Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace Talk THE DROP, Why They Wanted to Play These Characters, How They Like to Prepare for Roles, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Michaël R. Roskam’s (BullheadThe Drop.  In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner.  At the same time, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (played by James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.  Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay.  The impressive cast also includes Noomi RapaceMatthias Schoenaerts, John OrtizAnn Dowd, and James Frecheville.

Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview withTom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.  They talked about why they wanted to play these characters, how they like to prepare for roles and how that preparation has changed, making sure to take risks while filming and discovering things on the day, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE DROP Review | TIFF 2014

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Michaël R. Roskam’s 2011 feature Bullhead was bold, proactive, and powerfully original.  It was a thoughtful meditation on masculinity as it relates to both sexuality and violence.  Sadly, his follow-up, The Drop, is a shrug of a picture that lacks any vibrancy whatsoever.  The movie seems to coast on being a Dennis Lehane-scripted, working-class crime picture filled led by talented actors.  There’s barely anything beneath its stolid surface.  The film is too meager too offend or excite in any manner.  At most, it’s an odd whimper of a crime thriller where the most engaging aspect is Tom Hardy playing with a puppy.

THE DROP Clips and Images Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in One of His Final Roles

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Fox Searchlight has released three new clips and some new images from The Drop.  In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.

I could go either way on this movie.  It looks like a perfectly good thriller that has been marinating a bit too long in the “tough guys in a tough neighborhood doing tough things” tropes that a lot of filmmakers follow too far down the rabbit hole.  On the other hand it also looks like it might balance that out with a genuinely deft touch.  It also has a great cast and a well-regarded director in Bullhead helmer Michaël R. Roskam and it marks one of Gandolfini’s final performances.  Hit the jump to check out The Drop clips and images (also watch the trailer if you missed it). The film also stars Matthias Schoenaerts,  Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville.  It opens on September 12th.

Will Stapes to Write Anti-Poaching Drama for Producers Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy

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As we reported almost two years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an anti-poaching drama for Warner Bros.  Deadline is now reporting that Will Staples has been tapped to write the screenplay.  The three producers might also take onscreen roles in the film, which Deadline describes as being in the vein of Traffic.  The story will dissect the global market of poaching, ranging from portraits of individual poachers to corrupt executives to the marketplace that would buy parts from dead animals for use as an aphrodisiac or other absurd purposes.

Staples is a very hot screenwriter at the moment.  Having previously served as a writer for the Call of Duty video games, he landed a Black List script with King of Heists, which will star Jeremy Renner.  In addition to King of Heists, Staples wrote an untitled geopolitical thriller for Ben Affleck to star in and direct, he’s still at work on the big sci-fi action film Myth, and he also worked on the screenplay for Mission: Impossible 5.  It will be interesting to see if this animal poaching drama can hit the fast track after being in development hell for a couple years.  The actors involved are so passionate about the issue that they’re actually making two films about it.  Hit the jump for more.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Show Tom Hardy Giving Nicholas Hoult a Boost

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I was quite bummed I never made it into Hall H for one of the big winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road, but luckily, ever since SDCC, Warner Bros. has been making more and more material public.  We’ve got a full recap of the Mad Max Comic-Con panel right here, but if you’d like to check out bits of the film for yourself, not only do we have those character posters and the new trailer, but now we’ve got a few new photos as well.

Hit the jump to catch those Mad Max: Fury Road images, which include a behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hardy with director George Miller as well as two stills from the film featuring Hardy and Nicholas HoultMad Max: Fury Road is due in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nathan Jones.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Bring the Madness, Plus a More Detailed Plot Synopsis and Character Description

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Warner Bros. has released the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer for director George Miller’s highly anticipated fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise.  The post-apocalyptic actioner sees Tom Hardy filling the role of Max, a man seeking peace following the loss of his wife and child, while Charlize Theron plays Furiosa, a woman who aims to survive by trekking across the desert back to her homeland.  You’ll have to watch this trailer a few times, not to glean any plot details but just to catch bits and pieces of the insanity on display.  It’s certainly in line with the madness of the previous films, though it remains to be seen whether or not Hardy can fill Mel Gibson’s spiked boots because he’s incapacitated for the most part of this first look.  Still, there’s lots to be excited for – car crashes, insane leather fetishes, slavers, open-desert high-speed chases, two-headed geckos, etc – especially after such a long delay.

Hit the jump to watch the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, and click here to read our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne

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After today’s Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. released four new Mad Max: Fury Road posters featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.  The post-apocalyptic sequel directed by George Miller is “set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”

Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones also starMad Max: Fury Road opens May 15, 2015.  Check out the character posters after the jump.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Panel Recap: “Comic-Con Belongs to the Mad”; First Footage Unveiled

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The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel was one of the biggest question marks of Comic-Con 2014.  It’s been decades since the last installment.  It took years for the reboot/sequel to get made.  It was a new Mad Max, but the return of the series’ director, George Miller.  And how do you bring one of the most memorable visions of the post-apocalypse into the 21st century?  These questions made me eager to get a first glimpse at the madness.  But the fourth Mad Max doesn’t look mad.  It looks fucking insane in all the best ways.

Hit the jump for the Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel recap.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Poster Finds Delight in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

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Warner Bros. unveiled the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster earlier today in anticipation of the film’s upcoming Comic-Con panel, and now the studio has done the same for director George Miller’s highly anticipated Mad Max sequel/reboot.  The first Mad Max: Fury Road poster shows Tom Hardy’s titular character watching an impending onslaught of presumably brutal wastelanders, complete with the delightfully ironic tagline “What a Lovely Day”.  The images we’ve seen thus far from the pic have been wonderfully strange, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the first footage at the film’s Comic-Con panel this coming Saturday.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Mad Max: Fury Road poster.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosei Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

THE REVENANT, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date; Iñárritu Hoping to Shoot in Sequence

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While many are eagerly anticipating director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s excellent-looking Birdman, which hits theaters this October, the filmmaker is already busy prepping his next feature, The Revenant.  The Babel director has Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter set to lead the story of an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead, only to recover and set out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.  Now 20th Century Fox has staked out a prime December 25, 2015 release date for the pic, where it will square off against Mission: Impossible 5 and director David O. Russell’s next film Joy.

Additionally, Iñárritu has some very ambitious plans for the upcoming Revenant shoot, which is scheduled to be quite lengthy.  More after the jump.

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Reveal Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and a Very White Nicholas Hoult

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Earlier today, we got our first official look at director George Miller’s long-awaited follow-up Mad Max: Fury Road.  It was a tame EW cover featuring the film’s leads, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, but now a batch of new images has surfaced, and they confirm that this movie is going to be absolutely nuts.  Nicholas Hoult is nearly unrecognizable as the bald and makeup-clad Nux, while the dystopian landscape is filled out with plenty of dangerous vehicles and sketchy characters.  Miller describes the film as one long chase sequence that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes, and based on these first-look images, the ride is going to be anything but dull.

Hit the jump to check out the Mad Max: Fury Road images.  The film also stars Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosei Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, and Abbey Lee KershawMad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Cover the Latest Issue of EW; Film Follows a Single Chase for 110 Minutes

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For a film as massive as Mad Max: Fury Road, we sure know very, very little about it.  Director George Miller returned to his post-apocalyptic film series with this new entry that shot for seven months in Nambia following a number of delays due to weather issues (it was originally supposed to start production in November 2011).  After the film finally got in the can, a far-off release date of May 15, 2015 was set.  While that’s still quite a ways away, our first official look at the film has finally arrived by way of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover.  The Mad Max: Fury Road image features stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron as Max Rockantasky and Imperator Furiosa, respectively; our protagonist and antagonist of the film.

In the context of the magazine issue, Miller also spoke a bit about the nature of the film, teasing it as one long chase sequence.  Hit the jump for more, and click here to check out the first collection of newly released images.

New THE DROP Trailer, Posters, and Images Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, and James Gandolfini

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Fox Searchlight has released a new The Drop trailer along with a new poster and images.  Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.  Unlike the U.S. trailer, this international trailer features the excellent Matthias Schoenaerts, who is reteaming with his Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam for the film.  It looks like a solid crime drama, and if anything, it will be worth watching for Gandolfini’s final big screen performance.

Hit the jump to check out The Drop trailer, poster, and images.  The film opens September 12th, and also stars Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville.

First Image of Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy as Twin Gangsters in Brian Helgeland’s LEGEND

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Budgets are tight these days, so when a movie calls for twins and you’ve already landed yourself a high-profile actor, sometimes you just have to Winklevoss it. Such is the case with writer-director Brian Helgeland’s new thriller, Legend, which stars Tom Hardy as identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray.  As you can tell from the above image, Hardy is taking on both roles, which is hardly surprising considering his chameleon-like abilities he’s showcased throughout his career.  If nothing else, this is an opportunity to stretch his acting chops as he’ll have to develop distinctive looks, mannerisms, and personalities to distinguish the Krays.  A worthy challenge.

Hit the jump to view the full image from Legend, and for more on the picture.

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