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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.”
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
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
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, »
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 »
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
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
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
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
Directed by Michael Mann.
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
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 »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
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 »
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.
Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
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 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. »
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. »
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
About an hour into my viewing of Blackhat I was struggling to remain conscious from boredom. About an hour later I was glued to my seat, my eyes and ears on full alert for whatever the film was going to throw at me next. So you’ll understand when I say I have considerably mixed feelings about crime maestro Michael Mann’s latest film. It’s his first since 2009′s Public Enemies, a film the subject of which (John Dillinger’s battle against the authorities in the 1920s) I was intrigued by but was severely ill-served by its amateurish and distracting digital handicam cinematography.
- Mark Allen
Titus Welliver isn't the first actor I might have thought of to play Lapd homicide cop Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, hero of 17 best-selling mystery novels and counting by Michael Connelly (plus multiple appearances in Connelly's "Lincoln Lawyer" series). But that's more because the book series started so long ago, and has allowed Harry to age in real time, so my mental image of him is much older than the "Deadwood" alum. In "Bosch," a new TV series whose first season can be streamed on Amazon Prime starting today, Welliver plays a younger and slightly mellower version of Harry. Connelly and producer Eric Overmyer ("The Wire," "Tremé") adapted the first season from pieces of three different Bosch novels ("The Concrete Blonde," "City of Bones" and "Echo Park"), and tweaks some biographical details. (Over the course of the early books, for instance, Bosch got married, divorced, and had a daughter who's on the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.
One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »
- Shane Ramirez
Elliot Goldenthal will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Founders Award at the performing rights organization’s 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards, taking place March 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The honor is reserved for songwriters and composers “who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators,” according to Ascap.
Goldenthal, who has composed for the stage, screen and opera house, won an Oscar for his score to “Frida,” directed by frequent collaborator Julie Taymor. His other scores include Taymor’s “The Tempest,” “Across the Universe” and “Titus”; Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” and “Heat”; and Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy.”
“Elliot’s staggering body of »
- Steve Chagollan
From the Berlin International Film Festival, Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman continue our series of festival dialogues. Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups had its world premiere in the Berlinale's Competition.
Daniel Kasman: I must admit it's a bit difficult to begin speaking of this overwhelming film so immediately after seeing it, and especially in the atmosphere here in Berlin of almost immediate derision. I remember the boos that instantly followed the final shot of The Tree of Life's in Cannes and here I'd swear I felt that negative energy going into the giant Berlinale Palast, the anticipation of yet more Malick. Whatever that means. Few still describe well his method as a filmmaker, and whatever you may think of his last film, To the Wonder, it certainly revealed more about how Terrence Malick, a very unique filmmaker, thinks about cinema as a language, and how his cinema "works"—moves, »
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