British actor Tom Hardy will play both of London's infamous Kray twins in a new movie about the notorious crime bosses. The Inception star has been linked to the project about brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, since earlier this year (14).
The star confirms he has started work on the movie, and reveals he will portray both twins on the big screen.
He says, "I'm on that right now. I've got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun. It's another experiment and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to have some fun and see what's out there and explore with the work.
"The more of a challenge I give myself, the easier it is to take on more projects which are complicated in the future, if that makes sense.
"It might not be the greatest movie in the world, but that's not the pressure you put on yourself. You never know what you're going to get."
Spandau Ballet stars and siblings, Gary and Martin Kemp, played the gangsters in 1990's The Krays.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof has been left heartbroken by the sudden death of his daughter Peaches.
British socialite, model and TV personality Peaches Geldof was declared dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) and her father has wasted no time in confirming the tragedy.
Responding to the sad news, which broke on Monday (07Apr14), the Live Aid icon and Boomtown Rats frontman paid tribute to the mother-of-two, who was married to singer Thomas Cohen, calling her, "the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers (craziest) of all of us".
He adds, "We are beyond pain... Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. "How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken." Peaches' husband has also addressed the sad loss in a brief statement, which reads: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday (sic)."
Meanwhile, British celebrities have also offered up their thoughts via Twitter.com. Singer and friend Alexandra Burke writes, "I can't believe Peaches has passed away.. I feel so numb. I've never met anyone so kind before. She was a beautiful person... My heart goes out to her family and her kids... Praying for them all xxx RIP Peaches", and Myleene Klass adds, "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating, God bless her babies. RIP mama xxx".
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp also offered up his thoughts, tweeting, "RIP Peaches Geldof, what do you say, my heart goes out to Bob and all his family, I truly am saddened by this horrible news!"
And Ellie Goulding posts, "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches".
Singer Lily Allen also marked her friend's passing, writing, "My thoughts are with the Geldof's (sic) at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl," and Sharon Osbourne adds, "Devastated about @peaches_g. Sending condolences & respect to the Geldof family. It's unimaginable what they must be going through right now."
Peaches' death comes just a day after she tweeted a photo of herself and her late mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, and shared photos and videos of her two young boys online. Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.
British funnyman Ricky Gervais ended up in a heated debate online this weekend (29-30Mar14) after voicing his support for same-sex marriage. Gay marriage officially became legal in the U.K. on Saturday (29Mar14) and Gervais used his Twitter.com page to show his support for the historic moment.
He wrote, "Same sex marriage isn't just a victory for gay people. It's a victory for all of us. ANYTHING that promotes equality, promotes progress."
Some people disagreed with his sentiments, but rather than ignore the dissenters, the comic challenged their views, replying to one follower by posting, "You can't take equality 'too far'."
He ended his tweeting session by writing, "I love it when people try to find loopholes in the concept of equality. It's like it makes them angry that people want respect."
Gervais was not the only celebrity to celebrate the new law: Spandau Ballet rocker Martin Kemp wrote, "Just want to say good luck to all same sex couples tying the knot! Have a fantastic day!" and former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass added, Congrats #England and #Wales !! #Equality."
Legendary British music producer Trevor Horn is in mourning following the death of his wife. The Buggles star's longterm partner, Jill Sinclair, passed away on Saturday (22Mar14) at the age of 61.
She had been suffering from cancer but never fully recovered from a shooting accident in 2006 which left her with brain damage.
Sinclair, who was a successful record label boss and her husband's business partner, was accidentally shot in the neck with an air rifle by her son and spent three years in a coma. When she woke she was unable to move or speak.
Following her death, Horn paid tribute to his wife in a statement: "Jill was an inspiration in every aspect of her life, as my wife and as the mother of our children. She had an adventurous, maverick spirit and built up music businesses - and made her way through life - successfully and independently, and always on her own terms. She will be sorely missed."
Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp also honoured Sinclair after hearing news of her death, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "RIP the great Jill Sinclair. One of the most successful people in the British music business. A legend."
Actress Eva Longoria took time out of a whistle-stop business trip to Australia on Thursday (20Mar14) to cheer on her favourite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Longoria, who was briefly linked to Dodgers star Matt Kemp, joined fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground to cheer on the visiting side as they took on an Australian team.
Posting photos of herself at the big game, enjoying the stadium's fast food, on her WhoSay page, the former Desperate Housewives star wrote, "I had to come all the way to Australia to see a Dodgers game!"
Longoria arrived in Australia earlier this week (beg17Mar14) for Melbourne Fashion Week as a global ambassador for cosmetics firm L'Oreal.
You don't arrive at the Grand Budapest Hotel without your share of Wes Anderson baggage. Odds are, if you've booked a visit to this film, you've enjoyed your past trips to the Wes Indies (I promise I'll stop this extended metaphor soon), delighting especially in Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and his most recent charmer Moonrise Kingdom. On the other hand, you could be the adventurous sort — a curious diplomat who never really got Anderson's uric-toned deadpan drudgings but can't resist browsing through the brochures of his latest European getaway. First off, neither community should worry about a bias in this review — I'm a Life Aquatic devotee, equally alienating to both sides. Second, neither community should be deterred by Andersonian expectations, be they sky high or subterranean, in planned Budapest excursions. No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some.
While GBH hangs tight to the filmmaker's recognizable style, the movie is a departure for Anderson in a number of ways. The first being plot: there is one. A doozy, too. We're accustomed to spending our Wes flicks peering into the stagnant souls of pensive man-children — or children-men (Moonrise) or fox-kits (guess) — whose journeys are confined primarily to the internal. But not long into Grand Budapest, we're on a bona fide adventure with one of the director's most attractive heroes to date: the didactic Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes mastering sympathetic comedy better than anyone could have imagined he might), who invests his heart and soul into the titular hotel, an oasis of nobility in a decaying 1930s Europe. Gustave is plucked from his sadomasochistic nirvana overseeing every cog and sprocket in the mountaintop institution and thrust into a madcap caper — reminiscent of, and not accidentally, the Hollywood comedies of the era — involving murder, framing, art theft, jailbreak, love, sex, envy, secret societies, high speed chases... believe me, I haven't given half of it away. Along the way, we rope in a courageous baker (Saoirse Ronan), a dutiful attorney (Jeff Goldblum), a hotheaded socialite (Adrien Brody) and his psychopathic henchman (Willem Dafoe), and no shortage of Anderson regulars. The director proves just as adept at the large scale as he is at the small, delivering would-be cartoon high jinks with the same tangible life that you'd find in a Billy Wilder romp or one of the better Hope/Crosby Road to movies.
Anchoring the monkey business down to a recognizable planet Earth (without sacrificing an ounce of comedy) is the throughline of Gustave's budding friendship with his lobby boy, Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori, whose performance is an unprecedented and thrilling mixture of Wes Anderson stoicism and tempered humility), the only living being who appreciates the significance of the Grand Budapest as much as Gustave does. In joining these two oddballs on their quest beyond the parameters of FDA-approved doses of zany, we appreciate it, too: the significance of holding fast to something you believe in, understand, trust, and love in a world that makes less and less sense everyday. Anderson's World War II might not be as ostensibly hard-hitting as that to which modern cinema is accustomed, but there's a chilling, somber horror story lurking beneath the surface of Grand Budapest. Behind every side-splitting laugh, cookie cutter backdrop, and otherworldly antic, there is a pulsating dread that makes it all mean something. As vivid as the worlds of Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise might well have been, none have had this much weight and soul.
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So it's astonishing that we're able to zip to and fro' every crevice of this haunting, misty Central Europe at top speeds, grins never waning as our hero Gustave delivers supernaturally articulate diatribes capped with physically startling profanity. So much of it is that delightfully odd, agonizingly devoted character, his unlikely camaraderie with the unflappably earnest young Zero, and his adherence to the magic that inhabits the Grand Budapest Hotel. There are few places like it on Earth, as we learn. There aren't many movies like it here either.
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Pop superstar George Michael baffled the star-studded crowd at his record launch party this week (beg03Mar14) when he failed to show up to unveil his first album in 10 years. The Faith hitmaker is gearing up for the release of his sixth solo record, Symphonica, his first since 2004's Patience, and stars including Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, Irish singer Ronan Keating, and actor Rupert Everett attended the launch event at Hamiltons Gallery in London on Tuesday (04Mar14).
However, Michael was noticeably absent from the party.
A representative for the star was unable to offer an explanation for the no-show, saying, "He hasn't given a reason for not attending the launch, but he is working on a further studio album and was probably busy with that."
For those of us still lamenting the loss of Khloé and Lamar Odom, these new Khloé Kardashian dating rumors are seriously troubling. New episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians have aired recently, showing some of the difficult moments leading up to their divorce. It's incredibly sad to watch, let alone experience. We understand that it's Khloé's life, but there are a few reasons to be completely, totally, morally opposed to the idea of her dating rapper Game. And in case the rumors weren't bad enough, Khloé is now teasing about their relationship (platonic or otherwise) on Instagram:
She posted this the other day with the caption: "I could explain but it's more fun this way @thedocumentary #10PlusYearsandCounting." Now this could be her fun way of explaining that they've been friends forever, but there's no telling. Plus, there was that whole twerking up in the club situation:
So let's adress these dating rumors once and for all.
Khloé & Game
No, this is not going to work. Khloé is great. Game is great. But the mother of Game's children is a super sweet elementary school teacher, and they had that adorable reality show together (Marrying The Game!), and we're going to need them to work it out. #TeamTiffney
Khloé & Matt Kemp
Shortly after her break-up with Lamar was announced, Khloé was linked to Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star (and former boo of Rihanna's) Matt Kemp. Rihanna's cool and all, but we think Khloé can do better than RiRi's sloppy seconds. Just sayin'... Anyway, Kemp denied these rumors a while back, as did Khloé.
Khloé & Nobody... Other Than Lamar
We're pretty much comfortable with Khloé being single, or Khloé being Mrs. Odom again. Is that selfish? Maybe. Do we have any basis for this, other than a reality show, and the cutest Instagram photos ever? No, we don't. But still! If these two could make it work, we would approve. Odom recently opened up about the relationship, and said probably the most romantic thing anyone could say about a woman divorcing them: "I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what." He also went on to say that the divorce isn't final yet, so who knows?
We're like Odom over here, keeping hope alive for a Khlamar reunion in 2014.
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Actor Tom Hardy is in talks to portray English twin crime bosses Ronald and Reginald Kray in a new film. Legend will centre on the brothers' relationship and their crime spree in London in the 1950s and 1960s, according to ScreenDaily.com.
42 filmmaker Brian Helgeland is directing and writing the movie, with production slated to begin in the U.K. later this year (14) and he's keen on the Inception star playing both brothers.
This isn't the first gangster role for the actor - he has also signed on to play a crime leader on British drama Peaky Blinders for two seasons.
The Kray Twins have previously been portrayed on the big screen by Spandau Ballet stars Martin and Gary Kemp, who portrayed the London crime bosses in 1990 movie The Krays.
Former newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks confirmed on Friday (21Feb14) that she cheated on British actor Ross Kemp during their marriage. The former News International chief is facing a string of charges at the high-profile phone-hacking trial in London, and the court has previously heard she had an affair with colleague Andy Coulson while married to the popular soap star.
Brooks began giving evidence in her defence earlier this week (beg17Feb14) and on Friday she was quizzed about allegations she and Coulson - who went on to work for Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street - had been lovers over a six-year period.
She told the jury there had been moments of intimacy between the two but denied they had been in an illicit affair for the entire six years.
Brooks, former editor of the News of the World, which was closed in 2011 in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, was married to Kemp - a long-running star of hit soap opera EastEnders - from 2002 to 2009.
The former editor and Coulson both deny all the charges against them.
The trial continues.