A behind the scenes photo from Raiders of the Lost Ark has unearthed an interesting story from one of the most iconic adventure films of all time. As we all know, when the Ark is opened at the end of the film, all of the evil Nazis and their supporters are killed in incredibly gruesome ways. The worst was saved for Belloq (Paul Freeman), Indiana Jones’ main nemesis throughout the film. In the movie, his head explodes while being engulfed in flames. However, that wasn’t what director Steven Spielberg originally intended. Read More »
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Though film fans are well-versed in Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film Oldboy, most audiences have no idea what the film is. To 90% of people who go to the movies, it’s nothing more than an ultra-violent, ten-year-old foreign language film with subtitles, if they even know that much about it. At least, that’s what Filmdistrict is thinking will be the case when Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy opens November 22. They’re hoping audiences will be as surprised and entertained as we were the first time we saw the original.
Still, everyone involved is well aware film fans can be vocal when reacting to remakes, and no one is a bigger champion of the original than screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The writer of the original Thor and I Am Legend considers himself a massive fan of the original film. And when he first heard about the remake, he was hesitant. Then Will Smith approached him about writing it for director Steven Spielberg. What fan would say “No” to that?
Below, read about Protosevich’s dealings with those two superstars and his justifications for remaking one of the biggest cult classics of all time. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Following a successful collaboration on Lincoln, Steven Spielberg and author Doris Kearns Goodwin are teaming up to tell the tale of two more iconic American presidents.
Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has picked up the rights to Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, which details the friendship and eventual bitter rivalry between the two historical figures. Hit the jump for more on their juicy tale, and DreamWorks’ plans for it.
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Sheriff Brody might think Quint’s gonna need a bigger boat, but you’re gonna need a bigger house. “Why,” do you ask? How else could you possibly accommodate all of the incredible art in this week’s Jaws themed art show, “Smile You Son Of A Bitch?” It takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.
Below we’ve got more info on the event including your first look at over a dozen of the almost 100 different works based on Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 blockbuster, from artists like Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Joshua Budich, Cuyler Smith and many more. Read More »
Steven Spielberg has such a great track record that, short of a major crime, very little could tarnish it. That’s probably why, at a recent screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Hollywood, the director continued to claim “full responsibility” for the idea of Indiana Jones getting into a refrigerator to survive a nuclear attack in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The idea, “nuking the fridge,” instantly became a punchline. It’s also another way to say “jumping the shark,” a Happy Days reference long synonymous with the moment a TV show or movie goes from good to bad.
However, while Spielberg can say “nuking the fridge” was his idea, George Lucas says he’s lying. Read both quotes and search for the truth below. Read More »
Oliver Stone is going back to his favorite subject matter: influential American personalities, particularly those of the past middle century. He’s already chronicled JFK and Nixon (and George W. Bush) and now Stone is in early talks to make a film about Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is one of a few different MLK films that have been in development recently, but the DreamWorks and Warner Bros. co-production have the all-important approval of the King family in addition to the influence of producer Steven Spielberg. The script is by Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) who is reworking a draft by Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, Australia).
If things work out, Stone will make the film, and he’ll have his Any Given Sunday actor Jamie Foxx in the starring role.
Update: This week, Stone confirmed that he and Foxx are moving forward with the MLK film. He told the Wall St. Journal “we’re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man.”
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/Film reader Paul Bullock discovered an awesome television profile on 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg which was aired on Japanese television in the Christmas of 1982, and has been virtually unseen by American audiences. If you’re even half the Spielberg-fanatic that I am, you’ll need to watch the entirety of the special. The special features a tour through Steven’s early Amblin’s offices and his Los Angeles home, behind the scenes footage of Spielberg directing his segment from Twilight Zone: The Movie. We get to see interview clips featuring Spielberg’s mother Leah Adler, Melissa Matheson (screenwriter of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and his young secretary just turned producer Kathleen Kennedy (now the head of LucasFilm), Spielberg’s thoughts on 1980′s television (Cheers, St Elsewhere, Hill St Blues…etc), his then attestant Kathleen Switzer (later a producer on movies like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Apollo 18), and many others. We get to drive with Spielberg to the studio lot with his dog on his lap, Robert Zemeckis talking with his two mentors John Milius and Spielberg while they eat eel and pumpkin pie together. We get to spend some time with Spielberg sitting at the piano with John Williams talking about their music collaborations. Interspliced with clips from his early films and even some behind the scenes b-roll footage. The special also features all the vintage commercial breaks, filled with fun Japanese commercials. Watch this now, or bookmark this link to watch later.
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What do you do after you make awesome posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Move onto that other incredible Lucasfilm franchise: Indiana Jones. We’re proud to debut artist Dave Perillo‘s new poster for Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark from Acme Archives. This fantastic representation of the best adventure film of all time be on sale Thursday September 26. Check it out below. Read More »