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10:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Steven Spielberg to direct Ready Player One

The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow adaptation of Ernie Cline's sci-fi novel Ready Player One just got a huge boost in credibility and visibility. Legendary director Steven Spielberg has signed on to helm the video-game fueled ...

Matt Liparota

12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better

When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Spielberg will direct a Big Friendly Giant movie

You ever hear one of those ideas that just sounds like a real slam dunk from top to bottom? Well, here's another one of those. Steven Spielberg (one of the great American filmmakers) is bringing Roald Dahl's (one of the all-t...

Mike Cosimano

Spielberg and Lucas discuss the film industry's implosion photo
Spielberg and Lucas discuss the film industry's implosion
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

With E3 waning, a lot of eyes have been on the gaming industry and specifically Microsoft and Sony as they fight for relevance in an every changing media landscape. And watching these monoliths fight as the AAA gaming industry races towards a crash is fascinating. It almost makes you forget that the film industry is also facing its own crises. As costs explode, all it will take is a few blockbuster failures for everything to come crashing down.

At least, that's what Steven Spielberg thinks. At a recent panel at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he said:

There’s eventually going to be a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground and that’s going to change the paradigm again.

He was joined by George Lucas, who successfully proved that he has lost touch with all things real. (Also on the panel: Don Mattrick, the Microsoft executive who has recently been proving exactly the same thing.) Not only does Lucas believe the theater experience is going to become a theatre experience, he thinks we're less than two decades away from the Matrix.

No, seriously. Keep reading.

[Via Variety; Header via USC]

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Spielberg developing Kubrick's Napoleon as miniseries photo
Spielberg developing Kubrick's Napoleon as miniseries
by Hubert Vigilla

Napoleon was supposed to be Stanley Kubrick's follow-up to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie almost happened. Extensive research was done, costumes were made, the screenplay was written, locations were scouted, names were thrown around for the cast -- from various sources: Audrey Hepburn, David Hemmings, Jack Nicholson, Oskar Werner. The Romanian army even agreed to stage the massive battle scenes for Kubrick. According to Wikipedia, this would have involved 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 cavalrymen. But then the project got shelved due to the ballooning budget and the box office failure of the film Waterloo.

Now Steven Spielberg is taking up the project. Canal Plus interviewed Spielberg recently, and the director revealed that he is working with Kubrick's family to turn the Napoleon screenplay into a television miniseries. Spielberg previously completed Kubrick's unmade A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a movie I liked until the ending (which you've probably heard a lot from almost everyone).

No word yet on how far Spielberg is with the teleplay or how long it will be. Logan wondered in a staff email if we'd see Spielberg's delayed Robopocalypse adaptation before Napoleon is completed. Expect more information on Napoleon in the coming months.

[Canal Plus via The Guardian]

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6:00 PM on 02.19.2013

Lincoln passes the 13th amendment. Again. Sort of.

This is history. It's not reporting on set about Megan Fox's tits or new photos from Channing Tatum's butthole salon, but this is important. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln apparently caused Mississippi to finally ratify the ...

Nathan Hardisty

6:00 PM on 01.10.2013

Mankind is safe, Robopocalypse postponed indefinitely

Director Steven Spielberg’s newest project, Robopocalypse, has been postponed indefinitely until further notice. This is after it has been already delayed from a 2013 release to that of a 2014 release. Spielberg’s...

Logan Otremba

6:00 PM on 01.09.2013

Jurassic Park 3D re-release in IMAX for one week only

Universal Pictures and IMAX have announced today that they will have a one-week run of director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D starting April 5th. This will coincide with Jurassic Park 3D wide release also ...

Logan Otremba

1:00 PM on 12.13.2012

Peter Jackson working on Tintin sequel for 2015

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out tomorrow, but Peter Jackson isn't ready to slow down. He's already shooting a new movie next year: a sequel to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin. Jackson served as co...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Anne Hathaway enters the Robopocalypse

Anne Hathaway is soon to grace our screens as Fantine in Les Misérables, while Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln is currently partying on, dudes, in New York and LA cinemas ahead of its nationwide release this Friday. ...

Xander Markham

6:00 PM on 11.08.2012

Trailer: Jurassic Park 3-D

Yesterday we were given the poster, and today we get the trailer. I probably find all of this irrationally exciting considering that the promos are for a movie that's twenty years old, but I really am genuinely&nbs...

Thor Latham

11:00 AM on 10.04.2012

New Lincoln TV spot aired during Presidential debate

For those of us who missed the Presidential debate last night, it looks like we also missed out on a new TV spot for Steven Spielberg's upcoming epic Lincoln. It consists mostly of footage from the previously released traile...

Thor Latham

Book: Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard photo
Book: Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard
by Hubert Vigilla

This week, Titan Books released a paperback edition of Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard by Matt Taylor, a beautiful coffee table book about the making of Jaws. I'd intended to write about it earlier, but it took me a while to finish. The book is just over 300 pages long, and it's packed with more than 1,000 full-color photos and images, many of which have never been seen before.

Memories from Martha's Vineyard is more than your standard behind-the-scenes account of Jaws. While Steven Spielberg wrote the appreciative foreword, this book is told from the point of view of Martha's Vineyard locals. These are men and women who worked on the film as extras, supporting characters, carpenters, effects people, seamen, and mechanics. These are stories about Jaws that you may not have heard before.

The book is not just a great companion piece to other making-ofs about Jaws. Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard is a great making-of in its own right, and what makes it memorable is the local color. It gives you a sense of how much Martha's Vineyard is infused in the feel of Jaws, and why it had to be filmed on location rather than in California or Jamaica. Those other locations would have been easier, but the film might not have been worth it without the adversity and personality of that Massachusetts island and neighboring communities.

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Trailer: Lincoln photo
Trailer: Lincoln
by Alex Katz

You hear that sound? Yep, I'm pretty sure that was Daniel Day-Lewis's Oscar win for his performance as Abraham Lincoln reaching back through time to say "YEAH BOYEEE." Indeed, it's the first trailer ever for Steven Spielberg's long in-development biopic Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis filling out the stovepipe. At a glace, this trailer definitely calls to mind last year's War Horse, in terms of tone, but the cast is so stuffed to the gills with amazing performances that it's pretty likely this one's going to pick up a bunch of Oscar nominations.

This remains one of my most anticipated movies of the fall, so November can't come fast enough!

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E.T. and the Twilight Saga will get one day re-releases photo
E.T. and the Twilight Saga will get one day re-releases
by Nick Valdez

To celebrate E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (one of the most redundant names ever)'s 30th anniversary Blu-ray release, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures are showing the digital remastered version in select theaters October 3rd. So...the tickets are probably sold out by now. If you're lucky enough to live near one of theaters and can get to the site before the tickets are all gone, you can try your luck here (I'm so jealous of you jerks!). 

In other theatrical re-release news, much like the Marvel movie marathon before The Avengers premiere, Summit Entertainment will sponsor a marathon of the previous four Twilight films before the world premiere of Twilight 5 (TTS:BDP2) on November 15, 2012 in a wide selection of theaters across the United States of 'Merica. Chances are, you won't be able to get tickets for this either. I once saw Twilight Dos at midnight, and there was a group of girls waiting at my theater since noon o' clock that morning. Those tweens is crazy, y'all. 

Good luck to those attempting to get in either of these wonderful events (I'm trying my damndest to get in on that Twi-Marathon)!

[via /Film]


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[UPDATE] Spielberg eyes Navy SEAL book on bin Laden raid photo
[UPDATE] Spielberg eyes Navy SEAL book on bin Laden raid
by Hubert Vigilla

[UPDATE: The following statement was given by Steven Spielberg's spokesman Marvin Levy: "Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen's book No Easy Day." Well, that's the end of that, then.]

Steven Spielberg is in direct talks with the author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden. The book comes out on September 11th and has been the center of much controversy. If it does go forward, No Easy Day would be the next high-profile film to cover the operation that killed bin Laden, the first being Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. If you haven't kept up with the news about No Easy Day, let me put on my fedora with a press card and get you up to speed.

Written under the pseudonym Mark Owen by a member of SEAL Team Six, No Easy Day chronicles the raid that killed bin Laden. The SEALs pride themselves on secrecy, so the writing of this book is highly irregular. On top of that, the material in No Easy Day was not reviewed or cleared by the Pentagon, though publisher Dutton (an imprint of Penguin) says the material was vetted by a former special-ops attorney. Owen's real name/identity was revealed by Fox News last week, which led to al Qaeda members spreading the author's personal information and calling on militants to exact revenge.

It's unclear if Spielberg himself would direct the film or just produce. He's already got Robopocalypse in the works for a 2014 release, so it would be a while before he got around to No Easy Day. Expect some more definitive answers from Spielberg when he does press rounds for Lincoln.

[The New York Post via The Playlist; update via The Playlist]

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2:00 PM on 08.22.2012

I'm gonna learn you about this Lincoln poster, boy

Ok, on Twitter I said I was going to write this with a bad Confederate affectation, but screw you, I'm tired. This is the first poster for Spielberg's Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln. As we can see from this...

Alex Katz

11:00 AM on 07.23.2012

Jurassic Park IV could be in theaters in 2014

I love dinosaurs. LOVE 'EM! So even though the last Jurassic Park film was, let's say, disappointing (needed more Jeff Goldblum), I'm always willing to give it another go if only for the sake of the dinosaurs. So to that end,...

Thor Latham

8:00 PM on 07.20.2012

Steven Spielberg wants Thor...in Robopocalyse

When Steven Spielberg first announced that he was adapting Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse, my excitement was a bit tempered granted I didn't read the novel yet. After reading the novel, the film can't come soon enough. Ever...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 12.22.2011

GWAR does not care for War Horse

I was never terribly into War Horse, and I'm certainly less so after the scholar'd gentlemen Oderus Urungus and Balsac the Jaws of Death from music consortium GWAR decreed their ultimate review for the film. No other review is necessary now. [Via Next Movie]

Alex Katz

Review: The Adventures Of Tintin photo
Review: The Adventures Of Tintin
by Xander Markham

Tintin may not be particularly well known in the United States, but he is something of a treasure for most people in Europe who ever enjoyed a childhood. The news that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were mounting a big-budget remake caused considerable consternation that everything special about the character would be drowned in Hollywood gloss. Hergé, the writer and artist of the original albums, had selected Spielberg as the man he believed could do justice to his creation, but that was back in the '80s, when the director was fresh off the back of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It appeared a dark omen that the Spielberg who finally managed to get Tintin onto the silver screen was coming from the woeful Kingdoms Of The Crystal Skull.

Fortunately, Tintin fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Secret Of The Unicorn is far from a perfect film, but is the best one Spielberg has made in the better part of a decade. The director seems to have been reinvigorated by new possibilities in directing his first animated film and though the motion capture animation can't match the warmth of Hergé's drawings, the Tintin spirit is very much kept alive.

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Michael Bay considering Transformers 4 after all photo
Michael Bay considering Transformers 4 after all
by Xander Markham

I haven't got anything against Michael Bay. When he gets his formula right, like in The Rock or the first Transformers, the results encapsulate everything that's fun about the brainless blockbuster. Unfortunately, he all too often struggles to rein in his more self-indulgent impulses, ending up with arduous debacles like the last two Transformers movies. Did Dark Of The Moon need to be two and a half hours long, or have a Coen Brothers cast reunion thrown in? Nope. What should have been ninety minutes of awe-inspiring explosive spectacle turned out flabby and boring.

For those reasons, it was a relief when Bay announced he was stepping down from the inevitable fourth instalment of the major money franchise. A new director might have brought a more focused vision to a series that needs to go back to the simplicity of its 'robots beating the crap out of each other' roots. Unfortunately, 'might have' are the important words in that sentence, because Bay is in negotiations to return to the series after finishing his passion project Pain And Gain, with producer Steven Spielberg publicly endorsing him. In a statement on his official forums, Bay says he has 'not decided', but is 'leaving his options on the table' and has 'several studio meetings in two weeks'. Sigh.

[via Vulture, /Film and Shoot For The Edit]

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