At this point, there’s likely nothing that could be said about Star Wars that many fans don’t already know. After almost 40 years of interviews, videos, re-releases, and books, every story concerning George Lucas‘ milestone film has likely been told. So, with that preamble, here’s one I don’t remember hearing. Some of you might know it; many probably don’t.
Apparently, George Lucas was so depressed during post-production on Star Wars that he took a vacation to visit his friend Steven Spielberg on the set of his film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While there, the pair made a bet and that bet has been paying off handsomely for Spielberg ever since. Read about it below. Read More »
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There was a point where Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper might have reunited to adapt the book American Sniper, which is the autobiography of Chris Kyle, who has the most recorded kills of any sniper in US military history. (As a civilian, Kyle was shot and killed this past February by another veteran at a Texas shooting range.)
Bradley Cooper has been developing the project since last year, and while he and Russell are now working together on another film, the Abscam sting project American Hustle, there is a new director for American Sniper. Steven Spielberg will reportedly direct the film as his next project. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Twenty years later after its original release, it’s still tough to top Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park for believable movie dinosaurs. While we’ll never know for certain how close the effects wizards actually came to replicating the prehistoric creatures, everything about their appearances in the film, from the way cock their heads to the way they hiss at their prey, feels uncannily lifelike.
That movie magic is all the more impressive considering how far special effects have advanced since Jurassic Park first hit theaters. Unlike so many other sci-fi classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Jurassic Park holds up gloriously well. Find out how sound designer Gary Rydstrom and the artists and engineers of Stan Winston Studio pulled it off after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pop culture aficionados generally associate the summer season with big cinematic blockbusters, but this year there’ll be tons of exciting offerings on the small screen as well. CBS’ Steven Spielberg-produced Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome hits in late June, with the eighth and last season of Dexter kicking off on Showtime just a few days later. Watch the latest trailers for both after the jump.
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ScreenJunkies has done it again, creating another one of their funny “Honest Trailers” for the upcoming 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park. I personally loved the 3D conversion of this classic Spielberg film (probably the best 3D conversion I’ve seen so far) but its hard not to chuckle at this video lampoon. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park comes back to theaters on April 5 in 3D and IMAX. Even if you aren’t a fan of those formats, it’s a trip well worth taking simply because in the twenty years since its release, most of the times you’ve seen the film has been at home. Maybe you were even lucky enough to see it in a repertory theater but you haven’t seen it with a fully-functional, high-end sound system and projection since 1993. For that alone, Jurassic Park 3D is worth checking out. Spielberg’s movie works at any size, but it was meant to be seen big.
Watching the film again, you’ll marvel at how good the effects still look, even in the revealing 3D IMAX format. Part of that is the astonishing, Oscar-winning visual effects of Dennis Muren and the team at Industrial Light and Magic. It’s also because of the equally impressive way Spielberg blended those computer effects with practical effects done by Stan Winston and his team.
The Stan Winston School has been posting some great videos to YouTube recently and their latest takes us behind the scenes with the everyone’s favorite “veggiesaurus,” the Brachiosaur. Read More »
In the coming months J.J. Abrams is going to have a very interesting perspective on the eternal geek debate of Star Trek vs. Star Wars. He is (figuratively) helming both the U.S.S. Enterprise in this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness and an X-Wing Fighter (or something) in Star Wars Episode VII. With the former coming out in just a few short months, the director will soon be turning his full attention to a galaxy far, far away. In addition, he’ll be pressed to talk about it while promoting the new Trek.
In one of his first major interviews leading up to the release of the May 17 Trek sequel, Abrams spoke to Empire Magazine about his frame of mind and approach to Star Wars. He says he’s approaching it from a place of excitement and passion and also admitted Steven Spielberg was one of the primary reasons for him taking the job. Read his quotes below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Biblical epics seem to be all the rage these days, but one director that won’t be jumping on that bandwagon is Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker has been linked to Warner Bros.’ Moses biopic Gods and Kings since about 2011, but has finally decided to move on. The studio is thinking big for his replacement, however, and has made moves toward Ang Lee as a possible new director. Read more after the jump.
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