Written and directed with a rakish swagger, and featuring two full-on performances from Tom Hardy, this true London gangster drama is hugely entertaining, even if it feels undercooked. Aside from that generic title, the film basically has no plot at all, and it strips real-life people of their complexity. It's as if the filmmakers were afraid to challenge the audience in any way. But the edgy mix of comedy and violence is riveting.
The events recounted took place over about two years in the early 1960s, although the film's anecdotal structure makes it feel more like a decade. As it begins, the fearsome young Kray brothers (both played by Tom Hardy) are consolidating their gangland grip on East London and expanding around the city, with their next target being South London boss Charlie Richardson (Paul Bettany). Reggie Kray is the tough-minded businessman, while identical twin Ronnie is a terrifying thug who happens to be openly gay at a time when being so was illegal. As they blatantly manipulate the rule of law, a Scotland Yard inspector (Christopher Ecclestone) is desperately looking for a way to take them down. Meanwhile, Reggie is romancing the 16-year-old Frances (Emily Browning), much to the annoyance of her imperious mother (Tara Fitzgerald).
The tumultuous relationship between Reggie and Frances is the only thing that adds a sense of narrative momentum to the film. Otherwise, it's a series of set-pieces that take a darkly humorous approach to family clashes and criminal violence. Writer-director Brian Helgeland infuses even the grisliest brutality with an amusing smirk, which makes the movie much more engaging than expected. And Hardy storms through the film with real charisma in both roles, as the steely, magnetic Reggie and the more unstable, fearsome Ronnie. Both performances are scene-stealing, nicely conveying how these men managed to hold the entire city in their grip, even though they were only in their early 30s at the time.
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Christopher Eccleston - the World Premiere of 'Legend' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London on September 3rd 2015 at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd September 2015
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, London was at the mercy of the terrifying Kray twins (Tom Hardy). Reggie Kray was forced to spend most of his life holding back his identical twin brother, Ronnie, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. As acclaimed night club owners and feared gangsters, the two twins were seen to own London, and lived a life of glitz and glamour, as well as blood and brutality. That is, until Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read (Christopher Eccleston) took the task of bringing two of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in the city's history to justice, by any means necessary.
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Could "The Leftovers" be better than "Lost"?
No matter how much the creators of The Leftovers try to convince is that the show isn’t essentially Lost, the comparisons invite themselves. Mysterious central event? Check. Science vs. faith debate? Check. Created by Damon Lindelof? Yep, it’s a really obvious parallel, so if you thought you were being original with that thought, well, think again. However, Lindelof recently defended the originality of his new show – adapted from a 2011 novel by Tom Perotta – by saying: “"The things that turn me on turn me on. I think if I thought too much about why I was doing it, I would talk myself out of it.”
Justin Theroux in The Leftovers.
So there’s your answer. The Leftovers is less keen than Lost to reveal the mystery, but in general, if you enjoyed Lost for any other reason than the *cough* resolution (we’re guessing you did), then The Leftovers should be right up your alley.
Mel Gibson is honoured at Czech festival, while the Apes sequel and What If premiere in New York, and Legend and Grimsby film on streets around London. Plus new trailers for heavy-hitters Exodus, Gone Girl and Foxcatcher...
This is a week when most attention was on the sporting world, with the Wimbledon finals, the Formula One British Grand Prix and the Tour de France starting in Britain, and of course the World Cup in Brazil. So most people didn't notice that the Karlovy Vary Film Festival kicked off in the Czech Republic by awarding Mel Gibson with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The festival wraps up on Saturday. Here's Mel Gibson at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Mad Max screening .
Meanwhile in New York, the stars turned out on Tuesday for the premiere of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Cast members Andy Serkis and Keri Russell were joined by visiting filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Paul Haggis and actors Alex Karpovsky and Bridget Moynahan. The film opens this week in the US and next week in the UK. Here's a Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clip to get you in the mood.
Justin Theroux, in a recent interview, explained how he splits his time between his New York apartment and the home he shares with fiancé Jennifer Aniston in Los Angeles.
Justin Theroux doesn't mind living 2798 miles apart from fiancé Jennifer Aniston. The 42-year-old actor has recently opened up about his less than conventional living arrangements with the former Friends star.
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston have been dating since 2011.
The plot thickens in the second episode of HBO's new show.
Now that The Leftovers is on its second episode, it’s time to proceed with the (very spoilery) recap f this episode’s key events. In the second episode, Penguin 1, Us Zero, we begin to see that Police Chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux, might be more than a little unhinged. Judging by his collection of pill bottles and his erratic behavior, which has led all of Mapleton to suspect him for the recent spree of dog murders, Kevin can’t really be trusted, no more than anyone else in this shady town.
Justin Theroux - is police chief Garvey completely out of it now?
Meanwhile, things get heated at Wayne Gilchrest Jr. aka Holly Wayne’s camp. Wayne has been convicted of statutory rape before, due to his penchant for teenage girls. But that was back in Philadelphia. Here in Mapleton, he’s made a name for himself since the departure – as the guy who can “hug the pain out of people.” He’s also doing his thing with underage girls though, so when the FBI storm his ranch on an anonymous tip, we know this was a long time coming. The agents shoot at everyone, who isn’t a teenage girl.
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'The Leftovers' could be the next big thing.
Fans of Game of Thrones who bothered to pay attention to the ads before last night's season premiere were treated to a preview for HBO's new show The Leftovers, which looked pretty awesome. The handy work of Lost's Damon Lindelof, the forthcoming drama series is based on the bestselling 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta.
Justin Theroux Stars in 'The Leftovers'
It stars Justin Theroux as police chief Kevin Garvey who attempts to maintain calm in the wake of a global Rapture that causes two per cent of the world's population to suddenly disappear. The show focuses on the members of Garvey's suburban community, who are left confused, angry and traumatised by the disappearance of their loved ones.
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The film follows an unparalleled success streak for Marvel.
Thor: The Dark World is nearing its US release – Friday, November 8th, as the primary contender for the weekend box office. In the UK, where the movie was released last week, it raked in an impressive £8.65 million on opening night and £5.54 million over its first weekend. Those are impressive numbers and nearly double those of the movie in second place, but the film’s overall European takings are even more stunning. The film was a number 1 release in several countries, including France, Germany and Spain taking $109.4 million worldwide in its first weekend.
The film expands on the love/hate relationship betweet Thor and Loki.
Thor: The Dark World tracks the struggles and enemies that Marvel’s Thor has to face,following the events of The Avengers (or The Avengers Assemble in the UK.) Starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, the film also boasts a star-studded British cast, including Tom Hiddleston, who returns as Loki, Idris Elba, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Eccleston in his debut appearance within the franchise. While a lot of the story takes place on Asgard, several key scenes from the movie were filmed on location in London.
Marvel can't help itself: these movies have to get bigger and crazier. And this one leaves us wondering where they can possibly go next, as it spirals into a madly funny-scary thriller that threatens the existence of the whole universe. But it also feels like a story children would make up as they go along. Still, the sparky characters and wildly cataclysmic approach are hugely entertaining.
The action picks up right after the Battle of New York (see 2012's The Avengers), and scientist Jane (Portman) is miffed that Thor (Hemsworth) didn't call when he was back on Earth. She has just started dating a nebbish Londoner (O'Dowd) when her assistant Darcy (Dennings) stumbles into a spatial anomaly that draws Jane right into the middle of a 5,000-year-old struggle between Thor's home-realm Asgard and the dark elf Malekith (Eccleston), who wants to use a swirling goo called the Aether to plunge all of existence into blackness just as the universe aligns itself. As this convergence approaches, Thor defies his father Odin (Hopkins) and turns to his disgraced, malicious brother Loki (Hiddleston) for help.
The film is overcrowded with small but pivotal characters, including stern but helpful gatekeeper Heimdall (Elba), mad-doctor Erik (Skarsgard) and Odin's wise wife Frigga (Russo). All of them help distract us from the movie's wildly shifting tone as it darts from sardonic comedy to Lord of the Rings-style battles to silly romance to dark emotion. But the best thing is the tense, unpredictable relationship between Thor and Loki, an enjoyable mixture of sibling rivalry and brotherly love that's well-played by Hemsworth and especially Hiddleston. None of the other characters really has a chance to develop around them. But at least the actors have fun with their roles, including a number of hilarious cameos along the way (there are also two post-credit stings).
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Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talk about the upcoming 'Thor: The Dark World' in a short featurette revealing a snippet of what the film will bring to the Marvel film franchise on its release on October 30th 2013.
'Thor is the God of Thunder, he's from a place called Asgard which is within the nine realms in another universe', Chris explains, with Tom adding, 'Thor's brother, Loki, is this mischievous prince. At the end of 'Avengers', Thor takes them back to Asgard.' They explain that the movie picks up from events that happened in 'Avengers Assemble', but this time they are 'bound together on the same journey with the same goal'.
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16th February, 1964