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Steven Spielberg Talks His Holiday Double Features to Newsweek

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2011 at 1:39AM

At 65, Steven Spielberg has more energy than most. With two year-end movies about to open ("The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse"), he's off in Virginia filming a third, "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis as the Civil War president. He tells David Ansen at Newsweek:
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The Adventures of Tintin
Paramount The Adventures of Tintin

At 65, Steven Spielberg has more energy than most. With two year-end movies about to open ("The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse"), he's off in Virginia filming a third, "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis as the Civil War president. He tells David Ansen at Newsweek:

“Movies are always in a state of locomotion. You start with a general idea of how it should feel and then you find you’ve got a runaway train. You have to race to catch up: the movie is telling you what it wants to become, and when that happens there’s no greater feeling.”

Ansen also reviews the two films, admitting that the second half of the virtuosic "Tintin" is too frenetic for some (including me) and that "War Horse" is oddly schizophrenic. Indeed. While the war sequences are sublimely made (and the emotion is earned), the Devon bookends seem to hail from a Hollywood era long past.

As for Oscars, no matter that the critics are ignoring "War Horse." It's playing well inside the industry. My guess is that "War Horse" makes it into best picture Oscar contention, sentimental favorite Spielberg could win best director, the script will be nominated, and veteran John Williams could win score for "War Horse." (None of the actors will get nominated.) By all rights Toon actioner "The Adventures of Tintin" should be up for cinematography, VFX, animation, sound categories and editing, but it may get shut out as a 'tweener--it's a live action/performance capture/animation hybrid.

Coming up this week: nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes. These will be very telling.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.