Lundgren: Stallone is up there with Spielberg and Lucas

Sylvester Stallone is the ultimate Hollywood tough guy – but co-star (and on-screen nemesis) Dolph Lundgren says there are also big brains behind the brawn.
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Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson Reflect on ‘Schindler’s List’ 25 Years Later

Tribeca Film Festival’s retrospective screening of “Schindler’s List” marked the first time the cast had seen the acclaimed movie in 25 years. “I feel so blessed I had the opportunity to tell this story,” said Steven Spielberg, who won Oscars for best directing and best picture for “Schindler’s List” in 1993. “Twenty-five years later, I sat […]

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Ready Player One takes Spielberg to $10bn milestone

Ready Player One has helped make Steven Spielberg become the first director to gross a total of $ 10bn at the worldwide box office.
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Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate. The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled “Why We Hate.” Spielberg’s Amblin Television partnered with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on […]

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Spielberg: I have ‘sad, low period’ after films

Steven Spielberg puts so much of himself in to his films that he needs time to recover after he finishes a project.
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Can Steven Spielberg Remember How to Have Fun?

His serious period movies do well at the box office, but his recent would-be blockbusters have been disappointments. “Ready Player One” will be a major test.
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Why Steven Spielberg Rushed to Make The Post in 43 Days in Trump Era: ‘I Believe Truth Tellers Are Heroes’

When Steven Spielberg signed on to direct The Post in March, he planned to kick off production in May and have the retelling of the Washington Post‘s 1971 decision to publish the Pentagon Papers ready in time for a December release.

“We wanted to tell a true story about a time when an administration attempted through the courts to squash the free press, and at the pleasure of the Nixon administration, stopped facts and the truth from being disseminated to the American people to the world,” Spielberg, 71, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

The three-time Oscar winner sees the “scary parallels” between the 1970s events and today’s White House, which has repeatedly attacked the press, deemed outlets and stories “fake news” and endorsed “alternative facts.”

For more about Steven Spielberg and The Post pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

“The relevance of this story is obvious,” he says. “But our movie shows that sometimes hardship is really the rehearsal for the big show, meaning the Pentagon Papers turned into the Watergate investigation. And yet we survived. If we remember that we are all patriots instead of partisan, we will eventually all come out the other side of this.”

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The Post’s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) serve as early examples of Americans who risked serious government retaliation (the New York Times had received an injunction from the Nixon administration against printing more of the then-classified Pentagon Papers) in order to give the public the information they thought it deserved.

“Both Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee were patriots because they put their country and the truth first at great personal and professional risks,” Spielberg explains. “I really believe that this day in age, truth tellers are heroes. And look in today’s world where some would have us believe there is no difference between beliefs and facts, I think Kay Graham’s action reminds us the facts are the foundation of truth. That’s sort of why I made the movie.”

As the Me Too movement continues to gain support, Graham — the Washington Post‘s first female publisher and the first Fortune 500 CEO — also offers a look at a woman who triumphed against the odds. “There were a bunch of glass ceilings that have been broken ever since our country was founded,” Spielberg says. “But one of the most significant glass ceilings is what Katharine Graham had to smash through.”

And he insists, “Had this movie been made during the Obama administration or had it been made during the Bush administration or the Clinton administration, I think Katharine Graham would’ve still taken on hero status.”

The Post is in theaters now.


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Spielberg: Deneuve wrong on witch-hunt claim

Steven Spielberg has said he disagrees with Catherine Deneuve’s claim that the Harvey Weinstein scandal has turned into a “witch-hunt” against men.
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Spielberg warns VR will rule the future

Steven Spielberg has warned that a future ruled by virtual reality is coming “whether we like it or not”.
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Nonfiction: A Feminist’s Biography of Steven Spielberg Focuses on His Jewish Identity

In “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” Molly Haskell traces the evolution of the director’s Jewish identity.
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Oprah And Steven Spielberg Gave John Travolta The Go-Ahead For ‘American Crime Story’

Before John Travolta transformed into Robert Shapiro for “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” he had to get the go-ahead from his trusted group of Hollywood heavyweights. 

In a new interview with GQ, the actor revealed that he contemplated taking the role in the FX series for months. It wasn’t until “four of the top people” gave their blessings that he decided he should go for it. 

But who, exactly, were those four people?

“It was Spielberg. It was Oprah. It was Rita Hanks and Tom Hanks. And it was [former Disney CEO] Michael Eisner,” Travolta said. (Note: This obviously amounts to five people, but perhaps the actor sees the Hankses as one entity.)

Talk about a power squad.

The actor added: “They all thought it was completely the right move.” And they were right ― the role garnered Travolta an Emmy nomination and the series became a critical success

Maybe Travolta should consult with those “top people” for every life decision from now on. 

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