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George Lucas and Steven Spielberg say “Indiana Jones 5” needs its MacGuffin

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg say “Indiana Jones 5” needs its MacGuffin (photo)

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For the upcoming “Indiana Jones” film, it’s all about the MacGuffin.

It’s all director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas have been talking about recently. MacGuffin, MacGuffin, MacGuffin. Turns out that a fifth “Indy” movie is indeed in the works (either good news or bad news depending upon where you stand on the reboot of the franchise), but there’s one thing it’s missing: something for Indiana Jones to quest after.

The “MacGuffin” is a term popularized by Alfred Hitchcock in terms of being a narrative element that drives a story forward. For “Indiana Jones,” that element has always been a specific item that is the object of Jones’ searches in the movies. In “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” it was the Ark of the Covenant.” In “Temple of Doom,” the Sankara Stones. In “The Last Crusade,” it was the Holy Grail, and in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” it was the titular Crystal Skull.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Lucas admitted that the one element of “Indy 5” that’s missing is its MacGuffin.

“I mean, I know what it’s about,” he said, “but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we’re working in.”

That echoes what Spielberg told The Playlist when asked what he meant by saying he and Lucas have agreed on a genre for the movie. Turns out they do have a genre in mind, they just don’t have a MacGuffin.

“It’s not a new genre at all. [All the ‘Indiana Jones’ films], they’re all the same genre. It’s all the same genre. It’s just the MacGuffin that changes,” he said. “That’s what always changes, and that’s what we always look for.”

What item do you think Indy should quest for this time around? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.