News from the frontier, 6/8/2007 (Indy IV, CHiPs)

Good evening. Mayhem, murder, insanity, and, yet, no stories about Paris Hilton. That must mean it’s time for another edition of Frontier News.

No Connery for Indy IV
Though Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones in the franchise’s fourth installment, Lucasfilm reports that Sean Connery will not return as his father. Connery, who retired from acting in 2005, made this announcement yesterday:

“I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator!”

As an Indy fan, I’m disappointed. However, Connery has certainly earned his retirement. At a certain point, you have to focus on what is truly important in life.

So, who will be in the movie? In addition to Ford, the cast now includes Cate Blanchett (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), Ray Winstone (The Departed), John Hurt (V for Vendetta), and Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia). Is Hurt a replacement for Connery? His role has not been announced, but I’m not sure he could pull off the comedic elements.

Indy IV is due out on May 22, 2008, and is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

Ponch & Jon ride again
For my fellow nostalgists out there, season one of CHiPs arrived on DVD this week. Debuting in September of 1977, this was the show that made motorcycle cops cool. TNG fans, don’t look for future Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Michael Dorn on the season 1 set. He didn’t became a recurring CHiPs castmember until the third season of the six season series.

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Ah, well, a lightning storm is on the way so this will be a short post! We’ll get around to the mayhem, murder, and insanity . . . some other time.