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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There’s plenty of good stuff in today’s TV Bits, including new trailers for HBO’s Luck and Showtime’s House of Lies, which I’m hoping will help the one bit of really bad news go down a bit easier: NBC’s benching its highly praised but under-watched Community. After the jump:

  • NBC puts Community on hiatus and picks up new show Legends
  • HBO’s Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, gets a trailer
  • Showrunner Matthew Weiner reveals how he wants AMC’s Mad Men to end
  • Showtime renews Weeds and drops a teaser for House of Lies

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Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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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 »

Very rarely do fans get a glimpse into the decision making process of major stars. All we know is that the biggest actors in Hollywood can often seemingly do whatever they want, so people like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise get their pick of the best scripts out there. It seems like Christian Bale could be joining that elite list.

The recent Oscar-winner (something none of those other men can claim) slips seamlessly between smaller characters pieces, like The Machinist, and massive blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. According to Variety, Bale has a pretty impressive list of projects he can choose from after he hangs up Batman’s cowl. Think of the info that follows as a glimpse at Bale’s own personal desk. Will he choose A Star is Born directed by Clint Eastwood, Gold directed by Michael Mann, Oldboy directed by Spike Lee, Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper or, as previously reported, Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky?

After the jump, we break down the latest on each of these projects and figure out where Bale would best fit in. Read More »

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