Here's a novel way to keep from getting worked up about your main Oscar rival: forget his name entirely. For Time magazine's Great Performances video feature on this year's Oscar nominees, Les Miserables co-stars and Oscar nominees Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman spend some time lauding their competition. Hathaway even praises the computer-generated tiger in Life of Pi. But watch what happens around the 2:09 when Jackman slyly raises the topic of Lincoln. more »
Sean Penn As Vince Vega? Paul Calderon As Jules Winnfield? 'Pulp Fiction' Could Have Been So Different
Twenty years after John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, as Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, became arguably the most iconic hitman duo in contemporary cinema, it's hard to imagine any other actors tackling those roles — especially the Royale with Cheese conversation. But the new issue of Vanity Fair serves as a reminder that their Pulp Fiction parts almost went to other actors. more »
Argo maintained Awards momentum Sunday night, winning the best ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The feature, directed by Ben Affleck who also stars, won the top film prize at the top film prize at the Golden Globes earlier this month and Saturday night at the Producers Guild Of America, taking the group's Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures prize for producers Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
The big winner when the Oscar nominations were announced Thursday might have been not the nominees themselves, but venerable Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, who once famously proclaimed about Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.” Not even the canniest Oscar pundit or deeply embedded Hollywood insider could have predicted that three of the Director’s Guild of America nominees—two of them perceived front-runners—would not get an Oscar nomination. more »
The group gave Zero Dark Thirty its top Best Picture and Best Director prizes in addition to Best Actress for Jessica Chastain, while Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis took Best Actor with the Chicago Film Critics Association Monday.
The wins follow:
Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master
Best Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln by Tony Kushner
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Documentary: The Invisible War
Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman
Best Cinematography: Mihai Milaimare Jr., The Master
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, The Master
Best Art Direction: Moonrise Kingdom
Best Editing: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty
Most Promising Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Most Promising Filmmaker: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis was reticent playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the now much anticipated film that opens this weekend beginning in limited release and heads out wide the following week. But after a long build-up before actually taking on the 16th U.S. leader, he reflected that he now feels "nourished" by the role and hopes Lincoln will "stay with him forever."
The release of Lincoln, the new film from Steven Spielberg, is intended to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the days leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation — not the recent election — it doesn't try to make a metaphor out of its portrayal of the 16th President, or force comparisons to our current commander-in-chief and the state of the country he's overseeing, but it still couldn't feel more timely. more »
Daniel Day-Lewis may specialize in weighty roles, but that doesn't mean he's without a sense of humor. The star of Lincoln cracked up the crowd at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia awards on Wednesday when he referenced Clint Eastwood's now-famous empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention this past summer. more »
A bit high-pitched and shrill, the few audiences that have seen Lincoln ahead of its World Premiere next month at AFI Fest may have been surprised by the voice of America's 16th President as played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The two-time Oscar-winner made a rare public appearance speaking before a small audience presented by Time Magazine in New York Thursday. The actor, who appeared along with Steven Spielberg, spoke in his native British accent, which was in audible contrast to his latest on-screen character.
"This has been a journey for me that's unlike nothing I've done before. It's been a real ride and it's still unfinished." So said Steven Spielberg Monday night as he introduced the New York Film Festival's "Surprise Screening," Lincoln, though most everyone in the jammed unruly line(s) getting into the Alice Tully Hall all but knew the film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, would be the 'surprise.'
The general consensus about the film is that it is a serious contender for Oscar glory, though with the likes of Day-Lewis and a stunning performance by Tommy Lee Jones as radical Republican Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens, as well as a script by Tony Kushner and director Spielberg, how could it not be?
Quentin Tarantino To Be Honored By 1st Awards-Season Show; The Ruby Slippers Are Heading To London: Biz Break
Also in Thursday morning's round-up of news briefs, Daniel Day-Lewis will be honored in another awards-season ceremony. An Afghan film that won awards at festivals heads home. And Girls creator Lena Dunham continues on her winning roll.
If President Obama didn't exactly dominate Mitt Romney during their debate on Wednesday night, he got a nice subliminal boost courtesy of Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis. Following the political wrestling match, Disney ran an extended TV spot for Lincoln that finally justified all of the early Oscar talk the film has generated and and not-so-subtly implied the 16th and 44th Presidents of the United States are kindred spirits. more »
A pensive Daniel Day-Lewis turned Abraham Lincoln appears in this black and white poster of DreamWorks' Lincoln due to hit U.S. theaters in November - actually only days after the 44th POTUS or the 45th POTUS wins the U.S. election. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Lincoln spotlights the 16th President of the United States during his final months in office.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln: EW.com Posts First Shot of Actor as 16th President in Steven Spielberg Biopic
The deep thoughtful look, the craggy face — the signature beard. Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis resonates as Abraham Lincoln in this first shot of him in full character for Steven Spielberg's upcoming epic about the nation's 16th president, Lincoln. more »
Can Bill O'Reilly, Ridley & Tony Scott Top These Other Past and Future Retellings of Lincoln's Assassination?
In 1865, actor and Confederate loyalist John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in the balcony of Ford's Theatre, committing one of the most notorious crimes in American history. In 2013, Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly will team up with Tony and Ridley Scott for a two-hour National Geographic documentary exploring the events surrounding Lincoln's death, adapted from Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, co-written by O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. But with so many previous Lincoln assassination projects in the ether, what new ground can O'Reilly and the Scott brothers tread in Killing Lincoln?