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In addition to moving Warcraft away from Star Wars Episode VII, Universal dated a slew of major movies on this Thanksgiving Eve. They are as follows:

  • An Untitled Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth will be released January 16, 2015.
  • Jennifer Lopez‘s thriller The Boy Next Door opens January 23, 3015.
  • The long delayed epic Seventh Son gets the new release date of February 6, 2015.
  • Andy Muschietti‘s reboot of The Mummy hits April 22, 2016.

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Like many directors, Michael Mann mulls over many projects before settling on the one that will be his “next” film at any given time. In this case his next picture is a currently untitled “cyber-crime” thriller, which leaves quite a few other possible films in the lurch.

One of those other potential efforts was Gold, a film that follows a 1993 mining scandal, featuring a prospector who found “one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle.” It has been likened to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but in what respects beyond the simple prospector angle, we don’t know for certain.

Mann may have moved on, but Gold still lives. Spike Lee is now attached to direct the film, based on the script by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. Read More »

Since releasing the relatively underwhelming period gangster film Public Enemies, director Michael Mann has been tested with the HBO series Luck, and has dithered over a few different potential feature directing gigs. Now it looks like he’s got one locked down, and it isn’t a choice off the big list that he’s known to be working from over the past couple years.

The new film is currently untitled, but will feature Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the lead role. More interesting is that the film will be made for Legendary Pictures, the outfit that is better known for big tentpole fare (such as The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla) than it is for nuanced thrillers of the sort Mann tends to make. Read More »

Avatar is one of the best movies of all time. The King of Comedy is one of the best movies of all time. Paths of Glory is one of the best movies of all time. The Red Shoes is one of the best movies of all time. Dazed and Confused is one of the best movies of all time. Each of these surprising, or not-so-surprising statements comes from one of the following filmmakers: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Mann. Each took place in Sight and Sound‘s filmmaker poll of the best films of all time, the results of which were revealed earlier this week.

Over 350 directors in total were polled and Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story ended up taking the top spot. That doesn’t mean it was everyone’s individual pick; just an average of the votes. In the latest issue of the magazine, which is on sale now, you can read every filmmaker’s full list of choices. Lists from five of the biggest names participants have been posted online. After the jump, read the all time best films ever according to Tarantino, Scorsese, Allen, Coppola and Mann.

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Is The Office about to lose another boss? After the jump:

  • Paul Lieberstein steps down as Office showrunner
  • Mindy Kaling’s Fox pilot casts Ed Helms, Bill Hader, and Richard Schiff
  • Dan Harmon feels optimistic-ish about Community‘s future
  • Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are Sherlock and Watson
  • David Milch and Michael Mann open up about Luck
  • HBO releases still more Game of Thrones marketing

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Michael Mann and David Milch have had difficulty with their HBO series Luck, which follows characters connected through a horse racing track. The series has struggled to find an audience, but was picked up for a second season. During the production of the first season, however, two horses were injured and euthanized during the shoot. That led the American Humane Association to oversee the implementation of new safety protocols, and shooting resumed.

This week, however, a third horse had to be euthanized after rearing up and falling backwards while being led to stable. The euthanization was due to a head injury that resulted from the fall. While that particular injury is reportedly not uncommon, it was the last straw for the show. HBO said at first that the production would carry on without scenes involving horses, but now the network has decided to cancel the series altogether. Read More »

Add one more project to Michael Mann‘s bit stack of potential movies that could act as follow-up to Public Enemies. The director’s new HBO show Luck is on the air now (and seemingly struggling a bit to solidify a core audience) but Mann has been attached to a few different projects in the past year.

This new one is a Sony development called The Big Stone Grid, based on a spec script the studio bought last year from S. Craig Zahler. The story is a “hard-edged thriller” about a New York City extortion ring.

Update: Only a few hours after the announcement of The Big Stone Grid, we’ve got word on another possible Mann film, as well as an update on an older development project. Both are below.

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The summer of ’08 was a pretty great one for superheroes, with Iron Man kicking off the blockbuster season and The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk following months after. One superpowered film that proved not up to par that season, however, was Peter Berg’s Hancock. Starring Will Smith as a disgraced vigilante superhero, the movie seemed at first like a breath of fresh air, but ultimately left viewers disappointed thanks to a poorly conceived, poorly executed plot twist and an oddly uneven tone. Still, it was a box office success, so it wasn’t long before rumors began floating around of a Hancock 2.

Fast-forward three and a half years, and not only are we barely any closer to getting a second Hancock, I’d wager that most moviegoers have forgotten about the first Hancock altogether. Berg and Smith haven’t, though, and Berg insists that the sequel is still in the works — it’s just a matter of getting everyone’s schedules to line up properly. Read more after the jump.

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