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Steven Spielberg Has His Own Theory About Those UFOs: ‘What If It’s Us, 500,000 Years in the Future?’

In recent weeks, American skies have been filled with various balloons and other unidentified flying objects that the U.S. military has been forced to shoot down. The lack of information provided has led many curious Americans to draw their own conclusions about the mysterious objects — including Steven Spielberg. In a career-spanning interview on “The […]

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Classic Films Steven Spielberg Almost Directed, From Oldboy to Harry Potter

Does any director have a better filmography than Steven Spielberg? It’s all a matter of opinion, but when you see a list that includes Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Catch Me If You Can — and you’re not even a quarter of the way through […]

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‘The Fabelmans’ Review: Spielberg’s Heartfelt Biopic About Movie History’s Biggest Divorce

Has any divorce had a more profound impact on the American imagination than the one between Steven Spielberg’s parents? It was the breakup that launched a million blockbusters. That made daddy issues into a spectacle all their own. That led directly to “E.T.,” “Catch Me if You Can,” and the last scene of “Close Encounters […]

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The Horror Sequel Homage That Almost Made It Into Stranger Things 4

“Stranger Things” is no stranger to a cinematic homage. In its early days, the show felt like a mashup between Steven Spielberg hits like “E.T.” and Stephen King classics like “Stand By Me.” The newest season draws liberally from horror movies, particularly supernatural ’80s slashers like “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” In a recent roundtable interview […]

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The Stephen King Movies That Helped Define Drew Barrymore’s Career

In 1982, Drew Barrymore became America’s little sister thanks to her adorable turn as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” But she has another Steve to thank for solidifying her child star status. “E.T.” might have made her famous, but back-to-back Stephen King films made her a star.Barrymore followed up “E.T.” with a little-remembered 1984 drama […]

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‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’: Animating a Social Media Twist on a Boy-and-His-Dog Story

In “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” the first animated feature by UK-based Locksmith Animation (in theaters only from Disney/20th Century Studios), the titular malfunctioning robot (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) and socially awkward middle-schooler Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer) struggle to understand the difference between interpersonal and virtual friendship. Thus, for director Sarah Smith (Aardman’s “Arthur Christmas”) […]

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