Brian Helgeland interview

Set in the 1960s, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend opens with East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray already at the top of the food chain, avoiding the typical rise-and-fall structure we see in most biopics. Everyone knows the gangsters, and not just because they’re two bulky, hard-hitting twins. Everyone loves Reggie, a charming, friendly face with a sense of panache. His brother, Ronnie, however, is less popular. The hulk of a man is a bit mad and doesn’t share his brother’s good looks or smarts.

Both twins are played by actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). A dual performance is tricky for a variety of reasons. Even if Hardy delivered a simply good performance, it might not have been enough to prevent an audience from focusing on the gimmick of two Tom Hardys in a scene together. But Hardy is fantastic in Legend because he’s serving the story, not showing off his acting or technical trickery.

Helgeland credits Hardy and his director of photography, Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), for making the two performances disappear into the story. But of course, Helgeland also deserves recognition for pulling off such a feat. The director made seemingly minor but vital decisions to make an audience believe Hardy in both roles.

Here’s our Brian Helgeland interview, in which he discusses brotherhood, Tom Hardy’s performance, the American mafia, and recreating the 1960s.  Read More »


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Legend UK trailer

There’s a new Legend UK trailer, showing off the film featuring the dual performance from Tom Hardy that should satisfy even the most rabid fan of the actor.

And if you’ve not seen a prior trailer for Legend, Tom Hardy plays both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the gangster twins who took over parts of London’s rackets in the ’60s. Hardy is smooth as the ambitious Reggie, and adopts a bit of the old Marlon Brando “cotton in the mouth” technique to play the violent Ronnie. This trailer has more story than the teaser, and new footage not seen in the last US trailer; have a look below. Read More »

Legend starring Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is all over the place this year. There’s so much of him to go around, in fact, that we’re actually getting two of him in one movie. Legend stars Hardy and Hardy again as Reginald and Ronald Kray, real-life twin gangsters who ruled London in the 1960s.

It’s the latest film from writer-director Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar in 1998 for exploring similarly dark, stylish territory with the script for L.A. Confidential. Watch the first Legend trailer after he jump.  Read More »


At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.

Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »

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The mother of all volcano disasters is the destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, and that is the subject of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s latest film. It’s called Pompeii and it stars Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) as a slave who must save his love (Emily Browning) during the tragedy. The film will be out February 21, and the first trailer has just been released. Read More »

Magic Magic

Since breaking out on Arrested Development a decade ago, Michael Cera has gotten a lot of flack for his tendency to stick to the George-Michael Bluth type — awkward, timid, but fundamentally sweet. But just as George-Michael has matured into a more confident, independent young man in the new fourth season of the series, Cera’s started to branch out into darker, stranger material.

Among his intriguing recent work is Sebastián Silva‘s psychological thriller Magic Magic, in which he plays one of several jerks that poor fragile Alicia (Juno Temple) has the misfortune of getting stuck with during a Chilean vacation. Emily Browning, Agustín Silva, and Catalina Sandino Moreno also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Paul W.S. Anderson has made so many disasters in his career, it’s about time he made a film about one. (Rimshot) He just started filming Pompeii, a 3D period epic set against the leveling of the titular city from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) stars as a slave who must rush to save his love (Emily Browning), who’s also the daughter of his master (Jared Harris). Now another major name has been added to the list.

Kiefer Sutherland has just joined Pompeii as the villainous Roman senator who originally enslaved Harington’s character. Read more about the film below. Read More »

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is putting together a new film based on Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie. Brian De Palma’s movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta remains one of De Palma’s most entertaining films, packed as it is with over-the-top characterization and De Palma’s trademark love of split-screen imagery. So my first reaction to hearing about another new Carrie (this isn’t the first remake of the story) is ‘why?’ But having a female director is one way to make this seem like a worthwhile endeavor.

Now we’ve got the first indications of potential casting, as info has emerged about two possible choices to play the adolescent telekinetic Carrie White: 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Dark Shadows) and 24-year-old Haley Bennett (Terrence Malick’s film formerly called Lawless).

Update: Deadline says that Moretz has been offered the role, and that after testing last weekend, she more or less got the job immediately.

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We’ve seen a version of this Sleeping Beauty trailer once before, when it premiered in April ahead of the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival. In the months since, the slightly controversial film, in which Sucker Punch star Emily Browning plays a very odd and specific sort of prostitute, has been overshadowed by other bigger, more controversial movies.

Sleeping Beauty still looks like an unusual, potentially unsettling experience, however, and a film with some gorgeous cinematography. (Whether that cinematography is beautiful for its own sake or really serves the story remains to be seen, for most of us.) So now that a slightly different trailer has shown up  online, it’s a good time to take a moment and remind ourselves that the film exists. Check out the US trailer below. Read More »