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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.

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.

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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'Jurassic World' Success Confirms Hollywood's Starving Us Of Our Favourite Creatures


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The astronomical success of 'Jurassic World' just proves that dinosaurs aren't explored enough in film these days. Sure, people may be desensitised to the terror of the prehistoric monsters - at least, more so than they were in 1993 upon the arrival of 'Jurassic Park' - but this extraordinary re-telling has broken box office records.

Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins in Jurassic WorldYep, kids are definitely not bored of dinosaurs

It has its criticisms and, of course, it doesn't quite have the same effect on audiences as its original predecessor, but 'Jurassic World' has successfully managed to cast some much-needed cinematic nostalgia upon the lovers of the Steven Spielberg classic, so much so that its opening has become the highest-grossing debut of all time.

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Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer


In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of the Cold War was set to see a series of peaceful negotiation between the Americans and Russians, but a week beforehand, everything changed. An American spy plane was shot down by Russian missiles, carrying pictures of various Russian air force bases. While the US government tried to deny the charges, the Russians were able to provide the pictures, the airplane wreckage, and the pilot - miraculously unharmed. In exchange for his return, they wanted one of their captured spies to be returned. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), a simple lawyer, was tasked with creating a case to allow the US government to release the Soviet spy without jail time - a request that seemed almost impossible in the face of Cold War prejudice.

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Question: Was 'Jurassic World' Worth the Wait?


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It's here. It's finally here - Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's epic action-adventure, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer and man-of-the-moment Chris Pratt in the lead role. 

Jurassic WorldJurassic World has scored strong reviews and will look to do big business over the coming weeks

In the fourth instalment of the megabucks franchise, Visitors at the now 'Jurassic World theme park' run for their lives when the genetically engineered Indominus Rex and other dinosaurs go on a rampage. Sounds fun huh? Well, it is.

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Steven Spielberg Returns With Cold War Thriller, Bridge Of Spies


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Steven Spielberg is back in the directional chair with his latest film Bridge Of Spies, a Cold War spy thriller based on a historical biography and starring Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan.

Bridge of SpiesTom Hanks takes the lead in Steven Spielberg's latest film, Bridge Of Spies

Donovan is an insurance lawyer was finds himself flung deep into the espionage battle during the 1960s as he fights for the release of a downed U2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia.

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'Jaws' Set To Scare Audiences Again As It Heads Back To Theatres For 40th Anniversary


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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theatre think again, as Steven Spielberg’s terrifying 1975 horror classic Jaws is headed back to cinema’s to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg first bought Jaws to cinema’s in 1975.

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are coming together to bring the film back to theatres this summer, for a limited time on June 21 and June 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m in select cinemas nationwide.

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'Poltergeist''s New Cast Take On A Classic


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Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper's 1982 haunted house movie 'Poltergeist' is so iconic that remaking it has always scared away filmmakers. Instead, they have merely been mimicking its innovative approach for more than 30 years.

'Poltergeist' was released on 22nd May 2015'Poltergeist' was released on 22nd May 2015

The remake's star Rosemarie DeWitt couldn't agree more. "I mean they rip it off constantly in the horror genre," she says. "So now we just didn't 'pretend' to not make 'Poltergeist', we just made 'Poltergeist'! Because the younger generation doesn't know that movie."

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Chris Pratt Gushes Over His Wife Anna Faris: "We Are Meant To Be Together"


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Chris Pratt couldn't help but tell the world how wonderful his relationship with his wife, actress Anna Faris, is and said they "are meant to be together". The couple have been together since 2007 and married two years later. Pratt was being questioned by fans on Reddit when he was asked how he met Faris and what she is like as a wife and mother - the couple have a son together, Jack, born in 2012.

Chris PrattChris Pratt raved about his wife, Anna Faris, in a recent AMA.

Read More: "They're Dinosaurs; Wow Enough": Second Jurassic World Trailer Revealed.

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Steven Spielberg Directing Adaptation of Virtual Reality Novel 'Ready Player One'


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Steven Spielberg is to direct an adaptation of Ernie Cline's cult virtual reality novel Ready Player One. The sci-fi tale tells the story of teenager, Wade Watts, from the ghettos in Oklahoma in 2044.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg will direct Ernie Cline's well-loved novel Ready Player One

Watts spends his time immersed in an online utopia known as OASIS and hunts - like millions of others - for the mysterious 'Easter Egg' which the game's late founder has stipulated will deliver his entire fortune to the one who uncovers it.

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Steven Spielberg And Tom Hanks' Cold War Thriller Is Titled 'Bridge Of Spies' But It Won't Include A John Williams' Score


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DreamWorks Pictures has announced Bridge of Spies as the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, which will reunite the director with actor Tom Hanks after nearly a decade. But the film will sadly be without a Spielberg movie staple, as it is the first in 30 years not to feature a score by composer John Williams.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg's next film will be Bridge of Spies

Announcing the film’s title on Wednesday, DreamWorks Pictures also revealed via a statement that 83 year old Williams had been forced to pull out of the movie due to a health issue.

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Jennifer Lawrence To Play War Photographer in Spielberg's 'It's What I Do'


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Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play award-winning international photojournalist Lyndsey Addario in Steven Spielberg's It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War. Warner Bros won an auction for the rights to Addario's memoir on Monday evening, according to Deadline. 

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence will play the acclaimed war photographer Lyndsey Addario in Steven Spielberg's movie

Addario travelled to numerous war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. She was also part of the New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for international reporting in Waziristan. Addario was jailed for several days in Libya in 2011.

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SNL 40th Annniversary Special - Arrivals

Steven Spielberg and Kate Upshaw - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

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SNL 40th Anniversary Special - 2015

Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015

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Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg

67th Annual DGA Awards Press Room

Steven Spielberg - Celebrities attend 67th Annual DGA Awards - Press Room at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaron
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Paris Barclay, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaron
Paris Barclay, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaron

American Film Institute Honours Best Films Of 2014 [Photos]


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For the past fifteen years, the American Film Institute has honoured ten films and ten television shows that truly show off what the year had to offer. 2014 had a particularly good year for films, however, so for the first time, the AFI Awards actually awarded eleven motion pictures with the honouree status. A whole host of celebrities gathered in celebration. 

Angelina Jolie at the 15th Annual AFI Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie at the 15th Annual AFI Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)

The honoured films consisted of 'American Sniper', 'Birdman', 'Boyhood', 'Foxcatcher', 'The Imitation Game', 'Interstellar', 'Into The Woods', 'Nightcrawler', 'Selma', 'Unbroken' and 'Whiplash'. For the celebration, Academy Award-winning Matthew Mcconaughey ('Interstellar') was seen, along with Ethan Hawke ('Boyhood'). Brad Pitt and Edward Norton ('Birdman') were also seen together, after appearing opposite one another in 1999's 'Fight Club'.

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Chris Pratt And Dinosaur Hybrids: It Can Only Be 'Jurassic World' [Trailer]


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It's finally here! A new dinosaur movie is going to come crashing into a cinema near you by Summer 2015, but you can now get a glimpse of what's to come with the exhilarating first trailer for 'Jurassic World'.

Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World' still 1Chris Pratt braves the dinos in 'Jurassic World'

Chris Pratt has quickly become one of the most talked about Hollywood actors of the moment, after his spectacular appearances in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Lego Movie' - and it doesn't look like his popularity is going to be on the wane for quite a while if the first look of 'Jurassic World' is anything to go by. We're already praying he doesn't get eaten.

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