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Hollywood Director Doesn't Blame Academy For Lack Of Diversity

2/13/2016 4:05am EST
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Steven Spielberg is sounding off about the controversy surrounding the 2016 Oscar Awards. As one of Hollywood's greatest directors, Spielberg says he doesn't believe the academy is purposely excluding blacks or minorities in major category nominations.

Spielberg interviewed with The Hollywood Reporter about his views on how this year's Oscars.

Steven is a huge supporter of the Academy Awards, but was a little surprised about a few things when it came to making the cut for 2016 nominations.

"I was surprised at some of the individuals who were not nominated. I was surprised at [the exclusi...

Blu-ray Review: 'Bridge of Spies' - Worth The Money?

2/5/2016 11:00am EST
Blu-ray Review: 'Bridge of Spies'
Ready to defend a sworn enemy? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick "Bridge of Spies" out now from Touchstone Home Entertainment. We see if there’s justice for even the un-American below!

Title: "Bridge of Spies"

Grade: 3

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 141 minutes

Release Company: Touchstone Home Entertainment


The Flick: While the story of "Bridge of Spies" based on actual events has some obviously dramatic moments, it’s the inclusion of Steven Spielberg’s signature ...

Jurassic World Excitement Continues To Build

6/11/2015 6:25pm EDT
Jurassic Park's Laura Dern Is Just As Excited As You Are About '
It's been more than 20 years since Laura Dern graced the screen in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Dern played paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler in the critically and commercially successful film, and reprised the role briefly in the less well-received Jurassic Park III.

Now, as Jurassic World prepares to roar into theaters this Friday, Dern spoke with CBS News about the original movie and the new film.

"I'm as excited and as much a fan as everybody else," Dern said. "As in like, What are they going to do next? What dinosaurs are going to be in it? So, we're big fans, we the previous cast...

Jennifer Lawrence Shooting Movie Based on War Memoir with Steven Spielberg

3/3/2015 7:30pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence Shooting Movie Based on War Memoir with Steven
There are few actresses as big right now as Jennifer Lawrence and fewer directors who have established a legacy as great as Steven Spielberg.

So it goes without saying that a movie starring Lawrence and directed by Spielberg would go right to the top of Hollywood's most anticipated films list. And that's exactly what's happening wtih It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

The movie is an adaption of a memoir of the same name by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photographer who chronicled her work in places like Afghanistan after 9/11.

Deadline first reporte...

Steven Spielberg Slammed Online For 'Killing' Triceratops

7/11/2014 7:31pm EDT
Steven Spielberg Slammed Online For 'Killing' Triceratops
A photograph of Steven Spielberg posing on the set of his 1993 film Jurassic Park has gotten the director blasted on the internet for killing a dinosaur.

The director posed with one of the props from the flick when he filmed the movie, and after Jay Branscomb posted the image on his Facebook page with the caption, "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man," those not paying attention to the details became livid and posted some nasty comments.

"Steven Spielberg has abs...

Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. May The Facts Be With You!

5/17/2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. Ma
Think you know everything there is to know about every "Star Wars" movie? Consider yourself a "Star Wars" aficionado? How could you not know at least some facts about one of the most important film franchises of all time? It's part of our culture, something most kids and adults watched and loved for at least some period of their lives. You may think you know everything about this rich universe, but there's always more to learn.

Have you heard it all? Maybe not! May the facts be with you!

1. Life's Tough When You're A Hutt

One of the most difficult scenes to shoot was the Jabba Palace...

10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Education

4/5/2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Educatio
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Tell that to this fine group of celebrities, who took a leap of faith and followed their hearts towards their college campus of choice. While some did not finish, the tenacity to try and further their education in an industry where many choose another path is commendable.

The following 10 celebrities did just that, and had many different ways to achieve their goals. We also gave honors to the celebrities that had a resume of outstanding academic achievement - so keep an eye out for our praiseworthy (but completely arbitrary) Latin honors!


Halle Berry To Play An Astronaut In Steven Spielberg TV Drama

10/5/2013 11:00am EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry landed the lead role in Steven Spielberg's upcoming new television drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress will play an astronaut returning home after a year in space in "Extant."
Berry commented, "I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium."
Spielberg added, "There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honoured that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, ...

Steven Spielberg & George Lucas Warn And Predict 'Implosion' In Film Industry

6/14/2013 9:21am EDT
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
Movie icons Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have predicted and expect an "implosion" and massive change in the film industry.

During festivities to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Building on Wednesday, both Spielberg and Lucas explained their revelation as well as how the Oscar winning epic Lincoln almost became a TV movie.

The two movie moguls explained to USC students at the ceremony that we are in a time of massive change that could lead to less choices for moviegoers and higher ticket prices - as well as how its becoming more difficult...

The Most Trusted Star In America Is...Tom Hanks

5/7/2013 6:24pm EDT
Tom  Hanks
Known for films such as "Forrest Gump," "Castaway," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Saving Private Ryan," Tom Hanks has been named the most trusted celebrity in America.

Hanks, who has won three Academy Awards, has had a prolific 30-year career and managed to maintain a squeaky clean image throughout.

Hanks recently starred in "Cloud Atlas" and has several films in production, including "Saving Mr. Banks," "Captain Phillips," "In the Garden Of Beasts," "The Lost Symbol" and "Toy Story 4."

Second on the Reader's Digest poll is Sandra Bullock, followed by Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and poet ...

Steven Spielberg To Take On Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's Story In Bradley Cooper's 'American Sniper'

5/3/2013 1:46pm EDT
American Sniper
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct Bradley Cooper's adaptation of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's "American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History."

The Lincoln director turned down a Biblical epic about Moses and pushed back his own Robopocalypse before settling on the project, the rights to which were acquired by actor Cooper -- who is set to produce and star in the film -- over a year ago.

Spielberg will also co-produce.

The biopic will tell the story of how Kyle, dubbed "The Devil of Ramadi" by Iraqis during the Iraq War, became the most prolif...

TIME Releases '100 Most Influential People' List With Jay-Z & Jennifer Lawrence On Two Of Seven Covers

4/18/2013 8:00pm EDT
Jay-Z covers Time magazine
100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features seven different covers for the first time ever, including two showcasing entertainers: hip-hop artist Jay-Z and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Editors selected guest contributors to write about the honorees. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the hip-hop star: "He's never forgotten his roots—'Empire State of Mind' was a love song to our city—and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood.

Bloomberg added, "In nearly every...

Steven Spielberg To Take Epic Summer Vacation With Family On Mega Yacht

3/18/2013 9:36am EDT
Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw
Welcome to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. This week's featured celebrity: Steven Spielberg.

Following the success of his film "Lincoln," the director and his family are sailing around the world this summer. After winning two Oscars for the film, Spielberg is taking a much-needed break with his wife Kate Capshaw for some rest and relaxation.

In May the couple will set sail on their $200 million yacht called Seven Seas, which includes a movie theater, spa, and anti-sickness system.

The family will travel 30,000 miles and revisit some of Spielberg's favorite places, including Hawaii...

Colin Trevorrow To Direct 'Jurassic Park 4'

3/15/2013 9:27am EDT
Colin Trevorrow
Hollywood newcomer Colin Trevorrow has been unveiled as the director of the new Jurassic Park movie.

Rumors have been widespread about who would oversee the fourth installment in the sci-fi adventure franchise since Steven Spielberg announced it was in the works in 2011.

Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the series, has already signed up as an executive producer for the 3D project, and on Thursday it was announced Trevorrow will take charge of the long-awaited follow-up to 2001's Jurassic Park III.

Trevorrow is best known for directing 2012 independent movie Safety Not Gu...

Steven Spielberg To Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

2/28/2013 8:17am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has been unveiled as the jury president at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The director will oversee the panel at the French event, which will run from May 15th-26th.

In a statement, Spielberg writes, "My admiration for the steadfast mission of the festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium."

Festival president Gilles Jacob admits he has spent years trying to get Spielberg onboard, but the movie mogul has...

Best Director - Who Will Win ?

2/24/2013 5:40pm EST
A snub of Ben Affleck in the Best Directing category shows that all signs seem to point toward Steven Spielberg for his brilliant vision of 1860s America and the passing of the 13th Amendment.

But don't count out David O. Russell, whose Silver Linings Playbook just scooped up all the big awards at the Film Independent Spirit Awards last night.

Also in the running are Michael Haneke for his minimalist approach in Amour, taking long camera shots and filming nearly the entire film about an elderly woman's declining health and her loving husband who cares for her in a two-bedroom Paris apartm...

Oscars 2013: What Will Win, What Could Win And What Should Win

2/22/2013 7:54am EST
Oscars 2013
The 85th Annual Academy Awards – airing this Sunday at 8:30 PM EST on ABC – are sure to get a little rowdy this year. Ceremony notwithstanding, the categories themselves are all over the place, and for the first time in years, there are no dead-locks and certain promises in any of the categories (except, perhaps, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, but we'll get to that). Still, pundits have weighed in and the scales are tipped in several favors. Here are our predictions for what will likely win, what might upset and what films and performances deserve a golden statuette in some of the ...

Connecticut Congressman Writes Steven Spielberg Over 'Lincoln' Factual Flaw

2/6/2013 8:37pm EST
A Connecticut congressman has a problem with Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated Lincoln.

Connecticut representative Joe Courtney has written the director in hopes that he changes the film's conclusion. In a roll call vote on the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which outlaws slavery, two of the three Connecticut delegates voted to instead uphold slavery.

In real life, all of the state's representatives actually voted to abolish slavery. Courtney writes, "I could not believe my own eyes and ears. How could Congressmen from Connecticut - a stat that supported President Lincoln and lost t...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Steven Spielberg Pulls The Plug On 'Robopocalypse'

1/10/2013 9:14am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has shelved his planned big screen adaptation of Robopocalypse.

Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth had been cast in the movie version of Daniel H. Wilson's best-selling sci-fi novel, about a war between humans and robots.

However, the project has now been postponed indefinitely, with a spokesperson for the director's DreamWorks Studios telling E! News that production stalled because the script was not ready.

Spielberg's camp is now "reconsidering their options" for bringing the futuristic story to cinemas. Production on Robopocalypse was due to begin this spring ahead ...

Malin Akerman, Dakota Fanning & Others Recreate Steven Spielberg Movie Scenes For Harper's Bazaar

12/25/2012 5:01pm EST
Malin Akerman
Actresses Malin Akerman, Evan Rachel Wood, and Dakota Fanning have teamed up to recreate some of director Steven Spielberg's most iconic movie scenes for a new fashion spread.

Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln, hit theaters last month and to celebrate his long career of successes, the trio got together for a creative tribute piece in Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Akerman thrills by recreating the scene where a skinny-dipping Chrissie Watkins, played by Susan Backlinie, is killed by a great white shark in his 1975 classic Jaws, while The Ides of March star Wood acts as a horrified Laura Dern wh...

Steven Spielberg To Speak At Gettysburg Address Anniversary

11/19/2012 11:21am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony commemorating the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's historic Gettysburg Address on Monday.

The Oscar-winning director, whose latest film Lincoln charts the life of the 16th President of the United States, follows in the footsteps of previous speakers including President Harry S. Truman and President Dwight Eisenhower.

The event honors the anniversary of the three-minute speech delivered by President Lincoln during the Civil War on November 19th, 1863 at the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysbur...

Steven Spielberg Says He Was Bullied Because He Was Jewish

10/23/2012 3:29pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was bullied as a child due to his Jewish faith.

The Schindlers List filmmaker lived in a predominately Christian neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona and because he was so frequently teased, he lied to his schoolmates about the origin of his last name.

And he hopes his grandparents, who lived through the Holocaust in World War II, understand he was just trying to protect himself.

He tells 60 Minutes, "I often told people my last name was German, not Jewish. I'm sure my grandparents are rolling over in their graves right now, hearing me say that."

However, his concert pi...

Steven Spielberg And Dreamworks Partners Donate $90 Million To Charity

10/16/2012 6:37pm EDT
Steven Spielberg Jeffrey Katzenberg
Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen have each donated $30 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund Campaign to aid the elderly.

The DreamWorks SKG founders have made the huge handover to kick off the charity's new $350 million campaign.

MPTF board member and campaign co-chairman George Clooney announced the trio's donation at a press conference on Tuesday.

The actor said, "Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen are each legendary for their philanthropy and individually have made immeasurable impact on charities and organizations ...

Steven Spielberg To Mark Anniversary Of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

10/4/2012 4:33pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Director Steven Spielberg is heading to Pennsylvania next month to mark the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

The Jaws filmmaker will serve as the keynote speaker at a Dedication Day ceremony on November 19 at the Soldiers' National Cemetery, where he will help to celebrate the historic speech, which was delivered to reiterate the importance of human equality during America's Civil War.

The event will take place three days after the release of Spielberg's upcoming biopic about the politician, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis.

The Oscar winner joins a long l...

Daniel Day-Lewis Referred To As 'Mr. President' While On 'Lincoln' Set

9/28/2012 6:33pm EDT
Revered method actor Daniel Day-Lewis was so taken over by the role of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's new historical epic Lincoln that even the director referred to him as Mr. President on set.

Co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays Lincoln's son Robert in the much-anticipated film, admits he never met the real Day-Lewis on the set - because he was always deep in character.

The Dark Knight Rises star says, "He's not silly about it... but he does stay talking in that voice; he spent a year coming up with how he wanted the voice to sound and I never heard his (real) voice and I n...

Steven Spielberg Opens Up About His Battle With Dyslexia

9/27/2012 12:58pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has opened up about his dyslexia, admitting he was bullied at school because he couldn't read.

The Schindler's List director, who was only diagnosed with the learning disorder in recent years, insists his boyhood was made a living hell because he struggled to keep up with the rest of the class and was teased as a result.

He tells disabilities website Friends of Quinn, "Five years ago, I was diagnosed as having been dyslexic for my entire life, which explained a lot of things - it was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these ye...

Who The Celebrities Are Voting For In The 2012 Presidential Election

9/5/2012 12:07pm EDT
Ted Nugent
Some celebrities are more outspoken than others, especially when it comes to politics. However, that doesn't mean that a majority of them aren't active in supporting who they think should win the 2012 presidential election. Here's a selection of celebrities that have made their choice clear:

Ted Nugent: Mitt Romney. The outspoken Republican supporter told his Twitter followers while Romney was running for the GOP nomination, "after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him."

Bill Maher: Barack O...

Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

8/28/2012 8:51am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Move over Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, because Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Despite having some struggles with her OWN network, the media mogul earned a staggering $165 million from May, 2011 to May, 2012, according to Forbes.

The news comes just days after Winfrey was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world in a separate survey released by Forbes.

Director Bay is the second highest-paid celebrity with $160 million, partially due to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

Spielberg came in a distant third with $130 ...

Top 10 Celebrity Couples

7/14/2012 2:30pm EDT
Will Smith &  Jada Pinkett Smith
Approximately 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce in the United States, and if you add celebrity to the equation that percentage seems to increase exponentially.

Check out the stars who have filed for divorce in 2012 alone: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Seal and Heidi Klum, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, and Debra Messing and Daniel Zelman. Johnny Depp and his longterm partner Vanessa Paradis also called it quits.

Despite rampant divorce rumors, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have weathered the storm after 15 years of marriage. And believe it or not, there are several celebr...