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DVD: The Pacific (15)

Steven Spielberg's fixation with the Second World War continues. He has given us Band of Brothers, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and 1941 and he is on board here, along with Tom Hanks, as a producer. This costly ($150m) and lovingly-crafted HBO mini-series charts the true experiences of three US Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), John Basilone (Jon Seda) and Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello, the boy in Jurassic Park) in the Pacific theatre of war.

Observations: The Jurassic kid in another monster hit

These days, you could walk past him on the street and barely notice, but at one point in the mid-Nineties Joseph Mazzello was one of the most famous children in the world. Before he was 11 he'd acted opposite Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins, and was handpicked by Steven Spielberg to play dinosaur fanboy Tim in some film called Jurassic Park.

Spielberg picks new leading lady from wards of 'Casualty'

When he began looking for a leading lady to star in his highly anticipated new television series Terra Nova, Steven Spielberg could have taken his pick from the cream of Hollywood's most famous acting talent.

Hollywood ate my childhood: Why film remakes are desecrating our most precious memories

First up are remakes of 'The A-Team' and 'The Karate Kid'. Next comes 'Arthur' with Russell Brand. Enough! You're messing with my dreams, protests Guy Adams

The legacy of 'jaws' that has bitten the dust

Summer blockbusters began 35 years ago with the Steven Spielberg classic. Now the phenomenon is over

From stage to screen: films adapted from plays

Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg confirmed he will direct a film adaptation of War House - the children's book that has become a huge hit in London's Theatreland. As Spielberg joins the growing club of directors who have adapted plays and musicals for the big screen, we look at the work of those who have gone before him.

Dreamworks: Why the dream team became a nightmare

There was a colourful addition to the annals of Hollywood history last week, when it was reported that a young Russell Crowe once telephoned a producer of his breakthrough film, Gladiator, at 3am, in order to utter the immortal words: "You motherfucker! I will kill you with my bare hands!"

Spielberg to make film of 'War Horse'

It is already a popular children's book and a hit on the London stage. Now Steven Spielberg is taking War Horse to the big screen.

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That sinking feeling

Hell in the Pacific: Spielberg's new epic war drama

Spielberg's new epic war drama series shows the truth about an often neglected story

The drill sergeant to the stars

If a Hollywood actor's depiction of the horrors of war is realistic, that is because Dale Dye has driven them through his tough boot camp. Guy Adams salutes him

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Get into gaming

The next time your parents or spouse nag you about how much gaming you do, remind them that what they consider to be a waste of you life could lead you to greatness.

David Brown: Film and theatre producer who worked with Spielberg and Altman

After David Brown formed an independent production company with Richard Zanuck in 1972, they were responsible for two of the biggest money-making movies, The Sting (1973), which won seven Oscars including Best Film, and Jaws (1975), directed by their protégé, Stephen Spielberg. Brown and Zanuck had been ousted from executive positions at 20th Century-Fox, where Richard's father, Darryl F. Zanuck, had been studio head. They later dissolved their partnership, but still teamed up occasionally, their later films including Robert Altman's 1992 satire of Hollywood, The Player.

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