Hitler’s use of films for propaganda played a large role in keeping America joining the Allied effort, but five great filmmakers – Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler – took it upon themselves to fight propaganda with stirring documentary films.
Five Came Back is a three-part Netflix docuseries by Laurent Bouzereau and written by Mark Harris (based on his book), in which five legendary great filmmakers – Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan and Steven Spielberg – guide viewers through the interwoven experiences of five filmmakers who interrupted their successful careers to serve their country, risk their lives and bring the truth back to the American people.
Steven Spielberg is Cannes with the cast of his new Disney film, The BFG – which has its World Premiere there tomorrow, May 14th. Following the jump, there is a link to a video featuring Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) and Spielberg playing a quick game of Stump Steven Spielberg. It’s quite delightful.
Steven Spielberg will present John Williams with the American Film Institute’s 44th Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time the award has been given to a composer.
The televised special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, will air on TNT on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Monday, June 12, during a night of programming dedicated to Williams.
Indiana Jones is returning to a multiplex near you!
Steven Spielberg will direct the as-yet-untitled film which has been set for a July 19, 2019. Harrison ford will reprise his iconic role and franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce. For more follow the jump.
Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – three of the world’s great storytellers combine to tell the story of a little girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and what happened to her at the Witching Hour (3 am – not midnight, as you’d suppose), one particular night.
The first teaser trailer for Spielberg’s The BFG is just about as perfectly Dahl as you could imagine – and cleverly gives us just enough of a glimpse of Sophie’s unexpected visitor (Mark Rylance) to hint at the delights (and potential terrors) that Spielberg has in store for us when The BFG opens on July 1, 2016. Check it out after the jump.
Bridge of Spies tells a story that unfolded over five years in a little under two-and-a-half hours. It’s the story of a man who was on the prosecutorial team at Nuremberg but had spent the time between then and 1957 as an insurance lawyer. Then he was asked to represent a Soviet spy and, in trying to do his job properly, became the second most hated man in America (after the spy) – until the Soviets shot down U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.
It’s a case where real life became something out of a John LeCarre spy novel.
In the midst of the Cold War, Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan was recruited by the American government to travel to East Berlin and negotiate the exchange of a captured Russian spy and a captured American U-2 pilot.
Bridge of Spies is the story of James Donovan’s step from total obscurity to the front lines of the Cold War. It stars Tom Hanks as Donovan and is directed by Steven Spielberg and will premiere on October 22nd. Check out the film’s first trailer after the jump.
Jurassic World is as solid a summer blockbuster as you could ask for – it’s smart (but not too smart), flashy (maybe a hair too flashy) and filled with great visual effects that never (quite) overwhelm its basically decent heart.
It has an old-fashioned hero, kids in peril, a heroine who goes from stick in the mud to tuchus-kicker, an amoral scientist, an incredibly mercenary would-be visionary and… DINOSAURS!