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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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Obi Wan Kenobi’s Lightsaber, ‘Top Gun’ Bomber Jacket Among 900 Film Memorabilia at Prop Store Auction

More than 900 pieces of iconic film and TV memorabilia worth $5.6 million will be available at the next Prop Store auction on Dec. 1 and 2.The pieces on auction include Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber, used by Ewan McGregor from “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” (2005) that is estimated to sell for between $103,000-$155,000; Pete […]

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Ron Cobb, ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean Designer, Dies at 83

Film designer and cartoonist Ron Cobb died Thursday of Lewy body dementia at the age of 83. Cobb was a significant influence on the look and aesthetics of films including “Alien,” “Star Wars” and “Back to the Future.”Cobb died on his birthday, Monday, after an illustrious career contributing to production design in Hollywood. He served […]

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Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar Tapped to Curate Exhibits for Academy Museum

With the Academy Museum finally, finally set to open to the public on December 14, eight years since the project was first announced, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has lined up a new group of world-class talent to contribute to the museum’s programming. Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar are among recently announced […]

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‘An air of mincing menace’: Boris Johnson laments rejection of film script

Prime minister reveals he pitched Mission to Assyria – a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style adventure – to ‘a very distinguished director’Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is the author of a putative blockbuster film script entitled Mission to Assyria, which failed to be picked up by the “distinguished director” it was sent […]

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‘Back to the Future’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, and More Get New Posters in This Amblin Art Show

Bottleneck Gallery, one of the world’s best pop culture poster purveyors, is teaming with Vice Press for a new Amblin art show called Amblinesque, which pays tribute to the movies of director Steven Spielberg and his Amblin production company. Talented artists Matt Ferguson and Foley have created some spectacular new takes on films like Back […]

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‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Miss 2020 Release Date (Exclusive)

Indiana Jones will not be riding back into theaters on July 10, 2020.The fifth film in the adventure series will miss its original release date, Variety has learned. Filming was supposed to begin in April of 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources close to the production say that shooting will no longer start next […]

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Steven Spielberg Returns To Pure Pop Escapism In Nostalgic ‘Ready Player One’ [Review]

“Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg’s dizzying foray into ’80s pop culture fandom, is a return of sorts to the pure pop escapism that pervaded his filmography in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with such films as “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T.” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The sheer playful joy […]

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