Eastwood has a furniture company in his sites for invoking his name to market a line of chairs.
Here's a bizarre story: Clint Eastwood is suing a furniture company for using his image and film titles to market their line of chairs. The Oscar winning screen legend says the company has worked the names of his movies into descriptions of the chairs, which are called the "Clint" line. The Hollywood Reporter says the company seems to have been intimidated enough to have pulled on-lines ads for the chairs, but hell hath no fury like an Eastwood scorned and the lawsuit remains in place. Looks like Clint has them in the line of fire and they'll be unforgiven. (If you think these puns are awful, click here to read the ones incorporated into the promotions for the furniture.)
The Scorpion label has brought the 1972 film version of Alistair MacLean's best-selling spy novel Puppet on a Chain to DVD. The oft-requested title had only been available in certain parts of Europe. Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer is joined by columnist Todd Garbarini and contributor Paul Scrabo on the commentary track, which not only discusses this film, but the spy movie genre in general. The film was not successful financially or critically at the time, but its merits have been re-evaluated over the years. In particular, the spectacular boat chase in the canals of Amsterdam was very obviously the inspiration for a similar sequence set in the bayous of Louisiana in the James Bond flick Live and Let Die. Scorpion has also included some other bonus extras on this DVD release. Since it would a conflict of interest to review the merits of the DVD, we'll link to critic Paul Mavis's review on DVD Talk.
(For Dean Brierly's coverage of the making of Puppet on a Chain, see Cinema Retro issue #14)