During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane.
"Steven does this incredible thing when he casts you: He empowers you with the scene." - Tom Hanks on Steven Spielberg
"I’m so proud of my Latino heritage, but I think as an actor, you want to be known as an actor, as an artist." - Wilmer Valderrama
Although hundreds of boys auditioned for the role of Elliot, Henry Thomas ended up with the role after he cried convincingly in an improvised audition.
“Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
In the amazingly prescient clip, Pratt says, "Man... I just got a text message. It's from Steven Spielberg. God! So annoying."
The Hollywood Reporter got Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter to talk about their new film, The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio and Hill are wonderful in the film and the more I think about it, the more it grows on me. You’ve never seen DiCaprio in a role like this and damn, does he knock it out of the park. Scorsese and DiCaprio talk about how they first met, casting Jonah Hill, DiCaprio’s 4-page monologues and more. The Director also talks about the advice he got from Steven Spielberg and if he ever gets nervous ... Read more
Actor Stephen McKinsley Henderson has followed up his Tony-nominated role opposite Denzel Washington in the 2010 production of August Wilson's Fences and long-running recurring role as judge on Law & Order with recent appearances in episodes of The Newsroom and a role in the highest profile film of his career, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.
It's given that Steven Spielberg's Lincoln will win many Academy Awards. Not only did it score the most nominations, but it is the exact type of film that the Academy loves. And while it wouldn't be a surprise to see masterful star (and Golden Globe winner) Daniel Day-Lewis get his third Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln (and he would also becoming the first actor to win three Best Actor Oscars), he actually almost passed on the role because he thought he'd rather watch the movie than star in it.
James Spader might be best known for his television roles in Boston Legal and The Office, but Spader began his career in film. Though he's only been in a handful of movies in the last decade, Spader plays a key role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln as William H. Bilbo, a committed abolitionist.
Here is a short Q&A the folks at Time Magazine did with Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner about their new film, Lincoln.
Starring in a Steven Spielberg film opposite Daniel Day-Lewis might be as close as it gets to a "dream role" for an actress, and for two-time Oscar winner Sally Field Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd in Spielberg's Lincoln was a role she wasn't going to accept being passed over for.
Sally Field fought to play Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s biopic, Lincoln, so she was more than happy to do plenty of research in order to get the correct portrayal of the famous first lady.
In Theaters: November 16th
I definitely respect when the child of someone famous in entertainment uses a different name in order to avoid any expectations (good or bad) audiences might have of your work. But it's a bit more difficult to get away with it these days when anyone can Google your name.
LaBeouf starred in the three Transformers movies, but he will not be in the planned fourth film in the franchise. That doesn't seem to bother him much, as he says, "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's fucked. There's no way for him to exist in that world."
You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And if you're an actor, you definitely don't show up late to a meeting with Steven Spielberg.
You’d think that for someone whose screen credits didn’t extend beyond bit parts on the Disney Channel and who had recently played a tree on stage, a simple “You got the role!” would’ve sufficed, but for young British actor Jeremy Irvine, Steven Spielberg informed him he’d been cast in upcoming drama War Horse in a more creative fashion.
In theaters: December 23rd, 2011
Spielberg: "I think that is the secret to great acting. You have to bring your imagination to the party. You gotta have a great imagination. You've got to bring it to the day when you're working."