Decades before YouTube, two kids from Mississippi decided that they loved Raiders of the Lost Ark so much, they would just have to remake it. Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala spent much of their teenage years shooting and re-shooting a very cheap and extraordinarily loyal reproduction of the iconic Harrison Ford-starring, Steven Spielberg-directed film. Eli Roth was a fan, as was Quentin Tarantino, and even Spielberg gave them his seal of approval.
Six years after his last big-screen appearance, Indiana Jones may ride again. Variety has printed what appears to be confirmation that Indiana Jones 5 is going into production. Insiders have been anticipating the announcement of a fifth Indiana Jones movie since December, when Disney acquired the rights to the franchise (following its acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012).
A NOVA special offers a fascinating look at state-of-the-art special effects in 1984
Between the brawling robots, blatant product placement, and manic Michael Bay-o-vision camera work, subtlety is at a premium in Transformers: Age of Extinction. While showing off the elastic property of the “transformium” element that gives the robots their shape-shifting ability (yes, it’s really called transformium), a goofy lab tech (James Bachman) turns the blob into a series of different objects, including various weapons and, briefly, the My Little Pony character Rainbow Dash.
When Jurassic Park debuted in 1993, computer generated special effects were barely out of their cradle. A handful of films such as Terminator 2 had dabbled in using digital animation for very specific effects, but no one had yet been able to crack the Holy Grail—making these effects look believably real on giant movie theater screens. With Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur blockbuster, the effects world took a brontosaurus-sized leap forward into a realm where creatures born on desktop computers could hold their own alongside flesh and blood actors. This behind-the-scenes video from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – which you can see exclusively today at Yahoo Movies – gives a glimpse of how Jurassic Park broke wide open the landscape of what was possible in film. The video is an installment of Moments That Changed the Movies, a new Academy Originals web series, debuting Monday. Today, Jurassic’s towering T-Rex and sleek raptors are still considered examples of top-notch digital effects, but when Spielberg began working on the film, computer effects were still so untested that all involved assumed the film’s dinosaurs would be created largely with animatronic robots.
Nizwar Karanj, the actor who famously got his heart ripped out in that unforgettable scene from 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' talks about his brush with fame
The untitled Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks Cold War thriller at DreamWorks just took an intriguing turn. Joel and Ethan Coen have come onboard to pen a draft of the screenplay that tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated with the KGB for the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers. STORY: Tom Hanks Attached to Cold War Thriller, Steven Spielberg May Direct The project, which was written by Matt Charman, was set up last year, but Hanks’ attachment gave it a major boost in April. The Coen brothers’ involvement only adds momentum to the thriller, which could be Spielberg’s next project, with an eye toward a September shoot in Europe.
Godzilla had the second biggest opening of the year, with $93.2 million. That’s a pretty impressive showing by the title monster considering his name isn’t uttered until 45 minutes in, and by the time audiences actually catch a glimpse of his ferocious maw, the movie is nearly half over.
Nearly 30 years after Oprah Winfrey made her big screen debut in director Steven Spielberg’s drama “The Color Purple,” the two titans are reuniting to produce a film that’s quite different from what you might expect from either of them. It’s called “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais, and it’s a story of cultures clashing, forbidden love, and food. And while the story of an immigrant family from India who moves into a small French town across from an esteemed restaurant with an iron-willed chef (played by Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren) may seem outside Winfrey’s wheelhouse, she said it spoke to a common thread in her work.