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via Empireonline.com’s Glen Ferris
Imagine a cross between ET: The Extra Terrestrial and Robert De Niroâ€™s Hide And Seek and youâ€™ve pretty much got a grasp on the latest project to grab Steven Spielbergâ€™s attention.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Beard is planning to adapt Chocky, based on the novel by Brit writer John Wyndham and the beloved 80’s TV show, through the newly independent Dreamworks.
The tale of a father who becomes concerned that his son’s imaginary friend is becoming something of a problem and his subsequent discovery that said invisible buddy is actually a benign visitor from another world sounds like prime material for Spielberg.
The word is that Spielberg is keen to direct the kiddies’ novel but first he has to get Tintin and his Liam Neeson-starring Lincoln biopic in the bag. We will, of course, bring you all the latest developments as they unfold.
Several Spielberg films made Empire Magazine’s Top 500 films of all time.Â The list was compiled from numerous film critics, film makers, and film fans from across the country sending in there top 10 favorite film titles.Â Though some were questionable, such as how The Thin Red Line could be so far up ahead of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, others were dead on.Â Two of Spielberg’s films made the top 5, with Jaws placing fifth and Raiders of the Lost Ark placing 2nd, beaten only by his friend Francis Ford Copolla’s The Godfather, which was a no-brainer.
Other Spielberg films to make the list included all three Indiana Jones sequels, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and ET.Â Other Spielberg-produced films made the list, including the first two Back to the Future films, Men in Black,Â and Gremlins.
Jaws. The defining film in my life. The first film I remember seeing as a child remains my favorite film of all time. Steven Spielberg was a Wellesian 26 years old when he directed this masterpiece and it forever changed the landscape of the Worldwide Box Office, the film formula and Hollywoodâ€™s marketing machines.
Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws tells the simple story of a small New England town terrorized by a great white shark but itâ€™s in the 2nd act with what starts as a simple horror story turns into a Moby Dick tale at sea fueled by the 3 archetypes of Chief Brody, Matt Hooper, and Quint, our salty Ahab.
As much as itâ€™s been compared to Melvilleâ€™s Moby Dick, I donâ€™t recall Dick giving people true fear. What Hitch did with Psycho and shower curtains, Spielberg to this day makes me think of whatâ€™s underneath me whenever I step foot into the ocean.
The film is perfect and I chose a very simple sequence too look at. A sequence which on the page was 3 sentences long. Keep this is mind all of you â€˜page a minuteâ€™ sticklers. How would you have shot this? How many cuts? You know the drill. Read the quick passage from the script and then letâ€™s have a look at it, shot by shot:
Thanks to Dan Ward for providing a copy of the 1974 TV program New England Our Way. The program is a fascinating look some at the key people involved with JAWS before it was released. It contains interviews with the “big three” of Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw, Steven Spielberg, and Martha’s Vineyard local Craig Kingsbury, who played Ben Gardner. Check out the video clips below:
Please note: Windows Media Player 7.0 is required to view these clips. More info about the player can be found at http://www.windowsmedia.com
Filmmaker Kevin Smith is a well-known JAWS fan and as a result, put JAWS references into several of his films.Â His next film is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, to be released on October 31, 2008. Maybe he put a JAWS reference in that as well …
Clerks: Randal saying “Salsa Shark … We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” was also said by Brody in Jaws “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”
Mallrats: Brody… The name Brody is also the name of the police chief in Jaws.
Mallrats: TS Quint… Quint is the name of the skipper in Jaws.
Chasing Amy: Hooper X… Matt Hooper is the name of Richard Dreyfuss’ character in Jaws.
Chasing Amy: The conversation between Banky and Alyssa in Meow Mix about “permanent injuries” is almost exactly the same conversation between Matt Hooper and Quint in Jaws.Â The scene was also shot to look like the scene in Jaws.
Dogma(filmed but cut from the movie): During the scene where the main characters are trying to talk Cardinal Glick out of having the ceremony, Jay goes behind a changing screen and moves the Cardinal’s hat like a shark fin.
Jersey Girl: Kevin tried to license a clip of Jaws – the shot where Quint gets eaten, but was denied use of the clip.
Conservationists fear Australia’s grey nurse shark could become extinct by 2050 but, according to a group of leading shark scientists, global warming could help save them.
Scientists have predicted that a rise in sea temperature could be good for the grey nurse shark and save it from extinction.
“This is probably one of those one in a hundred examples where climate change may actually be somewhat beneficial for this particular species,” University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw said.
Australia has two grey nurse shark populations: one off the east coast – ranked as critically endangered – and one off the west coast, categorised as vulnerable.
Scientists believe the two groups have been isolated from one another for more than 100,000 years.
Paramount officially released Steven Spielberg and other DreamWorks executives from their contracts on Friday even as reports circulated that the studio had offered to finance Spielberg’s Tintin, a movie that Universal had deemed too costly to produce and distribute. Commented Daily Variety: “The move served as a reminder to the departing Spielberg that the new DreamWorks will still be dependent on studio largesse when it comes to financing big-budget tentpoles.” On Friday DreamWorks also announced that it had finalized a deal reportedly worth $500 million with India’s Reliance in order to restart as an independent studio again. (According to reports, it will continue to be called DreamWorks.) It reportedly plans to borrow an additional $700 million.