11 items from 2017
Twice in a row the first film I’ve seen at Sundance is so brilliant, so accomplished that I start Sundance on a mountain high — and it’s not the thin air. I had to miss 2016 Sundance, but two years ago it was Tom Hardy in Steven Knight’s Locke, a tour de force of a one-hander that’s nonetheless a nail-biter — Hardy in close-up the entire film, speeding through the night in his car, his life crumbling in real time with each harrowing Bluetooth call. You learn a lot about concrete pours and the consequences of poor choices. But I […] »
- David Leitner
For years — and years, and years — there’d been talk of a follow-up to David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, a crime drama whose main (perhaps sole) purpose for even continuing is the fact that it chose to end where most would begin. Despite stalling a number of years ago, a completed script from original scribe Steven Knight — whose profile has risen considerably in the ten years since Promises‘ release, what with Locke, Peaky Blinders, Allied, Taboo, and, of course, Burnt — that’s now known as Body Cross is apparently moving forward very fast.
Casting site My Entertainment World (via Little White Lies) tells us cameras will roll this March, and they provide a synopsis to boot. As it goes: “Picking up where the 2007 film left off with the incompetent underboss Kirill thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing »
- Nick Newman
He's created a series of performances that have taken advantage of his intensity, his brutish physique and his way around a multi-syllable sentence – and now, Tom Hardy has somehow created a role for himself that feels more Tom Hardy than almost anything else he's done. In Taboo, the new FX series the actor co-created with father Chips Hardy and Peaky Blinders showrunner Steven Knight, he plays gruff protagonist James Delaney, an early 19th-century explorer who returns home to London to find out he's inherited land sought after by the East India Company. »
After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a set release — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2017, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar (with release dates, where applicable). If you want to see how we did with our picks last year (potentially to shame us), head on over here.
- The Film Stage
The show must go on!
Tom Hardy was late to his own premiere Los Angeles on Monday due to a plane delay. But he made it in time to join the packed house at the DGA Theatre to screen the first episode of his new FX series “Taboo” along with his castmates Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Michael Kelly, and Tom Hollander. Director Kristofer Nyholm and executive producer/writer Steven Knight were also in attendance, along with network stars Alison Wright, Brit Lower, and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Hardy and his father Edward “Chips” Hardy came up with the idea for “Taboo,” in which Tom plays James Keziah Delaney, the estranged son of a man who went mad and died. When Delaney to Britain returns after being presumed dead for many years, his sudden reappearance and inheritance of a particular parcel of land further complicates the situation.
Steven Knight recalled his first meeting with Hardy. “It »
- Diane Gordon
Rome – Tom Hardy TV drama “Taboo” is set to stream in the Middle East and North Africa on Starz Play Arabia, which has struck an exclusive agreement with Sonar Entertainment for the buzzed-about show set in 19th-century London.
The deal comprises the 19 Mena countries covered by Starz Play, which is the first Starz-branded service outside the U.S. The agreement’s financial terms were not disclosed.
The high-profile acquisition of a premium non-Starz series indicates that competition in the region’s Svod field is heating up amid significant growth in the local digital media sphere. That growth is forecast by PwC at 17.6% between 2016 and 2020.
Set in 1814, “Taboo” follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy) as he returns to his hometown of London from Africa after a voyage so long that he’s been presumed dead. Delaney is set to inherit his father’s shipping empire, but he’s thrust into a complex constellation of family, political »
- Nick Vivarelli
Author: Jon Lyus
The show airs its first episode tomorrow night on BBC One and charts the return of James Delaney, described by the actor as a “perverse renaissance man”, to London from his adventures in Africa upon the death of his Father.
He is a man with guilty secrets, and one who gives no quarter to the hostility he encounters from his family and the institutions which seek to hold him to order. As viewers will see tonight the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has been recreated in all its gory, dirty glory. This is a bleak beginning to a story that has an even darker path to tread in future weeks.
We sat down with Hardy and »
- Jon Lyus
Louisa Mellor Jan 7, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 Shovels And Keys
Despite my rule about avoiding any TV show that could share its name with a provincial nightclub or a bottle of perfume won in a church tombola, Taboo proved too irresistible a prospect. It’s produced by Ridley Scott, written by Steven Knight, and stars Tom Hardy. (The last pair’s previous collaboration resulted in 2014’s excellent Locke and recurring Peaky Blinders character Alfie Solomons, the toughest man to wear a baker’s apron since Mr Kipling chinned the Pillsbury Dough Boy.)
Knight developed Taboo from an idea originated by Hardy and his father. To hear them tell it, that idea was to bundle up every male lead in nineteenth century literature into one fearsome package: James Keziah Delaney. Part-Bill Sykes, part-Magwitch, part-Heathcliff, »
BAFTA has announced this morning that Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga and Anya Taylor-Joy have been nominated for the Ee Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.
The Rising Star Award is designed to honour actors and actresses who have shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and the film industry and is the only award to be decided by a public vote.
Laia Costa starred in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take – in turn landing her a series of awards wins. Prior to this, she played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Russian director Yuriy Moroz, and also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. Costa has »
- Gary Collinson
Author: David Sztypuljak
Every year, Ee sponsor the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards here in London town. The award is always a fascinating one since it’s voted for by the public.
The nominations have just been announced from BAFTA HQ are in the running for the 2017 spot are all listed below. It’s going to be very interesting to see who takes the win this year with the likes of Tom Holland as Spider-Man being so mainstream and Anya Taylor-Joy appearing in the likes of The Witch.
Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter, Jack O’Connell and last year the award was taken by Star Wars star John Boyega.
This year the nominations are as strong as every with Laia Costa, »
- David Sztypuljak
Back in November, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Steven Knight about his new show Taboo, which features Tom Hardy in the lead role. When initially meeting Hardy to discuss writing Taboo, Knight took the opportunity to get Hardy involved with his movie Locke, stating that: “We came to an informal agreement that he would do Locke if I did Taboo. That’s how it began.”
Taboo was originally envisioned by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy who had been developing this idea for several years. Knight revealed that the character of James Delaney and the historical period is what attracted him to the project: “I loved the possibilities of what this idea had that an adventurer goes to Africa comes back he’s done some terrible things. Then we follow his life. »
- Thomas Roach
11 items from 2017
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