Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods
After years of wrong reports and speculation of every part of the film (including the involvement of Sean Connery, which has just lately been discounted), it seems the latest Indiana Jones film is becoming a reality. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that construction has already begun to transform the parts of the town of Deming, New Mexico into Morocco during World War II. The work is set to allow initial shooting to start later this month. A building at the former air strip near the town, they tell us, has been painted blue, with an Air Force insignia and the words "Home of the Fighter Pilot" painted on the wall. Vehicles with Air Force insignias have been brought in and parked nearby. The film's reported working title is "Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods." After the New Mexico shooting, there are reports the production will move to tropical-forest locations near Hilo, Hawaii.
Apple & Online Rentals
The Wall Street Journal reports that is in talks with other studios to allow it to offer new movies for rent on Apple's iTunes store. So far Apple has only persuaded Disney to allow it to sell new movies at the same time they are released on DVD. Apple would rent the films "for a set number of days," after which they would self-destruct. The movies could be viewed on video iPods, computer screens, or, by using the company's Apple TV device, on television sets. The Los Angeles Times reports that the studios are demanding that Apple prevent illegal copies of movies from being played via its Apple TV device before they agree to licensing deals. An anonymous studio exec said: "Our position is, if you want our content, you have to protect our business."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has news about "The Incredible Hulk" (Season 3) here, a "Voyagers!" press release here, "The Untouchables" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here, the same for "The Streets of San Francisco" is here and "Criminal Minds" (Season 2) is here.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Gus Van Sant will direct "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," based on Tom Wolfe's book, originally published nearly 40 years ago. The book told the story of an LSD fueled road trip of author Ken Kesey and a group called the Merry Pranksters in a psychedelically painted bus from California to the World's Fair in New York in 1964. Lance Black will adapt the script.
The Pink Panther 2
Harald Zwart is set to direct the sequel to "The Pink Panther." Steve Martin will reprise his role as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Shawn Levy will be executive producer and Sony is plans to begin shooting in late August.
Mike Fright: Stand Up!
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Cecil W. McCall loved his Uncle Shelby. When the old man disappeared and was presumed dead, it affected him greatly. Then came the package, his uncle's legacy. In the package were Time Bands: devices that promised to take the wearer back in time. But Uncle Shelby hadn't left much in the way of instructions. So when McCall accidentally set them off, he was thrown back into the Victorian era, without much preparation. Being a comic and a trivia expert wasn't a lot of help, but being a history nut was. When he saw he was in the England of Jack The Ripper he knew what
On the way he meets Adam Worth (The Real Professor Moriarty),
Dr. Treves & The Elephant Man,
Gaston Leroux (Creator of "The Phantom of the Opera"),
William Brodie, Rasputin and the Real Dracula.
He also runs into a time-traveling salesman,
Time Police and the forerunners of the Mafia.
And that is only the beginning . . .
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Anita Blake -- Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1,
Madame Mirage #1,
Witchblade Takeru Manga #5,
Ultimate Fantastic Four #43,
Spider-Man Fairy Tales #2,
Black Panther #28,
& Thor #1