Noomi Rapace - A variety of stars from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015
A slow-burning intensity sets this crime thriller apart from the crowd, directed by Belgian filmmaker Michael Roskam with a sharp focus on flawed characters who continually surprise each other. It's also a strikingly involving screenplay by Dennis Lehane, an author known for flashier thrillers like Mystic River and Shutter Island (this is his first film script, based on his short story Animal Rescue). All of this pays off with terrific performances from an excellent cast and situations that genuinely shake up the audience, even if it remains moody and subdued right to the end.
It's set in Brooklyn, where bars take turns acting as the mafia drop point for the day's takings. And after Cousin Marv's Bar is robbed on a non-drop day, Chechen gangster Chovka (Michael Aronov) is furious. Even though he has assumed ownership of the bar from Marv (James Gandolfini), Chovka orders him to get the $5,000 back, implying that Marv knows the thieves. So Marv turns to his mild-mannered barman Bob (Tom Hardy) for help. Bob knows how to keep his head down, and as he works on finding the cash, he discovers an abused puppy abandoned in a trash can outside the home of Nadia (Noomi Rapace), who helps him nurse the dog back to health. But the puppy - and Nadia - were both cast aside by the thuggish Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts), who doesn't want to let anything go.
Viewers expecting an action-packed crime thriller might be disappointed by the muted tone of this film, but it's the kind of story that worms its way under the skin, creating complex characters who are constantly revealing new details about themselves as the situation inexorably escalates around them. Hardy is simply superb, layering all kinds of emotions into Bob's actions as he struggles to maintain his composure while everyone around him does something inexplicable. As a result, the film's final act is a sequence of heart-stopping moments that make the most of the witty, nervy and darkly gritty scenes that went before.
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Tom, Arnie and Hugh pick up honours at the Empire Awards, while the stars of Noah, The Other Woman and Divergent walk red carpets in London. And new trailers arrive for films starring Shailene Woodley, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hardy, Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson...
Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh Jackman and Emma Thompson were all on hand for Sunday night's Empire Awards in London, a lively and colourful event with most winners chosen by the magazine's readers. Cruise was named The Legend of Our Lifetime, while Schwarzenegger was crowned The Action Hero of Our Lifetime and Jackman picked up the Empire Icon Award.
There was also a flurry of high-profile premieres in London this past week. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone walked a watery-style carpet for Noah; Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton were on hand for The Other Woman; and Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James dazzled the fans for Divergent.
'The Drop' is James Gandolfini's final movie.
The trailer for The Drop - James Gandolfini's final movie before his untimely death last year - has rolled out online. Co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, the crime-drama centers on Brooklyn's gangster underworld and particularly a bar owned by Gandolfini's Freddie that acts as a premises for criminal 'drops' of cash.
James Gandolfini in 'The Drop'
Freddie's cousin Ronnie, played by Hardy, works as a bartender, but a robbery upsets the fine balance of their lives.
Bob Saginowski works behind the bar at Cousin Marv's in Brooklyn - an establishment often referred to by local criminals as a 'drop bar'. It's where all the money in the town, acquired by illicit means, is dropped off and kept safe from rival gangs and authorities. However, Cousin Marv's turns out to be less safe than they thought when two masked armed robbers break in while Bob and Marv are cashing up and demand all the money. Despite Marv's warnings about who they are really stealing from, the thieves leave with their loot and Marv and Bob find themselves in a sticky situation when one mean crime boss wants it back. Getting involved in circumstances like this is the last thing these guys want and Marv starts to wish he was as well-respected as he used to be. After a vicious killing occurs, the stakes get higher. Will the duo manage to win back the mob's money? And what's the significance of a lost pitbull puppy?
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'Prometheus 2' is on the way, with added Michael Fassbender.
Prometheus 2 will hit cinemas in March 2016 though may take on a different movie title, according to The Wrap. An insider confirmed that production is scheduled to start this fall, once Ridley Scott has delivered his Moses movie Exodus, to Fox.
Michael Fassbender at the Independent Spirit Awards
The sci-fi sequel will be re-written by veteran movie scribe Michael Green, who worked with Scott on Blade Runner and recently penned the derided Green Lantern movie. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) had written the original draft of the screenplay.
Continue reading: Prometheus 2 Gets Release Date, Will Be Heavy On Michael Fassbender
Brian De Palma has failed to excite the critics with his latest effort.
Brian De Palma, a man once considered the finest director on the planet having helmed The Untouchables and Scarface, returns this week with Passion - a thriller based on the 2010 French movie Love Crime.
It stars Rachel McAdams and the ultra-talented Noomi Rapace and follows the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Or at least that's what the promotional bumf says: essentially, McAdams plays a Berlin-based advertising executive who engages in a power struggle with her assistant Isabelle, who attempts to further her career.
Passion - De Palma's first movie since his war movie Redacted in 2007 - was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, but it won't win.
Continue reading: 'Passion' Reviews: Brian De Palma, Is That Really You?
Guillermo Del Toro's summer blockbuster Pacific Rim holds huge premieres in Mexico and London, while The Wolverine and RED 2 begin their own publicity assaults. And trailers tease us with glimpses of Jobs, Passion, Thanks for Sharing and more...
This week's big world premiere was for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, which was held in Mexico City on Monday with cast members Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi. They were joined by British costars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and new True Blood hunk Robert Kasinsky for the European premiere in London on Thursday. Critics' reviews are embargoed, but Emma Watson and Kanye West both tweeted praise for the film, which opens next week.
The next big blockbuster this summer will be The Wolverine, a stand-alone X-men movie set in World War II Japan. Hugh Jackman returns as the iconic character, and this week appears in a short behind-the-scenes doc with director James Mangold. They reveal several enticing clips from the film, which opens later this month. Watch The Wolverine featurette here.
Check out the trailer for this tense thriller
Passion is set for its U.S release, and in light of that, a new trailer has been released, showing the thrilling battle between Noomi Rapace and Rachal McAdams in a sometimes horrifying trailer. Check it out:
'Passion' is a remake of the French film 'Love Crime' (originally 'Crime d'amour') written by Natalie Carter and Alain Corneau. It has been adapted by award-winning director and writer Brian De Palma ('Carrie', 'The Untouchables', 'Scarface'). The story of white-collar rivalry, money and power, 'Passion' is set to hit cinemas on August 30th 2013.
Continue reading: Passion Trailer - Noomi Rapace And Rachel McAdams [Trailer]
Christine is a manipulative and unpredictable chief of an advertising company. When she reins in a new assistant, Isabelle, they quickly become embroiled in a conflict as the latter puts Christine's position of power in deep jeopardy. When Isabelle thinks up a new idea for the company, Christine takes credit for it as her own and tensions arise as a full-on war begins to bubble below the surface. Isabelle embarks on an affair with Christine's husband Dirk, while Christine attempts to seduce her to throw her life and career into confusion. But soon, petty advances are replaced by sadistic motives when an apparent murder takes place naming Christine as the victim and Isabelle as the perpetrator. Beneath that, however, is a scheme even more calculating and evil.
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Here's yet another preposterous action movie that's made watchable by a skilful director and an engaging cast. While there are some intriguing themes in this spiralling odyssey of revenge, the script never really makes any sense out of the plot, merrily twisting and turning as it whizzes past a series of glaring improbabilities. But Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace put their huge brown eyes to work, holding our sympathies as things get messier by the moment.
Farrell plays Victor, a gun-toting goon working for the slick mobster Alphonse (Howard), who is being taunted by a complex, unnerving plot to bring him down. But Victor is sidetracked by his neighbour Beatrice (Rapace), who comes on strong before revealing that she has seen his handiwork and will report him to the cops if he doesn't help her get revenge against the guy who scarred her face in a drunk-driving accident. This puts Victor in a difficult position since he's already engaged in his own plan to avenge the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter, assisted by a family friend (Abraham) from the old country.
And the plot gets increasingly knotty, as both Victor and Beatrice start to wonder if perhaps falling in love with each other might be a more pleasant way to get over their anger issues. Yes, the film is essentially preaching love and redemption even as the body count nears triple digits. Fortunately, director Oplev brings the same slick-steely style to the film as his original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And the always watchable Farrell and Rapace get solid support from Howard and Abraham, as well as Cooper (as Victor's brother in arms), Huppert (as Beatrice's busy-body mum) and the underused Assante (as the big boss).
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The Vanity Fair Party at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City saw numerous famous faces including 'Sister Act' star Whoopi Goldberg, 'The Deer Hunter' actor Christopher Walken and 'Romeo + Juliet' director Baz Luhrmann. One paparazzo proposes marriage to Whoopi, who declares that they're 'too late' before adding: 'Y'know, it's always too late, I don't wanna marry you'.
Dead Man Down isn't a favorite with the critics, but might be worth watching during a two-for-one special.
Well, everyone’s having a go at Dead Man Down apparently.
It’s a classic tale of “boy meets girl”, “girl threatens to out boy as sadistic killer unless boy kills the people who disfigured her” and, as far as blood-soaked thrillers go, this one is clearly no masterpiece. What the critics can’t seem to agree on, though, is whether it could fall under “delightfully campy” or “takes itself too seriously to work”. The New York Times' Manohla Dargis calls the flick “ too innocuous to qualify as either actually good or delectably bad”, however Collin Farrel’s performance as Victor earns generally positive reviews all round. Then again, most of us would probably go watch Collin Farrell eat cereal for two hours, so that’s probably no indication of the film’s worth.
USA Today’s review also doesn’t offer any glowing praise: it looks good, but falls flat when it comes to substance. Still, without giving away too many spoilers, there is certainly a scene or two sprinkled in throughout this, which makes it worth seeing, maybe even in the cinema. If you feel like wasting a couple of hours. The script might be so absurd that it borders on intentionally campy, but who would go to see a believable action flick anyway? That’s right, no one. Overall, a lukewarm offering from director Niels Arden Oplev (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). As we all know, that’s not the ideal temperature for a revenge flick.
Continue reading: Dead Man Down Review Roundup: It Ain't Good, But It's Entertaining.
Big Week For Biebs: It's been a rollercoaster seven days for Justin Bieber. First, it was reported that he'd split from long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez, then, he attended the American Music Awards with his mother where he won three awards, and lastly, he met up with his ex-girlfriend to chat about a reconciliation. Keep up Bieber fans!
Crash Landing: Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you've probably heard of Rihanna's controversial 777 tour. Seven gigs, seven cities, seven nights, on a Boeing 777. She invited a ton of journalists along for the ride, and provided the alcohol, though not everything went to plan as RiRi opted to take the partying easy to preserve her voice. However, after all the drama, the sold-out shows seemed to go down pretty well with Rihanna's fans.
Looking Good Lindsay! Is the Lindsay Lohan comeback finally complete? Well, it's been an up-and-down year for the actress, though she's finishing 2012 in true style. Just this week, she appeared at the premiere of her new television move Liz & Dick looking really rather radiant!
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The Rolling Stones have released the slick new video for their latest track ‘Doom and Gloom.’
When archaeologists Shaw and Holloway (Rapace and Marshall-Green) figure out that ancient civilisations share a map to a specific star system, the Weyland CEO (Pearce) funds a two-year mission to get answers about the origin of humanity. Led by Weyland crony Vickers (Theron) and Captain Janek (Elba), Shaw and Holloway are accompanied by a helpful android (Fassbender) and a team of not-so-enthusiastic scientists. But what they find on this distant moon isn't what they expected, and the remnants of this civilisation aren't as dead as they seem.
Continue reading: Prometheus Review
In the future, Elizabeth Shaw leads a team of explorers into the furthest reaches of the universe, in order to discover the origins of human life. Things turn disastrous when they end up stranded on a distant planet. What the explorers discover could not only answer the question of how humans came to be but could also bring about our destruction.
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Ritchie, Downey and Law are back with another manic romp that feels more like a Victorian James Bond adventure than anything about the famed Conan Doyle characters. While it has the same comical energy, it's not quite as fun as the first go-round.
Brilliant Cambridge professor Moriarty (Harris) is up to no good, taking on Holmes (Downey) by messing with those around him, including his girlfriend-nemesis Irene (McAdams) and his partner Watson (Law), who plans to retire after his upcoming wedding to Mary (Reilly). But nothing goes as planned, and Holmes and Watson are propelled into a vicious game of intrigue that sends them to Paris where they team up with a sexy gypsy (Rapace). They also get help from Holmes' brother Mycroft (Fry) as they head to a climactic showdown in Switzerland.
Who needs logic when the action is this wildly exhilarating? And much of it is drastically slowed-down so Ritchie can show us Holmes' powers of deduction as well as whizzing bullets, explosions and other cool-looking things. The dialog is the same mix of faux intelligent banter and shameless innuendo, which gives the actors something to play with, especially as Downey and Law amusingly move beyond bromance into Brokeback territory.
But we do need some logic. This plot is so messy that it never engages us. And as it builds to a climax in a crazy cliff-perched Alpine castle, we begin to lose interest. Even with the bigger action, zingy dialog and colourful characters, this film barely works up any steam. Whenever Holmes isn't being mischievous, Downey actually looks bored. And Rapace is so sidelined that it's difficult to understand why she's here at all; the filmmakers never give her anything interesting to do.
It's a shame the screenwriters never push the characters further. But at least Ritchie keeps things moving briskly, filling the screen with comical nuttiness and big-gun mayhem. Even if Moriarty makes no sense (would someone this intelligent resort to such a ridiculous plan to make his fortune?), Harris adds heft in the role, including some jagged chemistry with Downey. Let's just hope that the requisite third film lets us in on the joke.
In 1892, the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead; his death is ruled as suicide, according to Scotland Yard detective Inspector Lestrade. But Sherlock Holmes knows that this isn't true: all the evidence suggests that the Crown Prince was murdered, by one Professor Moriarty, whose genius is matched only by Holmes'.
As Lisbeth (Rapace) recovers from her injuries, Michael (Blomkvist) and the Millennium magazine team (Endre, Ericksson and Ledarp) are finalising the special edition about her, which they hope to publish before her trial starts.
But a secret network of spies is doing everything they can to stop them, and Lisbeth's murderous half-brother Ronald (Spreitz) is still on the loose.
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