Lincoln Movie a Product of Millions in Virginia Tax Subsidies

The governor got to rub elbows with stars


ALEXANDRIA — As far as flashy movie productions go, Steven Spielberg's newest film "Lincoln" may have it all — an award-winning cast, big-name director and the historic locations in Richmond and Petersburg to showcase the sprawling tale.

But like a starstruck paramour, Virginia has lavished countless gifts to win the heart of the big-studio production, offering sweet tax deals and sexy film grants to guarantee the state gets a piece of the fairest industry of them all, Hollywood.