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Meet the Director: Bumblebee Featurette!

Bumblebee – Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Before directing Bumblebee, Travis Knight set up his own stop-action animation studio – Laika – and turned out hits like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings.

Bumblebee is his first live action film and Paramount Pictures has released a featurette to help us get to know the man behind the movie.

Bumblebee opens on December 21st.

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Ready Player One Is A Great Popcorn Movie!

Ready Player One – Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) – Photo by Jaap Buttendijk/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

In a dystopian future, most people try to escape their pitiful real lives by entering a cyberworld called The OASIS. When the OASIS’ creator dies, he sets in motion an Easter egg hunt with the winner gaining his fortune and complete control of the OASIS.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and four fellow gunters (Easter egg hunters) team up to beat corporate monolith Innovative Online Industries (I.O.I.), fronted by the slick Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) – who has hundreds of experts behind the scenes, feeding him information and taking hits in the games – to the prize.

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Hello Nurse! Hulu Brings Back Animaniacs!

One of the all-time great animated series of all time is coming back – Hulu is bringing back Animaniacs. New episodes will premiere in 2020.

The series will be a Hulu/Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation co-production with Steven Spielberg as an executive producer.

The deal to bring Animaniacs also brings the complete libraries of Animaniacs and Tiny Toons to Hulu.

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This Means Something Trailer: Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Re-Release!

Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one the greatest films ever made. Now, to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, Columbia Pictures is re-releasing it in theaters on September 1st – digitally remastered in 4K.

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SDCC 2017: The Power of Virtual Reality Trailer: Ready Player One!

Ready Player One – The Stacks Concept Art – Courtesy of Warner Bros.

In 2045 the world is  on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.

When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

The SDCC 2017 trailer for Ready Player One is unique. Enjoy.

Ready Player One opens on March 30, 2018.

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Netflix Docuseries Trailer: Five Came Back: How Film Changed WWII!

FIVE CAME BACK – Frank Capra behind the camera during WWII – Photo courtesy of Netflix

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.

Five Came Back premieres on March 31st.

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The BFG Goes To Cannes!

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.
In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

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.

The BFG opens wide on July 1st.

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Steven Spielberg to Present John Williams with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award!

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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.

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Gigantic Trailer: Disney’s The BFG!

The BFG - Sophie

When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was directed a movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, my reaction was, ‘Of course!’

My reaction after seeing the first trailer for The BFG was, ‘why’d it take so long for Spielberg to do something by Dahl?’

Disney’s The BFG opens on July 1st. The new trailer follows the jump.

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