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Whether it’s fighting prison guards butt naked in Bronson or engaging in a phone conversation for an entire 90 minutes in Stephen Knight’s atypical thriller, Locke, it’s fair to say that Tom Hardy’s acting resume is as diverse as they come. However, looking to the future, it seems as though the British actor’s time in the romantic comedy genre are irrefutably over.
After his role in McG’s critically-derided This Means War — which pitted Hardy against fellow spy Chris Pine for the attention of Reese Witherspoon…yes, really — it appears his involvement in the 2012 flop was his first and last flirtation with the romcom in general.
Speaking with USA Today, the versatile actor spoke candidly about his mindset going forward:
“I love to do things I hadn’t done before,” said Hardy, before describing his experience making “This Means War.” “I didn’t understand how you »
- Michael Briers
Don't expect to see Tom Hardy's softer side anytime soon.
Don't expect to see Tom Hardy's softer side anytime soon.
The Dark Knight Rises star revealed to USA Today that after filming the successful 2012 romantic comedy This Means War, also starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, he's not interested in ever returning to that genre of cinema.
"I love to do things I hadn't done before," he said before going into his negative experience while working on This Means War. "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it."
Photos: Tom Hardy Brings a Puppy to His Premiere
Hardy told the newspaper he felt like an "other," and because of that, expect to see him in more action roles. "I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?" he confessed.
Perhaps him staying away from romcoms will help this heartthrob »
The actor said that the McG-directed 2012 film put him off the genre.
"I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today.
"I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"
Hardy will next be seen in The Drop.
Watch a trailer for This Means War below: »
McG's rom-com "This Means War" was widely panned upon release. Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon starred in the action-oriented romantic comedy about two CIA agents and best friends who fall for the same woman.
While the genre was familiar stuff for Witherspoon and Pine, it marked a change of scene for Hardy who is best known for more dramatic work. Out doing press for "The Drop," Hardy tells USA Today he has no plans to return to the rom-com genre and described his experience making 'War':
"I love to do things I hadn't done before. I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"
- Garth Franklin
Tom Hardy's greatest attribute is his willingness to try anything and knock it out of the park. It's hard to believe the same actor who stormed the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Bronson" spent 90 minutes on the phone in Steven Knight's "Locke." This weekend, the actor plays a weary Brooklynite in "The Drop," and on the horizon he's got roles ranging from badass post-apocalyptic warrior in next summer's "Mad Max: Fury Road" to Stalin-era soldier in "Child 44." Hardy mixes genres and characters with ease, but there's one thing you won't see him again anytime soon: a romantic comedy. Coming between "Warrior" and "Lawless," the actor reached for the studio rom-com ring with "This Means War," directed by McG and co-starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Met with dreadful reviews, the movie actually legged it out to a $150 million worldwide take (thank you international audiences), but was considered a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Veteran Warner Bros. exec Courtney D. Armstrong has been promoted to exec VP of worldwide business affairs.
Armstrong has worked at the studio since 2003 and been involved with the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “The Departed,” “Man of Steel” (along with the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
He will oversee all day-to-day business and legal aspects of worldwide film acquisition, production and distribution, including supervising the negotiations of key deals with filmmakers and talent.
Armstrong will report to Steven Spira, president of worldwide business affairs, and exec VP Patti Connolly, who will be retiring this fall after 29 years at the studio.
Before joining Warner Bros., Armstrong spent three years at Walt Disney Pictures as an attorney in the business and legal affairs department of the motion picture group. He began his career as a litigation associate on the entertainment team at Los Angeles-based law firm Paul Hastings Llp. »
- Dave McNary
There’s a museum deep in the Australian outback that most people will never visit, unless they have a penchant for killer cars and marauding bands of bikers. We’re talking about the Max Max 2 Museum, run by Adrian Bennett. He purchased a piece of land in the outback, created a shrine to the 1981 George Miller postapocalyptic action flick, and spoke to website Vice about it recently. Yes, a man built a museum to honor a movie sequel. But it’s not just any sequel. Robert Ebert called it “one of the most relentlessly aggressive movies ever made.” And with a fourth film in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: Fury Road, due out May 2015, the allure of a wandering man battling human scum across a dusty wasteland is higher than ever. “The idea for the museum...
- Alison Nastasi
A remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic sci-fi action film, Escape from New York, has been in the works for many years. However, the film has been stuck in early development with different directors signing on to helm the movie, then backing out, while many actors were rumored to revive the role of Snake Plissken (originally portrayed by Kurt Russell), including Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Jason Statham (The Expendables 3), and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). Additionally, reports on the premise of the film have varied from a straight remake to a prequel that would reboot the series.Click to continue reading ‘Escape from New York’ Remake Actor Shortlist Includes Charlie Hunnam?
- Molly Freeman
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
“Man of Steel” villain Michael Shannon and “The X-Men’s” Nicolas Hoult team up to save the world in Jake Paltrow’s post-apocalyptic “Young Ones.” Or at least, they’re trying to save their dry stretch of the wastelands. Now all they need is a little bit of water… Check out the first trailer for Paltrow’s film, which sort of just showed up out of nowhere. Or maybe it’s been hiding itself until now. Either/or. It looks pretty good. Like Hoult’s upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” minus all the crazy stunt driving and, well, crazy people. This one looks all introspective and such. Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive. Starring Nicolas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Aimee Mullins. Drying up in limited release this October 17th. »
You can tell a lot about the psychological undercurrents of a society by examining the state of its speculative fiction. For example, the science fiction and horror movies of the 1950s reveal a deep anxiety about nuclear power and the sudden surge of technological process. Though those fears might have been embodied by giant radioactive ants, they still resonated with contemporary audiences on a bone-deep level.
Emblematic of this phenomenon is Young Ones, an upcoming sci-fi Western about a day-after-tomorrow future ravaged by drought. Indeed, Young Ones taps into modern nervousness about economic hardship, environmental degradation, social collapse, and the inability of technology to alleviate any of these problems. It joins a host of cultural properties (The Rover, The Hunger Games, and Mad Max: Fury Road, among many others) that reflect a generalized anxiety that the future ...
Click to continue reading ‘Young Ones’ Trailer: Beware the Waterless Future
- Kyle Hembree
Today's episode almost seems laid back compared to this past Friday's as Laremy and I touch on a couple of news bits, talk a lot about torrenting movies, discuss the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, play some games and get out of here relatively unscathed. In addition to that, the numbers are final and our next audio commentary will be for Face/Off. The poll results are directly below. poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
After the jump: The Star Trek 3 script is finally done, says Roberto Orci Read a test screening reaction to Mad Max: Fury Road Milla Jovovich‘s pregnancy delays Resident Evil 6 Yes, that Twins sequel Triplets is still in development See Ron Paul in the Atlas Shrugged Part 3 trailer The two Mockingjay films will […]
- Angie Han
Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough showed off a hunka burning love on Facebook on Wednesday. The actress and model sported a diamond engagement ring in a photo posted by her new fiancé, Australian stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen. "So that happened," he captioned the pic with Keough, 25. The daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley, Keough was previously engaged to Alex Pettyfer, her Magic Mike costar, and dated singer Ryan Cabrera. She is believed to have met her new fiancé on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road, which she stars in and he worked on as a stuntman. The two were »
- K.C. Blumm
Smith-Peterson posted a picture on his Facebook page that hinted at Keough, 25, saying “yes” to a proposal on Wednesday. He uploaded a picture on his page with Keough flashing her new ring at the camera. The stuntman, showing off his wolf chest tattoo, appears next to her, with his around wrapped around his new fiancée. “So that happened,” Smith-Peterson captioned the snap.
Neither Keough nor Smith-Peterson has confirmed the engagement news, and the latter has removed the revealing post from his Facebook page.
Keough and Smith-Peterson met on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road and were first linked earlier this year after they were spotted on what appeared to be a date. In Mad Max: Fury Road, which is set to come out in May 2015, Keough stars alongside Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. »
Exclusive: Mission: Impossible 5 scribe Will Staples has been set to write an untitled Warner Bros film about illicit animal trafficking that Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are herding as producers, with the trio possibly looking to take onscreen roles in the ensemble. Staples was a writer of vidgames including versions of Call Of Duty and Need For Speed, who hit the Black List with King Of Heists (which Jeremy Renner is attached to. He is writing Myth at Fox for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventurea, and an untitled action vehicle for Ben Affleck to direct and star. Here, he will script a film that is described as a Traffic-like dissection of the trafficking industry that exploits the global market for illicit parts from slain animals that are used as aphrodisiacs and other ridiculous purposes. The film will have multiple strands spread around the world, tracing supply and demand for animals slain, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Once again let’s spin the dial on the multiplex time machine and return to another dismal possible future (it’s not a better world usually, is it?). So, is the planet a desolate, scorched hellscape much like in The Rover or the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road? Well, not really. Is it a harshly divided class system pitting the have against the have-nots as in The Hunger Games or Snowpiercer? Nope, not at all. This film harkens back to the cold, antiseptic futures of Things To Come, Logan’S Run, and even Sleeper. But like the aforementioned games series and the recent Divergent, this film features a teenage hero (male this time) and is based on a series of young adult novels, one that’s twenty years-old (predating those two). And while those other Ya-based flicks feature physical challenges and violent competitions, this story is more about emotions and memories. »
- Jim Batts
Presley's princess has found her prince! Actress Riley Keough, Elvis Presley's granddaughter, is engaged to boyfriend Ben Smith-Petersen. Her stuntman beau announced the news via Facebook on Thursday, Aug. 14. "So that happened," Smith-Petersen captioned a picture of the two snuggling. Keough, 25, went without makeup for the intimate moment and showed off her gorgeous engagement ring. Lisa Marie Presley's daughter and Smith-Petersen first met while filming Mad Max: Fury Road in 2012. "They're very serious. They're perfect for each other. Great people," a source tells Us of the [...] »
At this point it may seem premature to discuss the Justice League movie – what with Batman V Superman still so far off from its 2016 release – but since BvS is in fact subtitled Dawn of Justice, we can pretty much rest assured that a Justice League movie is indeed happening.
As far back as the late ’00s, when Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller almost got a Justice League film off the ground, fans have been eager to see just what threat brings DC’s greatest superheroes together. The very same question still looms large over the Justice League movie that will exist in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice universe – but lately the answer has been less clear than many would’ve originally thought.
Here are our ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
A couple of key release date changes have been announced.
First up, the Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage-led comedy "Pixels" has been pushed back by two months from May 15th 2015 to July 24th 2015. The Sony film, which was to open against "Mad Max: Fury Road," will now open against the "Poltergeist" remake and comedian Amy Schumer's comedy debut.
Next up, Warner Bros. Pictures has shifted around its upcoming release date schedule. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, will score a limited release this Christmas ahead of a wide opening on January 16th.
Guy Ritchie's action spy film "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer has been pushed back by a whopping eight months - from mid-January to the more lucrative August 14th 2015.
Due to that shift, they've also moved up the "Point Break" remake by a week from August »
- Garth Franklin
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