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"Deliver Us From Evil" is the latest in a long line of "inspired by true events" horror films.
This tale of cops, criminals, and swarthy, renegade priests opens this week to try and scare up some summer box-office business.
So who is this Scott Derrickson guy?
Derrickson is a genre director perhaps best-known for his other true story, religo-horror film, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." He's beloved by many horror fans thanks in part to a very open and engaging presence on social media. His 2012 film "Sinister" did fantastically well at the box office, turning a $3M budget into an almost $90M take.
Derrickson has also written several screenplays, including "Devil's Knot" for Canada's Atom Egoyan. He's also recently been picked by Marvel to tackle one of the more challenging characters in their canon, set to write and direct the "Dr. Strange" film for the megastudio.
Is this really a true story? »
- Jason Gorber
Toh! has been calling out Brit Tom Hardy since "Bronson" as one of the most exciting actors working today. Hollywood casting directors too notice--Hardy landed back-to-back roles in Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" as well as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Lawless." And Gavin O'Connor showcased him in fight film "Warrior" (see my video interview here). But it takes time for a great actor to reach audiences and become a real marquee draw. Hardy isn't a household name--yet. But anyone who tracks acting knows he has the right stuff. Make sure to check out Steven Knight’s intense man-in-a-car drama “Locke" (my interview here). Hardy's also collaborating with Knight (who created UK TV hit "Peaky Blinders") on the BBC series, "Taboo," executive produced by Ridley Scott. Hardy's coming up in a number of films at various stages of production. »
- Anne Thompson
Being a product of the ’80s, very few people make me as excited as Dolph Lundgren does. I grew up with I Come In Peace, The Punisher, Showdown In Little Tokyo, and every other film he was in. Yes, his recent output might be less than stellar, but it would be a lie if I said I wouldn’t watch the Dolph stand in front of a camera and make fart noises for an hour. Add up and coming action star Scott Adkins, The Expendables 2, Ninja II) to the mix, and you’ve got what I think looks like a fun as hell, entertaining ride. Two badasses, one monster,..and a trailer that has me on board. What do you friend fiends think? Will you be picking this one up, when it hits DVD/VOD/Pay-Per-View on July 29th, via Lionsgate?
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- Jerry Smith
Tom Hardy is no stranger to playing outlaws (Bronson and Lawless, to name only two), but his latest crime movie takes things to the next level by giving Hardy two different roles to play at the same time. In Legend, Hardy plays Ron and Reggie Kray, twin brothers who ran London's criminal underground in the 1960s. And if that doesn't sound enticing enough, you should know that it's the newest movie from L.A. Confidential and Man on Fire screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Joining Hardy in the film are Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton. And if you'd like to get a jump on the movie (which doesn't have a release date), you could read John Pearson's The Profession of Violence, the book upon which this is based....
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Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn hasn’t gone remotely mainstream yet, though there have been overtures and he’s certainly flirted with Hollywood. “Drive” may have starred Ryan Gosling, but it was either loved or hated by audiences and did poorly at the box-office (it’s a terrific movie that puzzled mainstream theatergoers). He followed that up with an even more enigmatic and arty film, “Only God Forgives,” and it’s possibly the strangest movie Ryan Gosling will ever star in. And studios have come calling ever since "Bronson" landed him on the map. Refn almost made an adaptation of “Logan’s Run” for WB, but eventually bailed; he was attached to “The Equalizer” for a minute, but that was clearly not his bag; and even before that he almost directed Harrison Ford and Channing Tatum in the Paul Schrader-written “The Dying of The Light” (which Schrader eventually made »
- Edward Davis
Emily Browning also features in the cast of the film as Frances Shea, Reggie's estranged wife who died in 1967.
An inquest ruled that she committed suicide, however a former lover of Reggie claimed that Ron killed Frances in a jealous rage.
Tom Hardy is no stranger to playing outlaws (Bronson and Lawless, to name only two), but his latest crime movie takes things to the next level by giving Hardy two different roles to play at the same time. In Legend, Hardy plays Ron and Reggie Kray, twin brothers who ran London's criminal underground in the 1960s. And if that doesn't sound inticing enough, you should know that it's the newest movie from L.A. Confidential and Man on Fire screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Joining Hardy in the film are Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton. And if you'd like to get a jump on the movie (which doesn't have a release date), you could read John Pearson's The Profession of Violence, the...
- Peter Hall
Shooting is just now getting underway on Legend, a gangster movie which Brian Helgeland scripted and is directing for Working Title, and our first look at Locke actor Tom Hardy, who is playing the infamous Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie in the movie, has landed online (above).
Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton are also starring in the film, which focuses on the rise and fall of the Kray twins in London through the 1950s and ’60s. It’s based on John Pearson’s book The Profession Of Violence.
We’re expecting to see Legend hit theaters sometime next year. It’s probable that Working Title will hand it a fall release date and make an Oscar push for Hardy, a star who has been rapidly gaining the admiration of the Academy thanks to his roles in films like Bronson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Budgets are tight these days, so when a movie calls for twins and you've already landed yourself a high-profile actor, sometimes you just have to Winklevoss it. Such is the case with writer-director Brian Helgeland's new thriller, Legend, which stars Tom Hardy as identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray. As you can tell from the above image, Hardy is taking on both roles, which is hardly surprising considering his chameleon-like abilities he's showcased throughout his career. If nothing else, this is an opportunity to stretch his acting chops as he'll have to develop distinctive looks, mannerisms, and personalities to distinguish the Krays. A worthy challenge. Hit the jump to view the full image from Legend, and for more on the picture. Check out the first look at Hardy and Hardy as Kray and Kray in Legend (via The Playlist): Last we heard, Emily Browning was also rumored »
- Dave Trumbore
Tom Hardy is a chameleon. The guy rivals his Dark Knight Rises co-star Christian Bale for the most stunning physical transformations on screen. From Bronson to Star Trek: Nemesis to Inception and his role as Bane, Hardy switches from bulked up and muscular to thin and frail almost unsafely. Always willing to try something new and unique, the man who will play the new Mad Max as well as Elton John in upcoming films has the task of playing twins in the movie Legend. Writer/director Brian »
- Alex Maidy
"The silence has been broken my next film will be I Walk With The Dead shooting in La."
I Walk With the Dead is going to be a step away from Refn’s comfort zone. Up until this point he has stuck with male driven stories, but Dead will feature a female protagonist.
This is a project that Refn has been developing for a while. Originally, Carey Mulligan was attached to play the lead. As of right now, we are not sure if that is still the case.
Previously, Refn has described the movie as an “all-female horror film” with “lots of sex.” Polly Stenham is attached to write the film and there is no release date as of yet.
- Billy Fisher
Quentin Tarantino, during his Cannes Film Festival press conference (watch it here), mentioned an email chain he was a part of where he and some friends discussed what they believed to be the ten most exciting directors working today. Among those listed he said only David Fincher and Richard Linklater where in everyone's top ten, he wasn't sure why Pedro Almodovar wasn't on everyone's list and he also qualified what he believed it meant for a director to be the "most exciting". Here's how he put it: "I think what that means is, you feel that their best work is still in front of them. That's what makes a filmmaker exciting, that's what makes you anticipate a new movie coming out. Because the new movie could be their best one. From this day on that will be the new barometer from which they're judged. We could be wrong, and their »
- Brad Brevet
It’s Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and the holiday’s top movies at the box-office will likely be X-Men, Godzilla, and Adam Sandler’s Blended, with Spider-Man 2 still swinging through multiplexes. Ever since Jaws sunk its teeth into the sweltering months of 1975, summer has been blockbuster season, and studios now jockey years in advance to lock up the best dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day for their big-budget blockbusters. A few of them turn out to be quite good, but just about all of them tend to be very, very loud.
Perhaps your eyes »
- Jeff Labrecque
The BFI and BBC are among backers of a new documentary about acclaimed British artist David Hockney.
Currently in post-production, Hockey: A Life in Pictures will be a talking heads documentary includes access to the artist and his personal archives.
The film is produced by BAFTA-nominated producer Kate Ogborn (Bronson, This is England), who most recently produced Ken Loach documentary The Spirit of ’45, and is directed by TV director Randall Wright, who also made a 2003 TV movie about Hockney.
An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is perhaps most famous for his series of paintings of swimming pools, including 1967 work A Bigger Splash. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
An analytical mind can, and will, find patterns behind everything, whether they are there or not. It is one of the many reasons why films and other forms of fiction are so often dissected and recast to reveal hidden meanings and deeper truths, by those who would think a little too much, a little too hard. Often this behavior could easily be mistaken for paranoia, were it not for the nature of the subject they unravel. Some movies are custom built to be broken apart, like the works of Kubrick or Malick or Lynch. Numeracy and variety of interpretation are the reassuring signs that, no, you have not lost your mind. So it is always a little special when a film that on the surface bears no signs of ulterior motive becomes the subject of mass deconstruction by a plethora of critics, casuals, and the insane. Case in point would »
- Scott Patterson
It turns out we weren't the only ones a bit obsessed with the creepy video of the final known moments of the late Elisa Lam. Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is so fascinated by the freaky viral video that he has made the unexpected move to petition for the director's chair on the in-the-works horror movie it inspired. Deadline reports Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to direct The Bringing, a horror-thriller loosely based on the notorious Elisa Lam video. Refn is best known for films he wrote and directed, ranging from the outlandish criminal biopic Bronson, to the brutal Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive and his polarizing follow-up, the gruesome crime-thriller Only God Forgives. With The Bringing, he'd be breaking from tradition of only helming movies he also had a hand in writing. The Bringing first made waves as a spec script earlier this year. »
If you haven't heard about the truly mysterious case of Elisa Lam, consider yourself lucky as it's haunted me ever since the news broke back in 2013. Simply put, the story is the most frighteningly weird one I've ever heard of. Right now we have an update regarding the big screen telling.
According to Deadline, Nicolas Winding Refn is in early talks to direct The Bringing, the horror movie spec by Brandon and Phillip Murphy that Sony Pictures acquired in a competitive bidding battle in February. Matt Tolmach is producing with First Born Films’ Daniela Cretu.
This is the one that got the town whipped into a frenzy partly because its catalyst was a widely circulated video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, the place such killers as Richard Ramirez called home at one time or other and where numerous suicides have occurred. »
- Steve Barton
Exclusive: Nicolas Winding Refn is in early talks to direct The Bringing, the horror movie spec by Brandon and Phillip Murphy that Sony Pictures acquired in a competitive bidding battle in February. Matt Tolmach is producing with First Born Films’ Daniela Cretu. This is the one that got the town whipped into a frenzy partly because its catalyst was a widely circulated video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, the place where such killers as Richard Ramirez called home at one time or other, and where numerous suicides have occurred. The woman, Elisa Lam, was found dead in the water tanks at the roof of the hotel. The script has nothing really to do with that that tragedy but it created a germ of an idea focusing on a man investigating a death at the hotel, and the nightmare he stumbles into. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Christina Hendricks Finds A Good Fit In God’S Pocket
Since evolving from featured player to cultural icon on AMC’s landmark series Mad Men, Christina Hendricks has become not only a major star, but an indelible part of the New Golden Age of Television, with her turn as ladder-climbing corporate sex bomb Joan Holloway. Over the past seven seasons, Hendricks took what could have been another cheesecake turn and made it very much her own, evolving Joan into a thinking man’s sex symbol, never missing an opportunity to show that there’s a serious engine that purrs underneath Joan’s enviable chassis.
With Mad Men winding down its final season, Christina Hendricks joins forces with series co-star John Slattery (who plays her boss, and former love interest, Roger Sterling) in his feature directing debut, God’s Pocket, adapted from the novel by Pete Dexter. Set »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Here's Michael C. with a new review...
Is it too early to declare Tom Hardy in possession of one of the all time great movie voices? As the title character in Steven Knight’s Locke, Hardy speaks in an elegant Welsh timbre that brings to mind a slowly unraveling Richard Burton. It is an endless pleasure to listen to, which is fortunate since we have little else to latch onto through Locke’s 85 minute running time. The story begins late one night with Tom Hardy’s Ivan Locke leaving work in his BMW and follows him in real time on one long fraught drive to London. Just a man in his car trying to prop up his crumbling life, armed only with his voice and the digital Rolodex on his dashboard.
- Michael C.
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