Sunday night roundup
• The first reviews of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" are flooding the Internet from Cannes, where the fourth Indy flick had its first official screening today. Happily, the overall reception is good -- the film community seemed to be fearing a repeat of the bashing "The Da Vinci Code" took at the 2006 festival, but people seem to generally enjoy the return of Dr. Jones. One of the blogosphere's most notorious curmudgeons, Jeffrey Wells, even liked it, and he regularly rants about how overrated Steven Spielberg is as a director. Just tread carefully, friends; the spoilers are everywhere. (And also remember that the first reviews of "The Phantom Menace" were pretty positive as well.)
• "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" pulled down an estimated $56.6 million this weekend, which must be seen as a disappointment by the folks at Disney. The first "Narnia" flick did about $10 million more in its first frame and proved to have long legs, taking it near the $300 million mark. The new one's opening number is low enough, I think, to answer my question about whether Caspian could slay Indy at the box office. (Uh ... no.)
• Thursday's penultimate "Lost" wasn't the blockbuster I was hoping for -- the Oceanic Six press conference was poorly handled, I thought -- but it perfectly set up May 29's double finale. I really hope Sawyer has the decency to tell Jack that Ben saved everyone's lives in New Otherton, sparing us another scene where Jack points his gun at Ben. (Although that will lead to another scene where Ben gets to totally outclass Jack in the brains department, which is always fun.) Speaking of Sawyer, I'm getting the feeling that our favorite trash-talking Southerner won't survive to Season Five ...
Here's an Eddie Izzard classic on prisoners negotiating with
the Church of England before their execution.
• Former transvestite comic Eddie Izzard made his return to the Chicago stage this weekend dressed as a proper bloke, and I saw Saturday's final performance at the Chicago Theatre. He brought his usual mix of history and absurdity, going on long tangents about how giraffes don't make noises, and therefore can't warn each other of approaching tigers ("Is this Africa? Why am I here, I'm a bloody tiger!"), and about the difficulty of speaking Latin, which led to a Roman soldier describing an elephant as an "upside-down backwards squirrel-toaster." It was the third time I've seen Izzard perform in Chicago, and I'd gladly go again. The best part of the evening: After the show, he came out for a 20-minute Q&A with the group of 60 or so that waited near the stage door. We got really close, and I couldn't help but marvel at how strikingly handsome he is. Indeed, just about every famous person I've ever seen in real life is just gorgeous, even the ones who aren't gorgeous on TV. See? It really is all about your looks in Hollywood ...
• This YTMND meme called "Metallica gives test advice" had my sister in hysterics Friday night. (Sound required)
• And finally ... There's a cool show at the Chicago Theatre on Tuesday, June 10: Cyndi Lauper, The B-52's, Tegan and Sara and the Cliks, hosted by Carson Kressley from "Queer Eye." The only downside: Rosie O'Donnell will be performing. Click here for more info. Unfortunately, I can't go because I'm already taking the night after that off to see Iron Maiden. "Scream for me, Chicago!"