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Casting: Matthew McConaughey Is A 'Company Man,' Amy Ryan Joins Steven Spielberg Thriller With Tom Hanks & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 9:00 AM
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True Detective
It was smart choices that led Matthew McConaughey's McConaissance, and he's going to keep going down that path. We'll see him on the big screen later this year in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," he's gearing up to shoot Gus Van Sant's "Sea Of Tress" and now it appears he's lining up "The Company Man."

Watch: 19-Minute Featurette 'Emulsion Rescue' About The Restoration Of 'The Godfather'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 1:26 PM
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The Godfather
The story of "The Godfather" and how it was made is already the stuff of movie legend. But the story of how the movie was saved and restored to the glory of how it first looked back in 1972 is one that probably deserves a bit more attention. And if you've got about twenty minutes to spare, you'll want to give this one a look.

Watch: 50-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Steven Spielberg; Blu-Ray Box Of Director's Movies Coming This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 11:52 AM
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Steven Spielberg Diego Luna The Terminal
Where and how does one even begin to encapsulate the massive career of Steven Spielberg? He's pretty much done everything you can imagine, from summer blockbusters, to harrowing dramas, to sci-fi journeys, to family entertainment, to historically based tales. So trying to summarize his filmography in a supercut will require a bit more than the few minutes usually granted to the format, and indeed, someone has decided that nearly a full hour is needed.

Watch: 70-Minute Episode Of '70s Show 'The Name Of The Game' Directed By Steven Spielberg

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 27, 2014 11:18 AM
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Although it’s well known that Steven Spielberg worked in TV before taking on the big screen, very few people have actually seen any of the work he did before TV movie “Duel.” Thankfully, a kind soul has posted the last TV episode Spielberg directed before breaking out of the small screen ghetto with the 1971 automotive thriller.

Watch: Steven Spielberg Talks Dyslexia, 'The Goonies' & How The Movies Saved Him

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 26, 2014 10:05 AM
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Steven Spielberg
We learned a couple of weeks ago that Steven Spielberg would finally be moving ahead with a couple of projects with two 2016 release dates already penciled in. As we wait to see what the future holds for the iconic director, let’s hear the director take a look back at his own life.

Steven Spielberg's Untitled Cold War Thriller & 'The B.F.G.' Find Release Dates

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 12:32 PM
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Steven Spielberg
Having been so prolific for so long, Steven Spielberg's career tends to go in fits and starts these days. The director has spent much of his career making a film every year (and sometimes even two, with a gap of more than a couple of years being quite rare, but it took him three years to follow up "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" back in 2008, after a number of other projects fell through. Still, a flurry of activity followed, with "The Adventures Of Tintin," "War Horse" and "Lincoln" all hitting theaters within a year, but another three year gap has followed the acclaimed latter film, as the great director has been cautious about picking his next project.

Steven Spielberg Bringing Bryan Cranston's Tony-Winning 'All The Way' To TV & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 2:19 PM
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Bryan Cranston All The Way
...and the accolades keep rolling in for Bryan Cranston. After conquering the small screen thanks to his turn as Walter White in "Breaking Bad," last night, the actor won the Best Lead Actor Tony for his performance in "All The Way," and someone in some very high places is liking what they see.

The Real Story Behind Those Rick Baker 'Night Skies' Photos

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 5, 2014 4:19 PM
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Rick Baker, Night Skies
It all started with a tweet. On May 22nd, Rick Baker, the make-up wizard and self-proclaimed "monster maker" behind everything from "American Werewolf in London" to "Maleficent," posted an old, black-and-white photo to his Twitter account. The caption read: "As requested, the Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like." The photo was in reference to the infamously canceled "Night Skies," a project that he worked on with Steven Spielberg. The next day, Baker blocked out the top of his head, added eyes, and proclaimed the creature "ET's dad." This lead to a flurry of internet speculation, mislabeling "Night Skies" an "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" prequel or a follow-up to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." It was neither. And here's the story.

30 Years Later: Ranking The Movies Of Summer 1984

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 5, 2014 3:36 PM
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Ranked: Movies Of 1984
Friday, June 8th, 1984 was quite a day. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New South Wales, Australia; an F5 tornado struck the town of Barnevald, Wisconsin, USA, destroying 90% of it; President Ronald Reagan attended a summit in London; the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals; TV gameshow “Press Your Luck” paid out the biggest ever jackpot (to that point) of $110,000 to one Michael Larson who had figured out how to beat the system; and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was poised to knock Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” off the Billboard Charts number one spot. Oh, and modern classics “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins” were both released.

30 Years Of 'Gremlins': How Steven Spielberg Ushered In The Era Of PG-13 Blockbuster Entertainment

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 5, 2014 2:27 PM
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Gremlins
30 years ago, Steven Spielberg—still some way from his 38th birthday—was at the height of his power. He had invented the modern blockbuster in “Jaws,” re-invented the old-school adventure in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” perfected the family movie in “E.T.,” united all these things for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and founded an immensely powerful production company, funding and steering innovative, horror-flavored projects like “Poltergeist” and “The Twilight Zone”—and something called “Gremlins,” a project Spielberg had bought and then given to a promising director of comic horror called Joe Dante, because the maestro himself was busy with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

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