If you spend a significant amount of time in the Hamptons, you’ve probably run into a celeb or two. Maybe you saw Peter Dinklage celebrating the Fourth of July, Gwyneth Paltrow having lunch with mom Blythe Danner, or Ruth Wilson filming The Affair.
Let’s be real—you totally went home and Googled whichever star you ran into. There’s a ton of information out there, obviously. But we’re trying something different. Hollywood in the Hamptons is a simple but useful curated guide to Hamptons celebs.
There’s very little chance you haven’t heard of Steven Spielberg, one of the most prolific and successful filmmakers of all time. This East Hampton resident has made countless classics, from Jaws and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to more cult favorites like A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Spielberg’s more recent film output may not be as iconic as his earlier efforts—it’s hard to replicate a phenomenon like Jurassic Park—but he still makes movies that are thought-provoking and fascinating while still being commercial and mainstream. We’ve picked five films we think you should check out—and you may be surprised at our picks.
But first, some facts.
Five Fun Facts
Considered one of the pioneers of the New Hollywood era, in which the “studio” system faded away and directors took on a more prominent authorial role in films.
Has had mixed success with producing video games. He licensed E.T. to Atari in the early 1980s, which resulted in a game so rushed and broken that it was blamed for nearly crashing the gaming industry. LucasArts’ sci-fi adventure game The Dig was originally a Spielberg project that went through many development difficulties and was released to lukewarm success. He wrote the story for the 1999 game Medal of Honor—which was developed by DreamWorks Interactive (part of his DreamWorks production company)—then collaborated with Electronic Arts on Boom Blox, a physics-based puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii.
Discovered Alden Ehrenreich, recently cast as Han Solo for a future Star Wars film, at a bat mitzvah.
Directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence following the death of original developer Stanley Kubrick.
Was originally supposed to have a cameo in the critically panned Mortal Kombat film but had a scheduling conflict.
Five Movies You Need to See
Raiders of the Lost Ark: There are few films as fun as the Indiana Jones series, which channel old serials from the 1930s and 1940s. The first, Raiders, starred Harrison Ford in what became one of his most famous roles.
Hook: Imagining what would happen if Peter Pan grew up and had a normal life, Hook received mixed reviews but was a cult hit. Starring Dustin Hoffman as the title role and Robin Williams as Peter, with Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell and Maggie Smith as Wendy, Hook is a poignant, fun, swashbuckling adventure. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.
The Terminal: A love story with a smaller scope than some of Spielberg’s other pictures, The Terminal stars Tom Hanks as an immigrant whose country is besieged with war while he is away on vacation. Due to a series of unfortunate developments, he is stuck in the airport terminal for months, where he gets to know its quirky employees and inhabitants.
Jaws: We can’t exclude this shocking shark adventure from the list! Jaws is Spielberg’s fourth film and needs little introduction. The premise: A shark terrorizes a small beach town, and a group of people decide to hunt it down. Take that, Sharknado…
Amistad: This historical drama tells the true story of the mutiny of La Amistad, a trade ship carrying slaves in 1839. This epic drama stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey. And the story has an interesting Montauk connection.
Ready Player One: a movie about a virtual reality-led future
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: a true story involving a Jewish child seized by the Papal States in the 1850s
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