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Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG hit theaters this weekend and landed with a “gigantic” thud. The $140 million Roald Dahl adaptation earned a measly $19.6 million in its opening weekend, which is a huge disappointment anyway you look at it. Is Spielberg, credited for creating the summer blockbuster with 1975’s Jaws, no longer the big box office draw that he once was?

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Adventures of Tintin 2

This winter it will have been five years since Steven Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé‘s iconic intrepid reporter to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. The motion-capture performance film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States, earning $77.5 million, but since the comic that inspired it is much more popular overseas, it pulled in $296 million from the rest of the world. That was enough for Jackson and Spielberg to make the next chapter in what they hoped would be a trilogy from the beginning.

In the years since then though, updates have been hopeful, but without an evidence of a sequel actually coming together. Now we have a slight update on the status of Adventures of Tintin 2. The good news is that Spielberg and Jackson still want to make the sequel. But the more interesting news is that Jackson is already working on a secret project for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. What could it be? Read More »

Steven Spielberg Universal Studios Tour

From Amblin Entertainment to DreamWorks, director and producer Steven Spielberg has made plenty of motion picture history on the backlot of Universal Studios. Both of his production companies have had their offices located on the same studio property where iconic films like Back to the Future were shot, the time traveling franchise that Spielberg also famously produced.

Now Spielberg takes a trip down memory lane and has a candid conversation about his time working on the Universal Studios backlot as he drives around on a golf cart with Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly. And yes, they drive straight through the set that was once Hill Valley’s town square. Watch as Steven Spielberg tours Universal Studios after the jump. Read More »

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.

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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 »

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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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