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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Elizabeth Banks Apologises For Steven Spielberg Diversity Comments


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Elizabeth Banks has apologised for making comments about director Steven Spielberg, having wrongly criticised the film-maker for having never made 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.

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The Announcement Of Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers Film Couldn't Be More Timely


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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 SpielbergSteven 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. 

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Steven Spielberg Mourns The Death Of His Inspirational Mother


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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 SpielbergSteven 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.

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Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg seen at the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Honoring Tom Hanks held at MoMA in New York City, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016

Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg

The BFG Review

Very Good

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

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg and Ruby Barnhill
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance

Steven Spielberg , Ruby Barnhill - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The BFG' (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG)' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 14th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg

The BFG Trailer


Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and once the lights go out, the girls are expected to go straight to sleep. No talking and most certainly no getting out of bed but little Sophie isn't one for sticking to the rules. Once the rest of the girls are asleep, Sophie is busy reading her books. 

When the bespectacled young girl hears strange noise coming from outside her window, she can't help but take a peek out of the pane. A vague shape starts to form in the background, Sophie's unsure what it is but knows it's gigantic. Beginning to get scared, Sophie runs back to her bed and hides under her blankets but it's too late, before Sophie knows what's happening she's snatched from her bed and taken to a far and distant world.

Initially scared for her life, Sophie thinks the giant has taken her to have as his next meal but soon she's introduced to her new home and keeper, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The BFG doesn't want to hurt Sophie, he wants to protect her. As the pair begin having adventures together, Sophie soon learns that not all giants are as welcoming as The BFG.

What's After 'The BFG'? 11 Upcoming Steven Spielberg Projects


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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 SpielbergSteven 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.

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Steven Spielberg Presents Enchanting Adaptation Of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' [Trailer]


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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.

Ruby Barnhill in The BFG'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.

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The BFG - Teaser Trailer


Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just like her. Each night the girls tell tales of the witching hour when the boogieman comes to visit and children go missing, Sophie's friends believe the witching hour is at midnight but little Sophie doesn't agree, she thinks the hour is much later, at 3am when only Sophie remains awake.

One night, whilst Sophie is reading, she hears an almighty rumble from outside and cannot help but open the window and look to see what's there; what she finds will change the lives of many forever.

The BFG is the much loved Roald Dahl book which was originally published by the author in 1982. The book was later turned into an animated film which featured David Jason as the voice of The BFG.

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Steven Spielberg Hopes For Indiana Jones 5


Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford

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 FordHarrison 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.

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'Goosebumps' Scares Its Way To The Top Of US Box Office, Knocking Off 'The Martian'


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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.

GoosebumpsJack 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.

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Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw - 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th February 2013

Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw

Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Golden Globe Awards and Beverly Hilton Hotel - Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw Sunday 15th January 2012 The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Golden Globes 2012) held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Outside Arrivals

Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Golden Globe Awards and Beverly Hilton Hotel
Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Golden Globe Awards and Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Steven Spielberg

Date of birth

18th December, 1946

Occupation

Actor

Sex

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Height

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Steven Spielberg Movies

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

The BFG Extended -  Trailer

The BFG Extended - Trailer

One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to...

The BFG Trailer

The BFG Trailer

Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and...

The BFG - Teaser Trailer

The BFG - Teaser Trailer

Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just...

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along...

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

It's the height of the Cold War and things are getting tense between Russia and...

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never...

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Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of...

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just...

Milius Movie Review

Milius Movie Review

A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest...

Jurassic Park 3D Trailer

Jurassic Park 3D Trailer

When John Hammond of genetic engineering company InGen manages to clone dinosaurs from prehistoric DNA...

Lincoln Movie Review

Lincoln Movie Review

A historic epic from Steven Spielberg carries a lot of baggage, but he surprises us...

Lincoln - Trailer Trailer

Lincoln - Trailer Trailer

'Lincoln' will show the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life as he campaigned...

Jaws Trailer

Jaws Trailer

When a girl leaving a beach party on Amity Island, New England goes for an...

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