Sunday 26 August 2018

Clint Eastwood Sues over Medical Patents

Over the last few weeks stories have been circulating around the internet over this particular story. Thank you to Dave Turner for bringing the story to my attention.
The famed filmmaker says he has undertaken herculean efforts to obtain information about his investment into a company researching a diabetes drug. Clint Eastwood is giving new meaning to the term "multiphyphenate." He's an actor-director-producer. Apparently, he's also a philanthropist, healthcare investor and, now, a patent avenger seeking to reclaim intellectual property that could be used to combat diabetes and other diseases.
Eastwood went to court with the kind of production that one would hardly expect from him. According to the complaint, he has long been investing in the work of Dr. Harry Demopoulos, who before dying last year had tiny roles in movies plus was a medical researcher credited with inventing the field of free radical pathology. Dr. Demopoulos devoted much of his work to the research and development of glutathione, a supplement said to boost the immune system. Eastwood is now suing Molecular Defenses Corporation and its chief Kevin Davis.
As a substantial shareholder to Demopoulos' company, Antioxidant Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Eastwood says he is seeking redress for "swindling through outright usurpation, covert intellectual property transfers and corporate shell games."
Specifically, Eastwood says that in late 2015, APC went through an alleged restructuring, consolidating businesses under the umbrella of a newly formed entity, Molecular Defenses Corporation.
"In the midst of this allegedly voluntary restructuring, however, Dr. Demopoulos unexpectedly suffered a massive stroke in early 2016," states the complaint. "It was at this tragic time when Defendants pounced, seizing Dr. Demopoulos’ business (and six U.S. glutathione patents) for their own ends."
Eastwood alleges that Davis incorporated another entity — also named Molecular Defenses Corporation — and while Dr. Demopoulos was undergoing recovery in the hospital, "Defendants caused the preparation of a subscription agreement — purportedly signed by Dr. Demopoulos by his 'Attorney in Fact' — providing for the assignment of the six U.S. glutathione patents from APC to Defendant Molecular Defense Holdings, LLC in exchange for membership rights in this Defendant-entity."
What Eastwood says he didn't know was that APC had already technically dissolved 15 years prior without any distribution of assets to shareholders such as himself.
"Dr. Demopoulos passed away a short time later, leaving unfinished (and in shambles) his alleged efforts to consolidate his business and account for the resulting rights and equity owed the shareholders," the complaint continues. "Since Dr. Demopoulos’ stroke, the Eastwood Trust has undertaken herculean efforts to obtain information from Defendants concerning the business operations, shareholders and intellectual property of Dr. Demopoulos’ companies, including with respect to the Defendant- entities. But Defendants refuse to provide even the bare-minimum; instead, they spent the last two years employing a strategy of inordinate delay with kind words, empty promises and the trickling of incomplete, contradictory and the vaguest of information. All the while, during which time they solicited additional investments from the Eastwood Trust, Defendants have been working to develop and profit from all of the glutathione patents that rightfully belong to the shareholders of APC, including the Eastwood Trust."
Eastwood wants declarations over inventorship and a constructive trust over patents. He also is claiming conversion, and is represented by Paul LiCalsi and other attorneys at Robins Kaplan.
Davis couldn't be reached for comment.

Saturday 25 August 2018

Cowboy Favorites: Album Cover Photo Shoot Revealed

Since it was first released back in September 1963, Clint’s long player Cowboy Favorites (left) has always withheld a mystery – where was the cover photo taken? It has been widely assumed that it was probably taken during the filming of a Rawhide episode, but sadly, the album’s sleeve notes on the reverse never contained any such information. At last, I think I am finally able to provide some form of answer – and if the source of that information is correct, an actual date. 
Just recently I discovered quite a few photos that are all dated as April 5th, 1960. The location was actually at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California. On some larger versions of the photos the buildings can clearly be seen in the background. In fact, April 5th looked to be a pretty full day for Eastwood as he appeared to spend most of the day and evening at the buildings. There are three main photo sessions centred on Clint during this day. 

Firstly, there’s quite an extensive shoot of Clint photographed in and around the CBS studios dressed in casual clothing. Secondly, there is this apparent photo shoot of Clint in full Rawhide garb. And lastly, Clint is dressed formally in a dinner suite for what is described as being a Season / year-end holiday party held at the studios. I am planning on posting these shots in a separate post named ‘Clint in the Sixties at CBS’ so make sure to check back.
In the meantime, enjoy these wonderful rare shots.

Wednesday 8 August 2018

The mysterious mugging victim from Magnum Force, revealed.

Here's an interesting story – I was sifting and reading through a lot of cuttings and articles some time ago and came across an original 3 page Magnum Force review (Magazine unknown) but looks like it originated from the U.S. 

The review features an image (left) from one of the deleted scenes, namely the car park mugging - these scenes are of course nothing new. However, what makes this particularly interesting is that it actually names the actor playing the victim. 

It's the first time (to me) that this information has ever appeared (alongside the image from Magnum Force). 

The African American actor Peter Fitzsimmons is credited on the imdb, but as 'uncredited' and simply as 'Black man'. 

This was of course insufficient to link to that actual scene - until now.... It would be great of course to chat with Mr Fitzsimmons, if only to see if he could shed a little more information on the scene and perhaps how he remembers it. 

It would also be great to hear from the actors who played the muggers or any of the extras used in the scene. I'm hoping Peter is still around; he did appear in the Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happiness (2006).

As a point of interest, the caption in the review does have it all wrong. It seems to imply that Callahan is grabbing the man by the neck - when in fact (as I remember it in the script) the victim suffers from a heart attack during the mugging - and Harry is actually thumping his chest in an attempt to revive him. 

Thankfully, we also now have another rare cutting (left, provided by our friend Davy Triumph) which shows Harry actually applying the blows to the chest. 

I guess this information wasn't available to the magazine editors at the time, or possibly they just made a (bad) guess. And of course, as it was a deleted scene the full information may have not been available alongside the corresponding press still or on any attached legend. It's an interesting one. 

Are you out there Mr Fitzsimmons?

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Clint and his connection to The Los Angeles Police Museum

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure of chatting (via email) with Bob Taylor of The Los Angeles Police Museum. Bob has worked at the Museum for some 30 years now and as this short piece explains, Clint has enjoyed a good relationship with the Museum over those decades.
Since our building is architecturally significant, its facade easily lends itself to imitate many parts of the country, and various periods of time. The building’s interior has also proven to be quite useful to the entertainment industry. It doesn’t take long to realize that there just are not that many 1920’s era jails available for filming. The same is true for the remainder of the interior of the old Highland Park station. The City’s restoration of the building, complete with oak mouldings and period lighting, provides production companies with many options.
This is what has been happening at Old Number 11 lately, stardom. Our resident movie and television star happens to be the old Highland Park station. 
A feature film, whose title has yet to be established, is currently wrapping up their filming inside the jail. Location scouts for two more productions have visited this week. We have been actively promoting our facility to the movie and film industry for one simple reason, revenue. This is a good source of income, the kind of revenue that allows us to both support and grow your police museum.
This year (2005) we have had a number of successful film and television projects produced here. There is one, however, that ties directly to Hollywood Station and a handful of officers.
During his run as Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood portrayed an Inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. As Harry Callahan, Eastwood frequently ran afoul of department procedures. Apparently his long barrelled .44 did more speaking than his coat and tie. Eastwood’s research for his tough guy/police inspector roles was not always limited to the Bay area. In fact twenty years ago he paid a visit to a small band of Hollywood officers. In early 1985, Eastwood appeared at mid-pm watch in Hollywood to enjoy a ride-along with the Special Problems Unit.
‘Mr. Eastwood filmed Blood Work here at the museum in 2001, and that was when this photo was taken. He has been here several times, as has his daughter and various production managers from his company.’
Sergeant Bob Good played host to Eastwood, but didn’t make his way into the photograph (above). Barely making his way into the picture at the far left is Detective Steve Biczo. Long-time North Hollywood Officer Gene Ferone and West L.A. homicide Detective Jim Hays are between Biczo and Eastwood. At the extreme right is Detective Bob Kraus with another retired Sergeant, Scott Currie. Here it is, 2005, and Eastwood is back in a Los Angeles Police Station. This time, it’s Old Number 11. The research for this motion picture s done, and the police museum is made up to resemble a newspaper office, the wedding bureau of Baltimore City Hall, 1940’s era corporate offices and the Chicago City Jail. Five different scenes of the upcoming film, “Flags of our Fathers” were filmed at the museum in just one day. Flags of our Fathers, an adaptation of the bestselling book, is scheduled for release next year, but it’s not the only place you can see your museum at work. Other museum sightings can be had in the remake of “When a Stranger Calls,” the television shows, “Book of Daniel,” and “Wanted.” Our star has been quite busy this year, and next year holds the same kind of promise.
Our kindest thanks Bob. Please show your support and visit the Museum HERE