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Michael Cimino Says He Made A "Unique Pitch" To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 11:57 AM
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Firstly, Michael Cimino has joined Twitter. Yes, seriously. The director who has been the subject of much speculation and chatter over the past few decades after falling from grace with "Heaven's Gate" is enjoying a bit of return around the sun, feted at the Venice Film Festival as the restored version of the infamous picture screened during the summer. And with the Criterion Collection issuing it in a lovely edition (read our breakdown of the set right here) it looks like the press shy director is ready to straighten a few things out.

John Williams Turned Down Scoring 'Heaven's Gate' & More Learned From The Criterion Edition Of Michael Cimino's Cult Film

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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A critical re-assessment of "Heaven's Gate" is now underway thanks in no small part to the Criterion Collection, who just released on DVD and Blu Ray the new 2K restoration of the controversial 1980 Michael Cimino-directed western. The film's notoriously troubled production history, scathing first-run reviews and poor initial box office is the stuff of “movie disaster” legend, and understandably downplayed in this new, director-approved release.

Michael Cimino Planning A New Movie That He Will Shoot In Digital

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 1:31 PM
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Is the redemption of Michael Cimino complete? By now, most folks know the story by heart. After directing the acclaimed, Oscar winning (including Best Director and Best Picture) "The Deer Hunter," the helmer set forth to tackle "Heaven's Gate"...and barely made it out intact. Running wildly overbudget and behind schedule, with the troubled production becoming the stuff of legend, the movie more or less became the example held up for directorial hubris and excess. It also pretty much bankrupted United Artists. But last month, a newly restored, director's cut version of the film screened at the Venice Film Festival where Cimino received the Persol award, and The Criterion Collection will give the film its due when it releases it in a special edition on DVD and BluRay in November. But does Cimino have one more treat up his sleeve?

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