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‘ET’, directed by Steven Spielberg, has been voted the ‘Greatest Film Of All Time’ in an online poll.

The film that won four Oscars in 1983 but was beaten to the Best Picture award by Richard Attenborough”s Gandhi topped the poll of more than 2,500 people for radiotimes.com.

Movie expert Barry Norman described the sci-fi classic as ‘the perfect family film’.

“A magical tale for children, a triumph of special effects, a chastening lesson to bigots everywhere and, as the director Steven Spielberg describes it, a simple and pure love story,” the Scotsman quoted him as telling the Radio Times.

The Wizard Of Oz landed the second spot, followed by Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Toy Story.

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American filmmaker Steven Spielberg has chosen Australia as the location for his 150 million-dollar-dinosaur movie ‘Terra Nova’.

Spielberg was so impressed with the movie The Pacific; he co-created with Tom Hanks that he has decided to shoot for the dinosaur epic in Australia.

Terra Nova, a 13-part science-fiction television series is about the Shannon family, which travels 150 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth to escape the apocalypse, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, the drama, which is also executive produced by agent-turned-producer Aaron Kaplan, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel, among others, takes place in 2149 A.D. when a large group of settlers are preparing to leave the apocalyptic world in which they live to time travel back millions of years.

“It could be a week, it could be three months, it could be literally weeks before filming starts, it”s hard to know,” Ausfilm”s head of policy, Alastair McKinnon said.

“Australia is probably one of six or seven potential locations. I think Queensland is the appealing venue at this stage because it has got studio and the tropical location they need. They are looking at Queensland,” he added.

American film director Steven Spielberg and writer Stephen King have teamed up to develop a limited series based on King’s just-released supernatural thriller “Under the Dome”.

DreamWorks TV optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable, after its principal Stacey Snider brought the project to the company, reports Variety.

Spielberg, King and Snider will exec produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, and the film studio has started meeting with writers for the project.

The book, which has earned strong reviews as a return to form for the prolific author, revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine.

As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

The “Dome” deal continues a burst of activity on the small screen side for Spielberg and DreamWorks TV.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg is all set to direct his next film, and it will be an adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Harvey’.

It is the first screenplay by the best-selling novelist Jonathan Tropper, and its film adaptation will be done as a co-production between 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.

‘Harvey’ is the story of an amiable eccentric, Elwood P. Dowd, and his friendship with a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit, and how it affects every member of his family and community.

Spielberg and Don Gregory will be producing the project with Elizabeth Gabler and Carla Hacken overseeing for Fox 2000, which acquired the rights in 2008.

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through `Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” Variety quoted Spielberg as saying.

He added: “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with 20th Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

According to reports, ‘Harvey’ would be one speedy project, as casting and pre-production will begin immediately, and production would start in early 2010.

Steven SpielbergThe success of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ may have been put down to Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel but the writer’s brilliant horror-thriller was actually based on fact.

Jaws grossed more than 1 billion pounds at the box office with its chilling scenes of a rogue shark lusting for blood, reports the Daily Express.

And now, it has emerged that the story of the killer Great White shark that brought terror to the fictitious American seaside resort of Amity Island in ‘Jaws’ was based on fact.

A new drama-documentary is set to reveal the story that helped inspire the Benchley’s novel.

‘Shark Rampage 1916’ will be screened on Discovery’s Animal Planet channel next month and tells the story of the summer a monster Great White stalked the New ­Jersey shoreline, leaving a trail of blood, gore and severed limbs.

Steven SpielbergAmerican film director Steven Spielberg and actor Will Smith’s plans to remake cult Korean movie ‘Old Boy’ have been thrown into jeopardy, as the original makers of the 2003 hit are allegedly not authorised to grant a remake.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg and Smith had recently secured the rights to modernise director Park Chan-Wook’s film from producers Show East.

But Show East filmmakers have found themselves at the centre of a lawsuit from Futabasha bosses, the Japanese publishers of the original manga series, who claim the producers were in no position to negotiate with the Hollywood heavyweights and Universal studios.

Seoul-based Show East has since shut down and its executives have ceased all contact with Futabasha, further complicating legal proceedings, which began last week.

“We haven’t been able to confirm that Show East is bankrupt, and at this stage we’re not sure what effect this will have on the legal case,” the Daily Star quoted a spokesperson for Futabasha as saying.

But, Universal bosses are refusing to halt pre-production on Spielberg and Smith’s planned version and have given them the green light to continue work on the forthcoming movie.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg may be roped in to direct a heart-rending love story of a British prisoner of war and his former secret girlfriend.

Leading Hollywood names, including that of Spielberg and Da Vinci code director Ron Howard, are being touted to bring the real-life tale of Private Horace Greasley to the big screen.

The brave veteran fell victim to inconceivable torture for five years, as he was held captive at three notorious Nazi camps during World War II.

The heroic soldier fell in love with German interpreter Rosa at Lamsdorf, and the two went on to have secret affair.

However, the pair got separated after Rosa moved camps, just after she became pregnant with his child.

Horace knew nothing about Rosa’s pregnancy, and it was only when he returned to Britain after the war that he found that his love and their baby had not survived in childbirth.

The 90-year-old, who concealed his love life for almost 70 years, first spoke of his secret memoirs in a book last year, and realised its potential as an epic tale.

“I always used to watch films about escapes from PoW camps. But I always thought, ‘I’ve got a much better story’. I would be delighted to see it be made into a film now,” British tabloid The Sun quoted him as saying.

He added: “Had Rosa and I been caught I would have been tortured and probably shot. With her they would have gone right through her family and machine-gunned the lot of them. That was the risk she was taking so we could be together. She was very special to me.”

Ghost writer Ken Scott, who helped Horace ink ‘Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?’, said: “People in the States are getting very excited about it. There is big interest. It’s being pitched to the big film studios.”

Ken revealed that he contacted US giant Creative Arts Agency to see whether there was any interest in the project or not.

“Usually books end up in the rubbish because they get so many. For someone to read it was a big foot in the door. And they even passed it on to the next level. An under-producer said it was one of the best things she’s read. It may go to Stephen Spielberg or Ron Howard. They are two directors Creative Artists deal with,” Ken added.


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