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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.


Oliver Stone on Obama: 'I hope he wins'

Oliver Stone has never been one to mince words when it comes to setting his sharp laser tongue — or film lens — on presidential politics, from 1991’s JFK to 1995’s Nixon and 2008’s W. The director was just as passionately outspoken at a small press dinner that EW attended in Beverly Hills on Monday night, the day before the presidential election, celebrating the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and On Demand release of Stone’s drug cartel crime thriller Savages on Nov. 13.

“I vote Obama … and I hope he wins,” Stone said when asked by EW about the election. Savages star Benicio Del Toro, also at the dinner, expressed his support for President Obama as well. Stone said he had already voted for Obama by mail.

What the success of '2016: Obama's America' says about the upcoming election. (Hint: Be afraid. Be very afraid.)

Tonight, as Mitt Romney prepares to accept the Republican Party’s nomination to be its candidate for president, a movie that broke into the Top 10 last weekend is about to open even wider, on 1,800 screens, this Friday. The right- wing sleeper-hit documentary 2016: Obama’s America is such a success that it has taken the movie world — and, let’s say it out loud, the liberal media — by storm. Sure, documentaries have been huge hits before, and there is one obvious example of a highly partisan documentary — Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 — that set the box office aflame. (It ended up grossing $119 million.) But partisan docs from the right have never really broken through, so the popularity of 2016: Obama’s America is big news. I was intensely curious to see it, and I guess I was expecting a kind of feature-length Fox News editorial, a movie that would package a lot of familiar far-right talking points about Why Obama Must Go. READ FULL STORY

Ann Romney speaking at RNC conjures up memorable Republican first ladies on film


With her sleekly-styled hair and outspoken support of her husband, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ann Romney makes her debut Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention as one in a long line of would-be first ladies.

While the phrase “behind every great man there’s a great woman” may seem quaintly archaic by modern standards, when it comes to presidential biopics, those married to the president can be just as politically and emotionally fierce as the men they stick by — and stand up to.

Here are some memorable Republican first ladies from movie biopics about the Commander-in-Chief:

How '2016: Obama's America' became a box office hit -- and where it goes from here


Rocky Mountain Pictures’ conservative documentary 2016: Obama’s America made its mark at the box office last weekend, earning $6.5 million from 1,091 theaters — substantially more than the three studio-distributed newcomers Premium Rush, Hit and Run, and The Apparition.

The independent anti-Obama polemic, co-produced and co-directed by Dinesh D’Souza, a former Ronald Reagan policy advisor and current president of The King’s College in New York City, has earned $9.4 million since its debut seven weeks ago. Over the weekend, 2016 passed the 2008 Ben Stein film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed to become the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time. And it’s box office run is far from over.

Of course, 2016 (which EW critic Owen Gleiberman gave an “F” grade in a review that will be posted soon) has a long way to go before it can even come close to comparing to Michael Moore’s high-profile anti-George W. Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which grossed $119.2 million in 2004, and it’s likely that 2016 will never climb that high. Yet comparing the two pictures is somewhat apples and oranges. Fahrenheit 9/11 came from an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, debuted in a big 868 theaters, and enjoyed a promotional push from major studio distributor Lionsgate. 2016‘s road to box office viability has been a decidedly more under-the-radar, grassroots effort.

EW spoke with John Sullivan, who co-directed and co-produced the film with D’Souza, about 2016‘s unconventional production, marketing, and release strategy. Here’s a brief overview of the film’s progression: READ FULL STORY

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