11 items from 2008
Photo: Warner Bros. As a fan of Guy Ritchie's Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels I was anxious to see RocknRolla, a film billed as Ritchie's return to the genre that made him popular -- Blighty gangstas! -- and it delivers in all its familiar fashion. Of course, such delivery can alternatively be seen as a negative considering much of the film has that "been there" feel since Ritchie's style of directing and zip-bang editing has been copied and even spoofed since he first embraced the style with Lock Stock back in 1999. Luckily for me, I like it -- a lot actually -- and welcome back the man that mastered it. In terms of story, it's fast paced and intricate so keep up with me here. I'll skip over the film's opening and begin by introducing Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson »
- Brad Brevet
RocknRolla Directed by: Guy Ritchie Cast: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Jeremy Piven and Ludacris Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins Rating: R Plot: Sometimes it's easier to actually do the things happening in Guy Ritchie plots than describe them. But here goes: members from the underground and the upper class become intertwined in an intricate scheme involving millions of dollars available from a real estate scam. Problems increase when "rocknrolla" Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) obtains a painting that Johnny's scam-involved father, Lenny Cole (Wilkinson), is also seeking. Who’s It For? This one goes out to anyone who likes a little substance to their gritty rock 'em sock 'ems. This isn't a Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or a Snatch., but it will pacify Guy Ritchie fans who share his enthusiasm for anti-gangsters that »
Quickcard Review RocknRolla Directed by: Guy Ritchie Cast: Gerald Butler, Mark Strong, Tom Wilkinson, Toby Kebbell, Idris Elba, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Jeremey Piven, Thandie Newton Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins Rating: R Click Here to read Allen's full Scorecard Review Plot: The underworld of London gets blown up (figuratively) in the latest Ritchie film. A huge cast of characters are looking for money, a lucky panting, and a rock star. Who’s It For? If you check the 'yes' box next to liking Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the film Snatch then here's another one for you. There are moments of sex and violence and tons of foul language to go along with it all. If you saw Ritchie's other films ... and enjoyed them ... sorry, I don't have any sarcastic award to »
Bond girl Gemma Arterton has reportedly fallen in love with a Spanish stuntman - and invited him to move into her London home.
The British actress, who stars in forthcoming 007 movie Quantum of Solace, is said to have met Eduardo Munoz on the set of her new blockbuster, Prince of Persia, in Morocco.
The pair is now reported to be dating, with Arterton rumoured to be looking to take their relationship to the next level.
A source tells British newspaper The Mail on Sunday, "She has invited Eduardo to live with her in London and has hired a language tutor who is teaching her Spanish and him English. Her Spanish is non-existent and his English is rudimentary. She looks and acts like a woman who is head over heels in love. She and Eduardo have made no attempt to hide their romance."
If you’re keeping track, or looking for any tidbits, the much anticipated translation of the Ubisoft game, Prince of Persia, has reportedly started filming on the 16th of September.
As we’ve noted previously, Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain fame, stars in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Also starring in the flick are Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell.
The project is an effort between Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and is slated for a 2010 release. It’s about a prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from doing some evil deeds.
So why am I not jazzed about the upcoming new video game-to-movie effort?
At the moment it seems to me that Prince of Persia has some serious industry backing with Disney and Bruckheimer. This combination alone gives me the sense that it has potential. »
- Bruce Simmons
Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges star in Guy Ritchie's "Rocknrolla" actioner which scored a solid B rating or 4/5. Hertfordshire, England born Ritchie makes his big screen return after 2005's "Revolver" which starred Jason Statham. Ritchie is a 1999 BAFTA Award nominee for his work on "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and, not so impressively, a Razzie Award winner for 2002's "Swept Away." Ritchie is at the wheel of 2010's Robert Downey Jr. starrer "Sherlock Holmes" 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Review:Director Guy Ritchie reclaims his mojo with 'RocknRolla'Filmmaker Guy Ritchie, kingpin of the modern British gangster drama thanks to "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" (1996) and "Snatch" (2000), returns to familiar turf with his latest caper film "RocknRolla." About the bloody dealings between longtime London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) and Russian billionaire Uri Obomavich (Karel Roden), Ritchie returns to the spotlight and more »
Kebbell starved himself to play the emaciated character and admits the portrayal gave him an insight into Doherty's mental state.
He says, "We have extremely talented musicians in London who unfortunately don't want to be a human; they don't want their dark side to be known so they'd prefer you to think they were ugly with drugs than they were fickle or weak in some human way.
"For me playing the character Johnny Quid, I was starving and so I was in a bubble of what I would say a crack addict lives in anyway. Pete Doherty did come to mind but I think Pete would be massively grateful to have someone as charming as me playing him on film." »
She may not have been on his arm for the Toronto Film Festival premiere of RocknRolla (blame her touring schedule!) but Guy Ritchie says his wife Madonna was there for him throughout the making of the film. "She's been very supportive," Ritchie, 39, told People. "It was great." That said, he told reporters that he didn't know the secret of a happy marriage. "That's a toughie," he conceded. "If you know, you tell me." The stars of Ritchie's film also had tons of praise for the Material Girl, who often visited the set."She's gorgeous," Toby Kebbell said. "A lovely, stunning woman. »
- Lesley Messer
British actor Toby Kebbell was pleasantly surprised by director Guy Ritchie's kindhearted personality when they teamed up to shoot new movie Rocknrolla - because he expected the filmmaker to be egotistical and hot-tempered.
Kebbell, who stars alongside Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven in the upcoming action movie, was terrified about working under Ritchie's guidance because of what he'd heard about the star and his wife Madonna in the tabloids.
But he admits Ritchie was nothing like what he expected.
He says, "I'm not a big one for reading up on the lives of others in magazines, but you sometimes form an idea and I have to say when I turned up in London, I really didn't expect to become friends with Guy Ritchie. But I did; he's a really funny, great personality, but no ego. It was never about, 'Just because I say so.'
"He was incredibly open to other ideas as long as they were right for the film. And very even-tempered, you know - he never spoke a bad or a harsh word to anybody. I really like that." »
- Some actors get typecast into certain roles, and undoubtedly, filmmakers can get stuck in that same repetitive mode as well. With comic book Sherlock Holmes and graphic novel to screen project of The Gamekeeper in the pipeline, it may not be a long time coming before the Brit director changes genres, but it's with a thick air of familiarity, that Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla hits the web today. Warner Bros. who release the picture in October, will bank on a more universal, clearly spoken English language, familiar faces and the key ingredient: a Gerard Butler, who comes ripped like Pitt was back in Snatch. I'm betting that Toby Kebbell (who appeared in Dead Man's Shoes and was the only comic relief in Control ) will steal the show. Click here to watch the trailer. Written by Ritchie, when a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal and millions of dollars are thrown up for grabs, »
And the pair don't have to worry about their hectic movie schedules ruining their romance - they are set to appear opposite each other in forthcoming blockbuster Prince Of Persia, scheduled to be shot later this year in Egypt.
A source tells Britain's Mail On Sunday, "Romance is on the cards. They hit it off when they were making RocknRolla and fell for each other on set." »
11 items from 2008
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