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Daniel Day-Lewis chats with Clint Eastwood's 'Invisible Obama' -- VIDEO

Someone write a comedy for Daniel Day-Lewis! (Paging P.T. Anderson?) The Oscar heavyweight best known for digging deep into his characters’ souls had some fun at the expense of Clint Eastwood at last night’s Brittania Awards in Beverly Hills.

After his Lincoln director Steven Spielberg had presented him with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film and the audience rose to honor him, he was joined onstage by a seemingly empty chair. “I have to say that I’m so extremely grateful and glad that — taking time out of his very busy schedule — the recently re-elected president of this country was able to make it here tonight.”

The audience loudly expressed their amusement, as Day-Lewis continued to address Invisible Obama. “I know as an Englishman it’s absolutely none of my business, but I’m just so very grateful that it was you.”

Watch it below.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Daniel Day-Lewis' transformation for 'Lincoln': 'We wouldn't talk about the Lakers'

After Lincoln opens in theaters tomorrow (in limited release) following its premiere tonight at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, audiences are bound to marvel at what EW’s Owen Gleiberman calls the “beautiful gravitas” of Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance as the 16th president of the United States. In truth, Day-Lewis’ singular dedication to his roles has long been a major part of his allure as an actor — and that’s as true for other actors as it is for audiences.

When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the midst of landing the part of Lincoln’s son Robert in the spring of 2011, he got a message from Day-Lewis confiding that the two-time Oscar winner had been hoping director Steven Spielberg would cast Gordon-Levitt in the role. “He sent me a really sweet, generous text,” Gordon-Levitt says. “[It] was just an enormous honor for me because he’s kind of in a league of his own.” What Gordon-Levitt didn’t quite realize at the time, however, was that would be the last interaction he would have with Day-Lewis in the 21st century for several months.

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'Lincoln': On eve of presidential election, the political drama's rousing new trailer

“You will procure me these votes.”

Rousing words on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, spoken with grit and a little bit of menace by a historical figure widely regarded as our greatest commander in chief. This new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, opening Friday, was created for an international audience, but it speaks directly to Americans about another time when we were deeply,  even violently, divided against each other.

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Five things we learned from Time's 'Lincoln' Q&A with Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg

Oprah, Bill O’Reilly, Gayle King, and Haley Joel Osment were among the special guests at the Time screening of Lincoln in New York City on Oct. 25.

Following the movie, Time managing editor Rick Stengel conducted a Q&A with director Steven Spielberg, star Daniel Day-Lewis and screenwriter Tony Kushner. And here are the five most fascinating things we learned.

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Is John Hawkes in 'The Sessions' another able-bodied actor playing a disabled part bound for Oscar?

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In The Sessions, opening in theaters this weekend, John Hawkes plays late poet Mark O’Brien, who was paralyzed from the neck down due to polio, and sought, in real life, to lose his virginity by working with a therapeutic sex surrogate. Hawkes is beyond emotionally and physically adept as O’Brien, restricted to laying flat in a huge iron lung, or being wheeled around on a portable cot, his face shifted to the side, his arms pinned to his sides. He’s partially nude at times, staring up at his sex therapist, played by distant-then warm Helen Hunt, and by turns funny, sweet, neurotic and moving. Oscar buzz has been swirling around Hawkes, who told EW at Toronto last month that the role was a challenge, like hungry flies to honey.

If Hawkes is nominated for an Oscar, he’ll join a long line of able-bodied actors and actresses who have been nominated or snagged top acting Academy Awards playing physically disabled – or physically challenged, as others say – roles. While real-life deaf actress Marlee Matlin won a best actress Oscar in 1987 for her part as a deaf pupil in Children of a Lesser God, and Harold Russell, whose hands were amputated after an accident in 1944, nabbed a best supporting actor Oscar trophy in 1947 as a World War II vet in The Best Years of Our Lives, they’re less the norm compared to the long line of able-bodied actors inhabiting those kinds of parts. READ FULL STORY

Report: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' to show at New York Film Festival

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Attendees of the New York Film Festival, which started Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 14, may very well get an early look at Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated presidential biopic Lincoln next Monday, reports Deadline Hollywood.

A spokesperson for Walt Disney Studios tells EW the studio neither confirms nor denies Lincoln showing at the NY fest. Sources say, however, that if the movie DID show, it would be an early, unfinished version. The American Film Institute already confirmed last month that the ambitious biopic, starring stately Daniel Day-Lewis as bearded, stately 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, would have its official world premiere at the closing night gala of AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 8. Calls to the New York Film Festival were not immediately returned.

A strategically timed new trailer for Lincoln debuted just after Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, ramping up enthusiasm for the political flick. The movie opens nationwide Nov. 16.

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'Lincoln' trailer: Debate followed by new look at Daniel Day-Lewis epic -- VIDEO

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Looks like Daniel Day-Lewis won the debate.

While both sides grumbled about the performances of their candidates during the first exchange between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday night, a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln seemed to wow viewers across the board.

We’ve seen the confident, folksy Lincoln before. But have we ever seen one with such a haunted, hunted look in his eyes?

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'Lincoln' world premiere to close AFI Fest

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will have its official world premiere at the closing night gala of AFI Fest 2012 on Nov. 8. “Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the American Film Institute’s festival, “and who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history. In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s Lincoln reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”

In the film, Daniel Day-Lewis portrays President Abraham Lincoln in the final days of the Civil War. The film also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens in select theaters on Nov. 9.

The 26th annual AFI Fest runs Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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'Lincoln' trailer: Know your Civil War history before watching Daniel Day-Lewis bring it to life

At the Sundance Film Festival in January, Joseph Gordon-Levitt said that acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln was “uncanny.” He said, “I had absolutely no problem fully believing that I was standing across from and speaking to Abraham Lincoln.”

After seeing the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works historical drama about the last four months of the president’s life, I have an inkling how Gordon-Levitt must have felt. There are no audio recordings of Lincoln’s voice, but when Day-Lewis concludes at the end, “…shall we stop this bleeding,” who doesn’t doubt that his is the voice of the Great Emancipator himself. It just feels and sounds… right.

Seeing Abraham Lincoln living and breathing on the screen is thrilling, especially since Hollywood hasn’t really given the 16th president his due since Henry Fonda played him in 1939. (Sorry Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) Day-Lewis instills a sadness and grace that remind us of the incredible weight on his shoulders. As Spielberg said in the Google+ Hangout video that followed the online trailer premiere last night, “We treat him as a man, not a monument.”

It’s difficult to tell exactly where the movie picks up, but it’s understood that Lincoln has been re-elected, and that city on fire just might be one of the Southern cities in General Sherman’s path on his March to the Sea, which helped break the back of the Confederacy in December 1864. Don’t expect too many such action sequences, though; Spielberg said battlefield scenes take a back seat to Lincoln’s political struggles to end the war and pass the 13th amendment to guarantee the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation. When we first meet Lincoln, the Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address have already been written and delivered. His place in history is already assured. Yet the war rages on. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Day-Lewis surveys the Civil War battlefield in brief 'Lincoln' teaser

The full trailer won’t go up until Thursday, but if you’re hankering for a glimpse at Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, you can watch this 20-second teaser. It’s not much more than a few Civil War shots, a snippet of John Williams-y music, and what sounds and looks like actor David Oyelowo speaking a portion of President Lincoln’s famed Gettysberg Address back to 16th President of the United States (i.e. Daniel Day-Lewis).

We’ll have to wait, at least until the full trailer’s debut on Sept. 13, or the film’s Nov. 9 debut, to find out what brought an African-American Union soldier to speak so forthrightly to his commander-in-chief. For now, you can check out the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

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