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Steven Spielberg says George Lucas screwed up “Indy 4”

Steven Spielberg says George Lucas screwed up “Indy 4” (photo)

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Reason #168 it’s awesome to be Steven Spielberg: you can pretty much say anything you want. A director who didn’t have Spielberg’s clout, job security, and reputation couldn’t go around openly questioning his screenwriter. Spielberg, on the other hand, can — and just did — bash his screenwriter, George Lucas, like an Internet fanboy.

While speaking about his upcoming 3D animated movie “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” with Empire, Spielberg addressed the lingering disappointment around his last film, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Though he says he’s “very happy” with how the movie ultimately turned out, he acknolwedged that he can “sympathize” with people who didn’t care for the big third act reveal because he never liked it either. He told Empire:

“George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in — even if I don’t believe in it — I’m going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it. I’ll add my own touches, I’ll bring my own cast in, I’ll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.”

Man, following your friend and longtime collaborator right off a cliff even when you know he’s got a bad idea. That’s loyalty. Wait, what am I saying? He’s openly dissing his idea in public! That’s loyalty?

Whatever else it is, it’s certainly candid in a way you only see in film interviews with people who’ve achieved Spielberg’s level of status and success. Oh by the way, if “Indy 4” didn’t kill your enthusiasm for “Indy 5,” Spielberg says Lucas is working on that story now. I’d make a joke about Lucas’ fridge-nuking screenplay being done sometime soon, but apparently that’s the one “Crystal Skull” gag Spielberg does own up to inventing. He told Empire, “That was my silly idea. People stopped saying ‘jump the shark.’ They now say, ‘nuked the fridge.’ I’m proud of that.”

I guess it’s nice that someone’s proud of it. Actually, I have to admit I kind of like the nuke-the-fridge scene. But people get so angry about it that I tend to keep that fact hidden away, like the Ark of the Covenant in an army warehouse. I’m surprised Spielberg doesn’t do the same. Then again, see Reason #168 why it’s awesome to be that guy.

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[H/T Vulture]

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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