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'Saving Private Ryan': Has a movie ever sent you overseas?

When Saving Private Ryan came out in the summer of 1998, a few years after the 50th anniversary of the crucial D-Day landings in Normandy, France, the entire culture was soaking in Greatest Generation nostalgia that honored the humble folk who were raised during a Great Depression but answered the call to fight tyranny in order keep the world free.

The film was a paralyzing experience — from the harrowing assault on Omaha Beach to Tom Hanks’ Capt. Miller’s last gasping words to Matt Damon’s titular G.I. When I first saw the film, there were audible sobs from the audience beginning with the initial beach assault, but the film ended in absolute silence. When the lights came on, it became clear that no one had moved from their seat. READ FULL STORY

What is the most exciting new show of the fall season?

The fall television season is still months away, but excitement peaked this week, when the networks announced the shiny new shows that will replace last year’s dregs. Back are some of our favorite faces in new vehicles: Tim Allen in Last Man Standing, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in Up All Night. There’s the Mad Men Effect (see: Pan Am, right, and The Playboy Club), and the Lost Effect (see: The River and Alcatraz). There’s the latest U.K. imports (see: Prime Suspect and Free Agents). And then there’s the Jurassic behemoth in the room, Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova. READ FULL STORY

'Super 8' footage reminds me there are live-action movies starring kids that I can relate to


Last night, Paramount and director J.J. Abrams presented a 20-minute sneak peek at two scenes from Super 8 to a small audience in New York. They were centered around moments we’ve all seen in the trailer: A group of 14-year-olds (including Elle Fanning and newcomer Joel Courtney, pictured) shooting their own Super 8 movie by the railroad tracks when a train derails and an unseen “thing” escapes, and that “thing” starts terrorizing a gas station attendant. Abrams asked writers not to spoil anything, so we won’t talk specifics. But I think it’s fair to discuss the conversations being had as we all filed out of the theater. READ FULL STORY

Broadway's 'War Horse': The London hit (soon a Steven Spielberg movie) gets a Yankee makeover

War-HorseImage Credit: Simon AnnandPuppets are cool. Seven-foot-tall horse puppets made out of silk, cane, leather, and aluminum that you can actually ride are even cooler — like the ones in Lincoln Center Theater’s upcoming War Horse, a British drama about a farm boy and his steed Joey on the battlefield during World War I. Nothing like real stallions, they look more like equine exoskeletons poised around bits of netting, with shredded ribbons for tails and pointy ears. But once they move, powered by three puppeteers (two within the horse’s body, and one standing alongside its neck), you almost forget they’re fakes.  READ FULL STORY

Vanity Fair's Top 40 Hollywood earners include zero of this year's Oscar acting nominees: Are we surprised?

Johnny-Depp-CameronImage Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Juan Naharro GimeneJames Cameron tops Vanity Fair‘s carefully calculated list of Hollywood’s Top 40 earners in 2010, with an estimated $257 million (all but $4 million of it tied to Avatar, and that does not include $50 million of Avatar money from 2009). Johnny Depp comes in at No. 2 with an estimated $100 million comprised primarily of his paychecks for Alice in Wonderland, the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and The Tourist. Check out the full list — limited to creative types (stars, directors, and producers) and the money they earned from movies — and tell us what you find interesting. It’s not really a surprise — we all know Oscar noms don’t typically align with blockbusters — but none of this year’s Oscar acting nominees make the cut.

'Transformers 3,' 'Super 8,' 'Mission: Impossible 4,' and 'Tintin' are going IMAX. Which one will you most likely see on the big big screen?

transformers-3Paramount has officially super-sized four of its biggest 2011 movies. According to the Wall Street Journal, the studio has announced that it will release J.J. Abrams’ mysterious Super 8, Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Michael Bay’s lunar-tastic Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the curiously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol on IMAX screens. Director Brad Bird actually filmed some action scenes for M:I:GP using IMAX cameras, and both Transformers and Tintin will also be shown in 3-D. Now, this all sounds very exciting, but there’s no way your fragile eyes can handle all these ginormous action films. So tell us, PopWatchers: Out of these four Paramount IMAX releases, which one are you most likely to see on the big big big screen?

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln': Could this be the most awards-laden cast ever?

Spielberg: NBC; Day-Lewis: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Oscar Statuette: ©A.M.P.A.S.®

With the news yesterday that Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works biopic Lincoln finally has its start date (Fall 2011) and lead star (Daniel Day-Lewis), we couldn’t help but notice the serious accolades adorning every corner of the film already: The director has won three Oscars (and an Irving G. Thalberg Award), and has been nominated seven more times; the star has won two Oscars, and two more nods; the book the film is based on, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and the screenplay was penned by Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and Emmy-award winner Tony Kushner, who won an Oscar nod for his screenplay for Spielberg’s 2005 thriller, Munich.

That’s a lot of hardware already, enough to make this movie pretty much an automatic Oscar contender for 2012. But first, they’ve got to cast that eponymous team of rivals for Lincoln’s cabinet, his wife, and (likely) his assassin John Wilkes Booth. And in the spirit of Kearns Goodwin’s book, it just made sense to us that the rest of the cast also be a team of rivals… for Oscar nominations. So, forthwith, our guesses for what could be one of the most Oscar-laden casts ever:  READ FULL STORY

'Adventures of Tintin': First look at the Spielberg-Jackson collaboration

tin-tin-empireTaking a break from any Hobbit drama, producer Peter Jackson teamed up with director Steven Spielberg to give Empire magazine the first look at their upcoming 3-D, motion-capture Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Based on the books by Belgian writer-illustrator Hergé, the story revolves around young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), and the nefarious pirate Red Rackham (Daniel Craig). Spielberg and Jackson wanted to stay true to Hergé’s artwork, while drawing inspiration from film noir and the German Brechtian theater. Empire has shots of Tintin (with his dog Snowy) and Captain Haddock online. It also quotes Jackson admitting that some people thought he and Spielberg had gone mad when they cast Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the detective twins Thompson and Thomson. Spielberg notes how well they actually complement each other as foils and that when they argue over whose sidekick is whose in the film, it’s a highlight.

Is this collaboration all you had hoped for? (If Empire has a shot of Craig in his motion-capture suit, I will definitely be picking up this issue.)

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Spielberg, Jackson Team, for ‘Tintin’

Forbes 400: Oprah only 130th richest person in America

oprahImage Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesThere are 129 people more wealthy than Oprah Winfrey in America, according to Forbes. Why do the rest of us even try? Winfrey’s net worth, estimated at $2.7 billion, ties her for No. 130 on the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the nation. (Walmart’s Christy Walton, with $24 billion, is the country’s leading woman at No. 4.) For the 17th straight year, Microsoft’s Bill Gates tops the list with an estimated $54 billion. A sampling of others making the cut: READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci will adapt 'Locke and Key' into a (presumably spooky) TV show

Steven-SpielbergImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosAt any moment, Steven Spielberg’s name is on some three dozen different projects. It was true back in the ’80s, when he produced/godfathered classics like Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Back to the Future in between finding time to direct some of the best movies ever. (He also made Temple of Doom, but nobody’s perfect.) And it’s true today, as we add another project to his ever-swelling IMDB page: according to Vulture, Spielberg is working with burgeoning geek-auteurs Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci on a TV show adapted from Joe Hill’s graphic novel series, Locke & Key.

The basic premise of the series sounds rife for a creepalicious cult TV series. READ FULL STORY

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