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The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.
Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.
Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.
Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Dave McNary
Director Brian Helgeland’s Legend (2015) tells the based-on true story of Ronald and Reggie Kray: twins (both played by Tom Hardy), East End boys, racketeers, murderers, icons. The Krays were shaped during the 1960s, a post World War II boom for England. They came to symbolise the smartly dressed gangster for a new youth-orientated generation. They had money and they wanted to flaunt it – and that meant suits and a lot of jewellery.
Costume designer for Legend, Caroline Harris, boasting over 20 years experience in both film and television with credits such as Mr Nice (2010), Red Riding (2009) and Fleming (2014), here chats exclusively to Clothes on Film about her work on the project:
Legend is not set during the ‘swinging sixties’; there is still an air of long-established formality present, especially in nightclubs in casinos.
How did you approach your overall representation of the 1960s?
The 1960s was an entire decade and fashion changed and developed throughout. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Is there a better leading man working in Hollywood right now that can match Tom Hardy for his ability to transform and for the sheer screen presence he brings? Only truly breaking through to the mainstream in the last few years, having worked tirelessly since his Band of Brothers debut in 2001, Hardy has of late emerged as one of his generation’s best – if not its very best.
There are few performers of such range of whom it could be said they can play anything, but Hardy is unquestionably one such performer. In his short but illustrious career, the actor has played a Welsh construction worker, a gigantic super-villain, a gentle Brooklyn hoodlum, a thickly-accented Russian secret agent, a post-apocalyptic warrior, and a pretty boy dream thief, with all of those coming in the space of just five years.
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- Brogan Morris
There was a time when London’s by-now infamous West End was considered notorious for high-end crime and gangs. Of all the amoral, double-faced criminals to rule the roost in the English capital, perhaps one of the most prominent was Ronald and Reginald Kray, the hardboiled twin brothers who governed the city’s criminal underbelly right up until the moment they were sentence to life in prison in 1969.
It’s a defining rise and fall that formed the backbone of John Pearson’s acclaimed novel The Progression Of Violence, and one that will be brought to the silver screen in Brian Helgeland’s soon-to-be-released crime drama, Legend.
With Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy on board to play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, the based-on-real-events flick has been garnering a lot of attention for the dual performance, and it’s one that takes center stage in today’s brand new red band clip. »
- Michael Briers
“Eventually, something will kill me. Of course it will,” Tom Hardy told Vulture about taking on challenging roles. “Eventually, I’ll be rubbish. But if I don’t take on something that I feel will eat me alive, I don’t think I’d have the compulsion to work my ass off.” It's that laudable work ethic that has led to Hardy doing double duty in "Legend," the new gangster flick about notorious British twin criminals the Kray Brothers. A new clip provides an opportunity to see Hardy and Hardy doing his/their thing. Brian Helgeland ("42," "A Knight's Tale"; he also wrote "L.A. Confidential") gets behind the camera for the movie, which tracks the rise of the Krays in 1960s London. And as you'll see in the clip below, their fearlessness and unpredictability saw them rise above any challengers. Read More: Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Two rival gangster pictures vied for attention at Tiff: Scott Cooper's Boston-set James "Whitey" Bulger biopic "Black Mass" (Warner Bros.) and Universal/Working Title's hardboiled portrait of the Kray Brothers, "Legend." "Legend" offers an entertaining dual performance from Tom Hardy as two murderous thugs in swinging 60s East London, one of whom romances and weds a neighborhood beauty (Emily Browning), who tries to adjust to his out of control openly gay brother. Writer-director Brian Helgeland delivers a nasty and fascinating portrait of these gangsters, but also shows their humanity and humor. Should it be a tad shorter? Sure. But when Hardy is on-screen I can't take my eyes off him, and Browning, who narrates the tale, also has a bright future. Moving away from a crowded male-action field ("Black Mass," "Sicario," "The Martian"), Universal is rebooking the film from October to November 20, where there's more »
- Anne Thompson
Legend explores the rise and fall of notorious British twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray. Told through the eyes of Reggie’s wife, Frances - played by Emily Browning - the film tracks the brothers and their co-dependent, yet contentious relationship, during their reign in the east end of London in the 60’s.
Their ultimate downfall, after a tragic event, leads to imprisonment for life.
Tom Hardy stars as both Reggie and Ronnie. Hardy was originally more interested in the Ronnie half of the duo, but developed a relationship with both roles after mastering playing two characters in the film. It’s a feat that not many actors have had the opportunity to try, and it provided an exciting challenge for the actor.
Without many trustworthy stories about the famous duo and with limited research (one can guess at the double entendre of the title), Legend tells a true story »
- Melissa Sheasgreen
The studio has moved its Kray Twins drama starring Tom Hardy off the original October 2 weekend when Fox’s popular Toronto selection The Martian will open.
Legend, featuring Hardy in the dual role of 1960s London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, will now open in New York and Los Angeles on November 20 and expand on November 25 and December 11.
The film from Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures scored a sensational $8m (£5.19m) UK debut last weekend that delivered a new record for a StudioCanal UK release. Brian Helgeland directs.
StudioCanal also distributes in France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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 both 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...
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The studio will now release the picture in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 20, slowly expanding to additional theaters before going wide on Dec. 11.
“Legend” was originally slated for release on Oct. 2, where it would have debuted against “The Martian” with Matt Damon and an Imax-only limited release of “The Walk,” a 3D look at Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. Both of those films are geared at the same adult audience that “Legend” wants to attract.
In its new slot, “Legend” will go up against “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which will be more geared at younger crowds, and will face its fiercest competition from thriller “The Secret In Their Eyes.”
“Legend” centers on the Kray twins, infamous British »
- Brent Lang
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
A biopic on the infamous twins, The Krays, charting their life of crime in the 1960’s.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray have become the UK equivalent of Al Capone. East End gangsters, Brian Helgeland’s gangster biopic of the Kray twins seems to glorify and glamorise their 1960’s hey day, while Tom Hardy gives an unforgettable performance as both Ron and Reg Kray. Reg, the charming ladies man, is central, as Helgeland directs Legend from the perspective of his first wife, Frances (Emily Browning). This romance between ‘Frankie’ and Reg is the driving force, therefore establishing a cliché context that only serves to soften the tale told. Unfortunately, Legend is a glossy retelling of London career criminals that’s less Mean Streets and more ‘Soft Streets’, with cockney thrown in for good measure. »
- Simon Columb
Ron’s escape from hospital was more ingenious, Reg’s marriage less violent … Tom Hardy’s portrayal of both twins is admirable, unlike the film’s attention to detail
Director: Brian Helgeland
Entertainment grade: B–
History grade: D+
Reginald and Ronald Kray were twins born in 1933. They were East End toughs who became gangsters. By the 60s, they were rubbing shoulders (and allegedly more) with politicians and celebrities.
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- Alex von Tunzelmann
The glamour of 1960's London underworld is captured with varying degrees of success in Brian Helgeland's new film Legend, the story of notorious East end gangsters Ron and Reggie Kray. The fact that both twins are played via CGI by versatile actor Tom Hardy should sweeten the film's appeal were if not for the uneven craftsmanship behind the camera. Celebrated screenwriter Brian Helgeland (of L.A. Confidential, director of 42 and A Knight's Tale) wrote and directed Legend and although many of the tales told in the film have been covered before, his screenplay manages to make them fresh again. The 1990 film The Krays scratched the surface on the volatile brothers' past but Legend digs much deeper. Reggie Kray (Hardy) is the public face of the duo, an outgoing and extremely charming criminal. His devilish personality is only matched by the loyalty to his psychopathic brother Ron (Hardy). That twin is quiet, »
- Marco Cerritos
It’s been a quarter of a century since a film was made about the Kray twins, and now two have come along at once! The main event of course is Legend, showcasing Tom Hardy in a dual role that has earned rave reviews from critics. The gangster pair were admired and abhorred in equal measure. They represented a strand of culture that mixed community values with intimidation and violence.
Some are looking forward to further exposure for Ronnie and Reggie. Others object to the perceived glamourizing of men who were hunted by the police and responsible for bloody carnage across London. Whatever your view, you have to agree they had a permanent effect on the fabric of Britain and this has been reflected onscreen in some surprising ways.
Don your best suit, pack your shooter and prepare for a rain-soaked car journey into the neon heart of the capital »
- Steve Palace
Tip: Don't ask Tom Hardy about his sexuality. Just don't, even if you think it's relevant to the movie he's promoting. Hardy plays identical twin gangsters Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray in Brian Helgeland's upcoming movie "Legend," and Hardy, the director, and co-star Emily Browning were at the Toronto Film Festival to promote the film.
You can watch their full press conference in the video here:
Things got really awkward around the 28:25 mark when a reporter from the Lgbt site Daily Xtra asked about Hardy's sexuality, in reference to the character of Ronnie Kray being bisexual.
Reporter: "In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality, but given interviews you've done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?"
Hardy: "What on earth are you on about?"
- Gina Carbone
Where better to screen Brian Helgeland’s new take on the Kray twins - Legend - than in the cinema of the Shoreditch-based cultural centre Rich Mix? The film stars Tom Hardy in a CGI-assisted double role as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the London gangsters who rose to power in the 1950s-60s East End and rubbed shoulders with celebrities and politicians before finally being jailed for murder.
Following a special screening of the film at the Rich Mix, director Brian Helgeland (writer of L.A. Confidential and director of 42 and Payback) and Chris Lambrianu discussed the making of the film and the history of the notorious crime brothers. The Lambrianou brothers were junior associates of the Kray twins, with both Tony and Chris Lambrianou serving 15 years each for being involved in the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie in 1967. Chris Lambrianu, having long since »
- Owen Van Spall
Tom Hardy plays a bisexual gangster in Legend , where he co-stars with himself as the infamous East End London gangsters Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray in Brian Helgeland's violent period drama. But when a reporter during the Legend presser at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday asked Hardy about past media reports that hinted at an "ambiguous" sexuality, the Mad Max: Fury Road and Inception star responded with a quick slap down. "What on earth are you on about?" Hardy questioned the reporter from Daily Xtra, a Toronto Lgbt publication. The journalist cited a 2008 Attitude magazine interview where
- Etan Vlessing
★★★☆☆ There has always been a wide appeal to the myth of the Kray brothers, who ruled London's underworld in the Swinging Sixties. Now they are the subjects of Brian Helgeland's glossy biopic Legend (2015). Tom Hardy takes on the double role of the infamous twins, in what ultimately is a well polished, but plodding biopic, driven by strong character performances and a well-chosen cast. Helgeland has based his take on the twins on John Pearson's The Profession Of Violence and thankfully we do not tread the same material Peter Medak's unfairly derided Nineties gangster flick, The Krays. The film opens at a time when the brothers were securing their position as London's top mob-lords.
We witness, albeit briefly, the Kray's rivalry with the South London Richardson 'torture' gang, with a brief cameo from Paul Bettany as Charlie Richardson, before entering the film's main action. Hardy's performance as the »
- CineVue UK
Tom Hardy is bang-on as both Ronnie and Reggie in a cartoonish but entertaining account of the Kray twins’ East End reign
Any retelling of the over-mythologised Kray twins’ tale walks a thin line between the glamorised cliches of Ronnie and Reggie nostalgia and the pin-sharp parody of Monty Python’s Piranha brothers’ Doug and Dinsdale sketch. A “combination of violence and sarcasm” fuelled the Piranhas’ reign of terror, and the same could be said of these latest screen Krays, with writer-director Brian Helgeland deploying much deadpan humour amid the beatings, stabbings and shootings of East End folklore.
Hinging on the double-barrelled blast of Tom Hardy’s bang-on central performance(s), Legend is a brash, cartoonish affair, happy to bask in the reflected glory of its subjects’ bizarre cultural icon status. With an eye on the international market, Helgeland (who co-wrote the screenplay for La Confidential) tips his hat to Scarface, »
- Mark Kermode
Tom Hardy in the best thing about Brian Helgeland‘s gangster movie “Legend,” and the filmmaker has an ace in the hole: Hardy plays not one but two major roles in the film. The actor appears as both of the Kray brothers, the real-life British mobsters from the 1960s who are the subject of the new film from the writer-director who won an Oscar for writing “L.A. Confidential” and went on to direct “A Knight’s Tale” and “42.” The film, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, features two starkly different performances by Hardy, who plays Reggie and. »
- Steve Pond
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