Yesterday Sony invited a handfull of press to the studio lot to present an advance screening of the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man (watch it now online here). Director Marc Webb wanted us to see the trailer on the big screen, and experience the 3D aspects of the trailer. After the trailer screening, Webb took some questions from our group. He was only supposed to answer a few questions, but ended up sticking around for 20 minutes worth before he got dragged back to post production.

Webb talks about the negative response to the teaser trailer’s POV footage, how he brought The Lizard to life using different technologies, keeping the characters and relationships grounded, how Peter will discover his powers, his approach to the humor in the film, casting Dennis Leary as an authority figure, some of the more impressive 3D effects, uncle Ben’s death, the pressure to deliver an iconic Spider-Man kiss, the film’s running time, how much of the global Spider-Man universe we see in this story, his involvement in the script for the Sequel, and advances in technology like 3D and 48 frames per second.Read the entire transcript after the jump.

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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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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 »

Sally Field Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Although we reported it back in September 2007, DreamWorks Studios has just issued a press release announcing that two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to the 16th President of the United States, in Steven Spielberg‘s big screen biopic Lincoln. Field joins Daniel Day-Lewis, who has previously been cast to play Abraham Lincoln.

The film is to be based on Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book Team of Rivals,adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award winner/Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. The project will “focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.” Spielberg hopes to begin filming in the fall of 2011, with a release being targeted for the fourth quarter of 2012. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Sally Field Joins Spider-Man

Just a couple hours ago, it was revealed that Martin Sheen was in final negotiations to join the cast of Columbia Pictures’ 3D Spider-Man reboot. Now HeatVision is reporting that Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire) is also in talks to join the film, which is being directed by (500) Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb. Sheen will play Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, so it is likely that Field will play the role of Aunt May.
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Sally Field in Spielberg’s Lincoln

Sally Field as Mary Todd

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnSally Field (Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire) has signed on to play Mary Todd, the wife of the sixteenth President of the United States in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Based on the biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln), Liam Neeson (Star Wars: Episode I, Batman Begins) will play Abraham Lincoln, as he guides the North to victory during the Civil War.

Marcia Gay Harden had long been rumored to play the first lady, who was committed to an insane asylum in her elder years after three of her four kids didn’t live to adulthood, and her husband was shot as he held her hand. Sounds like a juicy role.

Tony Kushner (Munich) is currently rewriting John Logan’s (Gladiator, Any Given Sunday) and Paul Webb’s drafts while Spielberg films Indiana Jones IV. Filming could possibly begin as early as May 2008 (if the strike is over).

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Source: Newsweek