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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 »

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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 PianistAustralia).

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 »

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Almost twenty-five years ago, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert sat down with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese to talk about the future of cinema. At the time, Scorsese had yet to release Goodfellas, Spielberg had yet to win an Oscar and George Lucas had to to commit to the Star Wars prequels. Each was already incredibly accomplished, but not even close to the peaks of their success.

Looking back at the conversation, it’s fascinating to think about where these guys thought cinema would go, how they themselves would help push it there, and what they were wrong about. Of course, earlier this year Spielberg and Lucas once again talked about the future of movies and their predictions were much more pessimistic. I wouldn’t bet against these guys.

Check out the fantastic 50 minute interview below. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou almost worked together several years ago, when the two were teamed to create the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olymipcs. Spielberg pulled out of that project, but there’s a chance the two could still do something together in the future.

While Spielberg is pursuing new projects (having put off Robopocalpypse and abandoned American Sniper), Zhang Yimou is attached to make Quasimodo, and has at least one project prepping in China. But Spielberg still fancies a gig with the director, and recently mentioned the idea of them doing a film together that would be set in China. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg just dropped out of his second project in a row. This time it’s the true story American Sniper, about Navy SEAL and marksman Chris Kyle, to be played by Bradley Cooper. (The actor is also producing.) Warner Bros. will continue to move ahead with the project.

Before signing up for American Sniper, Spielberg also was set to helm Robopocalypse. However, issues with the script forced the filmmaker to delay production on that film indefinitely. According to reports, in this case, the director simply couldn’t get his vision to mesh with the proposed budget.

Spielberg still has tons of films on his plate, but having dropped this one, there’s no word what he’ll direct next. Let’s try and figure it out below. Read More »

Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes Of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, was first published in 1939. Set during the Great Depression, the book followed a family under intense financial hardships which sets out to California in hopes of turning things around. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize. A year later, director John Ford made the first film version, starring Henry Fonda. It won two Academy Awards and ranks in the top 25 on AFI’s list of the best films of all time.

The novel’s 75th anniversary is coming up next year, and Hollywood has once again made The Grapes of Wrath a hot property. Several suitors reportedly spoke to the estate of John Steinbeck about the film rights but Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are the ones who will emerge victorious. Spielberg had once considered directing the film, but now will only produce. Read More »

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