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Tom Hardy set to play Elton John


The actor will portray the legendary music man in an upcoming biopic.

Elton John's production company Rocket Pictures has confirmed that British actor Tom Hardy will portray the pop rock legend in Rocketman, a musical biography film that has been under discussion for two years now.

Up for the role since last spring, Hardy, who is perhaps best known for playing tough guys in films like Bronson (2009) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), will take on a new challenge as he dons John's signature rose-tinted glasses.

The involvement of John himself ensures that his songs will be present throughout the film. The artiste behind Your Song and Crocodile Rock will re-record a number of his hits for the film's soundtrack.

Rocketman, named of course for one of John's most famous songs, will be helmed by Michael Gracey, who is known particularly for his mastery of special effects. The screenplay will be penned by Lee Hall, who penned the scripts for Billy Elliot (2000) and War Horse (2011).

Principal photography on the film is set to begin in fall 2014.

Tom Hardy will be a frequent face in cinemas in 2014, appearing in Animal Rescue, Child 44, Locke and Mad Max: Fury Road. — AFP Relaxnews

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Special ID

SINCE we just go to these things to watch Donnie Yen kick ass and chew gum, it's only a matter of time before someone decides to just link all the fight scenes with test footage and out-takes and pass it off as a movie. Special ID is a sign that this day is not far away.

Yen is an undercover cop named Chen Zi Long who has infiltrated the triads. His cover is so deep that his handler and other cops wonder if he even is a cop any more.

This could have been the basis for some great drama to match the intensity of the fight scenes, but the characters just insist on shouting at one another all the freaking time. There's a gangster named "Loud Jia" or somesuch, and he's the quietest guy in the film, especially after he gets thrown out a window.

Forget subtlety, logic and common sense as the characters double-cross, threaten, stare down and out-shout one another for no apparent reason.

It's puzzling, also, how everyone just sort of stands around wool-gathering when Chen's mother is in deadly danger, a truly "WTF are they smoking?" moment.

The fight scenes are all right, if not the best we've seen from the star, and the car chase is quite exciting. The final confrontation, however, is unsatisfying – as is nearly everything else about the film. — Davin Arul (**)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mira Nair's adaptation of the acclaimed Mohsin Hamid novel takes artistic licence, but nevertheless addresses some important questions, including: how do you define yourself when what you thought of as your identity is stripped from you?

Mira Nair directed The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Kate Hudson

The story revolves around lecturer Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed), who is being interviewed in Lahore, Pakistan, by American journalist Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber), because of his suspected involvement in a terrorist plot. What Lincoln discovers, though, is the journey of a young man in search of his personal and cultural identity.

Nair excels at creating a vivid portrait of contemporary Pakistan, and these are some of the best scenes in the film. But it sometimes feels like this comes at the expense of other important plot points, which feel a little superficial. The ending, too, feels a little too neat for a story that is otherwise so beautifully ambiguous.

Brilliant performances, particularly by Riz, and a hauntingly realistic story make this a film worth catching. — Sharmilla Ganesan (****)

Make Your Move

These days, whenever I hear news of a new dance movie coming out, I'd be like: "Another one?" But as it turns out, Make Your Move is a little more than that. Originally titled COBU 3D, the movie stars the lovely Queen of K-Pop, Kwon BoA (of whom I am a huge fan) and Dancing With The Stars hottie Derek Hough as lovestruck dancers from opposite sides of an underground dance club war.

You see, their feuding brothers were former partners, and this makes things complicated for them (a hint of Romeo And Juliet in this tale).

Make Your Move starring Derek Hough

While you can pretty much predict what happens, it's worth saying that the filmmakers added plenty of neat touches that raise it above the average dance movie. 

For one, I believe this is possibly the most interracial dance flick ever – BoA's Aya and her brother are Japanese-born Koreans while Hough's Donny is Caucasian with an African-American brother. There's even an Irishman thrown into the mix! It's also quite refreshing to see Asians take on central roles, and not just be the comic relief.

The most important element in a dance movie are the moves themselves, and Make Your Move delivers. The leads have excellent chemistry and in quieter, intimate moments they shine even more.

Some scenes are told entirely though dancing, and have to be witnessed to be fully appreciated. Kudos to the filmmakers for not going mainstream with hip-hop like every other dance flick out there. Instead, the film centres around Aya's COBU Taiko drumming group and Donny's tap dances.

So if you're a BoA fan and you haven't watched this already, what are you waiting for?

Now, if only they brought in the 3D version ... — Aris Zaril (****)

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