ready player one

The set of Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One has been pretty quiet aside from a handful of set pictures showing a grungy dystopia where the vast majority of people spend as much time as possible living in a virtual world called the OASIS. Now, we know a little more about how the film will portray this virtual world: it will be created through motion capture and 60% of the film will take place there.

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carrie fisher script doctor

This week we’ve all been thinking about Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this week at the age of 60. While most people know her for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a lot of people don’t realize that her written career spans farther than the bestselling books and novels that she penned over the years.

Entertainment Weekly once described Carrie Fisher as “one of the most sought after [script] doctors in town.” She worked without credit on films ranging from Hook to Last Action Hero to the Star Wars prequels and much more. Learn about her unknown legacy of uncredited work on big Hollywood screenplays in our Carrie Fisher Script Doctor primer.

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Jurassic Park Velociraptor Head

Hopefully you had a Christmas that resulted in getting a pile of goodies from your closest family and friends. But maybe you got some extra spending money sitting in your pocket after exchanging gifts with them and you’re looking for the best way to spend it. Chronicle Collectibles has you covered.

All dinosaurs are dead, and the closest you can get to having one is somehow digging one up from the Earth and piecing it together in skeletal form. Even then, it’ll probably end up going to some museum. But now you can get the next best thing in the form of a 1:1 scale Velociraptor head bust inspired by the dinosaur’s design from Jurassic Park.

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Julian Rentzsch Director Portraits - Steven Spielberg

We feature plenty of collectible artwork here at /Film, but nearly all of them pay tribute to movies and TV, but not the people who make them. That changes today with a series of filmmaker portraits that are positively stunning.

Julian Rentzsch has created a series of portraits paying tribute to iconic directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick and more. Check out the Julian Rentzsch director portraits after the jump. Read More »

amc theaters

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.

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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.

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