Here's the New "Lincoln" Trailer, or "I See Oscars!" 
Yes, it has Oscars written all over it, at least based on the trailer. It has great Oscar pedigree starting with Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Not to mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant, James Spader as WN Bilbo, John Hawkes as Robert Latham, and David Straithairn as Secretary of State William Seward. It's based, in part, on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin and adapted by Tony Kushner. Oh yeah, and it's directed by a little-known director named Steven Spielberg. We'll see if this has Spielberg's magic when "Lincoln" opens on November 16.

For now, let's take a look at the new trailer:

Here's the synopsis from Yahoo:

Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, TEAM OF RIVALS, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War.

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"Lincoln's" Trailer's Trailer! 
This is a teaser to the full trailer we'll see in a few hours! This teaser is to promote tonight's Google hangout with Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who stars as Robert Todd Lincoln in the movie. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as our beloved 16th President.

Here's more info on the movie and the Google hangout:

Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their first ever Hangout On Air where they will be exclusively premiering the trailer for their upcoming movie, Lincoln. Google Play will update this event invite with a link to the live hangout a little before 4pm PT. You can also watch the hangout at starting at 4pm PT/7pm ET.


Steven Spielberg directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

And here's the teaser to the trailer:

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"Perks of Being a Wallflower" Receives Critics' Choice Seal! 

I told you it was good! Yes, the fantastic film starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller receives a high Critics' Choice Ratings score in the weekly voting by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I am a voting member of this organization, and I'm happy that my fellow broadcast critics feel the same way about the movie. It's simply...brilliant!

Watch for my interviews with the cast and author/screenwriter/director Stephen Chbosky very soon!

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Just Got Home from TIFF! So Many Movies, So Little Time! But Here's My Best of the Fest! 

The Toronto International Film Festival is regarded as one of the premier stops for the film industry on their road to Oscar glory. Hollywood and independent cinema converge to showcase their movies.

Luckily, I was invited to partake in this year’s festivities. From one-on-one interviews with film directors and movie stars to late night screenings of their respective work, I was there to witness it all. Here are the movies that are creating major buzz in the film festival we know as TIFF.

“Anna Karenina” (Release Date: Nov. 16 -- limited)

Keira Knightley shines in the title role based on the beloved Leo Tolstoy novel. The actress reteams with her “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” director, Joe Wright, for this visually dazzling spectacle. Jude Law co-stars as Anna’s husband, Karenin, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”), adapts the book. Watch out for this movie that features the many facets of love. (Video interviews to follow soon)

“Cloud Atlas” (Release Date: Oct. 26)

Tom Twyker (“Run Lola Run”) and the Wachowskis (“The Matrix Trilogy,” “V for Vendetta”) attempt the nearly impossible by turning the unadaptable novel of David Mitchell into a fully realized cinematic work. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant help to realize the filmmakers’ dream.

“End of Watch” (Release Date: Sept. 21)

David Ayer, the screenwriter behind the Oscar-winning “Training Day,” returns to write and direct one of the best films of 2012. “End of Watch” ditches the corrupt cops theme featured in “Training Day” and focuses instead on the trials and tribulations many police officers face in their line of duty. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena mesmerize as young LAPD officers patrolling the dangerous streets of South Central. I’ve never felt this intense in watching a movie since “Silence of the Lambs.” (Video interviews to follow soon)

“Hyde Park on Hudson” (Release Date: Dec. 7)

Bill Murray triumphs as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this political dramedy about how hotdogs bridge the gap between the U.S. and the U.K. The King of England (King George VI from “The King’s Speech”) visit the President of the U.S. to ask for help in his country’s war against Germany. It’s a weekend full of politics, sex, and laughter that culminates in a picnic featuring hotdogs, green salad, and strawberry shortcake. Laura Linney stars as Roosevelt’s 5th cousin and paramour. Watch for the scene-stealing Olivia Williams as the feisty Eleanor Roosevelt. (Video interviews to follow soon)

“Looper” (Release Date: Sept. 28)

In 2005, writer/director Rian Johnson helmed a smoldering film called “Brick” featuring a then-untested movie star named Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Seven years later, the director and the actor reteam for this brilliant sci-fi flick about time travel co-starring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul Dano.

“Seven Psychopaths” (Release Date: Oct. 12)

Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken star in writer/director Martin McDonagh’s clever crime comedy. This one is an homage to writing embodied by Farrell as a writer trying to finish his screenplay called “Seven Psychopaths.”

“The Impossible” (Release Date: Dec. 21)

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this gripping true-to-life tale about a family caught in the mayhem of the deadly 2004 Tsunami in Thailand. The lead stars make this Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”) film a truly indelible, incredible experience.

“The Master” (Release Date: Sept. 21)

Paul Thomas Anderson, the writer/director who gave us one of the best films of the last decade, “There Will Be Blood,” returns to capture humanity’s blind acceptance of idolatry masquerading as hope. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix marvel as the master and servant, respectively, in this challenging but thought-provoking movie that may or may not be about Scientology. There are many tenets of the controversial religion in the film but Anderson’s work will not spoon-feed the answers to your nagging questions.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Release Date: Sept. 21 – limited))

By now, it’s cliché to say the best coming-of-age movie but when it comes to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” I honestly mean it. Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own work and steps behind the camera to direct Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman in this fantastic film about the grueling 1,305 days of high school. The ensemble is in top form, the narrative is intriguing, and the film’s goal is commendable. (Video interviews to follow soon)

“The Sessions” (Release Date: Oct. 26 – limited)

Ben Lewin’s film, which won the Special Jury Prize and Audience awards at this year’s Sundance, makes a splash at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet, Mark O’Brien (played in the movie by John Hawkes). He’s 38, confined to an iron lung, and gosh darn it, he wants to lose his virginity. A priest (William H. Macy) and a sex therapist (Helen hunt) offer to help O’Brien achieve his vision.

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Winners of the 69th Venice Film Festival 

GOLDEN LION for Best Film to PIETA by Kim Ki-duk (Republic of Korea)

SILVER LION for Best Director to THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl (Austria, Germany, France)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix
in the film THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress Hadas Yaron
in the film LEMALE ET HA’CHALAL by Rama Bursthein (Israel)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best New Young Actor or Actress to Fabrizio Falco
in the films BELLA ADDORMENTATA by Marco Bellocchio (Italy) and È STATO IL FIGLIO by Daniele Ciprí (Italy)

for the film APRES MAI by Olivier Assayas (France)

for the film È STATO IL FIGLIO by Daniele Ciprì (Italy)

as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer


ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM (full-length films) to
SAN ZIMEI by Wang Bing (France, Hong Kong)

SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE (full-length films) to
TANGO LIBRE by Frédéric Fonteyne (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)

CHO-DE by Yoo Min-young (South Korea)

TITLOI TELOUS by Yorgos Zois (Greece)

to Francesco Rosi

to Spike Lee

to Michael Cimino

to Giulia Bevilacqua

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