The DVD of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull goes on sale today. I can’t say I hated the movie (the first half hour was okay), but that’s mostly because I so flattened my expectations. Sure, it was a gas to see a Dr. Jones with a few more years (and miles) on him — but there was something so soulless and tired in the story and direction. Anyway, this seems as good a time as any to peep a few minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. You might remember reading about this a few years back: three young teenage Raider fans, who in 1982, decided to make a shot-for-shot recreation of the movie — a seven-year endeavor in which they had to make do with local talent, their own modest resources, and plenty of ingenuity and gumption. Check out their story (which has a great ending) and then be (in this order) amused, charmed, and impressed by the vision of three talented (and determined) middle-school students from a small town in Mississippi.
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I just got a press release about tomorrow’s DVD release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and apparently Best Buy is offering a "gift set with replica crystal skull from Sideshow Collectibles and a $25 gift card to Sideshowcollectibles.com." Add two zeroes to that figure (and make it cash), and yeah, I could find a spot on my mantelpiece for the hideous noggin. You?
Sex and the City — whoa! Who saw that big No. 1 finish coming? Not most box office pundits. Not EW.com’s own box-office analyst. Not pretty much every man this side of, uh, Pluto. Did anybody expect that the lovely ladies of the HBO adaptation would beat Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the box office last weekend? Why yes, in fact, several smarties did — about 40 percent of the players in EW.com’s Summer Box Office Challenge called it correctly! Bravo, people! And bravo to the four folks with perfect scores last week, led by our winner-by-tiebreaker, "lisawg22," who accurately predicted the final order of the top 10 at the multiplex.
Wanna get in on the fun? Wanna have a chance to win a free pair of Manolo Blahniks? Well, in that case, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But if you want to have a chance to win some free DVDs, you’ve come to the right place: Just click on over to our game and register your picks for this weekend’s big battle (Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (pictured)? Jack Black’s animated Kung Fu Panda?) by Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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With the summer movie season now in full swing, players in EW.com’s Summer Box Office Challenge have happened upon an interesting, er, challenge: predicting the exact finish of movies outside of the top five. Sounds easy, sure. After all, last weekend, everybody knew that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was going to be No. 1, and most figured out that The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Iron Man would easily round out the first three spots at the box office. So how hard could correctly picking the next seven movies in order have been? Very, as it turned out. The battle for sixth place was decided by a Florida in 2000-esque $5,072, the teensy amount by which Baby Mama edged out Made of Honor. And occupying the No. 10 spot for the second straight weekend was the critically acclaimed (but largely unheralded) indie The Visitor, which has quietly grossed $4.4 mil in seven weeks.
Oddities like those generally go unreported, but if you can gain a firm understanding of them, you might just have what it takes to win our game — and take home some DVD prizes. (Indeed, a whopping 30 people got perfect scores over the Memorial Day span; a tiebreaker will figure out who gets the loot.) So while you may feel confident that the Sex and the City movie could pass Indy 4 for supremacy this upcoming weekend, you should really be asking yourself: Which movie will come next? And which film will come after that one? And then you should make your picks. And, you know, have a little fun, too.
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Boffo box office aside, not everyone is loving the new Indiana Jones movie. A number of folks have quibbles about the movie’s accuracy. (Let’s not even get started on these guys’ complaint.) Over at Asylum.com, they’ve prevailed upon archaeologist Kristin Romey (who’s explored some of the Latin American turf covered in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) to see which parts of the movie plausibly portray archaeologists and their work and which do not. The implausible stuff (besides Harrison Ford, pictured, still being able to kick ass at 65) is pretty evident, but the elements that are realistic may surprise you. It turns out that archaeologists often really are spies who pack heat and behave like horndogs. Who knew? Can’t wait ’til the Asylum folks apply similar investigative zeal to this season’s other fantasy films, including Iron Man, Prince Caspian, and Sex and the City.
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As we discovered when compiling our Harrison Ford-inspired "GILFy Pleasures" gallery ("GILF" as in "Grandparent I’d Like to…"), there are a lot of still-sexy stars over 50. So many, in fact, that we probably left off some of your favorites. One of mine that we neglected to include: Jacqueline Bisset (pictured), who went from rocking the wet T-shirt in The Deep to rocking Andrew McCarthy’s world as a Mrs. Robinson type in Class in just six years, and who, in the quarter century since, has frequently proved she belongs on a list like this (most recently, during her multi-episode arc as call girl madam James on Nip/Tuck). Click through the gallery, then tell us: which other actor or actress we left off our list would you have included?
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Finding a box of promotional swag in one’s mailbox is a common event here at EW, kinda like writing about American Idol, or playing with dolls. Last month, however, I received three boxes stuffed with tie-in toys for three prospective May blockbusters, each more elaborately packaged than the last: Iron Man, then Speed Racer, then Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. With 20 separate items of swag inside my office, I realized I had to do something other than pick out my favorites and give the rest to the office-mates who, um, have kids.
So earlier this month, I began reviewing each box as its respective movie is released, rating them in categories of packaging, bounty, the coolest toy, the lamest toy, and the general feeling of swag overkill. We’ve already covered Iron Man and Speed Racer. So let’s swing our whips over the jump and take a look inside our final May movie toy box: Indiana Jones.
Attention, all you Indiana Jones-hating bloggers: Shia LaBeouf is on to you. I caught up with the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star (pictured, with costars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen) at an Indiana Jones cocktail party here in Cannes, and when I asked him about those spoiler-heavy reviews that appeared on the web last week, he told me he doesn’t believe the writers actually saw the film. “Those reviews were not real,” he insisted. “You know it’s not a real review when no mention gets made of cinematography, or the camera setups, or anything pertaining to Steven’s direction of the film. It’s just all about Harrison and myself, when 70 percent of the movie is direction and shots and set pieces. I read all of it. As soon as I heard there was a review, I was like, Really? That’s crazy, ‘cause I haven’t seen the movie.” I also asked him what it was like to complete two days of interviews in Cannes when none of the journalists had actually seen the movie. “And you can’t say anything!” he responded. “You wind up talking about mundane things like shoelaces. But there’s beauty in that. People think they want to hear things, but they don’t.”
A few minutes later, his costar Harrison Ford, who had cameras shoved in his face whenever he went out in public, told me he was unfazed by the Cannes insanity: “I’ve been doing this for long enough, I know what to expect,” he said. “I don’t have any illusions about it or any fear of it.” When I mentioned LaBeouf’s comment about the shoelaces, Ford pointed to Steven Spielberg, who was standing behind me. “Check out Steven: He’s got no shoelaces in his shoes. So I don’t know what he’s thinking about!”
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UPDATE: Lisa’s full review of Indiana Jones 4 is now available here.
IF YOU ARE A PLOT PURIST AND DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE, DON’T READ THE FOLLOWING!
It’s a measure of the unique panache of the aging guy in the fedora that people started lining up hours ahead in the full midday Cannes sun for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And in the few moments of silence and dark screen before the Lucasfilm logo appeared, uncontainable devotees in the balcony began singing the famous four-note theme — dahhh-di-duh DAH — that’s as much a part of the Indy experience as the expectation of a bullwhip well used.
I felt like singing, too. And I burst out in a laugh of pleasure when Henry Jones II first appears — rumpled, grimy, his gray hair thinning, within sight of his iconic topper but not within reach. (Indy has been kidnapped by Russians posing as U.S. military personnel in the New Mexico desert — long story — and brought to the feet of Cate Blanchett, in rich Natasha Badanov mode as a Soviet mind-control expert in hot pursuit of the title skull.) There’s joy and a middle-aged playfulness to the best of Steven Spielberg’s unlikely sequel. And I mean that as a full compliment: All the movieman’s themes are here, his interests, obsessions, trademark strengths as a cinematic storyteller, and Spielbergian "tells," too, with hubcap and sideview mirror reflections dating back over 35 years to Duel.
Harrison Ford? Terrific — and re-energized after too many recent action roles he has appeared to sourly resent. This older, creakier (but still spry) adventure hero wears his worldly wryness with even greater earned authority. Shia LaBeouf? Inspired, channeling one-half James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, the other half Spielbergian Everyson.
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