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13 items from 2015


Film Casting: Blossoms, Deadpool, Marion Cotillard in Assassin’S Creed [Updated]

14 February 2015 1:44 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Blossoms, Deadpool, Assassin’s Creed, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Steve Jobs John Ortiz has joined the cast of Universal PicturesSteve Jobs…Ortiz…will [...]

Continue reading: Film Casting: Blossoms, Deadpool, Marion Cotillard in Assassin’S Creed [Updated] »

- Rollo Tomasi

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The Drop | Blu-ray Review

11 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Coming off the white hot success of his hard hitting, Oscar nominated debut, Bullhead, Michaël Roskam signed on to helm a Hollywood backed crime film adapted by famed writer Dennis Lehane from the author’s own short story, Animal Rescue – an obvious next step that bears all the teetering weight that comes with the swagger of star power and the shimmer of golden statues. Though The Drop failed to live up to its sky high expectations upon world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest last year, now that the hype has died down it’s recognizably a respectable attempt at roping cheap canine melodrama within a tightly wound yarn of underground corruption and long buried familiar dirty laundry.

Speaking of laundry, the criminal epicenter of Roskam’s tale stands as a seedy bar in Brooklyn where locals come to celebrate or drown their sorrows and the pub’s rough »

- Jordan M. Smith

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The Drop Blu-Ray Review

7 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dennis Lehane’s books have yielded some terrific crime dramas set in Boston, from Mystic River to Gone Baby Gone, so it’s more than a little strange to consider that for The Drop, Lehane’s first screenplay, he adapted his short story “Animal Rescue” but traded in Dorchester for the mean streets of Brooklyn.

Why he made the change is unclear, but the modified setting is doubly interesting given that The Drop still feels very much like a Boston drama despite a few explicit references to the Big Apple. There’s little by way of scale on display, unusual for a film set in sprawling NYC, and director Michaël R. Roskam (coming off Bullhead, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) infuses many shots with a chilly melancholy and pervasive foreboding that we’ve come to associate with good old Beantown (or at least Hollywood’s impression of »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Film Feature: Global Hacking of ‘Blackhat’ is the Future of Action Movies

17 January 2015 8:19 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Blackhat” is a hacker’s auctioneer of high-tech and low-tech genre jolts, but its construction provides a thrill of its own - that of witnessing the next era of the action movie. With “Blackhat,” director Michael Mann introduces the new standards for the everlasting genre as it continues to reflect modern anxieties, giving leading roles to two entities that Hollywood has previously treated as supporting acts, hackers and the nation of China. Incredibly on-the-moment, “Blackhat” recognizes that computer whizzes are becoming the physical heroes our connected world needs, and China is the partner that Hollywood will increasingly rely on for business, especially in selling films that look like “Blackhat.”

Mann’s film is the story of a co-investigation between the United States and China. A Hong Kong nuclear power plant and Chicago’s Mercantile Trade Exchange have been attacked, nonetheless by a no-name, no-motive menace who has hacked into their systems. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Hacker Thriller ‘Blackhat’ Has a Finger on the Enter Key

16 January 2015 4:28 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A speedy film project can take about a year from conception to final cut; director Michael Mann’s wired-in thriller “Blackhat” might as well have been written, shot, and cut last month. Not just because of its epilogue to the rise and defeat of the Guardians of Peace, but for its modernity.

This is a tale of headline action specifically for January 16, 2015 and onward, in our new period of cyber terror.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

A thoroughly international project that reckons China’s importance to the American industry, “Blackhat” is the story of a co-investigation between the United States and China. A Hong Kong nuclear power plant and Chicago’s Mercantile Trade Exchange have been attacked, nonetheless by a no-name, no-motive menace who has hacked into their systems. A Chinese official named Chen Dawai (Leehom Wang) works alongside cyberterrorism agents in the FBI (played by Viola Davis and John Ortiz) to track the menace’s previous coding. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 16; What Will You See?

16 January 2015 7:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Blackhat Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang, Manny Montana, William Mapother, Archie Kao, Spencer Garrett, John Ortiz, Holt McCallany Synopsis: "Set within the world of global cybercrime, 'Blackhat' follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews) Paddington Director: Paul King Cast: Ben WhishawNicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Matt King, Samuel Joslin, Ancuta Breaban, Daniel Westwood, Dominic Coleman Synopsis: "A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search »

- Steve Greene

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Review: Michael Mann's stupid cyberthriller 'Blackhat' strands Chris Hemsworth utterly

13 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are moments where a talented director makes a film so bad that you feel like you might need to go back to watch their earlier films just to make sure you weren't wrong when you liked them. "Blackhat" is the worst film Michael Mann has made since "The Keep," and I think given the choice between the two, I would happily watch "The Keep" again first. I am baffled by almost every moment of "Blackhat," and I'm struggling to make sense of where something goes this wrong. I haven't read the spec that Morgan Davis Foehl sold to the studio, but I know that Mann felt strongly that he deserved a co-writing credit on the film, one that the WGAw denied him after an arbitration. I'm not sure who to blame for the truly unfathomable narrative choices throughout, but I have to give Mann the final credit for creating »

- Drew McWeeny

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Review: Michael Mann's stupid cyberthriller 'Blackhat' strands Chris Hemsworth utterly

13 January 2015 3:40 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are moments where a talented director makes a film so bad that you feel like you might need to go back to watch their earlier films just to make sure you weren't wrong when you liked them. "Blackhat" is the worst film Michael Mann has made since "The Keep," and I think given the choice between the two, I would happily watch "The Keep" again first. I am baffled by almost every moment of "Blackhat," and I'm struggling to make sense of where something goes this wrong. I haven't read the spec that Morgan Davis Foehl sold to the studio, but I know that Mann felt strongly that he deserved a co-writing credit on the film, one that the WGAw denied him after an arbitration. I'm not sure who to blame for the truly unfathomable narrative choices throughout, but I have to give Mann the final credit for creating »

- Drew McWeeny

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Passes to ‘Blackhat’ With Chris Hemsworth

11 January 2015 12:16 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new thriller “Blackhat” starring Chris Hemsworth from writer and director Michael Mann (“Heat,” “Ali,” “Public Enemies”)!

Blackhat,” which opens on Jan. 16, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Wang Leehom, John Ortiz, William Mapother, Sara Finley and Ritchie Coster from writer and director Michael Mann. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Blackhat” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Everything to Know About ‘Togetherness,’ the New HBO Dramedy You Need to Be Watching

9 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Joining HBO’s Sunday night line-up, Togetherness rounds out an evening of slice-of-life programming. Accompanied by Girls and Looking, both peeks at the melodramatic and desperate lives of a group of directionless friends, Togetherness is an La-based dramedy that looks into the window of two overwhelmed couples living under one roof. One is a married duo trying to keep the flame burning, and the other are two stragglers who’ve stuck together, both fighting age to keep the dream of youth alive. At a half-hour an episode, with eight episodes in its first season, the series is nuanced family TV that’s not quite for the family, and one you absolutely need to get familiar with.

Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey play husband and wife Brett and Michelle Pierson, a seemingly perfect couple with two kids whose problems are hidden behind closed doors.

Even before their domestic life by their two new roommates, »

- Tara Aquino

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TV Review: ‘Togetherness’

8 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On paper, “Togetherness” looks like a conventional sitcom premise: a married couple with two young kids, flanked on either side by the husband’s unemployed best friend and the wife’s zany, man-hungry sister. Yet as created by the Duplass brothers, this HBO series becomes another serialized tale of urban yuppie angst, with a lot of Woody Allen-like soul-searching and an indie-film sensibility. Thanks in part to the cast — perhaps especially Melanie Lynskey — the show proves watchable enough, provided one can get past dialogue like, “I’m trying to dig myself out of the womb of despair.”

A kindred spirit to FX’s “Married,” “Togetherness” casts Mark Duplass (who co-created with brother Jay and co-star Steve Zissis) as Brett, a movie sound guy married to Lynskey’s Michelle, with whom he’s raising children and fretting about things like filling out kindergarten applications.

Still, Brett and Michelle are not especially happy, »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: The Duplass brothers' intimate HBO indie comedy 'Togetherness'

8 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The revolution in TV drama that HBO kicked off with "Oz" and "The Sopranos" involved cable television filling a void that the movie studios had created by focusing mainly on big-budget franchise movies and low-budget awards bait. If you wanted to make a middle-class drama for adults, you now had to go to HBO (David Chase had once dreamed of making "The Sopranos" as a two-hour feature), or FX, AMC, Showtime, etc. One of the interesting trends in the last few years of cable, though, has involved TV poaching filmmakers and series from the low-budget, Sundance Film Festival end of the movie spectrum. Mike White went to HBO to do "Enlightened." Jane Campion made "Top of the Lake" for Sundance Channel. Jill Soloway created "Transparent" for Amazon. Judd Apatow plucked Lena Dunham from film festival obscurity and helped her put "Girls" on TV. Some of these people had prior TV »

- Alan Sepinwall

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One To Watch In 2015: HBO’s Togetherness

7 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Starring: Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, Steve ZissisPeter GallagherJohn OrtizMary Steenburgen

Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass have been moving along agreeably on the indie scene in recent years with successes such as Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home that tick the boxes with that ambiance that Judd Apatow recently brought back to the mainstream. The big difference with Duplass Brothers, who co-created this series with Steve Zissis, is the underlying tangible elements that come to the fore and are relevant. Think of Togetherness as a suitably messed-up but endearing older sibling to Lena Dunham’s Girls.

It’s important to point out that the ‘messed-up’ nature of Togetherness isn’t encompassed by reality because it certainly is. Throughout the series, you’ll be taken through some rather unusual set pieces but they finish in the right places and it’s »

- Dan Bullock

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