Feb. 21, 2013 | 9:09 a.m.
Shia LaBeouf appears to be taking his case to the people’s court — via Twitter. The “Transformers” star is using the social media platform to post a series of personal emails to reflect the “creative differences” that led him to bow out of the upcoming revival production of the play “Orphans,” as reported by our sister blog, Culture Monster. LaBeouf’s departure led to talk that he clashed with costar Alec Baldwin. But Thursday’s news cycle is all about LaBeouf’s take-no-prisoners approach: He is using the social media platform to tell his side of the story by posting what purports to be personal emails involving Baldwin; another costar, Tom Sturridge; and the play’s director. PS4: 10 things you must know What do you think about LaBeouf’s tactics? A smart way to get his point across? Do you think the email senders feel like their […]
Dec. 18, 2012 | 2:08 p.m.
The origins of the mysterious package that showed up Wednesday at the University of Chicago admissions office addressed to Henry Jones Jr. (a.k.a. Indiana Jones) has been solved. In the end, it wasn’t a prank or a promotional stunt on the part of Lucasfilm or even a bizarre trans-dimensional crack in the line between reality and fiction. It was a simple accident. The package, which contained an apparently handmade re-creation of Abner Ravenwood’s diary, originated with a man named Paul, an Indiana Jones prop replicator in Guam, according to the university’s admissions office Tumblr page. Paul had recently sold the item on Ebay for $200 to a buyer in Italy, but while the package was in transit, the manila envelope containing the diary slipped out. Believing the faux Egyptian postage affixed to the outside of the envelope to be real, […]
Dec. 14, 2012 | 4:36 p.m.
The University of Chicago is grappling with a mystery today involving Indiana Jones, of all people. According to the university’s admissions department Tumblr page, a package arrived at the university on Wednesday addressed to Henry Walton Jones Jr. Unsure where to put the package, the student office worker set it aside until someone realized it wasn’t intended for any actual student or faculty member, but a fictional character who in his story was once enrolled at the University of Chicago: Indiana Jones. The character’s Wikia profile, compiled from information released about the character through the films, TV series, video games and supplemental novels, says he was a student there sometime in the early 1920s. When the package was finally opened, the mystery grew. Inside was an apparently handmade re-creation of Abner Ravenwood’s diary. Ravenwood, for those not familiar with the […]
Oct. 02, 2012 | 2:00 p.m.
The last few weeks have been a real and vivid trip down memory lane for Oscar-winning sound designer and sound effects editor Ben Burtt. The man who created the hum of the light saber, Darth Vader’s ominous, synthetic breathing and even the languages spoken by various “Star Wars” creatures is celebrating a new look at some other of his landmark cinematic achievements. He restored the sound for Steven Spielberg’s classic adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for last month’s Blu-Ray release of “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures,” and his handiwork also is on display in the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray release of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” (Burtt created the voice for Elliott’s otherworldly best friend for Spielberg’s beloved family film from a recording of his wife sleeping while she had a cold.) Burtt earned Oscars for special achievement for sound effects […]
July 06, 2012 | 12:19 p.m.
Indiana Jones is making his Blu-ray debut, more than 31 years after the adventuring archaeologist first bull-whipped his way across the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” To mark the release, Lucasfilm is re-creating a scene from “Raiders” at its Comic-Con booth (booth 2913); fans of the Harrison Ford-starring franchise will be able to have their picture taken with a slither of snakes, à la Indy in the Well of Souls. Comic-Con attendees who pre-order the Blu-ray box set — which includes “Raiders,” “The Temple of Doom,” “The Last Crusade” and 2008’s Shia LaBeouf-starring “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” — at the booth with receive a $25 gift card for Sideshow Collectibles. The collection will retail for $99.99 and hits stores Sept. 18. Check out an exclusive first look at the trailer in the video above. […]
Nov. 23, 2011 | 2:09 p.m.
Hero Complex readers know how we feel about “Raiders of the Lost Ark” after our 30th anniversary screening with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford and the memorable mash note we published from guest essayist Damon Lindelof. We thought pretty much everyone loved the 1981 adventure film but now we bring you an opposing view from Michael Phillips, the Chicago Tribune’s fine film critic, and this essay, which will appear in Thursday’s print edition of the Los Angeles Times. We hold the movies we love very closely, like a royal flush in poker, and to many people an attack on an adored, endlessly rewatched picture goes beyond fighting words into something like heresy. Take a movie some people would legally marry if they could, so intense is their devotion. I speak of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” director Steven Spielberg’s 1981 blockbuster, back in […]
Sept. 21, 2011 | 4:40 p.m.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex has been looking back at the landmark film and its influence on cinema and pop culture. Today, video from an onstage Q&A with Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Harrison Ford. The Q&A followed a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Sept. 12 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and was hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher. In the interview, Spielberg talked about his decades-long relationship with “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, the evolution of Indiana Jones’ character, and a possible fifth installment in the series. Spielberg also touched on a Blu-ray release and on his decision to keep the original film intact. “This is the best I think it’s ever looked,” Spielberg said after the “Raiders” credits rolled, “because in preparation for the eventual […]
Sept. 20, 2011 | 5:58 a.m.
Steven Spielberg first decided to make a “Tintin” film 30 years ago, in the wake of his “Raiders of the Lost Ark” success, he told fans at a 30th-anniversary screening of the first “Indiana Jones” film. The director of “The Adventures of Tintin,” which hits theaters in December, had never heard of the long-running comic book series by Georges Remi, pen name Hergé until 1981, when he saw the word “Tintin” popping up in French newspaper reviews of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Intrigued, he had the reviews translated to English, he told the audience during the Q&A portion of the anniversary screening, hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher at L.A. Live last week. “They were basically saying that ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ owed a lot to Hergé’s ‘Tintin,'” Spielberg said. “I read the book, and I could see that there […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 8:19 a.m.
Harrison Ford would be “delighted” to reprise the role of Indiana Jones, the actor said at a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Ford has played the fedora-wearing, bullwhipping character in four films, the most recurring role of his career. “Maybe a fifth, but I ain’t going to Mars,” he joked during the Q&A portion of the screening, hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher at L.A. Live Monday evening. “Ark” director Steven Spielberg said earlier that he and George Lucas have discussed a possible fifth installment in the series. Should a script be written, Ford said, he’d be on board. “It’s an absolute delight to revisit this character,” Ford said, “and a chance to work with Steven again, who only hires me for ‘Indiana Jones.'” “I gotta correct this,” Spielberg chimed in. “Do you know who I offered […]
Sept. 14, 2011 | 3:35 p.m.
The famous “Raiders of the Lost Ark” scene in which Indiana Jones shoots the Cairo swordsman instead of dueling him was Harrison Ford’s idea, the actor and surprise guest told the audience during the film’s 30th anniversary screening. During the event’s Q&A with Steven Spielberg, hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher at L.A. Live Monday night, the director began recounting how the scene, originally written to be an action sequence requiring three days of shooting, was truncated. “No, no, that’s rubbish,” came Ford’s voice from offstage. “That’s not what happened, pal.” Greeted by a cheering audience and a flurry of camera flashes, Ford joined Spielberg onstage and explained that the idea came to him after he fell ill during the shoot. “I had chosen to eat native food, unlike Steven who went to Tunisia with a steamer trunk full of […]