Ozzie Guillen was the first Latino professional baseball manager to ever win the World Championship, and that alone is a striking accomplishment when looking at the history of the sport and how discriminatory it used to be. He’s also a polarizing figure, and actor John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) is working with the former White Sox manager to develop a film along the lines of Moneyball. Hit the jump for more.
When you look at the caliber of talent behind the pilot for the horse racing drama Luck, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that HBO would order it to series. Michael Mann directed the pilot from a script by Deadwood creator David Milch, with a cast toplined by Dustin Hoffman. See what I mean?
According to The Live Feed, the cast is rounded out by Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, and Nick Nolte. Production begins this fall, so Luck should debut on HBO sometime next year along with the fantasy series Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, the Martin Scorsese-directed first episode of the Prohibition-era gangster series Boardwalk Empire premieres September 19th on the network.
If you had to pull two in film right now, low budget horror films and Philip Seymour Hoffman could be pretty accurate. That brings us to the trailers that just hit the web, Jack Goes Boating and The Last Exorcism. We’ll start with the latter. Obviously since the success of Paranormal Activity, studios are looking for the next great rural looking horror film, and in honesty I think The Last Exorcism (which was produced by Hostel director Eli Roth) could be it. The story has a priest agreeing to do an exorcism in the midst of a documentary crew, and everything (obviously) goes wrong. The trailer does bring some good horror and while it’s too early to tell, I think it’ll be a smash hit.
Jack Goes Boating on the other hand is Hoffman’s directorial debut which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie stars Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Lola Glaudini, and looks fantastic. The premise involves Hoffman and Ryan falling in love after a blind date, and the issues that surround the two couple. The trailer has the most amazing use of music, with White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes kicking in near the end at just the right moments. It looks like a winning combination of great acting, good directing and the low key independent vibe that is trending in so many movies these days. The Last Exorcism comes out on August 27th, while Jack Goes Boating simply has a 2010 release date. Hit the jump to check out both trailers.
Nick Nolte will star alongside Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, and John Oritz in Luck, a new HBO drama from David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann (Heat). Deadline reports that Nolte is close to signing a deal that would have him getting in the show’s world of horse race-gambling.
Luck is told from multiple points of a view and centers Ace Bernstain (Hoffman), who, after three years in prison, teams with Gus Economou (Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita racetrack. They recruit Turo Escalante (Ortiz), a successful trainer with sordid reputation. Nolte would play Nolte is agreeing to play “The Old Man”, a formerly famous trainer.
HBO’s upcoming David Milch series Luck has cast Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, according to Variety. Hoffman is set to play Ace Bernstein, an autodidact caught up in gambling on the horse-racing circuit who recently completed a four-year prison sentence. Dennis Farina has also been cast as Bernstein’s driver, Gus Economou, a man of “dominant volatility” who is devoted to his boss. J ohn Ortiz rounds out the cast as Turo Escalante, a Peruvian trainer based on Julio Canani. David Milch previously created John From Cincinnati” and was an executive producer on the fantastic Deadwood. The pilot of Luck will be directed by Michael Mann, who will produce with Carolyn Strauss, David Milch, and former Sopranos producer Henry Bronchtein. Hoffman won an Emmy for his previous foray into television back in 1986 for Death of a Salesman and can be seen later this year in the upcoming sequel to Meet the Fockers.
Michael Mann (Heat) and David Milch (Deadwood) have cast Dennis Farina and John Ortiz to star in their upcoming HBO pilot, Luck. The project centers on the world of horse-racing and gambling and is set at a racetrack with the story told from multiple points of view. Here’s how THR breaks down the premise and new casting:
It centers on Ace Bernstain, who, after three years in prison, teams with Gus Economou (Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the track. They recruit Turo Escalante (Ortiz), a successful trainer with sordid reputation.
Mann and Milch are a potent combo and Farina and Ortiz seem like perfect fits for this world. While the world of betting on horses isn’t one that currently fascinates me, Luck could very well have me craving for the episode rather than mocking the names of the horses. [Thanks to THR for the image above as well]
One of the movies I can’t wait to see while here at the Sundance Film Festival is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating. The film premieres tomorrow night here in Park City and while no trailer has yet been released, we’ve landed the first footage from the film and it’s two clips from the movie. While I think Hoffman is one of the best actors working in the industry, it remains to be seen if he has the talent behind the camera. We’ll all know soon enough as reviews will be everywhere this weekend. According to the synopsis:
Jack Goes Boating is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.
If you’d like to check out two scenes from the film, hit the jump. Jack Goes Boating stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy.