Real-life Indiana Jones, Dr. Jaime Awe, is suing Disney, Lucasfilm, and Paramount over the latest franchise installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Filing the lawsuit on behalf of Belize, Dr. Awe claims that the film used a replica of a crystal skull for "illegal profits."
The crystal skull in question, Dr. Awe says, was stolen by the treasure-hunting family Mitchell-Hedges 88 years ago, and having seen its likeness in the film now demands that the original be returned to Belize. "Lucasfilm never sought, nor was given permission to utilize the Mitchell-Hedges Skull or its likeness in the Film," read the lawsuit. "To date, Belize has not participated in any of the profits derived from the sale of the Film or the rights thereto."
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David Hasselhoff was considered for the role of Indiana Jones.
The former Baywatch star claims he narrowly missed out on one of the most coveted parts in Hollywood history, but he isn't bitter that Harrison Ford got to play the daredevil archaeologist because he accepts that life has its ups and downs: "I'm the guy who was up for everything: James Bond and Superman. I met with Spielberg for Indiana Jones. I tell the kids that life isn't fair. Don't assume that somebody is really your friend or that you're going to do another year of Britain's Got Talent. Once you assume that, s**t happens, it's really f***ing easy to move on."
David, 60, has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and was honored when "Baby" singer Justin Bieber said he wanted to wear a T-shirt with his name on it to an awards show. "He wanted to wear a T-shirt that said 'I'm with The Hoff' at the MTV Awards. Can you believe that? I got Bieber fever ... it means I'm current with the kids. It means I'm hip," he told The Daily Telegraph.
Harrison Ford labeled Shia LaBeouf a "f**king idiot" for criticizing Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
The 68-year-old actor - who played the titular character in the fourth installment of the franchise, with Shia playing his son - does not believe it was correct of the 25-year-old star to say he "dropped the ball" on the movie because it is his duty to "support" a film.
"I think I told him he was a f**king idiot. As an actor, I think it's my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive and talented - and he's learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult," Ford told Details.
Shia portrayed Mutt Williams in the 2008 movie, and speaking last year said it was his "fault" the movie - which took $786.6 million at the box office worldwide - did not work, adding Harrison was also not "happy" with the final product:
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished… You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg, who directed]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple… I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made ... . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie… We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”
-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull‘s Shia LaBeouf admitting that Transformers 2 wasn’t the only disappointing sequel he was involved with.
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Not even age can get an actor down: Harrison Ford is ready for another Indiana Jones movie.
The screen legend, who has played the titular adventuring archaeologist in the four previous films in the franchise, said he is keen to make a fifth film, and creator George Lucas is already working on ideas.
Harrison, who also starred in the original Star Wars trilogy, said, “I’d love to do it. George Lucas is working on an idea and if he can come up with something, Steven Spielberg and I have to agree to go ahead with it. If we find another story to do and we develop the character a little further and I get a chance to do another one, I’d be happy as pie to do it. I don’t think there’s any other franchise films that I’d want to go back to.”
The 67-year-old star particularly wants to deepen the relationship between archaeologist Indy and his son Mutt Williams, played by Shia LaBeouf in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Sherlock Holmes: Are you looking forward to seeing Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes? Are you already convinced the movie deserves a sequel? Although we still have to wait until Christmas to unwrap the Guy Ritchie film, Warner Bros. is already prepping for a follow-up…and word has it, Brad Pitt may be involved. Writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Justice League: Mortal) will most likely be tasked with writing the second installment, which may feature the Inglourious Basterds star as Moriarty, Holmes’ nemesis. (Rumor has it Pitt even makes an appearance in December’s outing.) No other names have yet been attached to the project.
Here’s the latest scoop on the sequel buzz spreading across Hollywood:
Mission Impossible: Even though he could do just about anything he wants these days, Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams will be returning to familiar territory. Three years after the debut of MI:3, the director has agreed to reteam with Tom Cruise on a fourth installment. (Apparently the actor wasn’t listening when I said he should stay away from this project.) Although they are both only listed as producers at this point, things could change for the busy men once a script is finalized. Paramount is currently aiming for a 2011 release.
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Harrison Ford is Hollywood’s highest paid actor after earning $60.37 million over the last 12 months. The 66-year-old star made the staggering sum after starring in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - which took $701 million worldwide at the box office. Ford - who had only appeared in four movies since 2000 before agreeing to reprise the famous role for a fourth time - was paid the figure between June 2008 and June 2009 as part of a deal that saw studio Paramount give the veteran star, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas a percentage of the film’s earnings.
Other stars to make the list, compiled by business bible Forbes magazine, include Adam Sandler, who came second after raking in $51.38 million, Will Smith, who finished third with $42 million, and fourth placed Eddie Murphy, who earned $37.3 million. Rounding off the top five was Nicolas Cage, who was paid $37 million in the last 12 months. Forbes compiled the list of top earning stars by speaking to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to find out what money stars received upfront for movies in development and earnings from released films. Advertising and other earnings from the last 12 months were also taken into consideration.
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For theatergoers, the Fourth of July holiday has come to mean fireworks, barbecues….and now Will Smith. This past weekend, the powerhouse’s latest blockbuster, Hancock, took in over $62 million giving Smith his eighth straight #1 debut. In total, the Sony Pictures production grossed nearly $104 million during a 5 1/2 day period.
In addition to being Will’s second-best opener ever (I Am Legend set his record), Hancock was the actor’s fifth movie to reach first place over the same holiday weekend. (Men in Black, Men in Black II, Independence Day and Wild Wild West were the other four.) The Peter Berg film also became the third best July 4th grosser behind Transformers and Spider-Man 2.
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Although we haven’t yet reached the 4th of July weekend, theatergoers apparently had plenty of time and money to spend over the past three days. And while a cute robot had the honor of placing first, Angelina Jolie also came out a winner herself.
When the final numbers were tallied, Wall-E and Wanted each wound up grossing over $50 million since Friday. The Disney/Pixar film edged out the action flick by nearly $13 million dollars, but the comic book adaptation had the best per screen average for any entry in the Top Ten ($16,040). Meanwhile, both films forced a few rewrites in the history books.
- Wall-E had the third largest debut for a Pixar film. It’s total fell behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million) and Finding Nemo ($70.2 million).
- The animated comedy also had the best Friday open for any Pixar release.
- The James McAvoy feature topped all R-rated premieres during the month of June.
- Wanted also gave Jolie her largest first weekend ever.
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