The stovepipe hat. The humble log cabin. The beard. The fateful trip to Ford's Theatre. These are all elements of a our mythic image of Abraham Lincoln, a view of the sixteenth U.S. President as an idol, a remote figure of unapproachable greatness who can all too easily eclipse our regard for the man himself, a gifted leader with flaws, grit, intelligence.
Lincoln, opening in selected cities this Friday, November 9th before expanding nationwide a week later on November 16th, aims to present a vision of Lincoln that is immediate and human. It does so not by immersing the audience in the details of Lincoln's comprehensive biography, but instead by presenting four months of political maneuvering and emotional turbulence in the midst of the Civil War. Specifically, Lincoln follows the efforts of the President and his political allies to ensure the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery in the United States.
The film is a meeting of two of the most respected figures in movies, as Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Though Day Lewis leads Lincoln, Spielberg assembled a remarkable ensemble cast that includes Sally Field (Norma Rae), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Hal Hobrook (Into the Wild), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper), James Spader (Sex, Lies, and Videotape), John Hawkes (The Sessions), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Lee Pace (Ceremony), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen).
At the Lincoln press conference, both Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis graciously answered questions from the assembled entertainment press, discussing their personal awareness of Abraham Lincoln prior to the film, the mythology surrounding Lincoln, the President's sense of humor, the process of developing the script, convincing Day-Lewis to join play the character, and the timing Lincoln's release.
Because traumatizing a whole generation of kids with the threat of velociraptor disembowelment wasn't enough, Jurassic Park is returning to theaters next year, and doing so in three dimensions. Anyone who had their first surround sound experience in a seemingly dinosaur-infested theater back in the summer of 1993 is about feel a little nostalgia nugget.
Universal Pictures has unveiled the one-sheet for Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park in 3D, and the poster smartly eschews dinosaur action in favor of the sense of awe, size, and foreboding that so thrilled everybody almost twenty years ago.
After declaring emphatically that Transfomers: Dark of the Moon would be the last time he would orchestrate incomprehensible fight scenes of robots-in-disguise beating the hell out of each other with maximum collateral damage, Michael Bay has followed the muse back to the Transformers franchise. In a strange bit of internet-misunderstanding-becoming-really-possibly, he's now considering Mark Wahlberg to play one of the new human characters who will run around while stuff explodes.
Synopsis: In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
With just a few days until Lincoln makes it debut in limited release on Friday here in the States, a new international trailer has appeared online, and it gives the best idea so far of just what this particular historical drama actually is.
William Atherton is one of those veteran actors that you may not recognize by name, but you have been enjoying his brilliant work for the better part of the last thirty years!
Atherton first gained attention for his starring role opposite Oscar-winner Goldie Hawn in Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut The Sugerland Express. However, it was his roles as the antagonists in a string of classic ‘80s movies including playing Prof. Jerry Hathaway in Real Genius, bureaucrat Walter Peck in Ghostbusters, and ambitious reporter Richard Thornburg in Die Hard, that cemented the actor’s distinguished position in cinema history. Since then he has appeared in such popular films as Die Hard 2, The Pelican Brief, and Bio-Dome, as well as having guest starred in groundbreaking television series like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Life with recent Emmy-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland).
The seasoned character actor can now be seen in the new independent film The Citizen, which recently played at the Hollywood Film Festival and is currently making the rounds on the film festival tour. The movie marks Sam Kadi’s directorial debut and revolves around an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (Khaled Nabawy) who wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10, 2001. Suspected of being involved in the terrible acts of September 11th, Ibrahim is put on trial and forced to fight for his freedom. Actor Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) portrays Ibrahim’s lawyer, while Atherton plays Winston, the opposing council.
IAR’s Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the great pleasure of speaking with actor William Atherton about his work on The Citizen, as well a look back at The Sugerland Express, Real Genius, Ghostbusters, Die Hard, and the TV series Life. The talented actor discussed his new film, how he got involved with the project, its important themes, the movie’s star Khaled Nabawy, Cary Elwes unusual performance, working with a first time director, his memories of working with Steven Spielberg on his first feature film, the TV series Life, acting opposite Damian Lewis, the legacy of Real Genius, Ghostbusters, and Die Hard, the “Die Hard joke,” and if he would ever return to either the Ghostbusters or Die Hard franchises.
If you don’t recognize the name Ben Whishaw right now, don’t worry … you soon will! The British actor who has appeared in such critically acclaimed films as Layer Cake, I’m Not There, Bright Star, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, has not one but two major movies opening in the next few weeks.
First, the actor can be seen as part of the incredible ensemble cast of Cloud Atlas, which was co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), and opens in theaters on October 26th. Then on November 9th, Whishaw will take over the pivotal role of Q in the latest installment of the James Bond series entitled Skyfall, which stars his Layer Cake co-star Daniel Craig in his third appearance as 007. Not to mention, the actor is also in talks to appear in director Steven Spielberg’s long rumored futuristic film, Robopocalypse.
Cloud Atlas is based on author David Mitchell’s extremely popular book of the same name and in addition to Whishaw, features several actors in numerous roles including Oscar winners Tom Hanks (Larry Crowne), Halle Berry (X-Men), Jim Broadbent (Arthur Christmas), and Susan Sarandon (Jeff, Who Lives at Home), as well as Jim Sturgess (21), Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), James D’Arcy (Hitchcock), Doona Bae (The Host), Keith David (They Live), and Hugh Grant (About a Boy). The film spans centuries and has been described as an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Ben Whishaw about Cloud Atlas, as well as his role in Skyfall and the upcoming Robopocalypse. The talented young actor discussed making Cloud Atlas, reuniting with his Perfume director Tom Tywker, the on set dynamic between Tywker and the Washowskis, playing multiple roles, the meaning of the film, his favorite scene that he wasn’t in, working with Jim Broadbent, Skyfall, playing a 21st Century version of Q, the beloved character’s role in the film, if he will appear in more Bond movies, Robopocalypse, and his excitement to work with Steven Spielberg.
A week and a half ago, Steven Spielberg participated in a Lincoln Q&A alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays the 16th American President in next month's historical drama. With the release date fast approaching, Spielberg becoming ever-more present, and a segment from last night's episode of 60 Minutes includes an expansive interview with the world's most famous director.
David Oyelowo is one busy actor! The British thespian, who is best known for his roles in acclaimed movies like The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Help, has not one but FOUR major movies opening in theaters before the end of the year.
Last week saw the opening of The Paperboy from director Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire), which features Oyelowo along with an all-star cast that includes Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. Next month audiences will be able to see the actor in Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day Lewis as the former President. Finally, in December he’ll appear in Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, which is a big screen adaptation of the popular novel One Shot. But first, Oyelowo can be seen in the new drama Middle of Nowhere, which opens in theaters on October 12th.
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the film centers on Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who dropped out of med school in order to focus on her husband Derek’s (Omari Hardwick) well being while he’s incarcerated. When Derek betrays Ruby in prison, she begins a relationship with a lonely bus driver named Brian (Oyelowo). Together they give each other newfound hope, which allows them to temporarily escape their desperate lives. In addition to Oyelowo, Hardwick (The A-Team), and newcomer Corinealdi, the cast also includes Lorraine Toussaint (Hudson Hawk), Maya Gilbert (Pirates of Ghost Island), and Sharon Lawrence (TV’s NYPD Blue).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with David Oyelowo about his work on Middle of Nowhere, as well as The Paperboy, Lincoln, and Jack Reacher. The talented actor discussed his new film, his initial reaction to first reading the script, which role he was attracted to most, Brian and Ruby’s unusual relationship, his on screen chemistry with Corinealdi, The Paperboy, collaborating with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln, how acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis forced him to bring his A-game, why fans of the book will be pleased with Jack Reacher, and what he learned from working with Tom Cruise.
What if Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, arguably the finest living director and actor on the planet, showed up on your doorstep saying, "May we please come inside to talk about our upcoming movie Lincoln for about forty-two minutes?" You'd invite them in and offer up a plate of your finest crackers and cheese, right?
Well break out the Triscuits and jarlsberg, because Spielberg and Day-Lewis are discussing the Civil War drama in a jumbo-sized video Q&A.