heat novel

Three years ago, word came that Michael Mann would be returning to the world of Heat with a prequel novel. But after the initial announcement, no additional info arose, and you’d be forgiven for forgetting the project was even happening. Now, Mann himself has provided an update, stating that a Heat novel is definitely still in the works, and will be published next year.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars - Anakin Skywalker

The weather is finally getting warmer, and that means more time outside. But you can always set aside part of your day for a little bit of Netflix. Thankfully, there’s not a mass exodus of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix, but we’ve picked out some of the ones you might want to watch before they disappear from the library, including a bunch of James Bond titles, an animated series that will disappear from streaming for months, arguably Michael Mann‘s best movie, and more. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now April

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Hello, streamers. Are you ready for another round-up of great movies you can stream right now? I sure as hell hope so, or else I compiled this list for nothing. In this edition of Now Stream This, we have one of last year’s best movies, a Michael Mann masterpiece, Dustin Hoffman vs. a Nazi dentist, a modern animated classic, Richard Gere trying to solve spooky mysteries, a killer fetus, and more!

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Most Accurate Films About Professions

Perhaps hoping to supplement the IMDb “Goofs” section, the folks at The Washington Post assembled 24 experts and asked them to pick the most accurate portrayals of professionals on film. The results may surprise you, because more often than night, astronauts, farmers, firefighters and more seem to zero in not on the most popular films, but those which are sticklers for details. The list of most accurate movies about professions is below.

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new heat blu-ray

Released in 1995, Michael Mann’s Heat has spent the past 22 years embedding itself into pop culture consciousness. It’s hard to think of a crime movie (or even a crime video game) made in the past two decades that doesn’t owe it some kind of debt. This is Mann at his biggest and glossiest, his coolest and his grimmest, his most realistic and his most fantastical. It’s the three-hour action epic of our dreams.

With the new “Director’s Definitive Edition” Blu-ray on sale this week, Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux sat down to talk about Heat, what makes a Michael Mann movie, and yes, that rightfully famous shootout.

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/Answers: The Best Movie Gunfights of All Time

best movie gunfights

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie gunfight of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite movie gunfight, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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the dark knight michael mann influences

If you ask me, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a masterwork, not just as a superhero movie but as a film. But like most great filmmakers, Nolan wears his film influences on his sleeves, and it’s very evident in his work. We’ve talked previously about how Nolan’s love for the James Bond franchise has shown up in his films from time to time (For instance, The Dark Knight Rises opening sequence was clearly inspired by 1989’s Licence to Kill). A new video essay presents scenes from director Michael Mann‘s films side by side with sequences from Nolan’s work on The Dark Knight.

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Heat Diner Scene - Robert De Niro

One of the most iconic scenes in Heat is where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino calmly sit down for a man-to-man chat in an effort to understand each other a little better, both affirming that neither is going to stop what they’re doing, and they’re not going to let each other get in their way. Bringing these two together for a confrontation for the first time was a big deal, and there were even rumors that Pacino and De Niro never shot the scene together, opting to do each part independently of each other.

During a panel we attended after an Academy screening of a 4K remaster of Heat (which should be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year or early next year), moderator Christopher Nolan confirmed that evidence of the actors working together in the same place at the same time lies in a picture that you can see at the real location the scene was shot in, Kate Matalini’s diner in Beverly Hills. However, it was revealed that Pacino and De Niro never rehearsed the scene before shooting it. Find out more about how the Heat diner scene was put together after the jump. Read More »

Al Pacino's Heat Character

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.

Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »

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‘Heat’ Prequel in Development From Michael Mann

Heat prequel

Director Michael Mann is working on a prequel to his classic 1995 crime thriller, Heat. The director of Collateral and The Last of the Mohicans has just closed a deal to launch Michael Mann Books, and he’s digging into his past work to find potential stories to tell. The Heat prequel, which will first be published as a novel, is apparently a major priority for Mann at the moment.

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