despised by his estranged wife (Dianne Wiest, a superb actress whom we are delighted to see after a long gap). She spares no effort to remind him of how callous he has been to the family. Beyond these cursory details, the film probes none of those mortal insecurities which would make a law-abiding man turn to crime at the end of life.

Surprisingly, in spite of its 90-year protagonist, “The Mule” is not a meditation on mortality. Whether you wish to regard this absence of rumination to be a virtue or not is entirely a matter of choice. As far as Eastwood’s character is concerned, death can go fly a kite with Mary Poppins.

Eastwood has always played variations of himself on-screen. This time he is playing a version of the sulky star who probably turns down requests for selfies from fans. What’s surprisingly is the presence here of Bradley Cooper during a year when he has attained a new level of stardom in “A Star Is Born”, appearing in “The Mule” as a cop in pursuit of a drug cartel.

It is a role as trite as the one played by Ranvir Shorey in the recent web series “Rangbaaz”. And Cooper does nothing to elevate the character from his cesspool of boredom.

This is a film that does nothing for its accomplished actors except to remind them that being part of a film made strictly to humour its leading man’s penchant for self renewal (in one particularly embarrassing sequence, Eastwood, all of 90, is seen making out with two young women who evidently enjoy the kink before the sink) is a tenable place to be in. Even if the audience doesn’t quite agree with you.

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Kangana Ranaut REACTS on working with Salman Khan

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Actress Kangana Ranaut, who is awaiting of her upcoming film “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, recently said that she would like to work with Salman Khan, who is busy shooting of his period film titled ‘Bharat’ which releases on Eid this year.

At ‘Manikarnika’s ‘Bharat’ song launch, when Kangana was asked about working with Salman in future.Manikarnika also marks Bollywood debut of actress Ankita Lokhande in the movies wherein she plays the role of Jhalkaribai.

The movie has been co-directed by Kangana herself after Krish left the movie midway to direct another movie.

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Richa Chadha’s 12 different look for Shakeela calendar

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Richa Chadha is not your conventional Bollywood beauty. Fukrey actress knows how to get noticed for her work in a very competitive industry. Richa is always very particular about the characters she plays in the movies. And the next movie of hers is the new experiment.

Richa Chadha will be seen in and as Shakeela next. Shakeela will be a biopic on the famous southern adult film actress Shakeela, who made it big in the low budget film world. The team has thought of an interesting way to promote the movie through a dedicated movie calendar.

It will be for the first time that a calendar of a movie will be launched. Richa will be seen in 12 different avatars in the calendar. Actress Richa Chadha will be featured in 12 different avatars for 12 different months of 2019. Expect it to be quirky and hot. It will be inspired by ’90s pulp films.

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Divyanka excited to be solo anchor of reality show ‘The Voice’

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Mumbai, Jan 18: Television actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is all set to host the singing-based show “The Voice”, which has music maestro A.R. Rahman as a super guru. She is excited as this will be her first reality show as a solo anchor.

“It’s not my anchoring debut. I had done anchoring for award shows earlier. But being a solo anchor for a reality show, dealing with ‘real people’ away from glamour, dedicated towards their art is my first,” Divyanka said in a statement.

The actress is already multi-tasking between her daily show “Ye Hai Mohabbatein” and a web series. Now, she has “The Voice” in her kitty as well.

“Its a lot of time management, but I am not complaining. I am loving the fact that I am part of three different genres and am getting the ability to experiment as an actor,” Divyanka said.

“Yes, it’s draining and I know that it’s easier said than done, but I’m sure it’s possible with planning as well as cooperation from my production houses and channel,” she added.

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