Disney Star Wars Weekend 2012 7

We all knew that Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida is undergoing a major reworking. The Sorcerer’s hat has been removed, the studio tour has been shut down, The Art of Animation will be closing, and there are many rumors about what is yet to change in the movie-themed Disney-owned amusement park.

Now we hear that the Disney board may have approved a $3 billion overhaul of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which could eventually include a larger Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pixar presence. Details after the jump.
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More dino movie tidbits, plus writhing men and angry robots. After the jump:

  • Kauai thanks Steven Spielberg for the Jurassic movies
  • A lot of Jurassic World‘s money came from 3D
  • Frank Marshall expects a call about Jurassic World 2
  • Shawn Hatosy signs up for Fear the Walking Dead
  • See a new poster for Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
  • Paranormal Activity branches out with a VR game
  • UK bookies think Damian Lewis could be the new Bond
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new voice of Waze
  • Take in a new clip from Terminator: Genisys
  • Channing Tatum gets his Magic Mike on at LA Pride
  • Jimmy Kimmel asks Chris Pratt about Indiana Jones

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Special Effects in the 80s

Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.

So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »

Chris Pratt ghostbusters

It seems like Chris Pratt is up for every major franchise these days, from Indiana Jones to Ghostbusters. But the operative word there might be “seems.” Pratt himself has now addressed those rumors, and the long and short of it is, well, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. (Except this, I guess.) Get the Chris Pratt Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones quotes after the jump.  Read More »

Indiana Jones restaurant

Though Disney didn’t own Lucasfilm until 2012, the companies have always had a great relationship. In particular, they’ve enjoyed huge success in their theme parks. Both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando have Star Wars and Indiana Jones-themed attractions that entertain thousands of people every single day.

Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, there’s going to be more and more of both themed properties in the parks over the next few years. We’ve already heard tons of rumors and speculation about Star Wars being integrated into the parks. Now there’s even a small Indiana Jones expansion. A subtle, Indiana Jones-themed restaurant is scheduled to open at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. Read more and see some concept images of the Indiana Jones restaurant below. Read More »

Indiana Jones

Since acquiring Lucasfilm, Disney has wasted no time getting the Star Wars franchise back up and running. But they’ve been pretty vague about their plans for Lucasfilm’s other big signature brand, Indiana Jones. Well, fear not. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms a new Indiana Jones movie is coming. Eventually, anyway. Read her confirmation of… something for Indiana Jones 5 after the jump.  Read More »

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Chris Pratt Indiana Jones

The Indiana Jones rumors continue to swirl and it feels like everyone is in the know except the principals. A few weeks back, Chris Pratt was cornered at an airport and asked about the rumors of him playing the role. He seemed fairly clueless about it. Then late last week, a report said that Steven Spielberg would be interested in directing a new film, if all the pieces fit. That suggested very little has actually moved forward on the film.

Then, on the Oscars red carpet, Pratt was cornered about the project again. This time he was much more prepared for the question and said he hadn’t been contacted about the role, but was intrigued by it and not intimidated. Listen to the latest Chris Pratt Indiana Jones interview below. Read More »

Indiana Jones reboot

We’ve heard that Chris Pratt is the frontrunner to play a new version of Indiana Jones. Now, despite the fact that Pratt is not actually signed for the film, there’s word that Steven Spielberg wants to direct him in the Indiana Jones reboot, so long as the script turns out well. Read More »

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

So you’re Chris Pratt. You’ve just gotten back from a hunting trip, you land at the airport and you just want to get home to your family. Suddenly, TMZ is in your face at baggage claim. This is not an ideal situation, even for the super nice actor. Things get worse when a fan comes up to him with an Indiana Jones photo to sign.

As you may have heard, the latest rumor is Disney is currently exploring ways to reboot the Indiana Jones franchise and Pratt has been mentioned as a contender to don the fedora.

So when the TMZ cameraman sees this, he begins to ask Pratt the tough questions. Questions the actor was certainly not in the right mind set to ask. Which is why the interview below features both denials of the rumor and almost a confirmation too. I tend to believe all of this was just off the cuff but, it’s Chris Pratt and it’s Indiana Jones so we figured you might want to check it out. Read More »