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Now playing in theaters is director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) The Drop. In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. At the same time, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (played by James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay. The impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview withTom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. They talked about why they wanted to play these characters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Tom Hardy makes an unlikely best friend and some grim discoveries in new clips released from “The Drop,” the crime thriller from Michaël R. Roskam which stars James Gandolfini in one of his last roles. Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace co-star in the film, based on a novel by “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane, about a group of bad guys who decide to rob the wrong bar, which doubles as a drop point for money exchanging between even more bad guys. Also read: ‘The Drop’ Review: Tom Hardy Steals This Sluggish Dennis Lehane Crime Tale The new clips feature Hardy's character discovering bloody. »
- Linda Ge
Set in a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood during a cold, gray January, The Drop is a twisty crime drama that glooms along at a measured pace. The somber experience is elevated by the skillful performances of the lead actors, and it must be said, by the presence of a pit bull puppy who helps drive the action and counterbalance the moral decay around him.
Don't worry, director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) hasn't turned sentimental on us. The world he shows us here is a mean one. Justice comes in the form of bad things happening to bad people, but since nothing good really happens to anyone, these moments are hollow victories.
In his last film performance, James Gandolfini plays Cousin Marv, a bar manager bullied into misery by Chechen crime bosses. Tom Hardy is Bob, a stoic bartender, and Noomi Rapace is Nadia, a down-on-her-luck waitress. Life is far from ideal »
- Caitlin Moore
Chicago – For a film adapted from “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, there are no children in danger in “The Drop,” but there is a pit bull puppy named Rocco. The dog’s involvement in the story, an animal who gets as many closeups this side of a Charles Martin Smith film, invites the uncharacteristically blunt metaphor of how creatures fight for power, or even just the impression of power.
Dogs bark; thugs try to stand tall.
“The Drop” tells of a neighborhood watering hole in Brooklyn owned by a guy nicknamed Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), while his low-key cousin Bob (Tom Hardy) meekly tends the bar. Their lives are a microcosm of American small business in a 1% society, with Marv’s bar now owned by a Chechen gang. They use his place primarily as a “drop” to house their ever-exchanging bookkeep money. Even the church »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Drop. The film, which marks the final performance by the late James Gandolfini, was feted at the festival by his co-stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts, director Michael R. Roskam, and Tiff organizers.
The event marked a proud, yet bittersweet moment for Gandolfini’s teenage son Michael, who walked the red carpet and spoke to journalists about his father’s legacy.
Gandolfini was no stranger to Tiff, in recent years having appeared in Tiff films Violet & Daisy and last year’sEnough Said. In The Drop, which held its premiere at Tiff before opening wide in theatres September 12, features Gandolfini as Marv, a former crime boss who is now under the thumb of the Chechen mob. Tom Hardy stars as Bob, a Brooklyn bartender whose local watering hole (run by Marv) just happens to be a “drop” bar, »
- Rachel West
Smoky bars and rundown, vacant buildings are surrounded by cheap shacks that barely pass for homes… and I haven’t even begun to describe the people. But I think you can imagine the occupants in this universe. The film-noir genre has taken a journey into even seedier territory over the years. Gone are the days where you have fast-talking detectives and two-timing gals. Now we are treated to a world of cops and crime that is caked in a thick layer or dirt, grime, and blood. Films like Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, The Town, Out Of The Furnace, and Killing Them Softly, all have recently focused on crime and corruption on the working-class level of society. Is “poor-noir” an apt description? What about “working-class noir?” At any rate, this is a trend that Belgian director Michael Roskam also explores with his new film The Drop. Roskam previously garnered a »
- Michael Haffner
The upcoming weekend boasts an onslaught of new Specialty titles vying for audiences. In all likelihood, however, many will have a short big screen life as the fall’s awards contenders ramp up and crowd others out. Five of this week’s dozen-plus newcomers are spotlighted here with Fox Searchlight’s The Drop edging on a wide release. The feature starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini will bow in over 800 theaters. TWC’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby also joins the fray with a platform release. The film also has two accompanying titles told from the perspective of its two main characters, which will be released in more limited runs in October. Magnolia will open its thriller Honeymoon in a day and date release while Dada Films’ Swearnet: The Movie breaks a movie record with the most F-bombs ever. And Cohen Media Group’s My Old Lady bowed Wednesday in limited release. »
- Brian Brooks
The stories of novelist Dennis Lehane are noted for their specificity, rooted in a place – often, seedy, blue-collar Boston neighborhoods – and a time, usually the aftermath of a harsh, violent event. Several of his crackling stories of lurid crime and behavior have been memorably adapted to the screen – Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone – and kept the author’s pulpy dialogue and pulsating plots intact in the transition.
The Drop, which Lehane adapts to the screen from his short story Animal Rescue, is a different beast. It is a drama so low-key and plodding in comparison to his other works, that it is hard to understand why he chose to translate this minor tale in the first place. Here, he ditches Boston for Brooklyn, although the rusty storefronts, abandoned lots and grey skies present here sometimes make it hard to tell the difference.
The focus in this adaptation is on Bob »
- Jordan Adler
With Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles, and Bullhead director Michaël Roskam behind the camera, The Drop was always going to be a special film. Written by famous novelist Dennis Lehane (whose books served as the source material for movies like Shutter Island and Mystic River), this new crime thriller from 20th Century Fox touched down at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and very quickly had people buzzing.
In The Drop, Hardy steps into the role of Bob, a Brooklyn bartender whose life suddenly becomes pretty complicated when he finds himself not only mixed up in a robbery gone wrong, but also in the crosshairs of a dangerous man (Matthias Schoenaerts) whose puppy he rescued after finding it beaten up and in a trash can.
Boasting excellent acting and a thrilling story, Roskam’s English language debut is certainly one to watch out for when »
- Matt Joseph
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone) star in Lehane's working class tragedy about a bartender who suddenly finds himself stuck in between the police and the Chechen mob.
Here are five things we learned at the press conference for The Drop:
Dennis Lehane fleshed out one of his own short stories into a theatrical script, and yes, it's that Dennis Lehane. You've probably read a few of his books or at the very least seen some of the movies. Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River were all originally novels of The Drop's screenwriter. »
- Sasha James
A story about an ordinary woman assimilating into crème de la crème royal society in 17th century Paris and falling in love above her station brims with potential, which makes our disappointment with Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos” that much more harsh. Romantic period dramas may no longer prompt audiences to stampede to the theater, but one need only turn to “Downton Abbey,” or the understated “The Young Victoria” to see that the genre doesn’t necessarily have to be somnolent. Then again, there are those that can put you to sleep quicker than you can say Nyquil, despite some good-looking costumes and loquacious language. It’s 1682, and the gardens of Versailles need to be developed to appease his royal Highness, King Louis Xiv (Rickman), who desires to make Versailles and France reach heavenly heights of splendor. Famous architect La Norte (Matthias Schoenaerts) is commissioned for the job, and »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Toronto — “Titanic” was a seminal moment in Kate Winslet’s career, but she made it clear even during the film's Oscar run and in the years following that it was a more grueling experience than she ever expected. In the years since she’s avoided anything that came close to those shooting conditions, when she spent weeks in water tanks and wading through water. That is until her new period drama, “A Little Chaos,” which screened for the press at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Wednesday before its Saturday night premiere. In the film, Winslet and her stunt person are drenched when her character tries to manually close an aqueduct from flooding a massive garden she’s been building at Versailles (yes, that Versailles). The long and the short of it is that the sequence found Winslet in a ton of water. And for her to do that, she must simply adore her co-star and director, »
- Gregory Ellwood
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will shortly be coming to a close, but many are still waiting for the closing film of the festival: the second directorial film from Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) entitled A Little Chaos, of which the first clip has debuted online before its premiere, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
The fantasy film tells the story of The Sun King, who is looking to make over his garden, and he finds himself with two major candidates for the job: barrier-breaking landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet, Divergent), and her rival/potential love interest Andre Le Nottre (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone). Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) and Jennifer Ehle (RoboCop) are among the supporting cast as well, as well as Rickman himself featuring as King Louis Xiv of France.
Check out the clip here…
A Little Chaos is due for release on February 6th 2015 in the UK. »
- Scott Davis
Alan Rickman is best known for playing scene-stealing villains in “Die Hard” and the Harry Potter movies, but the silver tongued charmer steps out of the spotlight and assumes the director’s chair for “A Little Chaos.”
It’s a period drama about a female landscape gardener who finds herself thrust into the court of Louis Xiv, one that reunites Rickman with his “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Kate Winslet. She stars as the green-thumbed pioneer, along with Matthias Schoenaerts as André Le Nôtre, the mastermind behind the gardens at Versailles, and Rickman, doing double duty as King Louis Xiv. The film debuts at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday and is on the prowl for distribution.
Rickman spoke with Variety about the challenges of making a period film on a tight budget, his own gardening skills and tossing a pregnant Winslet into freezing water.
You direct as well as act in the film. »
- Brent Lang
, with Kate Winslet starring as a green-thumbed widow hired to design part of the gardens at Versailles for Alan Rickman’s Louis Xiv. Rickman’s first directorial effort since 1997’s “The Winter Guest” is a formulaic, broadly drawn historical fiction that won’t be an awards magnet, but could gain commercial traction amongst older audiences as costume-pic comfort food.
Pic takes place in 1682, when the Sun King is in the process of moving his court whole from Paris to the long-in-progress Versailles. He decrees of its gardens, “Heaven shall be here,” and it is up to chief landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to create that “window to perfection” — swiftly and on budget, or else. Interviewing numerous candidates to execute a Rockwork Garden that will encompass an outdoor ballroom and fountain, he surprisingly settles on little-known Sabine de Barra (Winslet), whose ideas are unorthodox and who’s a woman, »
- Dennis Harvey
The Toronto International Film Festival might be starting to wind down, but there's still a few days left and a few big movies to come. Among them: closing film "A Little Chaos," which marks the second directing effort from everyone's favorite Germanic thief/sneering potions professor Alan Rickman. Coming a whopping seventeen years after its predecessor, 1997's "The Winter Guest," the film, written by first-timer Alison Deegan, also stars Rickman as King Louis Xiv of France. The Sun King is looking to make over his garden, and he finds himself with two major candidates for the job: barrier-breaking landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), and her rival/potential love interest Andre Le Nottre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory and Phyllida Law are among the supporting cast as well, so Rickman's certainly been able to attact some talent to the project. The film press screens today before closing the festival on. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Slow-burning and riveting, The Drop is one of the best American crime dramas of the decade, and features one of Tom Hardy’s career best performances as a slow-witted Brooklyn bartender pushed by circumstances to revisit a past he’d much rather have left behind.
Bob Saginowski (Hardy) tends bar in an unassuming neighbourhood dive owned by his cousin Marvin (James Gandolfini, in one of his last roles). One quiet weeknight, the bar is robbed at closing time by two masked men who are apparently unaware that the bar is owned by Chechen mobsters, and acts as a drop point for cash generated by the gang’s bookmaking operation. On his way home from work after dealing with the aftermath and the police, Bob discovers an abandoned puppy in a rubbish bin in front of the home of a skittish, suspicious woman named Nadia (Noomi Rapace). This chance encounter, coupled »
- Ian Gilchrist
The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be Tiff’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s Xiv’s new palace at Versailles. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Opening this weekend is director Michaël R. Roskam's (Bullhead) The Drop. In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. James Gandolfini plays his cousin/employer. The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. At the same time, Hardy and Gandolfini find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay. The impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Michaël Roskam. He talked about being at Tiff, his first cut of the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"What have you seen?" It's the first question you get asked everywhere in Toronto - from the screening lines to the coffee bars, which I'm now hitting about eight times a day - and with the film festival hitting the halfway point, it's time to check in on the movie buzz. Here's a taste of what I've seen - and what the movie world will be talking about for months to come. Geniuses at WorkEddie Redmayne leaps to the front of the Oscar race with an extraordinary performance as Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, showing the physicist's charm, »
- Samantha Miller, @smillerpeople
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