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10 of the Best Rami Malek Movies and TV Shows You May Not Have Seen



Most of us know Rami Malek for his stunning portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie became a major box office success and received numerous accolades. But did you know that this 37-year-old Oscar winner has played many outstanding roles before making his big cinematic leap?

We at Bright Side have chosen 10 of Rami Malek’s best movies and TV shows, that are definitely worth your attention.

1. Ahkmenrah (Night at the Museum)

This story takes place in the American Museum of Natural History, where the exhibits mysteriously come to life. There, Rami appears as the pharaoh Ahkmenrah. His character will gain a more important role in the third installment Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. There we discover that a magic tablet belonging to his family is corroding, which later causes the exhibits to act unpredictably.

2. Finn (Need for Speed)

Need for Speed, the 2014 movie based on the famous video game series, gave Malek the chance to play Finn, a young member of a group of mechanics who split up after Tobey, the shop owner, gets wrongly jailed.

Finn rejoins the group when Tobey is released. The mission is to restore a classic and expensive car to pay the workshop’s massive debt and take revenge on his friend who set the trap.

3. Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)

One of Rami’s most famous roles was as the computer hacker Elliot Alderson in the TV series Mr. Robot (2015—present). Elliot is a young computer security expert who, for various reasons, ends up with a group of hackers called fsociety, whose main purpose is to tear down the banking system through cyberattacks.

Elliott is a very intelligent guy, but he suffers from anxiety problems, identity disorders, and depression. His life takes place in an unstable and confusing way, constantly fighting between what is real and what is only in his head.

This performance earned Malek a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

4. Jonah/Buster (Buster’s Mal Heart)

In the independent film Buster’s Mal Heart (2017), Rami first appears as a strange, long bearded man, nicknamed Buster, who lives in the mountains and runs from the authorities. Later we find out that Buster’s real name is Jonah, he’s a family man and former hotel concierge who suffers from psychological problems.

5. Louis Dega (Papillon)

Just before the world premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Papillon movie was released in the United States. It’s based on the life of French convict Henri Charrière, nicknamed Papillon, who was imprisoned in 1933 for a crime he did not commit.

During his stay in prison, Papillon meets Louis Dega, played by Malek, a forger who helps him escape from the fearsome Devil Island where the prison is located.

6. Benjamin (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

In the Twilight franchise’s final edition (2012), Rami Malek plays Benjamin, a vampire from the Egyptian coven, who has the ability to manipulate the elements of nature: air, water, earth, and fire.

7. Nate (Short Term 12)

In this independent film of 2013, Malek portrays Nate, a college guy who becomes a supervisor at a residence for troubled teenagers. Nate is not someone who has had issues, but according to him, he wants to help other young people who do have them. He comes from an upper middle class family and feels the need to have a cooperative experience with the residents. While there he meets Grace (Brie Larson), another supervisor who, in addition to taking care of the teenagers, is fighting against her own turbulent past.

8. Merriel “Snafu” Shelton (The Pacific)

This miniseries that aired during 2010, brings us to the intervention of the United States in the Pacific War, based on the memories of 2 marines. Here Rami plays Merriel “Snafu” Shelton, a soldier born in Louisiana, an excitable youngster, a poker genius, but also someone who easily gets confused and lost. His scattered personality leads him to make mistakes and discuss any unfounded topic, especially when he is drunk or upset.

9. Marcos Al-Zacar (24)

Rami Malek has also appeared in the successful and multi-award-winning series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, which aired from 2001 to 2010. There, Malek participated as a guest actor for 3 episodes, and embodied Marcos Al-Zacar, a terrorist from the Republic of Kamistan.

10. Kenny (The War at Home)

Rami also landed the role of Kenny in The War at Home series (that aired from 2005-2007). This sitcom follows the experiences of a dysfunctional family in New York. Kenny is a young man who is forced to move to his best friend Larry’s house (one of the protagonists), after telling his parents that he is gay.

Have you seen these movies or series? Which one has impacted you the most? Tell us in the comments!

Preview photo credit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 / Lionsgate Films

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Look at How Much “Game of Thrones” Characters Have Changed Over 8 Seasons




During the summer of 2019, the final season of Game of Thrones aired. The show had gone on for almost 10 years which is a long time not only for the characters but also for the actors who portrayed them.

Bright Side is remembering what characters looked like in the very first episodes of the groundbreaking series and is comparing them to what they look like in the final season of the show.

1. Cersei Lannister

2. Jon Snow

3. Tyrion Lannister

4. Daenerys Targaryen

5. Sansa Stark

6. Arya Stark

7. Jorah Mormont

8. Varys

9. Jaime Lannister

10. Sandor Clegane

11. Brienne of Tarth

12. Samwell Tarly

13. Davos Seaworth

14. Theon Greyjoy

15. Brandon Stark

Did you watch Game of Thrones? Did you enjoy season 8? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox




Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight.

Here’s what’s happening: On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bitcoins to free them back up. It’s a so-called “ransomware” attack, where hackers deploy malicious software to block access to or take over a computer system until the owner of that system pays a ransom.

Baltimore, like several other cities that have been hit by such attacks over the past two years, is refusing to pay up. As a result, for two weeks, city employees have been locked out of their email accounts and citizens have been unable to access essential services, including websites where they pay their water bills, property taxes, and parking tickets. This is Baltimore’s second ransomware attack in about 15 months: Last year, a separate attack shut down the city’s 911 system for about a day. Baltimore has come under scrutiny for its handling of both attacks.

The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other local governments across the US demonstrate that as ransomware attacks spread, and as common targets such as hospitals and schools beef up their online systems’ security, there are still plenty targets vulnerable to this kind of hack. It also exemplifies the conundrum that ransomware victims face: pay up and get your access back, or refuse — potentially costing much more in the long run.

What’s going on in Baltimore, briefly explained

Hackers targeted the city of Baltimore on May 7 using a ransomware called RobbinHood, which, as NPR explains, makes it impossible to access a server without a digital key that only the hackers have.

The Baltimore hackers’ ransom note, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, demanded payment of three bitcoins per system to be unlocked, which amounts to 13 bitcoins to unlock all the seized systems. The note threatened to increase the ransom if it wasn’t paid in four days, and said the information would be lost forever if it wasn’t paid in 10 days. Both deadlines have now passed.

“We won’t talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!” the note said.

The city government is refusing to pay, meaning that the government email systems and payment platforms the attack took down remain offline. The attack has also harmed Baltimore’s property market, because officials weren’t able to access systems needed to complete real estate sales. (The city said transactions resumed on Monday.)

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, who’s officially been in his office less than a month, said in a statement on Friday that city officials are “well into the restorative process” and have “engaged leading industry cybersecurity experts who are on-site 24-7 working with us.” The FBI is also involved in the investigation.

“Some of the restoration efforts also require that we rebuild certain systems to make sure that when we restore business functions, we are doing so in a secure manner,” Young said. He did not offer a timeline for when all systems will come back online.

The Baltimore City Council president also plans to form a special committee to investigate this latest attack and try to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

A similar attack using RobbinHood hit government computers in Greenville, North Carolina, in April. A spokesperson for Greenville told the Wall Street Journal that the city never wound up paying, and that while its systems aren’t entirely restored, “all of our major technology needs are now being met.”

More than 20 municipalities in the US have been hit by cyberattacks this year alone. And such attacks can be expensive, perhaps especially if targets say they won’t pay. In 2018, hackers demanded that Atlanta pay about $50,000 in bitcoins as part of a ransomware attack. The city refused, and according to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the attack wound up costing the city $17 million to fix.

Ransomware attacks aren’t new — but we’re still figuring out how to deal with them

In 2017, a ransomware called WannaCry targeted tens of thousands of computers using Microsoft Windows operating systems in more than 100 countries. Officials in the US and the United Kingdom eventually blamed North Korea for the attack. Also in 2017, corporations in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, and Ukraine experienced ransomware attacks. US hospitals were also targeted.

Here’s how Timothy Lee explained for Vox what was going on and how ransomware had become more prolific:

The basic idea behind ransomware is simple: A criminal hacks into your computer, scrambles your files with unbreakable encryption, and then demands that you pay for the encryption key needed to unscramble the files. If you have important files on your computer, you might be willing to pay a lot to avoid losing them.

Ransomware schemes have become a lot more effective since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009. Conventional payment networks like Visa and Mastercard make it difficult to accept payments without revealing your identity. Bitcoin makes that a lot easier. So the past four years have seen a surge in ransomware schemes striking unsuspecting PC users.

Some ransomware schemes are so sophisticated that they even invest in customer service, helping victims who want to pay their ransoms navigate the complexities of obtaining bitcoins and making bitcoin payments.

Since then, a number of sectors and organizations have made improvements to their security practices to protect against ransomware. But the latest Baltimore attack exemplifies what a whack-a-mole game this is: One area improves its practices and hackers just go looking for another.

Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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