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  • Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the 2013 film "Lincoln" brought him numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for best actor. But you might be surprised to know that Steven Spielberg actually cast Liam Neeson first. The actor opened up in the April issue of GQ Magazine on why he gave up his role in "Lincoln."

    "Natasha [Richardson, his wife] died in March, and then… I want to think it was toward the end of April, Steven got together a reading, and we all sat: Sally Field, John Lithgow, the actor said. "We started reading this, and there was an intro, and then I see "Lincoln": where I have to start speaking, and I just… a thunderbolt moment. I thought, "I'm not supposed to be here. This is gone. I've passed my sell-by date. I don't want to play this Lincoln. I can't be him."

    [Related: Liam Neeson: How '60 Minutes' Didn't Get the Whole Story on Late Wife]

    The 61-year-old ended up feeling overjoyed that the role went to his friend Daniel instead. He told the mag,

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  • ‘Fifty Shades’ First Look Is Full of Jamie Dornan Smouldering

    The trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has premiered at CinemaCon. Here's what you can expect to see.

    Well hello there, Mr. Grey.

    Christian Grey, that is, known to millions of book readers as the love interest du jour of E.L. James's hit "Fifty Shades of Grey," which Universal Pictures is bringing to the big screen next Valentine's Day. As part of their CinemaCon panel Tuesday, the studio served up a veritable buffet of trailer and teaser goodness, including the first look at footage from "Grey."

    First poster for Fifty Shades of Grey

    The nearly two-minute teaser opens with a cityscape look at Seattle, on a day with some sunshine but mostly grey skies. A soft, slow piano solo plays in the background (which sounds like an airy and eerie cover of Beyoncé's "Haunted") as we begin with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) recounting her first meeting with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to her roommate, Kate (Eloise Mumford).

    [Rita Ora: 'Fifty Shades' will be greatest shock ever]

    "So, what was he like?" Kate asks Anastasia, which we hear in voiceover as the scene of Anastasia and Christian's first meeting plays out.

    "Mr. Grey will

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  • James Rebhorn Dies at 65

    Recognisable character actor appeared in dozens of movies, and died following long battle with skin cancer.

    James Rebhorn Dies at 65
    Hollywood is mourning one of its most recognized "that guys" as James Rebhorn has died at age 65.

    The veteran character actor, who had an extensive resume of memorable supporting roles in a wide variety of genres from sci-fi blockbusters ("Independence Day") to gritty thrillers ("The Game") to Oscar-winning tearjerkers ("Scent of a Woman"), passed away on Friday surrounded by his family, a rep for Rebhorn confirms to Yahoo Movies.

    In all, he appeared in more than 100 television shows, feature films, and stage productions, staking his claim as one of the industry's go-to "that guy" thespians.

    [Ghostbuster Harold Ramis dies aged 69]

    Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia and moved to Anderson, Indiana, shortly thereafter, where he matriculated from Madison Heights High School.

    Rebhorn... also starred in Independence Day.

    He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he appeared in theatrical productions of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" and Moliere's "Tricks of Scapin." After graduating in 1970, he moved to

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  • Why Shailene Woodley Doesn't Have a Cell Phone

    Actress explains why she's not interested in technology and why she carries around her own glass jar.

    Shailene Woodley isn't your typical Hollywood star, and you definitely won't be seeing her buried in her cell phone anytime soon.

    In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, the "Divergent" star said that she -- GASP! -- doesn't own a cell phone.

    The 23-year–old explained, "I'm not a big technology person. I don't even have a smartphone. I don't even have a cell phone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip phone."

    Her decision to be mobile-free came after she realized there's "a bigger lack of camaraderie and community than there's ever been."

    [New Divergent poster: Exclusive]

    And since ditching the electronics, Shailene admits the outcome has bettered her communication. "Since I got rid of my phone, [I'm] having to pull over and be like, 'Hey, buddy — do you know how to get here?' I'm talking to people more than I've ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch," she explained.

    "The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have."

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  • Look out, Austin! Godzilla is coming for you.

    The king of all monsters is coming to this year's SXSW festival, and to celebrate, Austin-based design studio Mondo commissioned an exclusive poster for the new big-screen version coming this summer. Designed by Phantom City Creative — who also created a special "Godzilla" poster for 2013 San Diego Comic-Con —it shows the big beastie literally rising out of the smoke of a smoldering city.

    [Related: New 'Godzilla' Finally Revealed: How It Stacks Up to the Original]

    The design of the new "Godzilla" is directly inspired by the classic look of the creature from the 1954 original movie.

    With that in mind, Gareth Edwards, the director of the new version, will be hosting a screening of the classic monster movie at the Ritz Alamo Theater in downtown Austin. The screening of the restored original Japanese version with 40 minutes not seen in the American edit is on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 9:30pm, and attendees will receive a copy of the limited-edition

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