Coinciding with the film’s 12 Academy Award nominations, Apple has unveiled this 20 minute behind-the-scenes special, “Lincoln: An American Journey,” for Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biopic, ‘Lincoln.’ The video chronicles the 12 year journey to bring the film to the screen, with commentary from Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy and stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. Based on the best-selling book ‘Team of Rivals’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner and Goodwin, ’Lincoln’ focuses on the life of the former President, focusing on the man’s rise to politics and his role in the Civil War.
Alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, John Hawkes as Robert Latham, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward, Walton Goggins as Wells A. Hutchins, James Spader as WN Bilbo, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant and Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stephens. David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Hal Holbrook, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky and Lee Pace also star. Out now in the US, ‘Lincoln’ lands in UK cinemas from January 25th. My interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for ‘Lincoln’ can be read here, my Daniel Day-Lewis interview can be read here, and my Steven Spielberg interview can be found here.
Tilted Windmill Productions has announced that Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard are set to star in writer/director Stephen Belber’s ‘Match.’ ‘Match’ is based on Belber’s 2004 Tony nominated Broadway play of the same title. The film centers on a reclusive, eccentric Julliard dance instructor and a former choreographer, Tobi (Stewart), who is visited by a Seattle couple, Lisa and Mike (Gugino and Lillard) under the pretense of interviewing Tobi for Lisa’s thesis on the New York dance movement in the sixties. However, as the couple’s true intentions are revealed, Tobi is forced to face the impact of decisions he made long ago.
Stephen Belber previously wrote and directed the 2008 film ‘Management,’ starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn. Other stage plays by Belber that have been made into feature films include the Richard Linklater directed ‘Tape’ and HBO’s ‘The Laramie Project.’ Recently, FX network put into development an untitled dramatic thriller created by Belber.
The Wrap bring word that A24 has acquired US rights to Sofia Coppola’s (Lost in Translation, Somewhere) ‘The Bling Ring,’ and will release the movie in North America this June. The film stars Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Kirsten Dunst, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Carlos Miranda, Claire Pfister, Georgia Rock and Leslie Mann. Expect news regarding the international release of ‘The Bling Ring’ soon.
Co-produced, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, ‘The Bling Ring’ is based on the true story of a group of six teenagers who over the course of a year stole up to $3 million worth of goods from celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox and Orlando Bloom. Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” was the basis for the film.
Yahoo! Movies has released this new featurette for the R-rated sketch comedy flick, ‘Movie 43.’ Landing in cinemas on January 25th, the film features a huge cast, including the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet. Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner and Jonathan Van Tulleken direct.
From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, Shallow Hal) and Charles Wessler (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), comes Movie 43– the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe.
USA Today has premiered this two news images from ‘jOBS,’ the film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine, the film will be released in April.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, ‘jOBS’ details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. ‘jOBS’ “plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life.” The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. ‘jOBS’ will premiere as the closing night film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences send word that Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards on February 9th, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. They will present nine awards to 25 individual recipients during the evening.
Chris Pine starred in ‘Star Trek’ in 2009 and will reprise his role as James T. Kirk in the sequel, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ due out in May. He also will be seen in the title role of the upcoming feature ‘Jack Ryan,’ with Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner. Pine’s other credits include the animated feature ‘Rise of the Guardians,’ ‘People Like Us,’ ‘This Means War’ and ‘Unstoppable.’ Zoe Saldana, who co-starred as Uhura in ‘Star Trek,’ will reprise her role in the sequel as well. She also will be seen in ‘Blood Ties,’ with Mila Kunis and Marion Cotillard, due out later this year. Her other credits include ‘Colombiana,’ ‘Avatar’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.’