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Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Cash

To answer ye olde question, what will Lucas/Spielberg/Ford make on Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?
The Paramount deal was 87.5% to Lucas/Spielberg/Ford after a set breakeven point. LAT put that number at $400 million, which has to be low, unless you assume that Par gets a cut on DVD and other ancillaries as well, which I will do for the moment.
The film is $317 million over $400 million at this point. So

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8 Responses to “Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Cash”

  1. mutinyco says:

    From every dingy basement on every dingy street
    every dragging handclap over every dragging beat
    That’s just the beat of time-the beat that must go on
    If you

  2. Wrecktum says:

    Koka kola advertising and cocaine
    Strolling down the Broadway in the rain
    Neon light sign says it
    I read it in the paper; they’re crazy!

  3. IOIOIOI says:

    He’s so super whack
    We cannot believe he’s not on crack.
    He does things that make no sense.
    We are surprised he can pay the rent.
    He’s a fool.
    He’s a fool.
    Everybody knows he’s a fool.
    He’s a fool.
    He’s a fool.
    If it were not for decent sized lips. We are convinced that he would always drool.
    He’s a fool.
    He’s a fool.
    To some people in south American he’s a TOOL!
    Wherever he goes.
    Wherever he shows.
    Everybody knows he’s a fool.
    He’s a fool.

  4. leahnz says:

    this might take the heavyweight title for ‘weirdest…thread…ever’

  5. jeffmcm says:

    Are these curious word-collections meant to accompany some kind of melodious tune? I find it all quite illogical.

  6. yancyskancy says:

    jeff – mutinyco and Wrecktum quoted songs by The Clash. No idea what IO’s song is – though I’m sure we’re the only losers on the net who don’t recognize it, and it’s probably been the number one download for months on the site where all the cool kids go. 🙂

  7. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff: I would be shocked if you had a melodic note in your head. Seriously though, it’s a nice song and dance number. Who doesn’t love a good song and dance number?

  8. Tofu says:

    Indiana Jones has been ruling the Supermarket isles for weeks now, thanks in large part to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group inc. & Kellogs. Now The Dark Knight is hitting the shelves, thanks in part to General Mills (which also had a Speed Racer deal) Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Old El Paso, Hershey’s, and Yoplait.
    And… I see no Wall-E at all. Kung-Fu Panda is surprisingly sparse.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon