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2003

 

Ford escaped car accident on film set
Thursday, January 9, 2003 - Gilles V

Ananova.com reported earlier this week that Harrison Ford has survived a high speed car smash after a stunt for his latest movie Hollywood Homicide went wrong and hit a wall. Ford was riding in a car driven by co-star Josh Hartnett when the vehicle went out of control during a chase scene and hit a wall.

The accident occurred while Harrison and Josh, playing Los Angeles Police Deptartment detectives, were pursuing a homicidal rap-music boss in a chase sequence. A source on the set told The National Enquirer: "This was a stunt that should have been done by professional stunt men. But Harrison insists on doing all of his stunts, so his co-star Josh didn't want to be left out."
"Josh he got confused and instead of driving down a street, he drove right into a wall. Everybody freaked! People ran over to the car to get them out. "Harrison remained calm and got out himself, but Josh was a bit more shaken up in the incident. Between the two of them they suffered only a bump on the head, some pulled muscles, and a back strain. It could have been so much worse."

 

IndyGear.com is looking for help
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - Gilles V

The people at IndyGear.com are looking for a committed individual to join their staff to assist in site production & maintenance. The work is production/build-out based, and should not be necessarily considered a "design" opportunity. The main criteria IndyGear.com is looking for is commitment/longevity to the project and enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Click here to read more about the duties, requirements and benefits of working for this popular website.

 

Indyfans visit the maker of Indy's leather jacked
Saturday, February 15, 2003 - Gilles V

This is Local London has published an interesting story for the Indiana Jones fans. Here's how the story begins:

Yankee movie buffs have just visited Swanley to meet the maker of the leather jacket worn by whip-cracking celluloid hero Indiana Jones.
Costumier Peter Botwright, 58, was astonished when a group of movie fans asked to visit his workshop and showroom in Wested Lane, Swanley. His team, which has been in the business for 30 years, made the famous brown leather jacket worn by heart-throb Harrison Ford for the Indiana Jones series of blockbusters.
Mr Botwright was delighted to show them around the workshop. He said: "When I made the jacket, in 1980, I didn't realise how big the films would be but of course they turned out to be massive."

Hit the link above to read the rest of the story. Thanks to John from IndyGear.com for letting us know.

 

UK's Collectormania 3 will be featuring Indy Stars!
Friday, March 14, 2003 - Gilles V

We have some exciting news for the Indiana Jones fans in the UK. The Collectormania 3 convention is expecting special guests who have appeared in various films and TV series. Three of the guests have played alongside Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones Trilogy!
These 3 special guests are: Paul Freeman (Belloq in Raiders), David Yip (Wu Han in Temple of Doom) and Julian Glover (Donovan in the Last Crusade).

The convention will be from May 2nd to May 5th, 2003 and is totally free. No Tickets needed!! Visit Show Masters Online for more information.

 

'PVP' comic featured Indiana Jones
Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - Gilles V

The online comic named PVP - Player vs. Player - spoofed Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb last week. PVP is about characters working at a video game magazine. The comic featured Indiana Jones all week from Monday, 24th till Sunday, 30th.

Click here to start viewing the comics. They are hilarious!

Thanks to Anthony Schiavino for letting us know.

 

'Raiders' will be shown on big screen in the UK!
Thursday, April 3, 2003 - Gilles V

The First Stourbridge Film Festival in the UK will be showing Raiders of the Lost Ark at a Drive-in cinema! This cinema has place for 500 cars set in the grounds of Himley Hall. The Stourbridge Film Festival will also show 15 other pre-released films like Casablanca, The French Connection, Grease, etc.

This Film Festival will take place during the same period as the Cannes Film Festival, France, between 14th – 25th May 2003. Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown on Saturday May 17th in the grounds of Himpley Hall, Dudley, West Midlands. The gates open at 6:30 pm and Raiders will begin on 8:30 pm.

This is a great opportunity for all UK Indyfans to view their favorite film on big screen! You don't want to miss it!

Click here for more information on the Stourbridge Film Festival. Thanks to PJ for letting us know.

 

'Hollywood Homicide' trailer is online
Sunday, April 13, 2003 - Gilles V

The trailer of this year's Harrison Ford film Hollywood Homicide is now online. The film is about two LAPD homicide detectives who moonlight in other fields, Joe Gavilian (Harrison Ford) and K.C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), investigate the slaying of a rap group on stage.

The release of Hollywood Homicide is currently set for June 13th 2003. Click here to watch the trailer.

Thanks to Harrison Ford Web for the news.

 

Indy is nominated for 'AFI's 100 Heroes & Villains'
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 - Gilles V

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains to be the annual theme for AFI's on-going celebration of 100 years of American movies. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains will countdown America's 50 greatest heroes and 50 greatest villains in film, as chosen by experts of the motion picture community, in a three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network in June 2003.

AFI distributed a ballot with 400 nominated screen characters to a jury of 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers) critics and historians. One of the nominated screen characters is - of course - Indiana Jones.

Harrison Ford is represented 6 times in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains list. Ford also played the following nominated characters: John Book (Witness), Rick Deckard (Blade Runner), Han Solo (Star Wars), Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive) and Jack Ryan (Patriot Games). Ford is likely the most represented actor besides John Wayne, who plays 7 different characters.

You will certainly hear more of AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains television event here at TheRaider.net. Because we know Indy makes a big chance to be among the best film heroes.

Click here for more information on AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains. Thanks to TheForce.Net and Peter Balaz for letting us know.

 

'Collectormania 3' will be screening the Indy Trilogy
Wednesday, April 22, 2003 - Gilles V

More good news for the Indyfans living in the UK! Kenny from Showmasters Ltd. has let me know that as part of the Collectormania 3 event in Milton Keynes they will be screening the Indiana Jones Trilogy in Cineworld which is located just next to the event venue.
The screening will be on Sunday 4th May and will feature an exclusive 30 minute talk with John Rhys Davies (Sallah) Paul Freeman (Belloq) David Yip (Wu Han) and Julian Glover (Donovan).

Further details and instructions on booking tickets can be found here. Please be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible as there are only 120 seats available!

 

Third Indy fan film by Casanova coming soon
Monday, May 26, 2003 - Gilles V

Fran Casanova, director of The Hidden Treasure and Memories from the Past Indy fan films, has announced that his third Indiana Jones fan film is coming soon.
Fran is currently working on the third fan film which will be finished and released somewhere this summer. The title and story are still unknown but here are two much promising teaser pictures:

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You can find out much more about Fran Casanova and his short films in his Indiana Jones Short Films book. Worth checking out!

Stay tuned for more information on this Indy fan film.

 

TV Guide Online's Top 100 Heroes & Villains poll
Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - Gilles V

For AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains, the American Film Institute asked industry insiders to choose the best baddies - and goodies - from a list of 400 characters. Now TV Guide gives us the chance to also vote for our favorite Hero & Villain. You can choose from TV Guide Online's Top 100 Heroes & Villains by clicking here. "Choose wisely."

Results will be posted on Monday, June 2. So you still got time to support your favorite hero... Indiana Jones.

 

Peugeot Partner Indiana...
Saturday, May 31, 2003 - Gilles V

I found a cool Indiana Jones reference while I was turning over the leaves of a popular Belgian magazine. Here you see an advertisement from the French car constructor Peugeot, announcing it's new special series named 'Peugeot Partner Indiana'. Yup, they are promoting this special version of their 'Partner' car as one especially equipped for the adventurers among us. They even spoofed the 'Well of Souls' scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. So you see that after 20 years adventure's name is still Indiana (Jones).

 

'Raiders: the Adaptation' ultimate fan film!!!
Saturday, May 31, 2003 - Gilles V

Harry from Aint It Cool News wrote a review of a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that some teenagers made. It's actually being screened this weekend (May 31 and June 1st) in Austin, Texas.

In 1982, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis began filming a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They were twelve years old. Six years later, the film was in the can. Fifteen years later still, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is proud to announce, the theatrical world premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation. No other film experience will prepare you for this, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is like no other film you have ever seen (except of course Raiders of the Lost Ark). This trio of filmmakers showed more tenacity, originality, heart, courage and skill than ten independent production teams put together, and all before puberty! SEE Indiana Jones grow six inches, drop into a baritone and grow facial hair! SEE Marion Ravenwood develop breasts! SEE the meanest pack of prepubescent nazis ever recorded on film! Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis are flying in to Austin for this screening from all corners of the US. There will be a Q&A after each screening where they tell all about the unbelievable six year adolescent adventure that is Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation!

This is an amazing accomplishment. Just read Harry's review about this film here and you'll say the same. I wish I could attend one of the 2 screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown in Austin, Texas tonight - Saturday May 31st at Midnight and Sunday June 1st at 4pm.

Click here for more information about this film and where you can view them this weekend.

Many thanks to Harry Knowles for telling us all about this film. We had absolutely no idea this film existed! Thanks!

 

TV Guide's Heroes & Villains poll results...
Monday, June 02, 2003 - Gilles V

TV Guide Online held a Top 100 Heroes & Villains poll last week. Giving all film fans the chance to vote for his/her favorite Hero & Villain from a list of 100 film characters. TV Guide has just posted the results on their website and guess who's currently (still) the most popular film hero... right, Indiana Jones!

Not really a big surprise but still... 15% of the voters selected Indy as their favorite hero. The second favorite film hero is George Bailey (James Stewart) from in It's a Wonderful Life who received 7% of the votes. That's less than half the votes Indy received.
On the third place we find T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the currently very popular Neo (Keanu Reeves), who is currently kicking "virtual" asses in Matrix Reloaded, can be found on the 6th place with 5% of the votes.

And who is the most popular villain then? Darth Vader of course! 26% of the voters selected Lord Vader as the best villain in film history.

Don't forget to view AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains show on CBS tomorrow evening at 8:00 PM EST!

Click here to view the Heroes & Villains poll results. And thanks to Peter Balaz for letting us know.

 

Indiana Jones is America's 2nd greatest film hero!
Wednesday, June 4, 2003 - Gilles V

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains show is over and the best film heroes & villains are known. Unfortunately the experts of the motion picture community didn't give Indiana Jones the #1 hero spot... Indy stranded on the second place, right before James Bond and Rick Blaine (from Casablanca). Which is still very good!! The number 1 spot went to Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, who completely deserves it. Here follow the top 10 heroes & villains from the special:

Heroes:

  1. Atticus Finch from 'To Kill A Mockingbird'
  2. Indiana Jones from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
  3. James Bond from 'Dr. No'
  4. Rick Blaine from 'Casablanca'
  5. Will Kane from 'High Noon'
  6. Clarice Starling from 'Silence of the Lambs'
  7. Rocky Balboa from 'Rocky'
  8. Ellen Ripley from 'Aliens'
  9. George Bailey from 'It’s a Wonderful Life'
  10. T.E. Lawrence from 'Lawrence Of Arabia'

Villains:

  1. Hannibal Lecter from 'Silence of the Lambs'
  2. Norman Bates from 'Psycho'
  3. Darth Vader from 'Star Wars'
  4. The Wicked Witch of the West from 'The Wizard of Oz'
  5. Nurse Ratched from 'One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest'
  6. Mr. Potter from 'It’s a Wonderful Life'
  7. Alex Forrest from 'Fatal Attraction'
  8. Phyllis Dietrichson from 'Double Indemnity'
  9. Regan MacNeil from 'The Exorcist'
  10. The Queen from 'Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs'

 

The trailer of Casanova's new Indy fan film is online
Thursday, June 5, 2003 - Gilles V

Amateur director and big Indiana Jones fan Fran Casanova has send me the trailer of his latest Indy fan film named Indiana Jones and the Secret Manuscript.

Right click here to download the 3.54 Mb trailer of the Secret Manuscript. The trailer is 0:49 minutes long and in Windows Media format with a 360x288 screen size. You need to have DivX 5 installed to be able to watch the trailer.

Fran Casanova's previous Indiana Jones fan films are the Hidden Treasure and Memories from the Past. Also visit the Indiana Jones Short Films book for more information on Fran Casanova.

 

Disney is looking for new Indy stunt doubles
Monday, June 9, 2003 - Gilles V

The MGM Studios in Orlando Florida are looking for new cast members for their Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. They are looking for an Indy stunt doubel, a Marion stunt double, a mechanic and a swordsman. Here follow the qualifications:

Must have an extensive background in gymnastics and tumbling. Applicants must be between 5'5" and 5'9". Skills required are: Dive roll, back and front handsprings, cartwheels, standing back flips, somersaults, and handstands.

Indiana Jones' stunt double
Age range of the role is 25-35. Height range is 5'9" to 6' with experience in stage combat and rappelling, and the ability to work at substantial heights is required. Training in high falls is a plus.

Marion Ravenwood's stunt double
Age range of the role is 21-30. Height range is 5'4" to 5'7" with upper body strength, athletic looking with ability to rappell and complete six pull-ups, and ability to work at substantial heights is required.

Mechanic and Swordsman
Male, age 25-35, height range 6'4" and taller with a strong, muscular build. Dual role. Experience in stage combat required.

Click here for more information. Thanks to TIE.c for the news.

 

Actor Philip Stone died at the age of 79
Sunday, June 29, 2003 - Gilles V

Philip StoneI have received some sad news. British actor Philip Stone died a few weeks ago on June 15th at the age of 79.
Philip Stone will be best remembered by Indyfans as the actor who played Captain Blumburtt in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Stone also appeared in several other films such as: Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and The Shinning and the classic SF film Flash Gordon.

Thanks to Peter Balaz for letting us know.

 

Dreamwave publishes Drew Struzan's oeuvre
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - Gilles V

What do George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Robert Zemeckis and Jim Henson all have in common? The art of Drew Struzan. Struzan's official site has announced that Dreamwave is going to publish a book dedicated to Drew's career. Here's a part of the press release:

click to enlargeHollywood, CA—Drew Struzan, is the best- kept secret in Hollywood. Over the last thirty years, he's created many of Hollywood’s most memorable posters. His art has touched the lives of generations of filmgoers with unforgettable images for The Star Wars Trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Phantom Menace, Blade Runner, First Blood, The Thing, Back to the Future I - III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, and hundreds more. Finally, these posters have been collected into one stunning full color volume, Drew Struzan/Oeuvre, coming this November from Dreamwave.

Struzan’s distinctive style redefined the classic movie hero, and his exceptional innovations and artistry have made him top call for studio marketers for two decades. Struzan has collaborated with visionaries such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, John Carpenter, Jim Henson and many others. His style is so distinctive and recognizable that his innovations in montage, composition and color have become standards in the industry.

Authors Jessie and Amy Horsting, examine the unique forces shaping Struzan’s career, his rise as an illustrator, and the perseverance required to succeed and thrive in a notoriously fickle industry. Featuring a foreword by George Lucas, the book also focuses on the history of some ground-breaking posters, relates a few celebrity encounters, and offers commentary from Harrison Ford, Frank Darabont, Alice Cooper, Robert Zemekis, Jim Henson and many others who have had close encounters with this giant talent.

Drew Struzan's Oeuvre book will be released this November. Click here to read the full press release.

Drew's official site also released a brand new Indiana Jones poster. Click here to view the new poster.

 

Foxtrot comic parodies Indiana Jones
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - Gilles V

The popular daily FoxTrot comic strip parodies Indiana Jones in today's strip.

Click here to view the strip. And thanks to The Indy Experience.com for pointing this out.

 

The first Indy 4 camp-out site is online
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - Gilles V

Here's an original Indiana Jones site, the Indiana Jones IV World Premier Camp-out Website! Indyfan James "Montana" Maxwell created a camp-out site for the fourth Indiana Jones movie ala Star Wars. He devoted a site to this and hopes to help other Indiana Jones fans prepare for this most wonderful event.

You remember our Star Wars Brothers and Sisters who camped out for days, weeks, months just to be in line for the first showing? That's what we're planning for IJ IV. That's right. It will be a truly epic undertaking, involving fans all over the world, each sharing a very unique, but very similar experience. So why not head to planning and find out what you should do to make your camp out successful?

Is this already the beginning of the Indiana Jones 4 hype?! Anyway, good luck with your site James!

Hit the link above to pay a visit to this camp-out site.

 

Indy Fans wanted for a Wal-Mart TV Commercial
Friday, August 8, 2003 - Gilles V

A Los Angeles based casting company is currently seeking Indiana Jones fans who can quote excerpts of dialogue from the Indiana Jones films for a Wal-Mart TV commercial.

They are having open call auditions TODAY, Friday the 8th from 10 am till 6 pm at the following Wal-Mart in Long Beach, California:

7250 Carson Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90808

 

The sequel to The Award Showdown is online!
Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Gilles V

Back in 2000 the then 18 year young Joshua Meeter made a clay animation short film named The Award Showdown. The short film showed the battle between two legendary filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, for one award trophy... until Indy gets his hands on the trophy and runs away with it.
view the sequel
Later that year The Award Showdown was discovered by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy through a Bagel Cam that was being hosted by Countingdown.com. The filmmakers loved the short film and had requested for their own personal copy. Steven also asked for it to be cleaned up for a debut on his and Ron Howard's website (which no longer exist). The short was then sent to John Williams for his approval. He loved it and gave Josh the rights to use his music in the film.

Today, after almost 3 years of absence, Joshua Meeter is back with a sequel to his acclaimed animation film. The Filmmakers Strike Back shows the long awaited showdown that will determine who will embrace the coveted award trophy for a Lifetime of Achievements.
The Filmmakers Strike Back was originally completed in March 2001, but being the perfectionist that Joshua is, he chose not to release it to the public... until today.

You can view The Filmmakers Strike Back on Joshua's Meetervision.com website. He has also released a more cleaner version of the original Award Showdown as well. Both animation films are extremely entertaining, especially for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas fans!

 

ExtraLife comic parodies Indiana Jones 4
Friday, August 22, 2003 - Gilles V

The daily gaming comic strip named ExtraLife parodies Indiana Jones in yesterday's strip. It's again one of those "Harrison Ford is too old to play Indy" jokes but it's still funny.

Click here to view the strip. Thanks to 'omega5ooo' from The Raven for letting us know.

 

Alison Doody will star in a King Solomon's Mines series
Monday, September 8, 2003 - Gilles V

Alison Doody, the Irish actress who played Dr. Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, will soon be seen on television again. Her last film was Temptation back in 1994. I have received the good news that she will star in a King Solomon's Mines mini-series along with Patrick Swayze. This adaptation of Henry Rider Haggard's famous novel will be hosted by HBO television network.

I also got an email from Indyfan Charles Provost who added that during an interview on set of her new film King Solomon's Mines in South Africa, Alison Doody revealed that she will be flying to Hollywood shortly for a forthcoming Indiana Jones anniversary party.

Stay tunes as I'm going to keep an eye on this King Solomon's Mines mini-series for three reasons. First because it's with the beautiful Alison Doody. Second because it's another version of the King Solomon's Mines films released in 1950, one of the films that inspired the creators if the Indiana Jones films. And third because I wonder what this forthcoming Indiana Jones anniversary party could be.

Thanks to Charles Provost and Dark Horizons for the news.

 

Indiana Jones and the Crossovers of Doom
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - Gilles V

The people at Something Awful must be big Indiana Jones fans. Because their favorite hero only has three feature films they created a collection of Indy stills and posters edited in photoshop. The result is very amusing as they have inserted Indy's image into posters and screenshots of other famous films like Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Tomb Raider, Terminator, James Bond, Minority Report, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, King Kong, Dude Where's my car? and many more.

Click here to view this very entertaining Indiana Jones and the Crossovers of Doom photoshop images collection.

Thanks to Ryan Fink for letting us know.

 

Raiders' stunt arranger at convention in the Netherlands
Saturday, September 13, 2003 - Gilles V

On Saturday, September 27 2003 the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club presents in association with eBay.nl the Echo Base Charity Con 2003. All proceeds of this event will be donated to the Dutch branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Although being a Star Wars convention, Indy fans might be interested in the appearance of Peter Diamond, who worked on Raiders of the Lost Ark as a stunt arranger as well as a stunt performer, and also can be seen as a German soldier in that film.

A large number of cast- and crew members of the five Star Wars films will travel to The Netherlands, amongst which two absolute legends in Star Wars history: two-time Oscar nominated producer Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) and Saturn Award winning director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, and other blockbusters such as Bond-film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2). Mr. Kershner has never attended such an event before making this a world premiere!

Besides these very special guests, the following people will also be attending Echo Base Charity Con 2003:

  • Paul Blake (Greedo in Star Wars)
  • Rusty Goffe (various roles in Star Wars)
  • John Hollis (Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)
  • Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi)
  • Jerome Blake (had six parts in The Phantom Menace and also Attack of the Clones)
  • Alan Ruscoe (multiple parts in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones)
  • John Coppinger (worked behind and in front of the camera in Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace)

These guests have not only appeared in the Star Wars films but can also be seen in films like The Fifth Element, The Mummy and the James Bond-, Indiana Jones- and Harry Potter movies.

Fans can meet the guests, ask them questions, pose for photos and get their autographs. There will also be a wide variety of merchandise for sale, a charity auction with lots of exclusive items, a costume contest and lots more.

The event will be held on September 27, 2003 at the NBC Blokhoeve in Nieuwegein (near Utrecht), and is opened from 10.00 to 17.00. The location is within a short distance of Amsterdam. For more info, the latest news, travel directions etc. please visit www.echobase.nl/con/english or e-mail info@swfanclub.nl.

Thanks to Wiebe-Johan van der Werk for letting us know.

 

NEW official Indiana Jones website!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - Gilles V

I have received an email from Paul Ens - the webmaster of the official Indiana Jones site - with the news that a completely new indianajones.com has been launched yesterday. The new site has been brought in to Lucas Online, a division of Lucasfilm.
Paul Ens said that unlike previous incarnations they plan to give Indy the attention he deserves with new DVDs, a new movie (hopefully coming soon), and other interesting developments in the works. The launch of the new indianajones.com is just a starting point... Lucas Online have big plans for the next few years.

The new Indiana Jones site looks amazingly adventurous. Couldn't look better! And the new content includes Making of articles and other background information, a poll, a new scrapbook, and also a wonderful "Welcome to the new IndianaJones.com" text that you can read by clicking here.

Many thanks to Paul Ens and everybody else working on the new indianajones.com site!

 

Interview with Ford in the latest Star Wars Insider
Friday, September 26, 2003 - Gilles V

StarWars.com announced that the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars Fan Club, features a special sneak preview of The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection. ILM Veteran and master model maker Lorne Peterson waxes nostalgic about Indiana Jones special effects. And Harrison Ford talks about playing heroes, handling the paparazzi and returning as Indiana Jones.

Click here for more information on the (special collectibles) issue of Star Wars Insider #71. This issue ships to Fan Club members on Sept. 26 and will be available on newsstands in early October.

Thanks to Ulrich Decoster from Sithclan.net for letting us know.

 

Indy gave us 1 of the 50 Biggest Belly laughs in film
Friday, September 26, 2003 - Gilles V

The latest issue of the UK film magazine Empire features a list of the 50 Biggest Belly laughs Ever in film. And Indiana Jones has made it into the list with the Cairo Swordsman scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This scene is number 38 of the 50!! Here's what Empire magazine wrote about this scene:

Raiders of the Lost Ark
As Indy (Ford) races through a busy Cairo market, the bustling crowd parts to reveal a sneering swordsman (Richards) spinning his blade. With the briefest flash of surprise, Indy wearily draws his pistol, shoots the swordsman and turns casually away. The offhand brutality offended some - including George Lucas - but the gag is so perfectly, erm, executed that audiences are floored.

This 50 Biggest Belly laughs Ever feature can be found in the November 2003 edition of Empire (issue 173) that is on sale now.

Thanks to Canyon at The Raven for letting us know.

 

John Rhys-Davies is coming to Belgium!
Tuesday, October 7, 2003 - Gilles V

Actor John Rhys-Davies, also known as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Last Crusade and Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is coming to Belgium this weekend.

John Rhys-Davies will be present at F.A.C.T.S.,the biggest Sci-Fi, Comics and Anime convention in Europe. This convention takes place this weekend on October 11th and 12th in the ICC in Ghent (Belgium). John will be there both days from 11 am till 4 pm to give away autographs and also a Q&A session.

Other special guest stars at F.A.C.T.S. are David Prowse (Darth Vader), Kenny Baker (R2D2), Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna), Mike Guinn (Nien Numb), and many more.

Visit the official F.A.C.T.S. site for more information.

 

Fun Indiana Jones Flash game online
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - Gilles V

Mausland.de has released a cool Flash game with Indiana Jones where he faces off spiders, boulders and other deadly traps.

Source: TheForce.net

 

FoxTrot comic gives a Halloween Indy salute
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - Aaron H

The FoxTrot comic strip, king of the movie references, has done yet another Indy cartoon. The reference is subtile, but still funny! Click here to check it out.

 

IndyGear.com is looking for a new webmaster!
Monday, November 3, 2003 - Gilles V

Our partners at IndyGear.com are currently looking for a committed individual to fill a vacancy at their Webmaster Position:

This is a unique opportunity and would particularly benefit someone interested in learning more about the hobby or perhaps serve as an opportunity to add to their resume.
Site staff are unpaid voluntary positions. The work is production/build-out based, and should not be necessarily considered a "design" opportunity. The main criteria we are looking for is commitment/longevity to the project and enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Click here for more information.

 

Zortic comic parodies Indiana Jones
Saturday, November 8, 2003 - Gilles V

The comic strip, Zortic has put on a series of 4 comic strips parodying the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Click here to go to the first comic. Then just click 'Next' to view the next 3 comics.

Thanks to Ryan for letting us know.

 

Indiana Jones' is 5th best screen outfit ever
Monday, November 17, 2003 - Gilles V

British newspaper The Sun recently conducted a Poll to select the 10 best screen outfits ever. The famous outfit worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones Trilogy was voted as the 5th best in Screen History!

Now if you look at the 9 other best outfits and if you forget you're an Indiana Jones fan for just a second - I ask a lot, I know - then the fifth place is excellent! But we're all Indiana Jones fans... the famous fedora + leather jacket deserves more than only a 5th position.

Click here to read the short article. And thanks to 00Kevin for letting us know.

 

Indy Poster Retrospective at the official site
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - Gilles V

IndianaJones.com has launched its collectibles site with a look back at some of the more interesting posters produced for the Indiana Jones series both in the USA and abroad.

Because the Indy films, like the man himself, have been seen in countless countries on nearly every continent, the posters have needed to appeal to different aesthetic and cultural sensibilities. The handful gathered here showcase some of the best and most unique imagery ever to grace an Indiana Jones poster, capturing in a glance the spirit of adventure and mystery that so well define the Indiana Jones saga.

The official Indiana Jones site has also interviewed award-winning poster artist Drew Struzan about the making of one of his latest Indiana Jones works. This interview will be online on the official site soon.

Click here to read the Indiana Jones Poster Retrospective article.

 

Sean P. Flanery doing a new SciFi Channel TV show
Thursday, December 4, 2003 - Aaron H

Young Indiana Jones, aka Sean Patrick Flanery, and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham will be doing a new SciFi Channel TV show, called Dead Lawyers.

Written by Christopher Murphey, the project centers on Jimmy Quinn (Flanery), an arrogant, heartless lawyer to the rich and famous, who, after dying in an traffic crash, is sent back to Earth to undo the injustices he committed, working on pro bono cases.
Abraham will play Quinn's afterlife mentor. Also dead, he is the managing partner of the pro bono law firm and father figure to all the dead lawyers trying to make amends.

Might be interesting for any Sean Patrick Flanery fans to check out.

Source: Coming Soon!

 

Outfit for Adventure article at the official Indy site
Thursday, December 4, 2003 - Gilles V

IndianaJones.com republished an article written by Michael G. Ryan for Star Wars Insider #54 (July/August 2001) that gives a closer look at Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark ensemble; who made the gear, and where it came from:

Hat: Originally manufactured by the Herbert Johnson Hat Shop of London (who still makes the "Indy Design" for the discriminating fan), this Poet model was trimmed down from the original three-inch brim and was "lightened" to give it a well-worn look. The Petersham ribbon is standard (39 mm on Indy's hat). Indy's hat size: 7 (58 in European measurements).

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

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