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The Fablesmans Is Steven Spielberg’s Most Personal Work on Jewish Faith

Steven Spielberg is among the most quintessentially “American” filmmakers of all time; while his films span countless genres and appeal to a variety of different generations, Spielberg has always taken a keen interest in both examining and contesting what “patriotism” really is. Whether it’s the bravery of a world-weary archeologist in Raiders of the Lost […]

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40 Years Later, This Exclusive E.T. Featurette Examines Spielberg’s Inner Child

Is it a reach to call “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” one of the best family movies ever made? Probably not, as its mixture of deep themes and childlike wonder makes a great watch for everyone, regardless of age. To say that this was intentional would be an understatement — director Steven Spielberg has been quite open […]

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The Friday The 13th Sequel That Kicked Off A Trend In Horror Movies

1982 was a watershed year in terms of theatrical exhibition. The hit-cluttered summer release schedule — which included all-timers like “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Poltergeist” and “An Officer and a Gentleman” — firmly established the season as a commercial goldmine. Tucked in between the blockbusters and bombs was the modest sensation of “Friday the 13th Part […]

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Edgar Wright Remembers Seeing, And Being Scarred By, The Thing For The First Time

When we look back on the iconic films from the summer of 1982, we typically discuss their artistic and commercial influence on the medium. What we don’t do nearly enough is dig into how they shaped the next generation of filmmakers.While millions of youngsters left movies like “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Poltergeist,” “Blade Runner,” “Conan the […]

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Late Cinematographers Michael Chapman and Allen Daviau Remembered at Camerimage Film Festival

Acclaimed cinematographers and ASC members Michael Chapman and Allen Daviau, who both died last year, were the focus of a legacy panel at EnergaCamerimage Film Festival on Monday, led by the likes of Lawrence Sher (“Joker”), Xavier Pérez Grobet (“Watchmen”), Amy Vincent (‘Footloose”) and Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”).Nominated for five Oscars for his work on “Bugsy,” […]

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‘Blade Runner’ Anniversary: The Weekend When ‘E.T.’ and ‘Star Trek II’ Crushed Ridley Scott

In the early 1980s, Cinefantastique was an extraordinarily detailed and authoritative sci-fi film magazine. Founded as a mimeographed fanzine a year before the 1968 release of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it became a serious, almost scholarly glossy. And in 1982, Cinefantastique opened the year with a double issue that featured “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s adaptation […]

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Steven Spielberg Pays Tribute To ‘E.T.’ Cinematographer Allen Daviau, Who Died Of Covid-19

When someone who works in the industry dies, we usually focus on the actors, writers, and directors — after all, so does the Academy’s In Memoriam segment. One role we generally don’t focus on so much are the cinematographers, and we just lost one of the greats. Allen Daviau, the 5-time Academy Award nominee cinematographer […]

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Allen Daviau, Spielberg Cinematographer and Five-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies of Coronavirus Complications at 77

Allen Daviau, the five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer who worked for Steve Spielberg and Barry Levinson on films including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun and Bugsy, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 77.His death was announced by the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, where he lived. Daviau is the […]

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Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar Tapped to Curate Exhibits for Academy Museum

With the Academy Museum finally, finally set to open to the public on December 14, eight years since the project was first announced, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has lined up a new group of world-class talent to contribute to the museum’s programming. Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar are among recently announced […]

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‘Marriage Story’ Director Noah Baumbach Stresses Value of Theatrical Experience and Praises ‘E.T.’

Noah Baumbach’s devastating divorce drama “Marriage Story” is currently in theaters ahead of its Netflix premiere on December 6. But the big screen is where the Academy Award-nominated director wants you to see his new movie.At a recent Q&a at the Paris Theater in New York — which Netflix rescued from shuttering to host its […]

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