Even a Hollywood legend like Steven Spielberg found the idea of an authorized documentary slightly unsettling. The director confessed as much during Tuesday night's premiere of HBO's "Spielberg" on the Paramount lot."This is a brand new experience for me," he admitted on the red carpet in tandem with director Susan Lacy.Spielberg said his familiarity with Lacy's three decades of work on PBS's "American Masters" eased the stress of being the subject of a film."There were a few times I felt...
The two-time Oscar best director winner (for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”) has been one of the towering figures in Hollywood for decades now — and one of the most influential. A prolific producer and screenwriter, who also co-founded DreamWorks Studios, he ushered in the modern age of the blockbuster with such box office record breakers as 1975’s “Jaws,” 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” and to date his films have grossed well over $9 billion worldwide, making him the most commercially successful director in history.
Famously turned down by USC film school, he started off in TV, directing Joan Crawford in his first job (as a 21-year-old), and then got his big break when Richard Zanuck and David Brown hired him to direct “Jaws.” While his earlier films and franchises, such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park” highlighted his longtime love of sci-fi themes and escapist adventure fare, Spielberg gradually took on weightier, more complex issues and themes, including slavery, civil rights, war, terrorism and the Holocaust, in films including “The Color Purple,” “Amistad,” “Munich,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies.”
His recent “The BFG” was a commercial disappointment, but ever-restless he next explores virtual reality in “Ready Player One” — and “Indiana Jones 5” is on the way.