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Raiders and Young Indy TV-series on BBC 1
Monday, January 7, 2002 - Gilles V

Good news for everyone who can receive BBC 1! The channel will air Raiders of the Lost Ark on Thursday, January 10 from 8:00 PM till 10:00 PM. BBC's Raiders program info page also mentions that it's the widescreen version so you certainly don't want to miss it!

But that's not all! BBC 1 will also air the first chapter of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV-series named My First Adventure (which has not been released on video yet). In this chapter we will see the Young Indy on his father's lecture tour around the world that starts with an adventure in Egypt... This first chapter will air on Sunday, January 13 from 3:00 PM till 4:25 PM. And again, BBC's Young Indy program info page mentions that we will get the widescreen version!

It's much likely that the BBC 1 will continue to air The Adventure of Young Indiana Jones TV-series and also the films: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. We will let you know their airing dates as soon as we know them.


Total Film talks about Indy's most famous scene
Thursday, January 10, 2002 - Gilles V

The February 2002 issue of UK's film magazine Total Film contains an article on some of the weirdest movie urban legends. "A runny arse inspired Indiana Jones' most famous scene" is the title of one of the movie myths that the magazine examines.

Here's a part of what Total Film has to say about Indy's most famous scene:
"...Whatever you want to call it, a two month shoot in Tunisia had taken its toll on Ford, whose guts had been shrivelled by dysentery. The crew were compelled to come up with an alternative to the originally-scripted three-page fight scene, less Ford "spill the cocoa" mid-shoot. Solution? "We had Indy pull out his revolver and dispatch the dude," laughs Spielberg,..."
This isn't new for us but just look at this funny picture that Total Film has put together for the article.

Here are some other weird movie urban legends that Total Film investigates: "Jack Nicholson's sister was really his mother", "Disney's The Rescuers features shots of a naked woman", "A stuntman was killed filming the chariot race in Ben-Hur", etc... You'll have to read Total Film's February 2002 issue to find out which of the ones I mentioned are true and which ones are false.


Harrison Ford's next project
Monday, January 14, 2002 - Gilles V

Eileen from Harrison Ford Web has let us know that one of the projects that Harrison Ford is working on is the Untitled Fred Cuny biopic that Ford has had on his plate since the mid-90's. Although Harrison does not mention who will be playing the role of Fred Cuny, it would be ideal for him to be in this role. (At one time he was attached to not only produce but also star in this film.) In a recent interview with Variety, Harrison Ford had this to say about the project "I've been interested for some period of time in (Cuny) and the world he lived in."

Here's a synopsis of the Fred Cuny biopic:

"The story of relief working Fred Cuny who traveled to the breakaway republic of Chechnya hoping to broker a ceasefire and evacuate 40,000 elderly Russians. He is believed to have been executed by thugs working for the chief of Chechnya's military intelligence."

Also in the article from Variety, it says that "Ford is now helping oversee a handful of projects." What these other projects are is not known yet.

It's great that Harrison Ford is finally getting this Fred Cuny project off the ground but you know what's even more exciting about this project? None other than Alejandro Inarritu will be directing the film! Inarritu is the director behind Amores Perros (aka Love's a Bitch) which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Visit Harrison Ford Web for more info on Ford's Fred Cuny project.


Harrison Ford wins Cecil B. DeMille Award
Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - Gilles V

Actor Ben Affleck will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to superstar Harrison Ford at the 59th Golden Globe Awards next Sunday (January 20) in the Beverly Hilton.

It's probably not a coincidence that Ben Affleck will present the award to Harrison Ford. Ford portrayed Tom Clancy's hero, Jack Ryan, in two films: Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Now, Affleck will portray Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears that will be released this summer by Paramount.

Thanks to TheForce.Net and The NY Post for the news.


Spielberg to be honored at ShoWest 2002
Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - Gilles V

Steven Spielberg will be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest 2002, it was announced yesterday by Robert Sunshine, Chairman of Sunshine Group Worldwide (SGW), which operates the event.
Spielberg will receive his award at the annual Gala Awards Banquet to be held at Bally's and Paris Hotel on March 7th.

"We are honored that a true filmmaking genius such as Steven Spielberg is accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest 2002,'' said Sunshine. "His career can only be described as astounding. Mr. Spielberg is the preeminent filmmaker of his generation.''

Celebrating its 28th year, ShoWest is the world's largest motion picture industry convention. Each year, ShoWest attracts delegates from more than 45 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. ShoWest was founded by the National Association of Theater Owners of California and Nevada, and the 2001 show was the first managed by SGW.

Read the Press Release if you want to know more about Spielberg and ShoWest. Thanks to Harrison Ford Web for the news.


Hidden Hollywood TV series in the making
Monday, January 21, 2002 - Gilles V

I've got some very exciting filmfan news for you today! Russ Williamson from Renaissance TV has let me know they are working on a series about film facts, trivia etc. or some of the people involved. Hidden Hollywood is the title of this proposed TV series. Renaissance TV is currently negotiating a contract to supply program which if taken up by the BBC (or other broadcaster) will include locations, trivia, deleted scenes, out-takes, prop and memorabilia guides, technical updates and everything else a film fan wants to know. It's too early to know how long the series will run or when we may expect it to see it on TV but we may expect it to see the Hidden Hollywood series on TV this summer.

Hidden Hollywood's location guide (Tony Reeves) has already uncovered and confirmed over 4,000 film locations (believed to be the largest collection in the world). Filming locations from movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, etc. will be discussed in the series. Their mistakes researcher (Jon Sandys) has confirmed 10.000 'in-film mistakes', his web site (Movie Mistakes) now receives 20.000 hits a day. He can be seen early Friday mornings on Channel Fours Big Breakfast. The factual trivia and Urban Legends are supplied by Catherine Hanley (she's the editor of Empire magazine) and Warwick Davis (actor from Willow, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, etc.) is penciled in to present 'the guide to buying film props'. He's busy doing the next Harry Potter film at the moment. Micheal Sheard who played Mr. bronson in TV's Grange Hill (known to Indy fans as Hitler in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) is also going to make an appearance.

Russ Williamson is still looking for more info to fill Hidden Hollywood. Should you know an amazing piece of trivia or fact which they can investigate or you have a major question you have always wanted answered Renaissance TV will do it's best to get it aired. Mail your film trivia, facts, ideas, and questions to

Renaissance TV has spoken with the BBC again last week and so far the 'commissioning process' is going smoothly, however things could change (for better or worse) at any moment so keep your fingers crossed. Further details about the Hidden Hollywood series will be announced at shortly.


Indiana Jones Trilogy is big success on BBC
Friday, January 25, 2002 - Gilles V

BBC won't regret that they aired the Indiana Jones trilogy again. The trilogy has been aired over the course of 3 weeks and have proved to be a ratings winner for the corporation. Media Guardian reports that even though the airings are repeats, the Temple of Doom and Last Crusade had better ratings than any of the (terrestrial) movie premieres shown over the Christmas period on the BBC.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had 10 million viewers and a 40% audience share between 8 pm and 9.50 pm last night. Last week Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom also drew 10 million viewers, while a fortnight ago Raiders of the Lost Ark pulled in 8.8 million.

Hit the link above for more info. Thanks to TheForce.Net for the news.


New fan film based on the Indy Trilogy coming
Saturday, February 2, 2002 - Gilles V

We will soon have an new fan-made film based on the Indiana Jones movies online. The film is named Indiana Jed and the Search for the Infinite Power and made by high school students back in 1992.

Indiana Jed is a critically acclaimed action-adventure filled with wild stunts and numerous special effects. Judges at the 1992 New York Trinity Film Festival called Indiana Jed the most exciting home movie ever made. This film was produced, directed, shot, edited, and acted entirely by high school students.

The film will come online at the Linn Productions website soon. There are already pictures plus a good trailer available on that website. Go check it out!!


UK's Hotdog Magazine has Indiana Jones Special
Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - Gilles V

The March 2002 edition of Hotdog magazine has a 14 page Indiana Jones Special. The Indy Special focuses on Raiders of the Lost Ark and contains interviews with all the actors and casting agent Mike Fenton (though not Spielberg or George Lucas). The Special also takes a look at the StoryBoards, the mythology, the merchandise and more fun stuff. The Hotdog March 2002 issue is out in England (and the rest of the world) right now.

Thanks to westford for reminding us.


"Catch Me If You Can" production begins
Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - Jawad M

Steven Spielberg's latest film Catch Me If You Can began it's production yesterday in an unspecified city. Scheduled for November 27th, 2002 release (subject to change), the film will be shot in New York, Los Angeles and Canada. Read the full press release here.

Spielberg's last film Artificial Intelligence will soon come out on DVD. You can now read a detailed review of this extraordinary DVD at my DreamWorks SKG Fansite.


ABC airing Raiders & Temple of Doom
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 - Gilles V

ABC will be airing Raiders of the Lost Ark this Sunday, February 17, at 7 PM EST. Followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on Monday, February 18, at 8:30 PM EST.

It is still unknown if ABC is also planning to air Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Hit the link above for more info.


Pat Roach Interview in Hotdog Magazine
Friday, February 15, 2002 - Gilles V

Hotdog magazine recently interviewed Pat Roach for their Raiders of the Lost Ark special (see Tuesday, February 12). Many people may not know this but Pat Roach has also appeared in all three Indiana Jones films. He played a Sherpa in the Raven bar fight plus the German Mechanic in Raiders. And also played the giant Thuggee guard in Temple of Doom and a giant Gestapo in Last Crusade. Hotdog asked Pat Roach two questions related to Indiana Jones 4.

Would you do a fourth Installment?
"I've heard that so many times as a certainty, and it's fallen through every time I've just written a book and we got in touch with Harrison and even he said it was going to happen."
So would you be up for another fight with him (Indiana Jones)?
"Well, yeah, of course... providing I get to kill him and get the girl."

The March 2002 edition of Hotdog contains more cool interviews with Harrison Ford, Wolf Kahler (Dietrich), Karen Allen (Marion), John Rhys-Davies (Sallah), storyboard artist David J Negron, and casting director Mike Fenton. The magazine also contains Raiders of the Lost Ark toys, art, spoofs and more.


Adventure has a new name, Ziggiana Jones
Monday, February 18, 2002 - Gilles V

The USA strip called Ziggy had a hilarious Indiana Jones parody on yesterday. Check it out by clicking here.

Thanks to Aaron for letting us know.


Udoiana Raunes 3 is looking for a sponsor
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - Gilles V

Thomas Wagner & Stefan Zwanzger are planning to make a third Udoiana Raunes adventure game with high resolution graphics containing cartoon-characters like Spielberg, Lucas and Ford themselves and more. It will again be a free game like the old ones, but totally perfect!

But there's one problem. The making of Udoiana Raunes III will cost a lot and Wagner & Zwanzger are therefor looking for a sponsor. They offer one single sponsor the opportunity of a high quality product placement in the game. The sponsor should be Indiana Jones-, Star Wars- or adventure- related. Raunes will mention the "product" more than four times during the game and Zwanzger will make the website/product a fitting part of the story!

Are you interested in sponsoring them and giving the development a "GO" or do you want more info on this project? Then contact Stefan Zwanzger or visit the Udoiana Raunes website.

It might be interesting to mention that the second Udoiana Raunes game has been played at least more than 100.000 times worldwide!


"Raiders of the Lost Ark" Special Edition coming?
Thursday, February 21, 2002 - Gilles V

At a screening of the 20th Anniversary Edition of E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial, producer Frank Marshall spoke with fans a bit about the future of Indiana Jones.

Here's a part of the E.T. Special Edition review at DreamWorks SKG Fansite:

Without a doubt, one of the high points of the experience was talking to Marshall about the future of Indiana Jones. We simply that mentioned that Raiders had been the movie that started our lifelong obsession with film, and he seemed thrilled by the prospect of talking about it. "We're thinking about doing this with Indy" he said, "bringing it back out and spiffing up the effects." Before seeing the new E.T., we would have had mixed feelings about seeing Raiders touched in any way. Now the prospect is mouthwatering. Marshall also confirmed what everybody wants to hear, that they are starting to get serious about Indy IV. "Harrison told me we need to do this before I m in a wheelchair", he joked. (Okay, from you re perspective, this is old news, but to get it straight from Marshall himself was pretty darn cool).

Visit the link above for more.


Indiana Jones Trilogy coming to the Netherlands!
Tuesday, March 5, 2002 - Gilles V

Good news for all the Indiana Jones fans in the Netherlands. The Dutch TV channel SBS 6 is showing all 3 Indiana Jones films! Starting March 5th (today!) with Raiders of the Last Ark at 8:30 pm local time.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will air this friday and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom follows next Tuesday.

And there's more Indiana Jones coming in that small Dutch country! Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown in 5 film theaters in the Netherlands:

- March 11: Metropole
- March 18: Pathé Helmond
- March 25: Pathé ArenA (Amsterdam)
- April 1: Pathé Groningen
- April 8: Pathé Eindhoven

Thanks to Michiel de Jonge for the news.


AMC focusses on Indiana Jones this weekend
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - Gilles V

The American Movie Classics channel will be showing Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom this Friday and Saturday. And that's not enough! also gathered information on Indiana Jones 4, posted an article on the movie serials that inspired Lucas to create Indiana Jones, and you can also view the trailer of Raiders of the Lost Ark online.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fri. March 8, at 8:00 PM;
Sat. March 9, at 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Fri. March 8, at 10:15 PM;
Sat. March 9, at 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Visit the links above for more information. Thanks to Gregoire Defence for the news.


Ford's "K19: The Widowmaker" trailer online
Thursday, March 7, 2002 - Gilles V

The trailer of Harrison Ford's 2002 film came to the surface.
You can now view the K19: The Widowmaker trailer at Quicktime's website right here. This film will be released on August 16th.

Thanks to Harrison Ford Web for the news.


Sci-Fi Channel interviewed Drew Struzan
Thursday, March 21, 2002 - Gilles V

Sci-Fi Web Channel posted a 10 min. video interview with everybody's favorite poster artist Drew Struzan. Struzan talks about the process of creating the Star Wars Special Edition posters as well as his work on the Indiana Jones and E.T. posters. The video is in Real Video format and a must for everybody who likes Drew Struzan's work!

Hit the link above to check it out. Thanks to TheForce.Net for the news.


Ford explains how "Raiders" almost killed him
Friday, March 22, 2002 - Gilles V

ET Online has placed a great 2 min. video online in which Harrison Ford explains the Raiders of the Lost Ark opening scene stunt that almost killed him. The video is in Windows Media format and worth checking out!

Hit the link above to check it out. Thanks to DutchIndy and FreekAdaWeek for letting us know.


"Hidden Hollywood" TV series website is online
Sunday, March 24, 2002 - Gilles V

Russ Williamson from Renaissance TV has contacted me to say that the Hidden Hollywood TV series talks with the BBC have finally fallen through. The BBC already has a review program and they are showing this years Oscars, tonight. But Hidden Hollywood does not review movies or give away awards - so it's nothing like what they are showing!

Russ Williamson has quickly knocked up a web site covering some of the TV series it's features and a few Raiders of the Lost Ark location pictures, more will go up in a few weeks.
The site is aimed at TV executives but visitors are welcome to check it out at

Read our Hidden Hollywood announcement from January to find out more about the Hidden Hollywood TV series.


Interview with author Max McCoy
Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - Gilles V

Indiana Jones Information Center had the chance to ask Indiana Jones novel writer Max McCoy some questions. Max McCoy is the most popular Indy author with four Indiana Jones novels:

Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone (1995)
Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs (1996)
Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth (1997)
Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (1999)

Click here to read the exclusive interview and find out about a possible new novel and McCoy's thoughts on Indiana Jones 4.


Do you have a question for George Gibbs?
Friday, April 5, 2002 - Gilles V

Ever had a question about the special effects in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Alien 3? Then here's the opportunity to get it answered! Special Effects Supervisor George Gibbs is prepared to answer your question about any special effects in the films that he has worked on in addition to the exclusive interview that we had with him in January.

George Gibbs has received Academy Awards for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His other films include A Fish Called Wanda, Labyrinth, Brazil, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Flash Gordon, The Omen, Superman, Alien 3, Patriot Games, From Hell, and many more classics.
View his filmography at to find out more about his special effects career.

You can send your question to 'til Friday, April 19. We will then select the best questions from the stack and forward those to George Gibbs.
It might be interesting to first read the interview with George Gibbs here before you submit your question. And don't forget to add your name with the question!


New Indiana Jones fansite online!
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - Gilles V

A new Indiana Jones fansite has opened it's cyber doors today. The new Indy fansite is named The Indy and took 2 years to complete. You will find all general information about Indy's world at that website.

The address is and really worth a visit!


Ford and Spielberg will honor Lucas tomorrow
Thursday, April 11, 2002 - Gilles V

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will act as presenters at a Bafta ceremony honouring George Lucas this Friday (April 12). Lucas will receive the Bafta/LA Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film.

Press Release that ran on June 5th, 2001 discussing Lucas's honor.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor George Lucas with its coveted Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the 11th Annual Britannia Awards on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. BAFTA/LA Chairman Gary Dartnall stated: "We are delighted to be honoring George Lucas who has chosen to make so many of his films in the U.K., including his Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. He has contributed immensely to our industry as an innovative filmmaker changing the way movies are made, seen and heard."
Since the mid 1970's, George Lucas has directed and/or produced nine films on location in the United Kingdom, including the aforementioned Indiana Jones trilogy and four Star Wars films as well as Labyrinth and Willow. His involvement with and contribution to the British film community has been extensive throughout his professional career, including the support and sponsorship of the careers of countless British actors, writers, filmmakers, craftspeople and facilities.
Lucas' projects have received a total of 66 Academy Award nominations, 17 Oscars, 26 Emmy nominations, 12 Emmy Awards, 17 BAFTA nominations and 6 BAFTA Awards. In 1992 Lucas was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with its highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Lucas is currently in post-production on Star Wars: Episode II, a part of which was also shot in England and is scheduled for release during the summer of 2002. Last year's recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film was Steven Spielberg KBE."

Thanks to Harrison Ford Web for letting us know.


Second "Doom Raiders" Trailer Released
Thursday, April 11, 2002 - Gilles V

Backyard Productions is pleased to announce the release of the second trailer of their film Doom Raiders. They hope you enjoy it and hope that it provides a little more insight into the storyline of the film!

You can download the second trailer from Backyard Productions' Doom Raiders Media section here.


Dallas' Comic & Toy Fest 4: The Adventure Con!
Monday, April 15, 2002 - Gilles V

Mark Walters from Hot Fish Studios is hosting a multimedia convention this June in Dallas. The theme of the convention it's show is Adventure Comics & Films. There will be tributes to Indiana Jones and The Rocketeer.

Author Rob MacGregor is one of the guests, and The Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens is coming too. Incidentally Dave Stevens did storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark before creating his comic. "Hot Fish Studios" is currently pursuing other Indy-related guests for the show, and they might have support from LucasArts as well.

The Adventure Con will take place on June 22 & 23 at the Richardson Civic Center in Dallas. Visit Hot Fish Studios Online for more information.


Hidden Hollywood production has begun
Sunday, April 21, 2002 - Gilles V

Russ Williamson from Renaissance TV has let us know that production has started on the pilot episode of the Hidden Hollywood television series.

In this first episode Warwick Davis traveled around London looking for film props and costumes when he came across an interesting figure (see picture).
In his weekly feature he acts like a Hollywood archaeologist unearthing many famous artifacts used in in movies.

More Hidden Hollywood news coming soon. In the meantime, visit the official Hidden Hollywood website for more information and pictures of the show.


LC actress Alison Doody making comeback
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - Gilles V

Good news for all the fans of the actress who played Elsa in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. ShowBiz Ireland has tracked down the Irish actress Alison Doody and took a short interview with her.

The actress left Hollywood to return to Ireland in 1994 after her last movie Major League 2 with Charlie Sheen to get married to the Irish media tycoon Gavin O'Reilly. Since then the couple have had two children and Alison has not stepped into a movie costume right up to this year. Recently she was asked to do a small cameo part in the Michael Caine film The Actors in Dublin where she lives.
"I was asked to a small role in The Actors and it was here that I realized how much I missed the movie industry. I miss the people I used to work with likes of Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson so I must admit I would love to get into making a few more movies again now that my children are in school..."

Hit the link above to read the short interview. Thanks to Charles P for letting us know.


New Indiana Jones drawings by Drew Struzan
Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - Gilles V

Everybody's favorite poster artist has made two new Indiana Jones drawings. According to Drew Struzan's official website these new drawings are only study material based on Indiana Jones photos from Temple of Doom and Last Crusade.
So not Indiana Jones 4 poster study material.

Click here and here to view the new Indiana Jones drawings.


"Raiders" screening in New York City!
Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - Gilles V

Cool news for all Indyfans who live in or around New York City and want to see Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big/magical silver screen!

The Sunshine Cinema in New York City will be having a midnight movie series this summer. Raiders of the Lost Ark is booked to kick off on Friday, July 5th 2002.

The general Manager of Sunshine Cinema has also let us know that he's going to do everything possible to get the shows into their 'big house' (lots of seats, stadium seating, state-of-the-art sound though it'll be limited to the film's original format in this case, big screen).

The Sunshine Cinema theater is between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Houston and is accessible via subway: F or V line to 2nd Avenue station.

The address:
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10002


Indy screenings in theater and on TV
Friday, June 14, 2002 - Gilles V

The Historical Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Alabama is screening Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on June 21 - 24. Click here for more information about the theater and the film.

Raiders of the Lost Ark will air on Bravo this Saturday June 15th at 8:00 PM EST. That's tomorrow evening!


IndyGear casting call...
Thursday, July 18, 2002 - Gilles V

Our partner is currently looking for a talented individual to join their staff. Site staff are unpaid voluntary positions. The work is more production/build-out based, and should not be considered "design" work per se. The main criterion they're looking for is interest in the subject & availability/commitment.

Click here for more information.


'K-19' sweepstakes at Harrison Ford Web
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 - Gilles V

Harrison Ford Web is pleased to announce that thy have a contest for visitors. Five Grand Prize Winners will each receive a K-19: The Widowmaker T-Shirt and a K-19 CD Soundtrack.

The original Soundtrack is written by composer Klaus Badelt and performed by the world-renowned Kirov Orchestra under the baton of Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.

Click here for more information.


'Adventure Gamers' interviewed Hal Barwood
Thursday, August 1, 2002 - Gilles V

Just found out that Adventure Gamers recently had the opportunity to interview LucasArts' game designer Hal Barwood. Barwood was project leader on a number of projects including the classic graphic adventure Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine and most recently, a 3D action-adventure game for next-generation consoles called RTX Red Rock. Here's a part of the interview:

"Reviews of 'Infernal Machine' were pretty polarized. Looking back on that now, how do you feel that game turned out?"
"As a design, I think it's a big success. It enables Indy to be Indy -- a man of action. It contains some of the finest level design I've ever played, and the story is Indy-sized and feels authentic. As a commercial venture, it's a solid money-maker, and moved a lot of units, especially outside North America. On the other hand, we tried to..."

Click here to read the Hal Barwood interview.


King of Jordan talked about 'Last Crusade'
Friday, August 2, 2002 - Gilles V

Michael French has just told me that on the Today Show this morning, Katie Couric interviewed the King of Jordan, who took her on a personal tour of Petra. There, she immediately asked him about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. They looped the Raiders March over the footage of them walking up to the famous Treasury, also known to Indy fans as the Grail Temple. They showed footage from Last Crusade of Indy and Henry Sr. riding up to the mysterious structure.

Couric asked the King about his experiences on the film and he admitted that he flew Spielberg to and from the site during the shooting of the film in a military helicopter back when he was just the Prince. He said that his piloting is military style which scared Spielberg to death and recently, while in Los Angeles, the King and Spielberg reminisced over those scary jaunts in the King's chopper. Spielberg fearfully remembers it to this day.

Some fun news related to the classical Indiana Jones trilogy for a change. Thanks Mike!


'Echo Base Con 2002' coming in October
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - Gilles V

click to enlargeThe Echo Base Charity Con 2002 on October 5th in The Netherlands is a Star Wars convention but this year's program will also interest the Indiana Jones fans. Two of the convention's six guests have also worked on the Indy films. The first is Felix Silla who was Jonathan Ke Quan's (Short Round) stand-in in the Temple of Doom. And the second guest is Julian Glover who played villain Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The other guests are Jeremy Bulloch, Alan Harris, Angus MacInnes, and Alan Dean Foster.

The beautiful poster on the right is made by official Star Wars artist Matt Busch especially for the Echo Base Charity Con 2002.

Visit the official Echo Base Con 2002 website for more info.


'Harrison Ford Web' will be back soon!
Friday, October 4, 2002 - Gilles V

Good news for all the Harrison Ford Web fans! Eileen left me a note regarding the status of the website today.

First of all I would like to thank Gilles for providing me this opportunity to inform visitors that Harrison Ford Web will be back shortly. The reasons for it being taken down abruptly I will not bore any of you with the details but let's just say the situation has been taken care of and here soon the site will be back to business as usual.

I want to thank all of you who inquired about my well-being and the status of the site.

See you shortly,

keep an eye on!


Interview with Julian Glover and Felix Silla online
Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - Gilles V

The Indy attended the recent Echo Base Star Wars Convention in The Netherlands and got a chance to interview guests Julian Glover, and Felix Silla. Julian Glover played Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Felix Silla was the stunt-double for Jonathan Ke Quan (Short Round) in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Hit the link above for the full interview which includes pictures and downloads.


'Make a Wish Foundation' needs your help!
Friday, October 18, 2002 - Gilles V

Is there anyone out there who can make this happen?

Hello there,

I am a volunteer wish granter for the Louisiana Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation. I have recently been assigned a little boy by the name of Tyler. Tyler is 9 years old and has Leukemia and is going back and forth to St. Jude's for chemo.

Tyler's actual wish was to receive a computer, but he also stated his most favorite movie of all time was Indiana Jones. He had a difficult time deciding if he wanted a computer or to meet Indiana Jones... I was trying to get in touch with ANYONE who could help me get an autographed photo of Harrison Ford (as the Indiana Jones Character) for Tyler when we deliver all his goodies.

I haven't had much luck getting a response. Do you have any suggestions? I can get you in touch with the Make A Wish office to verify that I am indeed a volunteer working on Tyler's assignment (and not some weirdo).

Make A Wish Foundation
Maria Wunder - Wish Coordinator
1-888-677-WISH (9474)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help!

Tammy Jo Brown

This e-mail was originally received by Eileen from Harrison Ford Web.


Spielberg & Kennedy to produce 'Tintin' film!
Friday, November 22, 2002 - Gilles V

Good news for all Tintin fans. Variety reported that Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg will produce the internationally acclaimed comic strip Tintin as a live-action film for Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.
Universal and DreamWorks are currently negotiating the feature rights with Nick Rodwell of Moulinsart, the company that holds the properties created by late cartoonist Georges Remi under the pseudonym Hergé.

Tintin is the story of an intrepid young reporter with a cowlicked coif who, with his dog Snowy, inevitably finds himself at the center of global adventures. Tintin's friends and allies include his mentor, Captain Haddock, police officers Thomson and Thompson and Professor Cuthbert Calculus.
The comic strip was first published in 1929 in Belgian newspaper Le Petit Vingtieme and was eventually translated into more than 50 languages. It has already been the subject of several animated adaptations for motion pictures and television.

But what has Tintin to do with Indiana Jones? Well, you have already read that Steven Spielberg will produce the Tintin film. Spielberg is known to be a Tintin fan from long before Raiders of the Lost Ark and some of Tintin can be found in Indiana Jones' adventures. There is most certainly a Tintin influence in the Indiana Jones films. I was already planning to write an article for the Indy's Influence section about Tintin and his adventures but never found the time.
This news message is a good moment to start looking for an other Tintin fan who wants to write an article about the connections between Tintin and Indiana Jones. Please e-mail me at if you are interested in writing this article.

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