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Posts Tagged ‘Steven Spielberg’

Spielberg Bomb: First Shots of Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Hope the beard is realDirector Steven Spielberg used an exclusive Entertainment Weekly interview and a strategically released screenshot to turn the hype dial for his upcoming DreamWorks film Lincoln up to 11: Notoriously picky Oscar vet Daniel Day-Lewis will play the doomed president, and this new image alone is enough to inspire a big string of PR wins for the movie, set to open on Nov. 9.

The news isn’t exactly new: Photographers caught images of Lewis in character some time ago, and rumors about the cast, including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, started floating around in mid-2011.

But this striking image is the best promo the film could receive at the moment. Another intriguing on-set tidbit: Cast and crew referred to the famously dedicated actor as “Mr. President.” We’re not sure how Spielberg could manage to gin up more excitement for this one.

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Military ‘Joining Forces’ With Hollywood

Michelle Obama with military panelists on Monday. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Hollywood’s relationship with the military has needed counseling for quite some time. But it took Michelle Obama‘s call for support with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to get either side to make the first move.

On Monday morning, they showed up in droves.

On a panel moderated by J.J. Abrams — whose own depiction of the military in Super 8 was criticized in the New York Times Media Decoder blog this week – the First Lady urged nearly 500 writers, directors, and producers to help “promote a better understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families” by integrating their experiences into TV, movie, and digital-media story lines.

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Building Some Last-Minute Buzz for ‘Super 8′?

Anyone who watched the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (or any of the countless re-airings) gasped a little when His Highness Steven Spielberg took the stage with writer/director J.J. Abrams and a couple of the young stars of his new film Super 8. The appearance, and the launch of the new trailer for the movie, was clearly intended to drum up some anticipation for the movie, which opens tomorrow.

They might want to do a lot more of this anticipation building. According to New York magazine’s Vulture blog, moviegoers aren’t clamoring to see Super 8.

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‘Tree of Life’ Proposes a New Take On the Summer Movie

The summer blockbuster season is officially upon us, kicking off this weekend with a lineup of typical popcorn-fueled crowd-pleasers: The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, and…  The Tree of Life.

Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, doesn’t sound like the usual summer movie fodder — and it doesn’t look like it, either, even though it’s got dinosaurs. But the timing of its release is central to Tree‘s marketing strategy, part of distributor Fox Searchlight‘s effort to position it as “a different kind of summer event.”

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Trailer for New J.J. Abrams/Spielberg Movie Launched on Twitter

Paramount Pictures announced today that it has launched the trailer for its upcoming J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg movie Super 8 on Twitter, a first for both the movie and the microblogging site. The trailer is available at Twitter.com/Super8Movie, and the Twitter hashtag is #Super8Movie. TechCrunch says the launch also has a collaboration with Facebook.

A trailer released in 2010 has been available on YouTube, and you can click below to watch.

Steven Spielberg Is the Most Influential Celebrity?

Forbes and its partner E-Poll Research have compiled a list of the ten most influential celebrities with Steven Spielberg coming out on top. He “narrowly edges out” Oprah Winfrey with the magazine saying, “…He is almost universally liked and respected. He did influence an entire generation of filmmakers with movies like Jaws and E.T. And when he takes a political stance, the whole world listens.”

Celebrities were ranked by E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity service, which looks at 46 attributes to determine influence. According to the story, Oprah “more classically fits the definition of an influencer” because she drives sales.

Others on the list include Rush Limbaugh, Phil Jackson (the coach of the L.A. Lakers), Dr. Oz, and Bono. Many of the celebrities that you would naturally think of – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, or Sarah Jessica Parker, for instance – are missing. Goes back to the question about influence vs. popularity. Your thoughts?