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Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln': Could this be the most awards-laden cast ever?

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With the news yesterday that Steven Spielberg’s long-in-the-works biopic Lincoln finally has its start date (Fall 2011) and lead star (Daniel Day-Lewis), we couldn’t help but notice the serious accolades adorning every corner of the film already: The director has won three Oscars (and an Irving G. Thalberg Award), and has been nominated seven more times; the star has won two Oscars, and two more nods; the book the film is based on, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and the screenplay was penned by Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and Emmy-award winner Tony Kushner, who won an Oscar nod for his screenplay for Spielberg’s 2005 thriller, Munich.

That’s a lot of hardware already, enough to make this movie pretty much an automatic Oscar contender for 2012. But first, they’ve got to cast that eponymous team of rivals for Lincoln’s cabinet, his wife, and (likely) his assassin John Wilkes Booth. And in the spirit of Kearns Goodwin’s book, it just made sense to us that the rest of the cast also be a team of rivals… for Oscar nominations. So, forthwith, our guesses for what could be one of the most Oscar-laden casts ever:  READ FULL STORY

'Adventures of Tintin': First look at the Spielberg-Jackson collaboration

tin-tin-empireTaking a break from any Hobbit drama, producer Peter Jackson teamed up with director Steven Spielberg to give Empire magazine the first look at their upcoming 3-D, motion-capture Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Based on the books by Belgian writer-illustrator Hergé, the story revolves around young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), and the nefarious pirate Red Rackham (Daniel Craig). Spielberg and Jackson wanted to stay true to Hergé’s artwork, while drawing inspiration from film noir and the German Brechtian theater. Empire has shots of Tintin (with his dog Snowy) and Captain Haddock online. It also quotes Jackson admitting that some people thought he and Spielberg had gone mad when they cast Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the detective twins Thompson and Thomson. Spielberg notes how well they actually complement each other as foils and that when they argue over whose sidekick is whose in the film, it’s a highlight.

Is this collaboration all you had hoped for? (If Empire has a shot of Craig in his motion-capture suit, I will definitely be picking up this issue.)

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Spielberg, Jackson Team, for ‘Tintin’

Forbes 400: Oprah only 130th richest person in America

oprahImage Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesThere are 129 people more wealthy than Oprah Winfrey in America, according to Forbes. Why do the rest of us even try? Winfrey’s net worth, estimated at $2.7 billion, ties her for No. 130 on the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the nation. (Walmart’s Christy Walton, with $24 billion, is the country’s leading woman at No. 4.) For the 17th straight year, Microsoft’s Bill Gates tops the list with an estimated $54 billion. A sampling of others making the cut: READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci will adapt 'Locke and Key' into a (presumably spooky) TV show

Steven-SpielbergImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosAt any moment, Steven Spielberg’s name is on some three dozen different projects. It was true back in the ’80s, when he produced/godfathered classics like Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Back to the Future in between finding time to direct some of the best movies ever. (He also made Temple of Doom, but nobody’s perfect.) And it’s true today, as we add another project to his ever-swelling IMDB page: according to Vulture, Spielberg is working with burgeoning geek-auteurs Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci on a TV show adapted from Joe Hill’s graphic novel series, Locke & Key.

The basic premise of the series sounds rife for a creepalicious cult TV series. READ FULL STORY

Liam Neeson no longer Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

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It sounded like such a dream team: Steven Spielberg directing Tony Kushner’s screenplay about the life of Abraham Lincoln, with Liam Neeson in the title role. And now it turns out it’ll be just a dream after all: Neeson said in an interview with Britain’s GMTV on Friday that he’s no longer attached to the project. “I’m past my sell-by date,” Neeson quipped, referring to the fact that he’s 58 while Lincoln was assassinated at age 56. A rep for the actor tells EW.com, “That project has never seemed to come to fruition so he just moved on a couple of years ago.” Indeed, Spielberg has been keeping busy with several other projects: He’s wrapped The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn starring Daniel Craig and is now in pre-production on the WWI drama War Horse. (Both projects are scheduled for 2011 releases.) But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. “It is a film we all hope to make,” says Spielberg’s rep at DreamWorks. “So much depends on timing and all the elements coming together at the right moment. Schindler’s List was around here for over 10 years. It was worth it, wouldn’t you say?” Point taken.

So with Neeson out of the picture, who else could play Honest Abe? Is any other great actor tall enough?

Sigourney Weaver, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the cast of 'Paul' talk double rainbows, orgasms, and Steven Spielberg

comic-con-paulDuring three magical days at Comic-Con last week, I had many fascinating conversations, from Guillermo del Toro discussing his love for The Haunted Mansion and the challenge of H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, to Mark Wahlberg making a colorful case for his thespian credentials. But if I had to choose a favorite, I think I’d go with the cast of Paul, the sci-fi comedy written by and starring Shawn of the Dead‘s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (pictured), about a couple of British über-geeks who start a tour of U.S. UFO hot spots at San Diego Comic-Con (natch), only to encounter an actual extra-terrestrial named Paul (and voiced by Seth Rogen). It wasn’t one thing that really made these interviews so fun, really, as much as the sum total: Pegg and Frost discussing their writing process together and what it was like working with Steven Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin; and director Greg Mottola (Superbad) with co-stars Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Truglio talking about everything from double rainbows to orgasms, the power of Comic-Con to the glory of Sigourney Weaver.

Check out the four-part interview after the jump, and you’ll (hopefully) see what I mean. READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf on 'Indiana Jones IV': 'When you drop the ball, you drop the ball.'

People in Hollywood don’t usually admit mistakes. But there are exceptions. Just this weekend, Shia LaBeouf broke the Hollywood cone of silence and provided some minor closure on one of the darkest episodes in American history. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the actor apologetically admitted that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not exactly the greatest movie ever.

To me, LaBeouf’s comments don’t sound remotely diva-ish. He notes his own responsibility for the film, saying, “You can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it.” (Considering that he’s talking about the scene where his character swings through the treetops with monkeys, I think he’s being a bit hard on himself.) He also insists on having a tremendous amount of respect for Steven Spielberg: “He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.” (Spielberg’s camp issued no comment to EW.)

PopWatchers, how do you feel about LaBeouf’s admission? Does anyone else find it noteworthy that he mentions Spielberg and co-star Harrison Ford, but doesn’t say a word about producer (and skull-enthusiast) George Lucas? And do you think it’s admirable for such a young actor to go on the record against Steven Freaking Spielberg, or do you think LaBeouf is stabbing his coworkers in the back? And does anyone out there really like Crystal Skull? (My brother does, but he also likes Temple of Doom, which proves mental illness runs in my family.)

Sharlto Copley eyeing 'I Am Number Four'

Sharlto-CopleyImage Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty ImagesSouth African actor Sharlto Copley, who played a human mutating into an alien in last summer’s District 9, could be an alien disguised in a human body in I Am Number Four, an upcoming Michael Bay production from Dreamworks. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog, Copley is in talks to play the adult guardian of a group of aliens who escape their doomed planet and hide out on Earth, pretending to be human teenagers.

Sound a bit like Superman’s mythology? Well, Al Gough and Miles Millar, the duo that created TV’s Smallville, wrote the script, based on an upcoming book coauthored by James Frey. (Yes, Oprah’s James Frey.) Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing, and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is directing.

What a fascinating blend of creative DNA. Smallville, Bay, Frey… oh my. Throw in the eminently watchable Copley and Number Four rockets up near the top of my favorite in-the-works projects.

What do you find most intriguing about this film? (It’s James Frey, isn’t it?)

Steven Spielberg's new animated miniseries, Diane Lane in HBO movie (Excess Hollywood)

  • Discovery Channel and Steven Spielberg are at work on an animated miniseries called Future Earth, which will depict what life will look like in 25, 50, and 100 years. Will there be hover bikes?! [Variety]
  • Diane Lane is set to star in Cinema Verite, HBO’s upcoming film which looks behind-the-scenes of the groundbreaking 1970s documentary An American Family. Lane is playing Pat Loud, the matriarch of the family who asked her husband on air for a divorce. She must have discovered all his Ed Hardy wear. [THR]
  • Comic-Con might remain in San Diego after all: Though talks began of moving the convention to a different city because of its growing size, the city’s convention center is planning to expand in order to keep comic book fans in the city. A major win for the sunscreen industry, glayvin. [Variety]
  • Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct Clive Owen in the horror-thriller Intruders, about “an 11-year-old girl who is forced to confront childhood demons.” I could be speculating here, but I’m guessing Owen won’t play the 11-year-old girl. [Variety]
  • Mare Winningham is the latest actress to join HBO’s Mildred Pierce, while Lizzy Caplan nabbed the leading role on CBS’ True Love pilot. In the name of Freaks and Geeks, Related, The Class and Party Down, let’s hope this one sticks for Caplan! [THR]
  • Poker player Chris Ferguson has decided to use his winnings to back film/TV venture RCR Pictures, run by Robin Schorr. Good gamble? [Deadline]
  • Netflix has inked a deal with Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Studios, which allows it to rent movies out 28 days after the films reach stores. [Reuters]

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks talk about 'The Pacific'

the-pacificImage Credit: David James/HBOThe second chapter of the ten-part HBO mini-series The Pacific airs tonight, wrapping up its portrait of the grueling WWII campaign on the island of Guadalcanal. (Click here to read Ken Tucker’s assessment of last week’s first installment.) I spoke with exec producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks a few weeks ago about the $200 million production, including why you won’t see any more naval battles, what helped to ring up the production’s mammoth price tag, and what it was like when Spielberg reunited with the kid from Jurassic Park. Here are the highlights.

EW: With Band of Brothers, you had the source book by Steven Ambrose, but there wasn’t that kind of definitive narrative history of a single company from the Pacific theater of World War II. How did you settle on these three real-life marines — Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello), and John Basilone (Jon Seda) — as your narrative engines for The Pacific?

STEVEN SPIELBERG: Unlike Easy Company in Band of Brothers, when all the stories existed, in this case we were looking for true stories of marines that knew each other, or where stories would intersect.

TOM HANKS: We said, look, there’s gotta be some great combat memoirs out there, as opposed to the overview books — tactics and maps and stuff. And by finding both Sledge’s book With the Old Breed and Leckie’s book Helmet for My Pillow, and realizing that Sid Phillips, who was Eugene’s best friend [and is played by Ashton Holmes], happened to be in Leckie’s outfit — that gave us three characters right there that converged. Basilone is a very well chronicled story.

We also had for awhile Flyboys by James Bradley, thinking that we were going make manifest a bunch of different areas [of the Pacific battle]. But it just became too problematic.

SPIELBERG: We got, I think, a very comprehensive sampling. But by no means the entire story. READ FULL STORY

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