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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George Miller abandons plans to de-age Charlize Theron for Mad Max spin-off

George Miller has abandoned plans to use digital de-ageing technology on Charlize Theron in a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. The Oscar-winning actress played action heroine Imperator Furiosa alongside Tom Hardy in the 2015 post-apocalyptic road movie, an…

George Miller has abandoned plans to use digital de-ageing technology on Charlize Theron in a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel.

The Oscar-winning actress played action heroine Imperator Furiosa alongside Tom Hardy in the 2015 post-apocalyptic road movie, and Miller had hoped to work with her again on his prequel, which will focus on a young Furiosa.

Miller was initially planning to pull it off by using digital de-ageing technology on Theron, but he realised after watching the technique being used in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman that the effects aren’t quite good enough yet.

“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-ageing on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet,” he told The New York Times. “Despite the valiant attempts on The Irishman, I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”

Miller is now looking for an actress in her twenties for the lead role and he has started the audition process. It was reported in March that he has been meeting with actresses such as Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy via Skype.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Australian filmmaker explained that the script for the Furiosa prequel was written before filming on Fury Road began because he and his co-writer Nick Lathouris were so inspired by the extensive backstory that they had created for the character.

“It was purely a way of helping Charlize and explaining it to ourselves,” Miller explained.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appeared in Fury Road, added, “I got to read it when I was cast. It’s genius. I’ve always wondered if that movie’s going to get made.”

Miller hopes to make the Furiosa film once he completes the drama, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. The production was supposed to begin this spring but has been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy regret Mad Max: Fury Road feud

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy have finally opened up about their feud on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.It was reported that the co-stars were at loggerheads during the making of the 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie, which also starred Nicholas Hoult,…

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy have finally opened up about their feud on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.

It was reported that the co-stars were at loggerheads during the making of the 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie, which also starred Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Zoe Kravitz.

Now, five years after its release, Theron and Hardy have discussed the challenges of making director George Miller’s critically-acclaimed film in The New York Times.

And the 44-year-old Oscar winner blamed production delays and confusion over the ambitious project for butting heads with her co-star and confessed she was also fearful of Miller’s unusual script and style of filmmaking.

“The biggest thing that was driving that entire production was fear. I was incredibly scared because I’d never done anything like it. I think the hardest thing between me and George is that he had the movie in his head and I was so desperate to understand it,” Theron explained, noting that it subsequently impacted her relationship with Hardy.

“I think because of my own fear, we were putting up walls to protect ourselves instead of saying to each other, ‘This is scary for you and it’s scary for me, too. Let’s be nice to each other,'” she added.

In the movie, the British actor portrayed Max Rockatansky, a role previously made famous by Mel Gibson, and Theron admitted it was a huge character to take on.

“In retrospect, I didn’t have enough empathy to really, truly understand what he must have felt like to step into Mel Gibson’s shoes,” she shared.

Hardy agreed with his co-star’s description of the high stakes atmosphere on set, and said in retrospect, he was “in over my head”.

“The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times,” he stated. “What (Theron) needed was a better, perhaps more experienced, partner in me. That’s something that can’t be faked. I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.”

Hardy also revealed there are plans for him to star in another two Mad Max films.

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Venom 2 given official title and new release date

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously…

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously slated to hit cinemas on 2 October 2020, but production, which was believed to have still been underway in San Francisco, California, was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Variety, the sequel has now been postponed to 25 June 2021, a date recently vacated by Warner Bros.’ The Batman, and will be officially titled Venom: Let There By Carnage. Director Andy Serkis and Hardy both shared a video teaser which confirmed the new title and release date on Instagram on Tuesday.

Fans will appreciate the humour in the title, with Carnage, also known as Cletus Kasady, being the antihero character that was played Woody Harrelson in a teaser at the end of Venom, which received a lukewarm response from critics upon its release. However, fans embraced the film’s unique take on the Marvel Universe and it became an unexpected success, taking $855 million (£696 million) at the global box office.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which also stars Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris, is the latest movie to be reshuffled by Sony executives, who recently pushed back many of the studio’s major films, including Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Uncharted.

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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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George Miller eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for Mad Max spin-off

George Miller is reportedly eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for the lead role in his Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off. The Australian filmmaker released the fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise in 2015 and it went on to become a critical and commercial succes…

George Miller is reportedly eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for the lead role in his Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off.

The Australian filmmaker released the fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise in 2015 and it went on to become a critical and commercial success, with it topping many end of year lists, winning six Oscars, and landing a nod for Best Picture.

The post-apocalyptic action film starred Tom Hardy in the title role, alongside Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron, who played the breakout action heroine, Imperator Furiosa.

Miller has long expressed interest in making Mad Max sequels and a Furiosa spin-off, and according to Variety, he is now actively in development on the Furiosa movie, which he reportedly hopes to start shooting in 2021.

The report also reveals that the Happy Feet helmer has been meeting with actresses such as Taylor-Joy, best known for Split and The Witch, via Skype to help him cast the movie while in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Director George Miller has been meeting with names including Anya Taylor-Joy for his Furiosa spin-off, which he hopes to start shooting in 2021. Of course, Miller is making concessions – those auditions have taken place via Skype,” the report reads.

Given Taylor-Joy is only 23, it can be assumed that the Furiosa spin-off will serve as a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.

Work on further films was delayed by a lawsuit between Miller’s production company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and Warner Bros. representatives. The company claimed it was eligible for $9 million (£3.7 million) for delivering the movie under the agreed budget, while lawyers for Warner Bros. claimed the company broke their contract regarding the film’s intended runtime and rating.

Taylor-Joy was recently seen in period drama Emma, which has been released on video-on-demand early due to the Covid-19 crisis, while her superhero movie, The New Mutants, has been indefinitely delayed.

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Kate Upton earns first Jiu-Jitsu white belt

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA. Jiu-Jitsu is a Ja…

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA.

Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art which involves manipulating your opponent’s force against themselves in close combat.

“I get a lot of belts for free but this one I earned!” she captioned the post.

According to a post on the academy’s Instagram page, the accolade came after “months” of training.

Kate’s instructor, “Coach J,” also shared the photo and took the opportunity to praise the 27-year-old’s commitment to the martial art.

“I am very proud and honoured to have @kateupton as a student. She is one of the hardest workers in the room, expects nothing but gives everything in every training session. From rolling 10 hard rds to sparring Muay Thai for an hour she is the definition of a fighter. Congratulations on your first stripe,” he commented.

Kate, who shares a 12-month-old daughter named Genevieve with her sportsman husband Justin Verlander, joins a growing list of celebrities who have hit the Jiu-Jitsu mat, including Tom Hardy, Ed O’Neill, Ashton Kutcher, and Keanu Reeves.

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Stephen Graham in talks to join Venom 2 – report

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to e…

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.

The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to editors at Deadline. It is unclear what part he will play.

Hardy is reprising his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who transforms into the titular alien symbiote, while Harrelson is expanding his role as villain Carnage after a post-credits scene at the end of Venom teased his character.

Harris is set to play villain Shriek, who originally served as one of Spider-Man’s adversaries in the Marvel comics.

Should the deal go ahead, it will mark the second time Graham has worked with Hardy, as the pair also starred in the FX series Taboo.

The British actor shot to fame in Guy Ritchie’s comedy-drama Snatch back in 2000, and since then, he has landed roles in movies such as Gangs of New York, Public Enemies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.

He also played Al Capone on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire, and is currently earning critical acclaim as labour organiser Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The first Venom movie, released in 2018, underwhelmed critics but grossed a massive $855 million (£649 million) worldwide, prompting Sony bosses to order a sequel.

Kelly Marcel is penning the script, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal returning to produce the movie, along with Hutch Parker.

Venom 2 is slated for release in October 2020.

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Director Ruben Fleischer devastated after Venom was mauled by critics

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transf…

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.

Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transforms into the terrifying alien symbiote.

Despite taking more than $856 million (£665 million) worldwide, and boasting a stellar cast including Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, critics panned the movie, and Venom currently stands at only 29 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

During a recent interview with Fandom, Fleischer confessed the harsh reviews of his comic book adaptation really affected him, and if he could change one thing about the 2018 blockbuster, it would be to have a more positive reaction from film critics.

“I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel,” he explained. “But I was really surprised that the critics (were gunning for it) because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who’ve seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie.

“So, I was a little surprised. I don’t know what they were expecting.”

Fleischer later passed on directing the sequel, with directing duties being handed to Andy Serkis instead. However, the Zombieland filmmaker couldn’t be happier with his replacement.

“I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it,” the 44-year-old added.

And Fleischer also seemingly confirmed a possible Spider-Man/Venom crossover film will happen, now that Sony and Marvel have hammered out a new deal.

“That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he revealed. “And so, the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”

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Tom Hardy ‘very involved’ in writing Venom sequel

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster. According …

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.

The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster.

According to Serkis, who was recently announced as the director of the sequel, not only is Hardy reprising his role but is part of the story development process.

“Tom was very involved with the writing, with (screenwriter) Kelly Marcel, of the new story. So it’s very much centred around their take,” Serkis shared during the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation for his new show A Christmas Carol, according to CinemaBlend.

Marcel helped write the first Venom instalment, while her other credits include Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks.

Sony’s take on Marvel’s anti-hero was panned by critics, but raked in more than $856 million (£750 million) at the worldwide box office.

While director Ruben Fleischer is not returning to helm the sequel, Michelle Williams will reportedly reprise her role as Brock’s love interest, attorney Anne Weying, according to the publication.

And after a post-credits teaser, it looks like Woody Harrelson will play villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, in the sequel.

The scene features Hardy’s journalist Brock visiting a prison to interview the incarcerated criminal, only to find that Kasady has written “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood on the wall. He goes on to proclaim that when he escapes “there’s gonna be carnage”, leading fans to speculate that Harrelson will play the Marvel villain in the upcoming Venom 2.

In the comics, Carnage is an alien symbiote that is the offspring of Venom and it bonds to Kasady while he’s in prison.

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