Quote: "He was a lovely young man. He was a gentleman. He was a serious actor, and he didn't have his sights set on anything specific - he just loved working, and good things happen to people who just want to work." Steven Spielberg pays tribute to actor Anton Yelchin following the young star's weekend (19Jun16) death. The filmmaker worked with Yelchin on the 2002 mini-series Taken when the actor was a child star.
Fact: Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg is heading back to school to give the commencement speech at Harvard University's graduation ceremony on 23 May (16). He's not the only Hollywood star heading to Massachusetts to speak to graduating seniors - Saving Private Ryan actor Matt Damon, a Cambridge native, will give the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a week after the filmmaker on 3 June (16).
Quote: "( got) that classic phone call: 'It's Steven Spielberg on the line for you.' Whenever an actor is lucky enough to receive that call you never believe it. You say, 'Don't be silly - who's having me on?' But I did get that call and when you get it, obviously you listen." Dame Helen Mirren, who worked with Steven Spielberg on her movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, insists no actor can turn down a call from legendary director.
Fact: The daughters of Steven Spielberg and producer John Goldwyn have scored starring roles in new Internet comedy Literally Can't Even. Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn's new show premiered on Snapchat.com's Snap Channel at the end of January (15).
Fact: Steven Spielberg's niece Jessica Katz was eliminated from Israel's version of reality Tv series The Voice on Sunday (22Sep14). Katz's singing dreams were shattered following her performance in week two of the live show rounds. She is the daughter of Spielberg's sister Nancy.
Fact: Movie veteran Kirk Douglas celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Anne by hosting a party over the weekend (14-15Jun14), with guests including Steven Spielberg and the Hollywood legend's son Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. The stars were among 150 people who gathered at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California for the bash, which featured a performance by David Foster and a mini-roast by veteran comedian Don Rickles. Kirk and producer Anne marked their big day on 29 May (14).
Fact: Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg were among the famous faces who turned up to the Time 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday (23Apr13). The stars were all included in Time magazine's 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Fact: Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and director Ang Lee are among the stars who will sit on the jury panel at this year's (13) Cannes Film Festival. Moviemaker Steven Spielberg has already been unveiled as the jury president for the 2013 event in France next month (May13).
Fact: Jennifer Lawrence, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Lena Dunham are among the stars who have been included in Time magazine's 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Other famous faces to win a mention include British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and director Steven Spielberg.
Quote: "I studied Morse code. I made flashcards, the whole deal... And then when I got there, they had the sound guy do it!" Girls star Adam Driver was disappointed he didn't get to show off his new communication skills as a telegraph operator during his brief appearance in Steven Spielberg's historical epic LINCOLN last year (12).
Quote: "The first time I saw it was at a theatre with the 8pm Friday audience. I sat in the back with my agent... and my wife." Steven Spielberg on seeing the completed Jurassic Park for the first time.
Fact: Steven Spielberg has his next great epic pencilled in - the Lincoln director is keen to bring Stanley Kubrick's screenplay about French leader Napoleon to the screen. The late movie icon studied Napoleon before penning the screenplay in the 1970s. Spielberg hopes to turn the project into a Tv mini-series.
Quote: "E.T. had the most profound impact on my life. I wanted to have kids after raising those children for three months as the director, as the surrogate dad." Director Steven Spielberg longed to start a family after shooting his 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with child stars, including a young Drew Barrymore.
Fact: Steven Spielberg's fourth Jurassic Park movie is moving forward - studio bosses have confirmed the blockbuster will be released in 2014. Spielberg will act as a producer on the new film, which will hit cinemas more than 20 years after the first movie.
Quote: "It’s not true that I had my costume designer dress me up in a period costume every day... I simply wore a jacket and a tie to work every day. I did not wear period clothing." Steven Spielberg dismisses rumours he helped the cast of his new movie LINCOLN get into character by wearing a costume while directing them on set.
Quote: "Every time Steven said, 'How 'bout so and so?' I said, 'How tall is he?' It was like buying cloth by the yard. I wanted to be the tallest person in the room." Daniel Day-Lewis on helping director Steven Spielberg cast their historical epic LINCOLN.
Fact: Bosses at Madame Tussauds unveiled wax figures of E.T. the extra-terrestrial at six of their museum locations across the world on Monday (22Oct12) to mark the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's classic film. Creators captured the movie's iconic scene in which the loveable alien is seen wrapped in a blanket while enjoying a bike ride in Elliot's makeshift basket.
Fact: Steven Spielberg's beloved E.T. is to be immortalised at Madame Tussauds in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Wax experts are putting the finishing touches to the sculpture that will be used as a blueprint for the figure of the legendary film alien which will make its debut at Madame Tussauds locations in Hollywood, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Sydney and Tokyo between the end of this month (Oct12) and next March (13).
Quote: "There's nothing left. Latex is all gone. The armature exists... but there's no skin on the bones." Steven Spielberg reveals there's very little left of E.T.
Fact: Steven Spielberg and his partners at Dreamworks are developing a remake of Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin's 1984 body-switching comedy All of Me. In the original, directed by Carl Reiner, a dying millionairess transfers her spirit into the body of an attorney.
Fact: Director Steven Spielberg's musical TV series Smash has been renewed for a second season. The show, which premiered in the U.S. in February (12), stars Katharine MCPhee, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.
Fact: Steven Spielberg's hit movie adaptation of War Horse has dramatically boosted sales of the book - Michael Morpurgo's novel has sold more copies in the U.K. in two weeks than it did worldwide in the 25 years after it was first published in 1982.
Quote: "He even called me a 'wild child'. He told me, 'You're a kid. You must work with children. I loved the experience myself. I'd recommend it to you. You must go off and make a movie with kids.' And I never forgot that advice." Steven Spielberg reveals the best tip he ever received came from French filmmaker Francois Truffaut.
Quote: "We have 10 horses at home. I probably wouldn't have done War Horse if I hadn't known how horses can communicate their feelings through their eyes and gestures, even through their shivering muscles just beneath their skin." Steven Spielberg felt inspired to tackle new drama War Horse after growing to love the creatures in his personal life.
Quote: "It's an honour to be here with the royals. This is my first royal premiere for the Duke and Duchess, having done them before for the Queen and the Queen Mother. This is a wonderful occasion tonight. This is so exciting. I get a buzz. You never grow out of something like this." Steven Spielberg was delighted to see British royals Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge at the premiere of new movie War Horse in London on Sunday night (08Jan12).
Fact: Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge surprised film fans in London on Sunday night (08Jan12) by attending the premiere of Steven Spielberg's new movie War Horse. The screening was an early birthday treat for the Duchess - she turns 30 on Monday (09Jan12).
Quote: "What I usually do is get a huge diet drink and nachos. You might think cheese-smothered nachos would put on more weight than popcorn, but for some reason they don’t. Popcorn is the bane of my existence." Steven Spielberg on his cinema snack of choice.
Quote: "When I'm there dubbing (shooting), she caters for us. I order blintzes plus tuna and pita bread." Steven Spielberg always give his mum's deli a big boost when shooting in California - he only allows her restaurant to cater his film sets. The director's mum, Leah Adler, owns kosher eatery The Milky Way in West Los Angeles.
Quote: "I've been too busy to play video games. But nothing was going to stop me from playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." Filmmaker Steven Spielberg makes time for hit video game Call of Duty.
Quote: "It's up to George. We already have agreed on the genre for the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind... (but) there is no Indy 5 until George says there is." Steven Spielberg is still awaiting confirmation from pal George Lucas that they'll be making a fifth Indiana Jones movie.
Quote: "It's a darker movie. It's about a cult. It's about human sacrifice. It's about pulling a living, beating heart out of someone's chest. It's not a pretty sight. The prettiest thing that came out of that film was my future wife (actress Kate Capshaw)... and the Pg-13 rating, which was invented because of it." Steven Spielberg isn't a huge fan of his Raiders of the Lost Ark sequel, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom.
Fact: The iconic bicycle child star Henry Thomas rode in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial sits in moviemaker Steven Spielberg's production offices.
Quote: "I don't dislike the movie at all. I'm not embarrassed by it. I just think that it wasn't funny enough." Steven Spielberg on his 1979 movie 1941.
Fact: Mad Men star Jared Harris has joined fellow London-born movie star Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln. Harris has been cast as Ulysses S. Grant opposite Sally Field and Day Lewis, who will play the assassinated U.S. president in the biopic.
Fact: Steven Spielberg is in talks to turn the story of Biblical hero Moses into an epic new movie, according to reports.
Quote: "Oh my God, raising seven children! Movies don't hold a candle to raising kids. I think probably raising one child would trump movies - but seven." Steven Spielberg favours fatherhood over filmmaking.
Quote: "Who knew anybody would like Jaws? I was 27 years old, I went 100 days over schedule, massively over-budget, and I was roasted by the studios, who called me an irresponsible young filmmaker. It was a debacle. Who could have guessed the public would embrace Jaws the way they did?" Steven Spielberg is still shocked by the enduring popularity of his classic 1975 shark movie.
Quote: "I really didn't think it would ever get made because I thought it was just too expensive. I just thought it would be a sweet little thing that I would give to my dad and that would be the last anyone ever heard of it." Terra Nova creator Kelly Marcel was convinced her TV idea would never make it to the small screen. The science fiction drama, which debuted on Monday (26Sep11) in America, was picked up by Steven Spielberg and has an average episode budget of around $4 million (£2.5 million).
Fact: Steven Spielberg revealed he's planning a fourth Jurassic Park movie while promoting his new film Tin Tin at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Friday (22Jul11). It was the movie mogul's first visit to the world's largest comic book and fantasy fan convention.
Quote: "Many people have come to believe that visitors from outer space had something to do with building the pyramids and so, it just seemed that if ancient Egyptians had had an interaction, why couldn't pioneers of the west." Movie mogul Steven Spielberg was inspired to get behind director Jon Favreau's new sci-fi fantasy film Cowboys & Aliens after reading up on ancient Egyptian mythology.
Quote: "When I started out as a TV director, my pie-in-the-sky dream was to make a little movie that would get some notoriety, and then Cubby Broccoli would call me and ask me to to direct the next James Bond picture. But I could never get Cubby Broccoli to hire me - and now, sadly, they can't afford me." Steven Spielberg on his dreams to direct a Bond movie.
Quote: "It was his idea that he did a cameo. And I don't see how he is not going to like it because the film is basically (saying), 'Dear Steven, we love you.'" Simon Pegg was happy to allow Steven Spielberg voice a cameo in PAUL - since the new movie pays homage to the director's classics ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Quote: "If there's something that the three of us can agree on then I'd love to do it. George is working on something now, but I haven't really seen anything on paper. We've talked a little bit about it. It would be fun." Harrison Ford is keen to film a fifth installment of his hit INDIANA JONES franchise - as long as both producers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are on board.
Quote: "I have never before in my long and eclectic career been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor. I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities offered to me." Director Steven Spielberg is enamoured with England after shooting his latest movie in the Devon countryside.
Quote: "I remember the night I came back from seeing Raiders for the first time. And then, 30 years later, him calling the house... and me thinking, 'Wow, do you remember that night when I said how amazing Raiders was? Here he is! We can hear him in our house!'" Simon Pegg was starstruck the first time his TINTIN director Steven Spielberg called him.
Fact: Chelsea Clinton has a star-studded guestlist for her wedding - it includes U.S. President Barack Obama, film producer Steven Spielberg, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and singer Barbra Streisand. The daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to marry her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky this summer (10).
Fact: Sci-fi masterminds Steven Spielberg and J.J. ABRAMS are teaming up for the Star Trek director's next movie, SUPER 8. The filmmakers have been working on the project for the past year and details have largely been kept under wraps, although it is said to be an homage to Abrams' favourite childhood movies, including some of Spielberg's. Production will begin on Super 8 this autumn (10).
Quote: "Steven and George and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we're seeing what comes of it. The process works like this... we come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it's ready and we do it." Harrison Ford reveals he's reached an agreement with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on an idea for the next INDIANA JONES movie.
Quote: "I was at a party where Steven Spielberg was stood behind me, and his films are what made me want to be an actor, so it was pretty mind-blowing being in the same air space as him." GREY'S ANATOMY star Kevin McKidd was starstruck when he met director STEVEN SPIELBERG for the first time.
Fact: Steven Spielberg finished filming his highly-anticipated TINTIN movie this autumn (09) but the film's special effects will take another two years to complete. It is slated for a 2011 release.
Quote: “He’s a great mentor. He always talks about how important that is, mentoring, and he keeps his word. He really does.” Drew Barrymore was lucky to have legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg on hand during her directorial debut WHIP IT.
Fact: Steven Spielberg is to be honoured with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Liberty Medal for his artistic and humanitarian efforts.
Fact: Steven Spielberg is to remake beloved 1950 movie HARVEY - about a man's obsession with an invisible rabbit. Jimmy Stewart starred in the original, which was adapted from Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Quote: "You do feel a little bit like a schoolboy in front of the headmaster!" British comic actor Simon Pegg was told off by director Steven Spielberg for fooling around on the set of upcoming movie THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN.
Quote: "Steven Spielberg saw it a week ago, and one of the first things he said was, 'Who is that actress who plays the Baroness? She's great.' And I said, 'It's Sienna Miller', and he said, 'That's Sienna Miller? Wow, she really pops.'" Director Stephen Sommers has converted the Jurassic Park filmmaker into a fan of the British actress after catching a preview of new movie G.I. Joe: THE RISE OF COBRA.
Fact: Movie mogul Steven Spielberg will herald in his 65th year with his TINTIN epic - the much-anticipated The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will hit cinemas on 23 December, 2011 - five days after the moviemaker becomes a bona-fide pensioner. The film stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg.
Quote: "People are often surprised that Im still in awe of it all. Why? Because ET, Jaws and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS were films that had a marked effect on me as a child. NICK (FROST) and I had a conversation with him about Close Encounters and we left and just jumped around in the corridor for two minutes because wed just spoken to a hero of ours. British actor Simon Pegg was in awe when he met his idol Steven Spielberg.
Quote: "'Eat his face like a hamburger,' Steven said, Youre starving and youre looking at him like a hamburger or maybe an ice cream cone. Amy Adams will never forget the direction she received from Steven Spielberg before her kissing scene with Leonardo Dicaprio on-set of Catch Me If You Can.
Fact: Director Steven Spielberg has won his first-ever computer game award nomination for family game BOOM BLOX. The legendary star's game with Electronic Arts is up for the casual category at the British Academy Video Games Awards. The prizegiving takes place in London on 10 March (09).
Fact: Legendary director Steven Spielberg will guest edit the 20th anniversary edition of British movie magazine Empire. It will hit shelves on 23 April (09).
Fact: Interior designer to the stars MICHAEL SMITH has been selected to revamp The White House for America's new First Family, the OBAMAs. As well as giving the homes of Steven Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman a makeover, Smith also designed starry Santa Monica, California hotel Shutters.
Fact: Celebrity interior designer MICHAEL SMITH - who's transformed the homes of Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman and Michelle Pfeiffer - has been handed the honour of decorating private quarters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House.
Fact: Fall Out Boy star Pete Wentz has followed in the footsteps of Brad Pitt and Steven Spielberg by donating money to the campaign to keep same-sex marriages legal in California. The bassist also attended a fundraising event in Hollywood on Sunday (28Sep08) to help collect for the cause.
Quote: "The whole concept was he (Steven Spielberg) wanted people to walk out of the theatre and have the same feeling they had towards Jaws... He wanted people to feel the same way about technology. He wanted people to walk out of the theatre and turn off their cellphones... It's technology paranoia; it's like WAR GAMES meets The Bourne Identity." SHIA LaBEOUF on the concept behind his new action thriller EAGLE EYE, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Fact: Barbra Streisand will perform at an upcoming Hollywood fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The diva will play the rare show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on 16 September (08). Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen will co-host the star-studded gala.
Quote: "I've had some big no's... The first was when I was up for INDIANA JONES and Steven Spielberg turned me down. The next came when I was up for Superman and they passed." David Hasselhoff on the blockbuster film roles he missed out on.
Fact: Tuesday night's (10Jun08) basketball showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles brought the stars out - Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy, courtside regulars Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone were all spotted in the crowd at the Staples Center.
Quote: "He's a sweetheart... To me he's like a sex symbol for Jewish women who are over 50... My mum was all over him." SHIA LaBEOUF on INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL director Steven Spielberg.
Quote: "His wife, Kate Capshaw, had just bought a lot of my knitwear for Christmas presents. I thought he was going to tell me he loved the presents!" Actress Karen Allen thought Steven Spielberg's INDIANA JONES casting call was just a personal thank-you.
Fact: The marketing and productions costs for the fourth INDIANA JONES movie are so high that the summer blockbuster, INDIANA JONES + THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, will have to make $400 million (GBP200 million) at the box office before filmmakers Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford get paid, according to a new Los Angeles Times report.
Fact: Legendary director Steven Spielberg prepared himself for work on INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL by watching all three previous Indiana Jones movies back-to-back.
Fact: Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has spent $8,000 (GBP4,000) on a Michael Jackson puppet used in cult U.K. TV show SPITTING IMAGE. The British rocker is a huge fan of popular culture memorabilia - among the items he owns is the BMX bicycle ridden by E.T. and ELLIOTT in Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi blockbuster E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.
Quote: "I thought maybe he would get a job in a supermarket as a carryout boy." Steven Spielberg's mother LEAH ADLER never dreamed her son would become a legendary movie director.
Quote: "I thought he was a helluva good looking guy. He was rugged." Actress Valerie Bertinelli on her brief romance with moviemaker Steven Spielberg. The couple dated after she auditioned for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bertinelli was 19, director Spielberg was 33.
Fact: Leonardo Dicaprio and Steven Spielberg were among the stars in the audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday night (31Jan08) to watch presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate during a live CNN telecast.
Quote: "People think that if you're a well-known filmmaker you can make any film you want. But nobody can do that except maybe Steven Spielberg." The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola still has difficulties getting his dream projects funded.
Fact: The worlds of big TV and blockbusters have collided - The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin has struck a new three-movie deal with Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks company. Movie mogul Spielberg is expected to direct writer Sorkin's first movie, The Trial of The Chicago 7.
Quote: "My kids are the ones that say, 'Dad, go back to making the Raiders (Of The Lost Ark) movies. You can make those other movies for mom, but go back and make the Raiders movies for us.'" Director Steven Spielberg insists his kids are responsible for the fourth Indiana Jones film, which he started shooting on Monday (25Jun07).
Quote: "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will." Sixty-four-year-old Harrison Ford on reprising his role as INDIANA JONES and reuniting with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Quote: "(The girls were) all over me, boys wanted to fight me, and I was being asked to open fetes when all I wanted to do was ride my BMX bike in the woods." Christian Bale explains how his childhood was disrupted after starring in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun aged 13.
Fact: Movie mogul Steven Spielberg has added his name to the advisory board which will offer help to Chinese movie maker Zhang Yimou as he plans the celebrations for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Quote: "I couldn't imagine that anything would rescue, not only myself but the three cast members, and it would be the last time anything mechanical was ever put in the water." Movie mogul Steven Spielberg felt sure his 1975 film Jaws would be a huge flop.
Fact: Acclaimed E.T. director Steven Spielberg has donated $350,000 (GBP200,000) to America's Planetary Society to fund a new telescope. The astronomical device, based in Massachusetts, will be used to detect signal-carrying light in a bid to discover extra terrestrial messages.
Fact: Low budget films dominated this year's Academy Awards. Only one of the Best Picture nominees, Munich, had a budget over $15 million (GBP8.6 million). The Steven Spielberg film cost a reported $75 million (GBP43 million) to make.
Fact: Low budget films dominated this year's Academy Awards. Only one of the Best Picture nominees, Munich, had a budget over $15 million (GBP8.6 million). The Steven Spielberg film cost a reported $75 million (GBP43 million) to make.
Fact: <p>Director Steven Spielberg and his family are donating $750,000 (GBP416,600) to the American Red Cross and $750,000 (GBP416,600) to the Bush-Clinton Fund to aid Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. </p>