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Inside the Life of River Phoenix, the Beloved Actor Who Died at 23

  • PEOPLE.com
Inside the Life of River Phoenix, the Beloved Actor Who Died at 23
Tuesday marks the 24th anniversary of River Phoenix’s untimely death on Oct. 31, 1993.

The actor was just 23 when he died outside the Viper Room in West Hollywood due to a drug overdose, but made his mark on the world after starring in beloved films Stand By Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988) and My Own Private Idaho (1991). His final film, Dark Blood, was completed in 2012.

In Phoenix’s honor, we’re taking a look back at his quick rise to fame and the best work of the gone-but-never-forgotten star.

An Unusual Childhood

Phoenix was born on August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon. His family
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Indiana Jones Voted Greatest Movie Character of All Time

  • MovieWeb
Indiana Jones Voted Greatest Movie Character of All Time
There have been a ton of great movie characters in the history of film, but only one can be the best. According to a new poll, we now know who people feel that character is. Harrison Ford's iconic, whip cracking, snake fearing adventurer Indiana Jones was recently named the greatest movie character of all time, according to a poll conducted by Total Film Magazine. Jones is someone who should definitely place in the top 5, but coming out on top of a poll like this is pretty impressive.

The poll also features another iconic Harrison Ford character, with Han Solo coming in third place. Though, it's easy to imagine that he could have just as easily taken the top spot. Batman, with no particular Batman being mentioned, came in second place. The first female character on the list is Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise, who placed fourth.
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‘Leatherface’ Review: Umpteenth ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Origin Story Is a Bloody Bore

  • The Wrap
‘Leatherface’ Review: Umpteenth ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Origin Story Is a Bloody Bore
Prequels exploring the early days or formative moments of established characters are not inherently bad, but “Leatherface” is second only to Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” remake in horror’s pantheon of terrible origin stories. Tackling the formative moments that gave birth to everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding hillbilly with less subtlety than the flashback sequence that opens “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Inside”) lay on visual style as thick as the corn syrup used for their buckets of fake blood while Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff try in vain to lend dignity to the film’s lousy,
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John Rhys-Davies wants to return for Indiana Jones 5

  • JoBlo
When we think of Indiana Jones we immediately think of the titular hero played by Harrison Ford, donning his iconic hat, cracking his whip and punching Nazis square in the jaw. But he had some help along the way, and one of his dearest compatriots in the fight to protect ancient artifacts is Sallah, played by John Rhys-Davies. We last saw the character in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, but Rhys-Davies still has... Read More...
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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There’s a Horrifying Easter Egg Everyone Missed In Indiana Jones

So let me ease your mind by saying that the Easter egg in question didn’t have anything to do with snakes. Instead it was something that was in front of all of our faces. It was a moment in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade that this Easter egg popped up, literally. Do you recall Indy making his way forward into the ancient tomb where a few men had already been willingly sacrificed by the bad guys attempting to reach the next leg of the journey? Recall the headless body that we saw and the poor guy’s head looking up

There’s a Horrifying Easter Egg Everyone Missed In Indiana Jones
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The James Bond movies' special relationship with America

Mark Harrison Sep 19, 2017

Kingsman pulls the leg of the James Bond series - but how have the 007 films put across the relationship between Britain and the USA?

When Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service exploded into cinemas in 2015, it gave the iconic James Bond franchise much the same irreverent treatment that the director's previous Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass, gave to comic book movies. Reviews focused on how the film recontextualised the familiar 007 tropes of guns, girls and gadgets through the lens of class, identity and that notorious final bum note.

In the sequel, Eggsy and the Kingsmen run up against a crime syndicate known as the Golden Circle with a little help from their American cousins, the Statesmen. It neatly shows us that American iconography plays much the same role for their opposite numbers, that liquor-themed codenames will stand in for Arthurian monikers, and most accurately of all, that
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Indiana Jones Bullwhip, ‘Scarface’ Portrait to Go up for Auction

  • The Wrap
Indiana Jones Bullwhip, ‘Scarface’ Portrait to Go up for Auction
If you want some action movie set pieces to add to your collection, you’re going to have to start saving. The Prop Store, which sells movie memorabilia and hosts auctions, is putting up roughly 600 items for auction in London on Sept. 26, proving that even the smallest props can go for big bucks. Indiana Jones’ famous bullwhip, seen in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” is expected to be the big seller. Prop Store estimates it’ll go for between £50,000 -£70,000, or around $60,000 – $84,000. Also Read: 'Scarface' Remake Loses David Ayer as Director Another high-roller is a hand-painted Tony Montana...
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Harrison Ford's 'Indiana Jones' Whip, Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' Cape Up for Auction

Harrison Ford's 'Indiana Jones' Whip, Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' Cape Up for Auction
Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will be up for auction later this month, and it is estimated to sell for at least $60,000.

The iconic piece is one of 600 lots of movie memorabilia available at a Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, to be held Sept. 26 in London. A free exhibition, presenting over 300 lots, is now open to the public at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, where the auction will be telecasted for fans.

Other lots include: Christopher Reeve's flying cape from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (valued at $9,500-$12,000), Tom Cruise's Top...
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Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction

  • MovieWeb
Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction
600 iconic movie props including Jack Nicholson's Joker costume form the 1989 Batman, Conan's sword, the infamous Indiana Jones bullwhip, and an egg from Aliens are all about to go up for sale. This is a huge collection with too many awesome pieces to list. Earlier this summer, some pretty amazing pieces of Star Wars memorabilia went up for auction, which included an R2-D2 droid used in multiple movies, that sold for a whopping $2.76 million dollars. Rick Moranis' Dark Helmet and a miniature Winnebago from Spaceballs also recently sold for some impressive cash through a different auction site.

Wired reports that the 600 items are being auctioned off through the Prop Store in London, England. They reached out to Brandon Alinger, a movie prop expert at the Prop Store, to find out where all of the pieces came from. He had this to say.

"The pieces have been sourced from a variety of different places,
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See All Four Indiana Jones Movies on the Big Screen in August at Select Marcus Theatres

Conceived by George Lucas, brought to the screen by director Steven Spielberg, and made iconic by Harrison Ford, the Indiana Jones series is synonymous with thrilling adventure. That is why Marcus Theatres is proud to bring it back to the big screen this August!

The Indiana Jones Movie will screen each Sunday in August at Noon, and Mondays & Wednesdays at 7pm All tickets only $5!

Group sales and auditorium buyouts are available, and tickets for these events can be purchased in bulk. Please call 1(800) 232-4625 or email Events@MarcusTheatres.com for more information.

The Marcus Theatres in the St. Louis area participating in this event are:

The Galaxy, The Ronnies, The Des Peres, and The St. Charles. For a list of theaters in other locations, go Here

Raiders of the Lost Ark – August 6, 7 & 9

As the Third Reich continues its reign of terror, Adolf Hitler is on a quest for the legendary
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Five Movie Scenes Where Rats Were the Main Character

  • TVovermind.com
Rats make wonderful pets and they are allowed in many rentals where larger animals are not, but not everyone is comfortable having one in the house. Some of the most horrific scenes in popular movies feature rats as major players in certain scenes. They have their place as horror figures that inspire fear and trepidation as well as innocuous pets that are timid and unobtrusive. Here are five movie scenes where rats were the main characters. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” The brave explorer Indiana Jones has his own private fears like most people. He hates rats. This scene

Five Movie Scenes Where Rats Were the Main Character
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: alcohol, depression and film

Robb Sheppard Jul 7, 2017

Robb takes us through the impact that alcohol had on his life,

Once again, for this week's Geeks Vs Loneliness, we're eschewing our usual introduction, that you can find on the 100+ other posts in this series (some links can be found further down the page). Instead, we're handing over to Robb, who asked us if he could write a piece entitled 'alchohol, depression and movies: the trilogy of my 20s'). With a fair smattering of film quotes - just in case the context isn't clear - here it is. Huge thanks to you, Robb...

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It’s 5pm and to the untrained eye, I’m itching. Jonesing. Crawling up the walls.

My life is fantastic. I hate my job, obvs, but I
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10 Movies Perfect for Father's Day

  • Cinelinx
We pick 10 movies that honor the fathers in our lives, but they’re also highly entertaining films that dad himself will enjoy!

Father's Day is a celebration of the fathers that have positively influenced our lives, as well as the impact of fathers on our society as a whole. To show just how important fathers can be, I selected 10 films where fathers play an important role. In selecting these films, I used two criteria. First, they are movies that celebrate all kinds of dads. Some of these movie dads may be selfish or disillusioned, some don’t have the best relationship with their kids, and some of them might seem like they are doing more harm than good. But despite their weaknesses, they all share one thing in common; an unrelenting love for their children. By contrasting different dads, I wanted these films to show us the many different ways
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‘The Mummy’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘The Mummy’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Despite its strong opening overseas, not even Tom Cruise can save the “The Mummy” reboot from unfavorable reviews, which are currently averaging a 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

In the first installment of Universal’s “Dark Universe” film series, Cruise plays soldier Nick Morton, who scours ancient sites for timeless artifacts to sell them to the highest bidder. After coming under attack in the Middle East by a betrayed Egyptian princess, Cruise has to stop the previously entombed monster as she rampages throughout London. Cruise stars alongside Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Russell Crowe, and Courtney B. Vance in the modern-day “Mummy” installment set to release in the U.S. this Friday.

The busy film received overwhelmingly negative reception, with most calling out the movie’s seemingly unrelated interconnected plot of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tied in with an entirely different monster story. Other reviews call out the main story itself,
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Today in Movie Culture: How to Make a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Movie, the Best of Roger Moore's 007 and More

  • Movies.com
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Parody of the Day: Ranker shows us what to expect in every Pirates of the Caribbean movie in this animated parody fake trailer for a 13th installment:   Franchise Recap of the Day: Also prepare yourself for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie with this supercut of some of the franchise's best moments:   Movie Comparison of the Day: Speaking of Pirates of the Caribbean, did the last one seem familiar? Couch Tomato shows 24 reasons why On Stranger Tides is the same movie as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.   Video List of the Day: CineFix is back with a showcase of more of the greatest shots of all...

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Tom Holland Takes Lead In Uncharted

  • TheMovieBit
Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t even hit the cinemas yet, but Sony seem to have a lot of faith in young star Tom Holland that they are willing to thrust him to the fore of another big franchise, this time as the lead in the big screen adaption of the best selling Playstation vide game series, Uncharted, according to Deadline. This particular project has been doing the rounds in Hollywood for years with David O. Russell (Three Kings, Joy) and Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team), amongst many others, attached at one point. In fact, Carnahan had written the most recent draft of the script for director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Real Steel), envisioning it as an R-Rated adventure flick. While Levy is still on board, this most recent draft is being rewritten to de-age the hero, roguish Indiana Jones-alike Nathan Drake, presenting an origin story as he grows into his role as a famed treasure hunter.
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Doctor Who: Knock Knock geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 6, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 strikes gold with Knock Knock - and there were some interesting references in it, too...

This article contains lots of spoilers for Doctor Who.

See related Power Rangers, boob armour, and impractical costumes

Knock, Knock is a real treat - a spooky, atmospheric tale with an emotional core and some brilliant guest performances. And in a sense it’s a real treat for this writer too, as it’s one of those Doctor Who episodes that’s so fresh and unlike anything the series has done before in its 54-year history (intentionally or otherwise) that this article is significantly shorter than usual; we hope that’s okay. But as ever, if you think you’ve spotted something we’ve missed, please do leave it in the comments below...

Poirot’s Last Case

We’ll start with a reference that wasn’t - in
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Indiana Jones 5 Gets New Summer 2020 Release Date

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Indiana Jones 5 Gets New Summer 2020 Release Date
Harrison Ford will be coming back as one of his most iconic characters at least one last time, but a little later than we previously thought. Today it was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm that Indiana Jones 5 will be hitting theaters on July 10, 2020, which puts it right in the heart of the summer movie season. When the project was initially announced, it was pegged for a July 19, 2019, release date, but things have been delayed a bit. Still, we are getting some more Indy action.

The announcement was made by Lucasfilm via StarWars.com, with Lucasfilm also locking down a May 24, 2019, release date for Star Wars: Episode IX. As for the original July 19, 2019, release date, Disney is finding a way to make use of that as well, by putting out their upcoming remake of The Lion King on that day. Waste not, want not. In the announcement, it was confirmed that,
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The Top 5 Movie Explorers

Henry Bevan with his top five movie explorers…

After debuting to generally positive response in the UK, director James Gray’s absorbing, thought-provoking, and fascinating The Lost City of Z is opening in the United States.

The film follows the exploits of the real-life explorer Percy Fawcett, played by Charlie Hunnam, leading up to his famous disappearance in 1925. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance have turned Fawcett into a figure almost as mythological as the city he was looking for.

His “myth” has impacted culture and he has inspired the creation of many fictional explorers. Inspired by the film’s Us release, here are the Top 5 Movie Explorers.

5) Milo Thatch – Atlantis: The Lost Empire

If there is one hallmark of many movie explorers it is that they must be obsessed with finding a lost city. Milo Thatch from Disney’s underrated Atlantis: The Lost Empire has been searching for Atlantis his whole life.
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