Indiana Jones

Sept. 13, 2011 | 6:24 p.m.

Steven Spielberg on the future of Indiana Jones [video]

Steven Spielberg (featured image)
Steven Spielberg looked to the past and the future of Indiana Jones at the 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Los Angeles on Monday evening. The director also gave fans a rare insight into his friendship with George Lucas and a daffy impersonation of the mastermind behind the “Star Wars” universe. Spielberg and Lucas have discussed a possible fifth Indiana Jones movie, Spielberg told the audience at the event, hosted by Hero Complex’ s Geoff Boucher at L.A. Live. “We talk about it, yes, and we’re hopeful,” he said, joking that “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” actor Shia LaBeouf might be the only person who would want to see it. “I think that was the only bridge we didn’t burn because of ‘Indy 4.’” The director also talked about his “enduring friendship” […]
Sept. 13, 2011 | 4:18 p.m.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’: Fans tweet their Spielberg awe

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford (featured image)
Steven Spielberg was greeted by a standing ovation Monday night at the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” 30th anniversary screening, hosted by Hero Complex at L.A. Live. The film’s star, Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford, made a surprise appearance, interrupting Spielberg during the Q&A portion of the event, then joining him onstage. It’s the first time the pair have spoken about the film together in public, Spielberg said, and judging from the number of camera phones that suddenly appeared in the audience when Ford walked out, the fans were thrilled. Hero Complex will be posting its first clip from the event today. In the meantime, here’s a look at what some fans had to say on Twitter: Thanks to @LAHeroComplex for a great 30th anniversary 'Raiders' screening with Mr Spielberg and Mr Harrison Ford.—   (@edgarwright) September 13, 2011 Harrison […]
Sept. 10, 2011 | 5:41 p.m.

Steven Spielberg looks inward before ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Steven Spielberg on the set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Lucasfilm)
In honor of the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex will be screening the film Monday with an onstage Q&A with Steven Spielberg. Leading up to the event, we’ve been looking back at the landmark film and its influence on cinema and pop culture. Today, from the L.A. Times’ own version of Hangar 51, a 1981 profile of Spielberg. A few days before “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opened in theaters, a 33-year-old Steven Spielberg, no longer baby-faced, wondered aloud when the next generation of filmmakers would arrive to displace him. Spielberg and a group of filmmakers he called “a mouse pack” — George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian DePalma, Martin Scorsese and John Milius — had surged on the scene a decade earlier. Now, in 1981, Coppola was running Zoetrope, his own movie studio, and […]
Sept. 08, 2011 | 9:01 a.m.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’: A look back at treasured toys of 1980s

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex will be screening the film on Monday with an onstage Q&A with Steven Spielberg. Leading up to the event, we’ve been looking back at the landmark film and its influence on cinema and pop culture. Today, a trip down the toy aisle. As strange as it sounds, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” toys and merchandise were somewhat hard-to-find treasures when the film became a box-office sensation back in 1981. The usual scenario these days is to start launching movie tie-ins weeks or months before a film’s opening weekend, but it was a different landscape three decades ago when Indiana Jones became a box-office sensation. That’s not to say that the fedora hero was nowhere in sight — there were trading cards, a movie novelization, a collector’s magazine […]
Sept. 06, 2011 | 5:24 p.m.

Indiana Jones world map? It belongs in a museum

Indiana Jones map
This is the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and we’ll be marking the milestone with a free screening on Sept. 12 followed by a live on-stage Q&A with Steven Spielberg. At that event a member of the audience will go home with a special artifact — artist Matt Busch’s limited-edition Indiana Jones World Map, a meticulously rendered record of all 36 archaeological discoveries made by the fedora-wearing hero who has swung across pop culture in feature films, novels, comic books, television, video games and theme park rides. The map was authorized by Lucasfilm and there were only 255 prints made (all signed and numbered, 24 inches by 36 inches) and all proceeds go to Disabled American Veterans. Our Geoff Boucher will be handing one of those prints to a fan at our “Raiders” screening and he recently caught up with Busch to talk […]
Sept. 03, 2011 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ fans: A fedora flashback to the 1980s

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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, a gem from the Los Angeles Times archives: “Raiders” obviously made an impression on these young fellows, decked out with hats, whips and jackets a la Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones in this photograph taken by Times staffer Mike Meadows in the days of “Thriller” and Ronald Reagan. The picture shows the group of young men waiting for the opening of the second film in the series, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which was released May 23, 1984. They weren’t alone. More than 1,000 people lined up outside Mann’s Chinese for the “semi-annual Lucasfilm pilgrimage,” many dressed as “virtual Indiana clones,” the Times reported at the time. Other […]
Aug. 31, 2011 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Raiders’: Damon Lindelof’s love letter to a ‘perfect movie’

Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford, confronts his lost love Marion Ravenwood, played by Karen Allen, in a scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Lucasfilm)
In honor of the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Emmy-winning writer and producer Damon Lindelof, in a guest essay for Hero Complex, describes seeing the action-adventure film for the first time when he was 8 years old. Let’s just say the movie made an impact on Lindelof, whose credits include “Lost” and the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot. Read his essay below, and enjoy photos from the set of “Raiders” and the film itself in the gallery above. Be sure to click CAPTIONS ON. GUEST ESSAY I remember with great clarity the last time I peed my pants. This was not, contrary to later reports, an “accident.”  It was a decision I made of sound mind and body and one that I make no apologies for.  Despite overwhelming opportunity to release my bladder the way most civilized people do […]
Aug. 30, 2011 | 9:01 a.m.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with Steven Spielberg Q&A on Sept. 12

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To mark the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex is hosting a free screening of the Indiana Jones classic – and a live onstage interview with Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg. The event with the three-time Oscar winner is Sept. 12 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles. The screening of the newly restored and digitally projected film begins at 7 p.m., and the interview, moderated by Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher, will follow the movie. The tickets are free and are now available through our sign-up website. To be eligible for ticket giveaways that will lead up to the screening — and to find out about other upcoming Hero Complex events – follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex. The 64-year-old Spielberg is approaching a new chapter of his career with two December releases, “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” […]
Aug. 24, 2011 | 7:15 a.m.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ exhibit whips up Hollywood and history

Ark of the Covenant prop from "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark," on display at the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibition at the Montreal Science Centre. (Lucasfilm)
To mark the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” a touring exhibition is spotlighting famous props from the Indiana Jones films and putting them side-by-side with real archaeological artifacts. The exhibition, called “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” features the Ark of the Covenant from “Raiders” and the Holy Grail from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” as well as objects from ancient Peru, Egypt and Iraq, all on display in a museum space inspired by Hangar 51 and ancient temples. Lucasfilm teamed with National Geographic and Montreal’s X3 Productions to produce and curate the exhibit, which started its six-year international tour at the Montreal Science Centre and will head overseas next month. No dates have been scheduled in the U.S. as yet, but Hero Complex readers can get a glimpse of some of the objects in the gallery […]
July 11, 2011 | 8:44 a.m.

Indiana Jones, Superman and Bond: Vic Armstrong’s life in stunts

vic armstrong harrison ford
There were plenty of offers through the years, but Vic Armstrong, Hollywood’s most celebrated stuntman, had no interest in writing a blow-by-blow account of his career in mayhem. “Every time someone hears you’re a stuntman and you’re chatting away about what you’ve done over the years, they say, ‘Oh, you should write a book,’” he said. “And the moment they start talking about the book, they want to concentrate on all the crashes and broken bones.” To the 64-year-old Armstrong, being a stuntman isn’t about bad accidents; it’s about doing the job right. Armstrong says asking him about getting hurt is like asking professional race-car drivers how many times they’ve crashed. He’s more interested in recounting stories of achievement — and there are plenty of them, considering he has taken lumps for Indiana Jones, James Bond and Superman up on the […]
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