- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 31, 2006

‘Indiana’ returns

George Lucas says that filming of the long-awaited next “Indiana Jones” movie will begin this year.

Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks, the last one coming in 1989, is set to star again.

Mr. Lucas said Friday he and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film.

“It’s going to be fantastic. It’s going to be the best one yet,” the 62-year-old filmmaker said during a break from preparing for his duties as grand marshal of today’s Rose Parade.

Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Mr. Lucas said part of the movie will be shot in Los Angeles.

The fourth chapter of the “Indiana Jones” saga, which will hit theaters in May 2008, has been in development for more than a decade with several screenwriters taking a crack at the script, but it only recently gained momentum.

Mr. Lucas kept mum about the plot, but said that the latest action flick will be a “character piece” that will include “very interesting mysteries.”

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Mr. Lucas said.

At the inaugural Rome Film Festival in October, the 64-year-old Mr. Ford said he was excited to team up with Mr. Lucas and Mr. Spielberg again for the fourth “Indiana Jones” installment. Mr. Ford said he was “fit to continue” to play the title role despite his age.

Mr. Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1984’s “Temple of Doom” and 1989’s “The Last Crusade.”

Singer charged

Pop star George Michael has been charged with being “unfit to drive” in connection with being found passed out in his car in October and will appear in court early this month, police said Saturday.

Mr. Michael was charged with “being unfit to drive” just before Christmas for the incident in London and will appear at the city’s Brent Magistrates Court on Jan. 11, a police spokesman said.

Motorists called police to report that the 43-year-old former Wham! frontman’s car was causing an obstruction at traffic lights in northwest London on Oct. 2.

Mr. Michael was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car and arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and possession of what is believed to be cannabis.

He was taken to a hospital before being cautioned for the drug offense and released on police bail pending an investigation.

It was the second time in the year that the singer was found in a similar state at the wheel of his car. Police in central London cautioned him in February for possessing cannabis.

In April, his car hit three parked cars near his home in north London.

In June, a British tabloid newspaper published claims that the singer who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou was caught “cruising” for homosexual sex at a well-known London pick-up spot.

Mr. Michael then went on television to defend his lifestyle.

The singer rose to fame as half of Wham! in the 1980s. His 1998 arrest for lewd conduct at a public toilet in California forced his homosexuality into the public domain.

Mr. Michael has sold more than 85 million records worldwide, notching up several No. 1 singles in Britain and the United States, including “Careless Whisper” and “Faith.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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