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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.

Watch: Trailer For The Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 4:30 PM
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If either candidate wants to win our votes in November, there's one very simple way to our hearts: amending the constitution to ban the use of trailers for trailers. A recent and insidious invention of Hollywood marketing departments, we can see the appeal from their point of view -- they get all the eyes keen for a first look at footage, but also get to drag out the anticipation and buzz for an extra few days. It's become increasingly commonplace over the last year (to the extent that even a smallish picture like "Looper" does it, and the latest to do so is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of these United States.

Steven Spielberg Won't Be Making That Osama Bin Laden Movie 'No Easy Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 8:33 AM
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So, remember that report yesterday that sprung up saying that Steven Spielberg was considering directing "No Easy Day," a SEAL's chronicling of the killing of Osama Bin Laden? Yeah, you can ahead and scratch that.

Steven Spielberg Eyes Osama Bin Laden Killing Memoir 'No Easy Day' For Movie Treatment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 7:59 AM
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It would appear that the domain of rival movies isn't just limited to fairy tale blockbusters like "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White White And The Huntsman." One of the most compelling moments in recent American history -- the killing of Osama Bin Laden -- is already taking a couple of different routes to the big screen. There is of course Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" which hits in December and has already drawn some minor controversy with political types accusing the Obama government of sharing classfied intel with the production. There's also the comparably low rent "Code Name Geronimo" starring Cam Gigandet, Xzibit and Eddie Kaye Thomas that The Weinstein Company picked up back at Cannes. And now it seems Steven Spielberg is kicking the tires on his own Bin Laden flick.

Can Daniel Day-Lewis Break The Spielberg Acting Awards Oscar Losing Streak For 'Lincoln?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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With festival season getting underway in only a few short days, we're about to see which actors will gain traction for the awards season ahead of us. But there's at least one major performance that we won't know about for a few months yet (or until we see a trailer), and it's one that's probably been the presumptive front-runner ever since the film was announced: Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the director's biopic of Civil War-winning President Abraham Lincoln, focusing on the last few months of his life before his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

Daniel Day-Lewis Looks Mournful In First One-Sheet For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 11:11 AM
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With only a little more than two months before release, all we've seen of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is one official image. Is it a matter of confidence? A knowledge that people are going to want to see a biopic of the legendary President, directed by America's favorite filmmaker, and starring one of the most-lauded actors of the last few decades, regardless of what the promotional material looks like? Is it an attempt to not be seen as the Oscar front-runner too far in advance? Or is something else going on?

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