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Apr 1 14 9:42 PM
Indiewire article on 'The Drop'. After watching Tom and Noomi playing with cute dogs all summer, this is different from what I was expecting!
Apr 11 14 1:21 PM
a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. It puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London.
May 13 14 10:59 AM
Justin Kroll Film Reporter@krolljvar
Noomi Rapace is set to co-star with Will Smith in Legendary’s “Brilliance.”
Smith recently closed his deal to star, and Legendary had been working hard to nail down his co-star over the past couple of weeks. Legendary wants the movie to go into production by August.
Julius Onah is directing, with Joe Roth, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni producing. Palak Patel, Eric McLeod and Alex Hedlund exec produce.
Universal will distribute as part of its first-look deal with Legendary.
David Koepp penned the script based on the Marcus Sakey novel set in a world where 1% of the children born are savants (aka “brilliants”) with special powers. A federal agent who has become a master hunter of terrorists must track down a savant terrorist who intends to start civil war.
Sakey’s novel was published by Thomas and Mercer, an imprint of Amazon, in August 2013. “Brilliance” is the first of a planned three-book series, with the second book set to be released later this year.
Rapace has a handful of films set to bow this year including Summit’s “Child 44″ and Fox Searchlight’s “The Drop,” both of which star Tom Hardy. She is repped by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.
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Also check out the coverage of this video in Joel Kinnaman's forum. He is the goodwill ambassador for ECPAT Sweden.
Click on the 'cc' to get the English subtitles.
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Toronto 2014: After his knockout debut “Bullhead,” Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam's first venture in U.S. filmmaking throws together a familiar collection of mobsters, lowlifes (including James Gandolfini in his final role) and broken souls
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By: Peter Howell Movie Critic,
Published on Wed Sep 10 2014
Itâs yet another unusual role for Noomi Rapace, the half-Swedish, half-Spanish actress who makes a habit of avoiding the ordinary, as seen in her attention-getting roles in the Dragon Tattoo series, Prometheus and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows. Sheâs also played 10 different characters in a single three-minute music video, the Rolling Stonesâ âDoom And Gloom.â
In Michael R. Roskamâs crime drama The Drop, a TIFF world premiere heading to regular theatres Friday, Rapace plays Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Nadia, whose restless life becomes dangerously complicated after she helps care for an abused and abandoned puppy, a pit bull.
The pooch causes friction between her violent ex-boyfriend Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts) and her intense new attraction Bob (Tom Hardy), both of whom claim ownership of the animal.
âFor me itâs like a beautiful metaphor,â Rapace says of the canine, âMichael said to me, âThe dog is like a saint sent for her.ââ
That description makes The Drop sound almost comical, yet itâs anything but. Steeped in a simmering underworld familiar to fans of late directors Sidney Lumet and Arthur Penn, and stripped of primary colours like their â70s cinema classics, The Drop moves Belgian director Roskam (Bullhead) across the Pond with energy as well as homage.
Rapace wanted to establish a back story for Nadia. She needed to get inside her characterâs head the way she did for her painted and pierced computer punk character Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish-language screen adaptations of Stieg Larssonâs bestselling Millennium Trilogy mystery novel series.
The first of these films, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2009, immediately established Rapace as a global star, although many people at TIFF last weekend did a double take: sheâs changed her raven hair to blond with pink streaks, with her locks put into a long braid, to fit roles in two others films sheâs making.
âFor me, sheâs not a victim,â Rapace, 34, says of Nadia during an interview at TIFF, her first visit to the festival.
âSheâs someone who managed to break something and leave something and step out of something that was not good, but she is struggling and quite fragile. The thing that I needed to find was her love for Eric. Why did she fall for him? Sheâs very interesting. I love her. Sheâs a true fighter for me.â
To help her answer these questions, she persuaded Roskam to put in an additional scene, a tense kitchen confrontation between Nadia and scary former beau Eric.
Nadia seems attracted to bad men, âand men are attracted to bad girls,â Rapace jumps in, completing the thought.
âI think people are attracted to strength and to unpredictable things. Thatâs going to keep you alive; itâs never going to get boring. Itâs sexual and animalistic, the bad boy thing: âIâll protect you. Iâll kill that guy if he goes near you.â Itâs something raw and internal and itâs just people. We can be good and we can be bad, and depending on what we come from and the circumstances, we can all do bad things.â
Having said that, she was eager to work with her co-star Tom Hardy not for the villainous roles heâs played in The Dark Knight Rises and Bronson but his more decorous assignment in the 2009 British TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
âI saw something in his energy. I was in Sweden, I didnât speak English, it was before I was doing Dragon Tattoo, and I said, âI am going to work with this guy one day.â I think Tom and I have something in common: we like being in the process of transforming. I can transform into pretty much anything.â
She managed to pick up a pretty fair Brooklyn accent by arriving to the New York borough prior to the movie shoot and just blending into crowds, watching and listening.
âYou can go out in the city and sit in cafes or a pub or you can walk on the street, studying people. Iâm listening to people. And that gives you so much more to work with.
âI wasnât good in school, but I think Iâm good with listening and picking up on stuff. Survival instinct, I guess!â
Rapace never studied acting but sheâs been doing it since age 7, when she took a nonspeaking role in a Swedish film. She comes from a showbiz family: her mother Nina NorÃ©n is a Swedish actress; her father Rogelio DurÃ¡n was a Spanish flamenco singer.
Her award-winning performance as a downward-spiralling teen mom in the harrowing 2007 Danish film Daisy Diamond started her movie career in earnest. For all of her roles, she pushes herself hard.
âIâm desperate to find the truth. Iâll do pretty much anything to find the truth in a character and in a scene. I decided when I was like 21 or 22 to never make a decision out of vanity, to always ask myself what is necessary to become this person, to give her what she needs to have, and to melt into her.
âItâs kind of hard to be ugly sometimes. I donât like watching myself, but I need to destroy that vanity, I need to kill that in me. If I start to look at myself or direct myself or make decisions out of that, I canât work.
And just that decision opens up everything for me.â
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Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy like each other. They really, really like each other.
That’s never more apparent in “The Drop,” a gangster crime thriller starring the two intense young actors, as well as the late James Gandolfini (his last film). Rapace and Hardy ooze chemistry on-screen, and apparently it translates into real life as well.
Moviefone Canada spoke to them at the Toronto Film Festival, where they revealed that they actually look for movies starring each other. Hardy also talked about working with Gandolfini, and the two buddies reminisced about being on-set of “The Drop” together.
(Hardy was a bit late to the party — but he showed up about 10 minutes into the interview.)
Moviefone Canada: Let’s talk about that blonde hair. Is that for a movie role? [Noomi's hair is platinum blonde with pink streaks]Noomi Rapace: [Laughs] I went dirty blonde for “Child 44,” which I also did with Tom [Hardy] as well; I played a Russian. Then I met with the director for my next film, and he loved me as a blonde, and he wanted to go full platinum. So it’s for my next movie.
“The Drop” takes place in Brooklyn in winter. Did you actually shoot there?NR: Yes. Well, I love being on location. It gives you so much to absorb. You get so much from the environment and the people. I love to go out and sit in cafes, just walk around – feel it, smell it. When you’re locked up in a studio you have to imagine more. For me, to discover the Bronx, Brooklyn, that side of New York, I loved it. I actually worked a bit at an animal rescue centre in Queens. All three of us – Matthias [Schoenaerts ], Tom and I – really enjoyed being there.
Are you a pet person?NR: I grew up on a farm and we had lots of horse. My best friend was a dog, Krummi, and then he died on me – he was hit by a car when I was 11. He broke my heart, and I was like, “I’ll never survive this again.” I’ve kind of closed my heart a little bit to pets.
You obviously got along with Tom Hardy, since you’re in this subsequent film with him. What was your relationship like while filming this movie?NR: We tried to find a project for two years together before this came along. We were approached by a director for another project, so we met over that. Neither of us did that one in the end, but we started to talk and I think we connected strongly straight away. I love his work. I was a big fan, and he was a big fan of my work. I read “Animal Rescue” [the book "The Drop" is based on] before they sent the script to Tom, and I remember texting him saying, “This could be it! This could be something for us!” He read it and he loved it, and we did it! Then we went straight into “Child 44″ afterwards.
Is it because you’re both similar types of actors?NR: Umm … yeah. We’re both very passionate and we both work very hard. What we have in common is we approach every single character in its own way. There’s no formula, there’s no recipe that will always work. Tom was very different working on “The Drop” than he was as Leo in “Child 44.” He had completely different personalities, on- and off-set. He doesn’t know that, though. [Laughs] I think we have that in common: it will affect us, colour us and stain us. The character is still living with me, even though I’m trying to shake her off. I think it goes very deep in both of us.
[Tom Hardy arrives]
Tom Hardy: Whatever she’s saying, she’s lying! [Laughs]
Noomi was just talking about how you’re both absorbed by your characters…NR: I basically said that you change a lot, depending on who you’re playing.
TH: You talked about adopting a ghost persona to your character. You have to sort of stay neutral, then tweak to fit your character, and then you hone it to a certain degree. I try to change up every single character so that there’s a distinguishable difference, for two reasons: one, I love trying to transform, and two, I think it’s always good to keep shifting, to offer more with the work.
NR: From the first time I saw you, one of the things I’ve most admired is you’re not driven by vanity. You would never make a decision …
TH: Well, I am. [Laughs]
NR: No, listen to me! Most actors … it’s difficult to let go of your vanity and for me, someone who can transform like you – like me … it’s like, what do I need to do? Gain weight, lose weight? Shave my head? Dye my hair platinum blonde? Beautiful, ugly, I don’t care. And you have that too. That, for me, is very liberating.
This movie was fascinating in that I could never quite figure out Tom’s character, Bob.TH: Neither could I. [Laughs] I think he hides behind a kind of ["Of Mice and Men"] Lenny persona. We underestimate him, and you’d write him off as this “special” guy. He’s the guy we don’t really know. That’s a good camouflage for him. I wondered if maybe I overplayed that aspect…
NR: It starts with a closed door. You would kind of move away from your fragile you, and it was interesting to see Bob unfold. Sometimes I saw it crack into something else, almost like a broken mirror, and then you see a new angle.
Tom, what do you remember about James Gandolfini?TH: We would laugh a lot. This is my personal way of referencing him. The New York or Chicago rehearsal room, in the theatre, is where I’ve met a specific kind of actor and artist. Predominantly this kind of actor comes from the east coast. These people are very talented, beautiful, sensitive and vulnerable. They’re serious about the “work.” I didn’t know Jimmy in a social setting, but he was one of those artists. He was a very specific person.
NR: He was real.
TH: He was full of heart. With Jimmy, I couldn’t pull myself back together. He made me laugh, he was so on the ball, and he was so funny.
“The Drop” opens in theatres today.
Sep 13 14 5:39 PM
There’s a lot to like about The Drop, the new crime drama from director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead), written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), and starring James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy, and Noomi Rapace.
The film tells the story of a bartender named Bob (Hardy) working at a dive in Brooklyn. The place is managed by the towering presence of Cousin Marv (Gandolfini) (both a nickname and Bob’s real cousin), who founded it and ran it for many years until the local Chechen crime syndicate bought the joint and began using it as one of many in a great chain of locations where money drop-offs and pick-ups take place. One night, just after closing, a pair of masked bandits come charging in, making off with the mob’s money. Of course, it’s now up to Bob and Cousin Marv to find the culprits and get the money back. Or else.
While that is the set-up of the film’s plot, the jumping off point, it quickly becomes clear that the movie isn’t really about an unfortunately-timed robbery, seemingly-futile retrieval efforts, or even the cold terror of the gangsters who control Brooklyn’s underworld; The Drop is a film about people, their relationships, and their interactions. It is about reconciling the personal horrors of the past with the second chances at renewal that life throws our way. And on this level, The Drop succeeds.
Every performance in the movie is finely-tuned and hits all the right human notes (although some secondary characters seemed two-dimensional, especially when compared with the sharp portraits written of the primary players, but the actors still manage to bring layered depth to their roles). James Gandolfini, in his last film role, gives what is perhaps the perfect performance to be remembered by: reminiscent of his past work without carbon-copying it, presenting a full life onscreen of a man who is at once instantly likeable yet subtly treacherous. He was truly one of the best performers around, and his presence will be sorely missed by both those in the film community and the audiences who have taken the journeys of his characters with him.
Tom Hardy’s performance as Bob is also a thing of wonder. He creates a character who is garrulously shy and charming, reaffirming his status as one of the great performers of the day who can take whatever is thrown at him and do it well. That being said, it is impossible to mention Mr. Hardy without also brining up Noomi Rapace as Nadia. She plays a character with whom Bob connects over a dog he found, beaten (not by her) and cold, in her trashcan (also not her doing). The dog is the conduit through which they learn more about each other and have their hesitations about their humanity softened.
While Ms. Rapace’s performance is just as superb as the rest on its own terms, what really stands out (and makes the movie) are the scenes between her and Hardy. They just ring so true as a couple strangers, both seeking redemption and renewal, getting to know each other. It all seems like it could really be happening before our eyes, with the way they talk around each other, and the way Bob stumbles over and loops back around on his words before finding the right way to say things. Really, while those scenes stuck out, every interaction is similarly excellent and naturalistic.
The characters all seem so comfortable with each other, telling us so much of life before the film just in the way they are with each other. It’s a rare thing to see a film that seems like the continuation of people’s lives that necessarily exist and have existed for as long as you have; it is also a wonderful thing to experience, the collaboration between director and actors that creates such a convincing portrayal of humanity. Unfortunately, not all aspects of the film work quite as well.
Remember the stuff about it not really being about the whole “get the money” thing? That whole thread quickly fades to the background, and Bob gets dragged into a mess with Nadia’s psychotic ex-boyfriend and the dog while another plot thread concerning Cousin Marv and the drop money starts to play out and there’s also this policeman investigating a disappearance that happened years ago because something doesn’t seem right about it and Bob and Nadia are continuing to grow through their connection with this dog and you get the idea. The bulk of information and activity isn’t necessarily a bad thing (especially when it’s so well-written), but at times there seemed to be one too many things going on at any given time, one too many characters to keep track of when not every beat of the story seemed to tie into the narrative as a whole. Sometimes the story felt more like a loose occurrence of events rather than a tight inevitability, which can be done effectively, but in this case just felt a tad unfocused.
Regardless of the story hiccups, which are relatively minor in the grand scheme of the what the film manages to do, The Drop is always a pleasure to watch, which has everything to do with the quality of the dialogue, the effortless grace of the cast, and the nice clip at which Roskam keeps things running. The film is most certainly recommended viewing, as the performances and the natural comfortability the filmmakers bring to the lives of these characters should not be missed.
The film opens in select theaters on Friday, September 12, 2014.
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Again, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It's not one however that I can describe in detail without giving away spoilers. Most of the movie reviews are also vague, deliberately.
Sep 24 14 12:00 PM
Vanity Fair Spain
Noomi Rapace is an actress who has a strange beauty. You
observe with admiration his exotic face, her eyes, her mouth... and in an
instant, everything changes. It does not seem the same, suddenly and with a single
gesture is disfigures his face. That changed State makes that look at it will
become almost an obligation until you show so beautiful as at the beginning.
And so over and over again. The result is that it is difficult to keep your
eyes. The second lasting gesture of open the door and look inside the room was
enough to want to kiss the ground by where you step. She is there waiting with
her new hair color, a platinum blonde who harms you the cornea if you're
The actress presents 'The Drop' at the San Sebastián
Festival.A thriller with a social touch to Dennis Lehane has adapted his own
short story. She accompanies Tom Hardy in the film after a "boy meets
girl" in which a wounded puppy intervenes. 'The Dark Knight' actor made up
one of the best performances I have seen so far at the festival. Noomi knows
that his movie is fantastic and so when it is relaxed and cheerful.
Her broken voice -
will have broken voices? - get fill of hotel room in which we are, and it is
difficult because we encounter surrounded by representatives, advertisers and
journalists that occupy more space than what it might cause you to words to
pronounce. Things happen in the time that we have to talk to her and... in
short, I fall in love beyond repair. I will try to explain the reasons for this
crazy love and not corresponded.
1. it's a very passionate girl
I don't know if it
will be passionate in private life, but it is clear that her work takes her
very seriously. Playing Lisbeth Salander began to be a problem when she was
closer to her character than the director Niels Arden Oplev. There were fights
at the treatment given to the woman in black. In 'The Drop' has internalized
the character of Nadia to almost an obsession and that appears soon and when it
does not talk too much.
"In a moment of
the film, the character of Tom Hardy asks me about my name or my past and
Nadia, my character, responds with vague." No one knows his past except
me. She tried to be a dancer but ended up in a stripclub. I talked much with
the director about her. He felt Nadia inside of me, I don't know, it was inside
2. when Noomi Mew already no turning back
It turns out that
James Gandolfini, who in the film plays the owner of a bar extorted by the
mafia, groans imitating a pig when you know that the decision has come out
perfect. What is it that does Noomi when we
talk about this succulent anecdote? Please to Meow. "Miauuuu"
(laughs). "Miauuuu" (laughter). "From now on I imitaré a cat.
"Didn't know that Jimmy did that... it was great, man more generous with
which I worked on my life". And when just the phrase not able to endure
and have to release it: "Miauuu". In case you had any doubt, in the
moment in which an actress as Noomi you MEW in the face, there is no turning
3 Noomi, are we going to see a romantic comedy?
RAPACE is charming,
but it is not the typical girl that would take to the movies to see 'Love
Actually'. Remember that despite everything she is Scandinavian. "I don't
mind making a drama, rolling in a large Studio or acting in an independent
film. It is the same work. My goal is to be as close as possible to reality. My
characters are not always involved in a thriller, Yes, worth living surrounded
by problems, but it is that life is full of problems. It is interesting to see
someone struggling. " Romantic comedies I don't like too much because life
is not so, life is full of beautiful things and lovely people".
4. the return of Elizabeth Shaw
Then give us notice.
Only one question remains. I prefer check that everything goes well with the
second part of 'Prometheus'. "I'm looking forward to get into the skin of
Elizabeth Shaw. Master working with Ridley Scott. The script is in the process
of writing and we will begin to roll when there is a final version. In the
second film [attention, spoiler] are only left Michael (Fassbender) and I, we
are the sole survivors of the first part. So yeah, I want to know how you are
doing, I love the saga".
Sep 24 14 12:16 PM
Another Noomi odd fashion style alert.
San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain. 9/21/14
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