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Film: The man who is directing the war

Saving Private Ryan is Steven Spielberg's latest attempt to tackle the Second World War. What lies behind this dark obsession?

Spielberg stalker gets 25 years' jail

THE STALKER who planned to rape Steven Spielberg was yesterday sentenced to serve 25 years to life in jail after the film director asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence.

Entertainment: 'Full Monty' shows Spielberg the door

The Full Monty has overtaken Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park to become the most successful film in British box office history.

Fresh success for British film as home skills lead new wave of Hollywood animators

Hi-tech special effects and feature-length cartoons have long been produced by just one or two companies in Hollywood. Paul McCann, Media Correspondent, finds some new players looking to create magic.

Spielberg `panicked' by stalker who wanted to rape him

Steven Spielberg, the director of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, whose latest film, Amistad, has brought the horrors of slavery to American screens, was reduced to panic and distracted from film-making by a convicted criminal who stalked him.

Spielberg film of slave revolt hits home

The Clintons, along with members of the White House staff, were expected to get themselves into the mood for today's conference by attending a showing of Steven Spielberg's new film, Amistad, due to be released next week.

The richest man in the world takes stock

One day, he says, he'll give it all away. In the meantime, the unstoppable wealth creation machine that is William Henry Gates III has become, by many estimates, the richest man in the world. In 1996 he made at least pounds 18.5m per day. Since the New Year, as the share price of his global software empire, Microsoft, has soared even higher, his personal fortune has ballooned accordingly and is now reckoned to be somewhere in the vicinity of pounds 20bn.

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Arts: Animators all agog with the lure of Hollywood fame

The quirky tales of Wallace, the inventor, and Gromit, his long-suffering canine sidekick, have captured a niche market for British talent. Almost single-handedly, Nick Park, 37, the characters' inventor, has blazed the 3D animation trail in this country. But now he has a rival. Make way for Gogs, courtesy of young, animators from north Wales, Deiniol Morris, 33, and Michael Mort, 25.

California dreaming

The west coast is reborn as a high-tech boom sweeps away memories of riots and recession, writes Tim Cornwell

ET the Extra Terrestrial Christmas Eve 3.40pm BBC1

The grand plans of Steven Spielberg came to fruition in 1982 with ET the Extra Terrestrial, the film which he had always seemed on the verge of making. Melissa Matheson's screenplay taps into the essence of childhood, and of Spielberg. It's a story of wish-fulfilment and the perfect, unattainable friendship - a sort of Before Sunrise for kids.

BBC signs TV film deal with Spielberg deal hailed as TV coup

BBC Television claimed a broadcasting coup yesterday after signing a five-year deal to show all Steven Spielberg's new feature films.

Spielberg ban

Censors in Indonesia have banned Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List because it contains too much violence and nudity, Reuter reports from Jakarta.
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