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.
Banks apologised for comments she made at a Women In Film awards event earlier this week, when she said that Spielberg had never directed a film with a female lead.
The 43 year old star of The Hunger Games, among others, made the comments at a Women In Film awards ceremony on Wednesday (June 14th). She was awarded an excellence in film prize at the ceremony, and used her acceptance speech to highlight the hot topic of gender equality in Hollywood.
Continue reading: Elizabeth Banks Apologises For Steven Spielberg Diversity Comments
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star in 'The Post'.
In what could not be a more appropriate time to be making a film about the importance of free press, it has just been announced that Steven Spielberg is set to direct a movie about the Pentagon Papers scandal starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep called 'The Post'.
Steven Spielberg to direct 'The Post'
The movie focuses on the role of The Washington Post in the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971; secret government documents that detailed the US military's history during the Vietnam War and proved that government had lied to both the public and to Congress about various events during the conflicts.
She passed at 97-years-old this week.
Our thoughts are with Steven Spielberg today as he mourns the death of his 97-year-old mother Leah Adler; the woman who first inspired the legendary director to start making films. A flamboyant and adventurous soul herself, Steven has always had a very close relationship with the matriarch.
Steven Spielberg mother has died aged 97
Adler died yesterday (February 21st 2017) at her Los Angeles home with her loved ones all around her according to a recent statement from her son's production company Amblin Partners.
Continue reading: Steven Spielberg Mourns The Death Of His Inspirational Mother
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).
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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
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.
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
The big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s series has topped the US box office in its opening weekend.
Jack Black’s Goosebumps has taken the top spot at the US box office this weekend, amassing $23.5 million from 3,501 theatres. The family-friendly horror comedy is based on R. L. Stine’s series of books and stars Jack Black as a fictional version of the author.
Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps.
The film’s plot sees a variety of Stine’s characters escape from his books and start chaos in the real world, with the writer, his daughter and their teenaged neighbour tasked with returning them back to the pages of his fiction.
Steven Spielberg has a personal connection with the U2 spy plane incident which features heavily in his latest film, 'Bridge of Spies'.
Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, is based on the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. following the 1960 incident in which an American spy plane was shot down over Russian territory and its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, captured. Spielberg has a connection with the incident, as he revealed in a recent interview.
As it transpires, Spielberg’s father had seen the remains of the captured U2 spy plane whilst on a foreign exchange in Russia. Spielberg’s father, Arnold Spielberg, was an engineer for General Electric which had arranged the exchange in an attempt to improve relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
Sometimes the law can get cause problems even for those who wrote them, particularly in the face of war. Thus, when an American spy plane is shot down while covertly photographing Russian bases, the thankfully unharmed pilot is held hostage by the foreign government. He'll only get to go home if America agrees to release their own spy, who's currently serving time in prison. Unfortunately, American law states that they can't just let a Russian spy go free without a proper appeal, and that's where James Donovan comes in. Donovan is a simple New York insurance lawyer not known for high-profile cases, but one thing he is is fair. He's asked to defend the spy and help organise the return of the American pilot, but that becomes a major sacrifice for the lawyer who now faces a struggle against some angry citizens who aren't going to let him forget it if they let the 'traitor' out of jail.
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Date of birth
18th December, 1946
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