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 »

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Find a barrel. Fill with water, drop in fish. Then point shotgun and shoot. That’s the general process of taking down the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but that’s not going to stop Red Letter Media, which has already served up feature-length review/deconstructions of the Star Wars prequels. And despite the fact that these four films are four of the easiest smackdown targets in mainstream cinema, there are still some smart observations to be made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you’ve got an hour to kill, check out the review below. Read More »

This week’s Entertainment Weekly has an in-depth, enlightening interview with Steven Spielberg tied to his December double feature The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. All kinds of topics are discussed including whether or not Spielberg, an executive producer on all three Transformers movies, thinks Michael Bay will be back for a fourth film. He also says they have a specific genre set for Indiana Jones 5 and expands on his recent comments regarding the reception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s great stuff. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

Indiana Jones was famous for saying that things belong in a museum, so he probably would have loved a museum that not only traveled, but had his name on it. Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.

Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archeology, presented by National Geographic, is a traveling exhibit that features original props from the four films as well as an interactive tour of actual sites shedding light on the Holy Grail and Arc of the Covenant and much more. It recently opened at the Montreal Science Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will remain there until September 18. Then, it’ll embark on a tour of Europe and Asia. So, as of now, this is the only North American stop. Read More »

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When authority figures unequivocally apologize for wrongs they have inflicted upon people, it can help accelerate the healing process. Maybe the same can be true for celebrities and their apologies too.

While at the Cannes film festival promoting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Shia LaBeouf let loose about his thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Guess what? He wasn’t a huge fan of the movie either. Hit the jump for some of his damning quotes.

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LucasFilm has teamed with Sideshow Collectibles to release a special edition 12 inch Indiana Jones figure that comes complete with a refrigerator made from polystone and metal. That’s right, the figure and fridge recreate the infamous opening sequence from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which even spawned an internet slang word (“nuke the fridge”). The product was a limited edition of only 600, available in the first quarter of 2010 for $174.99, but has already sold out.
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How Back To The Future Almost Nuked The Fridge

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After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, a new pop culture term was coined. Nuke The Fridge is a reference to the film’s opening scene (possible spoilers if you haven’t seen it) where Indiana Jones finds himself on a Nuclear test site and hides in a refrigerator to survive the atomic blast. The phrase Nuke The Fridge was joined as an alternative to Jump The Shark, another pop culture term based on a scene in an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie literally jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was considered so preposterous, and is considered by many to signify the moment in time when the show became unappealing to its core audience.

But did you know that Back to the Future almost Nuked The Fridge almost 25 years earlier?

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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