Communists peeved at Indiana Jones

Reuters is reporting that, perhaps unsurprisingly, the new Indiana Jones movie has annoyed members of Russia’s Communist Party.

“Our women don’t look like Nazis, but maybe Cate Blanchett was threatened by unemployment, so … she made this film,” says one. Adds another: “Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett (are) second-rate actors, serving as the running dogs of the CIA. We need to deprive these people of the right of entering the country.”

Honestly, you just can’t win these days when trying to pick cartoonish villains for your George Lucas movie.

Good news for pervy X-Philes

Agent Mulder David Duchovny’s racy new Showtime series, “Californication,” is not yet out on DVD — but if you don’t have Showtime and just can’t wait another day, iTunes can hook you up. Download the entire first season for $23.99, or check out individual episodes for $1.99 apiece.

Word to the wise: This show, in which Duchovny plays a washed-up, middle-aged novelist, features more nudity than you can shake a stick at* as well as a truly impressive catalog of profanity. It goes out of its way to earn that TV-MA rating.

*That’s not how I meant it. You have a dirty, dirty mind. For shame!

Joss speaks out

Joss Whedon comments about Fox’s shutdown of the BTVS “Once More With Feeling” singalong showings. Says the Master: “This is hugely depressing. I will do everything in my power to find out the exact reasoning for this and try to convince those responsible what a mistake it is.” (Via Cleolinda)

Media notices that cat is out of bag

The news that somebody uploaded photos of (probably) every page of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” several days before its official release date did not stay as buried as Scholastic and Bloomsbury might have liked: It was on the front page of the New York Times site, for one thing, and the AP picked it up as well. Spoilerphobes had better head to the back of the cave. Where is Sir Dan with his blindfolds when you need him?

Jackson to direct The Hobbit?

Has the cold day in hell arrived?

“Never say never,” hints New Line Cinema co-founder and co-chairman Robert Shaye about the possibility of Peter Jackson returning to direct The Hobbit.

“There’s nothing I can really talk about except to say that I believe ‘The Hobbit’ will be made,” says Shaye, choosing his words carefully like the lawyer that he is. “There’s a bunch of issues and elements that have to be addressed.”

Hmm… still not holding my breath.

More Potter

Midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have reportedly netted Warner Brothers $12 million. Not bad for a Tuesday night.

And Salon talks to screenwriter Michael Goldenberg about the daunting task of adapting OotP to the big screen. (Thanks to Hollywdliz for the head’s up).