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Remember when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg predicted Donald Trump would win the election and the United States would fall into a post-apocalyptic state of hell? Okay, maybe that wasn’t exactly what happened.

A few years back, the two legendary filmmakers predicted that some huge megabudget movies would come crashing to the ground causing an implosion of the Hollywood movie industry that would probably result in movie theaters moving to the “Broadway model” with moviegoers being charged more of a huge tentpole film than a smaller dramatic film. I’m not sure we’ve hit the implosion point that they theorized about (although this Summer had its fair share of box office bombs),

I don’t think we’ve hit the implosion point that they theorized about (although this Summer had its fair share of box office bombs), but big movie theater chains like AMC are beginning to consider this variable ticket price model. Find out the details, after the jump.

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Stranger Things Steven Spielberg Influences

One of the major reasons that Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things works so well is because it feels like a mash-up of several different sci-fi classics from the 1980s. But easily one of the largest influences on the series from The Duffer Brothers is director Steven Spielberg.

The visual style of the director of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and some would say Poltergeist, (which Spielberg didn’t officially direct) is all over every episode of Stranger Things, and now a video shows us a bunch of the similarities between the work of Steven Spielberg and Stranger Things. Read More »

real steel sequel

Real Steel isn’t Shawn Levy‘s most successful film at the box office, but it is easily the most enjoyable film he’s directed. Before the Steven Spielberg-produced movie even opened in theaters, Levy started talking about a sequel, which he, Hugh Jackman, and Evangeline Lilly were expected to return for. The father-son fighting robots story performed well overseas, but it wasn’t a big hit in the States. Five years since the movie hit theaters, Levy is still considering a sequel.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses the Real Steel sequel.

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Force Awakens contributions - star wars: the force awakens bb8 thumbs up

The new 3D Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available, including an audio commentary from director/co-writer JJ Abrams. Abrams gives a lot of cool behind the scenes information in the track, but one of the most interesting bits is his acknowledgement of where some of the ideas and changes came from, including contributions from Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, Jon Kasdan, Ava DuVernay and more. Learn about The Force Awakens contributions, who contributed notable moments in the film and what they were, after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg Stanley Kubrick side-by-side shot comparison

If you’re more than a casual fan of either Steven Spielberg or Stanley Kubrick, then you likely know that the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence is basically a collaboration between the two filmmakers. Kubrick began working on the film in the 1970s and kept developing it through the 90s, mostly because he didn’t believe technology would effectively allow him to create the lead character David in the way he wanted.

In 1995, Kubrick handed the project to Steven Spielberg, who would run with it starting in 1999 following the death of the iconic director behind The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, when you look at some parts of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it’s almost as if Kubrick was looking over Spielberg’s shoulder. There are some striking similarities in shots between the 2001 sci-fi film and Kubrick’s previous work.

Watch the Steven Spielberg Stanley Kubrick side-by-side shot comparison after the jump. Read More »

Jaws Book Cover - Jaws Movie Compared to the Book

Jaws is one of the most well known movies of all time, right down to the iconic theme music composed by John Williams. However, there are likely plenty among general audiences out there who don’t know that the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg was based on a book by Peter Benchley. The book is also called Jaws, but there are quite a few differences between the book and what ended up on the big screen.

See the Jaws movie compared to the book after the jump. Read More »

Ready Player One movie

The future doesn’t look too bright in Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One. The world is dealing with an ongoing energy crisis that has shattered society and the economy. People want to escape the world of 2044, and they do so with the virtual reality called OASIS and a pair of VR goggles. Steven Spielberg‘s film adaptation is currently shooting in London, where some folks snapped a few photos of the set.

Below, get a look at the Ready Player One set photos.

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Ready Player One cover

In Ernest Cline‘s “Ready Player One,” there are several references to director Steven Spielberg‘s body of work, including many of the famous films he produced in the 1980s. In one part of the book, for example, Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) is driving a DeLorean in the OASIS — which is one reference Spielberg intends on keeping in his adaptation. He’s currently shooting Ready Player One, and a few of the sci-fi adventure movie’s references have been spotted on the set.

Below, check out some set photos showing a few Ready Player One references.

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Jurassic Park Visual Effects

It’s been 23 years since Jurassic Park trounced into theaters, giving audiences one of the most beloved and entertaining blockbusters of all time. Director Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen as nobody had before, and the result was a mesmerizing adventure that brought the creatures who lived 65 million years ago right in front of our eyes.

Steven Spielberg and his crew brought dinosaurs to life back in 1993, when digital effects and computer animation was still in its infancy. Somehow those visual effects still hold up to this very day, outshining some movies with state of the art visual effects from today. How is this possible? A new video essay explores why the Jurassic Park visual effects still hold up today when compared to the effects a a modern day blockbuster like, say, Jurassic World. Read More »

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The Phantom Simon Wincer interview

On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.

To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure).  Below is a copy of our conversation…

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