Actor Christopher Lee recording heavy metal Christmas songs.

Actor Christopher Lee is a 92-year old headbanger and has been recording heavy metal Christmas songs for a few years now apparently. Who would’ve guessed?  I hope I’m still rocking when I’m in my 90s.

 

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A fifth Indiana Jones movie may be happening.

Six years after his last big-screen appearance, Indiana Jones may ride again. Variety has printed what appears to be confirmation thatIndiana Jones 5 is going into production. Buried in an article about an online filmmaking course is this line about cinematographer Janusz Kaminski: “His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.” (A frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator, Kaminski was the director of photography on 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.)

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/indiana-jones-5-may-be-rolling-forward-98985700432.html

Crystal Skull was not a terrible movie, but it was a definite step down from any of the three original Indy flicks.  Way too much ‘Hey Dad, daddio’ and references to Indy being old (yeah we know) and family squabbling.  Having Marion back with Indy, only to find that she was relegated to spatting with Indy about the nature of their relationship since Raiders Of The Lost Ark and……oh driving the jeep through the jungle (that’s pretty much all she did), was a real missed opportunity.  And the end of the movie was something I expected to see out of the X-Files, not an Indiana Jones movie.  The ending lost me completely.  But Ford was awesome in it and it was worth going to see him play Indy again for that reason alone.

So if there is going to be another Indiana Jones movie, it needs to be better.  Much better. Especially if this ends up being the last one.

 

Star Wars Episode VII officially coming December 2015.

December 18, 2015.  Star Wars Episode VII is finally coming.  The direct sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy, without a doubt the most hallowed trilogy of movies of my generation, if not of all time.  This will be a day Star Wars fans will have waited for since 1983 when Return of the Jedi came out.  Thirty-two years.  Finally!

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

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http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-vii-to-open-december-18-2015.html