Monday, May 26, 2008

Brooke Hogan Uninjured in Car Accident

The Hogan family was involved in another car accident Sunday, when Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke's car was hit and pushed into a concrete wall by a man witnesses said was speeding.
No injuries were reported to either Brooke Bollea, 20, her female passenger, or to the 19-year-old man in the car that hit Bollea's on the Bayside Bridge in Clearwater, Fla., according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. No charges have been filed in the accident.
Bollea's 2008 four-door Mercedes had $3,000 damage done to it, according to the release.
A rep for the Hogan family had no comment.
Bollea credited the use of seatbelts for keeping her and her passenger uninjured.
"I don't know if you heard, but my friend and I got into a really bad car accident today ourselves . . . As I turned on my car I clicked my seatbelt. As we pulled out onto the road, I looked over and realized my friend didn't have her seatbelt on. I reminded her to put it on and the minute she clicked it, a car crashed into us," Boella wrote in a MySpace post. "It was a horrible car accident, one that most would be severely hurt in, but we had our seatbelts on and they kept us in tight."
The friend, who calls herself lala on her Myspace page, posted the following: "..Brooke Hogans my hero, thank you for saving my life! Everyone wear your seat belts."
Brooke made reference to the accident her brother Nick was in last August, which left his friend John Graziano critically injured. Nick Bollea, 17, was sentenced to eight months in jail earlier this month after pleading no contest to charges of felony reckless driving in connection to that crash.
Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) and Brooke's mom Linda were both spotted Sunday at the scene of Brooke's accident.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hits $311 million worldwide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" chased down $311.1 million from moviegoers around the world, as nostalgic fans brought along their children to watch Harrison Ford's latest escapades, distributor Paramount Pictures said on Monday.
The tally included $151.1 million from the United States and Canada -- the second-highest U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend opening in history -- and $160 million from No. 1 launches in 61 other countries, the studio said.
Foreign highlights included $24 million in Britain and $14 million in France. Sales in France were boosted by the hype surrounding its glitzy world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera last Sunday.
Overall business was "driven by people in their 30s and 40s, and that audience was excited to see the movie and excited to bring their kids with them," said Rob Moore, Paramount's president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations.
The worldwide tally set a record for both the Viacom Inc-owned studio and for the film's director, Steven Spielberg. For both, the old mark was held by "War of the Worlds," which opened to $202 million in a similar number of territories during the U.S. July 4 holiday weekend in 2005. Higher ticket prices and the slide of the U.S. dollar, which benefits exporters such as Hollywood studios, helped the new film's cause.
In North America, where Paramount said two-thirds of the audience was aged 25 and older, the $151.1 million tally was bested only by the $153 million debut of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" among Memorial Day openings.
"Crystal Skull," which Paramount said cost $185 million to make, is the fourth movie in the lucrative "Indiana Jones" franchise, and the first to hit theaters in 19 years. Reviews were mixed, but evidently did not dissuade the franchise's aficionados.
Ford, 65, reprises his role as the eponymous archeologist. He is joined by Australian actress Cate Blanchett and Spielberg's hot new discovery, Shia LaBeouf. George Lucas, who created the franchise in 1981 with "Raiders of the Lost Ark," returned as executive producer.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Indiana Jones - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The battle to name the new Indiana Jones film is over, and the winner is The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Forget about Indiana Jones and the City of Gods or even Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds, two of the potential names registered by producers Lucasfilm Ltd. The next movie featuring the two-fisted adventurer will be called Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Actor Shia LaBeouf, who has been cast to play Jones' son in the film, blurted out the title on stage yesterday's MTV Video Music Awards - only to have the news overshadowed by two former husbands of Pamela Anderson scuffling with each other and Britney Spears dancing barely clothed on stage.
But Lucasfilm, which is producing the fourth Harrison Ford-starring installment of the Indiana Jones series, was quick to confirm the new title today.
The film is to be directed by Steven Spielberg and is slated for release in May 2008

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Indiana Jones is a fictional bullwhip-toting, fedora-wearing archaeologist with an overdeveloped ophidiophobia (fear of snakes). He first appeared in a series of films produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg in the 1980s.Jones was originally portrayed by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Younger versions of the character were also played by River Phoenix (in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), and by Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery (in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles). An older version (93) of Jones, played by George Hall, also appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Indiana Jones is also the general name given to the series as a whole, which is comprised of three films, a TV series, various novels, comics, video games, and other media. A fourth film has also been announced for a likely 2007 release.
BiographyIndiana Jones was born Henry Jones Jr. to Scottish-born Professor of Medieval literature, Dr. Henry Jones Sr. (played by Lloyd Owen in the TV series and by Sean Connery in the films), and his wife Anna on July 1, 1899, in Princeton, New Jersey. "Junior" accompanied his father on his travels throughout Europe, where he learned to speak, read, and write 27 languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili, Latin and Chinese, as well as some Hindi, apart from English. Although his father called him "Junior," Henry Jr. adopted the name of his beloved dog Indiana for himself, insisting he be referred to as Indiana Jones. It is not known for sure when he first did this, except that he was referred to as Indiana during childhood by his peers.
In 1912, Indy was living in Utah and was a member of the Boy Scouts with the rank of Life Scout. It was here, while attempting to secure the Cross of Coronado from thieves, Indy first learned to use the bullwhip and received his trademark fedora. This was also the time when he first developed his aversion to snakes.
His father wanted Indiana to go to Princeton University. To escape this, he ran away from home by train. He ended up in Mexico and was kidnapped by Mexican revolutionaries. He joined this army of revolutionaries, playing a part in the Mexican Revolution in 1916, under Pancho Villa. It is here that he also met his friend Remy, a Belgian. With Remy, he left Mexico and eventually made his way to Africa at the beginning of World War I.
He and Remy intended to join the Belgian Army, but Jones' inability to read maps properly caused him to lose his intended unit, and he instead fought along side a team of old men under the British Army. Among missions (depicted in the television series), the team destroyed a giant cannon mounted on a train, and they kidnapped the (real-life) German military genius Paul Erich von Lettow-Vorbeck in a balloon, but they were forced to release him.
Eventually Jones joined the Belgian army with Remy, Jones was commissioned as a lieutenant, and in 1916 and participated in the Western Front. He was taken prisoner by the Germans, escaped, encountered Mata Hari, worked as an intelligence officer, took ill, and was treated by Albert Schweitzer. Jones vied with Ernest Hemingway for the affections of a young nurse and worked as a translator for the Treaty of Versailles, seeing the war come to its conclusion but laying down the groundwork for a second conflict.
Sometime after the war, Jones returned to the United States, where he studied archaeology at the University of Chicago under Professor Abner Ravenwood. At the same time, he became romantically involved with the Professor's daughter Marion.
Dr. Jones abruptly left the Ravenwoods in 1926 and did not contact them for 10 years. He divided his time between teaching and archaeological expeditions, including a journey to China and India in 1935 where he faced the gangster Lao Che and the followers of the cult of Kali (Temple of Doom). In 1936, he was contacted by the United States government to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis (Raiders of the Lost Ark). He continued to take on infrequent missions for the government over the ensuing years. In 1938, Indy rescued his father from the Nazis and became embroiled in the search for the Holy Grail (Last Crusade). His life during the World War II is unknown, but in 1947 he was deceived by the recently born CIA to search the mechanism of the Babylonian Infernal Machine, in confrontation with a Soviet expedition.
When last seen in 1993, Jones was living in New York City with his daughter and her family. Sporting an eyepatch and cane, he was stopping anyone within earshot to regale them with tales of his exploits. He seems remarkably spry for a man in his 90s—whether that is because of his drinking from the Grail is unknown. It is yet to be chronicled as to what adventure led Indy to wear an eyepatch.
AppearancesSince his introduction in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, the character of Indiana Jones has become a cultural icon for adventure. His popularity has allowed him to make appearances in three more feature films, a three-season TV series, dozens of novels, comic books, and video games, and even had his own amusement park ride.
The television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, aired from 1992 to 1996, with the 17-year-old Indy played by Sean Patrick Flanery, 93-year-old Indy by George Hall, and 10-year-old Indy by Corey Carrier. This inspired a number of made-for-TV and made-for-video movies featuring Flanery as young Indy. One of the last Young Indiana Jones TV movies featured a cameo appearance by Harrison Ford, reprising the role of Indy as a man in his 50s. The show ran for 44 episodes, with each pairing of episodes forming a feature-length TV film.
The popular trilogy of theatrical films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, were made from 1981–1989, created by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. The series starred Harrison Ford as Jones. The upcoming fourth Indiana Jones movie, once again to star Harrison Ford, has been in the planning stages for several years; it is in pre-production and is not expected to be released until February 2007 at the earliest. Jim Ward, Vice President of Lucasfilm, has said in a recent press conference that a new Indiana Jones video game is expected that same year, around the time of the movie.
Theatrical filmsThe Temple of Doom (1984) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) The Last Crusade (1989) Indiana Jones 4 (2007) (categorized as "in production") (unproduced) Originally, George Lucas had signed a deal with Paramount Pictures for four theatrical sequels to Raiders of the Lost Ark. After the first three, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lucas announced he was finished with the theatrical films, leaving two of his promised sequels unmade. He now has announced his work on the third sequel, Indiana Jones IV. He now denies plans for a fourth sequel, claiming he never intended to do beyond three, but that the fourth film was "a brilliant idea he had." In saying he had a deal for four sequels, one could also speculate that he might not have counted The Temple of Doom as a sequel, and instead a prequel, which it was. This would leave room open for yet another sequel that is yet to be produced. Chapter 28: (unproduced) Based on the fact that The Temple of Doom could be counted as a prequel, rather than a sequel.
NovelsApart from novel adaptations of the movies, and several Young Indiana Jones episodes, there is also a series of original paperback novels about the adventures of Indiana Jones, and another series of novels about Young Indiana Jones for younger readers. In Germany, there was a series of adult novels by author Wolfgang Hohlbein, and in France a Young Indiana Jones series by Joseph Jacobs and Richard Beugne. These are only available in German and French respectively.
Young Indiana Jones Novels by Random HouseYoung Indiana Jones' Titanic Adventure - by Les Martin Young Indiana Jones and the Pirates Loot - by J. N. Fox Young Indiana Jones and the Lost Gold of Durango - by Megan Stine and H. William Stine Young Indiana Jones and the Plantation Treasure - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Terror - by Les Martin Young Indiana Jones and the Princess of Peril - by Les Martin Young Indiana Jones and the Ghostly Riders - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Circle of Death - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Journey to the Underworld - by Megan Stine and H. William Stine Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Ruby Cross - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Gypsy Revenge - by Les Martin Young Indiana Jones and the Secret City - by Les Martin Young Indiana Jones and the Mountain of Fire - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Face of the Dragon - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Tiger - by William McCay Young Indiana Jones Novels by Ballantine BooksThe Mata Hari Affair - by James Luceno
Indiana Jones Adult Novels by Bantam BooksIndiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Interior World - by Rob MacGregor Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates - by Martin Caidin Indiana Jones and the White Witch - by Martin Caidin Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone - by Max McCoy Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs - by Max McCoy Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth - by Max McCoy Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx - by Max McCoy German novels by Goldmann VerlagIndiana Jones und das Schiff der Götter (Indiana Jones And The Ship Of The Gods) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und die Gefiederte Schlange (Indiana Jones And The Feathered Snake) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das Gold von El Dorado (Indiana Jones And The Gold Of El Dorado) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das verschwundene Volk (Indiana Jones And The Vanished People) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das Schwert des Dschingis Khan (Indiana Jones And The Sword of Genghis Khan) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das Geheimnis der Osterinseln (Indiana Jones And The Secret Of Easter Island) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das Labyrinth des Horus (Indiana Jones And The Labyrinth Of Horus) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Indiana Jones und das Erbe von Avalon (Indiana Jones And The Legacy Of Avalon) - by Wolfgang Hohlbein Find Your Fate Adventure Books by Ballantine BooksIndiana Jones and the Curse of Horror Island - by R. L. Stine Indiana Jones and the Giants of the Silver Tower - by R. L. StineIndiana Jones and the Cult of the Mummy's Crypt - by R. L. Stine Indiana Jones and the Cup of the Vampire - by Andrew Helfer Indiana Jones and the Legion of Death - by Richard Wenk Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Fates - by Richard Wenk Indiana Jones and the Dragon of Vengeance - by Megan Stine Indiana Jones and the Lost Treasure of Sheba - by Rose Estes Indiana Jones and the Gold of Genghis Khan - by Ellen Weiss Indiana Jones and the Ape Slaves of Howling Island - by R. L. Stine
RidesIn 1995, Disneyland opened a ride called Indiana Jones Adventure, based on the franchise and set in the "Temple of the Forbidden Eye"; Tokyo Disne ySea has a similar attraction, set in the "Temple of the Crystal Skull". Disney-MGM Studios features a stunt show called "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular". Also, Disneyland Paris has a rollercoaster called "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril".
PinballIndiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (1993, Williams), designed by Mark Ritchie, is a widebody pinball game that features sound clips from all three theatrical films, and features 12 different stages (four stages each based on different scenes from the movies, including three video modes). If you complete all 12 stages, you will enter the game's "Wizard Mode", called Eternal Life.This was the first game to use Williams/Midway's DCS Sound System, with the music composed by Chris Granner

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

These photos first appeared on the imdb boards, although I’m not sure where they originated from. They appear to be official production photos. Is everyone else getting as excited about this movie as I am? Harrison Ford is looking quite bad ass, even in his older age (check out the photo with the gun). And Shia as a greaser isn’t bothering as much as it once did (not like we could ever hate Shia? He’s so like-able.)

Eva Longoria Parker

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker arrived for the screening of Kung Fu Panda wearing one heck of a dress. Or was it wearing her?

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Angelina Jolie brought along partner Brad Pitt to the Kung Fu Panda screening. Jolie, pregnant with twins, provides a voice for the film. (Joel Ryan/PA)

Scarlett Snubs Woody

While Penelope Cruz bathed in the spotlight at Cannes, Scarlett Johansson was conspicuously absent from the premiere of their new Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, this past weekend in France.
Why was the newly engaged actress M.I.A.????
Because she was a diva!
According to reports, ScarJo was demanding much more than the studio releasing the film was willing to spend.
Scarlett reportedly refused to stay at the same hotel as Cruz and Allen, and she also refused to share a makeup artist with Penelope.
Johansson was demanding her own exclusive hair and makeup people, which would have cost an additional $5,000 a day for her four-day stay.
ScarJo's decision to stay at a hotel 30 minutes away would have also likely caused many delays in the film's promotion schedule.
"While Woody's terribly fond of Scarlett, he was a little upset that she wasn't being a team player", says an executive connected to the film.
Who would pass up an opportunity to go to Cannes????
Some skanks - like her - show up and they don't even have a movie in the festival!!!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tom Cruise happy In marriage

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tom Cruise returned to the Oprah Winfrey show on Friday and talked about his love for Katie Holmes, but this time he was denying marital problems instead of jumping on the couch to prove his passion for the young actress.
"That's laughable to me," Cruise said when Winfrey told him there was speculation that "what you and Katie have is not real."
It was the first time Cruise appeared on the show since his couch-hopping stunt three years ago drew a flood of satire and ridicule.
"It was something that I just felt that way, and I feel that way about her. That's just how I felt," he said in the interview aired on Friday.
The Hollywood star said he could not articulate "the feeling, the connection," with Holmes and noted their daughter Suri, now 3, was born a year to the day after he met Holmes.
Cruise also was showered with opprobrium after other comments criticizing actress Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressant drugs and for over-medication of children generally. "You've just got to take it in stride," he said.
Winfrey interviewed Cruise at his mountaintop home near Telluride, Colorado, surrounded by the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. The show marked the 25th anniversary of "Risky Business," his breakthrough movie.
Holmes, 29, and Cruise, 45, both greeted Winfrey when she arrived at the sprawling log home, where they gave her moccasins with her name stitched on them waiting in a mud room cubicle marked "Oprah" with a brass plate. Holmes said she loved them both and left them to their interview.In other comments, Cruise:
-Recalled that he waxed the floor on his hands and knees so he could do a stocking-feet slide across the room in the famous "Risky Business" underwear dance scene.
-Said his comments about Shields "came out wrong," they had been friends, he apologized, and "we're better friends now."
-His Scientology faith is about helping others and respecting their religious beliefs, and is the "exact opposite" to trying to impose that belief on others.
-"I believe in God. There's no way you can be up here and believe there isn't a God."
-Said he has a "good, easy" relationship with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and suggestions that he doesn't let her see their children are "ridiculous ... we share custody whenever."
-Described Suri as "just magic, she's joy, just joy."
At the end of the interview, Cruise and Winfrey drove off on a snowmobile to a point overlooking the mountain range.


Pop singer. Born August 16, 1958 in Rochester, Michigan. She trained as a dancer at University of Michigan before moving to New York City, where she began her professional career as a back-up singer to a number of New York groups. She hired Michael Jackson's manager prior to releasing Madonna (1983), an album which included five US hit singles. Subsequent albums have included Like a Virgin (1984), True Blue (1986), Ray of of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), and Confessions on a Dancefloor (2005).
Madonna has also acted in films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Shanghai Surprise (1986) and Body of Evidence (1993). In 1996 she starred in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita (1996). She won a Golden Globe for her performance and her song, "You Must Love Me," earned an Academy Award.
Her defiant and raunchy stage appearances became an important role model for teenagers in the 1980s and 1990s, and her international success has been secured by clever promotion and image-making. This was reinforced in several media in the early 1990s, with the publication of a controversial collection of erotic photographs of herself in Sex (1992), alongside an album, Erotica.
Madonna made her London West End stage debut in 2002 in Up for Grabs. In a new departure, her first children's book, The English Roses, was published in 2003. She was inducted into the inaugural UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Madonna was married to actor Sean Penn from 1984 to 1988. In 1996, she gave birth to Lourdes Maria (Lola) Ciccone Leon, whom she had with her lover and personal trainer, Carlos Leon. She married British director Guy Ritchie in 2000; they have a son, Rocco John Ritchie. In October 2006, during a trip to an orphanage in Malawi, Madonna adopted a baby boy named David Banda.