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Universal restructures costly Spielberg contract

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Universal Orlando has renegotiated a contract with director Steven Spielberg that could've crippled the company. The director has received a percentage of the resort company's gross revenue since 1987 for films that inspired several park rides, consulting and allowing his name in promotional materials. The payments have averaged about $20 million a year, but Spielberg had an option to take the rest in a one-time payment in 2010. Analysts estimated it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The company, owned by a unit of General Electric Co. and private-equity firm The Blackstone Group, couldn't afford the buyout. Universal is already trying to restructure nearly $1 billion in debt due in April. The new Spielberg contract now pushes the director's call option to 2017.

Star Wars 'is best scifi soundtrack'

John Williams' score for the original 1977 Star Wars movie beat off other contenders for the title such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The poll was conducted by science fiction website Totalscifionline. The score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by James Horner, came in second place, while Vangelis' haunting electro soundtrack for Blade Runner - recently voted the best sci-fi movie of all time - completed the top three. Composer John Williams won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award for his work on all six Star Wars movies between 1977 and 2005. His score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind also made the top 10, coming in at number eight. Matt McAllister, editor of Totalscifionline, said: "With his score for Star Wars, John Williams created one of the most iconic and unforgettable soundtracks of all time. "Most people could identify the movie fr

The Whole Pink Five Thing

Pink Five is a Star Wars fan film that made its debut on the Internet in 2002. It was written and directed by Trey Stokes and stars Amy Earhart as Stacey (aka Pink Five), a fast-talking Valley Girl-type dropped into an X-Wing cockpit during the Battle of Yavin, and presents familiar events and story points from Episode IV from a very different point-of-view. The film has proven popular with Star Wars fans, winning rave reviews and the George Lucas Selects Award in the AtomFilms- and Lucasfilm-sponsored 2003 Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, and even played at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Two sequels have been made: Pink Five Strikes Back (2004) and Return of Pink Five (2006). 2020 update - Still waiting!  The only thing we have is episode one and no update since 2013.

Steven Spielberg 'planning TV show about a musical'

The director, 62, is said to be in talks with Showtime, an American cable television company, and DreamWorks TV about the series, which has yet to be given a title. Spielberg also intends to take the production itself on to the stage. Variety claimed that Spielberg had been developing the concept for the show "for years", and was hoping to recruit producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind taking Chicago and Hairspray from the stage to the big screen. He is also said to be interested in getting on board Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who co-wrote the score for Hairspray and the musical adaptation of Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The series will look at all aspects of creating a musical and taking it to the stage, from writing the songs to convincing investors, as well as the delving into the personal lives of the main players like the actors and producers. It is understood S

Spielberg, Lucas Team Up for Rockwell Exhibit

WASHINGTON, D.C.—George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have collaborated before, as with their Indiana Jones movies, but now they’ve decided to pool their collections of Norman Rockwell art for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg" will present 50 drawings and paintings from the filmmakers’ private holdings. One of the exhibition's themes will be the links between Rockwell's art and the movies, which is what prompted both men to start their extensive collections, a Smithsonian curator says. The exhibit, which can be seen only at the Smithsonian, runs from July 2, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011.