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5 items from 2001


Spielberg Snubs Festival For Bar Mitzvah

4 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary director Steven Spielberg is snubbing this month's Venice Film Festival - to attend a family Bar Mitzvah. The Oscar-winning movie-maker will miss a screening of his latest flick - sci-fi thriller A.I. - at the world's oldest film festival, so that he can attend the Jewish ceremony to mark his son's coming of age. Instead of introducing the film himself, Spielberg has sent a seven minute video to festival organizers to be shown ahead of the screening. The festival comes at a bad time for the director who is also putting the finishing touches to his latest movie Minority Report, which stars Tom Cruise. He explains, "All of this is concentrated in the same period of time because this year I decided to take two months of vacation." »

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Steven Spielberg: Harry Potter Would Have Been Too Easy

4 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Steven Spielberg passed over the chance to direct the forthcoming Harry Potter movie - because it wasn't enough of a challenge. The famed director, whose latest movie, A.I. recently had an underwhelming performance at the U.S. box-office, says he wasn't interested in bringing author J.K. Rowling's bestselling books to the big screen because it would have been too easy - and he likes a challenge. Spielberg explains, "I really believe that as I grow up, I have a responsibility to tell stories that are a little more authentic. I purposely didn't do the Harry Potter movie because for me, that was shooting ducks in a barrel. It's just a slam-dunk. It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge in that." The Harry Potter movie was eventually given to Chris Columbus - director of Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone. »

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Spielberg Uses Kubrick's Intelligence

31 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Some have criticized the fact that Steven Spielberg stepped in to take over the late Stanley Kubrick's final film Artificial Intelligence despite barely knowing him. But legendary director Spielberg, 44, had an amicable relationship with Kubrick and described their bond as being "movie friends". Spielberg says, "No one really gave Stanley enough credit for being funny. He had a really dry sense of humour. He'd pull your leg and you wouldn't even know it until you got home and realised 'Oh God, he wasn't being serious'. I loved being around him." The two directors only met 12 times in the 18 years they knew each other, but would regularly chat on the phone. Spielberg says, "He'd call me to discuss other people's movies. He wanted to know what I thought about them. When a film was a tremendous box-office success, Stanley called me to ask why and I could never tell him." As the mastermind behind blockbusters like Back To The Future and Schindler's List, the superstar director enjoyed sharing tips with Kubrick. Spielberg says, "We talked about films, we talked about our kids, we talked about our lives. And we talked about AI from 1984, when he first told me the story." »

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Hanks Fears Hollywood Stars To Be Replaced By Robots

9 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Hanks is worried he and his Hollywood colleagues are going to be replaced - by computer-generated actors. The Oscar-winning star is concerned new technology could be used by film studious to replace humans with more compliant and cheaper electronic characters. Speaking as Hollywood prepares for the release of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which stars Aki Ross, a computer-generated actress, Hanks says, "I am very troubled by it. But it's coming down, man. It's going to happen. And I'm not sure what actors can do about it." Aki Ross, a pretty brunette with sparkling eyes, is being hailed by Hollywood bosses as the first truly convincing digital actor. But Hanks' concerns have been rejected by Star Wars director George Lucas. He says, "I believe that I have used more digital characters than anyone else but I don't think I would ever use the computer to create a human character. It just doesn't work. You need actors to do that." And Steven Spielberg, whose current film A.I. stars Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment as robots, agrees, "It's a non-issue." »

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Haley Joel Osment Faced Film Ban

29 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Haley Joel Osment is glad he starred in the new movie A.I. - because he wouldn't have been allowed to see the film if he wasn't in it. The 13-year-old star's mother, Theresa Osment, has already banned her nine-year-old daughter Emily from seeing the film, because she finds it too scary for kids - and she'd have no problem banning Haley Joel, if he wasn't the movie's star. She says, "If he wasn't in it, I'm not sure I'd let him see it. His little sister's not seeing it. There are some parts I think that parents should see first, before they expose it to their children. It's very traumatic and you need to be responsible." »

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