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First Look: HBO's Luck a Good Bet with Mann, Milch, Hoffman, Allen, Gambon & Nolte on Their Team

HBO may have found gold again, this time with Luck. Director Michael Mann, scripter David Milch (of NYPD Blue, Deadwood) and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon and Joan Allen (there's more) make this an attractive horse to bet on. ThePlaylist breaks down who's who in the horse racing drama. Check out the teaser below:Season 1 Tease
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2011 11:29 AM
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Michael Moore Talks Here Comes Trouble, Mel Gibson, Oscars, Politics, Georgia, and Bobby Kennedy

Michael Moore Talks Here Comes Trouble, Mel Gibson, Oscars, Politics, Georgia, and Bobby Kennedy
I first met Michael Moore back in the heady days when he made his name as a documentary filmmaker with 1989's Roger and Me by putting himself into the story of the downsizing of the GM plant in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2011 10:03 AM
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How Did Moneyball Director Bennett Miller Make a Smart Studio Movie? Brad Pitt.

How Did Moneyball Director Bennett Miller Make a Smart Studio Movie? Brad Pitt.
Bennett Miller is not the first name that would come to mind as the director of Moneyball, which two years ago was a problem-plagued project stalled at Sony with $10 million in costs stacked against it from past writers Stan Chervin, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin and departed directors David Frankel and Steven Soderbergh. And yet, for many reasons, Miller was just the right fit for this Sony adaptation of the 2003 Michael Lewis bestseller about Oakland As general manager Billy Beane. The movie launched to raves at Toronto and beyond and opened well this weekend. Now Oscars are in its sights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2011 8:25 AM
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First Poster Art for Zhang Yimou's Oscar Hopeful Flowers of War with Christian Bale Not Inspired

First Poster Art for Zhang Yimou's Oscar Hopeful Flowers of War with Christian Bale Not Inspired
Picking the right poster art is an art in itself, and China's treatment for its official Oscar submission, Zhang Yimou's $90 million The Flowers Of War, leaves much to be desired.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2011 7:41 AM
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Video Interview: Michael Shannon Talks Festival Favorite Take Shelter, General Zod in Man of Steel

With Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols' second collaboration, Take Shelter (the first was Shotgun Stories), the pair have hit the zeitgeist of personal and national identity crises. The film kicked off its healthy festival life at Sundance (SPC grabbed it before its premiere, and is releasing the film in NY and LA September 30), where the stellar reviews began (currently 100% on Tomatometer). Despite its track record (including the Critic's Week Grand Prix and Fipresci prizes at Cannes), the film has yet to receive the attention it deserves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2011 5:22 AM
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Game of Thrones, Season Two Teaser: Full of Terrors, Not Footage

Don't hold your breath; the premiere date for HBO's Game of Thrones season two hasn't been set. But the cast and crew have been shooting since late July and the "Battle of the Blackwater," as chronicled in the novels, is expected to take arms by episode nine. THR has more details, and so do we (from Comic-con).Season 2 - Terror Tease
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2011 3:45 AM
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Strike Back: Episode 6 Kicks Eleven Kinds of Ass

Strike Back: Episode 6 Kicks Eleven Kinds of Ass
Strike Back is an action drama, writes David Chute, that continues to work effectively at both levels.Actor Philip Winchester gets a nice showcase for the tightly-wound intensity of his character, SAS ninja Michael Stonebridge, in the sixth episode of the lean and mean Sky/Cinemax action drama “Strike Back” -- reminding us in the process that this Mid-Atlantic adaptation of a hit British series has men at the top (writer-producer Frank Spotnitz and director-producer Daniel Percival) who take the drama side of the equation as seriously as the action stuff -- which kicks ten kinds of ass on a weekly basis, with occasional sharp clicks up to eleven.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 25, 2011 9:40 AM
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Box Office: Lion King Steals Home Run from Moneyball During Crowded Weekend

Box Office: Lion King Steals Home Run from Moneyball During Crowded Weekend
It was such a crowded weekend at the box office that Sunday estimates are unclear. Clearly, too many movies were aimed at men. Anthony D'Alessandro reports. If you asked distribution executives on Thursday what was going to be No. 1 at the weekend box office, they would have pointed at the other guy. Sony, Warner Bros. and Disney all had strong prospects, but knew they could easily lose to each other. And this had nothing to do with the usual fall award contenders.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 25, 2011 4:56 AM
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Orgiastic Odyssey: Mark Cousins' The Story of Film

On the last days of the Toronto Film Festival, Meredith Brody settles into a fifteen-hour orgy of film history. If I wasn’t already a rabid cinephile, exposure to Mark Cousins' orgiastic The Story of Film: An Odyssey would turn me into one. I’d been looking forward to seeing the two-day screenings, eight hours on Saturday and seven on Sunday, since I caught a scant hour of it in Telluride, shown on an ordinary flat screen in a back room of an art gallery. But, over two days immersed in its entirety, I’m overwhelmed by its richness, depth, and philosophy. Cousins’ pleasing Irish brogue seduces as he narrates the entire 15 hours, a personal take on film history that will dazzle the neophyte but also holds surprises for the most devoted film geek. I already know I have a weakness for clip shows, but this is no mere clip show: it’s wittily written and the new footage shot all over the world (hence the “odyssey”) is meditative and cinematic in its own right.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 24, 2011 9:16 AM
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Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition Released November 22

Music Box will be releasing the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition on November 22.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2011 8:22 AM
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