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What about Indy? The Disney/Lucasfilm deal and the future of 'Indiana Jones'

Amid the flurry of Twitterpation over the deal for Disney to buy Lucasfilm and the subsequent plans for a new trio of Star Wars feature films, the fate of another beloved brainchild of George Lucas was lost a bit in the shuffle: Indiana Jones. Adjusted for inflation, the four Indy movies have brought in nearly $1.9 billion at the domestic box office (or $939 million in unadjusted gross). In 2008, after a 19-year absence from the multiplex, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull proved the globetrotting archeologist still had plenty of box office snap left in his whip, pulling in $786.6 million worldwide.

All of which is to say, if Disney is clearly so eager to get the Star Wars engines revving once more, wouldn’t the studio also want to keep Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. swinging into theaters? After all, Disney already has two immensely popular Indiana Jones attractions at its theme parks: The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. A new Indiana Jones movie should be a no brainer, right?

    READ MORE: EW’s full coverage of the Disney-Lucasfilm deal

Well, it’s complicated. READ FULL STORY

Five things we learned from Time's 'Lincoln' Q&A with Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg

Oprah, Bill O’Reilly, Gayle King, and Haley Joel Osment were among the special guests at the Time screening of Lincoln in New York City on Oct. 25.

Following the movie, Time managing editor Rick Stengel conducted a Q&A with director Steven Spielberg, star Daniel Day-Lewis and screenwriter Tony Kushner. And here are the five most fascinating things we learned.

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Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen give $30 million each to Motion Picture & Television Fund

Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen — the Hollywood luminaries who founded DreamWorks SKG 18 years ago this week — have each donated $30 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the Hollywood charity that provides financial assistance, medical services, and retirement facilities to industry professionals.

“It becomes very personal when someone you know or have worked with is cared for at ‘the Home’ or a crew member is helped financially by MPTF,” said Spielberg in a statement. “The mission ‘we take care of our own’ is suddenly very real and tangible, and so this new donation is an extension of what we have been doing for a number of years to support that mission.”

The donations are part of a $350 million campaign to shore up the endowment for the MPTF, which was founded 90 years ago by Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith.

Katzenberg is also chairman of the MPTF Foundation.

Report: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' to show at New York Film Festival

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Attendees of the New York Film Festival, which started Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 14, may very well get an early look at Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated presidential biopic Lincoln next Monday, reports Deadline Hollywood.

A spokesperson for Walt Disney Studios tells EW the studio neither confirms nor denies Lincoln showing at the NY fest. Sources say, however, that if the movie DID show, it would be an early, unfinished version. The American Film Institute already confirmed last month that the ambitious biopic, starring stately Daniel Day-Lewis as bearded, stately 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, would have its official world premiere at the closing night gala of AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 8. Calls to the New York Film Festival were not immediately returned.

A strategically timed new trailer for Lincoln debuted just after Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, ramping up enthusiasm for the political flick. The movie opens nationwide Nov. 16.

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‘Lincoln’ trailer: Debate followed by new look at Daniel Day-Lewis epic — VIDEO
‘Lincoln’ world premiere to close AFI Fest

'E.T.' reunion: How Steven Spielberg coached his kid stars -- VIDEO

Working with an alien on a movie is probably a little bit easier than working with a child actor.

At least with the alien you can literally pull its puppet strings. Kids require a slightly more magical touch.

That’s what Steven Spielberg learned while working on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and a special documentary on the new Blu-ray release (out Oct. 9) shows just how deep his connection was with 6-year-old Drew Barrymore and 10-year-old Henry Thomas.

The E.T. Journals consist of behind-the-scenes footage from the 1982 movie, presented as-is, without narration or modern interviews. It’s like an extended set-visit to the film, and Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of Spielberg talking young Thomas through the final goodbye. Good luck not tearing up a little yourself at the tender exchange.

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'Lincoln' trailer: Debate followed by new look at Daniel Day-Lewis epic -- VIDEO

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Looks like Daniel Day-Lewis won the debate.

While both sides grumbled about the performances of their candidates during the first exchange between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday night, a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln seemed to wow viewers across the board.

We’ve seen the confident, folksy Lincoln before. But have we ever seen one with such a haunted, hunted look in his eyes?

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'Lincoln' director Steven Spielberg to speak at Gettysburg memorial

Steven Spielberg isn’t ready to let go of the 16th U.S. president just yet.

Just days after his epic historical drama Lincoln opens in national release, the Oscar-winning filmmaker will serve as the keynote speaker at the ceremony marking the 149th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address.

The National Park Service announced his participation in the annual event, which commemorates both that iconic speech and the founding of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Lincoln was invited to speak at the Nov. 19, 1863 consecration of the graveyard, delivering remarks that he said “the world will little note, nor long remember.”

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'Lincoln' world premiere to close AFI Fest

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will have its official world premiere at the closing night gala of AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 8. “Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the American Film Institute’s festival, “and who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history. In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s Lincoln reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”

In the film, Daniel Day-Lewis portrays President Abraham Lincoln in the final days of the Civil War. The film also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens in select theaters on Nov. 9.

The 26th annual AFI Fest runs Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Read more:
Dissecting the ‘Lincoln’ trailer
Spielberg, Gordon-Levitt on Lincoln as ‘a normal guy’
Meet the cast of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ — GALLERY

Karen Allen in 'Indiana Jones': The girl who almost got away

Karen Allen has an amazing laugh, and to hear it in person is to be transported to a steamy desert tent where her Marion Ravenwood is trading drinks with Indiana Jones’s half-charming rival, a flirty French archeologist named Belloq. It’s big and fun, and you’d volunteer to be dragged behind a speeding German truck for the chance to hear it again. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Allen played a feisty, tough-as-nails beauty whose first romantic encounter with Indy had ended in Rick Blaine level heartbreak — for her. The second time around, they teamed up to find the lost ark of the covenant before Belloq and the Nazis, and she proved to be Indy’s equal in every way.

But although Indiana Jones returned for two more blockbuster adventures in the 1980s, Marion was not in the picture. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a prequel, Indy romanced a shrieking blonde showgirl (Kate Capshaw), and in The Last Crusade, he jousted with a blonde Austrian scholar (Alison Doody). Blondes are supposed to have more fun, but neither character connected with Indy — or audiences — like Marion. Fans voiced their preference whenever new Indy 4 rumors surfaced, and when she finally returned for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, she was the same gal that we’d all fallen in love with 27 years before. She was almost delightful enough for us to overlook the nuked fridge and the swinging monkeys. (Almost.)

With today’s release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray — and the digitally remastered Raiders of the Lost Ark still in select theaters — Allen sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss her role in the franchise, why she never expected to return, and why her kiss would’ve never, ever put Indy to sleep.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The first time we meet Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark, she’s going shot for shot with a burly Nepalese drunk before Indiana Jones walks back in to her life. It was impossible not to adore her from that moment on.
KAREN ALLEN: It’s a great introduction. That’s the only scene I read at first. They gave me that scene to audition with. No one was allowed to read the script. So until they told me they wanted me, that was really all I knew about the role — that one scene. But that was enough that I was totally intrigued and wanted to do it. Whatever this story was, this was going to be a fantastic character to play. READ FULL STORY

'Cabin in the Woods' director Drew Goddard on his lost weekend with Joss Whedon -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the spring of 2007, Drew Goddard — who’d gotten his start in Hollywood writing on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and moved on to write episodes of AngelAliasLost, and the monster movie Cloverfield — was approached by Whedon with a crazy idea: Lock themselves in a hotel room for a weekend to write a horror movie. And not just any fright fest, but one that would work as a straightforward horror flick while also being somehow about the entire genre of horror flicks. Naturally, Goddard said yes.

Two years later, Goddard was directing, and Whedon producing, The Cabin in the Woods, but thanks to the MGM bankruptcy, it wasn’t until the film premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival that audiences got a chance to see it. It subsequently opened in theaters to rave reviews and an instant cult following, and in this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray (out Sept. 18), Whedon and Goddard talk about that lost weekend that got it all started. Check it out below, and then read on for Goddard’s further thoughts on working with Whedon, writing Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action spectacular Robopocalypse, as well as some seriously SPOILER-y talk about Cabin‘s much-discussed ending.  READ FULL STORY

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