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'Locke' Writer/Director Steven Knight To Pen 'World War Z' Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 28, 2014 6:38 PM
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While “World War Z” is now viewed as the modern-day runaway film project and all that implies of ego—hubris, irresponsibility and whatnot—the project began with the best of intentions. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Pictures, the same company that developed and won a Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years A Slave,” wanted to try to create their own franchise. Pitt, a producer/actor with diverse taste, wanted a movie his boys could enjoy when they grew up. They hired a respected and eclectic filmmaker Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner,” “Monster’s Ball”) and talented writers—Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof—but the project went south on them regardless when they realized the tone and rhythm of an action movie is much more complicated than they realized.

Box-Office: Girl Power & ‘The Other Woman’ Knocks ‘Captain America 2’ From The Top Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 27, 2014 11:50 AM
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The Other Woman
Terrible reviews and a dismal 25% Rotten Tomatoes score, you say? That did not matter to female audiences this weekend who wanted a little girl power as they flocked to “The Other Woman” starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as a cooperative that band together in the name of female-based revenge against a cheatin’ asshole. Perhaps that was the unifying hook that drew the underserved female audiences in because the movie scored the number box-office slot with an approximately $24.7 million in receipts. In the process, the movie unseated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” that spent three weeks at the top of the box-office until now.

Interview: Tom Hardy & Steven Knight Discuss Their One-Man Gamble In The Risky, Mesmerizing ‘Locke’

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 24, 2014 11:29 AM
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Tom Hardy has defined his career by playing very distinct and willfully hard-as-nails men. His breakthrough came in portraying a sociopathic prison inmate in “Bronson,” then came a flamboyant dream criminal in “Inception,” a taciturn bootlegger in “Lawless,” an intractable UFC pugilist in “Warrior,” a dogmatic terrorist in “The Dark Knight Rises” and he’s about to play the iconic wasteland traveler that Mel Gibson made famous in “Mad Max: Fury Road” next year.

Review: Steven Knight's 'Locke' Starring Tom Hardy Is An Impressive Achievement

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2014 5:06 PM
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Of all the genres, the single location film is perhaps one of the hardest to get right. For one, you need a hell of an actor (or actors) to hold the attention for even the briefest of running times. You also need a story that coherently keeps the actors in place, with enough of a hook to keep you involved. And you need to keep things visually interesting enough to stop it being too static without being showy. It’s a big ask, Hitchcock was the master of the style, and there are a select few other examples, but most turn out poorly.

10 One-Man Show Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:04 PM
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If there's any justice in the world, many of you will spend 85 minutes of your upcoming weekend in a car with Tom Hardy. "Locke," the formally-rigorous, real-time Steven-Knight-directed film opens on Friday, and it's terrific: a taut drama that unfolds like a thriller despite being a small, detail-specific, domestic story; and an absorbing Richard Burton-inflected showcase for its sole onscreen star. Hardy, aided by the offscreen voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and others via his handsfree phone ( the way Knight organized the calls, so that they came to Hardy "live" is fascinating) is just brilliant, crucially underplaying most of the time, as though aware that with only him onscreen (also immobile), the tiniest tic is magnified exponentially. It's the kind of tour de force that highlights by contrast just where so many other single-actor films go wrong.

Watch: 2 New Trailers For Tom Hardy's 'Locke' Go Forward & In Reverse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 11:32 AM
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When you're selling a drama about a guy sitting in a car for 90 minutes, driving and talking to people on the phone, you have to get a bit creative. And the folks behind the forthcoming "Locke" are trying an idea that will hopefully get folks to check out the movie.

10 Movies To See In April

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 1, 2014 11:08 AM
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10 Movies To See In April
We’re inching ever close to the 2014 summer blockbuster season, but that’s not to say April is lacking its fair share of spectacle and bombast. This month’s ten movies to see ranges from Marvel’s latest to a mess of independent fare moving away from the festivals and into your local multiplex. It’s time to see what’s worth plunking down your dollars and cents for this month at the movies.

Watch: Tom Hardy Is Behind The Wheel In New Trailer For 'Locke'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 2:54 PM
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How do you make a movie about a guy driving a car for an hour, talking on his cell phone, compelling? Well, you get Tom Hardy to lead and Steven Knight to write and direct it, and if you're lucky enough, you wind up with something like "Locke."

Watch: First Trailer For Tom Hardy Thriller 'Locke'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2014 7:12 AM
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"I'd just finished the [Jason] Statham picture ['Redemption'], which was very conventional. And the whole process just made me think to look again at the basics of what the job is: get a load of people into a room, turn off the lights and get them to watch a screen for 90 minutes, and how many other ways there are, without using all the tricks that normally go with a film," writer/director Steven Knight told us at the Göteborg International Film Festival earlier this month.

Check Out The New Poster For Tom Hardy Thriller 'Locke'

Locke Poster
So, do you want to spend 90 minutes with Tom Hardy? Then "Locke" should fit the bill. The single setting, real time drama/thriller is nothing more than the actor in a car, talking on a telephone, and yet writer/director Steven Knight has crafted something truly special here, and gets a terrific turn out of his lead actor. Read More »

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