Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – $142 Million at the box office?

Industry estimates have the new Indiana Jones pulling in anywhere from $142 million and $175 million this weekend. It did $25 million on Thursday (memorial day weekend counts as a 5 day weekend. Yeah, doesn’t make sense to me either). I’m no expert on the box office, but $30 million a day for a movie with this much hype is really not that much in my mind.

We shall see.

Track the box office here: Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily

Chad Vader

I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or bad thing yet, but I am a Chad Vader fan. If you’re not familiar with Chad Vader, let me give you the elevator pitch. Chad Vader is an online series of videos featuring Darth Vader’s brother, Chad Vader. Chad hasn’t quite reached the pinnacle of evil that his brother has. He is the day shift manager at Empire Market grocery store. All Chad wants is to ruthlessly rule the market, but he is foiled at every turn, but his monumental incompetence. And with a brother who is so masterfully evil, he is destined to always feel like a complete and utter failure.

Here’s the latest Chad Vader installment

The series is the brain child of Matt Stone and Aaron Yonda, founders of Blame Society Productions. They write, shoot, and act in every episode. They actually do a lot more than just the Chad Vader videos. They have the kind of off-beat humor I enjoy. You can check out their website here: Blame Society Productions

Randy Pausch Will Be In New Star Trek Movie

For those of you who are tracking Randy Pausch’s treatment for pancreatic cancer. There is nothing new to report since May 13, but I did find this interesting item online. You may remember from Professor Pausch’s Last Lecture that he is a Captain Kirk and Star Trek Fan. Well, the director of the new Star Trek movie, J.J. Abrams, contacted the professor and offered him a part in the movie. Here’s the email Abrams sent Pausch:

Dear Randy –

Hi there — I’m JJ Abrams, director of the new Star Trek movie. I read about you and your condition, and ALSO your affinity for things Trek.

So, I just wanted to put the invitation out there — that if you had any desire to be in the film (can’t promise you role as CAPTAIN, but… we could do SOMETHING!), it would be my honor and pleasure.

The last thing I want to do is intrude, so feel free not to reply — but I wanted to make sure you knew that, if you are willing and able, the door is wide open.

I hope that your treatments are going well and that we get to meet one day.


Very cool. The good professor accepted the invitation and will indeed appear in the movie. Here’s what he had to say about the experience:

Jai & I hopped a plane to LA, where I got a custom-made Star Trek uniform and my own station on the bridge, where I had lots of buttons and controls. I even got a LINE!!!!

Very cool. You can visit Randy’s website for more interesting Pausch facts.

Whoa! A Crowd of 75,000 Show Up in Portland Oregon to Hear Obama Speak!

Obama Crowd

I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat, Whig or Federalist, you have to admit drawing a crowd of 75,000 people to hear you talk politics is pretty impressive.  That kind of crowd is usually reserved for sporting events.  Although, if only 75,000 showed up for a Tennessee Vols football game in Neyland Stadium the head coach would be fired the next day, but still for a politician it’s impressive nonetheless. 

This is from a Washington Post blog called The Trail titled:  Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.