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UChicago's Indiana Jones Mystery Solved

Journal was en route to Italy from Guam

(Newser) - The University of Chicago has cracked its Indiana Jones mystery —and it involves an international route that wouldn't have been out of place in a Jones movie. The copy of Jones mentor Abner Ravenwood's journal that turned up in a weatherbeaten envelope was the misplaced creation of... More »

Indiana Jones Journal Stumps UChicago

Is it a clue in a game, or something else entirely?

(Newser) - Call this one Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Higher Learning: The latest Jones-themed mystery is taking place not on the silver screen but in the University of Chicago's mail room. Its admissions office's Tumblr explains that late last week a package addressed to "Henry Walton Jones,... More »

Indiana Jones to Get IMAX Release

Raiders coming to really big screens for one week only

(Newser) - Adventure's name may be Indiana Jones, but if big-screen "wow" has a name, it's IMAX. Now, 31 years after it hit cinemas, Raiders of the Lost Ark is coming to IMAX for one week only, reports the New York Times . Steven Spielberg says the film has been... More »

Worst (and Best) Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Maybe you're not excited for The Who, but it's better than Elvis Presto

(Newser) - Whether or not you're excited about the Who's Super Bowl halftime show, you know it will surely be better than some stinkers from years gone by. View some of the worst—and, for good measure, a couple of the best—in the gallery, or take a look at Peter Hartlaub's... More »

The '00s' Most Disappointing Movies

'Tropic Thunder' leads the way

(Newser) - The decade had lots of lousy movies, but 11Points rounds up the most disappointing—those that didn't live up to their promise:
  • Tropic Thunder (2008): Amazing cast, great premise. Slam dunk, right? Not when "your go-to bit is a retarded joke." Such a lazy waste.
  • Bruno (2009): Sacha
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Top-Earning Celebs Over 50

Successful franchises pay out for their creators in 2008

(Newser) - Forbes ranks the entertainment industry’s top earners age 50 and older in the last year:
  1. Oprah, 55, $275 million. Viewership for her show may be waning, but Winfrey’s diverse enterprises, from a magazine to satellite radio to her Harpo production company, remain wildly profitable.
  2. George Lucas, 65, $170
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Batman or Spidey? McCain, Obama Weigh In

Candidates reveal pop-culture picks

(Newser) - Closet ABBA fan: Obama or McCain? The two presidential hopefuls recently bared all to Entertainment Weekly, revealing their pop-culture preferences:
  • Favorite superhero: Obama: Spiderman, McCain: Batman
  • iPod playlist: Obama: Frank Sinatra, Sheryl Crow, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan; McCain: Roy Orbison, Linda Rhonstadt, Usher, and yes, ABBA
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Movies That Don't Need Another Sequel

Stale mummies and old archaeologists past their primes

(Newser) - Movie sequels strive to be bigger and badder with each installment. Entertainment Weekly singles out 14 film franchises that should wrap up production—for good:
  1. The Mummy: Eight long years is enough.
  2. American Pie: Straight-to-DVD spinoffs drained the raunchy teen comedy of its fun.
  3. Bring It On: How many movies
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Will 'Nuked the Fridge' Unseat 'Jumped the Shark'?

Indy moment is new sign 15 minutes are up

(Newser) - Did Indiana Jones set the new standard in ridiculous? Many movie geeks think Dr. Jones’ ability to survive a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was so outrageous that “nuking the fridge” should replace “jumping the shark” in pop-culture parlance, Noam... More »

What's With all the Skulls?

Ancient death symbol becomes a favorite modern fashion accessory

(Newser) - Heavy metal and Halloween, make room for haute couture. “What used to be a symbol for borderline-sociopathic tough guys with weird design fetishes—Hells Angels, pirates, Nazis—has become a trope de luxe,” writes Stephen Marche in Esquire. The skull, a symbol of death with deep religious significance,... More »

Murphy In for Beverly Hills Cop 4

Paramount wants director Ratner to revive franchise after Indy -like 14 years

(Newser) - Fans of the old Eddie Murphy (you know, before the fat suits and prostheses), rejoice: A third sequel to 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop will start production next year, Variety reports. Murphy approached Paramount about the project, and the studio eagerly agreed after successfully disinterring Indiana Jones. Murphy is attached,... More »

Indiana Jones Whips Up $311M

Blockbuster numbers in five-day opening

(Newser) - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has struck it rich, racking up the most lucrative international opening of all time and the second highest US weekend box office take ever in a blockbuster weekend for the Steven Spielberg epic. The film grossed $151 million domestically and $160... More »

Jones Knocks Out Box Office

Film may nab Memorial Day record with $126M

(Newser) - Indiana Jones whipped his box office rivals this weekend with the second-best Memorial Day debut ever, Variety reports, grossing $126 million. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian finished second with $23 million; Iron Man showed no signs of rust in third, earning $20.1 million; and What Happens in Vegas and... More »

Commies See Red Over Indiana Jones Film

St. Petersburg's Communist Party says a big 'nyet' to latest Indy adventure

(Newser) - Indy's new Cold War adventure has infuriated St. Petersburg's Communist Party, the London Times reports. The angry apparatchiks say Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's depiction of ruthless KGB spies who send terrorists to the US is pure propaganda intended to “slander Soviet Communists” and poison... More »

Indiana Jones & Raiders of the Fat Fridge

Pediatrician slams Indy film's junk food tie-ins

(Newser) - Indiana Jones has a new enemy. Pediatrician Rahul Parikh is irritated about Indy's marketing tie-ins to high-calorie foods like Burger King's "Indy Double Whopper" and Snicker's "Adventure Bar." Parikh has been enjoying the films of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for decades, but he's also watching kids... More »

Indy's Whip Master Braces for Windfall

Trusty lashmaker is due for another movie-induced Jones

(Newser) - The Indiana Jones set is again beating down the door of the Washington man who's made most of the bullwhips used in the movie blockbusters, the Seattle Times reports. David Morgan, 82, handcrafted eight more for the fourth installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which premieres... More »

Stars Align as Cannes Kicks Off

Blockbusters and indies premiere on the Riviera

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival gets under way today with the premiere of Blindness, a new film by City of God director Fernando Meirelles that stars Julianne Moore. A jury led by Sean Penn will award the Palme d'or to one of 22 films. But as the Telegraph reports, paparazzi will... More »

Hollywood Poised to Engulf Cannes

Big-time US films won't be competing, but sure to dominate headlines

(Newser) - The lineup at this year's Cannes Film Festival was unveiled today, and the schedule is packed with Hollywood films, Variety reports. Steven Soderbergh and Clint Eastwood both have films in contention, and the release of the new Indiana Jones movie, though not for competition, is likely to be the biggest... More »

Indiana Jones' New Treasure: Cannes Debut

John Hurt reveals premiere plan

(Newser) - The first new Indiana Jones movie in 18 years will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival before its May 22 release in the US, according to one of the movie's stars. But British actor John Hurt, who spilled the beans on BBC TV, is sworn to secrecy about details of... More »

Paging Indiana Jones: Scholar Finds Ark

Biblical treasure reportedly surfaces in Zimbabwe, not Hollywood

(Newser) - A real-life Indiana Jones says he has found the Ark of the Covenant—not on the set of the latest Raiders of the Lost Ark movie, but on a shelf in a museum storeroom in Zimbabwe. The alleged ark is an old drum with an uncharacteristic charred hole on its... More »

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