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Last night Empire's focus switched from high-octane Forza Motorsport 5 news at the E3 gaming to a high-profile Q&A down the road involving two of cinema's elder statesmen. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, helping to open the University of Southern California’s new Interactive Media Building, offered a rather bleak prognosis of the future of cinema. Revealing that Lincoln was "this close" to appearing on HBO, Spielberg predicted that a few high-profile blockbuster flops will spark a radical overhaul of the Hollywood business model."The big danger is that there’s eventually going to be a big meltdown", Spielberg said, "where three or four, maybe even a half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground. That’s going to change the paradigm again.""You're at the point right now where a studio would rather invest $250 million in one film for a real shot »
Are Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis set to recreate some movie magic with another take on American history? It certainly seems like they got on like gangbusters during the production and promotion of "Lincoln," with the movie netting yet another Oscar for the actor. While it's all very early, it seems like they are kicking around an idea that would see them back at work together. Deadline reveals that Steven Spielberg is eyeing an adaptation of David Finkel's forthcoming book "Thank You For Your Service" as a possible reteam with Ddl, though the site cautions it's "all early days." The book was optioned in the spring by DreamWorks with Spielberg linked, though it was unclear at the time if he was going to produce or direct, but now it looks like he wants to be right behind the camera. Why? Three words: Jason Dean Hall. He's the hot, rising »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg, whose "Lincoln" won two Oscars out of 12 nominations, has not lost his taste for recreating history. The filmmaker has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV. The Stanley Kubrick exhibit currently on view at Lacma offers a room full of extensive documents and artifacts for "Napoleon" (see above), including a letter to actor Oskar Werner ("Jules and Jim," "Fahrenheit 451") offering him the eponymous role, and a polite rejection letter from Audrey Hepburn, turning down the part of Josephine. The project was ultimately put aside after it proved to have a multitude of budget and production challenges, as envisioned by perfectionist Kubrick. Jeffrey Wells believes that Kubrick's "Napoleon" would have been a reprise of the movie Kubrick made instead when UA and MGM. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Academics prompt ratification after noticing that 1995 move to accept amendment detailed in Lincoln had not been completed
Mississippi has officially ratified the 13th amendment to the Us constitution, which abolishes slavery and which was officially noted in the constitution on 6 December 1865. All 50 states have now ratified the amendment.
Mississippi's tardiness has been put down to an oversight that was only corrected after two academics embarked on research prompted by watching Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film about president Abraham Lincoln's efforts to secure the amendment.
Dr Ranjan Batra, a professor in the department of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saw Spielberg's film and wondered about the implementation of the 13th amendment after the Civil War. He discussed the issue with Ken Sullivan, an anatomical material specialist at Umc, who began to research the matter.
Sullivan, a longtime resident of the Mississippi, remembered that a »
- Sam Blum
The New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday became the latest to criticize Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated Lincoln for its historical inaccuracy. Earlier this month, Joe Courtney, a Democratic congressman from Connecticut, wrote to the director saying that the movie incorrectly showed two of his state's House members voting against the amendment for the abolition of slavery. He asked Spielberg to acknowledge the error before the Feb. 24 Oscars -- where Lincoln is nominated in 12 categories, including best picture -- and fix the scene before the movie's DVD release. (Spielberg has said he will give the DVD to
- THR Staff
A week before Presidents Day and just eight days until Oscar voting closes, the producers of Lincoln are making news with a new education initiative. Steven Spielberg’s Oscar contender will be landing in the hands of a large group of people -- they just aren’t Oscar voters. Photos: Academy Awards 2013: The Nominees Participant Media said Monday that in conjunction with its upcoming social action campaign, “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” DVDs of Lincoln will be distributed to all public and private middle and high schools in the U.S. once the DreamWorks Pictures/20th Century Fox film becomes available on
- Rebecca Ford
Tony Kushner hit back on Friday at a Connecticut congressman who complained about historical inaccuracies in the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln," saying his factual tweaks added to the film's drama. On Tuesday, Democratic Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney wrote an open letter to director Steven Spielberg, about the inaccuracies. In the film, two congressmen from his home state vote against 13th Amendment and two voted for -- but archives in the House of Representatives show that the entire Nutmeg State's delegation said "yea" to the abolition of slavery. Also read: Connecticut Rep. to Steven Spielberg: Get »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
The Writers Guild of America West has chosen screenwriter Tony Kushner to receive its 2013 Paul Selvin Award for his adapted screenplay for "Lincoln." Named after the late counsel to the Guild, the Paul Selvin Award is given to the WGA member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties, which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere. Kushner will be recognized, along with other honorees, at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Jw Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. "Tony »
- Todd Cunningham
The cast of "Argo" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble on Sunday night over the teams behind "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and other popular and critical hits. Many awards prognosticators were hoping that the actor's union could help clarify an Oscars race that has been labeled one of the closest in years. To that end, "Argo"s' victory potentially makes it the front-runner for Best Picture at next month's Oscars over Steven Spielberg's biopic about the 16th president and David O. Russell's shaggy romantic comedy. Although Ben Affleck, the driving »
- Brent Lang
Nominations for the 15th annual Costume Designer Guild awards have been announced, with all five of the Oscar-nominated films for Best Costume Design also receiving CDG nods: "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman." The full list of nominees across seven categories are below. Excellence In Contemporary Film Beasts of the Southern Wild – Stephani Lewis The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward Silver Linings Playbook – Mark Bridges Skyfall – Jany Temime Zero Dark Thirty – George L. Little Excellence In Period Film Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran Argo – Jacqueline West Les Misérables – Paco Delgado Lincoln - Joanna Johnston Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka-Maimone Excellence In Fantasy Film Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud The »
- Beth Hanna
DreamWorks, which rousted former President Bill Clinton to introduce the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln at the Sunday’s Golden Globes, continues to pull out the stops to get the movie noticed in Oscar season. Today, they’ve released a behind the scenes special entitled Lincoln: An American Journey, and they are making it available on iTunes at noon West Coast time, before the special airs January 20, on Kcbs. The special highlights the painstaking 12 years of work that went into recreating the period as the 16th president worked to abolish slavery before the end of the Civil War. The film has grossed over $150 million since opening November 9 and it’s up for 12 Oscars. Here’s a peek and it just went live: »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When Steven Spielberg's Lincoln begins rolling out to theaters worldwide Jan. 18, viewers will see a subtly different film than moviegoers saw in the U.S. Story: 'Lincoln' Scores Second '60 Minutes' Piece as Zero Dark Thirty is Rebuffed Instead of opening with a Civil War battle scene, onscreen messages first will contextualize the story against actual black-and-white images designed to provide insight into what was going on in America in 1865. It lasts about a minute. "We worked on this with Steven Spielberg and
- Alex Ben Block
The full list of the winners and nominees at the 2013 Golden Globe awards, as voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
- Todd Cunningham
"Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables" may have been disappointed by the Directors Branch of the Academy on Thursday, but all three films received nominations for the top film editing award at the ACE Eddie Awards nominations were announced on Friday. In the rare case of guild nominations announced after the Oscar nominations, the American Cinema Editors also honored the dramas "Lincoln," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" and the comedies or musicals "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Ted." The Ace Eddie Awards category for Best »
- Steve Pond
Mere hours after the Oscar nominations, the Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced the winners of the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, where -- like the Oscars -- Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led with the most nominations going in. And while "Lincoln" did just fine, taking home best actor, best original screenplay and best original score honors, it lost out on the big two prizes to Ben Affleck's "Argo," which won picture and director (coming after Affleck's snub in the latter category with Oscar earlier today). While those were the only two awards for "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" led all winners with 4 awards, though notably 3 of them came thanks to the unnecessary new "comedy" categories, where it won best comedy, best comedy actor (Bradley Cooper) and best actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Lawrence -- while losing best »
- Peter Knegt
Did Academy voters just clear a path to the stage for Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln?" Or did they indicate that Spielberg's historical drama has unexpectedly serious challengers not in the two CIA-themed dramas expected to be best-pic contenders, but in David O. Russell's delicious bipolar comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" or Ang Lee's visionary "Life of Pi?" With a stunning set of nominations highlighted by a Best Director category that almost no one could have envisioned, Oscar voters upended conventional wisdom and placed a huge obstacle in the way of Ben Affleck's "Argo" »
- Steve Pond
"Lincoln" led the pack of Oscar nominees Thursday morning, picking up 12 nods, including one for Best Picture. Director Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones were among the historical drama's nominees, as was the screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film's strong showing seems to improve its chance of dominating the Oscars in several top categories, as does the snub of "Argo"s' Ben Affleck and "Zero Dark Thirty"s' Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director category. Both directors had been considered locks for their work on »
- Brent Lang & Steve Pond
Who’s in, who’s out?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally settled the debate with its announcement of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Lincoln leads the pack with 12 nominations, followed by Life of Pi with 11.
Analysis is to come, but below are the contenders for the ceremony, which will take place Feb. 24.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Anthony Breznican
The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated the cinematographers behind Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Skyfall for outstanding achievement in its feature film category. Roger Deakins, recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, received his eleventh nomination for his work on Skyfall. He previously won Asc Awards for 1995’s The Shawshank Redemption and 2002’s The Man Who Wasn’t There. Story: Guide to Cinematography Award Voting Lincoln’s Janusz Kaminski received his fifth nomination. He was most recently nominated for 2008’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Each of the other three nominees have been nominated once
- Gregg Kilday
Lincoln led all films with 10 BAFTA nominations, but director Steven Spielberg was not among the five directors recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Tony Kushner, and composer John Williams were among the Lincoln landslide, but the British Academy opted to reward Amour director Michael Hanake and Django Unchained auteur Quentin Tarantino, even though neither of those films were mentioned for Best Film.
- Jeff Labrecque
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