19 items from 2014
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
(Cbr) Tom Hardy, the man behind Bane, is taking a cue from his "Dark Knight Rises" co-star Christian Bale, who played twin brothers in the magician-thriller "The Prestige". Screen Daily reports the actor is under consideration to join writer-director Brian Helgeland’s upcoming movie, "Legend". If he joins the project, Hardy would play identical twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, real-life gangsters who ruled London crime during the 1960s. The brothers were sentenced to life in prison in 1968. The film will reportedly center more on Reginald and his attempts to control Ronald’s psychotic tendencies. (via Slash Film) »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.
Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.
Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »
- Ben Child
Ah, Mr Tom Hardy, I don’t think he can do any wrong at the moment and so we’re very excited to hear that he might be taking on not one, but two roles in the new film Legend from the writer and director of 42 and L.A. Confidential; Brian Helgeland.
If you’re from the UK then you’ll know about the infamous Kray brothers, previously portrayed by the Kemp brothers in the 1990 movie, the very notorious twin brothers from the criminal underworld in the 1950s and 60s. It must be known that Hardy is ‘in talks’ so nothing is fully confirmed but we’re hoping that Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior star might look at it as another intriguing challenge.
Nearly some 50 years ago now, the brothers Reg and Ronnie Kray ran a collection of people called The Firm. They were responsible for endless armed robberies, »
- Dan Bullock
Tom Hardy is currently in talks to play UK gangster twins in a film from Working Title called Legend. The movie was written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (La Confidential). The story will follow the "tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s." Some of the other elements that the story will tackle include "notorious gangster Jack 'the Hat' McVitie, who was murdered by Reginald in 1967 - politician Lord Boothby, and the brothers’ nemesis in the police force, DS Leonard 'Nipper' Read, who made it his life’s ambition to put the Krays behind bars."
The twins also owned a West End nightclub, and they mingled with several prominent entertainers including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland, as well as with politicians. They were arrested on May 9, 1968 and were both sentenced to life in prison. »
- Joey Paur
Tom Hardy is in talks to star as a pair of notorious twin UK gangsters in the thriller "Legend" at Working Title about.
If he signs, Hardy would play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twins who became infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
The film would focus on the life of Reggie Kray, older by 10 minutes, who sought to control the psychotic tendencies of his younger twin Ronnie who was both openly bisexual and likely a paranoid schizophrenic.
The brothers' gang was involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and several murders. As West End nightclub owners, they also mixed with prominent entertainers and politicians.
Brian Helgeland ("La Confidential") is penning the script and directing. Filming aims to begin in the UK later this year.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Brian Helgeland adapted a story of famed American gang dealings in L.A. Confidential, and now he’s going to chronicle an unusual and notorious pair of London mobsters. He’s set to write and direct Legend (title subject to change), in which Tom Hardy may end up playing identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, who dominated the London […] »
- Russ Fischer
With a role in Lawless, actor Tom Hardy has already dabbled in the wrong side of the law during America's history, but now he's heading into gangster territory in his homeland of the United Kingdom. ScreenDaily reports Hardy will actually play two gangsters, the infamous identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray known for their criminal activities in the 50s and 60s. Payback and 42 director Brian Helgeland, who previously wrote the film noir L.A. Confidential, will write and direct the film currently going by the title Legend. However, Hardy is only in talks right now, and hasn't closed a deal to star yet. The brothers ran a gang called The Firm, who was involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets and murders .The story will follow the relationship the two brothers had with each other (including Reggie trying to control the psychotic tendencies of Ronnie), not to mention their »
- Ethan Anderton
La Confidential writer Brian Helgeland is looking to bring the story of twin London gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray to the big screen as writer and director of Legend, and he's got a star in mind to do it. Screen are reporting that Tom Hardy is in talks to play the identical twin brothers who gained infamy throughout the 50s and 60s before being arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1968. Should he sign on, Hardy will play both brothers with production aiming to start in London later this year....
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Tom Hardy is currently in talks for Brian Helgeland’s Legend, which will see the actor playing twin gangsters. If you recall, Hardy was actually set to play Al Capone in David Yates’ Capone, but with that project now on the back-burner, the actor is looking elsewhere to get his crime fix.
Based on the true story of Ronald and Reginald Kray, the film will follow the “tortured and unique relationship” between the sibling gangsters as they engage in all sorts of criminal activity, including but not limited to murder, armed robbery and racketeering. Of course, they’ll also face opposition from rival gangs, politicians and law enforcement.
Admittedly, I’m not familiar with either of the Kray brothers or their story, but from the sounds of it this seems like a pretty standard gangster tale. That being said, I won’t write it off just yet, especially not with »
- Matt Joseph
Brian Helgeland has always been more appreciated as a screenwriter than as a director, largely for his scripts for L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, but with the universal admiration for 42 last year, which he wrote and directed, perhaps his time as a helmer may soon be on the rise. Word from Screen Daily (via The Playlist) is Helgeland has recruited Tom Hardy to pull double duty as he sets out to tell the true story of twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray. The working title is Legend and it will chart the tortured and unique relationship between the two brothers, infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s. The script takes in associates, rivals - such as notorious gangster Jack "the Hat" McVitie, who was murdered by Reginald in 1967 - politician Lord Boothby, and the brothers' nemesis in the police force, DS Leonard "Nipper" Read, »
- Brad Brevet
For a little while now, Tom Hardy has been attached to play "Capone" in the film set to be directed by David Yates. Plans were fairly ambitious, with talk of a trilogy at one time, but with the director now busy on "Tarzan" (sigh) it looks a long way off. But Hardy will get to scratch his gangster itch twice over. The actor is in talks to play twin gangsters in the (tentatively titled) "Legend," set to be directed by "L.A. Confidential" writer Brian Helgeland. Excited yet? The film will be based on the true story of Ronald and Reginald Kray, sibling toughs from the 1950s and 1960s who rubbed shoulders with celebrities while also taking part in murder, armed robbery, arson, racketeering, assault, and more. Basically, you didn't want to end up on the bad side of these guys. Rival thugs, politicians and cops sworn to bring them »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In some of the most surprising casting news this year, Tom Hardy looks set to play both notorious London gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in crime thriller Legend. The Dark Knight Rises star is currenlty in negotations to headline the film as the infamous, identical twins, who carved a bloody path through London in the '50s and '60s with their gang The Firm. Legend (which is a working title, and may change) is being written and directed by Brian Helgeland, whose previous credits include stand-out crime adaptation L.A. Confidential and...
- Josh Winning
Working Title is the new home of a thriller about the Kray twins, written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (La Confidential), who will also direct.
Tom Hardy is in talks to star as both brothers in Legend (working title), which will chart the tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
According to sources close to the British actor, the project is one of several The Dark Knight Rises star is considering. Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot in the UK later this year.
Working Title, whose recent features include Rush, About Time and Berlin title The Two Faces of January, is developing and producing the project.
The script takes in associates, rivals - such »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
For the 20th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, the magazine celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors. The cover, a three-panel foldout by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also shot the first ever Hollywood Issue cover, in 1995, features Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong?o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color). Julia Roberts is an industry veteran who makes a splash with her Oscar-nominated performance in John Wells’s August: Osage County. Though Roberts has been on the cover of Vanity Fair five times, this »
- Josh Abraham
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite »
- Steve Montgomery
19 items from 2014
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