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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 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 performance...
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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
This review was originally published during our coverage of Tiff 2015.
As if Tom Hardy still has something left to prove, he takes on what is most likely his most ambitious film role to date in Legend, from writer-director Brian Helgeland. In fact, the role is split into two characters, twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, real-life gangsters who dominated the organized crime scene in London in the 1960s.
Hardy has demonstrated his ability to shine in lead roles ranging from the eccentric and expressive Bronson to the understated and restrained Locke, while also maintaining a tendency to steal away the audience’s attention in supporting roles in films like Inception and Lawless. Here, he has the opportunity to do both these things at once: as Reggie we have a leading man played with enough charm to make the character believably magnetic, while Ronnie is the scene stealer, eliciting laughs from his awkward manner and blunt, »
- Darren Ruecker
Nicolas Winding Refn is a director whose work film fans love to watch. His frames are rich and compelling, his characters are fascinating, and his ability to orchestrate every element, aspect and detail of a production to create his unique vision is formidable, to say the least. For these reasons, his next film has been the focus of much anticipation – which will only increase now that distribution has finally been secured. Audiences will now get to see The Neon Demon in 2016, courtesy of Amazon Studios.
This development places The Neon Demon among a number of titles – including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and Chi-Raq – at the forefront of the ongoing tussle between the ‘traditional’ theatrical release model, and the evolving modernised release model that is emerging through the growth of streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon. While The Neon Demon is apparently scheduled for an initial release in cinemas, »
- Sarah Myles
“I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this,” he said. “The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.”
The 1988 original, directed by Lustig, follows a murderous cop who »
- Dave McNary
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters. Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is […]
The post Nicolas Winding Refn on the “Trash to Art” Evolution of Posters in His Book ‘The Act of Seeing’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
In the film Legend, which opens this fall, Tom Hardy plays the infamous English gangster Reggie Kray as well as his English-gangster brother, Ronnie. One day during filming, Hardy received a visit from Freddie Foreman, who is himself acquainted with criminal infamy. Foreman, now 83, was an alleged hit man for the real-life Krays (nickname: “Brown Bread Fred”). And Foreman had met Hardy back in 2008 when the actor was preparing for a different film, Bronson. As it happened, on the day Foreman visited the Legend set, the scene they were shooting — one in which members of a rival gang visit the Krays at a pub — re-created an event at which Foreman had been present in real life. After chatting for a bit, Hardy excused himself — he had to get into his Ronnie Kray makeup. Though Reggie and Ronnie were identical twins, there were several physical differences »
- Adam Sternbergh
Fantastic Fest is more like summer camp than just a normal film festival. It happens once a year in September. You get together with old friends and meet new ones. Every day and night is filled with fun activities. Most importantly though, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic films you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. I will be covering Fantastic Fest once again this year starting September 24 through October 1. This will be my fourth time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fifth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night Christmas party, a karaoke competition, a “nerd rap” throwdown, »
- Michael Haffner
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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A stunning opening weekend for the gangster biopic confirms Tom Hardy’s star power as he plays both the notorious twins
Until a year ago, Tom Hardy had mostly juggled supporting roles in major films, including Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, with lead roles in smaller movies, such as Bronson and Locke. He’d also starred alongside Shia Labeouf in ensemble drama Lawless, with Joel Edgerton in Warrior, and alongside Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine in action romcom This Means War. Over the past year, his lead roles became increasingly high profile with The Drop, Child 44 and Mad Max: Fury Road.
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- Charles Gant
★★★☆☆ 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
Tonight, Tom Hardy walks the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival in support of Legend before it hits theatres everywhere on October 9. In the London-set thriller, Hardy does double duty as identical twin gangsters, Ronald and Reginald Kray.
In celebration of Hardy’s upcoming thirty-eighth birthday and to get ahead of the curve before Legend drops, let’s catch up on some of the bulky Brit’s greatest roles – from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Charles Bronson to, of course, Christopher Nolan’s Bane.
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It takes a certain amount of dedication and self-sacrifice to believably portray the most violent prisoner in Britain's history and Hardy proved he was up for the challenge in every scene of Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal, innovative and punishing Bronson. As a wannabe criminal who was sentenced to seven years in prison for »
- Cineplex Entertainment
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
With more biopics, documentaries and books that you can imagine, here comes Legend, another take on the Kray twins infamous story.
This time, director and writer Brian Helgeland decided to do something different and tell the story from Reggie’s tragic wife Frances’ (Browning) perspective. From the initial meet-cute through to the horrific violence that ensued, it’s a take on the story that we haven’t seen before.
On the whole Legend is a phenomenally entertaining and gripping film to watch. The 131 minute running time flies by with only a few errors along the way. »
- Helen Murdoch
Warner Bros. Pictures/Universal Pictures/Vertigo Films/Magnet Releasing
At the start of 2015, Tom Hardy was on the brink of fame. He was already a favourite actor among cinephiles, but outside of filmic circles people were unsure about his A-list standing. His choice of films is firmly rooted in the search for good roles, rather than furthering his personal brand and his biggest blockbuster role saw his face obscured by a crab-mask in all but one shot.
Only nine months later and it’s clear he’s officially made it in the mainstream. Mad Max: Fury Road was the summer’s most unexpected blockbuster and now Legend, which is in UK cinemas this week (it’s out on 2nd October in the Us), proves he can carry a movie like the best of them. Most exciting of all, later this year he’s appearing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Tom Hardy is a damn treasure. Not only is he a fantastic actor who makes great movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Warrior, and Bronson (we.re excited to see him play real life gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend--he took his dog to the premiere), he seems like the kind of dude you.d want to hang out and have a beer with. And he thinks he can take out both Superman and Batman at the same time, at least if DC gives him the chance. Talking to MTV International, the interviewer asked Hardy if, now that DC is getting hot and heavy with their own cinematic universe to compete with Marvels, if he.d like return for more movies. His answer was rather enthusiastic, and he said: Do I want to return to the DC universe? Of course! I.m Bane! [Someone] asked me, who would »
It’s two thugs for the price of one actor and while flashes of brilliance emerge from his performance(s), Hardy is let down by disappointingly pedestrian surroundings
How my negative review of Legend was spun into movie marketing gold
Related: How my negative review of Legend was spun into movie marketing gold
It’s one of the most tantalising setups of the year: Tom Hardy, who’s mastered the art of playing a bruiser in Bronson, Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. So how did a violent, fact-based tale of the rise of London’s most notorious gangsters end up less thrilling than last year’s Locke, which saw Hardy take some phone calls in a car?
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- Benjamin Lee
Read More: Watch: How Does Nicolas Winding Refn's Colorblindness Shape His Films? Say what you will about the films of Nicolas Winding Refn, but it's impossible to deny their fervent visual bravado. The Danish writer-director has emerged as one of cinema's boldest visual storytellers since breaking onto the scene with "Pusher" (1996) and becoming a household name for American cinephiles with "Bronson" (2008) and "Drive" (2011). Even more divisive efforts like "Only God Forgives" (2013) have showcased his zealous eye for aesthetics, cementing Refn as a prominent visual auteur. While the director continues to put the finishing touches on his latest project, "The Neon Demon," he's taking a minor break from moviemaking to embark on an international book tour for his new collection of never-before-seen movie posters, entitled "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." Featuring vintage poster art from more than 300 »
- Zack Sharf
Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.
Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…
Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, »
- Gary Collinson
Gavin O'Connor's Warrior was a surprise critical and box office hit back in 2011, as well as being one of the first studio films set within the increasingly popular world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. That film pitted brothers Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Returns, Mad Max Fury Road) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Acolytes, The Gift) against one another in an Mma battle and garnered positive notices, much to everyone's surprise. The film, rife with sibling rivalry, hatred, and melodrama, was snatched up for reevaluation and remake by India's Dharma Productions and seemed like a slam dunk for its producers, who handed the project to director Karan Malhotra, following up his surprise corker Agneepath (2012). However, sometimes things have a way unraveling in a...
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