The first trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th President of the United States, has just been released. It opens November 9 in select cites and expands November 16 everywhere. Co-starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln dramatizes the final months of Abraham Lincoln’s life before he was tragically assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Here’s your first look at footage from Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which comes in the form of a trailer for the trailer. The real trailer will hit on September 13, after the previously announced Google+ Hangout with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But for now you can get your first taste of footage from the film below.

You won’t see much of Daniel Day-Lewis in motion as the sixteenth President of the United States, but you will hear him. (Edit: Or you might not hear him after all — seems like it is the soldier rather than Daniel Day-Lewis speaking.) The voiceover heard here is a snippet from the Gettysburg Address, no matter who is intoning the famous words delivered on November 19, 1863.

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Hey, remember Google+? The company wants you to remember that the social networking/info sharing service exists, and is using Steven Spielberg and his trailer for Lincoln to do it. When the film’s poster (cropped above) showed up online we figured the trailer might only be a couple days away. In fact we have to wait just a bit longer than that, but not by a whole lot.

The first Lincoln footage will be shown via a Google+ hangout (that is: a fancy video chat) with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on September 13.

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Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln feels like a film we’ve known about forever. Actually, it’s been well-over five years since the director attached himself to the project, originally starring Liam Neeson as the nation’s 16th President. Eventually, Daniel Day-Lewis took the role but once shooting began in 2011, things got very, very quiet. In the last few weeks though, the marketing has really begun to kick in for the November 9 release: the first official still, the teaser poster, a trailer can’t be long off and now the track listing to John Williams‘ score has been revealed.

With it, we get a great idea of exactly which historical events are portrayed in the film, a bit about its structure, and more. Check it out below. Read More »

When you’ve got a near-perfect recreation of a figure like Abraham Lincoln as the centerpiece of a film, the only way to promote that film is by showing it off. And so here’s the first poster for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the sixteenth US President, caught towards the end of his life. This shot carries forward the tone suggested by the first official production still, and cements what we’ve known about the film: that it pictures the President as he is in the midst of a combative political climate, facing grave challenges.

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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 »

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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 »

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 »