Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom PG Rating

Most cinephiles know that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the movie that finally broke the camel’s back when it came to having movies that were either PG, suggesting parental guidance for younger viewers, or R, movies that were intended for audiences 17 and older. The Indiana Jones sequel (which is actually a prequel) caught flack for being too violent and gruesome for the PG rating to fly, but Steven Spielberg wasn’t prepared to lose the younger crowds by slapping movies like that with an R-rating, and part of the reason for that was because Temple of Doom had the director bit by the merchandising bug.

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Men in Black trivia

Two of Will Smith‘s most famous, breakout roles almost went to very different actors. In the case of Bad Boys, Jon Lovitz was originally going to play his part opposite of Dana Carvey. After Lovitz and Carvey bailed on the buddy cop movie, the studio had to be convinced Smith was right for the project. On Men in Black, director Barry Sonnenfeld had to do some persuading as well to secure Smith a part producer Steven Spielberg wanted to go to Chris O’Donnell.

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Close Encounters of a third Kind

On July 3, 2017, Sony Pictures posted a mysterious teaser trailer on YouTube under the title “This Means Something.” The teaser trailer shows a UFO encounter from the point of view of air traffic control. The video ends with the iconic music notes from Steven Spielberg‘s 1977 film Close Encounters of a Third Kind and on-screen text sending viewers to a mysterious website to sign up to “receive updates on UFO sightings.” Is Sony planning a Close Encounters sequel or remake, or is this something about the film’s 40th anniversary?
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Elizabeth Banks calls out Steven Spielberg

While accepting an award at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night, actress and director Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) put director Steven Spielberg on blast in a big way for the lack of female lead characters that have appeared in his films over the years. Read Banks’ comments below.
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steven spielberg ranked bridge of spies

Sometimes director Steven Spielberg can toil away for years trying to find the perfect combination of elements to tell a story, and other times he’s able to fast-track the entire process from idea to finished product in less than a year. He’s doing the latter with a new film called The Papers (formerly known as The Post): he signed on in March and the movie comes out this December. It tells the true story of the controversial publication of classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s.

Spielberg had already managed to snag Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star, but now he’s assembled a spectacular supporting cast to join his heavy hitters, including actors from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested DevelopmentFargo, and more. Ain’t no party like a Spielberg party. Read who else has come on board the filmmaker’s Pentagon Papers movie below.
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Animaniacs reboot

As a young movie lover who largely grew up in the ’90s, I thought the animated series Animaniacs was one of the best shows on television. It was bursting with pop culture references, memorable characters, terrific music, and humor (some of which went way over my head), but even at the time, I knew I was watching something special.

The original series ran 99 episodes from 1993-1998. Fast forward to 2017 and yep, you guessed it: a reboot is in development. And there’s good news: Steven Spielberg, who executive produced the original show, is “expected to be involved” in bringing the series back to life.
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Shawn Levy

Director Shawn Levy is once again making another film with Amblin Entertainment. The last time the filmmaker and Steven Spielberg‘s production company teamed up, they produced what’s easily Levy’s most entertaining film: Real Steel. Their next collaboration is an alien invasion called The Fall.

Below, learn more about the Shawn Levy Amblin project.

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Silicon Valley

Steven Spielberg is a T.J. Miller fan, as he should be. Ever since Miller starred in one season of the short-lived DreamWorks show, Carpoolers, he’s been friendly with the legendary filmmaker, who wanted to cast him in Office Christmas Party. After that comedy, Spielberg decided to bring Miller into the OASIS for Ready Player One.

In the virtual reality-centric science fiction film, the Silicon Valley star will play a character inspired by a bounty hunter we all know. Below, get more details on the T.J. Miller Ready Player One character.

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ready player one

In Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One, much of the world’s population spends their time in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. The story’s heroes, Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) and Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3miss (Olivia Cooke), aren’t living the highest quality of life in the real world, so they live and breathe the OASIS.

Naturally, ss a tie-in for the film about our dependency on technology, Warner Bros. is teaming up with HTC VIVE to create some VR content related to Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One.

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Steven Spielberg has always done a fine job of rotating between his entertainments and his more serious pictures. After all, we’re talking about a filmmaker who somehow managed to release Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year. Note how he balanced The Adventures of Tintin with War Horse and Bridge of Spies with The BFG. It’s no coincidence that the upcoming Ready Player One will arrive shortly before The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Spielberg is a storyteller with many interests and we are better for it.

And on a day that confirmed he will soon get around to finally making Indiana Jones 5, it only makes sense that we would also learn that Spielberg is making a movie about the infamous “Pentagon Papers,” with the thespian dream team of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep set to star.

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