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Love Christopher Nolan’s Practical Visual Effects? You Have ‘Hackers’ to Thank

Love Christopher Nolan’s Practical Visual Effects? You Have ‘Hackers’ to Thank
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Hackers, that beloved cult classic starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie as, well, hackers, I had the lucky opportunity to interview its director Iain Softley over Zoom for a wonderful deep dive into the production of the film. And during our chat, I found out something quite illuminating and surprising about a certain auteur by the name of Christopher Nolan. Whether you love or hate his work, you must admit that Nolan's usage of practical visual effects in an increasingly computer generated blockbuster space is …
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‘Hackers’ Director Iain Softley Takes Us on a Deep Dive for Its 25th Anniversary

‘Hackers’ Director Iain Softley Takes Us on a Deep Dive for Its 25th Anniversary
Goodness gracious, I love Hackers. Starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens and more, the 1995 cyberpunk film about a group of rowdy hackers who fight against an oppressive technocratic state of being with the punk-rock power of, well, hacking. It's a blast to watch, a fiendishly entertaining, surprisingly subversive piece of elevated mainstream filmmaking. It's both incredibly campy and unabashedly sincere. It's full of delightful moments, wild performances, incredible production design, and an utterly bangin' soundtrack. If you're looking for a good time with nutrients at its core, look no further than Hackers. …
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Hackers 2 Is Under Active Consideration Confirms Original Director

Hackers 2 Is Under Active Consideration Confirms Original Director
Could a Hackers sequel be coming our way? Or perhaps a reboot? That certainly is in the realm of possibility, as revealed by director Iain Softley. 25 years after the original 1995 movie arrived to a tepid response, Softley has revealed that conversations have taken place about revisiting that universe.

Iain Softley recently was interviewed in honor of the Hackers 25th anniversary. During the conversation, the filmmaker was asked about revisiting that world. Softley reveals that this is something that initially came up a few years ago and might actually happen. Here's what he had to say about it.

"We are, I have to say for the first time in 25 years, and we probably started this conversation a year or two ago, in the aftermath of the 20th anniversary, I'd never even thought it was something that was interesting. Because we'd anticipate something, and then it'd happen. And then it was kind of all pervasive.
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Exclusive: A Return to ‘Hackers’ Is “Being Actively Considered,” Says Director

Exclusive: A Return to ‘Hackers’ Is “Being Actively Considered,” Says Director
In honor of the wild cyberpunk cult classic's 25th anniversary, I got to sit down with the director of Hackers, Iain Softley, for an in-depth, 45-minute Zoom interview about every facet of the film. And when he teased a return to the world of Hackers "being actively considered", I simply had to share it with my fellow Hacker-ytes (probably just shoulda stuck with "hackers") as soon as possible (look for our full interview on Collider tomorrow!). Here's Softley on revisiting the world of Hackers: [caption id="attachment_932234" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via MGM/UA …
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Link Tank: Revisiting Hackers After 25 Years

Link Tank: Revisiting Hackers After 25 Years
About twenty-five years ago, the movie Hackers introduced the internet to the wider American audience.

“It’s wild to think that the internet has only been a part of the public consciousness for a few decades. When the movie Hackers hit theaters in September 1995, only 14 percent of Americans had access to the web, according to Pew Research, and the vast majority were on achingly slow dial-up. But the online revolution was just around the corner.”

Read more at PCMag.

Killer whales have been attacking boats near the Spanish waters, and it seems to be on purpose.

“Reports of orcas confronting boats have been coming in from sailors across southern Spain for the past two months. In some cases, the damage has been significant, with boats losing parts of their rudders. Some crew members have been wounded from the jolts. These do not appear to be accidental encounters.”

Read more at Mental Floss.
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Stream of the Day: ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ Is Still One of the Best Movies About the Internet

Stream of the Day: ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ Is Still One of the Best Movies About the Internet
Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know” premiered at Sundance in late January 2005, a few short weeks before YouTube went live on Valentine’s Day the following month. MySpace was in its infancy, Twitter hadn’t even been conceived, and Facebook was still new enough that most people just used it to “poke” strangers they didn’t have the courage to wave at in class.

While Paul Haggis’ “Crash” typified the kind of movies people were making about modern dislocation (read: self-absolving security blankets that wanted you to think a little irony would be enough to erase society’s oldest stains), Miranda July’s first feature poked its head into arthouse theaters with the prognosis to a problem that most of us hadn’t been able to put a finger on yet. July’s debut feature wasn’t the first movie about the internet (a sub-genre that
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Common, ‘Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller Join Keke Palmer In ‘Alice’ Indie Thriller

Common, ‘Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller Join Keke Palmer In ‘Alice’ Indie Thriller
Oscar-winner Common and Elementary alum Jonny Lee are set to co-star opposite Keke Palmer in the Steel Springs Pictures thriller Alice from writer and director Krystin Ver Linden. Inspired by the true events, the plot follows a woman of servitude in 1800s Georgia, who escapes the 55 acre confines of her captor to discover the shocking reality that exists beyond the tree line… it’s 1973.

Steel Springs’ Peter Lawson is producing the project with executive producers Jose Agustin Valdes, Luisa Fernanda Espinosa, and Palmer. Steel Springs is fully financing and will commence production this August in Georgia.

Recording artist and actor and actor Common stars in Tate Taylor’s upcoming drama Ava with Jessica Chastain and the sci-fi feature Nine Lives also opposite Miller. Earlier this month, Common and Palmer also co-hosted the YouTube fundraiser Bear Witness, Take Action, dedicated to amplifying and developing the voices of Black creators,
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Here Are the TV Shows and Movies That Will Be Available on HBO Max at Launch

Here Are the TV Shows and Movies That Will Be Available on HBO Max at Launch
HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s long-awaited streaming service, launches Wednesday with hundreds of titles, including beloved TV series, blockbuster film franchises and some originals created specifically for the new platform.

And while we’re willing to bet you’ve heard classics like “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory” are among the offerings that will be available at launch, we’re also pretty sure you don’t know how many other shows and movies you’ll have access to on Day 1.

And, as a bonus surprise, HBO announced all eight “Harry Potter” films as well as “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be available on launch day.

Well, don’t worry, because TheWrap has rounded up a list of the biggest films and TV series will be streaming on HBO Max at launch so that you can decide if it’s worth the $14.99/month price tag, which is bumped down to
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Matthew Lillard's 10 Best Roles, According To IMDb

Matthew Lillard's 10 Best Roles, According To IMDb
Making his feature film debut in the ill-fated horror-comedy sequel Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, it didn’t take long for up-and-coming actor Matthew Lillard to gain traction in the world of acting. Quickly joining the cast of classic 90s movies like Hackers and Scream, Lillard has since established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile actors working in Hollywood today.

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Matthew Lillard is perhaps most famous for his role as Shaggy Rogers in 2002’s live-action Scooby-Doo movie, going on to reprise the role in countless other live-action and animated projects. Besides Scooby-Doo though, Lillard has boasted an extensive career packed with movies, TV shows, and even video games.
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Hear David Gilmour, Guy Pratt’s Unreleased Song From ‘Hackers’ Soundtrack

Hear David Gilmour, Guy Pratt’s Unreleased Song From ‘Hackers’ Soundtrack
A 25-year-old secret – albeit poorly kept and widely known – can finally be confirmed: Yes, that is Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour playing one of his trademark guitar solos during a pivotal scene in the 1995 film/techie time capsule Hackers.

Sometime in The Division Bell era, Gilmour visited the home of Guy Pratt, Pink Floyd’s touring bassist since Momentarily Lapse of Reason, while the bassist was working on music for the 1995 movie about teenage computer whizzes — including Angelina Jolie in her first big-screen role — “hacking the world.”

The meet-up became
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NYC Weekend Watch: 1995, Chantal Akerman, The Women Behind Hitchcock

NYC Weekend Watch: 1995, Chantal Akerman, The Women Behind Hitchcock
Since any New York City 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.

Anthology Film Archives

Presented by Screen Slate, “1995: The Year the Internet Broke” includes Ghost in the Shell, Hackers, Johnny Mnemonic, and more.

It’s the final weekend of a Dušan Makavejev retrospective.

Film Forum

“The Women Behind Hitchcock” features Rebecca, The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of a Doubt, and more.

French Institute Alliance Française

The
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Everything New to and Leaving Hulu in August, From ‘A Simple Favor’ to ‘Jawline’

The time has come for Hulu to release its list of everything coming and going in the month of August.

This will come in handy after the “Bachelorette” season finale in late July leaves us in desperate need of something else to watch.

In August, a new episode of Hulu’s horror anthology “Into The Dark” arrives, in which a group of social outcasts who are stuck in weekend detention are confronted by the school’s legendary hauntings.

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Other Hulu originals include: “The Amazing Johnathan Documentary,” in which a filmmaker profiles a dying magician on his final tour, but the lines between reality and magic begin to blur; Season 2 of “Find Me in Paris,” and “Jawline,” a Hulu original documentary that follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem
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What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in July

Amazon Prime Video has announced its new content offerings for July 2019, a list that includes five Amazon Original series and one Amazon Original movie. The service will also start streaming Epix’s new series “Pennyworth,” which takes a look at the early life of Batman’s famous butler Alfred, on July 28.

In terms of original series, “Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny” returns for Season 1B on July 5. Season 2 of “Comicstaan” airs July 12, while Season 4 of “All or Nothing” premieres July 19. Season 3 of “Dino Dana” and the series premiere of “The Boys” — a superhero comic book adaptation — are coming July 26.

The Amazon original movie “Peterloo” — a historical drama that chronicles one of that bloodiest chapter’s in Britain’s history — debuts July 3.

Some other movies to look forward to include “Under the Silver Lake,” the new “Hellboy,” “Corpse Bride,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and five different “Star Trek” films ranging
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in July, including the first season of the highly anticipated Stephen King thriller “Castle Rock” as well as season 2 of the costume drama “Harlots” and season 4 of the comedy “Casual.”

And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 2 of “The Strain,” season 4 of “The Vikings” and season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the first five films in the “Star Trek” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Rosemary’s Baby.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July

Available July 1: TV

Alaska: The Last Frontier: Complete Season 4 (Discovery)

Deadliest Catch: Complete Season 11 (Discovery)

Deadly Women: Complete Season 6 (ID)

Dual Survival: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Elementary: Complete Season
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Inside Angelina Jolie's 3-Year Hiatus From the Big Screen

Inside Angelina Jolie's 3-Year Hiatus From the Big Screen
Acting was never Angelina Jolie's end goal. As the daughter of Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight, the now 43-year-old movie star made her onscreen debut at age 7, opposite her father in the 1982 comedy Lookin' to Get Out. Eleven years later, Jolie landed her first leading role in the direct-to-video sci-fi flick Cyborg 2. Film roles in Hackers and Love Is All There Is followed, but her big break came in 1997 when she earned an Emmy nomination for her supporting role in George Wallace. In 1998, she won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her portrayal of the late model Gia Carangi in Gia. Jolie's turn as a sociopathic mental patient in 1999's Girl, Interrupted made her a bonafide movie...
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Across the Mooniverse: is Mute a lost, 90s made Blade Runner sequel from another dimension or Button Moon The Movie on downers?

Author: Daniel Goodwin

Duncan Jones’ fourth feature, the long gestating twinkle in his eye/ pseudo Moon sequel Mute, is finally set to make its Netflix debut on Friday 23rd February. This British/German sci-fi production, filmed in Berlin, has been a passion project of Jones’ for some time and one that has careered from pipedream to planned and temporarily postponed. But when potent concepts flower within the minds of passionate artists they have a tendency to materialise in some form or another; whatever the cost. In Mute’s case, due to the evolution of online streaming triggering an industry metamorphosis, the film will mostly bypass cinemas* and arrive in the homes of Netflix subscribers on Friday 23rd February. What is known of the narrative is not much beyond a log-line with morsels extracted from myriad sources to form a patchwork understanding of what the story might be.

Prior to the
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The fascinating prescience of Tomorrow Never Dies

Mark Allison Dec 12, 2017

It's 20 years today that Tomorrow Never DIes first landed in UK cinemas. But was it, in its own way, ahead of its time?

Imagine a world in which deceitful news reporters and mysterious computer hackers are conspiring to destabilise the geopolitical status quo. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has developed delusions of grandeur about its place in the world, and begun to embark upon an effort to restore itself to former imperial greatness. All this might seem a little familiar to anyone who has glanced at a newspaper recently, but it’s not a summary of recent events – this is a synopsis for the seventeenth James Bond film, Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which has just turned 20 years old.

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Halloween 2017: Devil’s Night Double Feature – The Crow and House Of 1000 Corpses

[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Check here for more double feature recommendations and other Halloween 2017 coverage.]

In horror movies, things usually go so very wrong on October 31st when it comes to the Halloween-themed offerings of the genre. But what about the night before? October 30th, or “Devil’s Night”, can also bring about its own horrific consequences, which is the theme I went with when it came time to put together my double feature of Alex ProyasThe Crow and Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses. Both are coincidentally feature film debuts for each director, they feature killer soundtracks, and this pair of films is also centered around a storyline where the characters will never be the same after their experiences on the night before Halloween.

Based on the comic by James O'Barr, The Crow finds aspiring rock star Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) rising from the grave a year after his death to take revenge on the four thugs (David Patrick Kelly, Angel David,
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‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family

‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family
Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).

Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday,
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Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee Miller

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Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerBack on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerJulide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine3/14/2017 10:01:00 Am

When, in June 2016, rumour got out that director Danny Boyle had started filming the sequel to his cult hit Trainspotting people got very excited.

Paparazzi and fans alike flocked to the Edinburgh set and disrupted filming, making it tough for the filmmakers to keep anything secret. “They were trying to shelter our costumes. They had umbrellas and were like, ‘Put your hood on when you get your hair done,’” recalls Jonny Lee Miller, who once again plays platinum-blond drug addict Sick Boy. “Danny said, ‘It’s like f--king Star Wars up here.’ There was a level of excitement which was quite alarming.”

The 1996 film was an unexpected sensation and made instant stars out of Miller and his co-stars Ewan McGregor,
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