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Liam Neeson Explains Why He Wasn't Right For 'Lincoln,' Still Wants To Play Role In "Old-Fashioned Biography"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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While he's primarily known these days for growling through one B-movie action flick after another, had things gone differently, we might have seen a more presidential side to Liam Neeson. For years, the actor was attached to Steven Spielberg's long developing "Lincoln," before he bowed out and made way for Daniel Day-Lewis. In fact, Day-Lewis was actually Spielberg's first choice for the part, but the actor initially turned him down. Persistence eventually paid off and worked out well for everybody, but what about Neeson? Well he bears no grudges and explains why he let the role go.

'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Iron Man 3' & More Make Empire Magazine's Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 10:14 AM
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Well, the cinephiles at Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound have had their say on 2013, now how about something for everyone else? Leaning much more toward the mainstream, the folks over at Empire have kicked off December with their list of the greatest from the past twelve months and it's pretty safe to say that there are definitely a couple of movies on here that likely won't be found anywhere else.

'Gravity,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' & More Land On Cahiers Du Cinéma Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 11:24 AM
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Let the honors begin. While the New York Film Critics Circle will select their winners a week from today, unofficially kicking off the handing out of awards, overseas the snootier and usually more adventurous folks at Cahiers du Cinéma have unveiled their top ten movies of 2013. And as usual, it's excitingly all over the place.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Almost An HBO Project, Warns Of Film Industry "Implosion"

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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It’s becoming pretty obvious what the trend of 2013 is, at least in the film world. That trend would be filmmakers sharing their opinions on the current state of cinema and their predictions for what the future of cinema could entail. This time around, it’s George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They recently visited the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help tout the opening of their new Interactive Media Building. While there, they spoke of the current state of cinema, with Spielberg predicting that a sea of change in the film industry is simply inevitable... we’re sure the film students in the audience were just thrilled to hear that. Sorry kids.

Christopher Doyle Calls 'Life Of Pi' A "Fucking Insult To Cinematography," Hates On 'Lincoln' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 10:21 AM
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While high-profile Oscar contenders like Best Picture winner "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" all had various amounts of haterade poured all over them, one movie that was pretty much untouchable all season long was "Life Of Pi." Outside of the whole mini VFX controversy thing -- which really only happened after the Oscars -- Ang Lee and his film were embraced by the industry, winning four statuettes for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Visual Effects. But certainly, not everyone was taken with the movie.

Oscars: The Snubs & The Surprises Of The 85th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 11:50 AM
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The 2013 Oscar season finally came to an end with the 85th Academy Awards. The major prizes of the night went to "Argo," which, as expected, won Best Picture, Ang Lee took Best Director, while Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence won the acting prizes.

2013 Oscars: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture & 3 Awards; 'Life Of Pi' Wins 4 Including Best Director For Ang Lee

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 24, 2013 8:17 PM
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Well, that's a wrap. The two bigger winners of the night were "Argo," which one the coveted Best Picture award and three awards total, and "Life of Pi," which took home the most statuettes of the evening including Best Director for Ang Lee (which we called in our predictions). The one relative "surprise" of the night early on (though a late groundswell started in recent weeks) was Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained," beating out Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. But the show was a brutally longwinded snore and the musical segments didn't help. Host Seth MacFarlane had mixed results, but fared better than we expected and had a few admittedly killer jokes. All and all though, pacing wise, it was a crushingly slow and laborious show. More analysis tomorrow, this thing tired us out.

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Helped To Finally Officially Abolish Slavery In Mississippi

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2013 10:38 AM
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As you watched President Lincoln on screen go through painstaking efforts in order to have the thirteenth amendment passed in Congress, you probably thought that particular part of history is long behind us. After all, the events portrayed in the film happened nearly 150 years ago. Well, that’s not quite the case, as University of Mississippi associate professor Dr. Ranjan Batra discovered soon after watching the film.
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Watch: Second Awards Season Segment For 'Lincoln' On '60 Minutes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 2:57 PM
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Talk about tapping a demographic. With the film already up over $170 million at home helping push the worldwide total over $220 million, it's safe to say that Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a box office smash, and a critical one as well. And yet, the movie has faded from the Oscar conversation, with Ben Affleck's "Argo" racing into the frontrunner position. But that doesn't mean the campaigning ends. After a segment on "60 Minutes" last fall, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis have returned to the show again, for yet another look at the film.

The Oscar Best Picture Nominees By The Numbers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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We are a little over two weeks out from Oscar night, and today sees the opening of the second phase of voting. Right now, and over the next ten days, Academy members will be filling out ballots and deciding who's actually going to be taking home the statues on Sunday, February 24th.

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