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By Suzanna Andrews and Suzanna Andrews,New York Times News Service | January 26, 1992
Much has been made of the fact that Steven Spielberg has finally confronted the grown-up side of himself. In his latest movie, "Hook," he details the life of Peter Banning (formerly Peter Pan), a hard-driving takeover lawyer who struggles with the conflicts between creativity and ambition, between fatherhood and the pursuit of power.Through Banning, Mr. Spielberg speaks to a side of himself he has long tried to obscure. The man who directed such wondrously childlike films as "E.T." and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in the late '70s and early '80s has also almost single-handedly built an entertainment empire that many compare to Walt Disney's.
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From The Aegis | April 1, 2013
Brady Daniels Kautsch, 17 of Bel Air, earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award, on Dec. 13, 2012 and was formally recognized in a ceremonial Court of Honor on March 17, at the Church of St. Mark - Monsignor McCall Center in Fallston. A member of Troop 801, Kautsch is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Steve Martinek. To earn scouting's highest award, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges -- some required, some elective -- and successfully coordinate and complete a community-related service project.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
They were a group of 20, speaking for the millions who could no longer do it for themselves. Their audience was 500 high school students -- and perhaps posterity.In an event videotaped for possible inclusion in a documentary, the 20 people -- survivors of the Holocaust -- gave personal accounts to the Baltimore County students of growing up in the shadows of Nazi Germany before and during World War II and enduring its horrors."We did things no children should have to do. We grew up very quickly," said Rubin Sztajer, 69, who was raised in Klobuck, Poland.
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By Dave Rosenthal | November 23, 2012
This holiday season may be the greatest ever for book adaptations, and this week, we have a visual stunner: "Life of Pi," Ang Lee's take on the best-selling Yann Martel novel . Among the other big adaptations is "Lincoln," the Steven Spielberg movie that was inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," and that has already become an Academy Award favorite.  The season's bounty also includes "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables"...
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1997
Hey, dinosaurs are people too, you know.You think they like eating all those human beings in Steven Spielberg's movies? Of course they don't. They're just trying to be good parents and do their part for the ecology. Hell, most of them probably belong to the Sierra Club.Rest assured. All your old favorites from "Jurassic Park" are back in "The Lost World." There are T-Rexes in spades and the velociraptors are as lethal as ever. But this time around Spielberg is striking a bargain. Before thrilling you with dinosaur mayhem, you've got to endure the lecture about animal rights and corporate greed and yadayayada.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 22, 2002
In its digitally spruced-up edition, with a few audiovisual alterations and added scenes, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial remains the least fussy great movie ever made. Let's get those alterations out of the way: True, the word "terrorist" has disappeared from a throwaway gag; the far inferior punch line "hippie" has been substituted. But contrary to advance reports, you still get to hear the youthful hero call his older brother "penis breath." For a barely perceptible second or two, walkie-talkies replace firearms in the hands of federal agents during the climactic chase.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 11, 1997
Djimon Hounsou's best career move might have been his worst.He had already auditioned for the lead role of "Amistad," Steven Spielberg's movie based on a true-life uprising on a slave ship in 1839. He had even survived a screen test. In fact, it looked like Djimon Hounsou (pronounced ZHI-mon HON-soo), a former fashion model who had so far appeared only fleetingly in forgettable films, might actually stand a chance of playing Sengbe Pieh, the Mende tribesman who led 52 of his fellow Africans in a mutiny against Spanish slave traders.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1998
Richard "Herk" Herklotz remembers the barrage balloons thick over the vast D-Day fleet and the bodies thick in the water as his landing craft sped toward Omaha Beach."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 24, 1998
"Saving Private Ryan," the highly anticipated World War II drama by Steven Spielberg, may be the director's masterwork, even outpacing the accomplishment of "Schindler's List." It is unquestionably the purest film Spielberg has made since "Jaws."The movie pulses with raw, vital power from its very beginning, which takes place on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. A boatload of Army Rangers is heading toward shore, watchful and tense, praying, throwing up. Their leader, Capt.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 12, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Even as he was being honored last night at the Smithsonian Institution for his filmmaking and humanitarian efforts, Steven Spielberg reminded his audience that all the well-intentioned movies in the world are of little consequence when intolerance reigns and guns are readily available."
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 26, 2011
What the Smurf?  I don't think I'm alone in feeling that the endless promos for the upcoming “Smurfs” movie have been painful. I mean, even Neil Patrick Harris can't save the day here. But the relaunch of “The Smurfs” got me thinking - which other 1980s cartoons should have been made into films before the wee blue folks? Here are my top five picks. •••• “Muppet Babies” Aired: 1984-1991 Why it's better than “The Smurfs”: As the theme song states, these babies make their dreams come true.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | July 24, 2009
When Jonathan Pryce's Sam Lowry, the bureaucrat at the center of Terry Gilliam's mad chef d'oeuvre, Brazil (1985), goes to work in the Department of Information Retrieval, his office resembles a badly multiplexed movie theater. Saturday at 10:15 a.m., in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library downtown, the Pratt's Film Talk series will present Brazil - and with the fate of the Senator uncertain (anyone who hasn't seen the new print of Akira Kuroswa's Rashomon should rush there now)
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | October 14, 2008
Starring Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen Directed by Steven Spielberg Paramount Home Entertainment $29.95 (Blu-ray, $39.95) *** dvds More than a quarter-century after first bringing the good Dr. Jones to movie screens, Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg are back with a new entry. This time, it's those evil Russkies (in the person of Cate Blanchett and an accent straight out Boris and Natasha's neighborhood) doing the dirty deed. They're after a bunch of crystal skulls, talismans of extraterrestrial origin that wield all manner of world-conquering powers.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | November 26, 2006
Dolly Parton has picked out her shoes, her dress and of course, her wig. But she isn't giving much away about the get-up she'll be sporting when she becomes a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors next Sunday. What she does reveal, is that her dress - created for this occasion by Robert Bahar, who designs her costumes - is a flowing white gown with a train. "If I can keep that president off of my train that'll be good. I don't want to have to slap that Texas guy. `Get off my dress, cowboy!
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 22, 2006
PRIME-TIME TELEVISION MIGHT SEEM like the last realm in which one would expect to find historical truth. Three decades of network docudramas carelessly mixing fiction and fact on everyone from Thomas Jefferson to the Kennedys of Massachusetts is largely responsible for that. But tonight on the Discovery cable channel comes Munich: The Real Assassins, a British documentary that goes a long way toward setting the record straight on the 1970's Israeli campaign to kill PLO operatives that became the basis for the controversial Steven Spielberg film, Munich.
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December 5, 2005
The Tina Turner who showed up at the White House yesterday was subdued in comparison with the performer who has been electrifying concert stages since the 1960s. Still, she lit up a reception celebrating her and the four other recipients of this year's Kennedy Center honors - Robert Redford, Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell and Julie Harris. "I'm very excited," Turner told reporters. President Bush drew some laughs when he noted of Turner, "People stand in wonder at the natural skill, the energy and sensuality, and the most famous legs in show business."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2003
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The name sounds as if it came straight from a corner of the Bronx, while the connections feature a splash of glitter straight from Hollywood. Atswhatimtalknbout is one of the leading contenders in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. He is owned, in part, by six Hollywood executives known collectively as Biscuit Stables because of their involvement in the movie Seabiscuit. The group includes Steven Spielberg, who has been spotted on TV wearing an "Ats- whatimtalknbout" hat at Los Angeles Lakers games.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 29, 2001
In a summer when all pictures have a moment that makes an audience gasp and ask whether a landscape, a stunt or even a character is "real," Steven Spielberg has centered an entire movie on that question. Set in the suburban Northeast in the mid-21st century, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" tells the story of a prototype android little boy - a pallid tyke named David (Haley Joel Osment). He is the first android to generate dreams and spontaneous emotions. He's the first one capable of love.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 26, 2005
NEW YORK - Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds marks a turning point in pop culture. America's top commercial moviemaker has sensed that the atrocities of 9/11 and the turmoil of its aftermath must be used as reference points even for escapist movies, no matter how great the risk of exploitation. Based on H.G. Wells' 1898 novel about Martians crushing everything in their path as they traverse the Earth in three-legged, multi-tentacled war machines called Tripods, the movie is at its best when it revamps the basic elements of Wells' primal space-invasion plot.
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By HARTFORD COURANT | June 21, 2004
The reality show Who Wants to Marry My Dad? (10:05 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) returns for a second summer. This time, the three adult daughters of Marty Okland check out 13 women to decide which one is best for their father. We're not sure what happens if Dad disagrees, but the network promises that the six-episode series will conclude with a proposal. At a glance According to Jim (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - Cheryl's (Courtney Thorne-Smith) bragging results in more than she can handle when her snobby cousin Mindy (guest star Rachael Harris)
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