Showbusiness siblings Martin and Gary Kemp are set to reunite in a new gangster movie - their first big screen collaboration since they played London's infamous Kray twins. The former Spandau Ballet stars will portray crime world bosses the Alberts brothers in Assassin, a new movie set in the U.K. capital, which will also star The Business actor Danny Dyer.
It is the first time the pair has appeared together in a film since 1991, when their portrayal of notorious east London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray achieved cult status.
Assassin director Jonathan Sothcott says, "The Krays is one of the best-loved British films of all time, an untouchable classic that only a lunatic would remake, but at the core of that movie are the fantastic performances of Martin and Gary.
"Reuniting them for Assassin is a real coup, a dream come true, and I know their army of fans are going to love seeing what unpleasant plans they have for Mr Dyer."
Filming on the project begins in London next month (Sep13) and is due out next year (14).
The Kemp brothers also recently teamed up for another underworld project - they presented documentary Gangs of Britain, about the history of organised crime in the U.K.
A lot of moviegoers didn't catch -- or didn't get the chance to catch -- the critically acclaimed indie romantic drama Like Crazy during its theatrical run in 2011, but there's no excuse March 6, when the DVD/Blu-ray arrives.
Like Crazy, which took home the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, stars Anton Yelchin and breakout actress Felicity Jones as an American college student and a British college student, respectively, who fall in love -- only to be torn apart when the latter's visa expires, forcing her back to England. Jennifer Lawrence also stars in the Drake Doremus-directed film.
Special features include: commentary by director Drake Doremus, editor Jonathan Alberts and cinematographer John Guleserian; deleted scenes with optional commentary; and alternate scenes with optional commentary.
In the opening scene of Wristcutters we see twentysomething Zia (Patrick Fugit) cleaning his room for what appears to be the first time in ages; it’s also the last. He isn’t straightening up for a guest or for the hell of it but rather to leave a clean room behind when he slits his wrist moments later. Cut to Kamikaze Pizza the restaurant where Zia works in what he thinks is purgatory. The only way in is by committing suicide and the only way out is if there was a mismanagement in your death circumstances and you wound up there by accident. Zia hates every second of it and is happy to find someone in Eugene (Shea Whigham) with whom he can commiserate over beers at the local dive bar—which is really the only place to go anyway. The afterlife brightens up even further when Zia gets word that his ex-girlfriend back on Earth Desiree (Leslie Bibb) has offed herself too and is er descending upon the area. So Zia and Eugene go on a road trip through the most desolate highways and byways you’ve never seen in an attempt to track down Zia’s lone post-suicide regret. Along the way they pick up a hitchhiker Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon) who believes she’s there by mistake as well as a very twisted sort of enlightenment. It’s always impressive when actors are able to acutely grasp the most complex scripts and their subtext (i.e. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and the gang from Wristcutters is in that rare company. Fugit who broke out in 2000’s Almost Famous and has remained well under the radar since is the oddest of protagonists—a suicide “victim ” if you will whose afterlife you’re rooting for—and it’s hard to think of another actor who could pull off what he does here. It's because he’s somehow compellingly blasé which is obviously no easy feat and is clearly as lost post-life as he was during it. Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) is spunky quirky and unpredictable in a way that’ll be as attractive to viewers as it is to Zia. There really is something troubled and normal about her character that adds potential validity to Mikal’s claims of not belonging in this apparent purgatory. Rising star Whigham (All the Real Girls) as the heavily Russian Eugene rounds out the trio of roadtrippers with initial comic relief followed later by dramatic relief. Two of the more Bizarro performances we’ve seen in a long time come appropriately from a flying Tom Waits (whose record Zia puts on in the opening scene to die to) and Will Arnett possibly as the messiah. Who needs a huge budget when you have a huge imagination like Wristcutters’ Croatian writer/director Goran Dukic does? And what a perfect premise to have no money for because the afterlife he dreams up is a wasteland of nothingness where traffic-less roads stretch forever possibly as a punishment. But it’s not all about visuals or lack thereof in this adaptation of an Israeli short story (Kneller’s Happy Campers) by Etgar Keret even though the film’s most arresting scene features a deserted beach at sunset. See Wristcutters is a genuine romantic comedy under the guise of a grim deed and ramshackle no-budget “indie-ness”: The comedy is everywhere albeit very dry and romance is something of a Holy Grail for which the characters are unwittingly searching. But don’t write off Dukic’s effort as whimsical or obtuse because after some (literally) supernatural twists towards the end Wristcutters turns profound—in a way that is wholly unpretentious and thus surprising for an independent film.