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May 7, 2013 | By Dennis McLellan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists, has died. He was 92. Harryhausen died Tuesday in London, where he had lived for decades. His death was confirmed by Kenneth Kleinberg, his longtime legal representative in the United States. In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement.
May 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Steven Spielberg is returning to the charged terrain of real-life American events, with the “Lincoln” director announcing Thursday he'll tackle the story of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle as his next directorial project. Bradley Cooper will star as the late Navy SEAL. The news clears up the uncertainty over Spielberg's immediate future that arose when he decided not to move forward with the large-scale sci-fi adventure “Robopocalypse” earlier this year. A spokeswoman confirmed the new film, titled "American Sniper," and said it would be based on a script from screenwriter Jason Hall ("Spread")
April 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
If any competitive spirit remains between directors Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg over their hard-fought contest this Oscar season, it will need to disappear quickly -- the two are about to spend a lot of time together. The “Life of Pi” helmer was one of eight film-world notables announced for Spielberg's Cannes competition jury next month, where the 2013 best director winner will join a number of past Academy Award winners and nominees. Spielberg's jury will include actors Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz (the latter another 2013 Oscar winner)
March 31, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal, Los Angeles Times
The blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park," being re-released in 3-D on April 5, wouldn't be the same place without paleontologist Jack Horner. In addition to advising the production on scientific matters, Horner provided inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original 1993 movie. Universal Pictures is preparing to shoot a fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series and will once again tap Horner to serve as an advisor. "It's fun to see a lot of the stuff that I do in there," said Horner, curator of the Museum of the Rockies and professor at the University of Montana.
March 24, 2013 | By Noel Murray
On the Road Available on VOD beginning Monday Director Walter Salles, screenwriter José Rivera and producer Francis Ford Coppola have given themselves the almost-impossible task of adapting Jack Kerouac's beloved Beat Generation novel "On the Road," a fictionalized account of Kerouac's late '40s cross-country road trips with his live-wire buddy Neal Cassady. Salles shoots for a simultaneously poetic and realistic style, similar to that in his art-house hit "The Motorcycle Diaries"; and he has a good cast, with Sam Riley as Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund as the Cassady character, Dean Moriarty.
March 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Having successfully brought Abraham Lincoln to the screen, Steven Spielberg has already set his sights on another titan of history: Napoleon. In an interview with Canal + Television in France, Spielberg, who was recently named  jury head at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival , revealed that he's planning to turn a decades-old screenplay about the French leader written by the late great Stanley Kubrick into a miniseries. “I've been developing Stanley Kubrick's screenplay - for a miniseries not for a motion picture - about the life of Napoleon,” Spielberg said.
February 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if Virgin will bump me to first class on my flight to D.C. just because I'm a good guy. The Skinny: I know I've plugged it before but you really should be watching "Nashville. " Catch up now while the show is on a break for a few weeks! Thursday's headlines include Steven Spielberg being tapped for a good kind of jury duty and the latest chapter in the spat between CBS and Dish Network. Daily Dose: While most of Wall Street is cheering all the big deals Hollywood is doing with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger has a new report out warning the TV industry about the potential pitfalls that come with this new revenue stream.
February 27, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Steven Spielberg will head the jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, slated for May 15-26, organizers have announced . In announcing Spielberg's selection, festival President Gilles Jacob said the 66-year-old American director is a "Cannes 'regular'," noting that several of his 27 films, including "Sugarland Express" and "The Color Purple," screened at the festival. "Sugarland" won the best screenplay award at the festival in 1974. But it was with "E.T. " -- which screened at the festival in 1982, "that ties were made of the type you never forget," Jacob said.
February 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Riding high on a late-inning surge of Oscar goodwill, "Life of Pi" director Ang Lee supplied one of Sunday night's most surprising outcomes: besting Steven Spielberg for director. Until just a few weeks ago - and with "Argo" director Ben Affleck effectively shut out of the category - Spielberg was presumed to all but have locked up the golden statuette for directing "Lincoln. " FOR THE RECORD: Quentin Tarantino: An article in the Feb. 25 special Oscars section about surprises and snubs said that writer-director Quentin Tarantino won an Academy Award for original screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds.
February 25, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Now that the dust has settled and cold reality has replaced airy speculation, it's clearer than ever that as far as the 2013 best picture Oscar was concerned, Hollywood's directors gave and took away. Not content with being the powers on the set, the 300-some members of the director's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences demonstrated power of another kind. By setting into motion what has come to be known as the Year of the Snub, they left two key directors off of their nominations list and sealed the fates of both pictures involved, elevating one and all but burying the other.
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