All week long, the new, digitally remastered version of Jaws will be screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in advance of its August 14th Blu-ray release. Jaws is such a hot topic that the 1975 film got press this week in both the Globe and the Grid.
The lawyer named Bruce? Check out Cory Turner’s story for NPR’s All Things Considered about looking for Bruce, the shark from Jaws. In it, he discovers that Spielberg named Bruce after his lawyer, Bruce Ramer, and that the three original sharks from Jaws were all destroyed! There is, however, a copy of Bruce that was made from the original shark’s mould. It’s not hanging in a museum or gallery like I thought it might be. That fourth shark is at U Pick Parts, an auto wrecking yard in Sun Valley, California.
I do hope to hear from Steven Spielberg again soon. I hope he relaxes by a pool/lake this weekend so he has the time and energy to write a letter next week.
Here is a picture of today’s letter attached to the top tube of Steven Spielberg’s blue Raleigh:
I found Steven Spielberg’s bicycle this morning. Again!
In the letter Steven Spielberg wrote to me, he mentioned that he was working on a new Indiana Jones film with his pal George. The genius John Williams composed music for the first four Indiana Jones films, so maybe/probably/likely/ideally he’ll do music for the fifth film as well. It turns out that Steven Spielberg is great at whistling the main musical theme and bridge from Raiders of the Lost Ark (see 0:55 of that video clip).
It’s worth watching this restaurant discussion between John Williams and film/book critic Gene Shalit for the following reasons:
1- Gene’s yellow bow tie and incredible moustache
2- Gene’s question: “How do you write music for rolling boulders?”
3- John Williams’ answer to “How do you write music for rolling boulders?”
Exciting discovery: Bruce has his own Facebook page!
Here’s a photo of today’s letter to Steven Spielberg elasticized to Steven Spielberg’s blue bicycle:
1. I bet there are museums/galleries that have walls big enough to accommodate the shark from Jaws, and those are the sorts of places that probably have a large selection of big hooks in stock.
2. Taxiderming? Ew.
3. I know a couple who has a taxidermied fish hanging on a wall in their house.
4. That fish is bigger than a minnow and smaller than the shark from Jaws.
5. Taxiderming? Ew.
Here is a photo of today’s letter elasticized to Steven Spielberg’s blue bicycle:
It seems like Steven Spielberg will never write another reply. That’s disappointing, but I’m sure he’s got plenty of things to do aside from writing letters to A Big Fan. I still hope he’ll find a couple minutes to jot down a sentence or two (or more).
Why did I put 30 labels on my keyboard? It was out of necessity. Really, it was. There were many missing letters. I added only two or three unnecessary labels for added pizzazz. The keyboard modification was a far better option than replacing it with a new boring one.
I found this nice picture of Steven Spielberg and the Jaws shark from 1975 — a year when Steven Spielberg was a very nice-looking young man.
I’ve posted a photo of today’s letter elasticized to Steven Spielberg’s bike. (NOTE: Steven Spielberg has been kind enough to keep the accumulating elastics wrapped around the top tube of his bike, so it’s supereasy for me to leave letters for him.)
I’ve been writing letters to Steven Spielberg for an entire month, and boy, it’s been fun and exciting — especially for me. I’ve only received one letter from him, and I really hope to hear from him again soon. Steven Spielberg must be an extremely busy guy, so I understand the delayed response.
Remember when people used to say "E.T. phone home" a lot? I do. I did already write about that here, but it’s such a great line, so it’s worth mentioning again. I wonder if E.T. would’ve still said “E.T. phone home” if the internet had been around (and popular) thirty years ago. Maybe he would’ve been saying “E.T. send email” or “E.T. email home” instead.
Here is a photo of the letter to Steven Spielberg attached to his blue bicycle:
I didn’t see Steven Spielberg’s bike on those windy-rainy days we’ve had in Toronto over the past week. Though thundershowers were in today’s forecast, it’s been warm and sunny out there. This fine weather has brought Steven Spielberg’s bike back to its parking spot! I left him a tenth letter.
The first time I saw E.T. in the cinema was thirty years ago. In June of 1982 — the month of its release into theatres — a photo of Henry Thomas (who starred as Elliott) and E.T. (who starred as E.T.) appeared on the cover of People Weekly. Also in June 1982: Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William and Survivor (that superpopular rock band that prided itself on its mullets and power chords) released their hit album, Eye of the Tiger. All in all, it was a good month.
Here is today’s letter to Steven Spielberg elasticized to the top tube of his bicycle:
I haven’t received a response from Steven Spielberg since the letter he wrote almost two weeks ago. Regardless, I wrote him another letter.
Until today, I hadn’t thought much about the popularity of "E.T. phone home." Here’s a weird association: thinking of E.T. reminds me of old commercials for Smarties—there’s one that has a robot in it, and there’s another one (from 1982: the year E.T. came out) in which Smarties explode out of a tuba. Those Smarties people have must have the best marketing wizard-geniuses.
The E.T. trading cards belong to a very tall guy from my high school. They have nice pictures on them, including snapshots of Elliott and E.T. on Elliott’s bicycle.
A photo of today’s letter attached to Steven Spielberg’s blue bike is here:
Since leaving the fifth letter on Steven Spielberg’s bicycle last week, I hadn’t seen his bike locked to anything at all. Of course, I wrote a sixth letter to Steven Spielberg when I saw his bicycle this morning. I’m glad Spielberg’s still been biking around Toronto. Steven Spielberg must like it here a lot.
Oh, look, there’s this fascinating video of a young and handsome Steven Spielberg doing an interview in 1974 during the Jaws film shoot. He doesn’t look seasick at all!
You can see the corner of my yellow letter elasticized to Steven Spielberg’s bicycle in this photo:
I found Steven Spielberg’s bicycle a couple weeks ago. It could be that it’s not Steven Spielberg’s bicycle, but that it’s just a bicycle named Steven Spielberg. My guess is that it’s actually Steven Spielberg’s bicycle. Is the bike named Steven Spielberg? I don’t know about that. I don’t think so. Spielberg’s probably in Toronto to shoot a film. Anyhow, I saw Spielberg’s bike again last week, and I saw it again this morning! I wrote a short letter to Spielberg and elasticized it to his bike. It’s true that E.T. was the first movie I ever saw in a cinema, and it’s true that I painted my nails toothpaste green on the weekend.
Here is Spielberg’s bicycle and the letter attached to it: