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Bruce Springsteen to help Steven Spielberg's foundation celebrate 20-year anniversary

April 15th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Rocker Bruce Springsteen will help to mark the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's university foundation by performing at a special benefit gala.

The Born in the U.S.A. hitmaker will be joined by host Conan O'Brien and special guest Liam Neeson at the Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles on 7 May (14).

The event will benefit the filmmaker's University of Southern California Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, which was established in 1994 with the aim of overcoming prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry through education.

Spielberg says, "I am perso...

Steven Spielberg renting out Malibu beach house for $150,000 a month

April 8th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has put his Malibu, California beach pad up for lease for a whopping $150,000 (£93,750)-per-month.

The seven-bedroom, ocean-front compound on Broad Beach comes with a two-bedroom guest house, swimming pool, spa, library and state-of-the-art movie theatre.

Tenants will also find themselves rubbing shoulders with famous neighbours like Pierce Brosnan, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Dustin Hoffman and Danny DeVito, according to

10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Education

April 5th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Educatio
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Tell that to this fine group of celebrities, who took a leap of faith and followed their hearts towards their college campus of choice. While some did not finish, the tenacity to try and further their education in an industry where many choose another path is commendable.

The following 10 celebrities did just that, and had many different ways to achieve their goals. We also gave honors to the celebrities that had a resume of outstanding academic achievement - so keep an eye out for our praiseworthy (but completely arbitrary) Latin honors!


Louis Gossett, Jr. to play Halle Berry's dad in new TV sci-fi series

March 11th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Halle Berry
Movie veteran Louis Gossett, Jr. is to play Halle Berry's dad in Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated TV drama Extant.

Berry will portray an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in space in the summer (14) series, and Gossett, Jr. will play her estranged father, a retired doctor.

Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer and Camryn Manheim have also signed on to star in Extant, which will premiere in America in July (14).

Drew Barrymore: I'm not a 'good' actress

March 10th, 2014 7:20pm EDT
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore doesn't think she's a very "good" actress.
The 39-year-old star - who has starred in countless films since the age of six - doesn't rate her dramatic ability because she prefers to become the character, rather than imitate them.
She explained: "I don't think I'm a good actress. I feel like it's fake and yucky and it doesn't ring true. But if you research and you study and make it personal, you just become that person, and it's your truth and everything else around you falls away. Then you're telling the truth, it's not lying, it's not fake."
The blonde beauty credits her god...

Octavia Spencer lands new TV series debut after Murder, She Wrote axe

February 17th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Octavia Spencer
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has signed up to star in Steven Spielberg's new TV drama Red Band Society after plans to remake acclaimed crime show Murder, She Wrote with her as Angela Lansbury's replacement were scrapped last month (Jan14).

The Help star will portray the character of Nurse Jackson, "an authoritative, intuitive woman who doesn't put up with c**p" from the teenage patients at her hospital in Spielberg's new project.

The upcoming series, an adaptation of the Spanish show Polseres Vermelles, will be produced by the movie mogul and it will air on U.S. network Fox.

Spencer's ca...

Helen Mirren stunned by BAFTA Fellowship

January 31st, 2014 4:20am EST
Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren thought her work was too "raunchy" to receive a BAFTA Fellowship.
The 68-year-old actress will be presented with the prestigious honour next month and admits she is "stunned" to be following in the footsteps of the likes of Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Dame Judi Dench, Charlie Chaplin and Steven Spielberg in receiving the accolade.
She said: "Much of the time my artistic choices are raunchy."
Discussing her 1989 film 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover' - which featured cannibalism and violence - she added: "In many ways it was right up my alley - and the quality in me t...

John Wells to be honoured by American Society of Cinematographers

January 22nd, 2014 3:20am EST
John Wells
August: Osage County director John Wells is to be honoured with the American Society of Cinematographers' (ASC) Board of Governors Award.

The writer/director/producer will receive the accolade during the 28th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on 1 February (14).

The Board of Governors Award is given to "an individual who has made extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking".

Wells joins the ranks of Julia Roberts, the star of his acclaimed film August: Osage County, as well as Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg, who are all past recipients of the p...

Steven Spielberg tops Forbes' most influential list

January 16th, 2014 3:20am EST
Steven Spielberg
Movie mogul Steven Spielberg has ended Oprah Winfrey's run as Forbes magazine's most influential celebrity.

The director has topped the 2014 study by Forbes editors, while Winfrey slips to two and Star Wars creator George Lucas rounds out the top three.

Moviemakers Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese round out the top five.

U2 star Bono also makes the top 10, becoming the top musician on the new Forbes list.

Javier Bardem in talks to portray Hernan Cortes

January 7th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Javier Bardem
Actor Javier Bardem is in talks to portray Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes on the big screen in a film project that has been shelved for over 45 years.

Former blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo came up with the script for the movie in the 1960s, and reportedly wanted Kirk Douglas to lead the cast.

Schindler's List scribe Steve Zaillian has been hired to revamp Trumbo's work and produce the film, according to

Movie bosses are hoping to bring Steven Spielberg onboard to direct the movie, which will centre on the battle between Cortes and Aztec emperor Montezuma.

Dustin Hoffman auctions off his prized possessions

December 5th, 2013 12:20pm EST
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman is auctioning off a selection of his prized possessions and antiques.
The 76-year-old actor has decided to sell hundreds of items and collectables from his triplex apartment in The San Remo apartment building on Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City.
The 'Meet The Fockers' star has organized over two hundred lots to go under the hammer with Nye & Co including furniture, art and movie paraphernalia from Hoffman's private screening room.
Highlights of the sale include "a George III leather-upholstered easy chair, a mid-18th century Irish mahogany pier table, a Regency é...

Steven Spielberg & Katzenberg donate $20 million to Academy museum

November 20th, 2013 3:10am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks partner Jeffrey Katzenberg have given officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences an early Christmas gift - a $20 million (£13.3 million) donation.

The movie moguls have each given the Oscars bosses separate $10 million gifts and in return the two main galleries on the lobby floor of the Academy Museum will be named for the filmmakers.

Spielberg says, "I am so pleased to join with Jeffrey to help build this museum to celebrate, educate, and preserve the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Having our family name on the lobby floor is a...

Oprah Winfrey doesn't cry on cue

November 15th, 2013 12:20pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey struggled to cry on cue for Steven Spielberg.
The media mogul and talk show host says acting allows her to leave herself behind and take on a new role as a character, but she doesn't always find it easy.
She told UK TV's 'Loose Women': "I think my greatest acting lesson was the time I couldn't cry ... Steven Spielberg asked me to cry and I couldn't cry.
"And my [co-star in 'The Colour Purple', Adolph Caesar] said, 'You have to learn to give yourself over to the character and let the character take control and if she wants to cry she will cry and if she doesn't want to cry the...

Jay Z signs Steven Spielberg's kids

October 8th, 2013 4:20am EDT
Steven Spielberg
Jay Z has signed Steven Spielberg's children to his management company.
The rap mogul was one of several music bosses impressed by indie duo Wardell - comprising the Hollywood director and actress Kate Capshaw's children Sasha and Theo - at the South By Southwest festival earlier this year, and the pair have now inked deals with his Roc Nation group.
Sahsa, 23, has previously acted in films including her father's 'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull' and sings in the band, while Theo - who is adopted - is responsible for the group's music.
The band will release their debut al...

Steven Spielberg Honors George Clooney For Humanitarian Efforts

October 5th, 2013 7:40pm EDT
George Clooney
Steven Spielberg honoured George Clooney for his humanitarian efforts at a gala in New York on Thursday.

The two men attended a fundraising event at the American Museum of Natural History and the filmmaker presented the star with the Ambassador for Humanity Award.

He said, "George is the best kind of humanitarian. The humble humanitarian, an unparalleled example of action over apathy."

After accepting the award, Clooney said, "Our job is to make it hard for the bad guys to do what they're doing, and for the good guys to ignore it.

"We have to be able to keep a record of what the powerf...

Halle Berry To Play An Astronaut In Steven Spielberg TV Drama

October 5th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry landed the lead role in Steven Spielberg's upcoming new television drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress will play an astronaut returning home after a year in space in "Extant."
Berry commented, "I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium."
Spielberg added, "There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honoured that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, ...

Halle Berry to star in Spielberg's TV drama

October 4th, 2013 6:20pm EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry has signed up to star in Steven Spielberg's new TV series.
The Academy Award-winning actress will take on the lead in CBS drama 'Extant', playing an astronaut who returns to Earth after a year-long solo mission.
The protagonist struggles to reconnect with her husband and son, while also coming to terms with her experiences in space.
The career-changing role will be the 'Cloud Atlas' actress' first regular TV role since 'Knots Landing' in 1991, and is undoubtedly a massive coup for the show.
Halle said in a statement: "For five months a year I'll get to live with and play this in...

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes Woodrow Wilson Biopic

September 21st, 2013 1:34pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce a biopic about US president Woodrow Wilson.

'The Great Gatsby' star has signed up for the big screen movie about the 28th American president, which is based on A. Scott Berg's recently released biography 'Wilson', according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros. is in talks to pick up the cinematic rights to the book and DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is expected to join forces with the studio to make the film.

Berg's book was released last week to high praise for its "intimate portrait" of Wilson, who was elected to power in 191...

Jurassic Park 3D does monster business in China to land at the top of global box office

August 25th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg's revamped dinosaur movie Jurassic Park 3D has shot to the top of the global box office thanks in part to a monster interest in China.

The film picked up another $30 million (£20 million) in ticket sales over the weekend - almost all of that coming from China, where the movie opened last week (ends23Aug13).

The new Jurassic Park made $45.4 million (£30.2 million) when it was released in America earlier this year (13) and it has since gone on to rake in $44.5 million (£29.7 million) overseas.

Meanwhile, animated hit Despicable Me 2 has crossed the $800 million (£533.3 mil...

Clint Eastwood taking aim at Navy SEAL's story - report

August 21st, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is reportedly in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as the director of slain Navy SEAL hero Chris Kyle's life story American Sniper.

Spielberg quit the project earlier this month (Aug13) and insiders claim Eastwood has become the frontrunner to step in and take charge of the project, which will feature Bradley Cooper as Kyle.

American Sniper is an adaptation of Kyle's book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

Kyle was killed at a shooting range in February (13).

Steven Spielberg Drops Out Of 'American Sniper'

August 6th, 2013 10:27pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has pulled out of directing 'American Sniper'.

The award-winning filmmaker and his DreamWorks studios have cut ties with the project, which will see Bradley Cooper starring as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as well as producing.

According to, the 'War Horse' director simply couldn't make his vision work with the envisioned budget. Warner Bros. and Cooper are still attached and they are expected to find another director.

Spielberg has been known to drop out of projects in the past, and famously took 11 years to get Oscar-winning film 'Lincoln' the way he wanted.

The s...

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial tops nostalgic British film poll

August 5th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg's beloved E.T. The Extra Terrestrial has topped a new British film poll to find the best childhood film of all-time.

The heartwarming 1982 film beat out Disney classics Bambi and The Lion King and animated hit Toy Story to take the top spot in the Samsung survey.

The Goonies, which was co-written by Spielberg, also made the list, while the filmmaker was named Britain's favourite director in the poll.

Acclaimed 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption was voted the film that viewers would most like to watch again and again, while Clark Gable's immortal Gone With the Wind line ...

Steven Spielberg marking Schindler's List 20th anniversary with charity screenings

July 31st, 2013 3:01pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of his harrowing World War II epic Schindler's List with a series of special charity screenings.

Spielberg has personally supervised the meticulous restoration of the Holocaust movie, which was originally released in November 1993, and screenings of the remastered version will benefit the USC Shoah Foundation's Institute for Visual History and Education. The director founded the charity organisation in 1994 as a result of his experiences making the film.

The series will debut with a special benefit screening at the Prince Music Th...

New Stephen King TV series is a big hit

June 25th, 2013 8:43pm EDT
Stephen King
A new TV adaptation of author Stephen King's thriller Under The Dome has launched in the U.S. with record-breaking ratings.

The series debuted on Monday night (24Jun13) with over 13 million viewers, making it the most-watched summer drama opener on any network since 1992.

The TV project, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, is based on King's 2009 novel about a New England town suddenly enclosed by a giant dome.

Steven Spielberg & George Lucas Warn And Predict 'Implosion' In Film Industry

June 14th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
Movie icons Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have predicted and expect an "implosion" and massive change in the film industry.

During festivities to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Building on Wednesday, both Spielberg and Lucas explained their revelation as well as how the Oscar winning epic Lincoln almost became a TV movie.

The two movie moguls explained to USC students at the ceremony that we are in a time of massive change that could lead to less choices for moviegoers and higher ticket prices - as well as how its becoming more difficult...

Steven Spielberg: 'Lincoln almost became a TV movie'

June 13th, 2013 8:53pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Movie mogul Steven Spielberg was almost forced to release his Oscar-winning epic Lincoln as a TV film after struggling to win support from executives at major movie studios.

The director had even entered talks with bosses at U.S. network HBO to fund the historical drama about assassinated former President Abraham Lincoln after being turned away by big-name production firms - because they were only interested in big-budget, mainstream projects.

Spielberg made the revelation on Wednesday (12Jun13), during a ceremony to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive ...

The Most Trusted Star In America Is...Tom Hanks

May 7th, 2013 6:24pm EDT
Tom  Hanks
Known for films such as "Forrest Gump," "Castaway," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Saving Private Ryan," Tom Hanks has been named the most trusted celebrity in America.

Hanks, who has won three Academy Awards, has had a prolific 30-year career and managed to maintain a squeaky clean image throughout.

Hanks recently starred in "Cloud Atlas" and has several films in production, including "Saving Mr. Banks," "Captain Phillips," "In the Garden Of Beasts," "The Lost Symbol" and "Toy Story 4."

Second on the Reader's Digest poll is Sandra Bullock, followed by Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and poet ...

Visual effects icon Ray Harryhausen dies

May 7th, 2013 2:22pm EDT
Visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at the age of 92.

The filmmaker passed away in London on Tuesday (07May13).

A statement issued by his relatives reads: "The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator.

"Ray's influence on today's film makers was enormous... Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK's own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations...

"Harryhausen's genius was in being able to bring his model...

Steven Spielberg To Take On Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's Story In Bradley Cooper's 'American Sniper'

May 3rd, 2013 1:46pm EDT
American Sniper
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct Bradley Cooper's adaptation of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's "American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History."

The Lincoln director turned down a Biblical epic about Moses and pushed back his own Robopocalypse before settling on the project, the rights to which were acquired by actor Cooper -- who is set to produce and star in the film -- over a year ago.

Spielberg will also co-produce.

The biopic will tell the story of how Kyle, dubbed "The Devil of Ramadi" by Iraqis during the Iraq War, became the most prolif...

TIME Releases '100 Most Influential People' List With Jay-Z & Jennifer Lawrence On Two Of Seven Covers

April 18th, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Jay-Z covers Time magazine
100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features seven different covers for the first time ever, including two showcasing entertainers: hip-hop artist Jay-Z and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Editors selected guest contributors to write about the honorees. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the hip-hop star: "He's never forgotten his roots—'Empire State of Mind' was a love song to our city—and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood.

Bloomberg added, "In nearly every...

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