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Steven Spielberg Made Indiana Jones A Tough Sell To Studios

Back in 1981, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” changed everything. It introduced Indiana Jones, the quick-witted, whip-cracking archaeologist who believes everything belongs in a museum. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before his first big adventure made its way to the big screen, Indiana Jones was just a concept — one the studios weren’t convinced […]

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Steven Spielberg Details How Harrison Ford Helped Get ‘E.T.’ Made

Steven Spielberg was in a nostalgic mood this week, appearing at the TCM Classic Film Festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.” On the red carpet, he revealed that his beloved movie could have looked very different were it not for the help of frequent collaborator Harrison Ford.Spielberg recalled that he […]

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Box Office: Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s ‘The Lost City’ Takes Down ‘The Batman’ With $31 Million Debut

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s screwball romantic comedy “The Lost City” collected $31 million at North American theaters over the weekend, a promising sign that Netflix hasn’t completely seized on the meet-cute market.Of course, Paramount, which is behind “The Lost City,” did not rely only on positive reviews — or the tease of Tatum’s bare […]

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The Embarrassing Raiders Of The Lost Ark Audition That Led To An E.T. Role

Most people are likely aware by now that Tom Selleck and his mustache came precariously close to playing Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” before Harrison Ford locked down the role. What they might not know, however, is that Peter Coyote nearly donned Indy’s famous fedora himself before working on another vintage 1980s […]

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Docuseries About George Lucas And Ilm Coming From Director Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas go back a long way. Kasdan made his auspicious screenwriting debut with “The Empire Strikes Back,” which we’ve scientifically proven to be the best “Star Wars” movie. He then went on to write “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” write and direct “Body Heat,” and co-write “Return of the Jedi.” And […]

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David Oyelowo to Produce ‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot for Disney

David and Jessica Oyelowo are set to produce Walt Disney’s reboot of the 1991 action-adventure movie The Rocketeer.The sequel The Return of The Rocketeer will be produced by the Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions banner, with David Oyelowo possibly taking a starring role. Ed Ricourt is penning the screenplay, with Brigham Taylor also producing along with […]

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’s’ Paul Freeman Reflects on Working With Steven Spielberg

Playing René Belloq in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is something English actor Paul Freeman has always taken pride in. “The fact that it just keeps giving is wonderful,” he says.Portraying the rival archaeologist in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film has made him a staple in the Indiana Jones canon, but it isn’t just Belloq that […]

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Karen Allen Clarifies Indiana Jones-Marion Romantic History: ‘I Don’t Think of Him as a Pedophile’

Karen Allen has provided some clarity to an ambiguous line in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that have led some viewers to peg Indiana Jones as a pedophile, or at least a predator. The line occurs during Allen’s introduction scene as Marion Ravenwood. Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones turns up at Marion’s bar, the first time […]

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Mike Fenton, Famed Casting Director on ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘E.T.’ and Many Other Movies, Dies at 85

Mike Fenton, the legendary casting director who worked on the “Back to the Future” franchise, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and scores of other classic movies and TV shows, has died. He was 85.Fenton co-founded what is now known as Casting Society of America in 1982. He was a prominent casting director […]

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