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Watch: Steven Spielberg Defends The Ending Of 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 5:12 PM
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It was just over a decade ago when Steven Spielberg dropped "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" into theaters to a very mixed response. The picture was more famously known as a project Stanley Kubrick was shepherding for years (he was waiting for technology to be able to realistically create David -- eventually played by Haley Joel Osment -- believing no child actor could do it), with Spielberg seeing it into production and completion after the death of his filmmaker and friend. And it seems the movie could never quite shake off speculation of what Kubrick would have done versus what Spielberg actually made.  But perhaps the biggest point of contention came with the ending, which fast fowards the story 2000 years, putting a happier sheen on what would have been a darker conclusion.

Quentin Tarantino Reveals He Was Offered 'Green Lantern,' Says Spielberg Gave Him Career Advice After 'Grindhouse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 11:53 AM
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While some filmmakers can difficult, evasive or coy during interviews, Quentin Tarantino has always been more than happy to generously share his thoughts with journalists and fans. And no surprise that his recent interview for Playboy has already yieleded some interesting nuggets about his own career aspirations and the casting process for the lead in "Django Unchained." Over at Deadline, Mike Fleming -- who conducted the interview for the lad mag -- has posted some outtakes from his conversation with Tarantino, and of course, there are more interseting nuggets from the filmmaker.

12 New 'Lincoln' Photos As Film Heads Towards Wide Release & Wide Acclaim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Even though none of us at The Playlist seemed to care for "Lincoln" -- here's our review, our thoughts from NYFF, and I saw it last night and thought it to be reverential to the point of tedium -- our tepid reaction to it doesn't discount the fact that it's already taken off in limited release, seems poised to do well in wide, and should be a major Oscar contender come February when the nominations are released. And Disney is certainly getting the word out with a dozen new images from the Steven Spielberg's latest effort.

Review: 'Lincoln' Is A Handsomely Shot, Immaculately Acted & Terribly Dull Historical Biopic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 13, 2012 1:44 PM
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Steven Spielberg directing a biopic on Abraham Lincoln, even one that concerns the President's last four months in his second term, is something that positively oozes with endless possibilities. This is, after all, a filmmaker who has turned his virtuosic eye onto past historical injustices like the Holocaust ("Schindler's List") and the aftermath of the Munich Olympics massacre ("Munich"), who has always had a keen interest in the African American experience ("The Color Purple," "Amistad"). Imagine what he could do with the actual Civil War! Well, it turns out, very little. "Lincoln," for all its technical accomplishment, fine performances, and intricate script work, is something of a lifeless bore. It's in desperate need and short supply of the very Spielberg-ian dazzle that it was assumed he would bring to the project.

Sorry Guys, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino & Zack Snyder Won't Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 1:29 PM
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If things stay the way they are now (which they probably won't), "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be directed by Matthew Vaughn with a script by Michael Ardnt (he completed a treatment for the trilogy, but he hasn't yet signed to write the screenplays). And while fans to continue to toss around dream names for who will sign on to direct the sequel, you can count three names out.

'Lincoln' Scribe Tony Kushner Writing Something New For Steven Spielberg

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 9, 2012 9:36 AM
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With “Lincoln” finally hitting theaters today in select theaters -- it opens wide next week -- and pundits predicting multiple nominations for the long-delayed project, Steven Spielberg has decided he wants to stay in the Tony Kushner business and is already working with the “Lincoln” writer again.

Michael Arndt Writes 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Treatment, Spielberg, Abrams & Brad Bird Expected To Take A Look

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 4:30 PM
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Well, no matter where you stand on the prospect of "Star Wars: Episode 7," you have to admit this is at least a step in the right direction. The studio has found an Oscar winner to pen the treatment and possibly the screenplay for the upcoming sequel, and nerds and indie-cinema heads alike will approve.

Spielberg Chased Daniel Day-Lewis For 9 Years, Wanted Him Before Liam Neeson To Play ‘Lincoln' & More About The Film

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 7, 2012 1:03 PM
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Now that President Obama is back for a second term, some Oscar pundits are claiming Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular leader, is a shoo-in lock for a Best Picture win at the Oscars. We wouldn’t go that far, but the political drama, which hit theaters this weekend, is certainly going to be up for a handful of Oscar nominations at the very least.

Spielberg Says Getting Daniel Day-Lewis To Say Yes To 'Lincoln’ Was Tough; Sally Field Says DDL Texted Her In Character

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 25, 2012 3:25 PM
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Much like Obama and Romney, Steven Spielberg’s out on the campaign trail for his upcoming historical drama/political procedural “Lincoln” (including a visible stop on "60 Minutes"). And perhaps illustrating how the film isn’t the easiest sell for audiences that may not want a history lesson this fall, even the usually press-reluctant and shy Daniel Day-Lewis is out on the stump for the movie with him.

HBO Considering A Third 'Band Of Brothers,' Signs Deal With David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 9:02 AM
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Of all the success HBO has had in recent years, particularly by drawing Hollywood stars and auteurs into their fold, one could arguably trace their new network dominance back to 2001's "Band Of Brothers." The acclaimed ten-part, eleven-hour miniseries from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks picked up six Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and many more honors, and was a big audience draw in addition to being a massive critical success. It spawned a side-series, "The Pacific," and overall continues to be one of HBO's crown jewels. So is it any surprise they want more?

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