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'E.T.' reunion: How Steven Spielberg coached his kid stars -- VIDEO

Working with an alien on a movie is probably a little bit easier than working with a child actor.

At least with the alien you can literally pull its puppet strings. Kids require a slightly more magical touch.

That’s what Steven Spielberg learned while working on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and a special documentary on the new Blu-ray release (out Oct. 9) shows just how deep his connection was with 6-year-old Drew Barrymore and 10-year-old Henry Thomas.

The E.T. Journals consist of behind-the-scenes footage from the 1982 movie, presented as-is, without narration or modern interviews. It’s like an extended set-visit to the film, and Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of Spielberg talking young Thomas through the final goodbye. Good luck not tearing up a little yourself at the tender exchange.

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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' director Steven Spielberg to speak at Gettysburg memorial

Steven Spielberg isn’t ready to let go of the 16th U.S. president just yet.

Just days after his epic historical drama Lincoln opens in national release, the Oscar-winning filmmaker will serve as the keynote speaker at the ceremony marking the 149th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address.

The National Park Service announced his participation in the annual event, which commemorates both that iconic speech and the founding of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Lincoln was invited to speak at the Nov. 19, 1863 consecration of the graveyard, delivering remarks that he said “the world will little note, nor long remember.”

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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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Dissecting the ‘Lincoln’ trailer
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Karen Allen in 'Indiana Jones': The girl who almost got away

Karen Allen has an amazing laugh, and to hear it in person is to be transported to a steamy desert tent where her Marion Ravenwood is trading drinks with Indiana Jones’s half-charming rival, a flirty French archeologist named Belloq. It’s big and fun, and you’d volunteer to be dragged behind a speeding German truck for the chance to hear it again. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Allen played a feisty, tough-as-nails beauty whose first romantic encounter with Indy had ended in Rick Blaine level heartbreak — for her. The second time around, they teamed up to find the lost ark of the covenant before Belloq and the Nazis, and she proved to be Indy’s equal in every way.

But although Indiana Jones returned for two more blockbuster adventures in the 1980s, Marion was not in the picture. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a prequel, Indy romanced a shrieking blonde showgirl (Kate Capshaw), and in The Last Crusade, he jousted with a blonde Austrian scholar (Alison Doody). Blondes are supposed to have more fun, but neither character connected with Indy — or audiences — like Marion. Fans voiced their preference whenever new Indy 4 rumors surfaced, and when she finally returned for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, she was the same gal that we’d all fallen in love with 27 years before. She was almost delightful enough for us to overlook the nuked fridge and the swinging monkeys. (Almost.)

With today’s release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray — and the digitally remastered Raiders of the Lost Ark still in select theaters — Allen sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss her role in the franchise, why she never expected to return, and why her kiss would’ve never, ever put Indy to sleep.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The first time we meet Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark, she’s going shot for shot with a burly Nepalese drunk before Indiana Jones walks back in to her life. It was impossible not to adore her from that moment on.
KAREN ALLEN: It’s a great introduction. That’s the only scene I read at first. They gave me that scene to audition with. No one was allowed to read the script. So until they told me they wanted me, that was really all I knew about the role — that one scene. But that was enough that I was totally intrigued and wanted to do it. Whatever this story was, this was going to be a fantastic character to play. READ FULL STORY

'Cabin in the Woods' director Drew Goddard on his lost weekend with Joss Whedon -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the spring of 2007, Drew Goddard — who’d gotten his start in Hollywood writing on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and moved on to write episodes of AngelAliasLost, and the monster movie Cloverfield — was approached by Whedon with a crazy idea: Lock themselves in a hotel room for a weekend to write a horror movie. And not just any fright fest, but one that would work as a straightforward horror flick while also being somehow about the entire genre of horror flicks. Naturally, Goddard said yes.

Two years later, Goddard was directing, and Whedon producing, The Cabin in the Woods, but thanks to the MGM bankruptcy, it wasn’t until the film premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival that audiences got a chance to see it. It subsequently opened in theaters to rave reviews and an instant cult following, and in this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray (out Sept. 18), Whedon and Goddard talk about that lost weekend that got it all started. Check it out below, and then read on for Goddard’s further thoughts on working with Whedon, writing Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action spectacular Robopocalypse, as well as some seriously SPOILER-y talk about Cabin‘s much-discussed ending.  READ FULL STORY

'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

'Lincoln': Spielberg, Gordon-Levitt on Lincoln as 'a normal guy'

Director Steven Spielberg and actor Joseph-Gordon Levitt joined a Google Hangout Thursday to premiere the trailer for their upcoming film — the biopic Lincoln – and chat with fans. You can watch the full trailer here.

During the chat, Spielberg and Gordon-Levitt, who plays the 16th president’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, put a lot of emphasis on the movie’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as a man — just “a normal guy,” Gordon-Levitt said — instead of as the perfect deity of a leader that he’s often depicted to be.

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'Lincoln' trailer debuts as part of online chat with Spielberg and Gordon-Levitt -- VIDEO

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming epic about Civil War President Abraham Lincoln, aptly titled Lincoln, isn’t due out until November, but the trailer debuted online Thursday afternoon, as part of a Google Play hangout with the director and one of the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Despite a few tech glitches, the chat features questions from community members and fans and will replay after it ends. You can check out the trailer for Lincoln directly below.  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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