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First Look At Tom Hardy As Gangster Twins Ronnie & Reggie Kray In 'Legend'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 1:43 PM
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Tom Hardy, Legend
Tom Hardy is hardly an actor who shies from a challenge. He's bulked up, lost weight, done an entire role muffled under a mask in "The Dark Knight Rises", tried to revive the cardigan in "Lawless," done an entire movie in a car in "Locke," and tried to save "This Means War" from being an irredeemable pile of shit. Coming up, he'll be donning a Russian accent for "Child 44," and an Australian one for "Mad Max: Fury Road," and playing Elton John in 'Rocketman," but he just started filming today on "Legend," which might be his greatest task yet.

Tom Hardy To Play Twin Gangsters In 'Legend' From 'L.A. Confidential' Writer Brian Helgeland

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 9:44 AM
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Ronald and Reginald Kray Tom Hardy
For a little while now, Tom Hardy has been attached to play "Capone" in the film set to be directed by David Yates. Plans were fairly ambitious, with talk of a trilogy at one time, but with the director now busy on "Tarzan" (sigh) it looks a long way off. But Hardy will get to scratch his gangster itch twice over.

Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The History Of Baseball & Civil Rights

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2013 10:04 AM
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Destiny swings a big stick in Brian Helgeland's "42." It underlines every pivotal moment of Jackie Robinson's career captured in the two hour film, often working as baggage keeping the film earthbound, at times making it unnecessarily weighty. It's also probably the major reason why a number of mainstream critics will wag a finger at this unapologetic, old-fashioned hero yarn seemingly stitched from the similarly modest DNA of 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story." What seems like a high fidelity to history is actually an acknowledgement and deep respect, the kind most modern filmmakers and viewers would likely find alien.

Watch: New Trailer & Featurette For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 1:28 PM
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There may be snow on the ground, and the daylight hours are short, but believe us when we say spring is around the corner. And nothing says spring like the smell of the grass on the field and sound of a baseball hitting the bat. After watching the new trailer for the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," you might be eager to start oiling your glove.

Watch: Trailer For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' Hits A Home Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 10:58 PM
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This weekend, the Clint Eastwood-starring baseball movie "Trouble with the Curve" opens and we'll just tell you right now: it's not very good. Somehow, it misses the the magic of the game that makes it the nation's greatest pasttime, and tosses in not one, but two third-act twists that are there as lazy devices to wring audience sympathy. But before 'Trouble' starts, it looks like WB is going to show off an early look at next year's baseball movie, and it might be a better investment of your movie ticket dollars.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey.

First Look: Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 23, 2012 9:40 AM
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With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.

'Pretty Little Liars' Star Ryan Merriman To Play Fellow Dodger Dixie Walker In Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 10, 2012 9:00 AM
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If anything, the success of "Moneyball" last year has certainly brought about the revitalization of baseball-centered dramas. There's been no shortage of great ones in the past, from"Bang The Drum Slowly" to "Field Of Dreams" to The Natural," and now with the Clint Eastwood-led "Trouble With The Curve" and the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we're definitely in for a fair slice of the genre in the near future.

'Shame' Star Nicole Beharie Joins Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:55 AM
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Other than Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, the other performance from Steve McQueen's "Shame" that's earned significant praise is that of Nicole Beharie, who portrayed the woman who offers Brandon a fleeting chance at a normal relationship. Our own Venice review of the film described her as "a real find, painting a vivid, warm picture with only a few scenes; she should go on to bigger and better things from here on out." We certainly weren't wrong as the actress has now joined Brian Helgeland's upcoming biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to join the Major Leagues.

Newcomer Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford Lock Lead Roles In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:19 PM
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Oh, Harrison Ford. As we documented in our Essentials feature in the summer, it's a long time since the actor, once one of the most reliable stars in Hollywood, has been on form. And it seems that every potential comeback, from "Hollywood Homicide" and "Crossing Over" to last year's "Morning Glory" and this year's "Cowboys & Aliens" has fallen short, even when, as in the last two cases, the actor's seemed to made more of an effort not to sleepwalk through the picture. 

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