All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.
I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.
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So here it has happened again, another strange gap in my movie knowledge has been uncovered: I’ve never seen any of the Indiana Jones movies. Like with Star Wars, I’m not sure I have any explanation beyond that my parents aren’t that into movies, and I was busy watching a lot of TV. And on the whole, based on my straw poll research, in my day [reaches for cane] girls weren’t really steered towards those kinds of movies; at least, before they became such huge hits. In any case, I remedied some of this cinematic gap starting in high school, and ended up minoring in film in college. What you may not know about many film programs though is that they tend to end their discussion of cinema around 1968 (it took so long to get to talkies in my semesters of film history that when Al Jolson spoke actual words in The Jazz Singer we clapped and wept).
In summation: what they don’t teach you, usually, in film history is about Indiana Jones. What’s a girl to do? I’m always looking to learn, so better late than never, right? Hit the jump for what I already know about the films (pretty much zilch) and what I hope to accomplish with this series.
I love it when classic movies come back to the big screen (like our Atlanta screening of The Princess Bride). Last week, Paramount released Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark into IMAX theaters for one-week. However, the popularity of the release has caused the studio to extend the film’s run by releasing the re-mastered version into 300 digital theaters across the United States and Canada starting today. The re-release accompanies the film’s trip to Blu-ray, which will be released alongside the other Indiana Jones films in the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box-set. The Blu-ray box set will be available to own on September 18th.
In other re-release news, John Carpenter‘s Halloween will return to theaters for one night only on October 25th. The screening will be preceded by a showing of Justin Beahm‘s documentary You Can’t Kill the Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween. Keep an eye on this page [via Dread Central] for a list of participating theaters. Hit the jump for the press release regarding Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s Indiana Jones week here at Collider: we’ve already told you about the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures coming to Blu-ray this September 18th, the IMAX re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark for one week starting on September 7th and even comments from director Steven Spielberg on the conversion process of Raiders from 35mm to the 70mm IMAX format. Now, all four Indiana Jones movies are coming to the screen for one epic marathon at participating AMC theaters on September 15th! Hit the jump for more details, including a list of theaters, ticket prices and all the swag you can handle!
Yesterday, we told you that Raiders of the Lost Ark would be returning to screens in an IMAX re-release this September. The extensive conversion process from the original 35mm film to the 70mm IMAX version was done during the reformatting for Blu-ray (this is all part of a run up for the release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, which debuts on Blu-ray September 18th). Apparently, the conversion has gone so well that even Steven Spielberg was impressed with the results after initially being skeptical. Hit the jump to see what Spielberg had to say and for details on how you can get your tickets to see Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX this September! [Update: Now AMC Theaters are hosting an Indiana Jones marathon! Hit the jump for details.]
As we reported last month, all four Indiana Jones movies will be making their way to Blu-ray on September 18th (Crystal Skull was already available). A new trailer for the box set has gone online, and this trailer will presumably play on a loop at the Lucasfilm Pavilion on the exhibition floor (booth #2913), which is where there will also be a Well of Souls “live snake pit”. We still don’t know exactly what will be in the seven hours of bonus features, but it looks like there will be rare behind-the-scenes footage and the primary players looking back on the movies.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 12 – 15th.
The first three Indiana Jones movies will finally make their way to Blu-ray this fall. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is already available on Blu-ray, but who cares? We want the good movies in the series, and they’ll be available in one box set. Crystal Skull will also be in there, but no one’s going to force you to watch it. As for extras on the Indiana Jones box-set, “there will be a ‘best of’ collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises”. Presumably, we’ll be getting everything that was on the Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD box set. If Lucasfilm and Paramount Home Media Distribution were smart, they would throw in Jamie Benning’s unofficial Raiders of the Lost Ark “filmumentary,” but unfortunately that will probably never happen. Still, I’m not going to nitpick over getting Indy in HD.
Hit the jump for the press release and the trailer for the Blu-ray set.
Jamie Benning has previously put together “filmumentaries” where he goes along with a movie and adds interviews as commentary and production notes and behind-the-scenes footage that runs concurrently with the motion picture. He has now turned his attention to Raiders of the Lost Ark and while his work is unofficial, I doubt any official documentary will be able to match what he’s put together, especially since Steven Spielberg doesn’t do audio commentaries. The first 17 minutes of his new filmumentary, Raiding the Lost Ark has gone online and it’s a must-see. It reminded me that it’s been too long since I last watched Raiders and how many details I missed or forgotten.
Hit the jump to check out the first seventeen minutes of Raiding the Lost Ark. There’s no word on when the full documentary will be released, but Benning will put it online when it’s finished.
With the craziness that is the Toronto International Film Festival winding down this weekend, things around Collider are slowly shifting back into normalcy (whatever that means). Although I’ll talk more about TIFF after the jump, I’d like to take this space to give Steve, Matt and Phil a big “thumbs up” for a job well done in covering the event. Especially our own Mr. Goldberg who, by my last count, has turned in an impressive 33 film reviews over the last nine days. Kudos, gentlemen. Now, enough with the backpatting…
In this week’s installment, you’ll find our recap of the Raiders of the Lost Ark Los Angeles screening with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, the first look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, interviews with Drive‘s Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, an exclusive with Megan Fox where she discusses (among other things) whether or not she has seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and all of our TIFF 2011 coverage in one place. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
Anyone involved in the business of filmmaking would love to be able to cut together a professional reel like three-time Oscar winning editor Michael Kahn. Included in his more than 60 feature film editing credits is a ton of work on Steven Spielberg films such as Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With this small sample of his body of work in mind, Kahn was recently honored by the American Cinema Editors with a Lifetime Achievement Award. As part of the ceremony, the A.C.E. showed this seven-minute cut of the editor’s work during their awards ceremony on Saturday, February 19th. To be brief, it truly is amazing to see this type of influential work condensed into seven minutes.
Hit the jump to check out Kahn’s incredible reel [Warning: You may instantly feel like your own professional output is inferior both during and after viewing].