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October 4, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Harrison Ford said Friday that momentum is building for a fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones" franchise and that George Lucas is already cooking up a suitable plot for a heroic senior citizen with a penchant for whips and fedoras. "It's crazy but great," the 66-year-old actor said in an interview. "George is in think mode right now." "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" grossed $318 million in the U.S. alone and $770 million worldwide and is expected to be a powerhouse seller on DVD and Blu-Ray when it arrives in stores on Oct. 14. -- Geoff Boucher
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December 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday.  This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more "Indiana Jones" movies if it chooses to do so.  Disney declined to comment on the future...
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May 11, 2008
Heralded Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") has landed the coveted opening-night slot Wednesday at the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival. His film "Blindness," starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, is a psychological thriller about a city succumbing to an epidemic. It joins a slate of films including Clint Eastwood's thriller "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, and Steven Soderbergh's double Che Guevara biopics: "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla." Screening outside of competition at the festival, which ends May 25, is Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
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July 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list . The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best among all actors. News reports were breathless -- not least of which the report from Forbes itself, which touted his success as a coup of sorts. “It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods.” Now, the magazine said, “he's a hit machine.” Well, Marvel is the hit machine -- Downey has struggled outside it -- but that's a separate post.
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May 23, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Disneyland is whipping up some Indiana Jones magic of its own. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit theaters on Thursday but the hero also arrived at Disneyland, where the Anaheim theme park launched "Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries," a season-long promotion centered in Adventureland, where park performers will stage "Random Acts of Indy" that have bad guys and the famous fedora-wearing archaeologist racing through the...
BUSINESS
July 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc. said it withstood a weak U.S. advertising market in the second quarter with a strong film slate led by "Iron Man" and strong sales of the Rock Band video game. Revenue climbed 21% to $3.86 billion, topping analyst estimates, as New York-based Viacom's movie business surged 35% to $1.77 billion. Three films -- Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as "Kung Fu Panda," which Paramount distributed for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. -- have grossed $837 million at the domestic box office.
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December 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday.  This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more "Indiana Jones" movies if it chooses to do so.  Disney declined to comment on the future...
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May 23, 2009
Re "DVD Slump Scares Industry," May 19: I laughed out loud when Patrick Goldstein compared Hollywood executives to great athletes: "If they lose their confidence, they can't do their job well." It doesn't take genius or confidence to greenlight a movie like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," when you have Spielberg and Harrison Ford attached to a film with a built-in audience. You could sneeze on 120 pages and shoot it -- which, come to think of it, looks about like they did. And therein lie the answer and solution to the problem of lagging DVD sales.
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August 27, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Despite his name, Shia LaBeouf has never been shy. In June, the actor went full-frontal in a music video for the band Sigur Rós. Last week, he revealed that he's planning to have actual sex with his yet-to-be-determined female costar in an upcoming Lars Von Trier film. But LaBeouf hasn't just bared all on-screen -- he doesn't hold much back in interviews, either. After saying in 2010 that  he thought he had "dropped the ball" with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," his relationship with the film's director, Steven Spielberg, suffered.
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January 18, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: George Lucas says he's done with "Star Wars" and will devote his career to art films -- which is the same line he's been giving for 18 years. ( Time ) He also has scientific proof that Indiana Jones could have survived the fridge nuking in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. " ( Slash Film ) Wikipedia, Craigslist and several other sites are down today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act bill in Congress.
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August 27, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Despite his name, Shia LaBeouf has never been shy. In June, the actor went full-frontal in a music video for the band Sigur Rós. Last week, he revealed that he's planning to have actual sex with his yet-to-be-determined female costar in an upcoming Lars Von Trier film. But LaBeouf hasn't just bared all on-screen -- he doesn't hold much back in interviews, either. After saying in 2010 that  he thought he had "dropped the ball" with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," his relationship with the film's director, Steven Spielberg, suffered.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: George Lucas says he's done with "Star Wars" and will devote his career to art films -- which is the same line he's been giving for 18 years. ( Time ) He also has scientific proof that Indiana Jones could have survived the fridge nuking in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. " ( Slash Film ) Wikipedia, Craigslist and several other sites are down today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act bill in Congress.
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July 11, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although Christopher Nolan's big-budget psychological action movie "Inception" was shot in six countries, art department researcher Dominique Arcadio found much of what she needed to do her job within the aisles of the Los Angeles Public Library. "For every film I've worked on, I've gotten at least 50 books out of the L.A. Public Library," she said. "They're very good about just letting you take out books that should really be reference books. It's one of the best libraries that I've had a chance of using.
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May 23, 2009
Re "DVD Slump Scares Industry," May 19: I laughed out loud when Patrick Goldstein compared Hollywood executives to great athletes: "If they lose their confidence, they can't do their job well." It doesn't take genius or confidence to greenlight a movie like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," when you have Spielberg and Harrison Ford attached to a film with a built-in audience. You could sneeze on 120 pages and shoot it -- which, come to think of it, looks about like they did. And therein lie the answer and solution to the problem of lagging DVD sales.
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October 4, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Harrison Ford said Friday that momentum is building for a fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones" franchise and that George Lucas is already cooking up a suitable plot for a heroic senior citizen with a penchant for whips and fedoras. "It's crazy but great," the 66-year-old actor said in an interview. "George is in think mode right now." "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" grossed $318 million in the U.S. alone and $770 million worldwide and is expected to be a powerhouse seller on DVD and Blu-Ray when it arrives in stores on Oct. 14. -- Geoff Boucher
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August 28, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Eddie MURPHY'S career was on the rebound. Until this summer. Larry and Andy Wachowski had been box-office gold. Then "Speed Racer" crashed and burned. And not that long ago, 20th Century Fox could peddle the most middling movies. But there was no such magic for "Space Chimps," "The Rocker" or "The X-Files: I Want to Believe." Those, however, were the few exceptions to the summer movie season, when almost everything worked for the studios. The school's-out movie season concludes this weekend, and domestic ticket sales so far total $3.9 billion, up a little more than 1% from last year's record summer, according to Media by Numbers.
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July 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list . The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best among all actors. News reports were breathless -- not least of which the report from Forbes itself, which touted his success as a coup of sorts. “It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods.” Now, the magazine said, “he's a hit machine.” Well, Marvel is the hit machine -- Downey has struggled outside it -- but that's a separate post.
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May 4, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Harrison FORD arrived at the private hangar he uses to fly in and out of Santa Monica Municipal Airport with the expression of someone waiting in line at the DMV. It's not that he is rude or mad, there's just other places he'd rather be -- the sky is crystal blue, and for a guy who owns a few planes and a helicopter, the prospect of another earth-bound interview just isn't that scintillating. ? Munching on a bran muffin, the sinewy 65-year-old movie star admits as much: "I don't know if 'patience' is the word, but the press and promotion, it does take a different kind of energy and a different kind of commitment than making the film itself, but I'm ready for it."
BUSINESS
July 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc. said it withstood a weak U.S. advertising market in the second quarter with a strong film slate led by "Iron Man" and strong sales of the Rock Band video game. Revenue climbed 21% to $3.86 billion, topping analyst estimates, as New York-based Viacom's movie business surged 35% to $1.77 billion. Three films -- Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as "Kung Fu Panda," which Paramount distributed for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. -- have grossed $837 million at the domestic box office.
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July 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Some mysteries are such fun you almost don't want to know the truth. That may help explain why people are fascinated with crystal skulls. Happy to share the spotlight with the latest Indiana Jones movie, the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington is putting its crystal skull on display starting today. "People like to believe in something greater than themselves," Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh said, and crystal skulls are mysterious and beautiful. But she studied the Smithsonian skull and those in other museums and concluded they are all fakes, made in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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