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I've abbreviated the conversation heavily, but I just wanted to make you aware today of a masterfully executed debate that took place in the wee hours of the morning between Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis. Although you'll need to go to their Twitter accounts to grasp the full weight of their disagreement, below you can witness Millar's assessment of Steven Spielberg's carrer turned into an argument about Munich, which then devolved into a series of insults and ultimately culminated in the assertion that Brian K. Vaughan is now living in a home for old people. It was Twitter discourse at its finest.
In more serious matters Scott Allie spoke for the the soldiers of Sparta in response to Don't Ask Don't Tell getting repealed this week, while "Black Swan" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" continued to be hot topics of conversation. Find out who you agree with »
- Brian Warmoth
2010 has been a year chock full of espionage-themed thrillers, and it looks like the trend is going to continue throughout 2011 as well. This time acclaimed director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) is getting into the act with Hanna, a spy movie with an interesting twist: the main character is a teenage girl who has been trained to be an assassin by her ex-cia father. Judging from the first trailer it looks kind of like The American meets Salt meets Let Me In. Kind of an interesting mix, right? Although I wasn't a big fan of Atonement and thought The Soloist looked absolutely ridiculous, I'm definitely intrigued by this movie. Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) is an interesting choice to play a cold-blooded killer, and of course, Eric Bana has already proven that he can play a bad ass spy in Munich. The supporting cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams and Tom Hollander, »
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all them vampires gots ta die!”
Yes, boys and girls, the Great Emancipator is Back… and starting his own private Civil War with evil vampire scrum. He’s out for blood in director Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and quite the hero is being eyed to play our 16th President.
The Wrap reports that Eric Bana, who has experience hunting Palestinian militants in “Munich” as well as Spock in “Star Trek,” is in heavy-talks to rock Honest Abe’s stovepipe hat, beard, and wooden stakes for the film, which is being produced by Tim Burton for 20th Century Fox.
Bana certainly has the hulking stature and presence to embody the role, but the Ozzie’s performance will no doubt be compared to Brit Daniel Day-Lewis, »
- Max Evry
Leaked dispatch reveals diplomats from 14 Arab states voted to ban the director's films in response to his donation to Israel
Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott Office after making a $1m (£570,000) donation to Israel during the 2006 conflict in Lebanon.
A Us embassy memo released by WikiLeaks reveals that during a meeting of the group in April 2007, diplomats or representatives from 14 Arab states voted to ban all films and other products related to Spielberg or his Righteous Persons Foundation.
At the confidential Us briefing, the head of the Syrian regional office for the boycott of Israel, Muhammad al-Ajami, said that Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen had agreed to ban all Spielberg's works.
Malaysia, Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia were also present at the meeting and voted in favour of the boycott. The »
- Amelia Hill
In a time when the world is at war, it’s hard for an American to truly comprehend the hardships faced by the rest of the world. Disengagement gives us a glimpse into the conflict between Israel and Palestine, honing in on the removal of local settlers from Gaza. Juliette Binoche stars as Ana, a French woman who is unhappily married and searching for meaning in her life. After the death of her father, Ana is reunited with her adopted brother Uli, a member of the Israeli police force. Together the two travel to Israel, Ana to find the daughter she gave up at birth, Uli to help with the disengagement of Israeli settlers in Gaza. What unfolds is a heartbreaking story of family and faith.
- Melissa Kovner
Eric Bana may play Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie, according to the Wrap. Slap a top hat on the dude, and yeah, I can totally see him as Lincoln. Right? Perhaps this will do for those afflicted with Marfan syndrome the same thing Munich did for the guys of Knocked Up.
But if it doesn’t work out for Bana, who should play Lincoln? We all know Mr. Emancipation Proclamation was 6’4, so it’d have to be someone tall and wiry — but with both gravitas and spirit, too. For Vampire Hunter, he’d also have to be sort of action-y. »
- Margaret Lyons
It's a double dose of Eric Bana news this morning! We're still waiting for official word on Bana's casting as Honest Abe in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," but the Australian actor has another impressive role to chew on in the meantime.
Variety reports that Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam are all in talks to star in "Kin" for 2929 Entertainment and Mutual Film Co. The crime thriller comes courtesy of director Stefan Ruzowitzky, screenwriter Zach Dean and producers Gary Levinsohn and Shelly Clippard.
"Kin" tells the story of a pair of desperate sibling fugitives played by Bana and Wilde. Their escape from authority is further complicated after colliding with the holiday homecoming of a troubled ex-boxer, played by Hunnam.
- Josh Wigler
Bana Also Taking A Meeting On 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter The career of Eric Bana to date has been kind of a funny one. The Australian former stand-up comedian grabbed everyone's attention with a blazing performance, one of the decade's best, in Andrew Dominik's "Chopper," but when Hollywood discovered that Bana could clean up into a chiseled leading man, the actor was thrust into action roles in "Hulk" and "Troy." These were followed by leads in misfires "Lucky You" and "The Other Boleyn Girl," with only an excellent performance in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" proving to be a bright light. Taking… »
Hollywood casting agents can now look no further than Jeopardy when searching for smart, young talent. Thirteen year-old Thomas Horn has signed on to star in Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” after winning $31,800 in prize money on Jeopardy back in October. His pay day on the film should make those winnings look like play money. Daldry, best known for directing The Hours and The Reader, required an exceptionally intelligent kid to fill the title role penned by Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth of Forrest Gump and Munich fame. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullocks have also signed on to play Horn’s parents in the film and the young actor will undoubtedly learn a great from the two veteran actors. Scott Rudin is producing the film, which is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Paramount. Shooting is set for late-January in New York City. »
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" director Stephen Daldry pulled Thomas Horn into the lead role of the upcoming drama. He'll be starring alongside Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, which is a bit of a cool accomplishment in itself for a 12-year old boy. Speaking of accomplishments, this isn't the first major one he's done. Horn won first place in Jeopardy!, winning about $31,800 in prize money. "Extremely Loud" focuses on Oskar Schell, the bright and precocious 9-year old whose father is killed in the World Trade Center collapse. The youth finds a key left behind in his father's belongings, and sets out on a cathartic journey to uncover the lock.The project is based off the novel by Jonathan Safran and is penned for the big screen by Eric Roth. Roth's previous written credits include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Munich" and "The Good Shepard" just to name a few. »
There wll be a Steven Spielberg double feature in theaters next December -- "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" and "War Horse." And based on his track record, this twin bill bodes well for the director's prospects at the Academy Awards. In 1993, he helmed both the blockbuster "Jurassic Park" and the critically-acclaimed "Schindler's List" while in 2005 he had the popcorn pic "War of the Worlds" rampaging through theatres that summer before closing out the year with the tense drama "Munich." "Jurassic" won all three of its Oscar bids (Sound, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects) while "Schindler" prevailed in seven of its dozen races, including wins for Best Picture and Best Director. However, in 2005, Spielberg went home empty-handed. "Munich" was skunked on all five of its nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, while "War of the Wor »
Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th President of the United States in DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln to be directed by Steven Spielberg. The announcement was made today by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios.
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s novel “Team of Rivals,” the screenplay has been written by another Pulitzer Prize winner, and Academy Award nominee, Tony Kushner. The studio says the picture will focus on the “political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.”
Steven Spielberg said:
“Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of »
- Allan Ford
Daniel Day-Lewis will star as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic about the 16th President of the United States according to a just issued press release from DreamWorks Pictures.
Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin' best-selling book "Team of Rivals" and adapted by multi-award winning playwright Tony Kushner, the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.
The film has been on Spielberg's 'to do' list for years and Liam Neeson had been attached to play Lincoln since at least mid-2005 right up until July this year. Spielberg originally planned to make it his first post-"Munich" project but for various reasons the film kept getting delayed over and over again.
Now at last it is finally happening with shooting expected to get underway in the Fall next »
- Garth Franklin
Nope, this isn’t the proposed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter we discussed the other day. Although that too would be awesome. Could you imagine Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, running around killing vampires while screaming about milkshakes and whatnot? Ah, cinema nirvana. But this is just as good. More info on this ‘Lincoln’ and why it’s so amazing after the jump.
Spielberg’s been trying for a long time to get his Lincoln biopic off the ground, but lack of funding has caused the production to spiral into nothingness, even losing its star, Liam Neeson. When Neeson left, everyone thought the film was dead. Neeson was perfect for the role, and there was no other actor who could ever match him. But now they have one of the best actors ever as his replacement. And with that, the film has a new lease on life.
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With the news yesterday that Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works biopic Lincoln finally has its start date (Fall 2011) and lead star (Daniel Day-Lewis), we couldn’t help but notice the serious accolades adorning every corner of the film already: The director has won three Oscars (and an Irving G. Thalberg Award), and has been nominated seven more times; the star has won two Oscars, and two more nods; the book the film is based on, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and the screenplay was penned by Pulitzer Prize, »
- Adam B. Vary
Will reciting the Gettysburg Address lead to reciting yet another Oscar speech? That just may happen considering how two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis has signed on to play the 16th president of the United States in a new biopic directed by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln is based on the bestselling book Team of Rivals by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and was adapted into a screenplay by Tony Kushner, who also wrote Spielberg's film Munich. "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future," said Spielberg in a statement. "I am grateful »
Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th President of the United States in DreamWorks Studios' "Lincoln" to be directed by Steven Spielberg. "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future," said Spielberg. "I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with 'Lincoln.'" Based on the best-selling book, "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner (Munich). It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. Filming is expected to begin »
Friday's casting announcement comes nine years after Spielberg first revealed he was making a film about the assassinated former U.S. leader.
The movie mogul originally tapped Liam Neeson for the role.
In a statement confirming the casting, Spielberg revealed he has never worked with Oscar winner Day-Lewis.
He says, "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln."
The film will be based on revered historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals.
He won’t be hunting vampires, nor will the film focus on the final moments of his life, but the casting of Day-Lewis in such an iconic role conjures up some wonderful images and it’ll be a long wait to see this on the big screen. Liam Neeson stepped down from the role a few months ago and Spielberg’s search for a man who would be President has ended with a fine choice.
With his Tintin film and the ambiguously titled Robopocalypse on the cards, as well as the recently filmed War Horse, there’s a lot of Spielberg in our future and that’s just fine with me. Below, in the press release, the man talks about the role and the actor. »
- Jon Lyus
It appears Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis will portray President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s long gestating biographical film, Lincoln. The role has belonged to Liam Neeson for quite some time now, but delays in the project eventually led to the actor dropping out of contention due reportedly to his age. He’s 58, which is two years older than Lincoln was when he caught a bullet in the back of his head while interrupting a matinee of Wicked on Broadway. It’s also only five years older than Day-Lewis’ age of 53. Spielberg’s film is to be based on the bestselling book, Team Of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, with a script by Tony Kushner (Munich). The focus will be less on Lincoln’s life story and more on a particular time in Us history that witnessed “the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end »
- Rob Hunter
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