ILM effects guru is #10 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood. Also making the list are Steven Spielberg (#2,) Johnny Depp (#21,) J.J. Abrams (#29) and Cate Blanchett (#45.) (via)
A little round-up from the land of the bullwhip and fedora:
- Movietickets.com reports that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the most anticipated film to come out in the next twelve months. It tops the list for both men and women. Read more on cnn.com
- StarWars.com continues their tour of the Young Indiana Jones Volume 1 DVD set: Disc 5 contains 7 documentaries connecting to the episode, Perils of Cupid about Puccini, Freud and the Balkan Powder Keg. Disc 6 contains the episode, Travels with Father, where young Indy meets up with Leo Tolstoy in Russia and Nikos Kazantzakis in Greece, with extras on Russian writers and Greek philosophy. Also, an interview with Lloyd Owen, who portrayed Henry Jones, Sr. (before he grew into Sean Connery)
- Someone’s got an Indiana Jones-inspired home theater system? Instead of an ark, the TV’s in the Well of Souls! Cables? I hate cables!
- MTV.com interviews Cate Blanchett on her upcoming movies, including Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which apparently is just a big bar of chocolate. But is it dark chocolate?
- Slashfilm.com get a chance to talk to Steven Spielberg on the Indy IV set.
Entertainment Weekly catches up with Cate Blanchett at the Toronto Film Festival. The interview is rightly focused on Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which is debuting at the festival, but she also briefly speaks about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
It’s phenomenal to be working with Harrison Ford and Spielberg and Karen Allen, all of whom were in one of the most amazing experiences of my childhood, watching that film. And then I’m stepping into the frame. It’s a real Zelig moment for me. It was really quite moving when Karen filmed her first entry into the film the other day. You know, Spielberg said, ”I feel so young!” [Laughs] It was fantastic.
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Getting on with it…
- First Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix review. Not really much for talking about the actual movie, are we?
- Meanwhile, Pablo saw Transformers.
- National Lampoon to weakly parody 300. I think the internet already took care of this one, guys.
- Conan rights up for grabs. Also, another He-Man movie? This can’t possibly end well.
- Justice League film may be next for Superman.