The Force Awakens Score

In today’s news that everyone expected but we all needed to hear just to reassure ourselves, the developing Disney and Lucasfilm sequels Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: Episode VIII have confirmed who will be providing the score for each of the films. And it’s exactly who you hope it would be.

John Williams, the composer behind the iconic themes for both the fedora-toting archaeologist and the saga that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, has been confirmed to compose the scores for both sequels from director Steven Spielberg and Rian Johnson. Williams also has a playful selfish reason that he wants to score Star Wars: Episode VIII. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

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the bfg featurette

There’s a new Steven Spielberg movie in theaters in less than a month and that is a reason for celebration. Or it should be a reason for celebration. The BFG seems to be flying under the radar, lost in a sea of other big summer releases. And that’s a shame because it certainly looks lovely. Spielberg’s inherent humanity and author Roald Dahl‘s sly wit feel like perfect complements for one another. Plus, how can anyone with good taste not want to see another collaboration between the greatest populist director of all time and the wonderful Mark Rylance, who took home an Oscar earlier this year for Bridge of Spies?

A new featurette about the film focusing on the casting of Rylance as the titular “Big Friendly Giant” has arrived and it only confirms my suspicions that I could listen to Mr. Rylance talk all day long.

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T.J. Miller Ready Player One

Few shows make me laugh like Silicon Valley and few people on Silicon Valley make me laugh like T.J. Miller makes me laugh. Although Miller has been working steadily since making his film debut in 2008’s Cloverfield (he was the guy behind the camera), he’s finally come into the spotlight in the past few years. Those who don’t know him from the funniest show currently airing on television probably saw him as Weasel in Deadpool a few months ago, where he played an effective foil to Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson.

Still, all of that feels like prologue to being cast in a Steven Spielberg movie. Miller has joined the ensemble of The Beard’s latest project, Ready Player One.

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Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg recently made the trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to speak to the Harvard graduates of 2016. Although the director dropped out of college his sophomore year after landing a dream job at Universal Studios, he ultimately returned to Cal State University and earned his bachelor’s degree, long after he had established himself as one of the most successful filmmakers in the industry. “I went [back] for my kids,” he said. “I’m the father of seven, and I kept insisting on the importance of going to college, but I hadn’t walked the walk.” At the age of 55, he made that walk.

Below, watch the Steven Spielberg Harvard commencement speech.

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Virtual Reality Movies

Virtual reality technology has been making a comeback in a big way with the Oculus VR hitting shelves along with Samsung and PlayStation creating their own devices for the immersive innovation in entertainment. Slowly but surely, the technology is starting to make its way into filmmaking as VR movies have been playing at various film festivals recently.

However, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t sound too keen on the technology making its way into cinemas and he believes it could be “dangerous” to the nature of storytelling. Read the Steven Spielberg’s remarks on virtual reality movies remarks after the jump. Read More »

Ready Player One cover

Director Steven Spielberg will begin shooting Ready Player One this summer. The adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s novel will star Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), and recent Academy Award winner, Mark Rylance (The BFG). We’ll hear more casting news soon, but in the meantime, it’s possible for anyone of you to appear in Spielberg’s “big rockin’ adventure movie.” Well, maybe not anyone of you, but if you have experience designing and modeling 3D avatars, then you might want to consider participating in this Ready Player One contest.

Learn more about it below.

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Cary

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The Hollywood Reporter confirms the rumors that filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct Stanley Kubrick’s abandoned passion project Napoleon, with David Leland writing the miniseries for HBO. Jack Giroux’s original story from May 18th 2016 follows.

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Steven Spielberg 700

I think we all like reading and watching interviews with legendary filmmakers discussing how they brought some of the most iconic movies to the big screen. But for me, I love to hear the rarer occasions when a legendary filmmaker will just sit down and talk movies like the rest of us. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of his new film The BFG (read the early buzz here), Steven Spielberg was asked what his favorite comic book blockbusters are, and his answer may surprise you. Find out what Steven Spielberg’s favorite superhero movies are, after the jump.

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Ruby Barnhill

Steven Spielberg has gotten some exceptional performances out of child actors throughout his career. Rarely does a child’s performance in a Spielberg film ring false. Empire of the SunE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I.: Artificial IntelligenceJurassic Park, and The Temple of Doom star kids giving naturally charismatic and completely present performances. The director’s goal has always been to talk to them like people, not just treat them like children–and that’s evident in the video below featuring The BFG star Ruby Barnhill playing a round of Spielberg trivia with the director.

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