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The Whistler Film Festival, which dubs itself as Canada’s “coolest” film fest, may have just gotten a shade cooler. In time for its 15-year anniversary, the event has landed the Canadian premiere of Oscar hopeful “Carol” for opening night, Dec. 2.
Since industry vet Paul Gratton took the reins as the fest’s director of programming in June 2012, there’s been a snowball effect. That year, Whistler opened with Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine,” followed by Jason Priestley’s directorial debut, “Cas & Dylan,” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.
The next year, Gratton scored a coup with the Western Canada premiere of “The Imitation Game.”
“You can see the progression and you can see how the distributors are beginning to see the value of Whistler, »
- Katherine Brodsky
It’s quite difficult for an actor to convincingly play one movie character, with all their faults, tics and foibles. Even the greatest actors in the world don’t always get the complexities of a performance right, even with all their attention focused on the part. Imagine the difficulty, then, of one actor facing down the challenge of playing not one character, but two, in the exact same goddamn movie.
It’s a challenge that Tom Hardy can be seen taking on in Brian Helgeland’s recent crime drama Legend. A biopic of London’s notorious Kray twins, Legend finds Hardy playing both brothers to movie-stealing effect, adding another talent to his ever-expanding wheelhouse.
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- Brogan Morris
An actor uses different means to convey a character to the audience. Tom Hardy’s main strength resides in his voice. Whether it is creating a bombastic and operatic voice for the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, delivering lines in the manner of a Southern preacher in Lawless, or conducting conversations in a charming Welsh accent in last year’s criminally underrated Locke – not to mention his restrained growl in this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road – Hardy consistently shows a knack for bringing to life memorable characters through his unique vocal inflexions and speech patterns.
Legend is no different. Except this time around, Hardy is given the task to create voices and characters for twin brothers who share some similarities – both have a bad habit of getting into trouble – but are quite different. Hardy plays the famous 1960s English gangsters the Kray brothers. Reggie is the suave »
- Michael Haffner
The eight-part drama series has been created by Steven Knight, who previously worked with Hardy on TV series Peaky Blinders and feature Locke, and isdirected by Kristoffer Nyholm (Danish TV series The Killing, The Enfield Haunting) for BBC One and FX.
Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, whilst playing a dangerous game between two warring nations – Britain and America.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new gangster film “Legend” starring Tom Hardy in a double performance as London’s notorious Kray brothers!
“Legend,” which opens on Nov. 25, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston, Joshua Hill, Paul Anderson and Tara Fitzgerald from Oscar-winning writer and director Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River”) based on the book by John Pearson. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
As versatile an actor as he is, Tom Hardy’s characters often come in one of two types: Charmingly intense rascals and surreal lunatics. Sometimes, as in this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road, he mixes the two a bit, letting us bask in his deranged nihilism before reclaiming hero status. Now, writer-director Brian Helgeland’s Legend gives Hardy a chance to perform both sides at once. Here, the actor plays identical twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the infamous gangsters who alternately charmed and terrorized London in the 1950s and 60s. They may be identical twins, but the differences between them are not subtle. It’s a testament to Hardy’s talents that, watching Legend, one finds it hard to believe that these two men share the same DNA; his characterizations are that distinct.Reggie Kray is the charmer here, and Hardy plays him in full-on leading man mode: Obscenely handsome, »
- Bilge Ebiri
I've never done one of these press days before," Carter Burwell says into the phone, the composer's allegro voice inflected with the curious enthusiasm of a kid playing the first level of a new videogame. "Interview after interview — I'm enjoying the novelty of it, I’ll say that."
Something doesn’t compute about this. Burwell isn't exactly new to the movie business. On the contrary, the man has scored more than 90 films since the Coen brothers first hired him to write the music for their debut, 1984's Blood Simple. He's »
Tom Hardy stars in the dual roles of twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the new crime film "Legend". Based on a true story, "Legend" portrays the rise and fall of the Kray Brothers, two British gangsters who came to prominence smack dab in the middle of the swinging 60s scene in London.
Reggie and Ronnie could not be more dissimilar in their personalities and actions. Reggie is the more level headed of the two and the brains of the operation. Ronnie is the muscle and prone to bouts of extreme violence brought on by nothing more sometimes than a perceived slight. Reggie is loyal to a fault to his brother, and see himself as his protector. Such blind allegiance is what ultimately proves to be the brothers' undoing, as Ronnie's repeated careless actions put their operations in extreme jeopardy.
Hardy does a great job differentiating the two roles, with »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
On the dangerous side of swinging London in the ’60s were twin terrors Ronald and Reggie Kray, East End hoods whose glittery personae and violent doings have captivated Brits ever since. Already mythologized once on film in 1990’s “The Krays,” starring Gary and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet, the pair are now the focus of writer-director Brian Helgeland‘s slick, empty-headed lark “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy and, thanks to digital magic, Tom Hardy. The beautiful bruiser juggles both roles with a coiled pizzazz that the movie around him never earns. Bypassing the Krays’ early years as amateur boxers and protection racket up-and-comers, »
- Robert Abele
From his star-making role in Bronson to his box office busting turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy has quickly established himself as one of the most bankable and most well respected actors working today. So what could be better than Tom Hardy starring in your film? How about Tom Hardy starring twice -- in the same film? In Brian Helgeland's Legend, that's exactly what we get. Tom Hardy plays both Ronald and Reginald Kray, infamous twin gangsters who ruled over London in the 1960s. But this isn't just the typical painting-in of the same person into a scene twice. Hardy brilliantly portrays Ron and Reg as two completely different characters with unique facial expression, gaits, and ways of speaking. It's an amazing performance...
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Movie: Legend Director: Brian Helgeland Actors: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston and Colin Morgan People are often admired and remembered for the compelling contributions they offer to their communities through their work and personal relationships. But the lasting respect that most well-known leaders command can at times be the result of the intimidation and harrowing acts they often engage in as they strive to capture and maintain success. That intriguing and chilling determination to achieve admiration and power by any means necessary is compellingly chronicled in the new biopic, ‘Legend.’ The drama, which is set to be released in select theaters by Universal Pictures on Friday, was written and [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
This Friday, “Legend,” the new crime film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Tom Hardy and, ahem, Tom Hardy as the Kray Twins, hits theaters stateside. Based on real events that occurred in the East End of London in the '50s and '60s, “Legend” joins a long list of films that have identical twins at the center of the story, but it's one of the few that sets the story in the world of true crime. The critical consensus has thus far been a bit ho-hum on the film: the praise has been reserved mostly for Hardy’s dual performance (or, as in Oli’s review, at least one half of it). So it’s not uncommon that films employing the twin concept often fall short of the mark as a whole, with the performance of the actor charged with the hefty task of juggling two similar-yet-significantly-different personalities »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.
Written and directed by Helgeland, the Studiocanal, Working Title and Cross Creek film co-stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton.
Helgeland’s accomplished behind-the-scenes team is led by cinematographer Dick Pope (Mr. Turner, The Illusionist), editor Peter McNulty (42, The Master), production designer Tom Conroy (television’s Vikings, The Tudors), costume designer Caroline Harris (42, The Awakening), hair and makeup designer Christine Blundell (Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Sherlock Holmes) and composer Carter Burwell (Twilight series, True Grit).
Legend opens in St. »
- Movie Geeks
Since he went supernova with his acclaimed role in “Bronson” in 2008, Tom Hardy has had about as varied a career as an actor could ask for. He’s been a suave shape-shifting mind thief; a used-up '70s spy; a taciturn, war-scarred Mma fighter; a hulking, masked supervillain; a cardigan-wearing Prohibition bootlegger; a Welsh concrete expert on the longest drive of his life; a softly-spoken Brooklyn bartender; a hipster-bearded Jewish crime boss; a Russian cop; and the maddest Max around. But his greatest challenge might have just arrived, as he has to pull off not just one great performance, but two. Hardy stars, twice, in “Legend,” a biopic of famous London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, previously seen on screen in Peter Medak’s 1990 film “The Krays,” starring the twins from Spandau Ballet. Unlike the previous version, the new film, from writer/director Brian Helgeland (an Oscar winner for co-penning “L. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Universal is having a banner year in terms of box office, but will that translate into awards?
It’s too early for definitive statements, but the success of the Universal slate means people have seen and liked the studio’s films — and, contrary to public opinion, awards voters are human. The studio has two Oscar best-picture possibilities in “Straight Outta Compton” and “Steve Jobs,” and has at least eight other films with awards potential in various categories.
Here’s an overview of U’s films.
In light of Ferguson and other uprisings, “Compton” is one of the timeliest films of the year. With a budget under $30 million and a box office of $200 million and counting, it is also a mega-hit. As a bonus, awards voters are still buzzing about the movie, »
- Tim Gray
It only took a few years, but once audiences got a good look at Tom Hardy, it was just a matter of time before he became a star. Now, he’s an A-lister hoping for his first Academy Award nomination this year, either for The Revenant or this week’s release, the gangster tale Legend. The former is a much more likely Oscar player than the latter, but anything is possible. With Hardy having a baity role to show us on Friday, I wanted to cite him a bit, list his best performances so far, and give him another quick moment in the sun here on the site… Legend is the story of British gangsters and identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Hardy), two of the country’s most notorious criminals. During the 1960’s, the Kray brothers developed a criminal empire on the East End of London. »
- Joey Magidson
This review was originally published during our coverage of Tiff 2015.
As if Tom Hardy still has something left to prove, he takes on what is most likely his most ambitious film role to date in Legend, from writer-director Brian Helgeland. In fact, the role is split into two characters, twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, real-life gangsters who dominated the organized crime scene in London in the 1960s.
Hardy has demonstrated his ability to shine in lead roles ranging from the eccentric and expressive Bronson to the understated and restrained Locke, while also maintaining a tendency to steal away the audience’s attention in supporting roles in films like Inception and Lawless. Here, he has the opportunity to do both these things at once: as Reggie we have a leading man played with enough charm to make the character believably magnetic, while Ronnie is the scene stealer, eliciting laughs from his awkward manner and blunt, »
- Darren Ruecker
Exclusive: Grindstone picks up gangster crime-drama.
Grindstone Entertainment Group has picked up North American distribution rights to gangster drama Rise Of The Krays from Carnaby International.
Grindstone has earmarked a February 2016release with Lionsgate Home Entertainment handling distribution.
The deal was struck between Carnaby International’s director of international sales Tania Sarra and Grindstone’s head of acquisitions, Stan Wertlieb.
“The Krays are truly international criminal legends. This gutsy and gritty film tells the powerful story of their violent rampage to the top of the underworld. A ‘must see’ for true crime story fans,” said Wertlieb.
The deal comes after distributor Signature Entertainment shifted more than 80,000 DVD units of the film in the UK after releasing in August, which makes it »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
As you catch up on the best films of the year’s first 10 months, know that there’s still a great number of features worth seeking out as we near the end of 2015. November brings promising animated offerings, top-notch documentaries, the latest entry into a certain long-running spy franchise, my favorite film of the year, and more. Check out the list below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.
Matinees to See: Theeb (11/6), The Hallow (11/6), Democrats (11/18), The Night Before (11/20), The Secret in Their Eyes (11/20), Very Semi-Serious (11/20), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (11/20), Killing Them Safely (11/27), The Danish Girl (11/27), Janis: Little Girl Blue (11/27)
Synopsis: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
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- Jordan Raup
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