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Pictures from the Roy Scheider Tribute in Beverly Hills

On April 4th, an event honoring the late Roy Scheider was hosted by his wife Brenda Siemer Scheider and Joshua Newton, British writer-director of Iron Cross, Roy’s last film. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and was attended by the stars of Iron Cross, as well as Roy’s children and some of his friends, including Richard Dreyfuss.

More pictures here:

Smile from the Stars: A Celebration of the Life of Roy Scheider

Spielberg on Video Games – Pong, JAWS, Rock Band, Boom Blox

“I was making Jaws and living on Martha’s Vineyard. Somebody plugged in a coin op game called Pong at the merry-go-round in Oak Bluffs. I remember Richard Dreyfus and I, playing Pong together, got hooked. After shooting every day we’d come back and unwind by playing Pong. That got me into the whole videogaming world.”

One of this year’s best games is Boom Blox for the Nintendo Wii, which was conceived and designed by Steven Spielberg in collaboration with Electronic Arts. We got the chance to talk with the famed director about his motivation for making a game that didn’t tell a story, his own experience playing videogames, and his first glimpse of the videogame industry 35 years ago.

Can you tell me about the genesis of the idea you pitched to Electronic Arts that became Boom Blox?

After one of the meetings on our more complicated game I’m making, I was walking to my car with the team leader and I said I’ve got this idea for the Wii platform. I’d been so impressed with the interactivity it gives you, the rush where you’re the cause and you get to see the effect. So I pitched a game of just knocking blocks down. It’s a staple in every household, with three dimensional physical blocks. But it’s in all homes with kids and I thought it could be almost a sporting activity for the Wii. You would get awards based on a point system based on your skill.

I understand that you’ve been a Boom Blox household since your family was able to try a prototype early on. Is that correct?

That’s correct. My kids had a chance to not only tackle it, but to give me input.

What was their reaction when they first tried it?

They were late for dinner. We had to call them like five times to get them out of the family room to come eat. I figured at least I’d sold my family because I couldn’t get them out of the room.

In Boom Blox, some people are more inclined to knocking things over by throwing balls, and others like the mounting dread of the Jenga-like mode where you take out one piece at a time until it falls over. Do you have a favorite mode yourself?

My kids like to grab pieces and very carefully pull them out. But I like the knocking stuff down. I’d been playing blocks all my life with all seven of my kids as they were growing up. That’s how I came up with the game. That was going to be the draw, to get parents and kids in the same space together, finally playing a game together that would appeal to adults as well as kids…

Read the rest of the article here:  A Close Encounter with Steven Spielberg

Unseen JAWS : Hooper and Ellen

Eddie McCormack, webmaster of JAWSmoviearchives.com created this great “Unseen JAWS” strip a while back. Check it out, and visit Eddie’s site!

Hooper is Cheney : Richard Dreyfuss in W.

Oliver Stone’s movie about George W. Bush, “W.” opens on October 17th and features Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney. The Cheney scene is at about 52 seconds into the trailer. This is Dreyfuss’ most prominent role since 2006’s Poseidon.

JAWS Lost Interviews from the 1970s

Lost Interviews from the 70s

by Dan Ward/Jake Gove

‘New England Our Way’ TV show (1974)

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


Robert Shaw (Quint) discusses filming his death scene.
Shaw on Death Scene

Robert Shaw on what he does between shots to alleviate boredom.
Shaw on Boredom

Roy Scheider (Brody) on the “time it takes for takes”.
Scheider on Takes

Richard Dreyfuss (Hooper), talks about his performance in JAWS.
Dreyfuss on Acting

JAWS Characters: Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss)

JAWS Characters: Hooper

Richard Dreyfuss played Hooper, a ichthyologist from the Oceanographic Institute, who shows up in Amity to complete the trio of heroes facing the shark in the finale. Hooper does an autopsy on the first victim, determining that the shark has made Amity its personal feeding ground. Hooper also realizes that a shark caught by the amateur shark-hunters is too small to be the shark responsible for the killings.

Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar winner for The Goodbye Girl (1977) and recent nominee for Mr. Holland’s Opus, has had a long and fruitful relationship with Steven Spielberg. In addition to JAWS, Mr. Dreyfuss also starred for Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Always (1989).

Mr. Dreyfuss has also had a string of successful comedic roles, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Tin Men (1987), and What About Bob? (1991).

Next up for Mr. Dreyfuss is a role in Oliver Stone’s film “W” (2009), where he will play Vice President Dick Cheney.

Memorable lines:

“Can you get on the phone and check out these waters? Well … This is not a boat accident. It wasn’t any propeller, it wasn’t any coral reef, and is wasn’t Jack the Ripper. It was a shark.”

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