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It's difficult to call something a trend when it's enjoying a high point in popular culture. Are superhero movies just a trend, destined to eventually die out along with the Beanie Babies and Pogs? Steven Spielberg thinks so -- as do others who simply write off this recent wave of superhero movies as nothing but a blip on the cinematic radar. "They don't matter!" "They're just a trend!" Yeah, tell that to Captain America's face. Speaking to the Associated Press, Spielberg compares superhero movies to the Western and thinks it's only a matter of time before we turn our attention elsewhere. "We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn't mean...
- Erik Davis
We're only a little over a month away from the first Steven Spielberg film since 2012's Lincoln, and by all accounts, the man doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon. He's already in the editing process for The Bfg, and has Ready Player One lined up right after that. In one of his most recent interviews, the man took some time to talk about the inevitable death of... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Star Wars: Episode VIII: Writer/director Rian Johnson is now early in the process of auditioning actresses for a female lead role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and it's reported that Gina Rodriguez (TV's Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) are already on the shortlist of top contenders. Other actresses are also under consideration. The movie is expected to start production early next year, heading for release on May 26, 2017. [The Wrap] Ready Player One: Olivia Cooke is also under consideration for the female lead in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's big-screen version of Ernest Cline's acclaimed novel. Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Lola Kirke (Mistress America) are also on the...
- Peter Martin
While there is still a year contract left to go for DreamWorks with The Walt Disney Co., the live-action company overseen by director Steven Spielberg could end up at any studio in town at the moment. The contract doesn’t expire between the two until next year, specifically August. “There has been no negotiations, no proposals between DreamWorks or Steven and Universal,” said one source with knowledge of the situation. Said another, DreamWorks could end up at Paramount… »
Walt Disney Studios will drop its distribution deal with DreamWorks after a string of underperforming films and the absence of Steven Spielberg from the director’s chair, an individual with knowledge of the parting told TheWrap. Spielberg’s deal with Disney is expected to expire in August 2016. Insiders say he’s been trying to close a new distribution deal with Universal Pictures, where his Amblin Entertainment offices have been located for over 20 years. Spielberg’s remaining Disney commitments include October’s “Bridge of Spies” and the highly anticipated 2016 animated film “The Bfg.” Also Read: Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One »
- Matt Donnelly
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner in 2011. Together they have produced five films, including “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs” (which received three Oscar nominations) and the upcoming “The Sweet Life.”
For the past two years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Prior to joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan. »
- Tim Gray
Over the next few years, we're going to go from two or three superhero movies a year to at least twice that. With Warner Bros. getting in on the action with their DC Extended Universe and Fox launching risky properties like Deadpool and Gambit, the genre is either going to get bigger and better than ever before or fizzle out as moviegoers become fatigued. The latter option is exactly what Steven Spielberg sees happening. However, he said the same thing back in 2013, so has the legendary filmmaker since seen the error of his ways? Nope. "I still feel that way," he reveals in an interview with 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. It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Bridge of Spies
And here’s a quad version of the poster…
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. »
- Gary Collinson
HBO released the first image of Bryan Cranston in character as President Lyndon B. Johnson for their upcoming biopic “All the Way” on Wednesday. The television adaptation of Robert Schenkkan‘s Tony Award-winning play follows Cranston’s President Johnson as he struggles to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and manage the escalation of war in Vietnam. It is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Schenkkan will adapt the play for HBO Films. The Pulitzer Prize winner for “The Kentucky Cycle” previously worked with Spielberg on HBO’s “The Pacific.” Also Read: HBO's 'All the Way' Adds Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King »
- Reid Nakamura
Giantscreens are almost as common as string sections in classical orchestras these days, as live movie concerts become an increasingly regular (and increasingly profitable) piece of programming around the country. And when you go to one of those concerts in Hollywood, you might just find the orchestra is conducted by one of the film’s original musicians.
That’s the case with “E.T.” when the concert screening of the film plays Sept. 4-6 at the Hollywood Bowl. Conducting the L.A. Philharmonic will be David Newman, a film composer (“Ice Age”) who was in the orchestra that recorded the John Williams score for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 favorite.
In New York, meanwhile, an October film concert of “Back to the Future” — produced, like “E.T.,” by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of performing arts management company Img Artists and music talent agency Gorfaine/Schwartz — will feature some 20 minutes of new music that the film’s composer, »
- Gordon Cox
DreamWorks will not renew its current distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co., which expires in August, sources have confirmed to Variety.
The Disney deal dates back to 2009, but since then Disney has acquired both Marvel and Lucasfilm, underlining its focus on branded, tentpole films.
Sources also indicate that DreamWorks is most likely to wind up with a distribution deal at Universal while emphasizing that no agreement has been reached. They noted that Spielberg has kept his offices on the lot, even after the Disney deal was struck, and »
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks Studios, the film company co-founded by Steven Spielberg, will split from Walt Disney Co after the release of his film, The Bfg, the Hollywood Reporter said, citing people familiar with the matter.
The director’s likely future home is Universal and is in talks with the company, according to the report on Wednesday.
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Since 2009 Dreamworks has enjoyed a deal with Disney that sees Dreamworks films released and promoted through Disney’s machinery, but that could change soon. That Disney deal expires in 2016, and Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks with Universal to house Dreamworks at that studio. It’s a business deal that won’t come as a surprise […]
The post Dreamworks May Align With Universal After Disney Deal Expires appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Following the Saul Bass-inspired previous promo image, here's a slightly more traditional new poster for Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies: same face, different design. Once again teaming the director with his old Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal cohort Tom Hanks, this one's a spy thriller. Could you tell?The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) after the airman was shot down over Russia.The title refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge of Unity, but it garnered its alternate moniker due to »
“There’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm,” Steven Spielberg cautioned in 2013, but he has yet to see his prophecy come true. In fact, he's living in a time where box office receipts couldn't be healthier, with things shaping up like they could mark the first time there's been a $40 billion year worldwide. However, bubbles are made to be burst, and in a new interview with Associated Press, the filmmaker stands by his prediction that the good times will only last for so long, and even more, he believes superhero movies will go the way of another Hollywood genre that at one time rode high in the saddle. Read More: Discuss: Is 23 Super Hero »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like DreamWorks may be leaving Disney's fold and joining Universal.
THR reports that Steven Spielberg is currently in the midst of negotiating a distribution deal for DreamWorks before its current arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016. The Spielberg-directed Roald Dahl adaptation "The Bfg" is looking to be the last released under the Disney deal.
DreamWorks' likely future home will be Universal Pictures where Spielberg has maintained his offices even as DreamWorks shacked up with Paramount and then Disney. Spielberg's involvement is also said to be key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises and the trade suggests the likes of "Jaws" and "Back to the Future" may get that treatment.
Several DreamWorks movies are in or near production including Lasse Hallstrom's currently shooting "A Dog's Purpose," Tate Taylor's high-profile novel adaptation "The Girl on the Train," and the Scarlett Johansson-led »
- Garth Franklin
A few years ago Steven Spielberg dropped some comments about the film industry potentially imploding due to its over-reliance on big budget summer blockbusters.
In a new interview with The Associated Press for his upcoming Cold War-era thriller "Bridge of Spies," he admits he hasn't changed his mind:
"I still feel that way. We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns.
Right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving... I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."
Back in 2013, Spielberg warned »
- Garth Franklin
Ready Player One is readying a cast. Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke, and Lola Kirke are vying for the female lead in the Steven Spielberg picture, which is based on the novel by Ernest Cline. In addition, Nick Robinson is reportedly being eyed for the male lead. Get the latest on the Ready Player One female lead casting […]
- Angie Han
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. With Jurassic World crushing box-office records, Steven Spielberg has reminded Hollywood of his might, putting him in a powerful position as he negotiates a distribution deal for DreamWorks before its current arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016. Sources say the Spielberg-directed The Bfg, based on the Roald Dahl book and set to unspool on July 1, 2016, will be the last released under the Disney deal, which began in
- Kim Masters
Whenever Steven Spielberg pencils in a new movie, it’s cause for celebration among film fans, and Ready Player One looks set to be no exception. Of course, we won’t get to see it until he’s finished with Bridge of Spies and The Bfg, but a shortlist of actresses has already emerged. While two of the
- Josh Wilding
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