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.
There’s a new video up on IndianaJones.com, titled “Reuniting the Family”, with new interviews with Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
Hop over to IndianaJones.com and check it out.
OH, IT’S ON NOW, BITCHES!
Silly Brits picked the Lord of the Rings trilogy over classic Star Wars in an Amazon.co.uk poll. Hometown advantage? The prequel trilogy rang in at #6 on the best list (beating Spider-Man) and #5 on the worst.
JESUS CHRIST IT’S A GOOGLE
Get in the car, ET! Google Maps Street View caught you on film! Or at least get rid of the lightsaber, dude. Your friends should get on that GPS thing by now.
MOVIE TYPE THINGS AND… STUFF
- Lucasfilm Singapore’s first work to be out by summer in “several America-made movies.” It can be press release tiem now pls?
- Sideshow interviews Lorne Peterson.
- Spielberg still cashing in on Star Wars bet. He gets 2.5%!
- Speaking of Spielberg, George Lucas is among the luminaries in the documentary Spielberg on Spielberg
FANDOM & Events
- Assembling A Galaxy, Canada’s first Star Wars exhibit.
- Pennsylvania collector Todd Lechniak profiled
- California fan club participates in fundraiser
- TOSblog taunts us with math. Dirty, dirty math.
- Search stats: Here a Darth, there a Darth, there a Dara Darth Darth. (also via TOSblog)
- Large-print Western cover art is using Han Solo as ‘inspiration.’ All things flow back to the source.
Steven Spielberg confirms that the fourth Indiana Jones is his next movie. Well, I’m shocked.
“I am about to make “Indiana Jones 4″, which is, as far as I am concerned, the sweet dessert I give those who had to chow down on the bitter herbs that I’ve used in Munich.”
(via I Watch Stuff)
Star Trek may not be actually dead. Again: Stake. Heart. Plunge. Rinse with holy water. Repeat.
Steve Spielberg’s next project is When Worlds Collide, which sounds like an Armageddon retread. Spielberg being Spielberg, it should turn out okay if Ben Affleck and Aerosmith are kept far, far away.
Jessica Alba is not Jeannie. (As in I Dream of.) Instead, she’s starring in a movie called The Wake with Sigourney Weaver and Hayden Chistensen. Classic TV fans breathe a sign of relief… I mean, do we really need a remake of I Dream of Jeannie in this day and age? Did Nicole Kidman’s Bewitched teach us nothing?
Steven Spielberg had a bit to say about Revenge of the Sith on a London radio station today:
Christian O’Connell: Stephen have you seen the new Star Wars?
Steven Spielberg: I saw it about a week ago, and it’s absolutely amazing. It’s the best of the last 3 episodes, it’s the best way you could possibly imagine for George to finish it off, it has a tremendous ending. It’s very dark — you’ll cry at the end. It’s wonderful.
Again with the crying…
Also, for those keeping track, the soundtrack came out today. If you buy it at Target or Walmart, you can download one of two exclusive tracks. From Target you get the radio edit of Battle of the Heros; from Walmart, an interview with John Williams. Not sure about how it works with Walmart, but I bought mine at Target and got a download code inside the case. And don’t forget the bonus DVD!