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Steven Spielberg on Ray Bradbury: 'He was my muse'

The loss of Ray Bradbury, who passed away on Monday at the age of 91, leaves an enormous void in the world of science fiction. His works, which included Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, influenced generations of readers who became fans who became epic storytellers themselves. Epic storytellers — like Steven Spielberg. The director of films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T., honored the author with a statement on Wednesday: “He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal.”

Spielberg and Bradbury were kindred spirits who saw hope in the future and deep space. Back in 2003, Bradbury told the Newark Star Ledger that, “Close Encounters is the best film of its kind ever made. It takes too long, but the transfiguration at the end, with the splendid arrival of the mother ship — that makes up for everything. I was so amazed and changed when I saw it that I went over to the studio to tell Spielberg what a genius he was. And he said, ‘You know, I never would have done this film if I hadn’t seen [your] It Came From Outer Space when I was a kid.”

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Kathleen Kennedy to co-chair Lucasfilm as George Lucas 'moves forward with retirement'

Turns out George Lucas wasn’t bluffing with all that talk about retiring. Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that Steven Spielberg’s longtime producing partner Kathleen Kennedy is joining the production company as co-chair. Lucas will retain his position as CEO but Kennedy’s new role will allow him to “move forward with his retirement plans,” according to a press release.

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Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.' coming to Blu-ray, and it's walkie-talkie free! -- VIDEO

For many, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial remains Steven Spielberg’s most indelible film, holding a special spot in moviegoers’ hearts. (I know it does for me.) But when the movie was re-released in theaters in 2002 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Spielberg tried to fix something that was not broken and “updated” the movie’s visual effects. He gave E.T.’s face a CG makeover, added back in a couple deleted scenes, and — most controversially — switched out the rifles held by police officers chasing down Elliott and his bicycle buddies with walkie-talkies.

Fans cried foul. South Park mocked the decision. Last year, Spielberg himself even admitted he regretted making the changes, vowing that the Blu-ray release would just be the 1982 theatrical version of the film.

And by gum, it’s exactly that. As you’ll see in the trailer for the 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of the film, out this October, those walkie-talkies are no more:  READ FULL STORY

Spielberg's 'Jaws' heads to Blu-ray for first time in digitally restored and remastered edition -- EXCLUSIVE

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Though it’s credited as giving birth to the modern summer movie blockbuster, for the last 15 years Jaws has been as much a staple of basic cable programming as Law & Order re-runs. Many have only seen the shark-infested thriller chopped and cropped for television, but soon they’ll get a chance to rectify that grave miscarriage of cinematic justice.

To commemorate the studio’s 100th anniversary, on Aug. 14, 2012, Universal is releasing a digitally remastered and restored Jawon Blu-ray, with a brand new 7.1 surround sound mix and four hours of special features. Director Steven Spielberg worked with Universal’s in-house archives and restoration services on the new print, starting with the original negative of the film — which Spielberg calls “pretty crummy” in a featurette on the Blu-ray. You can watch that special on the restoration below, along with exclusive before and after shots from the film that show just how painstaking the visual renovation was. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson going straight from directing 'The Hobbit' to 'Tintin 2'

Look alive, Tintin lovers! You won’t have too long(ish) of a wait for the The Adventures of Tintin 2. Peter Jackson’s Tintin co-producer Steven Spielberg tells Total Film that Jackson will not take a break between the two Hobbit films — which are being produced simultaneously — and the as-yet-untitled sequel. “We made a deal,” said Spielberg. “I said, ‘I’ll direct the first one, you direct the second one.’ Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He’ll go right into the…performance capture.”  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sundance, Hit RECord, and being Abe Lincoln's son

Actor, troubadour, and new-media independent-film trailblazer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt owned every foot of Park City’s Eccles Theater last night, though at times it seemed his feet never touched the stage. Hit RECord at the Movies, a variety show of sorts featuring short films from Gordon-Levitt’s open-collaborative production company, a reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer from Parker Posey and Brady Corbet (Sundance entry Simon Killer), and the (500) Days of Summer star joking and singing, encouraged plenty of fan-interaction. Gordon-Levitt invited tweeters onstage to debate the meaning of “independence,” and before he even appeared, a voice echoed throughout the theater reminding everyone to turn ON their recording devices. They did, capturing every moment of the 90-minute performance from hundreds of perspectives. Many of those recordings have already been uploaded to the Hit RECord website, where they might become part of the company’s next unique project.

Before leaving on a jet plane back home, Gordon-Levitt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the modern independent film spirit, his plans for Hit RECord, and working with Daniel Day-Lewis.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You practically bounced on stage last night when you came out, you were so excited. Did the show have a different vibe than previous shows because it was Sundance?
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: It felt like a triumphant return. Our first show ever was for 99 people back in 2010. We were in the New Frontier section, and we set up this headquarters, a sort of rec room where we were making things throughout the entire festival and then screened what we had made for this theatre with 100 seats. Sundance really was the perfect place to launch the production company. I definitely take a lot of inspiration for what I want to do with Hit RECord from what Mr. Redford has done with Sundance. I mean, look, when he started Sundance, he was like the biggest star in Hollywood and I’m certainly nothing like that. But when you have some success as an actor, you’re given a certain amount of opportunity and I so admire what he did with the opportunity that he had. He could have easily gone and just lived on a yacht or whatever, but he chose to put a lot of himself into creating this community that fostered independent film. I just admire that so much. It grew organically. It was not something that he put together with the help of Hollywood structures; that’s why he wanted to come out to Utah. Their prime interest wasn’t to make money. Their prime interest was to make movies that they felt. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg sees the glass half full, despite Oscars snub

Steven Spielberg served as a director on the Best Picture-nominated War Horse. He served as a producer on War Horse and the Golden Globe-winning (but Oscar-snubbed) The Adventures of Tintin. And his studio, DreamWorks, released the Best Picture-nominated The Help. Yet Spielberg himself did not score a nomination.

The three-time Oscar winner, however, is taking the snub in stride. So much so, that he released a statement praising War Horse and The Help for their nominations, and the Academy for nominating two films he’s associated with. “I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for The Help and War Horse,” Spielberg said in a release. “It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.”

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Steven Spielberg reveals 'Tintin' sequel details

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

Universal unveils new logo for 100th anniversary, announces film restoration plans

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.”

'War Horse': How Steven Spielberg and his team got such astonishing performances from the horses

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

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