It hasn’t been a great summer for 3-D cinema. For one thing, attendance in 3-D theaters is dropping — possibly because people are unwilling to pay the added surcharge, but more likely because American moviegoers have gotten tired of paying extra money for a darker image. More disturbingly, however, there was no breakout film this summer that absolutely demanded to be seen in 3-D: No panoramic How To Train Your Dragon, no neon-spectacular TRON: Legacy, not even a cheesy thrill-ride like Jackass 3D or Piranha 3D. The one film that actually seemed to justify the 3-D was Transformers: Moon over Memphis, and even that was ultimately undone by Michael Bay’s inability to stage giant-robot-action as anything more than digital robo-sludge. READ FULL STORY »
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Steven Spielberg has two movies in December. How will 'Tintin' and 'War Horse' match up to past double plays?
In order to be successful in modern Hollywood, actors tend to follow the “one for them, one for me” policy. If you’re a talented young actor, you’ll find yourself taking a role in a big Hollywood movie — a superhero film, say, or perhaps a Mission: Impossible sequel — but only so you can turn around and take a minimum-wage role in an arty indie film, or get the studio to finance your dream project about the life of your favorite boxer. Some actors get a bit lost on the “one for them” side (see: Nicolas Cage), and some actors’ dabbling with franchises have a disinterested, let-them-eat-cake indifference (See: Tom Hanks in the Dan Brown duet.)
But the policy applies to directors, too… and no director in Hollywood has a better track record of shifting between registers than Steven Spielberg. READ FULL STORY »
They are, admittedly, biased. But Cowboys & Aliens screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) have three good reasons why people should go see Cowboys & Aliens, their new genre-mixing sci-fi western starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, opening July 29.
1. Because the film represents the collective wisdom of a highly advanced alien species: producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and exec-producer Steven Spielberg. “It’s an historic match up of talent,” Orci tells EW. “The keepers of the western and the sci-fi genres — Howard and Spielberg — hashing their point of view onto this new generation in [director] Jon Favreau. They were like referees as the rest of us generated the story. They would push us back on the field if we went too wrong on the western or too wrong on the aliens.” READ FULL STORY »
After years of wondering what Steven Spielberg’s take on Tintin would look like, we finally get our first good, long gander today. (That atmospheric teaser back in May was just that: a tease.) The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (out Dec. 23) looks like an swashbuckling, globe-trotting, planes-trains-and-automobiles-packed adventure yarn that aims for the same kind of all-ages thrills provided by Spielberg movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark. READ FULL STORY »
By that logic, Steven Spielberg’s tactic in adapting the play and novel War Horse would make perfect sense: we’re all aware (though maybe never enough) of the horrors and ugliness of war, but rarely is it contrasted through the lens of beauty and innocence that at once surrounds and is engulfed by it.
The first impression of Spielberg’s teaser trailer for the movie (out Dec. 28) is simply: God, that’s gorgeous — which is jarring since the opening shot is of a vast landscape reduced to a cinder as the title character, a farm horse named Joey, frantically gallops for its life, just inches ahead of the mortars.
See below for a look at the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
The Jurassic Park trilogy is set to hit Blu-ray for the first time on Oct. 25, with more than two hours of all-new bonus features. Watch the trailer below. To the casual fan, it appears Jurassic Park III got the shaft, since William H. Macy and Téa Leoni don’t make the cut. EW’s Jurassic Park historian Darren Franich, however, assures me that there are exactly three shots each from The Lost Word: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. (“By the way,” he adds, “Jurassic Park 3 is way better than Jurassic Park 2, but only in the same sense that being punched in the arm hurts less than being punched in the face.”) READ FULL STORY »
Steven Spielberg has cast Good Night, and Good Luck Oscar nominee David Strathairn in a major supporting role in his upcoming biopic Lincoln.
Strathairn will play Secretary of State William Seward, which perhaps sounds a little dry, except Seward was a historical badass.
Not only was Seward a fierce abolitionist and a close ally of the 16th president throughout the Civil War, but he also orchestrated purchase of the land that would become Alaska (known at the time as “Seward’s Folly”). He was at his most ninja when targeted by the same group of assassins led by John Wilkes Booth… READ FULL STORY »
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