Karen Allen on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” aliens, nuking the fridge and more

Karen Allen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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“Nuking the fridge” is part of the lexicon now — thanks to an infamous scene in “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” when our intrepid adventurer miraculously survives a nuclear blast by climbing in a lead-lined refrigerator, which is then the only item blown out of the blast radius. (Never mind the radiation burns he should have suffered, once he crawled out). But despite the phrase replacing “jumping the shark” to indicate a serial story which has dropped in quality and/or credulity, and the resulting widespread debate whether the fridge scene or the alien subject matter of the fourth film meant the “Indiana Jones” series had, too, jumped the shark, at least one cast member had remained happily ignorant of the cinematic controversy, at least until recently.

Karen Allen, who played Marion Ravenwood in the first and fourth “Indiana Jones” films, sat down with IFC earlier this week to promote the series’ release on Blu-ray, and confessed that she only recently became aware of the disappointment level expressed by both fans and filmmakers. “I didn’t even know what that was, ‘nuking the fridge,'” Allen laughed when the topic came up. “My son had to tell me.” Nicholas, who just turned 22, wore a hat recently which had the phrase “Nuke the fridge” on it, and his mother inquired, “What does that mean?” “He said, ‘What? Are you kidding? You don’t know?'” she laughed, recalling the exchange.

Even though Steven Spielberg himself has expressed his doubts about the aliens, Allen said she was not disappointed but “intrigued” by the addition of inter-dimensional beings to the “Indiana Jones” mythology, particularly because the B-movie element was an homage to the films of her youth. “I grew up with all those science-fiction-y, out-there kind of films,” she said. “I thought it was great that it was moving into that world, the 1950s, and doing a kind of homage of that time.” She particularly liked how Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt had a “very Marlon Brando moment,” when his entrance recalled Brando in 1953’s “The Wild One” — riding a motorcycle while wearing an off-kilter cap and a motorcycle jacket. “I love the little moments that remind me of a certain element of film history,” Allen said. “That’s particularly meaningful for me.”

As for the MacGuffin of the film, the crystal skulls, Allen said, “I’m not sure I completely understood it,” but she thought it was “amazing” and “mysterious.” ” “It was like a, ‘Whoa! What’s really going on here?'” she said. “When the spaceship lifts up in the jungle, I don’t know what’s going on, but I enjoyed it. I liked it.” But because the “whole history behind those skulls” is a mystery to most people anyway, Allen said, she’s not too concerned if she understands it or not. “Then again, I didn’t know much about the Ark of the Covenant and that whole mystery before ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,'” she laughed. “But now I could talk about it forever!”

“Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” is available on Blu-ray now.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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