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If you’re not familiar with the legend here’s the short of it: It’s been reported for years that Tom Selleck turned down the titular role of Indiana Jones in favor of Magnum P.I. and that he regretted it like a cab drive picking up a drunk with promises of no spewing.
So now we learn from the mustached horse’s mouth that Selleck never actually turned down the role. He set the record straight on Letterman, watched the interview below and the screen test too!
It’s been a little while since we’ve had a Reel Deals column so lets bring it back with a bang. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection on Blu-ray is currently $24.99 on Amazon.ca.
Bam. Can’t get much better than that. Three of the best films of all time, plus another film that’s more entertaining than people think. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So much Indy, all in glorious HD. Raiders in particular has been given a wonderful restoration and looks better than I’ve ever seen it.
And remember, this deal is one day only! So it’ll be going fast.
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Disney now has distribution over Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones and soon you! I kid, but seriously holy crap.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, people questioned how Indiana Jones would come out of the deal since Paramount released the first four movies. Disney has now announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise. In a new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films. Paramount will still be responsible for the distribution of the previous four Indiana Jones films and will enjoy financial participation on any future Indiana Jones films that are released.
Disney now owns the Indiana Jones series and can produce future films at its leisure, so look out folks, we saw how fast they moved on Star Wars. I for one welcome our Disney overlords, as they actually move to get projects done instead of just talking about them. Harrison Ford is ready to go, and I trust we can get one more run with him as an adventurer. The 71-year-old recently said that he would do Indiana Jones 5 “in a New York Minute”.
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You might recall earlier this year George Lucas saying he was stepping away from major movies, and instead focusing on smaller, experimental movies instead. So what does that mean for Indiana Jones 5? In an interview at Collider we get the idea that the project might be a lost cause. They spoke to producer Frank Marshall; he has produced all of the Indiana Jones movies, and asked him if Crystal Skull, was the last.
“I say, for me, [Crystal Skull] is the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin”. And, as the length development of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull taught us, if there’s no MacGuffin, there’s no film.
What about Lucas?
“Yeah, no he isn’t [hungry to do Indy 5]”, Marshall confirmed. “And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife”.
Marshall is married to producer Kathleen Kennedy, who was recently named co-chair and successor to Lucas at Lucasfilm. All signs for Indy 5 are pointing to no if you ask me, not only with Lucas’ lack of interest but Harrison Ford turned 70 this year? These movies are hard to make and take a few years from the germ of an idea to the release, the poor guy could be 75 by the time this movie happens. Do you think it’s time to hang up the hat?
For the first time ever, the original Indiana Jones adventures (Crystal Skull was already released on Blu-ray) will be making their way to Blu-ray on September 18th. That is Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Here is a new trailer for the box set and we will update you when whatever the seven hours of bonus features are is released.
Paramount’s five-disc package offers each film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. Steven Spielberg and his sound designer Ben Burtt supervised the A/V restoration work.
“No CGI can match what Vic can accomplish.” –Steven Spielberg
That quote is from the introduction to The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman. Spielberg is talking about Vic Armstrong, and trust me when I say you DO know him. He’s been stunt doubles for James Bond, Superman and Indiana Jones. He’s directed action scene in Bond movies, Mission Impossible 3 and the recent Thor blockbuster. You can see his work this summer in The Amazing Spider-Man too! This is a great look at the industry; Vic Armstrong’s memories are page turners.
He’s been part of the business for over 40 years and in that time played the most iconic on screen heroes. Harrison Ford joked (image above), “If you learn to talk I’m in deep trouble.” That says it all about his ability don’t you think? He’s got a lot of amazing stories to tell you, and they’re all here in this newly updated version of the successful memoir from released last year.
“Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend in the film world.” –Martin Scorsese
One of the coolest credits on his long list (far too long to put here) is “Unicorn Master” on Ridley Scott’s Legend. Can I get that business card? This memoir spans his career from his horse riding beginnings to one of the industry’s most sought-after action coordinators.
One of my favorite stories in the book concerns his work on Richard Donner’s Superman. Vic explains how he and Christopher Reeve would clash on the set because Reeve wanted to do his own stunts. Reeve’s was a professional and very involved in his character, he wanted to do it all understandably says Vic. One night they were filming some shots for Superman II, it was the scene in Metropolis with a few alien baddies and Superman getting a manhole cover thrown at him which tosses him back into a car window. Yes, Reeve’s wanted to do this. [watch the scene here]
I went into the dressing room to get my kiss curl put on when Chris walked by and stopped in the doorway. ‘What are you doing?’ he asked. I told him about the stunt. ‘No, I’m doing it’ he said. ‘Chris you can do whatever you want, but don’t stop me from earning a living’, I replied. Off he went in a huff.
He explains the stunt in detail and the rest of the night, he got “beaten up like hell” he says.
After getting changed I was leaving for home and Chris Reeve, bless him, came over, gave me a thumbs-up and said ‘Jeeze, Vic, you’re right, I’m glad I wasn’t doing that mate. Thanks a million.’
He’s a master of the craft and has some very big names making these claims for him if you’re still unsure. He jumped from a horse to a tank for Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, off a helicopter onto a mountain peak and lives to tell the tales. This book is fun and easy to read, it’s written with passion and most noticeably from the perspective a fan of movies, one of the many reasons I couldn’t put it down.
The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman: My Life As Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and other movie heroes
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: May 17 2011, Updated May 2012
Authors: Vic Armstrong, Robert Sellers
Paperback: 352 +16 color photos
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The Human Centipede 2 U.S. Teaser Trailer, watch below: (more…)
This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark being released to theaters on June 12, 1981. I enjoyed revisiting the film Saturday night, it’s one of the best movies ever, but we all know that. Some of you may not know that the role was offered to Tom Selleck who had to drop out when his Magnum, P.I. contract prevented him from doing the movie, and the rest is Harrison Ford history. The knowledge of the screen test isn’t new, just a fun memory for the anniversary, enjoy: (more…)
When Shia LaBeouf isn’t publicly badmouthing Indiana Jones, he is telling people that he’s been talking to Spielberg about a fifth Indiana Jones film, that the screenplay is being written, that Spielberg “pitched” the idea to him, and that it sounds “crazy” and “really cool.”
Crystal Skull made nearly $800 million worldwide and brought about lots of discussion about whether or not it was ever necessary (it wasn’t) and if it was any good (it was OK). My thoughts on a fifth one are more or less the same; we don’t really need it (but I guess we have to see Mutt grow up) but it will probably be fun. Lucas get your 3D digital effects ready big boy! As a bonus, the video below will make you angry. Do we need a 5th Indy Citizens? (more…)