#TomHardy “Keeping It Real” For #DennisLehane, #MichaëlRoskam in #TheDrop BTS Featurette

 

The Drop, Tom Hardy, movie, photo, puppy, Dennis Lehane, Michael Roskam

Is there anything cuter than Tom Hardy and a puppy? The answer is no…no, there is not.

Belgian director Michaël Roskam‘s first English-language feature, The Drop, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and featuring the late James Gandolfini‘s final screen performance, “drops” in less than two weeks.

The film, in which a man called Bob Saginowski (Hardy) finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost, and one I’ve been talking about for some time (if you’re not a fan of any of the above, sorry, but there’s more to come) was made from the first ever screenplay by writer Dennis Lehane, who adapted is own short story.  He has subsequently turned the screenplay into a novel, out next Tuesday, September 2.

The screenplay itself was based on an earlier Lehane short story called “Animal Rescue,” (the original title for the film- “what was wrong with that?”, I have to ask), which originally appeared in a short story collection called “Boston Noir”, about a killing that results from a lost pit bull.

The Drop, Tom Hardy, movie, photo, puppy, Dennis Lehane, Michael Roskam

See? Told ya.

As the writer explains in the featurette below, that story was based on a book he started more than a decade ago, but shelved.   After the movie was made, he was asked to do a “novelization” of the script, an idea he hated, but found that there were things from from the original novel that didn’t make it to the story or the script plus things original to the script that were cut either from that screenplay or from the finished film, that he still wanted to explore. Add all of that together and the result was a new book, now also called, “The Drop”.

In the interest of full disclosure, I an ardent Lehane fan. He’s one of the few contemporary writers that I feel will always merit the purchase of an actual book, as opposed to the digital version.

Lehane’s work, whatever form it takes, seems to lend itself particularly well to the screen. There have already been memorable adaptations of the novels Mystic River (dir. by Clint Eastwood), Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese) and Gone Baby Gone (which put Ben Affleck on the directorial map). Once Batfleck finally finishes work for Zack Snyder‘s Superman sequel, he’ll be back behind the camera for Live By Night, another Lehane adaptation.

For his part, Lehane is also writing episodes of the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (JMHO, but that’s reason enough to keep watching)  as well as developing “Ness”, a prospective television project about famed bootleg-buster Eliot Ness.

(Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts, here in his third film for Roskam   is apparently a method actor. Did you catch the Brooklyn accent used throughout?)

The Drop, directed by Michaël Roskam, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Matthias Schoenaerts will screen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Septemer 5. It has also just been announced that the film will screen in competition at the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival on September 26. It opens in the US on September 12 and in the UK on 14th November.

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Winter is Coming! So is Season 3 of Game of Thrones!

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

I can’t believe we’re already talking about the third season for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. It seems like just yesterday we were all giddy with anticipation for the start of the series, way back when Bran could walk and Eddard could wear a hat.

As season three approaches, The Seven Kingdoms are still at war, new alliances are being formed and new characters are about to come onto the scene, which of course means new cast members have been added. The talented multinational cast is led by Peter Dinklage and  Lena Headey and includes Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Iain Glen, Richard Madden, Charles Dance, Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harrington, James Cosmo, Rose Leslie, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Stephan Dillane, Carice van Houten, Jerome Flynn, Oona Chaplin and Gwendoline Christie. Phew!

The new arrivals include the great Ciarán Hinds (yay!), Noah Taylor, Kerry Ingram, Tara Fitzgerald, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Iwan Rheon, Charlotte Hope, Clive Russell, Mackenzie Crook, Paul Kaye and Nathalie Emmanuel among others.

This season will be, appropriately enough, based on the third book in George R. R. Martin’s “Fire and Ice” series, “A Storm of Swords”. I think that title gives us a huge clue as to what we can expect for the upcoming ten episodes. I don’t know about you, but I’m nearly doing the poodle dance with the thought of more adventures in the Seven Kingdoms.

The Dothraki are finally crossing the narrow sea to Westeros with Dani and her dragons in tow! Who or what will feel the lick of their flaming tongues first?! What of Robb Stark and his army and his ill-fated love Talisa Maegyr? Will he forgive his mother, Catelyn? Speaking of ill-fated loves, what of Jon Snow and Ygritte? Ooo and I can’t wait to meet the King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder!  Bring on Tyrion! How will he change after he’s nearly had his face cleaved in two? What horrors await little Arya? Will she ever make it back to Winterfell? And what of Sansa? How will she fare now that the despicable Joffrey has tossed her aside for the scheming  Margaery Tyrell. Will Joffrey ever get his comeuppance?? Oh the humanity!
The trailer below is called the “extended” version, but it is such a tease! While it does manage to give us glimpses all of the main players, most of whom get a memorable, if not downright ominous, line in the voice-over, if you’re as anxious as I am, it will leave you willing the quick passage of the next few weeks all the more!

“It’s been a long time my old friend.” – Lord Varys

“Death is coming for everyone and everything…the darkness that swallows the dawn.” – Melisandre

“The Night is dark and full of terror.” –Tyrion Lannister

“You’re not half as clever as you think you are.” –Cersei Lannister

“Still makes me more clever than you.” –Tyrion Lannister

“Show them how it feels to lose what they love” – Catelyn Stark

“I’m going to light the biggest fire the North has ever seen!” – Mance Rayder

“Everyone is mine to torment.” –Joffrey Baratheon

“There’s a beast in every man and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand” – Ser Jorah Mormont

“I want to fight for the side that fights for the living. Did I come to the right place?” –Jon Snow

“The revenge you want will be yours in time.” – Lord Varys

Check out the new character posters (They’re clickable).  The Starks and the Lannisters (and one lone Targaryen) look decidedly more world-weary than they did at the start of season one that’s for sure (especially Tyrion and Arya).  We’ll all be able to see the new season of HBO’s award-winning epic starting Sunday, March 31 in the US and 1st April on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Tyrion - Peter DinklageBran - Isaac Hempstead-Wright Cersei - Lena Headey Daenerys - Emilia Clarke Jaime - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Catelyn -Michelle Fairley Arya - Maisie Williams Joffrey - Jack Gleeson Sandor aka The Hound - Rory McCann Sansa - Sophie Turner Tyrion - Peter Dinklage Robb - Richard Madden Jon Snow - Kit Harington