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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?

Where Are They Now: Girl In Red Coat From 'Schindler’s List' Shares Her Experience On The Film

  • By India Ross
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  • March 5, 2013 11:20 AM
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The making of “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg’s operatic examination of the Holocaust and the human spirit, was by many of the subsequent accounts of those involved as much an exercise in painful reflection for the cast and crew as it was one of film production. The anecdotal evidence of its emotional toll litters Hollywood lore. Actors broke down during takes; Spielberg’s wife and children accompanied him daily on set; the director watched "Seinfeld" to try and keep his spirits up, and the actor Robin Williams was on the phone every two weeks for comic relief. The director forewent a salary for the picture, regarding any profit as constituting “blood money.”

The Lost & Unmade Projects Of Stanley Kubrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 11:59 AM
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Cinephiles woke up on Sunday to some exciting and unexpected news about a project from a filmmaker who continues to inspire debate and discussion more than a decade after this death. Steven Spielberg announced he would be taking Stanley Kubrick’s unmade, long-in-development “Napoleon” and bringing it to television as a miniseries. This is nothing short of monumental news, but as devotees of Kubrick know, it’s just one of a handful of projects that he either decided not to make or never got the chance to.

Steven Spielberg Developing Stanley Kubrick's Dream Project 'Napoleon' As TV Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2013 12:13 PM
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Even though he put "Robopocalypse" on hold to figure out the script, 2013 is still shaping up to be a very busy and exciting year for Steven Spielberg. He was recently named as the jury president for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, he's producing "Jurassic Park IV," which stomps back into theaters next year, he's working with Tom Hanks on another "Band Of Brothers"-esque series for HBO, and now he's making an unrealized dream project from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time come back to life.

Steven Spielberg Named Jury President For 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:50 PM
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Steven Spielberg could use a bit of a break. Cranking out three films over the last few years -- mo-cap and animated "The Adventures Of Tintin," WWI epic "War Horse" and presidential tale "Lincoln" (which walked away with two Oscars on Sunday), one might understand if would rather be watching movies instead of making them. And with his "Robopocalypse," originally planned to shoot this summer, now on hold as he gets the script right, it looks like Spielberg will be taking a little cinematic vacation to the south of France.

Analyze This: Why 'Argo' Won Best Picture, Ang Lee Won Best Director & More 2013 Oscar Fallout

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 26, 2013 12:42 PM
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One could suggest that we and other pundits have exhausted the conversation around the 85th Academy Awards. We might not argue with that, but while we've had plenty of opportunities to examine the surprises, the snubs, the show itself, both its best/worst moments and how it can improve, we personally haven't looked closely at why the outcomes landed where they did (you can see the full list of winners here). And now that the dust has settled, we wanted to analyze why "Argo" won Best Picture and take a general deeper dive into some of the winners.

The Early Gems: Notable Films From 2013's Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2013 1:08 PM
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To send you into the long weekend, we're gonna take a break from the on-screen talent momentarily, and focus on the early work of the 2013 nominated directors. The five nominees (particularly controversial, thanks to the exclusion of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow) are a mixed batch; from one of the most beloved (and most nominated) directors in history, to a 70-year-old European veteran with his first nod, to a debut filmmaker less than half their age. But all have something in common -- they showed promise at the beginning of their careers with films that we've highlighted below. Let us know your own thoughts, and who you think will win out in one of the toughest Oscar categories this year.

Watch: Second Awards Season Segment For 'Lincoln' On '60 Minutes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 2:57 PM
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Talk about tapping a demographic. With the film already up over $170 million at home helping push the worldwide total over $220 million, it's safe to say that Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a box office smash, and a critical one as well. And yet, the movie has faded from the Oscar conversation, with Ben Affleck's "Argo" racing into the frontrunner position. But that doesn't mean the campaigning ends. After a segment on "60 Minutes" last fall, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis have returned to the show again, for yet another look at the film.

Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Find Book To Adapt For Next WWII Project For HBO

  • By India Ross
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  • January 28, 2013 3:21 PM
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Down at HBO, World War II is in the cards. OK, figuratively. But the Big Bertha of premium cable has taken to the mic to confirm details of another release which has the makings of a new box-set staple and a veritable howitzer to the already-frayed morale of rival networks.

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