Steven Spielberg has such a great track record that, short of a major crime, very little could tarnish it. That’s probably why, at a recent screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Hollywood, the director continued to claim “full responsibility” for the idea of Indiana Jones getting into a refrigerator to survive a nuclear attack in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The idea, “nuking the fridge,” instantly became a punchline. It’s also another way to say “jumping the shark,” a Happy Days reference long synonymous with the moment a TV show or movie goes from good to bad.
However, while Spielberg can say “nuking the fridge” was his idea, George Lucas says he’s lying. Read both quotes and search for the truth below. Read More »
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We’ve posted a lot of the Screen Junkies-produced trailer edits over the past year. Their latest is a hilarious takedown of the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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With the weekend fast approaching, it seems like all is quiet on the Star Wars front. Unless, of course, you’re an Oscar-winning director newly on Twitter, or are in search of a screen-used X-Wing Fighter. After the jump, read about the following:
- Oscar-winning director Michael Cimino revealed he pitched a Western sequel to Star Wars in the late seventies.
- Ted, the foul-mouthed star of this year’s film of the same name, dreamed he was in Star Wars.
- Profiles in History is having a Star Wars themed auction highlighted by a screen used X-Wing Fighter from A New Hope.
- Colin Trevorrow explains how his Star Wars Episode VII mix-up occurred and was solved.
- LucasFilm is being sued for allegedly stealing a prop for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- A man making a life-size Millennium Falcon is interviewed.
- Jar Jar Binks meets Gollum. Kind of.
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I have nothing but respect for Armond White, but to say his opinions are unpopular is like saying the Sun will rise. It’s a foregone conclusion, and two of his most recent posts fit that bill and then some. In one post, he argues that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark and in another he says Paul W.S. Anderson is a better filmmaker than both Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson, comparing Resident Evil: Retribution and The Master. (That one is a few weeks old but we hadn’t written about it yet.)
The scary thing is, White is such a talented, smart writer and has such confidence in his outlandish arguments you almost want to believe them. Can he convince you? Read some excerts and link to the full articles after the jump. Read More »
There’s so much in this edition of Sequel Bits it’s insane. Let’s get going. After the jump read about the following:
- David Fincher is still figuring out how to make The Girl Who Played With Fire.
- Ron Perlman still has no idea when Hellboy 3 might happen.
- A new image from Paranormal Activity 4 has been released.
- Frank Marshall said “all possibilities are open” if the Bourne franchise continues.
- Andy Nyman has been cast as The Tumor in Kick-Ass 2.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was voted the most disappointing film of all time.
- NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted that he’d love to make Space Jam 2.
- Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, starring Robert Englund, premieres next month.
- Check out photos of Jessica Alba preparing for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
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Based on reactions to the topic every time it comes up, I think a great many Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford fans would like to pretend that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t exist. And yet there is still the occasional expression of hope when the mooted fifth Indy film is discussed. Somehow there is optimism that a fifth film would be better than the fourth. And, sure, there’s a chance, but when the core story is in the hands of George Lucas, whose latter output has been… well, let’s generously say “spotty,” I’d say any optimism in this case is extreme.
We might finally be able to put talk of a fifth movie to bed, however, as producer Frank Marshall says that, for him at least, Crystal Skull was the end. Read More »
For years Steven Spielberg didn’t embrace DVD and all of his classic films stayed on VHS only. Eventually, he had a change of heart. The same can be said for the DVD to Blu-ray conversion. Spielberg was originally tentative to allow his films onto the new high definition format but has since changed his mind. Jurassic Park is already out. Jaws is on the way, as is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and, most likely, others are too. The most exciting release, though, may be the set of Indiana Jones films which will be released on Blu-ray September 18.
A new trailer for the release has come online showing a bunch of fantastic behind the scenes footage, some of which was reportedly not on the DVD box set released several years back. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Briefly: We’ll have to wait for the full details and box art, but today Paramount announced that a box set containing Blu-ray editions of all four Indiana Jones movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Hit the jump to read the studio’s brief announcement. Read More »
50/50: A great 2011 movie and also the odds George Lucas gives that a person would survive if they were in a lead refrigerator during a nuclear blast.
We refer, of course, to the now infamous scene early in Steven Spielberg‘s 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where Jones shields himself from a nuclear blast inside a refrigerator. The scene is so outrageous (or enraging, depending on who you talk to) the phrase “nuke the fridge” replaced Happy Days’ “jump the shark” as the way to describe a moment where a story finally goes from being good to bad.
In a New York Times article, one you’re going to be reading a lot about in the coming days, Lucas takes responsiblity for the scene and says, nay, insists there’s a 50/50 chance, if nuking the fridge was real, Indiana Jones could have survived. But is that what’s really important, George? Read more below. Read More »