Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd enjoy virtual reunion with Back to the Future co-stars

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd joined their fellow Back to the Future co-stars for a livestream reunion on Monday.The 58-year-old actor, who played time traveller Marty McFly in the 1985 classic and two subsequent sequels, teamed up with Lloyd, w…

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd joined their fellow Back to the Future co-stars for a livestream reunion on Monday.

The 58-year-old actor, who played time traveller Marty McFly in the 1985 classic and two subsequent sequels, teamed up with Lloyd, who portrayed the irreverent Doctor Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown, to celebrate the sci-fi comedy franchise.

Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue also joined the chat, along with Mary Steenburgen, who played Doc Brown’s wife in the third movie, and director/writer Robert Zemeckis.

During the livestream, which was hosted by Josh Gad as part of his Reunited Apart fundraising series, Zemeckis revealed studio executive Sidney Sheinberg tried to change the title of the iconic movie to Spaceman From Pluto, because he felt audiences wouldn’t understand what Back to the Future meant.

“The reason he really hated it is because he said movies with the word ‘future’ in the title never make any money,” the filmmaker recalled, explaining Steven Spielberg, one of the film’s executive producers, made him see sense by sending a humorous memo.

Huey Lewis, who wrote and performed the movie’s theme song The Power of Love, also took part in the chat, alongside Back to the Future fan J.J. Abrams, who asked the cast for their opinions on animated show Rick and Morty, which is said to be inspired by Marty and Doc’s relationship.

Claudia Wells, who originally played Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer in the first film before she was replaced by Shue in the second and third movies, made a surprise appearance at the end of the chat, and joked she’d missed out on two other video calls with the cast.

Gad hosted the chat a week after he managed to bring the cast of The Goonies back together.

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Steven Spielberg updates fans on possible The Goonies sequel

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh…

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.

The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton, as well as director Richard Donner.

Spielberg co-wrote the movie with Chris Columbus, who also took part in the remote reunion, and he revealed to Josh Gad, who hosted the video call, that they haven’t been able to come up with a good idea for a sequel.

“Chris (Columbus), Dick (Donner) and I have had a lot of conversations about it,” the Oscar-winning director explained. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this livestream a hundred times.”

“How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?” Donner joked.

While watching the reunion, The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg revealed he had written a sequel to The Goonies because he was such a huge fan.

“I rival @joshgad as (the) ultimate fan of #TheGoonies. For the last 9 years I’ve been secretly writing PART 2 for fun,” he tweeted. “It’s my masterpiece. I even had a big meeting scheduled with Richard Donner… canceled ’cause of the lockdown! THE GOONIES 2 WILL happen when life resumes. Promise!!!”

The Goonies reunion also featured cast members Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Joe Pantoliano, and Kerri Green, and the original stars also re-enacted scenes from the movie and shared memories of their time on set.

Cyndi Lauper, who wrote and performed The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough to accompany the movie, also made a cameo during the livestream.

The episode of Reunited Apart raised funds for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

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Vin Diesel: ‘Steven Spielberg wants me to direct more movies’

Steven Spielberg has encouraged Vin Diesel to do more directing.The 52-year-old is best known for his acting roles in blockbuster action films such as The Chronicles of Riddick, xXx, and the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel is keen to make the move…

Steven Spielberg has encouraged Vin Diesel to do more directing.

The 52-year-old is best known for his acting roles in blockbuster action films such as The Chronicles of Riddick, xXx, and the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel is keen to make the move to behind the camera once again.

The actor has only directed one feature-length film, the 1997 drama Strays, which he wrote, directed and starred in, as well as a short called Multi-Facial, and an episode of the Amazon Prime comedy series, The Ropes.

However, Spielberg, who worked with Diesel on Oscar-winning historical epic Saving Private Ryan back in 1998, recently made him realise he hasn’t done enough directing.

“I saw him recently, and he had said to me, ‘When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair,'” he told The National. “I haven’t directed enough.”

Diesel also revealed that it was his work on the 1995 short film Multi-Facial, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, which caught the attention of Spielberg and helped him land the role of Private Adrian Caparzo in the 1998 war drama, which also starred Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, and Giovanni Ribisi. It went on to win five Oscars, with Spielberg scooping the Best Director honour for the second time.

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James Mangold in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as director of Indiana Jones 5

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will s…

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.

The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will still remain on the upcoming project as a hands-on producer, according to editors at Variety.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mangold, who recently helmed Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, has yet to comment on the report.

After a long development process to get the fifth Indiana Jones movie off the ground, Spielberg was reportedly keen to hand the reigns of the much-loved action saga to a new generation of filmmakers, a source close to the director told the outlet.

Reports that a fifth movie was in the works have been swirling since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting the studio to set a new release date of July 2021.

Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role as the whip-cracking archaeology professor-turned-adventurer, confirmed earlier this month that filming would finally begin in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he told CBS Sunday Morning.

It’s a busy year for Mangold, who is already attached to two direct two big projects, including the Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothee Chalamet, and an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Force, with leading man Matt Damon.

Spielberg, who has directed every Indiana Jones movie from Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is currently in post-production on the remake of classic musical West Side Story.

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Laura Dern overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character is feminist icon

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save…

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.

The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save the lives of Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum at the ill-fated dinosaur park.

Since then, Laura revealed that she’s been approached by women who love telling her how much they adore Ellie.

“I’ve had so many girls and women come up to me over the years talking about her being an icon for them, and that’s meant so much to me,” she told Deadline.

And the 52-year-old is proud that she played such a strong character in Spielberg’s groundbreaking film.

“I think the thing I love the most about playing Ellie Sattler, and this was the early ’90s, was that it was the first CGI movie ever,” Laura explained. “We were going to do, it felt like, this wild thing that Steven wanted to attempt, which had never been done before.

“And he wanted to make sure that if all worked well, that the female in the centre of the story was as much of a bada*s and as fearless as anyone else. He took it seriously, and she was kind of a feminist.”

The Golden Globe-winning actress is excited to reprise her role for the upcoming Jurassic World 3, alongside her original Jurassic Park co-stars, ahead of a 2021 cinema release.

“It’s exciting to continue that journey and see what they come up with, and I’m excited to learn. Steven seems excited. Sam and Jeff seem excited, and I love that, so it’s really fun to think about,” she gushed.

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Kathleen Kennedy to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The American film producer has been chosen by executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in recognition…

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The American film producer has been chosen by executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in recognition of her outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, and she will receive the honour at the annual BAFTA ceremony in London on 2 February 2020.

“British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career,” she said in a statement. “The recent Star Wars movies – all shot on sound stages and locations across the U.K. – are just the latest opportunities that I’ve had the privilege to work with British crews and filmmakers… I am deeply honoured to receive the Fellowship from BAFTA, and am incredibly thankful to have worked with so many talented members of our extended family in the British filmmaking community.”

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said she was “delighted” to be recognising Kennedy’s career.

“She is a trailblazer who has opened the door for many people to join the industry, and the number of iconic cinematic moments she has helped bring to the big screen has enriched the industry and enthralled the cinema-loving public,” she added.

Kennedy follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honorees including Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Mel Brooks, and Ridley Scott, among others.

The 66-year-old, who was made president of Lucasfilm after it was acquired by Disney in 2012, has overseen production of the current Star Wars trilogy and its spin-offs.

Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and her now-husband, producer Frank Marshall, in 1981 and got her first producer credit on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. Since then, she’s helped produce films such as the Back to the Future trilogy, the original Jurassic Park trilogy, the Indiana Jones franchise, Men in Black, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and The Goonies.

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Steven Spielberg celebrates wrapping West Side Story

Steven Spielberg has praised the “brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible” cast and crew of West Side Story after wrapping on the reboot.The Jurassic Park director thanked those who worked on the film in a note w…

Steven Spielberg has praised the “brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible” cast and crew of West Side Story after wrapping on the reboot.

The Jurassic Park director thanked those who worked on the film in a note which was shared on Twitter by 20th Century Fox on Wednesday.

“This has been a journey without precedence: A joyful, stunningly moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world’s greatest musicals,” he wrote in a letter to the team.

“My brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible cast and crew of hundreds have given our film everything they’ve got. And already I can say that the film we’ll be releasing on December 18, 2020 owes everything to them, as does its immensely grateful director.”

Alongside the letter, the post revealed three new pictures from the set of the reboot, including a behind-the-scenes snap with lead actors Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, David Alvarez, and Ariana DeBose, as well as a selfie alongside original movie star Rita Moreno, who stars in the revamped film as Valentina.

The famed filmmaker went on to thank the city of New York for their patience as they filmed the movie, adding: “Thanks for the warm welcomes we encountered everywhere, from pedestrians and policemen and neighbourhoods and kids. We couldn’t have made our musical without you.”

Following Spielberg’s post, Rachel – who was an unknown before landing the career-making role of Maria – took to her own Instagram page to share the same snap of the lead actors with the director, and wrote: “i do believe i have been changed for the better.”

The Fault in Our Stars actor plays Tony in the reboot of the 1961 musical.

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Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline to reunite for The Good House

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are set to reunite onscreen in the movie adaptation of Ann Leary’s bestselling novel The Good House. The Alien actress and A Fish Called Wanda star, who previously appeared onscreen together in 1993 comedy Dave and the …

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are set to reunite onscreen in the movie adaptation of Ann Leary’s bestselling novel The Good House.

The Alien actress and A Fish Called Wanda star, who previously appeared onscreen together in 1993 comedy Dave and the 1997 drama The Ice Storm, are set to team up once again to lead the adaptation of Leary’s 2004 novel.

Executives at Amblin Partners, the entertainment company co-founded by Steven Spielberg, announced the movie on Monday and revealed that production on the movie would begin in Canada this week.

According to their release, The Good House follows Weaver’s character Hildy Good, an alcoholic New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her life starts to unravel as she rekindles an old romance and becomes dangerously entwined in one person’s reckless behaviour.

The film will be directed by Maya Forbes, who has previously helmed Infinitely Polar Bear and The Polka King, and her husband, Seeing Other People filmmaker Wally Wolodarsky, from a script they co-wrote based on Leary’s novel.

An adaptation of the book has been in production for years, and in 2013, it was announced that Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro would star in the film.

Three-time Oscar nominee Weaver will next be seen reprising her role as Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and will also be seen in Ghostbusters 2020, in which she will once again appear as Dana Barrett, who she previously portrayed in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel.

Kline will next be seen in Jackie Chan’s directorial effort, The Diary, as well as The Starling, alongside Melissa McCarthy.

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Ansel Elgort relied on ballerina girlfriend for West Side Story dance tips

Ansel Elgort turned to his dancer girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan, to help him perfect his West Side Story moves.The actor and musician, who portrays Tony in the upcoming Steven Spielberg musical, credits the ballet dancer for her support during his rigo…

Ansel Elgort turned to his dancer girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan, to help him perfect his West Side Story moves.

The actor and musician, who portrays Tony in the upcoming Steven Spielberg musical, credits the ballet dancer for her support during his rigorous preparation and admits she really put him through his paces.

“Sometimes I show her my first position or my releve (dancing on his toes) and she says, ‘You’re rolling back on your foot’, something like that,” Elgort tells People magazine.

The 26-year-old began dating Komyshan while the two were attending a performing arts high school in New York as teens.

Elgort himself is no stranger to movement, training at the American Ballet Academy while growing up, but the star told Vanity Fair last year that acting and singing were always his first priority.

“I was dancing because I wanted to get better at it, not because I was really good or I liked it,” he said. “I loved singing and acting and dancing, but dancing was definitely the third.”

And he recently admitted the hard work on the West Side Story set cost him a role as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new Colonel Tom Parker biopic.

“I was in the middle of filming West Side Story, so it was a little hard,” he told Huffington Post. “I watched a ton of footage and memorised some of (Presley’s) interviews just to get his speech pattern down, and sang a bunch of his stuff… but I wasn’t really prepared.”

West Side Story hits theatres in December next year.

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Ansel Elgort keeping hairstyle from West Side Story film shoot

Ansel Elgort is keeping the hairstyle he wore to play Tony in the remake of West Side Story.Ansel is currently shooting a reboot of the classic 1961 musical film, directed by Steven Spielberg, with the project also starring newcomer Rachel Zegler as Ma…

Ansel Elgort is keeping the hairstyle he wore to play Tony in the remake of West Side Story.

Ansel is currently shooting a reboot of the classic 1961 musical film, directed by Steven Spielberg, with the project also starring newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria. The original movie is an adaptation of the hit 1957 Broadway musical, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and follows the tragic story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria in 1950s America.

And the actor is so fond of his hairstyle for the flick that he’s keeping it in his real life.

“I sort of came up with the hair for him, the way I push it back,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s sort of like the ’50s, but also real – not over-the-top ’50s hair – just out of my face, pushed back. Straight back, not to the side. I’m wearing it in my regular life now.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Baby Driver star, who recently released his first-ever fragrance with Ralph Lauren, confessed he has a very low maintenance skincare routine.

“If I’m working, I start taking care of my skin, if I have to wear make-up and stuff. But if I’m not wearing make-up, then I don’t give a s**t – I don’t do anything. I just take a shower every once in a while,” Ansel joked.

While the young actor may feel some pressure working on the remake of the beloved West Side Story, he also divulged that he and his castmates have been entertained by Hollywood legend Rita Moreno, who starred in the 1961 movie as Anita.

“Rita’s hilarious – she’s always making inappropriate jokes, because she’s from old Hollywood,” the 25-year-old said of the actress, who has a cameo in the Oscar-winning director’s take on the musical.

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