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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."

Could 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'The Master' Be Contenders? We Prematurely Predict The 2013 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2012 2:03 PM
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As you might have noticed, the 2011/2012 awards season is finally over: the Oscars were on Sunday night, "The Artist" was the big winner, Meryl Streep finally got her third statuette, and "Hugo" basically won everything else. And so we get to put all this talk of what might get nominated, what might win, and who will definitely win, to bed for a year.

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.

New Look At Daniel Day-Lewis In Costume (Not Eating Dinner) In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 10:00 AM
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When we recently caught up with Steven Spielberg's longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy, she addressed that picture of a bearded Daniel Day-Lewis that made the rounds of him eating dinner, but still looking every bit the lead of "Lincoln." "That's not actually his Lincoln beard," Kennedy told us. "That's just what he looks like right now. He wasn't in hair, makeup, wardrobe, or anything when that picture was taken. He had just gone out that evening, he was just having dinner, and someone snapped a photo of him. But doesn't he look like Lincoln in blue jeans?" Well yes, he does. And the good news is that in full costume, he looks the part too.

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 Says 'Lincoln' Was Set For December 2012 To Avoid Being Grist For the 2012 Political Election

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 4:48 PM
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Daniel Day-Lewis Looks Pretty Presidential Eating Dinner With His 'Lincoln' Goatee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2011 5:35 PM
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"Four score and seven years ago, I ordered a dessert dammit..."

Jared Harris To Play Ulysses S. Grant In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 2:45 PM
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Somewhat of a cinematic chameleon, character actors don't come along much better than Jared Harris. Portraying everyone from Andy Warhol ("I Shot Andy Warhol") to Captain Mike ("The Curious Case Of Benjamin To Button") to Moriarty in next month's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows," the actor has pretty much done it all in movies both big and small. And now the mighty Spielberg has come calling.

David Oyelowo Joins Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 11:20 AM
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David Oyelowo is so close to stardom, you can taste it. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran became well known in the U.K. after starring in the spy series "Spooks" (or "M-I:5" in the U.S.) and earned further attention with his turn in 2006's "The Last King of Scotland."

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