I wish I could get away with charging my clients a fee for every time they say "Minority Report" to me. I’m a commercial artist in L.A., and 90% of commercial art is shutting up and giving the client what they want. That means I spend a lot of time trying to repackage Steven Spielberg’s vision of the future: floating graphical windows with video hovering in them, typography flickering and animating in response to actors’ actions, interfaces appearing and disappearing when fingers reach out to poke them. In short, building a virtual iPad interface, hovering in front of the actor using it. In [...]
"This will be good news for anyone who has wanted to see a big, explosive sci-fi film directed by Mr. Spielberg, as the project has a pretty simple logline: it is about 'the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising.'" —Steven Spielberg to direct Robopocalypse.
What do Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, Loïc Prigent, Michael Bay, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Guillermo Del Toro and Ridley Scott have in common? I cannot imagine you will easily guess.
There's not much of a point in getting upset about remakes of classic movies; you might as well accept that it's going to happen and remind yourself that whatever new spin is put on a treasured favorite, it doesn't in any way diminish the original. Still, I'm a little, I dunno, peeved by the news that Steven Spielberg is looking to remake Harvey, the classic Donnie Darko precursor which sits right up there near the top of my personal ten best list. Variety suggests Tom Hanks and Will Smith are being approached to fill Jimmy Stewart's shoes-and really, could it be anyone other than Hanks? Viggo Mortensen, perhaps-but [...]
"I’ll never forget my conversation with the President. He pulled me aside, he said… and I can’t do Reagan. I wish I could do that breathy, wonderful voice of his… And Nancy Reagan was standing right next to him and the President said to me, 'I only have one criticism about your movie,' and I said 'What’s that?' He said, 'How long were the end credits?' I said, 'Oh, I don’t know. Maybe three, three and a half minutes?' He said, 'In my day, when I was an actor, our end credits were maybe 15 seconds long.' He said, 'Why don’t you let everybody get a credit… three and a [...]