If you needed any confirmation about what Steven Spielberg‘s next movie will be, this could provide the news you’re looking for. Tom Hanks and Spielberg have been developing a true-life Cold War thriller, and a new actor has just signed on. Mark Rylance (Anonymous (above), The Other Boleyn Girl) will now play a role in the film that has a recent rewrite by Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie will tell “the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was put into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.” Read More »
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Fresh off a Tony award for Best Actor in a Play, Bryan Cranston could be taking that stage role to the small screen. Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks to acquire the rights to the Broadway play All the Way, which currently features Cranston playing President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, All the Way tells the story of how Johnson dealt with the tumultuous politics of 1964, which included the Vietnam war and the Civil Rights movement.
The hope is that if Spielberg gets the rights to the play, which just won a Tony Award for Best Play, Cranston would reprise the role on TV. Read More »
Would you watch a Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks, written by the Coen Brothers? Yeah, thought so. Last year, Matt Charman wrote a true-life cold war drama that tells the story of a US attorney who negotiated with the KGB to secure the release of a spy plane pilot. Tom Hanks came on board, and Steven Spielberg was recently attached to the Dreamworks project. It’s at the point now where the film is being talked up as one of the most likely next projects for the director. And now Joel and Ethan Coen are rewriting the script. Read More »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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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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