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"Luck": Leave Nothing To Chance

27 December 2011 11:37 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new key art supporting the upcoming HBO TV series "Luck", starring Dustin Hoffman, Jill Jill Hennessy, Dennis Farina and Nick Nolte.

Michael Mann ("The Keep") directed the pilot episode, based on a screenplay by David Milch ("Deadwood").

Although the actual series will premiere January 29, 2012, HBO aired the first episode December 11, 2011 as a preview, garnering a total of 1.14 million viewers, with a 0.36 ratings share among adults 18-49.

"The pilot is about a bunch of intersecting lives in the world of horse racing," said "Luck" writer Milch. "It's a subject which has engaged and some might say has compelled me for 50 years. I find it as complicated and engaging a special world as any I've ever encountered, not only in what happens in the clubhouse and the grandstand, but also on the backside of the track, where the training is done and where they house the horses."

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- Michael Stevens

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'Bored to Death' already missed, 'Enlightened' carries on, 'Hung' out to dry

21 December 2011 1:55 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Laura Dern series "Enlightened" was given a sophomore year by the network, but sadly "Bored to Death" and "Hung" were axed. The other series "How to Make it in America," one that never caught on with us, also bit the dust. HBO moves ahead with David Milch's "Luck" featuring Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Gary Stevens, and Tom Payne, Also Aaron Sorkin.s untitled series starring Olivia Munn, plus Ricky Gervais. "Life.s Too Short", "Veep", "Girls", and the Aussie Trailer Park Boys-esque "Angry Boys." Fans (M&C included) of "Hung" will miss the bittersweet tale of Ray (Jane) and his quest to survive a terrible economy by using his biggest asset. Also starring Lennie James (The Walking »

- April MacIntyre

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HBO Gives ‘Enlightened’ New Life But Cancels ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death’ and ‘How to Make it in America’

21 December 2011 11:54 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Happy Holidays fans of Enlightened, HBO has given you a gift by renewing the first-year series with its second season. As for fans of Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make it in America, I’m afraid you were given a lump of coal in your stockings. HBO cancelled all three series after Hung and Bored to Death failed to reach a wider audience after three seasons. How to Make it in America had just two seasons, same result. Still as beloved as these shows were by their most avid fans, HBO has to make hard decisions too.

With marginal ratings, HBO will move forward and beef up their network with six new shows including Dustin Hoffman’s horseracing drama, Luck featuring Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Gary Stevens, and Tom Payne, Aaron Sorkin’s untitled series starring Olivia Munn, Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short, Veep, Girls, and Angry Boys. »

- Ernie Estrella

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The Last Rites of Joe May

19 December 2011 12:03 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Joe May is a small man in a small world, and that world is getting smaller by the minute. After spending seven weeks in the hospital, May (Dennis Farina), a dapper, small-time hustler, dons his treasured leather jacket along with his carefully cultivated persona as a player, and steps out into a winter Chicago afternoon. And that’s when life begins to crumble, for May has no family to speak of and no friends. His apartment has been rented during his absence to a young single mother and her daughter. His car has been towed and sold at auction. His whole »

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Film News: Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Wins Four 2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

19 December 2011 5:04 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” led the way for film in the eyes of the Chicago Film Critics Association, as they have dubbed it the Best Picture of 2011. Malick also took Best Director for his long-delayed labor of love, while the Cfca also chose the cinematography and the work by Jessica Chastain as the Best Supporting Actress work of the year. “Drive” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” came in second with two wins a piece.

In some incredibly close acting races, Chicagoan Michael Shannon took Best Actor for “Take Shelter” and Michelle Williams won Best Actress for playing a legend in “My Week With Marilyn.” Joining Chastain as a choice for the best supporting work of 2011 is Albert Brooks in “Drive.” All four acting winners will be honored at a ceremony on January 7th, along with recently-announced special awards for Shirley MacLaine, James Earl Jones, Dennis Farina, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Luck,’ Season 1, Pilot (Preview): TV Recap

12 December 2011 5:44 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

HBO

Note to readers: HBO broadcast the pilot episode of “Luck” on Sunday night as a special preview. The season begins Jan. 29.

Like Martin Scorsese with “Boardwalk Empire,” master director and executive producer Michael Mann (“Miami Vice,” “Heat,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) kicked off his big, new HBO drama show with a bang that was not only reminiscent of the filmmaker’s cinematic style, but also set a tough, flashy tone for the rest of the series to follow. »

- Michael Calia

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Luck, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” admirably faces down expectations

12 December 2011 12:30 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Luck, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by David Milch

Directed by Michael Mann

HBO aired this pilot episode after the Boardwalk Empire finale, but Luck doesn’t get started properly until late January. As a result, for now, I’m avoiding too many plot specifics, focusing instead on general impressions.

More than most series – and even more than most HBO series – Luck is facing down a hell of a set of expectations. For the first time since the disastrously-received (but, in some corners, quietly revered) John From Cincinatti, showrunner David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) is back at the helm of his own series again. Accompanying him: producer and pilot director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Ali, etc.), bona-fide movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, a host of other notable character actors and TV regulars (Dennis Farina, Jill Hennessy, Richard Kind, and, later on, Michael Gambon). Most crucially of all, Luck »

- Simon Howell

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'Luck': Welcome to the track -- try not to get lost

11 December 2011 11:49 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

HBO's new drama "Luck" had a preview Sunday (Dec. 11) after the season finale of "Boardwalk Empire," but it won't begin its series run until Jan. 29.

We can spend the seven weeks in between figuring out who everyone is and what their roles are in and around the racetrack at Santa Anita.

As was the case with creator David Milch's last two shows for HBO, "Deadwood" and "John from Cincinnati," viewers got precious little exposition from "Luck." More than a dozen characters were introduced, and I'm hard-pressed to even tell you the names of half of them without a cheat sheet.

That confusion, though, is not necessarily a bad thing. Milch and director/exec producer Michael Mann drop us into a world with its own language and culture without an expository road map. Having us learn people's names and back stories is less important to them than giving us a »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Dustin Hoffman Tries His 'Luck' On HBO

11 December 2011 11:32 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

It doesn't officially premiere until Jan. 29, but the pilot for 'Luck,' David Milch's new drama, debuted Sunday on HBO, and if you caught it, I'm betting it made you want to go to the racetrack. (Warning: I'll be discussing details of the pilot in the first impressions below; jump out now if you don't want to know what transpired in 'Luck's' first hour.)

Twice in the course of 'Luck's' first hour, we got heart-stopping glimpses of what it's like to be inside a horse race; director Michael Mann gave us a jockey's view of pounding hooves, straining muscles and dangerous maneuvers. How glorious those scenes were. Who knows how Mann put his cameras in the center of the action, but his doing so was essential to 'Luck's' success: We got to see the poetry that draws people to this often brutal »

- Maureen Ryan

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

10 December 2011 10:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Sunday: Storybrooke feels real sadness, the Race comes to an end, A&E opens a Bag of Bones, HBO closes the Boardwalk and then shares a bit of Luck, and more. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Fall finale: One of the town’s residents begins to remember their past; Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own; in the fairytale world, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season finale: The final three teams race to Atlanta, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival Presents 2011 Best of the Midwest Awards

7 December 2011 9:56 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 2011 Best of the Midwest Awards were presented on Tuesday, December 6th at the Rockit Bar and Grill in downtown Chicago, an annual ceremony that celebrates Chicago’s Midwest Independent Film Festival. HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, the co-host of “Ebert Presents: At the Movies,” were among the presenters.

Festival Director Mike McNamara was the Master of Ceremonies, giving out eight awards for the best of the 2011 season. The Midwest Independent Film Festival convenes Every first Tuesday of the month throughout the year, and showcases films directly associated with the Midwest area. This year was one of the strongest ever, as reflected in the level of winners and Midwest films that were showcased.

Best of the Midwest Winners: Best Actor Dennis Farina and Best Actress Meredith Droeger of ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Local Chicago legend Dennis Farina »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interviews: Jamie Anne Allman, Director Joe Maggio on ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

6 December 2011 1:53 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the nice surprises of the Chicago International Film Festival was the opening night presence of a true Chicago-based film. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Dennis Farina as an aging small-time hood, taken in by single mother Jenny Rapp, portrayed by Jamie Anne Allman. The production was directed with sublime power by Joe Maggio.

Allman and Maggio were at the festival, circulating opening night and sitting down for interviews the next day. The film uses the city of Chicago as a character, but you won’t see Wrigley Field or the skyline. What you will see is the bitter winter on streets where people like Joe May live and survive.

HollywoodChicago.com got to talk with both Allman and Maggio, and got their keen insight into this excellent Chicago-based film.

Jamie Anne Allman, Jenny Rapp in “The Last Rites of Joe May

Ms. Allman was born Jamie Anne Brown, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Films To Watch Before You Die #17 - Snatch (2000)

5 December 2011 11:49 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Snatch, 2000.

Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Starring Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Robbie Gee, Lennie James and Benicio del Toro.

Snatch is the hilarious and well-woven story of the London underworld and its inhabitants. Turkish (Statham) is a small time boxing promoter who finds himself in the pocket of local gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford). With Turkish’s latest boxer unable to fight after being knocked out by Gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion Mickey (Pitt) he is stuck for a fighter. When he asks Mickey to take the fight he knows Brick Top is going to screw him over for changing fighters and he instructed to tell Mickey to go down. Mickey has other plans and knocks out the other fighter. Turkish falls deeper into Brick Top’s pocket. »

- flickeringmyth

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Interviews: Dennis Farina, Gary Cole Perform ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

1 December 2011 8:26 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Dennis Farina is Chicago. Born and raised in the Windy City, his persona and manner is everything Chicago – bold, classy and the true urban Midwest. His latest film is “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which features another actor who got his start in Chicago theater, Gary Cole.

Last month, at the Chicago International Film Festival, both actors did a press day promoting their gritty Chicago-based film, which was directed by Joe Maggio. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Farina in the role of a lifetime, permeating the wintry streets of Chicago as an aging small time hustler that everyone assumes is dead after he comes back from an extended hospital stay. Gary Cole has a small but significant role as Lenny, a neighborhood boss.

HollywoodChicago.com sat down and interviewed the two Chicago acting icons regarding their film and careers.

Dennis Farina, Title Character in “The Last Rites of Joe May »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interviews: Dennis Farina, Gary Cole Perform ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

1 December 2011 7:56 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Dennis Farina is Chicago. Born and raised in the Windy City, his persona and manner is everything Chicago is – bold, classy and the true urban Midwest. His latest film is “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which features another actor who got his start in Chicago theater, Gary Cole.

Last month, at the Chicago International Film Festival, both actors did a press day promoting their gritty Chicago-based film, which was directed by Joe Maggio. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Farina in the role of a lifetime, permeating the wintry streets of Chicago as an aging small time hustler that everyone leaves for dead after he comes back from an extended hospital stay. Gary Cole has a small but significant role as Lenny, the son of one of Joe’s old contacts.

HollywoodChicago.com sat down and interviewed the two Chicago acting icons regarding their film and careers. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Dennis Farina is Absolved in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

27 November 2011 5:46 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Chicago born-and-bred actor Dennis Farina has had many opportunities in his career to distinguish himself in a variety of roles, but never has he carried a film as well as his turn in the recent “The Last Rites of Joe May.” Farina imbues the title character with raw emotion, feral toughness and a touch of fear.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

What is distinctive about Joe May is that he is cut off from the world temporarily, and when he returns nobody misses him. To have lived with no connections of family, friends or colleagues is an intriguing notion to begin a story, and writer/director Joe Maggio puts the title protangonist through a road-to-Mount-Calvary situation that has the nobility of the King of Kings. This film is an exceptional character study, with the supporting cast providing a treasure trove of their own quirks, that Farina plays off on like a fine musical instrument. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Mann Retrospective - Manhunter (1986)

23 November 2011 10:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Manhunter, 1986.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring William Petersen, Brian Cox, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Dennis Farina, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang, David Seaman and Benjamin Hendrickson.

Synopsis:

A mentally fragile FBI profiler is drawn out of retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy.

“It’s interesting that [Michael] Mann trimmed out some of the more excessive parts of the novel, and made a much more simmering film,” stated Brian Cox (Adaptation) who was chosen over Brian Dennehy (Presumed Innocent), John Lithgow (The Pelican Brief), and Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride) to portray the incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lecter (respelled Lecktor for the movie) in the cinematic adaptation of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. “I knew it was one of those great roles that demanded, above all, a sense of dexterity, a lightness of touch, and speed because he’s quite an intellectual.” Not all the literary moments made it onto the big screen. »

- flickeringmyth

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Exclusive Clip: Dennis Farina In The Last Rites Of Joe May

21 November 2011 2:50 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Dennis Farina is a legendary actor known for roles in films like Snatch, Out of Sight and Midnight Run, and of course for his long-running stint on Law & Order as Detective Joe Fontana. But even this far into his career he's still able to show a new side of himself in the indie The Last RItes of Joe May, in which he plays a hustler who falls on hard times and is forced to reckon both with his own legacy and with the people around him. Joe May recently played at the Chicago Film Festival and can now be seen in select theaters and Video On Demand programs. For an idea of what to expect, check out this exclusive clip from the film, in which Joe is released from the hospital only to find that his own car is no longer there waiting for him. Below is the official synopsis »

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Indie Filmmakers Shop Small: Joe Maggio

19 November 2011 4:30 AM, PST | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Tribeca is working with American Express this holiday season to help small businesses throughout the country. You've probably heard of Black Friday and, more recently, Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday is a promotion designed to support the small businesses that fuel our economy and invigorate communities. So, leading up to November 26, we will be shining a little extra light on the moms-and-pops whose local, independently-owned businesses deserve the attention of holiday shoppers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and beyond. In a way, small business is akin to independent filmmaking. With that in mind, we've asked some of our Tribeca Film independent directors, producers and actors to share with us their favorite ways to 'shop small.' Over the next week or two, we'll share their recommendations and inside scoop. Happy holidays! Next up: Joe Maggio, director of the gritty street drama The Last Rites of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina, »

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Farina Dreams Of Priest Role

18 November 2011 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Saving Private Ryan star Dennis Farina wants to give the Catholic Church a movie makeover by playing a good priest.

The actor, who was raised a Catholic, admits he's tired of religious film characters being portrayed as monsters and sex fiends and he'd like to show the positive side of the faith.

The Snatch star tells WENN, "I've always had a desire to play a priest, maybe because of my Catholic background. I want to play a good priest. I think we've had enough with bad priests. That didn't bode well for us.

"In my experiences with priests and Roman Catholic clergy, it has always been wonderful. In grammar school I had the nuns, in high school I had the brothers and the priests. I got the occasional ruler on the hand but certainly none of the inappropriate things that was going on; I never even heard of anything like that.

"Plus, my dear, dear friend is a priest so I would like to go the positive route for him." »

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