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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.

Steven Spielberg To Direct 'American Sniper' Starring Bradley Cooper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 3:27 PM
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While Bradley Cooper semi-rocked the movie world last night by dropping out of the flailing western "Jane Got A Gun" due to "scheduling issues," he is getting right back on the proverbial horse and is now scratching Steven Spielberg off his bucket list of directors to work with.

Watch: Steven Spielberg's 'Obama' Reveals Daniel Day-Lewis' Greatest Transformation Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2013 10:58 AM
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Last night was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a weird annual tradition where the press, celebrities and politicians get together and party and forget about the complete inefficiency of government. And this year, it seems Hollywood came out in force, and of the most talked about highlights this morning involves "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg, another presidential biopic, and perhaps the greatest transformation yet by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Ang Lee Could Take Over 'Gods And Kings' From Steven Spielberg; Lines Up TV Debut At FX With 'Tyrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 11:02 PM
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The last we heard about Steven Spielberg's potential Moses movie "Gods And Kings" was well over a year ago, when word circulated that he might be eyeing a start date this spring. But obviously, a lot of things have happened since then. The director's "Robopocalypse" started moving to follow "Lincoln" until he delayed it, essentially freeing up his summer, part of which he'll spend as the Cannes Film Festival as the jury president, while also looking over newly tasked director Colin Trevorrow's work on "Jurassic Park IV." And oh yeah, he's also developing Stanley Kubrick's lost "Napolean" project as a TV miniseries on top of the many other big and small screen efforts he has his hands in. And it appears that he won't be parting the Red Sea any more.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2013 1:05 PM
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Late last year, Disney released CGI animation "Wreck-It Ralph," and thanks to its wide selection of cameos from videogame legends, barely a review passed without comparison to another Disney film from the past -- 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which included dozens of brief appearances from classic cartoon characters. Sadly, for all of the charms of "Wreck-It Ralph," the comparison didn't do it many favors. On Blu-Ray this week, ahead of its 25th anniversary later in the year, Robert Zemeckis' 'Roger Rabbit' is a loving, beautifully crafted and inventive picture that's barely aged a day since its release.

Steven Spielberg Still Hoping 'Adventures Of Tintin' Sequel Hits In 2015, Says 'The Blue Lotus' Will Likely Be Part Three

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 11:41 AM
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Oh yeah, "The Adventures Of Tintin." The proposed franchise based around the internationally famed Hergé created character seems even more quaint now, than it did then, especially in the explosion of more muscular series like the Marvel universe has pulled together or fare like the "Fast & Furious" movies. Even the crop of fairy tale reimaginings seem to have a bit more edge. But the power of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson can't be denied. Even though 'Tintin' took in a pretty paltry $77 million at home, worldwide alone it earned nearly $300 million so a sequel is inevitable. The question is: when?

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