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Capturing the Krays: A ‘Legend’ feature

15 September 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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Review: Legend (Tiff 2015) + Video Review

12 September 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: The true story of the infamous Kray twins (Tom Hardy in a dual role) who – in the mid-sixties – dominated the swinging London underworld. Review: Unless you've seen the 1991 biopic The Krays (starring Spandau Ballet's non-identical Kemp brothers) if you're North American you probably don't know much about the Kray boys. A pair of deadly identical twins,... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Review: Legend (Tiff 2015)

12 September 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: The true story of the infamous Kray twins (Tom Hardy in a dual role) who – in the mid-sixties – dominated the swinging London underworld. Review: Unless you've seen the 1991 biopic The Krays (starring Spandau Ballet's non-identical Kemp brothers) if you're North American you probably don't know much about the Kray boys. A pair of deadly identical twins,... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Review: Brian Helgeland's Twin Gangster Tale 'Legend' Starring Tom Hardy & Emily Browning

8 September 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Behind the Legend: how accurate is Tom Hardy's Krays drama?

8 September 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The much-hyped gangster film is about to take viewers back to 1960s Hackney but what crimes do the film-makers commit against the truth? A close friend of the family assesses the film’s accuracy

• This article contains spoilers

I thought the film was great. I didn’t like the first one because it all boils down to casting. They’ve got to pick an actor who can frighten you. The Spandau Ballet boys did their best but they weren’t menacing enough. In this film, Tom Hardy is chilling. He’s got everything right as Reggie: the walk, the beautiful hands, the way he holds the cigarettes and that frown which was always quizzical as if he’s just about to ask you a question. And then, on the other hand, when he plays Ron, he’s menacing and he’s got the stare absolutely right. I think he gives a fabulous performance. »

- Maureen Flanagan

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Film Review: Tom Hardy in ‘Legend’

3 September 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are two good reasons to make what might otherwise seem an inessential new biopic of Ronnie and Reggie Kray — and both of them, as it happens, take the formidable form of Tom Hardy. Playing both the infamously savage Cockney crime lords in a dazzling feat of thespian self-splicing to rival Jeremy Irons in “Dead Ringers,” Hardy’s inspired twin turn elevates and complicates the otherwise straightforward terrain of “Legend,” in which U.S. writer-helmer Brian Helgeland gives London’s East End gangland a slightly touristic candy-coating of Swinging ’60s glamor. While Helgeland’s script lacks the wit and grit of his Oscar-winning job on “L.A. Confidential,” this lengthy, engrossing underworld saga creditably attempts to work a female perspective — that of Reggie’s innocent wife, Frances — into these laddish proceedings. If the Hardy Boys’ film-swallowing contribution ultimately thwarts the effort, that can’t be helped.

Given an enduring local fascination with the Brothers Kray, »

- Guy Lodge

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DVD Review – The Rise of the Krays (2015)

31 August 2015 2:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Rise of the Krays, 2015.

Directed by Zackary Adler.

Starring Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie, Phil Dunster, Nicola Stapleton, Danny Midwinter, Anita Dobson, Alan Mathis and James Weber Brown.


London, 1961: Ronnie and Reggie Kray begin a reign of terror that would endure and define Londons East End for years to come. From protection rackets to members clubs, from brutal street brawls, arson via blackmail extending all the way up to the Cabinet Office, the Krays rained red on anyone who crossed them.

The real story of infamous London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray will never fully be told in a film, mainly because the exploits of the twins have now passed into folklore and, as is the nature of most true crime stories, the truth has mainly been buried with most of the victims. 1990’s The Krays touched on most of the known stories surrounding the twins but the »

- Gary Collinson

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Martin Kemp joins the Birds of a Feather cast as new series starts filming

5 August 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Martin Kemp has joined the cast of Birds of a Feather.

The actor will make a special guest appearance in the first episode of the new series, playing a character called Vince.

Unsurprisingly, Lesley Joseph's Dorien takes an instant shine to him.

The new series of Birds of a Feather is currently filming and will air on ITV in 2016. It will be the show's 12th series in total and its third since moving to ITV last year.

Star Linda Robson recently explained why she turned down the chance to join Strictly Come Dancing, saying she didn't want to be the joke act.

However, she suggested that Joseph - who is currently appearing on ITV's Flockstars - would be a great addition to the dancing competition. »

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All 27 stars of Skins: Whatever happened to E4's teen tearaways?

4 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Here's one of those 'This'll make you feel old' factoids - it's two years since the last ever episode of Skins aired.

E4's groundbreaking hormone-fest wrapped up on August 5, 2013 - with an older Cook (Jack O'Connell) heading off into an uncertain future at the close of 'Rise (Part Two)'.

Cook was but one of 27 major characters featured on Skins across three 'Generations' - in a total of 61 episodes, split into seven series. But where are the teen tearaways of Roundview College now?

Generation One

1. Nicholas Hoult

Hoult played Tony Stonem - the pre-eminent bad boy of Skins - across its first two series. Later badly hurt in a traffic accident and forced to rely on others, Tony had mellowed by his final episodes.

Now aged 25, Hoult has become a bona-fide Hollywood star with roles in this year's Mad Max: Fury Road and the much-anticipated book adaptations Dark Places and Kill Your Friends. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Cordon, Latitude Festival

25 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Nation's Favourite '80s Number One: ITV, 9pm

We're not quite sure who votes in these programmes, but tonight we will see who a certain number of people in the UK decided was the best chart-topper of the 1980s.

Expect high entries from Michael Jackson, The Human League, Madness, Madonna and co, and interviews with the likes of Spandau Ballet and Bonnie Tyler.

Transporter: The Series: Channel 5, 9pm

The third episode of the TV adaptation that may be sadly lacking a lot of Jason Statham, but still packs its own dose of punch and power.

Frank takes a job chauffeuring a rich young socialite back to her father, before it quickly descends into a protection task involving German crime lords.

Cordon: BBC Four, 9pm

The final two parts of the Flemish drama air on BBC Four this evening, starting with an explosive raid on the lab as Jana is desperate to escape. »

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Pixels – The Review

23 July 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Dane Marti

Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels will definitely take many of us back to an era that once seemed new and exciting, but now appears as old as the Civil War.

Starting with a kid zooming through his neighborhood on bike while Cheap Trick blazes on the soundtrack, I was immediately hooked: The year is 1982. Actually, I hoped that most of the film would take place during this time, an era when many of us were coming of age, but…how silly of me! It’s 2015, and as much as I find recent times to be banal and abrasive, this is the age that modern kids live in. The makers of the movie are obviously hoping for many youthful viewers ‘accompanied by their parental units, of course. I also believe this film should and will make a hefty sum at the box office, as long as kids »

- Movie Geeks

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After 25 years, ‘The Krays’ still holds up

21 July 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Krays

Written by Philip Ridley

Directed by Peter Medak

UK, 1990

Gangster movies have been entertaining audiences since the inception of cinema. A well-constructed gangster film can attract respectable actors, reap critical praise, and accrue the life-long love of fans in a way that few other genres can. Mean Streets, Infernal Affairs, and Goodfellas are all classic films that continue to resonate with audiences long after their theatrical runs. While most favorite gangster movie conversations include the usual round up of The Godfather, Scarface and The Departed, there is a little known British film that warrants a place in the conversation. Back in 1990, director Peter Medak’s biographical crime/drama film The Krays, flew under the radar of everyone but the most hardcore gangster-flick nerds. With the upcoming film Legend (featuring Tom Hardy in the role of both Kray twins) just on the horizon, it seemed like an appropriate time »

- Victor Stiff

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Tom Hardy loves being a gangster: Watch the violent new trailer for Legend

16 July 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy is double trouble in the violent new trailer for his gangster epic Legend.

The film heads back to the '60s to see Hardy play real-life gangster twins Ronald and Reggie Kray as they rule over the criminal underworld and turn London into "the Las Vegas of Europe".

Hot on the Krays' heels is Christopher Eccleston as police superintendent Nipper Read, while Emily Browning is playing Reggie's wife, Frances, who questions his gangster lifestyle.

La Confidential's Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland is behind the camera for Legend.

The movie will open in UK cinemas on September 9 and October 2 in the Us.

Martin Kemp, who starred with brother Gary in 1990's The Krays, recently gave Hardy his seal of approval in an interview with Digital Spy.

"I think Tom's a great actor, if anyone can do it he can do it really well," he said. "I'm not a fan ever »

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New Full Trailer For Kray Twins Thriller Legend

16 July 2015 2:19 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Last time there was a major Kray Twins film it starred those Kemp brothers out of Spandau Ballet. 25 years later it's a job for a single man, with Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie in Brian Helgeland's Legend. Following the teaser and the recent poster, here's the latest full trailer, showcasing the humour as much as the violence. And, of course, Hardy's amazing solo double-act.For a time in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Ronnie and Reggie Kray ruled East London with fists, pistols and pure, simple intimidation. Their gang, the unimaginatively-named but viciously effective The Firm, took control of the shadowy underworld and carried out armed robberies, arson, racketeering, assaults and murder.Brian Helgeland (writer of La Confidential and Man On Fire, director of Payback) is piloting us through this crime arena. Legend dips into the dark underbelly of the swinging ‘60s, when sharp-suited gangsters warred for turf and control, »

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This DJ Kills the Crowd's Vibe When He Gets Them Hyped for the Beat Drop, but Does This Instead...

8 July 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Don't you hate it when you are feeling that music and—boom—the DJ kills your vibe? Well, that is exactly what happened over the weekend when Mashd N Kutcher was playing for a packed house and he decided to have a little (and slightly unfair) fun.  In a video posted to YouTube, you see the strobe lights illuminate the hyped-up crowd, who can barely contain their energetic dance moves as the Edm music blares throughout the venue. The audience is gearing up for that epic moment when the beat drops...but it doesn't happen. Instead the melodic sounds of "True" by Spandau Ballet fills the air, taking the tempo way down to what seems like a middle school dance. But you »

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Laff Review: Hilarious And Heartfelt 'Seoul Searching' Is A Throwback To '80s Coming Of Age Films

20 June 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Seoul Searching,” an '80s-set teen comedy written and directed by Benson Lee, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and was a homecoming of sorts for Lee. His previous film, “Miss Monday,” also premiered at the fest in 1998, winning a Special Jury Award for star Andrea Hart’s performance. After Sundance, the coming-of-age film also hit the Seattle International Film Festival (where it won the Futurewave Youth Jury Award), CAAMFest (where it won an Audience Award for Best Narrative film), and as it arrives as the Los Angeles Film Festival it provided me a second chance to take a look at the movie. When I first caught the film back at Sundance, I was moved by its performances and equally impressed by its stellar '80s soundtrack, which features cuts from The Clash ("Should I Stay or Should I Go"), Spandau Ballet ("True"), Erasure »

- Timothy Tau

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‘Age of Kill’ Review

17 June 2015 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Tony Denham, Phil Davis, Lucy Pinder, Donna Air, April Pearson, Dani Dyer, Bruce Payne, Patrick Bergin, Nick Moran, Chris Brazier, Anouska Mond | Written by Simon Cluett | Directed by Neil Jones

When it comes to low-budget British movies one of the easiest to create seems to be the gangster movie and I’ll admit it that when I got Age of Kill to watch that is exactly what I expected. Thankfully what I found instead was an action movie that takes the subject of terrorism in London and adds a little twist.

Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is a black ops sniper who finds himself blackmailed into killing six seemingly random people in six hours. If he fails this or tries to contact the police or his bosses his daughter will be killed. As he performs the kills with the police in close pursuit the »

- Paul Metcalf

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Age of Kill review – will disappoint the most undiscerning viewer

14 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This naff remake of Nick of Time is blessed with an obvious plot, ear-scraping dialogue and some toilet stranglings

“These Asian geezers from across the water – proper naughty they are!” And we’re back. From the bargain-basement-Bond titles with which it opens to the “2-for-a-fiver” DVD shelf to which it is heading, this geezer-tastic schlocker “from the makers of Vendetta” will disappoint even the most undiscerning viewer. Phil Davis is the gruff special-ops commander who leads Martin Kemp’s sniper through an opening shoot-to-kill mishap. Next thing, Kemp finds himself in a naff remake of Nick of Time (the trailer prefers “24 meets Taken”) – ordered to execute six people in six hours by an anonymous caller whose identity is so clear it took me some time to realise I wasn’t meant to know it. Shootings, bombings and toilet stranglings ensue, while people pretending to be policemen tackle dialogue so ear-scraping »

- Mark Kermode

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Danny Dyer's actress daughter Dani: 'My dad doesn't want me doing sex scenes'

13 June 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Danny Dyer's actress daughter Dani has revealed that her dad doesn't want her filming sex scenes.

Dani, who stars alongside Martin Kemp in forthcoming film Age of Kill, said that her father will "never be happy" with her doing scenes where 'everyone is on top of her'.

Speaking to The Mirror, Dani said: "[My dad] wouldn't have been happy if I'd been doing scenes where everyone is on top of me."

"It isn't nice for him to see, he will never be happy with me doing things like that."

Speaking about her strict parents, Dani said: "If I tell my parents the truth they are fine but if I take the liberty in the house, I get grounded and get my phone taken away."

She added: "I wasn't allowed a phone until I was 16. And I wasn't allowed home later than 11pm. So I'd say I'm staying at my friend's house, »

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Martin Kemp: 'If anyone can do The Krays justice it's Tom Hardy'

12 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Martin Kemp has given his stamp of approval to Tom Hardy's Krays movie Legend.

The Spandau Ballet star spoke to Digital Spy about the upcoming crime film in which Hardy plays both Ronnie and Reggie, having previously starred in The Krays alongside his brother Gary Kemp in 1990.

"I think Tom's a great actor, if anyone can do it he can do it really well. I'm not a fan ever of one actor doing two different parts, but if anyone can pull it off, he can."

When asked if he felt protective of the role, he said: "No, it's not my film. I'm proud of what we produced as a team. It was a great episode of my life, and a great learning curve. I used to be a child actor, and then I went in to the band, and so The Krays was like a springboard to the next part of my life. »

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