Kevin Maher at the London Times tries to interview John Hurt, who’s been forbidden by the studios to discuss his role in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Maher attempts to come up with a workaround:
I suggest a game. I’ll run plot points (gleaned from the internet and beyond) by him, and will judge their validity, or not, by his reactions. There’s more than one Crystal Skull? “Hmmm, interesting,” he says. Your character comes back from the dead? “He’d be called Lazarus, wouldn’t he?!” There’s a cameo from the Elephant Man? “Depends on how you look at it.” And, finally, with [Quentin] Crisp in mind, you have a homosexual relationship with Indiana Jones. “I wish!” he says, before sneering: “Oh yes, Lucas would really dare to put something like that in!”
Samantha Geimer, the girl behind Roman Polanski’s 1977 Waterloo, showed up for Tuesday’s premiere of now-HBO doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.” From New York: “Coming to the premiere, likewise, was a way to try to get the press off her back. ‘I figure if I keep talking to people, maybe they’ll get tired of me,’ she says. ‘That’s one of my theories, that no one will want to talk to me anymore! Hasn’t worked yet.’ “
[W]e’re living in an age of remakes, so we decided we’d do a shot-by-shot remake of that hilarious, slapstick-gore movie Schindler’s List. But instead of the Jews, we put in several hundred chicken Indian zombies, and instead of the concentration camps, we’ve got concentration coops. Liam Neeson wasn’t quite up to the task, so we hired the very famous Shakespearean actor Ron Jeremy. I predict Poultrygeist is going to be very favorably looked upon by the Schindler’s List crowd.
There’s a Bollywood remake of “Spider-Man” in the works, according to io9. Shah Rukh Khan will star.
Michael J. Jordan at the Christian Science Monitor looks at the Kazakhstan film industry, sans “Borat.”
[Photo: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Paramount Pictures, 2008]
+ Me and Mr Jones: is John Hurt the latest Indiana Jones villain? (London Times)
+ The Surprise Guest at the Roman Polanski Documentary Premiere: The Woman in Question (New York)
+ Lloyd Kaufman (Onion AV Club)
+ The Bollywood Version Of Spider-Man Is Better, Because He Can Fly (io9)
+ Kazakhstan seeks identity on the big screen (CS Monitor)