Shia LaBeouf to play Indiana Jones’s son?

Last month, I asked if Indiana Jones IV — which must take place in the ’50s or ’60s — would show how Indy got the daughter that he was living with in the framing narratives of the TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which took place in the ’90s.And just now, I remembered that I posted an item here last July to the effect that Karen Allen told an audience at a screening of Raiders that two of Indy’s… Read more

Newsbites: Winter! Howard! Jihadists! Opus!

Figured I’d toss these out there while I can.1. Ralph Winter recently talked to Infuze Magazine about various subjects, including: whether Christian horror films — like Thr3e, which he produced — should have R-ratings; the lack of mystery and violence in The Nativity Story; and his own current plan to make a movie based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters:Does the movie have a green light?Not yet. We’ve been talking to Randall Wallace about writing and directing. We need to… Read more

Not quite the same thing, but still…

“I’m putting in a chase sequence. So the killer flees on horseback with the girl, the cop’s after them on a motorcycle and it’s like a battle between motors and horses, like technology vs. horse.” — Nicolas Cage, star of Ghost Rider, in Adaptation (2002). Read more

Bridge to Terabithia — the review’s up!

My review of Bridge to Terabithia is now up at CT Movies. Read more

Aaron Eckhart to star in The Dark Knight!

The Hollywood Reporter says Aaron Eckhart, star of Thank You for Smoking (2005), is in “final negotiations” to play Harvey Dent, the good district attorney who becomes the villainous Two-Face, in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005).The part was played by Billy Dee Williams in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and by Tommy Lee Jones in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (1995). Methinks Eckhart needs a middle name now that rhymes with “Dee” and “Lee”.Interestingly, one of… Read more

The pros and cons of niche marketing.

“We have no ‘anti-evangelical’ agenda. We have an anti-mediocrity agenda.” So says my colleague Jeffrey Overstreet at the Looking Closer Journal, where he has been posting his own two bits about the tempest-in-a-teapot over my review of The Last Sin Eater.I agree entirely. And I would go even further and say that I actually support the making of books and films that are made with an eye towards the evangelical or Christian market.If it seems like Christian film critics complain… Read more

Live Free or Die Hard — the international trailer

I won’t say which highly significant American monument or building is apparently demolished in the new trailer for Live Free or Die Hard. But suffice to say this building already suffered some damage in xXx: State of the Union (2005), and a picture of it adorned the steering mechanism of the plane that was hijacked in United 93 (2006). Appropriate? Crass? Let the debate begin. Read more

Life of Brian — the musical — still coming!

Variety has a story up today about Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), a musical adaptation of Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979; my comments) that Eric Idle is currently developing. But wait a minute, didn’t I mention this here four months ago? Read more

G.K. Chesterton has a Bacon number of 4.

Kevin Bacon, that is. So says the Oracle of Bacon:G.K. Chesterton was in Rosy Rapture (1914) with George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw was in Masks and Faces (1917) with Fabia DrakeFabia Drake was in Valmont (1989) with Colin FirthColin Firth was in Where the Truth Lies (2005) with Kevin BaconSuch a small world. And if we think beyond onscreen appearances in movies, I myself am only two degrees separated from Kevin Bacon, if only because I have interviewed Atom Egoyan… Read more

Could they screw this up any more?

Chris at Movie Marketing Madness notes that Disney has now created a new TV spot for Bridge to Terabithia — and the new spot is, if anything, even worse than the trailer. I transcribe:From Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media: Two friends are about to find another world . . . no one has ever seen. . . . They will meet amazing creatures . . . discover incredible powers . . . and only they can solve the mystery… Read more

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