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Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]

Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I never felt he really got the recognition for being what I call a personal filmmaker,” reveals “Spielberg” director Susan Lacy. As a documentarian, Lacy has always been fascinated by “that connection between the life and the work,” so in crafting this biographical look at Steven Spielberg‘s career, she “wanted to find Steven in those films that he’s made.” Now the HBO film has received an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Watch our exclusive video interview with Lacy above.

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While Lacy wouldn’t call Spielberg “an autobiographical filmmaker,” she believes “his choices are very personal to him.” Whether it’s blockbusters like “Jaws” (1975), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and “E.T.” (1982), or historical dramas like “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Lincoln” (2012), “there are themes” that reoccur in his work,
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Jurassic Park Returning To Theaters Next Month In Honor Of 25th Anniversary

If you’re not particularly fussed about genetic hybrids and Isla Nublar being sent sky high, you’ll be pleased to hear that Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park movie is returning to theaters next month in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Not to be outdone by Harry Potter – for the record, Warner Bros. is planning a similar re-release for the Boy Who Lived, beginning with Cinemark’s anniversary event on August 31st – Spielberg’s classic blockbuster will light up the silver screen once more on September 16th.

A total of 500 theaters nationwide will host the special anniversary event, which spans for three days in North America, ultimately drawing to a close on September 19th. Tickets can be bought in advance through the official Fathom Events website. And given this is the first time Jurassic Park has played in theaters since ’93 – you know, aside from the 3D re-release of 2003 – you
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‘Jurassic Park’ Stomps Back into Theaters for Three Days This Fall

‘Jurassic Park’ Stomps Back into Theaters for Three Days This Fall
Next month, you can journey back in time — not 65 million years to the Jurassic period – but 25 years, to the 1993 release of Jurassic Park. The Steven Spielberg film that launched an indomitable blockbuster franchise is welcoming you back to the park with a theatrical re-release in honor of Jurassic Park‘s 25th anniversary. But you […]

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Jurassic Park to stomp back into theaters as part of an anniversary event

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Fire up John Williams' iconic score, and lace up your running shoes, because Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park is preparing to stomp back into theaters for a limited time anniversary event! Can you believe it's been 25 years since Jurassic Park first opened in theaters? Do you feel as old as a ... dinosaur, right now? I know I do. As a part of the milestone... Read More...
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Jurassic Park Returns to Theaters This Fall for 3 Days Only

Jurassic Park Returns to Theaters This Fall for 3 Days Only
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in theaters this summer and was a giant blockbuster hit. But it still can't quite compete with the original classic Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1994. Younger fans who've never gotten to experience that first exciting sci-fi dino thriller the way it was meant to be seen are in luck, as Jurassic Park is stomping its way back to a theater near you very soon.

Few films have excited a generation of moviegoers as much as Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. In honor of its 25th anniversary, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are bringing Spielberg's revolutionary 1993 action-adventure film back to movie theaters nationwide this September.

Jurassic Park will play in more than 500 movie theaters across the U.S. on Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time); and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, and Wednesday, September 19. Tickets
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Avengers: Infinity War' VFX Breakdown, How Christopher Nolan Ends His Movies and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Character Breakdown of the Day: For Wired, Anthony and Joe Russo discuss every single hero in their epic Marvel crossover Avengers: Infinity War:   VFX Breakdown of the Day: Speaking of Infinity War, here's a breakdown of Framestore's visual effects work on the McU blockbuster (learn more here):   Movie Scene Breakdown of the Day: Director Jon M. Chu breaks down one of the most memorable scenes in his new movie Crazy Rich Asians, which is now out in theaters:   Reworked Movie Scene of the Day: Mashable redid the sound design for the iconic T.rex scene in Jurassic Park so it's no longer tense or terrifying:   Vintage Image of the...
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Laura Dern in talks to join the cast of Greta Gerwig's Little Women

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Oh boy, should I cue the Jurassic Park theme for this story? Perhaps "Holdo's Resolve" from Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is more fitting? Actually, now that I think about it, neither appears to match the tone and tenor of the latest news centered around Greta Gerwig's Little Women. I suppose that I should quit playing DJ and just get to the goods, eh? [Seemore]... Read More...
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Five Solid Movies With Dinosaurs Not Named Jurassic Park

The dinosaur genre has certainly been taken over by Jurassic Park ever since it was released on the scene. But there have been plenty of films that have featured dinosaurs and still been seen as quite solid that have nothing to do with Jurassic Park. In fact if you really want to technical it seems that the term “Jurassic” gets thrown around a lot when describing dinosaurs just because of the franchise. But regardless of that dinosaurs have showed up in other movies and have been every bit as entertaining despite their lessened roles considering that other movies sometimes use

Five Solid Movies With Dinosaurs Not Named Jurassic Park
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John Oliver Exposes the ‘Ray Liotta of Dogs’ – This ‘Gruff A–hole’ Who Hates Humane Society (Video)

John Oliver Exposes the ‘Ray Liotta of Dogs’ – This ‘Gruff A–hole’ Who Hates Humane Society (Video)
On Sunday, John Oliver came down hard on “astroturfing,” which is “the practice of corporations or political groups disguising themselves as spontaneous, authentic popular movements,” as the HBO host perfectly described it.

It’s essentially a fake grassroots thing, hence the name.

The “Last Week Tonight” host used one particularly ridiculous TV commercial to make his point, an ad that weirdly ripped on the Humane Society, the animal rights group most people generally don’t hate so much. Dogs especially should love the charitable organization — but not this one mutt, Tony.

Also Read: John Oliver Jokes About Online Uproar to Jokes: 'Dan Harmon Left Twitter - Justice Has Been Served'

In the HumaneWatch.org spot, the pooch, who Oliver accurately describes as a “gruff a–hole,” calls the actual Humane Society of the United States “losers.”

The “Daily Show” alum doesn’t get the message, nor the reason the
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'The Meg' Feels Refreshingly Unpretentious

'The Meg' Feels Refreshingly Unpretentious
[This story contains spoilers for The Meg.]

The future of the Jaws ripoff — one of the most ignoble creature-feature subgenres — is here, and it may or may not be The Meg, an unabashedly cheesy vehicle for British character actor Jason Statham that feels like The Towering Inferno of Spielberg sploitation. With apparent swipes from both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, The Meg pits Statham, playing Gerard-Butler-worthy deadbeat ex-husband Jonas Taylor, and an international super team of actors against a gigantic prehistoric CGI shark. Much of the film's canned scenario and stock characters should be familiar to viewers who have ...
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Cool Stuff: Pop Culture Luggage Tags Take You to ‘Jurassic Park’ and Other Locales at Gallery 1988

Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your opportunity for traveling to interesting locales has to stop with the season. In fact, Gallery 1988 wants to send you to some of the most famous locations from pop culture with Clark Orr‘s new Baggage art show, creating stylized luggage tags paying tribute […]

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How E.T. Inspired Jurassic World 2's Most Heartbreaking Scene

How E.T. Inspired Jurassic World 2's Most Heartbreaking Scene
It turns out the saddest scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was actually inspired by not one, but two different Steven Spielberg classics. It was previously revealed and pretty obvious that the brachiosaurus death scene that takes place during the movie was inspired by the original Jurassic Park. Now, director J.A. Bayona has revealed that the scene took some cues from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

J.A. Bayona has been pretty active on Twitter leading up to and ever since the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Often times, it was just to thank fans or to help promote his latest movie. In some cases, he would reveal fun little facts and interesting tidbits about it. In this case, he posted a gif of the terribly tragic brachiosaurus death scene and explained that the look of the shot was derived from E.T. Here's what he had to say about it.
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The Meg – Review

A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” a Gravity Pictures release for China, and a Warner Bros. Pictures release throughout the rest of the world. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

For some, summer is not complete without a shark movie or a dinosaur one. The Meg is both in a way, about a giant prehistoric shark, the megadon, thought to be extinct which has somehow survived hidden from view but now released to terrorize all in the sea. This scare thriller also has a bonus for fans of The Transporter, star Jason Statham as a tough guy who specializes in deep-sea rescues, kind of a Transporter under the waves. Statham makes this film a bit of a Jaws meets Transporter mash-up.

Ever since Jaws, audiences have craved shark movies. While Jurassic Park created a similar itch for dinosaur movies, The Meg is basically a shark movie.
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Bayona Reveals the Inspiration for That Heartbreaking Moment in ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and We’re Crying Again

Bayona Reveals the Inspiration for That Heartbreaking Moment in ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and We’re Crying Again
Just rip the hearts right out of our chests, will ya already? In many ways, J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom kills off the franchise we know Jurassic Park/World to be, opening it wide up and allowing it to become something else entirely. Mostly, I’m referring to the complete and total destruction of Isla Nublar, leveled by a massive […]
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The Meg Director Says His Film Keeps Getting Compared To Jurassic Park

When a new monster movie is being compared to the genre classics, you can hopefully take that as a sign that it’s doing something right. Of course, seeing how The Meg is about a giant prehistoric shark that returns to terrorize humans in the modern era, perhaps it was inevitable that audiences would notice similarities to a certain pair of hugely popular Spielberg-helmed pics.

In a recent interview with director Jon Turteltaub, the filmmaker acknowledged that his feature has frequently prompted comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s, while contemplating what exactly these responses could mean.

“A lot of people compare the movie to Jaws and Jurassic Park, yet no one has ever compared me to Steven Spielberg, so I have no idea what this means. Jurassic Park was so interesting because it’s a time-travel movie where the people don’t travel through time, the monster does, and that’s the same story here.
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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, but Will Audiences Bite?

‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, but Will Audiences Bite?
As with many broad action-driven films these days, how “The Meg” performs in China could determine the financial fate of the $150 million picture. With its China-friendly storyline and cast, the giant-shark thriller would seem to have a head start – but look no further than “The Skyscraper” for proof that such components are no guarantee audiences will bite.

The Meg” releases Friday in China, more or less day-and-date with its outings in North America and other parts of Asia. It’s expected to start off with 15,000 to 20,000 screens in the Middle Kingdom – about 35% of available theaters – and have close to 100,000 screenings per day, including IMAX screenings.

But the pressure will be on for the film to deliver quickly. If it doesn’t, exhibitors are likely to switch over to other titles, such as next week’s Hong Kong-made actioner “Europe Raiders.”

The Meg” premiered in China last week at the Water Cube,
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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, But Will Audiences Bite?

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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, But Will Audiences Bite?
As with many broad action-driven films these days, how “The Meg” performs in China could determine the financial fate of the $150 million picture. With its China-friendly storyline and cast, the giant-shark thriller would seem to have a head start – but look no further than “Skyscraper” for proof that such components are no guarantee audiences will bite.

The Meg” releases Friday in China, more or less day-and-date with its outings in North America and other parts of Asia. It’s expected to start off with 15,000 to 20,000 screens in the Middle Kingdom – about 35% of available theaters – and have close to 100,000 screenings per day, including IMAX screenings.

But the pressure will be on for the film to deliver quickly. If it doesn’t, exhibitors are likely to switch over to other titles, such as next week’s Hong Kong-made actioner “Europe Raiders.”

The Meg” premiered in China last week at the Water Cube,
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'The Meg' Director Jon Turteltaub Talks 'Jaws,' 'Jurassic Park' Influences

'The Meg' Director Jon Turteltaub Talks 'Jaws,' 'Jurassic Park' Influences
The movie poster for The Meg features an image of a giant shark rising from the depths of the ocean under unsuspecting beachgoers, conjuring up reminders of another summer movie, 1975's Jaws.

“[This] was the genre of movie that made me want to be a movie director,” director Jon Turteltaub told The Hollywood Reporter at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Monday. “Jaws was everything to me. It changed my life.”

The Meg, based on the book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten, follows a crew of oceanographers as it discovers unexplored depths of the Marianas Trench and unknowingly let ...
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Cool Stuff: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Gets a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Release and Funko Pop Vinyls

Cool Stuff: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Gets a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Release and Funko Pop Vinyls
There’s been plenty of celebration regarding the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, but another beloved movie from 1993 is also worthy of honor, especially with Halloween around the corner. Hocus Pocus is one of Disney’s cult favorites with children of the ’90s especially holding the movie close to their heart. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker […]

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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8

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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8
Over the last seven years, it's become clear that the Game of Thrones theme song is on track to become as iconic as John Williams's highly recognizable themes for Star Wars or Jurassic Park. It's not uncommon to be walking through a grocery store when all of a sudden someone's ringtone blasts the sounds of Westeros through the aisles, or you find yourself absentmindedly humming the opening notes as you drive along the highway. In fact, it's in exactly the latter scenario where composer Ramin Djawadi - who has worked on everything from shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld to blockbusters like A Wrinkle in Time - first came up with the song, a theme that will play for the last six times when Got airs its eighth and final season next year.

But in the meantime, the German-Iranian musician is keeping busy. The score for the HBO series
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