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We Read It: Michael Mann & John Logan's Unmade 1930s Noir A Nasty Look At Old Hollywood That Doesn't Quite Work

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 1:56 PM
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Of all the unmade, potentially great projects of the last few years, one of the most talked-about is the untitled 1930s noir thriller penned by Oscar nominee John Logan ("The Aviator," "Hugo") with the intention that Michael Mann would direct, and Leonardo DiCaprio would star. The project started doing the rounds back in 2007, but despite interest from New Line, the film, with an estimated budget of $120 million, proved too expensive and too risky to get made.

Discuss: Will Michael Mann & 'Hugo' Writer John Logan's Unmade 1930s Hollywood Noir Ever Make It To The Screen?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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The walls of the studio backlots have always been haunted by the films that never made it into production. Whether through design, tragedy or somewhere in between, every great filmmaker and star has at least one project that slipped through the net, films that, had they made it to the screen, might have stood among the classics. Indeed, we've run down through several of the casualties of development hell in the past (part one, part two, part three, part four). Over the weekend, new details of one of the projects we've featured emerged, which made us wonder: might it be one of the few to get a second lease on life?

Martin Scorsese Gets Back On 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' With Leonardo DiCaprio; Shooting Stars In August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 12:59 PM
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Well, it looks like Martin Scorsese's passion project "Silence" -- long expected to be his next film -- will have to keep waiting. Another film, which has been in the works for a while, is now on track to shoot later this year.

Are Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio & Vanessa Redgrave Headed For The Oscars? Predicting Best Supporting Actor & Actress 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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When it came to our super-early Oscar predictions last year, we weren't too far off when it came to Best Picture, or even the lead acting categories. But Supporting Actor & Actress? That was something of a disaster. Ok, so we called Christopher Plummer's victory, but aside from that, we were way off.

Black List Winner Graham Moore To Adapt 'The Devil In The White City' For Leonardo DiCaprio To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 9:30 AM
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Erik Larson's non-fiction tome "The Devil in the White City" was something of a phenomenon when released in 2003, winning a shelf-full of prizes and topping best-seller lists, and it's no suprise that movie-rights were snapped up quickly. Tracking the parallel lives of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and H.H. Holmes, a doctor who used the influx of tourists visiting the Fair to murder at least 27 people (with as many as 200 victims according to some), it originally attracted the attention of Tom Cruise, who was to have played Holmes, while Kathryn Bigelow was signed up to direct the project.

Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Adaptation Of Acclaimed Novel 'Beat The Reaper' Heading To HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:01 PM
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Not that we don't love the thing, but we're a little dispirited by the extent to which top-flight filmmakers are ready to jump ship to HBO. Increasingly the home to A-list directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Darren Aronofsky, it's becoming one of the few places that smart, prestigious adult projects are treated as if the people who paid for them aren't ashamed of them (witness the push given to, say, "Boardwalk Empire" versus Fox Searchlight's burying of "Margaret"). But furthermore, it seems to be becoming the answer to what happens when a big-screen project hits the rocks.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

First Official Images From Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Provide Some Good Costume Ideas For New Year's Eve

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 11:30 AM
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Well, they're here folks! The first two images that Warner Bros. (courtesy of Sassisam, via The Film Stage) has chosen to release from Baz Luhrmann's splashy and expensive take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's required reading list staple "The Great Gatsby" and, well, they look like an adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," albeit one with a pretty enticing cast.

Rumor: Are Bryan Singer And Leonardo DiCaprio Teaming For Big-Screen 'Six Billion Dollar Man'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 9:22 AM
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It's hard not to lament the career that Bryan Singer might have had. When he broke out with the arrival of "The Usual Suspects," one of the most textured and well-achieved of the post-"Pulp Fiction" wave of crime flicks, it seemed like the annoucement of a major talent, and the underrated "Apt Pupil" only seemed to re-emphasize that. But ever since, the filmmaker has strayed further and further into the blockbuster world, and it has become clear that his ambitions lie more in becoming the next Richard Donner than a great auteur. The last fifteen years have seen two "X-Men" movies -- the second admittedly being by some distance the best in the franchise -- one "Superman" film and one big-budget Tom Cruise war film. 

Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer Talk The Complexities Of The Impenetrable 'J. Edgar' Hoover

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 9, 2011 4:58 PM
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