Official Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Plot Synopsis

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The official plot synopsis for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull has finally been revealed. I decided immediately that I wasn’t going to read it, but that lasted for about a minute before I realized I had read the entire thing. There is nothing too surprising or spoilerific in it, but if you’re looking for a completely fresh experience when you go to see this movie, you should probably avoid it. Click on ‘Show Text’ to read ahead!

UPDATE: The bigwigs representing Paramount kindly asked us to remove the plot synopsis and since it’s not showing up anywhere around the internet except a select few sites (including IESB), it’s a good bet that Paramount hadn’t wanted this leaked yet.

Harrison Ford Talks

indy4pic.JPGHey folks, just didn’t want you to forget that there is a neat and pretty low-profile Indiana Jones sequel coming out in a little over a month. Here is an interesting interview by Reader’s Digest with Harrison Ford. They cover the new Indy, Calista, his grumpiness, land conservation, the movie that makes him laugh most (great choice, probably my personal favorite comedy), and irresistible junk food (another great choice!). If you have a man-crush on Harrison like me, it’s well worth the read. If not, it’s still worth it, because Mr. Ford’s just a stand-up, classy guy.

Also, the official soundtrack to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull has been listed on Amazon with track names that provide hints (and potential spoilers) as to what the movie will encompass.

Now, read on!

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US Indiana Jones Trailer Censored

Chances are that by now, you’ve seen the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer trailer at least once (if not more) but I bet most folks wouldn’t know that the US trailer, which most of us have seen, is censored. Yes, you read right: Censored.

The discovery comes care of JBM at Cineblog and though it’s a pretty small difference, it is pretty obvious. Check it out:

Indie Trailer Censor

I can just imagine the conversation between the MPAA and Spielberg:

MPAA: Steven, you have too many guns in that clip.
Steven: Too many guns? What are you talking about?
MPAA: For a General Audiences rating, you can only have one gun and it can’t be pointed directly at Indy.
Steven: Fine. You helped me out on “Transformers” so I’ll take out the guns. But I’m keeping them in for the international cut of the trailer.
MPAA: Fine. We don’t care. Just take them out of the trailer that our kids are going to see.

Or something equally as lame. If you want to check out the difference for yourself, you can do so behind the cut.

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New Indy Photo in Empire

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Here is a new picture from the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, courtesy of Empire. You get a look at Indy holding a bazooka, this time with his (possible) son Mutt and his mother and Indy’s old flame from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion Ravenwood. It’s looking like she might play a pretty pivotal role in the movie, which is more than fine by me.

Producer Frank Marshall says of the movie: “This picture is locked. Steven’s pretty much done editing. And we’re going into the phase with John Williams where he starts scoring the movie. He’s really writing now and then we’ll start scoring in February. … I would say it’s closest to the third one (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). It’s all adults. I mean, you have the sidekick in Shia (LaBeouf), but you don’t have a Short Round and I think the banter between the characters is as fun as it was in the third movie.”

The article also revealed that there will be an Indiana Jones Mr. Potato Head. Holy freaking crap.

New Indiana Jones 4 Photos and Interviews

indy4vanityfaircover.jpgVanity Fair has a pretty extensive article on the upcoming Indiana Jones the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, along with some pretty cool pictures and video from a photo shoot. In the article, Steven Spielberg talks about how far along they are in the editing process.

“I’m in my second cut, which means I’ve put the movie together and I’ve seen it,” he said. “I usually do about five cuts as a director. The best news is that, when I saw the movie myself the first time, there was nothing I wanted to go back and shoot, nothing I wanted to reshoot, and nothing I wanted to add.”

Spielberg then goes on to say that as tough as it is in this day and age to do so, they’re (thankfully) keeping it old-fashioned, although it went against a lot of his instincts as a modern-day filmmaker and especially seeing so many action movies nowadays effectively using the quick-cut method (The Bourne franchise, which he seems to love, is used by him as an example of what action movies all strive to live up to nowadays). It’s tough to emulate the style of the past Indy’s, since cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who shot the first three Indy movies with Spielberg, has been retired since The Last Crusade, and they have Janusz Kaminski on board, Spielberg’s go-to guy for his past ten movies, a man with a completely different style than Slocombe’s. But Spielberg thinks they captured the essence of the past films effectively.

You can read the whole article, full of quotes from Spielberg, Lucas and Harrison Ford – it’s pretty interesting – and also check out separate interviews with Spielberg here and George Lucas right here.

Then check out the rest of the photos below.

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Indy 4 Gets a Poster

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Here’s the first officially released poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It certainly captures the feel of the first three films. I love this and I’m getting a vibe similar to this awesomely made Temple of Doom poster (which I have hanging on my wall right in front of me). I like how he looks his age, I like the creepy crystal skull in the background, and I love that it was created by the always cool Drew Struzan. Thoughts, concerns, complaints?

Source: The Raider

Indiana Jones 4 Pictures Surface!

Oh jeez, geekgasm. If you know me, you know how insanely in love I am with the Indiana Jones films (Raiders of the Lost Ark is easily my favorite movie ever) and you more than likely have heard me gushing about how Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is hands down the single most anticipated film of my entire life. We’ve had a few on set teasing shots of Harrison Ford, but these are the first pictures to surface like this – which makes it easy to understand (right?) why seeing them makes me so giddy. There is plenty of negativity coming from people about this fourth installment, plenty of naysayers complaining that Harrison is way too old to reprise his iconic role as Indy, but sheesh… just look at these three photos below. Sixty-five years old or not, doesn’t it just feel right? Thanks to AICN for the scoop. Time to go change my pants.

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Harrison Ford in Crossing Over

Harrison Ford in Crossing Over

Simply put, Harrison Ford is the man. Yeah, Clint Eastwood is close, Paul Newman could put up a fight, and De Niro is De Niro – but Harrison, with his charisma and too-cool-for-school nonchalantness, brought the world of cinema such ridiculously cool characters as Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and Rick Deckard. Outside his iconic, hugely popular roles, he’s shown how good he really can be in his films like The Mosquito Coast, Witness (a role which gave him his only Oscar-nomination to date), and Frantic. Of course, it’s no secret that the past decade of Harrison’s career can be considered a huge slump (of the six movies he’s been in since 1998, K-19: The Widowmaker is probably the only one worth remembering at all), and considering the amount of pull he has in the woods of Holly – even now, I bet he still has the power to do pretty much whatever he wants – it’s nothing less than a shame.

I don’t think all of the blame should be put on Ford’s shoulders though, despite the fact that he has the final say in the projects he chooses. I think a lot of it comes from the frustration of the failures that come from the risks he takes (at the top of his star power in the mid-80s, The Mosquito Coast, which Ford claims to be his favorite film he’s been in, only pulled in a measly $14 million; recently, his big risk K-19 didn’t even make half of its budget back). In a way, he probably felt that this isn’t what the public wanted from him and since he makes films for an audience and understands that, he tried to choose more “conventional,” “acceptable” roles. I’ve talked before about how Harrison was going to star in an adaptation of A Walk Among the Tombstones, which had a script written by Scott Frank (who went on to write and direct the phenomenal The Lookout) and was to be directed by Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces). In this drama-thriller, Ford was to take on the role of Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic private-eye who is hired by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Eventually, Ford decided to back out of the deal, and the movie ultimately fell apart. In an interview for The Lookout earlier this year, Scott Frank finally opened up about why the whole deal fell apart:

“I think he [Ford] was concerned about the darkness in that character. … He said that to us. He said his customers wouldn’t want to see him in something like this, to which I would argue I’m not sure he has the same customers that he once had. I think there are a lot of people who’d love to see him in this. I still would love to see him do this movie. It’s the perfect movie for him but who knows?”

Harrison Ford in Crossing Over 2Can you imagine Ford in that role? I absolutely drool at the near impossibility of talks somehow restarting for this and the film coming together and seeing Ford in a role that promises to be not only complex, but a little out of his comfort zone and much darker than we’ve seen from him in the past decade. That quote above makes it pretty obvious that Ford just doesn’t think people want that though, and that’s understandable and it’s hard to blame him. There are many reasons people act and I can think of three reasons that stand out above the rest: acting for oneself (I’d put Daniel Day-Lewis here), acting for the fans (yep, this is where I’d put Ford and I think it’s why he’s making another Indy too), and acting for the money (I think every actor in Hollywood has a little of this in them).

So, it’s easy to understand why I’m (cautiously) optimistic about Harrison Ford’s upcoming Crossing Over. I have plenty of reasons to be doubtful: it’s a multi-character intersecting drama about a controversial issue (i.e. Crash, Babel), it’s written and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) who I find simply mediocre at best (and way too over-stylized for my taste), and it has a cast of solid, but somewhat washed-up actors (Ray Liotta, who has sunken to the depths of Uwe Boll, Ashley Judd, who hasn’t done anything worthwhile in years, and Sean Penn, who’s last memorable film was in 2003). Still, I’ve been hopefully that this, along with the new Indy 4, will bring Harrison out of that slump that he should have never been in in the first place. Not so much for him, because he has nothing left to prove and he shouldn’t feel like he does, but I want this for me, for completely selfish reasons, because ever since I was a little boy, probably three years old I’ve looked up to Harrison Ford as a hero. Because he truly is the greatest living movie star.

You can check out some previously released photos of Ford on the set of Crossing Over right here, and you can see the newest picture released at the top. You can’t tell how a film will turn out from simple, leaked pictures like this, but man, oh man, do I want this to be good (whenever it happens to come out, which I’m guessing might not be until next Fall). If not, at least we’ll have Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which will be awesome and definitely make me completely giddy like a child when I finally see it (the only way I could have been more excited for this movie was if I had been cast as an extra like I had hoped and tried for – see: Indiana Jones and the Cast Crusade – when my friend and I drove six-hundred miles for the casting call. Oh, how much sweeter life would be!).