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Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 8:53 AM
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The big talk of the week has been Sight & Sound's once-every-decade greatest films of all time list as determined by critics from around the world. However, the publication also take the temperature from film directors, asking for greatest lists from 358 filmmakers around the world, and collating the votes into a separate top 10. As we reported previously, "Tokyo Story" topped the list, with "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Citizen Kane" just behind (read the full top 10 here).

BAMCinematek Celebrates Tangerine Dream: We Pick Their 5 Best Soundtrack Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2012 6:28 PM
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As the New York Times so aptly observed this weekend, eerie '80s synths score are synonymous with the German experimental electronic music group Tangerine Dream. And yet, the group and their sinister and moody, but anonymous modulations, we're never celebrated as loudly in that era (or since) compared to the works of other '80s synth-heavy composers like Harold Faltermeyer ("Top Gun," "Fletch," "Beverley Hills Cop"), John Carpenter ("Escape from New York," "The Thing") and Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire," "Blade Runner").

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?

HBO Cancels Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' After Another Horse Dies On Set

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 15, 2012 9:24 AM
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If you're a fan of the HBO series "Luck," some sad news has arrived as HBO has decided to cease all future production on the show. It comes in the wake of a horse dying on set during the filming of the second episode of season two, marking the third horse to have died in total during the filming of the show.

Over-Attached: What Projects Will Guillermo Del Toro, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann & Martin Scorsese Actually Make?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:58 AM
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It is very very hard to get a movie made. Even if you're at the top of the tree, anything can happen -- think of even AAA-lister Steven Spielberg, who couldn't get "Harvey" off the ground a few years back. So as such, the best thing a director can do is have several projects on the go, so that if one hits a snag, there's something else that could be ready to go.

Michael Mann Eyeing South China Sea Picture 'The Tam'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 9:37 AM
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Put another one up on the board for Michael Mann. Barely 24 hours after it was revealed that he added the cop thriller "The Big Stone Grid" to his plate, it seems the director has another project that he's also taking a look at, while giving a slight update on one we haven't heard about in a while.

Michael Mann Lines Up Cop Thriller 'The Big Stone Grid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 5:31 PM
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While it's coming on three years since Michael Mann's last feature film, the divisive gangster pic "Public Enemies," he hasn't been sitting idle. His most recent endeavor has been the HBO horse racing drama "Luck" starring Dustin Hoffman, which was immediately renewed for a second season shortly after the first episode aired last month. But he's been keeping his eye on the big screen, signing onto and circling a number of projects in the past year, and now another has come across his desk.

Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' Renewed For Second Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well, damn that was fast. And we certainly had our doubts. As we outlined in our review of the first season of "Luck," the HBO horse racing world drama starts off pretty slow, can be frustratingly obtuse at times and is stuffed to bursting with characters and subplots, but by the end of the season it firmly finds its footing and sets up the possibility of a cracker jack second season.

Michael Mann Looking To Direct Racing Pic, 'Go Like Hell' For 20th Century Fox

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 26, 2011 10:37 AM
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So is Michael Mann going to make his "Days of Thunder" for 20th Century Fox?

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