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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’

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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’
While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”

No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)

Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

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Chris Hemsworth ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Embracing the Comedy, the Thor/Loki Relationship and More

A funny thing happened in the past five years to Chris Hemsworth. The action star of Thor, Snow White and the Huntsman & Blackhat embraced smaller comedic supporting roles in Vacation & Ghostbusters, stealing these films from right under more established comedy names. Since then Hemsworth’s action franchises have utilized their leading man’s natural comedic timing – The Huntsman: Winter’s War reframed The Huntsman as a more buffoonish character and Thor: Ragnarok has followed suit, embracing the comedic leaning of its star. On the set of Thor: Ragnarok last year, everyone – director Taika Waititi, producer Brad Winderbaum, co-…
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Michael Mann on ‘Heat,’ 22 Years Later: What We’ve Learned from His Recent Interviews

Michael Mann on ‘Heat,’ 22 Years Later: What We’ve Learned from His Recent Interviews
22 years after attaining instant-classic status, “Heat” has been restored and rereleased on Blu-ray. Michael Mann has been making the rounds discussing his action masterpiece to mark the occasion, discussing everything from the performances of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to more recent films like “Blackhat.” Here are some of his most interesting comments:

Read More: Michael Mann to Co-Write ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel With Reed Farrel Coleman

On why he shot it in Los Angeles rather than Chicago, where the events that inspired it took place:

“L.A. is more balkanized than Chicago. There’s a unity to Chicago. It’s got north and south streets. It’s all in a grid. It has a downtown area. Then you have residential neighborhoods. Then it goes on to suburbs. L.A. is all these little cities put together. If you think of L.A. as the County of Los Angeles, it’s bigger than most countries.
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Director’s Cut Of Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ To Make World Broadcast Premiere This Week, Filmmaker Teases Changes To ‘Heat’

It’s a good time to be a Michael Mann fan. The meticulous director is looking forward with a bunch of new projects, including the Vietnam War miniseries “Huê 1968,” and the biopic “Ferrari” starring Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace. However, it’s his past projects that are raising the most attention. The director is constantly reworking his films, and it has led to a new cut of “Ali” dropping earlier this year, and an upcoming redo of “Heat“ which hits streets tomorrow — the same day another Mann movie is finally seeing its new edition make a grand, public, and surprise appearance.

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Movie News: Madonna Bio-pic 'Blond Ambition' on Its Way; Watch Christopher Plummer in 'The Exception' Trailer

Blond Ambition: Madonna will head to the big screen in Blond Ambition. Universal has acquired rights to a screenplay by Elyse Hollander that follows Madonna after she moved to New York in 1978 and eventually found success with the release of her first album in 1983. The script was the most popular title on the 2016 Black List ranking of the best-unproduced screenplays. [THR]   Hue 68: Michael Mann (Blackhat, above) will produce a small-screen version of Mark Bowden's book Hue 1968. The book, which will be published on June 6, examines the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, known as the turning point for the U.S. during the years-long war. It's envisioned as an eight to 10-hour series; Mann plans to direct multiple episodes. [Deadline]   The War With Grandpa...

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News Briefs: Madonna Biopic 'Blond Ambition' Heads to Big Screen

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Blond Ambition: Madonna will head to the big screen in Blond Ambition. Universal has acquired rights to a screenplay by Elyse Hollander that follows Madonna after she moved to New York in 1978 and eventually found success with the release of her first album in 1983. The script was the most popular title on the 2016 Black List ranking of the best unproduced screenplays. [THR]   Hue 68: Michael Mann (Blackhat, above) will produce a small-screen version of Mark Bowden's book...

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Michael Mann Plans Return to Television with Vietnam War Drama ‘Hue 1968’

With the respected directors making their way to television, the medium is now luring Michael Mann back into its warming embrace. The Heat director, who cut his teeth on TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, and Miami Vice, has, along with producer Michael De Luca, snapped up the rights to Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

Deadline reports that Mann and De Luca will shape Bowden’s book into an an eight-to ten-hour miniseries event, with Mann directing “numerous episodes.” Hue 1968 focuses on the Tet Offensive that became a major turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War, and one can see the Amazon synopsis below.

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces,
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Michael Mann to Adapt ‘Black Hawk Down’ Author’s ‘Hue 1968’ as a Miniseries

Michael Mann to Adapt ‘Black Hawk Down’ Author’s ‘Hue 1968’ as a Miniseries
Prepare for a Manniseries. Deadline reports that Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have purchased the rights to Mark Bowden’s forthcoming “Hue 1968: The Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam,” which they intend to adapt as an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

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Mann has called “Hue 1968” “a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction” whose achievement “is in making ‘them’ into us.” Bowden is also the author of “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” whose 2001 film adaptation was directed by Ridley Scott.

“We are them. There are no background people; people abstracted into statistics, body counts,” said Mann. “There is the sense that everybody is somebody, as each is in the reality of his or her own life. The brilliance of Bowden’s narrative, the achievement of interviewing hundreds of people on all
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Michael Mann to Adapt ‘Black Hawk Down’ Author’s ‘Hue 1968’ as a Miniseries

Michael Mann to Adapt ‘Black Hawk Down’ Author’s ‘Hue 1968’ as a Miniseries
Prepare for a Manniseries. Deadline reports that Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have purchased the rights to Mark Bowden’s forthcoming “Hue 1968: The Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam,” which they intend to adapt as an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Read More: Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic

Mann has called “Hue 1968” “a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction” whose achievement “is in making ‘them’ into us.” Bowden is also the author of “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” whose 2001 film adaptation was directed by Ridley Scott.

“We are them. There are no background people; people abstracted into statistics, body counts,” said Mann. “There is the sense that everybody is somebody, as each is in the reality of his or her own life. The brilliance of Bowden’s narrative, the achievement of interviewing hundreds of people on all
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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’

Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.

Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist.
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Sublime Obsessions Rule The Characters In Michael Mann Films [Video Essay]

We’re in something of a drought when it comes to quality crime cinema, so it seems even longer than 2009 since Michael Mann’s last proper effort, “Public Enemies” (yes, we’re going to act as though “Blackhat” never happened). So something like “Michael Mann: People, Places, Crimes” from Michael Couvaras is a handy reminder for what we’re missing from the guy.

Continue reading Sublime Obsessions Rule The Characters In Michael Mann Films [Video Essay] at The Playlist.
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Michael Mann’s Definitive Edition of ‘Heat’ Will Hit Blu-ray in May

Earlier this year, Michael Mann surprised us all when the Blu-ray release of Ali featured a new cut. Usually one to tinker with his films past the point of a release — as another recent example, a new version of Blackhat exists, but was only ever screened once — when the “Director’s Definitive Edition” of Heat was announced for Blu-ray, we wondered if Mann spent more time in the editing room.

Now that the release has been officially detailed, it looks like, if anything, only small edits were done as 20th Century Fox lists a runtime of “approximately 170 minutes,” the same as the previous Blu-ray release. Set to arrive this May, the new special features include a 35-minute Tiff talk by Mann from 2015 and last fall’s one-hour reunion Q&A moderated by Christopher Nolan (which one can see clips from here), where this new remastered 4K edition premiered. So, it
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Definitive Director’s Edition Of Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’ Coming To Blu-ray This Spring

Michael Mann never stops fussing with his movies. Earlier this year, yet another cut of “Ali‘ hit Blu-ray, and this follows “Thief,” “Manhunter,” “The Last Of The Mohicans” and “Blackhat“ all getting new cuts (though the latest version of the latter hasn’t yet hit home video, but it screened last year in New York).

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Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Try to Steal ‘Logan’s’ Crown

Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Try to Steal ‘Logan’s’ Crown
Kong: Skull Island” will try to prove it’s king of the box office jungle this weekend, but the giant ape faces fierce competition from Wolverine. Fresh off its blockbuster opening, Fox’s “Logan” shows no sign of slowing down. The superhero movie is on pace to pull in $45 million in its sophomore weekend. It has already racked up nearly $105 million domestically.

Kong: Skull Island” should benefit from strong reviews. The film currently enjoys an impressive 80% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics hailing the picture’s creature effects and eye for spectacle. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film was 10 times better than “Jurassic World” and hailed it as “…a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.”

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Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic

Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic
Michael Mann’s Ferrari movie may make it to the finish line after all. Hugh Jackman is now in negotiations to star as Enzo Ferrari in the biopic, with Noomi Rapace playing his estranged wife Linda; Christian Bale was previously attached to the long-in-the-making film, but departed early last year due to a scheduling conflict.

Read More: Michael Mann Once Again Eyes Directing Movie About Crime Kingpins Tony Accardo & Sam Giancana

Troy Kennedy-Martin (“The Italian Job,” “Edge of Darkness”) wrote the screenplay, which takes place in 1957 and is based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari, the Man, the Cars, the Races.” Mann first began working on the project in the very early aughts, initially in collaboration with the late Sydney Pollack.

Read More: ‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

Jackman most recently starred in “Logan,” of course, while
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‘Happy!’: Patrick Fischler, Zabryna Guevara & Ritchie Coster Join Syfy Pilot

Patrick Fischler (Hail Caesar), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham) and Ritchie Coster (Blackhat) have signed on as series regulars opposite Chris Meloni and Lili Mirojnick in Syfy pilot Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's graphic novel. Written by Morrison and Brian Taylor who also directs, Happy!, from Universal Cable Productions, follows Nick Sax (Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex…
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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops as Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall,’ ‘Cure for Wellness’ Flop

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops as Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall,’ ‘Cure for Wellness’ Flop
Two mysterious billionaires, one of the toy variety, the other with a penchant for sex games, triumphed at the box office over a trio of new film releases during a muted Presidents Day Weekend.

Once again, “The Lego Batman Movie” loomed large at the multiplexes, picking up $42.5 million to take first place on the charts for the second consecutive weekend. The Warner Bros. release has now earned $107.1 million stateside. It focuses on a one-percenter who dons a bat costume in order to rescue Gotham City from the Joker.

Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” a look at the bedroom habits of a titan of industry, came in second, picking up $24 million at 3,714 sites. The erotic drama has helped bring Bdsm into the mainstream, while earning roughly $92 million. That’s a solid result, although it trails its predecessor, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had made $131 million at a similar point in its run.
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Great Job, Internet!: A closer look at The Dark Knight’s debt to Michael Mann

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
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Jim Gianopulos in Early Talks With Wanda for Legendary Post

Former Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos is in preliminary talks with China’s Dalian Wanda Group to run and expand its Legendary Pictures, according to two sources close to the executive.

The discussions with Wanda honcho Jack Gao, whom Gianopulos has known for years, are in the very early stages, the sources said. Many key issues have not even been discussed at this point, including Gianopulos’ compensation, an actual business plan, and how much Wanda is willing to invest in building Legendary into a full-fledged studio. Wanda has said in the past that it plans to invest billions of dollars into Hollywood assets.

Legendary is in search of a new leader to succeed Thomas Tull, who two days ago announced his departure as chairman and CEO from the company he founded in 2005, then sold it to Wanda last year for $3.5 billion. Legendary disclosed in a regulatory filing last May that
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A New Cut of ‘Ali’ Is Now Available on Blu-Ray

A New Cut of ‘Ali’ Is Now Available on Blu-Ray
Michael Mann has gone back and re-edited several of his films, including Manhunter and most recently, Blackhat. Sometimes these changes are substantial, other times they’re redundant. The director believes his last cut of The Last of the Mohicans is the superior film, while most of his fans seem to agree the Director’s Cut of Miami Vice is the inferior version. Now […]

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