Spielberg to visit Sri Lanka

Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg is to visit Sri Lanka this year as part of a vacation around the world.

Foreign media reports said that he will be taking some time off following the success of his latest film “Lincoln” by sailing around the world with his family this summer.

The moviemaker’s drama about former President Abraham Lincoln took home two Oscars last month, and now he is set for some much-needed rest and relaxation with his wife Kate Capshaw.

The couple will set sail on their $200 million yacht named the Seven Seas, which boasts a movie theater, spa, and anti-seasickness system, in May.

During the 30,000-mile trek, the pair will revisit some of Spielberg’s favorite places, such as Hawaii, where he shot “Jurassic Park,” and “Sri Lanka,” where a portion of the “Indiana Jones” franchise came to life.

An aide at his production company, Amblin Entertainment, tells the New York Post, “We are not expecting to see him during the summer.”

Steven Spielberg worked with Chandran Ratnam on Indiana Jones when it was shot in Sri Lanka and he once referred to Rutnam as “Our most valued friend in the Far East”.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg’s films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time.

From 1985 to 1989 Spielberg was married to actress Amy Irving. In their 1989 divorce settlement, she received $100 million from Spielberg after a judge controversially vacated a prenuptial agreement written on a napkin. Their divorce was recorded as the third most costly celebrity divorce in history.[92] Following the divorce, Spielberg and Irving shared custody of their son, Max Samuel.

Spielberg subsequently developed a relationship with actress Kate Capshaw, whom he met when he cast her in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They married on October 12, 1991. Capshaw is a convert to Judaism.[93] They currently move among their four homes in Pacific Palisades, California; New York City; Quelle Farm, Georgica Pond in East Hampton, New York, on Long Island;[94] and Naples, Florida.  (Colombo Gazette)