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Michael De Luca, Michael Mann project 'Hue 1968' lands at FX

6 July 2017 5:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Premium cable network to adapt Vietnam War book into limited series.

FX has landed the rights to turn Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s book Huế, 1968 into a limited event series that will range from eight-10 hours.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca acquired the rights to the book in late April.

The Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal the Tet Offensive by Vietnamese forces. Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, plans to direct several episodes and will produce alongside De Luca and FX Productions.

The network is reportedly planning to begin filming on the series at the end of this year in Asia.

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Al Pacino to Play Penn State Coach Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic

5 June 2017 5:18 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Al Pacino will portray Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic.

The film, directed by Barry Levinson, focuses on the sexual assault scandal that rocked the university and tarnished Paterno's legacy.

According to Variety, the film's synopsis states, "After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims."

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Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo to star in Arc Of Justice

8 May 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow May 9, 2017

Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are poised to star in Arc of Justice, a film about a trial involving race, murder, and Clarence Darrow.

Clarence Darrow is certainly one of the most famous lawyers in American history. A leading figure in the Aclu’s infancy, Darrow was the defence lawyer during the first 'Trial of the Century' in 1925 regarding the killers Leopold and Loeb, and he famously defended the right to teach evolution against William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial that same year. It hence stands to reason that more films about the legendary figure’s career would eventually make it to the screen beyond the fictionalised account of Scopes in Inherit the Wind (1960).

Thus enter Arc Of Justice, a new budding courtroom drama that explores the turbulent and still vital struggle of race in America during the NAACP’s early days. As according to Variety »

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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca line up 'Hue 1968' series

24 April 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal Tet Offensive.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Mark Bowden’s upcoming book Hue 1968, which they will develop into an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, will direct multiple episodes and produce alongside De Luca, the Fifty Shades Darker producer who recently co-produced the Oscar telecast.

Hue 1968 took Bowden, the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down, five years to write and focuses on lives on all sides of the conflict during the pivotal Tet Offensive. Grove Atlantic will publish the book on June 6.

Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mark Bowden’s written a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction,” Mann said. “Bowden »

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The Overlook Film Festival Panels, Juries & New Interactive Game Announced

24 April 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The wait is nearly over, as this week marks the beginning of the first-ever Overlook Film Festival. Daily Dead is proud to sponsor and attend the horror genre celebration, and fans and industry professionals alike will have plenty to look forward to, as new panels, juries for judging shorts and features, and an additional interactive game have now been announced.

We have the press release with full details below, and to learn more, visit the official website for The Overlook Film Festival.

Press Release: Whether you're coming up for the afternoon or the entire weekend: a full Overlook schedule is now available in one place so you can easily plan your festival experience and make sure you don't miss a thing! Of course, we're still adding incredible programing to the calendar so check back often.

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Newly added to Saturday: panel discussions! Available to all pass holders. »

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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo Dicpario may team on new film

24 April 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Screen legends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio may be set to team with director Martin Scorsese on a new film. Both actors have worked with Scorsese multiple times in the past; De Niro on Mean Streets, Casino, Goodfellas and more and DiCaprio on Shutter Island, The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Aviator amongst many others, but they have never worked with each other on a Scorsese film, so reports Deadline.

The project in question is adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI by David Grann, which is released in bookstores next week.

Here’s the story from book’s synopsis:

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. »

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Dune Remake Gets Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

5 April 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The upcoming Dune reboot is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Legendary Pictures has already hired Arrival director Denis Villeneuve to helm the project, but now the movie has a writer as well. The studio has reportedly hired veteran screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay for this new version of Dune, which looks to be a major priority for Legendary Pictures moving forward.

Variety is reporting that the Forrest Gump writer has officially been brought on board to write the new Dune movie, which Legendary Pictures secured the rights to make last November. The studio closed a deal with author Frank Herbert's estate, not only for this new rebooted movie, but for TV projects related to Dune as well. But it will be Eric Roth who sets the tone for this new take on Dune. No pressure.

The good news for those hoping this new Dune »

- MovieWeb

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All the Ways 'The Dark Knight' Borrowed from 'Heat' Revealed

6 February 2017 3:12 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has long cited Michael Mann's 1995 crime epic Heat as an inspiration for his best-loved Batman film. 

For casual viewers, the opening heist scene in which The Joker (Heath Ledger) steals from the mob has the most easily recognizable callbacks (and even features Heat star William Fichtner in the key role as the bank employee who takes a stand against the Joker's men). 

Now, an excellently crafted video from Glass Distortion delves into the visual cues The Dark Knight takes from Heat, as well as other films in Mann's catalogue: L.A. TakedownThe Insider, and Collateral.


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Great Job, Internet!: A closer look at The Dark Knight’s debt to Michael Mann

6 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Michael Mann’s one of those filmmakers whose greatest films inspire fierce debate. An argument can and has been made that nearly all of his movies (except for The Keep, maybe) is his masterpiece, whether its prestige period pieces like Last Of The Mohicans and Public Enemies or the gnarly digital pulp of Blackhat and Collateral. Nearly everyone agrees, though, that Heat is up there, an operatic meditation on cops and robbers that still manages to function as an all-time great action flick.

Chief among that movie’s fans is director Christopher Nolan, who cited it repeatedly as an inspiration for his own (arguable) masterwork, The Dark Knight. A new video essay explores just how much Nolan was able to match the tonal, topical, and even kinetic feel of that movie. (Collateral and The Insider are also featured, though to a much lesser extent.)

The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes »

- Clayton Purdom

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Exclusive Interview – Oscar nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan on Hell or High Water, Sicario and more

28 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Alex Moreland chats with screenwriter Taylor Sheridan about Hell or High Water and Sicario

Hello Taylor!

Hi, how are you doing?

I’m doing well, how are you?

I’m good, yeah.

So, obviously, first of all – massive congratulations on the Oscar nominations for Hell or High Water.

Thank you!

Have you had a chance to see any of the other movies that have been nominated?

I have, I’ve seen – I mean, obviously I’m trying to see them all, but I’ve seen Moonlight, which I adored, because it’s a phenomenal film. I’ve seen Hacksaw Ridge, which again I was extremely surprised at how much I liked that, and I’ve seen Arrival, which I thought again was outstanding. And La La Land, which was… it’s hard to make an original – it’s so fresh, and yet it’s a musical. I really liked it. »

- Alex Moreland

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Third Time’s a Charm for Michael Mann’s ‘Ali’ Commemorative Edition Cut

17 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Times change,” director Michael Mann says of what prompted him to revisit his 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali” for a “commemorative edition” Blu-ray. The new cut hits shelves today, on what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. “What I was interested in, particularly now, was making more tangible the forces that were raised against him, all his adversaries, and linking them in a strong way.”

A director’s cut of the film was released in 2004, injecting eight-and-a-half minutes of material that both amplified the political strife of the times and deepened Ali’s kinship with sports journalist Howard Cosell, among other things. For the new release, Mann has pulled some of those Cosell elements back while keeping the political material in tact, shaving and trimming elsewhere for the shortest cut yet — though one still clocking in at a robust 151 minutes.

“It’s a combination of expanding certain things and compressing others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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