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Photo of Daniel Day-Lewis sporting “Lincoln” beard surfaces

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Daniel Day-Lewis has always been known as one of the best character actors of our generation, but he truly has transformed into his role for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film “Lincoln.” The first image of him in costume as Abraham Lincoln has hit the web, and — though we never met the 16th President of the United States in person — Day-Lewis looks strikingly accurate to every depiction we’ve seen of the man.

Of course, the image is far from an actual picture from the set. In fact, the image was snapped by local Virginia Twitter user Michael Phillips, who looks like he caught the actor during a lunch break. That, or Lincoln had a penchant for jeans and turtlenecks that we didn’t know anything about.

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“Lincoln” is based on the best-selling nonfiction novel “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, who also helped adapt the script. The film follows the life of the former president as he rose in politics and spearheaded the Civil War. The movie also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Lee Pace, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, David Strathairn and John Hawkes. It is due in theaters by late 2012.

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Watch “Raiding the Lost Ark,” the first 17 minutes of a “Raiders” “filmumentary”

Watch “Raiding the Lost Ark,” the first 17 minutes of a “Raiders” “filmumentary” (photo)

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Just yesterday I was bemoaning the disappearance of special features from DVDs and Blu-rays. Today I watch a video online and I wonder: is this the future? Is this where DVD extras are headed? Off of DVDs and out of the control of creators, and into the hands of passionate fans? If they all look like the video I’m about to show you, I hope so.

It’s called “Raiding the Lost Ark” and it’s described as a “filmumentary” by its creator, Jamie Benning. Essentiallly that means it’s a movie with enhanced video commentary: according to Wired, Benning took an upscaled DVD copy of “Raiders” and laid in a commentary track and behind-the-scenes footage he personally compiled and edited from interviews with the creative team. There’s no official commentary on the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” DVD, so this is the next best thing. In some ways, this is actually better than the next best thing, since it pulls material from a million places and people: from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas to the production designer to the guy who doubled for Wired, represents what will ultimately be the first 17 minutes of a feature length filmumentary. After watching this, I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Are “filmumentaries” the future of DVD extras? Tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

John Hawkes reveals character details for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be playing abolitionist legislator, not John Wilkes Booth

John Hawkes reveals character details for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be playing abolitionist legislator, not John Wilkes Booth (photo)

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John Hawkes, who won an Oscar nomination for his roles as a menacing uncle in “Winter’s Bone” and who plays a manipulative cult leader in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” isn’t looking to build on his body of creepy character work with more villains in the immediate future. Although he’s been offered the part of Charlie Manson, he always turns it down. And while there’s been speculation that he would play John Wilkes Booth in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln epic about to go into production, Hawkes told IFC that his part is actually very different.

“I’m playing a real-life guy who wasn’t famous,” the actor said. “He’s a lobbyist from Albany, who is called in by the Secretary of State [William Seward, played by David Straitharn] to aid Lincoln’s case.”

This leaves four possible candidates for Hawkes’ character: W.N. Bilbo, Emanuel B. Hart, Robert W. Latham, or George O. Jones, all of who helped steer the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery through Congress in 1865. Of those, only George O. Jones was actually a resident of Albany, however, leaving him seemingly the most likely candidate for Hawkes’ role.”

“It’s a beautiful script,” Hawkes said. “It’ll be interesting to work in that period. A fascinating time in history.”

Hawkes has already wrapped his role in another real-life story for the indie film “The Surrogate,” in which he’s the lead. He plays the late writer Mark O’Brien, a polio survivor who is paralyzed from the neck down. “He spent, by the age of six and through the rest of his life in an iron lung,” Hawkes said. “So it was a challenge to play a character who had no body movement except 90 degrees of his head.”

O’Brien, who was both a poet and a journalist, wrote about his experience seeking out a sexual surrogate for his first sexual contact, and confronting his issues of inadequacy, repression, and masculinity. (Helen Hunt plays the surrogate). “It’s a tiny little movie that attracted some wonderful actors,” Hawkes said, “and hopefully it will be great.”

“Each role is different,” he added. “With the darker material, that can be a disturbing thing in itself, and I guess it sort of takes a piece of you, and gives you back a piece that’s not always pleasant to remember or deal with. But if you feel like you’re part of something larger than yourself, it’s a small price to pay to be part of something great.”

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