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TheRaider.net News Miscellaneous Archives Late 2008
 
Late 2008

 

Indy Cast #33 Now Online for Your Listening Pleasure
01/07/08, 4:08pm EST

In Club Obi Wan this week, we speak with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sketch card artist Noah Albrecht, find out if Indy has cracked the $300 million mark, discover if Frank Marshall has any plans for Indy 5, take a look at the new wave of Temple of Doom figures, review Indy's latest comic adventure and of course have a tonne of your emails and Indy Tales! So sit back and enjoy the last show before we take a break for 2 weeks - but don't worry, we'll be back with more Indy news, reviews and interviews in a fortnight!

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Thanks to Ed Dolista for given adventure a new name... the Indy-Cast!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Smithsonian Explores the Crystal Skulls
07/07/08, 3:41pm EST

The Smithsonian Channel will be showcasing some of the mystery around the real life crystal skull and is also hard at work on some documentaries that will be of some great interest to Indy fans as they seek out the "real" thing! My good friends at the Smithsonian Channel have contacted me about some programs running on the Smithsonian Channel that are well worth checking out.

The official website has video clips of the Crystal Skull program premiering on the Smithsonian Channel and information on the new exhibit coming to the prestigious institute. The National Museum of Natural History will unveil the crystal skull they have in possession, which was sent over mysteriously in an unmarked package 16 years ago and has been locked in a curator's drawer ever since.

The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a new documentary film, The Legend of the Crystal Skulls on the great date of July 10 (okay I am partial to the date as its my birthday) at 8 p.m., which will feature the Smithsonian’s crystal skull and one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on crystal skulls, Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh.

"Crystal skulls are a fascinating example of artifacts that have made their way into museums with no scientific evidence to prove their rumored pre-Columbian origins," said Walsh.
"Crystal skulls provide an intriguing commentary on how certain cultures and objects were considered valuable to 19th- and 20th-century collectors."

The Smithsonian’s crystal skull arrived in the mail with an unsigned letter in 1992, stating that it was purchased in Mexico in 1960 and that it was Aztec. In comparison with the earlier crystal skulls collected in the 19th century, the Smithsonian skull is enormous; at 31 pounds and nearly 10 inches high it dwarfs all others.

Smithsonian Magazine will highlight crystal skulls in its July issue.

Two other famous crystal skulls are on public view at the British Museum in London and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

Wednesday’s unveiling is really a first opportunity for Indy fans and crystal skull enthusiasts in America to get a glimpse of the artifact. Here is the press release with more details on the exhibit as well:

Thanks to Paul Young and Chrissie Hsu from The Smithsonian Channel for all the information on the television program and museum exhibits.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Desktop Icons
09/07/08, 4:09pm EST

Last week the official Indiana Jones site was updated with the news that artist Anthony Piraino completed his fourth and final set of amazing freeware Indiana Jones icons! His sets of icons depict memorable objects from all four Indiana Jones films for use on your Mac OS X or Windows Vista desktop.

The Iconfactory reports:

Journey with Indy from the dark recesses of Area 51 all the way to the ancient jungles of the South America. This amazing freeware icon collection includes all new pixelated treasures including Spalko’s homing beacon, Mutt’s pocket knife, the Crystal Skull itself and many more. These and other amazingly detailed icons are available now at the Iconfactory’s Indiana Jones home page as Mac or PC icons or as a searchable Candybar iContainer for OS X that also lets you customize your OS X dock appearance.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our special tribute to one of our favorite movie heroes of all time and invite you visit the official Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull website for tons of Indy related info and desktop downloads. Lastly, all of us at the Iconfactory would like to extend a gratitude to everyone at Paramount Pictures for allowing us to participate, at least in a small way, to Indy’s return to the big screen. It means a great deal to us, thank you!

Download these official icons for your desktop directly from the Iconfactory.

Thanks to Kiel Bryant for the update.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Happy Birthday Harrison Ford!
13/07/08, 3:36pm EST

On behalf of the whole TheRaider.net crew and its visitors, we would like to wish Harrison Ford a very happy birthday today!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indyfans Docu Panel at San Diego Comic-Con
18/07/08, 2:40pm EST

Putting on the finishing touches on his epic documentary, Brandon Kleyla, will bring Indyfans to the San Diego ComicCon. He will be showing the film and answering questions for all attending fans.

Here are the details:

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON - SUNDAY, July 27th, 2008
2:00-3:00 Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory:
Join the filmmakers of the documentary that focuses on Indiana Jones’ legacy and the fans that follow him! There will be a Q&A regarding the progress of the documentary as well as a general discussion on all things Indiana Jones, and maybe even a few giveaways!
ROOM 24A

Following the panel at 4pm will be an Indiana Jones group photo, so everyone come dressed and ready to represent any and all Indiana Jones characters!

So show your Indy pride in style at the ComicCon!

Thanks to Brandon for the information.

More info at Comic-Con.org.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

The Raiders: The Adaptation Guys at Comic-Con
18/07/08, 2:43pm EST

Eric Zala and Chris Strompolus, the filmmakers of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, will be attending an "Indie Genre Films" panel at the San Diego Comic-Con next week.
They will be part of an independent filmmakers panel where they will be taking audience questions on Indie films and their Raiders: The Adaptation cult film.

Here follow the details.

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON - FRIDAY, July 25th, 2008
3:00-3:45 - Indie Genre Film Panel:
Drew McWeeny ("Moriarty") screenwriter/West coast editor of AintItCoolNews.com, moderates a panel about the art of making independent sci-fi, horror, and adventure movies with notable filmmakers: The Dowdle Brothers (co-writers/director, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine); Oren Peli (writer/director/producer, Paranormal Activity); Jacob Gentry (co-writer/co-director/producer) and Dave Bruckner (co-writer/co-director), The Signal; Eric Zala (director/actor) and Chris Strompolus (producer/actor), Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation; Adam Wingard (co-writer/director/producer of Pop Skull); Chad Feehan (producer) and Thomas Hammock (production designer, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane).
ROOM 26AB

Note: This is NOT a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation!

Thanks to Eric Zala for the info.

More info at Comic-Con.org.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy-Cast 34 is Ready for a Listen
22/07/08, 2:09pm EST

Just when you thought it was safe to listen to your iPod - the most adventurous podcast on the web returns!

Indy-Cast host Ed Dolista is back from Hong Kong and is raring to go with an all-new, all-different, Indy filled show. This time Ed is joined by the a man who saw a lot of the Crystal Skull and the cast and crew when they came to town and talks about the things you didn't see on the screen! That's right, TheRaider.net's own news reporter, Mitchell Hallock, joins Ed in Club Obi-Wan to talk about how the last year and Indy reporting has been a dream come true. Besides, all the talk of meeting Harrison Ford and having it being a blinding experience, there's talk of Indy's brief football career and discovering the secret "resting place" of Marcus Brody! In addition, in this week's podcast we find out how Indy is doing at the Box Office, discover the details of miniature work in Indy 4 and hear from one of the Crystal Skull aliens him/her/itself! Plus lots more Indy news, reviews and your Indy tales in the mailbag.

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Thanks for another whip-cracking podcast Ed and lets get to downloading and listening!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Surprises a Plenty with Indy Stars and John Williams
30/07/08, 2:13pm EST

The evening air at Tanglewood Music Center in the gorgeous Berkshire mountain region of South West Massachusetts had a few more stars than usual recently. Indiana Jones actresses, Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and director Steven Spielberg appeared at a night of music celebrating the work of the legendary John Williams who joined the equally as famous Boston Pops Orchestra.

Here are the details of what was a magic night of movies and music:

"A Tribute to Indiana Jones" formed the evening's centerpiece, showcasing highlights from Williams's scores for the four epic adventures and offering a perfect occasion to bring out Kate Capshaw, who met Spielberg when he cast her as "Willie" Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in 1984; the two subsequently married in 1991. Also making a cameo appearance near the end of the evening was Karen Allen, whose career went into high-flying orbit in 1981 when Spielberg chose her as Harrison Ford's love interest in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and in recent years having put down deep roots in Great Barrington.

But it was Spielberg, making a return appearance on "Film Night," who served as narrator; in an especially fascinating sequence, he introduced a screening of the circus-train chase from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," first without music (making it look like an art film, Spielberg quipped) and then adding Williams's dramatic score. "To that man, I owe my career," Spielberg declared, and there was no hyperbole in the statement.

With a generous sampling of other "Indiana Jones" musical highlights — including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Chorus enthusiastically backing up the "Anything Goes" scene from "Temple of Doom" — Williams demonstrated what we've all known for years. The Spielberg-Williams soundtracks (he has scored all but one of the director's 25 big-screen films, with three more in the pipeline) will endure as one of Hollywood's legendary collaborations.

Visit The Bershire Eagle site to read the full article.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Four New Raiders: The Adaptation Screenings
30/07/08, 2:56pm EST

Four new screenings of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation for the coming months have been announced.

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA – Asbury Lanes
- August 16, 2008
In attendance: Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala
Asbury Lanes



Metuchen, New Jersey, USA – The Raconteur
- August 17th, 2008
In attendance: Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala
The Raconteur


Cincinnati, Ohio, USA – Esquire Theater
- September 7th, 2008
In attendance: Chris Strompolos
Esquire Theater


Ithaca, New York, USA – Cornell Cinema
- September 19-20, 2008
In attendance: Eric Zala
Cornell Cinema

Visit our Raiders: The Adaptation Screenings page for a full list of all upcoming screenings.

Thanks to Eric Zala for the update.

Posted by Gilles V

 

The Indy-Cast #35: Indiana Jones News and Commentary
01/08/08, 2:19pm EST

This episode we look at some of the new Indy offerings from Hasbro, Sideshow and more in our San Diego Comic Con coverage, find the Lost Ark in a driveway, hear about a new free Indy MMORPG and let you know what to wear if you survive a nuclear bomb blast in a fridge. All this and more plus your Indy tales and trivia in the mailbag!

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A big thanks and a Veg-a-Mite sandwich to the Outback's biggest Indy fan - Ed Dolista for another great show!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Kennedy and Marshall Receive VES Lifetime Award
01/08/08, 2:20pm EST

Indiana Jones' other producers duo get honored, namely Kathleen Kennedy and her husband Frank Marshall. The couple has been cited by the Visual Effects Society for their dedication and lifetime of work in bringing to some epic films to the silver screen. From E.T., Jurassic Park and of course Indy, these two have been key to the success of these screen gems and brought hours of enjoyment to filmgoers around the world.

Here follows more about their award and the upcoming award event:

After honoring such household names as James Cameron, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in past years, the Visual Effects Society (VES) will bestow its 2009 lifetime achievement award upon producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall of The Kennedy/Marshall Co. The two began their professional collaboration in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark and produced the three Indiana Jones sequels. Marshall is credited with producing more than fifty films, and Kennedy’s credits include the blockbusters E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.

"Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have set the gold standard for storytelling by combining true creative artistry along with the latest advances in technology to bring their stories to the screen," says VES exec director Eric Roth. "Over the past few decades they’ve proven to be great collaborators with both above- and below-the-line talent which has shone a bright light on the incredible uses of visual effects to not only tell a story more creatively, but also to have a more positive impact on the all important bottom line."

"We have always valued the work of visual effects artists, and those whose creativity continually develops new ways to push the boundaries of possibility," Kennedy remarks. "We are grateful to be recognized as contributors to this process".

Source: Animation Magazine

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #36 is Ready for a Listen
06/08/08, 3:13pm EST

This week they have got celebrity crashes, new toys, a John Williams concert review and tackle the question are the monkeys of the Crystal Skull the equivalent of the prequel's Jar Jar Binks? All this and more plus your Indy tales and trivia in the mailbag! So sit back and relax as the Indy-Cast crew take a look at what's making news in the world of Indiana Jones this week!

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A big thanks to Ed Dolista for another great Indy-Cast show!

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy-Cast #37 is Up: Indy meets Elvis?
14/08/08, 4:35pm EST

Ed Dolista is keeping the boulder rolling, and maybe rocking as well with Indy news that touches on Elvis! It's true, as is the other Indy news that is ready for a listen on this week's Indy-Cast. So true believers, sit back, stand up or whatever podcast position you prefer and listen to all the Indy news that is fit to hear!

This week we have got Blu-Ray news, find out if we will see Marcus in plastic and discover what the King of Rock and Roll has in common with the king of rolling rocks. And yes, I spent way too much time thinking up that last pun. All this plus a new Review segment and of course your Indy tales and trivia in the mailbag!

This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

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Thanks Ed for another great podcast and letting us know everything - but not in a scary, head-exploding Spalko kind of way! Yuck!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

New Raiders: The Adaptation Screening
14/08/08, 4:37pm EST

Ultimate fan film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will also be coming to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 25th!

And don't forget about the two Raiders: The Adaptation screenings in New Jersey this weekend!

  • Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA – Asbury Lanes
    - August 16, 2008
    In attendance: Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala
    Asbury Lanes
  • Metuchen, New Jersey, USA – The Raconteur
    - August 17th, 2008
    In attendance: Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala
    The Raconteur

Click here for more information on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

Thanks to Eric Zala for the update.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy-Cast #39: The Stunt-filled Podcast!
25/08/08, 3:52pm EST

While there was no Indy-Cast #38 - We are back on track with more Indiana Jones news and interviews from the man with the plan - Ed Dolista - this time Ed explores all the latest Indy happenings with
  • an interview with Indy 4 stuntman and actor Jon Braver in Club Obi Wan
  • all the details on Indy’s Blu-Ray debut
  • a listener’s Crystal Skull figure review
  • a stack of responses about why Indy’s hat is so iconic
  • Indy tales and trivia in a blockbuster edition of the mailbag

So take a listen to the latest Indy-Cast and get an earful of the latest Indy happenings.

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Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indyfans DVD Up for Order at Amazon.com
28/08/08, 4:00pm EST

If there was ever a time to celebrate the return of the Man with the Hat it was 2008! But if you think this October will be the month when only one DVD will be coming out featuring a certain adventurer with a fedora - well you're wrong! Imagine millions of true-believers, no, it isn't the attack of the Thuggees, it's Brandon Kleyla's long awaited documentary showcasing the fans of the whip-cracking archeologist.

From Harrison Ford's stuntman, Vic Armstrong, and famed costume designer, Deborah Nadoolman, to the folks who created some of the fantastic Indiana Jones theme park rides and most of all from the legions of fans (and you all know who you are) see and hear what has made Indy the greatest character in film history! "Indyfans" contains great interviews with the folks who helped bring Indy to life and the fans who kept him alive around for nearly thirty years!

Watch Brandon travel the world seeking out "Top Men" (and Women) who all share a common interest in the whip-cracking part time teacher who gave adventure its name in this great fan documentary. Best of all you can now order it on Amazon.com and get a week before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.

Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory will make a perfect addition to your Indy video library and make great watching as you stage your own Indy film festival! So check it out now at Amazon.com and order yours today!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Magazine #3 in Review
01/09/08, 2:52pm EST

Indiana Jones Magazine #3
Previews' Exclusive Spalko cover.
I just got the latest issue and it is fill of great articles - especially the look back at Indy in the comics- this time focusing on the Dark Horse adaptation of the man with the hat and features a talk with the big man (and we mean big as he stands at 6' 8") Mike Richardson, the publisher and owner of Dark Horse - who loved Indy and didn't want to see him fade away after his run at on the big screen and Marvel Comics. Like they did with Star Wars, Dark Horse help keep the torches from going out on Indy and did a great bunch of four-color adventures recently collected in the two volume Omnibuses - from the Spear of Destiny to the adaptation of the old LucasArts game - Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - remember that one and up the latest comic adaptation of Indy's return in the Crystal Skull Dark Horse is keeping Indy running for his life!

The Man himself reminisces about the Last Crusade as Harrison Ford opens up about meeting his onscreen Dad. The latest issue of Indy magazine also covers a report on the Cannes Film Fest reception; an in-depth look at Pankot Palace, and 50 amazing facts about the Temple of Doom you might not know, a look at the truth behind Nazis and the occult, a great article and look at the storyboards of Indy's Shanghi surprise in a scene that never made it to the big screen; here's a hint - it involves looking for the other piece to the headpiece of the staff of Ra and has Nazis and really big Samurais! Best of all a look at Indy's greatest fist fights! From the man with the Panama hat to Vogel and Dovechenko to the German mechanic; see how Indy's punches rank in a Top 10 countdown or rather knockdown (excuse the pun or is it punch) - OUCH!

There are two covers this month -- the Comic Shop edition features Spalko -- not a bad way to pass the time - so look for it on your local newsstands.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Gold Monkey Actor Jeff MacKay Passes Away
01/09/08, 2:54pm EST

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Jeff MacKay in Tales of the Gold Monkey.
Actor Jeff Mackay, who portrayed Corky on the Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired show called Tales of the Gold Monkey, passed away on August 22nd at the age of 60 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The actor, a cousin to screen star Robert Redford, played Corky the sidekick mechanic to the pilot hero, Jake Cutter. Described on the show as a "little slow on the uptake", Corky always managed to get Jake's Gruman Goose up in the air just in the nick of time to escape blood-thirty natives, pre-WWII Nazi and Japanese villains. The actor was also a favorite on other shows produced by Gold Monkey producer Donald Bellasario and Glen Larson shows like Magnum P.I. (with would be Indy Tom Selleck), JAG and even Battlestar Galactica, the original series in 1978.

Sadly, TVShosonDVD.com reports that plans for a proper box set of the Tales of the Gold Monkey is still delayed, and now sadly will not have a chance to have actor Jeff MacKay provide any commentary on the shows.

Fellow TheRaider.net writer Stephen Jared interviewed Jeff Mackay and other crew members of Tales of the Gold Monkey in early 2006. The interview is still online and can be found here.

We offer our condolences to the family of Mr. MacKay and thank him for providing such entertainment over the years with his performances.

Source: TVShosonDVD.com and Variety

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Drew Struzan Retired
04/09/08, 5:01am EST

"Having been working at not working has produced a guy who could never return to illustration again. It took a lot to attempt the idea of retiring from my 40 years of effort and sacrifice but now that I have, I am delighting in life as never before. I had forgotten how to rest, to smell the proverbial roses and to see the future as opportunity. I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do all the work I did. I am well pleased to have been able to give a gift of beauty and peace through my artwork to so many throughout the world. Now I have laid down the burden and have peace and happiness as the reward for my day's labor."

- Drew Struzan -
(September 3rd, 2008)


Spanish writer Iker Pérez informed me that artist Drew Struzan has retired from the illustration field. Iker explains that "He [Struzan] wants to have more time for his family and be able to work on his own paintings, plus the current situation with the movie industry doesn't seem to help at all. I feel happy for him if this is what he wishes, but as a fan I also realize that it's terrible news as it means that many upcoming Indy products won't have a Struzan cover unless he worked on it already."

DrewStruzan.com
Rare
Raiders illustration made by Drew in 1981.
Drew Struzan is one of the film industry's most recognized and celebrated artists. Drew has provided artwork for over 150 film posters as well as many classic album covers, advertising, and book covers.
He is best knows by his poster illustrations for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and can count film makers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg among his biggest fans. In fact, Struzan is the only artist who received authorization by Spielberg to illustrate the iconic character E.T.
His work also includes other franchises such as Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Goonies, the Muppet movies, Harry Potter, Hellboy, and many others...

Visit Drew Struzan's recently updated official website to immerse yourself in his great online galleries packed some of the most unforgettable and influential images in the movie industry.
The updated site now includes never-before-seen art such as an amazing 1981 Raiders poster, Young Indy concept art, and more new Indy paintings!

Thanks to Iker Pérez for sharing this sad news. And very special thanks to the master of movie posters himself for all his mesmerizing art!

Special trivia: Pay special attention to the opening shot of Frank Darabont's The Mist (2007). That shot features film posters of Stephen King's Dark Tower series and John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). All posters in the room at the beginning of the film were painted by Drew Struzan.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy Cast Hits the Big 4-0
04/09/08, 3:40pm EST

If adventure has a name... it must be the Indy-Cast! Those words mark the beginnings of the latest all Indiana Jones podcast, which is hitting its 40th episode! This week, host Ed Dolista has new news from the world of Indiana Jones! In another action packed show we look at a potential handheld adventure for Indy, a sweet toothed Indy themed review, a slew of info including magazine reviews, Indy racing cars and has a close up look at where Indy and Marion got hitched plus we welcome Rob Magee to the show with his new segment and of course your Indy tales and trivia in a mega edition of the mailbag!

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Great job Ed and only 12 more shows to go before we all celebrate a year's worth of Indy-Casts!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy Comes Back to Connecticut
08/09/08, 5:09pm EST

Harrison Ford Web is reporting that Harrison Ford will be the honored guest at a dinner given by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Ford has been honored for his dedication to the environment by many foundations and this latest one looks like it will be a night befitting the man who breathed life into the adventuring Indiana Jones! From the description on the invitation the evening looks to be an action filled with events from rope-climbing to a "leap-of-faith" along with a BBQ.

Harrison will be honored for his for his "decades-long leadership in the environmental movement. Harrison Ford's public commitment of time, energy, and resources has brought worldwide focus to issues that face our nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats."

The evening won't be all speeches and no fun: the guests will be abe to participate in activities like a ropes challenge course, a zip line, and a special "leap of faith". Add to that fly-casting, archery, the Big Air Dogs, an ATV obstacle course, and other outdoor activities along with top competitors from ESPN's Great Outdoors Games. Afterwards, guests will enjoy cocktails, a BBQ and a live auction of adventure travel packages. The evening will end with fireworks display set to music.

Where: Tudor Investment Campus, Greenwich, CT
When: Saturday September 20 from 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Tickets/Sponsorship Information:
Click here (PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader required) or contact Michelle Houston, Director of Special Events at (202) 857-5679 or via email: michelle.houston@nfwf.org

Souce: Harrison Ford Web and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #41: If Adventure Has a Podcast...
08/09/08, 5:11pm EST

Ed Dolista is back with a week full of Indy news that your ears can't live without. Here's what your eardrums will be getting hit with on this week's Indy-Cast:

This week we learn of a movie legend's retirement, new details on Indy's next-gen adventure, we find out what you want from Indy 5 plus we've got all your emails, Pat's Indy trivia and of I promise no disco-fied Indy this week! We're also taking a week off next week but we'll be back in a fortnight.

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So sit back, put up your Alden 405 Truebalances and relax for this week's episode of the Indy-Cast!

Thanks, Ed!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Harrison Ford Goes Outside
10/09/08, 4:18pm EST

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October 2008 cover.
No, we aren't that desperate for Indy news! Outside Magazine (yes they have a magazine for everything) has the Harrison Ford on the cover of its October issue doing what else... running for his life! In a salute to the Alfred Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest, Ford recreates the pose struck by film legend Cary Grant. Inside the magazine Ford relates his views on GPS devices (good thing we never heard language like this in Star Wars when he was looking at the "navi-computer" to find Alderaan or it would have been rated R), and what its like to get away from it all and take in all the scenic beauty that is ... outside! Hopefully, Mr. Ford is scouting locations for a new Indy movie when he is hiking through the outdoors.

Pick up the magazine and find a picnic bench under a tree and read all about what living the active life truly means! Plus, read more about Harry's love for maps and the secret to not drawing attention.

Now, lets hope there is no magazine called "Breakfast" or we might see Harry sucking down a bowl of oatmeal on the cover and telling us how important fiber is! Now can we start getting back to business and begin pre-production on Indy 5!

Source: Outside Magazine

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones - Fashion Trendsetter?
12/09/08, 6:45pm EST

He's inspired would be adventurers for almost thirty years and now Indiana Jones heads into new territory... fashion! That's right Indyfans, the man with the hat and the rest of the clothes was the inspiration for fashion designing legend, Ralph Lauren, as Fashion Week started the boulder rolling with a bang as Indy clad models strode down the catwalk.

Read more about it in this report from the Telegraph.co.uk website...

The American designer, Ralph Lauren, took Harrison Ford’s heroic, screen alter-ego as the inspiration for his spring/summer 2009 collection.

His models strode out, ready to conquer every obstacle from evil Nazi agents to tarantulas, wearing khaki jodhpurs and shirts, with battered ‘Akubra’ hats and leather water bottles dangling around their hips.

The Raiders of the Lost Ark concept gave Lauren, who loves to mix a ready-made fantasy theme with ready-to-wear clothes, the perfect opportunity to unleash well-made separates for survival in the urban jungle, in gabardine, cotton and silk, inspired as much by safari-style as Indiana Jones’s own wardrobe.

Perhaps Louis Vuitton can release a whole new line of purses that include a clasp to hold bullwhips! I mean if you are going to look the part, you have to accessorize. I wonder if they will have some Sallah wear at the "Big & Tall" Men's Clothing Stores. My new favorite shop after consuming all those Indy snacks and Burger King Kid's Meals this past summer!

Source: Telegraph UK

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

For Sale: The Raven Print by Paul Shipper
15/09/08, 5:19pm EST

Do you love Paul Shipper's Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired header illustration at our The Raven message boards? Then I have some great news as Paul is selling a Limited Time Edition print of that Raven illustration for those who are interested!
But be quick though as the offer expires at the end of this month.

You can purchase the print in different sizes and on different media to suit your personal preference and your pocket-book. You even have the option of choosing to frame the print to your own specifications of frame, mount and even glass!

Head over to Paul Shipper's PSi Blog for more info and to make a purchase.

Posted by Gilles V

 

Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal
15/09/08, 5:20pm EST

There's a new Indiana Jones book coming out next month! Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal will be taking us behind the scenes of the latest Indy film through the lens of Hollywood photographer David James.
The 160 pages Photographic Journal paperback will be released by Insight Editions on October 7. 2008.

Here follows the official book description:

Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal

Step behind the scenes of Oscar winner Steven Spielberg's closed set to explore the perils that wait in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal. Dr. Jones dons his hat and holsters his whip for another death-defying adventure into the uncharted provinces of history in the latest film of the Indiana Jones series. Pit against the sinister ambitions of the Soviet empire, he must take vigilante action to save the world from the uncanny threats of ancient evils. From the jungles of the Amazon to the bazaars of Morocco we follow the cast and crew through the landscapes, cinematic battles, and diverse sets that challenged filmmakers for five months of shooting. Witness how the dark myths of Mayan mythology were brought to life, the reconstruction of early Cold War environments, and how Harrison Ford performed his own stunts in his most physically demanding role to date. From concept to cutting room floor access the creative force behind Indiana Jones and leap beyond screen.

About the Author:
Diana Landau is a writer and editor based in San Francisco. She was the Project Editor of the Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks and is the author of several books on the making of motion pictures, including Dances With Wolves: The Illustrated Story of the Epic Film, Bram Stoker's Dracula: The Film and the Legend, Ali: The Movie and the Man, Gladiator: The Making of the Ridley Scott Film, and recently the award-winning Hairspray: the Movie Musical.

David James is one of the film industry's most accomplished and respected photographers. He has worked with many leading directors, and his images have appeared on film posters and in magazines, newspapers, and eight books including Hairspray: the Movie Musical. In 2006 James was honored with the Film Publicist Award for Excellence in Still Photography.

Thanks to Mike Rogers for the news and cover images.

Posted by Gilles V

 

New Raiders: The Adaptation Screening
16/09/08, 4:30pm EST

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will be coming to the Dallas Video Festival, on October 3rd!
Filmmaker Eric Zala also informed me that the upcoming screening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is free – and for college students only, must provide student ID.

Here follows a full list of all upcoming Raiders: The Adaptation screenings.

Ithaca, New York, USA – Cornell Cinema
- September 19-20, 2008
In attendance: Eric Zala
Cornell Cinema


Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Museum of Fine Arts
- September 25, 2008
(free – and for college students only, must provide student ID)
Museum of Fine Arts


Dallas, Texas, USA – Dallas Video Festival
- October 3, 2008
In attendance: Chris Strompolos
Dallas Video Festival

Click here for more information on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

Special thanks to Eric Zala for the update.

Posted by Gilles V

 

TIME to Look at Drew Struzan's Drawings
18/09/08, 5:30pm EST

While looking at just eleven of his greatest works for movie posters doesn't due the man justice. It is a great way for fans to read Drew Struzan's comments on some memorable pieces. From Temple of Doom to The Muppets, spend a few moments as TIME Magazine looks back at the career of the man who pictures tell thousands of stories.

Here's how he became involved with Indy:

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984

Drew Struzan has painted many of the most iconic movie posters of the last three decades, including those in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. On the occasion of his retirement, he spoke about his most memorable work:

I did all four Indy movies and that was probably my favorite one. With Temple of Doom, someone else did the initial poster and they weren't happy with the way the film opened. So they contacted me, I did one drawing, sent it north to George [Lucas] and he said, "Perfect, paint it." Probably within a week after the movie opened, they had a new poster. After that, in George and Steven [Spielberg]'s mind, I became the Indy artist.

Source: TIME Magazine

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Keep Up with Joneses with Indy-Cast 42
23/09/08, 3:36pm EST

Dolista Down Under is Back -- No it isn't a remake of the Tom Selleck movie Quigley Down Under, its Ed Dolista and the Indy-Cast Gang roling at you with a great new podcast on all things Indy!

In this week's episode we find out why khaki is the new black, get ready for some expanded scores, get your Indy opinion and have a new competition where you can win some unique artwork just by celebrating your Indy fandom. Plus you can find out how to vote for the Indy-Cast in the Annual Podcast awards plus listen to our biggest mail segment yet!

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So give it a listen and find out some things about Indy you might not have heard before!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Raiders: Second Greatest Movie Of All Time!
25/09/08, 3:52pm EST

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather has topped the Empire magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time. While George Lucas' Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back came second and third! Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption and Steven Spielberg's Jaws completed the top 5 of the impressive list. Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Singin' in the Rain, Pulp Fiction and Fight Club made up the rest of the top 10.

U.K.'s Empire magazine's list of the 500 "Greatest" movies was compiled from a vote by "10,000 Empire Readers, 150 of Hollywood's finest and 50 key film critics". And according to the BBC, Quentin Tarantino and Mike Leigh are two of those Hollywood's finest who took part in this poll.

Steven Spielberg is the only director who has two films in the top 5, while friend filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is the only other film director with two films in the top 10.
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, is the only 21st Century film to make the top 20, and all three of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy secured top 60 spots. The only Star Wars feature film not making the top 500 appears to be Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. And "oh my goodness", even Michael Bay (with a little help from Spielberg) made the list with Transformers on #309... Awesome!

And while we all know Raiders of the Lost Ark does well in any greatest films list, the fact that the film made #2 in this list is still a big surprise. Even better, all four Indiana Jones films can be found in the list! Yes, you Indy 4 critics heard it right; Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is now (officially) a great film!!

Here follows a summary of 35 films, including all films by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, that made the impressive list:

1 - The Godfather
2 - Raiders Of The Lost Ark
3 - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4 - The Shawshank Redemption
5 - Jaws
7 - Apocalypse Now
18 - Casablanca
20 - Blade Runner
22 - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
23 - Back To The Future
28 - Citizen Kane
44 - Schindler's List
47 - E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial
57 - Lawrence Of Arabia
59 - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
74 - The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
91 - Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
156 - Saving Private Ryan
189 - Ghostbusters
232 - Jurassic Park
233 - Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
242 - King Kong (1933)
264 - American Graffiti
265 - A. I. Artificial Intelligence
273 - The Maltese Falcon
288 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
306 - Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
309 - Transformers
310 - Gremlins
330 - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
378 - The Goonies
409 - Men In Black
449 - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
450 - King Kong (2005)
453 - Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
498
- Back To The Future Part II

Be sure to read Empire's full The 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time as it's a great tool for any film fan!

Sources: Empire Online and BBC News

Posted by Gilles V

 

Indy the Blockhead
01/10/08, 3:35pm EST

If you are looking for another interpretation of the world's greatest adventurer then turn no further than CubeCraft.com where you can download the likeness of Indy and the Fertility God... just another way to pass the time while waiting for the Blu-Ray and DVD of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on October 13th or Indyfans on October 7th!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Papa John's Offers Indiana Jones Pizzas
01/10/08, 3:58pm EST

In celebration of the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD and Blu-ray, Papa John’s is offering the XL Explorer pizza – an extra-large pizza with up to three toppings for $13.99.

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Llimited time pizza box.
Beginning this week, Papa John’s customers can purchase the XL Explorer Pizza, which is 30 percent bigger than Papa John’s large size, in a limited-edition box featuring a scene from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And, while supplies last, all Papa John’s orders include a coupon for $3 off the purchase of the DVD, which is available beginning October 14.

And for those who can’t wait to get Indy on their TV at home, Papajohns.com is featuring several clips from the movie on its Web site at www.papajohns.com/indy/. Plus, for a limited time, Indiana Jones-themed Papa Card gift cards will be available at all Papa John's restaurants. Papa Card gift cards are available in $5 increments.

Thanks to Camilla Ferrario for the info.

Posted by Gilles V

 

The Indy-Cast 43: Indiana Jones News and Commentary
02/10/08, 5:31pm EST

Well it is a pretty quiet news week on the Indiana Jones front but we do find out where Indy sits on the Top 500 movies list, get an update on your favorite Indy fight scene with Rob, run through the details about our competition where you can win some unique artwork just by celebrating your Indy fandom and find out why does Indy wear a tie in the Last Crusade!

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Thanks to Ed Dolista for another rockin episode!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Weber Promotes Crystal "Head" Spirits
07/10/08, 4:20pm EST

Dan Aykroyd, Blues Brother, Ghostbuster, Dr. Detroit, genius comedian, and Weber, the wayward airline booking agent from Shanghai from Temple of Doom is now involved in a new mysterious project... pitching Vodka in a Crystal Skull bottle!
Now, it sounds like one of Dan's old time Saturday Night Live skit, but this is the real thing! Dan professes his lifelong interest with things that go bump in the night, and if you indulge too much in the Vodka contained in these "crystal" skull-like decanters you might be bumping into somethings as well!

This legitimate enterprise is not a tie-in to the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull DVD -- but it would be a great way to wash down all those Indy Pop tarts and Pap Johns Xplorer pizzas. This item is sure to be a hit in the coming week with the Halloween spirit possessing many a trick or treaters (of legal drinking age - of course). Indyfans who don't drink can at least watch and listen to the legend behind this new beverage at the website CrystalHeadVodka.com.

Personally, I was holding out for wine from the Rene Belloq family vineyards. What's next? Short Round promoting Chilled Monkey Brains flavored ice cream?

Tanks to Moedred for keeping us informed.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Ford Flying High for Great Causes
07/10/08, 4:25pm EST

Harrison Ford, ever the great volunteer, helping out with causes ranging from saving the environment, feeding the needy at a Thanksgiving or numerous other organizations is now taking his piloting skills to help a great bunch of kids. Appearing at the NBAA 2008 Convention, Ford and Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told those gathered of their plans to assist the 2010 Special Olympics with an "airlift" project to get the athletes to the games. In addition, Ford and Pelton will continue to be active members of the Young Eagles Program which takes youngsters on their own flights of discovery behind the control stick!.

Here's more on Ford's next adventures in the air:

... Ford and Cessna CEO Pelton spoke on Cessna’s pledge to support the sixth Citation Special Olympics Airlift. This will involve both Pelton and Ford flying Citations, including Ford’s CJ3, to bring special needs children and teens to the 2010 Special Olympics.

The ‘Indiana Jones’ actor isn’t certain if his celebrity status can help push the fleet of privately-owned Citations taking part in the Airlift past the target of 300, but he's glad to help. “I'm just glad to work with such an important project with such great kids,” he says.

Ford will continue as chairman of the EAA’s Young Eagles, helping nearly 100,000 children and teens take their first flight through the program each year. He took over the role in 2004 from legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager.

Pelton will continue to chair the Gathering of Eagles committee at least through July 2009, as well as the Oshkosh-based organization’s AirVenture convention and air show. He also says Cessna will remain “naming presenter” at the annual Gathering of Eagles event, which this year raised nearly $3 million in support of EAA’s outreach efforts.

Source: Flightglobal

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indyfans DVD Arrives in Stores
07/10/08, 4:42pm EST

Indyfans DVD box
DVD box cover.
Brandon Kleyla and the folks at Red Dot Film Studios have delivered their look at the Indiana Jones phenomenon and the legions of Indyfans that surround it like snakes guarding the Lost Ark in the Well of the Souls. This labor of love, which started way back in 2006 and was spurred on by the big screen return of everyone's favorite archeologist adventurer is now available on DVD from Cinema Libre Distributors.

Join Brandon as he travels from convention circuit and talks with Indyfans and see how a small movie saluting the 1930s serials changed their lives. Hear from the folks who helped bring Indy to life, like stuntman Vic Armstrong and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman. Then join Brandon as he speaks with the engineers who recreated the "Indy" experience in theme rides that many an Indy fan have waited in line to try their hands at keeping up with Joneses! Most of all, this fan documentary speaks top the heart of fans as they speak on what the adventure has meant to them for nearly thirty years.

Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory will make a great feature to watch as you prepare your own Indy movie marathon at home. So go out and get a copy and put it alongside your copies of Raiders: Great Movie Stunts, The Young Indy Adventures, and all of Indy's big screen epics.

To learn more visit: IndyfansFilm.com or CinemalibreStore.com

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

The Indy-Cast 44 is Ready for a Listen
09/10/08, 6:38pm EST

This week we have some exciting developments on Indy V, have the chance to vote for Crystal Skull as the best film of 2008, check out some Aussie exclusive Indy IV DVD premiums and discover the not so bright future of Hasbro’s toy line. We’ve also got our competition where you can win by celebrating your Indy fandom and of course your emails and Indy trivia.

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Thanks to Ed Dolista for keeping the faithful uptodate!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #45 is Up and Running
14/10/08, 6:31pm EST

Ed Dolista is back with news about Indy, Allan Quatermain, contests and mentions that South Park controversy.

Here's what Ed has on this week's podcast for Indyfans to listen to:

This week we see the release of two highly anticipated Indy themed DVD's, find out more cool Indy IV DVD exclusives, learn about an Indy Battle of the Bands, try to get to the bottom of our email problems and have an update on Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka. We've also got our competition where you can win by celebrating your Indy fandom and of course your emails and Indy trivia.

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Thanks again to Ed "Anything Goes" Dolista for another great podcast! Keep 'em coming!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Do-It-Yourself Crystal Skull Kingdom
18/10/08, 10:39am EST

What started out as a nice idea as part of my sons', Spencer and Owen, school fund raiser Halloween fair has become a quest. I had the idea of doing a maze, but then started thinking of adding some elements from my favorite film series, namely Indiana Jones. I initially envisioned just an archway done in that lost temple/pyramid/Indy adventure style. So I set out to make my own "lost" temple in my backyard, one that can be easily delivered to the school as part of the maze on Halloween/Pasta Night.

In lieu of ancient fragments of Stonehenge or Mayan ruins, I chose empty cardboard boxes, from your basic copier paper supplies found at the office and some empty boxes from my local comic shop (thanks to Erik at Alternate Universe). Now add in some gray and black spray paint, some stencils cut from poster board and adhere it with Duck tape and pretty soon you will have a "site" that no archaeologist could pass up!

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Spencer, Owen and 'Indiana' working on their Kingdom.

While it isn't finished yet, there will be sections in the maze with spiders, bugs, bats and of course snakes! All this will lead up to a lost golden chest containing a crystal skull. On that last bit, I managed to track down the official Crystal Skull Halloween prop online with multi-colored light up head and was disappointed. It is smaller than I thought and the crystal skull is very dense, and milky in appearance and does not look like a crystal. I found clear, plastic crystal skull cups and a pitcher at the local drugstore for only 2.99 each a far cry from the 14.99 I paid for the "Crystal Skull". I decided to pass on the Crystal Head Vodka bottles as this is an event for underage children and felt it wouldn't be appropriate.

I took some shots of our set piece under construction with the boys (and with our dog, Indiana, of course), after the event it will find a home on our front lawn where I will add more, including Indiana Bones... that's right a fedora wearing skeleton who may be all that remains of the legendary hero. So find out whether Indyfans will get a trick or a treat at our house this Halloween.

More pictures to come as we build our Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at home! My poor wife!

Posted by Mitchell "Halloweenie" Hallock

 

George Lucas Wins 'Comic Con Icon' Scream 2008 Award
23/10/08, 3:51pm EST

While Indiana Jones was unable to beat The Dark Knight at the 2008 Spike TV Scream Awards, one of his creators did walk away with a prize. The Maker himself, the plaid one, the other bearded guy who helped make Indiana Jones a reality -- George Lucas won an award for Comic-Con Icon!

Here's a recap for those who didn't see the broadcast:

George Lucas shocked and thrilled the audience when he walked out on stage flanked by Stormtroopers to accept the Comic-Con Icon Award at SCREAM 2008. This rare appearance by one of the most iconic and influential filmmakers of all time brought the stunned crowd to its feet.

Personally I think it would have been cooler if he came out with an army of Thuggees!

Source: Spike TV and Superherohype.com

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy Cast #46 is a Blast
23/10/08, 3:52pm EST

This week Ed Dolista is keeping the torches lit with new tales of Indy fandom -- here's what Uncle Ed has for us this week:

Raiders of the Lost Plaque! This episode we hear your reviews of Indy IV on DVD, discover the winner of the Indy Battle of the Bands, learn if Shia is the next Indiana Jones find out how to get your chance to meet Karen Allen and I come up with the ultimate Indy toothbrush! We've also got our Indy Fandom competition and of course your emails and Indy trivia.

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So get a move on and listen to the only weekly Indy podcast in this dimension --- for listeners in the space between spaces - look elsewhere!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

1001 Movies to See Before You Die
23/10/08, 3:55pm EST

The latest edition of the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die has just been released and everyone's favorite archaeologist made the cover. While only Indy's first big screen adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, made the prestigious list -- no one will stop you if you sneak in a few extra Indy films before you join Wu Han in the "great unknown mystery"!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Archeologists Found King Solomon's Mines
28/10/08, 11:55am EST

If this is a crazy tie-in to the old movie, or those ones by Richard Chamberlain or Patrick Swayze it would be a hell of a Marketing promotion... oh heck you can throw in The Librarian TV Movie to where he finds King Solomon's Mines.
On the latter movie, its is actually very entertaining as the film starts off with our hero Flynn, played by ER's Noah Wylie in Utah at the same caves Young Indy (River Phoenix) was and he recovers a "crystal skull" and then is chased by the bad guys as he tries to outrun them on horse (what no circus train).

Article excerpt from The Herald Sun:

In a discovery straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, archeologists believe they have uncovered one of the lost mines of King Solomon.

The vast copper mine lies in an arid valley in modern-day Jordan and was created in the 10th century BC - around the time Solomon is believed to have ruled over the ancient Hebrews.

The mines are enormous and would have generated a huge income for the king, who is famed for bringing extraordinary wealth and stability to the newly united kingdom of Israel and Judah.

The announcement will reopen the debate about how much of the Old Testament is myth and how much is history.

Source : The Herald Sun

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Thank Heaven for Indy-Cast #47
29/10/08, 12:16pm EST

If you thought the onslaught of Indiana Jones information ended last week with the release of the Crystal Skull on DVD -- you were wrong! Heaven knows that "anything goes" with Indy-Cast's host with the most, the whip-snapping, wit-cracking, wonder from Down Under, Ed Dolista! Ed and the gang are back with 40 minutes of non-stop Indy news you can use! So sit back or run for your life from a giant boulder as you listen to the 47th edition of the Indy-Cast.

In the latest chapter of our auditory adventure, our Hero uncovers this tantalizing, tidbits:

Win a copy of IndyFans on DVD! This week we hear more of your reviews of Indy IV on DVD, discover some Indy myths being busted, get an update on the next-gen Indy game and give you the chance to win IndyFans on DVD and a signed Raiders circus print, plus your Indy Opinion, your emails and Indy trivia.

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So don't just stand there - prove your worth and stand up to the challenge -- if you even think about listening to another podcast other than the Indy-Cast - you should "choose wisely"!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones Magazine #4 Review
30/10/08, 12:31pm EST

Indiana Jones Magazine
Magazine issue #4.
Titan Magazine has rewarded Indyfans with a giant 100 page special in their latest issue of Indiana Jones Magazine filled with everything from quizzes to collecting. The newsstand issue has a Crystal Skull posed Indy about to deliver a punch while the comic shop version has a classic Indy and his Dad portrait. Inside we learn 50 little known facts about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; such as Spielberg was anti-young Indy until Lucas promised it would only be 10 minutes, how you can spot the model in the tank chase finale, where all those dirty rats came from (and no it wasn't a donation from the late James Cagney - yes I am old for saying that pun), what musophobia is and where is Ron Lacey and Pat Roach in the film.

The issue also features a great interview with the Dean of Marshall College, Frank Marshall, who reflects on the long trek its been since he first set foot on the set of an Indy film way back in 1980! Plus there is more behind the scenes information coming from producer Robert Watts, a look at the "lost" storyboards from Raiders of the Lost Ark, who explains why Indy is such a huge hit. There is even a talk with whip handler to the stars, Anthony DeLongis, who talks about working with Harrison Ford on the Crystal Skull. If you want to see some great whip action that would have been great in the movie -- check out the extras on Indians, where Delongis shows all the ways to defend yourself using a whip!

If that weren't enough, there is Part Two of the look at Dark Horse Comics' Indy books and the fact or fiction on the treasures Indy sought. Plus, a look at Indy in the digital arena with an overview of all the video games that have starred the fedora wearing archaeologist.

And if you thought you had a huge collection of Indy memorabilia, wait until you get a load of Brandon Mysinger's collection -- it will blow the fedora off your head!

Finally, an Indy trivia test that will have you wondering if you answered wisely!

Check it out now on newsstands and comic shops for only $9.99 US.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Spielberg Directs Ford and Shia LaBeouf Again
30/10/08, 12:51pm EST

Well, it may give someone the power to change to world -- and give someone the power to lead armies... and whoever wins will be known throughout history... Crystal Skull? Nope. Ark of the Covenant? No, sir. The Holy Grail? Guess again. A Sankara Stone? Not even close!

Its the US Presidential Election and in a move to get folks to get out there and do their part and vote, Spielberg asked some friends like Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and more stars than there are in the heavens to be part of a short film.

Called "Hollywood Declares Themselves-The Sequel" this message is currently be broadcast on YouTube and Declare Yourself.

Check it out, and more importantly, if you are a registered voter in the United States -- get out there and make a difference! -
Tell them Indy and his pals sent you!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indiana Jones at 'All Hallows Eve'
01/11/08, 3:46am EST

Has everybody survived Halloween last night. Barely? Good! And how many kids -- and adult-kids -- did you spot dressed up as Indiana Jones? Because according to online retailer HalloweenExpress.com, which claims to have the Internet's largest costume selection, listed Indiana Jones as the most popular costume for boys this year!

I've received an e-mail from Indyfan Lito Velasco who made his own Indiana Jones related jack-o'-lantern for this Halloween. Lito Velasco gives some comments to his great looking jack-o'-lantern:

Being the year of an "Indiana Jones" film release, I decided to do something Indy-related, of course. I had seen all sorts of Indy carvings before... most of them being of the hero himself. But I had yet to see one of the infamous Crystal Skull. So, I sat down with a pic of the Skull and free-hand drew my design, then set to craving it.

I think the finished project speaks for itself...in fact, it might even be good enough to fool Indy himself! Well, maybe not... but at least we wouldn't have to worry about him staring into the eyes of my version!

And our very own news reporter, Mitchell Hallock, went "trick or treating" with his two sons last night. His son Owen was a donut, Spencer was a PEZ De-Spencer (Mitch: "get it?") and Mitchell himself of course was Henry Jones, Junior.
Mitchell also mentioned that a house in his neighborhood had set a movie screen outside and was playing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on their front lawn as part of a horror film fest! What a great neighborhood!

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Lito's jack-o'-lantern, the Hallock boys & 'Indiana Bones' in Mitchell's yard.

Costume source: Steuben Courier

Posted by Gilles V

 

Don't Be Late to Listen to Indy-Cast #48
07/11/08, 11:42am EST

The Indy-Cast is back and this time its full of Blu-Ray reviews, the latest on Indy toys that are popping up and more. Plus the Contests Continues... so take a listen to Ed Dolista and the Indy-Cast gang and you might come away with something special! Thanks to Cinema Libre and Red Dot studios, each week for the next 4 weeks we've got 1 copy of IndyFans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory to giveaway to a lucky listener.

Plus the following departments are full of Indy news and images:

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Thanks to Ed for another great Indy Podcast!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy Talks With His Temple of Doom Trainer
12/11/08, 12:31pm EST

You may remember the shot of Harrison Ford pumping iron to get into shape for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, way back in 1984 on those terrific documentaries that then Lucasfilm Marketing Director Sid Ganis would make along with Frank Marshall. The man training Indy for action was body trainer to the stars, Jake Steinfeld. You may recall Jake as the man behind the exercise program, videos, and book Body by Jake (which had a funny shot of Ford's head on Jake's body), he's back with a new show called That Moment.

On the one hour special, Harrison Ford joins Jake and talks about his career. Here's is what Ford fans can expect from the show based on the press release:

This November, WGN America, Tribune Broadcasting's national network will air "That Moment! with Jake Steinfeld" a one-hour special featuring interviews with Harrison Ford, Victoria & Joel Osteen and The Jonas Brothers. Created and hosted by Jake Steinfeld (bestselling author, fitness expert and Founder of Major League Lacrosse and ExerciseTV) "That Moment!" details inspirations which helped make these luminaries the successes they are today. We'll hear about the challenges they have faced and discover how everything changed...in "That Moment!"

"That Moment! with Jake Steinfeld" airs Wednesday, November 26th (8pm & 11 pm ET/5pm & 8pm PT) with an encore on Saturday, November 29th (6pm & 11pm ET/3pm & 8pm PT).

Jake sat with Harrison Ford at the Ford Filling Station in Culver City, CA where Harrison's son Ben Ford is the chef and owner. Harrison talks about his desire to simply make a living as an actor, confessing he never auditioned for Star Wars, instead, landed the part of Han Solo by reading with 300 others auditioning for George Lucas, at which point Lucas offered him the job!

Mark the TV Guides' or set the Tivo for what looks to be some great "moments" with Jake and Harrison.

Source: Virtulization.com

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #49 Arrives With Two Contests
12/11/08, 12:33pm EST

Ed Dolista is back with a rockin and raidin new podcast devoted to all things Indy. Ed is still running his Indyfans DVD giveaway and also has a host of fun new Indy stories, including an acapella salute to John Williams that is music to the ears! Here's what else has for you this week:

This week we get a great review of a crystal skull projector, reveal new artwork for Indy's latest paperback adventure, discover the winner of this week's copy of IndyFans on DVD, check in with Rob and ask who is your favorite Indy Villain and find out the ultimate Raiders' action sequence and of course your emails and Indy trivia.

Visit the Indy-Cast MySpace Page for all the iTunes, RSS, links and downloads.

CONTEST 1 - Win Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory on DVD!
Thanks to Cinema Libre and Red Dot studios, each week for the next 5 weeks we've got 1 copy of IndyFans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory to giveaway to a lucky listener. All you have to do is answer the following question correctly – What location from Crystal Skull did Brandon and his team visit in the documentary? and send it to indycast@theforce.net with the subject line Indyfans by Saturday November 15th and I'll randomly pick a winner from the correct entries.

CONTEST 2 - Celebrate your Indy fandom
Winners will be announced on Episode 52 - our 1 year anniversary edition! Thanks for all the entrants! View Adam McDaniel's Raider's Circus print you can win!

Thanks Ed and to all the IndyFans who keep sending in their stories and photos - it's great to see Indy fandom alive and well!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #50 Ready For Download
16/11/08, 12:14pm EST

Indy-Cast: Episode 50 Subscribe to the Indy-Cast via iTunes right here!

Hey Daddy-O, the Indy-Cast is going into the fifties this week - as the Indy-Cast celebrates podcast #50!. What would be cooler than hearing from Indy trilogy producer, Robert Watts, as he talks about snakes, shooting swordsman and opens up about his Indy collection. This man not only has the real Grail diary, but the headpiece to the Staff of Ra and more.

Indy-Cast host Ed Dolista says this week's show gives us a chance to vote for Indy in the People’s Choice awards, get two reviews of the complete Indiana Jones Soundtrack collection, look at Uncle Milton’s latest Indy toy, giveaway another IndyFans DVD and get to the bottom of whether Toht is Toht in that scene from Raiders. We also discover your favorite Indy Villain with Rob and of course your emails and Indy trivia with Pat. Plus WIN Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory on DVD!
Thanks to Cinema Libre and Red Dot studios, each week for the next 2 weeks we’ve got 1 copy of IndyFans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory to giveaway to a lucky listener. All you have to do is answer the following question correctly – What marketing tool did IndyFans use that had heads turn? and send it to indycast@theforce.net with the subject line Indyfans by Saturday November 22nd and I’ll randomly pick a winner from the correct entries.

The Indy-Cast MySpace page has links to that great podcast but also a lot more - including how you can download the cool #50 show! So don't be a ned and stay cool and jump onto to the back of a speeding motorcycle and give it a listen!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Young Indy: Robot Chicken Style
16/11/08, 12:31pm EST

If you thought that the gang at Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken, the brilliant mix of action figures and fantastically funny sketches was limited to super heroes, Transformers and Star Wars you were wrong. Buried in the Indy-Cast's MySpace page show notes was a link to a very funny look at the adventures of Young Indy and his playground adventures. It seems Seth Green (great guy who I met for a nanosecond at the New York Comic Con) hasn't forgotten that fedora wearing archaeologist and has used stop animation to show us what life was really like for the man who's name is synonymous with adventure.

I hope there are more Indy sketches from Robot Chicken, maybe a whole action hero episode(s) like they have done with Star Wars. How about Han Solo meeting Indiana Jones? Or see Indy and his Dad meet the villainy of say, the Bond Squad - a team action figures made up of all the James Bonds from young Connery to Craig (heck you can even throw in Lazenby) on a search for a relic or a Golden Gun or Finger? Just think what you do with Short Round meeting Odd Job.

Check out Robot Chicken and be sure to see their new Star Wars special premiering this week.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

The Indy-Cast #51: News & Commentary
02/12/08, 12:01pm EST

It's time to tune in, tune out and turn on to all things Indy with Captain Ed Dolista and the "Wonders from down Under"! Join Ed as he looks at what's making news in the world of Indiana Jones this week:

This week we hear some rumblings of Indy 5 from the man in the hat himself, take a look at some pretty darn cool high end Indy collectables, discover Sideshow's latest 12 inch offering, look at Uncle Milton's latest Indy toy, give away our final IndyFans DVD and we also discover your favourite Indy Villain with Rob and of course your emails and Indy trivia with Pat. And just a reminder we are taking next week off but we will return December 7th for our first birthday edition!

PLUS: Contest 1 - Win Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory on DVD!
Thanks to Cinema Libre and Red Dot studios, each week for the next 2 weeks we've got 1 copy of IndyFans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory to giveaway to a lucky listener. All you have to do is answer the following question correctly – What Film Festival did IndyFans get official selection to? and send it to indycast@theforce.net with the subject line Indyfans by Saturday December 6th and I'll randomly pick a winner from the correct entries.

If you want to know everything without staring into a crystal skull, going mad and having your head explode, there's just one thing to do. Just download Indy-Cast#51 at their myspace page and you will be on your way to the space between spaces!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Nazi Car From Raiders on the Auction Block
03/12/08, 11:46am EST

Looking to drive down the road as if you were being chased by a huge cargo truck with a man riding on its front fender? Well, have we got a car for you! Presenting the Nazi Mercedes from Raiders of the Lost Ark currently on the auction block and looking for a new owner. So if you are trying to find that something special for your Indyfan this holiday, this may be it.

Read the details on the LA Times website.

Personally, I will be happy with a Blu-Ray Player with a copy of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Cate Blanchett Receives Star on Walk of Fame
08/12/08, 10:09am EST

She may have wanted to know everything in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- and paid a price for that knowledge -- but Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett was seeing different stars this week, and not from another dimension.
The 39 year old actress received a star on Hollywood's famed "Walk of Fame" and was introduced by non other than Indiana Jones co-creator and director, Steven Spielberg!

Visit Just Jared for coverage from the local press as well as photos of the event.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #52 - The 1st Birthday Podcast
08/12/08, 10:19am EST

It began with a demo tape for Raiders of the Lost Podcast in the Fall of 2007 and turned into the most adventurous podcast on the web, it's name is now synonymous with adventure... as Indyfans around the world know; if adventure has a name... it must be the Indy-Cast!

Join host Ed Dolista and guest, yours truly, for a look back at the last year of Indy fandom from the return of Indiana Jones to the big screen to the merchandise, and what lies ahead for the Man with the Hat!

Its all here in the longest episode to date. Plus, what would be a birthday celebration be without presents -- except this time the listeners are the ones who can receive them as the Indy-Cast kicks off a new round of giveaways thanks to the folks at Uncle Milton Toys and their great new Indiana Jones toy line.

So head on over to the Indy-Cast MySpace page to find the show's download links, show notes, photos, polls and trivia.

Let's all give Ed a big 1st Birthday Congrats and listen to what the Man from Down Under has to say about everyone's favorite archeologist this week!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy Magazine #5 is on the Shelves!
11/12/08, 10:59am EST

The good folks at Titan Publishing continue to explore the world of Indiana Jones in the pages of their great magazine, appropriately titled; Indiana Jones Magazine. A trip to the Alternate Universe, not the space between spaces, but rather my favorite comic shop on Chapel Street in New Haven, not only had new Indy Topps trading cards (more on those later), but the fifth issue of Indy magazine.

The comic version sports that great Richard Amsel Raiders re-issue poster art from 1982, and contains a wealth of knowledge sure to delight any ravenous Raiders fan. The editors have gathered up "50 things about Raiders that you probably didn't know" such as; the Bible never telling of the Ark's power the way Marcus does and a possible machine -gun totting Toht with an arm that turned into a gun. Then sit back and look at the "loves of Indy" as we see that Indy is not only the obtainers of rare antiquities, but a heart breaker as well as we discover the other Mrs. Henry Jones, Jr (Shh.. don't tell Marion).

This perilous periodical unveils the 'secrets of Sallah" with an interview with the man himself -- John Rhys Davies and then its a look at the mystery of the Holy Grail, part 3 of the "lost storyboards" from Raiders and best of all, a look back at the Indiana Jones novels. From the Sky Pirates to the White Witch, discover Indy's literary, life-threatening escapades that were the only adventures Indy fans had to read after 1989's Last Crusade. (Speaking of paperback Indy novels, on a side note the adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is now out sporting the one-sheet art by Drew Struzan).

Indy magazine #5 also covers the latest in Indy merchandise and sports some cool ads from vendors such as THQ and Diamond with their Indy wares.

Look for the latest issue at your local newsstand and your comic shops right now!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Quotable Indiana Jones from SFX
11/12/08, 11:01am EST

SFX Magazine has a special issue on newsstands celebrating all things Lucasfilm from THX 1138 to Willow, from Star Wars to a little film series about a fellow named after a dog, this retrospective issue has all things George. Not only does the magazine have a very unique way of looking at Indy and Star Wars with a "drinking game" that lets fans watch the film and marks certain moments during their running times with instructions on what to do when they pop-up (better hide Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka) but has a bonus book.

Polybagged with the issue was a small digest sized paperback book called Attack of the Quotes. It has remarks made by the he stars and crew from the various epics, and not so epic, films that have come from the bearded one. Of particular note to Indy fans were the quotes coming from those involved with the Indiana Jones series. Some are familiar, some are new and some are not for the faint of heart! As expected, the funniest quotes come from the man himself, the sardonic, surly, and sarcastic star of the series; Harrison Ford.
Here are some of the gems that have poured out of Mr. Ford's mouth according to SFX Magazine:

"If they tried to replace me as Indiana Jones. I would tell them to go f*** themselves and then I would kill them!"

"Yeah, I could take Sean Connery."

Like I said priceless!
See for yourself in this special issue of SFX on newsstands now.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Paul Dini says Indy Cartoon would be a Hit
11/12/08, 11:03am EST

Speaking with TheForce.Cast, animation legend Paul Dini, who not only was the genius behind so many of the great Warner Brothers cartoons over the past 30 years from Batman to Pinky and the Brain, talked about Indiana Jones.

Near the end of the great interview that has Mr. Dini speaking about his start with Lucasfilm in the 1980s working on the Ewoks and Droids cartoons and to his latest work on the new Clone Wars cartoon, mentioned Indy. Dini states that a show with Indy done in the style of the legendary, Max Fleischer-style of art used so effectively on the Superman cartoons on the 1940s, similar to the Batman art deco look, would be perfect for Indy. He goes on to say a direct to DVD, full length theatrical feature, weekly or five day a week series would be perfect for Indiana Jones. Paul states that is all in George Lucas's hands, but if it was up to him he would do an animated Indy ala the old Republic movie serials that inspired Indiana Jones to begin with.

I know that I speak for the legions of Indiana Jones fans out there saying we echo those sentiments brought up by Paul Dini. Although, Indy himself, Harrison Ford, expressed reservations on an animated Indy incarnation and that it would lessen the work done, I disagree. It would transport the character to a new world of imagination, and most of all, look great and in the right hands, be a hell of a lot of fun. Maybe this would be a terrific topic of conversation for The Raven or a Rob's poll on the Indy-Cast, but as they say in sales -- if you don't ask for it; you don't get it! So start talking, Indyfans.

Listen to Paul Dini's interview at and jump to the 70:15 mark to hear him talk about his ideas for an animated Indiana Jones!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

Indy-Cast #53 is Rolling like a Giant Boulder
16/12/08, 12:33pm EST

After celebrating its 1st year anniversary on the last podcast, the Indy-Cast gang is back and kicking off their next phase of evolution with episode #53! Join Ed Dolista and the Indy-Casters for such new tidbits as:

Win an Indy RC Ant and Crystal Skull projector! This week we get to vote for Indy IV in yet another online pole, review the premium Indiana Jones statue, Mutt biker hat and headpiece of Ra, plus have 2 more Uncle Milton Indiana Jones toys to giveaway! We also have an update on some Indy magazines, Topps Masterpiece cards and the Raiders rating in Rob's Indy Opinion poll. All this and more plus your emails and Indy trivia with Pat. So hold on to your potatoes, it's another episode of the Indy-Cast!

So check it all out by visiting the Indy-Cast MySpace page for the podcast download links as well as the links to the poll, trivia, flickr pages and a whole lot more.

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

The Indy-Cast Holiday Spectacular is Ready
22/12/08, 12:26pm EST

Do you hear what I hear? Yes, it's the haunting sounds of the latest Indy-Cast podcast ready for a download! Ed Dolista has cooked up a special edition of the Indy-Cast aimed at getting that Indyfan on your list (or yourself) some unique Indiana Jones related presents. Listen to the Indy gift suggestions, the latest Indy news, Rob's poll, and try and win some Uncle Milton Indy toys by answering this week's "Uncle" trivia quiz!

So sit back and have a cup of cheer as we end the year in whip-cracking fashion with the Indy-Cast #54. Visit the Indy-Cast MySpace page for the links to the latest episode, show notes, photos and more!

Posted by Mitchell Hallock

 

 

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