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Steven Spielberg won $40 million in a 'Star Wars' bet with George Lucas

Steven Spielberg won $40 million in a 'Star Wars' bet with George Lucas

March 31 (UPI) -- George Lucas made a 1977 bet with Steven Spielberg that has cost him $40 million over the last several decades.
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Steven Spielberg may direct a remake of 'West Side Story'

Steven Spielberg may direct a remake of 'West Side Story'

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Fox has unlocked "West Side Story" for a potential remake due to director Steven Spielberg's interest.
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Yulia Lipnitskaya explains 'Schindler's List' music choice

Yulia Lipnitskaya explains 'Schindler's List' music choice

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya explains that when she first listened to the score from "Schindler's List," she felt connected to the music and it moved her.
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'Extant' starts shooting in Los Angeles

'Extant' starts shooting in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Production began Monday in Los Angeles on "Extant," the new summer series starring Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry.
'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

'Back to the Future' stage musical in the works

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A West End stage musical based on the 1985 science-fiction comedy movie "Back to the Future" is being developed, producers announced Friday.
Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it plans to present actress Helen Mirren with its Academy Fellowship in London next month.
Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King biopic

Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King biopic

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone said he is dropping out of a film on the life of U.S. civil rights icon Martin Luther King.
Steven Spielberg tops Oprah on Forbes' influential celebrities list

Steven Spielberg tops Oprah on Forbes' influential celebrities list

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and George Lucas topped the magazine's annual list of influential celebrities.
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'Extant' to air on Amazon shortly after CBS premiere

'Extant' to air on Amazon shortly after CBS premiere

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- CBS Corp. and Amazon.com announced Wednesday a content licensing agreement for "Extant," a new U.S. serialized drama starring Halle Berry.

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Spielberg and Katzenberg donate $10M each to Academy Museum fund

Spielberg and Katzenberg donate $10M each to Academy Museum fund

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg have each donated $10 million to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Cinerama Dome celebrates 50th anniversary with screenings

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles' Cinerama Dome is celebrating its 50th anniversary with screenings accompanied by appearances by actors and directors, the theater said.
Halle Berry to star in new CBS series 'Extant'

Halle Berry to star in new CBS series 'Extant'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Halle Berry is to star in "Extant," a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.
George Clooney to receive Shoah Foundation humanitarian award

George Clooney to receive Shoah Foundation humanitarian award

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and the USC Shoah Foundation will honor actor George Clooney in New York for "leadership as a human rights advocate and activist."
'Jurassic World' set for June 2015 release

'Jurassic World' set for June 2015 release

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Universal Pictures says the fourth installment in its "Jurassic Park" franchise will be called "Jurassic World" and open June 12, 2015.
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Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, video game designer and studio executive. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is also one of the co-founders of the DreamWorks movie studio.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.0 billion.

Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a Jewish family. His mother, Leah Adler, was a restaurateur and concert pianist, and his father, Arnold Spielberg, was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers. He spent his childhood in Haddon Township, New Jersey, where he saw one of his first films in a theater, as well as in Scottsdale, Arizona. Throughout his early teens, Spielberg made amateur 8 mm "adventure" films with his friends, the first of which he shot at the Pinnacle Peak Patio restaurant in Scottsdale. He charged admission (25 cents) to his home films (which involved the wrecks he staged with his Lionel train set) while his sister sold popcorn.

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