Steven Spielberg Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

22nd June 2016

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.

11th March 2016

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).

9th March 2015

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.

3rd March 2015

Fact: Oscar winners Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence are reportedly teaming up for a film adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario's new memoir, It's What I Do.

10th February 2015

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's Snap Channel at the end of January (15).

22nd September 2014

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.

18th June 2014

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).

24th April 2013

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).

24th April 2013

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.

18th April 2013

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.

10th April 2013

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).

5th April 2013

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.

5th March 2013

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.

25th February 2013

Fact: The theme song to Steven Spielberg's classic film Jaws was played throughout the Oscars telecast on Sunday (24Feb13) whenever producers needed to cut off excessively-long acceptance speeches.

24th January 2013

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.

13th January 2013

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.

7th December 2012

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.

5th November 2012

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.

23rd October 2012

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.

14th October 2012

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).

8th October 2012

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.

11th September 2012

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.

23rd March 2012

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.

27th January 2012

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.

11th January 2012

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.

10th January 2012

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.

9th January 2012

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).

9th January 2012

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).

27th December 2011

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.

19th December 2011

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.

12th December 2011

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.

4th December 2011

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.

4th December 2011

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.

2nd December 2011

Fact: The iconic bicycle child star Henry Thomas rode in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial sits in moviemaker Steven Spielberg's production offices.

2nd December 2011

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.

29th November 2011

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.

16th November 2011

Fact: Steven Spielberg is in talks to turn the story of Biblical hero Moses into an epic new movie, according to reports.

27th October 2011

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.

10th October 2011

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.

29th September 2011

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).

23rd July 2011

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.

28th June 2011

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.

10th June 2011

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.

9th February 2011

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.

9th November 2010

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.

28th October 2010

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.

12th October 2010

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.

15th July 2010

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).

7th May 2010

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).

3rd March 2010

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.

9th February 2010

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.

24th November 2009

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.

1st October 2009

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.

5th August 2009

Fact: Steven Spielberg is to be honoured with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Liberty Medal for his artistic and humanitarian efforts.

3rd August 2009

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.

1st July 2009

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.

25th June 2009

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.

30th May 2009

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.

20th April 2009

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.

17th March 2009

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.

11th February 2009

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).

7th February 2009

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).

15th January 2009

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.

14th January 2009

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.

13th January 2009

Quote: "Meryl Streep, BOBBY DE NIRO, Al Pacino. I wanna direct Clint Eastwood. I have a long list." Steven Spielberg on all the stars he hopes to work with.

10th November 2008

Fact: Steven Spielberg was given 50 days and $3 million (GBP1.8 million) to make shark movie Jaws. It took him 155 days and cost $10 million (GBP6.25 million) to make.

30th September 2008

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.

24th September 2008

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.

9th September 2008

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.

24th July 2008

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.

11th June 2008

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.

26th May 2008

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.

15th May 2008

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.

21st April 2008

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.

16th April 2008

Fact: The driver Harrison Ford used to get around while making the latest INDIANA JONES movie was the same guy Tom Hanks counted on behind the wheel for another Steven Spielberg film, The Terminal.

1st April 2008

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.

24th March 2008

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.

24th March 2008

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.

27th February 2008

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.

11th February 2008

Quote: "It was like being told to make love to Marilyn Monroe." Steven Spielberg on his first TV directing job, working with acting legend JOAN CRAWFORD.

2nd February 2008

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.

28th November 2007

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.

16th July 2007

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.

27th June 2007

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).

26th February 2007

Fact: As part of her stint as Oscars host, Ellen Degeneres persuaded a baffled Steven Spielberg to take her photograph with Clint Eastwood.

24th February 2007

Fact: Movie moguls Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas will team up to hand out the Best Director prize at Sunday's (25FEB07) Oscars.

2nd January 2007

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.

15th November 2006

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.

10th July 2006

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.

20th June 2006

Fact: Steven Spielberg's son MAX celebrated his 21st birthday at Cirque Du Soleil's KA show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada at the weekend (17-18JUN06).

12th June 2006

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.

16th April 2006

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.

6th March 2006

Quote: "Schindler's List and Munich... I think I speak for all Jews when I say I can't wait to see what happened to us next." Oscars host Jon Stewart pays an odd tribute to Steven Spielberg's movies.

6th March 2006

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.

6th March 2006

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.

9th September 2005

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>

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