The Canadian dollar was worth more today than at any point since the late 19th century.

So says the Globe and Mail. Apparently the Canadian dollar is now worth about $1.0585 in American currency — which means my paycheques from the States ain’t worth as much as they used to be. Sigh. No wonder it was reported yesterday that the post office is facing a huge parcel backlog, now that Canadians have begun to do a lot of their shopping with American outlets over the internet.

Indiana Jones IV — teaser outline now online?

Carmen Andres at In the Open Space links to an item purporting to be a summary of the upcoming teaser for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and says her own “insider source” — presumably the same person she referred to here? — considers the summary “legit”. And oh, yes, it would seem to confirm that the Ark of the Covenant does play a significant role in this film.

And now yet another Noah’s Ark cartoon!?

Well, not exactly. But still. Reports Variety:

Antonio Banderas’ Spain-based production shingle Green Moon Producciones has teamed with Spanish animation studio Kandor Graphics to create a toon production house.

The still-unnamed company aims to make five animated features over the next 10 years.

The 50-50 joint venture kicks off with a pic already in production, “The Missing Lynx,” which is directed by Kandor partners Manuel Sicilia and Raul Garcia, a former animator for Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. . . .

Pic turns on a gaggle of animals escaping from a mad millionaire’s new Noah’s Ark. . . .

Sounds a bit like a cross between Evan Almighty and Madagascar — except for the bit about the millionaire and his madness.

Russell Crowe: Adventist theology student!

I acted in a church-based promotional video or two back in the day, myself, so I derive a certain comfort from the fact that Russell Crowe has at least one of these in his closet, too.

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Penn and Ledger in Malick’s Tree of Life?

Two years ago, Colin Farrell was rumoured to be in the running for the lead role in Terrence Malick‘s Tree of Life. One year ago, Mel Gibson was rumoured to be in the running. But now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are “in talks” for the film — which could start shooting as early as March. No story details have been made available yet — not officially — but the Reporter describes the film as a “complex drama”. Fans of the Edenic elements in The New World (2005) and Malick’s other films will no doubt go nuts wondering what this one’s all about.

Canadian box-office stats — October 28

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.

Across the Universe — CDN $2,820,000 — N.AM $19,296,796 — 14.6%
Rendition — CDN $1,140,000 — N.AM $7,821,105 — 14.6%
We Own the Night — CDN $2,980,000 — N.AM $25,065,018 — 11.9%

30 Days of Night — CDN $2,780,000 — N.AM $27,480,907 — 10.1%
Gone Baby Gone — CDN $965,553 — N.AM $11,226,975 — 8.6%
Michael Clayton — CDN $2,370,000 — N.AM $28,668,168 — 8.3%
The Comebacks — CDN $717,476 — N.AM $9,925,268 — 7.2%
The Game Plan — CDN $5,480,000 — N.AM $76,939,167 — 7.1%
Dan in Real Life — CDN $691,553 — N.AM $11,809,445 — 5.9%
Saw IV — CDN $1,810,000 — N.AM $31,756,764 — 5.7%

A couple of discrepancies: Rendition and Across the Universe were #7 and #9 on the Canadian chart, respectively (they were #11 and #14 in North America as a whole), while Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D were #5 and #8 on the North American chart, respectively.