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In an exclusive trailer for Digital Spy, the former EastEnders star plays disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake who is forced to work for terrorists after they kidnap his daughter.
Danny Dyer's daughter Dani plays the role of Sam's daughter in the British action flick.
Spandau Ballet's Kemp said of his new film: "I am very excited to have had the opportunity to play this role and hope audiences enjoy it as much as I did."
At the dawn of the 1980s, a group of five working class London boys called Spandau Ballet, set out to brighten up the dark days of punk-era Britain with far-out, futuristic fashion, a love of Studio 54 disco and German synthpop. Their danceable hooks topped the charts, with classics like "True," "Gold," "Instinction" and "Chant No. 1," while their cover boy looks graced every teen magazine. After a twenty-year breakup, that included a famously ugly courthouse battle, the men, now in middle age, remembered what they loved about playing in the first place and began a reunion tour, but there was still much that needed sorting. Director George Hencken's Soul Boys Of The Western World charts the band's rise, breakup, and reunion.To Cut a Long...
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The last time we got a major movie based around the Kray brothers, it was Peter Medak's The Krays, starring a sizeable chunk of Spandau Ballet (Martin and Gary Kemp). The brutal story of the notorious London gangsters was a solid hit too, although it would be fair to say it doesn't always make for the most comfortable viewing.
Later this year, a new telling of the Krays' story is coming to the big screen, courtesy of writer/director Brian Helgeland. This time, though, Tom Hardy is playing both Ronnie and Reggie in the movie.
The first trailer for the movie - which goes by the name of Legend - has been released, and thus we get an idea of just how that mechanic is going to work. Really rather well by the looks of it. »
Tom Hardy has been ratcheting up his roster of onscreen hard men to eleven recently, with a turn opposite the late James Gandolfini in The Drop and of course the small matter of Mad Max: Fury Road about to roar into cinemas. But there is a forthcoming role (or rather roles) that’s going to be causing more of a stir than most.
In Legend, you get not one Tom but two, as he steps into the dual shoes of characters some might argue he was born to play – notorious Sixties gangster siblings Ronnie and Reggie Kray. StudioCanal have given us an idea of what to expect with this gripping teaser trailer:
Set to the eerie strains of Roy Orbison, the glimpse showcases Hardy, in addition to Emily Browning as Francis Shea, David Thewlis as Leslie Payne and Christopher Eccleston as Leonard “Nipper” Read, the man bent on bringing the »
- Steve Palace
What’s better than one Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardys. The actor’s only a couple of weeks away from his big blockbuster test with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and hopes to shake off the underwhelming “Child 44” with films like “London Road” and Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” but among a bunch of hot prospects, maybe the most promising is a more under-the-radar one? Hardy quietly went off and shot “Legend” last year — the story of the twin British gangsters Reggie & Ronnie Kray who terrorized London in the 1950s and 1960s — and unlike Peter Medak’s 1990 film “The Krays,” which starred the Kemp brothers from Spandau Ballet, Hardy’s taking on both roles this time around thanks to some VFX wizardry, as displayed in the first teaser trailer for the film, which just arrived. “L.A. Confidential” writer and “42” helmer Brian Helgeland is the man in charge, and aside from Hardy & Hardy, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The rise of the New Romantics and other flamboyant music camps in early-Eighties British pop led Paul Weller (the Jam, Style Council) to carp that it was "like punk never happened." The fantastic documentary Soul Boys of the Western World blurs cultural lines and complicates the politics (and dismissiveness) of Weller's comment. Director George Hencken charts the rise, fall, and rebirth of Spandau Ballet, first of the New Romantic superstars. Early in the film there's footage of a young Gary Kemp, Spandau's songwriter and lead guitarist, noting middle-class blokes' disdain of glamour and the appearance of success, while working-class folks like him and the rest of the band happily embraced them. Through superb editing of stock footage, home movies, new and vinta »
Director: J.K. Amalou
Running Time: 90 minutes
It’s easy to see why Danny Dyer has slowly risen in the ranks of cult and B-Movie cinema over the years. The cockney star has successfully won over legions of fans thanks to his down-to-earth demeanour and incredibly attractive accent. Unfortunately however, many will never allow themselves to see the talent that has been in front of their eyes for over a decade now. Of course, this is also (partially) due to the actors own personal decisions and choices in terms of his recent roles and performances. But I digress, as I fear I am beginning to descend into a debate regarding the social politics of British cinema…
With all that in mind, I should state now that this does not mean that Dyer is able to transform Assassin into a quality production. »
- Ben Read
Directed by J.K. Amalou.
A hitman falls for a beautiful exotic dancer before discovering that his last hit was her dodgy businessman father, forcing him to turn against his ruthless employers to try and save her life.
Is it possible that Danny Dyer’s name could be used as rhyming slang for ‘tryer’? Because despite having a reputation as something of a numpty you can’t knock his ability for trying to be taken seriously, and in London-based gangster thriller Assassin he actually does a decent job.
Which is kind of odd as it wasn’t that long ago that Dyer himself said in the press that he wanted to take on different types of role, so starring in a gangland revenge movie with brothers Gary and Martin Kemp (The Krays) is hardly a »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Danny Dyer, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Anouska Mond, Deborah Moore, Robert Cavanah, Holly Weston, Paul Terry, Natalia Ryumina, Bruce Lawrence, Kris Sommerville | Written and Directed by J.K. Amalou
What can we say about Danny Dyer? Well that you probably had a reaction to that name at least shows that he has an impact on the pop culture of movies and television. This isn’t going to be a review that takes a look at him at his worst though, or even his best, but we can’t get away from the fact that Assassin is a film that is using not only his star quality but that of Martin and Gary Kemp to get some attention. Not to say that is a bad thing though.
- Paul Metcalf
Patsy, who was evicted last night, told reporters today that the number of celebrities quitting and being removed from the house made the experience strange.
"The thing that was psychologically testing in there was we only saw two people walk up those stairs and out the door - so many people got thrown out or walked," she said. "So at one point I did actually say to Nadia [Sawalha], 'I've missed a clause in the contract. We're never getting out. We're not going to be released'."
She also commented on Ken Morley, who was removed from the house, saying: "[His behaviour] was really inappropriate, wasn't it? I mean, I told him where to go quite a few times. I wasn't going to take any of his stuff and I certainly wasn't going to let »
By the time George Hencken’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” finishes, audiences won’t know Spandau Ballet’s favorite breakfast cereals, but that’s about all they won’t know. A vanity production composed entirely of pre-existing footage — producers Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney are the group’s manager and producer, respectively — the documentary traces the usual pop-band trajectory, presenting Spandau Ballet as the most iconic group of the 1980s. Hmm. TV-style and desperately in need of cutting, “Soul Boys” does convincingly position its subjects as key trendsetters, and their most memorable tunes continue to be enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, the film is timed to cash in on reunion concerts, and will be a gift to their fanbase.
The background story will be familiar for those who’ve watched practically any history of U.K. bands from the era. The five members, including brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, were raised »
- Jay Weissberg
In another Thn exclusive, here’s a look at the very first poster for the upcoming British action film Age Of Kill. The film stars Martin Kemp, Nick Moran, Patrick Bergin, Dexter Fletcher, Phil Davis, Bruce Payne and Dani Dyer. Quite the cast.
Here’s the intriguing plot.
Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is running out of time. Living in the shadow of a botched mission that claimed an innocent victim, the disgraced special ops sniper is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter (Dani Dyer) is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London. As chaos reigns and the body count rises, the city’s fragile political climate is threatened. If shattered, the consequences would be catastrophic. »
- Paul Heath
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the proper franchise follow-up for which rabid fans have been waiting since back in the days when Kajagoogoo and Spandau Ballet were climbing the Billboard charts. A fresh director in J.J. Abrams will finally be bringing the band back together, firing up the Millennium Falcon, and hopefully working out any engine kinks that would disqualify the iconic vessel from repeating anything below the high standard of a 12 parsec Kessel Run. Luke, Leia, Han Chewie, R2 and 3Po are all ready to reprise their parts and show that aging only slows down nursing home nerfherders. However, if there.s one thing that we.ve learned about the Star Wars universe, is that for all its vastness with myriads of planets and star systems, it.s also of a small world for our characters and we often run into connections that the push the »
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
The movie »
- Sharon Knolle
A report in The Sun claims that the Conservative leader let his hair down at the "old school disco-style" party and that he was almost persuaded to take part in karaoke.
Cameron and his wife Samantha both attended the event in Oxfordshire, and it is described by the paper as "an off-duty night for the Pm".
An eyewitness told the paper: "Alex kept trying to get [Cameron] to sing karaoke and looked like he was almost persuaded. But that was the point he realised it was probably time to go home.
"Samantha was a great laugh and dancing around. It looked like she was playing a leg as a guitar at one point." »
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