by Tony Rizzo

Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank has been in Australia making “I Am Mother,” with Clara Rugaard. The film is about a teenage girl raised by a robot mother designed to repopulate Earth following an extinction event. Her recent film “55 Steps,” with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor, premiered last month at The Toronto International Film Festival.

Matt Damon has been filming in California; New Orleans; Atlanta; Savannah, Georgia; and in Le Mans, France, for his latest film, “Ford v. Ferrari,” based on the book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” by A.J. Baime. The $100 million budget should ensure lots of racing action as he and Christian Bale compete for glory at Le Mans. The racing thrills hit screens June 28.

Shirley MacLaine, one of the last movie stars from the golden age of Hollywood, is still going strong at 84. She’s a four-time Oscar nominee, for “Irma La Deuce” (1964), as a director of “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir” (1975), “The Turning Point” (1978) and “Terms of Endearment,” for which she won a best-supporting Oscar in 1984. Shirley recently did Netflix’s “The Little Mermaid,” with William Moseley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), and has just completed the Disney Fantasy Christmas comedy “Noelle,” for Disney’s streaming service. Shirley has written umpteen books about her reincarnations, and if she’s lived before, she may have been through the studio system more than once!

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