With Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg continues the project he started with Lincoln: Using history to illuminate his vision of modern American values. But where Lincoln was about a “great man,” Bridge of Spies is about an ordinary one — an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn named James B. Donovan. In the late 1950s, Donovan was chosen by his peers to represent a captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel. But while most of Donovan’s colleagues (and even the presiding judge on the case) want him involved purely to give Abel’s trial the appearance of due process, Donovan actually mounts a rigorous defense of his client, at considerable risk to his reputation and even his personal safety.
Most Star Wars references in other movies and TV shows are pretty obvious and therefore pretty boring. The staff here at ScreenCrush prefer the ones that fall under the umbrella of Easter eggs; hidden, subliminal, or extremely subtle hat-tips to the franchise, often as background gags or co-opted lines of dialogue. As we gear up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (now less than three months away!), it seemed like the perfect time to collect 25 of the most clever Star Wars Easter eggs from other movies (and TV shows!) and put them together into one gallery, which you’ll find above.
FOX's 'Minority Report' TV series borrows sparingly from Spielberg, but needs a little PreCog foresight to flush out its potential. Our early spoiler-free review, before the future-flung series changes your destiny by Monday's premiere!
After three years, here’s Steven Spielberg’s follow-up to Lincoln: Another historical drama about freedom and law and essential American values.
Back in Time does something a lot of movie documentaries don’t, combining both interviews with cast and crew and actual fans to give you a more dimensional look at the incredibly beloved and enduring classic. In the trailer for the new Back to the Future documentary, you’ll see regular fans alongside people like Steven Spielberg and Michael J. Fox discussing everything from fun behind the scenes stories to what the film means to them.
Though Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may not have been the sleeper hit that Fox Searchlight hoped for this summer, it at least has propelled its lead actress to stardom. Fresh of that Sundance hit, Olivia Cooke has been cast as one of two leads in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi adventure Ready Player One.
For several years now, Steven Spielberg’s production company DreamWorks has partnered with Disney to distribute their films, while Spielberg has been free to produce and direct films with and for other studios. But a major change is brewing, as DreamWorks is cutting free from Disney next year with the studio eyeing a leap over to Universal. This seems like a basic corporate maneuver, but with that change could come something that either excites or terrifies you: reboots of properties like Jaws and Back to the Future.
Everyone loves superhero movies…at least right now. But, if there’s one thing 2015 has shown us is that there is success to be had, and lots of it, without them. Universal Pictures is having a record-setting year without a single superhero movie on their roster. It’s true that superhero movies have been incredibly successful, but is that sustainable? Steven Spielberg doesn’t think so.
In addition to being on the shortlist for a leading role in Star Wars: Episode 8, rising star Olivia Cooke is also on a shortlist for another major upcoming film: Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s nostalgia-driven novel Ready Player One. Cooke is currently in contention for the role along with Elle Fanning and Mistress America newcomer Lola Kirke.
Jurassic World doesn’t arrive on DVD and Blu-ray for another couple of months, but the film is back on IMAX screens this weekend, in case you’re eager to revisit this summer’s biggest blockbuster. And if the re-release isn’t enough for you, Universal has revealed eight behind the scenes featurettes from the upcoming Blu-ray.