Steven Spielberg

The kidnapping that stunned Europe

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

It was an incident which scandalised enlightened Europeans, helped weaken the power of the Pope and showed the benighted attitude of the Catholic Church towards Jews at the time.

In 1858 in Bologna, Italy, a six-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his parents' home by the police and brought to Rome on the grounds that he had been secretly baptised and was therefore a Christian.


Steven Spielberg ‘working on Obama film’

By Jessica Weinstein, August 17, 2015

Director Steven Spielberg is reported to be working on a film about President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Although Mr Obama still has over a year left in office, he has been in conversation with the Jurassic Park and Lincoln director about developing a “narrative” for the years after he leaves his post.


WATCH: Steven Spielberg's 'Obama'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 29, 2013

A spoof video made by Barack Obama and Steven Spielberg for the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner.


Spielberg to head Cannes jury

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2013

He lost out to Ang Lee at the Oscars, but director Steven Spielberg is set to be the one awarding the prizes later this year at another of the film industry's most high profile events.

The Lincoln director has been named as the head of the jury for the Cannes Film Festival, following in the footsteps of such well known figures as Roman Polanski and Francis Ford Coppola.


Steven Spielberg aims for third Best Director Oscar win for Lincoln

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

When Seth MacFarlane opens the 85th Academy Awards late on Sunday evening, a Jewish director will be in the running for another consecutive year to scoop the most coveted prize in cinema.


Youngest Jew saved by Schindler mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

The youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler has died at the age of 83.

In the 70 years since Leon Leyson was given a second chance by the heroic German businessman, he emigrated to America, served in the US army and carved out a career in teaching. Mr Leyson was married for 46 years and is survived by six grandchildren.


Awards recognition for Spielberg’s Lincoln bodes well for Oscars

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s US civil war drama Lincoln has dominated the nominations for this month's Bafta awards.

It was announced today that the film has received the most Bafta nominations, 10, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day Lewis.


Trailer: Lincoln by Steven Spielberg

November 6, 2012

Lincoln, a biographical war-drama, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, will be released in the UK in mid-January.

The film tells the story of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, and his battle against slavery.


DVD review: In Darkness - better than Spielberg

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

Acclaimed Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland’s harsh, uncompromising drama may have the same theme as Schindler’s List — a true-life story of a gentile who saved Jews
— but it is both more compelling and less sentiment-al than Spielberg’s blockbuster.


Drew Barrymore's Jewish wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Drew Barrymore has married in a Jewish ceremony.

The actress, who is not Jewish, tied the knot with art consultant Will Kopelman in California last week. The ceremony was officiated by the groom's family rabbi and took place under a custom-made chuppah.