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Readers React to Clint Eastwood J. Edgar Comments

Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Judge is the latest journalist to make the pilgrimage to Carmel, California to chat with former mayor Clint Eastwood. He does a nice job of painting the picture of what it’s like to sit down with the 80-year-old Hollywood icon on the actor’s home turf.

In the comments section, several readers debate Eastwood’s declaration that his upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio will not really address allegations that the FBI chief was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. While some comments reflect disappointment and surprise that this would be the case with a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), others like Sally Wilson applaud the non-salacious focus:

Many years ago my spouse pleaded with Richard Pryor concerning a planned biographical film on the legendary Charlie Parker. To make his point he sent Pryor a tape of varied musicians of the thirties and forties to show… that the curse of drugs and racism though existent in Parker’s life was not the essence of his genius and his demons. Pryor did not produce the story.

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Louis Armstrong: The Film

Charlie Parker will have to step aside for Satchmolouis2.jpg as Forest Whitaker forest.jpghas signed and agreed to direct “What A Wonderful World” for Paris-based Legende, Variety says.

New York-based producer Ed Pressman and Legende’s Alain Goldman will produce the film, which will be the first big-screen project authorized by the Louis Armstrong estate.

Ron Bass will write the original script.

Legende was also responsible for the award winning “Ma Vie En Rose.”

The Armstrong film will kick off during the musician’s impoverished early years in New Orleans and primarily chronicle his career as a trumpet virtuoso and improvisational singer.

“Armstrong left a monumental mark on our lives and our culture,” said Whitaker, who portrayed jazz great Charlie Parker in “Bird.” “He lived an amazing life and, through his art, shifted the way music was played and would be heard after him, not just here in the U.S. but all over the world.”

“What a Wonderful World” will begin shooting in the summer in Louisiana.