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Michael Mann and Robert De Niro Are Competing in a Race of the Enzo Ferrari Biopics

15 April 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Michael Mann is about to go head to head with his Heat star Robert De Niro. The director and the actor are working on separate biopics about Enzo Ferrari, the champion Italian racer who founded the luxury sports car company named after him. According to Variety, Mann’s version has been in the works for a while with the Rome-based Cecchi Gori Media (De Niro’s A Bronx Tale) and now he’s in final talks to direct the movie. It’s unclear if this will be his follow-up to Blackhat, but shooting wouldn’t begin until next year. Not that I expect he’d slip something else in before that. Currently titled Ferrari, according to IMDb, the script for this one is a Mann-ordered mash-up of efforts penned separately by Troy Kennedy-Martin (The Italian Job) and the late David Rayfiel (The Firm), both individually adapted from the 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the »

- Christopher Campbell

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Michael Mann Lines Up Next Feature, Ferrari Story 'Go Like Hell'

15 April 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was not a fun experience watching Michael Mann's Blackhat. Not only was it a terrible film, but it was a terrible film from one of my favorite filmmakers, a filmmaker that seems to be moving closer to the lackluster output of Ridley Scott and farther away from the man that made the likes of Collateral, The Insider and Heat. So, just as my interest in Scott's The Martian isn't too high, I can't say I'm all that intrigued when it comes to Mann's next project, which Variety reports is the long-gestating "Ferrari" biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari. We first reported on this project back in May 2011 when word was 20th Century Fox would distribute Go Like Hell, a film based on A.J. Baime's "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" with a script by Jason Keller »

- Brad Brevet

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Mann Is Ready To Drive 'Ferrari' To The Big Screen

15 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Michael Mann, likely hoping to bounce back from Blackhat- the critical and financial flop he released earlier this year-, is preparing his next project. The revered director, responsible for films like HeatThe Insider, and Ali is now preparing to bring Enzo Ferrari's life story to the big screen. The Italian automotive mogul is responsible for the iconic brand of cars that bare his name: Ferrari.

Mann, as he's been known to do, has been doing exhaustive research on the man, and has combined two separate scripts that were based off of the book "Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, and The Races" by Brock Yates into one. Those two, now merged scripts were written by Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and David Rayfiel (The Firm).

The Rayfiel script was going to be used by Sydney Pollack when this film was first conceived back in 2004, with »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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2000Ad Prog 1924 – Comic Book Review

7 April 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1924…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets! It’s all change this Prog, with five spanking-new stories beginning. Well, they’re kinda new. Four of them are just the latest chapters in long-running strips. Handily, though, the editors have included a ‘catch-up’ page for each, which makes for some entertaingly bonkers reading. 2000Ad, it seems, is where comic book writers’ imaginations go to take drugs.

These narratives make perfect sense when told over time, but appear most strange when condenscened into two paragraphs. The best of these is the catch-up for Strontium Dog, the long-running strip from Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Mutant turned bounty hunter turned freedom fighter, once-dead-but-returned-to-life Johnny Alpha seemed “blown to smithereens” last time we saw him. Turns out he was saved by the government he fought against to face a greater foe. Personally, Alpha has never done it for me. It »

- Oli Davis

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Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

28 March 2015 1:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Heat Vision, Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is set to join the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, which is set to go into production next month under director Dave Green (Earth to Echo).

The film will mark the Brazilian supermodel’s first big screen speaking role, having appeared in a brief cameo in Casino Royale, as well as episodes of Gossip Girl and Entourage. She is set to play the girlfriend of Vernon Fenwick, played by the returning Will Arnett.

See Also: Bebop and Rocksteady confirmed for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2; Casey Jones could feature

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set for release on June 3rd 2016, with Megan Fox (April O’Neil), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks) expected to reprise their roles.


- Gary Collinson

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Idris Elba joins Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Al Pacino in Harmony Korine’s The Trap

26 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The new film from acclaimed director Harmony Korine is gathering pace, with THR reporting that not only has the filmmaker set his cast of actors for The Trap, but that Focus Feautures is set to pre-buy the film before it begins production.

The Trap is “a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene” that will see Idris Elba (The Gunman) stars as “a gangster rap artist” and Benicio Del Toro (Inherent Vice) as “his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.”

Elba is set to replace original star Jamie Foxx, with James Franco (Spring Breakers), Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars) and Al Pacino (Heat) also in final talks to join the cast.

In The Trap, written by Korine, “Rico (Elba) is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards »

- Scott J. Davis

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Amazon Renews Bosch For Second Season After Impressive Performance

18 March 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Not only has Bosch, Amazon‘s original drama series, performed well for the service, it’s managed high praise from viewers and critics. Amazon has now announced a second season, and even a bit of a plot synopsis for that season.

If you aren’t already on board with the stylish, intense series based on Michael Connelly’s books, you now have even more incentive, as you know there’s more on the way.

This is actually a bigger announcement than it might seem, because new seasons are still a guessing game for streaming services, which don’t have a history for viewers to fall back on when it comes to being able to figure out if a favorite is worth investing in. I know a lot of people weren’t sure about jumping into Alpha House at first, for just that reason.

At any rate, you have more to look forward to, »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Bosch’ Breaks Records, Gets Renewed for Second Season

18 March 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

In just one month since its record-breaking debut, Amazon today announced it has greenlit a second season of its first original hour-long drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch book series, which have sold nearly 50 million copies to date, Bosch has become the most-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series, in its first four weeks. 

Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s best-selling novels Trunk Music and The Drop. Returning to the series are stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy) as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke (24) as Eleanor Wish. The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer, »

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'From Dusk Till Dawn' Season 2 Brings in Danny Trejo

11 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the From Dusk Till Dawn film franchise as "Razor Charlie."

Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. Trejo has starred in dozens of films including Desperado, Heat, the From Dusk Till Dawn film series, Con Air, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, the Spy Kids movies, Grindhouse, Machete, Machete Kills, Dead in Tombstone and Muppets Most Wanted. He can be heard as The Voice of Skeleton »

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Danny Trejo to Appear in From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2

11 March 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Given his relationship with Robert Rodriguez, it may be more surprising that he didn't appear in the first season. However, it has been officially announced that Danny Trejo will be appearing in Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn as a new villain known as The Regulator:

"Austin, TX- March 11, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."  Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie."

Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. »

- Jonathan James

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EA Details The Contents Of Battlefield: Hardline’s Premium Subscription

2 March 2015 7:18 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As Internet sleuths so rightly discovered a few weeks ago, EA and Visceral Games are preparing to roll out a Premium subscription service in tandem with the imminent launch of Battlefield: Hardline.

In keeping with previous installments in the franchise, the membership scheme will give users instant access to four post-launch expansions and an array of in-game extras, including members-only tournaments.

Due to arrive for consoles on PC on March 17, Visceral’s maiden entry into the blockbuster series will swap out the military milieu in favor of a cops-versus-robbers dynamic, with the studio taking inspiration from cinematic thrillers such as Michael Mann’s Heat. In order to gain a gist of what Battlefield: Hardline‘s Premium service has to offer, you can consult the comprehensive list below.

Masks – New player masks with unique gameplay benefits tied to the theme of each mask. Gun Bench – Provides players with the ability to »

- Michael Briers

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Visceral Games Aiming For “Heightened, Dramatic Realism” In Battlefield: Hardline

27 February 2015 8:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Visceral Games has made strides towards “heightened, dramatic realism” within its upcoming multiplayer-focused shooter, Battlefield: Hardline.

That’s according to Creative Director Ian Milham, who took to EA’s official blog to assure fans that although authenticity isn’t the studio’s primary concern, imbuing the player within an immersive, cinematic environment is the true goal.

“Everyone’s detector is finely honed for the real world. If it’s not believable, it’s immediately noticeable compared to what you can get away with in a fantasy or sci-fi environment.”

Further in the post, Milham touched upon some of the multiplayer maps within Hardline, and how their architecture and setting draw inspiration from some of the genre’s most memorable films, including Michael Mann’s Heat, Miami Vice and Collateral.

“For instance, on ‘Bank Job’ you can see how the first criminal team must’ve gone into the bank before the round starts, »

- Michael Briers

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'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

23 February 2015 11:49 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The ripples from the 87th Academy Awards will be felt for years to come. Most are positive, some are negative, but beyond a disappointingly long and unfunny telecast this wasn't an Oscar season that will be forgotten anytime soon. First off, the importance of Fox Searchlight's dominance during the telecast cannot be discounted. The mini-major took home eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay for "Birdman." The four wins for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" notably included Alexandre Desplat's first win for Best Original Score. Moreover, Searchlight has now joined only a small number of studios that have won Best Picture back-to-back. The films they release year after year continue to rank in most film critics' top 10 lists and the modern classics under their banner are significant enough to make parent studio 20th Century Fox green with envy. Over the past two years, they have released "12 Years a Slave, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Movie Review – Blackhat (2015)

22 February 2015 3:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Blackhat, 2015.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Wei Tang, Viola Davis, Manny Montana, Wang Leehom and William Mapother.


A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cyber crime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

There’s a clash at the heart of Michael Mann’s Blackhat and I for one don’t like having to come to terms with the fact that this, his eleventh major release, is by far his weakest effort to date – 1983’s The Keep notwithstanding. That clash is style and substance, narrative and mood, character and action, and never has the director come so close to tipping the balance out of his favour.

This is the first movie Mann has directed based on someone else’s script and the rift this causes is evident throughout. The story and screenplay from first time writer Morgan Davis Foehl »

- Gary Collinson

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Blackhat Review

18 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The problem with being Michael Mann is that everything you do is going to be compared to everything you've already done, and when your back catalogue includes Heat, Public Enemies, Manhunter and The Insider, you find yourself with pretty big shoes to fill with each new feature. So it goes with Blackhat, a cyber-crime thriller that has more in common with vintage Mann than first glance would have you believe. Chris Hemsworth plays Nick Hathaway, an impossibly chiseled computer hacker, serving a lengthy sentence for a caper gone wrong. After a cyber attack on a Nuclear power plant and a high profile theft from an online market, his help is enlisted by Chinese and Us agents Chen Dawai and Carol Barrett (Wang Leehom and Viola Davis respectively) to trace the source of the attacks and earn himself a reprieve from his prison sentence. Laden with tech heavy dialogue and far »

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Re-Viewed: Michael Mann introduces Hannibal in Manhunter

17 February 2015 10:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last month it was announced that Richard Armitage (The Hobbit's Thorin) is to play Frances Dolarhyde in season 3 of NBC's hit TV series Hannibal. Dolarhyde, a serial killer who leaves bite marks on his victims and is thus granted the nom de plume The Tooth Fairy, will reportedly feature in a six-episode arc touching upon the events of Red Dragon.

It was Red Dragon, both Thomas Harris's 1991 novel and Brett Ratner's 2002 movie, that many articles referenced when reporting the Armitage news, with scribes recalling Ralph Fiennes's haunting portrayal of the home-invasion killer who slays entire families. Less common, but more discerning, were the recollections of Tom Noonan's towering, heavyweight (6'7" and 217lb, to be exact) take on Dolarhyde in Michael Mann's atmosphere-drenched 1986 adaptation, Manhunter.

Mann's movie might have jettisoned Harris's title to avoid confusion with Year of the Dragon, which flopped the previous year, and »

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Oscars: The Parties That Celebrate the Academy Awards

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Sunday, over 3,000 dolled-up guests will traverse 500 feet of red carpet on their path into the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre (where it’ll be hosted for the 14th time). But before they reach for that first glass of Piper-Heidsieck brut during the ritzy Oscar cocktail hour, a series of events, benefits, award shows and gifting suites will properly launch the festivities. Here’s where the industry’s brightest will be primping, prepping, donating and gallivanting in the days leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.


Icon Mann Industry Panels

Where: L.A. SAG-aftra office, 11 a.m.

Who’s expected: Moderators David P. White of SAG-aftra and the Black List founder Franklin Leonard, plus panelists David Oyelowo, Robi Reed, Charles King and Jeremy Kleiner

Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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In Focus: Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth's Blackhat

16 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Mann's protagonists are frequently men whose drive and focus on their work overshadows all aspects of their lives.

Nick Hathaway, the lead character in his new thriller Blackhat, is no exception. A hacker played by Chris Hemsworth, Hathaway must push himself to the limit to uncover the identity of a dangerous cyber-criminal in exchange for his freedom.

Mann and Hemsworth spoke to Digital Spy about what unifies the director's characters - from Al Pacino's Vincent Hanna in Heat to Will Smith in Ali - and how the Sony Hack was only a small intrusion.

Mann also discussed shooting on digital vs film (and how he nearly used celluloid for Public Enemies) and telling long-form stories on television.

Blackhat opens in UK cinemas on February 20 and is showing in the Us now. »

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Blackhat review: Chris Hemsworth turns hacker for Michael Mann

16 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Mann; Screenwriter: Morgan Davis Foehl; Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang, Wang Leehom; Running time: 133 mins; Certificate: 15

If you think a film about computer hackers furiously tapping their keyboards sounds a bit dull, Blackhat proves you right. Even action maestro Michael Mann fails to inject any urgency and the glare of the PC monitor flatters Chris Hemsworth who is, ostensibly, the brains as well as the brawn behind a potentially earth-shattering security breach.

Mann does tap a nerve in a world increasingly reliant on digital technology, but translating those fears into workable on-screen thrills and spills is awkward. His opening gambit is crash-zooming into a circuit board, the stuff of Tron movies and Citroën ads (créative technologie) except it's no fun without cool bikes, or cars zooming around.

Mann is on safer ground at a penitentiary where Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth) flexes muscle in more ways than one. »

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Michael Mann: the crime drama kingpin on murder and malware

16 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With Miami Vice and Heat he defined the genre in its contemporary form. Unsurprisingly he’s not short of a great anecdote

Shimmering neon reflected on the spotless bonnets of expensive sports cars. Sleek speedboats piloted across ice-blue water by Armani-clad criminals with strict moral codes. Bone-weary cops who view their underworld adversaries with professional respect. That’s far from the totality of Michael Mann’s career, but it sums up the stylish world with which his name is synonymous. For over three decades, the director has painted both small and large screens with beautifully lit pictures that dwell on the violent lives of terse, tough men. Men the calibre of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Heat, James Caan in Thief, Tom Cruise in Collateral, and even Don Johnson, who may have sported pastels in Miami Vice, but was a man with a guarded exterior who weighed his words. »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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