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Spielberg Chased Daniel Day-Lewis For 9 Years, Wanted Him Before Liam Neeson To Play ‘Lincoln' & More About The Film

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 7, 2012 1:03 PM
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Now that President Obama is back for a second term, some Oscar pundits are claiming Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular leader, is a shoo-in lock for a Best Picture win at the Oscars. We wouldn’t go that far, but the political drama, which hit theaters this weekend, is certainly going to be up for a handful of Oscar nominations at the very least.

Spielberg Says Getting Daniel Day-Lewis To Say Yes To 'Lincoln’ Was Tough; Sally Field Says DDL Texted Her In Character

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 25, 2012 3:25 PM
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Much like Obama and Romney, Steven Spielberg’s out on the campaign trail for his upcoming historical drama/political procedural “Lincoln” (including a visible stop on "60 Minutes"). And perhaps illustrating how the film isn’t the easiest sell for audiences that may not want a history lesson this fall, even the usually press-reluctant and shy Daniel Day-Lewis is out on the stump for the movie with him.

HBO Considering A Third 'Band Of Brothers,' Signs Deal With David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 9:02 AM
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Of all the success HBO has had in recent years, particularly by drawing Hollywood stars and auteurs into their fold, one could arguably trace their new network dominance back to 2001's "Band Of Brothers." The acclaimed ten-part, eleven-hour miniseries from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks picked up six Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and many more honors, and was a big audience draw in addition to being a massive critical success. It spawned a side-series, "The Pacific," and overall continues to be one of HBO's crown jewels. So is it any surprise they want more?

Steven Spielberg Sent A Script To The Fake Movie Studio The CIA Set Up To Make 'Argo,' Was It 'E.T.'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 5:41 PM
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If Ben Affleck's Oscar contending "Argo" has proven anything, it's that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and his based-on-a-true story tale has an even more interesting footnote to go along with the story.

NYFF Impressions: Steven Spielberg Unveils His 'Lincoln' History Lesson In Surprise Screening

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:42 PM
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Characterized by refreshing restraint, its passionate convictions and patience, if Steven Spielberg’s worst tendencies are his propensity for the sentimental and overwrought (as evinced recently in much of “War Horse”), his latest, “Lincoln,” thankfully possesses almost none of those unfortunate traits. However, as a two hour procedural about the ratification of an amendment in the House Of Representatives (does anything sound more appealing as a premise to you?), "Lincoln" is also not exactly the most engaging nor well-paced picture either.

Fall Movie Pros & Cons: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 8, 2012 5:29 PM
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A week into October, and fall movie season is firmly underway. The box office received a kick-start thanks to "Hotel Transylvania," "Looper" and "Taken 2," the Oscar contenders are starting to come into place thanks to "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life Of Pi," and festival screenings at Venice, Telluride, TIFF and the NYFF have provided looks at many of the films we're going to be seeing on screens as the months get colder and the days get shorter.

Watch: Presidential Debate Presents Fiery, Much More Promising Extended TV Spot For 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2012 11:15 PM
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Now, this is more like it. While the DreamWorks marketing team continues to try to get a handle on how to present Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (memo: those live tech talks on faded social networks aren't working), they definitely nailed it with this new extended TV spot (which is essentially a new trailer) for the film.

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' To Make World Premiere As Closing Film Of AFI Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 1:12 PM
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After a John Williams-drunk official trailer premiered last week, the question still remained on what exactly we were getting from "Lincoln." Even in the Google Hangout thing (which was kind of unwatchable), Steven Spielberg took great pains to point out that the trailer was a snippet and a suggestion of the film, rather than a complete representation of what he's bringing to the table. Well, audiences and critics will get a taste of the movie in full when it makes its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in November as the official Closing Film on November 8th, before opening just over a week later on November 16th. Press release below:

Discuss: Is Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Typical Oscar Bait, Or Is There Something More?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2012 12:14 PM
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With TIFF peaking earlier this week, by far the biggest story of the past few days has been last night's debut of the trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Probably one of the most anticipated films of the year, the match-up between America's most beloved filmmaker and its most legendary President has seemed like a potent one ever since the project was announced seven years ago. And a casting change -- swapping out Liam Neeson for two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis -- and a star-laden list of supporting players, only made it seem more and more like the film could turn out to be a major achievement.

Watch: First Full Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' With Daniel Day-Lewis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2012 7:17 PM
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It's been the best part of a decade since Steven Spielberg announced he wanted to tackle a biopic of Abraham Lincoln. The director optioned the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln" before the book was published in 2005, and soon set his "Munich" writer Tony Kushner with the task of adapting the project. Liam Neeson was set to play the president, but the film kept getting pushing back, and the "Schindler's List" star was eventually deemed too old, and two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis stepped in instead, with filming finally getting underway late last year.

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