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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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'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Cannes Palme d'Or

In a twist in Cannes Sunday evening, director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" not only won the Palme d'Or, but the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, made the extraordinary gesture of also giving its actresses Adele Exarcholpoulos and Lea Seydoux honorary scrolls for their bravery in the film. The three-hour feature had received terrific word-of-mouth after its initial screening though some speculated its heavy and explicit sexual content, which is based on the French graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh, would possibly hinder a Palme d'Or win.
  • By Anne Thompson and Brian Brooks
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  • May 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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WATCH White House Correspondent Dinner Parodies from Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis, and Kevin Spacey (VIDEO)

This year's annual D.C. schmooze-fest, the White House Correspondents Dinner, featured some mischievous film and television parodies. There's nothing subversive or particularly astute here, but watching big muckety-mucks make fun of themselves is always a pleasure.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 28, 2013 7:41 PM
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Cannes Announces Director-Dominated Jury, Unveils Producers on the Move Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the members of Steven Spielberg's 2013 jury: this year, directors dominate. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Cristian Mungiu (whose "Beyond the Hills" racked up prizes in last year's main competition), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Japanese director Naomi Kawase will all deliberate over the best films in the main competition.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 11:35 AM
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Spielberg Developing Kubrick's Abandoned 'Napoleon' as Miniseries

This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars -- Statistical Frontrunners and Nominees with "more noise than signal"

"Political calculus" election guru Nate Silver is taking his third stab at Oscar predictions in the six major categories -- he previously predicted in 2009 and 2011 -- and using a no-nonsense approach. While Silver doesn't boast a perfect Oscar track record, he claims that his method of basing the winners off other awards given out in the run-up to the Academy Awards is "the best predictor of Oscar success" and the closest equivalent to pre-election polls.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 1:10 PM
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Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment 147 Years Late; University Professor Who Saw 'Lincoln' Discovered Clerical Error

While the United States' 16th president Abraham Lincoln was key in pushing through the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, it seems that the film "Lincoln" has called attention to an error in Mississippi law: the state never actually ratified the slavery-outlawing amendment.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2013 12:13 PM
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