Emmerich's Happy Birthday, Mr. President; Spielberg's Lincoln Not "Political Fodder"

by Sophia Savage
September 20, 2011 5:15 AM
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Roland Emmerich, whose Shakespeare-subverting drama Anonymous will hit theaters October 28, is planning another trip down history lane, but this time not as far back and not any time soon. The director is planning to make Happy Birthday Mr. President - "The title will tell you everything" - but says digital technology is not yet where it needs to be for him to make it the way he wants, i.e. with digitally manipulated and aged actors. Does this mean Marilyn Monroe will actually be the one singing the famous song to John F. Kennedy on his birthday? We'll have to wait and see; "I think we have to wait another five years," says Emmerich. For now, we can watch the real deal (1962 video) below, or enjoy Michelle Williams channeling Monroe. The Anonymous trailer is below. [MTV]

Another late president, Abraham Lincoln, will hit the screen before Emmerich's JFK, but not in time for the 2012 elections. Steven Spielberg is soon shooting Lincoln in Richmond, VA, where he will chronicle the last months of the president's life (as in Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals). “The movie will be purposely coming out after next year’s election," says Spielberg; "I didn’t want it to become political fodder.” The director also speaks about 3-D and audience discrimination ("In the end, we are all working for them”), and his upcoming Christmas movies, War Horse (Oscar buzz) and The Adventures of Tintin (inside scoop from Comic-Con), the latter of which will be in 3-D. Trailers below. [Orlando Sentinel]

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