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Watch: 1-Hour 1981 PBS Special On The Making Of ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 27, 2013 12:43 PM
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“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was the first and either the best or the second-best of the Indiana Jones films (you know this to be true, commenters), and it now seems like such a stone-cold, well-known classic that it's hard to believe its 1981 release was a gamble of sorts. Sure, it had George Lucas and Steven Spielberg behind it, who at the time were amicably tied for the title of “most powerful film-maker in the world”: but the film appeared to be a hokey, intentionally old-fashioned attempt at a two-fisted tale about ne'er-do-well Nazis and shifty Arabs, starring that guy who played Han Solo in those movies about space. This could easily have been a “Lone Ranger”-type situation.

Baz Luhrmann Eyed To Direct Steven Spielberg-Produced & Former Stanley Kubrick Dream Project 'Napoleon' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 6:23 PM
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From Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, from the outback of "Australia" to the dizzying heights of "Moulin Rouge," whatever you can say about director Baz Luhrmann, lacking vision isn't one of them. And perhaps in a strange way, his operatic scale and readiness to work on a huge canvas makes total sense for this next gig.

Watch: Steven Spielberg-Quoting, Beach House-Scored U.S. Trailer For 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 1:46 PM
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So, how do you market an NC-17 rated, three-hour, lesbian relationship drama featuring a much talked about, graphic sex scene? Well, you start by tossing in a quote by Steven Spielberg, the Cannes Jury president who gave the celebrated film the Palme d'Or and declared: "Magnificent...we were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses." Nicely played, Sundance Selects, nicely played.

'Jurassic Park IV' Now 'Jurassic World,' Opening On June 12, 2015, Plus Watch Cool 'Pitch Footage' For The Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 9:50 AM
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When we last heard about "Jurassic Park IV," it was back in May, when pre-production was temporarily suspended, or at least reorganized, so the creative team could get a better grasp on the material. The summer 2014 release date, everyone agreed, wasn't feasible. But until then, there wasn't much in the way of news about the project. Until last night, when Universal announced that "Jurassic Park IV" will now be called "Jurassic World" and will open on June 12, 2015. Oh and it's going to be in 3D. Because that's still a thing, apparently.

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 29, 2013 8:22 PM
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Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
One of our favorites coming out of Cannes this year was Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son," with our very own Kevin Jagernauth giving it an "A" and describing as "a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be." Looks like weren't alone as the film won the Jury Prize along with a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and will be making its North American premiere at this year's TIFF. Well, it also turns out that the film piqued the particular interest and possible investment of one of Cannes' jurors — the president, Steven Spielberg to be exact.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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Lovers On The Run feature
“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Martin Scorsese Talk The Future Of Movies In 1990 'Siskel & Ebert' Special

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 20, 2013 11:21 AM
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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who spent a good decade or so amiably switching around the top two places on everybody's “Most Vastly Powerful Person In Hollywood” list, have been back in the news recently musing on the state of the industry now and in the future: a now and a future that they feel is a little grim for them personally and the moviegoer more generally.

12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Oprah Winfrey
This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

'American Sniper' With Bradley Cooper Will Have To Target A New Director As Steven Spielberg Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 4:56 PM
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Bradley Cooper American Sniper, Spielberg
Usually known for moving with confidence from project to project and working at a prodigious rate, it would seem that Steven Spielberg can't settle on his next film. For a while, it looked as though that the blockbuster "Robopocalypse" would follow "Lincoln," but he put that on hold at the beginning of the year. Then this spring he put his name to "American Sniper," a project that seemed right up his alley with Bradley Cooper attached to star. But now it looks like he's not ready to direct that one either.

Flashback 1998: Watch 'Saving Private Ryan' Making-Of Doc & Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 4:45 PM
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Want to get an idea of just how much the idea of summer movies has changed? It was fifteen years ago today that Steven Spielberg's nearly three-hour long WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan" landed in theatres. Can you imagine any studio these days giving up a plum summer date for a grim, nearly three-hour long, R-rated war movie? It's almost inconceivable.

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