Although The Adventures of Tintin hasn’t made much money in America, it’s been raking it in abroad. In fact, according to Box Office Mojo, it’s made over four times as much money in foreign sales as it has domestically. So it’s not surprising that, on a French press tour to promote the movie, filmmaker demigod and Tintin director Steven Spielberg was chattily bullish about the future of the franchise. According to Collider, Spielberg claimed that his co-producer Peter Jackson will start shooting Tintin Part Deux this year: “When he’s done shooting The Hobbit, he’ll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012.” READ FULL STORY
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Universal is marking its 100th anniversary this year with a yearlong celebration of its cinematic legacy. The studio will mark the occasion with an “updated animated logo” that will debut before Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which opens March 2. Perhaps of greater interest to film enthusiasts is the news that Universal will restore 13 of its classic films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird, which will debut on Blu-ray on Jan. 31. Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which celebrates its 30th anniversary, will also receive special Blu-ray editions later this year.
“This is a proud moment for all of us who’ve had the privilege of working at Universal Pictures,” Ron Meyer, Universal Studios president and COO, said in a statement. “Our centennial is designed to bring special memories back to longtime movie lovers and fans, and to engage new audiences with our extraordinary library of films for the first time. Our goal, 100 years later, is to preserve, restore and continue the iconic legacy of this studio for generations to come.”
In Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel War Horse, Joey, an English plow horse, narrates his own harrowing journey through the horrors of World War I. For the current blockbuster stage adaptation of War Horse running in London and New York, a masterful crew of puppeteers bring Joey to dazzling, heart-rending life.
But for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of War Horse, Joey is simply a real horse, with nothing more than his eyes and body to communicate what he’s going through.
Now, make no mistake, Steven Spielberg knows from horses. His family has kept a stable of steeds at their home for over a decade; his 14-year-old daughter has even traveled the country to participate in riding competitions. But when the director first committed to making War Horse, that flesh-and-blood limitation was his primary concern. “I didn’t know what contribution the horse was going to make beyond what they were trained to do,” Spielberg told film journalist (and EW columnist) Mark Harris in a webcast Q&A after a sneak preview screening of the film. “I thought that we were only going to get from the horses what they were trained to perform.” READ FULL STORY
Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.
In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.
There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…
Let’s say you’re a crew worker in Hollywood and Steven Spielberg comes up to you on set and asks to borrow your script for a moment because he locked his in his car.
A.) Say “sure thing” and loan him your copy.
B.) Snatch the script out of his hands and say, “Get your own.”
If you chose B.) today you could reasonably expect those ghosts from the lost Ark of the Covenant to show up and shoot lightning through your chest until your face melts. But back before Spielberg was Spielberg, this was precisely the scenario that played out on his first paid gig — an installment of the anthology show Night Gallery in 1969, starring Joan Crawford. (The program was a sort of updated version of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.)
In the current issue of EW, Spielberg tells stories from throughout his entire filmography, but in this online-only excerpt he dives deep into his early years, when he was just a “pre-teen”-looking kid from Arizona, hustling around Hollywood with a projector in a suitcase and an armload of short films.
Once he got that first job on the NBC TV show, things got really tough.
“It’s about our strength,” says actor Jeremy Irvine in the new promo for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Well, if that’s the case, then I guess I’m going to have to shore up my fortitude to weather each new clip from this film, because at this point I’m usually a useless puddle of a human being by the time they’re over. This new clip — which is billed as a TV Spot, but, at two minutes long, I humbly expect it to play pretty exclusively online instead — features much of the cast of the film, interspersed with some familiar shots, as well as a few new ones.
Other than Irvine, the newcomer who plays the (human) lead in the film, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all take time to lend their stirring British accents to the cause of selling the film’s grand themes. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Super 8 was J. J. Abrams’ mash note to the early work of Steven Spielberg, and, on that front, it hits all the right notes: Aliens, child-like wonder, the small-town experience, directorial economy, ominous caravans of military vehicles, etc., etc. But Abrams also managed to make the movie his own, and, in anticipation of Tuesday’s release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, we asked the director about the difficulties in reconciling the two styles, as well as his uncanny knack for keeping a lid on spoilers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Looking back, what was it like working on Super 8 with Spielberg?
J.J. ABRAMS: To work with Steven, which was something I always wanted to do, and have it be as educational and rewarding and fun as it was, I feel like I just dodged the biggest bullet in my life. Working with your hero, if it ends badly, it’s a scar for life. So the fact that it ended well was a real relief. READ FULL STORY
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