News Mash-up: Famous Actors

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. reconfigure / ˌri kənˈfɪg yər / (v.) – to change or rearrange the system, elements, or settings of something

    We need to reconfigure our plans for the project because we encountered some unexpected delays.

  2. installment / ɪnˈstɔl mənt / (n.) – one part of a TV show or series of books, movies, etc. released over a period of time

    The fourth installment of my favorite book series is coming out next month.

  3. screen / skrin / (v.) – to publicly show a movie or TV show

    The movie theater decided not to screen the movie because of all the complaints it received about the storyline.

  4. flick / flɪk / (n.) – a movie

    Do you want to go see that new action flick? I thought it looked pretty good.

  5. rarefied / ˈrɛər əˌfaɪd / (adj.) – related to a small group of people who have unusual wealth, skill, social status, etc

    After winning her seventh gold medal, Amanda joined a rarefied group of Olympic athletes.


Read the text below.

Harrison Ford injures shoulder on set of new Indiana Jones movie

Actor Harrison Ford injured his shoulder while rehearsing a fight scene for a new Indiana Jones movie, Walt Disney Co. said on June 23.

Production of the fifth Indiana Jones film will continue while “the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated” for the 78-year-old actor, Disney said in a statement.

“The filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks,” the statement said. The movie’s release date has been postponed several times. Disney currently plans for it to debut in July 2022.

Ford first played Indiana Jones, the fedora-wearing archaeologist and adventurer, in 1981 in Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Reuters)

Venice festival to honor Jamie Lee Curtis with lifetime achievement award

Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice International Film Festival in September, where the latest installment of her Halloween movies will screen out of competition, organizers said on June 30.

Curtis made her film debut in the first Halloween, playing babysitter Laurie Strode, who faced off against deadly serial killer Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror flick.

“Jamie Lee Curtis belongs to that rarefied group of Hollywood actors who best reflect the qualities that are the very soul of the global film industry and its legacy,” festival director Alberto Barbera said. (Reuters)

These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

Viewpoint Discussion

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Discussion A

  • The release date for the fifth Indiana Jones film has been postponed several times and is now scheduled for July 2022. How do you think these numerous delays have affected fans (ex. they lost interest, they’re even more excited)? Has the release date for something that you were interested in ever been postponed multiple times? Discuss.
  • Many fans strongly disliked the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series. Do you think the fifth installment will be successful, or do you feel it’s time for this series to end? Have you ever seen any of the Indiana Jones movies? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Barbera said that Curtis belongs to that rarefied group of Hollywood actors who best reflect the qualities that are the very soul of the global film industry and its legacy. In your opinion, what qualities should an actor have to earn a lifetime achievement award? Why? Discuss.
  • Would you consider the Halloween flicks to be good movies? Why do you think this horror franchise continues to be so popular over 40 years since its first installment was released? Discuss.