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The Dirty Harry Films / Dirty Harry = Fargo ????
« on: January 19, 2004, 11:47:22 AM »
I was reading the latest Premier Magazine, and in it they had an article about what would have been casting mistakes.  They listed, as we all know, Frank Sinatra as Dirty Harry.  What I didn't know, and if this was talked about before - apologies - was how psycho the Sinatra Harry would have been.  The article quoted Rob Daly (or is it Daley?) as saying that, not only was the story chgd from NY to SF, and how the character went form schlumpy to cool, but that there was a scene where Sinatra's vengeance had him putting a criminal in a meat grinder !   :-X

Eastwood News / Eastwood on Paula Zahn+CNN..
« on: October 07, 2003, 07:09:34 AM »
CNN and Paula Zahn is featuring an interview with Eastwood this week....

She asked himif there was a chance of another Dirty Harry - he answered the usual "don't want to do that sort of thing anymore", etc....  but then left open the door AGAIN by saying if there was an intersting script he's consider it...

Here is an abreviated transcript:

O'BRIEN: You probably think you know Clint Eastwood well, actor, award-winning director, but when Paula sat down to talk with Eastwood about his new movie "Mystic River," she learned a few things about him that she didn't know. A couple things that might even surprise the dedicated fan.


PAULA ZAHN, HOST: In his over 40-year acting career, Clint Eastwood has played them all, the outlaw...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can't get them all Josie.

EASTWOOD: That's a fact.


EASTWOOD: I've got nothing better to do.

ZAHN: The enforcer.

The love.


EASTWOOD: My whole career has been a great escape.

ZAHN: And you've always enjoyed that ability to absorb someone else's personality and sort of just disappear in the character.

EASTWOOD: Sure, that's the great fun of it all.

ZAHN: Offscreen his roles have been equally as diverse. California politician, doting father, and this might surprise you, passionate musician.

EASTWOOD: I guess I'm a frustrated musician. Play just enough to write down tunes and that's about it. "Chopsticks" and a few things.

ZAHN: One thing you learn quickly about Clint Eastwood when you talk with him is that he is remarkably modest. He actually wrote the music for many of his films, including "Unforgiven." For which he one two Academy Awards. His latest directorial effort may lead to more Oscar gold. It's an adaptation of the best-selling novel "Mystic River."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My own little daughter and I can't even cry for her.

ZAHN: Clint, I cannot ever remember leaving a film the way I left "Mystic River," Speechless, haunted, worn-out.

Is that what you were trying to evoke in the moviegoer?

EASTWOOD: Yes, I remember when I first read the book, I kept thinking about it for quite a few days. It stayed within the mind for a long time.

ZAHN: It is the riveting story of three young boys, forever changed when one is abducted right in front of his friends and then sexually molested for days. He is able to escape, but not the long- term effects of the violence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I used to play on this street when I was a kid.

EASTWOOD: I've always been curious about the robbing of innocence and the stealing of a person's life. I think child abuse is one of the most deplorable crimes and how it affects the victim, how you feel 30 years later.

ZAHN: The answer is complicated, and unsettling, and leads to a cycle of violence, familiar ground for Eastwood.

Why have you been so fascinated by violence and its consequences throughout your career?

EASTWOOD: Well, in my early career, I wasn't worried about the consequences so much. I did a lot of action films.

I've done that, I've been through that. I've done that, and I've had a nice career doing that. But it was at some point in your life you figure you can't do that anymore.

ZAHN: So with this more mature conscience, are there films you simply would never even consider going back and doing?

EASTWOOD: Sure. Almost all of them. No, you don't want to go back and do them, because they were at a certain point in your life and they were effective and they were fun and interesting at that particular time in your life. But as you grow along, you change, and you should change.

ZAHN: Having a young child in your life, has that altered the way you view things?

EASTWOOD: Yes, when you're a young guy and doing an entertaining film, a great action thing, it's a great "shoot 'em up" here, and audiences have fun with it. But I want audiences to come and I want them to think with me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sixteen years ago, I did a two year bid for robbery at (UNINTELLIGIBLE). Is that going to help you find my daughter's killer? I mean, I'm just asking. EASTWOOD: I want them to come and I want them leave thinking about something, other than just the fact that, yes, that he fired six shots or only five.

Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kind of lost track myself. But in the end this is this is a .44 Magnum the most powerful hand gun in the world and would blow your head clean off. You've got to ask yourself one question, do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

That was great fun at the time. Maybe somebody will write a screenplay for mature individual that has that kind of humor, but as long as it goes somewhere, that's all I'm interested in.

ZAHN: You're still leaving an option out there for yourself. I don't blame you.

EASTWOOD: An option, but I've been moving around to the other side of the camera for quite some time, sneakily.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You just shot an unarmed man.

EASTWOOD: He should have armed himself.

ZAHN: Having directed 26 movies, there's not much sneaking going on. What Eastwood is coy about, the political circus in his home state.

Can we talk California recall?

You have got a complicated political situation in your family.

Your beautiful why is backing Gray Davis, right?

EASTWOOD: Well, she supported Gray.

ZAHN: And you're friends with Arnold.

EASTWOOD: I'm friends with Arnold. Dina (ph) and I have both sort of stayed out of it. We don't know too much about it any more than the guy and gal on the street.

ZAHN: Do you miss being mayor?

EASTWOOD: No, not at all. When this whole recall thing started, people started saying, Clint, why don't you get?

I get the guys across the street saying, hey, Clint, run for governor, and I said no chance, fellas, you'll have to let somebody else have that.


O'BRIEN: "Mystic River," opens in selected cities Wednesday and nation wide next Monday. And that's it for us here tonight. I'll see you back here tomorrow morning on "AMERICAN MORNING," that starts at 7:00 a.m. And Paula Zahn will be back tomorrow. "LARRY KING LIVE" is up next. Have a great night.


Eastwood News / Making of Mystic River on TV....
« on: October 07, 2003, 06:39:39 AM »
Here is the link.

In case you haven't seen it already, Bravo TV is featuring a Making Of Mystic River featurette.... the link will show you the schedule....

[Well.... just tried the link and it won't work.. but follow Bravo TV Making Of series and you'll see it....]

gwb I fixed the link for you and I think it works.  Let me know if it doesn't.   Thanks for calling this to our attention.  

The Dirty Harry Films / Rank of Inspector....
« on: June 19, 2003, 07:21:43 AM »
Where does the rank of Inspector fit ?  Higher than sargent ?  Lower than Lieutenant ?

Eastwood News / A tale - of Mystic River and Da Union !
« on: March 03, 2003, 04:36:47 PM »

Probe of Teamsters stepped up
Grand jury looks at Local 25's role in recent filming

By Stephen Kurkjian and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff, 3/3/2003

Federal authorities have intensified their investigation into suspected intimidation of Hollywood moviemakers and payroll padding by local Teamsters union chiefs, and have focused on the filming of Clint Eastwood's ''Mystic River'' in the Boston area late last year.

Individuals involved in the film say federal authorities sought permission from Malpaso Productions, Eastwood's company, to put an undercover agent on the set as the film was shot between September and November. Malpaso executives rejected the request, the sources said.

However, at least one Malpaso employee was summoned to testify before a US grand jury in Worcester that is taking testimony in the ongoing Teamsters investigation.

Lisa Rawlins, senior vice president for studio production affairs for Warner Bros., which is distributing ''Mystic River,'' said Malpaso informed Warner Bros. late last year that a Malpaso employee who worked on the film had testified before the grand jury.

Rawlins said she did not know why the man, whom she declined to identify, had been summoned. People involved in the movie production identified the individual as Keith Dillon, Malpaso's transportation coordinator, who is a member of the Teamsters local in Los Angeles and has worked on several films with Eastwood's production company.

Dillon did not return phone calls and a spokesman for Malpaso declined to respond to questions.

One production executive, who asked not to be identified, said that Dillon was first approached by federal authorities last spring and asked if he would agree to allow an agent to work undercover on the movie set.

The plan was to have an agent pose as a Teamster driver from Los Angeles and monitor the activity of the Teamsters from Local 25 in Boston on the ''Mystic River'' set. Dillon refused.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters knew of and approved the Justice Department's request to disguise an undercover agent as a Teamster driver from Los Angeles, the executive said. Bret Caldwell, spokesman for the Teamsters International, denied the union had gone along with any Justice Department request to disguise an undercover agent as a Teamster on the set.

Caldwell did, however, say that Dillon contacted the International last year and raised concerns about problems the production company had encountered with Local 25 during the shooting of ''Mystic River.''

''We referred him to the US attorney's office in Boston,'' Caldwell said.

The federal agents approached Dillon a second time before filming began in September, and Dillon again said no, though this time he did consult with a superior at Malpaso about the request. That person, a producer, also rejected the idea, the production executive said.

The executive added that Eastwood, who is president of Malpaso and directed ''Mystic River,'' was not involved in the decision.

Others quoted Dillon as saying that the federal agents had been allowed to conduct extensive undercover activities on the set, but Rawlins denied such an operation took place, saying it lacked needed approval of Malpaso and Warner Bros. executives.

The production executive said that Lou DiGiampaolo and James P. Flynn, the Teamsters officials who negotiated with Malpaso on the ''Mystic River'' contract, had handled themselves properly in their preproduction dealings with Malpaso.

But after shooting began in the fall, the Teamsters demanded several added benefits, including placing a nondriver on the payroll. Malpaso acceded to the requests. Lawyers for officials of Local 25 declined to comment on the union's involvement with Malpaso and Warner Bros.

Spearheaded by antiracketeering agents from the US Department of Labor, the federal investigation has been looking at Local 25's dealings with the movie industry since early 2000. The investigation was spurred by complaints from film producers that they had been pressured by Local 25 chiefs to hire more drivers and pay more costly benefits for movies they were planning to shoot in the area.

The grand jury is also looking into whether moviemakers were forced to hire a local company to provide rental vehicles, such as wardrobe trailers, on movie sets, sources said. Flynn owns the company, Location Connection, and it was hired to provide rental vehicles on the set of ''Mystic River,'' one person familiar with the film's production said.

The same grand jury handed down a 179-count indictment in January 2002 against Teamsters Local 25 president George W. Cashman and vice president William Carnes. They were charged with embezzling from the union by fabricating work hours to allow 19 drivers, including a reputed Charlestown gangster, to collect illegal health benefits.

While the case against Cashman is scheduled to go to trial April 22 in federal court in Boston, law enforcement officials, who asked not to be identified, said that additional charges against Local 25 members involving the movie industry are likely. As recently as October, Fred M. Wyshak Jr., the lead federal prosecutor in the investigation, said in court that more charges against Teamsters officials are possible.

In June 2000, Labor investigators, as well as those from the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the Massachusetts State Police, raided Flynn's Weymouth home and seized records relating to the movie industry. Around the same time, the grand jury subpoenaed records from Local 25's Charlestown headquarters, detailing the union's contracts with producers of ''The Perfect Storm,'' ''Cider House Rules,'' ''Good Will Hunting,'' and ''Message in a Bottle.''

Wyshak said in court last October that an organized crime figure from Charlestown will testify at Cashman's trial that local movie crews are marbled with criminals and their friends and associates.

The witness, Philip Myers, testified at another trial last year that Cashman was forced at gunpoint to put reputed Charlestown gangster John ''Mick'' Murray on the Teamsters movie crew. Myers claimed that he, Murray, and another Teamster menaced Cashman during a 1995 meeting at the 99 Restaurant in Charlestown.

All major film companies must negotiate with Local 25 for the hiring of drivers for trucks, limousines, vans, and major pieces of equipment used on movies made in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

''Mystic River,'' written by Dorchester native Dennis Lehane, is directed by Eastwood and stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, and Laura Linney.

Eastwood's crew began scouting in Boston last spring and reached an agreement with Local 25 last July. Filming began Sept. 26 and wrapped seven weeks later. Exterior scenes were shot in Charlestown, East Boston, and South Boston and interior scenes were shot in an office park in Canton.

Eastwood indicated in an interview with the Boston Herald last November that he had been aware of the bad reputation of Teamsters Local 25, ''but we seem to be having a nice relationship,'' he said.

Stephen Kurkjian can be reached at Shelley Murphy can be reached at

This story ran on page A1 of the Boston Globe on 3/3/2003.

Eastwood News / Blood Work rental grosses....
« on: February 03, 2003, 09:04:50 PM »
So far, Blood Work has grossed in VHS rentals over $12 million, and in DVD rentals has grossed almost $15 million - so $52 million total with Box Office receipts !

Eastwood News / Two Mules for Sister Sara DVD release...
« on: February 02, 2003, 09:23:41 PM »
Anyone see this yet ???

Continuing to make good on their promise to release more top catalog titles in 2003, Universal Studios Home Video has announced another batch of great library releases, all arriving on May 6th. Titles included in the wave are: Bedtime Story, Car Wash, Coal Miner's Daughter, Come September, Duel at Silver Creek, Electric Horseman, 1953's Law and Order (not to be confused with the television series), Night Passage, a new special edition of the Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin thriller Sea of Love, Two Mules for Sister Sara, and double features of Bend Of The River and The Far Country, The Rare Breed and The Redhead From Wyoming, and Destry Rides Again and Winchester '73. Retail is $19.95 each, including the double feature discs. No specs are yet available, but watch this space!

The Dirty Harry Films / Dirty Harry tour on the Travel Channel...
« on: January 27, 2003, 09:47:22 PM »
Anyone ever see this (the TV Tour on Travel Channel - not the site) ?

The Travel Channel recently invited us to do the Dirty Harry Tour with Andy Robinson, the actor who played the Scorpio killer in Dirty Harry. It turns out -- he's really nice!

The show is called TV Road Trip. Check back for air dates.

Eastwood News / Mystic River publcity photo...
« on: January 12, 2003, 05:03:34 PM »

Well - trouble posting the full link, but just click on what is above then click on MYSTIC RIVER on the bottom right of "Subcategories"...

The Dirty Harry Films / Return of Dirty Harry (con't)....
« on: January 08, 2003, 10:01:48 AM »
There was talk previously of Eastwood's agent saying that he would play Callahan again if the right script came along.  I had been thinking of that, and thought maybe the theatre would not be a place to bring him back....  

Anyone watch the TV show THE SHEILD ?  A very gritty show, and was wondering if a Callahan character would fit there or work - an opposing character to the lead, played by Mike Chikliss.  

What do other folks think ?

Discussion Board Troubleshooting / Cal - trouble posting...
« on: December 13, 2002, 08:34:06 AM »
Cal - I have not been able to post or been able to access anything other than the 1st pg after logginf in.  In other words, I log in, the computer recognizes me as being logged in on the 1st pg, but when I go to particular topic, it shows me as logged out, and when I try to post, it says I am not logged in, but when I go back to main pg, it shows me as logged in.  This only happens on my main computer I use - I am able to post on this one for some reason.  Any suggestions ?


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