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Daily Briefing. 25 titles added to the National Film Registry

29 December 2011 6:06 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Fake Fruit Factory from Guergana Tzatchkov on Vimeo.

"Every year, Librarian of Congress James H Billington personally selects which films will be added to the National Film Registry, working from a list of suggestions from the library’s National Film Preservation Board and the general public," reports Ann Hornaday for the Washington Post. This year's list of 25 films slated for preservation:

Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961) Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) A Computer Animated Hand (Pixar, 1972) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Robert Drew, 1963) The Cry of the Children (George Nichols, 1912) A Cure for Pokeritis (Laurence Trimble, 1912) El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez, 1992) Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968) Fake Fruit Factory (Chick Strand, 1986) Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Growing Up Female (Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, 1971) Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver, 1975) I, an Actress (George Kuchar, 1977) The Iron Horse (John Ford, 1924) The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921) The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945) The Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler, »

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The Insider Who Plays Outsiders

22 December 2011 8:19 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

In the 24 years since Roger Ebert called him "the best young British actor around," Gary Oldman has convincingly played the Devil, Beethoven and the police commissioner of Gotham City. His latest iconic role is less known on this side of the pond: the retired spy at the heart of John le Carre's Cold War classic, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

Oldman plays George Smiley, a taciturn right-hand man brought out of retirement to hunt down a Soviet double agent. Canonized by Alec Guinness in a highly popular 1979 miniseries for the BBC, Smiley is a certain sort of powerful man, likened by le Carre to the heat-regulating swift for his ability to fade into any atmosphere. That physical quietude, so at odds with the frantic roles that made Oldman famous, suits the older Oldman, whose mellow, rumpled Commissioner Gordon is one of the highlights of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise.

In "Tinker, »

- Mallika Rao

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Why it's the theatre that's given us a Ladykillers to die for

22 December 2011 3:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers succeeds where the Coen brothers failed: it's actually funny

Graham Linehan's new stage adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing movie The Ladykillers, directed by Sean Foley, is up and running in London's West End. My colleague Michael Billington has delivered his verdict and I went to see it the other day. The questions this production throws up – apart from "Wasn't that brilliant?" and "When for goodness' sake can I see it again?" – are "How has Mr Linehan bucked the trend of film-to-play adaptations being so cynical and awful?" and "How has he succeeded where the Coen brothers failed?"

Joel and Ethan Coen produced their own remake of The Ladykillers in 2004. The original had a wacky criminal gang, led by Alec Guinness's loopy professor, renting a room in a tumbledown old house in London's King's Cross from a sweet old lady, whom »

- Peter Bradshaw

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My favourite film: Kind Hearts and Coronets

22 December 2011 1:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the latest addition to our ongoing writers' favourite film series, Liese Spencer shares her love for the dark, whip-smart Ealing comedy that blew away her teenage funk

Was this review murder most foul? Add your own verdict here or join in the comments below

Sat in front of the gas fire one Sunday afternoon during my neverending adolescence, I didn't pay much attention to the black and white film starting on BBC2. As its lace-trimmed credits rolled I knew exactly what was coming: a comfortably dull period drama. A couple of hours later, as its neat ending was undercut by a final, fiendishly clever twist, my 14-year-old funk of know-it-all boredom had been blown away. How exhilarating to see a bunch of well-dressed, well-spoken grown-ups behaving despicably – and getting away with it. For a cosy Ealing comedy it was incredibly black. Unlikely as it seemed, apparently there were adults »

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My favourite film: Readers' comments – week seven

21 December 2011 9:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's time for our weekly pick of your responses to our favourite film series, for which Guardian writers have selected the movies they just can't get enough of

Here's a roundup of what you thought in week seven, when the selections were The Goonies, Together, The Ladykillers, Night of the Hunter and Star Trek II – The Wrath of Kahn

My favourite film's fish and visitors moment finally arrived at the start of week seven. We'd got away with Back to the Future, slipped Predator past you in a cloak of respectability and zapped Ghostbusters's critical hot spots. Yet Matt Andrews's championing of The Goonies was a flashback too far for those suffering from nostalgia fatigue. "Is there anything edifying at this point in another Guardian contributor picking some 80s kids' movie as their favourite?" asked JohnBarnesOnToast. "The articles are basically the same (and in this instance it's not »

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review (3 and a half stars).

20 December 2011 10:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. We've grown to know Gary Oldman through the parts he's played over the years. Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy." Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears." He's had turns in "True Romance," "Dracula," "Air Force One," the Harry Potter movies, the latest Batman franchise, even "Kung Fu Panda 2." Usually, when you say that you've never seen someone like Gary Oldman do something like what he does in the new version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," you mean that they're over the top, crazy, going way out of their comfort zone, and possible out of yours. But Oldman, stepping into the shoes so ably filled by Alec Guinness in the original TV miniseries, is doing something different, playing a mannered, contemplative spy trying to track down a mole. The good news, though, is that Oldman's terrific, »

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review (3 and a half stars).

20 December 2011 10:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. We've grown to know Gary Oldman through the parts he's played over the years. Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy." Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears." He's had turns in "True Romance," "Dracula," "Air Force One," the Harry Potter movies, the latest Batman franchise, even "Kung Fu Panda 2." Usually, when you say that you've never seen someone like Gary Oldman do something like what he does in the new version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," you mean that they're over the top, crazy, going way out of their comfort zone, and possible out of yours. But Oldman, stepping into the shoes so ably filled by Alec Guinness in the original TV miniseries, is doing something different, playing a mannered, contemplative spy trying to track down a mole. The good news, though, is that Oldman's terrific, »

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review (3 and a half stars).

20 December 2011 10:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. We've grown to know Gary Oldman through the parts he's played over the years. Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy." Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears." He's had turns in "True Romance," "Dracula," "Air Force One," the Harry Potter movies, the latest Batman franchise, even "Kung Fu Panda 2." Usually, when you say that you've never seen someone like Gary Oldman do something like what he does in the new version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," you mean that they're over the top, crazy, going way out of their comfort zone, and possible out of yours. But Oldman, stepping into the shoes so ably filled by Alec Guinness in the original TV miniseries, is doing something different, playing a mannered, contemplative spy trying to track down a mole. The good news, though, is that Oldman's terrific, »

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Video: An Evening With…'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

20 December 2011 12:49 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Gary Oldman spoke to a packed house following a screening of his new film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" on Dec. 8 at ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Based on a John le Carré novel, the film was previously adapted into a popular 1979 British miniseries starring Alec Guinness as spy George Smiley.Oldman said the role was the type that inspires what he calls "kitchen acting": "It's the kind of part that's so good, you find yourself practicing your lines in your kitchen without fully realizing it." The film is now playing in New York and Los Angeles. »

- help@backstage.com (Jenelle Riley)

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The Xbox 360 Experiment – More than games?

19 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In partnership with Microsoft we are looking at the Xbox 360 console to see if it is, as promised, more than games. You can read my introductory post here for context.

Last night I had the chance to try out my new system properly for an annual festive tradition as we sat down to watch the 1970 musical version of Scrooge. Albert Finney and Alec Guinness always bring the seasonal cheer with a number of truly memorable songs and a Christmas veneer so thick you can hang your stocking on it.

Resisting the urge to show off the Minority Report Kinect-enabled navigation I instead used my voice to zip to the desired part of the new Dashboard (which, as an aside, looks fantastic and as a new user of both the Xbox 360 and the new Nokia Lumia 800 with its Window Phone Os I’m still marveling at how Microsoft managed to create »

- Jon Lyus

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Gary Oldman Calls 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Role 'Colossal'

16 December 2011 2:16 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Taking on the role of John le Carré's master spy, George Smiley, involves navigating two enormous obstacles. First, the legendary Alec Guinness claimed the character for himself in the beloved BBC miniseries of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" from 1979. Second, outside the more descriptive world of the novels, Smiley is a mystery, a silent, poker-faced old pro who knows the spy game too well to betray his thoughts or emotions, if he has any at all.

But Gary Oldman has proved he is up to the task. His performance in the new film adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" received universal praise from critics as one of his finest and one on par with Guinness'. Oldman opened up to MTV News about playing Smiley and the satisfaction the part gave him.

Personally for Oldman, the role means more than the character's history. "First of all, I haven't really played a leading role in ten years, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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Gary Oldman thought he was too young for Tinker, Tailor

16 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Gary Oldman thought he was too young to take on the role of George Smiley in 'Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy'. The 53-year-old actor was a fan of the TV series when it aired with the almost 70-year-old Alec Guinness in the lead role and admitted he was so worried about making the character younger, he nearly turned down the part. He explained: ''I am old enough to remember the series when it was first shown. Obviously, Alec Guinness made such a mark playing it and carrying the face of Smiley. He was nearly 70 »

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Gary Oldman Is the Perfect Secret Agent in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

16 December 2011 8:46 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Gary Oldman has played so many different roles onscreen—punk rocker, gay playwright, Harry Potter's godfather, cops noble and dirty, Count Dracula—that it's hard to believe it when he says of his latest character, "I've never really played someone like this before."The role in question is George Smiley, the brilliant but reserved British spy who appears in many of John le Carré's novels and was immortalized by Alec Guinness in the 1979 BBC miniseries "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," in which Smiley tries to determine which of his peers is a traitor. Now Oldman is stepping into Guinness' "very big shoes" in a new film adaptation from director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), and the decision to take on the character could have been "a colossal failure," the actor admits. Instead, the role is earning him rave reviews and buzz that one of the most respected actors of his generation. »

- help@backstage.com (Jenelle Riley)

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Top 3 Movies With Teachers and Protégés - De Palma directing Passion starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace

15 December 2011 6:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace have been cast in Brian De Palma’s remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 thriller Crime D’Amour. Deadline reports that De Palma’s version will be called Passion and starts shooting in Berlin on March 5 for ten weeks.

The original noir starred Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier and dealt with “a power struggle between a ruthless executive and her protégé.” De Palma is adding his spin to a script he wrote, that will mainly follow the same lines. Two characters will be added, a major male role and a smaller female role, which have yet to be cast. European actors will likely take those parts, according to Deadline.

De Palma has directed some great movies, and I am excited to see this remake with these leads. In honor of this news, I have put together our Top 3 Movies Wtih Teachers and Protégés:

3 Rushmore

Henry Blume »

- Tiberius

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Your next box set: Smiley's People

15 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

John le Carré's Smiley's People is next for the big screen treatment – but can it match the masterly BBC series starring Alec Guinness?

What do we know? Fact: following the success of his bespectacled spook in the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy film earlier this year, Gary Oldman has said there are plans afoot for a sequel, in the form of an adaptation of Smiley's People. Fact: there is already a six-part BBC series from 1982 based on that very John le Carré cold war spy story. Deduction: snap up the box set before the film's out, then you won't get lost like you did in Tinker. Qualifier: actually, such is the complexity of Smiley's People, you could easily still get lost; indeed, during its original airing, Terry Wogan held regular Smiley's People sessions on his radio show, with people phoning in to explain what they thought was going on.

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‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ interview with actor Gary Oldman

15 December 2011 3:44 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

With memorable roles in movies like The Professional, JFK, and even Air Force One, Gary Oldman has gained a reputation as the villain (who usually) screams a lot. This stereotype of his legacy is now retorted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, in which Oldman plays George Smiley, a quiet ex-spy who is assigned to find a mole within the British secret service. In the film, directed by Tomas Alfredson, Oldman plays opposite the likes of Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, John Hurt, and more.

I sat down with the magnetic Gary Oldman in a roundtable interview to discuss the way he gets into character, why he won’t run anymore, and how Christopher Nolan helped guide him towards his latest acting direction. For very good measure, Oldman also threw in an impersonation of Al Pacino.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens in Chicago on December 16.

We »

- Nick Allen

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‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ interview with director Tomas Alfredson

15 December 2011 3:31 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Slowly walking into theaters is the British espionage hit, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which can be summed up as “the anti-Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” The film boasts the casting of Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds and more, while featuring zero car chases. Based on the book by John le Carre, and then the BBC mini-series that featured Alec Guinness, the film now receives a different vision from Let the Right One In Swedish director Tomas Alfredson.

I sat down in a roundtable interview with Alfredson to discuss making the film, the importance of Gary Oldman’s performance, and the differences between a Swedish film set and a British one.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy opens in Chicago on December 16.

So, working with this material that’s been known for the BBC series, and your own film ‘Let the Right One In’ being remade, I »

- Nick Allen

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Top Five WWII Movies - Saoirse Ronan to star in How I Live Now

14 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Saoirse Ronan has taken the lead in Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now. Variety reports that the Hanna actress has signed on to the indie drama based on the 2004 novel by Meg Rosoff.

Ronan will play Daisy, “a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England to spend the summer with family in the English countryside. When World War II breaks out and insurgents invade, Daisy and a younger girl named Piper must survive alone in the woods as they try to make it to safety.” The script was penned by Jeremy Brock (Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland) and Tony Grisoni wrote the script.

I love war movies, especially WWII movies so I have compiled a list of my Top Five WWII Movies:

5. Hope and Glory

I loved John Boorman’s 1987 semi-autobiographical movie set during war torn England in WWII

4. The Dirty Dozen

Gotta love this ensemble action adventure. »

- Tiberius

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Here's looking at you, kid: how classic films are winning new fans

14 December 2011 7:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Buster Keaton, Bugsy Malone and the Wizard of Oz are captivating children at film clubs across the UK

Black and white images flicker across absorbed young faces as timeless stories unfold. To the delight of the education charity Filmclub, classic films are captivating children as young as seven.

In the past year, a quarter of all the films watched by its members have been pre-1979 movies and some, such as The Electric Edwardians (1900), date right back to the birth of cinema.

Launched in 2008 by film director Beeban Kidron and educationist Lindsay Mackie, Filmclub (@filmclub) helps schools set up film clubs and supplies a huge range of thoughtfully curated films.

Libby Serdiuk, aged 10, was "pleasantly surprised by The General (1926):

"I had never watched a film without sound or colour. Before I knew it my eyes were glued to the screen! The stunts were exhilarating to watch, Buster Keaton was mind blowing, »

- Judy Friedberg

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Interview: Gary Oldman Finds Career Role in ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

13 December 2011 8:52 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Gary Oldman is a living legend. He’s just as fascinating in person as one would hope after seeing him dominate his craft in films like “Sid and Nancy,” “JFK,” “The Professional,” “True Romance,” “The Fifth Element,” “Hannibal,” “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight,” and much more. With topics varying from his desire to play more restrained roles at this point in his career to Al Pacino’s typecasting to why he considers himself like Mr. Potato Head, the only regret one would have after speaking to Mr. Oldman is that it can’t happen every week.

Arguably his career-best performance lands on Friday in Chicago when Oldman brings “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” to the big screen. In the film, he plays George Smiley, a retired British agent brought back in when it’s learned that there may be a mole at the highest levels of his former organization. Oldman sat down with HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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