Entertainment behind the scenes
Remember the blaster gun from “Blade Runner” we told you about in April that was being auctioned off. It was the one Harrison Ford used to kill futuristic humanoids in the 1982 science fiction film. Well, we learned today that it was sold this past weekend — for $270,000.
That’s right, in these so-called tough economic times, amid a recession, a buyer forked out more than one quarter of a million dollars to own Harrison Ford’s gun — or old gun. And it’s just a movie gun, a prop! Harrison Ford’s prop. We hope that whoever bought it really enjoys it, and we think — as we look at our own dismal 401k statements whose values dwindle every month — maybe it was a good buy.
Los Angeles-based auctioneer Profiles in History said its recent spring auction of Hollywood memorabilia sold $4.2 million worth of stuff once used for movies. An original 1931 ”Frankenstein” promotional poster sold for $216,000, and an archive of photographs from of MGM, Fox and Warner Bros. fetched $210,000.
Elsewhere, the original Creature of the Black Lagoon “Gill Man” mask from “Revenge of the Creature” was sold for $84,000, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Mr. Freeze” costume from “Batman & Robin” brought $72,000, and one of Harrison Ford’s costumes from “Blade Runner” got $48,000 under the hammer — obviously because you can’t shoot it, which brings us back to the gun.
As whip-wielding adventurer Indiana Jones storms back into movie theaters after a 19-year hiatus in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, fans of the intrepid archaeologist played by Harrison Ford were asked in a survey by Blockbuster video to name their favorite scenes from his previous three movies. These came out tops:
1. Running from the Boulder (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”) — 75%. An overwhelming three out of four surveyed chose this scene with Indiana Jones running from a boulder in a booby-trapped temple as essential Indy material.
Welcome to the world of the movie junket. Ever see “Notting Hill”, where Hugh Grant waits around in a swanky hotel waiting for his few minutes with the stars of a new movie?
It’s a reasonable representation of the “junket”, a rather unflattering but nonetheless apposite term to describe the short TV interviews studios organise to give news channels and agencies access to stars. The reason: news media need soundbites for their stories.