Locke

Friday morning I spent 85 minutes with Tom Hardy as he drove a car while fielding phone calls over a Bluetooth connection. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds; it’s a movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Locke, directed by Steven Knight (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises), is a an incredible acting exercise with the spotlight shining on Hardy, and Hardy alone.

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CHILD 44

Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.

In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Set for May 2015 Release

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Warner Bros. has chosen a berth for the fourth Mad Max film from writer/director George Miller. Mad Max: Fury Road, in which Tom Hardy takes over the title role from original star Mel Gibson, will be in theaters (in 3D) on May 15, 2015. That’s two weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron and one week before Brad Bird’s TomorrowlandRead More »

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Briefly: Announced a few months ago, The Outsider, a Yakuza film starring Tom Hardy and directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer, Audition), just got a shot of financial adrenaline. The movie now has significant funding from Worldview Entertainment, likely thanks to the fact that such a film starring Hardy is a guaranteed distribution sale.

The Outside will shoot early next year in Japan, and will feature Hardy as “a former G.I. in post-WWII Japan who joins a Yakuza crime family.” The script is by Andrew Baldwin (the Logan’s Run remake) based on a story concept from John Linson (Sons of Anarchy). After making The Outsider, Hardy will dive into the Elton John biopic Rocketman, after which hopefully he’ll have to do promotional rounds for the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road. We also have his one-man movie, Locke, to look forward to. [Variety]

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Tom Hardy has just accepted the role of rock legend Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic directed by Michael Gracey and written by Lee Hall. Focus Features will distribute the film, which starts shooting in Fall 2014. Read the full release below. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch

One of the hottest actors in the industry could be headed toward one of the coldest places on the planet. Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to star as George Mallory in Doug Liman‘s Everest, with Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess also in the mix.

If you’re confused because you thought Jason Clarke had already replaced Christian Bale in that movie, you’re thinking of the other Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur. That one has suffered a few setbacks but is now hoping to shoot this fall, with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal in addition to Clarke. Get the latest on both movies after the jump.

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Amid the high-profile work featuring Tom Hardy, the actor quickly shot a small film in which his is essentially the only visible face.

The movie is called Locke, and it is a one-man show described by one review as “basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls.” Lest you get the wrong idea, that same review from Variety goes on to call the movie an “ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism [with] depth, beauty and poise” and “a finely tuned showcase for Hardy’s exceptional acting skills.” So that’s alright, then.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest this past weekend, where it met with positive reviews such as Variety’s. Oh, and the movie comes from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern PromisesRedemption) and executive producer Joe Wright (HannaAnna Karenina).

We don’t have a trailer yet, but there’s a clip you can check out to start getting an idea about the movie.  Read More »

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A quick glance at the /Film archives reveals the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been in the public eye since early 2009. Four years is a normal amount of time for fans to be aware of a movie’s existence (we sometimes hear about movies before scripts exist, for example) but what makes Fury Road so unique is it was supposed to shoot in 2010, then was delayed to a 2012 shoot, and now it’s 2013. The film’s in the can and there’s still no release date in place. The photo above is all we’ve seen.

While most experts tend to think we’ll see George Miller‘s 3D sequel starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in 2014, there’s apparently still work to be done. A new report says the director – who shot the film in Africa last year – is heading to Australia in November for three more weeks of filming. Read More »

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