/Film reader Paul Bullock discovered an awesome television profile on 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg which was aired on Japanese television in the Christmas of 1982, and has been virtually unseen by American audiences. If you’re even half the Spielberg-fanatic that I am, you’ll need to watch the entirety of the special. The special features a tour through Steven’s early Amblin’s offices and his Los Angeles home, behind the scenes footage of Spielberg directing his segment from Twilight Zone: The Movie. We get to see interview clips featuring Spielberg’s mother Leah Adler, Melissa Matheson (screenwriter of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and his young secretary just turned producer Kathleen Kennedy (now the head of LucasFilm), Spielberg’s thoughts on 1980’s television (Cheers, St Elsewhere, Hill St Blues…etc), his then attestant Kathleen Switzer (later a producer on movies like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Apollo 18), and many others. We get to drive with Spielberg to the studio lot with his dog on his lap, Robert Zemeckis talking with his two mentors John Milius and Spielberg while they eat eel and pumpkin pie together. We get to spend some time with Spielberg sitting at the piano with John Williams talking about their music collaborations. Interspliced with clips from his early films and even some behind the scenes b-roll footage. The special also features all the vintage commercial breaks, filled with fun Japanese commercials. Watch this now, or bookmark this link to watch later.
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Over the summer, /Film was lucky enough to premiere a gorgeous Mondo poster for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. It was their first poster for the magical film and only the fourth film of Steven Spielberg‘s to get the Mondo treatment, after Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and a very old Jaws poster.
Two of those films are now getting their second poster from the company, and both images are stunners. Mike Mitchell, one of the most popular artists currently on the scene, did a poster for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Laurent Durieux, who is also on an absolute tear, took a very unique peak at Jaws. Check out both images below. Read More »
As photo (or video) ops go, this one is among the best: video footage of Steven Spielberg and John Williams tapping out an early draft of the main E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial theme on a piano. Whether the camera just happened to be there, or if this was designed specifically as a publicity stunt matters to some extent — it would be nice to know this was really a spontaneous moment — but either way it’s neat to see the birth of one of the more recognizable ’80s movie themes.
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Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln is fast approaching, which means soon we’ll hear all the obligatory quotes from the man himself about Indiana Jones 5, Robopocalypse, Jurassic Park 4, Tintin 2 and whatever other movies he’s been attached to or talked about over the years. Two movies that likely won’t be mentioned are Ben Affleck’s Argo and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, both of which be in theaters at the same time. Maybe they should be, though, because each has an interesting, outside connection to the popular filmmaker.
Ben Affleck’s character in Argo, Tony Mendez, recently recounted the entire ordeal dramatized in that film and revealed that one of the scripts his fictional production company received was written by none other than Steven Spielberg. Then, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli addressed Spielberg’s very vocal desire to direct a James Bond film in a new interview. Read the details about each, and watch an old E.T. audition that’s currently making the rounds, after the jump. Read More »
While VHS and DVD really hurt the theatrical re-release business for quite a while, in recent years there has been a resurgence of films going back to the big screen, if only for very limited runs.
The latest rereleases coming up this fall are a very brief — one night only! — booking for Steven Spielberg‘s classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and the full Twilight Saga in advance of the opening of the final chapter in the series. Info on both follows. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s classic family film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the movie is finally making its way to Blu-ray, in October. Besides the regular version of the Blu-ray release (which you can check out here), Amazon has a $140 pre-order available for a “limited edition E.T. spaceship edition.” What the heck could that mean? Turns out, it means exactly what you probably think it means.
After the jump, check out a video of the limited edition packaging which looks just like E.T’s ship, and opens up to mechanically present the disc, to the tune of John Williams’ score and all.
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The summer once belonged to Steven Spielberg, and while he doesn’t have a film out this season, we do have something to look forward to from the original blockbuster director. His 1982 film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is coming to Blu-ray sometime soon, and while we don’t have a release date or expanded feature list we do have a trailer for the release that suggests it features a digital remastering, 7.1 surround sound and “hours of bonus features”.
And for those who want to know for certain that this is the original theatrical version of E.T., just check out the trailer for the new release, below. One of the shots in which shotguns were replaced with walkie-talkies is very clearly shown, and the guns are there, as they were in the original theatrical release. Thanks, Mr. Spielberg!
Update: Bumped this because we now know that the Blu will be released in October. THR says the disc will indeed feature the ’82 theatrical version of the film (as Spielberg promised last year) and “exclusive footage from the set of the film [and] a new interview with Spielberg.”
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Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, Poltergeist, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and that’s just the beginning. Yes, the Summer of 1982 was probably the best one in the history of movies and that’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating with a summer long, 30th anniversary celebration screening a slew of the most exciting films released that year. Plus, there’s now a significant update jumping off last month’s announcement.
Tickets for the first screening, Conan the Barbarian, go on sale Tuesday morning along with a limited number of passes that’ll get you into eight of the screenings. Second, the series has expanded significantly, adding films such as The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Vice Squad, The Secret of Nimh, Friday the 13th Part 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, Pink Floyd: The Wall and more. Third, Blade Runner will not be screened (bummer).
And finally, in accordance with the /Film sponsored screening of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on June 8 (tickets on sale May 25) we’re proud to exclusively debut the Mondo poster for the film by artist Dan McCarthy. Check out the poster, the important links, full lineup and more after the jump. Read More »