Jordan DeSaulnier

Jordan DeSaulnier

Need an escape from the deluge of election-related articles, tweets, and general hysteria?  How about two new TV spots for Les Miserables, Tom Hooper's cinematic adaptation of the phenomenally popular Broadway musical, which is itself based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of injustice and compassion?

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:39

IAR Press Conference Coverage: 'Lincoln'

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.

So it will be at least a few years before another live-action Batman shows up in his theatrical adventure, but that doesn't mean DC's preeminent vigilante is taking a break on the animated side of things.  First off, he has yet to finish out the second half of The Dark Knight Returns, Warner Premiere's two-part animated adaptation of the peerless Frank Miller classic.

The second installment has been tentatively set for early 2013 since before The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 arrived in September, but now Warner Premiere has announced that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on January 29, 2013.  Not only that, but the cover art is also available to check out.

In order to ensure that we're all paying attention come Thursday when the full trailer arrives online, the first footage from World War Z has landed online.  It's exceedingly teaser-y, but given that it's the first glimpse of Marc Forster's less-than-smoothly-made zombie epic, it's worth checking out.

Americans are currently in the midst of the kind of electoral hysteria that $6 billion can buy. With tomorrow's election ending months of hyperbole, what better time for a first look at White House Down, next summer's would-be blockbuster that takes the nineties-action movie story Mad Libs approach of "Die Hard on a ________" and fills that blank with the White House.

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:20

Lincoln

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.

First off: This is, for the time being, a totally unsubstantiated rumor, with no confirmation or official validity whatsoever.  With that disclaimer out of the way, let's chew on the idea of Matthew Vaughn potentially being in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

As the comedy begins production in Nevada, CBS Films has unveiled a first look at Last Vegas, showing off the impressive core cast of Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline.

Though The Expendables 2 didn't live up to its predecessor's commercial performance here in the States, a robust international showing resulted in a greater global total, ensuring that The Expendables 3 will almost certainly arrive in August of 2014.  But which globally-recognizable action-oriented actors will join up to ensure that the third installment once again performs well across the world?

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.

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