If you’ve spent any time on YouTube at all, you know people are desperate for subscribers. The last 10-30 seconds of almost any YouTube video are a needy cry for help from whatever channel you’re watching, but if you’re a movie fan, and you want consistently awesome and inventive lists, you need to subscribe to CineFix. They turn out random Top….Whatever lists on a regular basis and they’ve come up with some great ones. This particular one highlights the best character introductions; the first time you see a character onscreen and know they will dominate the film and fill your mind with catchphrases for years to come. I liked this idea so much, I will not actually watch their video until after I publish this post because I made my own top 10 list below based off the same idea. So if they copy my ideas, it’s certainly not my fault. Continue reading The 10 Best Character Entrances of All-Time→
Deleted scenes are pretty much the highlight of the DVD/Blu Ray era. Yes, occasionally you get a “making of” documentary that isn’t everyone sitting in a circle extolling the brilliance of every other single person on the film crew, but all Blu Rays can’t be the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions. Deleted scenes give you extra information on the film, its editing process, and can often leave you slackjawed and goggled as to why in the world something was cut from the film in the first place. For example, The Incredible Hulk is routinely at the bottom of pretty much everyone’s list of the MCU films, but if you watch all the deleted scenes, you quickly come to understand why Edward Norton threw the fit over the final cut of the film that got him replaced by Mark Ruffalo. Sometimes a deleted scene closes a gaping plot loophole, one you may not have even realized existed. What Culture has put together a brilliant little manic journey through nine films in which a big plot hole could have been fixed by the inclusion of a single cut scene.
We all knew that it was only a matter of time before Indiana Jones got the attention of Disney after it dealt with the matter of setting Star Wars to rights. The other part of their acquisition of Lucasfilm will begin its tenure under THE MOUSE when Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019. Harrison Ford is returning to play Indiana and Steven Spielberg will be returning to direct. George Lucas will NOT be returning to produce and work on the screenplay.
Over the years Ford and Spielberg have both publicly turned on Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and not so subtly blamed Lucas for its flaws, so not seeing him returning is not much of a surprise. The question you’re all asking (how OLD will Ford be by then?) is 77. While Spielberg has said the character will never be recast, he has absolutely no control over that and it absolutely will be recast. Disney didn’t buy the rights to make one movie. It would be a great opportunity to try to pass the torch again (this time not to a certified psychopath like Shia LeBeouf), but who knows what Indy’s last adventure will be. If Ford brings back the magic we saw when he slipped back into Han Solo’s skin for a final time, I can’t wait. The full press release from Disney is below. Continue reading Indiana Jones 5 with Ford and Spielberg Coming in 2019!→
We’ve all known for awhile that the Indiana Jones franchise was going to be rebooted. Well, let me restate that: revived. Clearly the original plan was for us all to love Mutt (Shia LeBeouf) in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and the ending to that film clearly taps him as the next Dr. Jones. Well, we didn’t love Mutt, Indy 4 was largely a disaster and Shia LeBeouf went clinically insane.
So, time to march on to Plan B. As part of the deal that sold Lucasfilm to Disney (that $4 billion they paid was chump change; Episode VII will make that back) George threw in the then-dead Indiana Jones franchise as a bonus. Indiana Jones, if handled right, can be James Bond with a whip. The possibilities are endless, you just need the right guy under the fedora and A GOOD SCRIPT.
Chris Pratt has been rumored to be Disney’s guy to take this over for awhile now. He has an existing working relationship with them from his work in the MCU as Star-Lord, and blockbuster cred from Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Jurassic World (where he also has a relationship with Steven Spielberg, who says he wants to direct Indy still). I love the pick. Pratt’s got the humor, the physicality, he’s likable and he doesn’t have to have every quality Harrison Ford does. Not every James Bond is the same. For example Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are awesome and Roger Moore looks like a waiter.
Today, Kathleen Kennedy, who has been Lucasfilm’s head under Disney and involved with all the past Indy films, officially said that #5 is a go. So, get ready. Let’s see if Disney can rock Indiana Jones the same way they have Marvel, Star Wars and animation. Below is an excerpt from Rolling Stone‘s article confirming the go-ahead.
Star Wars isn’t the only dormant George Lucas cinematic franchise that’s being revived thanks to the producer’s deal with Disney. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the company has begun “talking about” making a new Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford‘s fedora-wearing treasure hunter last appeared in the franchise’s 2008 fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, with the next installment still years away, it’s unclear whether or not the 72-year-old Ford will return to crack his trademark whip.