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Ben Affleck wins Directors Guild Award for 'Argo'

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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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Spielberg, Affleck, Hooper among Directors Guild nominees

prize_fighter1_bannerThe Directors Guild Award nominations are out, and Tom Hooper is in.

The Les Miserables director has become a bit of a question mark as reviews for the epic musical have been less than kind, but with Oscar nominations due on Thursday, this nod from his peers in the union comes as a welcome bit of support.

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'Lincoln': Steven Spielberg commemorates Gettysburg Address

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Exactly 149 years after Abraham Lincoln made a speech that he believed “the world will little note, nor long remember,” Steven Spielberg was keynote speaker at an event that annually proves him wrong.

Just days after Spielberg’s historical drama Lincoln opened in theaters nationally, the Oscar-winning filmmaker paid tribute Monday to the 16th president’s Gettysburg Address at a windswept ceremony commemorating both that iconic speech and the 1863 transformation of a bloody battlefield into the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

“The murder of Abraham Lincoln, the loss of Lincoln, is heartbreaking,” Spielberg told the crowd. “And I admit that one of the reasons I wanted to make this film, I wanted — impossibly — to bring Lincoln back from his sleep of one-and-a-half centuries even if only for two-and-a-half hours, and even if only in a cinematic dream.”

Throughout award season, potential nominees are judged – as with any campaign – on the speeches they make, but in this case there was no trophy being presented, and few other thank-you remarks carry this much emotion or gravity.

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Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' makes government exciting -- VIDEO

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EW movie critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum praise Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, out this Friday, as a realistic, suspenseful, and intricate drama. In this week’s Movie Talk, Owen calls Lincoln “one of the most authentic historical dramas I’ve ever seen” and Lisa expounds on the way the film takes on the role of government: “Although this is very much about Lincoln, you can also look at it as an entirely different story abut democratic process.”

The critics discuss Daniel Day-Lewis’s lauded performance as Lincoln and well as the character roles of Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and David Strathairn as William Seward in the discussion below.

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Hugh Jackman pokes fun at Daniel Craig in Britannia Awards clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Was Daniel Craig last in line for the role of James Bond? In a video shot for the Britannia Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on BBC America, Wolverine himself has a bit of fun at Craig’s expense. As two makeup artists get Jackman ready for primetime, he jokes about Jude Law, George Clooney and others being the first choices for Bond. He also riffs on the award Craig will receive on Sunday — British Artist of the Year. You can almost see the air quotes around “artist.” Check out the clip below, which will air as part of Sunday’s show, as well as a few exclusive shots of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more at the event.

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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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