January 30, 2015
Weekly Ketchup: Chris Pratt Wanted for Indiana Jones Reboot
This week's Ketchup comes to you from right in the middle of the Sundance Film Festival, but except for the news about the 25+ indie movies picked up for distribution there, you wouldn't otherwise be able to tell. This was a week with lots of big studio announcements, regarding who will star in the Ghostbusters reboot, who the new Indiana Jones might be, or what new roles people like Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, or Emma Watson are lining up.
December 13, 2013
Weekly Ketchup: Disney Secures Indiana Jones Rights
This was a crazily busy week for movie development news. This writer is absolutely certain that in the future, it will be easy to think a story was covered in the Weekly Ketchup, only to discover that it wasn't, because the week in question was this one. The movies that did make the cut include new projects for Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson, new entries in the Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, and Man of Steel superhero franchises.
April 20, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Lawrence Kasdan
As any student of popular American cinema knows, the name Lawrence Kasdan is synonymous with some defining movie experiences among audiences of a certain age. One of Hollywood's hot young screenwriters in the '70s, Kasdan was enlisted by George Lucas to help pen The Empire Strikes Back, the film that -- along with the Kasdan co-written Return of the Jedi -- helped transform Star Wars from blockbuster movie into cultural myth. Soon after, Kasdan's second film as director, The Big Chill, effectively captured -- for better or worse -- the feelings (and musical tastes) of a generation of Baby Boomers entering thirtysomething adult life. And between those films, Kasdan's screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark was turned into another massive hit -- and enduring piece of movie iconography -- by Steven Spielberg. Kasdan returns after a lengthy hiatus with this week's Darling Companion, a comedy starring Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton about the search for a lost dog that brings on some typically Kasdan-esque moments of life assessment. We sat down for a chat with Kasdan earlier this week, in which he talked about his new film, his long collaboration with Kline, and his favorite memory writing on Empire. Read on for that, but first, he talks about his five favorite movies.
May 19, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Stuntman Vic Armstrong
His name may not be instantly familiar, but his work most certainly is: over a prolific career, Vic Armstrong has been a stunt man, stunt coordinator and second unit director on some of the biggest and best-loved action movies of the past four decades. He's stunt-doubled for successive James Bonds from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, worn the cape and tights on Richard Donner's Superman, and famously done stunt work for Harrison Ford on, among many of the actor's other roles, the original three Indiana Jones films. Then there's his work with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone and Angelina Jolie, to name a handful. With the release of his book, The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman, we spoke to Armstrong about his career, filming action on Marvel's Thor and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man, and his Five Favorite Films.
April 13, 2011
Five Favourite Films with Nick Frost
Right now, you might say that Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are living every sci-fi movie fan's dream. The irrepressible British comedy duo, who came to attention via cult TV series Spaced and scored big-screen hits with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are currently enjoying the success of their third movie collaboration, Paul, which finds them as road-tripping nerds inadvertently harbouring an intergalactic fugitive with an attitude (Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen). With Paul landing in Australian cinemas this week, we got a chance to talk with Nick Frost about the film, what it's been like working with Spielberg, and what to expect from Attack the Block. Read on for the full interview, but first, as always, we asked him his Five Favourite Films.
September 21, 2010
40 Baffling Movie Plot Holes
Even the greatest movies can contain nonsensical plot holes -- and Total Film has put together a list of 40 of the most baffling.
July 28, 2008
Lucas Considers a Fifth Indiana Jones
George Lucas is bringing Clone Wars to a theater near you, getting down to work on the Tuskegee Airmen-inspired Red Tails, and -- oh yeah -- contemplating a fifth Indiana Jones movie.
July 16, 2008
Exclusive: The World of WALL-E
The artists behind this year's freshest film share their story with RT, with exclusive contributions from Andrew Stanton, Ben Burtt, Jim Morris, Lindsay Collins, Angus MacLane, Derek Thompson, David DeVan and Rodrigo Blaas.
May 21, 2008
Indiana Jonesin': How Does the Latest Chapter Measure Up?
Everyone has their favorite Indiana Jones movie -- and their own thoughts on if Raiders of the Ark is better than Last Crusade. (Sorry, Temple of Doom -- there's no contest). So how does this week's long-awaited third sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, measure up to its predecessors?
April 17, 2008
Total Recall: The 20 Greatest Fights Scenes Ever
The long-awaited showdown between Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom got us thinking; what are the greatest fights ever filmed? We sifted through quite a few battles, and came up with a list that celebrates the finest in hand-to-hand combat.
September 18, 2007
Cate Blanchett To Be Indiana Jones 4 Villain?
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are being their typically secretive selves when it comes to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but -- thankfully for fans of the series and MTV Movies -- the movie's cast has slightly looser lips.
July 10, 2007
"Indy 4": Back to the Ark?
It's still about a year away from gracing our neighborhood air-conditioned palaces of cinema, but the gossip train has been running full-speed on "Indiana Jones 4" for months, and it shows no sign of slowing down -- from Quint at Ain't It Cool News comes word that maybe, just maybe, "Indy 4"'s storyline will bring the series full circle.
June 22, 2007
AFI Announces Top 100 Movies of All Time ... Again
Ten years ago the AFI gave us a list of the Top 100 American Films Ever Made -- and when that was done they churned out 15 other lists every few years. And then last night they updated the Top 100 ... I guess because they ran out of lists.
May 25, 2007
Want the Scoop on the "Indiana Jones 4" Villain?
I'll save the news for those who choose to "click in" to this news item, because I don't want to spoil anything. But it looks like we're getting some word on who'll be playing the "Indiana Jones 4" villain.
May 24, 2007
LaBeouf Will Follow Orders for "Indy IV"
Shia Labeouf is a very outspoken actor, stating what he wants for the press. Even when rumored for "Indy IV," he insisted he did not want to be comic relief. Now that he is confirmed, Labeouf plans to give Steven Spielberg whatever he wants.
April 19, 2007
"Indy 4" Bits: Angry Screenwriters and the Return of Marion
You're probably well aware that filmmaker Frank Darabont wrote an entire screenplay for "Indiana Jones 4" that got dumped because George Lucas didn't dig it. And, because everyone keeps asking him about the script, he keeps expressing a small dose of resentment about it.
April 18, 2007
"Clash" Remake Lands a Titan of a Screenwriter
Even if you know next to nothing about screenwriters, I bet you're a fan of Lawrence Kasdan ... even if you don't know it. The guy's biggest successes include "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and now he's returning to adventure genre to pen the "Clash of the Titans" remake.
April 17, 2007
"Indy 4" Bits: Sequel Title and the Absence of Sallah
Just a pair of "Indiana Jones 4" tidbits to pass along this Tuesday: An old "work in progress" title is being tossed around again -- and will Jones' loyal pal Sallah be absent from the archaeologist's fourth adventure?
April 6, 2007
Lucas Spills a Few "Indy 4" Beans
No, nothing as juicy as, say, an actual movie title, but if, like me, you've been salivating over the prospect of a fourth "Indiana Jones" adventure for what feels like twenty years, you might be interested in what producer George Lucas had to say recently.
March 7, 2007
Lucas Update: Portman, "Star Wars," and "Indy 4"
Got a grab-bag of George Lucas news bits for you, including a final denial that Natalie Portman will appear in "Indiana Jones 4," plus a few new items on those long-discussed "Star Wars" TV projects.
February 28, 2007
Indiana Jones and the Summer Job
As far as "Indiana Jones 4" goes, here's what we have so far: a script, a director, a producer, a leading man, a release date ... and now a production date -- just so you know this movie is actually (finally) happening.
February 20, 2007
Shia LaBeouf as Indiana Jones Jr.?
Let's just toss this particular piece of movie gossip into the "wait and see" pile to see how it turns out. According to a few sources, word is that Shia LaBeouf may be cast as the son of Indiana Jones in the next Indy flick.
January 2, 2007
Quick "Indiana Jones 4" Update: Shooting Begins in June!
Just a few days ago we shared the news that George Lucas was (finally) happy with the "Indiana Jones 4" screenplay, and also that production was set to begin next year. Well now we have a small piece of updated news: Production on "Indy 4" will begin in June!
December 29, 2006
"Indiana Jones" Returns...Again!
Action-adventure fans rejoice! Producer George Lucas has announced that "Indiana Jones 4" (sequel #3, if you're counting) will begin filming in 2007!
October 6, 2006
Lucas Discusses New "Star Wars" Series and (Briefly) "Indiana Jones 4"
Seems that whenever George Lucas opens his mouth, there's someone there to record what he has to say -- even when he's not actually saying a whole lot. This time around he's talking about next year's new "Clone Wars" cartoon -- plus he's nice enough to toss in a little bread crumb for the "Indiana Jones" fans.
August 22, 2006
"Indiana Jones 4" and The Phantom Menace
Finally proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has no clue what hardcore movie geeks thought of "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," filmmaker George Lucas recently used that film to explain where the "Indiana Jones" series is headed. I know, the guy's nuts.
July 10, 2006
Marion Ravenwood to Return in Indiana Jones 4?
The lovely Karen Allen was on hand at a New York screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" last week, and (of course) someone asked her if she had any involvement whatsoever with the 4th Indy flick that we've been waiting 400 years for. And, yes, she did have an answer.
June 20, 2006
Marketing Brings Out the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" News
One of the places you'll find some exciting news on the upcoming tentpole titles is the Licensing International Trade Show. Sounds pretty boring, doesn't it? Well, sure, it's very boring ... if you have no interest in things like "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "The Simpsons Movie," "Harry Potter 5," "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean 3," and "Die Hard 4."
May 12, 2006
Lucas Says "Indy 4" Will be Funny, Crazy ... Different
Seems like just about any piece of "Indiana Jones 4" news is worthy of mention, even when it's the smallest little tidbit of a teaser. IGN FilmForce shares a George Lucas quote from MTV that basically says "We're not much closer to getting started, but BOY is this gonna be a good movie!"
April 13, 2006
Rogue Shows Some Fuzz Love
Read on for a very formal press release from Rogue Pictures, the ultimate gist of which is this: Rogue, which is the "genre arm" of Universal Pictures, will distribute Hot Fuzz in North America. Why is this interesting? Because Hot Fuzz is the geek-droolingly anticipated follow-up flick from the boys who treated us to Shaun of the Dead.
April 4, 2006
Indy Heading Down Under?
IGN FilmForce shares a few Indy4-related tidbits from producer Frank Marshall. The filmmaker was in Australia hyping his "Eight Below" when (shocker!) someone asked about the long-awaited fourth chapter in the IJ franchise.
March 16, 2006
Lucas Talks With Time About "Star Wars" Series
Time Magazine recently had a rather interesting sit-down with mega-successful moviemaker George Lucas, and topics included the next Indiana Jones epic, "day & date" release patterns, 2D vs. 3D, and, of course, the upcoming "Star Wars" TV series.
March 7, 2006
Spielberg Puts Koepp to Work on "Indy 4"
During his Oscar coverage, Fox's Roger Friedman got to share a few words with director Steven Spielberg, and the bullet points seem to be these: 1) the filmmaker wants to take some time off right now, 2) "Indiana Jones 4" looks to be the next project on his plate, and 3) Jeff Nathanson's screenplay has been handed over to mega-scribe David Koepp for fine-tuning.
October 4, 2005
Indy 4 Signs a Starlet?
Fresh off the news that broke last month that "Indy 4" has been approved and is underway comes this tidbit via Moviehole.net and The Indy Experience.
July 1, 2005
Colorful Cast Announced for Uwe Boll's Next Opus
After putting the finishing touches on his upcoming "BloodRayne," controversial German director Uwe Boll ("House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark") has announced the cast for his next project: a big-screen adaptation of the video game "Dungeon Siege" -- and wait till you get a load of this eclectic ensemble! (Full press release follows below)