Court cuts jury award, warns Steinbeck kin to end litigation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court attempted to close the book on endless litigation between the relatives of author John Steinbeck in a ruling that upheld a $5 million verdict against his...
NJ approves $9M in tax credits to ‘Joker,’ ‘West Side Story’
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Tuesday approved roughly $9 million in film tax credits to a Steven Spielberg adaptation of "West Side Story" and a Batman universe movie called "Joker" starring...
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS will air a documentary on EGOT winner Rita Moreno, the network announced Monday.
"Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It" will chart her decades-long...
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple's new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate...
NEW YORK (AP) — Now armed with the upcoming releases of 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday set forth a shock-and-awe release schedule spanning the next eight years, including the...
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A movie director with multiple Academy Awards has been asking about life in a southern Virginia textile town.
The Danville Register & Bee reports that filmmaker Steven...
LODI, N.J. (AP) — Friday is big for Clifton's Rachel Zegler.
It's opening night for "Shrek," her last musical at Immaculate Conception High School. It's also her last day as a student in the...
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Britain's Prince Harry will be partnering with Oprah Winfrey to create a documentary series on mental health for Apple's new streaming service.
Oprah, Spielberg help Apple launch new streaming service
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple trotted out few details on its long-awaiting streaming service on Monday, but it didn't skimp on high-wattage celebrity.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Apple's streaming TV event (all times local):
Apple says the new services it's launching will respect your digital boundaries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block...
ShowBiz Minute: Spielberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Elba
Rita Moreno on playing a sassy grandma, ‘West Side Story’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno plays one of TV's best villains. Or is she one of its snidest heroines? Either way, her sassy grandmother on the Netflix reboot of "One Day at a Time" is truly a funny...
Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga, Spike Lee and Glenn Close have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon.
Unknown Rachel Zegler is Maria in Spielberg’s ‘West Side’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg has cast an unknown 17-year-old from New Jersey to play Maria in his remake of "West Side Story."
Deadline first reported Monday the director picked Rachel Zegler after auditioning more than 30,000 hopefuls.
ShowBiz Minute: Marshall, Prada, Lucas
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Gloria Katz, ‘American Graffiti’ screenwriter, dies at 76
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote "American Graffiti" and helped give Princess Leia her power in "Star Wars." She was 76.
Willard Huyck told the Hollywood Reporter that Katz died on Sunday, their 49th wedding anniversary, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling ovarian cancer.
Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ film
NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno's portrayal of Anita in the classic 1961 film "West Side Story" won her an Oscar. Now, she has a different part in a remake directed by Steven Spielberg.
The publicist for the 86-year-old Moreno confirmed Wednesday that she'll play Valentina, a reworked version of the character of Doc, the owner of a corner store where Tony works. Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tony.
A few honorary Oscars firsts at this year’s Governors Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg teased Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall about the beginnings of their relationship, actress Cicely Tyson brought more than a few people to tears while proudly clutching her Oscar and publicist Marvin Levy sang a few lines from "Hamilton" to an audience that included Lin-Manuel Miranda at a lively Governors Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Honorary Oscar recipient Marvin Levy can’t believe his luck
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Marvin Levy says he never expected to get an Oscar, it's not false modesty. It just wasn't a possibility.
Box office top 20: ‘The House With a Clock’ is no. 1
NEW YORK (AP) — A trio of wide-releases sputtered while the gothic family fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, ticked its way to a weekend-best $26.6 million in ticket sales, according to final box-office figures Monday.
The Universal Pictures release, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, exceeded industry expectations on a weekend that was otherwise littered with disappointments.
Raf Simons takes a bite out of fashion, riffing on “Jaws”
NEW YORK (AP) — Since arriving in New York two years ago to revitalize Calvin Klein with his hip European sensibility, it's often seemed that designer Raf Simons has taken an oversized bite of the city's fashion world.
It's perhaps apt, then, that his latest collection should be a riff on the movie "Jaws."
Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park bash
NEW YORK (AP) — A 19th-century fountain in Manhattan's Central Park provided a majestic backdrop for Ralph Lauren's star-studded 50th anniversary blowout on Friday, a festive celebration of his past and present that included a runway show and a black-tie dinner.
Marvel head Kevin Feige to receive David O. Selznick Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is set to receive the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards.
The Producers Guild of America says Thursday that Feige will join the ranks of Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood in receiving the honor which recognizes a producer's body of work.
‘The Meg’ chomps $44.5M, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ opens strong
NEW YORK (AP) — Adding to Hollywood's sizzling summer, the shark thriller "The Meg" opened well above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade.
LONDON (AP) — Londoners and tourists alike have been bemused to find a giant statue of a bare-chested Jeff Goldblum next to the city's iconic Tower Bridge.
The 25-foot (7.6-meter) statue, depicting the actor in the reclining pose he made famous in "Jurassic Park," is meant to mark that film's 25th anniversary.
Release of 5th ‘Indiana Jones’ movie pushed to 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Jones won't be swinging back into movie theaters until at least 2021.
The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that the planned fifth installment in the "Indiana Jones" franchise will be released in July 2021 instead of July 2020. The film was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2019.
Script issues are reportedly behind the delay. Last month, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan was brought on to help write the film.
Juliette Binoche: If a film doesn’t touch you, why make it?
NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are many things. They are special-effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around.
Why ‘Jurassic Park’ stood the test of time
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to address Harvard University graduates.
The Ivy League school is hosting its 367th commencement ceremony on Thursday with a keynote speech from Lewis.
It caps several days of activities that also featured speeches from Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) and Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.
NEW YORK (AP) — The man once considered among Hollywood's most powerful figures is ready to tell his story.
Michael Ovitz has written an autobiography simply titled, "Who Is Michael Ovitz?" The book will be published by Portfolio and will be available on September 25.
Ovitz co-founded the Creative Artists Agency. He was the president of The Walt Disney Co. but was forced out of that position in an infamous split in the late 1990s.
Steven Spielberg says Robin Williams got him through the "trauma" of filming 'Schindler's List'.
The legendary director credits the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' star - who passed away in August 2014 - for helping him through the tough filming for the period drama, which documents the persecution of Jewish people by the Nazis.
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg says no film has affected him the way "Schindler's List" did.
Review: In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel goes nuclear
After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has, thank heavens, finally decided to go big.
Colin Trevorrow says Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be similar to original movie
Colin Trevorrow says 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' will share similarities with Steven Spielberg's 1993 original.
The 41-year-old director has helped to write the latest installment in the money-spinning franchise, and he's given fans an insight into what they can expect from the upcoming movie.
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The “summer movie season” has been starting earlier and earlier as years pass. The summer has always been a hotbed for movies. In the 1920s through the 1950s, many Americans couldn’t afford air conditioning, so going to the theater was a way to cool off.
Steven Spielberg will make 'Blackhawk' his first big screen comic book adaptation.
The 71-year-old filmmaker will be behind the camera for Warner Bros. upcoming movie - based on the classic DC Comics character - and it will mark his first venture into the world of superheroes.
NEW YORK (AP) — John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" blasted past expectations to notch the second-best debut of the year, opening with $50.2 million in ticket sales, according to final studio figures Monday.
‘A Quiet Place’ roars at box office with $50M debut
NEW YORK (AP) — John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year's second-best weekend after "Black Panther," according to studio estimates Sunday.
Even though Steven Spielberg has received just as much attention for his historical dramas, it’s his work on genre classics such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Jurassic Park” that have people always primed to see whatever he plans to release. So, with this in mind, it’s all the more strange and strangely befitting that he would choose to direct a movie based on Ernest Cline’s science fiction novel that references the classic films and pop-culture from the 1980s and ’90s, which Spielberg himself helped define.
Lena Waithe fully appreciates that some people may not understand her passion project.
“The Chi” creator is riding high in Hollywood right now.
From her buzzed about Vanity Fair cover to her recent big-screen debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” not to mention her critically acclaimed role in “Master of None” and her designation as the first African-American woman to win a writing Emmy for her work on that series, Waithe is garnering attention.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the new sci-fi hit "Ready Player One" from director Steven Spielberg ("Saving Private Ryan," "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Schindler's List") is just "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for nerds?
I mean, we have a reclusive millionaire who controls an entire industry that brings pleasure to young people, and he puts forth a series of ordeals which will choose a successor to his entire fortune. Sounds like Willy Wonka to me.
When fast food hamburger chain Carl's Jr. came up with the idea of renaming its charbroiled sliders to SpielBurgers, in an attempt to honor filmmaker Steven Spielberg's new "Ready Player One" movie, officials thought he would be cool with it.
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Tim Weekley, Suwanee
4 out of 4 Stars
A very well-told story line whose premise closely follows that of its parent book; excellent direction; jaw-dropping special effects; lots of action and humor; plenty of witty cultural references to the ’70s and ’80s.