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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.

Steven Spielberg To Produce New Movie Version Of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 3, 2013 8:57 AM
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Unlike the many cinematic iterations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby” leading up to Baz Luhrmann's this summer, the John Steinbeck-penned classic, “The Grapes of Wrath,” managed an acclaimed adaptation first time around with director John Ford's help. Starring Henry Fonda and picking up two Oscars including Best Picture, the 1940 film still appears on the lists of all-time greats, but with age comes the urge to remake, and now a filmmaker greatly inspired by Ford has decide to attempt one.

Watch: 20-Minute 'Citizen Steven,' A Star Studded Video Created For Steven Spielberg's 40th Birthday

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 21, 2013 10:20 AM
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It’s always fascinating what pops up on the internet years after it happens; and they say there’s nothing left to discover! A 1987 tribute to director Steven Spielberg has surfaced, a documentary entitled “Citizen Steve” -- cleverly parodying the legendary “Citizen Kane” -- made for the director’s 40th birthday by friends John Candy and Dan Aykroyd (who narrates).

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Watch: Massive 2.5 Hour Filumentary 'Inside Jaws' About Steven Spielberg's Blockbuster Classic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 12:18 PM
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Largely credited with kicking off the idea of the seasonal blockbuster and still one of the most iconic summer cinematic thrill-rides of all time, even as it's closing in on 40 years since it was first released, Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" has raised the pulse of more than one generation of movie fan. And it speaks to the ongoing power of the movie that last month at the Cannes Film Festival, many critics carved out time in their already packed schedule to try and make outdoor screening of the movie, presented by Richard Dreyfuss.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Almost An HBO Project, Warns Of Film Industry "Implosion"

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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It’s becoming pretty obvious what the trend of 2013 is, at least in the film world. That trend would be filmmakers sharing their opinions on the current state of cinema and their predictions for what the future of cinema could entail. This time around, it’s George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They recently visited the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help tout the opening of their new Interactive Media Building. While there, they spoke of the current state of cinema, with Spielberg predicting that a sea of change in the film industry is simply inevitable... we’re sure the film students in the audience were just thrilled to hear that. Sorry kids.

5 Versions Of ‘Jurassic Park’ You Never Saw

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2013 12:04 PM
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This week marks the 20th (!) anniversary of "Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Crichton best-seller that would go on to become (at the time) the highest grossing movie of all time and a true technological breakthrough that would influence the way movies are made and exhibited to this very day (it was the first movie with a fully digital theatrical soundtrack). The movie is so ingrained in the hearts and minds of a certain generation that the 3D rerelease felt redundant – there are some of us who could easily act out every moment from the movie from memory. It's hard to even imagine but there were several, wildly different variations on "Jurassic Park" that almost made it to the screen, and we're here to dig those up like a long forgotten mosquito inside chunk of amber, dust them off, use the blood from inside the mosquito, and resurrect these versions of "Jurassic Park." Welcome to the "Jurassic Park" you've never seen.

Watch: 36-Minute 1990 Interview With Steven Spielberg, Regrets Passing On 'Rain Man' For 'Indy 3' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 11, 2013 11:36 AM
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An interesting half-hour long interview with Steven Spielberg has landed online, and it’s one that you will definitely want to check out. The interview was done by British film critic Barry Norman, as part of BBC One’s “Film Programme” series, with this one in particular being from 1990. Norman not only gets to sit down with Spielberg for an interview, he also gets to visit the production house for Amblin Entertainment. Norman manages to squeeze some interesting tidbits out of Spielberg: his brief attachment to “Rain Man,” his feelings regarding being snubbed at the Oscars, the risks he is willing to (and wants to take) as a filmmaker, and a lot of other topics hashed out in the interview which are still relevant today.

Steven Spielberg Eyeing Possible Reteam With Daniel Day-Lewis On PTSD War Drama 'Thank You For Your Service'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 5:55 PM
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Are Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis set to recreate some movie magic with another take on American history? It certainly seems like they got on like gangbusters during the production and promotion of "Lincoln," with the movie netting yet another Oscar for the actor. While it's all very early, it seems like they are kicking around an idea that would see them back at work together.

Steven Spielberg To Executive Produce 'Halo' TV Series For Xbox Live

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 21, 2013 3:22 PM
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Given that there's original content on streaming services Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix, it was only a matter of time before the game consoles got in on the action. Today during an overlong and somewhat confusing press conference for the new Xbox system (unimaginatively dubbed Xbox One,) it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be exec-producing an original television series for Xbox's Xbox Live streaming service based on the phenomenally popular series of "Halo" videogames. The series will be produced in conjunction with game studio 343 Studios.

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