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What Will Spielberg Direct Next? 'Robopocalypse'? 'Montezuma'?

Spielberg is a director who has a hard time making up his mind. Hence the many projects he's constantly attached to. (Sometimes, producers find, the good news of having Spielberg attached becomes bad news, when the movie never gets made.) The latest announcement has Spielberg partnering with old pal Tom Hanks on an untitled Cold War thriller. And there's religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" to be released by The Weinstein Co.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 6:14 AM
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What's Next for Steven Spielberg? (ROUNDUP)

Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. He's has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 7, 2014 5:43 PM
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Steven Spielberg Honored by Foundation for the National Archives for His Work in Historical Filmmaking

The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2013 Records of Achievement Award to director Steven Spielberg at a black-tie gala at the National Archives on November 19.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 22, 2013 12:26 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Steven Spielberg's Desert Highway Thriller 'Duel'

Carquake! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg's "Duel," made in 1971 when Spielberg was 25 years old.
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  • November 15, 2013 2:05 PM
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At NYFF Tribute, Ralph Fiennes Discusses Importance of Directors, Imagination

Where last week's New York Film Festival gala tribute to Cate Blanchett focused entirely on the actress in question, tonight's event--purportedly a similar fête for Ralph Fiennes--went the kill-two-birds approach. First, there was the expected Q&A, which was truncated more quickly than last week's for a screening of the actor-turned-director's newest film, "The Invisible Woman." As if to back up this impression, my ticket for last week's event was marked 'Cate Blanchett Tribute"; tonight's read simply 'The Invisible Woman.'
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  • October 9, 2013 11:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Spielberg Classic 'Jaws'

Unstoppable Monsters! week at Trailers from Hell concludes on a ferocious note with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror-adventure classic "Jaws," starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and three outsized powered prop sharks all named Bruce.
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  • September 27, 2013 12:48 PM
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Indie Film Producer Jon Kilik Challenges Spielberg, Lucas and Soderbergh in IFP Speech

Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Spike Lee's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" coming out in November and December. In a keynote speech at IFP on September 15 in NYC, the prolific producer delivered challenging remarks about the current state of film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 3:05 PM
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In the Works: Clint Eastwood Replaces Steven Spielberg on 'American Sniper,' Starring Bradley Cooper

Warner Bros. has replaced one titan with another on biopic "American Sniper," centering on a Navy SEAL with more than 150 confirmed kills, set to star Bradley Cooper. Steven Spielberg dropped out, and now Clint Eastwood has stepped in to direct.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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In the Works: Do We Need a New Version of Steinbeck's 'Grapes of Wrath'? Spielberg Thinks So. (TRAILERS)

DreamWorks is in negotiations with the estate of author John Steinbeck to make a new version of "The Grapes of Wrath." Per Deadline, Steven Spielberg is interested in producing the film -- but not in directing. One divisive aspect of this new project will certainly be John Ford's classic 1940 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, for which the director received an Oscar. Do we need another screen version?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:03 PM
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Watch: Wim Wenders' 1982 Documentary 'Room 666' Talks with Godard, Herzog, Fassbinder, Spielberg, Antonioni and More

Check out this strangely hypnotic stream-of-thought documentary essay, "Room 666," made by Wim Wenders at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The 44-minute film features thoughts on cinema from an impressive roster of filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard, fellow New German Cinema directors Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Spielberg, among others. In an unsettling turn of events, Fassbinder would die of a drug overdose mere weeks after these interviews were shot. (The 31st anniversary of his death was June 10.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 4:16 PM
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