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    Weekend Reel Reads: Spielberg's TV, Trailers' Music and Advertisers' Dilemmas

    Weekend Reel Reads is a regular feature that gathers lengthier stories related to the world of film criticism you may have missed during the week. If there's anything you think would be ideal for future installments, please let us know at critic@indiewire.com.

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    Steven Spielberg's Latest: Laser Cats 7 (SNL Video)

    Steven Spielberg played himself in an SNL Digital Short last night, as the ostensible director of the latest installment of Laser Cats  -- the low-tech, sci-fi series with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, a perfect franchise for a guy obsessed with space aliens. Although the Spielberg alter eg...

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    5 Things You Might Not Know About Steven Spielberg's Game-Changing 'Jaws'

    You know what’s a fun task? Trying to convince anyone that Steven Spielberg’s 1975 “Jaws” is not an American classic and a nearly flawless film. It’s kind of impossible, and if you were to somehow take this position, you would either be painfully foolhardy, Armond White, or both.

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    Academy Acquires Bison Archive Photo Treasures; Rare Images of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg and Welles' 'Touch of Evil'

    The Academy has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker. Particularly exciting is a group of eight behind-the-scenes images taken during the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s noir classic "Touch o...

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    Critic Knows Best (Or Thinks They Do, Anyway)

    What's a film critic's job? To critique? Or to critique and recommend suggestions?

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    Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

    Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film lik...

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    Steven Spielberg: Sports Writer

    Who knew? The master director of "Indiana Jones," "E.T.," "Jaws," Steven Spielberg, once wrote a high school's sports column.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Outstanding Collaborative Performance - E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

    For a pretty long time, Steven Spielberg’s "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" was the top grossing film ever made, and it’s still one of the most beloved. The title character is a space alien. Who plays him? It’s hard to even begin to answer that question. There were so many people involved, and they all c...

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

    Not to crap on two Steven Spielberg movies in a row here, because I do enjoy his work sometimes. Alas: enh. "The Adventures of Tintin"'s failure to land with me isn't entirely on the director; the source material seems like something I'd have loved as a child, but isn't something I knew before comin...

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: WAR HORSE

    In his review of "War Horse" for IFC.com, Matt Singer noted that "I did like one scene which is complete enough as its own unit of story and character that it could be pulled out of the film and played as its own short subject." The scene, of course, is the one in which said horse, Joey, makes a gal...

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