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Watch: Spielberg and Day-Lewis Talk 'Lincoln' at Lengthy Q&A (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2012 at 2:33PM

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participated in a live Q&A session yesterday after a special screening of "Lincoln," directed by Spielberg and starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, both linked below.
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"Lincoln"
"Lincoln"

Director Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") participated in a live Q&A session Wednesday after a special screening of "Lincoln," starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president.  The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, are both linked below.  

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Journalist Mark Harris served as interviewer, taking questions from the audience as well as social media, as the conversation streamed live on Yahoo Movies. Spielberg and Day-Lewis discuss how they and writer Tony Kushner sifted through the riches of information in Doris Kearns Goodwin's panoramic Lincoln biography, "Team of Rivals."  Ultimately, they chose to focus on the last four months of Lincoln's life, his hard work, and toils: "We did not want to make a movie about a monument named Lincoln," says Spielberg," we needed to make a movie about a man named Lincoln." 

The interview lasts for nearly fifty minutes.

"Lincoln" opens in select theaters November 9, 2012 and nationwide November 16, 2012. (NYFF review round-up here.)
 

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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.