These horribly sharp dressers star in sinister six-part BBC series
22:57 GMT, 20 September 2012
These three may look like they're dressed in their Sunday best, and on their way to church, but don't be fooled: they're dangerous – and those caps are lethal.
Meet the bad boy gangsters behind Peaky Blinders, a post-World War I crime syndicate in Birmingham into everything from betting shops to bank robberies and protection.
The Peaky Blinders were so-called because of their habit of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their cloth caps.
Lethal: Cillian Murphy, centre, stars as the Peaky Blinders' ruthless gang leader Tommy Shelby in the new series
Cillian Murphy plays the gang's ruthless leader Tommy Shelby, and his unholy band of brothers include Joe Cole and Paul Anderson.
Helen McCrory, who has a role in Bond film Skyfall, plays Aunt Polly Gray, the Shelby family's godmother who carried on running the clan's operations while her nephews were in the trenches.
The six-part series, being made for the BBC by Tiger Aspect, is based on real-life events, adapted and written for TV by Steven Knight, who also wrote the films Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things.
Other cast members include Sam Neill as the police chief who wants the gang behind bars; Annabelle Wallis as a mysterious woman, of course, Iddo Goldberg; Charlie Creed-Miles and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
Interestingly, both Neill and Cole have also been filming a feature movie called A Long Way Down, based on Nicky Hornby's best-selling novel. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Potts and Aaron Paul.
Meet the new Miss Moneypenny
Expect to see Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes in future James Bond films.
The three actors join 007 Daniel Craig in the new thriller Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, which opens to the public on October 26 following the world premiere in the presence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23.
Rising star: Naomie Harris will pla the role of Miss Moneypenny in the new James Bond film
Charles is patron of the Intelligence Services and, appropriately enough, the premiere will support charities that help former and serving members of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
It's already known Whishaw is the new Q and this page revealed a while back that Naomie is the new Miss Moneypenny.
The Skyfall trailer hints as to what Fiennes's involvement might be, but I'm not going to give it away – though I've known for more than a year, and there are rumours galore on the internet.
All three actors have options in their deals to return in other Bond films (the 24th movie in the series will start shooting within the next 18 months).
Meanwhile, they are all keeping busy. Whishaw is great in the movie version of Cloud Atlas, and will star with fellow Bond legend Judi Dench in John Logan's play Peter And Alice for the Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre from March 9.
Fiennes makes a suitably dark, though also strangely touching, Magwitch in Mike Newell's new big screen Great Expectations, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
He's in post-production on his film The Invisible Woman, which he directed and stars in, playing Charles Dickens opposite Felicity Jones's Nelly Ternan.
And Naomie recently finished work on Mandela: A Long Walk Home. She plays Winnie Mandela, while Nelson is portrayed by Idris Elba in the film, which was shot in South Africa.
The Broadway musical Once, based on the Oscar-winning film Twice (I’m kidding, I’m kidding … it was called Once as well!) has finally found itself a London theatre.
The show, which won the best musical Tony award in New York in June, will begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre in March.
Those who saw the film, set in Dublin and starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as a busker who falls in love with an Eastern European immigrant, will remember the movie’s beautiful score. The picture won an Academy Award for the song Falling Slowly.
When I saw the show in New York, everyone was having a high old time — particularly those who were allowed to amble on stage to buy interval drinks at Bob Crowley’s magnificent bar set.
The show’s full of hoe-down dance numbers and a lot of folk seem to get a kick out of it.
Watch out for…
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, who give towering performances in Paul Thomas Anderson’s excellent film The Master, which opens here on November 21.
Phoenix, in particular, is incendiary as Freddie Quell, a soldier returning from fighting in the Pacific in Word War II. He’s as frustrated as hell and sex-starved to boot. Back in the U.S., the psychologically damaged Quell turns into a sexual deviant — like a miscreant from a James Ellroy novel.
He can’t hold down a job, and he’s pickled 24/7 on booze he has concocted from all manner of lethal liquids.
Intense: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix both give powerful performances in The Master
Then he meets Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a religious cult. Dodd looks Quell up and down and says: ‘You’ve wandered from the proper path, haven’t you’
What’s so delicious about that line is that Dodd wandered off the reservation long before Quell did. Scientology, or some such cult, is the backdrop — but the real story is the intense relationship that develops between the two men.
As you watch, your jaw drops because you just can’t believe you’re watching acting of this calibre. Amy Adams co-stars and she’s scorching as well. I caught The Master at the Toronto International Film Festival and then again last weekend in New York, where there wasn’t a single empty seat in the cinema.
Can’t comprehend why it’s not in the BFI London Film Festival next month.
Aaron Johnson, who is in Toronto starring in Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s acclaimed cult picture Kick-Ass, which has been adapted from Mark Millar’s graphic novel.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are also returning. Enzo Cilenti, who appears in the thriller Supercollider, has just been cast to play sidekick to John Leguizamo’s main bad guy.
Jim Carrey also has a role in the film. Jeff Wadlow is directing, with Vaughn and Tarquin Pack among the producing team.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, is in negotiations to star in her first movie
Luke Treadaway, who leads a heist gang that includes Matthew Lewis (so good in the last Harry Potter film as Neville Longbottom), Iwan Rheon and Gerard Kearns in a smashing new movie called Wasteland, which was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Treadaway is superb as a young man who spends the night in a police station, explaining to a detective (Timothy Spall) the background to a series of incidents that led him to this point.
Although Rowan Athale’s screenplay is reminiscent of films such as The Usual Suspects, it still has fresh aspects and Treadaway’s disparate gang are fun to hang out with.
Vanessa Kirby heightens the tension as a far from dumb blonde.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, daughter of Sean Bean’s (late) character Eddard Stark on Game Of Thrones.
Sophie is in negotiations to star in her first feature film, a supernatural thriller called Panda Eyes, which Isabel Coixet is planning to direct later this year. The film’s based on the novel Another Me by Catherine MacPhail.
It’s about Fay, a schoolgirl who discovers she has a double who begins taking over her life. But can we believe what we see
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, who star in Derek Cianfrance’s stunning epic drama The Place Beyond The Pines. It’s an engrossing story of a misfit (Gosling) and a policeman turned politician, and how their lives become tragically linked.
Their sons are played by newcomers Dane DeHaan (he’s in Lawless, the Tom Hardy film that’s out now) and Emory Cohen and both are terrific.
Cooper will feature in the forthcoming awards season in The Silver Linings Playbook, where he stars opposite Jennifer Lawrence — who gives one of the most sublime performances I have seen on screen all year.