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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We first discovered Eric Tan through a cool UFA German inspired X-Men cinema poster he created for a Stan Lee art show event. We were lucky enough to score a print of this, and it sits framed on the wall next to my computer. Tan has done some incredible design work for Pixar which we’ve spotlighted in the past. Tan is doing a series of Indiana Jones movie posters for Acme Archives (check out his kick ass Raiders poster). The second poster in the series, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, is now available for $150.00 unframed.

Tan writes: “Of the first 3 films, it’s the one I’ve seen the least so I had to go back and watch it a bunch of times as a refresher. As a kid, I remembered it as being my least favorite of the series, but It’s pretty kick-ass when you’re older and haven’t seen it for a while. So much is packed into it. At times, it might feel a bit segmented and even rushed once the action gets going in the mines, but it’s still better than 98% of the films they make nowadays.” … “I ended up adding a bunch of elements that tied it more into the Raiders poster such as the logo, the limited color scheme, the large ‘head’ in the upper right, the little ‘filmed in color’ banner, and the action scene at the bottom right. I figured these changes would make a more cohesive series in the end. Throughout the design process, I constantly move things around to find that balance. Short Round and Willie moved from right to left, top to bottom, and I even separated them where she was on the upper right and he was at the bottom where the mine cars are.”

Check out Tan’s initial sketch after the jump.

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Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

When I was re-watching the Indiana Jones trilogy in preparation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I discovered something I never noticed before – Dan Aykroyd.

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

That’s right, the SNL star turned Ghostbuster has a very small cameo in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Unlike Raiders and Last Crusade, I had only seen the film once or twice since I was a kid, which might explain how I passed him by. The 18-second cameo is easy to miss and comes just after the conclusion of the car chase with Lao Che’s men in the film’s opening sequence. Aykroyd plays a character named “Weber”, who sports a mustache and an even worse fake British accent. He explains to Indy that he’s arranged for last minute transportation just before Jones, Short Round and Willie board the plane. Turns out that Aykroyd was friends with Spielberg, going back to working on 1941.

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

Even harder to spot is the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos of George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg as a group of missionaries in the background of the same airport scene.

Steven Spielberg Cameo in Temple of Doom

The newspaper clipping below shows the group in costume wearing long black cassocks and tropical helmets.

Temple of Doom Cameos Newspaper clipping

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ArtFX Statue

Back in February we featured Kotobukiya’s Raiders of the Lost Ark ArtFX Statue in Cool Stuff. We told you that they would be releasing four different Indy ARTFX Theatres Statues, one based on each film in the series. Now we have our first look at the second release in the series which focuses on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

a Kotobukiya Japanese import, ArtFX Theatre is an innovative new concept which combines a movie’s key elements into a hyper-detailed, three-dimensional collage. The Indiana Jones Artfx Theatre statue stands aprroximately 11 4/5″ tall and requires limited assembly. Notice all the little details like Short Round and Willie in the mine cart, Mola Ram, and the palace in the background. You can preorder this statue on BigBadToystore for $104.99. More photos after the jump.

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