Tom Hanks fights for the Constitution in the first 'Bridge of Spies' trailer

Posted by · 9:13 am · June 5th, 2015

Walt Disney Studios has released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

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Tom Hanks is front and center on the poster for Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies'

Posted by · 11:30 am · June 4th, 2015

Walt Disney Studios has released the first poster for Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

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7 things I learned from the Wired oral history of Industrial Light & Magic

Posted by · 9:50 am · May 19th, 2015

Visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic is celebrating 40 years in the game this year. A great Wired oral history tells the tale, but here are a few fun takeaways.

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Hard to believe: John Williams is not scoring Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies'

Posted by · 11:39 am · March 18th, 2015

Due to a medical issue, the 83-year-old composer had to withdraw from scoring Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.” Thomas Newman will replace him.

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Round Up: 'Brooklyn' and 'Danish Girl' set dates and Spielberg's latest gets a title

Posted by · 12:26 pm · March 4th, 2015

New release dates for “Brooklyn” and “The Danish Girl” and Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller gets a title in this awards season news update.

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HitFix's 2014 Oscar Power List: Where do Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal land?

Posted by · 9:20 am · December 16th, 2014

HitFix presents the second annual Oscar Power List for 2014, counting down the power brokers, influential artists, intrepid businessmen and women and creative strategists who populate the Oscar landscape.

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COMIC-CON: It all ends

Posted by · 5:34 pm · July 24th, 2011

Well, like I said. Another year, another Con. For a convention I expected to be a bit more laid-back than usual, it sure was anything but. I guess I put that on myself by hustling back to LA for a concert and back down again to wrap things up, but even having covered just a […]

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COMIC-CON: Paramount brings Spielberg, Jackson and a taste of ‘Tintin’

Posted by · 10:44 am · July 23rd, 2011

Before I ducked out of town for the day yesterday, I hit up Paramount Pictures’ panel for Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.” The Beard was on hand to discuss the film (and pick up this year’s Inkpot Award), and a surprise appearance by Peter Jackson got the crowd buttered […]

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Another year, another Con…

Posted by · 3:02 pm · July 20th, 2011

…and a thinner Con, at that. There was very little on the convention schedule that grabbed my attention when it was released last week. I’ll be on hand for the Fox panel tomorrow, hoping to get some good vibes from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” I’ll be there for Paramount and Steven Spielberg on Friday when we […]

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Spielberg to make first-ever Comic-Con appearance

Posted by · 6:52 pm · July 13th, 2011

I’m still wishy-washy on Comic-Con this year. I’ll be there for this and that, but I’m not that jazzed about extensive coverage. But this nugget is worth noting. Via the LA Times’ Hero Complex: The Oscar-winning director who ushered in the blockbuster film era with “Jaws” and brought sci-fi to the masses with movies such […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 57 — SPECIAL EDITION! — Oscar’s rule change, prospects at the mid-way point, Spielberg hitting the zeitgeist, lead actress race already looking contentious

Posted by · 8:54 am · July 8th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of The Beard?

Posted by · 12:15 pm · July 4th, 2011

It felt really good to duck out of the looking-ahead business after last year’s fairly contentious (both amongst the films and their supporters) Oscar season. I didn’t saddle up to the upcoming season until a few weeks ago, hammering out preparations for this column, and even this, most would tell you, is too early. But […]

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‘A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,’ a decade on

Posted by · 2:34 pm · July 2nd, 2011

It was June 29, 2001. I was in film school. I opened the local paper, read my friend, the film critic’s, review of “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,” Steven Spielberg’s distillation of a project he and legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick had developed together for years. I was nervous. I had, for one, hit a post-adolescent anti-Spielberg stretch […]

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‘War Horse’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 11:53 pm · June 28th, 2011

A Spanish version of this leaked earlier tonight, but I wanted to wait until something official dropped. And…chalk up your early frontrunner (for better or worse). The saccharine appears to be in place and the prestige is painted on thick. More next week when we offer up the year’s first set of predictions, but for […]

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‘The Adventures of Tintin’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 12:02 am · May 17th, 2011

So, Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” has a lot of people excited. I can’t summon that kind of enthusiasm for some reason. I’m not getting that event-of-the-year vibe others seem to be getting, but this just-released teaser trailer (courtesy of Apple) is enough to at least pique the interest. Check it out by clicking […]

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Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

Posted by · 3:28 am · January 3rd, 2011

Pete Postlethwaite had one of those faces — weathered, folded, kneaded, endlessly interesting — that demanded to be on camera, even as it denied him any possibility of leading man status. And yet, in the latter half of his career, Postlethwaite, who sadly passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer, made a convincing […]

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11/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Animated short qualifiers, chatting up Sakamoto, forecasting good things for ‘Lincoln’

Posted by · 8:14 am · November 29th, 2010

• Todd Gilchrist talks to the Oscar-winning composer of “The Last Emperor,” Ryûichi Sakamoto. [Cinematical] • John Lopez, like everyone else, I imagine, is already forecasting a major Oscar presence for Steve Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film. [Little Gold Men] • Exclusively revealing the 33 animated shorts qualifying for this year’s Oscar race. [Cartoon Brew]

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James Cameron tops Guardian’s “most powerful” list

Posted by · 8:55 am · September 24th, 2010

There has been some debate this morning in the British corner of the Twitterverse about the merits of The Guardian’s inaugural Film Power 100 list, which claims to represent the 100 industry figures current wielding the most power over, and influence on, UK filmgoers. It’s an ungainly and frequently baffling collection of names, mashing together […]

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