Here’s what many people have been waiting to see since Steven Spielberg cast Daniel Day-Lewis in his presidential biopic Lincoln: an official shot of Lewis in costume and makeup as our sixteenth president. He looks fantastic — almost eerily like our image of the man — pictured in what could well be his seat at the Ford Theater, where John Wilkes Booth would take Lincoln’s life only minutes later.

The film is based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which chronicles Lincoln’s often combative relationship with his combative cabinet, especially in the last months of his life, when he was attempting to navigate the aftermath of the Civil War and the end of slavery. This image captures Lincoln’s famously contemplative character; see the full shot below. Read More »

Briefly: Some of you will be very happy to be able to mark your calendars with a solid date for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the sixteenth president. Appropriately, the film opens limited on November 9, but then goes wide on November 16. So we’ll get a classic president on screens just after we make the choice for our next one.

The film also features a few other people: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo and Jared Harris.

Lincoln, which is scripted by Tony Kushner based on Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s book Team of Rivals, has some minor competition on that first opening day: a little action movie called Skyfall.

Tommy Lee Jones is not an easy man to impress. For example, on the set of Men In Black 3, Will Smith said you knew you told a really, really hilarious joke when Jones cracked the tiniest of smiles. That said, the praise he laid upon Daniel Day-Lewis, his co-star in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming Lincoln, is very exciting. Jones, who is something of a history expert, said no one has ever portrayed Lincoln as well as Day-Lewis does in this film. Being as we have yet to see anything official from Lincoln, this is more than just a ringing endorsement.

In the film, which opens later this Winter, Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens. After the jump, read his full thoughts on Day-Lewis’ performance and his experience on the movie. Read More »


Jimmy Kimmel has produced an epic 9-minute movie trailer parody featuring nearly every actor and actress in Hollywood. Movie: the Movie tackles every blockbuster and crowd pleaser movie and movie marketing cliches, and packs them all into one film trailer. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

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New Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis on the Set of ‘Lincoln’

 

The internet went collectively nuts over a candid photo of Daniel Day Lewis sporting Abraham Lincoln’s beard, so I wonder what will happen now that we’ve got a photo of the actor in full Lincoln regalia, hat and all. The effect probably won’t be as great, actually, since that first look was really the crucial one. Regardless, here’s the first good image of Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which has now been shooting for a little bit. The actor looks magnificent as the 16th President of the United States, but I don’t think anyone expected anything less. Read More »

Good news for those who were beginning to fear that mainstream opportunities would forever interfere with Martin Scorsese‘s long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo‘s novel Silence: the director says that Silence will be his next movie.

In the wake of Hugo‘s big critical acceptance, Scorsese has been linked to an adaptation of the thriller novel The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, and he has also talked up possibilities such as The Irishman and The Gambler. The Snowman, at least, looks to be moving forward quickly, giving us reason to surmise that it would be the director’s next, supplanting Silence. Fortunately, Scorsese seems to have his eye firmly on the Jesuit drama that has been delayed for a couple years as other opportunities came up. Read More »

While most of us are still gearing up to see Steven Spielberg‘s next two movies, War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin, the filmmaker himself is working on the next thing. That next thing is Lincoln, which has been filming in Richmond, Virginia and stars Daniel Day Lewis as America’s legendary 16th President. Though the film has been shooting since October, casting is still ongoing and we have yet to see any paparazzi shots of the incredibly famous cast (among them Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley and David Oyelowo) because shooting was all indoors.

That’s about to change, though, and one intrepid college student snapped a photo of Day Lewis in a local restaurant. He’s not dressed as Honest Abe but that beard is unmistakable. Check out the image and learn more about the Lincoln shoot after the jump. Read More »

Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie‘s adaptation of the comic book by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Frankenstein’s classic monster, who in the present day goes by Adam and stands between humanity and the supernatural demons who would overtake them.

Bill Nighy was previously announced as being in talks to play the villain, a demon prince determined to unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s reanimation. Strahovski is negotiating for the female lead, a scientist who’s tricked by the demons into helping them create an undead army. Miranda Otto and Socratis Otto (no relation) also star.

Strahovski recently starred in Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro, and will next appear in My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, and Adam Scott. I, Frankenstein is scheduled to begin shooting this winter in Australia. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, rising star David Oyelowo books yet another high-profile project, and Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola try to stop things from exploding.

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Richmond, Virginia will serve as the primary backdrop for Steven Spielberg‘s long gestating biopic, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the legendary 16th President of the United States of America. Instead of focusing on Lincoln’s full life, though, Spielberg revealed his film – written by Tony Kushner and based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin – will only focus on the final four months of Lincoln’s life leading up to his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. Filming will begin in the next few weeks aimed at a post-Presidential Election 2012 release date.

Read Spielberg’s quotes about Lincoln, as well as some words on The 39 Steps and The Adventures of Tintin, after the jump. Read More »

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It’s “cool projects for former The Shield actors” day! We just heard that Michael Chiklis will be the bad guy in Taylor Hackford’s Parker, and now Walton Goggins has been cast in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln. He’s the latest addition to a monster of a cast that begins with Daniel Day Lewis as the sixteenth President of the US and includes many more. We’ll recap the cast after the break. Read More »