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Zoe Kravitz stepping out of Father’s shadow

Written by Cheryl Rock
04.08.15

 

 

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Zoe Isabella Kravitz, is beginning to carve a name for herself, of course who she is related to might help somewhat and may also hinder her. For her parents are Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. Born 1st December 1998, she has had fitted in quite a lot in her 26 years so far, not only starring in blockbuster movies, modelling and fashion, In 2013, Kravitz released a jewellery line in collaboration with the Swarovski crystal company. And making music too. She formed a band called Lolawolf, named after her younger siblings which she formed with two others. They toured with headline artistes Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus in 2014. Their music is a mix of synth-and-drum-driven R&B dance tracks, which critics have been praising.

Her desire to remain grounded and “normal” is admirable. In an interview for Complex she explained all she wanted to do was to fit in when she was younger, and wanted to prove to people she was normal. Some wanted to be her friend because of famous parents, others shunned her for it.

In high school she suffered from anorexia and bulimia, which she attributes partly to it being zoe-kravitz-healthyinvolved in the fame world and felt the pressure, she admits to having difficulty in loving herself. In the last couple of years she has been able to manage it.

Zoe stars in a movie called The Road Within (2014) in which she plays a girl with the anorexia, and she wasn’t sure if she was strong enough or disciplined to not let it affect her in real life. It caused her parents to be concerned. After the film wrapped in 2014, she did become sick and malnourished. Recording with her bandmates, Lolawolf, she said helped her take her mind off it while she began to gain weight.

Having got a part in X Men First Class in 2011 and After Earth in 2013, she is now part of the Divergent series which have proven to be successful, also starred in the new Mad Max:Fury Road reboot and the soon to be released hip-hop action comedy ‘Dope’, in which Pharrell Williams and Puff Daddy are Executive Producers.

Zoe plays Nakia, possible love interest to young Malcolm, who is a geek. His dream is to attend Harvard while carefully surviving his environment which is a bad neighbourhood in Inglewood surrounded by gangsters and drug dealers. He gets invited to a party by chance, which ultimately changes his life, if he gets through his adventures, he will go from being geek to being dope. Or just being himself.Zoe_Kravitz_Dope

Kravitz has a busy couple of years ahead promoting and filming. Having recently filmed Good Kills, with Ethan Hawke and January Jones, romantic comedy Pretend We Are Kissing; and there is also two more films in the Divergent series, Allegiant part 1 & 2 in the pipeline.

Could Zoe actually leave behind her acting/singing career—and the fame? She tells Complex: “Totally,” she says. “I’m so into what I’m doing right now, but I’m not going to do this forever.” Her interests are to do photography and set design or farming.—things she’s passionate about.

But in the meantime, we are only going to be seeing more of Zoe Kravitz as she rocks the big screen.

Film Review: Mad Max Fury Road

Written by: Graeme Wood
19.05.15

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You might think that you know all there is to know about cars and trucks but wait till you experience this film! The real stars of “Mad Max-Fury Road” are the array of soup’d up, pimped up metal monstrosities that tear across the desert landscape and engage in robust carnage. They are equally strangely beautiful and awkwardly ugly, there’s nothing elegant about them at all. They’re made of joined up bits of different weather beaten road hardy vehicles and soldered together to create angular modes of transport. They’re weaponised too with all manner of hidden defence and assault capabilities, the best of which are long poles rising into the air from which their assailants dangle performing an acrobatic ballet then lean across the vehicles they are pursuing dispatching death and grenades in equal measure!
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Our two stars in the battered and supercharged War-Rig may be Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron but they struggle to get a look in amidst the clanging metal, fire laden racing and dusty road battles of these vehicles. Bizarrely the pursuing bad guys even bring along their own soundtrack, with guitars, speakers and drums melded into their vehicles cleverly providing the movie’s soundtrack and their own battle anthem! This is a very loud film with incidentals and effects turned up to the max.

Thematically it is a women in prison escape movie but its also one long ‘Wacky Races’ type chase against a post-apocalyptic background!

Furiosa (a shaven headed and nearly unrecognizable Charlize Theron) is engaged on a regular trip from The Citadel, a mountain encampment where the populace is kept under the mighty thumb of Immortan Joe; by his control over their water supply. The citizens of The Citadel are a nightmarish bunch with freakish half men, albino bald-headed warriors and obese women used to farm breast milk! Furiosa leads her convoy off-road and when it turns outmad_max_charlize_theron she’s helped several of Joe’s imprisoned slave wives to escape his breeding vault the chase is on! Amongst her pursuers is Max himself – introducing the films narrative with a Bane-like (Batman) voice over Max is strapped to the front of a jeep as a living ‘blood bank’ for a young warrior – or ‘war boy’ – called Nux (an equally unrecognisable Nicholas Hoult). You have to give some credit to Hardy, taking over the iconic role of Max from Mel Gibson and who spends the first third of the film tied up with his face obscured by a metal grid while valiantly attempting to convey Max’s fury, insanity and fear on this unplanned road trip.

The action is shot with momentum and jerky reality by George Miller capturing the dusty bleakness of the landscape and providing a number of tense sequences especially during chases in the bold first half of the movie. One advantage the film has over some of this year’s other big screen offerings is that much of the action consists of real-world rather than computer generated effects. You feel the scrapping of metal and the thunder of wheels because it really happens. An army of stunt people provide some impressive work conveying a sense of real danger and excitement to the audience. In this respect it is far more captivating than the now standard superheroes demolishing public buildings and landmarks in some of those other blockbuster spectacles.

At just the moment when Miller realizes we may be tiring of tyres not to mention engines, dust and people under wheels, the film opens up with (a little) more shade. Its revealed that Furiosa is taking the escaped concubines (all beauty and white drapes) to her mystical ‘green place’ and circumstances cause Max and Nux to join them, initially under duress, but eventually as willing allies. There’s a neat twist that you may see coming which turns the film around literally for a final half hour and because the first third has been so intense it doesn’t have quite the same impact. Even so this still provides a final chase that leaves you grimacing with disbelief as one near death jeopardy after another is overcome.
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Inevitably the humans struggle as much with character as they do to stay alive; though there is a message of hope running through the film. The protagonists are all searching for some form of escape, Tom Hardy’s Max, struggling with bouts of delusion and stark images of a dead daughter is hard to relate too and could have done with a little more dialogue, meaning that Charlize Theron steals the film as the determined but practical Furiosa, channelling empowerment and looking like ‘Alien’s’ lead character Ripley. Nicholas Hoult has the only real character development, his early nihilistic Nux slowly losing faith with the god like Immortan Joe through an early attraction and the kindness of fellow escapee Capable. Hugh Keays-Byrne’s Immortan Joe looks like something H R Giger may have dreamt up and provides the necessary menace (all snarls and raging eyes) and danger as the film’s main villain. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays an escaped and heavily pregnant bride (the bizarrely named The Splendid Angharad) with an air of fierce determination that adds some emotion to her sacrifice and Riley Keough as Capable gives enough to make her character stand out from the other brides who provide little more than background.

This is not a subtle movie, drawing from Western and comic book iconography as well as having more than a hint of humour lifted from those old Road Runner and Wacky Races cartoons, albeit in a slightly demented form. Some may weary of its near constant motion and frenzied action but with comparatively little CGI, a terrific sound mix, thrilling stunts, breathtaking cinematography and strong direction this latest entry into the Mad Max franchise is a thoroughly exciting ride that has to be seen on the largest screen you can find to be fully appreciated!

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With its early global box office success and having managed to breathe new life into a series of memorable 80s movies it will be interesting to see where Miller takes our road weary anti-hero Max next on his travels.

 

TOM HARDY – MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS?

Profile by Graeme Wood
24.05.15

 

 

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Those critics and doubters amongst us who had written off a revival of George Millers 1979 cult hit ‘MAD MAX’ have been surprised and taken aback by the movie’s critical and box office success. ‘Mad Max-Fury Road’ opened to rave reviews and has already scored a worldwide $135,185,000 box office gross, there is already talk of sequels rather than a sequel and the film’s lead Tom Hardy has now had his superstar status all but confirmed.

Hardy was initially concerned about taking on the role from the original trilogy’s star Mel Gibson but director Miller felt; “Both those guys have that same animal-like quality. They’re warm and accessible and loveable, but there’s something dangerous about them. No matter how still they are, there’s something powerful going on behind the eyes – like a tiger that can claw you to death”.
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Dangerous is certainly what the film’s co-star Charlize Theron felt about Hardy, reportedly she found him ‘weird’ and ‘scary, feeling so threatened by the actor that she asked to be kept away from him when not shooting scenes together, this fuelled reports of a feud between the two actors. When asked about this Hardy replied; “I think she’s fucking awesome. I think she’s incredible. I think she’s one of the most talented actresses of our generation…. but it’s very interesting, the concept of what danger is, and this has nothing to do with Charlize Theron or Mad Max, actually, but this has to do with life in general. There is a flicker of energy that can come from certain people, whether it’s fear-based or whether it’s contrived, which can unsettle a room. And if somebody mismanages that, or if a trickster is in the driving seat of that particular asset and has no business being in said room, well…but I am no more a threat than a puppy.”

Hardy had become a genuine screen presence in the last decade and had many labels thrown at him – method actor, sex symbol, chameleon, hard man, best actor of his generation and yes dangerous – anything but boring! Born in 1977 and hailing from London’s Hammersmith area Hardy was the only child of the Cambridge educated writer Edward ‘Chips’ Hardy and artist Mother Anne, he grew up in East Sheen and was expelled from Reeds public school (for stealing), he was arrested for joyriding in a stolen Mercedes while in possession of a gun when he was 15, and soon after became an alcoholic and drug addict. At the age of 19 he entered and won C4’s Big Breakfast ‘Fine Me A Supermodel’ competition and briefly had a contract with Models 1. “I grew up around people carriers and cardigans and the deer in Richmond Park, but behind those Laura Ashley curtains there are a lot of demons. East Sheen is a middle-class area, Trumpton or Seasame Street, but there’s trouble if you want it. I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack. I was a shameful suburban statistic”.

Hardy studied at the Drama Centre in central London where he was expelled for being, he’s said “a little shit”, his first on-screen role was in the award-winning HBO/BBC miniseries ‘Band of Brothers’ and he showed promise in his feature film debut in Ridley Scott’s 2001 war thriller ‘Black Hawk Down’ quickly followed by a starring role in ‘Star Trek-Nemesis’. In 2003 he picked up the London Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in “Blood” and “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings”. However, his drug addiction got the better of him and he collapsed in Soho’s Old Compton Street after a crack binge and was admitted into rehab. “I was a very adrenal kid”, he says, “I ran on my feelings, and there was a lot of fear. When I found drinking at 13 – a bit of beer – I felt calm. I thought this must be how everyone else feels, and I wanted more of it”.

He told one interviewer he doesn’t mind taking about his addictions because it’s part of his story and he’s sensible enough to be grateful for how his life has turned out. “People don’t know me yet, so I know they want to hear this stuff. They can hear it once, and then let’s talk about something else. I’ll be done with it. When I’m 40 I’ll be cantankerous and badgery about it. When I’m 50 I’ll slap young interviewers and swear. When I’m 70 I’ll be incorrigible!”

More notable television roles followed with the mini-series Colditz, Sweeney Todd (with Ray Winstone), The Virgin Queen (with Anne-Marie Duff) and Cape Wrath (with DavidMorrisey). In 2007 he starred in the BBC drama, “Stuart, A Life Backwards” and found himself nominated for a BAFTA Best Actor award. Based on the life of Stuart Shorter a homeless man, who suffered from muscular dystrophy and a drug addiction and who had been subjected to years of abuse. The role required something of a physical transformation and it was to become a trademark of Hardy’s “Character transformations started happening to me because I got tired of not being able to get on the floor. There are two types of acting; there’s convincing acting and not convincing. That’s it, right. And so, if you are going to convince people, then put it in the real world”. In 2009 he gained 2½ stone in order to play Britain’s most notorious prisoner, Charles Bronson for the film ‘Bronson’ he had already gained a reputation for being seen as difficult by some but was hailed as a method actor and a chameleon.

On television he went on to star in Martina Cole’s drug and gangsters thriller ‘The Take’ for Sky One and as the doomed romantic hero Heathcliff in ITV’s “Wuthering Heights” it was here he met his wife to be actress Charlotte Riley, who played the role of Cathy in the drama. 2010 saw Hardy being directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Long Red Road” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Hardy was amongst the first to pay homage to Hoffman following his death; “I loved Phil he was my North Star of standards – he was brilliant – funny and full of wisdom and eccentricities and love – he nurtured talent and believed in team. I felt he believed in me in a way that few have ever and took the time and effort to show me the road”.

Director Christopher Nolan then cast Hardy in his thriller ‘Inception’ for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 adaptation of “Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy”, and then learnt to cage fight for his next role in ‘Warrior’ for which he found more critical Bane_TomHardyacclaim. He was then cast by Nolan again as Bane in his final Batman film 2012’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Nolan touched on Hardy’s performance in interviews; “He can inhabit a role. He saw the potential of the character right away and brought a wonderful cheeky quality to his performance”
Earlier this year in Steven Knight’s thriller “Locke” Hardy spent the film’s 90 harrowing minutes on-screen as the film’s only visible character talking on phone via Bluetooth in his car. It’s a mesmerising tour-de-force. Hardy also returned to television in the second series of the BBC’s ‘Peaky Blinders’ playing Camden gangster Alfie Solomons with humour and swaggering menace – an uneasy ally for Cillian Murphy’s Brummie hood Tommy Shelby.

Super-hero movies were bound to come calling and Hardy was cast a Rick Flagg in DC’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie however, soon after Hardy left the project citing ‘scheduling difficulties’ though it’s been reported that having seen the script he was unhappy that his screen time had been shortened following the roles of Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Lento being filled out and given more screen time. He has since said that he’s still in talks with DC about ‘something awesome’.

Following the success of “Mad Max-Fury Road” Hardy says he’s ‘looking forward’ to working on the follow-ups and he can next be seen on the big screen in October in ‘Legends’, starring alongside Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston and Tara Fitzgerald. Hardy plays both of the legendary real-life gangster twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Written and Directed by LA Confidential LEGEND-Tom-Hardyscreenwriter Brian Helgeland, the film tells the story of the brother’s rise and reign over 1960’s gangland London.

Hardy will also be seen in “The Revenant” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, starring alongside Leo DiCaprio. Next year he will back on TV in the Ridley Scott produced period drama ‘Taboo’ written by Steven Knight. Hardy stars as adventurer James Keziah Delaney who sets out to build his own shipping empire in the early 1800s. The idea for the drama came from Hardy and his father who took the story to Knight and Scott.

As Hardy himself told Esquire magazine; “I hope you’ll find I’m a reliable team player. But you have to be as open and honest about it as I am, because you will be fucking judged, as I’ve been. But let’s have some fun! Some people will hate you, some people will like you, but then most people are completely indifferent about the fuck of my ideas and why the fuck he’s even being talked to.”

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Coming Soon: Movie Preview May-June 2015

Written by Graeme Wood
01.05.15

 

As we head towards summer it’s that time of the year when distributors start the build up to what has traditionally become blockbuster season, full of often overblown special effects and family friendly releases. So let’s take a look ahead to some of these and the other notable big screen offerings coming up in the next week few weeks.

First up on the 1st May brings “BAD LAND: ROAD TO FURY”, director Jake Paltrow’s futuristic drama of a time when water is hard to find and a teenage boy sets out on a quest to survive the wastelands and protect his family. Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Elle Fanning.

 

Also opening on 1st May is Thomas Vinterberg’s interesting take of Thomas Hardy’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. For those who enjoy their period drama with an edge this Victorian tale of the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene and her suitors will provide sumptuous enjoyment.

 

The sequel to 2010’s sci-fi thriller “MONSTERS – DARK CONTINENT is also in cinemas from 1st May, set ten years after the original film and this time directed by Tom Green. The film stars Johnny Harris, Sam Keely and Joe Dempsie. It’s all out war this time around as Infected Zones have now spread worldwide and in the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in the region forcing the Army to draft in more troops in order to deal with the onslaught.

 

Celine Sciamma’s “GIRLHOOD finally hits theatres on May 8th, the film saw a lot of interest at last year’s Cannes and BFI Film Festival’s. This dark thriller tells the story of Marieme and her search for identity in the suburbs of Paris Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school and future prospects Marieme joins an all-girl gang, falling under their influence she begins to make brave and foolish choices.

 

TV’s spy thriller Spooks gets this big screen treatment in this follow up to the decade long running series – “SPOOKS-THE GREATER GOOD”, directed by Bharat Nalluri. It stars Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Peter Firth (Spooks), Jennifer Ehle and Elyes Gabel. When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Crombie (Harrington) must team up with disgraced MI5 head Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. On general release from May 8th.

 

As you should know by now if you are a regular user of this site on general release from May 8th is the Chris Rock’s long awaited “TOP FIVE” movie, written and directed by Rock, this thoughtful comedy also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, Tracy Morgan and Kevin Hart. A box office and critical smash in the US this should be worth checking out.


May 15th
sees the arrival of ‘LAMBERT AND STAMP a documentary film of the unlikely partnership of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert. In the early ‘60s the aspiring duo set out to make a documentary about London’s dissatisfied youth, instead they discovered and mentored the volatile young R&B band that would later become The Who. Featuring contributions from the band themselves and historical footage this should prove a fine contribution to The Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and celebration of the duo who helped launch what many feel were the greatest rock’n’roll band who ever toured.

 

The sequel to 2012’s comedy hit ‘PITCH PERFECT 2’, directed by Elizabeth Banks, also arrives in UK Cinemas on May 15th and reunites most of the original cast, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow. The film sees the Barden Bellas enter an international a cappella competition that no American team has ever won before with, no doubt, hilarious consequences!

 

George Miller’s re-imagined “MAD MAX-FURY ROAD” hits IMAX 3D screens the same weekend starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive. With breathtaking New South Wales vistas and some impressive vehicles and hardware there should be thrills and spills aplenty but the film has a lot to live up to for those who enjoyed the original trilogy.

 

Superior 80s horror “POLTERGEIST” gets the reboot/remake treatment on 22nd May this time in 3D for added jump out of your seat frights. Directed by Gil Kenan the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jane Adams.

 

Heralding the start of summer blockbusters season comes Disney’s hotly anticipated “TOMORROWLAND: A WORLD BEYOND” on May 22nd, starring George Clooney, Britt Robinson and Hugh Laurie. This Sci-Fi adventure sees a curious teen and former boy-genius inventor unite to embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. The trailer doesn’t reveal much but is enigmatic enough to make want you to see more!

 

Also on general release May 22nd is director Shion Sono’s cult hit ‘TOKYO TRIBE, set in an alternate Japan where territorial street gangs form opposing factions, known as the Tokyo Tribes. When Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo – all out martial arts war ensues.

 

Rounding off on May 29th is the disaster movie “SAN ANDREAS” directed by Brad Peyton (Mysterious Island/Cats and Dogs) and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino. In the aftermath of a massive Californian earthquake a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.

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June 5th brings the third chapter of the “INSIDIOUS” horror strand, this time around it’s a prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family and following gifted psychic Elise Rainer as she uses her abilities to contact the dead. Directed by Leigh Whannell, the film starts Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Angus Simpson.

 

June 5th also finally brings Writer/Director Debbie Tucker Green’s “SECOND COMING” to general release. Starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall. Tucker’s feature film debut poses a bold question – what if a modern day, middle class British woman found herself miraculously pregnant? The film challenges the audience and boasts riveting performances from the cast particularly Francis Lewis as Marshall’s young son Jerome.

 

June 12th sees the hotly anticipated ‘JURASSIC WORLD opening, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ty Simpkins. This continuation of the Jurassic Park franchise is set 22 years after the original’s events and in a fully functional theme park but when visitor rates fall the corporate mandate to increase profits results in a hybrid attraction being created – naturally this backfires with disastrous results!

 

The ‘ENTOURAGE” movie arrives June 19th, picking up where the TV series left off, written by Doug Ellin and Rob Weiss and directed by Doug Ellin. The film reunites Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly together with an all star guest cast as Vincent Chase is back in business and back with his boys and navigating Hollywood’s cut-throat world.

 

The intriguing horror ‘KNOCK, KNOCK’ arrives on June 26th, from a screenplay by Eli Roth, Nicholas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo and directed Eli Roth. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Colleen Camp, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo. Two nubile women reveal a sinister agenda after they spend the night with a married architect and proceed to turn his life upside down.