Long-delayed Western Jane Got a Gun looks like it has finally secured distribution, having been saved by The Weinstein Company after original distributor Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy earlier this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Natalie Portman is one of the co-producers of the film, as well as the star, and has had to work hard with her fellow producers to keep it from falling apart over the last past years, which has been through the Hollywood mire.
Shot in 2013, the film was originally set to star Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), but he dropped out after problems with original director Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin). Jude Law (Spy) replaced him, only to leave himself after Ramsey dropped out. Bradley Cooper (Joy) was also attached at one point, but he left due to scheduling conflicts.
- Scott J. Davis
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
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
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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
Exclusive: Hot off the $15m-plus triumph of its Warrior adaptation in India, the Us studio is understood to be lining up further Hindi-language features for 2016.
Studio brass have been encouraged by the early success of their first Hindi-language film, which has generated $15.4m in its first two weekends on the sub-continent and $17.2m overall including a handful of diaspora territories.
Now Lionsgate, which co-produced the $12-15m remake while Endemol India and Dharma Productions co-financed, is understood to be planning more.
The studio declined to identify titles but Screendaily understands the roster could encompass Bollywood remakes from the 16,000-strong library or original content made in association with Endemol India and Dharma Productions as well as other Indian entities.
Indeed sources said one major property has already attracted significant interest from local producers.
“We got very interested in India a couple of years ago and Jim Packer [president of worldwide television and digital distribution] and I took a trip to Mumbai and Delhi and met »
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Did you come out of Gavin O’Connor’s little-seen but excellent “Warrior,” the story of two estranged Mma fighting brothers (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) reunited in the ring, and think, “What I’d really like to see is a Bollywood remake of this”? Then, apparently, you’re not alone. Following in the recent footsteps of “Stepmom,” “Knight & Day” and “The Fault In Our Stars,” an Indian re-do of the movie, "Brothers," recently opened. Directed by Karan Malhotra, the film stars Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra as the quarreling siblings, with Jackie Shroff taking up the role that brought Nick Nolte an Oscar nomination. The film opened this past weekend, and Yahoo Movies has dug up the trailer, allowing fans of the original to compare and contrast the different approaches. Read More: Nick Nolte Delivers A Powerful Punch To The Gut In 'Warrior' In some aspects, “Brothers »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Lionsgate is looking to expand its involvement in local-language film-making following the weekend success of “Brothers” – a Hindi-language remake of its flopped 2011 title “Warrior.”
Starring Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra and Jackie Shroff, “Brothers” opened in India with $11.2 million, making it top of the box office and for the second biggest opening weekend in the country this year. Its global reach was $12.7m from 3,690 screens in eight markets, according to data from Fox, corroborated by Rentrak.
The picture tells the story of two estranged brothers and their struggling relationship with each other, and their father, set in the intense, action-packed world of mixed martial arts competition.
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- Patrick Frater
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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Karan Malhotra made the boisterous ‘Agneepath’ remake a few years back and the movie turned out to be a hit and showed Karan’s flair for drama and action. Now, he’s back to remaking another film, this time a Hollywood sleeper hit ‘Warrior’. The original English film has quite a bit of fan following and established Tom Hardy as a star in Hollywood. Read More »
- Indicine Team
"Mad Max: Fury Road" kicked off the summer with rave reviews, and the love hasn't let up. Fans can't stop fawning over its feminist message and jaw dropping practical stunts, and one YouTuber and artist decided to combine it with another much-loved property: "Adventure Time." The result is the glorious "Madventure Time" trailer, which its creator, Egor Zhgun, said was inspired by Ryan May's mashup concept art. Read More: Watch: Filmmaker Creates Goofy Trailer for Mashup 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Max Fury Road' The video plays perfectly, with excellent animation and casting. Finn is naturally Max, and Jake transforms into his trusty Ford Falcon. The Ice King fits the shoes and breathing mask of Imperator Joe, while Marceline is Coma-Doof Warrior, the always needed flamethrower-guitar player, and Lemongrab is Nux. Last but certainly not least, Princess Bubblegum transforms into Imperator Furiosa. Watch the amazing video above courtesy of. »
- Ethan Sapienza
Chicago – Of the various genres of films, the psychological thriller is one of my holy grails. A story that highlights the psychology of its characters and their wobbly emotional states, few modern filmmakers dare to compete with the masterminds – Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and more recently David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky – or fail when trying to.
Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” – along with films like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Se7en,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Pi,” “The Shining,” “Memento,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Misery” and “The Usual Suspects” – do the genre true justice. Fast forward to today, though, when we ask ourselves: Who is Joel Edgerton?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Return To Sender coming to theaters, VOD & iTunes on Aug. 14th.
Rlj Entertainment will release Return To Sender in theaters, VOD and iTunes on August 14th. The film stars Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior, The Prince of Tides), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”), Rumer Willis (Sorority Row, “90210”) and Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Goodfellas). Synopsis: ...
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- The Black Saint
It’s nearly impossible to say anything about what makes The Gift so good without revealing its two crucial, spine-tinglingly effective plot twists. The best any critic can really do in reviewing the flick is to say: The Gift is very, very good. Just stop reading and go see it now. But since I’m obligated to shake down something more than fifty words about the film, here are a few things that can be said about The Gift without blowing its surprises.
For its first third or so The Gift is a perfectly entertaining 1990s-style thriller. A bright and successful young couple, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), move from Chicago to Simon’s hometown – Los Angeles. Everything seems rosy at first for the pair. Simon’s just gotten a lucrative job and they’ve found a swanky new house, complete with a koi pond along the front walk. »
- Patrick Dunn
Well that was a turn up for the books. Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty star Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift comes across like a naff slasher movie from its trailer (the presence of Blumhouse Productions on the credits does nothing to allay these fears), but in reality it's a nifty little psychological thriller that asks if it's possible to run away from buried secrets in your past.
Ostensibly a three-hander between Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton, the story revolves around a married couple who up sticks for a fresh start. Bateman's Simon is a corporate hotshot, while Hall's Robyn is a work-at-home designer keen to have a family. Their marriage is seemingly perfect, until the arrival of Edgerton's Gordo, an old schoolmate from Simon's past who carries with him deep-rooted emotional scars. »
Watch our exclusive The Gift interview with writer, director and star Joel Edgerton as well as stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall This Friday, the newly-launched Stx Entertainment is releasing their first feature film with Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, The Gift. Also scripted by and starring Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Warrior), the Blumhouse project is headlined…
We all have a few buried secrets from our teenage years. For Simon, one of those skeletons from his past has emerged from the shadows, bringing some unwanted deeds from the past to light in the new thriller The Gift.
Jason Bateman mixes things up and puts his comedic talents aside to star as Simon, a man who has moved back to his hometown with his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) after spending more than a decade out-of-state. As Gordon (Joel Edgerton), an acquaintance from his past, invites himself into the lives, leaving mysterious gifts for the couple, he threatens to expose a deep, dark secret that will throw everything Simon and Robyn believe in into turmoil.
Joel Edgerton is quickly becoming a triple threat as he not only stars in the movie, but also penned the screenplay and directed this, his first feature film. The Aussie actor may be best »
- Rachel West
Blumhouse Productions are certainly a production company that get around. This year alone they have had a hand in several titles including Whiplash, Unfriended, Insidious Chapter 3 and the forthcoming Sinister 2. Given the box office takings of all of the previously mentioned movies it’s clear that the company know a sound investment when they see one and The Gift seems like another sure thing.
Those familiar with Blumhouse’s usual pick of films (horror) will, after seeing the trailer, be expecting the usual run-of-the-mill fright bonanza, however this is not what The Gift is about at all. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its share of scares thanks to some devious direction and editing, but The Gift is a much more grounded and terse affair. »
- Kat Smith
Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.
Production on the remake of cult classic The Crow has been “suspended”, according to multiple sources close to the film.
Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.
While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s Us backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow”.
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Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which tells the true story of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) on September 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
Johnny Depp stars as Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Jesse Plemons (Paul) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).
Edgerton plays an FBI agent who forms an alliance with Bulger in an attempt to take down their mutual rival the Italian mob.
Producers are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
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Marking the feature-film directing debut of actor Joel Edgerton (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Warrior”), “The Gift” is a brilliantly bleak chiller, a horror film that simultaneously feels like it could go almost anywhere while still ending in a way that feels utterly ordained by everything that’s gone before. It’s a grim bit of business, but it’s also loaded with the kind of laughter that you need when you’re scared, like the vent on a pressure cooker. The story revolves around just three people, but it draws their world around them with exquisite detail and then as tight as a noose. »
- James Rocchi
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