Grand ‘Fathers’ day

Eastwood, Spielberg wave 'Flag'

Getting a picture of director Clint Eastwood and producer Steven Spielberg together must be really important because the opportunity drew what was likely the longest press line ever seen at an Academy premiere.

For Monday’s “Flags of Our Fathers” launch, the line was long enough to be broken into two parts: the photographers on the sidewalk’s south side, the film crews on the north by the building.

The mania to get the right shot was appropriate for a film that’s about an iconic photograph.

As the two arrived, Spielberg said that what the two have in common “is we’re eclectic filmmakers.”

Eastwood said the connection “is we’ve known each other a long time. We were both very close with Steve Ross. And we go back to early days with Universal.”

Eastwood was told that Al Ruddy, his producer on “Million Dollar Baby,” had joked that he came to the screening “to see if Clint can do it again without me, or if he comes crawling back.”

“Yeah,” said Eastwood, “begging for forgiveness.”

As for the screening itself, two aspects were unusual: the large number of studio toppers on hand (DreamWorks, Warners and Paramount all have parts of the film) and the entire crowd sitting through the credits.

“Nobody moved until it went to black,” said an impressed producer Mace Neufeld.

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