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Robopocalypse A Novel Daniel H. Wilson Doubleday: 349 pp., $25
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April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Another day, another potential Steven Spielberg movie. As a number of competing projects and producers vie for the director's attention to be his next film, Spielberg has added a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to his ever-expanding list of candidates, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The yet untitled film written by Matt Charman would tell the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), an American attorney who was enlisted by the CIA to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Another day, another potential Steven Spielberg movie. As a number of competing projects and producers vie for the director's attention to be his next film, Spielberg has added a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to his ever-expanding list of candidates, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The yet untitled film written by Matt Charman would tell the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), an American attorney who was enlisted by the CIA to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.
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April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Steven Spielberg continues to take his time pondering his follow-up to 2012's "Lincoln," the director has added another movie project to his plate, the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," according to a Variety report. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct "Edgardo Mortara," which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co., but it will not be his next project, the report says . Based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book, the film will tell the true story of an Italian Jewish boy who in 1858 was taken from his parents by authorities in the Papal States and raised as a Catholic; he later became an Augustinian priest.  Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for Spielberg's previous historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Munich," is in the early stages of adapting the book.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan  |  Sharkey  |  Olsen News of the project once again raises the question of when Spielberg will get back behind the camera, and for which film.
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April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Steven Spielberg continues to take his time pondering his follow-up to 2012's "Lincoln," the director has added another movie project to his plate, the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," according to a Variety report. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct "Edgardo Mortara," which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co., but it will not be his next project, the report says . Based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book, the film will tell the true story of an Italian Jewish boy who in 1858 was taken from his parents by authorities in the Papal States and raised as a Catholic; he later became an Augustinian priest.  Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for Spielberg's previous historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Munich," is in the early stages of adapting the book.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan  |  Sharkey  |  Olsen News of the project once again raises the question of when Spielberg will get back behind the camera, and for which film.
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August 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
TriStar  -- with its winged horse logo -- has been grounded as of late. Founded three decades ago, TriStar Pictures was once known for blockbusters and critical darlings such as “Total Recall” and  “Jerry Maguire," but lately it hasn't had many major big-budget releases.  Now Tom Rothman, the film executive who was recently ousted from 20th Century Fox, is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment on a new joint venture, called...
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January 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
A year ago, Steven Spielberg was front and center with "Lincoln," a critical and box office success and an awards season mainstay. Since then, the director has taken his time settling on a new project, experiencing a few false starts and leaving his fingerprints on some TV deals along the way. Now it looks as though Spielberg is eyeing a return to action with a historical epic about the Spanish conquistador Cortez and his clash with the Aztec leader...
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October 30, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
DreamWorks is heading back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A year after Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker's DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama -- and based on the work of the same author who helped make "Lincoln" possible. The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's upcoming book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which became the basis for Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" script.
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January 9, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Steven Spielberg's plan to follow up "Lincoln" with an expensive robot-led rebellion is on hold. The director has nixed plans for this spring to start shooting "Robopocalypse," an adaptation of the bestselling novel about a futuristic society in which robots attempt to wipe out humanity. With "Lincoln" behind him, the director spent several weeks over the holidays preparing for the project. He ultimately concluded that the script wasn't ready and that the budget, previously expected to be around $160 million, was too high, according to a person close to the project not authorized to speak publicly.
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July 18, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
If there's such a thing as voodoo in literary circles, a lot of jealous sci-fi writers are probably burying needles into tiny Daniel H. Wilson dolls these days. What struggling novelist wouldn't be envious of Wilson's trajectory? None other than Steven Spielberg reached down from the heavens to option his new novel "Robopocalypse" — a deal brokered before the book was even finished, by the way — and rights to his still-unpublished follow-up have already been snapped up by another studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
A year ago, Steven Spielberg was front and center with "Lincoln," a critical and box office success and an awards season mainstay. Since then, the director has taken his time settling on a new project, experiencing a few false starts and leaving his fingerprints on some TV deals along the way. Now it looks as though Spielberg is eyeing a return to action with a historical epic about the Spanish conquistador Cortez and his clash with the Aztec leader...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
DreamWorks is heading back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A year after Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker's DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama -- and based on the work of the same author who helped make "Lincoln" possible. The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's upcoming book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which became the basis for Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" script.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
TriStar  -- with its winged horse logo -- has been grounded as of late. Founded three decades ago, TriStar Pictures was once known for blockbusters and critical darlings such as “Total Recall” and  “Jerry Maguire," but lately it hasn't had many major big-budget releases.  Now Tom Rothman, the film executive who was recently ousted from 20th Century Fox, is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment on a new joint venture, called...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Steven Spielberg's plan to follow up "Lincoln" with an expensive robot-led rebellion is on hold. The director has nixed plans for this spring to start shooting "Robopocalypse," an adaptation of the bestselling novel about a futuristic society in which robots attempt to wipe out humanity. With "Lincoln" behind him, the director spent several weeks over the holidays preparing for the project. He ultimately concluded that the script wasn't ready and that the budget, previously expected to be around $160 million, was too high, according to a person close to the project not authorized to speak publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2011
Robopocalypse A Novel Daniel H. Wilson Doubleday: 349 pp., $25
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
If there's such a thing as voodoo in literary circles, a lot of jealous sci-fi writers are probably burying needles into tiny Daniel H. Wilson dolls these days. What struggling novelist wouldn't be envious of Wilson's trajectory? None other than Steven Spielberg reached down from the heavens to option his new novel "Robopocalypse" — a deal brokered before the book was even finished, by the way — and rights to his still-unpublished follow-up have already been snapped up by another studio.
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August 29, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Walt Disney Studios will no longer release movies from its partner DreamWorks Studios everywhere around the world. The two companies have renegotiated their longstanding agreement. Going forward, Disney will release movies produced by DreamWorks, the independent studio led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider that made "War Horse" and "The Help," in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, and most of Asia. DreamWorks has signed a deal with Mister Smith Entertainment, a new company headed by Summitt Entertainment co-founder David Garrett, to handle sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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September 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can become an NFL replacement by this Sunday. The Skinny: The bad officiating wasn't the only thing wrong with ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and Seahawks. The game ran for well over three hours. Tuesday's headlines include a profile of producer Randall Emmett, a new co-host at "Today" and a review of CBS' new drama "Vegas. " Daily Dose: From boffo to toldja? My co-worker Ben Fritz reports that Penske Media, owner of Hollywood blog Deadline, is making a serious play for Variety . The price tag for the venerable trade paper is in the neighborhood of $30 million, which is far less than what current owner Reed Elsevier was initially seeking.
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