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Empire Big Screen '11 Review: 'Warrior' Is Silly, Over-Familiar & Enormously Effective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2011 11:12 AM
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Considering that it's the fastest rising sport in the world and that it's inherently cinematic in a way that, say, baseball isn't, it's surprising that Hollywood hasn't made greater hay out of mixed martial arts (or MMA). For the newcomer, it's essentially a blend of boxing, wrestling and a good old bar fight, a mix you would have thought would have led to far more movie outings than David Mamet's "Redbelt" and next year's Kevin James (yes, Kevin James) vehicle "Here Comes the Boom." But a movie opening next month, Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior," which we caught today as the first surprise public screening at Empire Big Screen in London, is planting its feet firmly in the cage, and it's taking two of the fastest rising stars in town, "Inception" 's Tom Hardy and "Animal Kingdom" 's Joel Edgerton, in with it.

New Shooting Locations Being Eyed As Start Date For George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Looms

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 8, 2011 2:21 AM
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Months out from its already massively-delayed planned start date, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" still faces the same issues that plagued the production last year with the planned shooting location of Broken Hill in Australia now set to be canned as the typically dry and barren town "remains too green for filming" Miller's post-apocalyptic world and is unlikely to be ready for pre-production in October.

New Photos Of Bane In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Reveal The (Sort Of) Return Of An Old Face

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 31, 2011 2:48 AM
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As Well As A Slightly Better Look At His GearPotential "The Dark Knight Rises" spoilers ahead. So move on if you don't want to know any more.

New Line Come To Their Senses & Drop Plans For 'Escape From New York' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 9:25 AM
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Tom Hardy Was Being Courted To Play Snake PlisskenA bullet has been dodged, at least for now. New Line has decided that maybe remaking John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" isn't such a good idea after all.

Tom Hardy May Play Al Capone In David Yates' 'Cicero' (That May Turn Into A Trilogy)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:25 AM
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Yates Also Considering Directing Stephen King's 'The Stand'Having spent the last four or five years deep in the world of "Harry Potter," making mad bank for Warner Bros. while delivering movies that have more than satisfied the legion of fans around the world, director David Yates and the studio are at an interesting crossroads. With lucrative franchise finished (for now), and with the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy set to finish in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is suddenly seeing two of their biggest moneymakers waving goodbye (though yes, they do have two "The Hobbit" films in their back pocket). Hoping that Yates can weave his magic on another property to get the money machine rolling, Yates is headed to Tinseltown this weekend to meet with honchos where he'll have his pick of the litter, and Vulture has the details on what he'll be considering.

Watch: Get All Kinds Of Goosebumps With Outstanding Teaser Trailer For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 9:41 AM
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Wow. Maybe it's just the way our brains are wired, but we just saw more fireworks from 70-odd seconds of middle-aged British character actors than we got across two-and-a-half-hours of empty spectacle in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The Guardian just debuted the first international teaser trailer for one of our most anticipated films of the rest of the year, Working Title's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and it's easily one of the best trailers we've seen in an age.

New Look At Tom Hardy & Colin Firth In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2011 8:16 AM
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Well, we're out of the winter and spring blahs as the summer movie season is now in full swing, with the fall festival and awards season right around the corner and one of the most anticipated films is Tomas Alfredson‘s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” The director's followup to "Let The Right One In" finds him working with a top shelf cast -- Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- in an adaptation of John Le Carre‘s classic spy thriller that follows a British Intelligence operative whose task is to delve into the world of Cold War espionage and root out a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest echelon in the British Intelligence Services.

First Look At Tom Hardy As Bane In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 3:20 AM
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Film Will Feature Greater Use Of IMAX Than 'The Dark Knight'; Hans Zimmer Goes Solo On ScoreGuess who has two thumbs and is eating a piece of humble pie? This guy.

New Photo: Tom Hardy As A Bustling Prohibition-Era Bootlegger In 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 3:40 AM
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With The Weinstein Company set to come out victorious in bidding for distribution rights on John Hillcoat's Prohibition era crime-drama "The Wettest County In The World," the Cannes Film Festival now also brings us a new look at Tom Hardy as the hustling middle Forrest brother in Matt Bondurant's novel of the same name.

The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an American distributor.

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