October 8, 2008
It may have been a few months back that I screened RocknRolla, but I definitely haven't forgotten it. It's one of my favorite films of the past few months and that's all thanks to Guy Ritchie - the mastermind writer and director behind such previous cult classics as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. After the film premiered up in Toronto, I was lucky enough to catch up with Guy Ritchie for a chat about making movies, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, and even Beowulf. Even if you're not that interested in RocknRolla, delving into the mind of a brilliant filmmaker is always an interesting experience.
September 4, 2008
Guy Ritchie has done it again. RocknRolla is yet another Ritchie classic like we've seen twice before with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998 and Snatch in 2000. It may not exactly top either of those two in content, but it's certainly the best British gangster film in the last eight years, which says a lot. Plus it doesn't hurt to add another great film to the Ritchie library, especially one with such a genuinely entertaining line-up of actors. In short, RocknRolla boasts that same brilliant visual style that Ritchie is known for, as well as a deceitful story as sharp as the one from Snatch. Whether you end up liking the story or not, there's no denying that Ritchie is a talented filmmaker capable of pure entertainment.
August 19, 2008
Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla's domestic future may be uncertain, but we're hearing from across the pond today that the forthcoming film - arguably a true return to the kinetic complexity of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch - is "brilliant" and "absolute class." Bear in mind, we're hearing this from the oft-suspect U.K. publication The Sun (warning: source story contains a small spoiler), but I have no doubt in my mind that the chaps are correct this time around. The praise is some of the first to hit the mainstream, but it's not necessarily surprising. What is an eye-opener is that Ritchie has revealed that he's "written a second and sketched out a third" film already! We've know the film's trilogy direction for some time, but it's great to hear work is actually being put against those early claims.
August 18, 2008
In light of the recent studio troubles that RocknRolla is having, we've got a great new TV spot to share with you. Watching this makes me forget about all of those troubles and focus on the good aspects. Luckily I get to see RocknRolla next week before I had off to the Toronto Film Festival and I couldn't be more excited. What is a RocknRolla? Well Guy Ritchie told our own Bob $tencil that a RocknRolla could be "the kind of guy that has sex while flying a plane." But if you're looking for the real answer to that question, this TV spot answers it in a thick English accent. Thanks to Empire for launching this. "RocknRolla starts with a Russian mobster establishing a real estate scam to make millions of pounds, which brings the various ne'er-do-wells of the London crime scene out looking for their slice of the cash." Sound good? Take a look...
August 14, 2008
An interesting dilemma has hit Warner Brothers - they've got too many movies. As everyone probably knows, New Line Cinema caved in under Warner Brothers back in February and Warner Independent Pictures was also scrapped back in May. This shift caused dozens of New Line and Warner Independent films to get swept under the canopy of Warner Brothers and as COO Alan Horn explains, it just became too much. This was initially supposed to be a quiet procedure and Warner Brothers would sell off a few of the films or move them around to fit them in. However, some sources started speaking out about Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, a film produced by Joel Silver, that was getting shopped around by Silver to other studios. So now the plot thickens and Horn speaks out about the situation - and it doesn't look good for RocknRolla.
July 28, 2008
Warner Brothers has debuted the first quad-sized teaser poster for Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, the British filmmaker's latest gangster extravaganza. Even if you're not a Ritchie fan and even if you really didn't like the trailer, you've got to admit that the imagery for this movie is pretty freakin' sweet. Of course it is Ritchie's unique stylized looks, but I'll never get sick of it, especially with Gerard Butler or Jeremy Piven's face on the poster instead of Brad Pitt or Jason Statham. We saw an extended trailer at Comic-Con over the weekend and it kicked as much ass as the first trailer, so I'll admit I'm still excited. But for the rest of you that aren't yet convinced, well, this poster isn't going to change your mind but at least it's cool to look at!
June 25, 2008
The first trailer for Guy Ritchie's next British gangster film titled RocknRolla has finally arrived. I must say, this looks like a brilliant return to form. Ritchie hasn't had anything pack a punch like this since Snatch came out in 2001. Courtesy of Empire, we've got the very first international trailer for the film. I've been looking forward to this for a while and it delivers! This is already a perfect introduction to a film that I feel may quickly show up on the top of my best of list at the end of the year. RocknRolla features an incredible cast that includes Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Piven, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Ludacris, and Gemma Arterton. Has Ritchie finally returned to form with RocknRolla?
March 24, 2008
The more I hear about RocknRolla, the more excited I get. I think it has something to do with the fact that I love Snatch and have been waiting for Guy Ritchie to bring us another brilliant British heist film like that one. The delectable Thandie Newton (pictured above in the film), who stars as the female lead, spoke with MTV recently and shared some rather exciting details about the film, the least of which include that Ritchie wants to make this a trilogy. Although there's still 7 months left until its release, you can start getting excited for it now.
October 12, 2007
Like Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Guy Ritchie is one of those filmmakers who's got a strong cult following. Ever since Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, he's a director who has been recognized for his brilliant films that mainstream audiences just doesn't care much about. His next film currently in production, titled RocknRolla, is another ensemble British gangster flick that stars Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven, Thandie Newton, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. MTV had a chance to go on set and their video report is worth watching for anyone who's a Guy Ritchie follower or looking forward to RocknRolla.
June 25, 2007
Back in May we announced Guy Ritchie's (Snatch) next film titled RocknRolla, which will be another ensemble British gangsters flick. Today it was announced who makes up that ensemble: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Idris Elba. Quite an odd eclectic mix of actors, but sounds promising.
May 14, 2007
Guy Ritchie, the British director who's married to Madonna and known for directing such classic cult films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and the recent Revolver, has got another cult classic movie in the making: RocknRolla!
December 4, 2013
Big casting announcement for the Warcraft movie tonight. Variety is reporting that four more names are set for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie in the works at Legendary. The big four are: Ben Foster (of 3:10 to Yuma, Pandorum, Rampart, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Lone Survivor), Toby Kebbell (of RocknRolla, Prince of Persia, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, The East), Rob Kazinsky (of "True Blood", Red Tails + Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim) in three lead roles, with Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, Devil's Double, Captain America, Need for Speed) in negotiations for a part as well. All four of these guys are very talented actors on the rise and should make for a gritty, badass cast of humans. So who will they be playing?
August 21, 2013
Right now, director Guy Ritchie is getting together an adaptation of the of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant and Alicia Vikander starring. But it sounds like he might stick around the studio for another project. Deadline has word that Warner Bros. has picked up Thomas Kelly's 2006 period novel Empire Rising and they want Ritchie to direct. Considering Ritchie has Snatch, RocknRolla and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels to his name, not to mention the Sherlock Holmes franchise, this story of a love triangle set in 1930s NYC sounds unique.
August 4, 2013
"I feel as if I have been dropped into something I don't entirely understand." One of the many dramatic films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival (aka TIFF) this September is Half of a Yellow Sun, from playwright-turned-filmmaker Biyi Bandele, a drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Chiwetel Ejiofor (who also stars in 12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton play two lovers that are part of a wealthy family dealing with the turbulence of war. Co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle & John Boyega (from Attack the Block). Enjoy.