Steven Spielberg had been nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times before winning in 1994. The film that did the trick, Schindler’s List, won 7 Oscars total, including Best Picture, and was the ultimate redemption for the director who went out on a limb to tell this story. He shot it in black and white and released it in a three-hour cut. In doing so he moved away from the fantastic films that had made him famous. Ultimately, Spielberg’s passion for this incredible and uplifting story offset the risk. Schindler’s List cemented him as one of our most important filmmakers, and in doing so became one of the most revered films of the twenty years since its release.
Yes, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Schindler’s List. To celebrate, on March 5 Universal will finally release the masterpiece on Blu-ray. Read the press release and see the box art below. Read More »
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And the past comes alive once again: we’ve got a brief report that Jurassic Park 4 has been given a release date by Universal. All the info available now is from THR’s Borys Kit, who says,
Deadline adds that the film will be shot in native 3D. The film will be based on the script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who were hired to write last year for producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Their draft was delivered this week, and now the search for a director is on. (With Spielberg’s Robopocalypse delayed, expect much speculation about him directing this episode. Nothing to that effect is even hinted right now, much less confirmed.) But Universal is confident enough in the process to nail down a release date, at least. We don’t have any story info yet.
OK, quick recap: in 2006, Steven Spielberg sparked to the idea of a film based around the idea of using wormholes for time travel. The project came to be called Interstellar, and was scripted by Jonathan Nolan. It turned into the focal point for an audience that hoped Steven Spielberg would make at least one more serious sci-fi movie.
But Spielberg set Interstellar aside, in part to make Robopocalypse. And now, in the wake of the conclusion of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan may end up making Insterstellar as his next project. But it wouldn’t be a Nolan film if he didn’t bring his own particular touch to it, and so don’t expect to see him shooting the script that Spielberg put down months ago. Read More »
One of the big stories this week was that Robopocalypse, believed to be the next film from Steven Spielberg, had been put on indefinite hold. Problems with cracking the story, based on the novel by Daniel Wilson and scripted by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods) had led to the delay, and the wording of the report made the film appear to be not only delayed, but potentially dead.
That’s not the case, says Spielberg. The delay is real, but he proclaims that the movie will happen before too much time elapses. Read More »
Seems like we won’t be getting that new Steven Spielberg sci-fi film as soon as originally planned. Robopocalypse, based on the best-selling book by Daniel H. Wilson, had already been delayed several months from a 2013 release date to 2014 and now DreamWorks has “indefinitely postponed” the film. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Later this week, Daniel Day-Lewis will almost certainly be handed his fifth Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln. Knowing that, the film’s history seems almost unreal.
Lincoln was more years than usual in the making as Spielberg struggled not only to lock down the right story to tell about the 16th President of the United States, but to find the right actor to play him. Spielberg’s first choice was Day-Lewis, who turned down the role on multiple occasions. The actor later recommended his friend Liam Neeson for the role, and he was attached for years before having to move on. Then, armed with a brand new script by Tony Kushner, Spielberg was finally able to land his original man, and the resulting performance speaks for itself.
The first time the actor turned down the lead role in Lincoln, the actor wrote the most powerful director in Hollywood a letter explaining his decision. You can now read that after the jump.
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Nominations for the Oscars will be announced later this week (on Thursday morning, to be precise) but for now we’ve got the five names nominated by the Director’s Guild of America for achievement in directing in 2012. The list features one newcomer to the DGA award slate, and four directors who have won in prior years.
In short, the names on the list are: Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. Everyone will likely have something to say about their favorite director who didn’t get the DGA nod this year, whether it is Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, or Paul Thomas Anderson.
Awards will be given out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013. The full list of nominee info is below. Read More »
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The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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