I never thought I’d be this jazzed to see a horse-racing drama, but ‘jazzed’ only begins to capture how I feel after watching the first behind the scenes look at Luck, the HBO show from Michael Mann and David Milch that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. This video is a relatively brief featurette on the making of the show, but it has enough tiny clips of the actors in action that I think you’ll walk away from it wanting to see a lot more. Read More »

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Michael Mann Finds ‘Gold’

Michael Mann‘s last feature, Public Enemies, hit theaters almost two years ago. He’s got the HBO drama Luck coming up soon, but thanks in part to the demands of that show, has been slow in settling on a new feature project. Possible films have included medieval battle film Agincourt, the gangster film Big Tuna and a biopic of photographer Robert Capa, which has had Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield attached. (EDIT: Michael Mann’s reps say that Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield are not and never were attached to the Robert Capa film.)

Now the director has seized upon Gold, a contemporary thriller written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman that is said to be akin to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Read More »

In the coming years, someone is going to write a really interesting book about this new evolution of 3D complete with the highs, the lows and the creamy middles. And while the 2010 chapter certainly had some lows – Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender – 2011 looks like it could easily turn the page. We already know we’ll see our first Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese 3D films this year and now two more well-respected filmmakers could be throwing their hat in the three-dimensional ring.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, director Baz Luhrmann revealed that while a final decision has yet to be made, he has workshopped shooting his upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby in 3D. And Michael Mann revealed that he’d like to shoot a “pure dialogue drama” in 3D as well. Read more about each, as well as Oliver Stone’s thoughts on the format, below. Read More »

Michael Mann may run behind Guillermo Del Toro in the race for ‘most possible projects’ but at this point I think he’s neck and neck with Lee Daniels for second place. The filmmaker has a number of potential new films in the works in addition to his HBO show Luck: Agincourt, which takes place at the famous battle of the same name, Chicago mobster movie Big Tuna, and, possibly, a new film version of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

And then there’s Capa, based on the life of war photographer Robert Capa, in particular the short romance he shared with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Now it seems like Gemma Arterton is set for the latter role, with Andrew Garfield a possible actor to play Mr. Capa. Read More »

Michael Mann is working on the HBO series Luck, but he still has quite a few feature irons in the fire. There’s Agincourt, based on Bernard Cromwell’s novel about a man who becomes and archer under Henry V and fights in the Battle of Agincourt. He’s got a possible biopic of war photographer Robert Capa as well, though we haven’t heard any movement on that in a while.

Another project that was recently discussed as a possible next feature for Michael Mann is Big Tuna, which is a gangster picture about Chicago mobsters Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo and Sam Giancana. And now Up in the Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner has been hired to script it. Read More »

No matter which film director Michael Mann decides to do next, we, the audience, are the winners because each sounds magnificent. Since releasing Public Enemies, Mann has been working on the upcoming HBO series Luck with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte but, once he’s done with that, he’ll most likely pick between directing a gangster movie or a period epic.

The gangster film, called Big Tuna, is about elderly Chicago mobster Tony Accardo and his young successor Sam Giancana while the epic, Agincourt, is about a fugitive whose archery skills catapult him into romance and war during the time of Henry V. Read more about all three projects after the break. 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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