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'Lincoln' Blu-ray: Saying goodbye to the president -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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“Now he belongs to the ages.”

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was credited with that death-bed epitaph hours after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in 1865, and with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln arriving on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, his words resonate — albeit in a less hallowed sense. Ever since Daniel Day-Lewis agreed to portray Lincoln — a role that must’ve felt as daunting as Hamlet mixed with Jesus Christ — cinephiles and academics alike awaited the finished result, to see if the British actor who’d magically infused himself into the souls of characters like Christy Brown and Daniel Plainview could resurrect and reintroduce our 16th president to the 21st century.

The result, we can say now, was truly historic. Day-Lewis won the Oscar — his third for Best Actor — and we learned all the tales of his total commitment to the role, which entailed him being in-character for as much as possible while on the set. “I never ever felt that depth of love for another human being that I never met,” Day-Lewis told 60 Minutes about playing Lincoln, and in countless interviews promoting the film, he expressed how sad it made him to say goodbye to the character.

In an exclusive feature from the new Blu-ray, Spielberg talks about the day their film work was finally done, when Day-Lewis, who’d been Lincoln for months, finally lowered the veil to his director. READ FULL STORY

'Safety Not Guaranteed' director Colin Trevorrow to helm 'Jurassic Park 4'

From low-budget time travel to big-budget dinosaurs.

Colin Trevorrow has scored quite the massive follow-up gig to his charming indie Safety Not Guaranteed: He will direct Jurassic Park 4, Universal announced Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg planning movie set on India/Pakistan border

The last time Steven Spielberg set a movie in India, the result was 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — a record-breaking box-office smash that also angered Indians due to its inaccurate depiction of their culture. But after a 29-year break, it seems that Spielberg is ready to return to the subcontinent — though this time, perhaps he’ll leave the monkey brains in Los Angeles. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg to lead Cannes jury

France’s Cannes Film Festival says it has finally snagged Steven Spielberg to serve as president of the award jury.

Gilles Jacob, the festival’s president, recounted how he had been trying to get the award-winning director to head the jury for years — but the American was always working. Finally, this year, Spielberg got in touch.

“When this year I was told ‘E.T., phone home,’ I understood and immediately replied: ‘At last!'” Jacob said in a statement posted on the festival’s website Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2013: The full winners list

Just as viewers seemed divided over Seth MacFarlane’s hosting of this year’s Oscars, so Academy voters were split over the films themselves. Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Amour, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook all scored major awards, with Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis winning the top acting Oscars. But Life of Pi director Ang Lee took home the Best Director prize while Argo won Best Picture. You can check out the full list of winners below.

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Ben Affleck wins Directors Guild Award for 'Argo'

prize_fighter1_bannerSome people can win for losing.

Ben Affleck claimed the Directors Guild of America Award for Argo on Saturday in Hollywood’s latest thumb-in-the-eye to the small group of filmmakers in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who failed to nominate him for an Oscar.

“I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as [many] hours as I can, and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it’s going to work,” Affleck told the crowd, never mentioning the snub. “Basically, I got to a point where I was nominated for this award. And I don’t think this makes me a real director — but I think it means I’m on my way.”

It’s the third time in its 65-year history that the DGA Award has gone to a filmmaker who was not also up for Best Director at the Academy Awrds. It happened to Ron Howard, who claimed the DGA honor in 1995 for Apollo 13, and Steven Spielberg, who won in 1986 for The Color Purple.

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'Lincoln' behind-the-scenes special debuts on iTunes

If 150 minutes of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln just wasn’t enough for you, you’re in luck — DreamWorks just released a 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that details the film’s 12-year-long development on iTunes.

The special, called Lincoln: An American Journey, features interviews with the movie’s creative team — including Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, and Team of Rivals author Doris Kearns Goodwin, on whose book the movie is largely based — as well as stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field. Though it’s available to watch anytime online, the featurette will also air on Los Angeles’s CBS affiliate on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. PT.

(Hear that, Academy members?)

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'Jurassic Park 4' lands release date

The dinosaurs are loose once again.

Universal Pictures announced Friday that Jurassic Park 4 will roar into theaters on June 13, 2014. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the franchise, will produce with Frank Marshall, but no director is yet attached. The film will be shot in 3-D.

The news makes clear that Universal is dedicated to revitalizing the Jurassic Park franchise, which has been gathering dust ever since the Joe Johnston-directed Jurassic Park III banked $181 million in 2001. READ FULL STORY

'Robopocalypse' delay: Steven Spielberg vows it's not dead!

There’s still a little spark in those killer robots after all.

Yesterday came the announcement that Steven Spielberg’s sinister sci-fi saga Robopocalypse, which he had planned to shoot this summer for a debut in April 2014, had been put on hold, with no details on when — or if — it might come back on the calendar.

That seemed to be a clear indication that the film, based on Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 novel about a machine uprising, was headed for oblivion.

But now, the Lincoln filmmaker — who is celebrating a leading 12 Oscar nominations this morning for that movie — tells EW that Robopocalypse‘s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Take heart, sci-fi fans: our mechanized extermination is still nigh.

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'Robopocalypse': Steven Spielberg sci-fi saga put on hold

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UPDATE: Steven Spielberg tells EW Robopocalypse is still on, just undergoing a full overhaul.

The Mayans were wrong about the end of the world, and it looks like robot Armageddon is on hold, too.

Steven Spielberg had planned to make the film adaptation of the novel Robopocalypse with Anne Hathaway this summer, with a date already set for April 24, 2014. But it looks like that’s not going to happen.

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