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Gregory Jein, ‘Star Trek’ Model Maker and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 76

Gregory Jein, the acclaimed model maker and artist who worked on eight Star Trek properties and earned Oscar nominations for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, has died. He was 76. Jein died May 22 in his Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest after a long history of health issues that […]

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fablemans’ to Launch in New York and L.A. Theaters Early

Steven Spielberg’s next film, The Fablemans, is switching up its release plans. The film will now open Nov. 11 in New York City and Los Angeles during a limited run before expanding nationwide on its previously announced date of Nov. 23, 2022, the eve of the long Thanksgiving weekend, Universal and Amblin Partners announced Monday. […]

‘Jaws’ and the Internal Debate Over Who Wrote the Iconic USS Indianapolis Speech

The “USS Indianapolis” speech, impeccably delivered by the legendary Robert Shaw in Jaws, is regarded as one of the finest monologues in motion picture history. However, the debate over just who wrote the monologue is mired in murky waters. In the blockbuster film helmed by then-budding director Steven Spielberg, which swam into theaters 47 years […]

Box Office: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Bites Off $18M in Thursday Previews

Jurassic World Dominion devoured $18 million in Thursday evening previews at the North American box office as it stomped into theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Several weeks ago, Top Gun: Maverick started off with $19 million in previews on its way to a $160 million opening over the long Memorial Day weekend, including $126.7 […]

Brian Selznick Book ‘Big Tree,’ Inspired by a Steven Spielberg and Chris Meledandri Idea, Set For Publication in 2023

Big Tree, an illustrated novel by Brian Selznick that began as an original idea from Steven Spielberg with Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, will be published by Scholastic on April 4, 2023. Meledandri’s Illumination animation studio, which will next release Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1, will own the film rights […]

Box Office Preview: 'Jurassic World Dominion' Hopes for $125M U.S. Debut

Dinosaurs return to the box office this weekend as Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion opens in more than 4,600 theaters across North America. The summer tentpole should have no trouble taking the top spot away from ruling champ Top Gun: Maverick, but the Top Gun sequel will still be a formidable contender in its […]

‘Jurassic World Dominion’: Film Review

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by original franchise stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Colin Trevorrow's globe-hopping conclusion to the de-extinct dinosaur saga.

Brad Johnson, Actor in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Always,’ Dies at 62

Brad Johnson, the onetime rodeo cowboy and “Marlboro Man” who starred opposite Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss in the Steven Spielberg romantic drama Always, has died. He was 62. Johnson died Feb. 18 of complications from COVID-19 in Fort Worth, Texas, his rep, Linda McAlister, told The Hollywood Reporter. THR was recently alerted about his […]

Isidoro Raponi, Mechanical Effects Expert on ‘E.T.,’ ‘King Kong’ and ‘Alien,’ Dies at 76

Isidoro Raponi, the acclaimed mechanical effects expert who helped design, build and operate E.T. for the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic and worked on such other films as King Kong, Alien and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, has died. He was 76. Raponi died Friday of congestive heart failure at a rehabilitation facility in Los […]

The Likely Explanation for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ PG-13 Rating Amid Content Debate

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is intense, dark and violent — but are its adult themes so harsh the film should have been slapped with an R rating? The debate is unfolding after the Marvel Studios film opened this weekend. Some have argued that the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment, directed by Sam […]

Steven Spielberg Details How Harrison Ford Helped Convince Melissa Mathison to Write ‘E.T.’

While on location in Tunisia filming Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark outside Well of the Souls more than 40 years ago, Steven Spielberg found time to pitch a script. “I pretty much had worked out most of the story and I needed a writer to write with me or, hopefully, write […]

TCM, Film Foundation Team on 4K Restoration of ‘Giant’

Turner Classic Movies is expanding its partnership with The Film Foundation with a multiyear financial commitment to fund education and the restoration of classic movies, it was announced Friday. The fruits of this relationship will be on full display — in 4K, no less — at next week’s TCM Classic Film Festival with an April […]