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Chasing Daniel Day-Lewis: Spielberg Asked Him To Play 'Lincoln' Seven Years Ago & The Actor Initially Turned Him Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 12:14 PM
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While younger actors (like Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender for example) crowd up their schedules with work early on in their career to gain exposure and experience, it'll be interesting to see if any follow the eventual path taken by Daniel Day-Lewis. The acclaimed actor was certainly busier in the early stages of his career but by the mid-90s the gaps between his films started to stretch out and now, DDL is equally known for the dedication to his work and the lengthy breaks he takes between pictures. Right now, the actor is suiting up as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long gestating "Lincoln." And while Liam Neeson was long attached to the part (and eventually grew too old to play the part), it seems Spielberg got the man he wanted all along.

The Films Of Steven Spielberg, Part One: The Spectacle

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 21, 2011 2:00 PM
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It seems somewhat appropriate that the week that sees Steven Spielberg celebrate his 65th birthday (which was on Monday) also sees the release of two new films from the director, arguably the most successful, and certainly one of the most famous, filmmakers of all time. The director has always been something of a workhorse, with 29 feature films across a 40-year career (that's one every eighteen months, more or less), all without mentioning his early TV credits, his countless producing credits and even helping to run an entire studio.

Review: 'The Adventures of Tintin' Is All Hollow Spectacle & No Joy

  • By Alison Willmore
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  • December 21, 2011 11:30 AM
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Tintin is a terrible journalist. It has to be said -- his walls are covered with framed news stories about his exploits rather than work published under his byline, he takes not one note (pity his poor fact-checker) and not even by the laxest of Fox News standards could he be considered objective, given how much he involves himself in the tale of pirate ships and lost treasures that unfurls in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin." You could also argue that Indiana Jones is a questionable archaeologist, with the cultural imperialism of his carefree snagging of international artifacts and the amount of destruction he leaves in the wake of his exploration of historical sites. But Indiana Jones has personality, and, like the man says, personality goes a long way.

Steven Spielberg, Jamie Bell & Nick Frost Talk About Bringing 'The Adventures Of Tintin' From Page To Screen

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 20, 2011 3:55 PM
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When a film takes nearly thirty years to come to fruition, a lot of information gets shared along the way -- so even before "The Adventures of Tintin" comes out this week, most of us know not only the story, but also what's next. Still, director Steven Spielberg, his visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, and cast members Jamie Bell and Nick Frost had some more to share when they gathered in New York to talk to press about 'Tintin,' where they recounted the project's long path from page to screen and what Peter Jackson contributed in his role as a producer.

Steven Spielberg And His Cast On John Ford, Their Equine Co-Stars And Whether 'War Horse' Is A War Movie

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 19, 2011 11:45 AM
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Steven Spielberg shot "War Horse" during a break while his team of animators were working on "The Adventures of Tintin," but it's not a rush job -- the director took his time searching for cast members, sending his actors to boot camp to learn to ride, and waiting for the English weather to cooperate. At the press day and the film's premiere, Spielberg, screenwriter Richard Curtis, and the cast of "War Horse" revealed how they transformed the children's book and award-winning play into a film that has already garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama and Best Score.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says ‘Robopocalypse’ Will Have ‘Minority Report’ & ‘A.I.’-Like Elements & Says The ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Sequel Is Stalled For Now

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 16, 2011 6:24 PM
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Besides "Lincoln" and "The Adventures of Tintin" sequels, what else do director Steven Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy cooking for their follow-ups? And what else is Kennedy working on outside of her projects with Spielberg? We quizzed Kennedy for a rapid fire round-up of everything that's on the table, and what's being pushed aside at the moment.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Will Not Feature The Civil War; Producer Kathleen Kennedy Debunks Daniel Day-Lewis Rumors

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 13, 2011 10:04 AM
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To promote "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin" these past two consecutive weekends in New York, director Steven Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy had to make runs back and forth from Virginia, where they're currently shooting "Lincoln."

Steven Spielberg Talks Mentoring Peter Jackson & Collaborating For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 11:03 AM
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It’s not often you see a director dream team. Often one is hands-off as a producer, shepherding or “godfathering” the film to the screen with the director’s vision. Other times, it’s a collaboration bourne out of years and years of familiarity. And yet, “The Adventures Of Tintin” unites Academy Award-winning blockbuster helmers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to bring the story of Herge’s beloved comic strip creation to life.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Tintin' Made Him "Feel Like a Painter" But Admit He Could Never Do A Traditionally Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 7:20 PM
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In an extensive interview with the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog (conducted at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con), Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson discussed their new motion-captured animated adventure "The Adventures of Tintin." While a lot of the interview covers ground that we've all heard before (like Jackson dressing as Captain Haddock in the live action screen test and Spielberg being turned onto 'Tintin' when European critics compared "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to it), but there are also some gems, like how Spielberg seemed artistically liberated by the freedom of the mo-cap world, but admitted he was probably a lousy fit for a traditionally animated movie.

Steven Spielberg Clarifies 'Indiana Jones 5' Comments; Says Genre Of Film Won't Change, But MacGuffin Will

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 5, 2011 4:00 PM
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A lot of people have been reading a lot of meaning into something Steven Spielberg said recently. Addressing the return of "Indiana Jones" in a fifth movie, the director told Entertainment Weekly recently that he'd clashed with George Lucas and Harrison Ford about "genre and concept" in the fourth film, "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," but that for the fifth, he said Lucas and he "already have agreed on the genre." Genre? What?

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