September 5, 2015 |
Spielberg: It won't last Superhero movies may dominate the box office right now, but the genre will soon be as dead as a dodo, as extinct as the dino. So Hollywood's premiere filmmaker, Steven Spielberg , tells the Associated Press. "We were around when the western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the western," says Spielberg, whose Cold War spy thriller, Bridge of Spies , starring Tom Hanks , opens Oct. 16. "These cycles have a finite time in popular culture.
October 19, 2014 |
The 25 or so people squeezed into a small television studio deep inside the Tredyffrin Township municipal building were told to relax, to accept not being ready for prime time. "The worst problem I have is, people beat themselves up because they're not Steven Spielberg," Gene Donahue, studio manager and a township employee, said to his class of aspiring producers. "Well, guess what? Steven Spielberg wasn't always Steven Spielberg. " Most students don't have experience shooting with a professional camera.
May 3, 2014 |
Marcel Proust had his madeleines. The smell and taste flooded him with the remembrance of times and things past. TV fans of a certain age have Mike Post's opening theme song from Hill Street Blues . From its first notes, you know you're in for a special treat. A moving and raucous mixture of high drama and farce, Hill Street Blues introduced a new way TV shows could be made, influencing everything that came after. Breaking Bad , Justified , The Sopranos - you name it - would not exist without creator Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll's groundbreaking serial, which ran for seven seasons from 1981 to 1987.
September 13, 2013 |
ACTOR LIAM NEESON will be in town tonight to introduce a 20th-anniversary screening of "Schindler's List" at the Prince Music Theater. Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories. The 1993 film went on to win seven coveted golden bald men, including one for director Steven Spielberg , who spent some of his formative years in South Jersey. The screening benefits the USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Spielberg after he made "Schindler's List.
September 9, 2013 |
Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of 1,200 Polish Jews during the Holocaust, has been celebrated for decades as a national hero in Israel. In 1963, he was named Righteous Among the Nations and is buried in a Jerusalem cemetery. Yet he was barely known to the American public until 1993, when his exploits were dramatized by actor Liam Neeson in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List . Produced for a modest $22 million, the film went on to gross $321 worldwide and made the German Catholic industrialist a household name.
July 28, 2013 |
Steven Spielberg saw it coming. In June, speaking at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, the Lincoln director said, "There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm" and force the industry to rethink its reliance on gargantuan spectacles. A month later, the first part of his prediction already has come true: The latest high-profile box-office calamity is the ill-buzzed R.I.P.D ., which followed such heavily marketed titles as Pacific Rim , The Lone Ranger , White House Down , and After Earth in failing to attract its expected audience.
June 3, 2013 |
Sunday That's Dean In Armen Pandola's show Dino! A Musical Evening With Dean Martin at the Latin Casino , set in 1978, the great entertainer finds himself snowed in at the Cherry Hill nightclub without his band, but proceeds to regale the audience with stories of his life and renditions of hits such as "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," and "That's Amore. " The show goes on at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, Ninth and Walnut Streets, and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 30. Tickets are $35 to $45. 215-574-3550.
April 5, 2013 |
WHO AMONG us can honestly claim to look better today than we did 20 years ago? Those who do likely credit advancements in cosmetic surgeries and antiaging techniques, which polish our blemishes and restore surface beauties. The same goes for "Jurassic Park. " Steven Spielberg's edge-of-your-seat blockbuster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3-D Imax restoration that improves digital effects considered spectacular during the film's first go-round. The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit. But the upgrade allows Spielberg's larger-than-life dinosaurs to fit perfectly on today's enlarged Imax screens - and occasionally terrify audiences when those beasts reach out and appear to be going for their popcorn.
February 25, 2013 |
Even if Tommy Lee Jones fails to win an Oscar on Sunday night for his indelible portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln , the fiery Lancaster abolitionist congressman is already a winner for being rescued from the dustbin of history. "He has been in the shadows for 150 years," said historian and movie script consultant Harold Holzer. "It will never happen again. " For a state with few legends among our elected politicians, Stevens is a giant, albeit a largely forgotten or falsely maligned one. He was a champion of civil rights so far ahead of the curve as to be reviled by many during his day. Stevens wrote: "It is easy to protect the interests of the rich and powerful.
November 25, 2012 |
It's the 30th anniversary of E.T. , the 50th anniversary of the first 007 film, the Star Wars franchise isn't dead (thanks, Disney), Leo Tolstoy's 1870s romantic tragedy gets at least its ninth movie adaptation, a New Yorker magazine critic wonders what's happening to his medium, great actors and a great acting dynasty are celebrated, great directors are interviewed, and the star of Looper and The Dark Knight Rises has a teensy-weensy collection...