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Michael Mann's "Blackhat": The Modern Mythology

9 February 2016 1:10 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"We’re going to need a blackhat hacker named Hathaway"—this alliterative summoning stutters us into modern mythology, Michael Mann's 2015 film Blackhat, playing in BAMcinématek's retrospective of the director, "Heat & Vice," in an unseen, mysterious new "re-edit." To accompany the tale, we need to put aside the silliness that's always a hazard in any risky artwork in favor of the potency of this staccato invocation. It conjures a chained power, soon releasing it from its bounds to first assist humans like a muse and then to join their world, taking over their struggle.Blackhat’s hero Hathaway is a physical embodiment of the insidiously versatile power of cybercrime. Mann projects him into the world as a robust threat—to those at home and also to villains—a sexy, border traipsing, multidisciplinary force. In Miami Vice, the director’s last exploration of globalization through transnational crime, the vice cops could »

- Daniel Kasman

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Movie Poster of the Week: Michael Mann’s “Thief”

6 February 2016 5:02 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Us one sheet for Michael Mann’s 1981 debut feature Thief—which screens tonight and all weekend at BAMcinématek to kick off their retrospective "Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann"—is an unusual design for its era. The colorful script title treatment is echt 80s of course, but the posterized monochrome portrait of James Caan overlaid over a photographic image of sparks from blowtorches (the titular character’s tool of choice) is something I haven’t seen before. It gives the poster an unusual three dimensional look, though at first glance those glowing goggles make it look more like a sci-fi film.Thief was released on March 27, 1981 and was damned with faint praise in The New York Times by Vincent Canby:“Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the »

- Adrian Curry

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NYC Weekend Watch: Birkin & Gainsbourg, Michael Mann, Vertov & More

4 February 2016 9:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The second weekend of “Jane and Charlotte Forever” offers two from Varda, a rare Rivette picture, Serge Gainsbourg’s tribute to his daughter, Zeffirelli‘s Jane Eyre, and a Bertrand Tavernier title, among others.

Museum of Modern Art

Lubitsch, Clair, and Griffith wrap up “Modern ‘Matinees’: Fashionably Late.”

“All That »

- Nick Newman

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Daily | Goings On | Mann, Pietrangeli, Godard

4 February 2016 10:44 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Though Michael Mann has directed only 11 theatrical feature films in 35 years, he has left his mark on a wide range of movie types, including period drama (The Last of the Mohicans), sports biography (Ali), corporate thriller (The Insider) and the ever-popular Nazi paranormal horror flick (The Keep)," writes Daniel M. Gold for the New York Times. The BAMcinématek series Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann runs from tomorrow through February 16. More goings on: Antonio Pietrangeli's I Knew Her Well has been restored, Matt Zoller Seitz presents Mad Men Weekend in San Francisco, and the Jean-Luc Godard season rolls on in London. » - David Hudson »

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Mann's "Blackhat" Gets A Director's Cut

3 February 2016 2:03 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Opening a year ago to dismal reviews and a painfully bad $19 million worldwide gross from a $70 million budget, Michael Mann's cybercrime thriller "Blackhat" has been essentially forgotten about - mostly discussed as a footnote more than anything despite not being quite as bad as has been suggested.

Might the reaction change next week? The Playlist reports that a new director's cut version of the film is scheduled to premiere at the Bam Rose Cinema in Brooklyn on February 10th as part of a retrospective entitled "Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann".

The site indicates the director's cut screening is a one-off event for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with no word on an eventual home video release. The new cut is unlikely to get over a big hurdle for many, the miscasting of Chris Hemsworth as a hacker and his being saddled with an unconvincing American accent. »

- Garth Franklin

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Watts occurring in ‘Twin Peaks’

2 February 2016 2:48 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As an avid movie journalist you tend to get excited by certain pieces of news. But every so often a titbit comes along that blows your head off, and for me one of those moments has just landed, as Deadline reveals Naomi Watts has signed up for Twin Peaks.

David Lynch, the director who puts the key into wacky, has teamed up with former collaborator Mark Frost to get the sinister soap back on the road. Details of Watts’ character are under wraps and producers Showtime have as ever remained tight-lipped.

Cast news has been the source of heavy speculation. Of the returning thesps, Kyle MacLachlan is definitely in, with all other names up for debate. Michael Horse, who appears in the teaser trailer, mentioned that Kimmy Robertson and Harry Goaz were back as lovestruck idiots Lucy and Andy, also unconfirmed. Even Lynch is rumoured to be reviving his hearing-impaired FBI Chief Gordon Cole. »

- Steve Palace

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The Academy Announces Oscar Week Events Leading Up To 88th Oscars

2 February 2016 12:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you’re in the Southern California area during the days leading up the 88th Oscars on February 28th, there are great events at the Academy that no movie fan will wants to miss.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Oscar Week: Shorts

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters.  The program will delve into the »

- Michelle McCue

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New Director's Cut Of Michael Mann's ‘Blackhat’ Screens At Bam Next Week

2 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It was exactly a year ago this week that Michael Mann's "Blackhat" was quietly exiting theaters after three weeks in wide release. The Chris Hemsworth-starring thriller didn't gel with most critics, and audiences gave it a hard pass (it only grossed $19 million worldwide); however, there has been a minority of very strong supporters of the film (and it ranked on our Underrated Movies Of 2015 list). Well, it seems Mann isn't quite done tinkering with the movie, and has a fresh version he's unveiling very soon. This weekend, Bam in Brooklyn is kicking off "Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann," which as the title suggests, is a retrospective of the filmmaker's work, and among the offerings will be a one-time-only, director's-cut screening of "Blackhat" on February 10th. The event page says the screening will mark the world premiere of Mann's new re-edit. No word yet what changes have been made, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Full Berlinale International Jury Revealed

2 February 2016 3:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve got just over a week until the 66th Berlin Film Festival kicks off in Germany. We’ll be in Berlin for full coverage of this year’s festival, a first for The Hollywood News.

Today, the full Berlinale International Jury was announced. Meryl Streep will be serving as Jury President this year, and the Berlinale International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition.

Berlinale International Jury 2016

The other members of the International Jury will be actor Lars Eidinger (Germany), film critic Nick James (United Kingdom), photographer Brigitte Lacombe (France), actor Clive Owen (United Kingdom), actress Alba Rohrwacher (Italy) and director Ma?gorzata Szumowska (Poland).

Here’s their respective career essentials.

Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA

Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, »

- Paul Heath

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10 Robert De Niro Movies That Suck More Than Dirty Grandpa

27 January 2016 7:10 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Lionsgate

Robert De Niro’s legacy as one of the greatest actors in cinema history is secure; after all, you don’t make movies like Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Godfather Part II, The King Of Comedy, Midnight Run or Heat by accident. Ask any young performer today who inspired them to get into the business, and the odds are good they’ll mention De Niro at some point.

The release of a new De Niro movie is no longer the cultural event it used to be, however. Maybe it’s the lack of great scripts or strong directors that’s the problem, but most of his recent output tend to be a bit, well, crap.  He’s made so many turkeys – with such alarming regularity – for the last two decades that audiences have become instinctively cautious when a new film comes along. If the reviews for Dirty Grandpa are any indication, »

- Padraig Cotter

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Watch 7 Movie Stars Do Hilarious Robert De Niro Impressions

20 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.

If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »

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The Top 30 Debut Films of 2015

18 January 2016 1:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There’s a certain joy to be felt when discovering a new voice in film. Taking the risk to sit down in and watch a director’s first feature, witnessing how they grapple and contend with cinema. Each year, there are great debuts, to be sure, but in 2015, it seemed to me to be unusually strong for first-time filmmakers (not a few films listed here are on my overall best of the year list as well).

A few notes regarding the eligibility: the majority of these films had a USA theatrical release date in 2015, but in the spirit of including more foreign films – some of which have yet to find a distributor in North America – I have also included several films which only had festival release dates in 2015, or only had theatrical releases in their country of origin. The question of which films are eligible seems to be an arbitrary line, »

- Josh Hamm

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Michael Mann Interviews Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu about The Revenant

1 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here’s a pairing! Two notoriously obsessive, driven, perfectionist and demanding directors in an on-stage dialogue. The DGA hosted this talk between Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michael Mann about the former’s epic frontier saga, The Revenant. Says the director of Heat and Miami Vice, The Revenant “embraces the totality of life, nature and experience… not like anything I’ve seen before.” Check out the detailed, candid conversation above or below. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Watch Michael Mann and Alejandro González Iñarritu Discuss ‘The Revenant’

1 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Who better to host a Q & A for The Revenant than director Michael Mann? The filmmaker behind The Insider and Heat almost always relies more on action and images than exposition to tell his stories, and director Alejandro González Iñárritu did the same with his somber, internalized epic. After the jump, watch Mann and Alejandro González Iñárritu discuss The Revenant after the jump. Have you heard […]

The post Watch Michael Mann and Alejandro González Iñarritu Discuss ‘The Revenant’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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