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12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Oprah Winfrey
This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

Batman Returns: 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Gets Another Boxset With New Featurettes, Toys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Is this a double dip or a triple dip? Maybe somewhere in between? You already own all the films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Or maybe you waited and sprung for the "The Dark Knight" Trilogy Limited Edition (lol) Giftset last year. Well, Warner Bros. wants to pry a few more Bat-dollars out of superfans, so they are taking one more crack at the apple...

Watch: 'Mann Made: From LA Takedown To Heat' Profiles Michael Mann On The Origins Of His Cop Classic

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 18, 2013 11:21 AM
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With 2009's “Public Enemies” a distant misstep now, and only the pilot for the cancelled HBO series “Luck” completed since, director Michael Mann is nonetheless slowly approaching another resurgence, this time with two projects: the untitled cyber thriller with Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth (now shooting), and the recently rewritten historical drama, “Agincourt.” But while we wait for the next effort from the helmer, why not take a look back at the curious journey of arguably his most famous and accomplished film: the 1995 cops-and-robbers drama, “Heat.”

Spike Lee To Direct One-Time Michael Mann Project 'Gold'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 17, 2013 8:59 AM
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Though it’s been four years since Michael Mann last directed a feature film, it wasn’t for lack of trying. In addition to the currently-shooting -- and still-untitled -- international-cyber-crime thriller, Mann has the historical epic “Agincourt” and the long-gestating Robert Capa biopic, among countless others. Now The Wrap is reporting that the “Heat” director’s workload just got a little lighter.

Al Pacino Confimed For David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn,' Mandy Patinkin & Josh Gad Join Zach Braff Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 15, 2013 6:34 PM
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It's been rumored for a while, but it looks like it's actually happening, per Deadline: Al Pacino and David Gordon Green are teaming up. As reported a while back, the unlikely duo are pairing up on "Manglehorn," which will see Pacino as "an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life." While Pacino's been doing some solid work on HBO, it's a full decade since his last great big screen performance (in Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia"), so the team up with Gordon Green couldn't have come soon enough, especially as we're hearing good buzz on "Joe," his next film, with Nicolas Cage. Photography will get underway in October

Michael Mann's 'Agincourt' Still Alive, Gets A New Writer

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 2, 2013 12:37 PM
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Though he’s set to shoot his first film in three years this month, the untitled cyber theft thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Mann is still keeping an eye on what comes next.

Viola Davis Goes Cyber With Michael Mann & Chris Hemsworth

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 22, 2013 2:41 PM
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Michael Mann has never been the most prolific filmmaker, but it’s rare during the course of his career that he’s taken any more than three years between films. We assume that it is largely down to the ill-fated HBO show “Luck” that Mann hasn’t had a film in cinemas since “Public Enemies” in 2009, but it looks like we won’t be waiting too much longer with his currently untitled cyber theft thriller set to go in front of cameras in China next month.

Story Details Revealed About Michael Mann's Cyber Theft Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 3:20 PM
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We're now at four years since Michael Mann's last film, the cops 'n gangsters tale "Public Enemies," but the director seems to be getting close to making his next movie. Back in February it was revealed he was teaming with Chris Hemsworth for an untitled thriller set in the world of "set in the world of cyber threats and attacks." Not many other details were shared other than Mann was co-writing the script as well with Morgan Davis Foehl (currently penning the videogame adaptation "Mass Effect"). But a few more bits and pieces have been revealed.

Michael Mann To Direct Cyber Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 5:41 PM
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Man, when one door closes for Chris Hemsworth, another one just opens right up. With production on Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" delayed until there's more work done on the script, what does the actor do? Oh, just sign up for a new film by Michael Mann, his first in four years. Damn.

Michael Mann & David Frankham Talk HBO's 'Witness,' The Influence Of '60 Minutes,' Filming War Zones & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 9:56 AM
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Everyday, from the around the world, we receive images in our newspapers, magazines, inboxes and online articles dispatched from some of the most dangerous places on Earth. Usually accompanied by an article or text giving an overview of the situation from whatever far flung place the pictures are coming from, we're usually on to the rest of our day before that image has a chance to linger. And given that the media tends to work in cycles, while situations in places that made headlines months ago may still be evolving, reporters in general are on to the next thing. But that's where "Witness" comes in.

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