Steven Spielberg

Oscar Nominees Luncheon Could Make Irresistible TV

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOf all the awards season events, the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon stands out because it is a comparatively relaxed, familial affair; plus, it’s not televised. In fact, it has become a welcome respite for the anointed ones, a place where they can bond as a class while out of sight of the viewing audience (though it certainly could make an irresistible show.) Yesterday’s luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel had enough star power to light up the Superdome. Denzel …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

Posted on 08/14/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …

Good TV This Week: ‘Falling Skies’ and Noah Wyle are Back

Posted on 06/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTNT’s “Falling Skies” is getting fan and critical applause for its upgrade of the alien beings seen on the Steven Spielberg-produced show — among the improvements made thanks to the budgetary increases in the wake of Season 1′s success.  I asked star Noah Wyle his feelings about those earth-invading beings.  “You have to pay homage to the man you’re working for.  You don’t show the shark ’til the third act,” he said with a laugh, referencing Spielberg’s “Jaws.” Seriously, “I …

At Last, It’s Safe to Sit in a Movie Theater Again!

Posted on 11/14/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you’ve been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, “Wait a minute—we’ve been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?” So they run out and track down Clint Eastwood on the golf course and say, …