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Raiders Of The Lost Ark Named Best Action Movie

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INDIANA JONES adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark has been named the best action movie of all time in a new online survey.

Editors of picked the 1981 Harrison Ford blockbuster as their number one, crediting filmmaker George Lucas with creating "two hours of non-stop forward momentum".

The Matrix came second, ahead of Die Hard and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Sci-fi epic Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back came in fifth, guaranteeing Ford a second entry in the top five

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The Godfather Named The Greatest Of All Time

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Mafia classic The Godfather has beaten Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK to be named the greatest movie of all time in a new poll.

Director Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film, which starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, topped Britain's Empire magazine survey to find the best picture ever.

More than 10,000 movie fans, critics and filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino and Mike Leigh, took part in the poll.

Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark came in second place, and the 1980 Star Wars film came third.

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Spielberg Reluctant To Revive Indiana Jones

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Steven Spielberg dismissed pleas to revive INDIANA JONES for a fourth movie - because he was convinced his ending to the Raiders of the Lost Ark trilogy was perfect.

The legendary moviemaker returned to the set of the Harrison Ford action film for its latest installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, to shoot the summer (08) film - 19 years after 1989's The Last Crusade.

Spielberg, 61, admitted it was a struggle to resign to the idea of bringing Indy back to life, but soon changed his mind once the right script was discovered.

He says, "Resistance - in the sense that I made a deal with George in 1977 on the beach in Hawaii to make three of these things if the first one was successful. And to prove to George (Lucas) that I had fulfilled my moral contract, I designed a shot where Harrison (Ford) rode off into the sunset and that's a classic western side off and I thought that was the end."

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Raiders Star Allen Shocked By Spielberg Call

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Raiders of the Lost Ark star Karen Allen was stunned when Steven Spielberg phoned her and asked her to be part of the new INDIANA JONES movie - because she was just a sweater shop owner in rural Massachusetts.
The actress, who played the adventurer's love interest in the first Indiana Jones film, turned her back on Hollywood years ago and moved to Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
There, she runs a yoga studio and knits scarves and sweaters, which she sells from her town store.
Allen also teaches at a local college, and she had no idea she was being considered for the fourth Indiana Jones film.
She says, "Steven called and said, 'You know why I'm calling... We're making another Indiana Jones - and you're in it!'
"I was jumping around with joy."

Diaz's Indiana Jones Obsession

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Actress Cameron Diaz was so obsessed with Raiders of the Lost Ark as a child she watched it over and over again every day.
The star loved the 1981 action movie about intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones, and genuinely believed her life would turn out to be just as exciting as his.
She recalls, "When I was younger, I used to watch it every day, and sometimes even twice a day.
"That was how I thought people lived their lives - travelling and having adventures."

Superman Costume Sells At Auction For $115,000

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Late actor Christopher Reeve's Superman costume has sold at auction for $115,000 (GBP59,000) on website
The red and blue ensemble, worn by Reeve in the 1978 movie, had been expected to fetch between $50,000 (GBP25,600) and $70,000 (GBP35,800).
It was one of numerous items being sold by memorabilia firm Profiles In History, including H.R. GIGER's creature suit from the 1979 film ALIEN, which sold for $126,500 (GBP64,880).
Marilyn Monroe's gown from THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS and Val Kilmer's Batman costume from Batman Forever fetched $92,000 (GBP47,200) and $63,250 (GBP32,435) respectively.
Elsewhere, the golden headpiece of the 'Staff Of Ra' from Raiders of the Lost Ark took $69,000 (GBP35,385).

Hollywood Accused Of Islamophobia

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Hollywood films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, ALADDIN and The Siege are depicting "exaggerated and ridiculous" stereotypes of Muslims and perpetuating Islamophobia, according to a British report published today (25JAN07).
The report by the Islamic Human Rights Commission argues Hollywood films have helped to demonise Muslims as violent, dangerous and threatening people.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, the original INDIANA JONES movie from 1981, is criticised for including "patently obvious...cultural stereotypes and scenarios" in a street scene featuring bazaars, veiled women and men in traditional dress, all set to snake-charming music.
ALADDIN, a 1992 Disney animated film, is blasted for giving Aladdin, the most sympathetic Arab character, an American accent while the rest of the cast have "exaggerated and ridiculous Arab accents".
THE SIEGE, a 1998 movie about a wave of attacks by Palestinian terrorists in New York City, is slammed for reinforcing "the monolithic stereotype of the Arab/Palestinian/Muslim being violent and ready to be martyred for their cause".
Last week (19JAN07), the Council On American-Islamic Relations demanded to meet the producers of hit TV series 24 to object to the portrayal of Muslims on the hit action show.

Lucas Sets Indiana Shoot Date

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The much-anticipated fourth INDIANA JONES installment will be filmed next year (07), writer/producer George Lucas confirms.
The filmmaker promises the sequel will be the most exciting chapter to date after finalising the script with director Steven Spielberg.
He says, "It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet."
He adds the film will be a "character piece" and see Harrison Ford reprise his role as the titular hero.
Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984's TEMPLE OF DOOM and 1989's THE LAST CRUSADE.

Darabont 'Lucas To Blame For Indiana Jones Delay'

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Screenwriter Frank Darabont has blasted George Lucas for the delays behind the fourth INDIANA JONES movie.
The highly anticipated sequel was ready for filming back in 2004, but despite a script from Darabont that impressed director Steven Spielberg, the film's producer Lucas blocked the impending shoot - citing problems with the screenplay.
Speaking to, Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont says, "That was terrifically frustrating. I worked for over a year on that. I worked very close with Steven Spielberg. He was ecstatic with the result and was ready to shoot it two years ago.
"He was very, very happy with the script and said it was the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
"Lucas read it and said, 'Yeah, I don't think so, I don't like it.' And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, (which) is a real kick to the nuts.
"You can only waste so much time and so many years of your life on experiences like that, you can only get so emotionally invested and have the rug pulled out from under you before you say enough of that."

Portman To Play Indiana Jones' Daughter?

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Natalie Portman is being lined up to play INDIANA JONES' daughter in the fourth and final movie adventure to star Harrison Ford as the daredevil archaeologist.
The Perfect Storm star Karen Allen, who is expected to reprise her Marion Ravenwood role in the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, let the news slip about Star Wars heroine Portman at a question-and-answer session in New York on Friday (07JUL06).
Allen spoke to Indiana Jones fans after a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and, although she was coy about her own part in the fourth film, she revealed Portman's name is being mentioned.
She told fans, "I just heard Natalie Portman was cast as Indy's daughter."
One fan in attendance says, "She (Allen) immediately changed the subject as if she knew she shouldn't have said anything."

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