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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.

The full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY

'Lincoln': Steven Spielberg commemorates Gettysburg Address


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


'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.


What about Indy? The Disney/Lucasfilm deal and the future of 'Indiana Jones'

Amid the flurry of Twitterpation over the deal for Disney to buy Lucasfilm and the subsequent plans for a new trio of Star Wars feature films, the fate of another beloved brainchild of George Lucas was lost a bit in the shuffle: Indiana Jones. Adjusted for inflation, the four Indy movies have brought in nearly $1.9 billion at the domestic box office (or $939 million in unadjusted gross). In 2008, after a 19-year absence from the multiplex, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull proved the globetrotting archeologist still had plenty of box office snap left in his whip, pulling in $786.6 million worldwide.

All of which is to say, if Disney is clearly so eager to get the Star Wars engines revving once more, wouldn’t the studio also want to keep Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. swinging into theaters? After all, Disney already has two immensely popular Indiana Jones attractions at its theme parks: The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. A new Indiana Jones movie should be a no brainer, right?

    READ MORE: EW’s full coverage of the Disney-Lucasfilm deal

Well, it’s complicated. READ FULL STORY

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.


Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen give $30 million each to Motion Picture & Television Fund

Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen — the Hollywood luminaries who founded DreamWorks SKG 18 years ago this week — have each donated $30 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the Hollywood charity that provides financial assistance, medical services, and retirement facilities to industry professionals.

“It becomes very personal when someone you know or have worked with is cared for at ‘the Home’ or a crew member is helped financially by MPTF,” said Spielberg in a statement. “The mission ‘we take care of our own’ is suddenly very real and tangible, and so this new donation is an extension of what we have been doing for a number of years to support that mission.”

The donations are part of a $350 million campaign to shore up the endowment for the MPTF, which was founded 90 years ago by Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith.

Katzenberg is also chairman of the MPTF Foundation.

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


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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