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Bridge of Spies

First trailer for Bridge of Spies


Spielberg, the Coens and Hanks
Jun 08
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Bridge of Spies is directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Joel and Ethan Coen (and Matt Charman) and it stars Tom Hanks. Names most everyone knows and respects to a certain degree, which means it is automatically positioned...
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Steven Spielberg to direct Ready Player One


The legendary director will tackle the sci-fi adaptation
Mar 26
// Matt Liparota
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 ...
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American Sniper

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


Jan 22
// Nick Valdez
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...

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Spielberg will direct a Big Friendly Giant movie


The best book-to-movie news you'll hear from me today
Apr 30
// Mike Cosimano
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...

Spielberg and Lucas discuss the film industry's implosion

Jun 14 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[Photo via The Verge] It starts off innocent enough, the insanity. "“You’re going to end up with fewer theaters," he said. "Bigger theaters with a lot of nice things," he said. Sounds reasonable enough, right? Fewer theatrical releases would all but require the consolidation of spaces, and to make a theater experience more inviting, the venues will be forced to upgrade. Perhaps the beautiful venues at Lincoln Center will become the rule rather than the exception. I don't know that I'd go that far, but it doesn't sound so outlandish. But then things get weird. Going to the movies will cost 50 bucks or 100 or 150 bucks, like what Broadway costs today, or a football game. It’ll be an expensive thing. … (The movies) will sit  in the theaters for a year, like a Broadway show does. That will be called the ‘movie’ business.”" And with a simple sentence, George Lucas reveals a fascinating disconnection from reality. I want to believe that the man is being facetious or hyperbolic, but I don't. Instead, I'm left to believe that Lucas is equating the theatrical experience of seeing a film, which requires only a projectionist (who doesn't even need to be paying attention now that film reels don't need to be changed) to a Broadway performance, each one of which requires the work of dozens of people both in front of and behind the curtain. It's ludicrous. The two cannot be compared. While a film can cost incredible amounts of money up front, even playing in two theaters simultaneously makes it easier for that film to make back its budget. Even in this bizarro future, presumably these films would eventually hit VOD and whatever media format exists and can make more money there. Broadway shows, on the other hand, still cost millions of dollars to produce and they have only one place to recoup those costs. Their continued performances also costs money, making it even harder to break even. The cost isn't just the theater and the rights to project it; it's everything. It's absurd to claim otherwise. And it's absurd to believe that moviegoers wouldn't understand that and would accept theater prices that high. Ticket prices will continue to rise, but if the ticket to a regular non-IMAX, non-3D showing ever breaks $25 (or if a fancier ticket breaks $35), I will be truly shocked and appalled. I'll probably also eat something indigestible. But honestly, that's not the weirdest thing Lucas said. Much stranger was his vision of our lucid dreaming future: The next step is to be able to control your dreams. You’ll just tap into a different part of your brain. You’re just going to put a hat on or plug into the computer and create your own world. … We’ll be able to do the dream thing 10, 15 years from now. It’s not some pie-in-the-sky thing. Spielberg, for his part, was more level-headed about what will happen after cinema's implosion. He sees a world where films hit VOD the same day they hit theaters (something we are most certainly heading towards) and the implementation of variable pricing, something that should have happened by now. He said: There's going to be eventually day and date with movies, and eventually there's going to be a price variance. You're going to have to pay $25 to see the next Iron Man. And you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln. Note that while I stand by my previous statement that I don't believe regular tickets for even the biggest of blockbusters will get that high, the concept that as ticket prices rise there will be tiers based on potential popularity of a film and also the cost of production doesn't seem too farfetched. It could certainly convince people to see more independent films, as three Lincoln tickets would be cheaper than a single Iron Man X ticket in this hypothetical future. There was a lot more at the panel, including thoughts about the future of television and the internet as well as videogames (Lucas' comments about dream control were in reference to future of games, but I really couldn't not mention it), and I recommend digging deeper. The two men, some of the most successful the film industry have ever seen, think it's in an untenable position, and that's important. Even if he's gone crazy, George Lucas is still someone worth listening to, and even if he isn't, Steven Spielberg certainly is. None of us really know what the future of entertainment is, but I think everyone realizes things are going to change in a big way. Only time will tell if these two men are right about how those changes will manifest themselves. No matter what happens, I'm looking forward to it.
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Also, George Lucas is crazy
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 industr...

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Stanley Kubrick's unmade historical epic is now Steven Spielberg's project
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 thro...

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


'MURICA F**K YEAH!
Feb 19
// Nathan Hardisty
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 ...
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Mankind is safe, Robopocalypse postponed indefinitely


Jan 10
// Logan Otremba
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...
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Jurassic Park 3D re-release in IMAX for one week only


Jan 09
// Logan Otremba
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 ...
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Peter Jackson working on Tintin sequel for 2015


Dec 13
// Hubert Vigilla
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...
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Anne Hathaway enters the Robopocalypse


Which of the following would you most prefer? A: a puppy, B: a pretty flower from your sweetie, or C: a large, properly formatted data file?
Nov 12
// Xander Markham
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. ...
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Trailer: Jurassic Park 3-D


Hold onto your butts
Nov 08
// Thor Latham
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...
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New Lincoln TV spot aired during Presidential debate


Oct 04
// Thor Latham
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...

Book: Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard

Sep 28 // Hubert Vigilla
Quint's last stand, and above it, young Steven Spielberg rides the shark. Jaws was the movie that created the blockbuster, and it was the film that launched Spielberg's career. Had Jaws bombed, the young captain would sink his future with his big dumb shark. The production was months behind schedule and millions over budget, and the 25-foot mechanical great white (Bruce) always broke down because of the salt water. Somehow the studio didn't pull the plug. Prior to Jaws, Spielberg's only other credits were some TV movies (notably Duel) and a mostly ignored feature debut, The Sugarland Express starring Goldie Hawn. Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard includes a March 1974 clipping from the Vineyard Gazette that heralds the coming of the film production. A typo sums up Spielberg's low profile at the time: he's referred to as "Stephen Stielberg." That's one of the fascinating things about the book. No one who lived in or around Martha's Vineyard had any idea that the movie shooting on location or the young director (only 26 or 27) would change the cinematic landscape. For them, it was a job, and it was just another movie that had to abide by zoning regulations, noise ordinances, and preserving the local habitat. One anecdote in the book recounts the film crews being especially careful about protecting the native seagrass even though locals were oblivious to the stuff and would tear it up all the time. While many people in the area were helpful, there's a fair amount of material about annoyed locals and embittered crew members. The latter makes sense since the movie dragged on and on well into September. (They started shooting in May and wanted to finish by the end of June.) John Alley, an extra in the film, recounts storming off the film in a huff because things were taking so long, and this was back in May. "You're not paying me enough money, and it's a boring, pain-in-the-ass job." Alley still made the final cut of the film. The Selectmen in town weren't too pleased with the slow production either, and on at least two occasions, locals had placed dead sharks at the front door to the Universal Studios office in town. Even after principal photography had ended, Spielberg did guerrilla shoots during the editing process. These added bits (shot roughly in October) were done in pools and driveways with equipment smuggled out of the studio. Taylor likens it to the "backyard filmmaking techniques of [Spielberg's] Arizona youth," which was all about ingenuity and creativity on a small scale. It makes sense. I remember watching a featurette about Saving Private Ryan where Spielberg talked about an ingenious no-budget method of simulating a grenade explosion. This may give you a sense of the book's size. It's approximately two Aquamans, which is a standard unit of nautical measurement. Some of the people interviewed in Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard include Kevin Pike (effects man), Edith Blake (a local journalist), Lee Fierro (slapper of Chief Brody), Lynn Murphy (a marine mechanic), Sarah Murphy (Lynn's wife and assistant), and Joe Alves (production designer). There are plenty of others, even people who didn't make the final cut of the film. One scene features Quint making fun of a boy playing clarinet, and that boy (Paul Goulart) gets to share his brief story about getting cast on the spot by Spielberg and acting with Robert Shaw. Taylor provides his own text, but a majority of the book relies on anecdotes from the people themselves, which gives a greater sense of voice to the community and to the production. Pike's story might give the best sense of how a local life could be altered by the film. He was working as a waiter in Martha's Vineyard, living at a boarding house, just barely making ends meet. (He says he was surviving off a bag of chocolate chip cookies he still had from his drive up from Florida.) After a chance run-in with Alves and other members of the film's set and construction crew, he landed a job. First he did construction on sets, then, when not making screen print Jaws shirts for the crew, he was taken under the wings of the effects crew. Since Jaws, Pike's worked as a special effects supervisor on more than 160 projects, including Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Fight Club. He might be best known for creating Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean in Back to the Future. Lynn Murphy is particularly important to the film. Not only did he help get Bruce to work, but he also served as one of the models for Robert Shaw's portrayal of Quint. Shaw was doing his best to mimic the speech patterns of Yankee fishermen, picking up little turns of phrase and mannerisms from the seamen and locals he met while shooting. The main model for Quint, however, was Craig Kingsbury, a local hero. Kingsbury was a larger-than-life figure who stood 6'3" and was known for never wearing shoes. Of his many colorful adventures (rum-running, blacksmithing, prizefighting, fishing), Taylor shares the following: It was in 1941, after marrying for the third (and final) time and settling into family life on the Vineyard Haven farm he would call home for the remainder of his life that Kingsbury would commit his most famous infraction -- drunk-driving an oxcart through the streets of Vineyard Haven, explaining to the arresting officer that while he had indeed been drinking, his cows, Bucky and Lion, were perfectly sober. An illustration of the sea sled shark rig by Paul McPhee. When I looked at Joel W. Finler's book Hollywood Movie Stills, I really enjoyed the dazzle and glamour of the well-posed, well-crafted publicity still. There's a kind of allure that says everything you need to know about the myth-making nature of Old Hollywood. That composed, meticulously staged sense doesn't fit with what was happening with the American New Wave, however. I think the spontaneity and grit of the photos in Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard winds up capturing a certain kind of energy of that time -- New Hollywood, still kicking and kicking hard, right before the start of the Hollywood blockbuster machine. Jaws was a small picture that went big, and these photos have the same sort of quality. The harness that dragged the shark's first victim (Denise Cheshire) around is just a pair of jean shorts rigged for cable; the control box for the mechanical shark is only a pair of toggles. It's astounding because, like the box office success of the film, it's unexpected. Also unexpected was the blasé reception the film received when it was finally screened in Martha's Vineyard for the first time. Maybe some of the people were just sick of the shark and the crews that had been there awhile. When you've had a visitor crash for longer than expected, it probably tempers your opinion somehow. There's so much more in this book that I could go over, but that'd sap the fun from it. The little details come into focus, like kids trying to look at topless chicks when they're supposed to be panicked, or the crew altering the Avis logo with duct tape to say "Jaws." There's also a great sign to keep people from snooping on the mechanical shark while it was stored on dry land: "Warning: genital devouring fungo bats." To be honest, I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface. I blasted through Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard, but I feel like reading the book and looking at the pictures should be like the film production itself -- you should take a long time because it'll be rewarding in the end. One last bit of local color, though. August 2nd, 1974. A weekly Monday night lecture series held at a Methodist Church in Martha's Vineyard was dedicated to the making of Jaws. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw were there, and probably happy to be away from that malfunctioning shark at sea. With Joe Alves and others, they shared 80 slides from the making of the film as well as storyboards and other art. Edith Blake's write-up in the Vineyard Gazette ends: "Next week, Johnny Cassel will again present his wild and wonderful combo playing good stimulating ragtime, which in the Methodist Church, with its great acoustics, will resound that full-bodied rhythm throughout the Island."
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The local color behind Steven Spielberg's landmark film
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 whi...

Trailer: Lincoln

Sep 13 // Alex Katz
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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...

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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 ...

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[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...

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


Aug 22
// Alex Katz
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...
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Jurassic Park IV could be in theaters in 2014


Jul 23
// Thor Latham
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,...
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Steven Spielberg wants Thor...in Robopocalyse


Jul 20
// Nick Valdez
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...
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GWAR does not care for War Horse


Dec 22
// Alex Katz
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]

Review: The Adventures Of Tintin

Dec 21 // Xander Markham
[embed]205401:37331[/embed] The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The UnicornDirector: Steven SpielbergRelease Date: Dec 21st 2011 Purists may wish to know that the film isn't exactly faithful to its source material, in narrative terms at least. The first third of the film is lifted from the album which gives the film its name, the middle act moving into Crab With The Golden Claws as a means of explaining how Tintin came to meet his best friend, the sozzled sea-dog Captain Haddock, and the conclusion almost entirely made up, but for the final scene. Those discordant origins are tied together fairly well, although why Spielberg didn't make Crab With The Golden Claws, which is probably the story he draws upon most heavily, is a little confusing, especially since the film's ending is rendered somewhat incomplete due to the Unicorn album being the first of a two-parter. It is left neither completely open for a sequel - Red Rackham's Treasure is not the most action-packed of adventures, so is unlikely to be the basis for Tintin's second big screen outing - nor completely concluded. We are left assuming that Tintin and Haddock will complete the rest of the adventure on their own. Up until that last stumble, though, Spielberg keeps the story ticking over at a nice pace and mercifully makes no attempt at modernising Hergé's timeless world or adding sharper edges to its charming innocence. (A single joke about 'animal husbandry' breaks this rule and feels very out of place). Tintin is still entirely chaste - his landlady says he is strict about not receiving visitors after bedtime - and despite plenty the plethora of shooting and fistfights, there isn't a drop of blood spilt and villains' fates lie in gaol rather than death. References to previous adventures are fun, if perhaps a tad too blunt at times and may limit potential sequels given how it is suggested that several of Tintin's adventures have already happened by the point we meet him. While all good-spirited fun, the film certainly doesn't shirk on the action. It is significantly more comedically inclined than Indiana Jones, but features some set-pieces that are as exciting and superbly shot as anything Spielberg has ever done before - and though I'm not a big fan of his generally, he fully deserves his reputation as one of the all-time great directors of action. The first of these set-pieces is a pirate sea-battle taking place in flashback and which puts everything in the creatively bankrupt Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise to shame. Every inch of the screen is packed with activity, from roaring cannon fire and crashing waves to the two captains fighting to the death as their ships burn and sink beneath their feet. Although it is obvious how much fun Spielberg is having - witness the fantastically inventive transitions between past and present - the master's discipline is still very much in effect. The second sequence is a show-stopping chase through a Middle Eastern town as it is engulfed in the flood of a collapsing dam. All captured in a single take and ridiculous in its scale, vibrancy and action, Spielberg keeps a flawless sense of geography even amidst the rapidly escalating havoc. There is never a second's confusion as to where anyone is or how they get to the places they need to be. Even as an animated film, it is one of the most thrilling pieces of sustained action that Spielberg has put on screen in his entire career, even if it ends up putting a dampener on the needlessly extended ending which follows and cannot possibly compare. Visually, the environments and animation are top notch, treading a balanced line between faithfulness to Hergé's designs and a semi-realistic style. The characters take some time to get used to, with their eyes never conveying emotion to anywhere near the same extent as those old black dots, but are a decent fit for a film that treats adult action with a comic, youthful sensitivity. If anything, the 'realistic' characters are more immediately engaging than the stylised ones: some of the strangely shaped noses, in particular, can be jarring. As personalities, the characters stick to the templates laid out in the albums, which is fine for the main cast, but the underdeveloped nature of Hergé's villains makes them a bland bunch, defined by nothing more than their cunning plans. The voicework assigns its strengths and weaknesses in similar places: Jamie Bell is an ideal choice for Tintin, mixing young enthusiasm with gritty determination, while Andy Serkis is good fun as Haddock. Snowy doesn't get any lines, thankfully, but is animated with enough expression to compensate. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are endearingly pompous as Thomson and Thompson, getting a number of good laughs despite their only real purpose being to satisfy fans and bring some slapstick absurdity to proceedings. Less positive is Daniel Craig, completely miscast as the villainous Sakharine. He isn't helped by the character lacking any great personality, but his deep and distinctive voice sounds wrong coming from a man more waspishly devious than physically strong. John Williams' score, for once, also hits the wrong tone, going for comic jauntiness where more gravitas is needed. Tintin's adventures are more comedic than grown-up equivalents, but they are exciting because they are delivered with a straight face. Williams' opening theme (over a twee Catch Me If You Can-style credits sequence) is too bouncy and disposable, infinitely moreso when compared to the this magnificent track by Ray Parker, Jim Morgan and Tom Szczesniak, which most long time Tintin fans will associate with the character's animated adventures in the early '90s. Regardless, The Secret Of The Unicorn is a significantly better film than many fans will have been expecting, staying just true enough to Hergé while adding a layer of superbly-staged bombast that suggests Spielberg may have reignited the old spark which Kingdoms Of The Crystal Skull seemed to find extinguished. It may not be up to the high standards of classic Indy or Star Wars, but as a family-friend slice of high adventure, it will be a great gateway for parent geeks to transition their short rounds and padawans (padawen?) into Harrison Ford's capable company. Fingers crossed for Cigars Of The Pharaoh next! Alex Katz: I never expected to be so completely enraptured by a performance capture film, but the initial uncanny valley-ness that I feared would bug me throughout the film was gone in an instant. The character design brilliantly harnesses the essence of each character, though still lacking the charm of the original Hergé work. There's a lot of heart and a lot of old school, original Indiana Jones Spielberg on display here, a welcome sight from his other more maudlin picture for the holiday season. The major league action set piece, the aforementioned chase sequence amidst a collapsing dam, is well worth the price of admission in 3D alone, though the film putters along to an oddly-toned conclusion after the climax and the resolution of the plot. I'm eagerly waiting Peter Jackson's companion film in a couple of years. 85 - Spectacular Maxwell Roahrig: I've never been a fan of performance capture. Since I saw the first trailer for The Polar Express all those years ago, I wrote it off as a lazy way of doing animation. But The Adventures of Tintin has kind of sold me on the idea. It's something that this movie has that other performance capture flicks don't have: style. It's like the first time you booted up Team Fortress 2 after playing nothing but Halo and Call of Duty for three years. Immediately, you fall in love with the character design, and the world crafted before your eyes. But it's not just the performance capture that has me smitten on this movie. The score, the action, the characters, it's all classic Spielberg. You know, that crazy kid that thought Raiders of the Lost Ark was a good idea. It should also say something that Tintin is the most Indiana Jones-like movie since The Last Crusade. My dream is that The Adventures of Tintin leads the way for more classic adventure movies to come out. God knows Indiana Jones isn't doing that anymore. 80 - Great
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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-bu...

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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 ...

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Kathleen Kennedy puts her thing down on Jurassic Park 4


Dec 05
// Jamie R Stone
Kathleen Kennedy may not be synonymous with Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but she should be; she produced all of them and more. Recently, she's produced The Adventures of Tin T...
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Stephen Spielberg's long-awaited Abraham Lincoln biopic is shooting in Richmond, Virginia, former home of the Confederacy and where I spent most of my younger days. Most of the reason I want to go back to visit my parents is ...

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Spielberg in talks to direct Biblical epic about Moses


Nov 16
// Hubert Vigilla
At the end of September, we reported that Warner Brothers was enticing Steven Spielberg to direct Gods and Kings, a Biblical epic about Moses. It all seemed like a longshot, but one within reason. Well, Spielberg and Warner B...
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Starting November 2nd the Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is hosting a month-long art show in the Steamwhistle Brewery’s gallery space and is dedicated to Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin. The show is op...

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Spielberg offers unofficial Tintin credits artist a job


Oct 25
// Liz Rugg
Do you remember last week when we featured that awesome unofficial credits sequence for Steven Spielberg's upcoming Adventures of Tintin? Well, the artist who made that video, James Curran, can now count Spielberg among his f...
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Trailer: The Adventures of Tintin


Oct 18
// Maxwell Roahrig
Here's a new trailer for Tintin. By now, you should already know if you want to see this or not. And if you don't want to see this, I don't want to know you. You communist. [via Apple Trailers]
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Trailer: War Horse


Oct 05
// Alex Katz
War Horse is the terrifying tale of a cybernetic, genetically engineered Battle Horse named Michael, sent back in time to prevent the Space Kaiser from interfering with World War 1, as chronicled in the famous T.E. Lawr...
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It's rare that you get to report on what is simultaneously big, exciting news that also doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of happening, except MAYBE this time it will happen. Warner Brothers is trying to attr...

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Jackie Earle Haley is a massive racist for Spielberg


Sep 21
// Alex Katz
Jackie Earle Haley, who has recently revived his career by playing a series of creepy, child molester-y dudes, has just been cast in Steven Spielberg's long-in-wait Lincoln biopic Lincoln. He will be playing the Vice Pre...
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I know a lot of you are feeling uneasy about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn thanks to the film's motion capture tech and the general Uncanny Valley-ness of many of the character designs. We have a new bat...

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Tintin details (and a few early images)


Jul 07
// Sam Membrino
A new image from Steven Spielberg's Tintin has surfaced courtesy of /Film, and from the little we have to peruse (plus our early reactions here), we can gather plenty about the project. The film, written by Steven Moffat...

Flixclusive Interview: Ryan Lee (Super 8)

Jun 09 // Geoff Henao
Could you tell me a bit about yourself? I’m Ryan Lee, I’m 14 years old and I was recently in the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg Super 8 movie. The project itself is very secretive. J.J. Abrams is known for keeping everything under wraps until actual release. What was the audition process like? First, when I auditioned, it had nothing to do with Super 8. Back then, I didn’t know Super 8 even existed. It was a script about a boy and a girl who were fighting over math homework, which had nothing to do with Super 8. I mean, once I got to California and I got the call back after that audition, they were calling this project we were doing, Darling. Even that was secretive. I had no idea. After that audition, I had another callback and we had to sign a letter of confidentiality and I think that’s when we started getting more into like… It wasn’t Super 8, because I had no idea. It was more… he wanted more how well we did dramatic [roles], how well we do comedy, and so it was a different script. And then, after two more callbacks, that’s when J.J. took me to a room and told me, face to face, I had the part. That’s pretty awesome. And to prepare for the role, did he or Steven Spielberg make you guys watch any films? Yeah, they wanted us to watch E.T., Close Encounters [of the Third Kind], Stand by Me... pretty much those kinds of films. He really, whenever we were preparing for our roles, J.J. let us put our own personalities in our characters. I’m a lot like my character, Carey. What was it like in between takes? Did they have to keep you away so you’d be surprised if something happened? If you weren’t in any scenes, did they let you hang out, or did they keep you away from seeing what was going on? Anytime we were on set and we didn’t have a scene, we could always go and watch the other actors do a scene even if not one kid was in it. What would you do to kill time? We’d play football with the crew. You know, this isn’t really killing time, but we’d have to do school, which kind of stunk. You being on a set, you don’t want to do school, but you have to. It was really cool that they made time for us to do that. And we’d do school, football, you know, ride our bikes. Yeah, a lot of crew members that weren’t working at that time would also actually join in on our football games and we’d have like fifteen people playing at one time and it’d start to get really fun. What about any video games? Did you guys play any video games? Oh yeah, at the beginning, which was really awesome, J.J. and all of Paramount, they put enough money together to buy us all the new Playstation 3s. It was really, really cool. And I’m glad they did that because, right now, all the kids, we really, really stay connected by playing with each other on the PS3 right now, since we’re not filming. And now we can talk to each other everyday, you know, and we got really close over that time of filming. A little more about the film itself: Super 8 takes place in 1979. What was that atmosphere like in the past? You know, I’ve always heard stories about the 70s and I’ve never really been able to just pinpoint… I don’t really understand what’s happening in this moment. But as soon as I stepped on the set the first day, I saw all these state cars from the 70s and all the kids, like there were hundreds of kids just dressed up in these 70s clothes. And it really, really felt like I was there, I mean we didn’t really have to act. We all could really be in that moment, in that era. It wasn’t hard at all to picture what the 70s were like after that. After your experience living that kind of life, would you prefer growing up in that era, or growing up right now? *laugh* I mean, what happens in Super 8, I’d rather be here right now. I don’t know… I like the 70s because it’s more retro, the times were more simple back then and laidback. Right now, it’s more modern and we have cooler technology… I’d rather live here, but I wouldn’t mind living in the 70s, either. As you touched upon earlier, you kind of had to do schoolwork in between takes. How hard is it for you being so young and acting in a really, really huge movie? It’s really not hard at all. I’ve been doing this for about five years. Two of the other kids, this is their first audition ever. Can you believe that? First audition EVER and they got a Steven Spielberg/J.J. Abrams movie. That’s amazing. I was talking to them and they said the first day, it was really, really hard for them. After that, we all got really good at it. The first day for me, I did pretty well, I think because I was ready for it. What was it like with that experience with Steven Spielberg? A LOT of people will say, “Oh man, Steven Spielberg’s one of the greatest directors ever.” What kind of impact did he have on you? A pretty big one, because he’s a really influential man… you see him from across [the room] and you just stop and say to yourself, “I never really thought this day would come.” And as soon as you’re about to shake the most influential man’s hand in the world, it’s just an experience you’ll never forget. After that intimidation goes away, he becomes your friend instantly. I’m not even kidding. He’d even talk to us about how good we’re doing in the movie. He’d never say, “Okay, you need to change this, you need to change this.” He was just a really cool guy and he’d also talk about what kind of apps we should get on our phones… cool stuff like that. He also gave me some really, really cool life lessons that I’ll never forget. Super 8 is my personal film I’m excited about for the summer. There are all those superhero films coming out, the new Pirates of the Caribbean is coming out, but this is what I’m really excited for. What about for you? If Super 8 wasn’t coming out, what would you be excited for? If Super 8 wasn’t coming out, I’d probably have to see…. You know, I’m really glad I did Super 8 because of the aliens and I’m really interested in aliens, because we can’t be the only ones in the universe. I’m really excited to see Green Lantern, because he’s my favorite superhero. You said they had you watch E.T. Did they make you watch The Goonies also? When I was watching the trailer, I was thinking, “Oh man, this is like E.T. meets The Goonies.” You think this is what it’s like for Super 8? Yeah, yeah! Dude, I totally forgot about that one. Yeah, they did. How did I forget about The Goonies?! I mean, for the twenty minutes I’ve seen, that’s what it looks like to me as well. Moving away from Super 8, I read you’re into Boy Scouts. How do you think that’s affected your career? What have you learned from the Boy Scouts that you’ve been able to put into acting? You know, it’s really weird you talk about that, because I have the computer right in front of me and as soon as you said Boy Scouts, there’s a picture of me camping with my friends. But yeah, it’s taught me a lot about how to tie knots and I’ve actually been able to help some of the grips if they need help. I try to help a lot on set as much as I can so I’m not just like the typical actor like, “Oh, can someone get me a water?” I always try to go and get it myself and stay really grounded. So I help a lot of the grips sometimes, I’ll ask if they need help, and I’ll tie a bowline knot or a half hitch, and just help them out. That’s how Boy Scouts have helped me out in this field. If you weren’t acting, what do you think you’d be doing or want to be doing? If I wasn’t acting, I would probably be hanging out with my friends more. I would want to be doing acting, because it’s kind of something that’s always been in the back of my head that I’ve always wanted to do. Just to get here where I am now has been a dream come true. It’s a sacrifice because you got to give up time spending time with friends and sometimes you got to give up going to their houses, but it’s a sacrifice worth making if you’re going to be here right now. How has it affected your friends whenever you finish filming and you come back? A lot of the time, my friends would say, “Come on, Ryan, you can do your script later,” and I’ll have to turn them down and they’ll be kind of upset. They’ve never really seen me in such a big project before. They’ve seen me in Friday Night Lights or Breaking Bad… little parts in TV shows.  I had to be home-schooled for Super 8 because I had to film most of it in LA. So whenever I was home-schooled, I was away from school; I’ve been away from school for six months now. So every couple weeks when I go back there, all my friends are like… It’s like you’re in a stadium and everybody starts screaming at the top of their lungs and they’re really excited to see me. It’s a really cool feeling. If you could describe Super 8 in exactly five words, which words would they be? Coolest special effects ever! [Ed. Note: Exclamation mark counts as one word.] I mean, the special effects and the music… half the time, you’re just going to be watching the special effects and that’s just going to blow you away. I know whenever I was watching the twenty minutes I got to see, we couldn’t contain it anymore, we were jumping out of our seats when the train crash happened. It’s the most exciting experience you could ever think about. Was the sneak peek they showed you a bunch of scenes mixed up together, or was it one long scene? It was actually a mix of scenes. They didn’t start from the very beginning; they kind of jumped in the middle. They went to certain scenes they wanted the audience to see, but not give too much away. That’s how they went about with that. For my last, last question: Are there any projects you have coming out that you want to give a little insight on, or anything you want to put out there and let people know? Actually, right after Super 8 stopped filming, about six days later, I got a part with Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson. It’s called Meeting Evil and I did a scene with them. It’s only one scene, but to do it with Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson was pretty fun. Good luck with everything, especially with all of the publicity you’re going to have to do over the next couple of months. It’s going to be really busy. Alright, cool. Yeah, it’s been fun. Thank you.
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New retro, illustrated Super 8 poster


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I recently had the opportunity to interview Ryan Lee, one of the young stars for the upcoming Super 8. If you've read our summer movie preview, you know how excited I am for the film. J.J. Abrams is known for his secretive ap...

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Rise and shine campers! Boy do I have a surprise for you. Remember yesterday when Alex debuted two decent looking posters for the Steven Spielberg directed, Peter Jackson produced The Adventures of Tintin? Well, Empire sure ...

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