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The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 20, 2012 11:14 AM
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You can't please everyone. And award ceremonies, in particular, never please everybody. Voted for by a small group, who are more often than not much older than those in the media, or who watch the shows, awards nominations and the eventual winners are generally frustrating, whether it's in the music, movie or television world. And this year's batch of Emmy nods are no exception.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Page Eight' A Talky Spy Pic Pitting Old School Sensibilities Against New Realities

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2011 3:22 AM
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Johnny Worricker likes jazz, collects art, drinks whiskey and wears a suit better than man could ever dream of but in the modern era of the MI5, he is quickly becoming a relic. Played with suave, unflappable assuredness by Bill Nighy, "Page Eight," written with great flair by David Hare -- also directing his first film in fourteen years -- investigates the troubling intersection of politics and intelligence gathering in the contemporary war on terror and pitches it against a twisty mystery. And while it's structurally accomplished and delivers a movie that has clearly benefitted from a nearly perfectly honed and built script, its clinical coldness makes it a pictures easy to admire but hard to like.
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First Look & Trailer For Rachel Weisz Spy Pic 'Page Eight' And Saoirse Ronan In 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:22 AM
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So with TIFF unveiling its final batch of flicks, here come the first looks at the films that will be throwing elbows for attention in Ontario.

'Page Eight,' 'Alps,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Wuthering Heights,' Machine Gun Preacher' & More Go To TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Massive Slate Of Final Additions Includes 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Hysteria,' 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Miss Bala' & Many, Many MoreTIFF has just dropped the final batch of films slated to hit Toronto next month, and you might want to pack some Red Bull before heading up north. The number of additions is staggering, so let's get right to it shall we?

Spy Thriller 'Page 8' Starring Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More Hits PBS This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 4:18 AM
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Is 2011 the year the top tier spy film makes a comeback? Tomas Alfredson's hotly anticipated "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" -- starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- will hit theaters this fall and if it lives up to even half of its promise, it should be a knockout. But you won't have to necessarily go to the multiplex to get all of your secret agent kicks as PBS has landed a project on their slate that boasts an equally first class cast.
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Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More To Star In David Hare's Spy Thriller 'Page 8'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2010 2:23 AM
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Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Judy Davis & Ralph Fiennes Also In Cast It seems like a little while since we've had a really smart, compelling spy thriller -- there have been some valiant, but flawed efforts, like Billy Ray's "Breach" and the Don Cheadle vehicle "Traitor," but for the most part, the genre swings between ludicrous, rubber-mask filled efforts like "Salt," and the frankly dull "The Good Shepherd." But next year has the absurdly promising "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" in the pipeline, and it looks like another British effort is joining it.

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