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'Lincoln' to premiere Monday at New York Film Festival

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October 04, 2012|By Glenn Whipp
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, minus the stove pipe hat, stars in "Lincoln."
Daniel Day-Lewis, minus the stove pipe hat, stars in "Lincoln." (DreamWorks )

Having already landed the closing-night spot at Hollywood's AFI Fest in November, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" shored up its East Coast credentials today with the announcement that the film will have its world premiere Monday at the New York Film Festival.

Two days later, Spielberg and the film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis, will participate in a live Q&A chat following a 7 p.m. screening of "Lincoln" at  the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York. Fans can submit questions for the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #Lincolnmovie. The screening will start simultaneously in nine other cities, including Los Angeles, with audiences being able to watch the Q&A via satellite. The chat will also stream live on Yahoo! Movies at http://movies.yahoo.com/lincoln-live/.

DreamWorks also unveiled a new trailer for the film Wednesday night, following the presidential debate. The two-minute spot showed marked improvement over the sleepy solemnity of the initial trailer, beginning with a series of images -- Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, female suffragists, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, the Normandy D-day landing, the columns of light where the World Trade Center towers once stood -- as we listen to Day-Lewis' high-pitched, Kentucky drawl.

"We’ve shown that people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere," Day-Lewis' Lincoln tells us forcefully. "Shall we stop this bleeding?"

Then we see additional battles scenes, more urgency and less Tommy Lee Jones, not to mention a scene of Sally Field's Mary Todd Lincoln getting in Honest Abe's face. In our book: All good things. Check it out for yourself.

"Lincoln" opens in Los Angeles and New York on Nov. 9, expanding into more theaters throughout the country on Nov. 16.

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