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Interview: Ben Burtt and Lincoln’s sound design

Interview: Ben Burtt and Lincoln’s sound design

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Sound designer Ben Burtt began his career in 1975, and his innovations were quickly recognized by the Academy who gave him Special Achievement Awards for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Burtt went on to win competitive Oscars for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In addition to his long-standing collaborations with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Burtt also received two…

Daniel Day-Lewis in the Lincoln Bedroom

Daniel Day-Lewis in the Lincoln Bedroom

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Nov. 15, 2012 “We had just watched the movie ‘Lincoln’ in the White House theatre with the director, screenwriter and many of the actors attending. Later, the President invited Daniel Day-Lewis upstairs to see the Lincoln Bedroom in the private residence. Here is Day-Lewis, who had just come to life as Abraham Lincoln, viewing the Gettysburg Address.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Full-size after the cut.

Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

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In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Kaminski’s shared filmography with Spielberg has also resulted in Oscar nominations for Amistad and War Horse. When not working with Spielberg, the Poland-native has brought his impeccable sense…

What President Obama Learned from Lincoln

What President Obama Learned from Lincoln

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As person of the year, President Obama was asked about the film, Lincoln: I wanted to ask you, Mr. President, about the film Lincoln. We know that you gathered a group to see it here. And for me watching that movie, it was as if I had spent three hours with Lincoln. And I wondered how— it was a very emotional experience. And I wondered how you felt watching that movie. What…

State of the Race:  “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

State of the Race: “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

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2012′s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still haunts us.  Two films deal in very different ways with the subject of slavery. Two films deal with our volatile war with radical Islam.  Two films deal with choosing a more optimistic view of life, one remembers Hurricane Katrina, one remembers…

SBIFF to Honor Daniel Day-Lewis with Montecito Award

SBIFF to Honor Daniel Day-Lewis with Montecito Award

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Lincoln is now officially the highest grossing film of Daniel Day-Lewis’ career. If you adjust for inflation, it comes in second. Now, the Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor him with the Montecito Award, which I will hopefully witness in person. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will be garnering two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the prestigious Montecito Award at the…

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

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From history professors to civil rights leaders, Spielberg’s Lincoln has become a bit of a hot-button issue, not quite on the level of hysteria Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up, but enough of a “whisper campaign” to be a threat.  This is the way it is in Oscar land, we accept that. It’s a dirty game but someone has to play it.  The complaints about Lincoln vary from historical facts…

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The State of the Race: By Three

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  Oscar ballots are going out to 5,856 in the Academy.  Those ballots are then due back by January 3rd, the same day the Producers Guild announce their top ten for 2012.  We are down to the thick of it, and believe it or not, a general consensus is forming.  One line of thinking says all bets are off this year because of the date being pushed back, and the…

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The Globes, SAGs – Who’s Up, Who’s Down – Oscar Ballots Go Out in 4 Days

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Sounds like we’re talking about bras, doesn’t it? What has come out of the awards rush most prominently is that Lincoln is already breaking records for Steven Spielberg. It isn’t a surprise that it’s just about to cross $100 million, in only 2K theaters. But it is a surprise that it broke a SAG record for Spielberg with 4 nominations (Saving Private Ryan had two), and it’s a surprise that…

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New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

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Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty Best Foreign Language Film: Michael Haneke, Amour Best First Film: David France, How To Survive a Plague Best Nonfiction…