Clint Eastwood

Japan promises to bring home soldiers who died at Iwo Jima

The Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, has vowed to bring closure to one of the Second World War's most notorious and iconic episodes, promising to bring home the remains of the 12,000 soldiers still missing after the battle of Iwo Jima.

Clint Eastwood: 3-D is a phase

Clint Eastwood is not a fan of 3-D movies. The 80-year-old actor and director believes 3-D - which requires cinemagoers to wear glasses to be able to see a film in three dimensional space - does have a place in the movie world but he has never found reason to use it in one of his films.

Diary: Gene heads back West

He may have retired from acting, but Gene Hackman isn't about to go gentle into that good night. Since his final film, 2004's less-than-welcome Welcome to Mooseport, the star, now 80, has been at his desk writing. Hackman has announced that his first solo novel, a Western called Jubal's Bounty, is to be published by Simon & Schuster next summer.

Buddy Van Horn: My life as Clint Eastwood’s stuntman

As the body behind the stunts of five-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood until well into his sixties, Laura Davis talks to 81 year-old Buddy Van Horn about what it was like to work for the western legend throughout his expansive career

DVD: Invictus (12)

There's no escaping the World Cup in South Africa, but for one of the most talked about movies of the year it's about the rugby World Cup 14 years ago.

Cultural Life: Harlan Coben, novelist

Books: I just read and loved David Benioff's 'City of Thieves'. It is about the siege of Leningrad and manages to be moving, adventurous and funny, all at the same time. I don't normally read self-help but I really enjoyed 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin. It's as though the smartest girl in the class did all your homework on happiness and gave you her easy-to-digest notes. She spent a year test driving theories about how to be happier.

Reds in the line of fire for reborn Lyons

After losing their title and two key players, Claude Puel's side have rebuilt and are targeting success in Europe. Bad news for Liverpool, writes John Lichfield in Paris

DVD: Gran Torino (15)

Clint Eastwood is one of the few figures in Hollywood able to play with his own iconography.

Observations: Clint Eastwood, a fistful of muscle cars...and that pink

If you are the kind of gnarly old Hollywood grand-daddy who seems to have been hewn from the very rock on which America was built – in other words, Clint Eastwood – your film career can probably be oversimplified to three or four props. In his case these might be: horses, guns, stubble and cars. Automobiles have always been central to Eastwood's machismo, as important to his masculine image as the once-ever-present cheroot hanging from his mouth.

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Clint Eastwood - the stardust cowboy

The 78-year-old Clint Eastwood is being honoured by a major retrospective at London's BFI. No wonder, says James Mottram, as this is a career that shows no sign of slowing down