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Steven Spielberg Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Steven Spielberg information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

... that Steven Spielberg's first big hit was a television movie-of-the-week called Duel.

... that Steven Spielberg is credited with created the phenomenon of the "Summer Blockbuster." Jaws was the first movie to ever receive the kind of mass marketing campaign that is now commonplace among big-budget action movies. Learn more in our Tribute to Jaws.

... that Steven Spielberg's movie The Color Purple is tied with The Turning Point as being the most nominated (11) and least awarded (0) film in Academy Award history.

... that Steven Spielberg's movies have made more money than any other director in motion picture history. Five of his most popular movies (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (pictured here), Jurassic Park, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Lost World have made over $30 billion dollars worldwide just by themselves.

... that in 2001 Steven Spielberg purchased Bette Davis' Jezebel Best Actress Oscar at an auction for an undisclosed sum and donated it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum. Steven Spielberg feels strongly that Academy Awards are special and should not be allowed to become a common part of the active entertainment collectible market. This wasn't the first time that Steven has done this, in 1996 he also purchased Clark Gable's It Happened One Night (pictured here) Best Actor Oscar for the same reason. Don't miss our Tribute to Bette Davis and our Tribute to Clark Gable

... that after directing Schindler's List (pictured here) Steven Spielberg established The Shoah Foundation of Visual History and Education which features an archive of 52,000 videotaped testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

... that Steven Spielberg has revealed that he is a gamer and is now involved in designing video games. Below we have a look at one of them ... Boom Blox. While to the uninitiated it might look like little boxes marching around it is actually a series of physics based puzzles. Steven Spielberg explained his involvement saying he wanted to create a video game he could play with his kids. The game is selling well.

... Here at Destination Hollywood we prefer talking about the movies and the actors in Steven Spielberg's movies but if you are interested in the behind the scene financial maneuvering involving Steven trying to gain back control of his DreamWorks production company by partnering up with money guys from India you can read about it here in this Hollywood Reporter article.

On Location

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Steven Spielberg is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Universal Attractions
Many of Steven Spielberg's movies have been the basis for attractions at Universal Studios. At Universal Studios Hollywood. dont miss Jurassic Park: The Ride for a chilling escape from a T-Rex and a very wet plunge down a waterfall. On the studio tour you will encounter Jaws in a very up close and personal way. You will also see the chilling set from War of the Worlds of a neighborhood destroyed by an airliner crash. And at Universal Orlando's new Islands of Adventure there are a variety of rides on the island Jurassic Park.

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA

Universal Orlando
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL

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Artificial Intelligence: AI

Oskar Schindler ( Schindler's List ):

"Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I'd be very unhappy."

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