I really love what The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has been doing lately with their Academy Originals series of videos which take a look at the art and stories behind the making of the movies we love. The latest video features Casting director Marci Liroff (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mean Girls) recounting the story of how Henry Thomas was cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
As it turns out, Thomas was not the first choice for the role of Elliot. Liroff describes how a game of Dungeons & Dragons at screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who is finally returning to screenwriting for Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG) changed the corse of a cinema classic, leading to the audition video I’m sure you’ve seen before. Hit the jump to watch the video now.
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What’s up with the Steven Spielberg film Robopocalypse? At one point it was all set to be his next film, but that was back in 2012. The script was being developed by Spielberg and Drew Goddard as Daniel H. Wilson wrote his novel. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were all said to be in line for roles in the film about — as the title implies — “a global war between man and machine.” But in early 2013 the film was pushed back to development status, with no indication of what the future might hold. Now there’s a small Robopocalypse status update from Wilson. Read More »
Mark Rylance is known more for his work on stage than on screen — he’s won three Tonys, in addition to other major accolades — and has been called one of the finest Shakespearian actors of our time. (He has also participated in the call to reevaluate the true authorship of Shakespeare’s work, which explains how he ended up in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous, pictured above.)
Now Rylance is forging a solid relationship with Steven Spielberg. He is already playing a role in Spielberg’s Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks, which has been shooting over the past month. Now Spielberg has cast Rylance as the title character in his Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG. That means that Rylance, a giant on stage, will soon portray a giant on screen. Read More »
James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg. You’d be hard pressed to come up with five names who, over the past few decades, have build better worlds on the big screen. Avatar, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings, Inception and Jurassic Park are just the tip of the cinematic iceberg for that group and, this weekend at the Hero Complex Gallery, they’re paying tribute.
Imagined Worlds is a group show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA comprised of art based on the films of those five filmmakers. As you can expect, the possibilities are endless with that group and, below, you can get just a small sampling of the work that’ll first be on display Friday October 17, before going online Saturday October 18. Read More »
We know the history of Steven Spielberg‘s film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and we even know some of the fine details. For example, we’ve seen the early alien designs created by Rick Baker for the aborted project Night Skies. It’s obvious that some of those designs made their way to the stream of concepts that influenced ET when that film was born in the wake of Night Skies being scrapped.
Now we’ve got some rarely seen early ET concept art from Ed Verreaux, who worked with Spielberg as production illustrator starting on Raiders of the Lost Ark. The art by Verreaux shows more of the process of Night Skies alien designs being mutated into the friendly guy we know and love at the center of ET. Read More »
What I’ve always loved about Kevin Smith is that he’s a fan. First and foremost, Smith loves movies and that’s why he always infuses his films with so much of that. At first is was totally blatant, like the references in Clerks or Mallrats. Now it’s a bit more subtle, such as borrowing storytelling techniques from Quentin Tarantino in Tusk. Either way, if you want to talk about movies, there are few people better.
In a new interview, Smith is asked about his new movie Moose Jaws. It’s a film he plans on making sometime in the next year which would be like Jaws, but with a moose. That conversation got him talking about how much he loves Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws and that rabbit hole lead him to pitch a Jaws sequel or reboot that Steven Spielberg himself would direct. It’s totally crazy and has more in common with Sharknado than Jaws but, if Spielberg was at the helm, who wouldn’t watch it? Read the crazy Kevin Smith Jaws pitch below. Read More »
20th Century Fox has acquired Steven Spielberg‘s small-screen adaptation of his hit 2002 sci-fi movie which starred Tom Cruise. The Minority Report TV series is being written by screenwriter Max Borenstein, for Amblin television. THR is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot with a significant penalty attached (which basically means there is more of a chance we’ll see it than not). But the interesting bits come via their plot synopsis:
The Minority Report follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.
Thats right, the series will swap the genders of the detective and precog, and will also serve as sequel to the original film. Count me interested.
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GoodBadFlicks has put together a nice video essay called “WTF Happened to PG-13?” which takes a look at the origins of the PG-13 rating, the effects of the rating’s creation, and how it continues to redefine what the R-rating means. For instance, did you know that the PG-13 rating spawned from a phone call from Steven Spielberg after the backlash over Gremlins’ PG rating? Watch the WTF Happened To the PG-13 Rating video essay now after the jump.
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