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'Luck' Director

Blames TMZ for Killing Show

3/15/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Director Michael Mann straight up LIED to the cast and crew of "Luck" yesterday ... insisting the reason the show got cancelled is because TMZ "unfairly spun" the story about a THIRD horse dying on set. 

Sorry Michael ... no spin here.  

Mann and producer David Milch addressed the staff right after HBO pulled the plug on the show yesterday ... and explained, "If you take a look at the media coverage that has been spun unfairly. If you saw the media coverage ... It's TMZ and everybody else."

Let's take a look at the facts ...

-- THREE horses died on their watch. No spin.
-- Horse #3 was euthanized on the set ... and production continued a few hours later
-- Publicist Karen Jones initially LIED to TMZ about the story ... in an effort to stall us from publishing.

Bottom line -- if the horses were alive, the show MIGHT still be on the air.

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John Huff    

In the old days they could have switched out the horses before all of you Internet news agencies reported it ;).

866 days ago
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GET OVER IT    

Funny TMZ didnt put a poll on this one so the people can decide if TMZ is in the wrong for once...

866 days ago
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Cc    

Bravo to tmz if you were responsible-it will save horses from further. May the luck producers and all involved rest in hell.

866 days ago
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RaffyBStatenIsland    

Say whatever you want about TMZ, but they're right: Blaming the messenger doesn't make the message any better. This show was the victim of forces beyond its control, but the producers made things much worse, and should blame themselves for causing things to get worse, not TMZ for saying so.

866 days ago
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Lori    

Bottom line is horses die on a regular basis at tracks everywhere! Accidents happen! Why don't you go in and take a look and get information on the care they actually took of those horses before you assume that it was only because of the show that these horses died! Harvey I'm normally a fan....but not on this one!

866 days ago
21.

Mis    

TMZ and Twitter. Killin Folks Since....

866 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

>> I don't like the fact that the producers cared so little about the horses that they would let them die one after the other.
>> That being said, let's face it TMZ, you don't really care who's life you fuque up, as long as you make a few bucks off of it. Some deserve it because they are fame whores, some don't because they just get caught in the whirlpool of life.

866 days ago
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Lisa    

Three horses died while filming that show. How is that TMZ's falut? I think Michael Mann is just angry that TMZ EXPOSED that fact to the public. It IS a big deal Mr. Mann. It really does matter and people should be aware of what is going on. Animals shouldn't have to die for the sake of your show. You should at least act as though you care.

866 days ago
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boo boo    

The reality is that animals die on sets, racetracks, etc. for our entertainment and we ignore it all the time because we make tons of $. TMZ's "unfair spin" on this, I think, is that LUCK is targeted because it specifically deals with using horses for profit, but glorifies a dude like Peter Jackson, even though LOTR had many more than 3 animal deaths.
It's easier to come to grips with a horse death when there's a ring-wraith riding it. It's tougher when a cute little jockey is riding...they look like little hobbits :)

866 days ago
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John Huff    

New sponsor for the Rush Limbaugh Show: "Luck Horse Meat - If You're Hungry for a Wild West Burger, You're In Luck!"

866 days ago
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Russ    

OK does TMZ know how many race horse are injured and how many die EVERY day? It is a brutal sport and horses get injured in training that goes on daily at all the Horse farms and race tracks around the world.

866 days ago
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Lori    

ANIMALS DIE AT RACETRACKS EVERYDAY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY ARE CARED FOR! BUT NOBODY GIVES A **** MOST OF THE TIME! BUT WHEN YOU (TMZ, PETA AND ANYONE ELSE!) CAN MAKE AN EXTRA BUCK AND F*** UP SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE THEN THEY ARE ALL OVER IT! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CARE....CARE! DON'T BE A HYPROCRITE!

866 days ago
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DeAnna    

CONGRATS TMZ! For actually making an impact! I have NO doubt that you have saved future horses from some unexpected and unfortunate demise. Many times stories are just that, stories/gossip. I really believe you actually made a difference with this story!

866 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

When someone is guilty, they try to deflect and find a scapegoat to blame, to try to take the heat and pressure off of themselves.

3 horses died filming Luck, that is not TMZ's fault.

The producer is just mad that he or she was exposed, and wanted to just continue keeping things secret that should not have been secret.

3 horses are dead, no reason for that, none. Plain and simple, someone was not managing the horses properly for this to even occur.

I really dislike it when people cannot own their own behavior and scapegoat and lie.

866 days ago
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Chuck    

If TMZ helped "kill" the movie Luck then I say thank you TMZ...you did good.

866 days ago
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