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September 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
Movies helped Steven Spielberg cope with his dyslexia, the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" said in a rare interview about being diagnosed with the learning disability five years ago. "It was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," Spielberg, 65, told the website "Friends of Quinn. " As a child, Spielberg said he learned to read two years later than his classmates, which made him subject to teasing and caused him to dread school.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
Directorial acclaim never comes easy. When it hits, though, the results can be significant not only for the helmer but for cinema itself. We take a look back at the films that propelled some of today's most celebrated directors to prominence. Steven Spielberg: The slew of television shows and short films directed by Ohio native Steven Spielberg was just a preview of things to come from a man who has become perhaps the most commercially successful director of all time. His first major directorial effort, "The Sugarland Express" (1974)
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January 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, who is nominated for an Academy Award for directing this year's  best picture nominee "Lincoln," will receive the American Cinema Editors' ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 63rd ACE Eddie Awards on Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "Steven Spielberg is a cinematic treasure," said the ACE Board of Directors in a statement Wednesday morning. "For over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling.
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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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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.
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May 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will executive produce an original "Halo" television series based on the popular video games. It will have exclusive interactive Xbox One content. The blockbuster game franchise inspired a 90-minute Web series, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," that put the video game's protagonist, Master Chief, at the center of the cinematic action.  The fall release helped drive sales of the "Halo 4" game.  The games have sold more than 50 million titles. Now, Spielberg will continue exploring the space marine's narrative in a live-action TV series based on "Halo's" universe.
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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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February 8, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY The Chris Matthews Show State of the Union address; defense cuts; drones: Joe Klein; David Ignatius; Elisabeth Bumiller; Gloria Borger (N) 5:30 a.m. KNBC Today Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N)
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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")
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October 9, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Steven Spielberg's long-gestating "Lincoln" finally arrived last night at the New York Film Festival, and as with any blessed event, the debut prompted a level of excitement not seen since ... well ... the last time Spielberg made a much-hyped, awards-season movie. Or as Matt Dentler, former producer of the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival, put it in a tweet: "'LINCOLN is Steven Spielberg's best film since 'WAR HORSE'!!" Our own Steven Zeitchik, covering the festival, saw  the movie last night, writing that it "got off to a strong if not spectacular awards-season start," playing to an "appreciative if not overwhelmingly loud festival audience," which sounds like a solid, if not ringing, endorsement to us. PHOTOS: Celebrities by the Times The headline writers at the Hollywood Reporter eschewed that sort of measured approach, trumpeting that last night's screening "turns the Oscar race upside-down ," which means either A)
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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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March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
Artists Drew Struzan and the late Bob Peak may not be household names, but their movie posters have graced the walls of museums and galleries as well as countless homes and college dorm rooms. Struzan's more than 150 posters include ones for "Blade Runner," "E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial," the "Star Wars" franchise since the 1978 re-release poster, the four "Indiana Jones" films, the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Shawshank Redemption" and the AMC series "The Walking Dead.
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February 7, 2014 | By Susan King
Bob Balaban was born, so to speak, into movie royalty. His father and uncles were founders of the Balaban and Katz theater chain of Chicago movie palaces. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount for three decades, and grandfather Sam Katz was an MGM executive. As a "little nerdy Jewish kid in Chicago," Balaban loved the movies and theater but had no inkling he would be involved in show business. "I was trying to do well in school and hoping I would survive adolescence," said Balaban, currently appearing in George Clooney's World War II adventure "The Monuments Men," which opens Feb. 7. But then he broke his arm at age 10.  "My parents could think of nothing for me to do in the summer, so we got on a train to Los Angeles," said Balaban, 68, by phone from New York, where he lives.
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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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January 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Australian filmmaker and former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival competition jury. Campion will lead a group that has the task of handing out the Palme and other top prizes to the approximately 20 competition films. Campion has a deep history with Cannes. She is the only female director to have won the Palme, taking the honor for "The Piano" in 1993. She appeared at the festival with her period drama "Bright Star" in 2009 and godfathered the Australian coming-of-age drama "Sleeping Beauty" two years ago. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement that Campion "is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public.
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December 10, 2013
When a movie has little dialogue and even fewer sound effects, what keeps the audience tethered emotionally to the story? And how can a film seamlessly blend the idea of death and a child's wide-eyed wonderment? Through its music, of course. Here are four composers whose work covers all of the above as well as a solemn spirituality and a playful pizazz. JOHN WILLIAMS, 'The Book Thief' After nearly a decade of composing exclusively for Steven Spielberg's often-epic films, five-time Oscar winner John Williams took on the gentle Holocaust-era drama "The Book Thief.
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December 13, 2012 | By Randee Dawn
Tony Kushner had a decade's worth of plays behind him when his epic two-part masterpiece, "Angels in America," exploded in the mainstream in 1992, going on to win the Pulitzer Prize, two best play Tonys and a clutch of other stage awards. In adapting the play with Mike Nichols for cable TV, he discovered a fresh way to tell stories; "Angels" eventually won 11 Emmys for HBO in 2004. Since then, the playwright has added screenwriting to his credits with 2005's "Munich" and this year's "Lincoln" (both for director Steven Spielberg)
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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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November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
George Lucas wants to build his new art museum featuring works from his personal collection at the Presidio in San Francisco. But officials at the famous site are pushing back, having asked the "Star Wars" creator and other competing projects to rethink their designs before a decision is made. On Thursday, the board of directors of the Presidio Trust met to decide on proposals for developing an eight-acre site across from Crissy Field. Among the proposals vying for physical space is Lucas' art museum as well as  a proposed science-themed center and a mixed-use complex from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  "In the interest of having the best project possible for the Presidio, we want to provide one more opportunity for teams to adjust their proposals before we make a selection," said the board in an announcement released on Thursday.
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November 20, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg are giving $10 million each to the funding campaign to build an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and will have their names on galleries branching off its ground floor lobby. They fall in behind David Geffen ($25 million) and the Chinese business conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group ($20 million) as the leading donors to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' effort to establish a major movie museum at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Bill Kramer, managing director of the academy's museum project, said the two gifts lift the total pledges past $200 million.
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