None of these updates are all that major, but there are a lot of them so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum won’t direct Magic Mike 2 just yet
  • Stephen King‘s The Shining (book) sequel gets dated
  • Jude Law is totally up for more Sherlock Holmes
  • Karen Allen reiterates Indy 5 is up to George Lucas
  • Seth MacFarlane is “thinking about” a sequel to Ted
  • Men in Black 3 and the trilogy hit Blu-ray / DVD this fall
  • Rosario Dawson says Sin City 2 will shoot in November
  • Super Troopers 2 hits legal trouble; Pot Quest still simmering

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Harrison Ford and Karen Allen Talk Indy 5

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Another Indiana Jones film seems inevitable, doesn’t it? Do you even want it though? Speaking at the Deauville Film Festival this weekend, where he was given a lifetime contribution award, Harrison Ford revealed what he knew about the upcoming fifth outing for his adventuous alter ego; meanwhile, a video has been posted online showing Karen Allen talking last weekend at Dragon Con and spilling what few beans she had to share.

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A new TV spot is now online for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and it’s moderately superior to last month’s clunky teaser trailer. The “genius” line between Harrison Ford and a stiff-haired Shia LaBeouf has the kind of smart ass pop that the classic adventure franchise warrants. Also, notice that the scene most snarked at by fanboys in the original trailer, where Indiana Jones fell ass-first into the windshield of a moving vehicle and awkwardly punched out a goon, has been replaced, wisely, by a Steven Spielberg credit. Otherwise, nothing much new here.

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You can also watch the new tv spot in HD: 480P | 720P | 1080P

Not sure why the theme music dozes off right when it should go for it; and the spot’s pacing is still off for this kind of mega-anticipated event film from three Hollywood titans. In my opinion, Crystal Skull doesn’t yet feel like a sure thing, no Dark Knight goosebumps or Iron Man ahh’s, but it’s getting there slowly but surely.

Discuss: Even though it’s a TV spot, is this better than February’s teaser trailer? In your estimation, where is Indy stacking up against the other summer films as we get closer to the kickoff?

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hits theaters on May 22nd, 2008.

Indiana Jones 4 River Car Chase Photo

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Entertainment Weekly has yet another photo from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Indy (Harrison Ford), Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) race against a group of Russian soldiers through the Peruvian rain forest. EW has a super-gimmicky feature where you can use a virtual magnifying glass to enlarge part of the image.

Indiana Jones 4 Photos from Cine Live

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I know I’m probably going to get complaints that we’re publishing yet another Indiana Jones 4 Photo post, but every Indy photo post thus far has been very highly read.

/Film reader Zoe G sent me these photos from the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cover story from Cine Live Magazine. The story features new photos of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf (each new photo of Shia worries me more than the last). Check them out after the jump.

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Indiana Jones Bazooka Pic

Might Indiana Jones take down a UFO with a bazooka in this summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Doubtful, but a new image has popped up in the new Empire mag, with co-stars Karen Allen and the emotive kid from Project Greenlight looking hesitant in their awe over Indy’s brandishing the firearm formerly associated with Rambo. The mag also grabbed a nice quote from producer Frank Marshall

“I would say [Indy IV] is closest to the third one [Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade]. It’s all adults. I mean, you have the sidekick in Shia (LaBeouf), but you don’t have a Short Round and I think the banter between the characters is as fun as it was in the third movie.”

Personally, the third film ranks last for me, and that’s enough dissing Short Round for today.

Indiana Jones 4: A Visit with Steven Spielberg

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I just got off the Universal backlot where Indiana Jones 4 is currently a few days from wrapping production.  A small group of online press including myself were invited  by Steven Spielberg himself to reward the online press for aiding in the capture of a thief who stole thousands of photographs, scripts and the budget from the Indy offices on the Universal backlot. We got 20 minutes with the man behind some of the greatest films of the last 30+ years. No, it was not a dream. Yes, it did actually happen. We grilled Spielberg about everything from Indy to the future of cinema to his upcoming collaboration with Peter Jackson on Tintin. And yes, it was very cool. Here are some details:

Spielberg confirmed that Tintin will be shot on stage using motion capture over a 30-day shoot. One of the films will be shot by Steven, the other by Jackson, and the third by… and this is the shocker: Spielberg said they are on the lookout for a director for the third film, but they are considering filming the movie together. That’s right – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson directing side by side on the epic conclusion to the Tintin trilogy. This is something that has never been clearly stated in the trades.

As for Indy, Spielberg confirmed that John Williams (composer) and Drew Struzan (poster artist) are working on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Harrison Ford is doing most of his own stunts, proportional to the last three films.

Most of the effects are practical, Steven estimating 70% of the work was done on set.

Producer and friend George Lucas tried at length to convince Spielberg to film the movie digitally but Steven resisted. He joked that he is the last person in Hollywood still cutting the film negatives, and that he learned from the greats and they all worked that way. He says that he has still never used an Avid to edit, and won’t do so until Tintin.

Steven gushed about how a film frame is alive with movement and film grain and that digital video is “too perfect.” Lucas tried to convince Steven that they could add the film grain to the digital image, which Spielberg found totally amusing because doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose? And wouldn’t it just be easier to shoot the whole thing on film.

George was on set for 9 or 10 days but didn’t shoot any second unit footage, something that has happened on previous pictures.

Spielberg also confirmed to me that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been the official title for the fourth for almost a year now (our notes have the script being handed in early fall of last year which totally makes sense). Spielberg admitted for the first time publicly that they did release a couple bogus titles (including the much reported City of the Gods) to feed speculation and allow them to be the ones to “make the title announcement.”

Spielberg reassured us that the action was cut old school, and that it would not look modern, joking “I’m not modern.” He said there will be “no mtv style cutting” in Indy 4, and that he likes the audience to have a sense of geography of each action scene.

They had thought about re-releasing the original Indiana Jones trilogy in theaters, maybe as a one night or one week event, but he seemed pretty against the idea as it would take away from the event nature of seeing Indiana Jones back on the big screen after almost 20 years. He said that it is still a possibility and that he needs to have a conversation with George and Lucasfilm about it.

The “story” for Transformers 2 will be finalized in a couple weeks, and if the writers guild strike doesn’t happen in November, they will be able to go into production on “number 2″ pretty quickly.

We were quickly rushed out of the craft service tent as Harrison Ford showed up in full Indy gear. I hate to sound like a fanboy but to see him in the outfit is like seeing Superman in person. It was pretty incredible to see even the jaded of online movie journalists gawking at Ford as we drove away. We also drove by Karen Allen and John Hurt in full wardrobe, while Shia LaBeouf exited his trailer in what appeared to be civilian clothes. But obviously we weren’t allowed to take photos.

Indy 4For months George Lucas and Steven Spielberg promised that Sean Connery’s character (Dr. Henry Jones Sr.) was included in the script for Indiana Jones 4. So when the film went into production and Connery announced that he would not be back after-all, we cried fowl.

I hope Conner’s part was very small, for their sake. Because a major character rewrite this late in to development could ruin the entire film.

I mean, Lucas and crew couldn’t have completely delete Connery’s part out of the script without causing a major rift, right? Well, our friends at FilmIck are reporting that Abner Ravenwood was not even included in previous drafts. When Connery made his official exit from the project, you may recall they announced that John Hurt had been cast in the film. He will play the father of Karen Allen’s character. Well rumor has it that John Hurt’s character is basically a rewrite of the role that Sean Connery would have played if he had decided to return. Apparently the Indy screenwriters wrote the role for two characters in case Connery decided to stay at home.

Sounds like the typical Hollywood-type decision which usually ends up ruining a film.

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