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Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

HBO’s LUCK has come and gone. The series, as everyone knows here, was cancelled after one season after the death of horses occurred on more than one occasion and later animal cruelty charges were made. Many involved in the series stayed silent and let the chips fall as they may. One such performer was Dustin Hoffman who played Chester ”Ace” Bernstein. Finally, to a number of media outlets but mainly Fox News, Mr. Hoffman has had brief comments when asked about the series. He said –”They closed us down like a guillotine. The facts were so distorted that it frightened HBO into making that hasty decision. It really was a freak...

HBO Sued Over LUCK!

HBO Sued Over LUCK!

Just when HBO’s LUCK was finally just a memory it pulls us back in. HBO has just been slapped with a lawsuit this past week. Of course, it is over the deaths of three horses that occurred at the Santa Anita Park doing filming of the HBO series starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte among others. Here are the specifics. The lawsuit was filed by Barbara Casey, a former employee of the American Humane Association (AHA), who alleges that HBO and producers, Stewart Productions, mistreated horses on set and both parties along with the AHA participated in a months-long abuse cover-up. Casey was a longtime veteran of the organization who served as...

DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Luck

DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Luck

After the shocking cancellation of HBO’s horse racing series, Luck fans may find solace in the fact that soon they’ll be able to own the critically acclaimed series on DVD and Blu-Ray this November 27th. Starring several well-known actors including Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, the series was directed by Michael Mann. The 4-disc set will feature all nine episodes in 1080p but exact details of the special features have not been disclosed yet. Do you still want to watch this first season even though you know new seasons will most likely never be created? Can you stand the cliffhangers? Pre-Order Luck on DVD or Blu Ray today. Feel...

HBO takes a Loss on LUCK

HBO takes a Loss on LUCK

Earnings for Time Warner, parent company of HBO, have come in and it shows a loss for the first quater of 2012. One of the main reasons they were willing o cite was the cancellation of the beleaguered LUCK by David Milch. LUCK reported a loss of $35 millon due to the aprupt cancellation of the show after the death of three horses in three diferent incidences on  set. The $35 millon included the costs of producing and promoting the show, which could not be recouped because of the show’s demise, said Time Time Warner spokesman Keith Cocozza.The company’s CEO, Jeff Bewkes showed no worry in a quote, of course, stating...

HBO Cancels Luck Amid Controversy

HBO Cancels Luck Amid Controversy

Yesterday we reported that HBO has suspended filming of their new series: Luck.  Today we’ve recieved an email from HBO on the topic saying that they’ve decided to go ahead and cancel the entire series!  Here is the shocking email HBOWatch received just moments ago: It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series LUCK. Safety is always of paramount concern.  We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than...

Luck Season 2 Suspends Filming

Luck Season 2 Suspends Filming

HBO has suspended filming on the second season of Luck, a horse racing drama starring Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman.  Earlier this year HBO took heat after two horses died in the filming of the first season.  Officials were on scene to monitor the treatment of the horses and the incident was classified as a tragic accident. But now, one more horse has died of a traumatic head injury during the filming of Luck’s second season.  According to a report from Boston.com, the horse died on it’s way to the stall and had previously been cleared for use American Humane Association.  The horse was euthanized at the track in suburban...

Dustin Hoffman Loves TV, HBO

Dustin Hoffman Loves TV, HBO

In a recent interview HBO’s Dustin Hoffman discuses his latest project, Luck, his transition to television acting as well as his love for HBO.  Here are some of the highlights from that Lunch with Mr. Hoffman: “I was in the golden age of Hollywood but we didn’t know it was golden then,” he says. “The big studios were making films that are only being done outside the studio system today. It used to be you would never do TV.” That stigma has gone, he says; these days the only creative risks being taken are in low-budget independent films and on well-financed pay TV networks such as HBO. “They have money, so you’re not...

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