Stars Rise on Indiana

I don’t know if you remember how I was arguing that Memorial Day weekend was not the best release date for the new Indiana Jones film (“Indiana Jones and the Search for the Best Release Date,” Apr. 11, 2008).

My thinking was that May 9, when Jupiter in Capricorn stationed and turned retrograde opposing Indy star Harrison Ford’s Cancer Sun, would be a great time for him to return to the screen as the swashbuckling hero.

Incidentally, this is also the post where based on the aspects of May 9, I predicted Speed Racer would do “boffo business,” a forecast that backfired.

So far, the buzz on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been mixed, but I’ve decided that maybe this weekend isn’t such a bad release date for the film after all. Why? Because it’s the weekend of the Indy 500 car race.

I’m rooting for Danica Patrick, who made history last month when she became the first female to win an Indy race by taking the checkered flag in the Indy Japan 300. On a less happy note, she was also in the news after her car struck another team’s crew member on May 9 during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Clearly, the stars weren’t in the right place for that guy, who wasn’t where he was supposed to be and got badly hurt.

Why am I backing Danica when I grew up in Albuquerque, where the Unser racing family is royalty? Because girls rule, as my 11-year-old niece would tell you. Seriously though, I like to see records being broken and new firsts being made. So far, no woman has won an Indy race stateside. It would be exciting if Danica could do it. 

The feminist in me wants Danica to win, but I’d also be happy with a victory from the multitalented Helio Castroneves, the hunky Brazilian  who was last year’s champ on Dancing With the Stars. Helio won back-to-back Indy 500s in 2001 and 2002. Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times reports that he’s contemplating a move to NASCAR. Here’s the link to that story:,0,1495689.story?track=rss

Maybe there’s an asteroid named Indiana that is conjunct the Sun or the North Node, which rules the public, this weekend. Clearly, all eyes will be on Indy this weekend. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain.

Indiana Jones and the Search for the Right Date

I’ve always wondered why the Hollywood studios don’t use astrology to set the release dates for their films. I think they would like the results. Deciding the release date for a film is a bit like reading tea leaves anyway. Why not throw the stars into the mix?

Case in point: Paramount has scheduled the opening of the new Indiana Jones film for May 22, the Thursday before Memorial Day. Yes, I know the conventional wisdom says long holiday weekends are the perfect time to release big-budget action pics, especially those directed by superstars like Steven Spielberg. Not necessarily.

A better day to open Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is May 9. Why? It’s not the start of a holiday weekend, but it’s the day of the Jupiter station in Capricorn opposing the Cancer Sun of the film’s star, Harrison Ford.

Another argument in favor of May 9: The Moon is in Cancer, which would also support Ford’s “comeback” ambitions. (Ford’s still a star, but he hasn’t been on the silver screen much lately.)

Right now, the May 9 opening date belongs to Speed Racer, the live-action interpretation of the pioneering anime series about a boy car racer. Based solely on the astrological aspects of this day, I’m betting that Speed Racer is going to do boffo business.

I don’t think a Memorial Day weekend opening is a total disaster for Crystal Skull. Jupiter will already be retrograde, but the Great Expander still will be close to Ford’s Sun. In addition, Mercury and Neptune are both going retrograde on May 26, which aren’t bad aspects for reviving a franchise like Indiana Jones. (Anything that starts with the prefix “re” is well-suited for a retrograde.) But I still think May 9 is the ideal day for Indy to charge back into theaters.

The entertainment blogs are reporting that Crystal Skull will be making its world premiere on opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, which is May 14. I don’t consider this the real opening for the same reason I don’t run IPO price-setting charts: These events are not accessible to the general public.