‘The Post’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Goes to Bat for a Free Press

The Post Trailer

There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.

The Post Trailer

In addition to power players like Streep and Hanks, The Post has a jaw-dropping cast comprised of excellent actors like Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Tracy Letts. The film tells the story of a group of journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which had a huge effect on the national perception of the Vietnam War. Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay, which marks her feature writing debut. (What a collection of talent to work with right out the gate!)

It’s no accident that Spielberg made this movie this year. Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, explained to Metro:

“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”

And though the president is one of the worst offenders, this isn’t limited to him: Disney banned the Los Angeles Times from covering its films or interviewing talent from its movies because they didn’t like a story the Times published about the company’s business dealings in Anaheim (though they finally pulled back on that ban yesterday). The press in this country is still under siege right now, and they need all the help they can get. Expect this to be a heavy hitter during awards season.

The Post arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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HBO Debuts the Trailer for the Steven Spielberg Documentary

HBO Debuts the Trailer for the Steven Spielberg Documentary

HBO debuts the trailer for the Steven Spielberg documentary

HBO today revealed the trailer for Spielberg, a feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary that aims to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. The documentary examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts Saturday, October 7, exclusively on HBO. Spielberg will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years.

The Spielberg documentary also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues, plus clips and behind-the-scenes footage from many of his milestone films, including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies and many more.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 subjects for the film, ranging from A-list celebrities, to directors and producers, to industry insiders, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

Susan Lacy is the creator and former executive producer of the celebrated WNET series American Masters, which is shown on PBS nationwide. She has won countless awards, including ten Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Documentary Series and 12 Peabody Awards. As executive producer of American Masters, Lacy produced a library of 250 films exploring the lives of America’s most enduring cultural icons.

An HBO Documentary Films presentation, the Steven Spielberg documentary is directed and produced by Susan Lacy; produced by Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin; edited by Deborah Peretz.

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Filmmaker Quotes: Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton & Jim Jarmusch

Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton and Jim Jarmusch. The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. Francis Ford Coppola You shouldn’t dream your film, […]

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Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to Produce Syrian Refugee Drama

Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to produce the real life story of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel in A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to produce Syrian refugee drama

Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) have signed on to produce a film based on the real-life story of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamed, according to The Wrap. The film will be based on the book A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming. Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners acquired the rights to the book about Al Zamed, who, at 19, left her war-torn homeland for Egypt, right before the government was overthrown. She set off for Europe and a better life, but the voyage took a dark turn. She had to survive for days with two toddlers given to her by other refugees in an inflatable water ring.

Fleming is the chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and researched Al Zamel’s story for the book. “A Hope More Powerful than the Sea” was released in January. Here’s the official description:

“Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight―just debris from the ship’s wreckage and floating corpses all around―nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa’s arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days, Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope.”

There are no cast members as of yet and no director attached to the film. Are you interested a Syrian refugee story? Who would you like to see as Al Zamed? Let us know in the comments.

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Steven Spielberg and Surveillance: Who’s Watching?

You’re being watched. And Steven Spielberg knows it.

At the beginning of the new video essay below by Daniel Clarkson Fisher, we watch Edward Snowden lay it all out for us: the way that our slightest correspondences, web searches, and clicks are recorded and stored away, and could, if necessary, be used against us later. Who are they recorded by? Well, it’s more likely a what, and the specific what is something we may never know. This is such a pervasive—if unexplored—reality at present that some filmmakers have begun to mine it for their work. On the documentary side, there’s Citizenfour, of course, as well as Do Not Resist, online series Do Not Track, and others. In the world of fictional films, one of the most aggressive miners of this reality, says Fisher, is Steven Spielberg.

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