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Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Riley Griffiths shares his memories from the set of 'Super 8'

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. As Super 8‘s driven filmmaker Charles Kaznyk, 14-year-old Riley Griffiths (far right) made his big-screen debut in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Below, he talks about landing the role, horsing around with Kyle Chandler, and how J.J. Abrams worked his magic (literally). For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Riley Griffiths

I had no idea what the project was. The script that they sent me to audition with had nothing to do with Super 8. I remember seeing the Super 8 trailer and thinking, “Oh man, that looks like a cool movie!” It turns out I was auditioning for it at the time and didn’t even know! READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The secrets of Steven Spielberg


Sit down with Steven Spielberg and there is plenty to ask about — even beyond his two movies opening later this month, War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. Was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial really going to be a horror movie? (Yes.) Did John Wayne call to berate the director about his World War II spoof 1941? (Yes.) And how did he handle it when Billy Wilder asked to take over Schindler’s List? (Very delicately.)

The 64-year-old Oscar winner is open and thoughtful in discussing his storied career, from his 1968 short film Amblin’ to Lincoln, the biopic he’s currently shooting in Virginia with Daniel Day-Lewis. Despite all the acclaim (and box office success) he’s had over the years, Spielberg says he’s still anxious every time he starts a new project. “I think it’s my fuel, basically—my nervous stomach. That’s what keeps me honest, right? And a little bit humble, in the sense that when I make a movie, I never think I have all the answers.”

So what gave him doubts over the years? One example was one of his biggest (and earliest) hits: 1981′s Raiders of the Lost Ark. “I was a little bit dubious about what happens when they open the ark,” he says. “What actually is going to come out of the ark? There were a lot of crazy things in the script. I wasn’t sure how much we could actually get on the screen. We made a lot of it up as we were in postproduction.”

For more on Spielberg, including whether he really advised Michael Bay to fire Megan Fox from the Transformers franchise, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. Or order it here.

'Tintin' website to hold Americans over while the world enjoys the real thing


Americans aren’t used to waiting for anything, but Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin is already playing in Europe and it is expected to open in about 40 countries before it finally opens in the United States on Dec. 21. Put it this way, only Pakistan and Brazil have to wait longer than us Yanks! (Pakistan!!) Let’s not hold a grudge, though. Focus on the positive. The new Tintin website features snippets of John Williams’ new score for the film, and it is positively johnwilliams-y.

Not to belabor the point, but it is fairly unusual for a huge Hollywood film to get a two-month head-start abroad before it finally opens stateside. There’s no denying that Tintin, the creation of the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, has a larger fan-base in Europe, but it’s not winning any new American fans by making us wait. To cheer you up in the interim, watch this behind-the-scene featurette embedded on the new Tintin site: READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg admits he had reservations about 'Indiana Jones 4,' but still defends worst scene in 'Indiana Jones 4'

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not a very good movie. Actually, it’s less of a movie than a horrific catalogue of everything that is miserable and boring in modern Hollywood: The urge to sequelize into infinity, the paycheck-gravitas of great British actors, the redefinition of “plot” as “a series of digitalized set-pieces signifying nothing,” the notion of Shia LaBeouf as an action hero, the notion that Russians still make interesting villains, the limits of Cate Blanchett’s greatness, but, most of all, the TV-ification of movie stardom, whereby every movie star is only really a star when they’re sleepwalking through reheated incarnations of their most iconic roles. (See also: Renée Zellweger, Sylvester Stallone, everyone who has ever starred in a superhero movie besides Christian Bale, the cast of Fast Five, the cast of Twilight.)

But Crystal Skull was directed by Steven Spielberg, who has almost certainly earned the right to strike out every now and then. READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and others remember Apple legend Steve Jobs

As news of Steve Jobs’ death hit Silicon Valley, Hollywood and everywhere else today, friends, colleagues, and admirers of the Apple co-founder, former CEO of Pixar, and all-around visionary (who passed away Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56) shared their memories and tributes.

President Barack Obama:Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.  READ FULL STORY

Producers Guild to honor Steven Spielberg: But what took so long?

Steven Spielberg will receive the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America next January. And while the Guild is falling all over itself to congratulate the filmmaker, calling him “one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time,” whose “continued genius, imagination and fearlessness in the world of feature film entertainment is unmatched in this industry,” you have to wonder why it’s taken the PGA so long.

Spielberg made Jaws nearly four decades ago. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg says Lincoln biopic will cover final months of his life -- so what will we miss?

A few years, a couple stars and a lot of rumors later, the long-awaited Abraham Lincoln biopic looks to be making its first steps toward theaters.

Director Steven Spielberg told the Orlando Sentinel that although Lincoln will be based on Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, it will focus on the last four months of Lincoln’s life — meaning the film would cover roughly the time from Dec., 1864 until his death on April 15, 1865.

Obviously, a lot happened during those four months, but a good deal happened outside of them as well. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg 'movie list' is bogus, but it's still a great idea

The American Film Institute famously updates a list of the 100 greatest films of all-time every 10 years or so, but can you trust anything determined by a committee? Wouldn’t you rather just know the films a true cinematic master reveres? What if, say, Steven Spielberg handed you a list of movies, and said, “Go now. Watch these films. Study them. Watch them with the sound off. Listen with your eyes closed. And you will be a filmmaker, my son.”

Just such a list created some buzz on the Internet recently. An interesting collection of 206 masterpieces and underrated gems, from Adam’s Rib to The Young Lions, was advertised online as Spielberg’s Curriculum. The collection skewed old-school, with not one work from the last 20 years, but included many classic films from directors Spielberg has long admired publicly, like Frank Capra and David Lean. It seemed like a list Spielberg would recommend. READ FULL STORY

Why my 'Lincoln' casting obsession rivals 'The Hunger Games'

When a best-selling book is turned into a motion picture, the casting of beloved characters becomes an Internet blood-sport. It’s never enough for the filmmakers just to announce who will play the hero; invested fans want to know who will play every minor character, especially the obscure guy who died on page 11. The studios know this, of course, so they tantalize us with the slow drip-drip-drip of casting news, and there’s nothing we can do about it but rant and rage on Internet comment boards. You might feel this way about The Hunger Games, but it’s how I feel about Lincoln, the long-awaited Steven Spielberg film based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s heralded biography, Team of Rivals. Ever since Daniel Day-Lewis was tabbed to play Honest Abe last November, I’ve been mentally filling up Lincoln’s cabinet with some famous faces lined with 19th-century character. Since then, DreamWorks has added Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Joseph Gordon Levitt (the president’s eldest son, Robert), Tommy Lee Jones (abolitionist senator Thaddeus Stevens), and David Strathairn (Secretary of State William Seward).

Great, but not nearly good enough for this history nerd. READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay on Megan Fox's Hitler remark: Spielberg said, 'Fire her right now'


Image Credit: Jaimie Trueblood

You don't have to be Dale Carnegie to know that you shouldn't compare your boss, who can fire you, to Adolf Hitler. So when Transformers vixen Megan Fox told Wonderland magazine in 2009 that
her director was like the infamous Nazi mass murderer, well, she was inevitably replaced for the franchise's upcoming third film. Now, Bay is admitting the obvious, telling GQ that Fox's departure had everything to do with the führer furor:  "She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg]

said, ‘Fire her right now.’ ” READ FULL STORY

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