Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic breaks records following digital release

Tom Hardy’s new gangster film Capone has broken records after skipping the big screen and heading straight to digital services.The Al Capone biopic, directed by Josh Trank, was due to have a theatrical release but bosses at Vertical Entertainment were …

Tom Hardy’s new gangster film Capone has broken records after skipping the big screen and heading straight to digital services.

The Al Capone biopic, directed by Josh Trank, was due to have a theatrical release but bosses at Vertical Entertainment were forced to make the drama available on video-on-demand (VOD) outlets when the coronavirus pandemic prompted the closures of cinemas chains across the world.

Released on 12 May, Capone has since grossed more than $2.5 million (£2 million) and has shot to the top of the charts on streaming platforms including iTunes.

“We are incredibly impressed with the attention and interest surrounding Capone,” executives at Vertical said in a statement. “Although we wish the film could have been premiered in theatres as originally intended, we could not be more thrilled with the success of the VOD home premiere release.

“Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, including the incredible support from our cable partners, this opening has surpassed all of our expectations and we look forward to seeing Capone continue to find its audience during these uncertain times.”

The film focuses on the end of Capone’s life, after he’s released from prison following an 11-year stint for tax evasion. It shows the gangster as he retires to Palm Island, Florida while battling a debilitating health condition and continuing to fight the demons of his past.

Capone, also starring Linda Cardellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Matt Dillon, is available to buy from on-demand services now.

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Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic heading to video-on-demand

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May. The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but tha…

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May.

The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but that date came and went without any updates.

However, on Wednesday, after around a year of silence about the project, director Josh Trank shared the trailer on Twitter and revealed its new title – Capone – and that it would be released on video-on-demand on 12 May.

“TRAILER. Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12. (Different title. My cut.),” he tweeted, referencing the drama with his ill-fated reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. He had creative differences with Fox executives during post-production and declared the finished film was not his version.

In separate tweets, Trank, making his first directorial outing since the debacle, explained that Capone was supposed to have a theatrical release but he turned to digital following the closure of cinemas due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Will be on streaming! Planned as theatrical, but hopefully will be on the big screen later this year!” the director wrote, before adding, “It was supposed to be in theatres next month, but there’s no theatres. I’m very grateful we can do it this way for everyone at home right now.”

Knives Out director Rian Johnson vouched for the movie on Twitter by writing, “This movie is bats**t bonkers (in the best possible way) and believe me you’re going to want to see it.”

Capone depicts the criminal’s life after his stint in prison, when he begins to suffer from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. The screenplay was written by Trank and it also stars Kyle MacLachlan, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, and Matt Dillon.

It will be available for a 48-hour rental from 12 May.

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Lily Aldridge tired of critics urging her to ‘fix’ her smile

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.But …

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

But in spite of her success, Lily has now opened up about the “dark” side of the industry and shared how she is often targeted by critics over the tiny gap between her front teeth.

“(It’s) something people like to comment on a lot. A lot of people in the business and before used to pressure me a lot to change things. My teeth are not perfect and that’s my choice because I really love my teeth,” she insisted in a video for her YouTube channel. “I just thought I’d say it publicly – I chose to keep these gorgeous teeth, and I love them, and it’s O.K. that they’re not perfect to me. But so many people have a problem with it! They’re like, ‘Why don’t you fix your teeth?’ in comments. And I’m like, ‘I’m 34 years old. If I wanted to fix my teeth, I would fix my teeth.’ I really think the quirks of people are what make you unique and beautiful.”

Lily went on to insist that she doesn’t want “perfect” teeth as she feels a full set of Hollywood-style veneers would make her resemble Matt Dillon’s character in 1998 comedy film There’s Something About Mary.

Elsewhere in the clip, the brunette beauty shared that she has experienced all sorts of negativity on jobs over the course of her career, but tries her best not to dwell on the past.

“There’s hundreds of stories. Times when I’ve been told I’m too skinny. Time when I’ve been told I’m too fat. Times when I’ve been told I’m too pretty. Times when I’ve been told I’m not pretty enough,” the mother-of-two sighed. “I think if you love what you do, no matter what, you can get through all those hurdles. Don’t let anybody narrate your story.”

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Matt Dillon tapped to star in Brioni campaign

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris. Titled Tailoring Legends, one …

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris.

Titled Tailoring Legends, one of the black-and-white campaign images depicts Dillon looking directly at the camera while standing in a suit and tie, while another shows him glancing sideways while sitting in a chair and sporting a suit and sneakers.

“(The) images highlight the strong personality of the actor who brings his individual sense of style to a selection of the brand’s finest tailoring, ready-to-wear and eveningwear,” a brand representative said in a statement. “Considered one of the most respected actors of his generation, Dillon reinforces the brand’s bond with Hollywood.”

In the photos, Dillon is also seen wearing a trench coat, a smart jacket, as well as a black shirt and blazer combination.

In landing the prestigious gig, the 55-year-old follows in the footsteps of previous campaign stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Hopkins, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The casting of Dillon continues Brioni’s return to its classic tailoring roots after former creative director, Justin O’Shea, launched a number of edgy ads with heavy rockers Metallica during his six-month stint at the helm in mid-2016.

Known for his versatility and roles in films like My Bodyguard, Crash, and There’s Something About Mary, Dillon most recently appeared onscreen in movies Head Full of Honey, Running for Grace, and The House That Jack Built. He is now working on action-drama Proxima and biographical crime-drama, Fonzo.

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Matt Dillon fine with negative reactions to ‘disturbing’ new movie

Matt Dillon is fine with people being upset by his new film The House That Jack Built.When the horror film, shock director Lars von Trier’s latest effort, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18), there were reports of mass walkouts, with cri…

Matt Dillon is fine with people being upset by his new film The House That Jack Built.

When the horror film, shock director Lars von Trier’s latest effort, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18), there were reports of mass walkouts, with critics calling the depiction of women and children being murdered at the hands of Jack (Dillon) disgusting. However, von Trier, who was showing at Cannes for the first time after a seven-year ban, also received a 10-minute standing ovation.

The House That Jack Built opens on British and American cinemas in December, with Dillon defending the controversial feature in a chat with Mr Porter.

“I’m OK that people are upset,” he said. “It’s meant to be upsetting to you, and you should know, if you’re going to see this that it is going to some very dark, disturbing places. But I think it’s a good film. Really good. And I’m glad that I did it.”

The film also stars Uma Thurman and Riley Keough and features lots of gruesome scenes during the 155-minute runtime.

The 54-year-old also has drama Head Full of Honey coming out before the end of the year, as well as upcoming projects; action movie Proxima and crime drama Fonzo.

And after working in Hollywood for close to 40 years, the 54-year-old says he finally feels secure in his chosen profession.

“I feel much more comfortable with the job than I did when I was younger, with what I’m doing, creating. Absolutely,” he smiled. “I think it’s because I’ve accepted it’s OK to get lost. Getting lost is part of what makes the medium work, right? Failing is important. The potential for failure is really important. You have to have the freedom to potentially not do it right, ’cause you can do it again, and you’re gonna learn from that. And that’s just part of the process. When you’re younger, you just go, ‘Oh, I’ve failed.’”

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Lars von Trier’s Cannes comeback prompts mass audience walkout

Lars von Trier’s Cannes Film Festival comeback was marred by controversy after a screening of his new movie reportedly prompted a mass exit of 100 audience members. The Danish director debuted his latest project The House That Jack Built debuted at th…

Lars von Trier’s Cannes Film Festival comeback was marred by controversy after a screening of his new movie reportedly prompted a mass exit of 100 audience members.

The Danish director debuted his latest project The House That Jack Built debuted at the event on Monday (14May18) but the bleak comic thriller starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough, prompted audience members to leave en masse.

According to Variety, more than 100 people exited the screening after taking exception to the film’s graphic depiction of a serial killer’s murders and mutilation of women and children. The film marked Lars’ return to the French movie event, seven years after he was banned for comments he made about Nazism.

Ramin Setoodeh, a journalist at Variety magazine wrote on Twitter that the anger he witnessed from the audience was unprecedented.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a film festival,” the film scribe revealed. “More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ which depicts the mutilation of women and children. ‘It’s disgusting,’ one woman said on her way out.”

The walkout came despite audience members being forewarned that the movie featured “sadistic violence and brutality” and Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux saying that it was so controversial it would only screen outside competition.

However, Setoodeh reported that those remaining in the cinema did give its director an ovation after its finale.

One of those who walked out was entertainment reporter Roger Friedman who described it in a tweet as a “vile movie” that “should not have been made”.

In 2011, the 62-year-old director was declared “persona non grata” by festival bosses after saying that he sympathised with the Nazis at a press conference promoting his film Melancholia – a reference to the fact that his Jewish mother revealed on her deathbed that his real father was, in fact, a German engineer. He swiftly apologised, but was told by organisers he was no longer welcome.

Although Matt turned up in Cannes to promote the film, its other stars Riley and Uma skipped the world premiere.

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