Second Indy trailer on Iron Man, Indy’s role examined, and more

Like no one saw this coming: the second trailer for Indiana Jones and the Crystal King of Skulldom will be coming out on Paramount’s Iron Man on May 1 (which is being pushed forward 4 hours – from a midnight show to 8 pm showings). And the most important news about the Indy IV trailer: It’s 1 minute and 49 seconds. Apparently, they plan to stretch the whole movie out to 2 hours, 20 minutes.

NPR talks to real archaeologists about the most famous fictional archaeologist/treasure hunter. The Arizona Republic looks at Indiana Jones and the need for nostalgia.

Want to see Indiana Jones and the King Skull of Crystaldom before opening day (and can’t afford to go to Cannes)? There’s going to be a charity screening on May 18 in Oklahoma City.

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  • A quick look at the official commemorative Indiana Jones magazine, available on StarWarsShop.
  • The tour of the Young Indiana Jones DVD sets covers the last chapter (but not the last disc. Disc 9 – Hollywood Follies – After working on Broadway, Indy heads out west to Hollywood and works with John Ford, Irving Thalberg and Erich von Stroheim and gets some tips on stunts from Wyatt Earp. Companion documentaries cover von Stroheim, Ford, Thalberg, and the Hollywood moguls.

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  • Indiana Jones Heritage trading cards to have autograph cards from 14 stars of the first three Indy films, including Karen Allen, John Rhys Davies, Ke Huy-Quan, Julian Glover. But the real autograph to get is from Vernon Dobtcheff, who played the Butler in the Castle Brunwald: “If you are Scottish lord, then I am Mickey Mouse!”
  • Gentle Giant is also getting some Indy action. First up is a statue of Indy on horseback from Last Crusade, and next is a mini-bust of Indy, the first in a series.

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  • USA Today sets the stage for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by mentioning a little about the roles for Jones, Blanchett, Winstone and LeBeouf and a little about crystal skulls. Not much actually new mentioned here, but it’s a tidy summary of what has been officially released about the plot of the movie.
  • Trespassing charges against Shia LeBeouf were dropped. Apparently Walgreen’s was scared of being attacked by Autobots and Indiana Jones if they pursued the case.

    The tour of Volume Two of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones moves on with:

  • Disc Seven: Espionage Escapades. Indy does some ballet while undercover in Spain, and has a surreal adventure in bureaucracy on a mission in Prague where he is assisted by Kafka. Companion documentaries focus on Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, ballet, and Kafka.
  • Disc Eight: Daredevils of the Desert . Indy joins up with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Daniel Craig to help the British take Beersheba from the Turks. Two historical documentaries focus on T.E. Lawrence and the making of the modern Middle East as a result of WWI.
  • Young Indy Volume 2 tour: Red Baron and Reds.. has put up two more articles in their tour of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two: The War Years, coming to DVD on December 18.

  • Disc Five: Attack of the Hawkmen sees Indy getting a closer look at aerial combat when he is assigned to be a photographer for the Lafayette Escadrille, and promptly gets shot down by the Red Baron. After beating the odds and surviving a two week stint with the air unit of Americans fighting for the French, he gets a new assignment behind enemy lines – trying to convince aeronautic engineer Anthony Fokker to possibly change his loyalties for the right price. Unfortunately, the Red Baron is still gunning for him – on land! Historical documentaries cover the aerial warfare of WWI, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, Anthony Fokker, and the Lafayette Escadrille.
  • Disc Six: Adventures in the Secret Service. Indy’s intelligence role puts him into diplomacy as he escorts two princes to their empress-sister in Austria in an attempt to get Austria to surrender – and an escape into a sewer leads to “What a wonderful smell you’ve discovered!” After this mission, Indy is then sent to Petrograd as Russia is falling apart to revolution, and Indy befriends some Bolsheviks, and meets up with Lenin. Historical documentaries cover Karl, the last Habsburg emperor, the Russian revolution, and Vladimir Lenin.

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  • Young Indy Volume 2 tour continues…

    The in-depth tour of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume 2 continues at, getting ready for the release of this DVD set on December 18, 2007. Tired of the trenches of WWI? So are Indiana and his friend Remy!

    On Disc 3: Phantom Train of Doom, Indy and Remy have been transfered to Africa, and promptly get lost on their way to their Belgian unit. Indy joins his childhood big-game hunting guide, Frederick Selous, and the 25th Frontiersman Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, in tracking down a train-mounted German artillery in the first half, and in the second half, Indy, Remy and the 25th Frontiersman capture the Thrawn-like Colonel Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck. Documentaries include profiles of Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck, Frederick Selous, and Jan Smuts.

    Disc Four contains Oganga: The Giver and Taker of Life, in which Indy and Remy trek across the Congo, deal with a soldier who refuses to abandon an orphan from a village wiped out by disease, and are saved from death by Albert Schweitzer. Indy learns lessons about reverence for life from this piano-playing humanitarian, and then is forced to watch Schweitzer’s mission abandoned as the Schweitzers are expelled from Allied Africa. Documentaries cover Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, the Congo, and the rise of pacifism.