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In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, »
- Jeff Labrecque
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial told the story of a young boy who discovers an extra-terrestrial — often referred to as a goblin before they find out its true origins — and forms a loving, brotherly relationship with it as he struggles with his parents’ recent separation. Between the amazing child acting in the film (more on that later), the wonders of an animatronic alien with facial expressions as real as mine or yours, and the tear-inspiring story, »
- Ariana Bacle
Fast & Furious 7: Recently we learned that Paul Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody would be helping to "complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production" of Fast & Furious 7. Now Vin Diesel has shared a photo of himself with Caleb and Cody, along with a poignant note that reads in part: "After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids." [Facebook] The Longest Night: Best known as a producer (everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Jurassic World), Frank Marshall will return to the director's chair for The Longest Night, the true-life tale of a Coast Guard rescue operation that was fraught with terrible danger...
- Peter Martin
Fast & Furious 7: Recently we learned that Paul Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody would be helping to "complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production" of Fast & Furious 7. Now Vin Diesel has shared a photo of himself with Caleb and Cody, along with a poignant note that reads in part: "After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids." [Facebook] The Longest Night: Best known as a producer (everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Jurassic World), Frank Marshall will return to the director's chair for The Longest Night, the true-life tale of a Coast Guard rescue operation that was fraught with terrible danger....
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Right now producer Frank Marshall has his hands full with Jurassic World, the latest sequel (which also seems to be sort of a reboot) in the Jurassic Park franchise launched by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Marshall has produced some of the biggest franchises of all time like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he's looking to get back behind the camera as a director. The last time Marshall directed a film, it was Disney's Antarctic adventure Eight Below with the late Paul Walker in 2006, and before that, Congo in 1995. Now THR reports Marshall will direct a shipwreck drama called The Longest Night at Paramount. Lethal Weapon 4 writer Jonathan Lemkin scripted the film which is based on the article of the same name by Sean Flynn that appeared in a December 2008 issue of GQ, detailing a true-life Coast Guard rescue operation that unfolded on Easter »
- Ethan Anderton
Frank Marshall will direct upcoming shipwreck movie The Longest Night.
Marshall - who has served as producer on the Bourne films - will return to directing for the first time since he took charge of 2006's Eight Below.
The story chronicles a true-life Coast Guard rescue operation to save the 47 aboard an Alaskan trawler when it sinks in 6,000 feet deep waters.
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I explain the distinction between pirates and smugglers... After the show devoted half of last week's episode to the wedding, "Breaker of Chains" has some catching up to do, and we return to guided tour mode, bouncing all around Westeros, then stopping over in Essos, to see what most of the characters are up to, and how those who know of Joffrey's murder are reacting to it. Because of that plot thread, it doesn't feel as disjointed as the show sometimes can as it whips from place to place and character subset to character subset. And it helps that nearly everyone we see, whether they are aware of Joffrey's death or not, is in the midst of regrouping and figuring out how they will survive under circumstances that are changing rapidly. We get confirmation, for instance, that »
- Alan Sepinwall
Just for fun, on this Easter holiday, take our trivia challenge. Can you place all these quotes? If you’re stumped, scroll down for the answers.
Where are the Following Quotes From?
1) "Into the garbage chute, flyboy!"
2) "I never drink...Wine."
3) "Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"
4) "You've got the brain of a five year old child, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it."
5) "I spent eight years trying to reach him and another seven trying to see that he never got released, because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil!"
6) "I love dead! Hate living!"
7) "I'm like a dog chasing a car. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it!"
8) "I am big! It's the pictures that got small!"
9) "If I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
It may come as a surprise to some that, a full year after his phenomenal biopic Lincoln landed in theaters, legendary director Steven Spielberg still hasn’t locked down his next big screen venture. At this point in his career, the prolific helmer (behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, in addition to many more) can certainly afford to be choosy with his projects, but such a long gap is unusual for Spielberg. Now, it appears he’s added another buzzy possibility to the already huge list of films he has expressed interest in: a historical drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will tell the story of a young Jewish boy who, in 1858, is taken from his family by officers of the Inquisition. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The iconic Harrison Ford held a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything) online chat Sunday afternoon, to help promote the new documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which airs on Showtime beginning this week. The series explores climate change, and while Ford did discuss the series and his motivations for participating, fans took the opportunity to ask him about everything from Star Wars to Indiana Jones and even Blade Runner and The Expendables 3.
Of note is his recount of the famous "shooting the swordsman" scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and his willingness to revisit Blade Runner. While he did answer some questions about the original Star Wars trilogy, he did not answer questions about Episode VII. However, his response to the question of who shot first makes up for the lack of Episode VII info. It is classic Ford.
You might also notice that the picture Ford posted »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Though eyes have been on Harrison Ford lately with “Star Wars: Episode VII” news, he’s got his eye on a “Blade Runner” sequel — at least, that’s what he told Redditors during his Ask Me Anything on Sunday.
When asked how he felt about a sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller, Ford was receptive to the idea.
“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker,” wrote Ford. “And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”
Still, when asked which set he worked on was the most difficult, he replied that it was “Blade Runner,” as he said they worked 50 nights in a row and “it was always raining. »
- Alex Stedman
Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.
- Jeff Labrecque
"Guardians Of The Galaxy" has gone from completely unknown quantity for the general public to "that weird-ass trailer that I saw in front of 'Captain America' this weekend." That's progress. I am positively desperate to get the go-ahead to share all of my impressions from the set visit I did for the film in London, but that embargo will probably be in place until around the time of Comic-Con this year. I'm hoping that Marvel does a giant presentation for the film in Hall H. Every time we see footage that is more finished, the film looks better and better. Some of the clips have been part of everything since Marvel showed the footage at last year's Comic-Con, but they get more and more polished as James Gunn gets closer and closer to finally finishing this one. Tonight, MTV premiered a clip that builds off of one of »
- Drew McWeeny
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Peter Mayhew will return as Chewbacca for Star Wars: Episode VII. He will join fellow returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, as well a few soon to be announced new cast members.
Shooting is scheduled to start next month, but may already be underway according to Disney Chairman Alan Horn. Jj Abrams is directing from a script he is writing with Lawrence Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark.
There should be more than a few casting announcements coming very soon, so stay tuned.
What do you think? Are you happy to see Mayhew return for the seventh Star Wars film?
- Philip Sticco
We live in an age of franchises. One of the simple truths of modern pop culture is that there is nothing a studio values more than the ability to get a series off the ground where they can constantly count on fans coming back for more of the same. My kids are on the hook for so many ongoing series at this point that I have to sometimes remind them that films that aren't part of a series are also worth watching. There are some series that they're not ready for yet, like "Lord Of The Rings" or "The Terminator," and Toshi is constantly pushing to see the things that have been on the "not yet" shelf for a while. Recently, we've dabbled with a few series, and the reactions from both of the kids have been interesting, and not what I expected. For example, one would think that based »
- Drew McWeeny
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures for $29.99 (61% off the Msrp). The set contains Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a fifth disc packed with bonus features. I own this set, and at $30, it's a damn good deal. The transfers are terrific, the bonus features are worth your time, and the Crystal Skull disc makes a great coaster. Click here to go buy the set. Remember, Amazon Gold Box Deals are only good until the end of the day. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.] »
- Matt Goldberg
Today only, Amazon is offering the "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" on Blu-ray for only $29.99, $47.00 off the suggested retail price. The set includes three movies you want and one you can say you have just to prove you own the complete collection. The three being Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade along with that other one... Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Of course, if you're a fan of Crystal Skull then this deal is even better. The set also comes with a bonus disc and features include a making of the Raiders of the Lost Ark featurette and the "Film Foursome: The "Making of" all 4 Indiana Jones Adventures" documentary along with other features. So to pick up a copy for yourself, click here. »
- Brad Brevet
Bill Corbett of RiffTrax would like you to know that he and his colleagues do not dislike nature. Even if the RiffTrax crew will be bringing their hilarious commentary to a handful of National Geographic specials on Tuesday (April 1), it all comes from a place of love.
Zap2i: How did this partnership with National Geographic happen, and what are you planning to do to them?
Bill Corbett: We're taking some of the programming that they already had. We left that sort of up to them -- they gave us a bunch of stuff that we could choose from. »
One of my very earliest memories is of me and my friend Paul — I don’t even remember his last name — running around the schoolyard of Ps 119 in the Bronx, the top button of our sweaters fastened around our necks to form awesome capes, playing superheroes. I’m not sure where we had gotten the idea of superheroes from. This would have been in 1974 or 1975, when I was in first or second grade (my family moved after that, and this memory is definitely from that school), so it was before 1978’s Superman reignited Hollywood’s love affair with comic books. There was Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man on TV, but they didn’t wear capes. Super Grover made his debut on Sesame Street in 1974, so maybe that was our inspiration. Or Saturday morning cartoons, but I don’t recall any specific examples of them.
Whatever it was, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Few things in life tantalize and excite like the thought of finding treasure, whether a chest full of gold buried in your backyard by Gold Rush prospectors, a lost masterpiece at a yard sale or a couture dress at your local vintage resale shop. We thrill to the exploits of Hollywood heroes on the hunt for treasure in our favorite movies, living vicariously through their adventures and secretly hoping that we can find treasure of our own. The heart of the treasure hunter dwells within Richie Marcello, the larger-than-life star of our new reality series Treasure King, who scours the world for rare and valuable Hollywood memorabilia, often finding it in the most unlikely of places. From his devilish grin to his signature wardrobe, Richie has become his own version of a swashbuckling adventurer along the lines of Indiana Jones or Allan Quatermain. What famous movie “treasure king” would you »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
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