Ready Player One movie

Steven Spielberg will soon go to London to film his adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One, which is one big, fun love letter to 1980s pop culture. Of course, you can’t discuss ’80s pop culture without mentioning Spielberg, so his name and work is mentioned throughout the book. Last year, The BFG director said he may leave out the references to his classic films from the ’80s. Now, he’s confirmed that’s the case, with a few minor exceptions.

Below, learn more about the Ready Player One references.

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West Side Story Remake

Over two years ago, Steven Spielberg grabbed the attention of musical fans when news surfaced that he was interested in potentially remaking the classic West Side Story. The musical hit Broadway in 1957 and was turned into a feature film in 1961. Since then it’s been a staple of the stage, revived several times over the years with the most recent being in the last couple years in the United Kingdom. And now it appears Spielberg is making some progress in getting this new take on West Side Story off the ground, but with a packed schedule over the next few years, it might not happen anytime soon.

Find out the status of the West Side Story remake after the jump. Read More »

ST. JAMES PLACE

Bridge of Spies probably won’t go down as one of Steven Spielberg‘s most iconic films, but it was still a solid entry in his body of work. Critics embraced it, the Academy celebrated it, and audiences turned out in droves to go see it. And because Spielberg knows a winning ticket when he sees one, he’ll keep the good times going with a new project from the Bridge of Spies team.

Spielberg is set to reunite with Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt for a historical drama about news anchor Walter Cronkite, and the role he played in shaping public sentiment about the Vietnam War.  Read More »

indiana jones 5

When Steven Spielberg sits down for a full and proper interview, it is our duty as movie fans to pay attention. The greatest filmmaker in modern Hollywood history can often feel a little enigmatic (he doesn’t bother with things like DVD commentaries) and getting any kind of window into his process and life feels invaluable. So the arrival of two new profiles on Spielberg, his work, and his various companies is a cause for celebration – both stories are filled with wonderful anecdotes, insights and even a tease or two.

Oh, and Spielberg promises that he won’t be killing off Indiana Jones in the upcoming fifth movie.

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The Force Awakens Score

In today’s news that everyone expected but we all needed to hear just to reassure ourselves, the developing Disney and Lucasfilm sequels Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: Episode VIII have confirmed who will be providing the score for each of the films. And it’s exactly who you hope it would be.

John Williams, the composer behind the iconic themes for both the fedora-toting archaeologist and the saga that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, has been confirmed to compose the scores for both sequels from director Steven Spielberg and Rian Johnson. Williams also has a playful selfish reason that he wants to score Star Wars: Episode VIII. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

the bfg featurette

There’s a new Steven Spielberg movie in theaters in less than a month and that is a reason for celebration. Or it should be a reason for celebration. The BFG seems to be flying under the radar, lost in a sea of other big summer releases. And that’s a shame because it certainly looks lovely. Spielberg’s inherent humanity and author Roald Dahl‘s sly wit feel like perfect complements for one another. Plus, how can anyone with good taste not want to see another collaboration between the greatest populist director of all time and the wonderful Mark Rylance, who took home an Oscar earlier this year for Bridge of Spies?

A new featurette about the film focusing on the casting of Rylance as the titular “Big Friendly Giant” has arrived and it only confirms my suspicions that I could listen to Mr. Rylance talk all day long.

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T.J. Miller Ready Player One

Few shows make me laugh like Silicon Valley and few people on Silicon Valley make me laugh like T.J. Miller makes me laugh. Although Miller has been working steadily since making his film debut in 2008’s Cloverfield (he was the guy behind the camera), he’s finally come into the spotlight in the past few years. Those who don’t know him from the funniest show currently airing on television probably saw him as Weasel in Deadpool a few months ago, where he played an effective foil to Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson.

Still, all of that feels like prologue to being cast in a Steven Spielberg movie. Miller has joined the ensemble of The Beard’s latest project, Ready Player One.

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Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg recently made the trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to speak to the Harvard graduates of 2016. Although the director dropped out of college his sophomore year after landing a dream job at Universal Studios, he ultimately returned to Cal State University and earned his bachelor’s degree, long after he had established himself as one of the most successful filmmakers in the industry. “I went [back] for my kids,” he said. “I’m the father of seven, and I kept insisting on the importance of going to college, but I hadn’t walked the walk.” At the age of 55, he made that walk.

Below, watch the Steven Spielberg Harvard commencement speech.

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Virtual Reality Movies

Virtual reality technology has been making a comeback in a big way with the Oculus VR hitting shelves along with Samsung and PlayStation creating their own devices for the immersive innovation in entertainment. Slowly but surely, the technology is starting to make its way into filmmaking as VR movies have been playing at various film festivals recently.

However, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t sound too keen on the technology making its way into cinemas and he believes it could be “dangerous” to the nature of storytelling. Read the Steven Spielberg’s remarks on virtual reality movies remarks after the jump. Read More »