One of my favorite all-time movies is "The Sting," starring that dynamic duo of cinema, Robert Redford and Paul Newman. We're playing the movie for our New Year's Eve Bash this year. After the movie came out in 1973, I spent all my time doing impressions of Robert Shaw's character, Londagin (the object of the sting operation), and laughing at myself. Glorious days of my youth.
Paul Newman passed on some time ago, but Redford is till around. The question is, is he retired or not? He announced in August that he was retiring, but by then he was in post-production for his latest role in "The Old Man and the Gun." This tells the tale ("mostly true") about the bank robber and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker, who died in prison in 2004. Despite the wrinkles on his face, Redford can still charm his way through a scene like nobody's business. "The Old Man and the Gun" December 14-18. Click on the poster to watch the trailer.
Redford is 82 years old. Clint Eastwood is six years older, at 88. He also said he was going to retire from acting after he finished "Gran Torino" (2008). Now he's appearing in a new film, "The Mule," about an old man who's stuck between a rock and a hard place in his personal and financial life. After he responds to an opportunity to make some extra dough, he finds himself in the horrifying vortex of drug cartels and DEA agents cracking down. He had no idea. But now he has some critical decisions to make. Well. We'll get that film in eventually, too. These are too good to pass up because these guys are screen legends. Who knows but these really are their last film roles?
Retiring from a career is a critical decision. I've made that decision myself. Thing is, Eastwood and Redford still know how to do it. And film goers of all ages are enjoying these guys in films past and present.
Following the conclusion of our successful run of "Willy Wonka" December 8, we will return to cinema on December 14 with "Old Man" and follow it up with "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" December 21-23 - a breathtaking new variation on a classic holiday story. Visit our Cinema page for more info.
Meanwhile, please plan to join us for a fun New Year's Eve party. We'll begin at 6:30 Dec. 31 with "The Sting" and ring in the new year with champagne at 9:00 pm - allowing us to synchronize with New York's ball drop at midnight and still get a good night's sleep.