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.

    And in other Indy news:

  • 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.

    Want to win a copy of Volume 2, signed by Sean Patrick Flanery? Go to the contest page on

  • 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.

    Indiana Jones and the Cameo of Weirdness

    Sighted: A possible spoiler cameo appearance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Seen on movieweb, which has a guy at CinemaBlend scared, and the peeps at Moviehole thinking it’s a slow week in Hollywood. Is this rumor Close to home? Could it be that Indy Encounters this? Does the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull have absolutely nothing to do with the Soviets or the Third Reich? Would Spielberg and Lucas be so unkind?

    And in other news, talks up the upcoming “Indiana Jones Heritage” trading card set, coming from Topps in early 2008 – going for a Retro feel to the cards highlighting the first three films, with autographs.

    And the tour of Volume 2 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones continues with an in-depth look at Disc 2: Demons of Deception. Indy, as a courier and spy, witnesses the ongoing horror and futility of war in the Battle of Verdun, and then on leave tangles with Mata Hari in Paris. Documentary topics include the Battle of Verdun, Marshal P

    Details on Young Indy DVD set, Volume 2; Crystal Skull LEGO Clues?

    Barely taking a breath from the release of the first volume, has started their coverage of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume 2, which will be released on December 18, 2007. Volume 2: The War Years will have nine discs with 8 episodes and 25 documentaries. The ninth disc has the interactive timeline and more features. Read about the highlights of the set here and get the brief synopsis of each disc.

    The in-depth tour of each disc begins with:

  • Disc 1: Trenches of Hell – Indy, now in the Belgian Army, ends up in command of his unit, which is then sent to the Somme, and Indy and Remy witness the horrors of trench warfare. Indy ends up captured, and eventually escapes a German prison at Dusterstadt with his fellow prisoner Charles de Gaulle. Documentaries cover the Battle of the Somme, poets Sigfried Sassoon & Robert Graves, and French leader (and future airport) Charles de Gaulle.

    and on the “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” front: will the upcoming LEGO sets give a clue to the movie’s plot?

  • Indiana Jones and the Random Bits of Indy News

    Some random bits of news from the world of the adventuring archaeologist, Indiana Jones and …

  • The Walgreens of Doom? Shia LaBeouf arrested in Chicago for refusing to leave a Walgreens at 2:30 am.
  • The Sidekick from Beowulf? Ray Winstone talks to MTV Movies Blog about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, saying “It’s one hell of a story.”
  • The Website of Social Networking? Indy’s on Myspace.. and he’s a 26-year old Gemini?!
  • The Unpleasant Review? The Minneapolis Star Tribune gives a short review of the Young Indy DVD set: “None of this tinkering makes the episodes any less boring than I remember.” Wait for the later volumes, when there’s a little more action…
  • The Crossover Cameo? LEGO Indiana Jones makes a cameo in the new LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga game.
  • The Big Stack of Reading? Some of the Indiana Jones literature that is in the works to get you ready for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including an omnibus set of comics from Dark Horse!
  • The Raiders of the Set? Thief pleads guilty for trying to sell items stolen from the set of Indy IV.
  • Young Indy Volume 1 DVDs released; Interviews with George and Rick on Young Indy

    DVD Tuesday brought the release of the first volume of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones on DVD, a 12-disc set with 7 feature-length episodes and wads of documentaries and other bonus features.

    As previously reported, this is the first of three DVD sets which will contain the entire series, which aired in the early 90’s as the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and then released on video in the late 90’s. This first volume contains the first 7 episodes in chronological order, which covers all the episodes with nine-year-old Indiana Jones, played by Corey Carrier, as he travels the world with his parents and tutor, as well as some of episodes with teenaged Indy, played by Sean Patrick Flanery, as he ditches high school to get caught up in various adventures in 1916, before getting into World War I. As with the late 90’s videotape release, the original YIJC TV show episodes have had their bookend segments removed (where an older Indy, usually played by George Hall, reminisced) and stitched together two TV episodes into one longer episode, with some bridging material filmed later to help join the episodes into one story. Does anyone miss the bookend segments besides me?

    The Baltimore Sun has an article and a blog entry talking up the Young Indiana Jones DVDs with an interview with George Lucas. Lucas talks about how the documentaries connect to the episodes’ content – “to bring history to life”.

    The Pitch, from Kansas City, has an interview with Rick McCallum on making Young Indy… and young Darth Vader… for the kids in “The Force Is Strong With This One”.

    With the Yale-Indy connection furthered this summer as a filming location, the Yale Daily News has a piece on the Yale connection to the documentaries on the DVDs.

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    George Lucas talks about young Indiana Jones…

    The LA Times has an article talking with George Lucas about the the making of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and their restoration and release on DVD as the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Rick McCallum recounts working with Elizabeth Hurley and they name-drop many of the other celebrities who appeared on the series. Also, they have a little photo album showing scenes, stills, and a few background photos from the show. So what does George Lucas think of the Young Indiana Jones project? The article’s tagline should give it away: The Indiana Jones adventure George Lucas is most proud of is a short-lived TV series from the early ’90s.