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All right, all right, so it's not the Real Nicolas Cage auditioning for Lincoln, but it's a pretty damn funny rendition of what it might have been like, as performed by Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg. The actual role was played with a deft touch by Daniel Day Lewis, who took over from Liam Neeson, who was long in the running to portray the influential President. However, one can only imagine what someone like Cage would've brought to the role, which had more than a few moments for the »
- Paul Shirey
Steven Spielberg may be longtime regarded as one of the world's greatest living filmmakers, but even he admits his opus 'Lincoln' is of particular significance to him.
So why was a film about the 16th president's bid to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery and ending the Civil War, so special and worth a whopping 11 years of preparation? With the release of 'Lincoln' on DVD and Blu-Ray, we'll let him explain...
Lincoln loomed large in your childhood but what was the era of history that first excited you?
My first interest in history was war — the European war, WWII, and that would be because my father fought in that war and those were the first stories that he told me.
Your father fought in the China-Burma-India theatre, right?
Yes, Cbi. »
- The Huffington Post UK
Patrick Bateman has a brand-new musical obsession. The cult-classic 2000 Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "American Psycho" is the subject of a new spoof video promoting Kanye West's already-leaked sixth studio album "Yeezus," and the finished product was screened on the side of Los Angeles's Milk Studios during an album release party over the weekend. Starring "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" regulars Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban (neither of whom, I can safely predict, will be giving Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money anytime soon), the clip takes off from the scene in which Bateman (Christian Bale) murders a co-worker with an »
- Chris Eggertsen
This weekend finishes up the East/West selections of the Paramount summer classic film series, with two fantastic movies for Sunday at Stateside: Wong Kar Wai's heartbreakingly beautiful In the Mood for Love (pictured above) paired with the impeccably sweet romance of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. Come say hi if you spot me at the Monsoon Wedding screening.
Four Daniel Day-Lewis films show Monday and Tuesday, split between the Paramount and Stateside venues. The Paramount Theatre is actually hosting a blood drive to coincide with the Monday night screening of There Will Be Blood. Check it out!
As part of their "summer free-for-all," Austin Film Society will screen A Hero Never Dies on Friday and Sunday evenings (free, but you should RSVP). Tuesday night continues the Afs Marilyn Monroe series with tense drama Niagara [tickets]. Monroe and Joseph Cotten star as mismatched honeymooners.
"As if!" Girlie Night at the »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
With a pedigree that was equal parts biopic, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, it was no surprise that Lincoln did so well at the Oscars. Our exclusive 'Making Of' clip from the DVD and Blu-ray release gives you a glimpse at the artistry behind the on-screen magic. Spielberg and Day-Lewis chat about the inspiration for the plot, and the work that goes into bring one of history's most iconic politicians to life. Lincoln is available on Blu-ray and DVD from June 10.
- Matt Risley
If Steven Spielberg is losing faith in the movie industry, what hope does anyone else have? While speaking alongside George Lucas at the University of Southern California, the "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Jurassic Park" director painted a bleak picture of the future of film, CBS News reports.
The problem seems to be Hollywood's current strategy, using "tent pole" films to support the rest of the business. "Tent pole" movies are the mega-budget films that make tons money and keep the studios rich. "Marvel's The Avengers" is a perfect example of one of those movies, as it made Disney a boatload of money.
However, the problem comes from the tent pole movies that don't set the world on fire. Then you're left with money lost on the budget and marketing of a movie. If you take a film like "John Carter," also a Disney production, you see a perfect example of that. »
According to Deadline, the film will focus "on the relationship between Hawking and his wife." The film is set up at Working Title, and it's being directed by James Marsh, who worked on the Oscar winning documentary Man of Wire.
Redmayne is also up for a lead role in a film called Far From the Madding Crowd, in which he would star alongside Carey Mulligan. It sounds like he can only choose one or the other, but according to the report, the actor is more interested in playing Hawking. Why wouldn't he be? This would be a great role for any actor, and Redmayne is a talented one. I think this kind of role will take his career to a whole new level.
The report suggests that this »
- Joey Paur
Deadline.com reports that "Theory of Everything," the first feature film to center on the British physicist's life, is coming together. Oscar-winning documentarian James Marsh ("Man On Wire," "Project Nim") is slated to direct the effort, which is expected to zero in on the relationship between Hawking and his wife (although Deadline.com does not specify which of Hawking's two ex-wives that will be). No word has emerged yet on which actress could nab that role.
Regardless of how this movie shapes up over the next few months, it's almost certain that it will be an Oscar contender. The role attracts two aspects Best Actor voters adore: playing a real person (recent examples include Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and playing a character with physical or mental disabilities (Colin Firth, »
- Matthew Jacobs
Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) is in negotiations to play the leading role in "Theory of Everything," which is a biopic of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The story will focus on the relationship between Hawking and his wife. James Marsh, co-director of "Man on Wire" is attached to direct from a script by Anthony McCarten. The plan is to begin shooting in the fall. A female lead is expected to be announced shortly. The role is very sought after in Hollywood, since Hawking has achieved so much despite his affliction with Als. Some are comparing the film to Daniel Day-Lewis' "My Left Foot" and Mathieu Amalric's "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly." »
The seventh annual Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were both a celebration of all things manly and an irreverent wink toward the silliness of such a singular celebration. The trophy is a “Mantler,” there’s an award for Most Dangerous Man, and prizes are handed out to fictional characters as readily as they are to real people. What other awards show would honor daredevil Felix Baumgartner in the same breath as The Walking Dead’s Dixon brothers? They know their audience.
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: After crushing it on Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne is being fought over for his next lead role. I heard that he’s going to land on Theory Of Everything, and that he’ll play physicist Stephen Hawking in the film that Working Title is fast assembling with director James Marsh, who shared the Best Documentary Oscar for Man On Wire. The film focus is on the relationship between Hawking and his wife and it marks a re-team of the actor and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Les Miserables. They are actively discussing the female lead, with an early fall start being eyed. Redmayne has also been courted to star with Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts in the Thomas Vinterberg-directed Far From The Madding Crowd, but I believe that his priority is the Hawking project written by Anthony McCarten. It is a potential tour de force role as Hawking, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
You’re gonna want to sit down for this one, Roger. No baloney, it is dynamite. I’m not pitching it to anyone else. After what we did together on the Alan Colmes revenge fantasy I’m All That’s Left, I can’t imagine anyone else but you producing this one … though I’m meeting with Imagine tomorrow about something else. Anyway … Are you ready for this? Are you ready for this? It’s Trading Places meets Look Who’s Talking … Right? I know. Genius. Stay with me now.
- Jeff Labrecque
As many concerned television executives will tell you, Americans rarely sit down to watch TV at the same time anymore — unless an awards show is on, that is, in which case everyone orders a pizza and fires up Twitter simultaneously, so that we can all snark on celebrities in real time. It’s our new national pastime. So in that spirit, here are Vulture’s ten favorite moments from awards-show telecasts from the past year. It probably isn't a surprise to learn that Amy Poehler features heavily. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes You want a single joke? Okay, fine. How about the James Cameron one? Or when they made Daniel Day-Lewis do the little E.T. finger? Or Amy Poehler’s fake teeth? Or Amy Poehler sitting on George Clooney’s lap? Yeah, sorry, can’t pick just one. “Mandy Patinkin, holla.” — Claire Danes at the Emmys »
- Amanda Dobbins
It’s no secret that portraying a famous figure is a great career (and awards) booster for any qualified actor or actress; the last few years alone have brought acclaim to biopic stars like Colin Firth (as King George VI in The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn) and of course, Daniel Day Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln).
Naomi Watts already has been nominated for two Oscars, but is definitely angling for a third with her new film Diana, a biopic memoir about the last two years of Princess Diana’s life, following her divorce from Prince Charles. Watch the teaser trailer for the film above; the movie comes by way of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment) and acclaimed UK playwright-turned-screenwriter, Stephen Jeffreys.
Click to continue reading ‘Diana’ Trailer: Naomi Watts is »
- Kofi Outlaw
By the time he brought Revelation upon Los Angeles in the form of frog rain, Paul Thomas Anderson had already achieved a level of formal and thematic completeness in his body of work which is rare for any director, let alone one with only three films and thirty years of life behind him. Comparisons to prior masters were abundant: Anderson applied the restless dynamism of Scorsese’s roving camera and propulsive editing to Altman-esque ensemble narratives. He enfolded Jean Renoir’s empathetic view of human nature in playful, flamboyant set-pieces worthy of Orson Welles. And indeed Anderson’s earliest work, particularly “Boogie Nights” (1997), is arguably marred at times by a too-obvious impulse to both flaunt these influences and to do them one better. The development of his varied style, assembled at a young age from diverse antecedents, toward an apex in the divisive go-for-broke epic “Magnolia” (1999), reflected his own version »
- Jack Welch
Director: Steven Spielberg
Running Time: 144 minutes
Extras: The Journey Of Lincoln, Crafting The Past
In the last 10 years Spielberg’s output has varied from the sublime – Minority Report, Munich – to the ridiculous – Indiana Jones 4, the second half of War Of The Worlds. With Lincoln Spielberg hits top form and delivers his best ‘serious’ film since Schindler’S List.
Framed around the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Lincoln is surprisingly funny in places thanks to a motley crew of Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, and a hopefully prosthetically enhanced James Spader, but is otherwise every bit as serious as you’d expect. Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular Lincoln »
- Sam Carey
From the moment columnist Naomi Wolf compared Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to win the Academy award for best director) to Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl (no, really), it was clear that Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Universal, 15) was never going to get a sensible hearing. Claims that this gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden somehow justified or endorsed torture were fuelled by stories of CIA co-operation, stories that the intelligence agency promptly debunked in an attempt to distance itself from harrowing scenes of water-boarding, humiliation and worse.
Yet, as Bigelow and writer Mark Boal point out, if you watch the film (rather than read the hysterical press), you'll find no evidence that "harsh tactics" produce anything other than rotten results. Indeed, the great irony of Zdt's complex narrative is that the CIA is too busy putting the »
- Mark Kermode
If there’s one thing missing from Oscar season sure-fires, it’s religious mystics with highly questionable sexual behaviours. Thankfully, someone over at Warner Bros. also noticed this gap in cinema as the studio have snapped up a pitch about Rasputin, the advisor to the Russian Imperial Family. But wait, there’s more! They’ve acquired it with the intention of it being written for none other than Calvin Candie himself, Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio will star and produce the film after his interest was recently reignited in the project. Rasputin’s life was surrounded by controversy from the minute he joined The Romanovs as their personal advisor. He was brought into the fold to help the Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra with their son, Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia. Throughout this time with the family his reputation as a mystic, saint, healer, and general weirdo became an issue for his rivals, »
- Gem Seddon
Back in January, Leonardo DiCaprio said he was "going to take a long, long break" after making Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street back-to-back-to-back. We mourned the prospect of a DiCaprio-less 2014 and even with today's news it still seems like we won't have a new film starring the baby-faced 38-year-old, but it looks like that "long, long break" might just be a short sabbatical. Today it's being reported Warner Bros. has picked up screenwriter Jason Hall's pitch for a story based on the Russian mystic Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin who became advisor to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs and was known for not only his powers but his sexual relations with his followers. Personally, I don't like the sound of this as I feel like I can already see the end result in my head. The idea of a controversial figure steeped in politics, »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. has picked up a pitch for a film about Rasputin, and they are going to develop it for Leonardo DiCaprio who will play the title character. The studio acquired the pitch from American Sniper scribe Jason Hall, who will also write the script. This screenwriter is on fire right now. On top of American Sniper, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg, he's also writing another film for the director called Thank You For Your Service, which could star Daniel Day-Lewis.
Rasputin will follow the "Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs. Embraced by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, who secretly suffered from hemophilia, Rasputin’s influence with the family in all matters grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him, finally succeeding in 1916."
There have been several movies »
- Joey Paur
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