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Ridley Scott is apparently on board to direct and be involved in a new HBO Drama series called "Pharaoh" that "revolves around ancient Egypt and the influence of alien beings as an alternative explanation for the rise of empires in the region". Um, so kind of like a new version of Stargate developed by HBO? Sign me up please.
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Ridley Scott is apparently on board to direct and be involved in a new HBO Drama series called "Pharaoh" that "revolves around ancient Egypt and the influence of alien beings as an alternative explanation for the rise of empires in the region". Um, so kind of like a new version of Stargate developed by HBO? Sign me up please.
Glinda at 11:05 PM Apr 24

Hmmm, indeed. This could be interesting.

Anakin at 12:15 AM Apr 25

That sounds great

Mr.Blizzo at 12:17 AM Apr 25

Ridley Scott, ancient Egypt, sci-fi...I am all over this. Plus I just love anything involving Egypt. Visiting the pyramids is a dream of mine.

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“I don't remember the timing exactly, but I might have been making 'The Abyss' at that time, also for Fox. What came up was the idea of doing ‘Alien 5,’ and at one point I pitched that I would write it and produce it, and Ridley would direct it, and we had lunch talking about this, and we were in violent agreement, then nothing happened. What happened next was Fox went ahead with ‘Aliens Vs Predator,’ and I said, 'I really don't recommend that, you'll ruin the franchise, it's like Universal doing ‘Dracula versus the Werewolf,’ ' and then I lost interest in doing an Alien film." - James Cameron.
YoshioKun13 at 12:12 AM Apr 25

ALIEN RESURRECTION already ruined the franchise.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 4 hours ago

this fucking bad-ass
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Weapon X at 08:41 PM Apr 24

And then Dany turned into a dragon, fucking ATE that punkass Viserys whole, and shouted, "WHO WOKE THE DRAGON NOW, BITCH!?"

writer19 at 08:42 PM Apr 24

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Mr.Blizzo at 05:03 PM Apr 24

goddamn that is one terrifying picture.

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Weapon X at 05:20 PM Apr 24

OH GOD I CONFESS TO ALL THE EVIL OF MANKIND just please stop staring at me with those horrible damning eyes...

TheChanges23 at 05:36 PM Apr 24

Well.....thanks for the nightmares, JL. Jesus.

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Entertainment Weeky's Best Summer Blockbusters of All-Time: #5 Raiders of the Lost Ark

"In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, finds himself surrounded by angry natives and a smug Eurotrash rival, outruns them and their poisonous darts to an idling sea-plane that barely gets him in the air in time — only to find himself sharing the front seat with a giant snake, which we soon learn, is his kryptonite.

In just 12 minutes and 47 seconds, audiences experienced more pulsating action than most action movies stuff into two full hours. It was exhilarating. And it only picked up steam from there. Indy fought Nazis in Nepal and re-teamed with lost love Marion (Karen Allen), infamously dueled with an Arab swordsman in Cairo, discovered the Well of Souls where the mysterious Ark was hidden (guarded by hundreds of slithering asps), and then stole the Ark back from the Germans in the death-defying stunt that had Indy being dragged underneath and behind a speeding truck — a clever homage to the classic scene in John Ford’s iconic western Stagecoach.

Hollywood has been trying to catch up ever since. Raiders, which was conceived as an homage to cheap 1940s cliffhanger serials, completely rewrote the rules of the action genre. It all started as a lark, a beach-vacation chat between pals, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Spielberg expressed his desire to direct a James Bond movie; Lucas responded that he had something better than a Bond movie — a daring 1930s globe-trotting archeologist named… Indiana Smith.

Smith became Jones — because who wants to keep up with the Smiths? — and Harrison Ford, already a superstar after Star Wars, famously stepped into the role after TV’s Tom Selleck couldn’t get out of his Magnum P.I. contract. Lucas envisioned Jones as an American Bond, and Ford combined the dash of Sean Connery with the roguish charm of Humphrey Bogart.

Lucas produced the film, and Spielberg — intent on restoring his reputation after the stinker 1941 — directed. They did it on the cheap — less than $20 million — a point of pride for Spielberg, who’d earned a reputation for blowing past budgets at that point in his career. When it arrived it theaters, advertised as a “new hero from the creators of Jaws and Star Wars,” the film wasn’t exactly an underdog, but it was hardly a sure thing — especially after some disastrous test screenings. Hindsight has a way of making it appear so, but no one knew who Indiana Jones was or why he was hunting the Lost Ark, and why is Han Solo wielding a whip?

The movie opened at No. 1, but it took a backseat to Superman and James Bond in weeks two and three. But then, like the giant boulder in the film, the movie gained momentum, crushing everything in its path. It steamrolled the competition and was still winning weekends in October. By the end of the summer, John Williams’ rollicking Raiders score had replaced his soaring Superman theme and Bond’s 007 music as the soundtrack of boys’ imaginations. Ultimately, it made nearly twice as much as the year’s second place movie, On Golden Pond, and it was also nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture.

Rank: 5

Release Date: June 12, 1981

Box Office: $212.2 million domestic ($8.3 million opening weekend), $389.9 million global; $614.8 million domestic in 2014 dollars, adjusted for inflation. (All numbers from Box Office Mojo.)

The Competition: Raiders had an impressive opening weekend, clobbering Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part I, but in its second week, it finished a distant third to Superman II and The Cannonball Run. But as Raiders became a juggernaut, it clearly put a dent into the grosses of its action-movie rivals, from For Your Eyes Only to Escape From New York to The Legend of the Lone Ranger to Clash of the Titans to Tarzan the Ape Man to Dragonslayer.

What EW said: “At its heart is a smart, self-effacing, swaggering American hero whom we can, if not exactly identify with, then at least dream of one day becoming. Indiana Jones has flaws (a fear of snakes, a habit of regularly getting the stuffing beat out of him, and, sadly, no ability to speak Hovitos). But he always manages to grab his whip, dust off his leather jacket, and kick some Nazi tail when it matters most. One minute he might get pummeled by one of Hitler’s muscle-bound stooges on an airstrip, but the next he’s racing on the back of a horse, leaping onto the side of a speeding truck, and bashing the driver’s face in — all on his way to rescuing the girl. Neither he, nor the film, pauses to catch its breath until Belloq’s head explodes at the end.” — Chris Nashawaty, 2008

Cultural Impact Then: Indiana Jones became an immediate icon, on par with Superman and Luke Skywalker. In 2003, AFI would name Jones Hollywood’s second greatest hero — ahead of James Bond and behind only To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Atticus Finch, a perfect placement for the dashing hero who doubled as a bookish college professor. In Hollywood, the fedora made Ford the biggest star in the world, a role he never seemed fully comfortable with, but one that positioned him for every blockbuster franchise for the next two decades. On the other hand, the film’s success basically proved to Spielberg skeptics that Jaws was not a fluke, and his reputation as an unparallelled storyteller and box-office rainmaker would never be called into question again. (And certainly not after E.T. in 1982.) The success of Raiders gave Lucas his second ginormous franchise, allowing him to do anything he wanted, including nothing at all.

Cultural Staying Power: Hollywood tried to replicate Raiders‘ success, with movies like King Solomon’s Mines (No) and Romancing the Stone (Yes), but there was only one Indiana Jones. He returned in 1984, like all good Saturday-morning matinee heroes do, for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and then again in 1989 for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Lucas produced a popular TV series in the early 1990s, titled The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and there was a lot of talk about making a fourth film in 2008 that would’ve included crystal skulls, nuked fridges, and Shia LaBeouf. Fortunately this never happened — NEVER HAPPENED, I SAID — and Indiana Jones was never violated in a notorious South Park episode. Disney acquired the character in its recent billion-dollar deal with Lucas that included the Star Wars universe, and it’s only a matter of time before Indiana returns, with Harrison Ford back under the fedora for a last hurrah or the inevitable reboot. Trust me.


30. Bridesmaids
29. The Hangover
28. Rambo: First Blood Part II
27. There’s Something About Mary
26. Shrek
25. Inception
24. Spider-Man
23. Saving Private Ryan
22. Gladiator
21. Independence Day
20. Toy Story 3
19. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
18. Grease
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
16. The Avengers
15. Back to the Future
14. Superman II
13. The Lion King
12. The Sixth Sense
11. Top Gun
10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
9. Animal House
8. Ghostbusters
7. Forrest Gump
6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

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ericodarko at 08:43 AM Apr 24

Of course, how can I not have thought of JP & DK? Kind of embarassed by that haha

I think Jaws will get the top spot for the fact that, other than being an absolute masterpiece, it was the first summer blockbuster.

movieman32 at 10:36 AM Apr 24

Awesome blog! Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my childhood favorites that has not only held up well, but could stand tall against any modern blockbuster. Also, I really feel you on wanting to put Kingdom of the Crystal Skull out of your mind. lol

HTX0811 at 05:02 PM Apr 24

Nice blog. I actually didn't see the whole movie until a few years ago because I didn't exist in the world when it first came out and it has lived up to the praise that it gets.

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JohnLocke2342 posted a BLOG item about 18 hours ago

BREAKING: Peter Jackson announces The Hobbit's Title Change


"Inside Information...

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 minutess of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

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Anakin at 07:57 AM Apr 24

Ah. Okay. I was 15 when I read the books so it's going back a bit and I only read 'em the once. haha. Thanks for the info.

ericodarko at 08:18 AM Apr 24

I thought the original title was just perfect but this works as well. The title sequence is going to be EPIC! Can't wait to see what Jackson does with it

Mr.Blizzo at 04:51 PM Apr 24

I really loved that it was going to be "There and Back Again", but Jackson's right, "The Battle of the Five Armies" is more appropriate.

Man, this plus news of maybe naming the trilogy box-set "There And Back Again," then saying there will be over 25 minutes of new scenes for the DoS extended cut, I can't take it....I NEED ALL OF THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW!

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Lupita Nyong'o and ScarJo are in negotiations to lend their voices to Jon Favreau's upcoming Jungle Book adaptation. They would join Idris Elba (who's voicing Shere Khan) with Lupita taking on Mowgli's mother and Scarlett tackling "Kaa" the python. Those are 3 heavy hitting talents right there and this "live-action/CGI" hybrid take on filming is really intriguing to me.
Mr.Blizzo at 05:31 PM Apr 23

Oh wow, Scarlett is a really cool choice for Kaa.

I'm really loving this. I can't wait for it.

WalkAway at 05:53 PM Apr 23

ScarJo has the perfect voice for pretty much everything.

jimmydevito at 06:11 PM Apr 23

Yep I'm game

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

I'm noticing a very similar path that's being traveled by both Jurassic World and the new Godzilla movie. Both are trying to restart an insanely popular franchise that's been dead in the water for years after shitty final installments of their respective sagas. Both brought in young blood directors with surprise indie hits on their hands and no blockbuster experience but are banking on creativity and a new energy for the future. Both seem to be paying very serious tributes to the originals that started it all and both are very respectful of the source material. They're also taking the "unconventional" approach to casting with Godzilla reeling in heavy-handed Oscar nominated dramatic actors and Jurassic World bringing in many with backgrounds in comedy. All this is doing is pumping up the fans even more by giving us not just what we want but what these movies really deserve - some heart and purpose.
ericodarko at 06:32 PM Apr 23

Guardians of the Galaxy has a similar path with an obscure source material instead of a flatlining franchise

JohnnyPHreak at 08:17 PM Apr 23

I'm excited for all of the movies mentioned in this post. I think they all are taking that same path and it's got me stoked. Godzilla the most.

Anakin at 12:16 AM Apr 24

Jurassic Park 3 is not shitty. :p Lost World is the weak link.

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Is it possible to watch the end of Man on Fire without crying? Y/N
Invidtus at 05:54 PM Apr 23

Um no......and no-

TheChanges23 at 07:24 PM Apr 23

Nope. Even the most hardened feel that ending.

JohnnyPHreak at 08:20 PM Apr 23

If you don't cry at the end of that movie you have no soul.

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"Welcome.. to Jurassic World" --- !!!sheushvrbtiejsbs-@&2&:

Glinda at 06:18 PM Apr 23

Cool! I agree with X-KID.

Raiden at 06:29 PM Apr 23

Cannot. Fucking. Wait.

Johnboy16 at 06:35 AM Apr 24

Such a tease! I need that chair and the movie needs to come out tomorrow

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HTX0811 at 05:15 PM Apr 22

Couldn't agree more.

JohnnyPHreak at 06:09 PM Apr 22

This dude! Love this dude!

X-KID at 06:15 PM Apr 22

Those are the best ones.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

Jessica Chastain as Marilyn Monroe is fucking brilliant..
oscarxp25 at 04:10 PM Apr 22

She is probably going to gain the weight again along with rocking the blonde aka she is playing Cecilia again..haha...I can't wait. She will knock the role out of the park.

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WalkAway at 03:13 PM Apr 22

She looks so much better with red hair.

Righteous_faustus at 03:31 PM Apr 22

She looks amazing here

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Pat Hatfreet at 06:34 PM Apr 22

Great picture!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

So last night for me was a TV round-up of both Silicon Valley and Hannibal. Silicon kept that same awkward hilarity from the first episode but transitioned into the higher stakes of the season's real focus. I really didn't know where the show was going after the company was funded but the big reveal at the end of the second episode gave us a clear indication, so I'm still riding along. Hannibal took an almost subversive, eerily calm route this week after a few months of relentless pursuit from each character. It looked like the season's main arc was resolved mid-way through (rather than culminating in the finale) and I love that they went that route. The cat and mouse game between those two was a poetically beautiful thing to see, especially the metamorphosis line in the show's final moments. Oh, and Jeremy Davies should win a "Best Guest Actor" nod if that's even a thing because that criminally underrated mother fucker just ripped out a hell of a performance.
HTX0811 at 05:25 PM Apr 22

I'm enjoying both too. I was hesitant about how Hannibal would work and I was worried it would be a by the numbers procedural but I like how the story's going. I liked the whole story with the Davies and the horse even though I kinda figured it out before they did. It was still worth watching though. Really crazy episode like always. Also liking Silicon Valley. It has an interesting premise and it's also really funny. I love the cast. I'm always in support of whatever Mike Judge does. I don't always understand the computer speak but maybe I'm not supposed to. I feel like you're just supposed to have an idea that these people know what they want to create even if they have no business sense at all. But that really has a lot to do with the actors really committing to their roles.

ericodarko at 08:54 PM Apr 22

Really, really digging Valley and, yeah, Hannibal slowed it down a bit which was surprisingly nice. Gave us time to catch our breath but those horse "creations"...damn

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Annnnnd the Firefly marathon (with WalkAway) has finally come to my all-time favorite episode, "Out of Gas". There are good episodes of this show, great episodes of this show and a few damn near flawless ones. This, IMO, is the absolute pinnacle of their storytelling efforts in the series.
OfficerFriendly at 10:39 PM Apr 21

It's arguably the best episode of the sadly shortlived series. My favorite is this and The Train job a close second.

Anakin at 12:33 AM Apr 22

I like Heart of Gold a lot

Fab-007 at 08:22 PM Apr 22

I started working my way through the show just based on everyone here talking about it. I like it.

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