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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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'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.

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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.

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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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Picture - Steven Spielberg and Kate Upshaw... New York City New York United States, Sunday 15th February 2015

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

Steven Spielberg and Kate Upshaw

Picture - Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg... Manhattan New York United States, Monday 16th February 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

Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg

Picture - Steven Spielberg - Celebrities attend... Los Angeles California United States, Saturday 7th February 2015

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

Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaron
Steven Spielberg and Alfonso Cuaron
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Steven Spielberg
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'.

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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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Steven Spielberg Casts Mark Rylance as BFG in Roald Dahl Adaptation


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Steven Spielberg has settled on the two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance to play the titular role in The BFG. Published in 1982, the Roald Dahl book told the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG who set out on an adventure to capture man-eating giants.

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According to Deadline, Rylance - one of the finest theatre actors of his generation - has landed the lead role, despite rumors suggesting Liam Neeson or Daniel Day-Lewis were interested.

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Steven Soderbergh Recuts 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' as Silent Movie


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It's nice to know that Steven Soderbergh isn't just spending his retirement sitting around watching Sex, Lies and Videotape or Out of Sight on DVD. The acclaimed director surprised fans on Tuesday (September 23) with a website post that included a recut version of Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, turning it into a black-and-white silent movie to highlight the important of staging in cinema.

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Noting that it was a project for "educational purposes only", Soderbergh said: "I operate under the theory a movie should work with the sound off, and under that theory, staging becomes paramount." In some segments, the director replaces the sound with sounds lifted from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's compositions for The Social Network.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey Review


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A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast. Director Lasse Hallstrom has been indulging in warm-fuzzy filmmaking since 2000's Chocolat, and this story (based on the Richard Morais book) seems set in the same fanciful, far too-cute France, created with digital effects rather than cinematography. Nothing is remotely realistic, but the characters are engaging and the food looks absolutely delicious. This is definitely not a film to see on an empty stomach.

The central character is Hassan (90210's Manish Dayal), who was born in India and developed his prodigious gift as a chef with his late mother. Now refugees in Europe, Hassan's Papa (Om Puri) is on a quest to establish a restaurant with his five children. They settle on an impossibly quaint French village, and set up their Indian eatery just across the road from the Michelin-starred restaurant run by the imperious Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who of course immediately declares war on these interlopers. Meanwhile, Hassan begins exploring French cookery with Mallory's sexy sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). And his innate expertise catches Mallory's attention.

This simple twist helps propel the story and draw us in, as Hassan proves that he can teach Mallory a thing or two. Where this goes is played out in a simplistic way, but for audience members who are looking for meaning there's quite a bit of insight scattered around the script. Otherwise, Hallstrom is far more interested in superficial imagery, never quite letting the actors dig deep into their characters. Dayal shows some real texture as Hassan, but is reduced in the editing to merely smiling or frowning to show the character's frame of mind. And his relationship with Le Bon's impossibly perky Marguerite is almost painfully predictable.

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