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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Elizabeth Banks: ‘Streaming services have liberated Hollywood’

Elizabeth Banks has found it “liberating” that streaming services have changed the way movies are being made. The actress and director is at the helm of the new Charlie’s Angels film, and spoke to The New York Times about how Hollywood has changed in …

Elizabeth Banks has found it “liberating” that streaming services have changed the way movies are being made.

The actress and director is at the helm of the new Charlie’s Angels film, and spoke to The New York Times about how Hollywood has changed in recent years.

Asked if she always considers whether a project should be released theatrically or streamed, Elizabeth replied: “We’re all storytellers, and we all want to get the most eyeballs on the story.

“We’re constantly asking ourselves what we think the best home is for the content, and it’s also been sort of liberating to feel like you can get a piece of material that you think is going to be a huge movie, and then two years into developing it you realise, ‘You know what? We should break this up into six episodes and make it a limited series!’ That’s actually an option now.”

Several key players in Hollywood have been divided as to the benefit of streaming to the industry – with Steven Spielberg among those standing strong for the theatrical experience over watching movies in the comfort of one’s own home.

As for whether or not films of certain genres will continue coming out in cinemas, Elizabeth mused: “I do believe the theatrical experience is going to be more and more event-ised for major studios, but for someone like me who grew up on romantic comedies, watching them come back on streamers has been really gratifying.”

The Pitch Perfect 2 filmmaker continued: “People actually like this stuff that the studios stopped giving them, and the streamers picked up the slack. So that’s one example of how streamers can make these sorts of midrange movies that the big corporate studios are not as interested in putting out theatrically.”

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Hungover Colin Farrell took 56 takes to nail tough Minority Report line

It took Colin Farrell 56 tires to master just one line on the set of his 2002 movie Minority Report because he was so hungover.The Irish actor starred as Danny Witwer in the Steven Spielberg film, opposite Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton, and during the…

It took Colin Farrell 56 tires to master just one line on the set of his 2002 movie Minority Report because he was so hungover.

The Irish actor starred as Danny Witwer in the Steven Spielberg film, opposite Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton, and during the filming of the movie, the former hellraiser asked producers if he could have one day off to mark his 25th birthday.

However, his request was denied – meaning Colin had to attempt to get a line in the bag while battling a bad hangover after celebrating with a boozy night out.

“There were a couple of hairy days. I asked them with a great array of arrogance that they not work me the day after my birthday. I said, ‘Please don’t have me working on June 1st, ­because my birthday is May 31st,'” he recalled the Daily Mirror. “I thought a 100-million-dollar film would at least listen to that ­request… but I worked. It was a rough night and I didn’t get any sleep. The line was, ‘I’m sure you’ve all grasped the fundamental paradoxical pre-crime methodology.’ I only know it now, still, 16 years later because it caused so much panic and anxiety. It should be on my tombstone.

“My sister was on the set that day and she had to leave the set after 56 takes. I was a disaster.”

In December 2005, Colin checked into a rehabilitation treatment centre for addiction to drugs and alcohol.

He’s been sober ever since, having headed back to rehab in 2018 to avoid a relapse, though is adamant his former lifestyle never really impacted his work.

“I was very professional, so I got away with murder for years,” he commented. “I don’t know what the perform­ances would have been like if I was sober. I don’t know if they’d be better or worse. I’ll never know.”

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Laura Dern asked to consider Jurassic World role by Bryce Dallas Howard

Original Jurassic Park actress Laura Dern has been asked to rejoin the franchise by Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard.The flame-haired actress, who plays Claire Dearing in the rebooted dino movies alongside Chris Pratt, showed up on a breakfast T…

Original Jurassic Park actress Laura Dern has been asked to rejoin the franchise by Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard.

The flame-haired actress, who plays Claire Dearing in the rebooted dino movies alongside Chris Pratt, showed up on a breakfast TV show to ask Laura Dern the all-important question.

The Twin Peaks star was promoting the second season of hit HBO drama Big Little Lies on Good Morning America when she recognised a familiar face in the crowd. Laura, who played Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park 26 years ago, was asked if she thought she’d ever return to the dinosaur movie franchise by Bryce, and she was quick to reply: “Do you know something I may not…? If I were too, would you join me?” Bryce didn’t hesitate and fired back, “Hell, yes. Yes!”

Bryce was on the show to promote her new film Rocketman, and she later said: “Jurassic is not Jurassic without Laura Dern, absolutely.”

Jeff Goldblum, who starred opposite Laura and Sam Neill in Steven Spielberg’s first film and also the 1997 follow-up The Lost World, made his return to the franchise in last year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

He has also called for Laura to reprise her role.

“I don’t want to pass on gossip like my character,” he previously said to Entertainment Tonight. “But it would be good news to me and to everyone, (to) millions and billions of people all over the world… all over the universe and cosmos when Ellie Sattler returns, a very powerful, brilliant woman she is. Laura and Ellie Sattler.”

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Steven Spielberg loses Oscars battle with Netflix

Steven Spielberg has lost his campaign for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to prohibit movies produced by streaming sites like Netflix from competing at the Oscars.The Academy revealed on Tuesday (23Apr19) that its Board of Governors ha…

Steven Spielberg has lost his campaign for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to prohibit movies produced by streaming sites like Netflix from competing at the Oscars.

The Academy revealed on Tuesday (23Apr19) that its Board of Governors had approved a number of new rule changes ahead of the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards next year (2020).

While the amendments impact a number of categories, Academy president John Bailey addressed the streaming debate directly and suggested that, as consumer behaviour changes, it’s important for the organisation to adapt accordingly.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” he stated. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”

Netflix film Roma, which also had a theatrical release, dominated the 2019 Oscars shortlist, eventually taking home three awards.

The Jurassic Park director, 72, had argued that movies produced for streaming services should be eligible for Emmys, the ceremony that honours television shows, as opposed to the Academy Awards.

While Spielberg had previously referred to streaming films as “TV movies” in an interview with ITV News, Netflix’s upcoming original film The Irishman is expected to perform well at the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony, and star of the movie Robert De Niro reflected upon the positive impact of Netflix on the film industry.

“A lot of opportunity has come out of the Netflix thing,” the 75-year-old told CNN. “It’s not so simple and I agree we have to have the theatre format, it’s so important. But I don’t know, things move on in ways that we can’t foresee.”

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