/Filmcast Ep. 238 – The Wolverine

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Dave, Devindra, and Peter Sciretta discuss the culture of line-waiting at Comic-Con, Spike Lee’s new Kickstarter project, the achievements of Netflix, and whether 2015 will lead to the end of cinema as we know it. Be sure to read up on why there will be not be a Dredd sequel, The Daily Beast’s profile on Laverne Cox, and what Spike Lee’s Kickstarter can teach us all. 

ALSO: It’s been pointed out that the plot of the Oldboy remake could actually be the same as the Park Chan-Wook original. We shall reflect on this.
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Dennis Farina Has Died At Age 69

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We’re sad to report that actor Dennis Farina, star of Law & Order, Snatch and Get Shorty, has passed away at the age of 69.

Farina was one of those actors who brightened up anything he appeared in, with an uncanny ability to be equal parts intimidating and hilarious in the blink of an eye. He worked with some of the best in the business and never, ever disappointed in bringing an intangible life to a character.

Midnight Run, Little Big League, Luck, Saving Private Ryan, Miami Vice, Manhunter, the former Chicago police officer turned actor had the kind career we’d all dream of having. He’ll be sorely missed.

Michael Mann (Heat) and David Milch (Deadwood) have collaborated on Luck, a new HBO series that takes place in the world of horse racing. Dustin Hoffman plays what looks like this series’ rough equivalent to Al Swearingen, and Nick Nolte, Richard Kind, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Joan Allen, Ian Hart, Kevin Dunn, Kerry Condon, Tom Payne and Patrick J. Adams all have roles.

We saw a brief bit of footage back in April thanks to an in-production featurette. Now we’ve got the real, if all-too-brief teaser trailer for the series. As you’d hope for a show created by Mann and Milch and featuring that cast, Luck looks pretty fantastic. Check it out below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Long before HBO was known for shows about organized crime, polygamy, cougars and Hollywood, it was known for cutting edge comedy. At the center of that was the cult sketch comedy show Mr. Show, co-created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. During its three-year run, the show excelled in irreverent, offensive but hilarious sketches. However, since it ended in 1998, with the exception of the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run, the comedy duo have mostly walked their own paths.

According to this latest news, those paths might cross again soon. Odenkirk, who has been working as a director, is prepping a new film called Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy and though he’s still acquiring financing, he has verbal commitments from Krysten Ritter, Rainn Wilson, Dennis Farina and, yes, David Cross, to appear. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Lost Epilogue

Entertainment Weekly has out first (or last?) glimpse of the 12-minute Lost epilogue “The New Man in Charge” that will be included on the Series Finale DVD/Blu-ray set. Actor Michael Emerson reveals that “Ben is going around to Dharma installations and closing some down. There are some good surprises.” And yes, ”it does answer questions.’”

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Briefly: Well, if I wasn’t already excited about Luck, the show set in the world of California horse racing that is being assembled by David Milch and Michael Mann, I would be now. We already knew that Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina were in the cast, but now there is word that Nick Nolte will join them. Seriously: Nick Nolte on a show created by Milch and Mann? Yes, and thank you.

Deadline Hollywood has the news, and while Mike Fleming there says the deal isn’t done, he spins it as if there isn’t any chance of a breakdown at this point. He also idly mentions that Michael Mann will direct the pilot for the HBO show.

Nolte has done television before, but not in some time, and I think that working with these two probably stands in a different category from anything he’s done for the tube in the past.

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Is HBO back? The answer seems to be “oh, my, yes!” In the past few months the once-dominant dramatic voice of cable has put new shows in development with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Jonathan Demme, David Fincher and more. (Like that Spielberg guy, whose Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific looks insane.) If there was ever going to be a second  coming for HBO, this looks like it.

And now Michael Mann and David Milch are moving forward with Luck, a show about the world of horse racing. Dustin Hoffman is now toplining the cast. Can you imagine what Mann and Milch might coax (or bully, more like) out of Hoffman? I can, and I can’t wait to see it. Read More »

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