Jason Hall to Pen PTSD Adaptation THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE; Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis Could Reteam

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Jason Hall recently became quite the coveted screenwriter when his adaptation of American Sniper piqued the interest of both Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg, and now that Spielberg has committed to the project as his next film with Cooper in the lead role, Hall is setting up other future projects.  On that note, DreamWorks in early talks with Hall to write an adaptation of author David Finkel’s non-fiction book Thank You For Your Service.  The book examines the profound effect that the recent wars have had on the men and women in the armed services, specifically examining the effects of PTSD.  Interestingly, Spielberg is apparently mulling over the possibility of reteaming with his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Executive Producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan Talk UNDER THE DOME, Working with Stephen King, Differences from the Novel, and More

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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the CBS drama series Under the Dome is about the small town of Chester’s Mill, which is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.  Produced in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the show stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds.

Collider was invited, along with a number of other outlets, to preview the pilot episode and chat with executive producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan.  With some cool effects, interesting twists and intriguing ideas, it’s definitely a show worth tuning into when it premieres on June 24th.  During the Q&A, the two talked about what it’s like to have Stephen King and Steven Spielberg’s involvement with the show, how different the end will be from the novel, that so far each episode is the equivalent of one day, how viewers will get some answers by the end of the 13-episode first season, that there will be character deaths, and how there will continue to be some cool effects throughout the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Steven Spielberg to Produce Live-Action HALO TV Series

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Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One today, and embedded in its bounty of announcements relating to the new console was the exciting news that Steven Spielberg is developing and will produce a live-action TV series based on the popular Halo franchise.  Microsoft has been trying to get a big screen iteration of Halo off the ground for years, with Peter Jackson previously producing the feature film effort that Neill Blomkamp was poised to direct.  Things went sour when Blomkamp’s vision for the film didn’t jibe with Microsoft’s strict rules regarding how the franchise was to be handled, but it worked out alright with Blomkamp instead making his directorial debut with the stellar 2009 sci-fi pic District 9.

Now it appears that Microsoft will go it alone with regards to a narrative Halo effort, and they’ve got Steven Spielberg on their side.  Hit the jump for more.

JURASSIC PARK 3D Blu-ray Review

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20 years after its release, it’s impossible to overestimate the impact of Jurassic Park.  It ushered in a new era of cinema technology that melded the greatest aspects of stop-motion and animatronics with CGI breakthroughs in their infant stages.  But more than that, it blew the pants off of audiences around the world.  It’s safe to bet that everyone who saw the film during its initial release remembers what it was like walking out of the theater.  It knocked us all on our asses while also spawning a 1,000 junior archaeologists.  Kids replaced their Bart Simpson posters with ones of T-rexes and raptors, everyday coming in filthy from digging in the backyard all day.

All these years later and Universal did the obvious: they released Jurassic Park 3D.  Shortly after it hit theaters, it was dropped on Blu-ray.  How does it fare in comparison to the mighty 2011 Blu-ray release?  Hit the jump for all of our details on the Jurassic Park 3D combo pack. 

Bradley Cooper to Star in AMERICAN SNIPER for Steven Spielberg

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Yesterday’s news that Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) would be departing Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun makes a little more sense in light of today’s news: Cooper will star in American Sniper for director Steven Spielberg.  The Oscar-nominated actor has been involved with the picture - an adaptation of the bestselling Navy SEAL autobiography - for at least a year now.  It was previously thought that Cooper would re-team with director David O. Russell for the picture, but with those two currently filming American Hustle, it looks like Spielberg has signed on for American Sniper.

The autobiography from Texan Navy SEAL Chris Kyle retells his exploits of recording the highest number of sniper kills for an American, earning himself the nickname al-Shaitan (“the devil”) from Iraqi insurgents.  Passages from Kyle’s wife, “who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war,” form an emotional core.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch: Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, and Barack Obama Get Goofy in Sketches from the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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The 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held on Saturday night at the Washington Hilton.  On hand to mingle with the White House press corps and the President were the likes of Sofia Vergara, Claire Danes, Psy, Kerry Washington, Gerard Butler and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who finally got in the same room with POTUS!).  Of course, Barack Obama’s speech before the assembled journalists, politicians and celebs was the centrepiece of the evening; and it was full of jokes on his alleged socialism, super PACs, and Jay-Z’s Cuban adventure. A tough act to follow, no doubt, but Conan O’Brien did his best, delivering a lengthy address that took aim at the major news networks, as well as the President’s relationship with Congress. And of course, like any proper office party, there were sketches.

In the evening’s intro, Kevin Spacey‘s ruthless House of Cards character Frank Underwood got to test his mettle against real-life politicians like Senator John McCain; then, later on, Steven Spielberg popped in to discuss his (fictional) Lincoln follow-up, Obama, and the only man he could possibly trust to bring the 44th President to life on-screen: Daniel Day-Lewis.  Hit the jump to take a gander at speeches and sketches alike.

LINCOLN Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard not to see Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln as the Oscar film that didn’t.  The movie was nominated for twelve academy awards, but it only went home with two (though one was for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in the titular role).  It was trumped by Argo, and though comparing the two is sort of like equating apples and turnips, Lincoln is the better film, and perhaps was underrated for being another in a long line of great Spielberg film.  Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a ton of great character actors co-star in this story of the passage of the 13th amendment.  Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Steven Spielberg Drops Moses Biopic GODS AND KINGS; Warner Bros. Eyes Ang Lee as Replacement

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We have tracked the entire life cycle of Steven Spielberg’s relationship with Gods and Kings, a Moses biopic written by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Stuart Hazeldine (Exam).  Warner Bros. asked Spielberg in September 2011.  The director entered negotiations in November 2011.  He was reportedly near a deal in January 2012.  And now, according to Deadline, Spielberg has decided to drop the project.  This is sad news for Warner Bros., but now they are free to move on—after all, time is an issue, because ideally the studio would like to beat Ridley Scott‘s competing Moses biopic (now titled Exodus) in the race to the multiplex.  WB has reached out to Ang Lee to direct, now that he’s caught up to Spielberg’s two Best Director Oscars with his Life of Pi win.  Lee is said to be interested, but hasn’t taken a formal meeting yet.

This is sure to be a high profile project once it gets the engine running, so we’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, hit the jump for a rundown of the major events in Moses’ life.

JURASSIC PARK 3D TV Spots Scare You with Nostalgia

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It’s been twenty years since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park stomped into theaters, but the 3D re-release is only a few weeks away.  In order to scare up some interest in seeing the remastered classic on the big screen, two new TV spots have been made available.  They’re quick montages of some of the scariest and most iconic scenes from the film, but are clearly aimed at drawing in audiences by nostalgia instead of pitching a film to a completely new viewers.

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight and Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park 3D opens April 5th.  Hit the jump to watch the new TV spots.

Steven Spielberg Confirms Hoped-For 2015 Release for TINTIN Sequel; Says He’s Planning Another Film Set in India

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Plans for the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s first foray into animated features, The Adventures of Tintin, appear to be moving right along.  Last we heard, Peter Jackson—who will direct the follow-up—said he hoped to film the performance-capture portion of the movie sometime this year for a planned 2015 release.  Now Steven Spielberg—who will produce the film—has confirmed as much, saying that he still hopes the sequel will be in theaters by Christmas 2015.  Hit the jump for more, including news concerning a new film from Spielberg that takes place in India.

Steven Spielberg Says He’s Developing Stanley Kubrick’s NAPOLEON as a TV Miniseries

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It appears that Steven Spielberg has officially taken it upon himself to finish Stanley Kubrick’s life’s work.  The Lincoln director is developing another one of Kubrick’s projects, this time for the small screen.  Napoleon is perhaps the most famous of the 2001: A Space Odyssey helmer’s unrealized films, with Kubrick having conducted massive amounts of research for the biopic on the French Emperor, only to see the project canceled due to the hefty cost of location filming.  Hit the jump for more on what Spielberg had to say about Napoleon.

Steven Spielberg Is 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury President

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Steven Spielberg has been named jury president for the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.  In recent years, the likes of Nanni Moretti, Robert De Niro, and Tim Burton have led the jury.  As arguably the most important American filmmaker working today, Spielberg is an ideal candidate.  The director remarked:

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.” [The Wrap]

Spielberg won Best Screenplay for The Sugarland Express in 1976 and premiered E.T. at Cannes in 1982.  Jane Campion will head the Short Film Jury and the Cinefondation at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26.

The Road to Oscar: Best Director

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For proof that 2012 was a nutty year for awards contenders, look no further than the Best Director category.  Over the past few days, we’ve been looking back how the ebbs and flows of the past 12 months have shaped the awards race in a number of categories, and one of the most dynamic shifts came with Best Director.  After the jump, we run down how the race for Oscar glory progressed over the past few months to give us the five nominees who will be vying for the gold on Oscar Sunday.  Hit the jump to read on.

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg Re-Team for Third WWII Miniseries on HBO, MASTERS OF THE AIR

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This fall we reported the early whispers that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg would be back to produce a third World War II miniseries for HBO, new details of which have emerged.  The two collaborated on the highly successful (and highly decorated) series Band of Brothers which first aired in 2001, and followed it up with The Pacific in 2010.

The new series, called Masters of the Air, would explore the aerial wars of the men known as the “Mighty Eighth,” using Donald L. Miller’s historical book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany as source material.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

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