Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg Talk LINCOLN, Showing Lincoln as Politician and Father, and Release Timing around the Election

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In Lincoln, as the Civil War neared its conclusion in early 1865, newly re-elected President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, in a truly remarkable performance) was determined to unite Congress in passing a Constitutional amendment to abolish slavery. Facing fierce pro-slavery opposition, Lincoln employed strategy, persuasion and political muscle to get a swift and decisive victory before the impeding Confederate surrender, so as not to risk losing the opportunity to end slavery.

At the film’s press day, actor Daniel Day-Lewis and director Steven Spielberg talked about their portrait of a man considered America’s greatest leader, the greatest challenges in bringing this iconic figure to life, what they were surprised to learn about the man through their research, deciding which aspects of Lincoln’s life to include in the film, illustrating the life of the politician versus the life of the father, the incredible supporting cast, how Spielberg finally convinced Day-Lewis to sign on (Liam Neeson was briefly set to play Lincoln), and why it was important to wait until after the current presidential election to release the film. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

LINCOLN Clips Reveal Superb Performances of Supporting Cast, Including Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and David Strathairn

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Although the last quarter of this year is positively stacked with fantastic films, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln should be on your short list. The period piece is less a cut-and-dry biopic of America’s 16th President, played perfectly as always by Daniel Day-Lewis, and more of an examination of the burdens placed on Lincoln to keep a nation from falling apart while abolishing slavery and attempting to hold his personal life together.  While the film is excellent overall (you can read my review here), a highlight of Lincoln is the excellent supporting cast.  A previous selection of clips focused mainly on the President, but this new batch  shows off snippets of the performances by Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and David Strathairn to name a few.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Lincoln, also starring Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace and Hal Holbrook, opens November 16th.

LINCOLN Review

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As I write this review, we here in the States are approaching an historic Presidential election.   For many, the voting decision comes down to individual beliefs related to the economy and civil rights.  So it was with a familiar national context that I approached Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a film as much about the man himself as it is about the fight to approve the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery and thereby put an end to the Civil War.  Much as our 16th President was equal to the task, so too was Spielberg in his effort to bring this story to the screen, complemented by the absorbing lead performance of Daniel Day-Lewis and the dynamic writing of Tony Kushner.  While the film missed on a few marks, Lincoln remains an engaging story full of heart, humor and conviction that remains culturally relevant even today.  Hit the jump for my review.

Three New Clips from Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN Highlight Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Three new clips have gone online for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.  The clips provide glimpses of conversational scenes throughout the film and feature President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis), Mrs. Lincoln (Sally Field), Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) and Robert Lincoln (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).  Taken individually, the clips give a nice suggestion of tone, visual aesthetic, character interaction and a bit of plot.  However, taken together, they reflect a core principle of the film, one that stresses the balance that Lincoln had to maintain, not only in his Presidential decisions, but in his role as a husband and a father.  Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner’s dialogue and the superb performances all around make this a must-see movie.

Also starring David Oyelowo, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris,  Lincoln opens on November 16th.  Hit the jump to view the new clips.

International Trailer for LINCOLN Is the Best One Yet

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Just in time for Election Day, a new international trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been released, and it’s by far the best one yet.  This trailer actually delves into the central focus of the long-in-the-works drama—the passing of the 13th Amendment—and gives us a much better idea of what kind of biopic Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have crafted.  Much of this trailer is reminiscent of The West Wing, with Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln and his advisers working to secure enough votes to ensure that the amendment will pass.  The trailer also teases the multitude of strong performances from the ridiculously talented ensemble, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing unfold onscreen.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared HarrisLincoln opens on November 16th.

Watch: Steven Spielberg Talks LINCOLN and the Evolution of His Career in Revealing 60 MINUTES Interview

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Director Steven Spielberg has been working on bringing President Abraham Lincoln to the big screen for over a decade, and his long-in-the-works project finally hits theaters next month with Lincoln.  In the first of what is likely quite a few profiles of the director and his film leading into awards season, Spielberg recently sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss the project’s development and production, as well as his career.  Surprisingly, much of the interview focuses on Spielberg’s upbringing and how his estranged relationship with his father (and later reconciliation) affected his career.

There’s also some great stuff about Lincoln, including an interview with Daniel Day-Lewis and the revelation that Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt got permission to record the ticking of Lincoln’s actual watch to use in the film.  Both pieces of the interview are a must-see for film fans.  Hit the jump to take a look.  Lincoln opens on November 9th in limited release and November 16th wide.

Watch an Over 40-Minute LINCOLN Q&A with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

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2012 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for film. We’ve already seen a number of inventive, original pics from some talented filmmakers, but there’s still so much promising material ahead of us.  One of the more anticipated titles of the fall season is director Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works drama Lincoln.  The pic made its world premiere recently at the NYFF to a relatively positive response, and yesterday Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis took part in a live Q&A for the film.

If you missed the livestream of the extended discussion, you’re in luck: the full 42-minute Q&A has now gone online for all to see.  I haven’t watched the full conversation yet, but I saw a few highlights yesterday in which Spielberg talked about this being the most performance-driven film he’s ever made.  Indeed, early reactions noted the pic’s similarity to The West Wing in that it features a lot of conversing and political maneuvering behind closed doors.  That’s right up my alley, so consider me one of those incredibly excited for the politics-geared drama.  Hit the jump to watch the full Q&A.  Lincoln opens wide on November 16th.

Twitter Reactions from NYFF Screening of LINCOLN: Response Mixed but Everyone Loves Tommy Lee Jones

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln just premiered as the secret screening at the New York Film Festival. We gathered up a bunch of the tweeted reactions of those who saw the film: professional critics, regular folks, even a semi-coherent Whoopi Goldberg. The response was mixed, running the gamut from “the best film Roberto Rossellini never made” to “best movie ever made for A&E?”. But virtually everyone liked the acting. Daniel Day-Lewis delivered his expected great performance, but the highest acclaim was reserved for Tommy Lee Jones, whose Oscar campaign for Best Supporting Actor apparently starts tonight.

Hit the jump for the tweets. Lincoln hits limited release on November 9, and opens in wide release for the rest of us on November 16.

Watch the 2-Minute LINCOLN TV Spot That Followed the Debate

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If you watched the debate tonight and longed for a more electric presidential authority to beam through your television, DreamWorks was happy to oblige.  The studio released a new extended TV spot for Lincoln, Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, to air directly after the presidential debate.  The spot opens like a campaign ad, interrupting black-and-white photos of political rallies and military triumph with inspirational sloganry.  (“For every dream, for every belief, for every freedom, there are those who unite us all.”)  But you will probably figure out this is pitching a movie by the time a Civil War still photo morphs into Civil War video footage.  There is a good deal of new footage not seen in the first trailer, and plenty more Daniel Day-Lewis nobly shouting if you want to better judge his Lincoln impression after the jump.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris also star.  Lincoln opens on November 16.

TOP 5: RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, First Trailer for LINCOLN, James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels/Prequel and His Take on JURASSIC PARK, FINDING NEMO 3D, TIFF 2012

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In the spirit of TIFF 2012 winding down this weekend, I’m interested in hearing what some of our readers most anticipated pics coming out of the festival are. For me, I was already psyched for films such as Looper, Cloud Atlas, and The Master, but early buzz has also peaked my interest in The Place Beyond the Pines, End of Watch, Spring Breakers, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, Dredd 3D, and At Any Price among others. What about you? Where there films that showed up on your radar while following the festival? What about a film you were looking forward to that you were disappointed didn’t fare quite as well as you had hoped (for me, this was Passion)? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out this week’s fifth spot for a link that can help you get caught up on all of our TIFF 2012 coverage.

In addition to that fifth spot, also on the docket for this week’s Top 5 is a slew of video interviews for Paul W. S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: Retribution, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, James Cameron talking the future of Avatar and what his take on Jurassic Park would have been like, and Steve’s video interviews with some of the major names behind Finding Nemo 3D. Brief recaps and links to each lie after the jump.

First Full Trailer and New Images for Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

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We posted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earlier this week in anticipation of the full trailer being released during the Google + Q&A.  Now that the full trailer is online, we finally get a chance to hear Daniel Day-Lewis speak as Abraham Lincoln.  If I’m being honest, his choice of tone and inflection is not exactly what I had expected, but who am I to tell Day-Lewis what to do?  There are plenty of scenes in the legislative houses, on the streets and on the battlefield, and they all give a sense of scope and tone to the film, just like Spielberg said it would during the Q&A.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared HarrisLincoln opens on November 16th. [Update: We added 7 new images after the jump]

First Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

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The first teaser trailer for director Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has been released.  The teaser comes just days ahead of the first full trailer and live Google+ Q&A with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  The teaser gives us our first look at Daniel Day-Lewis in motion, though we only see glimpses of him as the titular President.  There’s also a shot of who appears to be David Oyelowo dressed in Union attire as he turns and walks away from Lincoln.  A narration of the Gettysburg address plays over scenes of Civil War combat, but who is speaking remains unclear for the moment.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.

First Poster for Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

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The first poster for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has gone online.  It’s a simple poster, but I like it.  It does a good job of conveying that Daniel Day-Lewis has done what he always does: disappear into a role.  If we needed him to pose for a new $5 bill, he could do it.  Hopefully, this poster signals that we’re about to get a trailer for the film.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared HarrisLincoln opens November 16th.

First Official Image of Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN

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This fall is crowded with so many movies I want to see, I keep forgetting Steven Spielberg‘s long-in-development Abraham Lincoln movie is in the mix.  The film stars the great Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th President, and while we had seen some set photos, the studio has now released the first official image.  Unsurprisingly, Day-Lewis easily conveys Lincoln’s gravitas and thoughtfulness.  While the script is based off the great non-fiction novel by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals, the movie will only cover the last four months of Lincoln’s life, specifically examining his attempt to close out the Civil War, and bring a permanent end to slavery.

Hit the jump to check out the image and learn more about the project.  The film also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared HarrisLincoln opens November 16th.

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN Gets Release Date

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Steven Spielberg‘s Abraham Lincoln movie, Lincoln, has landed a release date.  We previously reported that the film would open after the 2012 Presidential election so to as avoid any accusation that the movie was making a political statement (we’ll let the trailers and other advertising allow pundits to bloviate and fill airtime draw their own conclusions).  Disney has announced that the movie will open in limited engagement on November 9th before expanding nationwide on November 16th.  It’s worth noting that Lincoln will still be fighting vampires, except this time it will be at the box office.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also opens on November 16th.

Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President, and the all-star cast also features Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the source material.

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