You’ve seen the trailer and the debate TV spot, and you’ve had a chance to read early reviews based on the “work in progress” print shown at the New York Film Festival. (Which, in all likelihood was very close to a final cut, save for a few nips and tucks.) Now you can watch director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day Lewis field questions about the film, thanks to the miracle of technology.

Lincoln looks at the last few months 16th President’s life, and as Angie described, follows “Lincoln’s attempt to push the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery, through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, at home, Lincoln’s marriage to Mary Todd (Sally Field) is strained by the death of their son Willie three years prior, and their eldest son Robert Todd (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is furious at his parents’ refusal to let him go to war.”

The Q&A touches on the reasons for focusing on some of those elements, and on the process employed to bring this version of Abraham Lincoln to the screen. Read More »


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Continuing a tradition that started with last year’s surprise unveiling of the then-unfinished Hugo, the New York Film Festival this week revealed a first look at a work-in-progress cut of Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln.

Though we’ve seen little of the film so far, aside from a couple of trailers, the subject matter and the talent involved have marked it from early on as a potential Oscar contender. Based on the version I saw Monday night, that buzz is well-earned — it’s tough to imagine this film coming out the other end of awards season without at least a couple of little gold men. On the other hand, Spielberg falters by letting the Sixteenth President remain more myth than man, and the resulting film is a polished period piece that only occasionally feels truly vital.

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These days, Abraham Lincoln is regarded almost unanimously as U.S. as one of the greatest American presidents in history. But in his time, the sixteenth president wasn’t so universally beloved. While modern-day politicians and pundits like to toss around the word “war” to describe pretty much any government policy or cultural trend they don’t care for, Lincoln served during the actual Civil War. Which was sparked, in part, by his election. Suddenly, all that “2012 is the most important election ever” rhetoric seems rather overblown.

All of which makes it a pretty brilliant move on Disney’s part to unveil a fiery new TV spot for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln during Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. As the two candidates duked it out in Colorado, the energetic Lincoln trailer reminded us that for all the hand-wringing about partisanship, we’ve seen much worse before — and emerged stronger as a unified nation. And oh yeah, there’s plenty of new footage. Watch it after the jump.

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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 »

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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