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.
The Oscar winning director says he will "wear the badge with pride."
Steven Spielberg has been awarded an honour that will make many a child in Britain jealous. The Oscar-winning film director has been awarded a gold ‘Blue Peter’ badge, the highest accolade from the children's programme.
Steven Spielberg now has a gold 'Blue Peter' badge.
"I know all about this,” he told the show after being presented with the badge. “That is indeed an honour. It's fantastic. Didn't someone else, the Queen, very high up in this country have one? Wow that's so great.”
Continue reading: Steven Spielberg Receives Ultimate Honour: A Gold Blue Peter Badge
For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.
It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).
Continue reading: The BFG Review
John Williams , Steven Spielberg - 2016 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Gala Honoring John Williams held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 9th June 2016
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The BFG' (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG) - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 14th May 2016
Lots to look forward to at this year's event in May.
Looks like the 69th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a good one! There's plenty to look forward to in both the In Competition and Out Of Competition categories for 2016, not least with the opening title being Woody Allen's romantic drama 'Cafe Society' starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival arrives in May
'Cafe Society' isn't the only movie from this year's Cannes line-up that Kristen Stewart will appear in either, because she also has the lead role in Olivier Assayas' fashion drama 'Personal Shopper' which will appear among the In Competition flicks. Xavier Dolan's 'Juste La Fin Du Monde' ('It's Only the End of the World') starring Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard is another French movie from that category.
Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and once the lights go out, the girls are expected to go straight to sleep. No talking and most certainly no getting out of bed but little Sophie isn't one for sticking to the rules. Once the rest of the girls are asleep, Sophie is busy reading her books.
When the bespectacled young girl hears strange noise coming from outside her window, she can't help but take a peek out of the pane. A vague shape starts to form in the background, Sophie's unsure what it is but knows it's gigantic. Beginning to get scared, Sophie runs back to her bed and hides under her blankets but it's too late, before Sophie knows what's happening she's snatched from her bed and taken to a far and distant world.
Initially scared for her life, Sophie thinks the giant has taken her to have as his next meal but soon she's introduced to her new home and keeper, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The BFG doesn't want to hurt Sophie, he wants to protect her. As the pair begin having adventures together, Sophie soon learns that not all giants are as welcoming as The BFG.
There are a number of fantastic movies due out in 2016. Contactmusic.com's resident film reviewer, Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)
10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep).
Continue reading: 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016
What's in store from this legendary director?
Triple-Oscar winning filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg impressed with his Tom Hanks Cold War movie 'Bridge Of Spies' earlier this year, which was subsequently nominated for a Golden Globe, and now we have a live action adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' to look forward to next year. But did you know about these upcoming film projects that he's involved in?
Steven Spielberg is a very busy man
Spielberg is always pretty busy with directing and producing, but he has a few surprises in store over the next couple of years that you might be excited to learn about.
Continue reading: What's After 'The BFG'? 11 Upcoming Steven Spielberg Projects
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, a Disney classic is yet to come!
Steven Spielberg is bringing forth an exciting new live action Disney adaptation that's bound to become another of his family favourites. Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' is finally being brought to the big screen more than 30 years since the book was first published.
'The BFG' is Ruby Barnhill's film debut
It's a charming story with an even share of comedy, thrills and magic and it stars Mark Rylance from 'Bing' as the Big Friendly Giant himself. Of course, if you've had a deprived childhood, you won't know who on Earth we're talking about.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg made their first film together in 1998 with Saving Private Ryan.
After working together for the first time in 1998, Hanks and Spielberg went on to collaborate with Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, while also co-producing historical TV series like Band of Brothers and The Pacific. And now they have made the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.
While they first met each other in the 1980s, they struggled for years to find a project they wanted to work on together. "We got to know each other as guys who live in the same part of town," Tom Hanks says. "We had kids all about the same age, operating in the same nonprofessional circles. And we developed a language that was all about how we read history for pleasure. We were constantly reading biographies and watching documentaries."
Continue reading: Bridge Of Spies Reunites Old Friends Hanks And Spielberg
Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along with quiet intensity, only occasionally finding a real spark of energy. Most intriguing, and important, is the way the film refuses to indulge in the usual moralising, allowing its characters to be complex and confused as they try to do the right thing. Even the Russians are depicted as real people rather than shady villains. And this makes what happens utterly riveting.
Set in 1957 New York, the story centres on lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is hired to represent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) as he is tried for being a Soviet spy. But James is fighting a losing battle against a culture that's determined to convict Rudolf, regardless of the evidence against him. Three years later, an American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia, and its pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) captured. So now James is drafted in by the CIA to negotiate a swap: Rudolf for Gary. He heads to Berlin to orchestrate the hand-off, and there decides that he also wants the East Germans to free an American student (Will Rogers) who was wrongfully detained as the Berlin Wall was being built.
Donovan was a remarkable man who tirelessly went far beyond the call in everything he did. He's also a terrific movie character, and Hanks plays him with deadpan honesty, adding shadings to every scenes that make him easy to identify with. This is a likeable person who represents today's political ideal: a tenacious man who ignores partisan politics to do the right thing. The characters around him are less developed, although Rylance offers some strong support as an honest, perceptive man who accepts his fate with dignity. And Ryan has some pointed moments as Donovan's observant wife. All of the actors benefit from the strong screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman, which stirs plenty of edgy humour into the Cold War tensions.
Continue reading: Bridge Of Spies Review
The director called out to Harrison Ford to make it happen
Steven Spielberg has set down the gauntlet to Harrison Ford: pick up the whip, don the fedora, take an interest in archaeology again and get Indiana Jones back for a fifth time. That was the director’s request to the 73-year-old actor during this weekend's British Academy Britannia Awards.
Harrison Ford was honoured for his contribution to entertainment at the British Academy Britannia Awards
Ford, who is due to reprise his role as Hans Solo in JJ Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, was at the ceremony to receive the Albert R Broccoli award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.
Continue reading: Steven Spielberg Hopes For Indiana Jones 5
Date of birth
18th December, 1946
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