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Natalie Portman Says Mike Nichols Saved Her Career After 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'

18 December 2014 8:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Let's say you're an actress who has just landed one of the key roles in a new "Star Wars" trilogy. Before that, you had turned some heads as a kid in "Leon: The Professional," and had small appearances in films by directors like Michael Mann ("Heat") and Woody Allen ("Everyone Says I Love You"). But "Star Wars" was your key to the big time, and the future looked bright. But that's not quite how it turned out for Natalie Portman. And she reveals that the late, great Mike Nichols was the one who saved her career from a possibly skidding off the rails before the entire trilogy had hit theaters (Portman later starred in his 2004 effort "Closer").  " 'Star Wars' had come out around the time of [her performance in 'The Seagull' in Central Park], and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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William Fichtner Talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and Coming Back for the Sequel

16 December 2014 8:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

William Fichtner is the man. He's been in Heat, Armageddon, Contact, Go, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, Elysium, The Dark Knight and so, so much more. His latest role is in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD), where he plays Eric Sacks, a maniacal businessman who sets the stage for Shredder and his Foot clan to take over the turtles' home town of New York City. That may seem like an odd role for Fichtner, a great character actor who tends to pop up more in adult fare than he does movies for kids, but that's partially what attracted him to it. Plus, as you'll see in our below interview, it's really not that uncommon for him to receive a last minute call to join a movie (or TV...

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- Peter Hall

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Michael Mann’s Upcoming Cyber Thriller ‘Blackhat’ is Frighteningly Timely

16 December 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Mann’s upcoming movie “Blackhat” has been largely overshadowed by intense media attention focused on the Christmas release of the assassination comedy “The Interview,” linnked to the disastrous computer hack perpetrated on Sony Pictures.

But awareness of Mann’s film, bowing Jan.16, is beginning to mount amid an uncanny life-imitates-art timing that recalls the release of the 1979 nuclear drama “The China Syndrome” 12 days before the Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania.

The globe-trotting cyber thriller (financed by Legendary and released by Universal Pictures) stars Chris Hemsworth as a gifted hacker who gets furloughed from his Los Angeles prison sentence to help authorities hunt for an elusive cyber criminal responsible for crippling attacks on a Chinese nuclear reactor and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mann suggested the premise  it is an eminently plausible one, given the number of high-profile former hackers who now work as government or private-sector consultants like Kevin Poulsen, »

- Scott Foundas

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Michael Mann's Blackhat: second UK trailer

15 December 2014 5:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Michael Mann returns next year with the cyber thriller, Blackhat. Here's the second UK trailer...

Given just how prominent hacking has been in the news recently, Blackhat may prove to be as relevant as anything director Michael Mann's made so far.

Starring Chris Hemsworth as a computer expert on the trail of a cyber criminal, Blackhat looks like a stylish thriller in the vein of Heat or Miami Vice. What usually distinguishes the director's films is his willingness to mine into the detail of his stories: for Heat, Mann spent several days riding around in a patrol car with an Lapd officer, for example.

There's a similarly rigorous feel to Blackhat, and we can't wait to see what Mann does with it.

Blackhat is out in UK cinemas on the 20th February.

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- ryanlambie

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Watch Chris Hemsworth battle cyber criminals in new Blackhat trailer

14 December 2014 5:10 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer for Blackhat has been revealed.

The clip sees Thor: The Dark World's Chris Hemsworth temporarily released from prison to catch a group of cyber criminals.

The film follows Hemsworth's expert hacker as he is hired by American and Chinese law enforcement agencies while they battle a high-profile cyber-crime network.

The action thriller is directed and co-written by Michael Mann.

The Collateral and Heat filmmaker is said to have spent years researching material for Blackhat, exploring the public's reliance on technology and the security issues that it raises.

Oscar nominee Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Leehom Wang also star in the thriller.

Blackhat is released in Us cinemas on January 16, 2015 and in the UK on February 20, 2015. »

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In Michael Mann’s Blackhat You are No Longer in Control

14 December 2014 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Filmonic news »

The Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) hacker-thriller has a new trailer, one in which the stakes are up and I’m still not quite buying Chris Hemsworth as a genius coder. When a cyber criminal crosses the line by blowing up a nuclear plant in Taiwan, the American and Chinese agencies will have to work together in […]

Read In Michael Mann’s Blackhat You are No Longer in Control on Filmonic.


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New Trailer for Michael Mann's Blackhat Thriller, with Chris Hemsworth

12 December 2014 5:08 PM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a new trailer for Chris Hemsworth's (Thor) upcoming cyber thriller, called "Blackhat," which is directed by Michael Mann (Heat). Check it out below. Plot: Set within the world of global cybercrime, the story 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. The new movie co-stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom. It's set to hit theaters on January 16th, 2015. Trailer: »

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‘Wild Card’ Trailer: Jason Statham Remakes the Other ‘Heat’

12 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Whatever you think of Jason Statham‘s movies, you can’t deny that Jason Statham works hard. He typically has at least a couple movies per year, and next year he has three. The first is Wild Card, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-starrer Heat. (Not to be confused with the 1995 Michael Mann movie Heat […]

The post ‘Wild Card’ Trailer: Jason Statham Remakes the Other ‘Heat’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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New trailer for Michael Mann’s Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth

12 December 2014 10:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal and Legendary Pictures have released the second trailer for the upcoming cyber thriller Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth. Check it out here after the official synopsis…

From Academy Award-nominated writer/director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider), Blackhat is set within the world of global cybercrime and follows a furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth) and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Blackhat is set for release on January 16th in the States and February 20th in the UK, with a cast that also includes Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang.

The post New trailer for Michael Mann’s Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Thomas Roach

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Chris Hemsworth Taps Into Cyber-Attack Fears in New Blackhat Trailer for Michael Mann’s Thriller

12 December 2014 8:53 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a new Blackhat trailer for the upcoming film from Heat and Collateral director Michael Mann.  The thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as a furloughed convict who is enlisted to hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.  This new trailer makes the movie look much more compelling than the previous one, which felt more like a generic thriller to me.  Additionally, given the recent devastating attack on Sony Pictures’ network, the cyber-attack aspect of the film feels especially relevant.  I’d be wary of the premise turning into just another Jason Statham actioner in the hands of a less interesting filmmaker, but I’m very curious to see what Mann does with the material. Check out the new Blackhat trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang LeehomBlackhat opens in theaters on January 16, 2015. Via Yahoo! »

- Adam Chitwood

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Chris Hemsworth Hacks & Runs in 'Blackhat' Thriller Second Trailer

12 December 2014 8:38 AM, PST | | See recent news »

"The moment you connect, you lose control." The latest film from Michael Mann, a cyber thriller called Blackhat, is getting released in the dumping ground of early January. However, we're starting to think perhaps that's only because it's not a big blockbusters, and it's not an awards contender, but that doesn't mean it's bad. This actually looks like a solid thriller from the director of Heat in this second trailer, but my only concern is that the fears inspired by real-life technological threats are much scarier and thrilling in theory (as they would be in real-life) than they are realized on the big screen with Chris Hemsworth. Here's the second trailer for Michael Mann's Blackhat originally from Yahoo: You can still watch the first trailer for Michael Mann's Blackhat right here. Blackhat is directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Public Enemies, Miami Vice, The Insider) who co-wrote the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Chris Hemsworth hunts down a rogue cyberterrorist in Blackhat's new trailer

12 December 2014 4:41 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Michael Mann's (Collateral, Heat) latest is set within the world of global cybercrime, following a furloughed convict (Chris Hemsworth) and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. This film looks like Collateral but has the epic scope of Heat, all while traveling throughout the world. If you missed the first kick-ass trailer for Blackhat, check out the latest and greatest here! I've always been »

- Sean Wist

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Film Legend Al Pacino in Talks to Appear in a Marvel Film

9 December 2014 4:31 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Oscar winning film icon Al Pacino has heaped praise on the recent Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, and has revealed that he has spoken with the powers-that-be at Marvel about appearing in a future McU film project. Come in to find out more.

It’s nice to get praise from a legend. That’s how director James Gunn must feel. A few months ago, acting legend Al Pacino (The Godfather, Godfather Part 2, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Heat, Insomnia) laid numerous compliments upon Gunn’s sci-fi/comedy Guardians of the Galaxy. He even commented that it had Shakespearean elements. Pacino admits that he is a fan of the recent output coming from Marvel. In fact, he’s such a fan that he is open to appearing in a Marvel project. There have even been some discussions.

During a recent MTV podcast, he revealed that he »

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Interview: Graham Moore Talks His Screenplay for 'The Imitation Game' and Whether or Not It's "Gay Enough"

8 December 2014 7:13 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On a very cold day in Seattle back in November I sat down with Graham Moore, screenwriter of The Imitation Game, an adaptation of Andrew Hodges book "Alan Turing: The Enigma", telling the story of British mathematician Alan Turing played to perfection by Benedict Cumberbatch, a performance that will almost certainly earn him an Oscar nomination. In fact, Cumberbatch won't likely be alone when it comes Oscar time for Imitation Game as the film is looked at as one of the front-runners for Best Picture and Moore himself is considered a very strong contender for not only a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, but he is looked at by many as the front-runner to win. While we didn't talk Oscars in our conversation, we did discuss various aspects of his screenplay (download it here) from the film's opening lines, the fractured timeline narrative as well as the film's ending and what we didn't see. »

- Brad Brevet

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New Video Essay examines “presence” in Michael Mann films

7 December 2014 12:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Michael Mann has perhaps one of the most unique and innovative directors working today. From what is arguably the greatest La crime saga of all time in Heat to the beautiful romance of The Last of the Mohicans and bringing Hannibal Lectre to the big screen for the first time in Manhunter, Mann has created a vast and wide ranging filmography.

A new 9 minute video released on IndieWire called The Sublime Presence in Michael Mann’s Films examines what exactly gives Michael Mann films their undeniable and fiery energy. Created by Tom Kramer, the essay examines most of Mann’s most legendary work. Manhunter, Thief, Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Collateral, and others are weaved together. Set to Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” the video delves into the rich, complex world of Mann’s films and his often cold characters.

The video explores the often hyper masculinity »

- Ricky

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Al Pacino says studios used to take risks on films like 'The Humbling'

4 December 2014 12:52 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles — Al Pacino is wiped out. He's tirelessly promoting an independent film after hitting the red carpet circuit (or "syndrome," as he puts it) in the fall and he is, as ever, balancing a number of on-going projects, the most recent one being a David Mamet play written for him specifically. On top of it all, old rotator cuff injuries from his sporting days are acting up. But Pacino is a warrior. "No problem," he says after wincing from the pain. "I'll be fine." Ostensibly we're talking about Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," which is angling for an Oscar-qualifying run this month. In the Philip Roth adaptation, Pacino stars as a famous actor who has, for lack of a better phrase, lost his mojo. It's a curious note in Pacino's filmography, fascinating for his commitment to the role, which he says spoke to him. In David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Matt Reeves Set to Direct Bank Heist Thriller at 20th Century Fox

2 December 2014 12:55 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After amping up the prequel game with the outstanding blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves has just signed on to direct something different at 20th Century Fox. THR reports that Reeves is set to direct an untitled bank heist thriller based on an original pitch by Matt Charman, the man behind Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. As of now plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film is reaching high when it comes to heist thrillers as it's described as being in the same vein as Brian De Palma's Heat and the Al Pacino classic Dog Day Afternoon. Charman hatched the idea for the film with Matthew Plouffe, an executive at Tobey Maguire's Material production banner, and The Great Gatsby star will also be producing the film. Fox didn't jump at the film until it »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jason Statham stars in Wild Card: new trailer lands

30 November 2014 10:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jason Statham stars in a remake of the movie Heat, now going by the name Wild Card. Here's the trailer for it...

Last week was something of a busy one for trailers of big movies. You don't need us to tell you that big promos for the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Pan landed. However, it seems that somebody out there tried to sneak out a trailer for a new movie from The Statham, hoping we wouldn't spot it.

They don't know us very well.

Here, then, is the first trailer we've seen for Wild Card. This is the film that's a remake of the film Heat. That's the Burt Reynolds movie Heat, as opposed to the Robert De Niro/Al Pacino one. Wild Card is based on the book by William Goldman, and he's penned the screenplay for the film too. It stars »

- simonbrew

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Watch: Jason Statham & Sofía Vergara Star In The First Trailer For Simon West’s Gambling Thriller ‘Wild Card’

28 November 2014 6:40 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Simon West’s directing career started promisingly with the wicked action pleasure that is “Con Air,” but 15 directing credits later (many of them in TV), the filmmaker hasn’t really come close to matching those heights. But his latest film, “Wild Card” sounds at least promising. It’s remake of “Heat,” book and screenplay written by the great William Goldman (“All The President’s Men”), not to be confused with anything Michael Mann ever made. "Heat" was a 1986 action-thriller starring Burt Reynolds, but the production was botched and more than one director worked on the picture (Goldman contends the it was half a dozen helmers). “[It was] one of my major disasters... [there were an] amazing number of directors who worked on the flick,” he wrote in the book “William Goldman: Five Screenplays with Essays.” “There were six in all and yes that is a record, and like Dimaggio's batting streak, one that will never be broken. »

- Edward Davis

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Why Al Pacino Wanted No Part Of The Godfather

30 October 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Al Pacino has starred in an impressive number of brilliant, classic films, from Dog Day Afternoon to Serpico to Heat, but arguably the greatest role of his career was Michael Corleone in the Godfather films. But believe it or not, when he was first offered the job, the Oscar winning actor wanted no part of it. This fascinating behind-the-scenes story was told by Pacino in a recent interview with Loaded Magazine, the actor explaining not only that he never really wanted to be in The Godfather, but that he thought director Francis Ford Coppola was crazy for even considering the idea that he was the right choice. Admittedly, a big part of this was that nobody else at the studio actually wanted him to play the role either. Said Pacino, "No one wanted me. Except for Coppola who was, I thought, a bit mad. He just wanted me. Even I »

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