July 11, 2016 |
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.
July 2, 2016 |
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)
March 17, 2016 |
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.
December 7, 2015 |
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.
November 18, 2015 |
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?
October 16, 2015 |
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.
October 11, 2015 |
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.
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.