British actor Tom Hardy has been walking around in Sir Elton John's old clothes in an effort to get into character for an upcoming biopic about the rocker. The Dark Knight Rises star will portray the flamboyant performer in Rocketman, a new film which will detail the singer's life after leaving rehab in 1990, and he reveals he has been getting a feel for Sir Elton's personality by dressing up as him.
He tells the New York Post, "When I play a real person, I like to have bits of them. Since I can't take physical body parts and sever those, I try and grab as much 'kit' off them as possible. Then you can sell it on eBay!"
But there's one aspect of the film Hardy still feels unprepared for - singing onscreen.
He recently told the Wall Street Journal, "(I will have to sing) otherwise I'll have probably failed, right? But that's terrifying me. I can't hold a tune to save my life. God knows how I'm going to do that."
Actor Tom Hardy is terrified about portraying Sir Elton John in a new biopic because he has an awful singing voice. The Brit has been cast as the flamboyant performer in Rocketman, a new film which will detail the singer's life after leaving rehab in 1990.
However, Hardy fears he will infuriate fans unless he learns how to sing properly to portray the Your Song legend on screen. He tells the Wall Street Journal, "(I will have to sing) otherwise I'll have probably failed, right? But that's terrifying me. I can't hold a tune to save my life. God knows how I'm going to do that. "But then I couldn't cage fight before I'd gotten in with (2011 fighting film) Warrior. And I still can't. I'm not supposed to be a cage fighter. I'm only playing one."
Johnny Depp is back on board to portray notorious crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger in a new biopic. The Edward Scissorhands star was originally cast in Black Mass last February (13), but dropped out in May (13) after he was reportedly asked to take a $10 million (£6.25 million) pay cut due to budget constraints.
Last month (Jan14), it was reported the actor was back in talks and now he has officially signed on to play the Boston, Massachusetts gangster, who spent almost two decades evading capture after he was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation 's (FBI) Most Wanted List, according to Deadline.com.
Rain Man director Barry Levinson was initially attached to direct the film, but Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper has taken over the project.
In addition to Depp's casting, The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy is reportedly in talks to star as former FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger who served time in prison for racketeering and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with him.
Production is expected to begin in May (14).
Black Mass isn't the only film based on Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is working on a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
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For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.
We were really excited when news broke that Tom Hardy will be starring in Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, but Hardy better know how to sing. He’s proved his acting chops, and although he hasn’t proven his musical talents yet, we’re excited to see the actor sing some of John’s most famous and beloved tracks in the upcoming film. These are just a few we’d like to see.
We’re looking forward to the outrageous costumes that could easily be included with the performance of “Crocodile Rock.” Giant feathers! Bright colors! We want all of it.
We can’t wait for Hardy to sing “Tiny Dancer” and not because we’re secretly hoping he’ll accidentally say “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (Okay, maybe a little.)
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”
If the creators of Rocketman chose this song as the film title, they better include it. Plus it’s one of our favorites, so they doubly better include it.
“Bennie and the Jets”
C’mon, who doesn’t love dancing around and getting the lyrics wrong while singing this song? It’s a crowd pleaser and we hope Hardy can get the words right.
Hardy’s got the dreamboat thing down. Imagine him singing “Your Song.” It’s even dreamier than Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! This song alone could persuade many ladies (and gentlemen) to see Rocketman.
Tom Hardy has built a career out of playing no-nonsense tough guys in film, but his next project represents a bit of a departure for the actor. Hardy will face the exciting world of piano ballads and Jaunty 70's pop for his newest role as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. However, we wonder if he has the trademark pipes and nimble fingers to successfully portray the piano playing pop-legend.
While Hardy has been spending his career as of late slapping on muscle and playing hulking strong men, he will have to seriously lay of the weights to play a true-to-period Rocketman. It’s a good thing Hardy is a versatile actor that can shrink and grow into roles quite effortlessly. All Hardy needs is an unreasonable amount of sunglasses and he should be golden.
Focus features will give the film a major U.S release, and Elton John himself will be re-recording many of his most iconic hits for use in the film. Rocketman will begin shooting next fall.
Actor Tom Hardy has been confirmed to play Elton John in a new biopic, titled Rocketman. In June (13), Hardy became a frontrunner to land the lead and now movie bosses have confirmed the news, according to Deadline.com.
Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw, says, "Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton's story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board."
If the truth of the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith" had remained untold, the film future of The Cuckoo's Calling would be in question. But, now that we know the one and only J.K. Rowling is behind it, a movie version seems pretty much inevitable. Rowling is busy with a recently announced Harry Potter spin-off series based on companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so we'll try to do some of the Calling prep work for her. In a perfect world, this would be the cast of the mystery/thriller.
Tom Hardy as "Cormoran Strike"
Private detective and ex-military man Cormoran Strike weighs "16 stone" (224 pounds, to the rest of us) and is compared to a grizzly bear because of "his height, his general hairiness" and "a gently-expanding belly." Inception star Hardy would have to let himself go more than a little for this role, but we want to see his take on Rowling's down-on-his-luck tough guy.
Jennifer Lawrence as "Robin Ellacott"
Once she gets the accent down, J-Law is a no-brainer to play Strike's adventurous and resourceful new assistant: "a pretty girl; tall and curvaceous, with long strawberry blonde hair."
Antonia Thomas as "Lula Landry"
Should we see dearly departed supermodel Lula Landry in flashback, how about gorgeous Brit Thomas for the"bronze-skinned, colt-limbed, diamond-cut beauty"?
David Morrissey as "John Bristow"
Rowling describes Landry's barrister brother Bristow as "whey-faced" and "leporine," which basically means he looks like a white rabbit. We don't know about that, but we think The Walking Dead star could pull off the character's nervous demeanor and flashes of anger.
Bruno Mars as "Guy Somé"
At "nearly a foot shorter than Strike and had perhaps a hundreth of his body fat," the actor playing in-vogue young fashion designer has to be short in stature. Mars is that, for sure, but a giant talent, musical and otherwise. Weren't we all pleasantly surprised by his SNL episode?
Natalie Dormer as "Ciara Porter"
Once Dormer gets friendly with a little bleach, the Game of Thrones and Elementary starlet will be well-suited to play Landry's "baby-blonde" supermodel bestie.
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British actress Carey Mulligan is to take on Julie Christie's iconic tole of Bathsheba Everdene in a new movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From The Madding Crowd. Christie starred alongside Terence Stamp, Alan Bates and Peter Finch in director John Schlesinger's classic 1967 film, and now Mulligan will lead a cast that includes Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen in the remake.
Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg will direct the project, which will shoot on location across the U.K. in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed reimagining of Superman, certainly didn't encounter kryptonite at the box office. But we'd venture to say that many of the people who helped propel it to a $116 million weekend haul left the theater scratching their heads. Was that dragon creature upon which Russell Crowe's Jor-El rode over Krypton from the same genus as the flying beasts in Avatar? Why did Harry Lennix and Chris Meloni's military men have more screentime than Laurence Fishburne's Perry White? Is everyone else as disappointed as I am that Michael Shannon didn't scream "Kneel before Zod"? So many questions. Here are eight which we feel we can more or less answer. But beware! Major SPOILERS ahead.
1. Is Man of Steel pretty much just the story of Jesus?Unbelievably, even more so than Superman Returns. Sure, the 2006 picture had Brandon Routh's Son of Krypton endure a kryptonite scourging that would have fit if the movie had been called The Passion of Kal-El. But Man of Steel goes further. It makes it very clear that Superman is 33 years old when he first chooses to don the cape and become a symbol of hope for humanity. His arms are outstretched, crucifix-style, when floating through space. He turns himself in, preparing to sacrifice himself to "save" humankind. And you could sub in God as easily as Jor-El when Kevin Costner's Jonathan Kent talks about the "other father" who sent Clark to Earth.
2. Has it ever been established before that one Kryptonian can kill another Kryptonian just by snapping his neck? And wait, I thought Superman had a code never to kill? In any of the main DC Comics universes, Superman has never killed a sentient being. However, in the 1988 comic Superman #22, with art by John Byrne, Superman does kill a General Zod from a "pocket universe" using Gold Kryptonite. The experience does leave him shattered, and he begins to question whether he himself is a dangerous being — moral uncertainty that Henry Cavill's self-righteous Zod-killing Superman in Man of Steel does not seem to possess. Moreover, it hasn't ever been established that a Kryptonian fighting a Kryptonian while on Earth could kill the other just by breaking his neck. You would need Kryptonite to do that or a molecular chamber like in Superman II — where it isn't clear if Zod and his companions actually are killed when they're rendered human. If just snapping Zod's neck could kill him, it makes sense Superman would kill him before he could kill those huddled people with his X-ray vision. But why didn't he kill Zod before the general destroyed much of Metropolis?
3. Have Kryptonians ever had difficulty adapting to Earth's atmosphere in previous Superman storytelling? Not really. This seems to be an invention of screenwriters Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer to make them seem less godlike. Zod and Faora can still fly and repel bullets, but they need to wear breathing masks so as not to be overwhelmed by the low-density atmosphere of Earth.
4. What does Zod’s symbol stand for? As we learn during his incarcerated conversation with reporter Lois Lane, Clark Kent's "S" is actually a Kryptonian symbol that signifies the idea of hope. On the chest of the nefarious General Zod, there lives another symbol (albeit a slightly S-like one in its own right). But if Clark's is hope, then what is Zod’s swirly insignia meant to stand for?
5. Where's Jimmy Olsen? And who the hell is this Steve a**hole? Although we might better remember bumbling photographer Jimmy Olsen from small screen Superman, Daily Planet reporter Steve Lombard (portrayed here by Michael Kelly) is also a character from DC Comics history, first appearing in a 1973 issue.
6. Krypton is a planet with rhino dragons and embryoceans, but people can still give birth vaginally?Essentially, the Kryptonian appears to be built exactly like the standard Earth human, right down to the reproductive organs. Sure, they generally create offspring via some weird kind of undersea embryo system, but there’s at least the option of the old fashioned way.
7. Who Did Superman Vote For?Man Of Steel takes place in the present day, making an adult American citizen Clark Kent eligible to vote in 2012. So who did he vote for? As a bona fide proud Kansan, we might assume he has Red State leanings. Then again, his "S" does stand for "hope," and that is Barack Obama's go-to branding device.
8. Is Jonathan Kent's death exactly the same as that of Helen Hunt's father at the beginning of Twister? Yes.
Answer: With a razor.
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