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  • Time editor Rick Stengel, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg (Yahoo/Dylan Stableford)

    In person, Daniel Day-Lewis looks almost nothing like Abraham Lincoln. (He looks something like an English soccer player.) On screen, though, Daniel Day-Lewis looks--and possibly sounds--almost exactly like Abraham Lincoln.

    "It's lucky for me that no one can say positively what he sounded like," said Day-Lewis on Thursday in New York, following Time magazine's packed VIP screening of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-baiting "Lincoln" biopic.

    The 55-year-old London-born actor said he spent a year trying to get into the 16th president's head.

    "If you approach Lincoln head on, it's like a child in front of a monument," Day-Lewis said. "You have to come at him from an angle—behind his left shoulder."

    "I try not to dismember a character--a life--into its component parts," he continued. "Because the voice is such a deep personal reflection of character, I leave it alone. If I'm very lucky I begin to hear a voice--not supernatural--but it's a powerful moment. Thank God it did happen in this case. I began to hear a voice as I drew closer to the man." (While filming, Day-Lewis would even send text messages as Lincoln to Sally Field, who played Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd.)

    The star of such period films as "Last of the Mohicans," "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood" (Time magazine referred to him as "the greatest living actor" in this week's issue) said he was humbled by the opportunity to play Lincoln.

    "For me, growing up in southeast London, it's so inconceivable that in my life I'd play this man and grow to love him," Day-Lewis said.

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  • Share your snow photos


    Snow started accumulating on America's mountain peaks weeks ago, but many regions of the country didn't start seeing snowfall until recently.

    Now that the first hints of winter are appearing, Yahoo! News wants readers and photographers to share their best first-snow photos from this season. We're interested in your shots—whether you're snapping photos of your city's streets or you're road-tripping through the countryside.

    Here are a couple ways you can share:

    Add your photos to Yahoo! News' Flickr group

    Share your photos through Yahoo! Contributor Network

    The best readers' photos will be displayed in slideshows on Yahoo! News.

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  • The comedian Tina Fey has a serious bone to pick with "grey-faced" men who would have their say on women's reproductive rights. Her comments, surfaced by BuzzFeed, have sparked interest on the Web.

    In a talk at the Center for Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala last night, the "30 Rock" creator slammed Congressman Todd Akin's definition of "legitimate rape."

    The 42-year-old performer, a special guest at the gala, lamented, "I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues. But it seems we can't right now."

    The former "Saturday Night Live" star added, "If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar hair cut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind." In an attempt to sum up Akin's "legitimate rape" phrase, Fey gave up, saying simply, "I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber."

    In a TV interview this summer, Akin explained why he does not believe abortion should be legal in cases of rape. The congressman

    Read More »from Tina Fey calls out ‘gray-faced men’ talking about rape

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