Brand new Indy IV revelations! … or not.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull producer Frank Marshall has talked to MTV News and revealed … nothing that those following the rumours hadn’t pretty much already figured out. But still, it’s nice to get some official confirmation on a few points, finally.

Cate Blanchett is playing an enemy, Jim Broadbent is playing a friend, and Ray Winstone is playing … a little of both, apparently:

“Ray Winstone, he came from ‘Beowulf‘ to this,” Marshall continued, describing Winstone’s character, Mac, as a sort of cross between villain Belloq and friend Sallah. “He plays an archaeologist competitor to Indy. Friend and competitor.”

Okay, that last revelation is a little new, at least to me. But Marshall doesn’t say anything one way or the other about, say, the role that John Hurt is playing in this film, or whether Shia LaBeouf really is playing Indy’s son as everybody assumes, or whether there is any truth to those alien rumours.

Which is fine. I wouldn’t mind if there were still some surprises in store when the film comes out six months from now.

Miraculous gold tooth fillings — the movie! has a brief report on Finger of God, a documentary premiering at a church in Michigan this weekend. It begins:

If you read this in a press kit for a Hollywood film, you probably wouldn’t believe it. But it is because of an aunt and uncle who, during a church sermon, suddenly discovered gold teeth in their mouths not placed there by a dentist that Darren Wilson was put on a path towards non-fiction filmmaking.

The “miraculous gold fillings” phenomenon is one of those bizarre Fortean things that you hear about every now and then. Eight years ago, I wrote a story for BC Christian News on a rash of such incidents that were said to have taken place here in Canada.

Atonement — the review’s up!

My review of Atonement is now up at CT Movies.

stop. look at city. pronounce. caution. carry on.

Here’s one rather trivial detail I didn’t have time or space for in my review of The Golden Compass, which if I’m not mistaken was already pushing the word-count limit as it is.

There is a scene where Lord Asriel, played by Daniel Craig, stops on a ridge way up in the Arctic looking down at the city where the talking polar bears live, and he says to his daemon: “Svalbard. Kingdom of ice bears. We shall have to watch ourselves.”

This reminds me of the scene in Star Wars (1977) where Obi-Wan Kenobi stops on a cliff looking down at a city and says to Luke Skywalker: “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”

Or, in an even wordier vein, it reminds me of the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) where Gandalf stops on a field somewhere in view of a city on a hill and says to Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli: “Edoras and the Golden Hall of Meduseld. There dwells Theoden, King of Rohan, whose mind is overthrown. Saruman’s hold over King Theoden is now very strong. . . . Be careful what you say. Do not look for welcome here.”

Are there any other examples of this pattern? (Approaching a city. Stopping when you’re still distant from it. Pronouncing to your travelling partners [1] the name of the city, as though it were a complete sentence unto itself, [2] who lives in that city, and [3] the need to be careful around that city. Carrying on.)

With any luck, there’ll be enough of these clips from enough films for someone to do a proper mash-up video one of these days.

The Golden Compass — the review’s up!

My review of The Golden Compass is now up at CT Movies.

Apatow, Cera, Black, etc. get biblical on us.

So says the Hollywood Reporter:

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, known as McLovin in the summer hit “Superbad,” will reunite with producer Judd Apatow for Columbia’s “Year One,” a comedy set in biblical times.

Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.

The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera and is being directed by Harold Ramis. Filming is set to begin in January in Louisiana and New Mexico. . . .

Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest in the comedy, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon. Cross and Temple’s roles are not known. . . .

I suspect this will be less like Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) and more like Dudley Moore’s Wholly Moses! (1980) — which, I must admit, I still haven’t seen, but still, its reputation does precede it — but I guess we’ll see.