You’ll see the TLC logo come up at the head of the trailer below, but this isn’t some lifestyle movie. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, Letters to Jackie gives voice to letters sent to Jackie Kennedy from people around the world, expressing grief after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The film is based on Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book of the same name, and features letters read by actors such as Jessica Chastain, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Zooey Deschanel, and Anne Hathaway. Read More »
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For moviegoers, there might not be a more quintessential summer movie than Jaws. (Pun intended.) But even if you’ve absorbed every documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg‘s template-setting blockbuster, you’ll probably find something new in Inside Jaws.
Jamie Benning creates what may be the ultimate fan documentaries, or “filmumentaries,” as he calls them. He’s done the job on the original Star Wars trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark; now he turns to Jaws. Benning’s films are like hyper-extended commentary tracks that collate interviews, production info and photos, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and other materials into a hyper-detailed “making-of” portrait. And so Inside Jaws is a 2 1/2-hour commentary track/documentary that will give you an impressive understanding of how the film was made.
Watch it below. Read More »
When two of the most successful and revered filmmakers of all time have trouble getting their movies made, you know the system is broken. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were among the speakers at a University of Southern California event this week and both addressed the sad state of business in Hollywood, with Spielberg predicting an inevitable “implosion.”
There’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.
Spielberg and Lucas cited the fact they both struggled mightily to get Lincoln and Red Tails into theater because the ideas weren’t traditional or easily marketable. Lincoln, apparently, was “this close” to becoming an HBO project according to Spielberg, and Lucas thinks TV is “more adventurous.” Read more and check out a video below. Read More »
Earlier today we were talking about the anniversary of Jurassic Park, released on this day in 1993. But in mid-1990, director Steven Spielberg wasn’t yet set to film Michael Chrichton’s novel, which hadn’t been released. Having made Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Spielberg had grown up a bit with the romance Always, released six months after the third Indy picture, and was poised to take over another film related to growing up: 1991′s Hook.
So this 1990 interview catches Spielberg in what looks now like a transitional phase, before the staggering success of Jurassic Park and the first flowering of the digital effects age and the opening of the DreamWorks era. The director talks about many aspects of his career: his non-blockbuster choices (The Color Purple, Always, Empire of the Sun) and lack of Oscar nominations for some of his work. He talks about his desire to make Rain Man, which took director Barry Levinson to the Oscars in 1989, and which Spielberg directed before commitment to Indiana Jones interceded.
This is a candid half hour with a man who was already one of the biggest directors in the world, but who also has many successes in front of him. It’s a great conversation with which to cap off your afternoon. Read More »
At times when you can watch a nucleus of interest form in Hollywood, and it is happening right now around screenwriter Jason Dean Hall. His script for American Sniper, based on the life of the late Chris Kyle, has been in development with Bradley Cooper, and it attracted Steven Spielberg, who now plans to direct the film.
Now Hall is poised to script an adaptation of the book Thank You for Your Service, which examines vets returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As it turns out, Spielberg is reportedly interested in taking on that adaptation as well, potentially as a reunion with his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis. Read More »
Microsoft is announcing the new Xbox, called Xbox One, right now, and is promoting the box as an all-in-one home entertainment solution. As part of the hardware announcement, the company has been touting new ways to interact with television, gaming, and other content. We’ve known that Xbox Live has been planning to move into some of the original TV space that Netflix has been doing, and now we know what the vehicle will be: a live-action Halo TV series, with involvement from Steven Spielberg. Read More »
At this point, there’s likely nothing that could be said about Star Wars that many fans don’t already know. After almost 40 years of interviews, videos, re-releases, and books, every story concerning George Lucas‘ milestone film has likely been told. So, with that preamble, here’s one I don’t remember hearing. Some of you might know it; many probably don’t.
Apparently, George Lucas was so depressed during post-production on Star Wars that he took a vacation to visit his friend Steven Spielberg on the set of his film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While there, the pair made a bet and that bet has been paying off handsomely for Spielberg ever since. Read about it below. Read More »
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There was a point where Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper might have reunited to adapt the book American Sniper, which is the autobiography of Chris Kyle, who has the most recorded kills of any sniper in US military history. (As a civilian, Kyle was shot and killed this past February by another veteran at a Texas shooting range.)
Bradley Cooper has been developing the project since last year, and while he and Russell are now working together on another film, the Abscam sting project American Hustle, there is a new director for American Sniper. Steven Spielberg will reportedly direct the film as his next project. Read More »