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    Lincoln

    Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' is everything a film about that towering figure ought to be: majestic yet intimate, respectful but not worshipful. It manages to humanize a historical figure without diminishing him in any way, thanks to the director’s sure hand, a superior screenplay by playwright Tony ...

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    Michael Arndt Writes 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Treatment, Spielberg, Abrams & Brad Bird Expected To Take A Look

    Well, no matter where you stand on the prospect of "Star Wars: Episode 7," you have to admit this is at least a step in the right direction. The studio has found an Oscar winner to pen the treatment and possibly the screenplay for the upcoming sequel, and nerds and indie-cinema heads alike will appr...

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    Spielberg Chased Daniel Day-Lewis For 9 Years, Wanted Him Before Liam Neeson To Play ‘Lincoln' & More About The Film

    Now that President Obama is back for a second term, some Oscar pundits are claiming Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular leader, is a shoo-in lock for a Best Picture win at the Oscars. We wouldn’t go that far, but the political drama, which hit theaters this weekend...

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    Daniel Day-Who? Louis C.K. Does Lincoln

    What if Louis C.K. had been cast in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln instead of Daniel Day-Lewis? Or, as SNL had it, what if the character of Lincoln merged with the character from his television series Louie -- stand-up comic, acerbic observer of life, and in this case emancipator of slaves and pre...

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    Spielberg Says Getting Daniel Day-Lewis To Say Yes To 'Lincoln’ Was Tough; Sally Field Says DDL Texted Her In Character

    Much like Obama and Romney, Steven Spielberg’s out on the campaign trail for his upcoming historical drama/political procedural “Lincoln” (including a visible stop on "60 Minutes"). And perhaps illustrating how the film isn’t the easiest sell for audiences that may not want a history lesson this fal...

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    EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from 'The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies': David Thomson on Steven Spielberg

    San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own "Biographical Dictionary of Film," has written an authoritative history of film with his distinctive flair: "The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies." Here's an exclusive look at his chapter on Steven Spielberg, "To Own th...

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    Spielberg Talks Childhood Anger and 'Lincoln' on '60 Minutes,' Turns Back on Action (VIDEO)

    The brass ring of publicity scores is the '60 Minutes' interview. What beats it? Maybe a Time cover. Sunday night's Lesley Stahl profile of Steven Spielberg includes the first clips from his upcoming “Lincoln” (November 16) as well as an interview with Spielberg’s parents about his childhood.

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    What You Won't Learn About Spielberg From Last Night's '60 Minutes' (Video)

    Oscar-season pandering has begun. Steven Spielberg's bid for "Lincoln" kicked into high gear with a tender segment about the personal inspiration behind his work. He may not be running for office, but like most campaign fodder the interview contains a grain of truth that obscures the bigger picture.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Reporters, Villains and History On-Screen

    Romanticized reporters, Javier Bardem and E.T. are all on display in this week's edition of Reel Reads.

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    Oscar Talk: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is Major Contender, Led by Day-Lewis; Supporting Actress Race, Has Phoenix Dive-Bombed His Chances?

    On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I weigh in on Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln." The movie is restrained, and beautiful, and deeply moving, and Daniel Day-Lewis carries the day as America's 16th president pushing thorugh the 13th amendment to ban slavery. Picture, director...

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