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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?

Shia LaBeouf Done With Studio Films? Actor Regrets Comments About 'Indy 4,' Says He's 'Terrified' About Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2012 12:00 PM
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While it's been a while since we really warmed to him on screen, kudos are certainly due to Shia LaBeouf for giving his career a new lease of life of late. The 26-year-old actor started off in the Disney Channel world before graduating to blockbuster sidekick in films like "Constantine" and "I Robot," and has spent much of the last half-decade going from blockbuster to blockbuster, most notably in the 'Transformers' series and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." But John Hillcoat's "Lawless," which opens in a few weeks, seems to signal a serious sea change in the actor's career.

Steven Spielberg Considering Shooting 'Robopocalypse' In IMAX

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 5:53 PM
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Toldja? It was earlier today that we openly discussed whether or not IMAX was the new Hollywood darling that would trump the fading 3D, and now one of the biggest blockbuster directors of all time -- the man who pretty much invented it -- is looking to play with the format.

Discuss: With 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' Going IMAX, Is The Format Becoming The New 3D?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2012 2:08 PM
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There has been something of a trend recently for re-releasing older fare in 3D, with Disney and Pixar movies, "Titanic," "Star Wars" and, next summer, "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day" all getting the treatment. It's the new-money-for-old-rope-approach to the movies, and while these aren't guaranteed phenomenons (although "Titanic" did extraordinarily well internationally, especially in China, and "The Lion King" topped the box office in the U.S. last fall), they've been something of a no-brainer so far, allowing studios to get many millions of dollars through fairly minimal effort.

First Real Look: Daniel Day Lewis In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 9:36 AM
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As we creep into the fall season, we've seen a little something — whether an image or a teaser trailer — from almost every major film that looks like it could be an Oscar contender. Until this morning, however, there was one glaring exception, and it's one of the most anticipated of all: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which sees America's most successful filmmaker take on his long-time dream project, a biopic of President Abraham Lincoln, with two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe himself.

Honest Abe Vs. James Bond: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Goes Head To Head With 'Skyfall' On November 9th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 12:25 PM
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Most of the big awards contenders set out their stalls on the release calendar long ago: even Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" had picked out its December release date months before it actually went into production. But there was one exception, and it's potentially the heaviest hitter of them all: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."

30th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Steven Spielberg's Classic 'E.T.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2012 2:48 PM
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Thirty is a tricky birthday for anyone - your twenties are in the rear-view mirror, and your forties start to sneak up (can you tell this writer is getting closer to the magic 3-0?...). But it's also the point at which you can reach a certain respectability, start to push towards (whisper it) adulthood, and make it clear that you're here to stay. All of which is a long-winded and possibly over-sharing way of saying that thirty years ago today, on June 11, 1982, "E.T: The Extra Terrestrial" was released in theaters.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Joe Dante's 'Gremlins'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 3:02 PM
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June 8th, 1984 was a great day for movie nerds, particularly those with an affection for special effects, scares and belly laughs. Not only did they get "Ghostbusters" in theaters that day (as we've already looked at, but they also got "Gremlins," the subversive PG-rated horror-comedy from the A-list trio of writer Chris Columbus, director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg's 'The Goonies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 7, 2012 11:05 AM
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In the last couple of years, a spate of films, from Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" to J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," have named one film as a particular influence: Richard Donner's "The Goonies," the 1985 kids' adventure film that served as part of the 1980s golden age of Amblin, Steven Spielberg's production company. Following a group of working class kids from the 'Goon Docks' of Astoria, Oregon, on one last adventure before their homes are demolished, only to end up on a quest, and pursued by a vicious criminal family, the Fratellis, the film is a rollicking adventure that also had a particular feel for the friendships between kids.

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