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Michael Mann’s New Cyber Thriller Title Confirmed As 'Black Hat'; May Go After Oscar Qualifying Run

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2014 4:49 PM
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Black Hat
Just a few moments ago at its Comic-Con panel, Legendary Pictures provided a first look at “Black Hat,” formerly known as "Cyber." A footage report will be coming later this weekend, but we can tell you now that the screening was well received. A new logo and photo, a behind-the-scenes still of director/producer Michael Man and star Chris Hemsworth, has also been released.

First Images From Michael Mann's Cyber Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 5:29 PM
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Cyber Chris Hemsworth
With the movie due in just over half a year, and with no official title yet (though it has had the working title "Cyber"), very little is known about Michael Mann's upcoming thriller. But today brings with it our first images from the film, that is already one we're very curious about.

Watch: 2-Minute Visual Essay On Michael Mann's 'Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:08 PM
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Thief
How much do we like "Thief"? Let us count the ways. The Criterion Collection edition of the film released at the beginning of the year gave us an excuse to do a full retrospective on the filmmaker, and we had the pleasure of an extensive interview with Mann about the movie itself. The director's rain-slicked 1981 sizzler is still an influence to this day and one of his top-tier works, and if you haven't seen it—or are already a fan and just want to appreciate it again—here's a way you can do just that.

Watch: 4-Minute Supercut Celebrates The Visual Eye Of Michael Mann

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 18, 2014 11:44 AM
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Over on Vimeo there's whole little community of video artists whose supercuts and montages string together works linked by a given director or actor, set them to new music, and sit back to let interesting cinematic results emerge: we showed you a Kubrick one back in January and here's another of a similar sort by Alfred Wong, this time with the movies of Michael Mann, whose career we gave the retrospective treatment that very same January day . Clearly some law of cinematic convergence is at work.

Interview: Michael Mann Talks Making 'Thief,' The Importance Of Authenticity & What's Coming In His Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 12:01 PM
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From the opening moments of “Thief”—which features a clockwork heist sequence that would make “Rififi” director Jules Dassin stand up and applaud—it’s clear you’re in the hands of a master storyteller. With some documentary work and TV movie “The Jericho Mile” already under his belt, for his debut feature film, Michael Mann’s command of atmosphere and character arrives fully formed, with “Thief” staking a high bar that the filmmaker would leap from in his films for years to come.

Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Mann

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 14, 2014 1:12 PM
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The Films of Michael Mann
In 33 years of filmmaking, director Michael Mann has only made 10 theatrically-released feature-length films. Averaging one every three years (with two long gaps of about six years—we're reaching the end of the second now), his un-prolific nature is perhaps due to meticulous and exhausting research processes and character explorations which often lead to completed screenplays ... only for him to abandon them when he finds something amiss. “I only do films I truly believe in,” Michael Mann said in a 1990s interview expressing frustration with his somewhat unproductive pace and yet simultaneously articulating the vital quality that makes him the filmmaker we know today. It's the sort of thing many directors might say, but Mann, more than many others, has the courage of his convictions and the resulting short but blazing filmography to back up his sincerity.

Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Thriller Hits January 2015, ‘Warcraft’ Moves To March 2016 To Make Way For ‘Star Wars 7’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 27, 2013 4:16 PM
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Duncan Jones, World of Warcraft
Universal Pictures and their new partners at Legendary Pictures (they said "see ya later" to Warner Bros. this year after “Pacific Rim”) have unveiled a quintet of release dates for their 2015/2016 season. Let’s get right to it. The first and perhaps most disappointing news is that Michael Mann’s untitled project (a cybercrime thriller set in Hong Kong starring Chris Hemsworth) has been dated for January 16, 2015. January is a crappy date, so it sucks, right? Well, for one, we’ll see if that date sticks, for two, Ron Howard’s Hemsworth-starring “In The Heart of The Sea” opens two months later and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a few months after that, so perhaps the studio is just trying to strategize around those dates.

10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 21, 2013 4:25 PM
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10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies
This week, the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man” hits theaters (our review here). While on the surface it may seem of a type with recent paternity comedies like “The Change-Up” and “The Switch,” it does feature one rogue element (aside from not starring Jason Bateman): it’s a remake of a French-language Canadian comedy called “Starbuck” that's also directed by the original’s director, Ken Scott. It’s easy to see how the festival success of "Starbuck," strong national box office and gentle high concept (a commitment-shy frequent sperm donor discovers he’s fathered over 500 children, a large segment of whom now want to meet him), might have put it on the remake list immediately. Indeed there are currently two other versions in the works—a Bollywood one and a French picture—but the choice to offer the directorial chair to Scott for the U.S. version is a little more unusual.

Michael Mann's 'Thief,' Satyajit Ray Box Set And More Coming To Criterion January 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 4:27 PM
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Criterion 2014: Thief, Mad Mad, Mad World, more
If the sheer image of James Caan looking that fucking cool on a DVD cover isn't enough to get you to pick it up, we don't know what to tell you. So yes, Michael Mann's "Thief" is Criterion approved, and thus you have to the go ahead to buy it in January.

Chris Hemsworth Shares New Details About Michael Mann's Hackers & Espionage Film

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 1, 2013 10:42 AM
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“Rush” (review here) went into wide release this past weekend to a middling response over in the U.S., but back in Europe it's attracting much greater interest, telling as it does the story of two European heroes of a chiefly European sport. Thus it was that star Chris Hemsworth was talking to German website FilmFutter when he revealed some details of his next big film, an untitled Michael Mann thriller which is widely but not officially being referred to as “Cyber,” for some reason.

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