Sunday, November 18, 2012

Disney and Indy 5

It's been a couple of weeks since Lucas' deal with Disney. After the flood of pictures of Darth Vader with mouse ears washed away half of the internet, we finally see some comments on a future Indy movie surfacing. A nice writeup with references to all current "official" comments (like producer Frank Marshall's thoughts) can be found here: - stuff to think about.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Empire's Indiana Jones Week

Well, the editors of the British Empire movie magazine really like Indiana Jones (and keep proofing it again and again). This time they have created their ultimate online tribute with exclusive features and interviews. Check it out while it is online:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney buys Lucas Film

It's a bit hard to believe at first but the Disney company just bought Lucas Film for $ 4.05 billion.

The most interesting bit of information from the press release: They already plan to do another Star Wars Trilogy (episode 7 to 9) starting 2015. Now this sound just wrong after decades of quotes from George Lucas that those episodes will never happen.
I will pose for $ 4 billion, sure. Can I have my check now, please.

For Star Wars this is the biggest disturbance in the force since Greedo shot first (c'mon he did not) -  but an even bigger question that popped up in my mind instantly: What does all this mean for the Indiana Jones franchise? Will this possibly lead into a new area of Indy films? New Disney (park) Indy rides or goods? Maybe another step onto the small screen (the quality of current tv productions is pretty good)? In this very moment we see the dawn of a new age: Everything is possible.
Indy's future is now in a mouse's hand.

Indy, smurfs & Doctor Who!

All in this years Halloween episode of The Big Bang Theory (season 6, episode 5)!

Raj Koothrappali comes up with a decent Halloween costume: I was thinking of dressing up like Indiana Jones’ mocha skinned love child, Indian Jones
So I grabbed this Idol of Fertility and I ran from a giant boulder right into your arms, Papa Smurf! Oh, Hello Smurfette...
Happy Halloween!

late thought: I was writing about Indy and smurfs before. I smell a conspiracy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Finding Indy in all the wrong places ...

... again. Whenever you think you have see it all, you will get a weird email to proof you wrong. I would have never believed in the existence of something like an Indiana Jones Burlesque before I got a press release from the Gorilla Tango Theatre:

Surprisingly, this advert does neither show boobs nor a temple.
"What's That Shorty? The Indiana Jones Burlesque at GTT has been around for a whole year? Yes, you heard right, Dr. Jones - TEMPLE OF BOOBS: AN INDIANA JONES BURLESQUE celebrates its one year anniversary this Friday, October 26th! Come be a part of the funniest, silliest burlesque parody never directed by Steven Spielberg - Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

Thanks for the laugh and congratulations for your successful show ladies!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Hymn to Raiders!

Unexpected Indy finding of the day: In the video to Ultravox's 1982 song "Hymn", the lead singer Midge Ure get his own Raiders moment. The best of the 80ties together: new wave synthpop and Indy ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Relic Worlds

Always wondered what an Indiana Jones/SciFi crossover would look like? Wonder no longer! I was contacted by a creative writer about his project Relic Worlds - The Adventures of Lancester James.

Here is a brief introduction into the world of this 24th century adventurer:
Lancaster James is traveling the galaxy in search of lost alien civilizations.  He explores ancient ruins on distant planets to find long lost artifacts that give him clues to some of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

There is lots to find in the world setting of the Relic Worlds, including regular pulp fiction style Short Stories. If you are interested in SciFi and Indy, take a look.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Health and Safety, Dr. Jones!

Time flies by and I have not posted about Indy for a while. Time to get back with this brilliant video I found this morning in my mail:

Comedian Tom McDonnell has written and sings this little song and I have to say: Well done sir! Same to the team who did the hilarious video. Amazing how similar the place and the folks are to the office I spend half of my life in ;-)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Star Wars/Indiana Jones timeline

How about the idea of linking Star Wars to Indiana Jones? The comic "Into the Great Unknown" that links the two sagas together is old news, so what's new? Some Star Wars fans seems to have picked up the idea lately and started to create an Star Wars timeline between the galaxy far, far away and our little planet.

From Star Wars to Indiana Jones - the all-in-one timeline:

What they have done is quite simple: The comic features a Millennium Falcon crashing on earth that is then found 126 years later by Indiana Jones and Short Round. Using this fact as well as that Indy finds the Falcon after the Atlantis story and an estimation of Short Rounds age, a timeline has been created that puts the Battle of Yavin (first Death Star) to the year 1804 (earth time).

The key panels from "Into the Great Unknown" the Star Wars / Indiana Jones timeline is based upon.
Nice idea, isn't it. If only the authors would have looked a bit more into the Indy universe. Short Round "looks a bit older" and because of that they choose the year 1939 as the anchor date when the Falcon was found. Short Round is born in 1926, making him 13 in 1939. He looks older in the comic and there is no reason why the story could not have happened years later.

But in the end this is just a mind game. In the canon core part of the Star Wars universe Han and Chewbacca never vanish and "Into the Great Unknown" is just a little entertaining one-shot comic.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Indiana Jones got psyched!

Indy got psyched - and this time not by our favorite Russian psych-"You are a hard man to read Dr. Jones."-Spalko! The latest episode of the private detective but fake-psychic tv-series "Psych" (season 6 episode 10) was titeled "Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger".

Now the title is already a blunt giveaway to expect an Indy themed hour of goofy Psych fun - and that's what you get. To get into the mood there is John Rhys-Davis as the curator who wants some stole art pieces back, Shawn and Gus going on treasure hunt, of course traveling by map, Shawn dressing up as a very serious Indy, mad whip action and lots of Indiana Jones movie quotes ("Throw me the whip!").

John Rhys-Davies, Shawn (James Roday) dressed in Indy gear and trying to use a whip
For Indy fans and Psych fans this is a must-see and a fun episode to watch but I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the whole package. This could have been executed better and pretty please: If you let some character use movie quotes, you shall never ever have another character talk about the movie source that just got quoted. Spelling it out for those who do not get a reference is killing the whole idea.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Cairo Swordsman shoots first...

...not! Indy will finally be available in high definition on Blu-ray later in 2012. A trailer for the set of four films + bonus material is available now.

Thankfully the trailer does include the Cairo Swordman scene from Raiders as we all remember it. After the Greedo-shoots-first disaster in Star Wars, I like the reassurement.