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Leonardo DiCaprio Recalls Seeing River Phoenix the Night He Died

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Leonardo DiCaprio Recalls Seeing River Phoenix the Night He Died
Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood celebrates the bygone era of 1960s Tinseltown, which is much different than today. Star Leonardo DiCaprio came up in the 90s era, which is also quite a bit removed from the modern day world of filmmaking. While talking about his own early experiences in Los Angeles, trying to make it as a teen star, he recalled seeing his idol River Phoenix on the same day that the actor died.

Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed that he was one of the last people in Hollywood to see River Phoenix alive but the chance encounter was short lived, and DiCaprio didn't actually get to speak to Phoenix, who was considered one of the best actors of his generation. Leo describes the moment as 'ominous and sad' and has carried it with him through his own career as a cautionary tale of what not to become.
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Cool Indana Jones Trilogy Poster Art Created by Karl Fitzgerald

Hey Indiana Jones fans! I’ve got a poster series here for you to check out today that pays tribute to the Indiana Jones trilogy. The art was created by Karl Fitzgerald and I really like the rough style and design of them. They certainly fit the tone of the franchise.

There’s a regular and a variant 24×36 screen print for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and they are all officially licensed by Acme and Lucasfilm.

The poster went on sale earlier this week you can check Bottleneck Gallery to see if there are any left for you to buy.
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Book Review: "Through Her Lens: The Stories Behind The Photography Of Eva Sereny"

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The art of still photography has played an important role in the promotion of motion pictures since the inception of the medium. However, most photographers who capture the images on set labor in anonymity. It has only been in the last few decades that studios even identified the photographers of publicity photos by name on the press materials that are so widely distributed. As readers of Cinema Retro know, we have long promoted appreciation of the stills photographers and have showcased their work in our magazine. This is why we are quite excited by a new book, "Through Her Lens" (published by Acc Art Books) by Eva Sereny, who broke through a glass ceiling when she started capturing on set images in the 1960s in what was a male-dominated profession. Sereny had an exotic background: she was born of Hungarian parents in London, moved to Italy and
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‘Passing Through Petra’ Board Game Review

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Bearing in mind that some of my defining memories of childhood come from playing board games that predate even 8 Bit videogames, much of my fascination with ancient and fantastic worlds came from board games. The first time I saw Petra was probably in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but it wasn’t long after that when I found myself exploring suspiciously similar ruins in Tomb Raider, and even reconstructing the famous city in Sid Meier’s Civilization. Despite these appearances in more popular media, I’ve yet to see Petra appear in a board game at all. Passing Through Petra changes that by making the ancient city and its famously imposing entryway (a ravine known as The Siq) the absolute focal point of the gameplay.

Blending elements of spacial movement, forward planning and even a bit of abstracted roundel play with a very clear point scoring mechanism, Passing Through
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Cool Poster Art For Die Hard, Indiana Jones, Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead, and Blade Runner

I’ve got a collection of cool movie-inspired poster art for you to check out today from various artists. The posters here pay tribute to films such as Die Hard, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Blade Runner.

With Christmas just around the corner, maybe some of these posters will make a good gift for some of your movie geek friends.

This Die Hard piece comes from artist Sam Gilbey. There’s still a raging debate on if this is actually a Christmas movie or not, but it totally is.

The print is currently for sale on Zavvi but it won’t be released until December 24th. Each poster measures 16×24, costs around $38, and will come with a certificate of authenticity from 20th Century Fox.

Hans Woody is the creator of this Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade print. I
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Cool Stuff: Pick Up New Posters for Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, Indiana Jones and ‘Die Hard’

Cool Stuff: Pick Up New Posters for Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, Indiana Jones and ‘Die Hard’
Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re still struggling with what to get that movie lover in your life, a recently released batch of prints paying tribute to movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Blade Runner and Die Hard are available for […]

The post Cool Stuff: Pick Up New Posters for Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, Indiana Jones and ‘Die Hard’ appeared first on /Film.
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Review: ‘Chasing the Blues’ is an Enjoyable Record-Seeking Road Trip

The rarest of items can claim a collector’s soul if he/she isn’t careful. When that item — something thought to be merely myth — is held in your hands, you never know what you might do to ensure it stays there. Some collect for the thrill of the chase, others for the sense of ownership possession provides alongside the jealousy it instills in those without. Which one you tell yourself you are isn’t necessarily the truth, though. We want to believe our intentions are pure, but the allure of victory is a potent thing able to push us past a line we never believed we could cross. This is the point where Alan (Grant Rosenmeyer) and Paul (Ronald L. Conner) found themselves twenty years ago.

This is what derailed them, turning their teacher and record shop owner respectively into criminals. They each wanted an elusive copy of a
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Woody Harrelson's 'Lost In London' among Production Guild of Great Britain award winners

Woody Harrelson's 'Lost In London' among Production Guild of Great Britain award winners
Prizes will be presented on September 22 in Hertfordshire.

The Production Guild of Great Britain has announced its 2018 awards winners, ahead of the ceremony on Saturday September 22 in Hertfordshire.

The UK production team on Woody Harrelson’s live-streamed directorial debut Lost In London will receive the production team of the year award. The film was shot in a single take on January 20, 2017, and broadcast live to more than 550 Us cinemas and one UK screen.

Harrelson spoke to Screen about the ambitious project after filming was completed last year.

First assistant director Gareth Tandy will receive the Inspiration award, in recognition of
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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’

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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’
Sean Connery celebrates his 88th birthday on August 25. One can only assume that the man who turned James Bond into a 50-plus year film franchise is toasting the event with a martini. Yet 007 isn’t the only iconic role for the actor. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Connery became a star with the first Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). In that film, Connery set the bar for every actor who would have to play the debonair British agent armed with an arsenal of gadgets and a way with the ladies. He reprised the role six subsequent times: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), “You Only Live Twice” (1967), “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).

After decades in front of the camera, Connery finally won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Brian de
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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sean Connery celebrated his 88th birthday on August 25. One can only assume that the man who turned James Bond into a 50-plus year film franchise is toasting the event with a martini. Yet 007 isn’t the only iconic role for the actor. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Connery became a star with the first Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). In that film, Connery set the bar for every actor who would have to play the debonair British agent armed with an arsenal of gadgets and a way with the ladies. He reprised the role six subsequent times: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), “You Only Live Twice” (1967), “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).

After decades in front of the camera, Connery finally won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Brian de
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24 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Were in ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Photos)

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24 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Were in ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Photos)
The “Star Wars” films are full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeups. Here are 23 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

For more features and deep dives into the world of “Star Wars” and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb’s “Star Wars” hub.

Daniel Craig (“The Force Awakens”)

It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first “Star Wars” film in a decade — as a stormtrooper. He’s the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (“The Force Awakens”)

You’d think the last thing a droid like Bb-8 would require is a voice, given that he’s a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of “SNL”) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Rec”).

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“The Force Awakens”)

Game of Thrones” might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Stark’s loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the “Maze Runner” franchise..

Rose Byrne (“Attack of the Clones”)

Before she was a mainstay of the “Insidious” movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the “X-Men” franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the “Star Wars” prequels. Specifically, she was Dormé, who accompanied Padmé to Coruscant to do government things.

Keira Knightley (“The Phantom Menace”)

Knightley wasn’t just any handmaiden in “The Phantom Menace” — she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portman’s Padmé revealed her true identity.

Sofia Coppola (“The Phantom Menace”)

There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Saché in “The Phantom Menace.” Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for “Lost in Translation.”

Joel Edgerton (“Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith”)

Luke’s moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of “Loving” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Billie Lourd (“The Force Awakens”)

Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilm’s revival of “Star Wars” as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series “Scream Queens,” she’s also Fisher’s daughter.

John Ratzenberger (“The Empire Strikes Back”)

Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from “Cheers,” or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3Po (Anthony Daniels).

Tony Cox (“Return of the Jedi”)

In an Ewok suit, you’d never know Tony Cox appeared in “Return of the Jedi.” He wouldn’t really show off his acting chops until comedies like “Bad Santa,” where he was Billy Bob Thornton’s much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice and Christmas elf, and “Me, Myself and Irene.”

Dominic West (“The Phantom Menace”)

The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the “Star Wars” universe. Dominic West‘s character in “The Phantom Menace” was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidala’s palace guard — nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s “The Wire.”

Julian Glover (“The Empire Strikes Back”)

Julian Glover‘s General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. He’d be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on “Game of Thrones,” but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

Richard Armitage (“The Phantom Menace”)

Blink and you’d miss Richard Armitage‘s small background role among the guards on Naboo. Although, it’s tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in “The Hobbit” as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in “Hannibal” Season 3 on NBC.

Deep Roy (“Return of the Jedi”)

It’s easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In “Return of the Jedi,” he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabba’s Palace. Deep Roy also worked on “The Empire Strikes Back,” acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

Simon Pegg (“The Force Awakens”)

Another secret cameo, Simon Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. He’s the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

Bai Ling (“Revenge of the Sith”)

Bai Ling actually doesn’t appear in “Revenge of the Sith,” but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including “Crank: High Voltage,” “The Crow” and “Entourage.”

Peter Serafinowicz (“The Phantom Menace”)

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He didn’t appear in “The Phantom Menace,” but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

Harriet Walter (“The Force Awakens”)

Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, “Downton Abbey” alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in “The Force Awakens.” She actually has one of the movie’s funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

Treat Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back”)

When you’re Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of “The Empire Strikes Back” and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by England’s Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

Sally Hawkins (“The Phantom Menace”)

Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in “The Phantom Menace.” She admitted in an interview with Conan O’Brien that she’d never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

Martin Csokas (“Attack of the Clones”)

The “Star Wars” movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one — he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in “Attack of the Clones.” Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Revenge of the Sith”)

Sometime after Padmé’s term as queen had ended by “Revenge of the Sith,” the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padmé’s funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for “The Whale Rider” and appearing on “The Walking Dead.”

For more features and deep dives into the world of “Star Wars” and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb’s “Star Wars” hub.

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Giveaway – Win My Own Private Idaho on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of My Own Private Idaho – available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Dual Format from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 9th April 2018 – we are giving away a copy!

From acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy) comes a wile road movie for the ‘90s starring America’s hottest young male stars – River Phoenix (Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Keanu Reeves (Point Break, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) – as two hustlers who explore friendship and self-discovery on the twisting, turning road of life.

Phoenix is Mike, a narcoleptic street hustler haunted by his idyllic memories of childhood and obsessed with finding his estranged mother. Reeves is Scott, a runaway rich kid who’s on a personal “crusade” to find the meaning of life, biding his time until he inherits his father’s estate. Together they’re lost in a bizarre world of wealthy strangers and stranger-than-life adventures.
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Ten Terrible Movie Taglines

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Good movies tend to have solid taglines. Bad movies almost always have questionable taglines. Coincidence?

Taglines may not be the most important component of a film’s advertising, but having a good one can be beneficial. A good tagline should be something that is memorable, catchy, informative of the films’ plot or tone, and unique. Consider the tagline from Alien, “In space no one will hear you scream,” or Jurassic Park, “An adventure 65 million years in the making.” At other times, movie taglines have been famous quotes from the film. Examples are “One ring to rule them all,” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, or “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” from The Shining. Simply put, having a solid movie tagline is worth the effort.

This is a look at a few films where the effort was clearly lacking or misplaced. Sometimes they are trying too hard.
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Inside the Life of River Phoenix, the Beloved Actor Who Died at 23

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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The Duffer Bros. on Stranger Things Season 2 Influences Like Terminator 2, Indiana Jones, and Aliens

I'm sure many of you have already blazed through Stranger Things Season 2, but I know many of you are still in the middle of watching it. I've already finished it and I freakin' loved it! I won't get into any of the details of Season 2, but I will say that I enjoyed it just as much as the first season! I freakin' love these characters and the story that Matt and Ross Duffer have set out to tell.

When talking about wanting to go bigger and darker with Season 2, Matt said that they used certain movie sequels as reference points:

"Well, most of the lessons I’ve learned have been from movies. So our reference points were mostly movie sequels. Obviously there are more failed sequels than there are successful ones, which is scary. But you look at the ones that you respect and admire and you try to take
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Indiana Jones Voted Greatest Movie Character of All Time

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

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‘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

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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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