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New Indy 4 Trailer Shot-by-Shot Review
01/05/08, 2:08pm EST

Popping up and spreading like wildfire on Wednesday was the leaked "bootleg" trailer for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer to be shown with Iron Man. While the theatrical trailer bootleg or otherwise looks and sounds great, it wasn't the official , hi-res version that fans have been spoiled by coming from Lucasfilm at the official Indiana Jones website, but that didn't stop the speculation.
MTV's Shawn Adler has done a shot-by-shot review of what's in the second theatrical trailer for Indy 4, and here are some of the highlights;

0:06: The trailer begins with a pan shot of Argentina's Iguazu Falls, known as "The Devil's Throat." In voiceover, Indy explains the movie's setup: "Legend says that a crystal skull was stolen from a lost city in the Amazon ... "

0:13: The scene shifts to the altar room of a dilapidated temple, shrouded in darkness, as Dr. Jones continues, " ... supposedly built out of solid gold," and a flash of golden light fills the chamber.

When the soundtrack listing for the fourth Indy adventure was released last month, we wondered what titles like "Orellana's Cradle" and "Hidden Treasure and the City of Gold" could possibly mean for the story. Since all our efforts had been spent deciphering the existing mythology of the crystal skulls, we were thrown off-guard by the mention of another, seemingly competing legend. Jones' explanation is our first real proof of how it all fits together.

0:19: " ... guarded by the living dead." Shots of temple warriors (both living and dead) roll by. A lonely scorpion crawls over a skeleton's ribcage.

0:24: Our first real look at the Crystal Skull itself, as a man (presumably Indy) delicately maneuvers it in front of Mutt (Shia LaBeouf). Notice the massive eye cavities, the dolichocephaly — this is no human skull. "Whoever returns the skull to the city temple will be given control of its power."

Pay particular attention to the grammatical antecedent of "its," which is somewhat unclear. Does "its" refer to the skulls or to the temple? The sentence is worth parsing because there are persistent rumors that the climax of the movie will see the temple itself ascend into space. Does that mean the power belongs within the temple itself, which could be a camouflaged spaceship? In that case, the skulls would be akin to keys — needed to activate some kind of power, but powerless on their own. Jones should have been an English professor.

0:42-0:46: Jones leaps from atop crates at the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" warehouse. Meanwhile, an explosion rocks another part of the building, engulfing two soldiers in flames. Both shots were in the first trailer.

0:49: Indy's iconic silhouette framed on the door of an Army jeep. Although we've heard his voice and seen him from behind twice, this is really the trailer's first money shot — and it occurs at almost precisely the same time as it did in the first trailer (roughly 50 seconds in). Notice how in both, his introduction is not a standard hero pose, but the same shadowed image. He's an icon and an archetype, and maybe one of only a few movie characters in history that could be recognized simply from their shadow (Mickey Mouse? The Little Tramp?). As noted before, this has always been one of his greatest characteristics — recall, for instance, how Marion recognized him in "Raiders."

0:58: Indy picks up a golden mask, somewhat Roman in appearance (notice the long, sharp nose).

1:01: Jones, in a temple, stops Mutt short with his forearm. "Don't touch anything," he insists. On one level we can chuckle, imagining what sort of deadly booby traps will be unleashed when Mutt inevitably fails to follow Indy's advice. On another, avid fans will recall that this is — to the word — the exact advice he gave to Short Round in "Temple of Doom."

1:15: Indy falls through a glass ceiling onto an illuminated table at the "Raiders" warehouse (we can see crates in the background of the first shot). But what kind of table is it that he falls onto?

1:17: Our first look at John Hurt, as his character and Indy are held at spear-point somewhere in the jungle. The most persistent rumor is that Hurt is playing Abner Ravenwood, Marion's father and Indy's lost mentor, who is speculated to have disappeared inside the temple while looking for the crystal skulls. The shot reveals nothing one way or the other.

1:33-1:38: "What's he gonna do now?" Mutt asks Marion, as the pair sit in the front of a truck careening through the jungle. "I don't think he plans that far ahead," she mocks, as the tip of a rocket powered grenade creeps into view. "I'd cover my ears if I were you," Jones slyly demands, firing the RPG into a tank.

To see the full article go to MTV.com or better yet go to the movies and see Indy the way he was meant to be seen!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Second Indy 4 Trailer in HD QuickTime!
03/05/08, 7:40am EST

The official IndianaJones.com has been updated with a slightly new design but more importantly; the site has also revealed the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull story synopsis and a HD QuickTime version of the new Theatrical Trailer! Love it!!

You can view the new Trailer in Flash format and High Definition QuickTime format at IndianaJones.com.
Or view the HD QuickTime spot by using these links:

And here follows the official Kingdom of the Crystal Skull story synopsis:

The newest Indiana Jones adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 - the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agent on a remote airfield.

Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College - only to find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy's recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history - the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru - a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold - they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world... if they can unlock its secrets.

Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and , above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

Visit the official IndianaJones.com, or our own Indy 4 section for more information on the new film that hits theaters on May 22, worldwide!

Thanks to Brian, Frank, Cary Ernst, KansasIJ88, Dave Klink, Trevor Anderson, Ryan, Christopher Carlsen, Andy, Stephen Jones, John, Rob Magee and Arturo Olivares for informing us.

Posted by Gilles V


Two More Indiana Jones 4 TV Spots!
05/05/08, 6:48pm EST

Two more new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull TV spots were found at YouTube. And both reveal a couple new shots and dialogue we haven't seen or heard before! Can't wait to see these two in HD QuickTime at IndianaJones.com.

Thanks to Felipe Salazar, Stephen Burgin, John, Derek and Stephen Jones for the YouTube links.

Posted by Gilles V


New "Indy Arrives!" Featurette at IndianaJones.com
06/05/08, 6:54pm EST

The official IndianaJones.com has been updated with seven new TV Spots, all available in High Def. QuickTime! And they're definitely worth watching in HD as they all show a couple new much promising scenes, quotes, and nuns!

IndianaJones.com has also posted a new behind-the-scenes "Indy Arrives!" featurette showing Harrison Ford dressed as Indiana Jones, cracking his whip, talking to Spielberg and preparing scenes.

Thanks to Derek Twigg, Antonio Morschbacker, Ren Bell, amostills, Andy B., DMB1868 for informing us.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Soundtrack Samples
07/05/08, 6:11pm EST

You can now listen to samples of the full Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull soundtrack at Amazon.com.

Samples of all 19 Kingdom of the Crystal Skull tracks composed by John Williams are present. But beware before you visit Amazon.com as many of the track titles can be described as SPOILERS!

These samples all sound like classic John Williams!
Especially listen to the "The Spell of the Skull" and the "Finale" sample tracks as you will recognize hints to the "Map Room" and "Marion's Theme" tracks from Raiders of the Lost Ark in them!

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull soundtrack will be released on May 20, 2008.

Thanks to Dave B., Niels, Felix and 'ScarfaceJoker' at The Raven for the heads up.

Posted by Gilles V


Michael Bay Predicts Indy 4 to "Suck"
08/05/08, 2:10pm EST

/Film has an amusing video clip of blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay speaking to an audience and reminicing on his days as a 15 year old kid working at Lucasfilm in 1981.
Back then the wide-eyed teenager told his friends that he felt the new film called Raiders of the Lost Ark looked like it was going to suck. Thankfully we all know how wrong he was. In keeping with tradition, Bay said he was recently at Spielberg's office for Transformers 2, and got to see a bit of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Knowing how wrong he was last time, Bay jokingly predicted the same amount of suckage for Indiana Jones 4.

See for yourself one man who is constantly wrong on his Indiana Jones predictions!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Karen Allen gets her Geek On!
08/05/08, 2:49pm EST

The returning Ravenwood, Marion that is not Abner, the lovely and bubbly, Karen Allen took time to speak to the folks at Geek magazine about her return as everyone's favorite fiery heroine, Marion.

Speaking to the magazine, Ms. Allen had this to say:

Since Raiders was a period piece, did Spielberg make you watch any old movies or give you any kind of model for how he saw Marion?

Karen: "The only thing we looked at together was Hud -- he told me that Marion reminded him a lot of the Patricia Neal character in Hud."

Her responce to the cheers at her introduction in last year's ComicCon:

Karen: "We couldn't hear the reaction and the screen they had on it was actually turned the other way from us so I couldn't see anything, but people told us it was a wonderful reaction."

On working with Harrison Ford:

Karen: "This time felt so easy and natural and filled with humor. ... Even though there was such a long gap, it felt like it was yesterday that we working together."

You can read more about snakes, almost being Princess Leia(?) and how Marion has changed in Geek. The magazine also includes the whipmaster, Anthony DeLongis, who's resume includes teaching a certain Mr. Ford how to use the bullwhip (his name also appears on the Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon movie, funny I don't remember any bullwhips in that one). You can read more in the May issue of Geek, with Speed Racer's Christina Ricci on the cover, on sale now!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


26 New Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Photos!
08/05/08, 5:24pm EST

Like a proverbial deluge of biblical proportions, even more images from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have surfaced on the internet. Paramount Pictures has spread a new press map filled with film info and showcasing not only new stills from the film, but some behind the scene poses with cast and crew as well.

Here follows a new Indiana Jones 4 press synopsis. Scroll way down to view all new high resolution Indy 4 photos. But beware for SPOILERS!

THE RETURN OF THE GREAT ADVENTURE
Spielberg, Lucas and Ford Re-Team for an Adventure Worthy of the Name INDIANA JONES

Like its predecessors, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is distinguished from anything else in the cinema landscape by Steven Spielberg’s unparalleled vision, George Lucas’s limitless imagination and Harrison Ford’s embodiment of a timeless adventure hero.

From his first appearance nearly 27 years ago, Indiana Jones has become one of the most beloved heroes of the silver screen, and almost since the day 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was released, audiences all over the world have announced their collective desire for another Indiana Jones adventure.

We created Indiana Jones, but it belongs to the world,” says director Steven Spielberg. “And now we’re the custodians. Our job really is to serve up a huge helping not only of what Indiana Jones means to audiences who grew up with it, but to introduce the character to those who haven’t. This new film is for the fans.

Executive producer and co-story writer, George Lucas, says his goal was to create an experience that will transport audiences into an all-new adventure set in a familiar world - a world that generations of fans have come to know and love. “The style is the same, the humor is the same. Everything feels the same. But we’ve also been able to build on it. The relationships we have on the set and the ones on the screen are stronger and better and more fun than they’ve ever been,” Lucas says.

Few actors have been as inextricably identified with a character as Harrison Ford is with Indiana Jones - and he returned to the role with all the style and swagger that helped turn the archaeologist-adventurer into a cinema icon. “Having been out in the world making all kinds of other movies, I was happy to do another Indiana Jones film, just because they’re so damned much fun to do,” Ford says. “I love being in business again with Steven and George, and I’ve had a great time on this one.

Spielberg calls Ford’s casting the most important element in the unique alchemy of Indiana Jones. “More important than my directing it, more important than all the writers that came in, more important than almost the sum of all of its parts, was the fact that this series would not have been as successful as it was if it were not for Harrison Ford playing that role,” says Spielberg. “Harrison is at home in the skin of Indiana Jones.

For years after the release of Last Crusade, Spielberg harbored a belief that the time for Indiana Jones had ended. “I shot Indiana Jones riding a horse into the sunset because I thought that brought the curtain down on the story,” he remarks. “And in a sweet, nostalgic way, that was fine with me at the time. But there were some people who weren’t fine with it - and this movie really started with the fans.

It took the energy, enthusiasm and persistence of Harrison Ford to inspire the team to reunite for another adventure. “Harrison called me and said, ‘Why don’t we make another one of these pictures? There’s a fan base out there that wants it,’” Spielberg recalls. “He was tenacious. He called George, and George got to thinking about it, and then George called me and said, ‘Well, Steve, what do you want to do? It could be fun to make another movie.’

I have to give the credit to Harrison for starting the ball rolling and then to George for working to get me to consider the possibility of at least one more story,” Spielberg says.
Together, Spielberg, Lucas and Ford agreed that they would only pursue a fourth Indiana Jones adventure if the idea - and the execution - were up to the standards of the first three movies.

It took 19 years to find just the right script - and one of the first points of agreement between the three was that 19 years should pass for Indiana Jones, too. “He is certainly older, if not wiser,” Ford jokes.

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Thanks to Bryan Babich and 'nz-lc' for the heads up.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock & update by Gilles V


A Third Theatrical Indiana Jones 4 Trailer!
10/05/08, 4:45pm EST

The official site has just put up another theatrical trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. You can watch in HD at the official IndianaJones.com

Or you can also view the the HD QuickTime trailer at Apple by using these direct links:

It won't belong now...

Thanks to 'Mermaid', 'Rezzo', 'knuckleface', Derek Twigg, Colin Spratt, Dave B., Flutie, Hunter Isham, Jeff Jones, Philip Petersen, Cary Ernst, Toon Donders, Stephen Jones, Jesper Penttinen, Sean Pultz, Felipe Salazar, Christopher Combe, Max Wick, Rob Magee, 'amostills', Ryan and Sompeetalay for informing us.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


The Man with the Hat: From Ads to Interviews
10/05/08, 5:05pm EST

From ads for the remastered DVDs of his early adventures to Dr. Pepper ads and a new interview in the USA Weekend, Indy is everywhere.

After just watching Harrison Ford joke with Jay Leno that the reason why Leno couldn't see a clip or copy of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is because it "sucks" ( he WAS kidding - he said he thought it was great and even better than the other ones they did), I opened Entertainment Weekly to see two Indy ads. The first showcasing the release of Indy's first three big screen adventures, then a few pages later to see new art of Indy and Mutt for Dr. Pepper. The latter ad also had a shot of all six of the Limited Edition Collector Cans of Dr. Pepper (five of which I have - where's the Mutt can?). Then open the paper to see the weekend magazine section to find Ford and LaBeouf on the cover of USA Weekend.

It's a great article where the two starts open up on everything from whip tricks to women and how to get into character. If you don't get the USA Magazine you can read it online here.

But seek out the actual newspaper for the cool Indy poster inside the center spread!

And here follow two YouTube clips showing Harrison Ford's visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno yesterday.

With only ten or so days to go, who knows where else Indy will turn up like a bad penny.

Thanks to Adam Ouellette for the YouTube clips.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Ford and LaBeouf TV Talk Show Schedule
10/05/08, 5:37pm EST

Here follows a list of all planned Harrison Ford & Shia LaBeouf US talk show visits for the next couple of weeks leading up to the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on May 22nd!

Thanks to Dave Sanders and Harrison Ford Web for the TV talk show schedule.

Posted by Gilles V


IndianaJones.com Updated with Production Info
13/05/08, 2:06pm EST

The official IndianaJones.com has been updated with extensive production information as well as introductions to the lead cast, characters and crew members.

And in case you haven't heard already, John Hurt is playing a certain Professor by the name of Harold "Ox" Oxley. And old friend of Indiana Jones from the time they were both students of Abner Ravenwood.

Pay a visit to IndianaJones.com for more info on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Posted by Gilles V


New Indiana Jones 4 Interview and Articles
14/05/08, 4:21pm EST

Here is a fresh list of brand new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull related articles and interviews online.
Interviews:
Harrison Ford and the (Truly) Last Crusade
Interview with Harrison Ford - Men's Journal

Articles:
10 Things I Can't Wait To See In Indiana Jones 4
Latino Review

The (...) Adventures of Young Shia LaBeouf
GQMagazine.com

'Real guy' Indiana Jones ready to return
CNN.com
2008 Summer Movie Preview
Maxim
Experts: 'Indiana Jones' pure fiction
CNN.com
Real-life skull worship inspires new 'Indiana Jones' film
CNN.com
Indiana Jones - Crystal Skull facts
Last Broadcast

Thanks to Keith Voss, Bridget Eakins, 'Shipwreck', 'Hud' and Jeremy Kosmin for the article links.

Posted by Gilles V


New Featurette at IndianaJones.com
14/05/08, 5:26pm EST

The official Indiana Jones website has been updated with a great new featurette showing the master director at work on the set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Visit IndianaJones.com to view their new "Steven Spielberg Directs" featurette now.

Thanks to 'NearlyNormalAndy', Dave B. and Derek Twigg for the update.

Posted by Gilles V


Behind the Scenes with Indiana Jones
15/05/08, 3:50pm EST

From backstage whip practice to cruising with two of the biggest filmmakers of all time, IESB.net has a series of "behind the scenes" footage of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that is great! Many of the images have appeared in compilations on the official Indiana Jones website in those production videos, but IESB.net has about fifteen minutes of scenes from New Haven to New Mexico that have never been seen.

So take a peak if you dare, but be warned some of these are definitely SPOILERS and with only a few days to go, you may yet be surprised at what you see!

Source: IESB.net

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indy 4 Banners at Cannes Film Festival
15/05/08, 5:52pm EST

The Cannes Film Festival began yesterday and as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be having its world premiere there this Sunday, May 18th, one would expect a lot of cool Indiana Jones advertisements and outdoor banners on the streets of seaside city at the south-east of France... and yes indeed, behold:

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Photo by JoBlo.comPhoto by Badtaste.it
Cannes photos by JoBlo.com & Badtaste.it


Related Articles:
'Indiana Jones' and the lover of the big promo
TheHollywoodReporter.com

'Indiana Jones' Creating Big Buzz At Cannes
Cannes 2008 Video Report - WMUR.com

Cannes braces for American invasion
Los Angeles Times
The Cannes Pictures
JoBlo.com
Esclusiva: i banner di Cannes di Indiana Jones 4
BadTaste.it

Thanks to the fans at The Raven for the links.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones and the Extra Professor
16/05/08, 2:52pm EST

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Mike in costume with my sons Spencer and Owen.
My pal Mike has better luck than I do, for it was he and not I that was selected by Casting agent Billy Dowd to be in the New Haven scenes of Indiana Jones 4 last year. By while I transformed into an "indy-reporter" Mike was put on screen for some wild rides through Marshall College albeit as a blurry background character. Mike has related his - NON spoiler memories on paper and it just ran in the local free press called the New Haven Advocate -- so while you wont read any secrets, it is fun to read about how an everyday guy became part of the world of Indiana Jones.
I had no desire to see Raiders Of The Lost Ark when it took us all by surprise in 1981. This apathy on my part was based solely on its strange title: It sounded like a documentary, and I incorrectly assumed it was a re-hash of In Search Of Noah's Ark. A friend who had already seen it, dragged me to New Haven's Cine Twin Theater on Middletown Avenue. By the time that huge cement ball began rolling I was hooked!

Decades passed, and I found myself in and out of the New Haven arts scene in various incarnations—a comedy troupe here, a rock band there, an actor in various plays, an emcee of different events, many of which took place in or around Yale. Almost without exception, whenever I found myself wandering Yale, its wonderful architecture gave me an almost-palpable 'back-in-time' feel. I've often felt transported back in time while visiting Sterling Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Woolsey Hall or Old Campus.

So when I heard Steven Spielberg was coming to town to shoot a chase scene through the streets of New Haven, under the Yale archway and into the dining hall, for the long-planned Indiana Jones sequel, this made perfect sense to me. When I heard he was planning to re-dress the city with a 1957 look, I nodded with understanding.

But when my friend Mitch Hallock called to tell me I should audition as an extra, I was dismissive: The lines would be too long and there would be too much competition. Besides, I had a day job to think about.

So why did I show up there anyway, hours before the casting call? Because you never know.

I arrived at the back door of the Omni Hotel far too early, before the line even formed, and told them I had to be at work in 15 minutes, but could they maybe use me as an extra? I filled out my height and weight forms, and one of the men with a clipboard mumbled, "Professor."

They photographed me, gave me a number and told me to report for a fitting the next day at noon. The fitting took place inside a secret doorway, behind the old Chapel Square Mall—a door you'd never think to try to open, yet it opened. Once inside, we were herded into the old Rite Aid Pharmacy warehouse, now fitted with rows and rows of vintage clothing, old hats, jackets, shoes, ties, suitcases, and collectible accessories from the '50s. There wasn't much talking because everyone was a stranger, and everyone was nervous.

Soon it was my turn. I made small talk with the woman who dressed and undressed me with various old sport coats. She was Mary Zophres, Costume Designer—a job so important her name appeared not at the end of the film, but in opening credits. Had she worked on any movies I had seen? Only a few: The Big Lebowski, Catch Me If You Can, There's Something About Mary, O Brother Where Art Thou, Kingpin and now Indiana Jones IV and No Country For Old Men. I think it was cool she spent so much time with me. After all, I wasn't even really an extra yet, was I?

"Are you excited?" she asked.

"I don't know, did they pick me?" I responded, confused.

"Um, yes, you are going to be a professor," she announced.

At last, someone had said it!

Read more about Mike and his onset experiences in the full article.

I will be attending some of the Connecticut showings of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with Mike and other extras next week -- If you want to be part of the party send me an email at The Raven.

Source: The New Haven Advocate

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


The Indiana Jones Boys Reunited!
16/05/08, 3:47pm EST

Like a high school reunion, the godfathers of action gathered to speak with ABC's Good Morning America host, Diane Sawyer, from the Cannes Film Festival. Gathered were Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and newcomer to the Indy legend, Shia LaBeouf. The gang talked about getting back together and why it took so long and best of all... the chance to get together and do it all over again!

See for yourself in this video clip.

Source: ABC News

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indiana Jones 4 Cast & Crew Interviews
16/05/08, 4:24pm EST

The IESB has been supplied with on-set video interviews with the filmmakers and the entire main cast from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

Interviews include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, John Williams, Frank Marshall and David Koepp!

The interviews were shot on-set during the filming of the latest Jones installment!

Head over to IESB.net and enjoy!

Posted by Gilles V


The Indiana Jones Cast Talks to ET
17/05/08, 9:19am EST

From driving bikes in New Haven to sparks flying between Indy and Marion... watch Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Shia LaBeouf open up to Mary Hart at Cannes.

Source: ETonline.com

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


George Lucas Talks Indiana Jones 5
17/05/08, 9:21am EST

FOXNews.com caught up with George Lucas at Cannes who had a lot to say about the new Indy film and its future.

"I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this," he said. "But I have an idea to make Shia [LaBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out."

"And it’s not like Harrison is even old. I mean, he’s 65 and he did everything in this movie. The old chemistry is there, and it’s not like he’s an old man. He’s incredibly agile; he looks even better than he did 20 years ago, if you ask me."

MTV already went looking for reactions to this idea of Ford being reduced to a sidekick in the Indiana Jones 5, and returns with responses by stars Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf themselves.

"I have no cheeky answer for [that]. I just work here. I'm glad to work here," Ford told MTV News at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday (May 16). "Till they tell me otherwise, I will continue to be Indiana Jones."

"I know Harrison would love to," LaBeouf countered, smiling. "I know that Harrison, when he's 80, will still be jacked. Is there going to be an 80-year-old Indiana Jones? No one can say never."

There's actually already been a 93-year-old Indiana Jones, portrayed by George Hall in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which ran on TV from 1992 to 1993. But while those episodes didn't have Harrison Ford (save for one) they still heavily centered on the character he helped create — he wasn't regulated to second-fiddle status.

For fans, then, the issue leading up to the release of Crystal Skull is whether or not Indy without Indy is still Indy — the reasonable assumption being that a Mutt film is only as strong as Mutt himself.

Is Mutt a good enough character to take center stage? LaBeouf said it's up to the fans, who will ultimately choose the fate of Indiana Jones with their reception of Crystal Skull. Choose ... wisely.

"Mutt's pretty wild [but] it's all about what the public feels," LaBeouf said. "I know if it's received well, that's a pretty definite indicator. If it's received well, I don't imagine they would stop making them."

"I don't think a Mutt spin-off would be as big as Indiana Jones," he added, coyly. "[But] fingers crossed!"

Read the full Indy sequels article at MTV.com.

And be sure to check out the five fun MTV Rough Cut: Shia LaBeouf interviews as well!

Thanks to Sam Stewart, Jeff Roberts for the article links.

Posted by Gilles V


Five New Indiana Jones 4 TV Spots
18/05/08, 9:23am EST

Five new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull TV spots can be viewed at YouTube. All five show new shots and pieces of dialogue. And so far, only TV Spot #10 is available in High Def.

Indiana Jones 4 TV Spot 10 in High Def. QuickTime:

Thanks to Max Wick, Jesper Penttinen, Derek Twigg, Dave B. and NearlyNormalAndy for the TV Spot links.

Posted by Gilles V


View the Indy 4 World Premier Online Today!
18/05/08, 10:00am EST

The World Premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will take place today at 7 pm, Cannes Local Time. (12 pm EST) and can be viewed live from the Croisette at IFC.com's Cannes Cam.

Cannes Cam reports that the red carpets usually kick off approximately 45 minutes before start of film. So don't tune in at 7 pm or you may have missed the whole show!

The first reviews for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are expected online later today. But The Sunday Times already has the response from John Harlow who says to "ignore all the gossip, the new Indiana Jones film is worth the wait."

Thanks to Norman DeCindis and Hud for the Sunday Time article link.

Posted by Gilles V


The First Indiana Jones 4 Reviews are Online!
18/05/08, 2:53pm EST

Here follows the very first list of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull reviews! There will always be people that hate it but the majority on "this" list is positive:

"it came as a surprise to many people in Cannes that the film was so entertaining. Swashes were buckled, rips were roared and sticks were slapped."
Mark Savage - BBC

"Mythology, science-fantasy a dynamite mix in new ‘Jones’ movie."
Michael H. Price - timesleader.com

"Indy 4 is a nicely satisfying continuation of the franchise, and will please most Indy fans."
Kim Voynar - Cinematical

"It's not that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, exhumed after 19 years to be the fourth in this series, is bad, exactly. But it's undeniably creaky."
David Gritten - The Daily Telegraph

"This is a slick, fun film that has by no means sacrificed the fast action beats of the first three."
Damon Wise - Empire Online

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crustal Skull feels simultaneously self-conscious and self-satisfied."
James Rocchi - Cinematical

"Begins with an actual big bang, then gradually slides toward a ho-hum midsection before literally taking off for an uplifting finish."
Todd McCarthy - Variety

"It's like a fond reunion with an old friend and will not disappoint diehard fans or deter a new generation from embracing it as a summer blockbuster adventure ride."
Allan Hunter - Screen International

"It's not the best movie of all time but Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a thrilling, thoroughly enjoyable romp that should please even the most devout fans of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' franchise."
Roger Friedman - FOXNews.com

"The eagerly awaited fourth chapter is not a great film by any standard, but mixing conventions of all 1950s genres (sci-fi, adventure, and even horror and spy), it delivers the goods to the fans in a mass spectacle package that's a good old-fashioned fun."
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com

"There are some nice moments, and everything is good-natured enough. But this is a moment for Harrison Ford to hang up the hat."
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian.co.uk

"A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres."
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune

"Welcome back Indy. Lord knows we’ve missed you."
James Christopher - The Times

"The magic is still there, only you have to work a little harder to make yourself believe this time."
Leah Rozen - People Magazine

"So was it worth the wait? ...Absolutely."
The Sun

"There's joy and a middle-aged playfulness to the best of Steven Spielberg's unlikely sequel. And I mean that as a full compliment."
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

"Once it gets going, Crystal Skull delivers smart, robust, familiar entertainment."
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless."
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter

Stay tuned to Rotten Tomatoes for many more Kingdom of the Crystal Skull reviews.

Thanks to 'Logan S', waptap, Agent Z., The Man, 'Mutt Williams', Yure, Blue Jay and all other Indyfans at The Raven for posting review links.

Posted by Gilles V


Jawad Reviews Indiana Jones 4
18/05/08, 10:45pm EST

Early this morning, I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and boy what an adventure it was. Despite having few production meetings and a family dinner, I got home after a long day about 2 hours ago and sat down to write this review. Below is an excerpt from my review.

My first experience watching a Spielberg film was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom back in the fall of 1993. As I waited for Jurassic Park to come on VHS in October 1994, since I was not allowed to go to movie theatres. I spent a year watching all of the Spielberg films as I waited for Jurassic Park including other Indiana Jones films. Although, I must correct myself that I do remember seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark earlier in 1983 at the age of 5 and remember the opening sequence. That being said, after watching all 3 Indiana Jones films on VHS, I really wanted to see another Indiana Jones film but on the big screen.

When I launched DreamWorksFansite.com back 1997, rumours were at it's best that we will be seeing Indiana Jones 4 soon. Four years later nothing happened but TheRaider.net was born in partnership between myself and Gilles V. And since then it has been a 7 years of journey listening to every Spielberg interview at junket with the leading question, 'When will we see Indiana Jones 4? And then suddenly last year, it was officially announced after Lucas, Ford and Spielberg all agreed to a script...

You can read the entire review at DreamWorksFansite.com.

Posted by Jawad Mir


New York Loves Indiana Jones 4!
19/05/08, 4:46pm EST

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Congrats!
As the song goes, if you can make there you can make it anywhere... well it's true for Indiana Jones 4! The New York Daily News and the New York Post ran with Indiana Jones on the front page of their respective newspapers and featured no only Cannes coverage but glowing reviews. The headline in the New York Post was "KNOCKOUT" done in Raiders typeface and the paper went on to give it 3 out of 4 stars. The New York Daily News had the headline, "Hats Off to Indy", with 4 out of 5 stars. Both papers are realistic and saying that no sequel could ever top the sheer genius and originality of the original Raiders of the Lost Ark but Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a close second and a welcome edition to the Indy franchise.

You can see all the Indy coverage at the respective websites!

Looks like Indy has conquered the Big Apple and that is no easy task!

Sources: New York Daily News & New York Post

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indiana Jones Takes over Cannes
19/05/08, 6:53pm EST

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Stars and filmmakers in attendance included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone and many more!

Here follows a list of links to red carpet and press images as well as video coverage on the world premiere and interviews. Enjoy!

Cannes Video Reports & Interviews:
LIVE at Indy 4 world premiere: Part 1 - Part 2
www.IFC.com/cannes/
Cannes Press Conference: Indiana Jones 4
Cannes Film Festival
Indiana Jones 4 Photo Call
Cannes Film Festival
Indy 4 Premiere Report
amctv.com
Cate Blanchett talks Indiana Jones on the Today Show
RedLasso
Cannes 2008 Video Diaries: Day 4 - Day 5
Empire
Cannes Articles:
Blanchett wows Cannes at Indiana Jones premiere
The Sidney Morning Herald
Latest Indiana Jones film survives critical Cannes premiere
CBCnews.ca
Critics cheer new Indiana Jones film
news.com.au
Indy 'immune' from critics' voices
CNN.com
Cannes Photos:
Indiana Jones 4 at Cannes
Harrison Ford Web
In Pictures: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Premiere
Empire
Indiana Jones Premiere in Cannes
IESB.net

PS: The Indiana Jones 4 T-meter at Rotten Tomatoes has increased from 67%, with 12 reviews yesterday, up to 80% with 54 reviews today (82% gold from the Top critics)! And still many more reviews are to be expected soon.

Thanks to Sean Harsch, Mac McKean, Alain and Daniel for the links.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Premiere in NYC and Sydney
21/05/08, 6:57pm EST

Harrison Ford, partner Calista Flockhart, Karen Allen and Shia LaBeouf attended the New York City premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the AMC Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem yesterday. While co-star Cate Blanchett attended the premiere of Crystal Skull in Sydney, Australia.

Here follows a list of articles and coverage on these Indy 4 related evens as well as some special Indy feature articles on other film sites.

Videos:
Reel Talk Interview with Harrison Ford
ReelTalk TV
Articles & Interviews:
Behind the Scenes: Indiana Jones comes to Harlem
CNN.com

Nickelodeon Magazine Interviews Shia LaBeouf
Nick.com

Nickelodeon Magazine Interviews Steven Spielberg
Nick.com

Box Office Tracking: Indy 4 Targets $170M in First Five Days
/film
Movie Lovers Name Indiana Jones' Greatest Moments
IESB.net - Blockbuster
JoBlo.com's 10 Favourite Indiana Jones Moments
JoBlo.com
Photos:
New York City Premiere
Harrison Ford Web
Ford and LaBeouf on MTV TRL
Harrison Ford Web
Cate Blanchett at the Syney premiere
cateblanchett.net
Shia LaBeouf and Harrison Ford Invade TRL in NYC
IESB.net

Thanks to Harrison Ford Web, cateblanchett.net, Shipwreck, Jawad Mir and Reel Talk for the links.

Posted by Gilles V


The 2:30am post-Indiana Jones 4 Review
22/05/08, 2:35am EST

The big day was here, and I was counting down the minutes and seconds until I once again was transported back to the 1980s with the greatest hero of my time! Only an act of God could stop me, and lo and behold a thunder storm broke out with high winds! My son, Spencer, said "Dad, what if the electricity is out and you can't see Indy at midnight"?

"Don't say those things -- it can never happen!".

Never say never!

The whole two miles to the theatre were black as all the street lights were out and there was no electricity -- I called my wife in a panic! I was going to drive to the next town over if I had to. I could not miss this movie. Like a glowing Ark of the Covenant, I saw the lights of te Bow Tie Cinema in the darkness, yes they had power! Indy was a go!

I sat in the theatre and watched fedora and leather jacket clad fans flow in. I was wearing my Indyfans T-Shirt and Indy leather jacket and was going on about what the film would be like to anyone who would listen and there were a lot of ears!

Then after seven terminally long trailers it started with a bang! Literally! The next two hours flew by as I was scouring the screen for in-jokes, sound effects, music cues, trademark dialogue and action. Indy was back and I was desperate to hear every detail on what he had been up to since the Canyon of the Crescent Moon. Playing the local boy, I was eating up all the New Haven shots and mentally noting all my hometown landmarks as they raced by. Hats off to Spielberg and Lucas for throwing in cool in-jokes from American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the other Indy movies.

The film was new, different and also comfortably the same at the same time. It wasn't Raiders, Temple or Last Crusade but a combination of all and something else. The action was cool, the sets spooky and the characters colorful as always. But where were the chills? Well, true to form, they came at the end when Indy and the gang were once again brought together in a shot at a place that I knew all too well, because I had been there for similar events -- and in those last few minutes -- I didn't want it to end. I wanted to see what happened next to Indy and the gang when the walked out through that door. Even there everyday mundane life seemed exciting. I wished it was going to be only a week or so before the next chapter of Dr. Henry Jones, Jr was played out on the silver screen.

As the old show biz saying goes, always leave the crowd wanting more and that's what I got from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But in a good way.

I guess I will just have to watch this one again and again and again.

Good night -- I am going to bed.. See you tomorrow Indiana Jones fans!

Posted by a satisfied yet tired Mitchell Hallock


Early Indy 4 ticket sales account for 77%
22/05/08, 4:42pm EST

On the eve of the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, MovieTickets.com reported that as of 4:15 p.m. ET, the movie has accounted for 77 percent of its total tickets sold yesterday. Further, the total volume of Indiana Jones tickets sold at MovieTickets.com tripled from Sunday (5/18) to Monday (5/19).

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been released worldwide... TODAY!!

Posted by Gilles V


More Indiana Jones 4 Press Coverage
22/05/08, 5:20pm EST

Here follows today's collection of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull related articles, features and interviews with the cast and crew.

Videos:
BBC Radio 1 interviews Shia LaBeouf
Radio 1 Movies
BBC Radio 1 interviews Karen Allen & Cate Blanchett
Radio 1 Movies
BBC Radio 1 interviews George Lucas & Steven Spielberg
Radio 1 Movies
Harrison Ford on Good Morning America
Harrison Ford Web
Movie Talk: Is 'Indiana Jones' worth the adventure?
TVGuide.com
Articles:
Travel the World With Indiana Jones!
Rotten Tomatoes
Indiana Jonesin': How Does the Latest Chapter Measure Up?
Rotten Tomatoes
He's back: Indiana Jones swings back into theaters
wkyc.com
Photos:
'Indiana Jones 4' premiere in Iceland
Topp5.is

Thanks to Vignir Jón Vignisson, Russ 'ROTLA' Simeone, and Harrison Ford Web for the new links.

Posted by Gilles V


Zero Spoiler Review of Indiana Jones 4!
23/05/08, 9:09am EST

Let's get straight to business. We all had Indy-filled childhoods with warm memories, so I'm not going to self-indulgently bore you with mine. Nineteen years after his last adventure, did Indiana Jones survive the Temple of Hype? Well, there's really no way this movie could escape disappointment on some level. Most viewers want Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to take them back to the 1980s and those happier days, but this is 2008 and there's no going back. The past is gone and change happens.

What the audiences of Indiana Jones are left with in the new century is a film that has the mystery and intrigue of Raiders of the Lost Ark with the go-for-broke action of Temple of Doom and humor akin to Last Crusade. In many ways, the film is a hodgepodge of elements from the previous films, while placing them against new characters and situations.

Of course, as the title belies, Indy and company are on a race to discover the truth behind the mystery of the Crystal Skull, set against the backdrop of the 1950s and the Cold War. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an unapologetic film. As if the filmmakers knew that 19 years and a changed world would make it impossible to bring the audience something wholly familiar, they decided instead to throw the audience headfirst into a completely unfamiliar scenario.

The movie succeeds admirably at establishing a very interesting premise surrounding the skull and its legend. However, like an inconsistent river, exposition is appropriately deep in the beginning but begins to ebb noticeably in other sections of the film, sometimes leaving the audience to fend for itself and Indy to fight on without an evenly evolving story. As with Last Crusade, the film's strongest element is the relationship between Indy and his sidekick. In Last Crusade, Ford and Sean Connery's excellent dynamic carried the film. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is no different, with Ford and sidekick Shia LaBeouf grounding the movie.

LaBeouf does a great job in this movie, incidentally. He is the single most interesting character and the most entertaining. Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett's “villainess” is as sinister as they come, but in places the writing is somewhat muddy. Unlike previous nemeses Belloq, Mola Ram and Donovan, Blanchett's Spalko is not always given a spelled-out objective. In Raiders of the Lost Ark and in Last Crusade, the villains sided with the Nazis, but had their own agendas. Similarly, Spalko has her own motives beyond the Soviet government, but exactly what they are is hard to tell.

The action in the film is in the vein of Temple of Doom more than any other installment, with some amazingly epic set pieces and rapid, visceral sequences. However, director Steven Spielberg and creator George Lucas have clearly become self-indulgent in their old age. There are a handful of “winceworthy” moments in the film that they must have said, “That would be fun,” and dropped into the story. Thankfully, these are very, very few, but it would have been better to leave them on the cutting room floor.

As for Ford himself, he is clearly still capable of everything Indy needs to be and do, but often the story doesn't give him enough to work with and we are left with more of Indy the professor rather than Indy the two-fisted adventurer.

Most die-hard fans like myself were hoping for another Raiders of the Lost Ark, but this new film has brought me to the realization that Raiders of the Lost Ark is really the black sheep of the series, whereas all three of its sequels reinvented the character in a new direction that focused more on humor and comic book or pulp style action instead of Raiders' gritty realism and dramatic tension. Now, we truly have an “Indiana Jones Trilogy” that just happens to come after a movie called Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I have more in-depth thoughts on this film, but they will have to wait until a more comprehensive review is appropriate. Until then, I will close by stating that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not anywhere close to being terrible. In fact, the film is not a disappointment by any stretch and is quite entertaining from beginning to end. That said, the movie has its share of flaws that bruise the story in places but by no means puts the latest Indiana Jones adventure on its knees.

Written by Mike French


Team Indy Featurette
24/05/08, 5:56am EST

The official Indiana Jones website has been updated with a new featurette introducing the many talented people working behind the scenes of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Visit IndianaJones.com to view their new "Team Indy" featurette now.

Thanks to Sean Harsch for the heads up.

Posted by Gilles V


Indy 4 Earns $56 Million in First 2 Days
25/05/08, 9:50am EST

He may be older, but Indiana Jones is still finding box office treasure. Paramount's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the action-adventure series starring Harrison Ford, earned $56 million in its first two days, Media By Numbers president Paul Dergarabedian said.

After earning $25 million in its Thursday debut, the Steven Spielberg-directed movie brought in another $31 million Friday.

"These are very solid numbers, no question about it. The fact that earnings went up on the second day is a good sign," Dergarabedian said. "Whether it's on pace to beat Pirates' numbers from last Memorial Day remains to be seen."

Last year, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End set the record for a Memorial Day weekend opening, earning $153 million including Thursday night preview grosses.

Indiana Jones will need a strong weekend finish to top the year's biggest hit so far, Iron Man, which pulled in $98.6 million domestically in its first weekend.

The film opened early Thursday in 4,260 theaters, according to Media By Numbers.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the first film in 19 years about the archaeologist-adventurer, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this month to tepid reviews.

Source: The Associated Press


More Indiana Jones 4 Interviews and Articles
25/05/08, 10:57am EST

Here's a new collection of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull related articles and interviews with the cast.

Videos
Interview with Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf & Cate Blanchett
MSN.com
Harrison Ford on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
NBC.com
Indiana Jones, Back In Action
The Early Show
Harrison Ford & Karen Allen on The View: Part 1 - Part 2
The View - YouTube
Harrison Ford on Nightline: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
ABC News
Articles:
Indiana Jones & the Mystery of the Atomic Cafe Sign
ConelraD: All Things Atomic
Indiana Jones and the computer-generated jungle
The Sydney Morning Herald
Indiana Jones makes Russian communists see red
Russia (Reuters)
Top Ten Things Overheard in Line to See the New Indy Movie
Late Show with David Letterman

Thanks to Taylor Johnson, Daniel Porter, Bill Geerhart, Dave Klink, and Harrison Ford Web for the new links.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Earns $311 Million Worldwide
26/05/08, 3:42pm EST

The Associated Press has announced that the most recent Indiana Jones film more than recouped its big budget with an estimated $311 million in global box office sales through the long weekend, according to studio estimates Monday.

Families went in droves to catch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a PG-13 adventure starring Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archaeologist who took 19 years to return to the big screen.

Paramount Pictures estimated the action sequel made $151.1 million in the U.S. and Canada from Thursday to the holiday Monday and $160 million overseas.

It marked the second biggest Memorial Day weekend opening ever, behind only Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which made $153 million domestically from Thursday to Monday last year.

Nearly a third of the domestic audience was made up of parents with their children, said Rob Moore, president of Paramount Worldwide Distribution.

"Adults really drove this opening. This is one of their favorite franchises and they couldn't wait to take their kids with them," Moore said.

The film cost a reported $185 million to make, even with the principal talent Ford, director Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas deferring their usual fees for a greater share of the profits.

The first three Indy movies raked in $1.2 billion worldwide.

Marketing costs were undisclosed, although the latest Indiana Jones received a major push from Paramount. DVDs of the first three movies were re-released, they aired on TV days before the opening and huge billboards sprung up.

The final trailer for the movie rolled before the opening of Marvel Studios' Iron Man, which was also distributed by Paramount, three weeks earlier.

"It's been a pretty good month," Moore said. "We started the month with Iron Man and finished with Indiana Jones."

Other movies' receipts over the long weekend paled by comparison.

Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian slashed its way to $28.6 million, for a total $96.7 million over two weeks. Iron Man locked up third with $25.7 million in its third week for a total of $257.8 million.

The Wachowski brothers flick Speed Racer, distributed by Warner Bros., crawled closer to the finish line with $5.2 million for fifth, bringing its domestic total to $37.4 million. It brought in $30 million overseas, and had yet to be released in major markets France, Russia, Japan and Australia.

Source: The Associated Press

This news was also reported by the following sources:

"Indiana Jones" hits $311 million worldwide
Reuters
'Indiana Jones' unearths $126M in box office gold
The Associated Press
'Indiana Jones' nabs $126 mil opening weekend
The Hollywood Reporter
'Indiana Jones' raids box office
Variety

Posted by Gilles V


Two new Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews
27/05/08, 7:11pm EST

Michael French & Stephen Jared, writers of the many Indy's Influences articles, each return with a review of the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

Click on one of the following links to find out what our two adventure movie "experts" think about Indiana Jones 4. But beware if you haven't seen the film yet as both reviews contain BIG SPOILERS!

Here follows an excerpt from Michael's review:

Crystal Skull is forced into a different historic era due to the aging of the title character. Although I usually do not agree with George Lucas’ creative impulses of late, having loathed his Star Wars “prequels,” I concede that his instincts for setting Indy in the 1950s and focusing on “the atomic age” are spot on. As Indy has always been a modern homage to B cinema, looking toward 1950s B movies for inspiration is a brave choice.

And here is an excerpt from Stephen's review:

Spielberg’s cinematic language has become so economical; it’s a marvel to watch him tell this story so successfully in only two hours. There is more packed into this new Indiana Jones than any of it’s predecessors. Some may feel the more periphery characters suffer from lack of development but what we are given—if not extensive biographical detail—is all perfectly clear.

Visit our frequently update Kingdom of the Crystal Skull section for more information on the new film.

Posted by Gilles V


New Indy 4 Articles and Essays on the Web
28/05/08, 4:05pm EST

Here follows a new collection of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull related articles found on the web. Especially note the fine Indy Trilogy & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull essays at The House Next Door blog!

Articles
Shia LaBeouf's 'Wild' turn in 'Indiana Jones'
CNN.com
Paramount wants kids to dig 'Indiana Jones'
Los Angeles Times

The 10 Things You Didn't Want to Know About Indiana Jones...
iFmagazine.com

Smitten With a Whip: Three Appreciations of Indiana Jones
Blog: The House Next Door
Migration and Exodus: 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'
Blog: The House Next Door
Video
Russian Communists hate Indiana Jones
CNN

Thanks to Craig Clark, Sean Elliott and Shipwreck for the article links.

Posted by Gilles V


The Frank Marshall Video Diaries
29/05/08, 2:41pm EST

The man who chronicled the behind the scenes action on Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is back! Frank Marshall, producer of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is giving fans a truly unique look at the making of Indy's latest adventure documentary style on the Official Indiana Jones website. In the first web-isode, Mr. Marshall shows us the first day of shooting on June 18th in the New Mexico desert and how all the fun begins with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

Mr. Marshall was the man who created some of the greatest behind the scenes looks at Indy over twenty years ago, and he still has the magic touch (he is Dr. Fantasy after all - in joke). So take a quick peak at what was going on at Hanger 51 and DoomTown with this featurette.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indiana Jones 4 Silenced to Stop Pirates
02/06/08, 2:11pm EST

In a sad reflection on today's times, the grandiose sound of Ben Burtt and the masterful music of John Williams was intentionally turned down in certain spots on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- on purpose. In an article on Cinema Blend, it appears that this dropping out of the audio is a new step to stop the illegal copying of movies and then selling them on the black-market. Friends of mine were spotting illegal copies of the Crystal Skull with a band of numbers running across the top of the screen on sale in New York City the day the film opened. However, buyers and supporters of this cheap, low quality rip-off should be aware that they are not only buying inferior copies but supporting a massive illegal business.

To read more about the practice of stopping these film pirates read the full article at Cinema Blend.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indy 4 Reaches $482.8 Million Worldwide
02/06/08, 3:29pm EST

We have the international estimates for the second weekend of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! The new film added an impressive $71.5 million from 8,439 theaters in 60 international markets this weekend to push its overseas total to $266 million.
In the USA, Crystal Skull dropped a respectable 54% in its second weekend to $46 million to bring its domestic total to an impressive $216.8 million so far.
Combine the international with the US estimates and you come to a number of $482.8 million worldwide for Indy4. And the film was budgeted at around $185 million!

Here's what Variety reported:

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull stayed socko at the weekend's international box office with $71.5 million at 8,439 playdates in 60 territories while Sex and the City wowed foreign fans with $39.2 million at 3,537 in 13 markets.

Crystal Skull held impressively overseas in its sophomore session with a 51% decline after the fifth-largest launch of all time, hoisting foreign cume to $266 million. And Sex and the City charmed its way to plenty of counter-programming coin with a sparkling $11,091 per-screen average.

Sex and the City turned in its best figure by far in the U.K with $18.3 million over its first five days and nearly matched the $10.6 million Crystal Skull grossed during Friday-Sunday. The comedy also won handily in Germany by 43% with $7.8 million while the fourth Indiana Jones pic prevailed in France by 33% with $8.9 million and in Italy by 7% with $3.3 million.

Click here to read the full article.

Thanks to Jayson Crittenden for the news.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Box Office Update
09/06/08, 6:24pm EST

Variety has reported that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull crossed the $250 million mark at the US box office and narrowly beat Sex and the City to come in No. 3. Tentpole declined 49% to an estimated $22.8 million from 4,190 screens in its third frame for a cume of $253 million.

Foreign fans of Sex and the City pushed the romantic comedy to the top of the weekend's international box office with $37.2 million at 4,000 playdates in 40 markets, edging the third frame of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

After the fifth-biggest foreign opening frame ever, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has totaled an impressive $326 million internationally -- the best offshore cume since I Am Legend reached $327 million earlier this year. It should easily eclipse the $400 million mark, becoming the 29th pic to do so, with Japan launching on June 21.

Read the full Indy 4 box office reports at Variety here, and here.

Posted by Gilles V


Vanity Fair Reviews Darabont's Indy 4 Script
15/06/08, 2:41pm EST

Vanity Fair recently received a copy of Frank Darabont’s 2003 screenplay for George Lucas, Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods. And here follows an excerpt of Vanity Fair's review of Darabont's screenplay:

In the past couple of days, the most famous of the abortive Indy IV screenplays, the one written by Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont, has surfaced on the Internet. Darabont was understandably peeved that this script, which he claims to have “wasted” a year on, was scrapped. He says Spielberg loved it and that it was Lucas who put the kibosh on it. VFDaily has unearthed a copy, dated 11/4/03, and titled Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods. As with anything that surfaces on the Internet, there is a chance that the screenplay is a hoax. Judging from typos and awkward dialogue, it is most likely an early draft, but it’s too professionally written to be a piece of fan-fiction, and too Indy-savvy to be a professional screenwriter’s stunt. (Darabont has written several episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.) So it’s probably real.

Visit VF Daily to read the full review of Darabont's Indy 4 screenplay.

Frank Darabont's Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods screenplay was briefly available online this past week. You can read more about this "incident" at Ain't It Cool News.

Thanks to Ryan O'Connell, Royce and Michael Sheehan for the heads up.

Posted by Gilles V


Iron Man Gets to $300 Million First
19/06/08, 2:47pm EST

Marvel Studios' Iron Man (distributed by Paramount Pictures) will become the first 2008 film to cross the $300 million mark domestically on Thursday.

Through Tuesday, the comic book adaptation had earned an estimated $299.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Among summer 2008's other big openers, Paramount's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is another clear $300 million candidate, with $279.5 million through Tuesday. Skull has also grossed $359.5 million internationally for a worldwide total of $638.9 million.

Iron Man has grossed $250 million internationally for a worldwide total of more than $550 million.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to Jayson Crittenden for the news.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Up to $683 Million Worldwide
23/06/08, 4:45pm EST

Helped by a powerhouse opening in Japan, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull again leads the international box office this weekend, edging The Incredible Hulk and Sex and the City.

Crystal Skull added $25 million from 5,877 theaters in 62 markets, with over half of that coming via a $13.1 million Japanese launch. Crystal Skull has hit $392 million overseas -- more than $100 million ahead of its domestic total. Worldwide, the movie has reached $683 million.

The Incredible Hulk finished a close second by grabbing $23.4 million at 4,700 from 50 territories in its soph sesh, and Sex and the City remained an impressive international player with $21.4 million at 6,554 in 52 markets.

Domestic B.O. winner Get Smart opened respectably with $5.7 million at 1,082 in 13 smaller markets as Warners opted to hold off European launches amid competition from the Euro Cup soccer tourney. Despite the sports distraction, overall biz was healthy, with the top five pics combining for more than $100 million.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has shown solid traction in most key markets, with Brit biz off only 18% in its fifth frame to $2.8 million for a Blighty cume of $74.6 million.

Thanks to Jayson Crittenden for the news.

Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter

Posted by Gilles V


Frank Marshall Comments on Indiana Jones' Future
26/06/08, 4:23pm EST

The IESB.net caught up with producers Frank Marshall and Tom Crowley on the red carpet of the 34th Annual Saturn Awards on Tuesday in Universal City. The IESB reporter grasped the opportunity and asked Frank Marshall about the future of the successful Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones franchises!

Marshall says the Untitled Jason Bourne Project is coming soon. Hopefully they will be shooting next summer for a release in 2010 and our favorite anti-hero is apparently headed to South America.

As for a fifth Indiana Jones film... the future of that beloved film franchise seems unknown at the moment. But check out IESB's exclusive video interview with Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley to know Marshall's exact answer.

Thanks to Aaron Aguiar for the heads up.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Passes $700 Million Worldwide
01/07/08, 4:46pm EST

Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced yesterday that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has grossed more than $713 million worldwide!

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has earned more than $300 million domestically and $413 million overseas since its release last month, making it the top-grossing worldwide release in 2008 so far.

Indy is Paramount's distribution arm's second $300 million-plus release this summer, joining Marvel Entertainment's Iron Man, which has grossed more than $309 million so far domestically and almost $250 million overseas.

Paramount said it is the first studio in movie history to release back-to-back $300 million -plus grossing films two years in a row. In 2007, two consecutive Paramount releases -- DreamWorks Animation's Shrek the Third and DreamWorks/Paramount's Transformers -- both surpassed $300 million domestically.

Thanks to Philip Salazar-Fajardo, Jeff Jones, Rivers, Swinger and Jayson Crittenden for sharing the news.

Sources: UPI.com & ComingSoon.net

Posted by Gilles V


'Indy Villains' Featurette
03/07/08, 3:14pm EST

The official Indiana Jones website has been updated with a new featurette on the villains Indy encounters during his cinematic adventures. Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf and George Lucas talk about the Nazis versus the Russians and their interest in psychic abilities. While Cate Blanchett talks about the look of Crystal Skull villainess Irina Spalko!

Visit IndianaJones.com to view their new "Indy Villains" featurette as well as the brand new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Adventure site. Experience the site and view clips, photos and fun facts!

Thanks to Jeroen Hoogakker for informing us.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 5 - Looking for a Direction
28/07/08, 8:35am EST

Talking about Indiana Jones 5 and where to go next, Indy co-creator George Lucas had this to say to Times Online:

Lucas is also considering what to do about the fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise, which he has produced from the outset. The most recent film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has taken almost $750m (£375m) at the international box office, and the whip-snapping archeologist remains in high demand, even though his own days as a whippersnapper are behind him (Harrison Ford is two years older than Lucas).

"We were hoping for box-office figures like that, which is, ultimately, with inflation, what the others have done, within 10%," Lucas explains. "So, we squeaked up there. Really, though, it was a challenge getting the story together and getting everybody to agree on it. Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying ‘I want it this way’ and ‘I want it that way’, whereas, when I first did Jones, I just said, ‘We’ll do it this way’ — and that was much easier. But now I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys, too, so it’s a little hard on a practical level."

"If I can come up with another idea that they like, we’ll do another. Really, with the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic. I was trying to persuade him. But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place. So, still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we’ll see where we are able to take the next one."

So the door is open for an Indy 5 we will just have to see what walks in!

Check out the full article at Times Online as George Lucas also talks about his upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Red Tails.

And thanks to Grayson Van Leeuwen for the article link.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


"Nuked the fridge" Crashes Into Pop Culture
03/08/08, 4:42pm EST

While it conjures up a moment that may make Indy fans wince, the new catch phrase; "nuked the fridge", is hot! Referring to Indy's latest escape from certain doom in the latest film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, climbing into a refrigerator to escape an atomic bomb blast, the saying also refers to something more. The something more is when a series of films to television shows has gone beyond the point of no return with its audience due to retentiveness bad storylines, or has just gotten long in the tooth and overstayed its welcome. The term "jump the shark" came when TV's coolest hero (and Mutt Williams lookalike), Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzerelli, did a water-skiing jump over a tank of sharks on the classic show, Happy Days. Now, fans of pop culture are adding to it with a cinematic version thanks to Indy's latest escapade.

From CNBC to Newsweek magazine folks have been reporting about this latest, Indy-related phrase, the most recent comes from The New York Times. Here are some highlights of their article on Indy's high-flying catch phrase.

In recent weeks, a line from the movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" -- "nuked the fridge" -- has gained traction online. A Google search comes up with 64,000 hits.

In "Indiana Jones," the hero's improbable achievement was to survive a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator. Hence, "to nuke the fridge" means to introduce a wildly implausible element to a once-respected franchise, or more generally, to signal the abandonment of past standards of quality.

Newsweek chronicled the phrase, calling it a synonym for "movie-franchise meltdowns." The Web site Urban Dictionary has taken note of it, and Web sites such as nukedthefridge.com and nukingthefridge.com hope to take advantage of the burst of notoriety.

Well, there you have it Indy fans, but I must say, wasn't "rafting from the plane" in Temple of Doom a little more whacky? I guess it doesn't look as cool on a T-shirt. Speaking of which if you want to tell the world that you survived "nuking the fridge" or more, be sure to check out the official website for some merchandise.

Hopefully, Indy 5 will come along and make the nuked fridge seem like a "Bobby Ewing in the shower", in which case writers on the TV show Dallas erased a season of strange plotlines by making it all a dream.

Source: Detroit News, The New York Times, nukingthefridge.com and nukedthefridge.com.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Lucas Talks Mutt Williams and Indiana Jones 5
06/08/08, 3:16pm EST

Shawn Adler, writer at the MTV Movies Blog, recently had an exclusive interview with George Lucas and asked him whether he still considered Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) a strong enough character to drive an Indiana Jones film.
As you may remember George Lucas's comment at the Cannes Film Festival when he told reporters that he already had an idea for a possible Indy 5, and that it would center, not on Indiana Jones, but on his son, Mutt Williams.

Here follows an excerpt of the Indy 5 article at the MTV Movies Blog:

Asked whether he still considered Mutt Williams a strong enough character to drive an "Indiana Jones" film, Lucas was adamant that Indy just isn’t Indy without Indy. Or, to put it another way: No.

"Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones," Lucas said, dismissively adding about a character he helped create that, "If it was Mutt Williams it would be ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis’ or something."

It’s unclear what changed Lucas’s mind about the character, or whether he would necessarily return at all – even in a sidekick capacity. That said, "The Search for Elvis" is hilarious.

Of course, talk of an eventual "Indiana Jones V" is something of a giant hypothetical anyway, even as Lucas continued to stroke the fire of anticipation at his Big Rock Ranch near San Francisco, insisting that work IS being done to find a suitable object for another installment.

"We ARE looking for something for him to go after," Lucas said. "They are very hard to find. It’s like archeology. It takes a huge amount of research to come up with something that will fit."

Visit the MTV Movies Blog to read the full article.

Thanks to Mitchell Hallock and Jayson Crittenden for the news link.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones 4 Hits DVD & Blu-ray on Oct. 14
12/08/08, 3:23pm EST

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will hit DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Tuesday, October 14th:

The highest-grossing installment of the phenomenally popular adventure franchise, with more than $770 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14.

Released by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment, the film will be available as a two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray loaded with spectacular bonus features that allow viewers to accompany the filmmakers and cast on a fascinating journey behind-the-scenes of this modern classic.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Frank Marshall, with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy as executive producers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the newest adventure in the phenomenally successful INDIANA JONES series, which has earned six Academy Awards® and over $2 billion worldwide.

Set in 1957, the film stars Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone and John Hurt, following Indy on a perilous adventure to find the coveted Crystal Skull of Akator. From the ivy-covered halls of Marshall College to the verdant jungles of South America, Indy is relentlessly pursued by sinister Soviet agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the eerie object of fascination.

The two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray presentations feature hours of new content that opens up the world of Indiana Jones as never before through in-depth footage of Steven Spielberg and his cast and crew at work. From Shia LaBeouf's training to become a master swordsman to Harrison Ford's reunion with his fedora, whip... and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, viewers will play witness to the magic of cinema's greatest action-adventure hero's triumphant return to the big screen, as well as the of the extraordinary work of legendary artists who brought Indy's latest thrilling adventure to life.

In addition, all four INDIANA JONES films will be showcased in the quintessential Indiana Jones collection entitled The Complete Adventure Collection, which will include the first three films plus the two-disc Special Edition DVD of the latest installment.

Two-disc Special Edition DVD

click to enlargeIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull two-disc Special Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with THX Certified Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The two-disc set includes the following special features:

Disc 1:

  • The Return of a Legend - The evolution of the new film and a tribute to the legendary hero and his creators.
  • Pre-Production - Follows Steven Spielberg as he creates animatic sequences, Shia LaBeouf as he learns to swordfight and captures the reunion of filmmakers and cast on the soundstage.

DVD Disc 2:

  • Production Diary: Making Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Join filmmakers, cast and crew for a complete look at the making of the film:
    • Shooting Begins: New Mexico
    • Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut
    • Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii
    • On-Set Action
    • Exploring Akator
    • Wrapping Up!
  • Warrior Makeup
  • The Crystal Skulls
  • Iconic Props
  • The Effects of Indy
  • Adventures in Post Production
  • Closing: Team Indy
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences:
    • Area 51 Escape
    • Jungle Chase
    • Ants Attack
  • Galleries
    • The Art Department
      • The Adventure Begins
      • Cemetery and Jungle
      • Akator
    • Stan Winston Studio
      • Corpses, Skeletons & Mummies
      • Aliens & Crystal Skulls
    • Production Photographs
    • Portraits
    • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull also will be available as a single disc DVD presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with THX Certified Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Special Edition Blu-ray

click to enlargeThe Special Edition Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with THX Certified English 5.1 Dolby True HD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. The two-disc set includes the following special features:

Blu-ray Disc 1:

  • Indiana Jones Timelines - Explore the movie through interactive timelines that include video featurettes, in-depth information and unique imagery. Your adventure begins with one of these three timelines:
    • Story Timeline: Showcases the key events of the "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" storyline.
    • Production Timeline: A Making-of chronology for "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".
    • Historical Timeline: Dives into the real-world historical influences that are referenced in the film.
  • The Return of a Legend - The evolution of the new film and a tribute to the legendary hero and his creators. (HD)
  • Pre-Production - Follows Steven Spielberg as he creates animatic sequences, Shia LaBeouf as he learns to swordfight and captures the reunion of filmmakers and cast on the soundstage. (HD)

Disc 2:

  • Production Diary: Making Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Join filmmakers, cast and crew for a complete look at the making of the film:
    • Shooting Begins: New Mexico (HD)
    • Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut (HD)
    • Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii (HD)
    • On-Set Action (HD)
    • Exploring Akator (HD)
    • Wrapping Up! (HD)
  • Warrior Makeup (HD)
  • The Crystal Skulls (HD)
  • Iconic Props (HD)
  • The Effects of Indy (HD)
  • Adventures in Post Production (HD)
  • Closing: Team Indy (HD)
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences:
    • Area 51 Escape (HD)
    • Jungle Chase (HD)
    • Ants Attack (HD)
  • Galleries
    • The Art Department
      • The Adventure Begins
      • Cemetery and Jungle
      • Akator
    • Stan Winston Studio
      • Corpses, Skeletons & Mummies
      • Aliens & Crystal Skulls
    • Production Photographs
    • Portraits
    • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has a running time of 122 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images and is rated PG in Canada for violence and frightening scenes.

Sources: Paramount Home Entertainment, The Digital Bits, DVD Times and DVDActive

Thanks to Jayson Crittenden, Mitchell Hallock, Brian Husek, Matthew Hall and Aaron Aguiar for the news links.

Posted by Gilles V


Indiana Jones and the Defense of the Sequel
25/08/08, 4:23pm EST

Cinematical blogger Jeffrey M. Anderson recently wrote a defense of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which he "determined has been judged more by its hype than by the actual content of the film." Jeffrey's defense turns out to be an interesting analysis worth checking out!

Here follows an excerpt of Jeffrey's Indy 4 defense:

Another complaint is that the stunts are "unbelievable," including the long chase through the jungle on two seemingly parallel and obstruction-free roads, Mutt's vine-swinging and going over three sets of waterfalls. I agree that these are ridiculous, but they're cheerfully so and done completely within the gleeful, giant-sized guidelines of the movie and the series in general. (That's why the film has such a deliberately artificial look.) After all, in the earlier films, we also have Indy jumping over a break in the tracks in a mine cart, falling out of an airplane in an inflatable raft, etc. If I remember correctly, the MAD Magazine parody of the first film was all about its "unbelievability." This is not a new argument, and it never stopped the earlier movies. Realism is not, and never has been, a requirement for a good movie.

Definitely read Jeffrey M. Anderson's full article at Cinematical!

Also also check out Jeffrey's latest article: The Fantastic Ford

Thanks to Glenn Ehlers for pointing the way to this article. And Glenn, you are certainly not the only person getting tired of the negativity around the film!

Posted by Gilles V


Indy 4 on the Big Screen for the Last Time
26/08/08, 4:23pm EST

I saw that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was winding up its theatrical run and heading off in the sunset. While news of Indy 4's upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release this October was announced this week the thought of an Indy-less move theatre after a nearly twenty year wait, made my blue eyes even bluer!

So, I scanned the newspaper movie listings and low and behold found Crystal Skull playing at the local second run theatre house, alongside the other big boys of summer, Iron Man and Kung Fu Panda. Even better it was only $4.00! You can't beat that price for sheer Indy entertainment, heck, for 12.00 you could see all three blockbusters for almost what it costs to see just one in a first run theatre nowadays.

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Indy at the Fairfield Community Theatre.

I was surprised to see that things hadn't changed much at the Fairfield Community Theatre, it was an old movie house just around the corner from the train station, and even had balconies! I went to the 9:30pm show, and bought my Milk Duds (only 2.00 - another bargain) and sat down to see the Man with the Hat one last time on the big screen.

The film started without any trailers and we (all 25 people in the house), were taken for a wild ride across the desert highways with those drag racing teenagers and Russkies. For all the negative comments, Indy 4 has had to endure, after not seeing it for over a month and knowing it was leaving soon, I found myself treasuring every moment. During the New Haven/Marshall College scene a small smattering of applause was heard from some locals in the audience as familiar streets were graced with the presence of the world's greatest archeologist adventurer. And I picked up on small details that I had missed including the "138" on the house in Doomtown and the photo of Henry Sr. and Indy (River Phoenix) that was in Henry's house in Last Crusade is on an end table in Indy's house near the phone as he is packing his bags. Nice touch, though tiny!

There was a strangeness in the air, as a rumbling sound was heard halfway through the film. It was the sound of snoring from an audience member behind me! It did shake the roof during Indy's encounter with the Crystal Skull and Spalko in the tent scene, hey it was a late night after all.

Before I knew it, two hours flew by in what seemed like seconds, and we were at the Congregational Church watching Indy and Marion get hitched. As I walked up the aisle with the Raiders March playing over the speakers and the credits rolling behind me, I watched as all the theatre goers left with springs in their steps and smiles on their faces.

I thought; "Was this really the end of Indiana Jones big screen adventures"? I hope not, but all in all, it was one hell of a ride this summer!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indy the Worldwide Box Office Champ of This Summer
29/08/08, 3:48pm EST

While he might have had to fight off more naysayers and bad critics than ever before, the man with the Hat managed to top the worldwide summer box office. According to Variety's end of summer numbers:

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the one pic that everyone thought would succeed overseas, and it did exactly that as the top international summer grosser at $466 million.

Still, that would have been only the fifth highest last summer, after the third Pirates of the Caribbean pic, the fifth Harry Potter and the third editions in the Spider-Man and Shrek franchises.

After Crystal Skull, though, few of the properties carried a guarantee of blockbuster performance outside the U.S. That was clearly the case with The Dark Knight, which now looks likely to top the $400 million mark in international grosses today and should wind up the final summer weekend in the lead.

We will have to see how Indy does in the final race against The Dark Knight for Box Office Champ in the Foreign Box Office this weekend.

Source: Variety

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indiana Jones Scoops Up the Prize
09/09/08, 5:16pm EST

Monsters and Critics is reporting that Indy 4 has won an award! Monsters and critics are nothing new to Indiana Jones, but this time he walked off with an award from the National Movie Awards in London rather than cuts and bruises. The Crystal Skull was recognized for an award that all Indy fans already gave it back on May 22nd.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, scooped the prize for Best Action/Adventure film. Both lead actor Harrison Ford - sporting a moustache - and director Stephen Spielberg sent recorded acceptance speeches for the award. Juno, which garnered four Oscar nominations earlier this year, won the prize for Best Comedy.

Source: Monsters and Critics

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Crystal Skull Gets SCREAM Nominations
11/09/08, 5:19pm EST

You Scream, I scream, we all scream for INDY! Spike TV has just announce their nominations for the second annual SCREAM Awards and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been nominated in several categories.
Fans can vote as well starting on September 12 and ending October 19th and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 21 at 9:-11:00pm EST!

Following are the categories and nominees for Spike TV's "SCREAM 2008:"

BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE
- "Cloverfield"
- "I Am Legend"
- "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
- "Iron Man"
- "Southland Tales"
- "WALL-E"

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
- Jason Bateman; "Hancock"
- Michael Caine; "The Dark Knight"
- Terrence Howard; "Iron Man"
- Doug Jones; "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
- Gary Oldman; "The Dark Knight"
- Shia LaBeouf; "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

BEST SEQUEL
- "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
- "The Dark Knight"
- "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
- "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
- "Resident Evil: Extinction"
- "Saw IV"

BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE OR TV SHOW
- Robert Downey Jr.; "Iron Man"
- Harrison Ford; "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
- Dwayne Johnson; "Southland Tales"
- Edward James Olmos "Battlestar Galactica"
- Will Smith; "I Am Legend"
- David Tennant; "Doctor Who"

Looks like the battle between the man with hat versus the man who's a bat continues... See who will win the Spike SCREAM on October 21st!

Source: Marketwatch

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Shia Says: "Indy the Same, Audience Changed"
16/09/08, 3:57pm EST

Speaking to MTV about his upcoming Spielberg venture; Eagle Eye, Shia LaBeouf discussed that other project he had this summer, Indyfans might recall called; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Shia along with Crystal Skull screenwriter David Koepp, discuss the film and the scenes that so many fans seemed to have been up in arms about like Indy's escape from a A-bomb and Mutt's vine swinging antics. All in all, the two seem to agree that the film was not any different from Indy's previous big screen adventures when it comes to outlandish antics, and that maybe it was the point of view of the audience that was different rather than the film.

Though Indyfans may beg to differ, Crystal Skull did fulfill the dreams in that it brought Harrison Ford back to the big screen in his most beloved character next to, if not a few steps ahead of, Han Solo! So think about that the next time you are about to start bad-mouthing one of the greatest film series of all time (okay, I am a little biased).

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

"I feel like people are watching the movie and it's not the same viewer [as watched the originals]. It's not necessarily the style of the films has changed, it's the viewer — the viewer is different than the viewer was in the 80s," said LaBeouf, who played Indiana's prodigal son Mutt Williams. "It's two different viewers, and I think it was an innocent viewer and a less-jaded consumer [back then]."

"To suspend the disbelief — the swing through these vines and nuking of the fridge. It wasn't like they didn't do fantastical stuff in the first three," he continued. "They did ridiculously fantastical things in the first three. But you could stomach it because you were a different viewer, and I think that the viewership has changed."

But while LaBeouf embraced the silliness of nuking the fridge as consistent, screenwriter David Koepp already seems to be distancing himself a little from the center of the fanboy bull's-eye. Asked whether he would defend "nuking the fridge" to his dying day, Koepp was quick to point out that that moment "wasn't even my idea." (Indeed, a similar scene was in Frank Darabont's earlier version.)

"I thought the fridge was kind of cool, and I thought that was a lot of fun," Koepp said. "There's going to be stuff in movies that people like and don't like. Going into that one, I knew I was going to get hammered from a number of quarters. That movie is owned by millions and millions of people. What I liked about the way the movie ended up playing was it was popular with families. I like that families really embraced it."

At the end of the day, LaBeouf isn't particularly concerned with whether fans liked the moment — he's not even concerned with whether the average fan liked the movie, he said.

"I think that Steven [Spielberg], George [Lucas] and Harrison [Ford] are the only fans that I care about. ... If they're happy with the movie, then my job is done," LaBeouf said. "And they're happy with the movie."

You can read the full interview and see video of Shia's interview at MTV News.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Karen Allen Says Indy 5 is Not Official
22/09/08, 4:50pm EST

While out promoting the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the summer blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the two time Indy actress, Karen Allen talked about Indy's possible next adventure.

"I would say [I'm] very open to it," she said. "You know, this was a delightful experience and, yeah. I would welcome it."

But has anyone brought up the possibility of another movie? "Not really," she said. "No. I mean, except for fans and, you know, I've had a lot of people say, 'Is there going to be another one?' But, no, not officially."

So, while Marion Ravenwood always knew Indy would come walking back through her door, the rest of us will have to keep guessing when that day may come again for the fifth Indy movie.

The article also contains more including on Allen's experiences working with Ford and Spielberg again and what it was like returning to one other iconic roles.

Read more at Sci-Fi Wire: Interview Part 1 & Part 2

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


George Lucas in "Think Mode" for Indy 5
03/10/08, 6:05pm EST

Like music to the ears... the Man himself has confirmed that his longtime friend and collaborator, the plaid one, the Creator, the guy with more money than Jabba the Hutt, George Lucas is hard at work crafting a fifth adventure for the intrepid archaeologist! Ford said that he isn't keen on an animated Indiana Jones adventure but rather doing a live action movie.
From Corn Flakes to cartoons this article has it all, so lets look at the article from the Los Angeles Times and see what Ford said about Indy's next big screen epic:

Harrison Ford said Friday that momentum is building for a fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones" franchise and that George Lucas is already cooking up a suitable plot for a heroic senior citizen with a penchant for whips and fedoras.
"It's crazy but great," the 66-year-old Ford said. "George is in think mode right now."

Now, though, the latest success and the fact that the franchise's old machinery was revived has Ford thinking a fifth movie is not only a viable idea, but an attractive one.

"It's automatic, really, we did well with the last one and with that having done well and been a positive experience, it's not surprising that some people want to do it again," Ford said.

I asked Ford who specifically is stirring up the idea of another revival, whether it was Lucas, Spielberg or the star himself? "Really, it comes from the ethos, from the ether. It's natural. It's a way of nature, of course, success breed opportunities ... also we don't stay as closely in contact as have in the last year, that's part of it."

Ford said, though, he would not be game to making an animated "Indiana Jones" film, a notion that became at least a possible option after Lucas took his "Star Wars" theatrical saga into the computer-generated realm with "The Clone Wars" this summer.

"I'm not philosophically against doing animation roles but not for Indiana Jones," Ford said. "I'd hate to see it reduced in any way from the movies that we have done and the way we have done them."

Read the full article at Los Angeles Times and starting dusting off the fedoras boys and girls because there is till some mileage left in this Ford model!

Thanks to Josh Thomas and Patrick dePoortere for informing us.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Crystal Skull DVD & Blu-ray Interviews
18/10/08, 1:33pm EST

In honor of the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull DVD & Blu-ray release, Moviefone chats with Ford about playing Dr. Jones after a 20-year layoff, whether he'll be passing the famed fedora to Shia LaBeouf and much more. Here follows an excerpt from their interview:

Moviefone: In all those different iterations of the script, was the character of Mutt always supposed to be your son, or was that something that evolved over time?

Harrison Ford: "No, he was always meant to be my son. It's a reflection of the relationships that we began to explore through Karen [Allen] and through the character that Sean [Connery] played, my father. We found that that brought great pleasure to the audience -- to introduce them to other members of Indiana Jones' family, and to see what forces of personality caused him to be the person he is."

And ComingSoon.net quickly understood exactly why Dr. Jones - and filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, not to mention a couple generations of moviegoers - fell for Karen Allen.
An engaging storyteller with a winsome personality, Allen clearly relishes her experiences making 1981's Raiders and its 27-years-later-sequel, and she unearthed some fascinating insight into her journey - and a definite willingness to return for another adventure at Indy's side now that she's truly his "goddamn partner." ComingSoon.net's new interview with Karen Allen is a must read!

This same interview with Karen Allen was also published at AintItCoolNews.com, with some minor edits.

Thanks to Taylor Richards, Jayson Crittenden, Joshua Thomas, and Jared for informing us.

Posted by Gilles V


Allen Says: "We Want to Make a Good Film"
28/10/08, 11:57am EST

Talking Indy, fabrics and acting with a reporter, Karen Allen aka Marion Ravenwood-Williams-Jones, had this to say about the gangs desire fore Indy 5:

"I think possibly there will be another one but the challenge is how to make it good," she said in Sydney yesterday. "George and Steven and Harrison want everything to be perfect and worthy of the films that have gone before. The biggest obstacle is that they are so sincere in their efforts to make a good script, to not just make a film to make a film."

Read more about Ms. Allen's thoughts on working with Cate Blanchett as well at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Now if only they would look at my script centered around a brash, young adventurer (think Brad Pitt) stealing news headlines about amazing discoveries that he is stealing out right from under Indy's nose. What ensues is a an old school/new school rivalry, ala the Buzz Lightyear (modern day) versus Woody the Cowboy (old school) and Indy trying not to become like Marion's Dad, Abner, and end up dying looking "bits of junk" and try and settle down and enjoy the bliss of married life. Yet when the lure of finding the Lost Continent beckons -- its a race for knowledge and glory! Wait, is that the phone ringing... is it Mr. Lucas?

Nah, just a telemarketer.. oh well.

Let's hope Indy 5 is coming soon!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indy 4 ILM Artist Digs Into the Effects
30/10/08, 2:57pm EST

IGN Australia caught up with ILM effects artist Christian Alzman and discussed all the behind the scenes work done getting Indiana Jones' Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to become a "reality" - at least on screen anyway.

The article does a great job showing some pre-production art for Skull and is full of some tantalizing tidbits such as getting the Crystal Skull right:

IGN AU: That's interesting – I mean, the crystal skull was so critical to the story, and yet – there wasn't a firm design in place? How much did the design and function of the skull change during the process of production?

Christian Alzman: "You know, with the skull and the skeleton already designed, it's true – we only had to put flesh on it. But it could've gone a lot of ways and a lot of people really wanted that '50s style 'classic alien' – the whole Area 51, B-movie alien. It was great. It was really that design aesthetic that I kept pulling from; looking at a lot of older B-movie designs – but trying to make that look more real and gritty to fit in with the Indy universe."

But when IGN asked about why some of the efects look the way they do -- a point of contention from some Indyfans -- Alzman tells IGN it was intentional.

IGN AU: This is a strange question, but in light of DVD extras and so on, how much work went on after the film was in the can? Did you polish anything up? I ask because, well, look at George Lucas' legacy...

Christian Alzman: "As far as I know, nothing. That was pretty much it; we just do interviews and the effects breakdowns where things magically come apart during the shot and you can see how they came together. We do lots of that. But as far as clean-up goes, we try and do that while we're working on the film. For Steven, one of his directions was, he wanted us to incorporate as many mistakes as possible into it, so that it looked like it was shot as roughly as possible – you know, when something dirty hits the lens, there's a weird camera shake and so on. We were tracking through the jungle in on scene and the camera operator bumped into the camera. That's stuff he was really interested in getting to make it look more dirty and gritty – and that was a very different approach to the stuff that George [Lucas] wants us to do."

And of course the big question -- what about Indiana Jones 5:

IGN AU: What about Indy 5? Have you been briefed on where to go next, or what's happening there?

Christian Alzman: "You know, if it happens, we'd all love to work on it – but I don't know long they can keep going. But if they make the story work... only if the story works. I would love to see it just to get a few more of those 'ten-year-old' moments watching it, as long as they keep working with an older Indy. Then I think it's totally possible. It'd be interesting to see what the threat would be."

Read the full article at IGN and find out more even some dirt on those pesky groundhogs!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indy 4 Earns People's Choice Nomination
11/11/08, 11:34am EST

The 2009 People's Choice Awards nominations were announced in Los Angeles and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was selected in the Favorite film category up against Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Indiana Jones was also selected as a nominee in the categories of:

- Favorite Action Movie
- Favorite Movie
- Favorite Onscreen Match-up
- Favorite Male Star: Harrison Ford

Best of all Indyfans can show their support by casting their votes online at People's Choice Awards.

So let's give the Man with Hat a helping hand on this quest and hope he gets the prize(s)!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Ford Says: Indy 5 in "Primary Stages"
19/11/08, 1:08pm EST

While Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull divided the Indy fan base, it was a huge box office success. So, in Hollywood where they know how to make lightning strike twice, thrice and as many sequels as they can get, it looks like Indiana Jones will not be closing the door just yet. In an interview with MTV News, the Man with the Hat, himself, Harrison Ford does confirm that work is in its "primary" stages on a fifth big screen adventure for Indiana Jones.

MTV: Is a fifth "Indiana Jones" film inevitable?
Ford: "I don't know. If we come up with a good idea..."

MTV: Is the ball in George Lucas' court at this point?
Ford: "It is. That's the process. With some general input, he goes off and searches for the MacGuffin [Ed. note: That's the plot device that propels the story, i.e. the Ark] and then stumbles into a story. And at some point, we have a chance to take a look at it and give some input."

MTV: And he hasn't found the MacGuffin yet?
Ford: "No, we're still in the primary stages."

MTV: The end of the last film leaves your character in a very intriguing position. He has a wife and a kid. Can he still be that man of adventure with those commitments?
Ford: "And he's seen something. Remember those are the only witnesses to what he's seen. That's kind of interesting."

MTV: James Bond is a franchise that's figured out how to ably switch between actors. If, in 50 years, they find another man to play Indiana Jones, would that sit all right with you?
Ford: "The very simple addition of numbers would make it clear that in 50 years I will not give a sh-- at all. I will so not care."

MTV: Well what if you knew today that someone else would wear the hat one day?
Ford: "Fifty years from now, they can do anything they want."

See the full article at MTV News and learn more about the wear and tear of working on Indy 4 did to the man who's name is synonymous with box office gold and big screen excitement. Here's hoping I might get that part as an "extra" the next time the gang comes to film at Marshall College!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


George Lucas is "working on Indy 5"
04/12/08, 11:00am EST

A few weeks ago, Harrison Ford told MTV News that the ball for Indiana Jones 5 was in George Lucas's court as he needed to find the next quest for Indiana Jones. Now, at an award ceremony honoring Samuel L. Jackson, Lucas echoes Ford's remarks and admits he is "working on it" as Indy would say. In the immortal words of Marion Ravenwood from Raiders; "Well, whatever your doing, do it faster". A sentiment that many actors who have been under Mr. Lucas's direction will say are his rules for acting as well; "Faster and more intense". Indyfans hope that Mr. Lucas practices what he preaches and we see Indy back up on the big screen where he belongs very soon. We would even watch two hours of Indy looking for his car keys!

Here is the bit Lucas told ComingSoon.net on the development of Indy 5:

ComingSoon.net: You had huge success this summer with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Are you seriously thinking about another one? Harrison Ford's said there may be plans afoot.
George Lucas: "Yes - we're looking for a "MacGuffin," which is an object that he goes after. They're very hard to come by!"

ComingSoon.net: Would you want to keep the whole family together for a film - Indy, Marion and Mutt?
George Lucas: "It really depends on what it is Indy goes looking for and then how the story falls out of that, and then how convenient or inconvenient to have the group there."

To read the full article check out ComingSoon.net!

Thanks to Brett Hopkins, 'The Stranger', Joshua Thomas and xame for informing us.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock


Indiana Jones 4 Tops Blunders List of 2008
23/12/08, 2:39pm EST

With a list of 64 continuity blunders and factual errors, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has topped the list of the most mistakes filled film of 2008!

Indiana Jones' cinematic return came first in a new survey by film website moviemistakes.com. Fans spotted a huge number of mistakes in the Steven Spielberg movie - including the use of a Harley Davidson motorbike from 2000, despite the fact the film is set in 1957.

Movie mistakes editor Jon Sandys says, "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up, but they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie fans keep spotting them."

The full list of 2008's movie blunders is as follows:

    1. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 64 mistakes
    2. Mamma Mia! - 44 mistakes
    3. The Dark Knight - 43 mistakes
    4. Twilight - 41 mistakes
    5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 41 mistakes
    6. Journey to the Center of the Earth - 31 mistakes
    7. Quantum of Solace - 23 mistakes
    8. Get Smart - 22 mistakes
    9. Step Brothers - 22 mistakes
    10. Iron Man - 21 mistakes

What's more interesting is the fact that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is currently the Indiana Jones film with the least mistakes at moviemistakes.com!

    1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 133 mistakes
    2. Raiders of the Lost Ark - 96 mistakes
    3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - 65 mistakes

And this isn't the first time Indy tops the movie blunders list either. The highest honors also went to Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 and again to the Last Crusade in 1989!
Only Temple of Doom didn't make the top as it had to make room for The Terminator in 1984.

Sources: moviemistakes.com & IMDb.com

Merry Christmas & I wish you all the best for 2009. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Gilles V


Indy 4 Finishes No. 2 with $786.6 Million
31/12/08, 6:48am EST

While he might not have punched as hard as The Dark Knight, he definitely had more kick in him than Kung Fu Panda, and showed folks he still had it in him. That's right, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came in second in the worldwide box office grosses with a total of $786.6 million dollars.

Indy did not do so bad domestically by finishing third in the US with $317 million dollars, just a mere 1.3 million behind Iron Man which had a total pf 318.3 million to finish in second place.

While we all know that the Hollywood Trinity of Lucas, Ford and Spielberg are not strapped for cash, but Indyfans hope with box office gold like this, the folks at Lucasfilm and Paramount might take Indy out for a fifth adventure... hint - hint!

Source: Box Office Mojo, Jossip and The Associated Press

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

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