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October 11, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Bridge of Spies , Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, opening Friday, comes with the tag "Inspired by true events. " Most of those events concern a New York lawyer, James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, his defense of a captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, and the subsequent negotiations to facilitate the release of Francis Gary Powers, the American spy plane pilot shot down and captured by the Soviets in 1960. It would be a swap: the American for the Russian. But another "true event" in the Oscar-bound picture comes straight out of Spielberg's life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Medal for Spielberg Film maestro  Steven Spielberg , 68;  Barbra Streisand , 73; and  Gloria Estefan , 58, are three of the Americans this year who will be awarded the White House's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Honorees, who also include violinist and conductor  Itzhak Perlman ,  Stephen Sondheim , James Taylor, Sen.  Barbara Mikulski  (D., Md.), veterans' activist  Bonnie Carroll,  and baseball great  Willie Mays , will be greeted by President Obama at a White House ceremony Nov. 24.   Charlie Sheen: HIV positive?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2012
THE RIVER. 9 tonight, 6 ABC.   HOW FAR WOULD you follow Steven Spielberg? The second much-anticipated series credited to the uber-producer in two days - either the man never sleeps or he's been cloned - tonight's premiere of ABC's "The River," with its shaky, grainy camera shots, "found" footage and dearth of production numbers, bears little resemblance to NBC's "Smash. " But they're both about putting on a show. It's a long-running series, "The Undiscovered Country," that's made explorer and wildlife Dr. Emmett Cole (Bruce Greenwood)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Beware the hand that reaches through the window, holds fast, and steals you away into the darkest night. That's what happens to Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), a bespectacled little girl, wrapped in her quilt and snatched from a London orphanage at the beginning of Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, The BFG . Those letters stand for Big Friendly Giant, a character and book concocted by the devilish storyteller Roald Dahl. In Spielberg's grasp - mixing live-action and green screen, CG and motion-capture effects - the 1982 children's story becomes a large-scale tableau of impossibly wonderful images: the giant (played by Mark Rylance, with Dumbo ears and a sweet, befuddled frown)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
THE HORRORS of mechanized war, and a heart-warming story about the transformative power of a benevolent creature and boy's best friend. Who would even attempt to blend these two clashing pieces together in one movie? Steven Spielberg, who certainly knows the ground, having made "Saving Private Ryan" and "E.T.," two obvious starting points for his visually dazzling "War Horse. " What he ends up with, though, is something distinctly different - a meditation on the 20th century transformation from pastoral to industrial, in the horrific context of World War One. The old order is established in the film's early moments - a teen (Jeremy Irvine)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011
WONDER what Chase Utley's 33rd birthday will be like Saturday? Since the Phils second baseman's no longer the only man of the house - he and wife Jen welcomed firstborn Benjamin Cooper into the world on Dec. 2 - chances are, he's not going to be whooping it up on his big day. Still, he has big news in the stars. Come January, Utley will be psyched to have a project finished. And all next year, he'll be mega-psyched to be part of his just-expanded family. Here's hoping big brother Jack (the family's rescued pit mix)
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April 5, 2013 | BY SEAN O'CONNELL, WP Bloomberg
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2011 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Cue the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme - Steven Spielberg is coming to Comic-Con. The Oscar-winning director who ushered in the blockbuster-film era with Jaws and brought sci-fi to the masses with movies such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial , Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and Minority Report , will make his first appearance at Comic-Con International when he takes the stage on Friday. The filmmaker will receive an Inkpot Award, presented since 1974 to signature figures in comics and genre entertainment, among them Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, Hayao Miyazaki, and R. Crumb.
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July 11, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Before Jaws , there was no such thing as a summer blockbuster. The stretch between May and Labor Day was rife with genre fare, drive-in double bills, the schlock, the crock, the crusty. And then, on June 20, 1975, everything - everything - changed. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of a bestseller about a New England beach town terrorized by a giant shark opened to huge crowds, the media fueled the mania, the industry took note. High-concept "event" pics - heavy on action, thrills, chills - backed by massive ad campaigns and booked into as many theaters as possible had the potential to turn the summer doldrums into Hollywood's hot season.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Beware the hand that reaches through the window, holds fast, and steals you away into the darkest night. That's what happens to Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), a bespectacled little girl, wrapped in her quilt and snatched from a London orphanage at the beginning of Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, The BFG . Those letters stand for Big Friendly Giant, a character and book concocted by the devilish storyteller Roald Dahl. In Spielberg's grasp - mixing live-action and green screen, CG and motion-capture effects - the 1982 children's story becomes a large-scale tableau of impossibly wonderful images: the giant (played by Mark Rylance, with Dumbo ears and a sweet, befuddled frown)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Indiana Jones is returning to theaters with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. And he's going to be enjoying senior matinee discounts. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the fifth film in the action adventure series will open July 19, 2019. The last Indiana Jones movie was 2008's poorly received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull , which costarred Shia LaBeouf as Indiana's son. It followed a nearly 20-year gap in the franchise after 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade . In that film, Indy's father, Henry, was played by Sean Connery . He was 59 at the time.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
An obituary told a tale that "reached out and grabbed me," says Nancy Spielberg. "I felt that it would make a great feature film. " She was right. Above and Beyond , the documentary Spielberg produced about Jewish airmen who flew combat missions for a newborn Israel in 1948, will be screened Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees. The producer, whose brother is director Steven Spielberg, will be on hand for a reception and a question-and-answer session.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Medal for Spielberg Film maestro  Steven Spielberg , 68;  Barbra Streisand , 73; and  Gloria Estefan , 58, are three of the Americans this year who will be awarded the White House's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Honorees, who also include violinist and conductor  Itzhak Perlman ,  Stephen Sondheim , James Taylor, Sen.  Barbara Mikulski  (D., Md.), veterans' activist  Bonnie Carroll,  and baseball great  Willie Mays , will be greeted by President Obama at a White House ceremony Nov. 24.   Charlie Sheen: HIV positive?
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
Now that Harper Lee has revealed Atticus Finch to be Archie Bunker, America needs a new lawyer to embody the courageous and humane application of the rule of law. "Bridge of Spies" nominates James Donovan, a name drawn from history - in 1959, Donovan was plucked from a prosperous private firm practicing insurance law and assigned to represent accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). This was a legal task few wanted, which of course made it the legal case all the more necessary and important - on trial are both the spy and the ideals embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
NEWS
October 11, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Bridge of Spies , Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, opening Friday, comes with the tag "Inspired by true events. " Most of those events concern a New York lawyer, James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, his defense of a captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, and the subsequent negotiations to facilitate the release of Francis Gary Powers, the American spy plane pilot shot down and captured by the Soviets in 1960. It would be a swap: the American for the Russian. But another "true event" in the Oscar-bound picture comes straight out of Spielberg's life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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