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Here's The Poster For Spielberg's LINCOLN!

Published at: Aug. 22, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

Nordling here.

Like the still we saw a couple of weeks ago, this poster of LINCOLN has Daniel Day-Lewis looking pensive and thoughtful, and frankly, this is really all the movie needs to sell it.  We all know Day-Lewis is one of the finest actors to ever grace the screen, and Abraham Lincoln is one of the most compelling people in all of history.  Add to that Steven Spielberg's direction, and really, what more do you need to know?  This movie is going to be amazing.  Click to embiggen:

LINCOLN opens this November.

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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    he looks sad

    by fingerlickingood

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Sold!

    by 11dayempire

    This film looks awesome.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Incredible

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I mean, really.

    by 11dayempire

    Day-Lewis plus Spielberg plus Lincoln – how can this possibly fail?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    He looks like he has an invisible gun pressed to the back of his head

    by ThaWhiteShadow

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Did Abe drink milkshakes.....?

    by snomusic

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Oscar in the bag

    by FreeBeer

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    How many vampires does Lincoln kill in this one?

    by Jonathan

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    People keep telling me Daniel Day is in this

    by Samdroid

    I haven't seen any of him yet, just this reincarnated Lincoln they keep propping up for pictures.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    ah, Jeez... just give him the Oscar now

    by Nautilus_nrm1

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I sure hope Spielberg doesn't fuck this up.

    by magazoid

    Remember "War Horse"?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Looks damn good.

    by Norman Colson

    that is an awesome movie poster. now if only he had an axe in his hand.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Amish Paradise keeps running through my head with that picture

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Always great when DDL comes out in a new movie. Can't wait.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Cool poster

    by Andrew Coleman

    Movie should rule. I know it's easy to hate on everything these days. I liked War Horse. I understand it's the easy route to look at that movie and be like "That was terrible!" but if you push past that immature reflex you can see how solid that film was.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Lincoln is kind of played out at this point

    by SergeantStedenko

    Also, Spielberg is not known in recent years for eliciting great performances from actors and since there is not any archival footage for Lewis to work from he is going to need direction.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's last two live-action movies were absolute fucking garbage.

    by Stifler's Mom

    And TINTIN was mediocre at best. God, I hope the guy still has some juice left to turn out a decent movie.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    This may well become pretty iconic

    by Proman1984

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    This could end up being as irrelevant as Amistad

    by SergeantStedenko

    but, since Lewis is attached, that at least makes it must-see for his performance alone. I really hope the beard knocks this out of the park, but I have my reservations.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Trailer?

    by Atticus Finch

    When?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    i drink your emancipation proclamation!

    by TheBaxter

    i drink it up!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    It looks like he is probably watching a play or something.

    by OSAMP1

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    WRONG! HE'S CLEARLY TAKING A MASSIVE SHIT

    by TAINTOLAY

    FACT.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    ..OR RUBBING ONE OUT WHILST THINKING OF HIS COLOURED MAID

    by TAINTOLAY

    POSSIBLE.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    busey

    by SergeantStedenko

    Plainview was a fictional character.

  • The Lincoln genre is dead.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Just before he shoots Lincoln, Booth will say:

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    A penny for your thoughts... ALL OVER THE FLOOR!!!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    LOL darth busey

    by Tim

    "Archival footage of Daniel Plainview" had me laughing. Seriously though, I could be in the directors chair and DDL would still kill any scene he's in. The guy is the best.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks, I'm here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress, enjoy the veal

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    taintlolay, you're thinking of Jefferson

    by SergeantStedenko

    Lincoln was rubbing it out whilst thinking of his shoe-shine boy.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Darth busey - you don't remember that...?

    by snomusic

    Daniel Plainview sex-tape affair? His wise disappeared soon after but Plainview was under suspicion for the rest of his career but nothing could be proved.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    The Neo-Confederate rage alone will make this interesting.

    by whatevillurks

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    He dies at the end.

    by Mikey Wood

    Oh. Sorry. SPOILER ALERT: He dies at the end. All (stupid) jokes aside: He looks amazing in the role. He'll, of course, BE amazing n the role. I'm very excited for this. I've yet to see The Conspirator. I believe it's on NetFlix.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Low Budget and pretty quiet production..

    by KevinMuller

    Reminds me of Munich and we all know how that turned out. AMAZING! I think this is going to be the shock of the season with people who aren't into film. No one who doesn't visit sites like these knows this thing is coming out. I have a very good feeling about this film.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Needs more photoshop collage, and where are the explosions?

    by MISTER RUMBLES

  • Aug. 22, 2012, noon CST

    How could this possibly fail? I'll tell you how.

    by notcher

    Despite the fact that Liam Neeson being replaced by Daniel Day Lewis was a fucking blessing that Spielberg didn't deserve considering some of the shit he's been making lately, it most likely won't save this movie. The biggest problems Spielberg has is his inability to NOT do what he enjoys doing the most, which actually sucks. TWO things are obviously never filtered by Spielberg, his inability to not have an overly emotional ending, and his extremely over-choreographed scenes which make the camera movements noticeable by the audience. "War Horse" is the greatest example of this, ten minutes into the film I found my self tuning out the story and watching the extremely cool camera movements which seemed constant. There were almost never any straight forward scenes where the fucking camera stayed still or just simply moved in a natural way, it seems the camera was always on some curved dolly/crane mount that could go from room to room and raise up and down in levels. It's all really cool shit, but in the end it becomes more noticeable than the fucking dialogue. The ending of "War Horse" is longer and has more endings than Return of the King, and each one is almost specifically designed to tug at the audiences heartstrings which was fucking annoying. Those who will say "It's part of the story which Spielberg didn't write" are missing my point, he does this whether he writes it or not and it's a huge problem. Daniel Day Lewis and Spielberg seem like a match made in Heaven, but my faith that Spielbergisms won't ruin it isn't good. But alas, I'm praying that Spielberg has one last great film in him! If not, Lincoln won't drink his milkshake.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I echo notcher's and magazoid's concerns

    by SergeantStedenko

    Spielberg's over-stylized camerawork will not work with a film like this, unless it ends up being an epic sweeping spectacle about the civil war instead of an intimate portrait of a historical figure. I wouldn't go hand-held either, god no, but the robotic crane shots should be kept to a minimum.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't it have a true American actor playing Lincoln?

    by parissun

    Like Mel Gibson. And Cuba Gooding could play his boyhood friend/negro slave who gives him sage advise during the Civil War. Oscar gold.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Lincoln was a great Republican even if he was a poo-pusher.

    by SergeantStedenko

    I wonder where Lincoln would stand on gay marriage today.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The fact Spielberg has made some

    by Brian Hopper

    bad movies recently -- War Horse was ho-hum at best and Tintin was truly wretched -- is irrelevant. He is obviously capable of rising to the level of good material. I think the stars are aligned favorably for this one. The only question mark is, can he keep it 'gritty' and involving a la Schindler's List, or does he go down the road of being excessively reverential to the material and turn it into a civics lesson, a la Amistad? Hopefully it's the former. One thing's for sure: Daniel Day-Lewis is guaranteed to take this to another level. It's great actor meets greatest part ever... the result cannot fail to be interesting.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Sorry, every other actor that wanted an Oscar this year

    by krabklaw

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    LINCOLN teaser trailer here!!!

    by Asua

    Check it out!!! Daniel Day-Lewis's performance is spot on. Give him the Oscar!!! Go to this link: www.strangeobsession.com I have to watch it again!!! Amazing!!!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Notcher

    by The Cheese Grommitt

    You have placed yourself into the category of "Lets tear down the icons" (don't think yourself special there are a lot of you *sigh*) but simply put you are wrong and no amount of long winded diatribe will make you correct. Sielberg is an artist and he as taken to experiment and try some things new. You may not like a certain movie but I find it disingenuous to attack his film making prowess. You come across as a pretentious wannabe film maker. But keep on trying one day we might be talking about your films in here......snicker...heh heh......

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Be excellent to each other. And...party on dudes!

    by Stegman84

    There's actually been a few good Lincoln films, though pretty much all made for tv, and nothing on the scale and budget that The Beard can provide, of course. Still, the late 90's tv movie The Day Lincoln was Shot, starring Lance Henriksen as Lincoln, Rob Morrow as Booth, both great in their roles, which also featured the likes of Gregory Itzin, Titus Welliver, Wil Wheaton, John Ashton, Jeremy Sisto, Donna Murphy, and Jaimz Woolvett in support, was actually pretty damn good. Especially considering the short length and basic cable budget they had to work with. I was never real big on Gore Vidal's Lincoln miniseries, with Sam Waterson as Lincoln, but I know many rated it highly at the time. Waterson would, however, return to the role a couple years later as the voice of Lincoln in the absolutely superb The Civil War documentary series. A couple of years later a similarly formatted doco simply called Lincoln would have Jason Robards as the voice of Abe. Both those documentaries were a part of the influx of 'famous names reading letters' type docos that we got a ton of during the late 80's through mid 90's or so. And as such both were packed full of (verbal) star power. Of course no Lincoln discussion would be complete without mention of Hal Holbrook, who played the role a few times in different projects over the years, probably most famously on the overblown North & South miniseries and its sequel, and before that in the Lincoln miniseries of the 70's. It'll be interesting to see what The Beard's take is like. As usual for his historicals, he has lined up a mighty fine cast, but hopefully he's got a decent script, and his directorial mojo back, or else it might be another Amistad. A film with all the ingredients, that still somehow misses the mark. We shall see.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I am soooo looking forward to this film!

    by Chris Moody

    I hope that it will be worth the wait!

  • Gangs of New York was heavily flawed, one of Scorsese's most ambitious but also messy films. However, it featured such an incredible character and performance from DDL that I think it is actually a great film for that alone. Spielberg doesn't need to break new ground here, just tell a solid story and let DDL do his magic with all the right tools to support him. PTA knew this, and that resulted in one of the best performances and characters in film history. I can only hope Spielberg takes the blessing of Lewis and pushes him to really deliver on this one.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    @ asua:

    by Chris Moody

    Where on that page? I can't find the trailer anywhere.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    chrism, I think we got punked.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    lincoln is kind of played out!

    by rich

    hahaahahaahahahaahah hahahaah ahahahaahahahahaha like he's some kind of character from the hunger games. he's fucking abraham lincoln.

  • The lighting here is pretty horrible. It makes him look like he's in a hospital waiting room. Did they have softbox lights when Lincoln was around? Didn't think so. Would have been much better, and probably much more dynamic, as an illustration. This looks static and lifeless. Two thumbs down.

  • But this is a serious movie, so no.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Its as if the Memorial had come to life. Bravo to the make-up staff.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    @ sergeantstdenko:

    by Chris Moody

    I think that you're right. It is a shame that asua feels the need to LIE in order to push his own website.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I hope they don't fag him up. That's the new dandy trend

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    The world is not ready for an ass shagging Lincoln

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    War Horse was wretched?

    by Deep Roots

    I guess I missed that. The part about it being wretched and all.

  • Only on the internet folks. Only on the internet.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Spielberg movie posters are getting more bland...

    by ufoclub1977

    That poster doesn't make it seem like a must see.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Why does 'LINCOLN' have the Lord of the Rings font?

    by Ribbons

    Is that supposed to subconsciously remind people of successful holiday movies?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Looks terrible. Amistad anyone?

    by Dan Tran

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Well, cornholio, there's more acting in that single picture

    by SergeantStedenko

    than there is in Jonah Hill's entire performance in Money Ball.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Lincoln: Lord of the Rims

    by SergeantStedenko

    It does look like the LotR font.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I am interested in knowing what his voice will sound like.

    by Chris Moody

    Lincoln was born in Kentucky and raised in the rural, pioneer days of Illinois. He was self-educated. Those who knew him went on record years later to say that Lincoln had something of a very slight Kentucky accent mixed with British American dialect and mannerisms. Oddly enough, Lincoln (a Republican) didn't win Kentucky in either the 1860 or 1864 election. This was due to many residents of Kentucky who sympathized with the pro-slave views of the Democrats. Lincoln was such a complex, conflicting character of history. I have faith that Spielberg will pull it off. I just hope that Spielberg doesn't throw any personal or modern commentary into this piece of history. Regardless, I am looking forward to this film!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    HOW MANY JEWS WILL HE SAVE IN THIS MOVIE?

    by TAINTOLAY

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I'm betting Mary Todd....

    by lock67ca

    ....isn't as hot as Mary Elizabeth Winstead in this one.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    @ theroadwarrior:

    by Chris Moody

    As a black man, I think that AMISTAD was one of Spielberg's most underrated and important works.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    ..AND WHAT DOES HE KEEP IN THAT BEARD!

    by TAINTOLAY

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for The Kidd to hate this....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    derp.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    As a black guy I felt Amistad was half a good movie.

    by whatevillurks

    Court room stuff kind of dragged. If we were going to get a courtroom drama I would have preferred the Dred Scott trial.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    LINCOLN IS DEPRESSED BECAUSE...

    by TAINTOLAY

    ...MARY TODD REFUSED TO EVEN SLIGHTLY TRIM THAT OUT-OF-CONTROL BUSH THAT WAS CREEPING DOWN HER THIGHS. LINCOLN SEEMED LIKE A LANDING STRIP CHAP TO ME..

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    The beginning of Amistad was powerful and harrowing

    by SergeantStedenko

    I kind of hope Tarantino's DJango opens similarly.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    what happened to Liam Neeson in the role?

    by misnomer

    :(

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    @ evilsmokemonster:

    by Chris Moody

    Well, I wouldn't go that far with his views on blacks. After all, he was quite "radical" in his views. Up to that time, there was little esteem for the freedom of blacks outside of northern churches. Obviously, of course, racism wasn't limited to Lincoln. There were various shades and degrees of racism. Compared to southern Democrats, Lincoln was a colorblind saint. And, the Europeans (Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Germanic) of the time (and even many African tribes that captured and sold other fellow African tribes into slavery) were prejudiced when it came to their estimation of the Negro race. This "not quite equal" belief is still present in many places...including among those who claim to completely reject the notion. For some, blacks went from being an ignorant race bred for slavery to a race that can't survive or thrive in school, business or outside of the realm of government welfare entitlement support. Lincoln, despite his faults and belief that slaves should be returned to Africa following the war, did more to improve the status of blacks in this country than any other man...including MLK Jr. Regardless of his reasons, he did something that had never been done before.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    WRONG. HE HATED NEGROS.

    by TAINTOLAY

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    As a non-black guy I felt Amistad was terrible.

    by Dan Tran

    Not daring at all. Seems like he had no idea of what he was going for.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    @ whatevillurks:

    by Chris Moody

    Yeah, it did sort of linger in the court. However, that was the importance of the story. It was the first time that a U.S. court made such a decision on behalf of blacks.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    also interested in what he will sound like

    by NOBLOODNODALLAS

    the actual lincoln was known to have a high and rather squeaky voice; that's exactly the opposite of what you would expect. he also was known for his self-deprecating humor

  • THAT being said: Let's get something straight before people continue with the political points: The REPUBLICAN PARTY, as we know them NOW, were NOT THE SAME as the Republican party of Lincoln's times. In fact, they more-or-less resembled what we see the DEMOCRATS as now. They favored a stronger central government. They supported the expansion of federal power to provide civil rights for African Americans in the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Fourteenth Amendment and the creation of the Department of Justice. Very 'liberal' (in our 'modern' definition of the term) decisions. Back THEN, the Democrats OPPOSED those decisions. The switch-over can be pinpointed to sometime around '36 when FDR (a Democrat) was elected and initiated the New Deal.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Lincoln IS played out

    by Bass Ackwards

    I mean, most people don't even spend pennies these days, cause they're all so tired of everything being Lincoln this or Lincoln that. Talk about over saturating the market!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Janusz Kaminski

    by sapno_krei

    I haven't loved any of SS's films since he started collaborating with cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. The guy wasn't even able to resist using his lens flares on KOTCS, though he'd claimed to try to emulate the look of the original trilogy.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    @ mikeywood:

    by Chris Moody

    That is ridiculous. You can't make such a comparison. Democrats were the party responsible for slavery, segregation and Jim Crow. Martin Luther King Jr. was a card-carrying Republican, as were many Republicans in the 1950s and 1960s. So, the "switch" in allegiance happened during the 1960s...when the NAACP sold its soul to Democrats in exchange for "power" for certain self-appointed leaders.

  • ...who gave that speech at the 1952 Republican National Convention. Archibald Carey was a well-known black pastor who was strongly embraced by most African Americans at the time. This was at the beginning of the civil rights movement...before the NAACP "took control" of it and began exchanging welfare promises from certain Democrats for votes and continued "support."

  • It was the Republicans that sold there sold by courting Racist southern whites. Hence, Nixon's Southern Strategy. So, yes, essentially both parties made a complete 180. In this mikeywood was right.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    sold their souls

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I thought that WAR HORSE was pretty good.

    by Chris Moody

    I would have made changes to it, but Spielberg was adapting a book. Thus, his hands were a bit tied in how much artistic changes he could make to the essence of the story.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Fuck the penny, Day Lewis as Lincoln on the 5 dollar bill.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    @ sergeantstedenko :

    by Chris Moody

    You can't say that. By the 1990s, many Democrats switched to the Republican Party. However, others stayed...including those with racist views. For God's sake, Robert Byrd was a Democrat from West Virginia (not quite the south, but still) AND a former ranking member of the KKK until 2010. Most of the southerners who joined the Republican Party did so because they opposed expanding Federalism rather than for "racial" reasons.

  • Hell, Ronald Reagan wouldn't even freaking recognize it.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    @sergeant

    by Chris

    The Republican Party in the 1960's is a completely different Republican Party than the one Lincoln was a part of. The Republican Party of the 1800s was a third party. It really didn't exist as a political force until Lincoln became President. Part of the reason the South seceded was due to Lincoln being elected as a third party Republican candidate. It's my belief that this country was completely and utterly transformed from what it was meant to be after the Civil War and that's where our current problems with big government and corporate controlled politicians began. Well, that and the expansion of the Federal Government in the 1870's-1880's, and the creation of the Federal Reserve and Income Tax acts in the 1900's.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    chrism, you know what "states rights" meant in the 60s

    by SergeantStedenko

    It meant freedom to continue to disempower African Americans.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Looks fantastic!

    by William Foley

    I can't wait for this movie!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone know when the trailer will be out?

    by William Foley

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    @ ccchhhrrriiisssmredux

    by Mikey Wood

    You need to get your facts straight, chief. Martin Luther King Jr. never openly supported a political party. In the 1950's, he wrote that he tended to 'vote on the Democratic ticket'. His FATHER, however, Martin Luther King Sr., WAS a registered Republican because, at the time, Southern Democrats supported segregation. His opinion, and party, changed and he supported JFK, another Democrat, during his presidential run. As for the "NAACP [selling] its soul to Democrats in exchange for "power" for certain self-appointed leaders." comment: While I have no problem believing that could be a possibility (in politics, anything is possible) the fact remains that the RACE issue is not singularly responsible for the switch in beliefs. There's MUCH more to it than that. ALSO: You're clearly a white guy.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Luck to be alive with DDL (at the risk of serious smoke blowing)

    by Darth Macchio

    I have to say it - it's like being alive when Bogart and Cagney were making films... Not trying to sycophant anything up here but, to me, he single-handedly put all the excitement and thrill into 'Gangs of New York' and 'There Will Be Blood'....the guy's a freakin genius. Can't wait for this!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    ALSO

    by Chris

    Lincoln's view on African Slaves wasn't the major issue that pissed off the South, it was the fact that he wanted to PRESERVE the Union. Part of the deal with the creation of the United States of America in the 1700's and the signing of the Declaration of Independence was that states were unified under a federal government which sought to maintain the status quo and deal with foreign affairs but at any time if the interests of all the parties were not meant they could leave the Union. Lincoln and the Republican Party viewed the pact made in 1776 as permanently binding, that every state in the Union was forever locked into the Union. It wasn't until after the Civil War that we really became ONE country. The reason slavery came to the forefront of Lincoln's attacks on the South has more to do with the fact that England and France were going to support the Southern colonies in their rebellion, only those countries by the 1860's had abolished slavery. If those countries were seen to support states in Rebellion because their right to slavery was being abolished then the people of those countries would be less willing to support the aid to the colonies in 'rebellion.' It was a well calculated move to isolate the South.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko - Ronald Reagan

    by nemov

    What GOP nominee for President since 1988 has been more conservatives than Reagan? Bush? Dole? Bush? McCain? Romney? Really?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Spoiler: The South loses.

    by Smerdyakov

    But ultimately gets it's revenge by forming the tea party.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    evilsmokemonster - Learn History

    by nemov

    Slavery was the core issue behind the war. It was the most contentious issue for decades leading up to the war. To suggest otherwise is to deny every recorded speech, written word, and historical artifact from the period. I'm a lifetime Southerner, but this "alternative history" is a clear misrepresentation of history.

  • No wonder why you guys are so confused.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Spoiler: you are all slaves now.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    If we must have a historical/political flame war...

    by mjgtexas

    Please set the parameters as Liberal v. Conservative rather than Democrat v. Republican. Justifying your respective positions based on the latter is being completely disingenuous.

  • Lincoln was the greatest proponent of the federal government kind of like sergeantstedenko makes intelligent points.

  • you have a slave, and I have an emancipation proclamation...and I have a massive Army of the Potomac, there it is on that map, my Army of the Potomac see? Watch it....my Army reaches alllllll the across the South and starts to free your slaves. I...FREE...YOUR...SLAVES! I FREE THEM UP!!!" - Abraham Lincoln in a little know conversation between him and CSA President Jerfferson Davis over a game of bowling pins.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    @ mikeywood :

    by Chris Moody

    You need to visit the MLK Jr. archives at Stanford. After spending 20 minutes there, you will quickly realize that MLK Jr was a Republican.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    No, sergeantstedenko,

    by Chris Moody

    ...the Republicans' greatest hero -- Lincoln -- was in favor of the notion that entry into the Union could not be dissolved. Lincoln still favored local and state on issues that were not specifically mentioned in the Constitution.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    @ smerdyakov:

    by Chris Moody

    Are you seriously that stupid? Damn.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    @ sergeantstedenko:

    by Chris Moody

    The "states rights" that you spoke about were pioneered by Democrats in the south. By the time of the 1994 Republican Revolution that shifted power in the south, those racial laws were strongly rejected. I am not a Democrat because I know the history of the Democrats in regard to race relations and I am fully aware of how LITTLE that Democrats have done to help blacks in this nation. They spin it differently, of course. However, they are the party of WELFARE BONES in exchange for votes (and the continued power of a select few)...and nothing more.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    He was a good president and an excellent vampire hunter!

    by D o o d

    it's true, I've seen the movie!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest actors of our generation...

    by Darkness

    or any other, quite frankly. He might take a millenium in choosing his roles, but he pulls out all the stops every time. With the exception of, "Nine", i sure would like a filmography of the Day-Lewis caliber. De Niro had a decent one, until he had this penchant in making run-of-the-mill unfunny comedies.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    People who deride Amistad have obviously NOT seen Amistad

    by SifoDyasJr

    One of Spielberg's greatest films.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Lunch break's over...gotta get back to work...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and let all of your white folks debate about how Liberals help us poor black folks by rejecting our social views and keeping us addicted to welfare entitlements.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssmredux...

    by Mikey Wood

    If you're a black guy, I'm a thin guy. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Republicans want to pretend that racism doesn't exist, get rid of Affirmative Action and give businesses the freedom to discriminate if they so chose. Go ahead and tie yourself to a party that wants to turn back all the progress made over the last 50 years, especially for minorities.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssmredux

    by Smerdyakov

    I can sell you a sense of humor. $9.95 plus tax.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    He is sad because he is thinking of how his party is ruined

    by BilboRing

    Twats like Nixon, Bush, Reagan, and Dubya took what was once THE party after Lincoln won the Civil War and dragged it (and America) to hell. If Lincoln were alive today, cunts like Romney and Ann Coulter would be calling him Muslim and a Communist.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Re: sifodyasjr

    by Ricardo

    I have seen Amistad. I hated it. There you go.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    As a black guy I felt that Pootie Tang was woefully underrated.

    by parissun

  • After Booth shoots him he will look at him and say, "Thank God, I die as a true American"

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Somehow I've managed to miss every Daniel Day Lewis movie.

    by Smerdyakov

    Maybe he should play more super-heroes.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Day Lewis for Jebediah Springfield!

    by Aiden Blackwell

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Lincoln would be turning in his grave at what his Party has become.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    He should play Lincoln as full retard

    by Stan Gable

    Then he would be a shoe-in for the Oscar.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    MY MAN POOTIE TANG! GIVE US US FREE! WADATAA!

    by Xenodistortion

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Damn straight, Sergeantstedenko

    by deathbird

    Lincoln would have blown his own brains out had he known that a century later, his party would be hijacked by a cadre of right-wing corporatists and religious fanatics.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Lincoln-Republican= 1 cent Andrew Jackson-Democrat=$20.

    by Smerdyakov

    Class dismissed.

  • One of the things that Lincoln did when he took office was appoint people of opposing parties and even some of his opponents to positions in his Administration. Something you will never ever have happen again given the current state of the Republican Party where compromise is seen as weakness and not a part of functioning governance, where politicians have to sign ideological purity pledges and where obstructionism is the modus operandi.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Maybe this film will help the Republican Party re-find its soul.

    by SergeantStedenko

    But, I'm not holding my breath.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Q: Could Lincoln survive in a Nolan movie?

    by deathbird

    If Batman can get back into the saddle with a rope and a few punches to the spine, maybe ol' Abe can finish out his second term with a headshot. Nolan could just put a robo-helmet on him or something.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Man, all this political trolling and it's not even October

    by Ribbons

    Can't we all just agree that Lincoln was an awesome president? Probably not, sadly. Back to Installment #5274 of MOVIE NERDS WIN POLITICS

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I can totaly see the make-up on him

    by MrBurrrns

    ugh, how could this get on the poster?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    @nemov and his hilarious comments

    by Chris

    Actually, I would suggest YOU learn your American History. As a Southerner I'm sure you've been spoon fed revisionist history from the moment you entered grade school. Slavery was a major factor in the Civil War, from Dred Scott to the Missouri Compromise, all of these things helped stoke the fire that would burn out of control into the Civil War, but other factors like trade tarifs, states rights, the fact the Agrarian South was being told what to do and bullied by the Industrialized Northern Federal Government, in addition to a third party candidate being elected to the office of President with the promise that he would preserve the Union at any cost. Of course, all the rednecks here in the South wouldn't know that because all they know of American history is what the writers of their text books choose to tell them. That's why most people in America think Abraham Lincoln loved black people and wanted to free them so they could live happily ever after and that's why he became President and that simple idea single handedly caused the Civil War. Example, do you realize one of the key contributing factors to the Civil War had to do with immigrants flooding into the North? Due to the fact that the South relied primarily on slave labor, as they had for hundreds of years, it created a stagnant economy and awful conditions to find employment. Due to this, the North was where most immigrants landed. This is where factories rose up and helped transform many areas of the North, like New York City, Cleveland, Detroit, into industrial power houses. Because of this population explosion, the North now had more voters than the South had. This pissed off the South a great deal, which is one of the things many people at the time cited as to why they wanted to leave the Union. They felt as though their voice wasn't being heard in DC, their interests were not being represented, so they began to talk of secession. Many Southern plantation owners felt that the Federal Government was taking advantage of the foreigners, manipulating them to get the man the establishment wanted (Lincoln) into office. The thing is, all of the above is very complicated for someone who is being bred on McDonalds and MTV to understand. People have very short attention spans and it's much easier to simplify the reasons for the Civil War and say it was all about slavery, the white man versus the black man. Most people don't even realize that these Africans being sold into slavery were captured by other Africans, the more powerful tribes, and sold for a profit. In fact, during Lincolns time several ships did go back to Africa full of freed slaves. Those people would go on to create nations like Liberia where they turned right around and enslaved the weaker people and used them as a work force, just as they had learned from their former white masters in the colonies.

  • ...I can get on with actually wanting to see DDL, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, and Hal Holbrook in the same film.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The likeness is incredible...

    by WeylandYutani

    This just feels right. I hope it's a home run.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    if they choose to cut in the end of Last of the Mohicans

    by nametaken

    i won't complain.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I will free the negro! No matter what occurs, I will free them!

    by Buck Turgidson

    Spielberg lifts Michael Mann?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    hilarious

    by dengreg31

    commenters with Nuclear Balls and other idiocy ragging on Spielberg. Please, go back to your job at 7-11 and stop wasting our time..

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    day lewis' height

    by Hugh Gustavus

    The movie looks good to me, but the one thing that irks me is that daniel day lewis is about six foot and lincoln in real life was a giant in his time, like six four or five. Thats why liam neeson was the perfect choice and still can't believe he dropped out of the movie. The reasons i've heard are he sighted his age, but he is just about perfect for lincolns age. It would be better than his boring monotone performances in flicks like the grey and a team

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    So DDL chooses his roles by throwing a knife at their picture?

    by KongMonkey

    I will not be able to watch Gangs of New York the same way again after this comes out. I'll just picture Bill Cutting as Lincoln's long lost maniacal twin brother cavorting around New York killing potato-eaters and such. But only after he wins the role from Liam Neeson by gutting the man in the middle of the Five Points.

  • Why not?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    One thing I hate about America....all the DAMNED vampires.

    by Drath

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    R0thschild agents killed Lincoln

    by shogunshin

    i wonder if spiel'berg' will mention internati0nal banking family R0thschilds killed lincoln. they also tried to kill andrew jackson, but he was too tough for those bastards.

  • Oh wait -- I got my comment boards mixed.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    But who is playing the gunman?

    by wcolbert

    It's Spielberg and Lewis. It would be PRETTY FREAKING HARD for this not to be amazing. Name one Spielberg flick based on historical characters and events that wasn't profoundly powerful and amazing or downright unsettling to watch (in the best way). Saving Private Ryan (loosely based on actual events) - amazing. Schindler's List? Amazing. I'm not talking about your personal opinion - I'm talking about how the majority have viewed them.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Great poster

    by pr0g2west

    People who are already complaining: You have a hatred for Spielberg, and you will not like this film no matter what is on the screen. Do yourself a favor and don't even watch this movie, please for the love of god.

  • They decide for whatever arbitrary reason that they hate Spielberg with a passion. And from that point on, at least some of them will continue that enmity toward him and any of his projects, regardless of how good the film actually is. Chances are many wont even watch it - but they'll show up soon enough when the reviews start to hit, and start bitching about it. Because it is what they live for. They are frustrated with life for whatever reason, and direct their social impotence toward anyone who will listen. That's where the internet comes in. Safety by way of anonymity. So yeah. It doesnt matter how amazing a movie is - there's always going to be some percentage of people who will rip on it simply for the sake of tearing down a director they don't like (as if Spielberg gives the tiniest fraction of a fuck what they think). The ultimate waste of time. Whining about a movie you've not yet seen.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I think Clint Howard is playing Booth

    by Ricardo

    Him or French Stewart. I forgot.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    would have WAYYYYYY rather have seen a Patton remake!

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    ..kick-ass..

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    can't wait!

    by gaygoonie

    It's great to see talented actors and filmmakers working on something other than a comic book movie.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    This movie better address the fact that Lincoln was a racist!!!!

    by shalashaska

    Well who knows that that means but he did at least make racist comments comments during the Douglas debates. Imho he only freed the slaves to turn the tide of the war and it totally worked.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    This movie will be exactly what it needs to be

    by Jared Bond

    to SELL SELL SELLLLLLLL!!!! Spielberg has made some crappy movies lately, but he will be in top form for this one. Actors have a say in movies too, and DDL knows he has a big reputation to live up to. Also, don't even bother to look for truth in movies. Maybe some of the faintest hints will be put in, just to make it edgy, but that's it. Bottom line, I have no doubt this will be good and as realistic as movies get. I don't know what to think of Lincoln in reality, but the character we all know is awesome and legendary.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    No vampires?

    by Mrhazard

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Helloooo all good buddies!!

    by Vinod

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    all of my buddies are here tonight

    by Vinod

    so many buddies chatting wowowowow

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Will this be as boring as Spielberg's last few movies?.

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    Of course it will be! The magics over folks. Spielstein lost his mojo many many moons ago. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Everywhere I go it's Lincoln, Lincoln Lincoln...so played out

    by Bedhead7

    I drive down Lincoln ave every day going to work, then I get home to hear my wife talking only about Lincoln day after day. Even the real housewives only want guys that look like Lincoln. This shit is getting played the fuck out.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Stephen Spielberg, Directed by Abraham lincoln..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    ..could happen..

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Unfortunately...

    by Michael Morning

    ...this movie is going to glorify Lincoln, when in fact he was a traitor to the constitution. The Civil War was about politics and money, not slavery (which was already on its way out). Lincoln, truly, was scum...but they won't talk about that in the movie.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Lincoln was an ugly guy, not an attractive guy with a beard on...

    by ratpack223

  • The last Spielberg movie I saw in the theater was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Before that, Saving Private Ryan. there was a time when everything Spielberg did, even just produced was Must-See, but that time is long past. And before anyone calls me a hater, realize that Spielberg is one of my favorite directors. Two of his films are in my personal Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jaws is my No. 1 favorite movie. But, that doesn't mean that I'm gonna eat a shit sandwich from the guy and call it filet mignon. He's made some pretty terrible films in his career. Not having any critical discernment is being a sheep. So, don't tell me I don't have a right to criticize something by anyone, I don't care who it is. All human beings are fallible. That's what makes their achievements so great. That said, I agree that people trashing a movie based solely on a single movie poster is dumb. But, Spielberg's recent track record gives me every right to trepidatious.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    sergeantstenko

    by pr0g2west

    Your wrong, Spielberg has never made a terrible film. Because even his worst film is better than 75% of the garbage that is in theaters these days. Spielberg is changing as a director, and that's a good thing. He can't give us E.T. or Jaws or Schindler's List every time. But at least he tries new ideas and is original. Give the guy a break.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Time warp, he is Lincoln and Bill the Butcher at the same time..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Last of the Mohicans, meets back to the future..

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    pr0g2west, KotCS was one of the worst movies I've ever seen

    by SergeantStedenko

    Forget that fact that it is an Indiana Jones movie (I'm trying) and all the nostalgia that comes with that. Even as a standalone film it is terrible. As far as Spielberg changing as a director, I would love to see him experiment and truly try something new, but that is not what is going on, imo. I think what has happened to Berg is what happens to a lot of artists after they achieve huge success, he has lost his hunger and doesn't have much to say anymore. The underlying emptiness of War of the Worlds, Crystal Skull and Tin Tin are more than enough proof. To me, the artificiality of the mocap in Tin Tin is a metaphor for Spielberg's over-stylized bloated bourgeois efforts of late.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I thought that...

    by pr0g2west

    Tin Tin was great stuff. It was the first mo-cap to ever impress me. Because you could see the signature style of Spielberg, like your watching his personality through the storytelling. I agree with Crystal Skull but even as a stand alone I liked it better than most action movies that come out...and regardless of every flaw that movie had...it was Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones, and that alone was worth price of admission. War of the Worlds...How can that feel empty? Great acting, great action. Not too much action. I felt like I was part of it. I can see where the ending might have felt flat and lifeless, it's not Jurassic Park...but there is a lot going on in those last couple of scenes, they are just quiet. I realize Speilberg is getting older and his methods of film making are also aging, but FOR his age, he is so at the top of his game. He is a true artist, who wants to be a crowd pleaser. If he starts doing his own personal films I think people would actually accept them more. But for now...can't wait for this, and Robopocalypse.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    So admittedly a stupid question...

    by WeylandYutani

    But I am not an American, so I'd appreciate a bit of leniency. There is, what is believed to be, a recording of Queen Victoria speaking. It is preserved on a wax cylinder, which was an early recording medium in the mid 19th century. Q: Are there any known recordings of Lincoln on any early recording devices? He is such a well regarded public speaker that I was wondering if anything like that exists. Do we have any idea what he sounded like? I would love to hear his tales recounting his vampire hunting days.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    photo

    by Shannon

    Is that a photo of Daniel Day-Lewis or a photo of Abe?

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    rashnu: Yes.

    by Bill C.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    weylandyutani: that's not a stupid question.

    by Bill C.

    Unfortunately, Lincoln was killed twelve years before the phonograph was invented. (A Frenchman apparently was working on a similar project in Europe around 1860, and there are/were a couple of surviving examples of that, but that stayed on that side of the Atlantic.) That said, according to this the Queen Victoria recording was made in 1888: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2011/10/in-search-of-queen-victorias-voice/

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Redshirt

    by WeylandYutani

    Thx for the info. Very interesting.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    by Robert Perry

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  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Movie Poster Frames

    by Robert Perry

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