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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.

Interview: Writer & Director Steven Knight On 'Locke,' Tom Hardy & Future Projects Including 'Eastern Promises 2'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 3, 2014 3:25 PM
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One of the chief pleasures of the Göteborg International Film Festival, aside from the charming Swedishness of it all (particularly fond of the helper whose novel take on the “switch off your f*cking phone” message was to implore us not to forget to turn our phones “back on, the second you leave”), is the quality time we get to spend with our interview subjects. One of or most enjoyable meetings this time out was with screenwriter Steven Knight, whose fascinating sophomore directorial outing “Locke,” (our review from Venice is here) played the festival. Here are the fruits of our wide-ranging conversation with the “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Peaky Blinders” writer (who also—random trivia—devised and originally pitched “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”), including his thoughts on writing for TV vs. film, his crowded upcoming slate and lots about “Locke” ...so we should probably give a little background.

Venice Review: Steven Knight’s ‘Locke’ Starring Tom Hardy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2013 6:54 AM
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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.

Review: 'Redemption' Starring Jason Statham

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2013 1:14 PM
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In recent years Jason Statham, with his stocky frame, bald head and gravelly voice that makes him sound like he’s always gnawing on broken glass, has become a kind of one-man wrecking crew, and not just because of his appearance in the “Crank,” “Transporter” and “Expendables” franchises. A rough, sexually viable action star in the mold of Charles Bronson, Statham is an actor whose mere presence in a movie almost guarantees mass destruction and piles of bloodied, bruised, and beaten bodies. But as he proved in last year’s criminally underrated “Safe” and again in this week’s weirdly buried “Redemption,” it’s when he’s quiet that Statham is the most powerfully devastating, like an undetonated bomb in a church square. The promise of violence is its own kind of allure.

Director Steven Knight Says David Fincher Suggested Jason Statham For 'Redemption'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 4:28 PM
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Here's a fun fact that you might not realize -- there's a new Jason Statham movie coming to theaters and VOD next week. You might not know that because there doesn't seem to be any marketing campaign at all behind it. Anyway, once titled "Hummingbird" it has been given the far blander name "Redemption" stateside (something that only guarantee to make it sound even more generic than it actually is), but the main selling point around this one is that it's the movie where Jason Statham Actually Acts (but yes, he does punch things too). And to thank for that? David Fincher it seems.

Watch: Jason Statham Shows His Acting Chops In Trailer For Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Jason Statham's known for pretty much one thing: cracking heads. From "The Transporter" to his most recent film "Parker," if you see his big bald mug on the poster, you can be pretty sure that the film's going to involve the actor kicking seven shades of shit out of anyone and everyone that crosses his path (with the possible exception of "Gnomeo & Juliet."). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or ideally, hit it with an iron pipe until it's broke.

Tom Hardy To Star In Steven Knight's Shot-In-Real-Time Thriller 'Locke,' Produced By 'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2013 8:13 AM
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It feels like it's been quite a long time since we saw Tom Hardy on screen. But in fact, he's been working consistently, with five films in the last eighteen months, and the actor's such a chameleon that it's hard to draw a line between Ricky Tarr in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," especially as Hardy spent most of 2012 in Africa shooting the Mad Max movie "Fury Road."

Lisa Cholodenko To Direct D.C. Set Mystery 'November Criminals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 8:48 PM
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With Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" now a couple of years in the rearview, she has yet to get behind the camera of her next feature. But it's not as if she's short of options. Among the projects she has been linked to in the past little while are the family film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with Steve Carell, the indie dramedy "The Abistence Teacher," and the outdoors drama "Wild." While those continue to percolate, she's lined up another pic that looks like a bit of a gear shift.

'Eastern Promises' Sequel Moves Forward With Vincent Cassel Joining Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg Will Direct

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the last five years or so, reports have kept cropping up of a relatively unlikely sequel: a follow-up to 2007's gangster thriller "Eastern Promises," which was directed by David Cronenberg, and starred Viggo Mortensen as a heavily tattooed low-level Russian mobster who helps a nurse (Naomi Watts) protect a baby targeted by the criminals, including his near-psychotic pal (Vincent Cassel). Given that the film had a slightly-too-neat twist whereby it was revealed that Mortensen's character was actually an undercover FSB agent, it was certainly set up for a follow-up, and recently, both Cronenberg and his star have both said that there's a script that they like, and that they were keen to make the film.

Jim Broadbent Joins Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall In John Crowley's Untitled Thriller, Because Jim Broadbent Is In Everything

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2012 9:23 AM
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It's a little known fact, but in the mid 1980s, in a bid to fight underemployment in certain aspects of the entertainment industry, the British government passed the Broadbent Act, which set up a quota that one in four British movies would have to cast British character actor favorite Jim Broadbent, while providing tax cuts to any Hollywood movies that employed him. Sometimes, this has led to some overlap, such as last year, when Broadbent accidentally gave the exact same performance in "The Iron Lady" as he did a decade ago in "Iris."

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