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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
"Hack" has been a keyword in many Hollywood headlines these days due to the recent attack on Sony Pictures, but for right now we're going to take a look at another angle on cyber terrorism. The latest trailer for Michael Mann's Blackhat has arrived online, and you can watch it below. The first film that Michael Mann has made since 2009's Public Enemies, and based on a script the filmmaker co-wrote with newcomer Morgan Davis Foehl, Blackhat centers around the search for a mysterious but incredibly powerful cyber criminal who has been incredibly destructive and able to evade both the American and Chinese authorities. The sound logic is applied that in order to catch a hacker you need a hacker, so to help them out they make a deal with Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), an incarcerated genius who helps trace the antagonist from Chicago to Hong Kong. While its »
Chris Hemsworth tries to stop a mysterious cybercriminal in the latest trailer for the thriller Blackhat. In the film, Hemsworth plays Nicholas, who is released from prison in order to help track the mastermind behind numerous terrorist acts around the globe. "To you, this is all just a game, a virtual world," Nicholas tells the hacker. Watch more Michael Mann on His New Cybercrime Movie 'Blackhat' Viola Davis, William Mapother and Wei Tang co-star in the film from director Michael Mann (Public Enemies). It is particularly timely, given the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Universal Pictures releases
- Ryan Gajewski
With the recent hacking of Sony Pictures, cybercrime has been a hot topic. There's a new movie coming out called Blackhat that puts the focus on how crazy cybercrime can get. The movie was directed by Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Collateral), and it stars Chris Hemsworth in the lead role. This looks like a really great thriller! Mann is good at telling these kinds of stories. As a fan of most of his work, I'm looking forward to seeing this.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s 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.
This makes me wonder if Sony has hired a guy like Hemsworth's character to track down and stop the people that put them in this crazy situation. The movie also stars Viola Davis, »
- Joey Paur
For nearly three-weeks, Sony Pictures has been fortifying security and watching confidential information spill into the cultural conversation after a hacker group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace" broke into the company’s computer systems with chaotic intent. It’s been a weird event to watch from the outside. The leak spawned fun tidbits (the idea that the "Jump Street" franchise may crossover with "Men in Black" sent the Internet into a tizzy) and sour revelations, personal correspondences scrutinized under a microscope. For many, the attack feels harmless — it’s just Hollywood after all! But pulling back to a macro view, the idea that the tap of a few buttons could cripple a major corporation is downright terrifying. What if the info didn’t feel so superfluous? What if criminally obtained knowledge flipped the state of the world forever? Welcome to the scenario revolving around Michael Mann’s new movie "Blackhat. »
- Matt Patches
"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
Chicago – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” awards with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. Sweeping Best Actor, Director and Feature Film was the Collin Schiffli-directed “Animals,” starring and written by David Dastmalchian.
Photo credit: Jason Brown (jbrownweddingphoto.com) for MidwestFilm.com
The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and featured appearances by television stars Jon Seda and Laroyce Hawkins of “Chicago Pd”; Christian Stolte and Charlie Barnett of “Chicago Fire”; Kelly O’Sullivan and Maura Kidwell of “Sirens”; Screenwriter Irvine Walsh (“Trainspotting”); and Betsy Steinberg, the Director of the Illinois Film Office.
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the ’90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin’ in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented, Lee Daniels’ Shadowboxer, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.
Dorff starred in recent indie Zaytoun and The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Forthcoming films include the recently-wrapped American Hero opposite Eddie Griffin for director Nick Love, drama Oliver’s Deal from exec producer Christine Vachon, »
- Jen Yamato
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
Tim here. For a director who doesn’t even have a movie in this year’s Oscar crop, this has been quite a full few days for Quentin Tarantino. First, the full cast of his upcoming Western (which hasn’t even started shooting yet), The Hateful Eight, was confirmed, and then he re-committed on Monday to his longstanding if vague plans to retire after his tenth film is completed (Hateful Eight will be his eighth... oh, I just got that). Calling film a “young man’s game”, Tarantino, who at 51 is less than half the age of currently active Portuguese director Manoel de Olivera, talked about wanting to leave them wanting more, and not wanting to lose his touch, and generally coming off like his own biggest fan in a way that’s kind of horribly off-putting. But what the hell, I’m looking forward to his next film, the »
- Tim Brayton
Appreciating you could be forgiven for thinking that a good 90% of features on movie websites right now are about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, for the purposes of this piece, there's little other place it can start.
Before I went to see Nolan's latest, I'd been advised by a colleague that Hans Zimmer's score for the film was quite dominant in places ("it's like he fell onto a church organ at one point", I was sagely told). And that proved to be true. What also proved to be true - for me at least - was that the sheer volume and force of that score drowned out dialogue.
And in turn, it brought up one of my recurring bugbears: inaudible dialogue in modern movies.
As it turned out, »
Half the fun of attending Comic Con - either the New York or San Diego iteration - is the cosplayers. Whether elaborately, cleverly or just plain ol' hilariously costumed, cosplayers are the beating heart and soul of comic conventions. And this attendee has taken the art to new levels, as this picture (circulated on social media earlier today - New York Comic Con wrapped up Sunday) shows. This man took it upon himself to dress as characters from multiple Johnny Depp films, a postmodern experiment in actor worship that we can describe as pretty cool. In no particular order, this »
For most of us, everything we know about hackers comes from the movies. They exist in a couple different variations — the good ones are young, geeky and capable of doing anything, and the evil ones are a little bit older, still geeky and even more capable of doing anything. Michael Mann‘s take on the character was bound to be a little bit different from the norm, but who knew he’d find inspiration in 2001’s Huge Ackman-starrer Swordfish? Blackhat stars Chris Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathoway, a legendary hacker currently serving time for, well, hacking. He’s released early in order to help the feds identify and apprehend a far more dangerous hacker who’s wreaking havoc on the world’s financial infrastructure, but lest you think Hemsworth’s going to be stuck behind a keyboard for the whole movie think again. This hacker is also a field agent with weapons and hand-to-hand combat skills to spare »
- Rob Hunter
The upcoming cyber-thriller Blackhat finds Thor actor Chris Hemsworth playing a genius criminal hacker, whom the government has freed to try to catch an international network of hackers. The first trailer for the movie, which was directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Public Enemies), shows just how explosive the storyline is – literally.
From the start, tension runs high as images of computers and "Internety" screens show how everything in the world is connected before it's revealed that a cyber agitator is targeting financial markets. As it happens, the only »
With a filmography that includes Manhunter, Heat, and Collateral, filmmaker Michael Mann is well known among film fans. Despite his success, however, Mann has not been sing on the big screen since 2009′s Public Enemies, although he has been busy in the interim with the short-lived HBO show Luck. That’s set to change with his upcoming feature, however. Titled Blackhat, Mann directs from a script co-wrriten by him and Morgan Davis Foehl, and works with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, and William Mapother. The story revolves around an imprisoned hacker who is temporarily freed to help government forces track down the source of a number of cyber-terrorist attacks, and the film is set to open in American theatres on January 16th, 2015. The first trailer for the feature has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Blackhat is the first film we've seen from director Michael Mann in five years. The last movie he made was Public Enemies with Johnny Depp. Today we've got the first trailer for his cyber crime thriller, which stars Chris Hemsworth as a gifted convict who is taken out of prison to help hunt down a high-level hacker who is looking to take down the world's banking system.
For the most part, I really like the films that Mann has made in his career, and this looks like it will be a good one. The supporting cast includes Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Wei Tang, and Leehom Wang. »
- Joey Paur
Part of me still hopes Universal/Legendary pulls Michael Mann's "Blackhat" into the season. It's probably not an awards movie but I just want to see it sooner, Ok? Mann stumbled for many on "Public Enemies" but I was a fan and I'm looking forward to him getting back on the horse anyway, and a hacker thriller with Chris Hemsworth sounds like a nifty remedy. A newly released trailer, meanwhile, finally gives us a better look at the whole enterprise. One of the things I've been very curious about is Mann's collaboration with Dp Stuart Dryburgh here. Outside of a stint with the ubiquitous Emmanuel Lubezki on "Ali" and the digital exploratory stuff on "Collateral" and "Miami Vice" with Dion Beebe, Mann has mostly stuck with longtime collaborator Dante Spinotti behind the camera. Dryburgh shot the "Luck" pilot for Mann and I've always enjoyed his work on films like "The Painted Veil" and, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chris Hemsworth will reprise as Thor and reteam with his fellow Marvel Studios superheroes to save the world in Avengers: Age of Ultron next year. First, however, the actor will protect the world – playing a convicted hacker who (after striking a deal with the government) battles a global cyber crime network – in the upcoming Blackhat, from Oscar-nominated writer/director Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies).
Universal/Legendary premiered a teaser for Mann’s latest action/thriller at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but a full-length – and far more interesting – theatrical preview is now online. The fresh Blackhat footage boasts the technical qualities (handheld digital cinematography) and thematic elements (intelligent crime genre tropes, underlying social commentary) that have come to be strongly associated with Mann, as a storyteller, over the course of his distinguished career.
Where might Blackhat fall, in the greater scheme of Mann’s filmography? The man boasts more »
- Sandy Schaefer
Michael Mann’s hacker heist, Blackhat, already looks set to be a serious Oscar contender. In its very essence, it’s true Academy bait. From its casting choices, to the edgy plot, right down to Mann himself leading the charge on this globe-trotting techno-thriller – it could definitely be a contender.
If you’re wondering precisely what a Blackhat is, this ain’t no haberdashery lesson. Blackhat is a catchy phrase used to identify hackers who choose to write what Mann terms “malicious code,” in order to isolate vulnerabilities in stable systems. Think of them as reverse engineers, one of which will be played by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, who leads the movie as MIT student and convicted hacker Nicholas Hathaway.
In an international heist premise, Hathaway cavorts from Chicago to Kuala Lumpur, as he winds up employed by American and Chinese federal agents. Tasked with utilising his considerable hacking skill set, »
- Gem Seddon
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