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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.”

Watch: 10-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Steven Spielberg

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2014 1:28 PM
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The Terminal Steven Spielberg
We marked the 30th anniversary of “Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom” yesterday and updated you on progress of what may be his next film, so why not continue the Steven Spielberg love-fest?

'Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom’: An Appreciation On Its 30th Anniversary

  • By Peter Avellino
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  • May 22, 2014 12:01 PM
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Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom
Released on May 23, 1984, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and the fighting still hasn’t died down. At the time, “Return of the Jedi” was just one year old, and “E.T.” wasn’t even two years old, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” that first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, was just then approaching its third anniversary. To say that the two men were on top of the showbiz mountain almost feels like an understatement. 'Temple of Doom' was a huge hit when released—really, there was no way it wasn’t going to be—but didn’t match the box office of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and was the subject of a surprising amount of controversy.

Coen Brothers Writing Cold War Thriller For Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 21, 2014 9:45 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Like most A-list directors, Steven Spielberg has a habit of attaching himself to projects he’ll likely never get around to making (fun fact: Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming “Interstellar” started life as a Spielberg project ) so when the legendary filmmaker began circling a Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller, we didn’t really give it much stock despite the shared history between the two. While we questioned whether the untitled film would “survive the development process,” DreamWorks has decided to directly challenge our cynicism and you’re going to want to sit down for this.

Watch: Study And Deconstruct Steve Spielberg's Long Takes With These Visual Essays

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 13, 2014 4:40 PM
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Steven Spielberg
If you want to make movies, you could do worse than study the technique of arguably the most successful moviemaker of all time, Mr. Steven Spielberg. And you could also do worse than watch the videos of the less well-known but excellent Tony Zho, who has just put together a detailed and nuanced look at an overlooked aspect of Spielberg's directing: the “oner,” or long single takes.

Steven Spielberg To Direct Adaptation Of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2014 10:59 AM
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Steven Spielberg The BFG
You might have forgotten, but a few years ago DreamWorks tapped "E.T."-writer Melissa Mathison to pen an adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved "The BFG." And that was pretty much the last we heard of the project, but now it has come roaring back into the spotlight with a choice of director that we probably should've guessed way back when.

Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks May Reteam For Cold War Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 1:16 PM
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Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks
Another day, another Thing That Steven Spielberg Might Direct. The past few months have seen the filmmaker get linked to a bunch of projects as he continues to figure what his follow-up to "Lincoln" will be, including "Montezuma," a possible "West Side Story" remake and the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." And so here's another one, but boosted by the possibility he'll be reteaming with a longtime collaborator.

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
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.

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