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Rita Moreno to Star in Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake!

Rita Moreno is revisiting her iconic film!

The acclaimed actress, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing Anita in the 1961 version of West Side Story, will return for the Steven Spielberg-directed remake, Deadline confirmed on Tuesday (November 27).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rita Moreno

In addition, Rita will be an executive producer of the upcoming adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim lyric musical.

However, she will playing a different role: in the new movie, she will play Valentina, a re-conceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work. And to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling! Then to work together with the brilliant playwright, Tony Kushner – what a glorious stew! I am tingling!” she said.

“From our earliest discussions, we wanted to include Rita Moreno in our production. Her Anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever filmed, and a personal favorite of mine. We created an original role for her, and we feel beyond fortunate that Rita will bring her extraordinary gifts as an actress, as well as her deep understanding of West Side Story to this production as an executive producer,” said Steven.

Filming for West Side Story is set to begin in the summer of 2019.

Matt Damon & Steven Spielberg Help Honor Kathleen Kennedy at Governors Awards 2018

Kathleen Kennedy accepts her honorary award on stage at the 2018 Governors Awards on Sunday night (November 18) at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg were on hand to present the honor. The legendary producer and her husband, director and producer Frank Marshall, were presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Kathleen became the first woman to ever receive the award!

Kathleen currently is overseeing the Star Wars franchise and some stars from the movies that showed support included Harrison Ford with wife Calista Flockhart, Lupita Nyong’o, Diego Luna, and Laura Dern.

FYI: Calista is wearing a Chanel dress. Lupita is wearing a Tom Ford dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Harry Kotlar rings, and Anabela Chan earrings. Laura is wearing a Rodarte gown and Fernando Jorge earrings.

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Oprah Helps Honor Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson at Ambassadors for Humanity Gala!

Tom Hanks is all smiles as he poses in-between Oprah and his wife Rita Wilson at the 2018 Ambassadors For Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday (November 5) in Beverly Hills.

Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, and his wife Kate Capshaw presented Tom, 62, and Rita, also 62, with the Institute’s 2018 Ambassadors for Humanity Award.

Also in attendance was Tom Ford,
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who hosted, and Melissa Etheridge who hit the stage for a special performance at the event. “We don’t know what’s going to happen [on election day],” Tom said during his speech, “but we do know that we have an engine, a motor, that gives us the guide to join in the mission of Shoah Foundation and form a more perfect union.”

Tom and Rita are champions of many vital efforts, they have been steadfast supporters of USC Shoah Foundation for more than two decades, helping to further the Institute’s mission to develop empathy, understanding and respect through eyewitness testimony.

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Ansel Elgort Snags Male Lead in Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story'

Ansel Elgort is starring in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming musical West Side Story!

The 24-year-old Billionaire Boys Club actor has landed the male lead in the film, THR reports.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ansel Elgort

Ansel will take on the role of Tony, first portrayed by Larry Kert in the original 1957 Broadway musical.

Richard Beymer played the character in the classic 1961 movie.

Steven has reportedly been searching for actors for most of the year, needing those who can sing, dance, and act. The search was taking so long that some worried the project would be postponed.

West Side Story parallels the story of Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York, featuring white and Puerto Rican rival gangs.

The movie is now on track for starting production in summer 2019.

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon Couple Up at 'A Star Is Born' Premiere

Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon were a cute couple at the premiere of A Star Is Born!

The duo hit the red carpet at the event on Monday evening (September 24) at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The couple were joined at the premiere by lots of other celebrities including Chrissy Metz, Kathy Bates, Rosanna Arquette, Alyssa Milano, Ed Helms, Steven Spielberg and Abbie Cornish.

Other attendees included musicians Adam Lambert, Gavin Rossdale, Barry Manilow, Gloria Estefan and Evan Ross.

A Star Is Born hits theaters on October 5th.

FYI: Abbie is wearing a Toni Matičevski dress with jewels by Liven Company, Csarite, and Erica Courtney.

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