Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg (born 18.12.1946)

Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He has won a number of Academy Awards for his film work.

Steven Spielberg: Childhood

Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His parents, Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg are Jewish. As a child, Steven made a number of 8mm movies and showed them at his home, charging 25 cents entry.

At the age of 13, Steven Spielberg made a 40 minute movie named 'Escape to Nowhere' and won a prize for his efforts.

Spielberg's first independent movie was entitled Firelight. It was a science fiction movie and Spielberg was just 16 years old when it was made. He profited $100 on its release in a local cinema.

When Spielberg's parents divorced he moved to California with his father and applied for the film school at the University of California. He was rejected on three occasions and instead attended California State University.

Steven Spielberg: Film Career

After being signed to Universal Studios for TV work, Spielberg made his debut as a film director with The Sugarland Express, released in 1974 and starring Goldie Hawn.

Spielberg was then offered the job of director for Jaws. The project was almost cancelled when it ran over-budget but the team persisted and the film was a massive international success, garnering three Academy Awards, making Spielberg a household name.

Spielberg turned down offers to direct King Kong, Superman and Jaws 2. Instead he focused on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, another collaboration with Richard Dreyfuss. This time, the film earned six Oscar nominations and won two of them. However, his next effort, 1941, was a critical and financial failure.

Spielberg's next project was a collaboration with his friend George Lucas. Raiders of the Lost Ark starred Harrison Ford as the film's hero, Indiana Jones. It was the biggest box office hit of 1981 and again, earned a number of Oscar nominations.

The following year, Spielberg returned to the big screen with E.T., which starred a young Drew Barrymore and was nominated for nine Oscars.

Spielberg wrote the screenplay for Poltergeist, as well as directing the film. His next two films, The Twilight Zone and The Goonies, a children's adventure, were both a huge international success.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was again helmed by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg but was marginally less successful than its predecessor.

Spielberg 's Gremlins was the film credited for the creation of the PG-13 rating, for films aimed at young audiences, but featuring a high level of violence.

The Color Purple, released in 1985, was an adaptation of Alice Walker's book of the same name. The film starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and earned 11 Oscar nominations.

Two years later, Spielberg shot Empire of the Sun, starring John Malkovich and Christian Bale.

In 1989, Spielberg directed the last of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Sean Connery played Jones's father in the film and the movie proved to be another box office hit.

Spielberg went on to direct Hook, starring Robin Williams. The film was about a middle-aged Peter Pan returning to Neverland. The film made a net profit of around $230 million.

Jurassic Park was released in 1993 and was one of Spielberg's most highly-anticipated releases. The film featured computer-generated dinosaurs, courtesy of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company. Its follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in 1997.

Schindler's List was a highly moving drama set in the time of the Holocaust. Spielberg won his first Best Director Oscar for the film.

From the late 1990's Spielberg released a stream of highly successful films via DreamWorks Pictures. The first was Amistad, followed by Spielberg's representation of World War II, Saving Private Ryan, which featured Tom Hanks in the title role. Spielberg and Hanks also produced the HBO TV series Band of Brothers.

In 2001, Spielberg filmed AI: Artificial Intelligence, Stanley Kubrick's final project, which he was unable to start whilst he was alive.

In Minority Report, Spielberg teamed up with Tom Cruise, for the sci-fi film that proved to be a huge hit.

In 2002, Spielberg directed Catch Me If You Can, a true story of a con-artist, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Walken.

In 2004, Spielberg re-joined forces with Tom Hanks for the hit The Terminal, which also starred Catherine Zeta Jones. The next year, he worked on an adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The film starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning.

Spielberg then went on to direct Munich, a film covering the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games.

In 2007, Spielberg returned to the Indiana Jones franchise and released Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Harrison Ford returned to his lead role in the film, which grossed over $785 million across the globe.

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8th July 2014 -

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2nd July 2014 -

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17th June 2014 -

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Two upcoming projects from the award-winning director Steven Spielberg take a big step closer in production.On Monday (June 16th) Disney and DreamWorks issued release dates in 2015 and 2016 for the upcoming films, via The...

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2nd June 2014 -

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Due for release a whopping fourteen years after its predecessor, the unveiling of the hugely anticipated Jurassic World is finally within our grasp. Overcoming what has been described as a decade of “production hell”, the...

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28th May 2014 -

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As the battle for the content streaming crown rages on, Netflix currently sit atop the hill with a smug grin on their face. But Amazon is slowly but surely chipping away at the Cali-based service,...

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22nd May 2014 -

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The combination of The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks combining on what is being described as a cold war thriller has the potential to break every website on earth through sheer anticipation and...

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1st May 2014 -

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29th April 2014 -

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Steven Spielberg To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The BFG', 'Robopocalypse' Sidelined?

28th April 2014 -

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Break out the frobscottle and snozzcumbers! Steven Spielberg has picked The BFG as his next big movie project. The Oscar-winning Lincoln director will adapt Roald Dahl's much-loved children's fantasy tale of giants and dreams into...

Atari's 'E.T' Game Found in New Mexico Landfill, Proving Conspiracy Theories

28th April 2014 -

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Jesus. So it was true. Atari made a game so bad, that they decided to bury all physical evidence of it in a landfill site in New Mexico, and just hope that nobody found it....

Steven Spielberg Will Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'

28th April 2014 -

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Steven Spielberg has signed onto direct a new project that will see the big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book 'The BFG.'The forthcoming live-action flick will follow the Big Friendly Giant as he becomes friends...

Steven Spielberg Taking on Roald Dhal Classic: The BFG

26th April 2014 -

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Steven Spielberg will add to his repertoire of family favourites when he adapts Roald Dahl’s The BFG for the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary director will team up with his E.T...

Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg = One Potentially Incredible Cold War Thriller

22nd April 2014 -

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Tom Hanks has become attached to a forthcoming cold war thriller from DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, with Steven Spielberg considering stepping into the director's chair. The Oscar winner will take the lead in the...

Is The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara Steven Spielberg's Next Directing Project?

20th April 2014 -

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Whilst he hasn't yet decided what his next directorial endeavour will be, Steven Spielberg has reportedly added one more project to his developmental slate, religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.Could The Kidnapping of Edgardo...

The Goonies Sequel Could Bring Back Villain, and Corey Feldman

8th April 2014 -

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The Goonies sequel could welcome back the opera-signing villain Jake Fratelli after the actor who played him, Robert Davi, said he was thrilled that Richard Donner is going to shoot the follow-up and wants to...

Corey Feldman Echoes Richard Donner: 'The Goonies' Sequel Is "Close" To Becoming A Reality

7th April 2014 -

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Director Richard Donner unofficially confirmed he was working on a sequel to the hit 1985 children's classic, The Goonies, on Saturday (5th April). Although rumors have circulated for years, he stated the project was being...

'The Goonies' Director, Richard Donner, Unofficially Confirms A Sequel Is In The Works

6th April 2014 -

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Director Richard Donner announced to an unsuspecting photographer that he is making a sequel to the hit 1985 children's adventure film, The Goonies.Richard Donner with his wife Lauren Shuler Donner at an AFI event honouring...

Disney To Recast 'Indiana Jones,' Bradley Cooper is First Choice

26th March 2014 -

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Bradley Cooper heads a list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise, according to the Latino Review - which has had its fair share of accurate scoops recently, including, perhaps crucially,...

Forbes Names Steven Spielberg As Most Influential Celebrity Of The Year

16th January 2014 -

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Steven Spielberg, who has won practically every filmmaking award in existence throughout his career, adds another honor to the list this week. Spielberg has been named as the most influential celebrity of 2014 in Forbes'...

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16th January 2014 -

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Forbes has just released its annual 'The Most Influential Celebrities' list.With a field filled of broadcast personalities, award winning film directors and media moguls, it was clear that this year's winner wasn't going to be...

Jane Campion to Take Up Head Judge Spot At This Year's Cannes

7th January 2014 -

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival – which will take place between 14-25 May – will see Jane Campion preside over judging responsibilities.Campion is best known for The Piano, a film that saw her win the...

Disney Secures Full Rights To 'Indiana Jones' - Future Movies Could Be On Their Way

7th December 2013 -

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In a move that has terrified fans the world over, Disney have acquired the full rights to the Indiana Jones movies series, meaning they are now free to film future Indie titles as and when...

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5th December 2013 -

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Nick Robinson cast in Jurassic World

16th October 2013 -

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27th September 2013 -

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Dear Mr. Spielberg: I'm especially interested in your Tintin project since I'm a lifelong fan. I even have an original, unpublished postcard sized sketch by the late Herge! Best wishes in your movie making.Bob Wierdsma

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Mr Spielberg:I hope you're proud that you supported Gov. Schwarzenegger. You pretended to be a liberal; however, the tax breaks you got from Bush must have warped your mind. This blood money was stolen from health care, the mentally ill, from education, and from veterans.Now Schwarzenegger will veto the single payer health care bill.We need Single Payer Health Care, but because you've been bought off by the insurance companies, countless Americans will either go without health care or risk losing everything they have to get health care for themselves or their children. You should be profoundly ashamed! It is time to stop the suffering. As you know, insurance companies can legally price fix; that's not capitalism, that's fascism.

7 years 3 weeks ago
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Listen to you sycophants this is just ranking over old ground.Can't Mr Spielberg think of a new idea....whats next close encounters of the 5th kindReally....

7 years 4 months ago
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Dear Speilpek Sir,I am your one of the fan. We are waiting a good movie like Duel & Schnidlers list.Thank you.

5 years 2 months ago
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With reguard to the apparnet absence of UFO sightings.China is the new hotbed for observations including a locally produced China "Fire Breathing Dragon" ship similar to TR-3B fame in the US. Moreover, the data stored on "Dropa" disks read magnetically rather than Chinese characters inscribed on their surface may reveal how to do many high tech things....question has the Chinese government done this? If so, is the "Fire Breathing Dragon" ship the result of such translations.....where the HELL is Indian Jones when you need him?

8 years 5 months ago
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(corrected version)Mr Spielberg:I hope you’re proud that you supported Gov. Schwarzenegger. You pretended to be a liberal; however, the tax breaks you got from Bush must have warped your mind. This blood money was stolen from health care, the mentally ill, from education, and from veterans.Now Schwarzenegger will veto the single payer health care bill.An email sent to Gov Schwarzenegger:We need Single Payer Health Care, but because you’ve been bought off by the insurance companies, countless Americans will either go without health care or risk losing everything they have to get health care for themselves or their children. You should be profoundly ashamed! It is time to stop the suffering. As you know, insurance companies can legally price fix; that’s not capitalism, that’s fascism.

7 years 3 weeks ago
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it was a dream to now you american pepole......but......its over......romainian they.....kill....me

7 years 3 months ago
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Dear Steven Spielberg, I am not really sure, if you get the time, to look at this web site; but if you do, I would just like to say, that I have written a beautiful script, 130 pages. It's a Christmas story, packed with adventure, humour and emotion. I do have copyrite.Would you be interested in looking at my script, and making me a offer. Thank you, I look forward to your reply.Kind Regards,miya

7 years 9 months ago
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y wish you a ....GREAT 2008......DO YOUR BEST......CLAUDIA DUMITRESCU

6 years 6 months ago
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Mr.Speilburg, My name is Lee, And I am wondering if you will take other people's idea for a movie. It's a animal annimation or it could be both.You really are a master of creation in making movie's come alive. But I'm not taken nothing from Ron Howard either. I'm not an educated man but I do take care of my family the best I can. My mom was one of the best mother's anyone can have. But my father drunkour future away with a wine bottle, and now mom has passed over and dear old dad stay's with me now and my wife and I take care of him. Life sure is funny.Mr. Speilburg the movie idea i got is really a good one, And I will only tell you or Ron Howard the idea.I'm a simple man and only ask if the idea is good and you take it, just be fair to me and help my family out a little. Well I've took enough of your time. Thank You. Bye

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