Spielberg's Halo TV series

We know some details about the parceled out Halo “digital feature” that will hit screens in the near future, but until now we’ve known little about the flagship Halo series that Steven Spielberg is producing for Xbox Live and potentially Showtime. Now, however, we know that Spielberg’s Halo series will arrive in fall 2015, alongside the new game Halo 5: Guardians. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg long takes

The long take is a celebrated aspect of filmmaking; we love the long take because it combines showmanship, storytelling, and technical skill. Some filmmakers use long takes audaciously, while others use them as a way to immerse the viewer in the action of a scene. Another aspect of filmmaking technique that was once prized in Hollywood and is now rarely discussed with respect to modern filmmakers is invisible style. That’s an element of classical Hollywood filmmaking that wants audiences to notice the story, rather than the way it is being told.

It takes great skill to employ the long take invisibly. Steven Spielberg isn’t a filmmaker who often lands on lists of “the best long takes.” While he employs them often, he doesn’t go for the five to eight-minute approach. His long takes tend to be limited to a couple minutes. They are skillful constructions that get a lot of story across and save time by reducing camera setups.

Think about the drinking game scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark — it’s one long take, but it’s a take that emulates a familiar editing style. The take doesn’t call attention to itself as a technical achievement; it’s a piece of invisible style that prioritizes story. Below, check out a set of videos that examine Spielberg’s skillful and unobtrusive use of the long take.

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steven spielberg halo

Microsoft knows it is sitting on a goldmine with Halo. The video game series will be based on one of the most successful franchises in the world. While multiple attempts have been made to bring the sci-fi action property to the big and small screen, things are progressing very slowly. That might change soon. Microsoft has been in talks with Showtime to bring a live-action TV show based on the game, exec produced by Steven Spielberg, first to the cable channel then to XBox Live. Read more about the Steven Spielberg Halo show below. Read More »

Extant trailer

In Extant, the upcoming CBS show from producer Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry plays a woman who spends thirteen months on a solo mission in space. She returns pregnant, and what happens next will blow your mind. Or so we’re told — and I don’t think that’s because she goes home to write Upworthy headlines. We’ve known next to nothing about the mysterious show, and this first full Extant trailer starts to tease some vague sense of what the producers meant when they said last year that the main character’s ”experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.” Read More »

Steven Spielberg may direct the BFG

Which film will the director of Lincoln do next? There are quite a few options, and now yet another has cropped up. Thanks to a new attachment, Steven Spielberg may direct The BFG, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book.

Sorry, Doom fans, that title doesn’t refer to a rifle. It’s an acronym for “Big Friendly Giant.” The 1982 story, as Angie once explained, follows “a girl named Sophie, who encounters and befriends the Big Friendly Giant. Though his initial appearance is intimidating, the BFG turns out to be a softhearted soul who’s considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers, he refuses to eat boys and girls.”

Dreamworks picked up rights to the book in 2011, and set Melissa Mathison to script an adaptation. She wrote a Spielberg film you’re probably familiar with: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Now there’s a chance they’ll reunite if Spielberg directs The BFG.

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Hanks Spielberg Cold War

We’re back in a familiar position: scanning a set of potential projects for Steven Spielberg, trying to figure out which he’ll do next. There are a couple of possible options that have been kicking around for a while, such as the sci-fi action film Robopocalypse and the Spanish conquistador drama Montezuma. Just last week there was news that Spielberg is developing a religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, from Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner.

Now there’s a new project: an untitled true-life Cold War drama with Tom Hanks attached to star. Read More »

Steven Spielberg Wrote The Story for The Goonies 2
A Goonies sequel has been in the works for ever, but The Goonies never say die. Goonies director Richard Donner recently revealed that “We’re doing a sequel” to the Gooniesadding that he hopes all the original cast members return. This recent announcement worried a lot of fans of the 1980′s classic film, but today we bring you something that should reassure you a bit more: Goonies writer, producer, and second unit director Steven Spielberg supposedly came up with the idea for the sequel’s story. More details on Steven Spielberg The Goonies 2 involvement, after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg directing War Horse

Steven Spielberg‘s last collaboration with screenwriter Tony Kushner was so successful, the pair are teaming up again. Spielberg plans to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara based on a screenplay by Kushner. Mortara was an Italian Jew who made international headlines when he was removed from his home and raised as a Catholic in 1858.

The film will not be Spielberg’s next film, however. He’s still deciding between going back to Robopocalypse or Montezuma. The former much further along having just completed a total rewrite. Read More »

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