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The Amazing Race: In A Star-Filled Year, Who Could Break Out In The Best Actor Category?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 6:29 AM
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Last week in The Amazing Race, we talked about the films that had gotten a boost for their Best Picture hopes in the Oscar hunt, and those that had taken a hit, after being unveiled in the awards season. To sum it up: good news for "The Descendants," "Moneyball" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," not great news for anyone else. But of course, while Best Picture is the big prize, there are waves and ripples far beyond that, particularly when it comes down to the acting awards.

Venice '11 Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2011 12:33 PM
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The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business of being a spy is hard, boring work, made up of listening and talking and without a lot of glamor. One of the men who best understands this is novelist John Le Carré, himself a former spy, who for close to half a century has been behind some of the most acclaimed literary examples of the genre. But aside from the much-loved "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold," and the more recent "The Constant Gardener" (the latter not strictly speaking an espionage picture), his works haven't had a huge amount of success on the big screen, lacking the speedboats and fireballs of Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum. One of the writer's best-known books is "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first of the 'Karla' trilogy, which focuses on George Smiley, a middle-aged veteran of 'The Circus' (Le Carré's term for the British intelligence services) and his rivalry with his Soviet counterpart Karla. Working Title Films has spent the last couple of years on a new cinematic take with Tomas Alfredson, director of the much-acclaimed "Let the Right One In," making his English-language debut at the helm. It's no small undertaking, considering that the novel was previously adapted as a much-loved, seven-part, 290-minute BBC miniseries, headed up by an indelible performance from the great Alec Guinness. Alfredson might have assembled an all-star cast of British talent to bring the book to life, but could the company, led by Gary Oldman taking up Smiley's thick glasses, hope to match their predecessors? And could the film manage to keep the plot coherent and thrilling at a running time less than half of what the TV take had to play with?

Gary Oldman Plans To Cast Colin Firth In Next Directorial Effort; An Unknown Remake

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 5, 2011 2:43 AM
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Despite a whole fourteen years passing since his last directorial effort "Nil By Mouth," starring Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke among others (a furiously brutal portrait of alcoholism, family and abuse, and an outstanding film), it looks like renowned thespian Gary Oldman is now planning another turn behind the camera, with one particularly high-calibered British talent already in his sights.

New Look: More Images From Tomas Alfredson's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 2:56 AM
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Author John Le Carre & Cast Discuss The AdaptationWith the breathtaking trailer and poster combo recently unveiled, our excitement for Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" is sky high at the moment. Adding to that is the expectation that the film will pop up in one, or both, of the line ups for the Venice (having been invited to open) and Toronto International Film Festivals when they're announced in the coming weeks.

Tinker Tailor Poster Spy: One-Sheet Arrives For Eagerly Anticipated Spy Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 19, 2011 12:57 PM
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Every time we have to see something like "The Smurfs" or "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" we get through it (other than by self-medicating) by remembering that it's only a few months before "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hits theaters. The English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and the first big-screen version of the John le Carré spy novel already memorably adapted for television in the 1970s, the film's long been one of our most anticipated, considering its impeccably-pedigreed cast, and the teaser trailer that landed a few weeks back did absolutely nothing to change that, being one of the most mouth-watering clips we've seen in some time.

Watch: Get All Kinds Of Goosebumps With Outstanding Teaser Trailer For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 9:41 AM
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Wow. Maybe it's just the way our brains are wired, but we just saw more fireworks from 70-odd seconds of middle-aged British character actors than we got across two-and-a-half-hours of empty spectacle in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The Guardian just debuted the first international teaser trailer for one of our most anticipated films of the rest of the year, Working Title's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and it's easily one of the best trailers we've seen in an age.

New Look At Gary Oldman In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 4:19 AM
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Will this be the year the Academy finally gives Gary Oldman his due? It seems that those anticipating Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" think that this could be the film that finally sees the actor holding the Oscar gold. And even if it isn't, with a fantastic cast in place and some great source material to work with, this promises to be one of the highlights of the fall movie season.

New Look At Tom Hardy & Colin Firth In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2011 8:16 AM
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Well, we're out of the winter and spring blahs as the summer movie season is now in full swing, with the fall festival and awards season right around the corner and one of the most anticipated films is Tomas Alfredson‘s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” The director's followup to "Let The Right One In" finds him working with a top shelf cast -- Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- in an adaptation of John Le Carre‘s classic spy thriller that follows a British Intelligence operative whose task is to delve into the world of Cold War espionage and root out a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest echelon in the British Intelligence Services.

The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an American distributor.

Gary Oldman Says Chris Nolan Keeping Ending Of 'Dark Knight Rises' Out Of Production Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 8:26 AM
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As you might recall, the plot for "Inception" leaked almost a whole year before it hit theaters. And while most sites keep that on the down low, as much for their own benefit of not spoiling the movie for themselves as anything else, Christopher Nolan is doing his best this time around to make sure that nonsense doesn't happen again.

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