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'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.


'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

Indy vs. the Swordsman: A new look at a classic 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' scene -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s one of the most iconic scenes in one of the most iconic movies of all time: Indiana Jones vs. the Swordsman.

If you’re a film lover, chances are you’ve watched the scene more than once. Who are we kidding, you’ve probably seen it a couple dozen times. But thanks to a breathtaking new Blu-ray box set, Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (due in stores on Sept. 18), you’re about to see it in a way you never have before. Come to think of it, we’ll do you one better: you can watch it right now in this exclusive first look.


Daniel Day-Lewis in black-and-white for Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' poster

Just two weeks ago, we got our first close-up look at Daniel Day-Lewis in character in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Now comes the first poster for the film, giving a stark black-and-white portrait of Day-Lewis as the 16th U.S. president.

The one-sheet reinforces the remarkable transformation Day-Lewis made for this film, but while the previous image presented Lincoln in a moment of deep thought, this portrait suggests an even more dolorous tone.


Indiana Jones marathon! AMC to screen all four movies in one day


It’s an Indiana Jones bonanza!

AMC Theatres and Paramount announced Friday that all four Indiana Jones films, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring a sexy, snarky, fedora-touting Harrison Ford, will be shown in order on AMC’s 69 screens across the country for ONE day only, on Sept. 15. Tickets are available at

The marathon o’ movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – comes in advance of the complete set’s big release on Blu-ray Sept. 18.

Lucasfilm announced earlier in the week that 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark would screen on IMAX beginning Sept. 7 for a week.

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Shia LaBeouf: 'I'm done' making big-budget studio movies

Shia LaBeouf, the star of the billion-dollar Transformers franchise and the one-time presumed heir to Indiana Jones’ fedora, ripped into the studio system of filmmaking and declared his intention to give it up. “I’m done,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.”

It’s not the first time that LaBeouf, 26, has raised his voice to the movie gods. Two years ago, he told the Los Angeles Times that Steven Spielberg and Co. (including himself) had dropped the ball in the ill-received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Turns out those comments injured his relationship with Spielberg, who produced several of LaBeouf’s films, including Transformers. “He told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars,” the actor said. “It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei.”

LaBeouf, 26, is promoting the indie, Lawless, co-starring Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain, and his upcoming projects are similarly scaled and structured: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman from music-video director Fredrik Bond, and the soon-to-be-shot Nymphomaniac from Lars von Trier.

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'Raiders of the Lost Ark' set for IMAX re-release


Fans of a young, sweaty, dirt-covered Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones, hold onto your fedoras.

Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic adventure romp Raiders of the Lost Ark will be given the big BIG screen treatment with a one-week rerelease in IMAX in September.

Lucasfilm, the studio helmed by the movie’s executive producer, George Lucas, announced that the Raiders IMAX theater showings will begin Sept. 7 as a lead-up to the Blu-ray release of the Indiana Jones series, on sale Sept. 18.

Sure, newer powerhouse films such as Avatar looked crisply modern, deeply blue and lush on IMAX, but Raiders of the Lost Ark is ripe for another generation of new and returning fans of Indiana Jones’s mishaps and misadventures splashed large across a screen. Spielberg told the New York Times no special effects were changed in the IMAX conversion. Only the audio has been bumped up for surround sound.

“When the boulder is rolling, chasing Indy through the cave, you really feel the boulder in your stomach, the way you do when a marching band passes by, and you’re standing right next to it,” Spielberg told the Times.

Another Spielberg favorite, the sharp-toothed 1975 shark saga Jaws, just arrived on Blu-ray this week.

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John Travolta, Steven Spielberg light up Foreign Press lunch

Steven Spielberg talked movies with Harvey Weinstein. John Travolta chatted with Bradley Cooper. Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black shared cellphone photos.

Those stars, along with Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, and others, lit up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual summer luncheon Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the group behind the Golden Globe Awards presented grants and introduced its officers for the coming year. READ FULL STORY

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