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He Had Memorable Role in Jaws as a Kid. Now, Fitting News

Ex-child actor Jonathan Searle named police chief in Martha's Vineyard town where 1975 movie was shot

(Newser) - Life is definitely imitating art on Martha's Vineyard, where a former child star in one of Steven Spielberg's biggest blockbusters ever has just accepted a stars-are-aligned job. The Vineyard Gazette reports that the town of Oak Bluffs has named as its new police chief Jonathan Searle, a longtime...

Spielberg Takes Flak for Squid Game Remarks

He said it starred 'unknown actors'

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg is taking flak for describing Squid Game as a series starring "unknown actors"—which is a bit like a South Korean director saying Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan starred unknown actors like Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. Spielberg told a Producers Guild of American panel over...

Steven Spielberg Thought Jaws Theme Was a Joke

'I began to laugh,' the director recalls

(Newser) - That iconic dun dun, dun dun. You can hear it in your head, right? When Steven Spielberg initially heard it, his reaction was to ... laugh. He thought what would become the theme song of Jaws was a joke. It's a tidbit surfaced by the Hollywood Reporter in honor of...

Spielberg Lends a Helping Hand to West Side Story
What Critics Think of
Spielberg's First Musical
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What Critics Think of Spielberg's First Musical

'West Side Story' is getting strong reviews

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's first musical is a biggie: Coming 60 years after the first film version, Spielberg's iteration of the classic musical West Side Story alters a few elements, apparently for the better. Starring Rachel Zegler as Maria, the sister of the leader of Puerto Rican gang the Sharks,...

Obama Guests: Spielberg, Pearl Jam, a 'COVID Coordinator'

President hosting birthday bash on Martha's Vineyard amid delta surge

(Newser) - Barack Obama is turning 60 on Wednesday, and he plans to celebrate with a bash on his 30-acre property this weekend on Martha's Vineyard, reports Axios . The site says nearly 500 guests are expected, in addition to about 200 staff to serve them, a total that's raising eyebrows...

Netflix 'Thrilled' With New Spielberg Deal

Director's Amblin company will produce films for streaming giant

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's latest film deal is raising some eyebrows—the filmmaker's Amblin Productions company has signed a deal with Netflix, two years after Spielberg argued that Netflix films shouldn't qualify for Oscars . Spielberg and Amblin already have a deal with Universal Pictures, which was extended last year,...

Movie on Spielberg's Childhood Nabs Another Big Name

Seth Rogen will play role of director's favorite uncle, joining Michelle Williams in the cast

(Newser) - A movie based on Steven Spielberg's boyhood in Arizona is in its earliest stages, and a big name has reportedly been picked to play someone close to the acclaimed director's heart. Per Deadline , which says casting for the film has been "super secretive," sources say Seth...

27 Years Later, This Film Is Back on Top
27 Years Later, This
Film Is Back on Top
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27 Years Later, This Film Is Back on Top

'Jurassic Park' makes a comeback, along with other Spielberg classics

(Newser) - There's a new No. 1 at the box office—and by new, we also mean old. Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park nabbed the No. 1 spot at the US box office for a fourth time in its history over Father's Day weekend, earning $517,600 at...

John Krasinski Has Big Surprises for 2020 Grads

Oprah, Malala, Jon Stewart, and Spielberg answer their questions

(Newser) - John Krasinski keeps churning out his popular "Some Good News" videos amid the pandemic, and his latest one has yet another impressive roster of big-name cameos. The new video has a graduation theme for members of the Class of 2020 who are missing out on formal ceremonies, reports Yahoo...

Spielberg's Daughter Is Arrested in Nashville

Mikaela Spielberg was charged with domestic violence

(Newser) - About a week ago, Steven Spielberg's daughter said she's a porn star. Now Radar reports that Mikaela Spielberg has been arrested and charged with domestic violence in Nashville, Tennessee. An inmate report shows the 23-year-old was collared Saturday morning, booked soon after, and put under a routine "...

Spielberg's Daughter on FaceTime: Dad, I'm a Porn Star

Mikaela Spielberg, 23, says her dad and mom Kate Capshaw are 'intrigued' by her career choice

(Newser) - The New York Post's version starts off with Steven Spielberg-themed joke, but we'll just give it to you straight: The director's 23-year-old daughter, Mikaela Spielberg, has announced she's now a porn star. In an exclusive interview with the US Sun , the younger Spielberg, adopted daughter of...

37 Years Later, a Reunion Between 2 of Our Favorite Stars

Xfinity ad starring E.T. and Henry Thomas, aka Elliott, aired during Thanksgiving Day parade

(Newser) - Some are calling it "heartwarming." . Others, like io9 , have a different take on the Xfinity ad that debuted during Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade on NBC. "What you're looking at is [a] major corporation dipping into a considerable bag of tricks labeled 'Nostalgic Intellectual Property'...

Netflix Responds to Spielberg Over Oscars

Streaming service hits back after director suggests change to Academy Awards

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg made waves last week with the news that he will be advocating for a big change to the Academy Awards: The director doesn't want Netflix films (or any films that debut on streaming services, rather than in theaters) eligible for Oscars. The news comes on the heels...

These Are the 6 Richest Celebs in the US

George Lucas tops Forbes' annual list

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the wealthiest celebrities in the US, and the top four are billionaires. The two people tied for the No. 5 spot with net worths of $900 million each, however, are both notable: Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest...

Roger Stone on Newly Revealed Emails: 'This Is Called Politics'

'NYT' publishes correspondence between Stone, Steve Bannon

(Newser) - Newly released emails from the 2016 presidential campaign appear to show political operative Roger Stone presenting himself as a WikiLeaks insider to Steve Bannon, who was at the heart of then-candidate Donald Trump's run for president. The emails, published Thursday by the New York Times , touch on a central...

Ready Player One Wins in Debut
Ready Player One
Wins in Debut
box office

Ready Player One Wins in Debut

Tyler Perry film takes second, 'Black Panther' third

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's action-adventure Ready Player One has topped the domestic box office over the holiday weekend. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Virtual Reality-focused film earned a solid $53.2 million in its first four days in theaters from 4,234 locations. Based on Ernest Cline's popular novel...

Ready Player One's '80s References 'Too Sweet to Spoil'
Spielberg Gets Nostalgic
in Ready Player One
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Spielberg Gets Nostalgic in Ready Player One

Dozens of 1980s references are 'too sweet to spoil,' critic says

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One , adapted from Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name, is set in 2045, but it's clearly homesick for the 1980s. Packed with nostalgic references, it follows gamer Wade Watts on a quest to take control of a virtual-reality world in which...

The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'
The Post Has Serious Theme,
but Is 'Highly Entertaining'
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The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'

Movie chronicles publication of the Pentagon Papers

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg signed on to The Post in March. Just nine months later, the film chronicling the Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is hitting theaters at what some critics argue is the perfect time. It has a solid 85% "fresh" rating from critics at...

Apple Teams Up With Spielberg to Revive '80s Show

It's bringing back Amazing Stories in bid to take on likes of Netflix

(Newser) - Apple is teaming up with no less than the likes of Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. The iPhone maker is bringing back Spielberg's 30-year-old anthology series Amazing Stories in its attempt to build an online video subscription service to challenge those of Netflix, Amazon,...

The BFG Is Spielberg's Biggest Flop Since 1979

At least that's how it's shaping up for the famous director

(Newser) - With a $140 million budget and an opening weekend take of only $24 million, The BFG is poised to be Steven Spielberg's biggest flop in 37 years, Rolling Stone reports. That's left people wondering if the man who essentially invented the summer blockbuster with Jaws has lost his...

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