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The duo was asked about filming the notorious Flying Wing sequence after a Hollywood screening of their remade creation, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The New Version. Though reluctant at first, the team finally figured out how to raise enough money to build the Flying Wing, acquire costumes and extras to play Arab and Nazi soldiers, track down vintage trucks and piece together this sequence… just to blow it up in a fiery wreck.
Casting child actors can be a very tricky business, but choosing a lead actor wound up being a rather simply decision for the filmmakers behind E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial back in 1982. Sure, they had to do a bit of hunting in pre-production to find the right kid to play Elliott in the film, but as soon as Henry Thomas finished his audition it became readily apparent that there was no real other choice for the part.
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I know it may seem a little early, but the studios are already thinking about the holidays. As a result, there are a whole slew of releases out this week. This includes a few new seasons of TV, an animated kids flick, a few movies that have been released on Blu-ray in special edition sets or for the first time and more.
Smith is a noted worshipper of Steven Spielberg’s shark masterpiece, and was asked if he thought it might one day be rebooted. Smith agreed that it’s likely inevitable, but then – on the spot, and in the moment – cooked up an idea that would bring Spielberg back to his prized franchise, the way Ridley Scott has returned to Alien and Blade Runner.
Steven Soderbergh uses Raiders of the Lost Ark to teach a masterclass on the importance of scene staging in films. It's like going to film school without the awful tuition!
Go deep inside Industrial Light and Magic to see how they created the visual magic in films like Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom via this 1984 episode of Nova
In 2013, Gary Sanchez Productions brought us Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, an R-rated take on the classic fairy tale about lost children drawn to a cabin made of candy. Though critically scorned (for the most part), we're awaiting a sequel from this Jeremy Renner/Gemma Arterton vehicle. But Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 could face stiff competition thanks to Steven Spielberg.
Steven Spielberg spent a couple of years in the wilderness after Lincoln, though it seems as if he's back on the road to productivity. He's launching into an untitled Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks next, followed by an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. Most people thought one of these projects would just fade away, but it looks like the old Steven Spielberg is back, ready to bang these out as quick as possible according to recently announced release dates.
Karanj said that he never received a script for Temple of Doom, and didn’t know what his scene would entail until he arrived on the set and told that they were going to create a full-body mold that they would later lower into the molten lava.
E.T. The Extraterrestrial is a classic film that brings memories of joy and heartwarming triumph to mind whenever it's mentioned. But what if instead of wanting to phone home, ET wanted to violently invade our homes? And what if he had ten other friends along for the ride with him, ready to go medieval on us while we slept?
Those of you who've dreamed of a day where Steven Spielberg and The Coen Brothers would get to work on a project together, rejoice! Spielberg's untitled Cold War drama with Tom Hanks has now hired the famous brotherly writing team to provide some polish work on the film's already existing script.
Steven Spielberg's career has been filled with hits and misses that showcased his strengths and weaknesses as a director. But what if one of his career defining his, Schindler's List, was directed by Martin Scorsese – as he originally had intended?
Hanks and Spielberg have done three films together. Hearing that they might get together as an actor-director combo likely has the Academy salivating… even though Oscar has been unkind to both men in recent past.
Following word from Richard Donner that a sequel to the beloved 1985 film The Goonies was in the works, comes a notable update about the project. Steven Spielberg, who executive produced and was credited for the story of the original film is apparently the mastermind behind the idea for the sequel.
For his latest dive into docudrama, Spielberg is reuniting with Tony Kushner, who penned Spielberg's Oscar-winning Lincoln as well as his critically praised Munich.
We might think of Star Wars as the most established brand in the history of the motion picture industry, at least this side of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp, but all that success wasn’t always such a foregone conclusion. On the set of A New Hope, George Lucas was a worried thirty-something convinced he had a massive flop on his hands.
We all know the Hollywood Well of Original Ideas is only as full as the talent the industry employs, which is one of the reasons why the much less profit-centered independent side of cinema will always generate more creativity. But this knowledge doesn’t make the constant string of remakes any easier, and it’s reaching a fever pitch now that Fox is wiping the dust off of West Side Story.
Spielberg is currently sizing up Montezuma as his next potential project. This would be a re-teaming with Schindler's List scribe Steve Zallian, who would be re-writing a screenplay written almost 50 years ago by Dalton Trumbo.
The film centers on a workaholic father whose life is rattled when he discovers his six-year-old son was switched at birth with another boy. From there, he and his wife as well as the parents who have been raising his biological son must decide what’s best for the boys. Should they swap? Or go on raising kids that on some level aren’t their own?
The film will tell the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who holds the U.S. military record for most sniper kills. Over the course of his decade-long career serving multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Kyle took out more than 150 targets, shattering the previous American record of 109.
For the second time since the release of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has opted out of directing a project. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided that he no longer wants to direct American Sniper, the adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography that is set to star Bradley Cooper. According to the report, Spielberg's vision for the film wasn't doable with the budget that was being offered.
As far as adaptations of classic literature goes, John Ford's adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is unquestionably one of the greatest. The film not only won two Academy Awards when it was first released, winning both Best Director and Best Supporting Actress, but has gone down in history as one of the best films ever made, ranking number 21 of AFI's notable 100 Years... 100 Movies list.
Maybe it's fitting that so many movies right now focus on the end of the world, because according to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas the end of moviegoing as we know it is near! The pair shared the stage at University of Southern California, and there unfolded their thoughts on where the movie industry is heading. According to these legendary moviemakers, it's due for a major shakeup.
Having tackled World War II many times, World War I in War Horse and the Civil War in Lincoln, Spielberg will for the first time be telling a story about modern warfare, following Kyle's life as a sniper in the Iraq War. He was dubbed the "Devil of Ramadi" by Iraqis and, according to the title of his book, was the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history
It’s refreshing to see the President – like so many leaders before him – lean on self-depricating humor to poke fun at his accent, his physical appearance and his “motivations” while playing Day-Lewis playing Obama. At least, we know for sure that this isn’t Day-Lewis, right? Because the dude is just that good.