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2011's Potential Oscar Nominees For Acting, Directing & Writing Get Together To Talk At THR's Awards Roundtable

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 9, 2011 2:33 PM
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One of the necessities for any Oscar candidate is to do a lot of smiling, gladhanding interviews where they answer the same questions over and over again. An antidote to this madness is the annual Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Interviews. They’re awesome. You take six leading Oscar potentials in the categories of writers, directors, actresses and actors, put them in a room for an hour and see how they interact.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Gary Oldman Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 8, 2011 1:02 PM
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It's been a frequently repeated fact this year, but in case you didn't know, Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar. But in a way, why should he have been? The Academy Awards specialize, for the most part, in celebrating showy, look-at-me performances, impersonations of real people, or tear-jerking portrayals of crippling disease or disability. And Oldman has never been one of those actors. Oh, sure, he's capable of playing big and attention-grabbing -- "Bram Stoker's Dracula," say, or one of his villainous turns in the 1990s -- but even in the least of those films, he's always totally disappeared into the character with no sign of the man behind the curtain, no visible effort in the acting to be applauded. 

Gary Oldman Calls 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Director Tomas Alfredson A "True Artist" & Talks Taking On George Smiley

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • December 6, 2011 11:02 AM
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Take away his instantly recognizable roles in blockbuster franchises like 'Harry Potter' and Christopher Nolan's Batman, and Gary Oldman would still be treasured as a bona fide cinematic icon. Frankly, how could the 53-year-old British actor not be, considering how many iconic characters—from Sid Vicious to Beethoven, Pontius Pilate to Count Dracula—that he has distinctively co-opted and burned into our memories?

Director Tomas Alfredson Says 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel Will Happen "At The Right Moment" & "For The Right Reasons"

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 5, 2011 11:57 AM
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Gary Oldman Confirms 'Smiley's People' As Source For 'Tinker' Sequel; Says He's Retiring Jim Gordon After 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 29, 2011 2:55 PM
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Gary Oldman Won't Be The Colonel In 'Akira,' Ken Watanabe Next On List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2011 8:56 AM
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Aaron Sorkin, Gary Oldman & Colin Firth Each Confirm They Are Thinking About Maybe Making Something

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 5:45 PM
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As if the "offer story" wasn't bad enough, the "testing" or "reading for" stories have taken that to a lower standard. And listen, we get it. We've run those things before because a peek behind the curtain is interesting, particularly for high profile projects and it's a window into what direction studios are looking to take a project. But confirming offer stories? That seems kind of ridiculously excessive, but it's also a slow news week, so here we are.

Writer Peter Straughan Confirms That 'Smiley's People' Will Form Basis Of A 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 11:00 AM
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It's something that will become clear to most of you in the coming weeks, with the film finally opening in the U.S soon, but to reiterate what we've been saying for a while -- "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" rocks. Meticulously made on every level, with a brace of impeccable performances, it works as both a gripping thriller and a moving character study, and it's one of the best films of the year. With the film already pretty much in the black thanks to a blockbuster box office showing in its native U.K where it opened back in September, anything from here on out is a bonus, and it looks like plans are starting to crystalize for a possible follow-up.

Keira Knightley Being Pursued For 'Akira' & Gary Oldman Wanted For 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 8:57 AM
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With "Harry Potter" ending this summer, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy coming to a close in 2012, and "Green Lantern" proving a weak start to the DC heroes that the studio hoped would see them through the next few years, Warner Bros. are branching out a bit in their hunt for future franchises. Their hopes for 2013 might include Superman reboot "Man of Steel" and Spartan sequel "300: Battle of Artemesia," but neither are quite home runs, and they're joined by fresh starters like Guillermo Del Toro's giant monster movie "Pacific Rim" and period witch-hunting flick "The Seventh Son," with Sam Claflin and Jeff Bridges.

Keira Knightley Being Pursued For 'Akira' & Gary Oldman Wanted For 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 8:57 AM
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With "Harry Potter" ending this summer, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy coming to a close in 2012, and "Green Lantern" proving a weak start to the DC heroes that the studio hoped would see them through the next few years, Warner Bros. are branching out a bit in their hunt for future franchises. Their hopes for 2013 might include Superman reboot "Man of Steel" and Spartan sequel "300: Battle of Artemesia," but neither are quite home runs, and they're joined by fresh starters like Guillermo Del Toro's giant monster movie "Pacific Rim" and period witch-hunting flick "The Seventh Son," with Sam Claflin and Jeff Bridges.

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