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This year's Cannes Film Festival is already a bit more Hollywood than usual, with King of the Blockbusters Steven Spielberg on board to head up the jury for the prestigious festival. Now a handful of new names have made for an even glitzier lineup of people who will pick the art house favorites for the coming year
It’s a special twist on the Hollywood philosophy of “one for me and one for you” – where an artist gives up a bit of their integrity in one deal to make a big money-making picture in order to get a passion project made – as Spielberg is one of the few directors who has always maintained his artistic credibility even while going through the studio system, and earned respect on both sides
Spielberg's war movies have been exclusively about the two World Wars-- conflicts with clear national boundaries and treaties, and the historical distance to spin tragedy into triumph. But after 9/11, America's most iconic filmmaker could not shake the lingering national wound and the endless war that came from it, releasing two of his darkest and most morally conflicted films. One was a massive summer blockbuster, the other a two-and-a-half-hour Oscar nominee
Right off the bat, before Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy and the cast and crew start opening up, we learn that Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies) and James Cameron were potential directors for the gig. Imagine how awesome a Cameron adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller might have been?
It had be years since I'd watched Last Crusade, and aside from recognizing its title from Audrey Hepburn's filmography, I'd never heard of Always. Much to my surprise, both films have some stark similarities in their heroes and the crucial decision each must face.
On the surface, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 double-header of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List have nothing obvious in common. How could anyone make connections between a thrill-a-minute popcorn blockbuster about rampaging dinosaurs and a deeply personal historical tome about the horrors of the Holocaust?
Deadline says Spielberg has “ended his long flirtation” with the Biblical epic Gods and Kings, and now Warner Bros. is approaching Ang Lee, hoping the Life of Pi director will attach his name to Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine’s screenplay of the Moses story.
Aside from knowing that it's happening, we don't have a whole lot to go on with Jurassic Park 4. In fact the upcoming 3D re-release is hogging all the attention, which is remarkable in an Internet age where everyone only wants to talk about new movies. In early January Universal officially announced that the movie was happening, but since then all we've managed to learn is that producer Kathleen Kennedy has left the project so she can focus on Star Wars Episode VII. Not exactly an auspicious move for a project that's been struggling along in development for years
In 2009, war reporter David Finkel won praise—including numerous Book of the Year honors—for his non-fiction memoir The Good Soldier, which he wrote about his experiences being embedded with a battalion of American soldiers who were part of the 2007 surge to conquer Baghdad. This fall will see the release of his follow-up, Thank You For Your Service, and already DreamWorks has snatched up the book's movie rights to develop what's sure to be a devastating drama.
Even though a Best Picture win for Lincoln eluded him at last Sunday's Oscars, Steven Spielberg has accomplished virtually everything possible for an American filmmaker-- his name as this point is practically synonymous with "movies." But can the king of American blockbuster cinema make just as big an impact at the fanciest, most prestigious film festival on the planet?
Every now and then you hear about crazy state laws that are somehow still on the books, like the fact that in Connecticut a pickle legally must bounce before being considered a pickle, or that in South Carolina a person must be 18 years old to play pinball. But did you know that in one state, slavery was still technically not illegal-- and it took a movie, of all things, to change that?
The idea of rebooting Gremlins is not a new one and Vulture says that what's really been holding up another movie is the idea of getting Spielberg involved, which has "always proved too daunting a financial prospect." While that very well could end up being the same issue that occurs with this effort, people close to the situation say it could work out this time.
Spielberg is swearing, in public, that he really isn't abandoning Robopocalypse, and he's actually working on a new version of the script right now. Talking to Entertainment Weekly he clarified "I'm working on it as we speak"-- which is probably not literally true, since it's rude to write will having a conversation
The Directors Guild of America have made their choices of the year's five best directors, and if you've been following the awards season race up to this point, the results probably won't surprise you. This year's nominees for the DGA Award are Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg
At last night's New York FIlm Critics Circle awards dinner, both Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg were on hand to celebrate their film Lincoln, which had won the Best Actor prize for Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay for Tony Kushner. If Spielberg was sore about losing Best Director to Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow he sure didn't show it
Hathaway’s a fine choice for an action/sci-fi thriller. Drew Goddard will be writing the film (at the moment), an as Empire points out, there are two key female roles in the story: A U.S. Senator and a “grunt.” But things can change from novel to screenplay, and so Hathaway – or whomever is hired – will have to be flexible.
It never really seemed a serious possibility, but in the week or so since Disney announced that they had acquired Lucasfilm, Steven Spielberg's name has been one of the most frequently seen on the zillion shortlists of "Who Should Direct Star Wars VII?" It makes sense on some levels, of course. Spielberg and George Lucas are longtime friends
As important as the story of the 16th president is, the reason why people will go to see Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is because of the pedigree of the director and the performance of its star, Daniel Day-Lewis. But what’s impressive about the film is that once the lights have gone out and the projection has started, you are completely sucked into the 19th century world that the duo creates.
Steven Spielberg is having a really good fall. In October we saw the release of the 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; the filmmaker's latest project, Lincoln, will be arriving in select cities this weekend before expanding nationwide next weekend; he managed to get A-lister Chris Hemsworth to star in his sci-fi action film Robopocalypse...
The clip maps out the battles in Spielberg’s movie, and I’m not talking about Gettysburg or Antietum. Instead, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) risked his popularity to push through an unpopular amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery, even before the Civil War had been decided.
The clip we've got here is simple and awesome, so let's get right to it. On the recent Blu-ray release of E.T. there was a clip of John Williams playing the iconic theme song for Steven Spielberg on the piano, as the two of them worked out just how it should sound. Check out this pretty incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse below
Though it's not scheduled to come into theaters until three days after this year's election, it's fascinating to read or learn more about Steven Spielberg's Lincoln while we're in the throes of yet another grueling political cycle. The movie focuses on a tiny sliver of Lincoln's life-- the four months before his death-- and tells the ungainly and sometimes cynical story
According to a thorough background report on the events depicted in Affleck’s thrilling hostage drama, the bogus movie studio established by Tony Mendez as a means of establishing credibility for his fake Argo screenplay received 26 scripts, including “some potential moneymakers” and at least one from Steven Spielberg.
The 42-minute conversation took place after a special screening held for area students and faculty. It covers a number of interesting topics, including the initial scope of the project (Spielberg says that the first draft was longer than an HBO mini-series) and the process Day-Lewis took in discovering who this man was and what made him tick.
A sold-out crowd packed the Alice Tully Hall at the aptly named Lincoln Center tonight for the New York Film Festival Secret Screening that pretty much everyone knew at that point was Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. I was seated in a side balcony, not only a terrible angle for viewing a movie, but a pretty ominous one for a biopic about a guy who was assassinated in a theater