At numerous points in the watching of Lincoln, Steven Spielburg’s new ode to America and Americana, I was reminded of Tableau Vivant, a kind of staged group charades that was a popular entertainment of the 19th century. In Tableau Vivant, costumed enactors wordlessly enact a story, freezing in a series of familiar scenes or attitudes.
And so is the same in Lincoln, in which actors, led by an astonishingly physically like Daniel Day Lewis, enact the last several months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, frequently freezing in scenes or postures that seem designed to recall all the many paintings, daguerrotypes, statuary and coinage with which we are all so familiar and that pay homage to the man whom most agree is our country’s greatest president.
Despite the dramatic build-up around the central accomplishment of Lincoln’s severely truncated second term—the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery—and the political sausage-making this necessitates, the film feels less story than hagiography. Spielberg seems determined to convince us that Lincoln was a great president, and I buy it, but was it ever in question? Is this biopic or is it a nearly 3-hour Franklin Mint commercial? There’s been a lot of press about Lewis’s voice in this movie, but to me his entire performance, voice included, is problematic.
As we showed you a few days ago, the full trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln is now out there for all to see. So, see it below. . . and enjoy. And yes, we realize it actually dropped yesterday. . . but so what, it’s still pretty amazing.
If you weren’t able to get out to a theater yesterday or don’t live in one of the cities where this new footage of The Amazing Spider-Man had a sneak peek, don’t worry. We’ve got the footage, in the form of a new trailer, for you right here.
In it we get a lot more of the story of the film including what appears to be the main plot of Spider-Man fighting the lizard. We also get appearances by pretty much all the major characters including Gwen Stacy, Dr. Curt Connors, The Lizard, Uncle Ben, Aunt May and, of course, Peter Parker/Spider-Man himself.
Check out the trailer after the break. The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and featuring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans arrives on July 3.
Daniel Day Lewis is a badass. The There Will Be Blood star is infamous for never breaking character during a film’s production, and it seems that his latest portrayal of the iconic American president in Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln is no exception.
Spotted at a local cafe in Richmond, Virginia by Michael Phillips, this image has been making the rounds as the first glimpse of what this film could look like. Even though he’s enjoying his meal in jeans and a turtleneck, his hair an makeup certainly make a spot-on Abraham Lincoln.
Take a look at the candid image in full after the jump.
Fortunately, we’ve already seen quite a bit with the teaser trailer so the lack of info on the poster isn’t all that much of a problem. At least this one is a bit better than the one for The Avengers which, to be honest, it pretty boring.
In case you’ve forgotten, The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb. It stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse.
It hits theaters on July 3, 2012. That’s plenty of time for some much better posters and for Webb to convince us Garfield was the right choice for Peter Parker.
Check out a larger version of the poster after the break.
Reboots are all the rage these days. Ever since Chris Nolan and David Goyer rebooted the Batman franchise 8 years after we got the first taste of rubber nipples, studios have been all about rebooting series that have either run their course or were never good to begin with.
That’s exactly what Sony Pictures has in mind when they couldn’t come to an agreement with Raimi, McGuire, and the rest of the cast/crew of the original Spider-Man trilogy. Now, Sony has charged 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb to turn The Social Network‘s star Andrew Garfield into our new favorite neighborhood Spider-Man.
A lead like that and a director who has no real experience working on a superhero project is enough to worry most fans. However, a brand new batch of photos from the set have arrived thanks to EW, and they are pretty pleasing to a fan’s eye.
Web shooters? Check. Blonde Gwen Stacy? Check. Denis Leary as a do-gooder cop? Double Check. These images are more than enough to get us excited for the upcoming film, we just can’t wait to see how they look in motion with a trailer due any day now.
Check out the full gallery of images after the jump and expect to see more from Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man next week at Comic-Con International. The film is currently set to hit theaters July 3rd, 2012.
Well fans, it’s official. The name of the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise is The Amazing Spider-Man. After a long bout of speculation and rumors, Sony broke the news today and we can now at least put that question to rest.
But wait, there’s more. As if finding out the official title isn’t enough, Sony also decided that today is the day to release an official photo of the new web slinger as well. In this photo we get our first good look at Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and from the look of things he’s been hitting the weight room since playing Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network.
Before this photo there had been speculation about the full Spider-Man costume as well as how the web shooters were going to be portrayed in the new film. Well, from the photo we can clearly see the shooters are mechanical in nature and, at least to us, the mask looks pretty good as well.
As you may already know (especially if you’re reading this site) the film stars Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. It also features Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field and is directed by Marc Webb. Look for it to be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Check out a larger version of the new photo after the jump. Okay Spidey fans, what do you think of this?
Finally, some more believable casting news for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Lately, we’ve been fielding news about names like Sally Field (now playing Aunt May), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) and Denis Leary (Capt. Stacey) joining the film, but now we have some more grounded information, as four new names have been added to the film.
Campbell Scott (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey), Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire), and Annie Parisse (Rubicon) are all now joining the cast. Here’s the scoop from THR.
Scott and Nicholson will be Parker’s parents, who leave their son an orphan. Parker’s parents have rarely been seen in the various Marvel comic book series and have never appeared on-screen. It is unclear if they will appear in flashbacks, in a prologue or during the course of the movie.
Things keep getting weirder and weirder with the casting of Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot, referred to around the Flickcast offices as (500) Days of Spider-Man. A few weeks back, we brought you some interesting news as Martin Sheen was cast as Peter Parker’s uncle, Ben Parker. Then news came through that Sally Field was in talks to play Aunt May. Weird enough news on it’s own.
Now, word is coming through from Heat Vision that famed comedian and bad ass fictional firefighter Denis Leary is in negotiations to play George Stacy, father of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy.
In comic lore, New York City Police Captain Stacy perishes in a fight with Spidey and Doctor Octopus, which forces Gwen to hate Spider-Man. Since Gewn is the main love interest of the film, this will more than likely become the conflict in the middle.
The rest of the cast is filled out with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Rhys Ifans as The Lizard. Spider-Man is set to start shooting beginning next year.
Well this is an interesting turn of events. With Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man prequel/reboot, things are getting a bit wacky with the casting. We’ve got The Social Network‘s Andrew Garfield taking on the lead, with Emma Stone as Mary Jane and Rhys Ifans as the unnamed villain.
Now the wackiness begins, as Heat Vision is reporting that Martin Sheen, yes the former president of the United States (Art least on TV), has been cast to play Peter Parker’s soon-to-be deceased Uncle Ben.
Kind of a bit part for the man who’s credits include films like Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, and The Departed. This could drastically change the credibility of the film from a “cute indie reboot” to potentially something much bigger.
And if that news isn’t enough to get your interest, Sally Field is currently in talks with Webb and the folks at Sony to play Peter Parker’s frail Aunt May. If Sheen and Field both make it into this movie, you can say goodbye to any of that Indie feel that was originally attached.
That’s right, Aunt May could just be portrayed by The Flying Nun herself. Commence humorous photoshopping now. Spider-Man is expected to start shooting next month, with a July 3rd release date.
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