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June Gloom is hitting early in the movie biz…

  • AFTRA is optimistic about reaching a deal with the producers before their contract expires June 30th. It seems the main sticking point left is a clips clause that would let clips be licensed without the performer’s consent. Wow, I haven’t been this bored by television since Idol Gives Back.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opened at Number One? Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Making around $101 million from Friday to Sunday put it just ahead of Iron Man’s $98.6 million over the same opening span, but as the LA Times points out, Iron Man had no holiday weekend boost behind it. Iron Man is also not a sequel to a cherished movie franchise. I feel compelled to defend Iron Man and all its awesomeness. Maybe I’ll go see it a 3rd time, so Jon Favreau knows how I feel.

  • The French film entitled Entre les Murs was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes this week, marking the first time in over two decades that a French film has taken home the coveted prize. The film, directed by Laurent Cantent , follows a year in the lives of middle school students growing up poor in Paris. Oh, and it’s in French.
  • Kelsey Grammer has signed on to star in the single-camera pilot “Roman’s Empire” for ABC. So, 20 years on Frasier. One season on the truly awful Back to You and you’re just ready to jump back in just like that? Do you have a drug problem, Kelsey Grammer? I don’t get it. TAKE A BREAK.
  • Actor Rob Knox, who plays a small role in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed to death outside of a London pub this week. This is just sad. Poor muggle.
  • Anthony Hopkins will star in a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, it was announced. With Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley playing two of Lear’s daughters. This IGN article helpfully reminds us that King Lear was written in 1605.

Next up for Summer Disappointments: Kung Fu Panda!