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New Indiana Jones collecting website launches
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - Gilles V

Indiana Jones fan and collector Lon Mills has created a new Indiana Jones fansite entitled IHateSnakes.com. His site is dedicated completely to Indiana Jones memorabilia. Here follows Lon's official press release:

Carmel, Ind. With Star Wars getting all the attention from the media and collectors, the Indiana Jones franchise, the other successful property at Lucasfilm, has disappeared like the artifacts Indiana Jones finds himself on a quest to locate.

As the news of a fourth film grows stronger, the new Web site IHateSnakes.com is dedicated to providing news regarding collecting memorabilia, new and old, from the Indiana Jones series and to provide an electronic outlet to display the collection of Lon Mills.

Content for the site will include product reviews, updates to Mills' collection, reports on new Indiana Jones items to hit the market, and feature commentary about Indiana Jones collecting. While other Web sites capture news on anything and everything Indiana Jones, this site is niche to the collecting side and acts as an ongoing collecting blog for Mills.

The Web site will be updated frequently with plans to add new sections in the future.

IHateSnakes.com is an Indiana Jones collecting Web site dedicated to memorabilia news and reviews of the adventure franchise and features the ongoing collection of Lon Mills. "Indiana Jones" is a trademark of Lucasfilm, Ltd. IHateSnakes.com is in no way affiliated with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Lucasfilm or Paramount Pictures. Copyrights and trademarks for the Indiana Jones films, television series, and licensed products are held by their respective owners.

A big thanks to Lon Mills for letting us know about his great new Indy memorabilia site IHateSnakes.com.

 

Indiana Jones Trilogy screenings in NYC this March
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - Gilles V

New York City's fabled Ziegfeld Theatre will show all 3 Indiana Jones films as part of a series of classic films in March.
According to the theatre's website, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will all play at The Ziegfeld from March 3rd till March 9th.

Thanks to Jack for the news.

 

Katanga joins Harry Potter's Order of the Phoenix
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Gilles V

Yes, seriously! George Harris, the actor who played Captain Katanga in Raiders of the Lost Ark has landed a role in the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

KatangaGeorge Harris has been cast as Kingsley Shacklebolt who works for the Ministry of Magic as a Dark Wizard catcher. He is also a member of the Order of the Phoenix - the group set up to fight the evil Lord Voldemort.
The Order of the Phoenix will start filming in February.

George Harris has had a long acting career. He most recently had roles in The Intepreter and Layer Cake, a great film you should see! In Layer Cake George Harris plays alongside Daniel Craig, the co-star of Spielberg's Munich and the next James Bond.
And a bit of bonus trivia; Daniel Craig began his film career with a role in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert!

 

Ford humiliated young Paul Bettany during fight scenes
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Gilles V

Something for all the fans who believe that Harrison Ford is getting too old to play Indiana Jones again, that Ford can no longer kick ass.
Well, Harrison Ford still can! Ford proved experience wins over youth, when he humiliated young British star Paul Bettany in fight scenes for their new movie Firewall.

Bettany, 34, spent three days attempting to 'beat up' the Indiana Jones actor in choreographed shots, but insists the 63-year-old actor is unbreakable in a fight. Bettany says, "I was just trying not to get bruised. I wouldn't want to tumble with Harrison Ford in real life. He's a tough son of a bitch. I threw that man through a window seven times and he landed on his head, got up, rebuilt the window with the crew and then got thrown through it again. I hit that man in the stomach and he said, 'Could you just land it a bit harder so I could feel it?' So I landed it a bit harder and he wanted a bit more so he could react to it. Finally, I just wound one up and let loose on him and he said, 'That's it!' It was the most humiliating day of my life."

Source: IMDb.com

 

Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent attraction found!
Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - Gilles V

Award winning writer Jim Hill has published a very interesting article on his site JimHillMedia.com in which he unearths the site plan for an Indiana Jones attraction that was originally proposed for Disneyland nearly 20 years ago. One that would have combined a jeep ride, a mine car-themed roller coaster, the Jungle Cruise as well as Disneyland's own railroad into one mega-sized Indiana Jones-themed attraction.

Given how much Indiana Jones IV has been in the news lately, and given how WDI's new Principal Creative Advisor John Lasseter is reportedly reviewing all of the ride & show concepts that the Imagineers never quite got around to building over the past 20 years ... I thought that now might be a good time to talk about the big one that got away.
You know the one that I'm talking about, folks. It's that attraction that was originally proposed for Disneyland back in the 1980s. The one that hardcore Disney geeks have been obsessing about for years & years now...

Jim Hill's article about the Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent attraction plans is very interesting and strongly recommended to read!

 

Spielberg's Lincoln film project halted
Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - Gilles V

Column writer Jeffrey Wells announced on his site Hollywood Elsewhere that Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln film, planned to start filming around March, won't begin production anytime soon, if at all. Here follows what Wells wrote:

I spoke to Liam Neeson twice last summer at a couple of post-movie-premiere parties, and he said that the plan was for Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln movie, in which he'll play the title role, to start shooting sometime around March '06. Forget it -- Spielberg's spokesperson Marvin Levy told me yesterday the Lincoln project (which will be based in part upon Doris Kearns Goodwin's recently published book about Lincoln) won't roll anytime soon and is basically up in the air.

If this will have any effect on the production of Indiana Jones IV is unknown at the moment. But it does give Spielberg the space to start making the fourth Indy film this summer. Lucas is also available plus Harrison Ford has been hinting that Indy IV might start shooting this summer as well.

Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the news.

 

Brand-new Raiders print screening in Berkeley, CA
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - Gilles V

Indyfan Russell was so kind to let me know that Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown in the Act I and II theater this weekend, Feb. 17 and 18th, at midnight. Raiders will also be screened as the noon feature on Feb. 18 and 19th.

Also very interesting is that to celebrate Raiders its 25th birthday Act I and II will be using a brand-new 35mm print of Raiders of the Lost Ark . So you will get to see the film on big screen looking as good as the day it opened!

The Act I and II theater is located in Berkeley, California, next to UC Berkeley. Visit the Landmark Theaters site for exact theater location info.

Russell added that parking will be easy at midnight, but hard to find close by at noon showing. (and beware the mighty parking meter; most but not all are off on Sundays.)

Thanks to Russell English for informing us.

 

And the greatest ass kicker of all time is...
Friday, February 17, 2006 - Gilles V

Great film site JoBlo.com has a weekly column titled The Ten Spot in which Jim Law gives a list of the 10 "Best Movie Friends" or the top 10 "Moments in Bed" scenes. Always a fun read! But this week's subject was "The Top 15 Action Heroes"! And guess which hero took the first place from James Bond, John McClane & the Terminator... yup, Indiana Jones.

Take your everyday fedora-wearing archaeologist with a pissy attitude towards snakes and throw him into the world's greatest adventures and sure enough, you'll get the world's greatest action hero...

Actually, as far as I can remember, I have yet to see a list of top film heroes in which Indiana Jones isn't positioned on #1. And that's quite remarkable for a college professor!

Click here to read The Top 15 Action Heroes column

 

A Week of Kindness and the Last Crusade
Monday, February 20, 2006 - Gilles V

A New York based sketch comedy group called A Week of Kindness has made a satire on the famous "Choose wisely" scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Their fun sketch is titled A Week of Kindness and the Last Crusade and can be viewed online here.

The official A Week of Kindness site also features more funny sketch videos including World War II On the Moon!

Thanks to Nate Kushner for letting us know.

 

Golden Fleece fan film is ready and online!
Monday, February 20, 2006 - Gilles V

Cool fan film news, Ramon Cabello has finished his animated film version of Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece!

This animated fan film is based on the Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece comic book published by Dark Horse in 1994. Despite its comic inspiration, the original story has been adapted and some changes were made to the main story.

Ramon's Golden Fleece fan film has been divided into 18 chapters which can all be viewed online here. And be sure to visit Ramon's site or TheRaider.net's Golden Fleece page for more information on this special Indy fan film.

 

Indy and the Sacred Community 1 year online
Friday, February 24, 2006 - Gilles V

The modest Indy fansite Indiana Jones and the Sacred Community is 1 year online as of today. And to celebrate its first anniversary the fan site is offering a few special Indy media files:

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Soundtrack
    For the first time ever, on any site
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Soundtrack
    From Disneyland California
  • Classic music pieces from all three Indy films.
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular video
    As far as I know Sacred Community is the only fansite showing video scenes from the Epic Stunt Spectacular.

Thanks to the webmaster of Indiana Jones and the Sacred Community for these cool updates to his site. And I wish him and his Sacred Community many more years online!

 

Raiders: Adaptation screening in Mississippi
Friday, February 24, 2006 - Gilles V

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will be screened in Mississippi next friday, March 3rd! This screening will also feature a question and answer session with the Raiders: Adaptation co-creators, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala.

This rare screening will take place at the Lafayette and Oxford Public Library in Lafayette County, Mississippi at 6:00 PM - on March 3rd, 2006. The Raiders: Adaptation event will begin at 5:00 PM with a reception with Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, and will be followed by a Q&A session after the screening.

Visit the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council site for more information about this event. And check out our own Raiders: Adaptation section if you want to know what Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is all about.

Thans to Eric Zala for letting us know.

 

New site dedicated to Indiana Jones collectibles
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - Gilles V

A new site has been launched dealing in Indiana Jones collectibles. The site ThrowMeTheIdol.com also has a forum that allows posts of people looking to meet other collectors to buy-sell-trade Indy stuff with.

Thanks to Les for informing us about ThrowMeTheIdol.com.

 

Artist Paul Shipper is selling some of his original art!
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - Gilles V

If you're a big fan of Star Wars and Indiana Jones poster artist Drew Struzan, then you must check out Paul Shipper's artwork! Paul is a freelance illustrator located in Manchester, UK. He is responsible for the Indy illustration incorporated at the top of the TheRaider.net design as well as the fantastic header illustration at our The Raven - Message Boards. More Indiana Jones illustrations by Paul Shipper can be viewed here.

But the big news about Paul Shipper is that he is selling a lot of his original artwork - and prints - at his online Art Sale Gallery. Practically all of Paul's Indy illustrations are for sale, the original and/or a print! But don't focus on just Indiana Jones when you visit his online Art Sale Gallery, there are many more great sketches to be admired of subjects like Star Wars, Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, etc.!

 

Marshall is coming to the Jules Verne Festival in Paris
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 - Gilles V

Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall will be at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival in Paris this month. Marshall will attend the French premiere of his latest directed film Eight Below, on Wed. March 22, during the festival opening night.

Visit the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival website for more information.

Thanks to Skylover for the news.

 

Raiders: The Adaptation screening in Southern California!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - Gilles V

Cult fanfilm Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is having its Southern California premiere in Newport Beach, CA, next month!

Raiders: The Adaptation will be screened at the The Newport Beach International Film Festival on Monday April 24th at 7:30 pm.

Eric Zala & Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolos, all three creators of Raiders: The Adaptation, will be in attendance! Which is a rarity.
A Q & A session with them will be held after the screening. And then there will be a big reception on a boat that’s been turned into a nautical museum! All audience members and fans are welcome!

Visit the Newport Beach International Film Festival for more information.

And a big thanks to Chris Strompolos for informing us!

 

Sean Patrick Flannery is coming to London!
Sunday, March 19, 2006 - Gilles V

Actor Sean Patrick Flannery, star of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV-series, will be coming to the London Film and Comic Con on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of July 2006.

Other expected guests are Richard Dreyfuss, Carrie Fisher, Elijah Wood, and many more. Visit the London Film and Comic Con site for more information.

Thanks to Skylover from SithClan.net for the news.

 

Raiders Guys sign with Speaking Engagement Agency
Saturday, April 1, 2006 - Gilles V

The Raiders Guys have recently signed with the Lavin Agency, who books speakers at universities, colleges and corporations. The Lavin Agency reps other filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Joel Coen, authors such as John Updike & Isabel Allende, satirist Al Franken, uber-producer Lynda Obst, and legendary musician, Bob Geldof.

Chris and Eric have signed with the Lavin Agency to pursue speaking engagements and screenings of their film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation world wide. Jayson is currently on sabbatical from screenings (although he does occasionally join Chris and Eric on ones that particularly interest him). Jayson’s focus is on his new business as a photographer and multi-media artist. Jayson's amazing work can be viewed online here.

The link on the Lavin Agency website features a clip of The Raiders Guys' very first Q&A in Austin, TX for their world wide premiere in June of 2003. The video is preceded by footage from The Today Show. Click here and then click on “View video sample."

A big thanks to Chris Strompolos for letting us know!

 

Harrison Ford documentary on BBC ONE tomorrow!
Monday, April 3, 2006 - Gilles V

UK tv-channel BBC ONE introduces a new interesting film programme tomorrow evening. The programme is called Hollywood Greats and for its first show it features on of the all-time greatest, Harrison Ford!
The programme, hosted by Jonathan Ross, is a mix of interview, documentary and movie clips and will look at the beginnings and continuation of Harrison's movie career. The programme blurb reads:

Jonathan Ross travels to Hollywood to meet Harrison Ford and chat about some of his classic movies. Looking back to his performance as Hans Solo in Star Wars through to his latest blockbuster, Firewall, Ford also looks forward to returning in a fourth Indiana Jones adventure later this year. George Lucas, Daryl Hannah, Helen Mirren and Tommy Lee Jones are among the contributors.

Hollywood Greats airs tomorrow evening at 10:35 pm GMT on BBC ONE.

In one newspaper over the weekend, it was said that Jonathan Ross may have actually got Harrison to lighten up - something of a rarity in interviews with Ford, they say!

A big thanks to Brian for letting us know.

 

Sir Sean Connery, healthy and still making films!
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - Gilles V

Scotland Today published a fun article, and video interview, with Sir Sean Connery who took part in the annual Tartan Day celebrations in New York earlier this week. Looking healthy and happy after his recent operation, Sir Connery told reporter Grant Lauchlan that he has not actually quit making movies just yet! He is now supplying his voice in an animated film called Sir Billi the Vet.

Reporter Grant Launchlan also asked Sir Connery about the possibility of his involvement in Indiana Jones 4, he said: "I don't know, I think Harrison's too old for me now...He's borrowed my wig you know!"

This year Sir Connery is also going to be receiving an award from the American Film Institute. He will be the 34th recipient, and the first Scot to receive it as well!

Head over to the Scotland Today site and view their video interview with a happy and healthy looking Sir Sean Connery!

Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the article link.

 

Raiders: Adaptation review and screening update!
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - Gilles V

A new review of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation has appeared online on a Cinephobia film reviews site. Here follows an except of the review written by Stephen Rowley.

"Some have suggested that the fuss about the Adaptation is misdirected, arguing that we should be saluting those who make original works on heroically low budgets, rather than elaborate derivatives of Hollywood blockbusters... Crucially, though, I have never seen the film criticised by someone who has seen it. When you actually see it, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the sheer determination and ingenuity of these kids."

And there's good news for the people living near Southern California! Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will be screened there during the The Newport Beach International Film Festival on Monday April 24th, at 7:30 PM.
A very special occasion because the three makers - Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb - will all be in attendance for a Q&A after the show!

Click here for more information on the Raiders: Adaptation screening and to order your ticket.

Thanks to Matt for the review link, and to Chris, Eric and Jayson for the screening info!

 

Raiders: The Adaptation screening in Alaska!
Friday, April 7, 2006 - Gilles V

Legendary fan film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will be screening in Alaska for two days in May!

Raiders: The Adaptation will be screened at the Downtown Coliseum Theater - in Sitka, Alaska - on Friday, May 5th at 6 pm and Saturday, May 6th at 1 pm.

Both Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala will be in attendance! A Q&A session with them will be held after the screening.

Visit the Sitka Film Society site for more information.

And a big thanks to Chris Strompolos for letting us know!

 

Burnett & Spielberg to be On the Lot
Friday, April 7, 2006 - Jawad Mir

Fox announced on Thursday plans for On The Lot, a new competition reality show from Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg that will feature aspiring directors and filmmakers vying for a DreamWorks studio development deal.

Mr. Billion-Dollar Box Office is teaming with reality mastermind Mark Burnett for On the Lot, an American Idol-meets-The Apprentice-style Fox reality series that aims to find the next, well, Steven Spielberg.

According to the press release, 16 finalists will be divided into two teams and each group has to produce (and write, and direct, and cast…) a short film each week. Fox says that the contestants will be forced to deal with the pitfalls that any major player could face--creative differences, budgetary problems, deadlines, etc.--but that they will also have access to some high-caliber perks, such as the opportunity to collaborate with Industry insiders and big-name celebs.
On the Lot will unfold over two nights a week, with night number one featuring an hourlong "film premiere" episode to screen the teams' work, which will tackle a different genre each week. Night number two (now, where have we heard this one before) will be the "box office" results show. A team of judges will be on hand, but it will be viewers' votes that ultimately decide which Hollywood hopeful is sent back to the drawing board each week.

Fox says the team of judges will comprise a "high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guest judges." Fine, just so long as one is really nice another is really mean and speaks with a British accent.

The last aspiring Spielberg, Scorsese, Tarantino or Coppola standing will win a studio development deal with DreamWorks.

"For me, like any person who wants to be a filmmaker, the opportunity to work hand in hand with Steven Spielberg is a dream come true," Burnett said in a statement. "With the help of our partners at Fox… we're going to make an incredible show about looking for the next great filmmaker by mining the growing segment of the public making their own content, and giving them the chance."

"All through my career I've done what I can to discover new talent and give them a start," added the two-time Oscar-winning director, who will at least cameo on the show. "This opportunity with Mark Burnett, DreamWorks and Fox allows all of us to reach out directly to open a much wider door."

On the Lot is slated to premiere sometime next season, with an unnamed source close to the Fox deal telling Us Weekly that cameras will start rolling in the fall (both Fox's and the contestants', in this case) and that the show will be on the network's schedule in 2007.

 

Karen Allen is coming to Dallas Comic Con!
Thursday, April 20, 2006 - Gilles V

Next week it's time for Dallas Comic Con 7! And this year they seem to pay extra attention to Raiders of the Lost Ark as one of their special guests is Raiders' lead actress Karen Allen! And they are also producing a special program book to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Raiders.
The program book will feature two covers, one by Lucasfilm artist Dave Dorman, and a flip cover by Lucasfilm artists Tom Hodges and Cat Staggs.

Other Indy related guests at the Dallas Comic Con are comic artists Dave Dorman and Kerry Gammill. Dave Dorman is an Eisner award-winning artist popular for his cover paintings featured on Star Wars and Indiana Jones comics for Dark Horse. Kerry Gammill is the illustrator of multiple Superman, X-Men and Indiana Jones Marvel Comic adventures from the 80s.

Other Special guests are:
Thomas Jane (The Punisher), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Gates McFadden (Star Trek: Next Generation), Bernie Wrightson (creator of Swamp Thing), Howard Chaykin (writer of The Flash), Tim Bradstreet (cover/poster artist on The Punisher) and many more.

Dallas Comic Con 7 will be held at the Plano Centre (10 miles north of Dallas) on April 29th and 30th. General admission is $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Media guests do charge a fee for autographs. For all the latest details check out the official Dallas Comic Con site.

 

Dallas Comic Con 7 Program Book Press Release
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - Gilles V

click to enlargeThe Dallas Comic Con 7 celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark with special guest Karen Allen. As a bonus for the fans, the show is producing a collectible program book featuring two painted covers by the Lucasfilm artist guests.

The first is by Tom Hodges (artist of the StarWars.com webstrips) and Cat Staggs (Topps Star Wars trading card artist), which is a first-time collaboration for the two talented illustrators. It features Marion in the classic scene from Raiders, deciding between her father's medallion and Indy's money. I'm sure customers in the dealer room at the show will be faced with that same dilemma!

click to enlargeThe second cover is by Dark Horse cover artist Dave Dorman. He painted this remarkable piece specifically for the program, which features an unusual pairing of Boba Fett and Marion in front of Jabba the Hutt's exploding sail barge. Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) is also a guest at the show, in case you're wondering what the inspiration was.

The interior of the program features comic book pin-ups by special show guests Bernie Wrightson and Howard Chaykin. These books are sure to be highly sought after by Indy fans, so do your best to make it to the show.

Dallas Comic Con 7 will be held at the Plano Centre (10 miles north of Dallas) on April 29th and 30th. For more information about the event, including a schedule of events and complete guest list, go to DallasComicCon.com.

Special thanks to Mark Walters for the Press Release and Program Book covers!

 

Dallas Comic Con's limited edition "Marion" prints
Thursday, May 11, 2006 - Gilles V

more infoOne of the coolest items available at the Dallas Comic Con 7 last month was a limited set of commemorative prints by Lucasfilm artists Tom Hodges (StarWars.com webstrip artist) and Cat Staggs (Topps Star Wars sketch card artist). These special numbered print sets were done exclusively for the show, for which Tom and Cat collaborated on a cover for the program book.
Now you can get your very own set of these special high quality prints directly from the artists, and a special bonus they' are signed by both artists and actress Karen Allen!

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and what better way to celebrate than with these awesome collectibles! Click here for more details.

Thanks to Mark Walters for the news.

 

New Raiders screenings this summer
2/06/06, 5:05pm EST

The Moonlit Matinees Film Festival will be screening a brand-new 35-mm print of Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 17th and 18th at the Oaks Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.
Visit The Oaks Theater site to learn more.

In celebration of Raiders' 25th anniversary this year, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, IL will also be screening Raiders of the Lost Ark on July 21st - 26th with an all new 35mm print.
The Music Box will then continue with two screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on August 4th and 5th, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on August 11th and 12th. Visit the Music Box Theatre site for more information.

 

Two new Raiders: The Adaptation screenings!
2/06/06, 5:07pm EST

Two new screenings of the cult fan film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation have been announced. The filmmakers Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb will all be in attendance at these screenings:
  • Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Theater
    - Friday, July 29th at 7pm & 9:45pm.
    - Saturday, July 30th, 2006 at 7pm & 9:45pm.
    Alamo Drafthouse Theater
  • Rochester, NY - George Eastman Theater
    - Saturday, Sept 30th, 2006
    George Eastman Theater (not updated yet, as of May 29)

Visit our Raiders: The Adaptation section for more information about this special film.

Big thanks to Eric Zala for the news.

 

Spielberg to explore space through wormholes
15/06/06, 11:30am EST

Paramount Pictures and Steven Spielberg will develop a space travel story about a group of explorers who travel through a worm hole and into another dimension. Spielberg hopes to direct the film, which Lynda Obst will produce.

Project, in a nascent stage, is anchored in real science. It was derived from a treatment by Kip S. Thorne, a Caltech physicist who's an expert on relativity. Thorne is most famous for his controversial theory that wormholes not only exist but can be accessed and used as portals for time travel.

The sci-fi film certainly won't be the next directing vehicle for Spielberg, as it will take several years to come together. He's most likely to helm either the fourth installment of Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford, or an epic on Abraham Lincoln based on a Doris Kearns Goodwin book, with Liam Neeson poised to play Lincoln.

Source: Variety.com

 

Awesome Raiders of the Lost Ark essay online
27/06/06, 6:42am EST

Attention to all the Raiders of the Lost Ark fans, and Spielberg fans in general. A very interesting e-book has hit the internet entitled Adventures of the Lost Ark. This e-book, written by Arnaud Palisson, takes an in depth look at the films of Steven Spielberg through a 424 page analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Complete with over a thousand of supplementary photos and screenshots!

Two versions are available of the Adventures of the Lost Ark e-book:
The first version is freely accessible but does not contain the photographs (for copyrights reasons), while the second is integral but requires a password which you can obtain by e-mailing the author.

Click your way through the Adventures of the Lost Ark flash site and download Arnaud Palisson's essay, in .pdf format.
There's only 1 small problem though, the essay is written completely in French. So for the people that don't understand French I strongly advise to download the second version with the photos! Arnaud chose all screenshots so well that you'll understand a lot of his points just by looking at them.

Adventures of the Lost Ark is a very interesting and impressive piece of work worth checking out!!

 

Karen Allen at Raiders screening tonight!
07/07/06, 1:27pm EST

Karen Allen will be making a rare public appearance at a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Paris Theater in NYC tonight

Tonight and tomorrow, Manhattan's elegant Paris Theater will briefly become a revival house and bring Raiders of the Lost Ark and its lead actress Karen Allen back together. Karen will be present at midnight to answer questions from the audience after each screening.

Raiders of the Lost Ark screens on July 7 & 8 at 10 p.m. at the Paris Theatre, 4 West 58th St. New York. Tickets are $10.50 and available at the box office.

NJ.com published a 4 page article, written by Stephen Whitty, about Karen Allen's life and career. Worth checking out!

Thanks to Dave for the news.

 

Highlights on Karen Allen's appearance in New York
09/07/06, 6:56pm EST

Visitor Eric Roth has send me a great report on Karen Allen's public appearance at the screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Paris Theater in NYC, this weekend. Here follows Eric's report:

Just came from the Paris Theatre screening of Raiders (I was seven years old again for two hours, I'd have watched twice if they'd shown it twice). Karen Allen's Q&A was great and thought you might want a quickie report on some highlights.

1. Karen has not been contacted or approached on Indy 4 yet, but would be delighted to reprise her role in the film.

2. She's heard rumors that Natalie Portman might play Indy's daughter in part 4. She didn't reveal where she heard this, but noted that when Indy and Marion wake up on Katanga's ship before it's seized by the Nazi sub, Marion grabs her nightgown off the bedpost, indicating that Indy and Marion might have in fact had a hot time together that night on the ship and conceived, perhaps... a daughter (on a personal note, after the Star Wars prequels, the thought of Natalie Portman showing up in Indy 4 made me break into a cold, nervous sweat).

3. Karen's version of the Cairo swordsman story: Everyone on the production was getting sick from the food because it was constantly infested with flies; so everyone's patience was short. The actor playing the Cairo swordsman showed up at the set and was not adept at using the sword (she said he was quite bad at it). After numerous attempts to get him looking good with the sword, Ford (who was sick like everyone else) suggested the "why don't I just shoot him" version of the scene. Steven laughed and agreed and that's how it was shot.

4. Karen auditioned with several different Indy's including Tom Selleck, Jeff Bridges, Tim Matheson and others. She beat out several actresses for the part of Marion, including Debra Winger, and she said George Lucas was instrumental in casting her.

5. Karen said that the on the set, Spielberg was always trying to make Marion more of a damsel in distress and she had to fight to keep the character strong.

6. She says that she was furious about the scripted version of the scene where Marion puts on the white dress for Belloq because she felt Marion was truly in love with Indy and the scene as scripted had her making the change of clothes in an attempt to seduce Belloq. She thought this was a betrayal of Indy and Spielberg told her if she could come up with something better she'd use it. She and Paul Freeman spent hours reworking the scene and decided that Marion changes dresses so that she can use the other dress to cover the knife (thus changing her motivation from a seduction to an escape plan). Spielberg liked it and went with the change.

7. She said that Spielberg had no idea what would be coming out of the Ark when they shot the scene of Indy and Marion tied to the pole with their eyes closed. She and Harrison kept asking what it was they were supposed to be reacting to and Spielberg just said they hadn't figured it out yet and told them just to look frightened.

Those were the most interesting points I can remember. It was a lot of fun and the audience loved her and the film.

A big thanks to Eric Roth for this great report of Karen Allen's appearance at screenings of Raiders this weekend!

 

Two new Raiders related articles on the net
30/07/06, 5:40am EST

Two new articles related to Raiders of the Lost Ark have appeared on the internet this week.

The first is an interview with the makers of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation by Halie Pratt from The Daily Texan.

And on the Carroll Country Times site you can find a small article by Jordan Bartel who talks about the "Top 10 things I've learned from Indiana Jones".

Thanks to 'Indyologist' from The Raven for the article links.

 

Two new Last Crusade screenings announced
04/08/06, 6:46am EST

On August 18 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will be screened during the Flicks on the Bricks film series in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, OR. Click here for more info.

And The Historic Redford Theater in Redford, MI, will be will be showing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on November 17 an 18. More info can be found on The Redford Theater site.

Thanks to AJ and Indy Benson for letting us know.

 

Latest new Indiana Jones fan work
12/08/06, 1:56pm EST

Our Fan Fiction Archive has been updated with The Egyptian Curse; a new short story in Tessa Schaefer's 'Indiana Jones Legacy' series.

Davin Lengyel has informed me about an Indiana Jones parody trailer called Indiana James and the Campus of Doom. A fun 3 minute short film from the producers of Yellow Ninja 6.

And Fran Casanova has made a Demo Reel of his Indiana Jones short films: Hidden Treasure, Memories from the Past and the Dagger of Hell. You can view Fran's Indy demo reel online at YouTube.

 

30-Second Bunny Theatre goes Indiana Jones
16/08/06, 9:15am EST

30-Second Bunny TheatreThe popular online Flash cartoon show 30-Second Bunny Theatre's latest feature is a version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, completely re-enacted by animated bunnies in only 30 seconds. Click here to view the fun animated Raiders re-enacted film online.
More hilarious re-enacted versions of films like Star Wars, Jaws, Casablanca, King Kong, Titanic, etc. can be viewed online in their 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library.

Another great short film is Edna, a 3D-animated adventure starring Charlie Chaplin. Here the unfortunate Charlie Chaplin is searching his lost girlfriend through some famous set pieces of Steven Spielberg films. A very funny 3D adventure in which we see Chaplin acting against a Raptor from Jurassic Park, ET and finding his way through some scenes from the Indiana Jones films! A must see for all Chaplin, Spielberg and Indy fans!

 

Around the world with Indiana Jones
20/08/06, 4:45am EST

The official Indiana Jones site has a new well written article by Marco Frömter on the original shooting locations of the Indiana Jones trilogy. Here follows a small part of the article:

While the first Indy adventure opens in a jungle setting somewhere deep in the wilds of South America, the shooting actually took place on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai along the Huleia River on the eastern coast. About a decade later, Steven Spielberg returned to this location for Jurassic Park...

Head over to IndianaJones.com to read the full article.

 

Empire Magazine celebrates Indiana Jones
21/08/06, 2:15pm EST

As part of a huge Indiana Jones 25th anniversary celebration in their latest issue, Empire Magazine spoke to George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford about the current trilogy and Indiana Jones 4. Empire Online placed some quotes from this interview online earlier today.

For more on Indy 4, plus over 30 pages of celebration of the Indiana Jones series, featuring interviews with every cast and crew member you can think of (except the monkey) pick up a copy of the new issue #208 of Empire Magazine, on sale from this friday, August 25.

This special tribute to Indiana Jones issue of Empire comes in 3 different covers. Plus a special 4th cover for the current subscribers only.

Special thanks to Olly for informing us.

 

Indiana Jones screenings in September
29/08/06, 7:25am EST

The Stratford Picturehouse - a cinema in London, UK - will be screening Raiders of the Lost Ark on September 3rd at 12:30 pm. This screening is part of The Breakfast Club; monthly screenings of 80's films. You can book your tickets for this Raiders screening online here.

And the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY will be screening all Indiana Jones films including Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation:

  • Wednesday Sept. 13 - at 8 pm
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20 - at 8 pm
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27 - at 8 pm
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Saturday, Sept. 30 - at 8 pm
    Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Raiders: The Adaptation creators Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala & Jayson Lamb will all be in attendance during this screening.
Visit the George Eastman House site for more information.

Thanks to Tom Roberts and Eric Zala for the screening information.

 

Raiders special in French Lucasfilm Magazine
09/09/06, 1:43pm EST

The next issue of Lucasfilm Magazine - the magazine of the Official French Star Wars Fan Club - celebrates this month's release of the original unaltered trilogy on DVD with an article that dusts off a few old fossils, and that features two separate covers.

This issue also celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with exclusives interviews with all the members of the French crew, full of new anecdotes, and never before seen photos.
Also in this issue is a huge LucasArts preview with some info on the upcoming games from the worlds of Star Wars and Indiana Jones 2007.

Lucasfilm Magazine #61 has already been shipped to subscribers, and it will be available on French newsstands on September 13th.

Click here for more info and thanks to Patrice for the news.

 

Raiders: The Adaptation is coming to Canada
14/09/06, 5:53pm EST

Filmmakers Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos are bringing their Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation to the Calgary International Film Festival in Alberta, Canada, for an exclusive presentation. Both filmmakers will be on hand for a lively Q&A following the screening to share their experiences of their phenomenal achievement.

This exclusive screening of Raiders: The Adaptation will take place at the Festival on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm at the Upstairs-Downstairs Theatre at 612 8th Avenue SW.

Visit the CIFF website for more information on the screening and to purchase advance tickets.

Thanks to Eric Zala for letting us know.

 

Two new Raiders screenings announced
20/09/06, 3:17pm EST

Indyfans James. and Brad have informed me about 2 new Raiders of the Lost Ark screening planned in the USA the coming few weeks.
And to celebrate the film its 25th Anniversary, brand new 35mm prints of Raiders will be shown at both screenings.

The Raiders of the Lost Ark screenings take place at:

Thanks to James and Brad M for the news.

 

Happy birthday, Karen Allen
05/10/06, 5:27pm EST

Today is Karen Allen's Birthday! The beautiful and talented actress, who played Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark, was born in Carrolton, Illinois on October 5th 1951. That makes her 55 years young today! Happy Birthday Karen!

 

New Jefferson Jones & Jax Skywalker trailer
11/10/06, 2:16pm EST

A new trailer of the Indiana Jones fan parody The Terra-Cotta Soldier: A Jefferson Jones & Jax Skywalker Adventure has recently been released. You can download the new trailer at their official Terra-Cotta Soldier website where you can also view some new film screenshots.

The Terra-Cotta Soldier: A Jefferson Jones & Jax Skywalker Adventure is made by Tevya Washburn with his little Bro's Jefferson and Jackson in the leading roles.
The story is about two old friends who join forces to harness the power hidden inside an ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Soldier. They must retrieve it before the forces of evil can.

Be sure to visit the official Terra-Cotta Soldier website and view their impressive new trailer! For more info you can also visit TheRaider.net's page dedicated to this Indy parody here.

 

Raiders screening in Meadville this weekend
25/10/06, 5:15pm EST

I've been told there will be a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the The Movies At Meadville in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The screening will take place on Sunday, October 29, at 1:00 PM.

Visit the official The Movies at Meadville site for more information.

Thanks to Jonathan Burdick for informing us.

 

Three Indy trilogy actors guest at The Dutch Starcon
31/10/06, 3:34pm EST

Three actors from the Indiana Jones trilogy will be guest at The Dutch Starcon convention in the Netherlands this November!
  • John Rhys-Davies; Sallah from Raiders and the Last Crusade.
  • Julian Glover; Nazi villain Donovan from the Last Crusade.
  • Wolf Kahler; who played Nazi Colonel Dietrich in Raiders.
Reported to be the very first time Wolf Kahler is guest at a convention!

The Dutch Starcon convention is held on November 11 & 12 at the Best Western hotel De Druiventros in Berkel-Enschot, The Netherlands (Europe).
Visit their official site for more information.

Thanks to Dirk Bosch for letting us know.

 

Wolf Kahler will be guest at Memorabilia
02/11/06, 4:37pm EST

Earlier this week I mentioned that Wolf Kahler, aka Colonel Dietrich in Raiders, will be guest at The Dutch Starcon in The Netherlands. His supposed very first convention visit ever.

Wolf Kahler will also be guest at another convention later this month. He will be appearing at the Memorabilia show on November 25 & 26 at at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, UK.

Visit the official Memorabilia site for more info and tickets.

Thanks to Tim for the news.

 

Indy Marathon screening in Santa Cruz next Saturday
05/11/06, 6:21am EST

Indiana Jones is coming to Santa Cruz's Del Mar theater next weekend where all Indy films to date, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, will be screened back to back, in order of release. This Indiana Jones Marathon screening taks place next Saturday, November 11. The adventure kicks off with Raiders at 11:45 pm.

For more information, visit The Del Mar theater's official website.

The Landmark theatre in La Jolla, CA will be screening Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday November 18th. It's being presented during their Midnight Madness series - and with a new 35mm print!

Click here for more info on Landmark's La Jolla Village Cinemas.

Thanks to Nic for the info.

 

Happy birthday, Steven Spielberg!
18/12/06, 3:22pm EST

Today is Steven Spielberg's Birthday! The greatest film director know today was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 18th 1946. That makes him 60 years young today!
On behalf of the whole TheRaider.net crew and its visitors, we would like to wish Steven Spielberg a very happy birthday today and many more years of success!

 

 

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