Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Info!

You might remember our post about INDIANA JONES AND THE ADVENTURE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, (official site) the Indiana Jones world tour that’s set to launch in Montreal and head out internationally later on, bringing Indiana Jones props and memorabilia together with real archaeological treasures and giving fans a change to take a walk in Indy’s shoes!

Now there’s a new way to get more information from fans and for fans: TWITTER and FACEBOOK!

Check back here for updates, too! We’ll be sure to spread any new information that comes in.

Has Stephen Fry Left Twitter?

Star Tweeter Stephen Fry seems to have departed the Twitterverse over some comments he made recently and, given our previous recommendation, we thought we’d post the reason why. So here’s the story from Towle Road

Prolific tweeter Stephen Fry has apparently left the service following outrage over the weekend over an Attitude magazine article in which he suggested that women only have sex with men because it’s the price they’re willing to pay for a relationship.

Attitude quoted Fry as saying:” I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want. Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, ‘Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!’ But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?”

Before bidding good-bye yesterday, Fry tweeted: “So some f*cking paper misquotes a humorous interview I gave, which itself misquoted me and now I’m the Antichrist. I give up.”

Unfortunately, Fry has an apparent history of such comments, as fans dug up here:

And for another view, see Laurie Penny’s response!

Conan O’Brien Finds New Home at TBS

“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.”

Yesterday’s big entertainment buzz was all about Conan O’Brien and his upcoming move to TBS. Naturally, I was very much Team Coco when NBC pulled the switcheroo on their Tonight Show hosts, so I’m thrilled that Conan’s got a brand new place to go once he returns from his live tour.

I’ll admit, however, that when I heard it wasn’t going to be FOX and that TBS was getting Coney, I was slightly…nervous? Put off? Uncertain? After all, it’s not exactly known for…well, anything except syndicated sitcoms or some truly terrible syndicated comedy.

Fortunately, the folks at Entertainment Weekly feel my pain and the pain of all other Coco fans feeling grim about TBS and thus have written a pretty great article about why we should all be very, very happy…

With the news that Conan O’Brien will start a show on TBS in November, there are going to be a lot of people dubious about his decision and scoffing at his new chosen network. Here’s why you shouldn’t.


1. Conan will get a big audience.

I mean by comparison. From the moment he premieres, given the outreach of basic cable combined with TBS’ easy-to-locate position on most cable systems, O’Brien will immediately draw more viewers than Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. (And if you think TBS’ 10-11 p.m. line-up of Family Guy and The Office reruns is a poor lead-in for Conan, just remember that Comedy Central’s South Park reruns and stand-up-comic specials don’t do Stewart and Colbert any favors, either.)
Conan won’t come close to Leno and Letterman in ratings, of course. But the perception (that combo of hype, demos, and word-of-mouth) will be that Conan is a hit. And perception counts for a lot. It’s what makes some of you think Jon Stewart, as good as he is, out-draws your local news at 11. He doesn’t.


2. Conan instantly makes a square cable channel seem hip.

Hip and cool have always been important to O’Brien and his audience, even if they don’t admit it. If there’s one thing we learned about Conan from his Tonight Show run, it’s that O’Brien is an acquired taste for mass America. Being on TBS enables O’Brien to bestow his hipness upon a low-rent cable channel. And if there’s one thing we learned about Conan’s audience from his Tonight Show run, it’s that they love to consider themselves a beleaguered cult of cognoscenti. Well, Conan’s arrival at TBS will enable Team Coco to do something cults love: take something that’s considered lame and single handedly raise it to cool status.


3. The alternative — Fox — would likely have been a disaster.

As I’ve written before, Fox has never launched a successful late-night talk show, and Conan would have immediately been discussed in the media in the same breath as such failures as the Chevy Chase and Joan Rivers shows. That’s not good publicity. Plus, the lead-in Fox outlets would have provided (some of them grumpily) for O’Brien is, in most markets, its local news, not the biggest ratings-gatherers. It’s far better for Conan to mount a fresh version of his old show in a new outlet, which is what TBS provides.

Conans: The Barbarian + O’Brien

There’s a brand new arrival over in our Conan the Barbarian section on CmdStore.com, which comes as a surprise to me given the distance between this and the ending of the films. The titular Barbarian, after all, has become Governor of California and seems very far removed from his axe-swinging past. Nevertheless, fans can snag this 6-inch NECA Cult Classic figure of Temple of the Serpent Conan.

A likely explanation for the renewed interest in the franchise, though, comes with the all the recent news about the Conan the Barbarian reboot film (Hollywood sure is creative!). The most recent info informs us that Mickey Rourke might be playing Conan’s father, but we shall see whether any of that pans out come 2011.

There’s also the story of another newly-arriving Conan. Namely, this one:

He’s on Twitter! Find him at @ConanOBrien to add him to your twit-list. Here’s the news from Zap2it:

Conan O’Brien, who made fun of Twitter a whole bunch during his “Tonight Show” stint, has joined Twitter.

The sum total of his output (Twitter has verified it’s actually O’Brien) as of 11 a.m. PT Thursday is a single tweet: “Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.” But that single update — funny, and also a little bit heartbreaking — has been enough to collect more than 260,000 followers — more than three times as many as the official NBC/Jay Leno page (@jayleno).

Now, a big Twitter following has very little to do with TV ratings. We just found the numbers interesting, and perhaps an indication that members of Team Coco are still thinking about their guy. Plus, the profile picture is a good one, with O’Brien sporting his hiatus beard and a chimpanzee hanging onto his neck.

As part of his exit deal from NBC, O’Brien has to stay off the air until September. There have been rumblings about him doing a live stage show, but no concrete plans for it have emerged.

Top 10 Internet Moments of the Decade

The birth of Wikipedia, the death of Napster, the iPhone, Facebook and Twitter have been named by the Webby Awards as among the top 10 Internet moments of the decade.

Other events singled out by New York’s International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which bestows the annual Webby Awards, were Iran’s election protests, Craigslist’s expansion and the launch of Google AdWords.

The recurring theme among all of the milestones on the list is the Internet’s capacity to circumvent old systems and put more power into the hands of ordinary people.

The Webby Awards list of the 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade:

* Craigslist online classified site expands outside San Francisco (2000)

* The launch of Google AdWords (2000)

* The launch of online encyclopedia Wikipedia (2001)

* The shutdown of file-sharing site Napster (2001)

* Google’s initial public offering (2004)

* The online video revolution led by YouTube (2006)

* Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter launches (2006)

* Apple’s iPhone debuts (2007)

* The use of the Internet in the US presidential campaign (2008)

* The use of Twitter during the Iranian election protests (2009)

Have anything to add?  Go ahead and comment….

Edward Norton’s New Twitter Campaign!

According to a piece posted over at Digital Spy, Edward Norton once said “I haven’t personally really engaged in a lot of this new kind of social networking stuff like Twitter or Facebook or MySpace. I mean, the notion of people following what I am doing every day is like torture for me.”

But all of a sudden, all that’s changed! Over on Twitter, Norton can now be found right here, as Edwardnorton. Why the change of heart? It’s simple. He’s got a cause!

Norton has teamed up the Kenyan Maasai Warriors and a number of other activists to raise money for Wilderness Conservation in Africa. The efforts will culminate in Norton and a team running the New York Marathon for sponsortship.

It’s a great cause and he’s been raising a ton of money with giveaways and contests as he gets sponsors for runners and his own team. Prizes so far have ranged from movie posters to running shoes to Blackberries pre-loaded with personalized videos from Norton himself. It’s a great way not only to interact with one of our day’s most celebrated actors, but also to give to a good cause.

Paranormal Activity is Terrifying. And Awesome.

That’s it.

I was more than a little hesitant to buy into the hype surrounding the recent horror flick, Paranormal Activity. A faux documentary based on footage recorded by Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (fictionalized versions of the actors portraying them). It tells the story of three weeks in the couple’s life as they are threatened by a terrifying paranormal force they struggle to both comprehend and eliminate.

The film has no title card, nor opening or closing credits. We read, instead, that Paramount wishes to thank the Sloat and Featherston Families, as well as the San Diego Police Department, for allowing them to release the footage in this manner. It’s a chilling way to begin and dashes any hopes of a happy ending, but as is the case with some of the best movies out there, we aren’t here to find out what happened to the characters, but why and how.

Those who are fans of violence or gore will definitely be disappointed, but true horror need not offer anything more than suggestion or unsettling imagery and this is a great example of ‘less is more’–especially considering it was made on a budget of only $15,000. And even if Paranormal Activity doesn’t push the right buttons to scare you, it still offers the brave a brilliantly assembled indie film that’s sure to stay with you in one way or another.

This is one you won’t want to miss. Check out the trailer below.