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Steven Spielberg Adds Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara' To List Of Possible Directorial Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 8:59 PM
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So what is Steven Spielberg going to direct next? That's a question even he probably doesn't quite know the answer to yet, not that he isn't giving himself options. "Robopocalypse," which was supposed to be his next project, is on hold while he's also got "Montezuma" and a possible "West Side Story" remake to consider, and now he's throwing another on the pile.

Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Magic Of Steven Spielberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 2:05 PM
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Steven Spielberg—who has plenty of filmmaking years left in him—already has a number of honors he'll be remembered for. Of course there's the two Best Director Oscars he's already got on his fireplace mantle, the distinction of being the man who created the summer blockbuster thanks to "Jaws," and simply being one of the best storytellers the medium has ever seen. And it says something about his work that already in 1984, critics were already looking back on his body of work.

Corey Feldman Confirms That Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg Are Working On 'Goonies 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 7, 2014 1:12 PM
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This weekend, director Richard Donner was accosted by TMZ papp journos and when asked about making any more comic book movies, the filmmaker said “Goonies 2” would be his choice and that a sequel—which was seemingly squashed a few years ago—is back on. The “interview” on the street was a weird one and it led some to believe that it wasn’t Donner saying it's going to happen, only that maybe the sequel should happen.

The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

Watch: 4 Minutes Of Footage From Steven Spielberg's Lost Sci-Fi Epic 'Firelight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 3:09 PM
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It was the Boy Scouts that started Steven Spielberg on the path to becoming a filmmaker. When his father's camera was broken, a very young Spielberg instead took his dad's movie camera to complete a project for his photography merit badge. And the rest, as they say, is history. By age sixteen, in 1964, the budding director was diving into features, and made an epic sci-fi movie, "Firelight," for just over $3700. The 135-minute movie screened at a local theater and it was going to be Spielberg's calling card to the industry... until the production company holding the reels went out of business and lost his material.

Screenwriter Antony Horowitz Reveals Script For Next 'Tintin' Is Done

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 4:47 PM
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Things have been pretty quiet around the fate of "The Adventures Of Tintin," the franchise with the combined powers of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson behind it, and of course, one of the most popular comic characters of all time. But it has been three years since 'Tintin,' and those initial plans of a Christmas 2014 or summer 2015 release for the next chapter certainly won't be bearing out. But movement does continue to happen and more major step in getting things rolling has been taken.

Steven Spielberg Interested In Directing 'West Side Story' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 1:15 PM
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There are people to whom the rules don't apply, and one of them, at least in the cinematic realm, is Steven Spielberg. Oh, he wants to remake one of the all time great classic films and musicals? As far as 20th Century Fox is concerned, he can go right ahead.

Watch: 8-Minute Supercut Celebrates The Evolution Of The Dolly Zoom

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 11:30 AM
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Raging Bull
While contemporary directors have no shortage of visual tricks and effects to use when putting their movies together, one of the oldest in the book requires nothing more than a camera and a set of wheels. You may not know it by name, but the dolly zoom is an effect that keeps the subject of the shot in focus, while the camera moves in or away, creating a pretty nifty effect on the visual plane. And now you can see the best of the best of that artistry in one pretty solid supercut.

Steven Spielberg's Next Could Be 'Montezuma' With Javier Bardem, Based On Script By 'Spartacus' Writer Dalton Trumbo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 10:58 AM
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For a guy as prolific as Steven Spielberg tends to be, 2013 was a curious year for the filmmaker. Following "Lincoln," the director had long been planning to make "Robopocalypse," but he shelved the project in January, citing that the script needed more work. He then lined up "American Sniper" with Bradley Cooper slated to star, only to drop out of that too, with Clint Eastwood taking over the director's chair. And while Spielberg as plethora of producing projects on the go (including Stanley Kubrick's vision of "Napoleon" with Baz Luhrmann to helm), it's not certain what he'll direct next. But another option has come to the table.

Peter Jackson Says 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Sequel Is Still Coming

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 13, 2013 10:19 AM
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Hey, remember Tintin? "The Adventures Of Tintin" made $373 million worldwide, and while it was a much bigger hit overseas, it doesn't seem like anyone was waiting on that cliffhanger ending. Which is a pity, given that you'd think there would be more excitement over a collaboration between Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. The first one, helmed by Spielberg, did have it's moments, and the plan was always for Jackson to direct the second film. But Jackson returned to Middle Earth instead, and three "Hobbit" films later, Tintin remains dormant, so what gives?

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