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March 03, 2020, 06:49:47 AM
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So recently, I have been watching a lot of films with the (paid) Fox movies application and other ways.
Struck with some movies adding bitcoin and the blockchain in their scripts and plots.
People are seeing it now even in Hollywood.

1. The Hustle.
Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson) trying to payback Thomas for the medical expenses in bitcoin.
She even stated how much the transaction fee is. It was really funny.
Cannot find a better clip but here is one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fk9Xd9lkR4 go to 2:35.
Credits to the owner.

2. Charlie's Angels (2019)
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Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto -- a sustainable energy source that will revolutionize the way people use power. But when the cutting edge technology falls into the wrong hands, Elena turns to the Townsend Agency for help. Now, it's up to the Angels -- Jane, Sabina and the newly recruited Elena -- to retrieve Calisto before it can be transformed into a weapon of mass destruction.
Thanks to google.

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“All my character talked about was blockchain, and I remember I went in and Liz Banks [director] is so smart…she was explaining it to me, and I was not getting it.”

Naomi continues, “She got a piece of paper out and was drawing a diagram. I was like ‘she’s going to recast me because I don’t know what blockchain is’…to this day, I don’t know what blockchain means.” LOL!
Thanks to:
http://www.justjared.com/2019/11/05/naomi-scott-admits-she-doesnt-know-what-this-term-means-even-though-its-all-her-charlies-angels-character-talks-about/
(Sorry, I can't find the Jimmy Fallon interview.)

3. Crypto (2019)
Director: John Stalberg Jr.
This, I haven't watched yet. Trying to get a copy of the film.

4. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Credits to Botnake. Thanks for the share.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5230008.msg53954691#msg53954691
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"you can forget nano-tech. Forget AI. Forget cryptocurrency. Quantum energy is the future."

5. Title: The Imitation Game (2014)
(War and Drama)
No script about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies but more like about cryptography only.
 Just a good history for how difficult it is to solve/understand encrypted words.
I just think Satoshi have also gone through this numerous problems.

6. Jexi (2019)
Comedy
Somehow sarcastic but just want to add it.
Script:
Phil: And how's our Bitcoin mining operation going?
Jexi: We are not making money yet, but we will be rich soon. No one ever loses money with Bitcoin.
Added some photos here.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5230008.msg54378828#msg54378828

If you have some to share, please do. Even those with just a little part in the script.
Not the old ones though as I know there is already one thread for that.
Also, if I am in the wrong section, please correct me.
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March 03, 2020, 07:28:10 AM
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If you do the right search using some distinct words, you will get better results, but it is better for you to ask about a specific movie or topic and then members can help you find the best solutions or proposals.

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March 03, 2020, 08:44:24 AM
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Let the movies make cryptocurrency popular... So that after some time governments of all nations will remove the restriction on it.
In India crypto is ban.
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March 03, 2020, 08:52:25 AM
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Check Dope (2015)
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March 03, 2020, 09:59:35 AM
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Let the movies make cryptocurrency popular... So that after some time governments of all nations will remove the restriction on it.
Yes, it's a good medium to give exposure to bitcoin being included to their script and movie itself. I haven't watched the other crypto movies, I still can't find time to watch any of those.

In India crypto is ban.
Is this a fact in India? this might be off topic but I'm confused with the real thing there.

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March 03, 2020, 10:08:31 AM
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You can watch Hacker, although it was a very short script where mentioned bitcoin. Bitcoin was mentioned for using as a payment system in their illegal activities. Although that's a bad move, I think it was good for bitcoin in general.
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March 03, 2020, 10:24:49 AM
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If you do the right search using some distinct words, you will get better results, but it is better for you to ask about a specific movie or topic and then members can help you find the best solutions or proposals.

you can check ---> Banking on Bitcoin  >> Magic Money >> The Bitcoin Experiment

Yeah, that had been my problem.
I may not be using the right words or the right terms to filter what I need.
Google has the means to look for everything but, if not done in the right way then he cannot find it for you.  Grin
Sorry about that.
Thanks for the tip though.

Check Dope (2015)
More like 2018-2020 will do.
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March 03, 2020, 10:26:18 AM
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I saw bitcoin featured in Billions TV show in 2017.

A moment to remember.

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It is important to say that blockchain is mentioned and explained in Simpsons TV show with Jim Parsons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovyMzT8rS8w

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You can watch Hacker, although it was a very short script where mentioned bitcoin. Bitcoin was mentioned for using as a payment system in their illegal activities. Although that's a bad move, I think it was good for bitcoin in general.

most of the time, bitcoin or crypto is portrayed in negative perspective, this is the reason why those who don't have any idea with crypto, will have the notion that dealing with crypto would put someone in the bad light. but I think that perception is changing now as many known companies are starting to support crypto and blockchain technology.

and by the way, the movie that the OP mentioned - Crypto, I hope he will not be disappointed afterwards. watched that movie and I'd say, it is not well represented of how crypto life is. But anyway, we have different outlook in films.  enjoy!
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My wife is watching The Good Wife,a TV Show about layers and politician , BTW it's very good despite the title.
There were 2-3 episodes mentioning crypto currency. In of of the episodes there were looking for Satoshi, and they found him Cheesy, the other one was for the Silk Road and the dark web, almost like the Ross' story.
It's a good show, trust me Smiley

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Thanks for the list and synopses, OP.  I'll have to write these down in my little notebook so I don't forget.

I watch a lot of movies, too, and I have yet to stumble across a single one where bitcoin is even mentioned--but then again, I don't tend to watch comedies or spy/thriller/action movies and might not have discovered any of these on my own. 

You'd think bitcoin might be an interesting plot device that could be used in action movies, but apparently Hollywood either hasn't thought of it or doesn't agree with my opinion.  Usually screenwriters incorporate at least some contemporary culture references in their work, and it isn't like bitcoin is still some unknown thing at this point.  Hopefully in the future we'll start seeing bitcoin/crypto at least being mentioned in movies.  It would appeal to me and a lot of other people, too. 

Someone else had a list like OP's, but they were all non-Hollywood movies from European countries if I recall correctly.  I should have written those down, too, but I don't think I'd even have access to them. 

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Of the 3 movies you listed, I had only watch 2 the number 2 and number 3.
I also like to add, bitcoin or block AFAIR was also mentioned in Ant Man and the Wasp Movie, I've watch this movie and liked what I saw.
They are also talking about it here - https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/8x2nl4/cryptocurrency_mentioned_in_ant_man_and_the_wasp/

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March 03, 2020, 11:42:04 AM
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The fact that someone mentions the BTC or blockchain in film, doesn't mean the movie is really good and worth the hour and a half or more of my time. Movie makers use all possible tricks to reach audiences, and crypto is generally portrayed as something negative, and I think it does more harm than good with this kind of promotion. I won't even mention the superficiality and inaccuracy that is part of some artistic freedom, so sometimes it seems pretty funny, like kids talking about crypto in their childish manner.

Why limit yourself to just 3 movies/series, check this (last updated March 2019) : [Collection Thread] Series and films in which Bitcoin (or Altcoins) appear

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1. The Hustle.
Watched out this movie how Penny Rust sending Bitcoin worth $500K to Thomas. But at the end of the movie, I think bitcoin portrayed negatively because Thomas easily scams all bitcoin penny has. IMO

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I appreciate the fact that you did some research about BTC being mentioned in movies,but why should we care about this?
I'm not interested into watching movies and Hollywood produces lots of shitty and mediocre movies nowadays.
Why not turning to another big part of the pop culture-like  rap music. Grin
Bitcoin is mentioned by a few rappers in their songs.I remember that Royce Da 5'9 mentioned it in one song.


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So recently, I have been watching a lot of films with the (paid) Fox movies application and other ways.
Struck with some movies adding bitcoin and the blockchain in their scripts and plots.
People are seeing it now even in Hollywood.

1. The Hustle.
Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson) trying to payback Thomas for the medical expenses in bitcoin.
She even stated how much the transaction fee is. It was really funny.
Cannot find a better clip but here is one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fk9Xd9lkR4 go to 2:35.
Credits to the owner.

2. Charlie's Angels (2019)
Quote
Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto -- a sustainable energy source that will revolutionize the way people use power. But when the cutting edge technology falls into the wrong hands, Elena turns to the Townsend Agency for help. Now, it's up to the Angels -- Jane, Sabina and the newly recruited Elena -- to retrieve Calisto before it can be transformed into a weapon of mass destruction.
Thanks to google.

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“All my character talked about was blockchain, and I remember I went in and Liz Banks [director] is so smart…she was explaining it to me, and I was not getting it.”

Naomi continues, “She got a piece of paper out and was drawing a diagram. I was like ‘she’s going to recast me because I don’t know what blockchain is’…to this day, I don’t know what blockchain means.” LOL!
Thanks to:
http://www.justjared.com/2019/11/05/naomi-scott-admits-she-doesnt-know-what-this-term-means-even-though-its-all-her-charlies-angels-character-talks-about/
(Sorry, I can't find the Jimmy Fallon interview.)

3. Crypto (2019)
Director: John Stalberg Jr.
This, I haven't watched yet. Trying to get a copy of the film.

If you have some to share, please do. Even those with just a little part in the script.
Not the old ones though as I know there is already one thread for that.
Also, if I am in the wrong section, please correct me.

These tell we in the crypto space that, Bitcoin and blockchain really have good potentials in the financial ecosystem. Is just the matter of time and people truly understanding bitcoin as a financial entity rather than just an investment asset. The implementation of bitcoin and blockchain in movies will help people to somehow understand this technology. We need to see this kinda movies more to help the introduction of bitcoin and blockchain to more individuals.
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I watch a lot of movies, too, and I have yet to stumble across a single one where bitcoin is even mentioned--but then again, I don't tend to watch comedies or spy/thriller/action movies and might not have discovered any of these on my own.  
Happens when you finished watching all the box office movies and then nothing else to watch but you don't want to waste the premium from Fox, Netflix and Disney.  Grin
Some of them will not be mentioned in a trailer or for marketing it. You have to literally watch the whole movie even if they are getting boring.  Grin

Of the 3 movies you listed, I had only watch 2 the number 2 and number 3.
I also like to add, bitcoin or block AFAIR was also mentioned in Ant Man and the Wasp Movie, I've watch this movie and liked what I saw.
They are also talking about it here - https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/8x2nl4/cryptocurrency_mentioned_in_ant_man_and_the_wasp/
What!??
I watched that movie for like 2 times and yet I didn't noticed that. Perhaps it was mentioned when I peed but, I did it twice?  Grin
Thank you man!!! I will be watching this again later.

Edit:
Tried to research because of excitement.
Here is the dialogue.
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"you can forget nano-tech. Forget AI. Forget cryptocurrency. Quantum energy is the future."
Maybe that is why I didn't notice it.

I appreciate the fact that you did some research about BTC being mentioned in movies,but why should we care about this?
I'm not interested into watching movies and Hollywood produces lots of shitty and mediocre movies nowadays.
Why not turning to another big part of the pop culture-like  rap music. Grin
Bitcoin is mentioned by a few rappers in their songs.I remember that Royce Da 5'9 mentioned it in one song.


That is how you like it and I also have mine. I respect that though.
I am more of an Eminem fan.  Grin
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March 03, 2020, 01:39:05 PM
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Check Dope (2015)

Also what I was about to reference. Bitcoin's not just mentioned in passing either, it's the key method for the kids to escape suspicion (of course as inaccurate as you'd like but other movies have done worse).

My contribution to this is unfortunately not a Hollywood movie, but a Malay movie in 2018. KL Special Force.

Subs are in English, but it's hilarious. A cliche of suitcase containing... Bitcoin.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1215845221883022


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March 03, 2020, 01:54:09 PM
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This TV series Almost Human came out in 2013 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sXcxP6LuYk 

It has one of the earliest mentions I can think of from film and TV. It's set in 2048 or something and they use 'Bitcoin sticks' to do contactless payment type things.

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