It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of Ryan Reynolds with Samuel L. Jackson is so entertaining that we never want it to end. Director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) keeps the action so insanely energetic that we're not quite sure where to look. But at the centre of the mayhem Reynolds and Jackson are having so much fun that we can't wipe the smiles off our faces.
Reynolds plays London-based security expert Michael, whose high-flying career was derailed two years ago and stubbornly refuses to get back on track. Then his Interpol agent ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) offers him a job escorting the ruthless assassin Darius (Jackson) from his British prison cell to The Hague, where he's needed to testify against murderous Belarusian warlord Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in a war crimes trial. So far, Dukhovich's militia has made sure no witnesses have made it to the courtroom, so Michael has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, Darius is trying to get in touch with his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is in prison in Amsterdam and lovingly calls him an unkillable cockroach.
All of this unfolds at a breakneck pace, with a flurry of hyper-violent shootouts, chases and fistfights. Cars fly in every direction as passers-by run for cover, bullets fly in every direction, and pretty much everything on-screen explodes into a huge ball of flames. It's so cartoonish that it's impossible to take even remotely seriously. So we just laugh along with Ryan and Jackson, as they bicker and fight, then bond over flashbacks into their amusingly messy love lives. Both are swaggering alpha-males who don't take instructions from anyone, so their interaction is feisty and funny. The supporting cast of glowering villains and secretive agents barely gets a chance to register, although Hayek nearly walks off with the movie in a riotously scene-stealing turn that leaves us wanting her to get a film of her own.
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Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches our attention with its vivid characters and original setting. Based on real people and situations, it also rings unusually truthful in its combination of comedy and drama. It's another remarkably observant movie from Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education).
The setting is 1940s London, where the Ministry of Information has assembled a team to make movies to help with the war effort. Catrin (Gemma Arterton) is a secretary who finds herself assigned as a screenwriter, working alongside Buckley and Parfitt (Sam Claflin and Paul Ritter) to write movies for veteran actor Ambrose (Bill Nighy). When Catrin discovers a story about twin sisters who participated in the Dunkirk boatlift, she proposes it as a film idea, and soon the entire crew goes into production, adding an American soldier (Jake Lacy) to the cast to accommodate the wishes of US military allies. This annoys Ambrose, who had been hoping to play the hero himself.
Scherfig directs the film with a light touch that brings the period to vivid life and never bogs down in the intensity of wartorn Britain, recognising the reality while undermining it with brittle humour and messy romance. Catrin has an artist husband (Jack Huston) who isn't happy about her new job, and there are hints of a romantic-comedy subplot between Catrin and Buckley.
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An AAA-rated executive protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is charged with protecting the most wanted hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) in the world. That might seem like a crazy concept - I mean, why would an assassin need a bodyguard? - but as it turns out, he's quite the liability. He's impulsive, volatile and damn rude, and very likely to get them both killed. Unfortunately, there's nothing this protection agent can do about his new client; he has to work with him and they must put aside their differences if they want to defeat a ruthless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) and testify at the International Court of Justice. It's a 24 hour rollercoaster ride for these completely contrasting personalities, complete with death defying car chases and reckless escape stunts.
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The fantasy drama premiered on Sunday in the pre-watershed time slot of 6:30pm.
ITV’s new fantasy drama, 'Jekyll and Hyde’, which debuted on Sunday evening, has already run into controversy after amassing over 500 complaints. The complaints were due to the programme’s level of violence and gore which shocked many viewers watching in the 6.30pm time slot.
Richard E. Grant stars 'Jekyll and Hyde' on ITV.
According to The Guardian, ITV said it received 280 complaints, while 263 people contacted broadcasting regulator Ofcom to voice their concerns. An ITV spokesperson commented that a warning was shown before the beginning of show “advising the parents of younger children they may find some scenes scary”.
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‘The Matrix’ actress is the latest addition to the HBO series’ season six cast.
Matrix actress Essie Davis has reportedly become the latest addition to ‘Game of Thrones’ season six cast. The Australian star has already been pictured on the set of the HBO drama which is currently filming its new season, set to air next year.
Essie Davis will play play a member of a travelling theatre troupe in ‘Game of Thrones’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Davis will play a member of a traveling theatre troupe in Braavos who stages a play titled 'The Bloody Hand'. In the play-within-a-show, Davis will portray Cersei Lannister, a character which mocks debauchery of Lena Headey’s Queen Cersei and the world of Westeros, so we can all imagine how that will go down with the Queen.
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The massively popular HBO series appeared on the 'Withnail + I' star's agency CV briefly.
The potential news was spotted as an unspecified role on Grant’s agency CV on Tuesday (September 8th) by entertainment website Watchers On The Wall, though the entry in question has since been deleted. However, no official announcement has yet been made, and the actor himself hasn’t made any mention of it on his Twitter feed.
Richard E. Grant could be heading for 'Game of Thrones'
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Basic training for the Korean War is tough on a group of young British cadets. It's specifically tough on Bill Rohan (Callum Turner), as their sergeant hates him. The only consoling factor is the trainee nurses school just outside of his basecamp. When he's not trying to woo the nurses in the town, he's sneaking over to their school to see the woman he has fallen in love with. But when the sergeant's prize clock is stolen, Rohan must do everything to save his best friend from court marshalling, catch the girl of his dreams, and prepare for war.
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Richard E Grant - Pre-BAFTA dinner at Annabelle's hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015
When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun. But it also tries to force everything into a trite Hollywood formula, unnecessarily adding clunky songs, goofy comedy sidekicks and big action set-pieces. Still, there's enough fresh storytelling and lively humour to keep us engaged, and some spectacular animation too.
It's set in the Great Karoo desert, where a herd of zebras has fenced off its own watering hole. But as a drought sets in, bullied half-striped zebra Khumba (voiced by Jake T. Austin) becomes worried about the animals outside. When he hears about a mythical pond that can restore his stripes and supply water to everyone, he leaves his best pal Tombi (AnnaSophia Robb) to take an epic trek across the desert. Along the way he picks up a variety of goofy travelling companions, including a hyena (Steve Buscemi), buffalo (Loretta Devine) and ostrich (Richard E. Grant). But he's also hunted by the vicious half-blind leopard Phango (Liam Neeson), who blames Khumba for his own hot-tempered misfortunes.
The animators far surpass the simplistic script with imagery that takes the breath away, from expansive landscapes to cleverly designed characters. And as the wacky sidekicks continually try to push the film over into slapstick silliness, the startlingly violent Phango reminds us of the darker side of nature as well as some deeper African cultural issues. This mix sometimes feels jarring, but that works in the film's favour. As do some inspired comical gags involving, for instance, a nutty sheep (Catherine Tate), a gang of hilariously agreeable meerkats and a herd of dumb-jock springboks.
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The explosive crime drama hits US theatres this Friday - are you okay with that?
In American memories of Jude Law are mainly fond. His inconsistent and often wooden performances just come across as English charm, while his good looks formed the base for a staggering career. But you can forget all that for Dom Hemingway, with the British actor piling on over 30 pounds to play the coked-up, larger than life safecracker.
That's Jude Law's fanny
Question is: is America ready for a fat, ugly and naked Jude Law? The story sees Hemingway imprisoned for 12 years. Upon release, and feeling a sense of debt, the ex-con (less of the ex) decides to reclaim what is his for spending over a decade behind bars and keeping silent, so goes the code.
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Jude Law excels in his latest role as the hot-headed, hedonistic safecracker, Dom Hemingway.
US audiences will finally be able to clap eyes on the gritty British flick, Dom Hemingway, which stars Jude Law. The Richard Shepard-directed film sees the Alfie actor out of his comfort zone in this darkly funny crime drama, which hit cinemas in the UK last year. The usually smartly groomed and well-spoken English actor adopts an aggressive Cockney accent and a threatening swagger to play the titular hedonist and safe-cracker.
Jude Law & Richard E. Grant Embrace Their Inner Tough Guys In 'Dom Hemingway.'
The film begins with Hemingway released after serving 12 years in prison and looking to get what is owed to him for over a decade of silence. He reteams with his former partner Dickie, played by Richard E. Grant, who has agreed to assist him in tracking down the money owed to him by his former boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bicher). Fontaine offers Dom a paltry sum in return for his silence, which is quickly drained after just one booze-fuelled bender.
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